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Medical issues’ hospitalize Boston concertgoers

  BOSTON (AP) — Three dozen people were transported to the hospital and as many as 50 others were treated or evaluated at the scene during a an electronic dance music show in Boston featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii. No one appeared to have life-threatening injuries, Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse said, blaming alcohol and drug [...]

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Jay Z’s touring ‘blueprint’: Rapper co-headlines

  NEW YORK (AP) — You could create a music award based on Jay Z’s collaborative tours. Past nominees for best live performance by Jay Z and friends would include Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Kanye West, among others. And this year, the rap king is hitting the road with his superstar wife, Beyonce. The On the Run [...]

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Plea deal talks fall apart in Chris Brown case

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday, June 25 when attorneys couldn’t agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October [...]

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Review: Ab-Soul continues strong run for Top Dawg

  Ab-Soul, “These Days …” (Top Dawg) Rapper Ab-Soul grew up in his family’s record store with free access to anything in the stacks. That explains a lot about “These Days …,” the bursting-at-the-seams album that’s No. 4 in Top Dawg Entertainment’s massive 2014 rollout (only Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock to go). The 15-track album [...]

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Jennifer Lopez says music has been ‘challenging’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez remembers the days when her record label budgeted $1 million for one of her music videos. Today, she’s attempting to create the same magic with one-tenth of the money. The entrepreneur says being a singer has been “challenging” since she debuted on the pop scene in the late 1990s, [...]

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Zendaya to play R&B idol Aaliyah in TV biopic

  NEW YORK (AP) — Recording artist Zendaya will portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime film about the R&B sensation who died in a plane crash at the height of her stardom. The biopic will be filmed this summer and is scheduled to air this fall, the network announced Monday, June 23. It will trace a career that [...]

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Paul McCartney: Feeling better, ready to tour

  LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney says he’s feeling fab and ready to rock ‘n’ roll. The 72-year-old former Beatle posted a brief YouTube video Tuesday night saying he’s recovered from a virus that forced him to cancel shows in Japan and South Korea, and delay the opening of a U.S. tour. He said the [...]

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Getting Chris Brown to DC trial cost more than $4K

  WASHINGTON (AP) — He didn’t fly first class and his hotels weren’t five-star. Still, when singer Chris Brown was moved from a Los Angeles jail to Washington for what was to have been the start of his trial on an assault charge, the cost to taxpayers was more than $4,000. The breakdown of the [...]

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MTV bringing ‘TRL’ back for 1 day with Grande

  NEW YORK (AP) — MTV will reprise its former “Total Request Live” countdown show for a day with breakthrough pop singer Ariana Grande. The network announced Wednesday, June 25 it will bring back the series on July 2. Grande has the No. 2 song in the country with the saxophone-laced “Problem.” The 20-year-old will [...]

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50 Cent: SMS Audio benefits from Beats/Apple

    NEW YORK (AP) — 50 Cent thinks the recent blockbuster deal between Beats by Dre and Apple only helps his headphone company. “The success of Beats is great for us. It makes the category understand how valuable our association is to that company,” he said. “When they see the company, and see that [...]

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Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club on ‘Adios Tour’

  HAVANA (AP) — They were forgotten masters of a long-ago sound, their faces deeply lined and their hands spotted with age. Then, suddenly, at an age when many performers would be retired, the members of this old-school band found themselves playing in some of the most hallowed venues around the world, sharing stages with [...]

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