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  • 6 times drugs were mentioned during the MTV VMAs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards were peppered with commercials warning young adults about the dangers of drugs — but during the show itself, drug references were almost as predominant as the…

  • Bieber bests One Direction’s Spotify record with new single

    NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber is marking a comeback: The singer set a new record on Spotify, besting One Direction. Spotify said Thursday that Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” was streamed more than 21…

  • MTV Video Music Awards criticized for glorifying marijuana

    NEW YORK (AP) — An organization that ran anti-cigarette smoking ads during the Video Music Awards has complained to MTV’s parent company about the program’s multiple references to marijuana and said it sent the wrong…

  • Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard. With the 2016 model…

  • Production of renowned Ovation guitars to resume in US

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will resume making the renowned instruments, thanks to the efforts of factory employees. Four workers…

  • Country singer Kip Moore helps build skate parks for kids

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Kip Moore’s style is more surfboards and skateboards than cowboy boots, so when he wanted to help children from low-income areas, he found inspiration in his own passions. Last…

  • Broadway season features Jennifer Hudson and Bruce Willis

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new Broadway season hasn’t yet started in earnest and already there’s a front-runner for the Tony Awards next summer — “Hamilton.” But there are plenty of challengers hoping to steal…

  • Dan Auerbach fronts new band The Arcs for diverse sound

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Black Keys singer-guitarist-producer Dan Auerbach brought together studio musicians with diverse backgrounds in rock, soul, Latin and country for his new band, The Arcs. The result? “We are killing it all…

  • Major Lazer, The Weeknd have Spotify’s top summer songs

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Spotify has named EDM act Major Lazer’s “Lean On” as the global song of the summer. The thumping, bass-heavy song featuring MØ and DJ Snake beat out Jamaican native OMI’s “Cheerleader”…

  • Chailly to step down early as Leipzig Gewandhaus conductor

    BERLIN (AP) — Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra says that Riccardo Chailly will step down next year as its chief conductor, four years before his contract was due to expire. The orchestra said Thursday that the Italian…

  • Skateboard artists run riot in nation’s capital

    WASHINGTON — No, you’re not imagining things. There are actually jazz musicians skateboarding at the Kennedy Center and film crews shooting skaters in your backyard swimming pool. Both efforts are coming to the surface this week in our nation’s…

  • Director defends Taylor Swift’s music video of whitewashing

    NEW YORK (AP) — The director of Taylor Swift’s new music video is defending the singer after some claimed she whitewashed her video based in Africa. Joseph Kahn said that the video for “Wildest Dreams”…

  • Rapper Kevin Gates accused of kicking woman during show

    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Kevin Gates is facing a battery charge in Florida after authorities say he kicked a woman during a performance. Lakeland police on Tuesday filed the charge against Gates — whose…

  • Nicky Jam leads nominees for new Latin American Music Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Latin urban singer Nicky Jam leads the nominees for the first Latin American Music Awards with six nominations. The fan-voted awards show, to air Oct. 8 from Hollywood, California, on Telemundo…

  • Known for her duets, Ruby Amanfu steps into solo spotlight

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ruby Amanfu knows how to share the stage, but during a recent dinner party in Nashville, Tennessee, she was the star of the stage and the kitchen as she prepared a…