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LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and [...]

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Group’s ad featuring 911 call grabs attention at Super Bowl

  No celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying “No more.” This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house. The Super Bowl commercial by No More, the group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, is [...]

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TLC Looks to Fund Final Album Through Kickstarter Campaign

  ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B group TLC is depending on fans to fund the release of their final album through a Kickstarter campaign. The group, which currently consists of T-Boz and Chilli, launched the campaign on Monday. It’s been nearly 13 years since their last album, “3D,” which was released seven months after the death of [...]

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Rapper Pitbull Honored in Florida for Contribution of the Arts

  MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Pitbull is expanding his Miami charter school. The Miami native announced the expansion of SLAM! Academy Charter School during a ceremony Thursday. Gov. Rick Scott was also on hand to present Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, with the Florida Ambassador of the Arts Award. The award recognizes those whose [...]

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Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

  NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Deborah Voigt keeps a picture of herself performing alongside tenor Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera — both as a treasured memory of a great triumph and as a stark reminder of her emotional troubles. They were playing twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, in Richard Wagner’s “Die Walkuere,” but Voigt [...]

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Beastie Boys Lawyers: Bills top $1.7M in Monster Energy suit

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Beastie Boys want to force the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.4 million in legal fees and costs so the rappers’ $1.7 million jury award is not dwarfed by expenses in a copyright violation case, lawyers say. A Manhattan federal court jury awarded the group most of [...]

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Pharrell, Sam Smith, John Legend to perform at Grammys

    NEW YORK (AP) — One sings about being “Happy,” the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Usher and Miranda Lambert also will take the stage at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles. Common and John Legend [...]

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Rapper Flavor Flav indicted on driving charges in New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Rapper Flavor Flav is due in a Long Island courtroom later this month after being indicted on charges stemming from a traffic stop while driving to his mother’s funeral. Court documents show the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, was indicted last month on a felony charge of driving with a suspended license. [...]

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Trainor and Styles write a duet about heartbreak

  LONDON (AP) — Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles have put their heartbreak into a duet. The American singer known for the megahit “All About That Bass” and the One Direction star got together to write a song called “Someday Maybe.” Trainor, 21, told the Associated Press she was impressed with Styles’ ability to tap [...]

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Matthew Reilly writes action-packed ‘Great Zoo of China’

  “The Great Zoo of China” (Gallery), by Matthew Reilly Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton’s classic “Jurassic Park” and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, “The Great Zoo of China.” Reptile expert Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron is asked to visit a zoo that is soon to open [...]

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Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

  MIAMI (AP) — Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries. At Sunday’s pageant in Miami, Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said she would wear the [...]

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