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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, the Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world went dark on Tuesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the many killings of black people around the world that has caused outrage and protests. Instagram accounts, from top record label to everyday people, was full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday

Jun. 2, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S. Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record...

FILE - In this April 28, 2018, file photo, Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, Calif. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday on June 2, 2020 as riots erupted around the world sparked by Floyd’s death as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Musicians including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Post Malone and Harry Styles have spoken out following Floyd’s death and the worldwide riots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Music industry calls for Black Out Tuesday amid unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday as violent protests erupted around the world sparked by...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, Rapper Kanye West watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles. Drawings by West from when the rapper was a high school student in Chicago are now worth thousands of dollars, according to an appraiser. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill File)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13

Jun. 1, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13: June 7: Actress Virginia McKenna (“Born Free”) is 89. Singer Tom Jones is 80. Actor Ronald Pickup (“The Crown”) is 80. Actor Ronald Pickup (TV’s “The Crown,” film’s “The Best Exotic Marigold...

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2017 file photo shows DJ-producer David Guetta performing at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. When hundreds of artists started singing from their living rooms when the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Grammy-winning DJ-producer still wanted to perform in front of a live audience. So the hitmaker set up shop at Icon Brickell in downtown Miami, performing outdoors for 90 minutes as 8,000 locals danced along from their balconies during the feel-good moment last month. Now, he’s launching his second United At Home event at an undisclosed location in New York on Saturday to connect with fans and raise money for health care workers and virus relief efforts. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

In a NY state of mind, Guetta readies virus relief concert

May. 28, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When hundreds of artists started singing from their living rooms when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Grammy-winning DJ-producer David Guetta still wanted to perform in front of a live audience. So the hitmaker set up shop in front of a 205-foot pool at the Icon Brickell in downtown Miami,...

Review: 'High Note' is easy listening for troubled times

May. 27, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we’d have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like “The High Note,” and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments. But hey, times have changed, and the pleasing chemistry of two very likable leads...

Lawyer: Charges against DA candidate over video 'fabricated'

May. 27, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The lawyer for a Georgia district attorney candidate says the charges he faces over a campaign video are fabricated and political. Mark Jones is accused of endangering the public after he participated in the video that features a car driving recklessly on government property,...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, Sil Lai Abrams, back row from left, director Amy Ziering, director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon, seated left, and Sheri Hines pose for a portrait to promote the film

#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color

May. 27, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet. In the early morning darkness of Dec. 13, 2017, former music executive Drew Dixon walks to a...

Warrant issued for DA candidate in rap campaign video

May. 26, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — An arrest warrant was issued for a Georgia district attorney candidate accused of endangering the public after he participated in a campaign video featuring a car driving recklessly on government property, authorities said Tuesday. Mark Jones is wanted by Columbus police and accused...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, poses for a portrait to promote her Comedy Central series

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

May. 26, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6: May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 90. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 82. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 80. Actress Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey”) is 77. Actor Tom Berenger is...

FILE - This March 17, 2019 file photo shows Nav performing at the Juno Awards in London, Ontario, in Canada. Nav's latest “Good Intentions” project debuted this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Nav on back-to-back No. 1s and learning from The Weeknd

May. 22, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian-Indian rapper Nav has no problem being signed to one of the biggest artists in the world. In fact, he says The Weeknd doesn’t overshadow him, but pushes him to the forefront. “It’s a real family over here. He has so much success. I don’t think he really...