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  • Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Jan. 29, to Thursday, Feb. 4,…

  • Former NYC Ballet principal dancer Violette Verdy, 82, dies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Violette Verdy, principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 20 years and former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet, has died, the Indiana University Jacobs School…

  • Martin Shkreli sued by artist over Wu-Tang Clan album

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island artist sued ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and others Tuesday over the use of his art in a Wu-Tang Clan album, saying he never expected portraits he posted on…

  • Stage version of ‘Frozen’ to be directed by Broadway veteran

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has tapped one of Broadway’s freshest talents to direct one of its most anticipated musicals, “Frozen.” According to a Disney Theatrical Productions announcement Tuesday on Twitter, Alex Timbers will helm…

  • The Latest: Broncos fans stream out of downtown after parade

    DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl victory parade (all times local): 2 p.m. Tens of thousands of fans are streaming out of downtown Denver after a parade and rally celebrating…

  • LL Cool J learns family secret in ‘Finding Your Roots’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J’s childhood was scarred by his parents’ separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music. But the couple…

  • Kelly Clarkson has deal for picture book

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Clarkson has written a new song and a bedtime story for kids — her own included. Clarkson’s first picture book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby,” will be released in…

  • Taylor Swift leads iHeartRadio Award nominations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift leads the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards with eight nominations, followed by The Weeknd with seven. The nominations were announced Tuesday by iHeartMedia and Turner. The event will be televised…

  • Sam Hunt: Hard to wrap head around 2 Grammy nominations

    Singer Sam Hunt says he started in music as a hobby. “Then all of a sudden I was … playing shows and they got bigger and bigger.”

  • Publisher to pay $14M in ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to “Happy Birthday,” one of the world’s best-known songs. A federal judge ruled…

  • Nat Wolff turns to the dark side in ‘Buried Child’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor and musician Nat Wolff couldn’t resist agreeing to do a darkly weird off-Broadway play about a strange family. After all, he’s got a weird family connection to it. Wolff, 21,…

  • Reality TV star, ex-rapper to coach football in Miami

    MIAMI (AP) — The female star of a reality television show along with a former rapper will be leading the football program at Miami’s Jackson High School. The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1PzpThw ) reports Lakatriona Brunson…

  • ‘Happy Birthday’ lawsuit to be settled for $14 million

    Music publisher Warner/Chappell was charging film and TV producers, performers and others for using the song that dated back to the 19th century until it was sued by a documentary producer last year.

  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 14-20

    Feb. 14: TV personality Hugh Downs (“20/20″) is 95. Actress Florence Henderson is 82. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 77. Jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker is 73. TV personality Pat O’Brien (“The Insider,” ”Access Hollywood”) is…

  • Country legend Merle Haggard returns to stage after illness

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Country legend Merle Haggard has returned to the stage after canceling several shows in February because of health issues caused by pneumonia. A statement from his publicist Monday says the 78-year-old…