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Who will have the 2024 song of the summer? We offer some predictions

Jun. 18, 2024 09:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Since the beginning of time or, at least, pop music, only a few have earned the designation of “song of the summer.” These are the earworms that lodge deep into the brain, pushing past genre preferences and reminding listeners: A hit is a hit. With so much...

Jazz, justice and Juneteenth: Wynton Marsalis and Bryan Stevenson join forces to honor Black protest

Jun. 18, 2024 09:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black music traditions such as jazz are central to celebrations of Juneteenth, says civil rights lawyer and jazz pianist Bryan Stevenson. That’s why he and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis have debuted “Freedom, Justice and Hope,” a live...

Post Malone and Doja Cat to headline Global Citizen Festival to mobilize young people

Jun. 18, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Post Malone and Doja Cat, two of pop music’s biggest stars, will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 28, as organizers focus on mobilizing young people to help address the world’s pressing problems. The COVID-19...

Today in History: June 18, Sally Ride becomes first American woman in space

Jun. 18, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 170th day of 2024. There are 196 days left in the year. This is Father’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America’s first woman in space as she and...

That cool Tony Awards moment when Jay-Z joined Alicia Keys? Turns out it wasn't live

Jun. 17, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z's electrifying reunion with Alicia Keys on what appeared to be a live duet of “Empire State of Mind” at the Tony Awards was actually pre-taped, a show official who wasn't authorized to speak publicly told The Associated Press. The appearance of the rapper...

Music Review: Linda Thompson’s family and friends sing her songs on 'Proxy Music'

Jun. 17, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

Linda Thompson, who ranks among the finest singers of her generation, hardly sings a note on “Proxy Music," her first album in over a decade. Instead, Thompson makes herself heard through her songwriting. She’s often remembered for music she made with Richard Thompson, including...

What to stream this week: 'Kung Fu Panda 4' chops, PBS hits the disco and Kevin Hart chats

Jun. 17, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

The debut of “Echoes,” a sequel series to “Orphan Black," and the documentary “Bread & Roses” looking at how Afghan women’s lives were impacted after Kabul fell to the Taliban in 2021 are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. ...

Sean 'Diddy' Combs returns key to New York City in response to video of him attacking singer Cassie

Jun. 15, 2024 18:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean “ Diddy ” Combs has returned his key to New York City after a request from Mayor Eric Adams in response to the release of a video showing the music mogul attacking R&B singer Cassie, officials said Saturday. The mayor's office said Combs returned the...

Meet Will Butler, the singer-songwriter who makes Broadway's 'Stereophonic' rock

Jun. 15, 2024 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The assignment was daunting: Write a song for an onstage moment of transcendence. Make it kind of funny and exciting and for a five-piece band. Write it so it justifies an audience sitting in their seats for two hours before they hear it. And, oh, it must plausibly be a rock hit...

Today In History: June 15, More than 1,000 killed in New York steamboat disaster

Jun. 15, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 15, the 167th day of 2024. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 15, 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New...