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Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

  The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 16 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” (RCA Records) 2. alt-J, “Left Hand [...]

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Big Bank Hank, of Sugarhill Gang, dies at age 57

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Big Bank Hank, a member of the pioneering hip-hop group the Sugarhill Gang responsible for one of the most popular rap songs of all time, “Rapper’s Delight,” has died of complications of cancer at age 57. He died Tuesday at a hospital in Englewood, according to David Mallie, a business manager [...]

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The Roots create foundation to help alma mater

  ATLANTA (AP) — The Roots are tapping into their resources to help raise funds for their alma mater in Philadelphia. The Grammy-winning hip-hop band created the CAPA Foundation after learning that $1.1 million had been cut from the budget of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Budget cuts resulted in the loss of [...]

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Review: ‘Fantasia’ not a harmonious composition

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before they fizzled out, my chief compliant about those tap-happy “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” franchises was that they didn’t really teach players anything about music. They were simply color-coded amusements. Now, here comes “Fantasia: Music Evolved” (Disney, for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, $59.99) to take rhythmic superfluousness [...]

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Hip-hop improv group takes riffs to TV

  NEW YORK (AP) — As a Tony-winning composer and writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda sees nothing of spending five years writing a show, or months on just a few lines of dialogue. And then there’s his other outlet: Coming up with a rap routine — or maybe a skit, or poignant love song — within a [...]

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Chris Brown leads nominees for Soul Train Awards

  NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Brown is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The R&B singer racked up seven nominations, including best R&B/soul male artist and song of the year for “Loyal.” Beyonce earned six nominations and Pharrell Williams followed with five. Williams and Beyonce will be competing against each other for album of the [...]

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Iggy Azalea, Demi Lovato headline Vevo concert

  SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Iggy Azalea’s got 99 problems and driving is one. Before taking the stage Wednesday at Vevo’s Certified Superfanfest event, the 24-year-old “Problem” rapper said she’s had a few close calls while learning the rules of the road. “I just learned to drive and it’s been really difficult because I [...]

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Boyz II Men return to Philly high school for show

  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Members of the Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men returned to their roots Tuesday with a concert at their old stomping grounds — a performing arts high school they remember being just like the TV show “Fame.” “You had girls, you know, walking around in their leotards, plie-ing all over the hallways [...]

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Chris Brown ready to stop getting in his own way

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Brown celebrated his 25th birthday in jail last May by making his own “spread cake”: chocolate, peanut butter, bread and milk. “Mix it up in a little cereal bowl and let it sit for a little while. It comes out and you’ve got a nice little cake,” Brown [...]

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Doug E Fresh highlights BET Hip-Hop awards

  ATLANTA (AP) — With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed “The Human Beat Box” choked up and shed tears as he received the “I Am Hip-Hop Award” at the ninth BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday. Fresh eventually told the crowd that his [...]

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Lamar says Swift’s remarks help himself, hip-hop

  ATLANTA (AP) — Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper praised the country music star for speaking highly of his music, saying her admiring remarks show [...]

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