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This combination photo shows Chris Janson at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas on May 4, 2019, left, and Chase Rice at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists like Janson and Rice who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large crowds without masks. Rice performed in front of a large crowd in Tennessee and Janson performed at an outdoor festival in Idaho. (AP Photo)

Critics slam country artists for playing for unmasked crowds

Jun. 29, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fellow musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large, tight crowds without masks, even as COVID-19 cases resurge in the United States. Country singer Chase Rice posted video of his...

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New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'

Jun. 29, 2020 5:11 PM 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 — “ Hamilton ”: Disney Plus does not want to throw away its shot. On Friday, the streaming service will debut...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from July 5-July 11, from left, RZA attends the BET Hip-Hop Honors on Sept. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. RZA, Kevin Hart attends the Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 4, 2019, in Las Vegas, Ringo Starr poses for a portrait on Sept. 23, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif, Wolfgang Puck arrives at the Oscars on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, Tom Hanks arrives to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Rome Film Festival on Oct. 13, 2016, Sofia Vergara arrives at a Stand Up To Cancer event on Sept. 7, 2018, in Santa Monica, CalifSofia Vergara arrives at a Stand Up To Cancer event on Sept. 7, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif and Suzanne Vega poses for a portrait on March 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 5-11

Jun. 29, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 5-11 July 5: Musician Robbie Robertson is 77. Singer Huey Lewis is 70. Country keyboardist Charles Ventre of River Road is 68. Singer Marc Cohn is 61. Actor Dorien Wilson (“The Parkers,” ″Sister, Sister”) is 58. Actress Edie Falco (“Nurse...

FILE - In this March 24, 2016 file photo, members of The Rolling Stones, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood pose for photos from their plane at Jose Marti international airport in Havana, Cuba.  The Rolling Stones are threatening U.S. President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his reelection campaign rallies despite cease-and-desist directives, according to a statement issued by the band  Sunday June 28, 2020.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa File)

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs

Jun. 28, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop use of their material in...

This combination of photos shows country singer Rissi Palmer, from left, Chuck Harmony, left, and Claude Kelly of Louis York and country rapper Breland. Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. The genre has historically been marketed to white audiences and reinforced white male artist stereotypes. (Chris Charles via AP, left, Jeremy Ryan via AP, center and Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

Jun. 26, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans. On her 2007 debut single, “Country Girl,” she celebrated her...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, the Dixie Chicks, Emily Robison, left, Natalie Maines, center, and Martie Maguire arrive for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning country group have dropped the word dixie from their name and are now going by The Chicks. The move follows a decision by country group Lady Antebellum to change to Lady A after acknowledging the word's association to slavery. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks

Jun. 25, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country group The Dixie Chicks have dropped the word Dixie from their name, now going by The Chicks. The band's social media accounts and website were changed on Thursday to the refer to the new name for the band, which is made up of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from June 28-July 4, Mel Brooks, from left, attends the premiere of

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 28-July 4

Jun. 22, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 28-July 4 June 28: Comedian-director Mel Brooks is 94. Comedian John Byner is 83. Bassist Dave Knights of Procol Harum is 75. Actor Bruce Davison (“X-Men”) is 74. Actress Kathy Bates is 72. Actress Alice Krige is 66. Jazz singer Tierney Sutton is 57. Actress...

This Nov. 18, 2019 photo shows country singer Brad Paisley posing for a portrait in New York.  Paisley will perform in Live Nation's “Live from the Drive-In,” concert series taking place July 10-12. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

Brad Paisley on drive-in concerts: 'It's a return to life'

Jun. 22, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For country star Brad Paisley, who has spent the last two decades performing live concerts for feverish fans, the thought of touring being taken away never crossed his mind. “Even as recorded music went through transitions where it was less lucrative and people were (dealing with)...

This combination photo shows, from left, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and rapper Nelly, who will participate in Live Nation's “Live from the Drive-In,” concert series taking place July 10-12.  (AP Photo)

Amid pandemic, Live Nation announces drive-in concert series

Jun. 22, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tour promoter Live Nation has announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July, months after the live music industry has been on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment company on Monday announced “Live from the Drive-In” — a...

Man with terminal cancer gets the concert of his dreams

Jun. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Jerry Lambrich’s wish came true. It was a simple one. The 80-year-old Owensboro man wanted Cash Unchained, a Johnny Cash tribute band, to play a private concert for him and a small group of friends and family at his house. Luckily, the band’s lead guitarist is his son,...