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FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film

Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film

Jan. 18, 2020 12:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey said Friday that Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her about her involvement with a documentary in which several women detail sexual abuse allegations against the rap mogul, but his efforts were not what prompted her to leave the project. “He did reach out multiple...

Young Indiana musician's song spotlights suicide prevention

Jan. 18, 2020 12:01 AM EST

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — For local musician Jackson Snelling, songwriting has been an outlet for addressing difficult topics and losses he has faced in his own life. With a new song and music video, he hopes to help others by bringing awareness to an important issue. Jackson, 17, recently released a...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Roberto Alvim, director of theater, dance and opera at the Brazil's National Arts Foundation, poses for pictures in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion, with Alvim being the driving force behind the initiative. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments

Jan. 17, 2020 9:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan participates in the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations news conference at Studio 43 at CBS Broadcast Center in New York. In a move announced late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, the Recording Academy has placed Dugan on administrative leave following an allegation of unspecified misconduct by a senior leader. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

2 years after 'step up,' Grammys step into another mess

Jan. 17, 2020 7:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The leadership at the Recording Academy thought they were in the clear: After the Academy's then-CEO made comments that seemed to belittle women at the height of the #MeToo movement, leaving the organization in a firestorm that further exposed their diversity problems, it set out to make a...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012 file photo Chief Executive Officer of (RED), Deborah Dugan poses for a portrait in New York. Dugan, the Recording Academy CEO who the company announced Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, was placed on administrative leave, has fired back in a statement through her lawyer, saying: “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told.

Lawyer for just-ousted Grammys CEO fires back at academy

Jan. 17, 2020 4:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan, who the company announced Thursday was placed on administrative leave, has fired back in a statement through her lawyer, saying: “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told.” The academy said late Thursday that its...

FILE - Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, Hillary Lindsey, left, and Liz Rose arrive at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Nashville Nominee Party at the Hutton Hotel, in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville songwriters are showing up at the Grammys this year, but not just in the country music categories. A trio of hit country songwriters, Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Natalie Hemby, are nominated for writing songs for the

Nashville songwriters spread outside country at Grammys

Jan. 17, 2020 3:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville songwriters are showing up at the Grammys this year, but not just in the country music categories. The city’s writing talent has been increasingly tapped to help craft nominated soundtracks, pop songs and R&B albums over the last couple of years. In the...

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Review: Mac Miller posthumous album is heartbreakingly full

Jan. 17, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Mac Miller, "Circles" (Warner) “Why does everybody need me to stay?” Mac Miller asks on the first single from his latest release. He answered his own question with the superb posthumous “Circles.” Miller's 12-track album is heartbreakingly sublime, a portrait of a wry and honest...

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer to sing backup for Chaka Khan

Jan. 17, 2020 7:14 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Kansas governor and plastic surgeon Jeff Colyer is about to add Chaka Khan backup singer to his resume. Colyer is part of a student and faculty choir that will join the “Queen of Funk” on stage for a Martin Luther King Day event hosted by Georgetown...

Ex-Attorney General Lynch speaking at NC King Day service

Jan. 17, 2020 4:44 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper top the list of notables attending the annual observance by state employees of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Lynch was the scheduled keynote speaker at Friday's event at First Baptist...

FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, rapper Eminem attends the premiere of

Eminem drops surprise album, advocates changes to gun laws

Jan. 17, 2020 4:29 AM EST

Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing “Music to Be Murdered By” on Friday — along with a video that calls for changes to gun laws. The follow-up to 2018's “Kamikaze” — also released without warning — was announced on Twitter just after...