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  • Update on the latest religion news

    RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS Critics fear impact of Indiana religious rights law WASHINGTON (AP) — Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn’t mention gays or lesbians, but critics say it could legalize discrimination. Sarah Warbelow, legal director for…

  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11

    April 5: Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 73. Actor Max Gail (“Sons and Daughters,” ”Barney Miller”) is 72. Actress Jane Asher is 69. Singer Agnetha Faltskog of Abba is 65. Actor Mitch Pileggi…

  • Selena’s dad: Mixed feelings about fans marking star’s death

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Twenty years after Selena’s murder, the Latin world will remember “The Queen of Tejano” with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the…

  • No ‘narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans’ selfie sticks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The devices, which grasp cellphones…

  • Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service

    NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. The…

  • Review: In ‘Lambert & Stamp,’ the backstage story of The Who

    The teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing…

  • No ‘narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans’ selfie sticks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The devices, which grasp cellphones…

  • Eliane Elias enjoys musical homecoming on new CD

    Eliane Elias, “Made in Brazil” (Concord Jazz) Eliane Elias displays her full range of talents as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger and producer on her first recording in her native Brazil since moving to the…

  • Music Review: Darius Rucker shines on 4th country album

    Darius Rucker, “Southern Style” (Capitol Nashville) Darius Rucker’s second career as a country singer shows no signs of slowing down on his new album, “Southern Style.” The lead singer of the rock band Hootie &…

  • Review: Ringo Starr’s latest recalls Fab times and vibes

    Ringo Starr, “Postcards from Paradise” (Universal Music Enterprises) “We were sleeping on the floor, eating bread and jam,” Ringo Starr sings, retelling the story of the early days of his band. Right. The band. Yeah,…

  • Ludacris, Chrissy Teigen to host 2015 Billboard Music Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen will host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in May. Dick Clark Productions announced Monday that the rapper and model will host the show May 17 from the…

  • Def Leppard frontman on maintaining the stamina to play live

    NEW YORK (AP) — Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott understands that the working life of a rock band no longer comes with an expiration date. All that’s required is to make great music and stay…

  • Stevie Wonder surprises Minneapolis Baptist church

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Those attending New Salem Baptist Church in north Minneapolis were surprised by a famous visitor during Sunday’s service. There in the front pew was singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder who happened…

  • PlayStation gets Spotify, replacing Sony’s own music service

    NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony’s own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games. Spotify hits the…

  • Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

    The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards. The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for “Shake It Off,” and even…