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Tencent Music shares rise on first trading day

Dec. 12, 2018 4:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music Entertainment rose nearly 8 percent to $14 on Thursday, their first day of trade. The company's initial public offering of 82 million shares, which was priced at $13 a share, is expected to raise between $1.07 billion and $1.23 billion....

2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: Country singer Kane Brown

Dec. 12, 2018 2:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kane Brown wasn't sure he was going to make it. But there was one thing he was certain about: He was never going to give up. The singer from humble beginnings has become one of the brightest new singers in music and arguably country music's most successful act of the year, and has been...

Beyonce! Hillary! India revels in a very big wedding

Dec. 12, 2018 1:35 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to be India's richest man. Forbes estimates his net...

Review: LP, diminutive singer with big voice, lays it out

Dec. 12, 2018 12:09 PM EST

LP, "Heart to Mouth" (BMG/Vagrant) There's a reference to shape-shifting tucked into the lyrics of "When I'm Over You," the second song on LP's new album, "Heart to Mouth," and it didn't get there by accident. Over the course of a dozen new songs, the diminutive singer works in enough different styles to draw...

Timing is perfect for Florida Georgia Line's 1st Grammy nom

Dec. 12, 2018 11:57 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country powerhouse duo Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the sound of the genre for eight years and setting historical records in sales, airplay and streaming, and they've finally landed a coveted acknowledgement from the Recording Academy with their first-ever Grammy...

Cannibal Corpse guitarist charged with burglary, assault

Dec. 11, 2018 3:22 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the lead guitarist for the death metal band Cannibal Corpse broke into a Florida house and tried to attack a deputy. A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office news release says 53-year-old Patrick O'Brien was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault and burglary....

Floyd Parton, brother of Dolly Parton, has died

Dec. 11, 2018 2:41 PM EST

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Floyd Estel Parton, the brother of country singer Dolly Parton, has died. An obituary posted by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tennessee, says Parton died last Thursday. He was 61. Like his sister, Floyd Parton was a songwriter and composer. His most famous songs were...

AP names Nicky Jam and J Balvin's 'X' its top song of 2018

Dec. 11, 2018 2:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. 1. Nicky Jam and J Balvin, "X'': Nicky Jam and J Balvin's "X'' is not just the Latin song of the year — it is SIMPLY THE SONG OF THE YEAR. A year after the uber-successful "Despacito," comes "X'' — a...

Sydney Brakeley's stepmom is The Witch in opera production

Dec. 11, 2018 2:02 PM EST

Sydney Brakeley's stepmother really is quite the witch. The 12-year-old is a gingerbread child in the chorus of the LA Opera's production of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through this weekend. Her stepmother, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, portrays...

AP's top 2018 albums: Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, J Cole

Dec. 11, 2018 1:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. 1. Janelle Monae, "Dirty Computer": When Janelle Monae released the masterfully brilliant "The ArchAndroid" in 2010, it was hard to imagine how this futuristic, already-seasoned artist could grow, and where that...