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Review: Raphael Saadiq's history imbues stirring 'Jimmy Lee'

Aug. 22, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

Raphael Saadiq, "Jimmy Lee" (Columbia Records) "Jimmy Lee" is a stirring album combining Raphael Saadiq's trademark vintage soul sounds with moving gospel, disquieting soundscapes and closing triad of tunes that pulls no punches in addressing social ills and personal doubts. Saadiq's family losses to addictions...

Ex-Texans star Mario Williams accused of trespassing at home

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

KATY, Texas (AP) — Former Texans star Mario Williams has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge accusing him of trespassing at a woman's Houston-area home. Harris County court records show Williams was arrested Tuesday and freed on $100 bond. Online records don't list an attorney to speak on behalf of...

Riesterer, wrote Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," dies

Aug. 21, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Frederic Riesterer, the producer and creator of electronic dance music who co-wrote the Grammy-nominated hit "I Gotta Feeling" with The Black Eyed Peas, has died. He was 58. Riesterer, who used the stage name Fred Rister, also worked with David Guetta but, unlike the superstar French DJ,...

Florida battery charge dropped against singer Chris Brown

Aug. 19, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago. Hillsborough County prosecutors filed a notice Friday to drop the charge. The State Attorney's Office released a statement saying...

Wilson, Ciara, Macklemore celebrate joining Sounders

Aug. 19, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson, Ciara and Macklemore say they are honored to be a part of the Seattle Sounders ownership group. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback and his wife, along with the Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, said at a Sounders event Monday that a sense of community drew them into joining...

R. Kelly judge to proceed to trial despite new cases

Aug. 15, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge overseeing singer R. Kelly's sexual-abuse case says he'll proceed toward a trial despite three new cases being brought against Kelly. Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood noted Thursday at a status hearing that a federal case in Chicago, one in New York and a Minnesota case...

Aretha Franklin's cancer doctors recall her grace, grit

Aug. 15, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin's cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient. As the anniversary of her death approaches, two of her doctors tell The Associated Press that the Queen of Soul handled the diagnosis and treatment with grace — and the grit...

Sounders add Russell Wilson, Macklemore to ownership group

Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders are adding Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wife Ciara, hip-hop artist Macklemore and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to the MLS club's ownership group. Other investors are also coming aboard while current majority owner Adrian Hanauer is increasing his investment...

NFL teaming with Jay-Z on entertainment and social activism

Aug. 13, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z's Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and...

Freed inmate Cyntoia Brown marries recording artist J. Long

Aug. 12, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, an inmate recently released on clemency after being given a life sentence at the age of 16, has married recording artist J. Long, formerly associated with the R&B group Pretty Ricky. Wes Yoder, a representative for Brown-Long, the name she now goes by, confirmed...