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Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that …

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Modern Ambience: Heard but seldom seen, anti-social, random music is massive

Modern Ambience: Heard but seldom seen, anti-social, random music is massive

There is no easy way to enter this realm, nor is there a clear path back to the origination of the sound creation known as ambient music. When music scholars try to pinpoint where and when this kind of atmospheric music originated, most say t…

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Doug E Fresh highlights BET Hip-Hop awards

Doug E Fresh highlights BET Hip-Hop awards

ATLANTA (AP) — With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed "The Human Beat Box" choked up and shed tears as he received the "I Am Hip-Hop Award" at the ninth BE…

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2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas

2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift didn't divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd's enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, "Shake it Off," seem…

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Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life'

Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life'

NEW YORK (AP) — After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up.

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Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery

Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles.

September 19, 2014 7:25 pm

'Ghostlight' proves Buckley not bound by Broadway

'Ghostlight' proves Buckley not bound by Broadway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Underestimate Betty Buckley at your own peril. One man foolishly did while the singer and actress was starring as a mom in the TV series "Eight is Enough."

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Gospel stars tour after recent operations

Gospel stars tour after recent operations

ATLANTA (AP) — Donnie McClurkin can hardly talk. Fred Hammond could barely walk. But the Grammy-winning gospel singers are preparing for the Festival of Praise Tour, which spans 31 cities.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center opens season with 'Ochas'

Jazz at Lincoln Center opens season with 'Ochas'

NEW YORK (AP) — Wynton Marsalis opened Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 season with the world premiere of "Ochas," a three-movement suite blending jazz with the traditional folkloric music of Cuba and the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion.

September 19, 2014 12:35 pm

Color lines are blurred in ABC comedy 'black-ish'

Color lines are blurred in ABC comedy 'black-ish'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tracee Ellis Ross delivers perhaps the funniest line you'll hear on a sitcom this fall.

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Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday.

September 19, 2014 9:07 am

Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz

Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz

NEW YORK (AP) — Kids, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have homework for you: Listen to their new jazz album.

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'The Voice' returns Monday with Pharrell, Stefani

'The Voice' returns Monday with Pharrell, Stefani

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Gwen Stefani is surrounded by men. She has three sons with husband Gavin Rossdale and is the only female in her rock band No Doubt.

September 19, 2014 8:39 am

Leonard Cohen says touring has improved his mood

Leonard Cohen says touring has improved his mood

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard Cohen, who returned to performing after a 15-year hiatus in 2008, says touring has improved his mood.

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Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed

Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer.

September 18, 2014 6:41 pm

Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination

Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three backup dancers sued Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination to prevent another black dancer from joining her onstage.

September 18, 2014 5:58 pm

Popular Venezuelan cartoonist fired over drawing

Popular Venezuelan cartoonist fired over drawing

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A popular cartoonist said she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis.

September 18, 2014 2:16 pm

50-year Opry member George Hamilton IV dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77.

September 18, 2014 12:42 pm

Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges

Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been charged with four counts of domestic violence following his arrest in the U.S. territory, police said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 11:29 am

World leaders to appear at NYC's Citizen Festival

World leaders to appear at NYC's Citizen Festival

NEW YORK (AP) — The leaders of India, Bangladesh, Norway and the United Nations are set to appear at the Global Citizen Festival headlined by Jay Z on Sept. 27 in New York's Central Park.

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Indie rocker, Bowie and Lira Ensemble

Indie rocker, Bowie and Lira Ensemble

Transplanted region native Katie Schlesinger grew up in Munster and graduated as a “Mustang” before transforming herself into the trendy, indie rocker Katie Day and relocating to San Francisco. The term “indie” gets underscored in the case of…

September 18, 2014 1:00 am

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September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Fusion of sound: The Trouble Notes bring musical show to Munster

Fusion of sound: The Trouble Notes bring musical show to Munster

Bennet Cerven is looking forward to entertaining region music fans today when he performs with his band The Trouble Notes in Munster.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am

Jason Isbell cleans up at Americana Awards

Jason Isbell cleans up at Americana Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires.

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NYC jazz musicians fear poverty in retirement

NEW YORK (AP) — Keisha St. John has been singing at some of the most famous jazz clubs in the nation for more than five decades.

September 17, 2014 3:02 pm

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence.

September 17, 2014 2:33 pm

Mayor offers to help McGraw find Portland, Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either.

September 17, 2014 2:15 pm

Liza Minnelli recovering after surgery, sends love

Liza Minnelli recovering after surgery, sends love

NEW YORK (AP) — Liza Minnelli is said to be resting comfortably in a California hospital after undergoing back surgery earlier this week and she's thanking fans for their well wishes.

September 17, 2014 12:43 pm

Q&A: Barbra Streisand, the feminist, sings on

Q&A: Barbra Streisand, the feminist, sings on

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females.

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Art Nouveau: How the Lubeznik Center is evolving with Michigan City

Art Nouveau: How the Lubeznik Center is evolving with Michigan City

Things are lively at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, where new opportunities for enjoyment of art in its many forms are popping up all the time.

September 17, 2014 11:06 am Photos

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Review: alt-J returns with beautiful, baffling LP

Review: alt-J returns with beautiful, baffling LP

alt-J, "This Is All Yours" (Atlantic)

September 17, 2014 10:11 am

Wealth of riches fuels rock band New Pornographers

Wealth of riches fuels rock band New Pornographers

NEW YORK (AP) — Soft-spoken A.C. Newman doesn't seem like a braggart. Yet he feels so strongly that his rock band, the New Pornographers, has just made its best work that a simple good review won't do.

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Lawyer: Thicke exploited in 'Blurred Lines' suit

Lawyer: Thicke exploited in 'Blurred Lines' suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's "moment of personal vulnerability" in an attempt to prove that the hit "Blurred Lines" was a ripoff of a Gaye hit.

September 17, 2014 2:31 am

Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — A massively famous celebrity meets a young homeless man in Hollywood and introduces him to an audience of millions. Then, just when it looks like the man is going to triumph, his dark past comes back to haunt him.

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Lawyer: Thicke exploited in 'Blurred Lines' suit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's "moment of personal vulnerability" in an attempt to prove that the hit "Blurred Lines" was a ripoff of a Gaye hit.

September 16, 2014 9:01 pm

Jewel releases free song to support public housing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jewel is planning an album for release next fall. But for now, she's giving away her latest song for free.

September 16, 2014 8:05 pm

Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a bra…

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Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards arrived 45 minutes late for his arraignment Tuesday on a charge that he violated his probation in Oregon.

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Margaritaville casino owners seek bankruptcy

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The owner of Biloxi's Margaritaville casino has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, only hours before a hearing where the landlord aimed to seize the property.

September 16, 2014 4:55 pm

Death certificate: Rapper Tim Dog died last year

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Tim Dog, who was accused of swindling women out of thousands of dollars, was dead when a warrant was issued for his arrest last year, according to a death certificate filed in Georgia.

September 16, 2014 3:54 pm

1965 'Cinderella' star to attend Broadway version

1965 'Cinderella' star to attend Broadway version

NEW YORK (AP) — The Cinderella onstage on Broadway next Tuesday will have another Cinderella in the audience — Lesley Ann Warren.

September 16, 2014 2:40 pm

Correction: Music-U2-iTunes story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about U2-iTunes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the title of the album was "Songs of Freedom." The correct title is "Songs of Innocence."

September 16, 2014 1:04 pm

Live Whitney Houston CD/DVD to be released Nov. 10

Live Whitney Houston CD/DVD to be released Nov. 10

NEW YORK (AP) — A CD/DVD featuring Whitney Houston's first public performance — and one of her last in 2009— will be released Nov. 10.

September 16, 2014 10:37 am

Review: Callaway pays tribute to Sarah Vaughan

Review: Callaway pays tribute to Sarah Vaughan

Ann Hampton Callaway, "From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project" (Shanachie)

September 16, 2014 10:20 am

Review: Mendes spreads joy of Brazil's music

Review: Mendes spreads joy of Brazil's music

Sergio Mendes, "Magic" (Okeh)

September 16, 2014 9:51 am

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill score another hit together

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill score another hit together

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tim McGraw has a reputation for picking the right songs over the course of his 20-year career, although he says he had some help on his latest hit.

September 16, 2014 9:52 am

2nd conductor resigns from Vienna State Opera

VIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks.

September 16, 2014 4:18 am

Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party

Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial.

September 16, 2014 12:48 am

Rapper Common's father, Lonnie Lynn, dies at 71

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common's albums, has died.

September 15, 2014 11:40 pm

Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2's free album.

September 15, 2014 8:20 pm

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