• Looking for love on a dating app? You may find music instead

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music. From Madonna to Mariah Carey, an increasing number of acts are looking to platforms like Tinder and Match to promote their music and reach their fans on-the-go. Madonna's latest album was advertised on Grindr, an app for gay men, while Jason Derulo looked to Tinder to debut a music video. Carey launched a profile on Match.com to premiere her music video for the single, "Infinity," and last week DJ-producer Afrojack took over Match's Twitter account for eight hours to answer questions about love and relationships while promoting his new single, "SummerThing!" "You want to go where yo

  • Rapper 'The Game' charged with hitting off-duty officer

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rapper known as "The Game" has been charged with hitting an off-duty Los Angeles police officer during a basketball game. The hip-hop artist, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, was charged with one felony count of making criminal threats and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery. He pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Monday. Prosecutors say Taylor and the officer played on opposite teams at a basketball game at Hollywood High School in March. After a foul call against Taylor, authorities say he approached the officer and threw a punch. Taylor faces up to three years in prison if convicted. He is free on $50,000 bail and is due back in court July 30.

  • Music Review: Joy Williams goes solo and bares soul

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Joy Williams, "Venus" (Sensibility/Columbia) Nearly 20 minutes into "Venus," an acoustic guitar emerges from the computer clamor that fills most of the album. The refreshing sound of an actual musical instrument nudges Joy Williams into the set's best song, the soul-baring ballad "What a Good Woman Does." "I can't carry the weight of this war," she sings. Williams' acrimonious split with Civil Wars partner John Paul White is at the core of "Venus," her first solo album since the breakup. She also sings about the death of her father and a rocky patch in her marriage, addressing the wrenching topics with commendable candor and appealing eloquence. But when Williams parted with White, she also said goodbye to strummy

  • Neil Young's 'The Monsanto Years' attacks corporate greed

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Neil Young + Promise of the Real, "The Monsanto Years" (Warner Bros.) Neil Young's voice, playing and passion are undimmed, but his lyrical talent is diminished in much of this new album, which — as the title "The Monsanto Years" suggests — is obsessed with what he perceives as the despoiling of America at the hands of corrupt corporations and complacent politicians. The sound is distinctive Neil, little changed over 50 years, though the voice is a bit scratchier now. But he's replaced the symbolic approach — "flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun" from 1970's "After the Gold Rush," for example — with a more literal style.

  • Diddy's son Quincy calls father's arrest a 'hiccup'

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diddy's son Quincy Brown has dismissed his father's recent arrest as a "hiccup." Brown walked the red carpet of the BET Awards with Diddy's three young daughters. He brushed aside questions about Diddy's arrest last week. The music mogul, whose real name is Sean Combs, faces assault charges for an alleged attack involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletic facilities of the University of California at Los Angeles, where Diddy's other son Justin plays football. "Hiccups happen in life. You push that to the side. You worry about that later," Brown told The Associated Press. "That's why we here right now just enjoying the BET Awards. We come every year. We're supporting the family, supporting my

  • Man wants Taylor Swift to testify in his trespassing case

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    WAKEFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A man charged with trespassing at Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion wants the singer to testify on his behalf. The Westerly Sun (http://bit.ly/1Jt3mV1 ) reports 24-year-old Nicholas Field was back in court Friday. The Westerly resident was arrested April 14 and charged with willful trespassing at Swift's beachfront mansion. Field says he wants Swift to be served with a subpoena to appear in court. He says Swift didn't say to press charges. Police say surveillance video shows Field approaching the gate at Swift's property to deliver a letter and poem. They say Field was manipulating the gate when he was arrested. Field says he wants to see the video, which was not available Friday.

  • Video: Charlie Wilson, 'My Favorite Part of You'

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

  • Lady Gaga, European official slam Turkish gay pride violence

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Pop singer Lady Gaga and a European rights official are condemning the attacks on Istanbul's gay pride rally after security forces doused demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas. Gay rights protesters dispersed Sunday after gathering at the city's Taksim Square, an unusual flare-up as previous rallies had taken place without interference. Organizers say the Turkish government only barred them from Taksim at the last minute, saying they could not gather there during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Istanbul Governor's office says no permission was sought for the rally and security forces acted proportionally A message posted to Lady Gaga's Twitter account urged Turkish authorities to "celebra

  • What to do in Oklahoma on June 29, 2015: Hear Brian Pounds at Back Alley Gallery

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Today's featured event: Hear Enid-born, Austin, Texas-based musician Brian Pounds at 8 tonight at the Back Alley Gallery, 5026 A N May Ave. As previously reported, Pounds was a contestant on Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton's team on Season 5 of "The Voice." He is playing a series of dates leading up to opening for Shelton July 10 at the Calgary Stampede rodeo and festival in Alberta, Canada. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/BackAlleyGallery or www.facebook.com/brianpoundsmusic. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Seattle art exhibit puts spotlight on race, identity

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — Race, identity and the masks people wear are the themes explored in a new exhibit of contemporary, multimedia art at the Seattle Art Museum. The themes feel especially relevant with the recent opening of the show "Disguise: Masks & Global African Art" coming one day after the deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and a week after the leader of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, was accused of lying about her race. But curator Erika Dayla Massaquoi believes this is the kind of exhibit that would have had people talking about race and identity even without the news. The show isn't going to hit people over the head with the topics of race and identity, but Massaquoi believes, "People will intuitiv

  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awards $26M

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has approved grants totaling more than $26 million. Organizations getting grants include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is getting $250,000 for summer programming and a long-term summer program strategy. ACCESS is getting $150,000 over two years for arts classes and tours for older adults in low-income and assisted-living facilities. The Detroit Zoological Society is getting $75,000 for designing the interpretive content for the Detroit Zoo's new Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is getting $75,000 over two years a financial

  • 'Magic Mike' taught Pinkett Smith to be playful with husband

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith wasn't exactly sure what she was getting into when she signed on for "Magic Mike XXL," but she certainly didn't expect to come out of a movie about male strippers with some new theories on her own marriage. "It really taught me how to be more playful with my husband," she says of Will Smith, her husband of 18 years. On set, Pinkett Smith says she tried to fall back and not get in the way of the antics of the male-dominated cast. A friend had told her that women don't know how to share space, that they dominate space. She took it to heart. "I really felt like this was a space for bro-time," she said in a recent interview. "I tried to be respectful of that and I really en

  • 'General Hospital' actor Geary to end role on July 27

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer's marriage to Laura in 1981 on "General Hospital" was the biggest moment in daytime television history, will appear in his final episode next month. ABC announced in May that Geary decided to leave the show after nearly three decades, saying his character would be written out of the series later this summer. His last appearance in the role will air on July 27, the network announced Monday. More than 30 million people tuned in to watch Luke marry Laura, considered a storybook event despite a backstory of Laura falling in love with her rapist. Actress Genie Francis, who played Laura but hasn't been on "General Hospital" since 2013, has returned to participate i

  • Jolin Tsai, Eason Chan, A-Mei win at Golden Melody Awards

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Jolin Tsai was the big winner at the Golden Melody Awards, honoring some of the biggest names in Asian music. The Taiwanese pop star, nominated in seven categories, won three awards for best Mandarin album for "Play," best vocal recording album and best single producer. Celebrities and musicians from the Chinese-speaking world attended Saturday night's ceremony, Taiwan's equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Screaming fans swarmed the entrance to Taipei Arena to watch their favorite stars walk the red carpet. Early arrival Jay Chou, a best album nominee for "Aiyo, Not Bad," acknowledged his fans' support and said he was nervous to be attending the awards. Eason Chan was named best Mandarin male

  • Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night. But the show was less about the awards — video of the year didn't even make the live broadcast — as performances stole the night. As Janet Jackson entered the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Brown screamed loudly, Minaj whipped out her phone to record the moment and Laverne Cox was teary-eyed. The pop star was honored with the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award as she made one of her first public performances in sometime as she readies a new album and tour this fall. "It's been a very long moment to this journey

  • Feds defend request for special housing during Burning Man

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal Bureau of Land Management officials are defending their request for special housing accommodations during the annual Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada, disputing comments by Sen. Harry Reid and others that the plans are unnecessary and extravagant. Burning Man organizers have refused the request, saying amenities such as flush toilets, washers and dryers, showers, air conditioning and refrigerators at the bureau's on-site camp in the Black Rock Desert would cost $1 million and hike its permit fees to about $5 million. Gene Seidlitz, the bureau's Winnemucca district manager, said Sunday that the cost of the portable units is being "robustly exaggerated" by organizers.

  • Joni Mitchell rep says she had aneurysm, but recovering well

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell's friend and conservator says it was an aneurysm that sent the folk singer to the hospital in March. Conservator Leslie Morris acknowledged the aneurysm in a statement posted on Mitchell's website on Sunday, providing the first significant details on Mitchell's health status in the months since an ambulance was sent to her Los Angeles house to take her to the hospital. Morris says Mitchell is speaking — and speaking well — while recovering at home. She's unable to walk, but is expected to soon and make a full recovery. Morris was appointed Mitchell's conservator in May when a judge decided Mitchell couldn't make health care decisions for herself and had no relatives who could serve

  • The Latest: No bank withdrawal limits on foreign cards

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments on Greece's bailout negotiations (all times local): ___ 3:15 a.m. A decree on banking controls has been published in the official Government Gazette stating banks will not open Monday and will stay shut through Monday, July 6. Greece could shorten or lengthen this period. ATMs are set to reopen early Monday afternoon at the latest. Even then, withdrawals are limited to 60 euros ($66) per day. Visitors and other holders of credit and cash issued abroad are exempt from the restrictions. Anxious tourists had been spotted queuing at ATMs Sunday, thinking the restrictions, which had been known but not yet specified, would apply to them.

  • Chris Squire, bassist of progressive rock band Yes, dies

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band posted a statement on its Facebook page saying Squire "peacefully passed away" Saturday in Phoenix, where he lived. No further details about the death were provided. Squire announced last month that he had acute erythroid leukemia, a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia. He was receiving treatment before he died. "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire," said the statement from Alan White, Steve How

  • Tunisia launches nationwide manhunt for attack accomplices

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — The student who massacred holidaymakers on a Tunisian beach and at a swank resort hotel acted alone during the attack but had accomplices who supported him beforehand, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday. Police were searching nationwide for more suspects after the slaughter of at least 38 people in Sousse on Friday, in Tunisia's deadliest ever such attack. The attacker's father and three roommates were detained and being questioned in the capital, Tunis, Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told The Associated Press. The attacker has been identified as Seifeddine Rezgui, a 24-year-old graduate of Tunisia's Kairouan University where he had been living with the other students. The attack




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