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Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

Sep. 22, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the...

Rihanna takes time with album while unveiling lingerie line

Sep. 22, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna might be extremely consumed with rolling out her popular lingerie line, but finishing her forthcoming album is still a priority. The multi-Grammy winner is just taking her time to “experiment.” She suggests her new music will sound much...

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...

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,...

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...

New this week: 'The Starling,' Diddy and Billy Bob Thornton

Sep. 20, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — The best way to remember Norm Macdonald, who died last week at age 61, is...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Sep. 20, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Sept. 26: Country singer David Frizzell is 80. Actor Kent McCord (“Adam 12”) is 79. “The Weakest Link” host Anne Robinson is 77. Singer Bryan Ferry is 76. Actor Mary Beth Hurt is 75. Singer-actor Olivia...

UN agency: Innovation continued even as coronavirus emerged

Sep. 20, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s intellectual property agency said Monday that innovation marched forward last year despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries boosted their investments, even as hard-hit sectors like transport and travel eased...

Elton John postpones European shows after hip injury

Sep. 16, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Elton John says he is postponing European dates on his world tour until 2023 so that he can have an operation on an injured hip. The 74-year-old singer-songwriter had been due to play cities in Britain and Europe this year as part of the Farewell Yellow...

Dionne Warwick, star of a new documentary, keeps smiling

Sep. 14, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

The first standing ovation Dionne Warwick ever received was as a 6-year-old, when her reverend grandfather brought her up to the pulpit of the St. Luke’s AME Church in Newark, New Jersey, where she sang “Jesus Loves Me” for a rapt congregation. Warwick's most...