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Reports: Sony drops R. Kelly after furor over allegations

Jan. 18, 2019 6:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster. The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him...

Met Opera offers free tickets to federal employees

Jan. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal government employees affected by the government shutdown can get some free entertainment in New York. The Metropolitan Opera says it is offering free tickets to people with government IDs from Saturday through the end of the month. A pair of tickets per performance can be reserved...

James Blake, music's most requested collaborator, opens up

Jan. 18, 2019 5:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people get lots of invitations. James Blake gets the right ones. He's had a role on two of the greatest albums of the last decade — Beyonce's delicious "Lemonade" and Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize-winner "Damn." He worked on another impactful and culturally relevant album,...

Man accused of threat linked to R Kelly turns self in

Jan. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EST

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of threatening a father who says singer R. Kelly kept his daughter from her family has turned himself in. Henry County Sheriff's Office Maj. Bobby Sloan says Henry James Mason turned himself in around 8:30 a.m. Friday. A judge had issued a warrant for Mason on charges of...

Review: Deerhunter balances bleak with upbeat on new album

Jan. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EST

Deerhunter, "Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?" (4AD) Leveled, steady, Bradford Cox coaxes, "Come on down from that cloud/And cast your fears aside." That perfect line leads Deerhunter's "Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?" — cradling listeners in choruses that describe imminent oblivion....

Review: Franti shares the love on 'Stay Human Vol. II'

Jan. 18, 2019 1:40 PM EST

Michael Franti & Spearhead, "Stay Human Vol. II" (Thirty Tigers) Michael Franti has plenty of love to share on "Stay Human Vol. II." There are love songs for his wife, love songs for his fans and love songs for humanity — all woven around Franti's signature reggae-infused pop beat. "This is for...

Correction: Cruise Ship Jump story

Jan. 18, 2019 10:40 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about a man who jumped off a cruise ship in the Bahamas, The Associated Press erroneously reported the man's hometown. He is from Vancouver, Washington. A corrected version of the story is below: Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship Royal Caribbean...

Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album

Jan. 18, 2019 8:35 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The...

Harvey Weinstein breaks with his criminal defense lawyer

Jan. 17, 2019 6:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein is recasting his legal team a month after losing a hard-fought bid to get his sexual assault case thrown out. Weinstein and high-profile defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a statement Thursday that they "have agreed to part ways" and that new lawyers would be...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Jan. 17, 2019 3:44 PM EST

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of January 16, 2019: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1....