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Cost to clean up Grant Park after Lollapalooza over $600,000

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Organizers of the Lollapalooza music festival have received their largest bill in years to restore Chicago's Grant Park after damages caused by last month's event. The Chicago Tribune reports Lollapalooza received a $645,000 bill this year to clean up Grant Park. It's the highest amount...

Judge won't return R. Kelly bond money to woman who paid it

Sep. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in R. Kelly's Illinois sexual assault case has refused to give $100,000 in bail money back to a Kelly friend who paid it in February to secure the singer's release from county jail. The judge says papers that restauranteur Valencia Love signed clearly indicated she could lose the...

Tekashi 6ix9ine testifies for prosecution at gang trial

Sep. 17, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine testified on Tuesday against two alleged members of a Brooklyn street gang, describing how he discovered a formula for success with the crew before betraying it by becoming a prosecution witness. 6ix9ine - his rainbow-colored hair gone but trademark "69" tattoo on his...

Review: Emeli Sandé returns with anthems for the every day

Sep. 17, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

Emeli Sandé, "Real Life" (Capitol Records) Emeli Sandé's music has always leaned into the epic. Her clear, full voice powers sweeping anthems, most of which seem perfectly suited for bringing energy to momentous occasions (remember her at the 2012 Olympic Games?), but just as good for motivating...

Song lyrics lead to terroristic threat charge at university

Sep. 17, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say a University of South Alabama student is accused of making a terroristic threat after he wrote song lyrics by a popular rapper on a large flip chart in the school library — the second such case within a week on the campus. Jack Aaron Christensen, 21, wrote song...

Review: Robertson looks back at The Band in 'Sinematic'

Sep. 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

Robbie Robertson, "Sinematic" (UMe) Robbie Robertson, the former lead songwriter and guitar player for The Band, taps into his love of films for "Sinematic," his first new studio album in eight years. The inspiration for "Sinematic" shouldn't come as a surprise given Robertson's close and longtime friendship with...

Steve Martin's bluegrass award faces uncertain future

Sep. 17, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One morning last week in Boston, Victor Furtado woke up to a mailman's knock. He was handed a little unmarked package. "I opened it up here in my apartment and kind of looked at it for a second, hoping somebody would wake me up. I was shocked, completely blown away." Inside was word that...

No 'Stranglehold:' Let hunters bait deer, says Ted Nugent

Sep. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ted Nugent, the rocker and avid hunter, is speaking out in support of legislation that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting in Michigan. Nugent told lawmakers Tuesday that a ban won't stop deer from "swapping spit." He says they eat from the same trees and plants. The Michigan...

Kane Brown, Luke Combs among CMT Artists of the Year

Sep. 17, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay and Thomas Rhett will be honored as the country's top stars at the 10th annual CMT Artists of the Year television special. The 90-minute special airing live from Nashville, Tennessee on Oct. 16 will include tribute performances to...

Correction: US-Obit-Ocasek story

Sep. 16, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 16 about the death of Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of studio albums the band released. They put out seven, not six. A corrected version of the story is below: Rocker Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, dead at 75 Ric Ocasek,...