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Stars use BET Awards stage to criticize Roe v. Wade ruling

Jun. 26, 2022 23:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Jazmine Sullivan were some of the big stars using the BET Awards stage to strongly criticize the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strip away women’s constitutional protection for abortion. Henson took the stage as the...

Paul McCartney wows Glastonbury with Dave Grohl and The Boss

Jun. 26, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury Festival show was two years late. Fans thought it was worth the wait. The former Beatle pulled out all the stops — and brought on big-name rock ’n’ roll guest stars — for a 2½-hour concert at the southwest England festival on...

Muti's legacy: respect composers, reject revisionists

Jun. 24, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the twilight of his music directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti candidly outlined his legacy and implored musicians to remember his instruction on Giuseppe Verdi’s operas: use the 19th century scores without altered notes. He urged them...

Coheed and Cambria on new album, cruise life, evolving sound

Jun. 24, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a rock musical space odyssey. Star Wars goes to Warped Tour, all grown up. And it’ll make you want to dance. Coheed and Cambria's “Vaxis II” is a sprawling 13-track prog-rock symphony, out Friday. The latest in a long line of concept albums, set to the...

Dissident artist, rapper sentenced to prison in Cuba

Jun. 24, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Two members of a loose-knit group of dissident artists have been sentenced to prison in Cuba, the country's prosecutor's office said Friday. Maikel Castillo was sentenced to nine years for attacks and defamation against the country's institutions and Luis Manuel Otero...

Manufacturers struggle to keep pace with vinyl record demand

Jun. 24, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

The arrival of the compact disc nearly killed off record albums, with vinyl pressing machines sold, scrapped and dismantled by major record labels. Four decades later, with resuscitated record album sales producing double-digit annual growth, manufacturers are rapidly rebuilding an...

Suspects charged over puzzling needle attacks in France

Jun. 24, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Several suspects around France have been detained or given preliminary charges in recent days for allegedly pricking people with a needle in nightclubs or at concerts, following a surge in needle attacks that have confounded authorities and seeded panic among young club-goers. ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 24, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts mislead on photo of Zelenskyy...

Zelenskyy urges Glastonbury crowd to spread truth about war

Jun. 24, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

PILTON, England (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged music fans at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday to “spread the truth about Russia’s war ” on his country. Zelenskyy spoke to the crowd in a video message played at the British music extravaganza before a...

Spirit of Virgil Abloh lives on at Louis Vuitton in Paris

Jun. 23, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — He may have died last November, but Virgil Abloh lived on at Paris Fashion Week Thursday in a high-energy runway spectacular for Louis Vuitton menswear. A Black marching band gave a rousing performance on a surreal yellow brick road installation inside the Louvre, while rapper...