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Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three backup dancers sued Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination to prevent another black dancer from joining her onstage. The dancers claim Cher remarked that her successful “Dressed to Kill” tour had “too much color” and instructed [...]

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Jazz-funk pioneer Joe Sample dies at 75

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75. Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press on Saturday. Rains [...]

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Cosimo Matassa, recorded New Orleans R&B, dead, 88

  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press. [...]

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Black leather, gold, and lots of celebs at Versace

  New York (AP) — Talk about your one-stop shopping. If you liked the sexy numbers on the Versus Versace runway Sunday night — many of them tight, short, black, and embellished with gold hardware — you could purchase them the moment the show ended. All the outfits were on sale at VersusVersace.com. Such immediate [...]

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Drake earns 8 nominations for BET Hip-Hop Awards

  ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, Drake tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. In a statement to The Associated Press, BET said Thursday that Drake received the most nominations with eight for the ninth annual awards show. It airs Oct. 14. Last year, the Canadian rapper and singer took home four awards, including the [...]

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Alicia Keys ready for December release: baby No.2

  NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys, who often releases albums in November and December, says she is preparing for another delivery at the end of the year: her second baby. “December album? Well, I know one thing. I’m having a December baby,” the singer said with a laugh in an interview Tuesday. The Grammy [...]

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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

  iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending September 1, 2014:   Top Songs 1. Shake It Off, Taylor Swift 2. All About That Bass , Meghan Trainor 3. Bang Bang, Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj 4. Anaconda, Nicki Minaj 5. Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora), Iggy Azalea 6. Guts Over Fear (feat. [...]

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Hip-hop moves as strong force for Michael Brown

  NEW YORK (AP) — Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting death, channeling hip-hop’s earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. “It’s really important to see hip-hop’s role of [...]

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Detectives seek witnesses in Suge Knight shooting

  WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County detectives are reviewing security camera footage and seeking witnesses to a shooting at a packed nightclub that injured three people, including Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight. Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Biddle said Monday that investigators believe as many as 20 people witnessed the gunfire early [...]

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