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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014 file photo, singer Vanilla Ice performs during the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball game, in New Orleans. Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that had drawn fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, July 3, 2020, but he decided to postpone until a later date, the owner of the restaurant hosting the show said Thursday, July 2. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

Jul. 2, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a concert in Texas after taking considerable heat for an event that sought to gather hundreds of fans in one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside...

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, entertainer Shawn

Jay-Z's Made in America festival canceled due to pandemic

Jul. 1, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s annual festival in Philadelphia, Made in America, won’t take place Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Wednesday, the rap mogul’s Roc Nation company said it plans to produce the popular festival in 2021. “2020 is a year like...

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Dr. Dre, left, and Nicole Young arrive at the City of Hope Gala, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Dr. Dre’s wife of 24 years Nicole Young has filed for divorce. Young filed documents Monday, June 29, 2020 seeking to end her marriage with the producer, rapper and music mogul whose real name is Andre Young in Los Angeles Superior Court.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Dr. Dre’s wife of 24 years, Nicole Young, files for divorce

Jun. 29, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicole Young, Dr. Dre's wife of 24 years, has filed for divorce. Young filed documents seeking to end her marriage with Dr. Dre — the producer, rapper and music mogul whose real name is Andre Young — on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Nicole Young, 50, cited...

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New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'

Jun. 29, 2020 5:11 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 — “ Hamilton ”: Disney Plus does not want to throw away its shot. On Friday, the streaming service will debut...

Beyoncé’s message, epic performances stand out at BET Awards

Jun. 29, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé used her platform Sunday while accepting the BET humanitarian award to relay a direct appeal to viewers: Go vote. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” said the superstar singer at the...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from July 5-July 11, from left, RZA attends the BET Hip-Hop Honors on Sept. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. RZA, Kevin Hart attends the Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 4, 2019, in Las Vegas, Ringo Starr poses for a portrait on Sept. 23, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif, Wolfgang Puck arrives at the Oscars on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, Tom Hanks arrives to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Rome Film Festival on Oct. 13, 2016, Sofia Vergara arrives at a Stand Up To Cancer event on Sept. 7, 2018, in Santa Monica, CalifSofia Vergara arrives at a Stand Up To Cancer event on Sept. 7, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif and Suzanne Vega poses for a portrait on March 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 5-11

Jun. 29, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 5-11 July 5: Musician Robbie Robertson is 77. Singer Huey Lewis is 70. Country keyboardist Charles Ventre of River Road is 68. Singer Marc Cohn is 61. Actor Dorien Wilson (“The Parkers,” ″Sister, Sister”) is 58. Actress Edie Falco (“Nurse...

T.I. onstage at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

T.I. to teach 'Business of Trap Music' at Clark Atlanta

Jun. 29, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper T.I. will soon be adding educator to his resume. T.I will join hip-hop scholar Dr. Melva K. Williams at Clark Atlanta University this fall to teach the “Business of Trap Music," news outlets reported. The course will focus on the origin, culture and business of trap...

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Jun. 28, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers,...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Kanye West attends the WSJ. Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  The rap superstar will design adult and kids' clothing that will be sold at Gap in 2021. Yeezy is best known for pricey sneakers that sell out online quickly. But Yeezy footwear, made with sneaker company Adidas, won't be sold at Gap.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Kanye West to bring Yeezy brand, but not sneakers, to Gap

Jun. 26, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West is bringing his Yeezy brand to Gap. The rap superstar will design adult and kids' clothing that will be sold at the chain next year. Yeezy is best known for pricey sneakers that sell out online quickly. But Yeezy footwear, made with sneaker company Adidas, won't be sold at Gap...

In this May 29, 2020 photo, Lil Yachty poses for a portrait to promote his new album

Q&A: Lil Yachty on music, inclusion, Drake and trust issues

Jun. 26, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If it weren’t for Grammy-winning rapper Young Thug, Lil Yachty’s latest album might be filled with slow, melodic love songs, the opposite of what fans received last month. “I played it for Young Thug. He was like, ‘Nah. Nahhhhh,’” Yachty said with a...