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Meat Loaf, 'Bat Out of Hell' rock superstar, dies at 74

Jan. 21, 2022 19:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Meat Loaf, the heavyweight rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),”...

Singer Fred Parris of the Five Satins dead at age 85

Jan. 19, 2022 15:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fred Parris, the lead singer of the 1950s harmony group the Five Satins and composer of the classic doo-wop ballad “In the Still of the Night,” has died at age 85. Parris died Jan. 13 after a brief illness, according to his music manager, Pat Marafiote. Parris...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 23-29

Jan. 18, 2022 09:18 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 23-29: Jan. 23: Actor Chita Rivera is 89. Actor-director Lou Antonio (“Cool Hand Luke”) is 88. Jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton is 79. Actor Gil Gerard is 79. Singer Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 74. Bassist-keyboardist Bill...

South Korean president visits UAE, showcasing deep ties

Jan. 16, 2022 14:44 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On a trip to the United Arab Emirates, the president of South Korea on Sunday reportedly reached a preliminary multibillion-dollar deal to sell Seoul’s surface-to-air missiles to Abu Dhabi and pledged deeper cooperation with the Gulf Arab federation. ...

Final valuation of Prince's estate pegged at $156.4 million

Jan. 15, 2022 17:15 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The six-year legal battle over pop superstar Prince’s estate has ended, meaning the process of distributing the artist's wealth could begin next month. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Internal Revenue Service and the estate’s administrator,...

Elvis Costello rocks out from the back porch

Jan. 13, 2022 16:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Elvis Costello's 32nd album rings with the sound of a tight rock ‘n’ roll combo sweating together on a tiny stage, feeding off each other to produce a joyful noise. Yet that's all a mirage. Costello and his three-piece band, the Imposters, were...

Lionel Richie to receive Gershwin Prize for pop music

Jan. 13, 2022 08:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lionel Richie will be honored all night long for his musical achievements. The Library of Congress said Thursday that Richie will receive the national library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He will be bestowed the prize at an all-star tribute in Washington,...

Musicians, friends react to the death of Ronnie Spector

Jan. 12, 2022 19:34 PM EST

Ronnie Spector, who as leader of the girl group The Ronettes sang 1960s hits including “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday at age 78 after a brief battle with cancer. Her death drew tributes and expressions of grief from music industry colleagues. ...

Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck score SAG nominations

Jan. 12, 2022 18:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscar race may be missing in-person glitz this year, but it doesn't lack for star power. Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Ben Affleck landed individual nominations for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, while the casts of “Belfast” and “CODA” were among those...

New this week: 'Peacemaker,' Elvis Costello and Macbeth film

Jan. 10, 2022 09:22 AM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — In Joel Coen's first film without his brother, Ethan, he directs the stark, expressionist “The...