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  • Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers…

  • Sony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information. Lionel…

  • NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients’ overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients’ relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said…

  • Smashing Pumpkins’ Corgan looks ahead, not back

    LONDON (AP) — The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins. It’s fair to say lead singer Billy Corgan has an ambivalent relationship with his band — as well as with the music…

  • Punk rock doc makes DC area premiere at AFI Silver

    The punk rock documentary “Salad Days” makes its D.C. premiere Friday night at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Directed by Scott Crawford, the film examines the DC punk scene from the early…

  • Year’s top album is Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up for a good long listen? Check out the Associated Press’ top albums of 2014 list: 1. “In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith: Sam Smith’s album was an emotional roller coaster…

  • Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February. Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single “First Kiss.”…

  • Year’s top song is Beyonce, Sia’s ‘Pretty Hurts’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press’ top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again. 1. “Pretty Hurts,” Beyonce: Contemporary music’s top singer and songwriter…

  • Mistrial declared for man accused of stalking Ashanti

    NEW YORK (AP) — R&B star Ashanti could have to face being questioned by an accused stalker again after a juror’s illness prompted a mistrial. The Grammy-winning singer’s representative didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry…

  • Delaware to host dueling country music festivals in 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware is now poised to host two major country music festivals just months apart. The group behind Dover’s Firefly Music Festival announced Thursday that it will launch the new Big Barrel…

  • NYC event marks winter solstice with music parades

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walking? Check. In a winter wonderland? Well, it marks the beginning of the season. Bells ringing? Sure, along with trumpets and some fiddles. An outdoor musical celebration is marking the winter…

  • Fatal South by Southwest crash brings first wave of lawsuits

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accused organizers Thursday of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and…

  • NYC rapper pleads not guilty to gun, drug charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a New York City street gang responsible for several shootings during turf wars over…

  • Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

    Just for fun, let’s try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” Suddenly a…

  • Musical of ‘School of Rock’ heading to Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rockers, rejoice: The Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” may be going, but get ready for “The School of Rock.” Producers said Thursday that a musical version of the 2003 film starring…