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  • Ellen Albertini Dow, ‘Wedding Singer’ rapper, dies at 101

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress best known for her salty rendition of “Rapper’s Delight” in “The Wedding Singer,” has died. She was 101. Her agent, Juliet Green, confirmed to…

  • Lauryn Hill cancels Israel show to avoid stirring tensions

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lauryn Hill is canceling a planned performance in Tel Aviv because she wasn’t able to also schedule a concert in the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah. The singer-songwriter said in a…

  • Black, Fallon take on Extreme’s 1991 ballad ‘More Than Words’

    WASHINGTON — This is more comedy than words can say. Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon, both music connoisseurs and musicians in their own right, took on  90’s prom staple, Extreme’s “More Than Words,” on Monday’s Tonight…

  • Miley Cyrus on Bruce Jenner, pink armpits, her new charity

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Miley Cyrus wears pasties or posts photos of her pink armpits, it’s not to be a provocateur. The 22-year-old says she’s just being herself, and she wants all young people…

  • Mariah Carey to sing at Billboard awards after 17-year break

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mariah Carey is set to perform at the Billboard Music Awards for the first time in 17 years, but the pop superstar is keeping mum on what song she’ll sing. Billboard…

  • Music Review: Zac Brown Band eclectic on ‘Jekyll + Hyde’

    Zac Brown Band, “Jekyll + Hyde” (Southern Ground/John Varvatos/Big Machine/Republic Nashville) Zac Brown rightly names his new release after a famous, fictional schizophrenic, for few artists in this genre-focused era so openly embrace an eclectic…

  • Music Review: Stapleton’s solo CD takes road less travelled

    Chris Stapleton, “Traveller” (Mercury Nashville) Chris Stapleton owns a great, growling bluesman’s voice and a sensitive singer-songwriter’s heart. He’s written hits for Luke Bryan (“Drink a Beer”), Kenny Chesney (“Never Wanted Nothing More”), Darius Rucker…

  • Jazz Fest sets new record attendance with 460,000 fans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sun-filled final weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, fueled by performances by Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Trombone Shorty, T.I., Anthony Hamilton and No Doubt, drew…

  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 10-16

    May 10: Singer Henry Fambrough of The Spinners is 77. Singer Donovan is 69. Singer Graham Gouldman of 10cc is 69. Singer Dave Mason is 69. Singer Bono of U2 is 55. Drummer Danny Carey…

  • Beyonce shuts down the Met Gala in peekaboo Givenchy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna shut down the Met Gala’s red carpet in a regal yellow coat. And then came Bey. Dressed lavishly by Chinese designer Guo Pei, Rihanna clutched her fur-trim frock closed and…

  • Singer Chris Brown accused of battery in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Singer Chris Brown faces another battery accusation just days after he performed at an after-party to the weekend’s much hyped boxing match, which was also billed as the kickoff to his…

  • Man charged with stealing Elton John’s glasses from museum

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man who police say took Elton John’s heart-shaped glasses from a museum display in Memphis has been indicted on a felony theft charge. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s…

  • Lawyer says Joni Mitchell may be released from hospital soon

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a judge on Monday.…

  • Blues legend B.B. King resting at home in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blues legend B.B. King remains in hospice care at his Las Vegas home. King’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, said Monday the musician was resting after returning from a hospital Friday.…

  • New project in US South promotes music “triangle”

    CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Blues. Jazz. Country. Rock n’ roll. Gospel. Southern Gospel. Cajun-zydeco. Soul/ R&B. Bluegrass. Nine of America’s most well-known music genres now have their own road map. Led by Nashville preservationist Aubrey…