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This combination photo shows, from left, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and rapper Nelly, who will participate in Live Nation's “Live from the Drive-In,” concert series taking place July 10-12.  (AP Photo)

Amid pandemic, Live Nation announces drive-in concert series

Jun. 22, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tour promoter Live Nation has announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July, months after the live music industry has been on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment company on Monday announced “Live from the Drive-In” — a...

In this March 31, 2020 photo provided by Sean Giovanni, Benji Harris, an artist/songwriter and client executive for a company called Song Division, leads a virtual songwriting team building workshop for a corporate client at The Record Shop, a recording studio in Nashville, Tenn., owned by Sean Giovanni. Giovanni got an important lesson that will help his business long after the pandemic has subsided. The Record Shop doesn’t have to be limited to what it can produce onsite.  (Sean Giovanni via AP)

Pandemic gives businesses lessons in survival, innovation

Jun. 18, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus outbreak forced Sean Giovanni to shut down his recording studio in for two months, he dropped off mobile equipment at staffers’ and artists’ homes. He hoped remote recording would bring in some revenue. It did. Along with the income, Giovanni got an...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, artist Don Henley performs at

Eagles' Don Henley asks Congress to change copyright law

Jun. 2, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eagles songwriter Don Henley urged Congress on Tuesday to “Take It to the Limit” to protect artists against online pirating, wading into a copyright fight pitting Hollywood and the recording industry against big tech platforms like Google’s YouTube. The blockbuster...

FILE - In this April 28, 2018, file photo, Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, Calif. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday on June 2, 2020 as riots erupted around the world sparked by Floyd’s death as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Musicians including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, Demi Lovato, Post Malone and Harry Styles have spoken out following Floyd’s death and the worldwide riots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Music industry calls for Black Out Tuesday amid unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people. Several top record labels organized Black Out Tuesday as violent protests erupted around the world sparked by...

Review: 'High Note' is easy listening for troubled times

May. 27, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we’d have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like “The High Note,” and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments. But hey, times have changed, and the pleasing chemistry of two very likable leads...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, Sil Lai Abrams, back row from left, director Amy Ziering, director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon, seated left, and Sheri Hines pose for a portrait to promote the film

#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color

May. 27, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet. In the early morning darkness of Dec. 13, 2017, former music executive Drew Dixon walks to a...

FILE - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo shows The Eli Young Band performing during halftime of an NFL football game in Houston. The band will perform as part of the Concert in Your Car series at the new Texas Rangers stadium ,Globe Life Field, in Arlington, Texas starting June 4. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider, File)

Socially distant concerts signal a reopening for live music

May. 19, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The last time bassist Jon Jones played a concert with his country group Eli Young Band was March 8. He hopes to hit the stage again in June to launch a new drive-in concert series in his first return to live music with fans since the devastating coronavirus. “This is going to...