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  • 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…

  • Romania names conductor Zubin Mehta to head music festival

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prominent conductor Zubin Mehta has been named as the new honorific chairman of the George Enescu International Music Festival. Mehta will take over the post in 2017 from Romanian-born musician Ioan…

  • Best of Frank Sinatra

    WTOP counts down the best Frank Sinatra movies and songs.

  • Loretta Lynn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church receive ACM Honors

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Luke Bryan may have one of the most popular albums in the country, but Loretta Lynn made his day when she gave him a kiss. Bryan, Lynn, Eric Church…

  • Today in History

    Today is Wednesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2015. There are 120 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri…

  • Biden to appear on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will be among Stephen Colbert’s inaugural guests on “The Late Show.” CBS announced Tuesday that Biden will join previously announced guests Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and country…

  • 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 Aug 21, to Thursday, Aug. 27,…

  • Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Aug. 21 to Thursday, Aug. 27…

  • Donald Trump among next week’s guests on ‘The Tonight Show’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is returning to NBC. Not to his old show, “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but to “The Tonight Show,” where he’ll be a guest on Sept. 11. Currently leading the Republican…

  • North Korean choir gives military-inspired concert in Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — The North Korean National Choir has performed for the first time in the Russian capital, putting on a military-inspired concert. Members of the male choir wore full military dress for the performance…

  • Pandora to celebrate 10-year anniversary with ad-free day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pandora will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a day free of advertisements. The streaming service said Tuesday it will launch Listener Love Day on Sept. 9 for 24 hours without ads.…

  • Selznick, Franzen, Kaling among authors with books this fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Selznick and Edwidge Danticat, authors of two of fall’s most anticipated works for young people, both know something about living in multiple worlds. Selznick has been traveling, in his mind,…