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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, singer Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The Elton John-led starry benefit concert that featured Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys on Sunday has raised nearly $8 million to battle the coronavirus. The musicians performed from their homes for the hour-long event that aired on Fox and iHeartMedia radio stations. Fox will re-broadcast the concert on Monday, April 6. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Elton John-led concert to re-air; film academy aids workers

Apr. 3, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...

FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, singer-songwriter Bill Withers poses in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Apr. 3, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He...

Family says ‘Lean on Me’ singer-songwriter Bill Withers has died at 81

Apr. 3, 2020 10:01 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family says ‘Lean on Me’ singer-songwriter Bill Withers has died at 81.
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019 file photo, singer Dua Lipa performs during the European MTV Awards in Seville, Spain. Dua Lipa released her sophomore album “Future Nostalgia” on March 27. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Dua Lipa's 'Future Nostalgia' is a party with a purpose

Apr. 1, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Put on Dua Lipa’s sophomore album and you’ll experience of party — a collection of upbeat, dance-flavored, power-pop gems that could brighten your day. But take a closer, deeper look, and you’ll also find songs brimmed with messages of hope, equality and...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John appears after performing his nominated song,

Virus: Elton John-led concert raises $8M; Rihanna ups aid

Mar. 31, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Alicia Keys poses for a portrait in New York. Keys' memoir

For new book, Alicia Keys looks to the past to find herself

Mar. 30, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a young woman growing up in the 1980s and '90s in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen — “the name was exactly accurate for what it looked like, what it felt like,” as Alicia Keys recalls it — the budding musician born Alicia Cook would purposely wear...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Alicia Keys poses for a portrait in New York. Keys' memoir

Outtakes: Alicia on Key moments throughout her life

Mar. 30, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys, already a New York Times best-selling author, looks to the past and opens up in her new book, “More Myself: A Journey,” to be released Tuesday on Oprah Winfrey’s imprint via Flatiron Books. In outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press, Keys...

Billie Eilish accepts her award for International Female Solo Artist on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Eilish, Carey, more sing from home to raise funds for virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl opened their doors — literally — as the musicians performed from their homes for an hour-long benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus crisis. Keys kicked off the Sunday event — which...

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11

Mar. 30, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11: April 5: Horror filmmaker Roger Corman is 94. Country singer Tommy Cash is 80. Actor Michael Moriarty ("Law and Order") is 79. Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 78. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," ''Barney Miller") is 77. Actress Jane Asher is 74. Singer...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. In a court filing Thursday, March 26, 2020, R Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk

Mar. 26, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge Thursday to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges, a court filing by his lawyers saying scant precautions to stem the spread of the virus behind bars put...