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FILE - Musician Mac Davis performs at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2014. Davis, a country star and Elvis songwriter,   died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 after heart surgery. He was 78. Davis started his career writing hits for Presley, including “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto.” The Lubbock, Texas-native had a varied career over the years as a singer, actor and TV host and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named ACM entertainer of the year in 1974 after the success of songs like “Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me.” (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78

Sep. 30, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. He was 78. His longtime manager Jim Morey said in a...

FILE - Shania Twain appears during a portrait session in New York on  June 14, 2019. Twain is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album that turned her into a global superstar. She is releasing a deluxe reissue set of her 1995 breakthrough album “The Woman in Me,” which became the best-selling record by a woman in country music at the time. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)

Shania Twain reflects on breakout album that changed country

Sep. 30, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The record that turned Shania Twain from a struggling singer-songwriter from Canada into a global superstar also changed country music for years to come. Twain is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of “The Woman in Me” with a deluxe reissue set out Friday...

Director Schele Williams is writing book on enslavement

Sep. 30, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway director Schele Williams is working on a book for young people about the history of enslavement. Abrams Children’s Books announced Wednesday that Williams' “Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History” will come out in October 2021. The publisher is...

Lawsuit: Man died when chair was thrown at concert

Sep. 30, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit claims that a Missouri man died at a 2019 Dave Matthews Band concert after being hit by a chair thrown by an employee of the venue in St. Louis County. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lawsuit was filed last month by Darcy Smith of Jefferson City,...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2015, file photo, Australian-born singer Helen Reddy attends the 2015 G'DAY USA GALA at the Hollywood Palladium, in Los Angeles. Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her feminist anthem “I Am Woman” and recorded a string of other hits, has died at age 78. Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan announced that the actress-singer died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP, File)

'I Am Woman' singer Helen Reddy, '70s hitmaker, dies at 78

Sep. 29, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her rousing feminist anthem “I Am Woman” and recorded a string of other hits, has died. She was 78. Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan announced that the actor-singer died Tuesday in Los Angeles. “She was a...

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Review: Live album shows why Lambert is perfect for Queen

Sep. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

Queen and Adam Lambert, “Live Around the World” (Hollywood) Adam Lambert is not Freddie Mercury. Nor, to his credit, does he try to be. What he is, though, is the perfect successor to the iconic Queen vocalist, seemingly predestined to revive the supergroup with his own impossible vocals and...

This combination photo shows Alicia Keys hosting the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019, from left, Post Malone performing in Philadelphia on Feb. 21, 2020, Bad Bunny performing at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019 and Luke Combs performing at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. NBC and dick clark productions announced that Keys, Malone, Bad Bunny and Combs will the perform at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14.  (AP Photo)

Billboard Awards: Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Malone to perform

Sep. 29, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Luke Combs and leading nominee Post Malone will perform at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. NBC and dick clark productions on Tuesday announced the performers for the show, which will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 14. With restrictions...

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New this week: Mariah Carey, Gloria Steinem & 'South Park'

Sep. 29, 2020 4:16 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 — "The Glorias ": Julie Taymor's film, based on Gloria Steinem's 2015 book “My Life on the Road,” is a biopic...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Oct. 4 - Oct. 10 shows, from left, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, Emily Mortimer, Simon Cowell, Nick Cannon, Guillermo del Toro and Tanya Tucker. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 4-10

Sep. 28, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 4-10: Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 91. Actor Felicia Farr (“The Player,” “Kotch”) is 88. Author Roy Blount Jr. is 79. Author Anne Rice is 79. Actor Lori Saunders (“Petticoat Junction”) is 79. Actor Clifton Davis...

Musician starts virtual festival to promote civic engagement

Sep. 27, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — With Election Day rapidly approaching, a west Kentucky artist has teamed up state Rep. Charles Booker’s Hood to the Holler organization and other musicians from around the state and nation to promote civic engagement through a virtual music festival on Oct. 1. Shaina Goodman, a...