• Drake leads BET Awards with 9 nods; Beyonce, Rihanna 5 each

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is walking into the BET Awards with nine nominations, nearly doubling Beyonce and Rihanna, who are up for five awards each. BET told The Associated Press on Thursday that Drake is nominated twice for video of the year with "Hotline Bling" and "Work" with Rihanna. Other nominees for the top prize include Beyonce's "Formation," Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" and rising newcomer Bryson Tiller's "Don't." The BET Awards will air live June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Drake is nominated twice for best collaboration and three times for the viewer's choice award. Beyonce and Rihanna will compete for best female R&B/pop artist along with Adele, K. Michelle and breakthrough singer Andra

  • Iggy Pop to Cannes Film Festival: Say no to drugs

    Iggy Pop to Cannes Film Festival: Say no to drugs

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    CANNES, France (AP) — Iggy Pop says his drug of choice nowadays is a glass of wine. "Everybody should just drop that (expletive)," the notoriously rowdy rocker told a Cannes Film Festival crowd on Thursday. Iggy Pop was on hand to promote "Gimme Danger," a documentary by director Jim Jarmusch about his punk band, the Stooges. "I don't drug up anymore," the "Lust for Life" singer said during a press conference. "I don't do it. I have wine with dinner and that's about it." He added that marijuana is "OK for most people." Based on the memories of the musician, "Gimme Danger" features archive footage of a young Iggy Pop who was often on LSD. "I was on acid in more than several of the clips in the movie when I

  • Opera at the legislature? LGBT law brings vocal message

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The conflict over North Carolina's new law about LGBT rights and restrooms used by transgender people led the authors of an opera to hold a performance inside the building where the law got approved. Several dozen people attended a concert Thursday in the Legislative Building for a version of "The Body Politic," which premiered this month in Boston. The lead character is a transgender man who moves from Afghanistan to North Carolina and encounters a diverse array of people. Writers Leo Hurley and Charles Osborne attended college in North Carolina and decided the opera's message of breaking down barriers was something legislators needed to hear. They invited all of them but only one legislator attended.

  • Top Boston tourism official pleads not guilty to extortion

    Top Boston tourism official pleads not guilty...

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's top tourism official pleaded not guilty Thursday to pressuring a production company into hiring union workers by withholding required city permits and approvals for a music festival. Kenneth Brissette, 52, director of the Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment, entered his plea to a federal extortion charge during arraignment in federal court in Boston. Authorities say the production company had contracted with a nonunion company to provide workers for a September 2014 festival. They say Brissette forced them to hire members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 11, by withholding required permits and approvals. Prosecutors say when the company hired union workers, p

  • Review: Shelton's album is a mix of show-stoppers, gimmicks

    Review: Shelton\'s album is a mix of...

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Blake Shelton, "If I'm Honest" (Warner Music Nashville) If his time on "The Voice" has done anything for Blake Shelton, it has sent him further down the road toward crowd-pleasing, show-stopping songs that build toward a moment when the audience can no longer contain itself. There's plenty of that on "If I'm Honest," his latest album. And make no mistake, it's a country road he's traveling on — with hard-to-miss overtones from his high-profile personal life. The least subtle of these is a duet, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," which he co-wrote with Gwen Stefani, his current love interest. It seems reasonable to interpret it as a move-on song for both as they put their respective divorces behind them.

  • The Latest: Boston official pleads not guilty to extortion

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the indictment of Boston's top tourism official (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Boston's top tourism official has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he withheld required city permits and approvals from a music festival production company that hired nonunion workers. Kenneth Brissette entered his plea Thursday in federal court after being arrested on an extortion charge. After a brief hearing, a magistrate judge ordered him released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. He was ordered to surrender his passport and limit his travel to within the U.S. while the case is pending. Prosecutors say that in 2014, Brissette pressured the production company to hire members of the International Alliance

  • Dr. Luke gives OK for Kesha to perform at Billboard Awards

    Dr. Luke gives OK for Kesha to perform at...

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Luke and his record label say they are giving Kesha the OK to perform at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Kemosabe Records said it had reversed an earlier decision after Kesha reassured the label that she wasn't going to highlight the ongoing lawsuit onstage. "Kesha's performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation," the statement read.

  • Review: Bob Dylan returns to standards on 'Fallen Angels'

    Review: Bob Dylan returns to standards on...

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Bob Dylan, "Fallen Angels" (Columbia Records) After his own songs have been covered by hundreds of artists over the past half century, Bob Dylan is turning the tables for a second time in as many years. On "Fallen Angels," which comes a year after the similarly themed "Shadows in the Night," Dylan once again offers his interpretations of American standards popularized by Frank Sinatra. Opting to use his own band, and not an orchestra, Dylan creates a relaxed, mellow mood and sounds in fine spirits as he croons his way through 12 familiar songs including "Young at Heart" and "That Old Black Magic." Dylan has long sprinkled in cover songs, both on his records and in concert, over his incomparable career.

  • Indigenous people seek permanent representation at UN

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Indigenous people are seeking a permanent political voice at the United Nations. Chairman of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Alvaro Pop said Thursday that his group was considering whether to ask the U.N. to create a new category equivalent to observer status in order to ensure the representation of indigenous people at the highest level. Only two entities, the Palestinians and the Vatican, currently have observer status at the U.N. The idea was being discussed at the 15th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a two-week long event ending Friday which united over 1,000 representatives from around world.

  • Review: Eric Clapton lays down the blues on 'I Still Do'

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Eric Clapton, "I Still Do" (Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records) Not as if there were any doubt, but Eric Clapton knows how to play the blues. And on the aptly-titled "I Still Do," the 71-year-old music legend proves it all over again with a smooth, sonically soothing mix of covers with a couple originals thrown in. He's not breaking any new ground here, or tearing the roof off with scorching guitar solos, but that's OK. "I Still Do," just like Clapton, delivers. Clapton reunites with famed producer Glyn Johns, who was also behind Clapton's most popular record "Slowhand.

  • Emilio Navaira's brother says autopsy shows clogged artery

    Emilio Navaira\'s brother says autopsy shows...

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The brother of Tejano star Emilio Navaira (nah-VY'-rah) says the Grammy winner may have suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after returning from a jog. Raulito Navaira says the autopsy shows a coronary artery was "90 percent clogged." Emilio Navaira was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive at his New Braunfels, Texas, home Monday. He was 53. In an interview with The Associated Press, Raulito Navaira says his brother laid down on the couch after his run Monday. He says the singer's family left the house and returned to find him not breathing. Emilio was critically injured in a 2008 tour bus accident near Houston.

  • H&8th Night Market reveals June music lineup

    H&8th Night Market reveals June music lineup

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Don't forget that your ears can get just as hungry as your stomach. When Oklahoma City's biggest food truck and music celebration returns 6 to 11 p.m June 3 for its newly annual party, you can expect a healthy amount of live performances during the free to attend family- and pet-friendly street festival. And as always, you can find H&8th fun near the corner of Hudson Avenue and NW 8th Street in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district. Music starts at 7 p.m. on the Brewer Entertainment stage with an Oklahoma-based lineup featuring The Hideouts, Lincka, TJ Mayes and Travis Traps. ACM@UCO curated the lineup. Sugar Free Allstars will also play a 6 p.m.

  • Adele named songwriter of year at UK's Ivor Novello Awards

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    LONDON (AP) — Adele was named songwriter of the year at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting awards on Thursday. The singer won the prize Thursday for her third album, "25," which was the world's best-selling album in 2015. She took the same award in 2012 for her album "21." Adele sent a video message from Germany, where she is on tour. She said, "I won on my last album as well so to win on this one is a dream. "I was secretly pregnant then so I couldn't enjoy the night as well," she said. "But cheers, bottoms up, enjoy." James Bay's "Hold Back the River" took the prize for the most-played song in Britain in 2015, and "Darling Arithmetic" by Villagers won the album award.

  • Prince confidant says he's heartbroken, wants privacy

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Prince confidant who was among three people to find the singer's body says he was heartbroken by his friend's death but that he won't be discussing it publicly and would like privacy. Kirk Johnson, Prince's longtime friend, sometime drummer and best man at his first wedding, had refused to comment on the case until issuing a statement Thursday through his attorney. Johnson was estate manager at Paisley Park, where Prince was found dead April 21. A search warrant said Johnson told investigators of a previous visit by Prince to a medical center for an unspecified illness in 2014 or 2015.

  • Video: Miley Cyrus vows to get back at Blake Shelton after his joke about her tongue

    Video: Miley Cyrus vows to get back at Blake...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Miley Cyrus is already predicting that her team will win Season 11 of "The Voice," and she plans to rub the victory in the face of one of her rival coaches in particular: Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton. "Blake made a joke of he knows why I always have my tongue out. It's 'cause it's always tired because I never stop talking. But he's gonna regret that when I win. Because it came in handy when I was there and really wanted to spend time with each contestant," Cyrus said on Tuesday's episode of "The Late Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Cyrus proved a strong mentor during her stint as key adviser on "The Voice" Season 10, which is wrapping up at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday with the crowning of a new

  • Delaware's Firefly Music Festival unveils full schedule

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Organizers of Dover's Firefly Music Festival have unveiled the complete schedule for next month's four-day festival. A daily schedule had already been released, but fans now know the exact set times, giving them a chance to see whether any of their favorite bands will be playing at the same time on different stages. The festival kicks off Thursday, June 16 at 5:15 p.m. with Los Angeles electro-pop trio LANY and the dream pop group Twin Limb. Headliners Kings of Leon will play a 90-minute set the next day, starting at 10:45 p.m. British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons have been given the largest slot of the festival. Their 2-hour-long set will start at 9:15 p.m. on June 19, partially overlapping with Maj

  • Snoop Dogg, ex-NBA player Peterson host game to help Flint

    Snoop Dogg, ex-NBA player Peterson host game to...

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Rapper Snoop Dogg and former Toronto Raptors player Morris Peterson are hosting a celebrity basketball game to help Flint amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. "Hoop 4 Water" is scheduled for Saturday at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint. Snoop Dogg met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver in January during a water drive in the city. Peterson, who is from Flint, told The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1YETJX7 ) that the rapper is "concerned with what he can do for the city." Proceeds from the event will go toward the Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation for water relief efforts. Flint switched in 2014 to using the Flint River but failed to add the proper chemical treatment.

  • Video: OneRepublic releases 'Wherever I Go' video, performs on 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

    Video: OneRepublic releases \'Wherever I Go\'...

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Kenneth Choi ("The Wolf of Wall Street") plays a disaffected Asian businessman who turns his drab office until a multicolored dance party with the help of OneRepublic in the fun video for the band's new single "Wherever I Go": As previously reported, the pop-rock band, fronted by Grammy-winning Tulsa native Ryan Tedder, has been making the TV rounds this week performing the new single. The group was the musical guest Wednesday on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon": "Wherever I Go" will be featured on OneRepublic's fourth studio album, which will be released later this year on Interscope Records.

  • Music Hall in Detroit commissions ballet tribute to Bowie

    Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) — The Music Hall in Detroit has commissioned a ballet as part of a tribute to legendary musician David Bowie. The ballet is scheduled to debut June 18. Organizers say Complexions Contemporary Ballet will offer interpretations of the work of Bowie that night as well as the band Metallica. Bowie died in January at age 69. The Music Hall says the production will draw from his decades of hits to create a rock opera-style production. Other Michigan tributes to Bowie were earlier announced. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plans an event titled "The Music of David Bowie" on July 10 at Meadow Brook amphitheater in suburban Detroit. And the Grand Rapids Symphony plans a tribute on Aug. 2 at Cannonsburg Ski Area.

  • Bethany plans Memorial Day weekend festival

    Bethany plans Memorial Day weekend festival

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    The sixth annual Bethany 66 Festival on May 28 will include a children’s parade, patriotic Memorial Day tribute, performances by local musicians, a car and motorcycle show, arts and crafts booths and food trucks.