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Alleged sex tape in R. Kelly case turned over to defense

Jun. 26, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have turned over to R. Kelly's attorneys a tape they say shows the singer having sex with a minor girl two decades ago. The judge in the case said he hopes that at least one of the four cases against Kelly will go to trial early next year. Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood asked...

Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on 10th death anniversary

Jun. 26, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans gathered at his grave for a daylong celebration of his life and music Tuesday, with some traveling thousands of miles to join in the singalongs, selfies and moment of silence that marked the 10th anniversary of the death of the King of Pop. "If you have a...

BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry

Jun. 24, 2019 12:50 AM EDT

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, a respected...

The Latest: Nipsey Hussle honored with award at BET Awards

Jun. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The late Nipsey Hussle was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards. Rapper T.I. presented the posthumous award Sunday to his family that included his...

Dave Bartholomew, co-wrote 'Ain't That a Shame," dies at 100

Jun. 23, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dave Bartholomew, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock n' roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as "Ain't That a Shame," ''I'm Walkin'" and "Let the Four Winds Blow," has died. He was 100. Bartholomew, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock...

Michael Jackson's popularity endures, even after new scandal

Jun. 23, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The documentary "Leaving Neverland" presented a disturbing depiction of Michael Jackson as a child molester, but the initial wave of negative publicity hasn't greatly diminished the King of Pop's image or the enduring popularity of his music. Many believe Jackson's musical legacy is...

Judge says R. Kelly's lawyers have week to answer lawsuit

Jun. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for R. Kelly have one week to respond to a lawsuit alleging sex abuse or face losing the case. Kelly's attorneys sought to put the lawsuit on hold while the singer fights sex-related felony charges. Associate Judge Moira Johnson on Wednesday agreed with lawyers for the woman who...

Valentino travels the world as Paris menswear gets romantic

Jun. 19, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The photogenic front row at Valentino's show had "Riverdale" actor Charles Melton, NBA player Jaylen Brown and Stevie Wonder's model son Kailand Morris among the seated notables, ensuring cameras stayed busy snapping at Paris Fashion Week. However, the vibrant collection didn't need VIPs to...

Review: Mark Ronson's 'Late Night Feelings' hurts so good

Jun. 19, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

Mark Ronson, "Late Night Feelings" (RCA) British producer Mark Ronson's fifth studio album "Late Night Feelings" is pretty perfect — a cool 13-track compilation uniquely suited for lonesome-hearted cruising — and somber grooving — in the after-hours. In case anybody asks: yes, a song can be...

Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute

Jun. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found under cushions in her suburban Detroit home. Attorneys for the estate said in a court filing Monday that "there is no basis to support...