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This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 24-30 shows, from left, Daveed Diggs, Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Alan Cumming, Alan Alda, Oprah Winfrey and Christian Bale. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30

Jan. 19, 2021 8:44 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30 Jan. 24: Fiddler Doug Kershaw is 85. Singer Ray Stevens is 82. Singer Aaron Neville is 80. Singer Neil Diamond is 80. Actor Michael Ontkean (“Twin Peaks”) is 75. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 71. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 70. Actor William...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, Garth Brooks performs on stage during the 2020 Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute Concert at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

Jan. 18, 2021 8:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Add Garth Brooks to the lineup of entertainers at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. “This is a great day in our household," the country music superstar said during a virtual press conference Monday, two days before Biden is to be sworn in. “This is not a political...

FILE - In this May 29, 2009 file photo, music producer Phil Spector sits in a courtroom for his sentencing in Los Angeles. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who was later convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at age 81.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

Jan. 17, 2021 10:46 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81. California state prison officials said he died Saturday of natural causes at a hospital. ...

This combination photo shows Tim McGraw at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas on May 4, 2019, left, and Tyler Hubbard of the duo Florida Georgia Line at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Hubbard and McGraw are asking people to walk a mile in someone else's shoes in a call for unity on their new duet “Undivided.

Tyler Hubbard, Tim McGraw call for unity on new duet

Jan. 14, 2021 10:38 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Isolating alone on his tour bus parked outside his home last year, Tyler Hubbard, one-half of the popular country duo Florida Georgia Line, felt weighed down with emotion about the division in America in 2020. In November, Hubbard had tested positive for COVID-19, the devastating...

FILE - Dolly Parton arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. Parton turns 75 on Jan. 19. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Lawmaker wants Dolly Parton statue at Tennessee Capitol

Jan. 14, 2021 7:58 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A statue of country music icon Dolly Parton could be added to the Capitol grounds in Nashville, Tennessee, if one state lawmaker gets his way. Democratic Rep. John Mark Windle introduced a bill Tuesday that aims to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 17-23 shows James Earl Jones, from left, Kevin Costner, Dolly Parton, Rainn Wilson, Geena Davis, Diane Lane and Chita Rivera. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23

Jan. 11, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23 Jan. 17: Actor Betty White is 99. Actor James Earl Jones is 90. Talk show host Maury Povich is 82. Singer Chris Montez is 79. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 76. Actor Joanna David (“Downton Abbey”) is 74. Actor Jane Elliott (“General...

Michael Apted, director of ‘Up’ documentary series, dies

Jan. 8, 2021 5:51 PM EST

Michael Apted, the acclaimed British director of the “Up” documentary series and films as diverse as the Loretta Lynn biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough,” has died. He was 79. A representative for the Directors Guild of...

This cover image released by New West Records shows “J.T.” by Steve Earle & The Dukes, covering 10 songs from the catalog of Earle's son Justin Townes Earle, who died in August. The album, released Monday, is a tribute to his son. (New West Records via AP)

Review: Steve Earle pays moving tribute to his son's talent

Jan. 8, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Steve Earle & the Dukes, “J.T." (New West) Steve Earle has recorded tribute albums before, to songwriting mentors Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. But this one is different. Maybe that's because he started recording it just months after his son, Justin Townes Earle, died alone in his Nashville...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 10-16 shows Rod Stewart, from left, Mary J. Blige, Issa Rae, Liam Hemsworth, Faye Dunaway, Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 10-16

Jan. 4, 2021 8:56 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 10-16 Jan. 10: Singer Ronnie Hawkins of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks is 86. Actor William Sanderson (“Deadwood,” ″Newhart”) is 77. Singer Rod Stewart is 76. Singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 73. Singer Pat Benatar is 68. Guitarist...

Mariah Carey performs during her holiday special

A record 39 holiday songs dominate Billboard Hot 100 chart

Dec. 29, 2020 12:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tis the season to be jolly: A record 39 holiday songs have dominated this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, including nine holiday tunes in the Top 10. Mariah Carey's ubiquitous hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You," leads the pack at No. 1 — marking the tune's fifth time at...