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Rapper formerly known as Kanye West is now just Ye

Oct. 18, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye is now Ye. A Los Angeles judge on Monday approved the request of the rapper, producer and fashion designer to legally change his name from Kanye Omari West to just Ye, with no middle or last name. “There being no...

McCartney, Swift to induct new members into rock hall

Oct. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift will induct newcomers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its annual ceremony, set for Cleveland on Oct. 30. McCartney will give the presentation for Foo Fighters, the hall announced on Monday. He's close to Foo...

New this week: 'Dune,' 'Invasion' and an Elton John album

Oct. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Denis Villeneuve’s somberly majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 24-30

Oct. 18, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 24-30: Oct. 24: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 85. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 82. Actor Kevin Kline is 74. Actor Doug Davidson (“The Young and the Restless”) is 67. Actor B.D. Wong is 61. Actor Zahn McClarnon...

Rapper Tyga arrested in domestic violence investigation

Oct. 12, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Tyga was arrested in a felony domestic violence investigation Tuesday, authorities said. Tyga, 31, whose legal name is Michael Stevenson, was booked after a Tuesday incident in Hollywood, Los Angeles police said. He was...

Kanye West puts Wyoming ranch, business sites up for sale

Oct. 12, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Rapper, music producer and clothing entrepreneur Kanye West has put his ranch and business properties in northwestern Wyoming up for sale. The West Ranch, formerly known as Monster Lake Ranch, went on the market Monday for $11 million. The property...

Jay-Z's group raises $1M to investigate wrongful convictions

Oct. 12, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An organization run by rapper Jay-Z has facilitated donations totaling $1 million for the local innocence project to investigate wrongful convictions in Wyandotte County. The money was raised by Team Roc, which is the criminal justice division...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 17-23

Oct. 11, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 17-23: Oct. 17: Actor Marsha Hunt is 104. Singer Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts is 79. Singer Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap is 79. Actor Michael McKean is 74. Actor George Wendt is 73. Singer-comedian Bill Hudson of...

Man convicted of killing 4 people, including 10-year-old

Oct. 09, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis man was convicted of fatally shooting four people, including a music producer who had worked with him on rap songs and a 10-year-old, while robbing them of electronics and designer clothing. Jurors found 24-year-old Ja’Vonne Dupree...

City seeks festival's return, Pharrell cites 'toxic energy'

Oct. 06, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach leaders want Pharrell Williams to bring his popular Something in the Water festival back next year, but the musician is reluctant, saying a “toxic energy” has run the city for too long and he wishes the city took a more proactive stance after a...