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Mississippi hometown to honor late Temptations singer

Oct. 13, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — One Mississippi city promises there will be sunshine on Oct. 26, even if it's a cloudy day. That's the day Meridian will honor the late David Ruffin, one of the lead singers of the Motown group The Temptations. He sang the hit "My Girl," that included that sunny lyric. The Meridian...

Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Oct. 13, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour service, from...

Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey honored at women's event

Oct. 11, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Awkwafina and more stars overcame a dysfunctional teleprompter to toast one another and their charities at a women's luncheon Friday in Beverly Hills. "I'm fine but Jen (Aniston) is freaking it back there," DeGeneres said as harried staff...

Late opera star Jessye Norman's US hometown honors her life

Oct. 11, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — International opera star Jessye Norman never forgot her home in a small Southern U.S. city. And Augusta, Georgia, never forgot the woman who grew up among many musical influences to become one of the few black opera singers to gain worldwide acclaim. Augusta is holding four days of...

The Latest: Prince estate slams Trump use of 'Purple Rain'

Oct. 10, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. The estate of musical legend Prince is objecting to President Donald Trump's use of a Prince song before a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. The Trump campaign played Prince's "Purple Rain" as the audience at the...

Review: Fantasia won't be boxed in on 'Sketchbook' album

Oct. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

Fantasia, "Sketchbook" (Rock Soul/BMG) If you haven't heard Fantasia's latest singles, there's an easy summary: one's spiritual, another's about sex, and both are worth a listen. The singer draws from very different worlds on her latest album "Sketchbook" — crediting a higher power for her heavenly vocals...

Atlanta TV star: $750,000 in jewelry stolen from Lamborghini

Oct. 8, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The reality television star and wife of rapper T.I. says more than $750,000 in jewelry was stolen from her Lamborghini outside an Atlanta bar. Tameka "Tiny" Harris told Atlanta police she left wedding rings, watches and stud earrings in a blue velour bag on the center console of her 2019...

Man admits to defrauding concert promoters of $550,000

Oct. 7, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who goes by the nickname "Big Cheeze" has admitted to defrauding concert promoters and investors of more than a half-million dollars. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Jordan Mouton of Patterson, south of Sacramento, pleaded guilty Monday to using wire fraud and...

Hundreds mourn José José, star Mexican crooner at Miami wake

Oct. 6, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami, the second home to legendary Mexican crooner José José, mourned the iconic artist on Sunday by gathering several hundreds of his fans at a closed casket wake with his family. Known as the "Prince of Song," José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz died eight days ago in Miami at age...

Voice smooth as shea butter, Ari Lennox is a future R&B star

Oct. 3, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ari Lennox was drunk on a plane as she headed to meet J. Cole for the first time in 2016 to work on music the rapper had been putting together for Rihanna. “I still had baby vodkas left from the plane,” Lennox recalls. “Definitely just throwing them back. It was...