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Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

Dec. 7, 2019 5:42 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For...

AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta

Dec. 7, 2019 12:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Ari Lennox, “Shea Butter Baby”: A message to the Grammy Awards, in the words of pop music philosopher Mariah Carey: “Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion.” Them is the Grammys, and...

AP's top songs of 2019: Jhené Aiko, Sam Smith, Normani

Dec. 7, 2019 12:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. 1. Jhené Aiko, “Triggered (freestyle)": Jhené Aiko brilliantly captures so many emotions in one song on “Triggered (freestyle),” as she rapidly spits out lyrics in a raw way that...

Final album for slain rapper XXXTentacion drops in Miami

Dec. 6, 2019 10:49 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Celebrities including Diplo, Playboi Carti and PnB Rock paid tribute to slain Florida rapper XXXTentacion during the week of parties surrounding Art Basel Miami. Hundreds of fans gathered at a posthumous album release party Thursday night to be the first to hear XXXTentacion's Bad Vibes...

S. Carolina civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

Dec. 6, 2019 4:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported. One of the first black women to practice law in South Carolina, Primus worked with the American Civil Liberties...

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

Dec. 6, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows it's all about the exclusive after parties. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell were in town while DJ Khaled and rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane held court late night....

Review: Townshend, Daltrey return to The Who’s rocking ways

Dec. 6, 2019 3:26 PM EST

The Who, “WHO” (Interscope) While frequently joining forces for tours and other projects, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have released just two studio albums as The Who since 1982, with 2006’s “Endless Wire” their last such work until now. “WHO” sees the pair...

The AP names 'Surviving R. Kelly' top TV show of 2019

Dec. 6, 2019 2:14 PM EST

1. "Surviving R. Kelly," Lifetime. No other series made the kind of real world impact that this one did. Allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed R. Kelly for years: The superstar was even acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. But it wasn't until after the airing of Lifetime's six-part...

Review: Liam Payne stumbles badly with embarrassing debut CD

Dec. 6, 2019 9:57 AM EST

Liam Payne, “LP1" (Capitol) One Direction fans have reason to rejoice this holiday season: They get not just one, but two full albums from former members — Liam Payne and Harry Styles. Unfortunately for one of them, the reception will be frosty. Payne's 17-track “LP1" never really gets off...

Royal Opera, The Met remove tenor Vittorio Grigolo

Dec. 6, 2019 8:37 AM EST

New York (AP) — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behavior at a curtain call. A spokesperson for the Royal Opera said in a statement released Thursday that their investigation found his behavior...