Music

  • Rick Ross apologizes for pro-rape lyrics
    Bd46c6413539c40c2e0f6a7067007ddb 2013-04-12 19:47:46 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Reebok ended its relationship with Rick Ross, the rapper acknowledged that his lyrics on Rocko's song "U.O.E.N.O." were "offensive." In a statement Friday, Ross said being a musician is "a great responsibility" and that his choice of words in the song "does ...

  • A country song, assumptions _ and a racial outcry
    09e67495351dc40c2e0f6a706700fdb3 2013-04-12 04:17:27 UTC
    Southern white men don't usually drive racial dialogue. For as long as race has riven America, they have been depicted more often as the problem than the solution. So after country music star Brad Paisley released his new song "Accidental Racist" this week, what happened next ...

  • Jay-Z references Cuba trip in song 'Open Letter'
    1365324316414_cached 2013-04-11 17:14:32 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z is defending his recent trip to Cuba in a new song. He released "Open Letter" Thursday after two Florida Republican lawmakers questioned if his visit to Havana with wife Beyonce was officially licensed. On the song, Jay-Z raps about his distaste for politician...

  • Paul McCartney still UK's richest musician
    1373405184-paul-mccartney-paul-mccartney-still-uk-s-richest-musician-n 2013-04-11 17:05:45 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Let it be — as in billionaire. Paul McCartney remains Britain's wealthiest musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. The newspaper estimated Thursday that the ex-Beatle shares a 680 million-pound ($1.05 billion) fortune with his third wife, Nancy Shevell, whos...

  • Flavor Flav felony case headed for trial in Vegas
    F573c0e1-aac5-40fb-8907-027b0ccd5f8a 2013-04-11 04:54:20 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is facing a trial on felony charges that he threatened his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son with a butcher knife during a family argument. The 54-year-old former rap and reality TV star, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayto...

  • White House celebrates the sounds of Memphis soul
    040913soul_dngre 2013-04-10 05:28:20 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he'd been looking forward to a White House celebration of Memphis soul music for one reason. "Let's face it, who does not love this music?" he asked Tuesday, opening the night's concert in an East Room bathed in amber light and tr...

  • Rolling Stones announce 9-city tour
    Stoneslogo020712w 2013-04-03 16:29:18 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour. The veteran rockers said Wednesday their "50 and Counting" tour will kick off in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The date will be announced later. The second show is in Oakland, Calif., on May...

  • Stones returning to stage: Why should we care?
    Diaalnews 2013-04-04 23:50:44 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. With Wednesday's expected announcement of a new Stones tour, those words will again signal the start of a rock 'n' roll show. Young music fans may wonder why there's still a fuss over dad's, or grandpa's, favorite band. Here are five re...

  • Buscemi to direct Vampire Weekend live stream
    Best-bets-albums-vampire-weekend-650-430 2013-04-02 17:12:34 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Buscemi (boo-SHEM'-ee) will direct a live stream of a Vampire Weekend concert to debut a new season of "Unstaged." The stream will launch the fourth season of "American Express Unstaged," an online series that pairs notable directors with popular music acts. Vampi...

  • Singer India.Arie laughs off skin-lightening talk
    Eee3545fa4368f0a2d0f6a7067006b16 2013-03-30 05:15:21 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — India.Arie is laughing off talk that she may have lightened her skin. The R&B songstress is known for singing about being authentic and celebrating one's true self. But some accused India.Arie of lightening her skin when a publicity photo for her song "Cocoa Butter" relea...

  • Rapper Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic
    F0de37c3a229860a2d0f6a7067003a0e 2013-03-29 17:42:16 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic and has had seizures for years. In an interview with Los Angeles-based radio station Power 106 on Thursday, the 30-year-old rapper said epilepsy caused his most recent health scare earlier this month when he was rushed to a hospital. Wayne...

  • Alice Cooper, Doors guitarist playing at academy
    91cc33509fe77b0a2d0f6a7067005ac7 2013-03-29 05:35:56 UTC
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members took the stage Thursday in South Dakota for the first show in a week of concerts benefiting a music academy for Sioux Falls Boys & Girls Clubs members. Alice Cooper jammed with Robby Krieger of The Doors and a ...

  • Singer Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy in NJ
    Sns-rt-cbre92p0enf00-jpg-20130325 2013-03-27 04:16:08 UTC
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Singer Dionne Warwick claims in a recent bankruptcy filing that she owes nearly $10 million in back taxes and her monthly expenses exceed $20,000. The South Orange resident and singer of classics such as "Walk On By," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and "Do You Know the Way ...

  • Timberlake's '20/20' album sells 968K in 1st week
    Justin-timberlake-suit-and-tie 2013-03-26 23:11:59 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake's comeback album has sold nearly 1 million units its first week out. Nielsen SoundScan announced Tuesday that the singer's third album, "The 20/20 Experience," has moved 968,000 units. It's the 19th album in Nielsen's 12-year history that has ...

  • MTV's VMAs taking a road trip to Brooklyn in 2013
    Url-2 2013-03-26 05:57:04 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Video Music Awards are taking a road trip to Brooklyn. MTV's showcase awards show is traditionally held in Los Angeles or Manhattan. This year the show will be held Aug. 25 at the new Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets and the site of recent Rolling Stone...

  • Rihanna drops in on Chicago-area high school
    Rihanna-story-2_100912044509 2013-03-23 18:15:45 UTC
    Rihanna drops in on Chicago-area high school BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Pop star Rihanna has dropped in on high school students in a northwestern Chicago suburb. Barrington High School earned Friday's visit as a reward for winning the singer's "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" video contest. ...

  • My Chemical Romance breaks up after decade-plus
    My-chemical-romance-299755 2013-03-23 18:05:59 UTC
    My Chemical Romance breaks up after decade-plus NEW YORK (AP) — The chemistry is over: rock outfit My Chemical Romance has disbanded. The New Jersey-based band announced Saturday that "it has come time for it to end." The foursome thanked fans in a statement and said the experience was...

  • Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes dies in Sweden at age 94
    Diaalnews 2013-03-23 08:52:52 UTC
    MADRID (AP) — Renowned Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, a composer and bandleader who recorded with Nat "King" Cole, was musical director at Havana's legendary Tropicana Club and a key participant in the golden age of Cuban music, has died in Sweden at age 94. The news of his death was confirm...

  • Autographed Sgt. Pepper album up for auction
    5ee7ebc8c809d5092c0f6a7067003e02 2013-03-22 16:07:20 UTC
    DALLAS (AP) — Advance bids for a copy of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album autographed by all four band members are even higher than the auction house anticipated. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said Friday that bidding for the 1967 album has reached $110,500 and...

  • Bennett, Belafonte, Hudson at Winehouse gala
    Diaalnews 2013-03-22 04:53:17 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett doesn't think Amy Winehouse's life was tragic. He believes the singer who died at age 27 lived a complete life because she was able to achieve her goal: becoming a respected musician. "Her dream was to become famous and a beautiful singer and she accomp...

  • Bobby Brown released from jail for DUI conviction
    63790af18c51af092c0f6a706700cfd3 2013-03-21 20:03:08 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bobby Brown has been released from jail after serving less than a day of his 55-day jail sentence for a driving under the influence conviction. A sheriff's spokesman said the 44-year-old R&B singer was released after eight hours and outfitted with an electronic ankle...

  • Show at London's V&A museum celebrates David Bowie
    David-bowie-london 2013-03-20 16:35:40 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — When did the modern era begin? With the Renaissance? With Elvis Presley? For a generation of music-loving Britons, it started on July 6, 1972, when David Bowie performed the song "Starman" on the TV show "Top of the Pops." Viewers had never seen anything like t...

  • Medical marijuana facility partners with rapper
    24a06e378c53af092c0f6a7067007928 2013-03-20 16:30:20 UTC
    OTISVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan medical marijuana facility is partnering with a member of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to cultivate and distribute a new strain of medical marijuana. The Green Oasis and Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse have agreed to work together on...

  • Gaga recovering nicely after hip surgery
    Gaga_recovering_nicely_after_hip_surgery 2013-03-20 16:27:33 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga's manager says the pop star is "doing unbelievable" a month after she had hip surgery that caused her to cancel her U.S. tour. Vincent Herbert said in an interview Tuesday the 26-year-old Grammy winner is "doing wonderful, doing great." Gaga, whose...

  • Prince delivers funk-filled finale at SXSW
    9170fa0b2dcc5e092c0f6a706700a7bd 2013-03-18 17:47:08 UTC
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — How did Prince close out South by Southwest Music Festival's weeklong showcase of rock n' roll? By naturally throwing a totally different kind of party: a grooving, brass band-backed funk fest that stretched to 3 a.m. and outlasted many fans lucky enou...