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CMA voters consider whether to nominate 'Old Town Road'

Aug. 14, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award. Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music...

China's Tencent in talks to buy 10% of Universal Music Group

Aug. 6, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Chinese tech giant Tencent is in talks with French media company Vivendi to buy 10% of Universal Music Group, whose artists include Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, U2 and the Rolling Stones. Vivendi said Tuesday it has started preliminary negotiations that value Universal Music at about 30 billion...

Katy Perry, others ordered to pay $2.78M for copying song

Aug. 1, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a federal jury decided Thursday. It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once known as...

The Latest: Jury tells Katy Perry, others to pay $2.78M

Aug. 1, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit from a Christian rapper whose song a jury found was copied for Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse" (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A jury has found that Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse"...

The Latest: Jury deliberates over dollars in Katy Perry case

Aug. 1, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a trial over Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse" and the rapper who says it was stolen from him (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Jurors are deciding how much Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label owe the writers of a Christian rap song over her hit "Dark Horse." The...

Jury gets a glimpse into costs of making a Katy Perry hit

Jul. 31, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's expensive to promote a Katy Perry hit, a music executive told a jury that will decide how much the pop superstar and other collaborators on her 2013 song "Dark Horse" will pay the creators of a Christian rap song. Just how pricey? More than $13,000 for a wardrobe stylist for one...

Hollywood stars open wallets to Buttigieg's 2020 campaign

Jul. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A-list celebrities seem to be opening their hearts — or at least their wallets — to Pete Buttigieg. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor was a virtual unknown months ago. But he used breakout town hall performances, viral moments and his biography as a millennial, gay military...

Cody Johnson is bridging the Texas-Nashville musical gap

Jul. 1, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ever since Willie Nelson left Nashville in the early 1970s to return to Texas, there's been a large chasm between the "red dirt" country artists working primarily in Texas and Oklahoma and the polished, radio friendly music being produced in Nashville. Even today, there's a separate...

College music department resurrects long-lost funk music

Jun. 27, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Back in the summer of 2005, Drexel University's Music Industry program got a very curious phone call. On the line was the owner of a storage facility in Philadelphia, wondering if the school would be interested in thousands of music studio tapes, seemingly abandoned in a unit for which...