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Column: Jay-Z sells out Kaepernick, grabs big money from NFL

Aug. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

Remember when Jay-Z was a dynamic hip-hop artist whose stark lyrics gave voice to the oppressed and downtrodden? Well, those days are over. He may have 99 Problems — but a conscience certainly ain't one. Completing his transformation to total sellout, Jay-Z climbed into bed with those racial progressives...

Jay-Z defends NFL deal with Roc Nation, talks Kaepernick

Aug. 14, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes. The Grammy winner and...

Jets' Le'Veon Bell wants to be No. 1 on field, in rap game

Aug. 14, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell was in fifth grade when he simply couldn't shake music from his mind. The creative beats. The grooving basslines. The raw lyrics. He was hooked on it all, just like football. "That's when I really realized I loved music," the star running back recalled in an interview...

CMA voters consider whether to nominate 'Old Town Road'

Aug. 14, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award. Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music...

A$AP Rocky found guilty of Sweden assault, won't face prison

Aug. 14, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault Wednesday by a Swedish court, six weeks after a street brawl in Stockholm that had attracted the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump. A judge and jury found the rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and his two bodyguards...

The Latest: A$AP Rocky lawyer 'disappointed' by verdict

Aug. 14, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on A$AP Rocky's trial for assault in Stockholm (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The lawyer for U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky says he is "disappointed" by the decision of a Stockholm court to find his client guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in the city. Slobodan...

Sounders add Russell Wilson, Macklemore to ownership group

Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders are adding Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wife Ciara, hip-hop artist Macklemore and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to the MLS club's ownership group. Other investors are also coming aboard while current majority owner Adrian Hanauer is increasing his investment...

NFL teaming with Jay-Z on entertainment and social activism

Aug. 13, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z's Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and...

Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Bad Bunny to perform at VMAs

Aug. 13, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X, Lizzo and Shawn Mendes are set to perform at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. MTV announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin and Rosalia will also hit the stage at the Aug. 26 event, taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Ariana Grande and...

Lil Nas X's viral song sets more records on Billboard charts

Aug. 12, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Nas X is galloping his way to two new records on the Billboard charts thanks to the massive success of "Old Town Road." The song that beat out Mariah Carey and "Despacito" to become the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Hot 100 chart has now set records on Billboard's Hot...