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  1. Indiana Governor: Wind That Caused State Fair Stage Collapse a 'Fluke'

    August 14, 2011 7:05 PM EDT The wind gust that toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night, killing five and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform, was a "fluke" that no one could have anticipated, the governor and o ...

  2. Gene McDaniels, 'Hundred Pounds of Clay' Singer, Dead at 76

    August 04, 2011 7:00 AM EDT PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Gene McDaniels, who recorded the 1961 hit "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" and later wrote Roberta Flack's chart-topping single "Feel Like Makin' Love," has died. He was 76. McDaniels died Friday at h ...

  3. Breaking Benjamin Singer Fires Bandmates Following 'Unauthorized' Remix, Album

    August 03, 2011 8:18 AM EDT ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) - Breaking Benjamin is evidently broken, at least for now. The platinum-selling rock band from Pennsylvania is mired in a legal dispute over what its founder and lead singer, Benjamin Burnley, called an unauthorized re ...

  4. Amy Winehouse: Will Unreleased Material Ever Reach Fans?

    July 29, 2011 6:45 AM EDT LONDON (AP) - Amy Winehouse left a trove of unreleased music, but no decision has been made about whether it will be released, people close to the singer say. The soul diva, who had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, was found dead of unkn ...

  5. Sony Studios Wants Subpoena For Michael Jackson Footage Quashed

    July 23, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Sony studios on Friday asked the judge hearing Michael Jackson's manslaughter trial to throw out a subpoena for footage of the singer's final rehearsals after a defense attorney said earlier this week that reviewing them was "a big ...

  6. Amy Winehouse Dead at 27

    July 23, 2011 1:34 PM EDT Amy Winehouse performing in 2008 (Getty Images) Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27. Winehouse shot ...

  7. Entire Apple Stores Being Faked in China

    July 21, 2011 7:35 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words ...

  8. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket To Go On Tour

    July 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A famed red-and-black calfskin jacket Michael Jackson wore in the groundbreaking "Thriller" music video is going on tour. The jacket's new owner, Texas commodities broker Milton Verret, said Tuesday he plans to ...

  9. Mathew Knowles: 'We Absolutely Have Not Taken Any Money From Beyonce'

    July 15, 2011 7:39 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Mathew Knowles insists he still has an amicable relationship with his daughter Beyonce - even though she dumped him as her manager two months ago - but is alleging that people close to her have tried to destroy his reputation with ...

  10. Jane Scott, Legendary Cleveland Rock Critic, Dead at 92

    July 05, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Jane Scott, a rock music critic who followed everyone from the Beatles to Britney Spears during a long career that continued into her 80s, has died. She was 92. The Plain Dealer, where Scott worked for a half-century, reported that a niece, Linda ...

  11. LulzSec Hacker Group Dissolving Out of Boredom

    June 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK - A member of a publicity-seeking hacker group that sabotaged websites over the past two months and is dissolving itself says his group isn't disbanding under pressure from the FBI or enemy hackers. "We're not quitting beca ...

  12. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Pulled from YouTube

    June 17, 2011 2:54 PM EDT Rebecca Black's official "Friday" music video has been taken off YouTube. The page where the video starring the 13-year-old singer once played now says it "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black." ...

  13. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 6:10 AM EDT NEW YORK - A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night wh ...

  14. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman: 'I Screwed Up' on Facebook

    June 01, 2011 7:37 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - If he had another chance, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt would have pressed the Internet search leader to focus more on mounting a challenge to Facebook while he was still running the company. "I screwed up," Schmidt said ...

  15. Editor's Note: Why Billboard Isn't Revising Chart Policies for Lady Gaga's Amazon Deal

    May 26, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Ice-T's rage is nothing compared to the fury of Britney Spears fans questioning Billboard's chart policies ... Ah, remember the old days? Back when the Billboard 200 albums chart was as simple as adding up the receipts for thousands of d ...

  16. John Walker of the Walker Brothers Dies of Liver Cancer at 67

    May 09, 2011 8:22 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers, one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock `n' roll, has died at age 67. Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his ...

  17. BamaJam Founder Ronnie Gilley Pleads Guilty, Temporarily Released From Jail

    April 26, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley is out of jail temporarily and headed home to spend time with his family and try to straighten out his financial problems before he reports to federal prison for a sentence that could exceed 20 years ...

  18. Phoebe Snow, 'Poetry Man' Singer, Dead at 58

    April 26, 2011 11:48 AM EDT P hoebe Snow , a bluesy singer, guitarist and songwriter who had a defining hit of the 1970s with "Poetry Man" but then largely dropped out of the spotlight to care for her disabled daughter, has died. Snow, who was nominated for best ne ...

  19. Apple Slammed Over iPhone, iPad Location Tracking

    April 22, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from Apple Inc. about why iPhones and iPads are secretly collecting location data on users - records that cellular service providers routinely keep but require a court order to disgorge. It's not clear ...

  20. Dr. Dre Wins Lawsuit Against Death Row Records, Digital Rights to 'The Chronic'

    April 20, 2011 7:52 AM EDT The new incarnation of Death Row Records does not have the rights to sell Dr. Dre's iconic rap album "The Chronic" digitally, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the r ...

  21. Iggy Pop on Tonight's Ron Asheton Tribute Concert, 'American Idol'

    April 19, 2011 7:45 AM EDT If it wasn't already clear to those who have seen or heard Iggy Pop during the past four decades, his latest moves confirm he's not one to back down from a challenge. The punk pioneer and sonic provocateur returns to the Michigan town th ...

  22. Jay-Z's Visit to Kentucky Wildcats Locker Room Elicits NBA Investigation

    March 31, 2011 7:57 AM EDT An NBA spokesman confirms that the league is investigating Jay-Z's presence in Kentucky's locker room after the Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth. The rapper visited the players after their victory over North Carolina on Sunday at the ...

  23. Taylor Swift Celebrates 20 Million Sales in London; Heads to Las Vegas for ACMs

    March 31, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift ended her European tour on a celebratory note: Not only did she perform in front of thousands of fans, she got an honor for reaching the 20 million mark in worldwide album sales. A giddy Swift was given a plaque commemorating the mile ...

  24. Mathew Knowles Says Split With Beyonce Shows 'She Wants To Have More Control Of Her Business'

    March 29, 2011 3:36 PM EDT Mathew Knowles says Beyonce's decision to part ways with him as a manager was part of her growing up. In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Knowles called his daughter a "very, very smart businesswoman" who is ready ...

  25. Beyonce's Father, Mathew Knowles, Is No Longer Her Manager

    March 28, 2011 10:12 PM EDT Beyonce will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, her publicist said Monday. The Grammy-winning singer and her father have parted ways "on a business level," the publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press in ...

  26. Pinetop Perkins, Oldest Grammy Winner, Dead at 97

    March 22, 2011 3:33 AM EDT Pinetop Perkins , one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97. Perkins was having chest pains when he went to take a nap and p ...

  27. Ferlin Husky, Country Music Pioneer, Dead At 85

    March 18, 2011 7:48 AM EDT Ferlin Husky, a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early '60s known for hits like "Wings of a Dove" and "Gone," died Thursday. He was 85. The 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee died at his home, ha ...

  28. Apple iPad 2 Launches Today

    March 11, 2011 8:44 AM EST Apple Inc.'s updated version of its iPad tablet computer will be available in stores Friday afternoon but those who can't wait to say they own the gadget can beat the crowds by ordering one online before the sun rises. The Cupertino comp ...

  29. Cumulus to Buy Radio Rival Citadel Broadcasting

    March 10, 2011 8:38 AM EST Cumulus Media is buying Citadel Broadcasting in a $1.7 billion deal that would unite two of the nation's largest radio station owners. Cumulus Media Inc. said Thursday it is paying $37 per share for Citadel Broadcasting Corp. Cumulus says the ...

  30. Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' Director Out; U2's Bono, The Edge Write New Songs

    March 10, 2011 7:55 AM EST Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of "The Lion King," will no longer direct Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to ...

  31. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark: $65 Mil. Musical Facing Sixth Delay

    March 09, 2011 12:56 PM EST A spokesman for the troubled "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway insisted Wednesday that the show is still scheduled to open next week, as talk swirled that the production will shut down for several weeks and the opening will be put off for ...

  32. 50 Cent To Make UNICEF Donation In Wake Of Gadhafi Gig

    March 09, 2011 12:49 PM EST Cent is the latest artist to make a donation to charity after it was revealed he performed at an event linked to the clan of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A statement released to The Associated Press on Wednesday said the rapper, who has his o ...

  33. Alice in Chains Co-Founder Mike Starr Dies at 44

    March 08, 2011 7:05 PM EST Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr - who has publicly struggled with drug addiction and appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab last year - has died. He was 44. He was found dead in a Salt Lake City house Tuesday. "It's a terrible ...

  34. Usher 'Sincerely Troubled' About Gadhafi Concert Link

    March 04, 2011 6:40 PM EST Usher said Friday he's "sincerely troubled" to learn he appeared at a concert in St. Bart's linked to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's family and plans to donate his concert fee to human rights organizations. Earlier this w ...

  35. Mariah Carey 'Embarrassed' by Gadhafi Performance

    March 03, 2011 2:56 PM EST Mariah Carey says she was unaware that she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gadhafi's clan - and she's embarrassed "to have participated in this mess." Carey is among a handful of entertainers who were paid handsome fe ...

  36. Bob Dylan's April Gig in China Held Up By Chinese Government

    March 03, 2011 8:20 AM EST China is reviewing an application from Bob Dylan to stage concerts in the country, a year after the American folk legend's planned concerts in Beijing and Shanghai were canceled, an official at the Ministry of Culture said Thursday. The appli ...

  37. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Tinie Tempah Win Big at Brit Awards

    February 16, 2011 8:47 AM EST Dapper London lads Plan B and Tinie Tempah were popular local winners at the Brit music awards Tuesday, while Arcade Fire followed their surprise Grammys victory with two prizes at the British ceremony. Tempah, a 22-year-old product of London' ...

  38. Christina Aguilera Defends Super Bowl National Anthem Flub

    February 07, 2011 9:36 AM EST Christina Aguilera rushed to defend herself after messing up a line while performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. The pop singer said she got lost in the moment -- and lost her place in the song. "I can only hope that ever ...

  39. W. Va. Country Music Singer Doc Williams Dies

    February 02, 2011 5:55 AM EST Country music singer Doc Williams became a big star in small places through the power of radio. In the years before World War II, his Wheeling, W.Va.-based radio show built him a following in Maine, Vermont and the Canadian provinces -- places whe ...

  40. Proposed L.A. Stadium to Be Named Farmers Field

    February 01, 2011 2:00 PM EST A proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles would be called Farmers Field under a 30-year naming-rights deal between developer AEG and Farmers Insurance Exchange. The companies announced the agreement in a joint statement Tuesday in advance of ...

  41. Milton Babbitt, Synthesizer Innovator & Composer, R.I.P.

    January 31, 2011 5:54 AM EST Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, died Saturday. He was 94. Paul Lansky, a composer and Princeton University colleague who was ...

  42. Charlie Louvin, Country Music Legend, Dies at 83

    January 26, 2011 12:31 PM EST Charlie Louvin (Photo: Steele Management) Charlie Louvin, half of the Louvin Brothers whose harmonies inspired fellow country and pop singers for decades, has died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Brett Steele, his manager, ...

  43. Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals Go Nonprofit

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST The founder of the celebrated Newport jazz and folk festivals is taking them nonprofit in an effort to make sure the events he's been producing for six decades live on after he is gone. George Wein, 85, said Tuesday he has established a new n ...

  44. U.S. Companies Make Combating Intellectual Property Theft A Top Priority To China's Visiting Leader

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. companies have long demanded that China let its currency rise to make U.S. exports cheaper. But as President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, U.S. companies are stressing other goals: Stopping the theft of intellectual property. And get ...

  45. Canadian Radio Stations, Fans Blast Ban of Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing'

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST News of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's decision to ban Dire Straits' 1985 classic "Money for Nothing" has become headline news and water-cooler conversation in Canada. All these years after the song's release, ...

  46. Chuck Berry Returns Home After Onstage Collapse

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Chuck Berry, who fell ill with exhaustion and was escorted from stage during a Chicago concert this weekend, has returned home to suburban St. Louis, a close friend of the rock-and-roll legend said Monday. The 84-year-old performer did not require ...

  47. Bernie Wilson of Harold Melvin & Blue Notes Dies

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bernie Wilson, baritone member of the rhythm and blues group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes that produced the 1972 hit "If You Don't Know Me by Now," has died. Wilson, 64, died early Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, N. ...

  48. Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concertgoers sick of ballooning ticket prices should have some extra pocket change to rattle with their rock 'n' roll in the new year. 2010 was tough for the concert business as high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters now say they ...

  49. Ciara: Touring More Important than Record Sales

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST When Ciara was churning out chart-topping singles like "One, Two Step" and "Like a Boy," she appeared to be on the verge of superstardom, drawing some comparisons to Janet Jackson and the late Aaliyah. But since the initial pla ...

  50. Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney Receive Kennedy Center Honors Salute

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama were on hand today to salute entertainment luminaries Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, country singer Merle Haggard, composer Jerry Herman and dancer Bill T. Jones with the Kennedy Center Honors in Wash ...

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