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Michigan court reverses murder conviction, cites rap videos

Jan. 24, 2020 4:00 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously threw out a murder conviction Friday, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a “ruthless and menacing threat to the community.” Jamal Bennett is serving a 32-year prison sentence for the fatal shooting...

This cover image released by Trimeter Records shows “The Family Songbook” by The Haden Triplets. (Trimeter Records via AP)

Review: Haden Triplets sustain tradition of sibling harmony

Jan. 24, 2020 3:57 PM EST

The Haden Triplets, "The Family Songbook” (Trimeter Records) On their new album, “The Family Songbook,” The Haden Triplets sustain the longstanding musical tradition of siblings singing in harmony while also expanding their family's musical footprint, which goes back generations. On the...

FILE - In this April 14, 2019, file photo, rapper YG performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. YG, whose real name is Keenon Jackson ,was arrested Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of robbery just two days before he is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards, officials said. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper YG arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of robbery

Jan. 24, 2020 2:42 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper YG was arrested Friday at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of robbery just two days before he is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards, officials said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies took YG, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, into custody at his Chatsworth home as...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, Chance The Rapper performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. Celebrities, beware: “Punk’d” is being revived. And this time Chance the Rapper is doing the punk'ing. MTV Studios and Quibi said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, that they are teaming up to revive the show with Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper pranking unsuspecting A-listers. Quibi is an upcoming short-video streaming service that's backed by Hollywood studios.  (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)

'Punk’d' to be revived with Chance the Rapper doing pranks

Jan. 24, 2020 2:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities, beware: “Punk’d” is being revived. And this time Chance the Rapper is the one doing the punk'ing. MTV Studios and Quibi said Friday they are teaming up to revive the show with Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper pranking unsuspecting A-listers. No date was...

In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 photo, Doug Kershaw performs on the first day of the 22nd Louisiana Swamp Festival at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.  With his memoir out last fall, and upcoming performances at a rockabilly festival in Spain and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he's once again in the spotlight.(Rusty Costanza/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

At 84, Cajun musician Doug Kershaw still going strong

Jan. 24, 2020 1:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As 84-year-old Cajun music legend Doug Kershaw looks back, he's still looking ahead too — fiddling, singing, writing and performing as the quintessential “Louisiana Man.” Kershaw taught himself to play by surreptitiously using his daddy's fiddle at age 5. And in a...

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Review: Ethan Gruska shines brightest when melody prevails

Jan. 24, 2020 1:26 PM EST

Ethan Gruska, “En Garde" (Warner Records) Ethan Gruska has a well-deserved reputation for dreamy experimentation. From his work with the Fleetwood Mac-adjacent Belle Brigade to his 2017 solo debut, “Slowmotionary," the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has long demonstrated an adventurous musical...

Billie Eilish performs live on stage at the 2020 Spotify Best New Artist Party at The Lot Studios on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Rosalía rule at pre-Grammy Spotify gig

Jan. 24, 2020 11:50 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lizzo screamed at the top of her lungs, Lil Nas X brought out Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road” and Billie Eilish sang softly with her brother-turned-producer assisting on keys. The three artists — the acts with the most nods at Sunday’s Grammy Awards...

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Taylor Swift shakes Sundance with revealing documentary

Jan. 24, 2020 5:24 AM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The normally private Taylor Swift premiered an intimate documentary Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival in which the pop star discloses a past eating disorder, chronicles her inner battle over speaking forthrightly about politics and says her victorious 2017 sexual assault court...

Plea change set in African American church fire case

Jan. 23, 2020 6:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing. Holden Matthews has pleaded not guilty to federal charges arising from the arson fires at south Louisiana churches. However, a court filing...

FILE - This Nov. 14, 2019 file photo shows Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan at the 20th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Dugan has fired back at the Recording Academy with a complaint claiming she was retaliated against after reporting she was subjected to sexual harassment and gender discrimination during her six-month tenure. Lawyers for Dugan, who the academy placed on administrative leave last week, filed a discrimination case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday. In the complaint, she claims she was subjected to sexual harassment from the academy’s general counsel. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)

Ousted Grammy chief suggests awards are tainted

Jan. 23, 2020 5:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The ousted head of the Grammy Awards says that music's biggest awards are tainted because of conflicts of interest that infect how certain songs and artists are nominated. Nevertheless, Deborah Dugan said in an interview on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Thursday that she...