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Review: A new voice from Texas rips it but tests the censors

Aug. 13, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

Kolby Cooper, “Vol. 2" (Combustion Music) Kolby Cooper could add a fresh voice to country radio — if he could only get past the censors. The 21-year-old fire breather from the piney woods of East Texas offers relief from the parade of inauthentic junk laden with John Deere tractor references that's...

FILE - This Oct. 16, 2018 file photo shows Zach Williams performing during the Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn.  Christian artists Zach Williams and for King & Country are the leading artist nominees at the 2020 Dove Awards, while rapper Kanye West and singer Gloria Gaynor earned their first ever nominations.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Zach Williams, for King & Country, Kanye West get Dove nods

Aug. 13, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian artists Zach Williams and for King & Country are the leading artist nominees at this year’s Dove Awards, while rapper Kanye West and singer Gloria Gaynor earned their first ever nominations. The Gospel Music Association announced on Thursday the nominations...

In this Aug. 3, 2020 photo, Mickey Guyton is photographed during a remote portrait session with the photographer in New York and subject in Los Angeles.  Guyton's EP,

Mickey Guyton is speaking her truth after years of doubt

Aug. 13, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mickey Guyton is turning a mirror on country music by speaking her truth and reclaiming both her career and identity. Delivering a one-two punch of important songs this year leading up to her first new EP in five years, Guyton is not holding back her powerful voice any longer....

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Dolly Parton, Justin Bieber among virtual TV festival stars

Aug. 12, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dolly Parton, Cate Blanchett and Justin Bieber are part of the virtual edition of the Paley Center’s annual festival celebrating TV programs and their makers. PaleyFest LA, responding to pandemic restrictions, taped socially distanced discussions with stars and producers that...

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Review: Rumer sets new standards with Hugh Prestwood catalog

Aug. 12, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

Rumer, “Nashville Tears” (Cooking Vinyl) The combination of Rumer’s crystalline voice and Hugh Prestwood’s songs results in some breathtaking, deeply moving music on “Nashville Tears,” the Pakistan-born, British singer’s interpretation of the Texas-born, New...

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Music Review: Kathleen Edwards is back with 'Total Freedom'

Aug. 12, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

Kathleen Edwards, “Total Freedom” (Dualtone) Kathleen Edwards’ first studio album since 2012, “Total Freedom,” is the sound of an artist with a second wind. Burned out after releasing four albums in a decade, the Canadian singer-songwriter set aside her music career in 2014 and...

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Review: Rare spotlight role for superb pianist Matt Rollings

Aug. 12, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

Matt Rollings, "Matt Rollings Mosaic” (Dualtone Records) A sideman is the frontman on “Matt Rollings Mosaic.” Rollings earned the shot at center stage with his stellar career as a session pianist. He has performed on hundreds of recordings with artists ranging from Mary Chapin Carpenter to...

FILE - In this June 26, 2019 file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.  (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

Prosecutors charge 3 with threatening women in R. Kelly case

Aug. 12, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida. A longtime friend of the indicted singer offered to pay a...

Three men charged with trying to bribe, intimidate women who accused singer R. Kelly of abuse

Aug. 12, 2020 12:31 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Three men charged with trying to bribe, intimidate women who accused singer R. Kelly of abuse.
This image released by O&MDKC shows, from left, Judy Kaye, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf and Jeanna de Waal who will appear in the upcoming musical “Diana,” which tells the story of the late Diana Spencer. The production, which started previews on Broadway in early March but never officially opened due to the pandemic, is coming to Netflix. (Gavin Bond/O&MDKC via AP)

Broadway musical 'Diana' to bypass closed stage for Netflix

Aug. 12, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway musical “Diana” isn't waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience — it's going to Netflix. In an unconventional step, the cast and crew will reunite in an empty theater to perform the musical for cameras and put the...