• Celine Dion to speak but won't sing at Rene Angelil memorial

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celine Dion will address the audience, but she isn't expected to sing at the memorial in Las Vegas for Rene Angelil, her husband and manager credited launching with her career. Angelil died Jan. 14 after a long battle with throat cancer in the suburban Las Vegas home that he shared with Dion and their three children. He was 73. The Wednesday memorial will be held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting at 7 p.m., with a livestream available online for the two-hour broadcast. Event organizers say the singer with one of the most popular voices in the world will speak at the event celebrating Angelil's life. He guided Dion's career for most of her life and launched her residency at Caesars in 2

  • 5 of the most memorable Super Bowl halftimes

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Coldplay tries to make its mark before 100 million people Sunday at halftime of the Super Bowl. Here are five of the most memorable shows, for different reasons. —MICHAEL JACKSON, 1993: Gave birth to the spectacle of today, relegating the marching bands and Rockettes to Super Bowl history. Truth be told, it wasn't one of his finest moments. The dancing was great; the lip-syncing wasn't. He spent nearly two baffling minutes standing immobile, absorbing cheers. The big-stage template has been followed ever since, though. —U2, 2002: At the first Super Bowl following the 2001 terrorist attacks, U2 performed "Where the Streets Have No Name" as a giant scrim behind them unfurled names of the Sept. 11 victims.

  • APNewsBreak: Ex-rap mogul Suge Knight's jail privileges cut

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's access to visitors and phone calls have been completely cut off at the request of sheriff's investigators, court records shows. Court records show Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Friday cut Knight's access to phone calls and non-attorney visitors. The order was issued at the request of a sheriff's detective investigating Knight's murder case, in which he is charged with running over two men, killing one, outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015. Details about what prompted the order to restrict Knight's access to visitors are under seal. Knight's attorney, Thaddeus Culpepper, did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comme

  • Conductor Riccardo Muti undergoes hip surgery

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    MILAN (AP) — Conductor Riccardo Muti's official website says the conductor has undergone hip surgery in Italy following an accident. The website said Wednesday that as a result the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra cannot conduct concerts planned this month in Chicago. It said the accident was not serious, but provided no details. The news agency ANSA reported that Muti underwent the surgery in the Italian city of Ravenna after a fall at home. Muti, 74, had a pacemaker implanted five years ago after fainting during rehearsal in Chicago. Muti has just completed an Asian tour with stops in Taiwan, Japan, China and South Korea. He has been the Chicago symphony's music director since 2010.

  • Jimmy Buffett musical to premiere at California theater

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm — the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett's blend of rock and country tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, will start grooving onstage on May 16, 2017. Buffett has had hits with such beach-bum classics as "A Pirate Looks at Forty," ''Margaritaville," ''Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." The new musical is described "as the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender, and fulltime good ol' boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory — falling in love w

  • Let's read: Old David Bowie library poster reissued

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The library community also loved David Bowie. The American Library Association told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it has reissued a popular Bowie READ poster from 1987, part of the association's program of using celebrities to promote literacy. The $18 poster shows the rock star in school gear, jeans and a lettered jacket, and ever in motion as he holds a copy of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot." Bowie, an avid reader, died last month at 69. Others who have posed for READ posters include Bill Gates, Orlando Bloom and Seth Meyers. ____ Online: www.alastore.ala.org / ___ This story corrects website address to www.alastore.ala.org/ from www.alastore.org.

  • Victim parents: middle school killer deserves life in prison

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) — The parents of a 14-year-old boy slain in 2004 in a middle school bathroom by his best friend urged a judge Wednesday to keep the convicted murderer locked away in prison for life. Jaime Gough's parents, Jorge and Maria Gough, said in a letter to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Schlesinger they believe Michael Hernandez remains a threat to society and that people would "be living in fear" if he is released. The letter was read at the opening of a three-day hearing on whether Hernandez, now 26, deserves a sentence other than life. Other evidence indicated that Hernandez remains obsessed with serial killers, violent "death metal" music and genocidal historical figures such as Adolf Hitler. "Michael committed

  • Pussy Riot releases new video mocking Russian prosecutors

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Pussy Riot punk provocateur band is punching back at the Russian government. The collective has released a music video that scathingly mocks Russian law enforcement agencies, in which Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and fellow band members perform in Russian prosecutors' blue uniforms. Tolokonnikova told independent Dozhd TV that the video, called Chaika, was inspired by a documentary exposing alleged wrongdoing by Russia's chief prosecutor, Yuri Chaika. The film, released by an anti-corruption group led by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, claimed that Chaika's sons benefited from his position and that they had ties to the underworld. Chaika has rejected the accusations.

  • Cast of Broadway's 'Hamilton' to perform at Grammy show

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards this year will have a little Broadway sparkle: The cast of "Hamilton" will perform live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It will be the first time the Grammys have made room for a Broadway show since "American Idiot" in 2010. The cast will be part of huge list of performers in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 including Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton" tells the true story of Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father and the nation's first treasury secretary. It is told by a young African-American and Latino cast and has become a sens

  • Oklahoma City rapper L.T.Z. phones it in with new single (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    What's Valentine's Day without a little heartbreak? Oklahoma City-based rapper Tony LeSure (aka L.T.Z.) has had his fair share, and he's preparing to release "Single's Awareness Day II," a sequel to his 2011 effort. Here's an exclusive first listen to the track "Hit me on my RAZR." "The album is a journey of what happens when you lose a girl," LeSure said in an interview with The Oklahoman.  LeSure, 25, walked me through the album. "SAD II" kicks off with a celebratory intro track that's inspired by the relief of ending a relationship. That's followed by "Fools Rush In," which takes a dig at the willingness of jumping into another relationship when everything seems so rosy.

  • The 10-time Grammy winner you don't know about but should

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — His role is at the finish line of an album — helping it sound as perfect as possible before it's available to the masses. He's won 10 Grammys, including three consecutive wins for album of the year from 2013-2015. And he's collaborated with contemporary leaders like Pharrell and Daft Punk to iconic acts like Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen. Bob Ludwig is one of the most important figures in music, though you may not know his name. He earned some airtime when Beck won album of the year for "Morning Phase" at last year's Grammy Awards, where Ludwig appeared onstage as a winner, too, for working as the mastering engineer on the album. "I've spent more time mastering that record more than any other record I

  • South Carolina editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ____ Jan. 31 The Post and Courier on gun violence in the state: It should have been evident to any South Carolinian even before Gov. Nikki Haley made it the central theme of her State of the State address on Jan. 20. South Carolina has emerged as a different state after last year. In 2015, gun violence in South Carolina drew international attention. In June, nine people were murdered during a Bible study at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church with a gun that the accused killer should not have been allowed to purchase. The death of the Emanuel Nine led to the governor calling for, and the Legislature approving, the removal of the Confederate flag from the fr

  • Editorials from around New York

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Newsday on an investigation into ticket sales by New York's attorney general. Jan. 28 Any New Yorker who has furiously tapped keys on a computer or cellphone hoping to pick up a hot ticket to see Mets Hall of Famer Mike Piazza's number retired or concerts by Taylor Swift or Bruce Springsteen understands that the game is rigged. No matter how fast our fingers dance, we always seem to be shut out. And at that point, the only option is to buy at a huge markup from the scalpers who beat us out for the tickets. Now a report by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman titled "Why Can't New Yorkers Get Tickets?" is p

  • Vince Gill to be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk Thursday

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Guitar Center has announced that Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill will be inducted into the retailer's historic RockWalk. The private, invitation-only induction ceremony is set for noon Thursday at Guitar Center's iconic flagship location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Legendary musician and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is scheduled to be on hand to introduce Gill and reflect on his accomplishments, according to a news release. Gill recently announced he will release his new album, "Down to My Last Bad Habit," on Feb. 12, marking his first solo album since 2011's "Guitar Slinger." February also will see Gill reunite with Lyle Lovett for a 13-city tour of acoustic shows. For a full list of

  • Video: Randy Rogers Band to play spring show at The Criterion

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A standout act on the Texas country music scene has booked a show at Oklahoma City's newest venue. Randy Rogers Band will play May 21 at The Criterion, 500 E Sheridan Ave. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at criterionokc.com or Ticketmaster outlets. Presale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20. For more information on the OKC show, go to www.facebook.com/CriterionOKC. Randy Rogers Band released in January its new album "Nothing Shines Like Neon," featuring guest vocalists Alison Krauss, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jamey Johnson and Dan Tyminski. The band also reached a hug milestone last month when it passed the one million albums sold threshold, without the benefit of a commercial radio hit.

  • 20 years later, metal band Sevendust relishes Grammy nod

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — If Grammys were handed out for sheer persistence, the metal band Sevendust would have a bunch by now. The quintet from Atlanta is celebrating two decades together this year with its first Grammy nomination. The nomination is for a song that is, appropriately, named "Thank You." "This is a big deal. I feel like it's going to push us to work even harder," said Lajon Witherspoon, the band's lead singer and co-songwriter. "I think we're on the right avenue right now." Sevendust, known for its melodic approach to metal, has put many miles on the road, supporting everyone from Metallica to Creed. The band finally got the attention of the Recording Academy for last year's "Kill the Flaw," its 11th studio albu

  • Video: Broadway cast of 'Hamilton' to perform on the Grammy Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Grammy-nominated musical "Hamilton" ushers Broadway back to the Grammy Awards stage after a more than five-year hiatus, CBS and The Recording Academy announced this morning. Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and his extraordinary cast will perform a number from the acclaimed musical on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, directly from the legendary Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, marking one of only four times that the Grammy telecast has featured a performance live via satellite. Watch this video of the "Hamilton" cast announcing their upcoming Grammy performance: Previously announced performers include Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly,

  • Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum planning exclusive Steve Martin exhibit

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The American Banjo Museum’s newest exhibit, "The Banjo World of Steve Martin," provides a look at the musical side of one of America’s favorite entertainers. The exhibit, which features banjos from Martin’s private collection, opens Feb. 15 at the American Banjo Museum, 9 E Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City's historic Bricktown district. Best known for films such as "The Jerk," "The Pink Panther" and, most recently, the animated feature "Home," as well as numerous written works, Martin has become an American entertainment institution. However, it's only recently that people have become truly familiar with his musical prowess.

  • Graham Nash expands U.S. tour dates to include Oklahoma concert

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    TULSA - British folk-rocker Graham Nash has expanded his slate of 2016 U.S. tour dates into the spring, adding an Oklahoma show to the list in the process. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will perform in concert May 3 at the Brady Theater, 105 W Brady Street. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at Reasor's and Starship Records in Tulsa, Buy For Less locations in OKC, by phone (866) 977-6849 and online at www.protix.com. Tickets are $49.50 and $59.50. Nash, best known for his work with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, will released April 15 "This Path Tonight," first solo record of new music in 14 years. For more information on his Tulsa show, go to

  • Video: Halestorm joins forces with Lita Ford and Dorothy for spring tour, including Tulsa show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    TULSA - Halestorm will bring even more woman power to its spring U.S. tour by joining forces with fellow female-fronted rockers Dorothy and legendary rock guitarist Lita Ford. The tour, which launches April 1, includes an April 12 show at the Brady Theater, 105 W Brady Street. Tulsa tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Reasor's and Starship Records in Tulsa, at Buy For Less Locations in OKC, by phone at (866) 977-6849 and online at www.protix.com. Advanced general admission tickets are $29. For more information, go to www.bradytheater.com. Led by singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, Halestorm released its latest album, "Into the Wild Life," in 2015.




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