Singer missing as China cracks down on Tiananmen anniversary

  • Jun 02, 2019

BEIJING— It has been three months since Chinese rock musician Li Zhi disappeared from public view.   First, an upcoming tour was canceled and his social media accounts were taken down. Then his music was removed from all of China’s major streaming sites — as if his career had never existed at all.

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Tough act to follow: Young maestro leads Israel Philharmonic

  • May 22, 2019

TEL AVIV, Israel— When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, Lahav Shani wasn’t even born yet. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind is poised to succeed his mentor at the helm of the acclaimed symphony.   Stepping into the shoes of a beloved living legend would seem t

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DJ Khaled on Nipsey Hussle: ‘He’s like a prophet’

  • May 22, 2019

NEW YORK— During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle’s final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about “our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just love,” Khaled recalls.   The result of the session is “Higher,” the latest single from Khaled’s new album “Father of

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Rolling Stones North American tour to start in Chicago

  • May 17, 2019

NEW YORK— The Rolling Stones are ready to get back on the road after postponing their North American tour because Mick Jagger needed medical treatment . The rockers announced Thursday the No Filter tour will kick off in Chicago with two shows on June 21 and 25. All the cities previously postponed are locked

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Alaska state hold music project put on hold

  • Apr 03, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has put songs from the Grammy award-winning band Portugal. The Man and four other artists with Alaska ties on hold. A project to replace the sleepy hold music for state office lines with songs by Alaska artists drew widespread attention when it was announced in November. But M

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Beyonce, 'Black Panther' wins at 50th NAACP Image Awards

  • Mar 31, 2019

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce was named entertainer of the year at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color. After Beyonce accepted the award Saturday night, the superstar paid homage to the people who were nominated in the same category as her. She beat

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Michael Jackson musical to open on Broadway, skips Chicago

  • Feb 15, 2019

A stage musical about Michael Jackson will skip making its debut in Chicago and instead open on Broadway in summer 2020. Producers said Thursday that “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” will no longer have pre-Broadway performances this fall in Chicago, blaming a recent Actors’ Equity strike over compensation f

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Nancy Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Clive Davis gala

  • Feb 11, 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The audience at Clive Davis’ white-hot gala included Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who got the most requests to take a selfie.

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Cardi B talks feeling anxiety before Grammys, new commercial

  • Feb 08, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Even though Cardi B has a strong chance of winning her first-ever Grammy, the rapper said she is feeling nervous heading into Sunday’s show. Cardi B said in a recent interview that she’s been filled with anxiety about the potential of winning an award and executing her performance at the 61st a

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