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FILE - This July 15, 2018 file photo shows Jason Isbell, of Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, performing at Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Ky. Isbell is king of the Americana genre, but he's ambitious for more. The new “Reunions” album reaches out sonically to people who might not normally listen to that type of music, but Isbell's well-crafted songs lie at the center of what he does. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Summertime, and the living is uneasy for Jason Isbell

May. 27, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Isbell had big plans for this summer, between a new album specifically designed to introduce his music to a wider audience and a schedule that had him onstage most nights from May to September. Like millions of others, many of Isbell's dreams are on hold because of the coronavirus. So...

Review: 'High Note' is easy listening for troubled times

May. 27, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we’d have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like “The High Note,” and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments. But hey, times have changed, and the pleasing chemistry of two very likable leads...

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New this week: Lady Gaga, 'Space Force,' Ghibli films on HBO

May. 26, 2020 3:24 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. MUSIC Lady Gaga: After taking a departure from her electro pop sound with 2016’s “Joanne” and 2018’s “A...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, poses for a portrait to promote her Comedy Central series

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

May. 26, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6: May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 90. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 82. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 80. Actress Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey”) is 77. Actor Tom Berenger is...

Guinean singer Mory Kante, 'baobab of culture,' dies at 70

May. 22, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the world. He was called an ambassador of Afro-Pop music. His song “Yeke Yeke,” released in the late...

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2019 file photo shows John Prine accepting the Album of the Year award at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. The Recording Academy has released a new recording of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” with proceeds going to support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Prine died in April at age 73 from complications associated with the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Recording Academy records John Prine song for charity

May. 22, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Recording Academy has released a new recording of John Prine's “Angel From Montgomery" with proceeds going to support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Prine died in April at age 73 from complications associated with the coronavirus. A two-time Grammy winner, the...

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Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

May. 22, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

A saxophonist whose sounds helped birth international dance music. An actress who learned alongside one set of Hollywood legends then told the life stories of others. A musician who went from pop-rock bassist to show-tune song stylist. In the second installment in a series, The Associated Press takes a look at...

FILE - This May 5, 2019 file photo shows Alex Trebek presenting an award at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. The “Jeopardy!” veteran host's nomination for best game show host could give him for a second consecutive win in the category. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Kelly Clarkson, Alex Trebek among Daytime Emmy nominees

May. 21, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first season of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for best entertainment talk show and host, while “Jeopardy!” veteran Alex Trebek’s nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2010 file photo, media executive Andre Harrell speaks during the 2010 BET Hip Hop Honors in Washington. A tribute to Harrell, the late music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and died earlier this month, will air Sunday on BET, BET Jams, BET Soul and REVOLT TV, where Harrell served as vice chairman.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Tribute broadcast planned for late music exec Andre Harrell

May. 19, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tribute to Andre Harrell, the influential music executive who discovered Sean “Diddy” Combs and died earlier this month, will air Sunday. The memorial broadcast dubbed “Mr. Champagne and Bubbles” — a nickname of Harrell’s — will feature...

FILE - This July 14, 2019 file photo shows Beyonce at the

Beyoncé to give graduation speech alongside the Obamas

May. 19, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé has been added to the list of guest speakers for YouTube's virtual commencement ceremony that will also feature the Obamas. YouTube announced Tuesday that Beyoncé will deliver an inspirational message to the 2020 class for its “Dear Class of 2020" event, which will...