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DJ Khaled on Nipsey Hussle: 'He's like a prophet'

May. 21, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle's final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about "our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just love," Khaled recalls. The result of the session is "Higher," the latest single from Khaled's new album "Father of...

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate

May. 21, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly...

Man indicted in fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle

May. 21, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a 29-year-old man in the fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles. Eric Ronald Holder Jr. was indicted on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He...

Review: Morrissey offers 12 covers, with very mixed results

May. 21, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

Morrissey, "California Son" (Etienne/BMG) Morrissey delivers a dozen covers on his new album, "California Sun," which reimagines works by such masters as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon as well as more obscure musicians. It's a bold move by the former Smiths singer, a sonic face-off against some of...

Madonna perfects her off-key Eurovision act online

May. 21, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Queen of Pop has cleaned up her act. After her much-panned performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday, Madonna's official YouTube channel released a noticeably touched-up version. Music critics and others weighed in online, saying she auto-tuned her vocals to...

American Airlines cuts bag fees for some sports, music gear

May. 21, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it's cutting the cost of checking oversized sporting gear and musical instruments on flights. American said Tuesday that it eliminated the extra oversize charge for those items and instead will charge regular bag fees, which are lower. Before Tuesday, a...

Recreating 'Aladdin's' magic with Will Smith and fresh faces

May. 21, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1992, Disney transported audiences to the mythical land of Agrabah, where they met a street rat with a heart of gold, a flying carpet, a headstrong princess and a magical genie with some oddly current pop culture references. With the music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and...

Why Quebec endlessly beckons those on a bicycle

May. 21, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — In Montreal each spring, an epic bicycle festival demonstrates how 25,000 people can let the good times roll without bumping into each other too much.  In Quebec City and its hinterlands, cyclists plunge into a history shaped by French explorers, the Roman Catholic Church, aboriginal...

Review: Mavis Staples and Ben Harper combine for great music

May. 21, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

Mavis Staples, "We Get By" (Anti-Records) Time has certainly not dampened the urgency in Mavis Staples' voice. Now 80, the Grammy-winning legend and social activist has one clear enemy on her new album: the status quo. She sings the word "change" some 20 times. The terrific "We Get By" opens with the song...

Ventimiglia says trip showed him Red Nose charity's impact

May. 21, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "This Is Us" star Milo Ventimiglia learned firsthand what the Red Nose Day's fundraising campaign means to children in need, and he's eager to spread the word. "I saw how the money was being spent, and how it's impacting these kids on a very real level and giving them a better shot at...