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Performer Chris Stapleton attends the Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute Concert at DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

Apr. 7, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18 April 12: Actress Jane Withers is 94. Musician Herbie Hancock is 80. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 76. Actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family,” ″Married...With Children”) is 74. Actor Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”)...

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New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment

Apr. 3, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of “60 Minutes”? There’s an app for that, and more. Quibi — a snappy amalgam of “quick”...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014 file photo, country singer Sam Hunt poses for a portrait in New York. Hunt’s sophomore album, “Southside,” will be released on Friday. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP, FIle)

To share or not to share, that is the question for Sam Hunt

Apr. 2, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Hunt’s sophomore album opens and closes with two of the most personal songs he’s ever written, as he draws from his own life to paint candid portraits for listeners. But the country star admits he wavers when it comes to spilling his own tea in song form....

This combination photo shows Oprah Winfrey at The Museum of Modern Art's David Rockefeller Award Luncheon honoring Oprah Winfrey  in New York on March 6, 2018, left, and Drake accepting the award for favorite album rap/hip-hop for

Oprah on rap song 'Oprah's Bank Account': LOVEEEEEEEE IT!

Apr. 1, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Yachty, DaBaby and Drake's new rap song “Oprah's Bank Account" is one of Oprah's favorite things. No, the song hasn't officially made the media mogul's annual list, but when asked what she thought of the song, Winfrey exclaimed to The Associated Press: “I love it. I love...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John appears after performing his nominated song,

Virus: Elton John-led concert raises $8M; Rihanna ups aid

Mar. 31, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, rapper Nipsey Hussle watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. A year after Hussle's death, his popularity and influence are as strong as ever. He won two posthumous Grammys in January, he remains a favorite of his hip-hop peers and his death has reshaped his hometown of Los Angeles in some unexpected ways. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

How a chance reunion led to Nipsey Hussle’s death

Mar. 31, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ermias Asghedom and Eric Holder both grew up in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, were both part of the gang known as the Rollin' 60s, and were both aspiring rappers. Asghedom, who went by the name Nipsey Hussle, would go on to become a hip-hop star, neighborhood legend and local hero....

FILE - In this April 17, 2019 file photo, mural artist Gustavo Zermeno Jr. walks on a basketball court mural he dedicated to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles. Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. A year after Hussle's death, his popularity and influence are as strong as ever. He won two posthumous Grammys in January, he remains a favorite of his hip-hop peers and his death has reshaped his hometown of Los Angeles in some unexpected ways. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Nipsey Hussle’s legacy endures a year after his death

Mar. 30, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The year since Nipsey Hussle was gunned down has not diminished the rapper's legacy, but rather cemented it and continues to prove true his catchphrase, “The Marathon Continues.” Tuesday marks the first anniversary of Hussle's death and his popularity and influence pushes...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Alicia Keys poses for a portrait in New York. Keys' memoir

Outtakes: Alicia on Key moments throughout her life

Mar. 30, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys, already a New York Times best-selling author, looks to the past and opens up in her new book, “More Myself: A Journey,” to be released Tuesday on Oprah Winfrey’s imprint via Flatiron Books. In outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press, Keys...

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11

Mar. 30, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11: April 5: Horror filmmaker Roger Corman is 94. Country singer Tommy Cash is 80. Actor Michael Moriarty ("Law and Order") is 79. Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 78. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," ''Barney Miller") is 77. Actress Jane Asher is 74. Singer...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, U.S actor Will Smith poses for photographers during the photo call of

Will Smith says he’s humbled by rapper’s tribute music video

Mar. 25, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith says he was “humbled and honored” after rapper Joyner Lucas released a tribute song honoring his career work. Lucas released the music video for his track “Will” on Monday. In the video, the rapper paid homage to Smith through a reenactment of the...