1969 Hendrix telegram: Can Paul come to play?
2013-05-10 17:36:25 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970.
But less attention has been paid to the bass p...
Rihanna booed in Boston, cheered on in Brooklyn
2013-05-09 04:55:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna was booed for turning up late at a concert in Boston, but the audience in New York cheered her on even though she didn't start on time the following night.
Boston.com reported that fans at the TD Garden on Monday booed the singer for starting her concert at 10:3...
Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes
2013-05-07 06:18:22 UTC
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill stood in federal court Monday and compared her experience in the music business to the slavery her ancestors endured before a judge sentenced her to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the ...
Mamma Mia!: ABBA The Museum opens in Stockholm
2013-05-09 07:04:31 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — You can thank ABBA for the music. And so much more.
A museum devoted to the pop superstars opening in Stockholm on Tuesday will celebrate the band's long list of hits. But it will also show off paraphernalia, including the helicopter featured on the cover of its "Arrival" albu...
Justin Bieber faces copyright lawsuit in Va.
2013-05-06 18:29:14 UTC
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia songwriters are suing Justin Bieber and Usher for $10 million for copyright infringement.
Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim Bieber's song "Somebody to Love" contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to the song they wrote in 2008 by the same ...
Trombone Shorty, Aaron Neville close Jazz Fest
2013-05-06 04:41:27 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than two decades, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has closed with a performance by the city's own Neville Brothers.
On Sunday, that tradition changed. Aaron Neville performed on a stage with his new band while young brass band frontman Troy "Tromb...
PepsiCo cuts ties with Lil Wayne over crude lyrics
2013-05-04 05:36:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties to Lil Wayne over the rapper's crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a song.
Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company's Mountain ...
Jay-Z joins pitch to redevelop suburban NY arena
2013-05-03 05:34:53 UTC
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Jay-Z is part of a group trying to renovate Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum outside New York City.
The rapper and music mogul attended a meeting Thursday on Long Island, where the media was briefed on four proposals to renovate the arena and surrounding property.
Keith Richards: I don't own an iPod
2013-05-01 15:57:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — He's rock royalty and likes to keep it old-school: Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod.
The Rolling Stones guitarist says he isn't a fan of the ultra-popular music device.
"I don't have an iPod. ... I still use CDs or records actually. Sometimes cassettes. It ...
Jackson's private life on display in civil trial
2013-05-01 05:16:53 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson's mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer's private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a paramedic who described the singer's bedroom and the frantic efforts to revive the King of Pop on the d...
'Kinky Boots' gets a leading 13 Tony Award nods
2013-04-30 19:07:18 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play.
"Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 Bri...
Paramedic is first witness in Jackson civil case
2013-04-30 19:05:50 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A paramedic is the first witness to testify in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG Live.
Paramedic Richard Senneff took the witness stand on Tuesday.
He had attempted to revive the pop star after becoming one of the...
Opry to hold public funeral for George Jones
2013-04-29 04:46:56 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81.
Publicist Kirt Webster said in a statement that the public funeral will be held Thursday starting at 10 a.m. Webster says...
Steady rain greets Jazz Fest as 1st weekend closes
2013-04-29 04:15:00 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A steady, sometimes heavy rain pelted fans Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the music flowed on.
A soaked Dave Matthews and his band played through a strong downpour at the tail end of the closing weekend, much to the fans' delight as they da...
Country superstar George Jones dead at 81
2013-04-28 17:09:06 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When it comes to country music, George Jones was The Voice.
Other great singers have come and gone, but this fact remained inviolate until Jones passed away Friday at 81 in a Nashville hospital after a year of ill health.
"Today someone else has become the gr...
Rolling Stones to play small LA club ahead of tour
2013-04-28 04:58:11 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Surprise!
Before they kick off their "50 and Counting" tour, the Rolling Stones are playing a warm-up date at a small Los Angeles club.
The band is set to perform Saturday night at the Echoplex before a sold-out crowd that will be miniscule compared to the thousands...
Woody Guthrie Center opens Saturday in Tulsa
2013-04-27 19:45:01 UTC
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It took Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah more than 30 years after his death to finally celebrate his life and work with an annual music festival, and signs of acknowledgment in other parts of Oklahoma have been rare.
Monuments and exhibits honoring Guthrie, one o...
Swedish police find drugs on Bieber tour bus
2013-04-25 15:34:04 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The latest chapter in Justin Bieber's European tour escapade was added Thursday when Swedish police said they had found drugs and a stun gun on the pop singer's bus.
Lars Bystrom, spokesman for the Stockholm police, told The Associated Press a small amount of drugs and a stu...
Metallica to debut new film on IMAX in September
2013-04-24 16:17:48 UTC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Metallica already planned to go big with its new 3D film. IMAX is helping make the debut for "Metallica Through The Never" giant-sized.
The film that mixes concert footage with a dramatic narrative and CGI will open Sept. 27, becoming the first movie to debut o...
Germany: Bieber's monkey going nowhere
2013-04-24 04:47:53 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German customs authorities said Tuesday that Justin Bieber's monkey is going nowhere for now even though the singer has apparently asked that it be removed from an animal shelter where it is staying and be placed in a zoo.
Mally, a 17-week-old capuchin monkey, was seized by...
Daft Punk sets record on Spotify with 'Get Lucky'
2013-04-22 05:01:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Daft Punk has set a record on Spotify.
The music service says the French electronic duo's song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track on Friday in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Spotify wouldn't release the number of streams.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis...
Inmates, orchestra members perform behind bars
2013-04-15 04:54:46 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Strains of classical music echoed on Sunday — not inside an august concert hall — but in a bleak Chicago jail where the mostly teenage boys await trial on charges ranging from dope dealing to murder.
The concert was part of a unique outreach that's the brainchi...
Beyonce trip to Cuba 'hypocritical'
2013-04-14 16:38:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says entertainers Beyonce and Jay-Z missed a chance while in Cuba to see firsthand the effects of political oppression.
The Republican lawmaker from Florida calls their recent trip "hypocritical" and he takes issue with the U.S. government's approval o...
Rebel Wilson prepares to open MTV Awards with song
2013-04-13 16:46:48 UTC
CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Rebel Wilson sings, dances and summons laughs — and that's just in the opening moments of this weekend's MTV Movie Awards.
The Australian actress is hosting the show, and she's set to start the ceremony by singing solo.
Wilson and her co-stars fr...
PSY says he hopes NKoreans enjoy his new single
2013-04-13 16:44:28 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean rapper PSY says he hopes North Koreans will enjoy his new single even as tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula.
PSY released his latest single, "Gentleman," in 119 countries on Friday, hoping to replicate the success of "Gangnam S...