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University of Southern Maine to open new $10M music school

Sep. 21, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine will be opening a new $10 million music school, thanks to a longtime supporter. D. Suzi Osher gave the USM Foundation its largest-ever donation. The donation will serve to advance plans for a new Center for the...

Jay-Z's organization seeks Kansas police agency's documents

Sep. 21, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An organization run by rapper Jay-Z has filed a petition seeking records from the Kansas City, Kansas, police department related to what it calls a history of officer misconduct within the department. The request was filed Monday in Wyandotte...

Lawyer: R. Kelly unlikely to take stand in trafficking trial

Sep. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly is unlikely to take the witness stand at his sex-trafficking trial, a lawyer for the R&B singer told a judge Tuesday. The remark by attorney Deveraux Cannick, made with the jury out the courtroom, came as the defense wound down its case at...

Maine college gets largest gift in history for music school

Sep. 21, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A public Maine university will use the largest monetary gift in its history to build a home for its school of music. Philanthropist D. Suzi Osher has given the $10 million gift to University of Southern Maine. USM President Glenn Cummings told the...

Market debut of Universal Music Group is a smash hit

Sep. 21, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

The market debut of Universal Music Group was a hit with investors Tuesday with optimism about the future of steaming music running high. Shares jumped nearly 40% to almost $26 per share in trading on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange. Universal has a...

Sarah Dash who sang on 'Lady Marmalade' with Labelle, dies

Sep. 21, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Sarah Dash, who co-founded the all-female group Labelle — best known for the raucous 1974 hit “Lady Marmalade" — has died. She was 76. Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx completed the trio. They announced Dash's death Monday on social media. No...

Global Citizen's Hugh Evans hoping music can mobilize world

Sep. 21, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

Hugh Evans started his fight against extreme poverty by mobilizing his friends when he was growing up in Australia. On Saturday, Evans will try to mobilize the world to tackle poverty and COVID-19 with Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour live concert featuring The Weekend,...

R Kelly prosecutors rest; defense calls on singer's allies

Sep. 20, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors at the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case Monday after calling dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping allegations against the singer in lurid detail. The defense began its case later in...

K-pop stars BTS dip into global diplomacy at UN gathering

Sep. 20, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others — a plug for vaccines, young people and the earth's well being from superstar K-pop band BTS. Addressing the stage for a sustainability event, the seven-member musical juggernaut appeared before the...

'Outsiders' house: Tiny Tulsa museum draws big names

Sep. 20, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — This summer, it was Leonardo DiCaprio. Then it was Green Day. A tiny museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, dedicated to a movie classic and run by an entertainer, is drawing big names in the Heartland. The Outsiders House Museum was created by Danny Boy...