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FILE - In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Amit Mehta, then the attorney for Dominique Strauss-Kahn speaks in Bronx state Supreme Court in New York.  The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Mehta, an Obama appointee who was assigned the case Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in federal court in Washington.  (Stan Honda/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Meet Amit Mehta, the judge for Google's antitrust case

Oct. 21, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He went to elite U.S. universities, clerked for an appellate court judge and worked for both a D.C. law firm...

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Altered photo shows Ice Cube, 50 Cent in 'Trump 2020' hats

Oct. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

An altered photo of rappers Ice Cube and 50 Cent in hats that appear to show support for President Donald Trump circulated widely on social media Tuesday, fueled in part by a tweet by Eric Trump. “Two great, courageous Americans,” Trump’s son tweeted. He removed the tweet with a photo of the...

FILE - In this Friday, July 12, 2019 photo, rapper, writer, and filmmaker Rene Perez Joglar, know professionally as Residente, poses for a portrait in New York.  Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys, has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Music Entertainment to launch 1868 Studios. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)

Residente signs with Sony Music to create TV, films and more

Oct. 15, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s directed his own music videos and now he will help develop TV shows, films and other on-screen content for a global market. Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys, has signed a multiyear deal with Sony Music Entertainment to launch 1868 Studios....

Post Malone accepts the top artist award at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Post Malone owns Billboard Awards, Legend shines onstage

Oct. 15, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walking into the show with 16 nominations, Post Malone won nine honors at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, where John Legend gave a heartfelt performance that was dedicated to his wife. With his voice aching as he sang passionately from the piano, Legend told viewers “this is for...

Billie Eilish accepts the award for top female artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

List of Billboard Music Awards winners in top categories

Oct. 14, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

A list of winners in the top categories at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, held Wednesday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. — Top Hot 100 song: “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus — Top Billboard 200 album: Billie Eilish, “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Kanye West appears on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. In close elections, it doesn't take much for third-party candidates to play an outsize role, as Democrats learned the hard way in 2016. West has launched a scattershot 2020 presidential campaign that many of President Donald Trump’s allies believe could siphon votes away from former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Kanye West tweet showed mock election data, not results

Oct. 14, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Rapper and independent presidential candidate Kanye West tweeted bogus election results that he said showed he’s ahead of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the presidential race. The numbers West shared, supposedly showing early results out of Kentucky, were not real. They were...

Tory Lanez performs at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, N.J. on June 2, 2019, left, and Megan Thee Stallion attends the 5th annual Diamond Ball benefit gala in New York on Sept. 12, 2019. Megan Thee Stallion penned an op-ed on the failure to protect Black women on the morning that rapper Lanez had his first court hearing for felony charges that he shot her. She writes in the New York Times Tuesday that she was shocked to become a victim of violence from a man on July 12. She said she at first kept quiet about being shot because she feared backlash, and that fear has been justified. Lanez, appearing by phone at his court hearing, did not enter a plea to two felony counts, and his lawyer declined comment.  (Photos by Scott Roth, left, Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Megan Thee Stallion op-ed calls for protecting Black women

Oct. 13, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An op-ed by Megan Thee Stallion on the need to protect Black women was published Tuesday as rapper Tory Lanez had his first court hearing on felony charges alleging he shot her. “I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man,” she wrote in the New York Times,...

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New this week: David Byrne, 'The Amazing Race' & Tommy Lee

Oct. 12, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Broadway is dark and most concert tours have been abandoned, but you can still feel the thrill of being inside a packed...

FILE - Killer Mike of Run The Jewels performs at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati on June 2, 2019. The Grammy-winning rapper and social-political activist will receive the first Billboard Change Maker Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. NBC and dick clark productions announced the new award and recipient Monday, two days ahead of the big show, which will air live on NBC from the Dolby Theatre at 8 p.m. ET. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Killer Mike to earn Change Maker Award at Billboard Awards

Oct. 12, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning rapper and social-political activist Killer Mike will receive the first Billboard Change Maker Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. NBC and dick clark productions announced the new award and recipient Monday, two days ahead of the show, which will air live on NBC from...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020, file photo, Sean Combs accepts the 2020 Industry Icon award at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. Combs will be among a star-studded guest list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Diddy, Springsteen among rock hall of fame guest list

Oct. 8, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys will be among a star-studded guest list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction. The prestigious organization announced the guest list Thursday for the ceremony, which will debut Nov. 7 on HBO. The show will...