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Country star, Titans coach talk about NFL draft in Nashville

Apr. 22, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Tim McGraw watched as Philadelphia hosted the NFL draft in 2017 with more than 250,000 people on hand and immediately had a vision of how to make the three-day event even better: Bring it to Nashville and add the Music City touch. "My first thought was, 'Man I'd...

Michelle Branch, Black Keys' Patrick Carney tie the knot

Apr. 21, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys are married. The Grammy-winning musicians tied the knot Saturday at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans in front of close friends and family, a representative for Carney told The Associated Press on Sunday. Among those attending the...

Eaglet welcomed as new addition at Dollywood

Apr. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton's Dollywood has welcomed a fluffy addition to the amusement park — an eaglet. Media outlets report the eaglet hatched Wednesday. The eaglet is part of the park's Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, a 30,000-square-foot aviary. The park has a live cam labeled "Grant...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Apr. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of April 17, 2019: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1. Eric...

Ben Affleck, Susan Sarandon, other stars donate to 2020 Dems

Apr. 17, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From Ben Affleck and Susan Sarandon to Anna Wintour and Willie Nelson, celebrities lined up to give money — and a dash of star power — to their favorite Democratic presidential candidates ahead of this week's first quarter fundraising deadline. For months, candidates in the...

Time releases its 100 most influential people issue

Apr. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Salah are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time's annual "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue. The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra Oh and Dwayne...

Nashville music center to debut with August Vince Gill show

Apr. 15, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An indoor performing arts center is set to open this summer in a southern Indiana tourist mecca a decade after an arson fire destroyed its longtime music venue. Brown County Music Center officials said Monday that country singer Vince Gill will perform Aug. 24 in the first show at...

Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

Apr. 15, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board said the award was...

Rock lovers bid farewell to Brown County arena at final show

Apr. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) — Turn out the lights. The party's over. Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena's six-decade reign as a concert venue came to an end recently in much the same way it's forever etched in so many memories — in a dark haze of loud rock and blazing pyro with sticky floors, sweaty...

Mississippi woman feels cosmically intertwined with Elvis

Apr. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Rachel Ethridge was born the year Elvis Presley died. The two never were in the same room, never shared a meal or conversation — they were never even in the same city at the same time. But for Ethridge, she and the King of Rock 'n' Roll are cosmically intertwined. "I had one of...