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LL Cool J relearned 'how to rap' on his first album in 11 years, 'The FORCE.' Here's how

Jul. 12, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy award winning rapper-actor- author LL COOL J will release his first new album in 11 years, “The FORCE” in September — 40 years into his hip-hop career. Not that he hasn't been making music in that time. “I've always tinkered around in the studio...

Blackpink rapper Lisa joins Global Citizen Festival lineup in New York's Central Park

Jul. 09, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Blackpink rapper Lisa will join the Global Citizen Festival lineup in New York’s Central Park for her first solo performance at a festival, the anti-poverty nonprofit announced Tuesday. Lisa joins headliners Post Malone, Doja Cat, Jelly Roll and Raouw Alejandro...

Today in History: July 5, Dolly the sheep marks cloning breakthrough

Jul. 05, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 5, the 187th day of 2024. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1996, Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell by scientists at the Roslin...

BET Awards 2024: Usher is honored, Will Smith returns, and the election is top of mind

Jul. 01, 2024 11:51 AM EDT

Usher accepted the lifetime achievement award at the 2024 BET Awards — even if the superstar mused it might be a bit early. The Grammy winner stayed on his feet as a parade of artists performed his hits — Childish Gambino kicked it off with “U Don’t Have to Call,” joined by...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 7-13

Jul. 01, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 7-13: July 7: Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 97. Drummer Ringo Starr is 84. Singer-guitarist Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 81. Actor Joe Spano is 78. Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People is 77. Country singer...

Music Review: Megan Thee Stallion’s fierce ‘Megan’ trades hot girl summers for a different freedom

Jun. 28, 2024 13:06 PM EDT

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past, over and over again,” Megan Thee Stallion says in the spoken-word intro for her “Cobra" music video. It is the first single from “Megan,” her third studio album, and one of many songs channeling snakes. She sounds as...

Killer Mike will likely avoid charges after Grammys arrest

Jun. 27, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Killer Mike is expected to avoid charges over a physical altercation that led to his arrest at the Grammys earlier this year after the rapper recently completed community service. The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said in a statement Thursday that Mike...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 30-July 6

Jun. 24, 2024 09:53 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 30-July 6: June 30: Actor Nancy Dussault (“Too Close For Comfort”) is 88. Singer Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) is 80. Jazz bassist Stanley Clarke is 73. Actor David Garrison (“Married...with Children”) is 72. Guitarist Hal Lindes...

Iran overturns death sentence of rapper famous for lyrics about the death of protester Mahsa Amini

Jun. 22, 2024 15:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a government critic and a popular hip-hop artist, Toomaj Salehi — who came to fame over his lyrics about the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini in 2022 — his lawyer Amir Raisian said Saturday. ...

Rapper Travis Scott arrested after Miami Beach police say he drunkenly yelled at people on a yacht

Jun. 20, 2024 20:25 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Travis Scott was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and public intoxication after officers say they found him at the city's marina shouting obscenities at people on a yacht and disobeyed their order to leave. ...