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Police: Bodies are those of 3 rappers missing nearly 2 weeks

Feb. 03, 2023 15:40 PM EST

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — Three bodies found in a vacant Detroit-area apartment building have been identified as those of three aspiring rappers who went missing nearly two weeks ago, police said Friday. Michigan State Police said Friday afternoon on Twitter that investigators...

Why is R&B music more explicit than ever? It’s complicated.

Feb. 03, 2023 14:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tank was nervous after sending his manager a preview of “When We” — he’d never released a song that explicit. “He’s like, ‘You’re crazy, but it’s jammin'!’” the R&B singer recalled. “It ended up being my biggest record ever.” Released...

Dr Dre, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne honored at pre-Grammy event

Feb. 03, 2023 09:10 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Lil Wayne was honored for his musical achievements, the rapper opened up about the little he has been recognized previously in his career during a pre-Grammy event that also paid homage to Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott. “I don’t get honored,” Wayne remarked...

Jessy Wilson on 'Keep Rising' anthem and the hope it brings

Feb. 02, 2023 16:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jessy Wilson was ready to give up her musical dream when a film about female African warriors showed her the power of perseverance. Wilson’s Grammy -nominated song “Keep Rising,” was picked by director Gina Prince-Bythewood to be...

Grammys to honor Loretta Lynn, Takeoff, McVie

Feb. 01, 2023 13:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammys will pay homage to lives of Loretta Lynn, Migos rapper Takeoff and Christine McVie with star-studded performances during Sunday's ceremony. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the ceremony will honor the three musicians who died last year...

Missy, Willie and George Michael among Rock Hall nominees

Feb. 01, 2023 12:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Cyndi Lauper, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow and the late George Michael are the 2023 nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, reflecting a mix of country, soul, hip-hop, metal, pop, rap-rock and grunge. ...

Dr. Dre celebrates 'Chronic' anniversary with re-release

Feb. 01, 2023 11:44 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Dre will celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Chronic” with a re-release of his highly acclaimed debut studio album. The multi-Grammy winner’s iconic first solo album will make a return to streaming services on Wednesday. His 1992 release became a...

French Quarter Festival unveils lineup for 40th anniversary

Jan. 31, 2023 21:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Organizers on Tuesday announced a lineup of more than 270 acts for New Orleans' 40th annual French Quarter Festival, billed as Louisiana's largest free showcase of music, food and culture. Artists scheduled to perform at the April 13-16 event include Irma...

Drake delivers nostalgia, teases new music at Apollo show

Jan. 22, 2023 15:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s easy to forget how many hit songs Drake created in his nearly 15-year musical career. But he presented an emphatic reminder with an intimate concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Saturday, his first-ever show at the legendary venue. During the performance,...

Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Sade make it to Songwriters Hall

Jan. 18, 2023 12:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Sade, Jeff Lynne, Glen Ballard, Teddy Riley and Liz Rose have been chosen to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a class that includes the writers of such varied hits as “Man In the Mirror,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get...