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  • 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…

  • Man faces life sentence in killing of Grooveshark executive

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man faces up to life in prison after he was convicted of killing an executive of the defunct music streaming service Grooveshark. A Pinellas County jury found…

  • Black Sabbath announce final tour kicking off next year

    NEW YORK (AP) — After five decades, Black Sabbath will launch a farewell tour next year. The heavy metal band starring Ozzy Osbourne announced dates for its The End tour, which kicks off Jan. 20,…

  • 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…

  • Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

    The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication…

  • 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…

  • 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”…