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West Virginia native works with legends at Kennedy Center

Jan. 17, 2022 09:03 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — On a busy holiday afternoon at the Capitol Market, Kanawha County native Kevin Struthers was trying not to sound too excited about his job, but sometimes it’s near impossible for him not to gush. “I’m the Kennedy Center’s Director of Programming...

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...

Marilyn Bergman, Oscar-winning composer, dies at age 93

Jan. 08, 2022 20:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning lyricist who teamed with husband Alan Bergman on “The Way We Were,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and hundreds of other songs, died at her Los Angeles home Saturday. She was 93. She died of respiratory failure not...

Alicia Keys' 'Keys' album returns her to her piano homebase

Dec. 11, 2021 12:57 PM EST

New York (AP) — Alicia Keys hasn’t felt completely free for much of her career. That may sound surprising, but these days the heralded musician is loving the makeup-free skin she’s in and settled into a space of confidence and liberation. That’s readily apparent in her eighth...

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ captures $44 million in theaters

Nov. 21, 2021 13:05 PM EST

Busting ghosts is still a fairly lucrative business after almost 40 years. Heading into Thanksgiving weekend, the latest attempt to revive “Ghostbusters” drew a sizable audience to theaters, while the awards darling “King Richard,” like most dramas in the...

Chris Stapleton takes 6 at CMA Awards, Combs wins top prize

Nov. 11, 2021 00:21 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton was the big winner with six trophies including song and album of the year and Luke Combs claimed the biggest prize with entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night. Stapleton won song and...

Jay-Z, Foo Fighters welcomed into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Oct. 31, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jay-Z's added another title to a resume that includes rapper, songwriter, Grammy winner, billionaire business mogul, and global icon — Hall of Famer. The self-proclaimed “greatest rapper alive” was inducted Saturday night as part of an eclectic...