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Songs by Jay-Z, Lauper being added to Recording Registry

Mar. 20, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that "La Bamba," ''Gunsmoke" and "Hair" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year....

Jay-Z, Dead & Co, the Killers to perform at Woodstock 50

Mar. 20, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers will headline one of the 50th anniversary shows commemorating the groundbreaking Woodstock festival this summer. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang announced Tuesday that Miley Cyrus, Santana, Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space...

Review: Karen O & Danger Mouse bring out best in each other

Mar. 15, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

Karen O & Danger Mouse, "Lux Prima" (BMG) Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O teams up with producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) on a balanced collaboration that brings out the best from both, enriched by variations like O's diverse vocals and Burton's orchestral talents. The nine-minute title...

Student charged after rap video appears to threaten shooting

Mar. 14, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan high school student has been charged after allegedly making a rap video that appeared to threaten a school shooting. Marysville Public Safety Chief Tom Konik tells the Times Herald of Port Huron that the 16-year-old Marysville Public Schools student was...

Student held after rap video appears to threaten shooting

Mar. 13, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan high school student has been arrested after allegedly making a rap video that appeared to threaten a school shooting. Police say the student at Marysville High School, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Detroit, was being held at a juvenile...

Beyonce, Jay-Z to be honored at GLAAD Media Awards

Mar. 11, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements outside of music: The power couple will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. GLAAD announced Monday that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award at its 30th annual awards on March 28 at the...

21 Savage sued for $1 million by promoter in civil case

Mar. 9, 2019 2:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Rap artist 21 Savage is facing another legal headache. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that a week after the Liberty County District Attorney's office rejected a felony case against the Atlanta rapper for a contract dispute regarding a 2016 performance, the club promoter has...

Don't stop the music: Campaign songs tell candidates' story

Mar. 9, 2019 8:20 AM EST

When Elizabeth Warren took the stage to launch her presidential run to the strains of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," the song seemed to sum up the spirit of a candidacy built on giving workers a fairer shake. Only days earlier, fellow Democrat Kamala Harris had exited her own campaign kickoff rally with an equally...

Festival co-founder: Lineup for Woodstock 50 coming soon

Mar. 7, 2019 6:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang says the wait is almost over regarding performers for Woodstock 50, despite media reports claiming Jay-Z, Black Keys and others will perform at the event in August. "We are thrilled with all the excitement about Woodstock 50, but we have an obligation to...

Annie Lennox pushes for global feminism on Int'l Women's Day

Mar. 7, 2019 6:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Annie Lennox has a sweet dream — that the world will embrace the term global feminism and continue to push for the advancement of women's rights around the globe. The iconic singer and activist teamed with Apple Music to launch a video Thursday in support of global feminism to...