• Mick Jagger on Grammy nod for James Brown doc, Amy Winehouse

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mick Jagger is getting Grammy love this year, but it's not for his music — it's for his film producing. The icon is nominated for best music film for producing the documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and aired on HBO in 2014. "Well, it's great. Actually, I didn't even know they gave Grammys (for this)," a laughing Jagger told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. "I kind of missed that category." Monday's Grammy Awards air a day after the Jagger-produced series about the music industry in the 1970s, "Vinyl," debuts on HBO. The rock veteran has earned two Grammys in his career, both with The Rolling Stones in 1995.

  • Shkreli campaign for boss music collection rolls on

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli's campaign to build up an impressive music portfolio rolls on. After spending $2 million for the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" late last year, the 32-year-old former hedge fund manager is now offering $10 million to become the sole owner of Kanye West's new album. Shkreli, an active Twitter user, posted a copy of an offer letter for West's new album "The Life of Pablo" to his account on Thursday. In the letter, Shkreli, asks West to withhold the release of his album and instead sell it to him. Shkreli said in a separate tweet that West and his label, Universal Music Group, are legally required to take his offer to their board.

  • Kanye's lyrics about Taylor Swift ignite new controversy

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Kanye West's new album, "The Life Of Pablo," has ignited a new controversy between the rapper and pop superstar Taylor Swift. West debuted his album at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday. The album included a song called, "Famous," in which he called the "Bad Blood" singer a "bitch" and said he made her famous. On his Twitter account, he said the lyric was not an insult. "I did not diss Taylor Swift and I've never dissed her," he wrote. "I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings," he wrote. Tree Paine, Swift's publicist, said in a statement that West did not ask Sw

  • Vince Gill detours from country on romantic new album

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Vince Gill is a standard bearer for traditional country music, thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre and his masterful guitar skills, but he only included one true country song on his latest album. "Down To My Last Bad Habit," out Friday just before Valentine's Day, is actually a collection of love songs influenced by rock, blues, jazz and pop, but he couldn't help paying tribute to his friend, the late, great George Jones on the final song, "Sad One Comin' On." "I fall in the world of a country music artist, but this record doesn't really have a whole lot to do with country music," Gill said during an interview at his home studio in Nashville.

  • Alan Cumming on sappy songs and 'The Good Wife' ending


    NEW YORK (AP) — The coolest place to be on Broadway last year was inside the Studio 54 theater. To be more specific, it was in Alan Cumming's dressing room there. That's where guests after "Cabaret" would go backstage to mingle and dance as Cumming played DJ. Those impromptu nights led to the concert series "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs" at the elegant Cafe Carlyle last summer, a live CD of the concert and now a mini tour. Onstage, "The Good Wife" star tells stories and illustrates them with tunes such as Billy Joel's "Goodnight Saigon," Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" and Stephen Sondheim's "Ladies Who Lunch." He plays Bethesda, Maryland, on Valentine's Day; Naples, Florida, on Feb.

  • Video: Vince Gill releasing new album 'Down to My Last Bad Habit' today

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Country Music Hall of Famer and MCA Nashville recording artist Vince Gill, who was born in Norman and grew up in Oklahoma City, is releasing his new album "Down To My Last Bad Habit" today. As previously reported, Gill wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs on "Down To My Last Bad Habit." “Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” Gill said in a news release. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.

  • 10 picks for Valentine's Day weekend entertainment in Oklahoma City

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. A time for romance 10 picks for entertainment this Valentine's Day weekend It may be mid-February, but Reduxion Theatre Company is tapping into the magic of “Midsummer” in honor of Valentine’s Day. The nonprofit theater company is opening its new production of William Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing romantic comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Friday.   “It has so much romance in it. It’s just brimming at the seams with romance,” said Reduxion Managing Director Erin Woods. “And it’s everyone’s favorite. Everyone knows about ‘Midsummer.

  • Make them an offer they can't refuse: Puzo archive for sale


    BOSTON (AP) — Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours. The 45-box archive, which includes multiple drafts with handwritten revisions to both the novel and the screenplay, is being sold by Boston-based RR Auction on Feb. 18. The collection covering Puzo's entire career includes manuscripts of his early books and late-career screenplays, and even his old typewriter. But there's no doubt that its thousands of pages of "Godfather" documents are the highlight. They shed light on the creative process, including the back and forth between Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola as they collaborated on the screenplay.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 12, 2016: Hear Stoney LaRue at the Diamond Ballroom

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: Hear Oklahoma singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue at 8:30 tonight at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.diamondballroom.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Martin Shkreli offers Kanye West $10M for new album

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    You won't be able to purchase Kanye West's newest album if Martin Shkreli has anything to say about it. The pharmaceutical CEO, who recently made headlines after being accused of widespread securities fraud, took to Twitter on Thursday to offer the famed rapper $10 million in exchange for exclusive access to Kanye's newest album, "The Life of Pablo." West, who is no stranger to controversy and social media himself, did not immediately reply.

  • Detroit Police Sergeant Under Investigation After Comparing Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance To KKK

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit police sergeant who allegedly criticized Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show by posting a reference to the Ku Klux Klan is being investigated. The sergeant, who was unnamed but is reportedly a 17-year veteran of the department, apparently didn’t like the halftime performance — particularly Beyonce’s dancers, who were sporting afros, berets and dressed in an all-black style similar to the Black Panther party. At one point in the performance, the dancers raised their fists to the sky and made a formation on the field in the shape of an X that, according to the sergeant, was attributed to black activist Malcolm X. The sergeant was so displeased with the performance that he took his option to his personal Facebook page, saying next year’s halftime show should include the KKK. The post included a photo of Beyonce’s dancers above a group wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes, according to a report by WJBK. It included the text: “So if the dance troupe at the top is ok for this years’ halftime show, then the one at the bottom should be ok for next years’, right?”

  • Producer Rick Rubin quietly receives Recording Academy honor


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music producer Rick Rubin didn't give an acceptance speech when he received the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy. The 52-year-old Grammy winner didn't even take the stage. Instead, he spoke through music, inviting two new artists to perform in his place at the Producers & Engineers Wing's ninth annual Grammy Week celebration, where Rubin was honored Thursday night. "The way hip-hop is now owes everything to Def Jam and to this gentleman here tonight," producer-songwriter Jimmy Jam said of the record label Rubin founded with Russell Simmons in 1984, which introduced audiences to LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys.

  • Lamar Odom makes appearance at Kanye West fashion show


    NEW YORK (AP) — Lamar Odom made his public return at brother-in-law Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show on Thursday. Odom's appearance marked the first time he'd attended a public event since he was hospitalized in critical condition in Las Vegas in October 2015 after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system. Odom, who is estranged from Khloe Kardashian, had been moved from a Los Angeles hospital to a private facility in January. As West walked Odom to his seat with the Kardashian and Jenner families, the crowd at Madison Square Garden for West's Yeezy runway show cheered and shouted Odom's name.

  • Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Charlie Wilson and more with Oklahoma ties contend for Grammys

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    When the 58th Annual Grammy Awards are handed out Monday, several contenders have Oklahoma ties.

  • A time for romance: 10 picks for entertainment this Valentine's Day weekend in the Oklahoma City area

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    It may not change your life, but an entertaining Valentine’s Day date certainly can affect your romantic prospects. Here are 10 promising events happening this weekend around Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Information about upcoming concerts and shows in Oklahoma involving Pentatonix, the Struts, Los Lobos and photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz.

  • Oklahoma City rapper L.T.Z. phones it in with new single, album

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oklahoma City-based rapper Tony LeSure (aka L.T.Z.) has had his fair share of heartbreak, and he's preparing to release "Single's Awareness Day II," a sequel to his 2011 love-tinged effort. The "SAD II" album release show is 9 p.m. Friday at Guestroom Records in Norman.

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

  • Video: Maddie & Tae perform 'Shut Up and Fish' on 'Live with Kelly and Michael'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae - Maddie Marlow of Sugar Land, Texas, and Tae Dye of Ada - appeared on today's episode of "Live with Kelly and Michael" to perform their fun new single "Shut Up and Fish": -BAM

  • Carrie Underwood to be honored, perform at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Checotah native Carrie Underwood will be one of the honorees and performers at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night this spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The event is scheduled for April 9 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Fellow performers will include Brooks and Dunn (which includes former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn), David Foster, The Tenors and Sinbad. Another Oklahoma native and country music superstar, Reba McEntire, will host the black-tie event for the 11th consecutive year. Also making another trip is Foster, who returns to serve as musical director. Carson Palmer, Dr. Francis Yeoh, Yank Barry and the Argyros family all will be honored alongside Underwood,