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At the Oscars, some songwriters are left in the dark

Feb. 21, 2019 5:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For Grammy-winning producer-songwriter Alexander Shuckburgh, the Academy Awards are so close and yet so far. Shuckburgh should be celebrating as an Oscar nominee since a song he co-wrote — "All the Stars" from the "Black Panther" soundtrack — is competing for best original...

AP Source: Kendrick Lamar, SZA not performing at Oscars

Feb. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — "All the Stars" are not performing at the Academy Awards, including Kendrick Lamar and SZA. A person familiar with the decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't allowed to publicly discuss it, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the duo behind "All the...

Review: Chaka Khan's 'Hello Happiness' is mini bundle of joy

Feb. 19, 2019 11:46 AM EST

Chaka Khan, "Hello Happiness" (Diary/Island Records) With just seven songs in 28 minutes, Chaka Khan's "Hello Happiness" is a little bundle of joy, emphasis on the little. But you shouldn't feel shortchanged. Consider it instead as a corrective to all those overlong, overblown collections of incessant sonic...

Vandal topples wax statue of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Feb. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head. Investigators were continuing Monday to look for a suspect in the strange episode Saturday night. Police say a man...

Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller

Feb. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of...

Florida rapper YNW Melly accused of killing 2 friends

Feb. 14, 2019 9:03 AM EST

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Police have charged Florida rapper YNW Melly with killing two of his close friends who were also rising rap stars, and trying to make it appear they died in a drive-by shooting. On Wednesday, Miramar police arrested 19-year-old YNW Melly, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, on...

The Latest: Collaborators: No word from Glover on Grammys

Feb. 13, 2019 5:34 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 61st annual Grammy Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Even Childish Gambino's collaborators say they aren't sure of his whereabouts on Grammy night. Gambino won four trophies on Sunday, but the...

Lil' Kim struts and sings at The Blonds' saucy fashion show

Feb. 13, 2019 5:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop icon Lil' Kim slayed as a blonde at The Blonds, performing her new song "Go Awff" to close the design duo's New York Fashion week show inspired by "Scarface" and other classic gangster movies. David and Phillipe Blond, always fashion provocateurs, wanted to incorporate their...

Lawyer says rapper 21 Savage freed from immigration custody

Feb. 13, 2019 4:53 PM EST

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) — Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was released Wednesday from an immigration detention center in south Georgia, his lawyers said. The rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released on $100,000 bond, immigration lawyer Tia Smith said in an email. He had been held in...

Rolling in the deep: HBO film looks at roller skate culture

Feb. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating. Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead. "We were shooting a piece about what we...