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Meet Will Butler, the singer-songwriter who makes Broadway's 'Stereophonic' rock

Jun. 15, 2024 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The assignment was daunting: Write a song for an onstage moment of transcendence. Make it kind of funny and exciting and for a five-piece band. Write it so it justifies an audience sitting in their seats for two hours before they hear it. And, oh, it must plausibly be a rock hit...

Today In History: June 15, More than 1,000 killed in New York steamboat disaster

Jun. 15, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 15, the 167th day of 2024. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 15, 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New...

Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez, icon of the revolution, dwells on island's troubles in new album

Jun. 14, 2024 11:09 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — He was the poetic voice of the Cuban Revolution, an inspiration for millions of Latin Americans living under dictatorships throughout the 1960s and 1970s who dreamt of the ideal Cuba that he — and his guitar — helped to evoke. Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez,...

R.E.M. reunite at Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony also honoring Timbaland and Steely Dan

Jun. 14, 2024 06:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A comet must have landed at the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The members of R.E.M. had joked only hours before it would take “a comet” to get the band to perform together one last time. Yet there they were, reunited during the gala at the Marriott Marquis...

Gospel group, basking in resurgence, releases first new music in nearly 50 years

Jun. 13, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — She made a single gospel soul record in the 1970s with her brothers, when they were all teenagers. Then Annie Brown Caldwell moved on with her life. Decades later, she was running a clothing store in a tiny Mississippi town and singing on weekends with her husband and...

Moneybagg Yo's 'A Gangsta's Pain' went No. 1. He's back to soundtrack your summer with 'Speak Now.'

Jun. 13, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2021, you heard it: Moneybagg Yo 's “Wokesha” blaring from cars and corner stores — an undeniable song of the summer that helped turn the Memphis rapper into a No. 1 artist. His fourth studio album, “A Gangsta's Pain” topped the Billboard 200 that year, all but...

Françoise Hardy, French singing legend and pop icon, dies at 80

Jun. 12, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Françoise Hardy, a French singing legend and pop icon since the 1960s, has died. She was 80. Her son, musician Thomas Dutronc, announced her death on social media, sharing a poignant photo of himself as a child with his mother. Hardy had lymphatic cancer since 2004...

'Hotel Cocaine' on MGM+ gives viewers disco, drama and plenty of blow in Miami in the late '70s

Jun. 12, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lapels are wide, “Disco Inferno” is blasting on the dance floor and lines and lines of nose candy are on offer in the new intriguing Miami-based series “Hotel Cocaine.” The eight-episode romp on MGM+ centers on a real-life hotel at the beginning of the...

American investor Martin Shkreli accused of copying and sharing one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album

Jun. 11, 2024 18:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — American investor Martin Shkreli is facing a new lawsuit for allegedly retaining and sharing recordings from a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album that he was forced to sell following his 2017 conviction on securities fraud charges. The lawsuit was brought Monday by a...

Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who

Jun. 11, 2024 14:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As Roger Daltrey hits the road on a short solo tour this June, he’s unsure if fans will ever see another tour from The Who. “I don’t see it. I don’t know whether The Who’ll ever will go out again,” he told The Associated Press over Zoom. ...