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WVU students finish 2nd year running concert series

Sep. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — An idea that started as a way to take advantage of Palatine Park’s beauty has become a multi-faceted boon for several parties. It started when Marion County Administrator Kris Cinalli began looking into ways to provide entertainment at the park...

Market debut of Universal Music Group is a smash hit

Sep. 21, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

The market debut of Universal Music Group was a hit with investors Tuesday with optimism about the future of steaming music running high. Shares jumped nearly 40% to almost $26 per share in trading on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange. Universal has a...

Jam & Lewis are back for the first time with 'Volume One'

Aug. 31, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If anyone questions being too old to try something new, look no further than iconic music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “As you get older in life, we realized that there’s less first times you get to actually experience things,” said Jam....

Music industry weighs vaccine mandates, but politics collide

Aug. 26, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine gave the live entertainment industry hope for a rebound in 2021. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge and hospital beds fill up, it feels like March 2020 all over again. Tom DeGeorge runs the popular Crowbar club in Tampa,...

Hezekiah Walker looks to bring gospel music center to HBCU

Aug. 06, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hezekiah Walker became a student at Virginia Union University two years ago, but the Grammy-winning gospel singer took his collegiate experience to the next level by opening a gospel music center on the campus. He will lead the Hezekiah Walker Center...

NC jazz musician releases album via legendary record label

Jul. 26, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — When it comes to jazz, the legendary Blue Note label has long represented the pinnacle of the musical form, issuing albums from the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many other jazz icons. Earlier this year, the...

Chance the Rapper to bring secret concert to the big screen

Jul. 20, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Chance the Rapper filmed a secret concert four years ago, he intended to make a movie for the big screen but ended up shelving the project after not knowing how to edit all the footage. But while hunkered down in his home during the pandemic, the...

Pershing Square SPAC exits Universal Music deal

Jul. 19, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

Billionaire Bill Ackman is walking away from a deal announced last month that would have given him a 10% stake in Universal Music Group, the label that is home to Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, and the Beatles. In a letter Monday to shareholders of his...

LA music exec identified as victim of Florida condo collapse

Jul. 17, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Another victim was identified in the collapse of a 12-story Florida condominium that killed at least 97 people, authorities said Saturday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a news release that Theresa Velasquez, 36, was a confirmed fatality...