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Fed-up Puerto Ricans march demanding governor resign

Jul. 17, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Accompanied by some of Puerto Rico's most famous performers, thousands of people marched to the governor's residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and...

Paul McCartney writing 'It's a Wonderful Life' stage musical

Jul. 17, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney is writing his first stage musical, an adaptation of the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." The ex-Beatle is collaborating with "Billy Elliot" playwright Lee Hall and West End producer Bill Kenwright. McCartney said he'd never considered writing a musical, but after meeting...

Correction: TV-Moon Landing Specials story

Jul. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a July 5 story about TV specials marking the 1969 moon landing, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a July 20 concert celebrating the event will air on PBS. The National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert at the Kennedy Center will not be aired. A corrected version of the...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

Jul. 17, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium,...

Venezuela frees musician jailed after blasting Maduro online

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (AP) — Karen Palacios' Yamaha clarinet still rests where she left it atop sheet music of a Mozart concerto that she practiced diligently the night before two strangers dressed in black lured her away in a luxury SUV. The 25-year-old musician's captors duped her into believing she was...

Review: The Flaming Lips' concept album will blow your mind

Jul. 17, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

The Flaming Lips, "King's Mouth: Music and Songs" (Warner Bros.) The new album by The Flaming Lips is a head trip — literally. The ever-evolving, mind-blowing alt-rockers have somehow upped their game with a concept album and accompanying art project that takes us into a giant head. Weird? Yes. Thrilling?...

R. Kelly doesn't have freedom, money for this legal battle

Jul. 17, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The difference between R. Kelly's life in 2002 when he was last charged with child sex-related crimes and his arrest last week on even more serious charges was on full display when the R&B singer turned and slowly walked out of court. Each step Tuesday was cut shorter than normal by the...

'Lion King' composer Hans Zimmer finds circle of life

Jul. 17, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Composer Hans Zimmer can't seem to get away from "The Lion King." The emotional score has gotten him jobs, his only Oscar and secured him a place in the hearts of children and adults. But he wasn't sure he wanted to come back when Jon Favreau approached him to revisit the soundtrack for...

Ken Ehrlich returns as executive producer of Grammy Awards

Jul. 17, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Ehrlich is returning as executive producer of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards for the last time, capping his 40th anniversary with what's called "music's biggest night." The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Ben Winston will become the executive producer for the 63rd telecast...

Luke Combs adds Grand Ole Opry member to list of accolades

Jul. 16, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Luke Combs was just 6 years old when his mom and grandmother snuck him into his first concert by hiding him in the backseat of their car so he could go see Vince Gill play at a minor league baseball stadium. It came full circle for the singer-songwriter from North...