• AP Exclusive: Prince's 'Purple Rain' coat is up for auction

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A rare piece of movie memorabilia from Prince's 1984 classic film "Purple Rain" is hitting the auction block. Prince donned the black-and-white blazer with leather sleeves while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero. "It's definitely the most important piece of screen-worn Prince clothing that's ever come up for auction," said Joe Maddalena, president of the Calabasas, California-based auction house, Profiles in History. "This is a signature piece of wardrobe worn from an iconic movie in his most famous role." The coat is a unique find from the typically reclusive artist, who was found dead last week at his Paisley Park complex just outside of Minneapolis. "Prince memorabilia

  • Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — Prince's final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It's possible the innovative musician's demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

  • Singers sought for iconic New York folk music venue's video

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The nation's longest continuously operating coffeehouse is putting together a video featuring Arlo Guthrie and Garrison Keillor to celebrate the upstate New York folk music venue's impending renovations. The not-for-profit organization that runs Caffe Lena (LEE'-nuh) in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York, announced earlier this year that it will undergo $1.5 million in improvements to the building that houses the second-floor concert venue. Organizers have been working on a music video that features Caffe Lena veteran Guthrie, "A Prairie Home Companion" host Keillor and Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.

  • Jordan lifts ban on performance by popular Lebanese band

    Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is permitting a popular Lebanese rock band to perform, lifting an earlier ban imposed amid claims the group's songs promoting religious and sexual freedom violate local customs and religious beliefs. Khalid Abu Zeid, a regional politician who initially announced the ban against "Mashrou Leila," or Leila's Project, said in a new statement that "we don't mind if this concert takes place." He didn't elaborate. The indie band, known for songs about controversial subjects, says the reversal comes too late for the Jordan show to take place as scheduled on Friday. The initial ban sparked criticism of Jordan, which presents itself as an island of relative tolerance in a turbulent region where relig

  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma event ticket ticker for April 29 includes information on shows featuring Cyndi Lauper and 98 Degrees and the "I Love the ’90s" tour.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 29

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma news briefs for April 29, 2016

  • Write back to the start: Nashville songwriter about No. 1 hits, Jim Thorpe and the inaugural Oklahoma Songwriter’s Festival

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Marcus Hummon, based in Nashville, Tenn., has written commercially successful hits for Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and a lot more country artists. This weekend, he'll be workshopping and writing alongside several Okies and other Nashville musicians during the Oklahoma Songwriter's Festival. Also, he'll be performing Saturday evening at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab alongside the same combination of Oklahoma and Nashville talent.

  • Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Entertainment highlights in and around Oklahoma City for April 29.

  • New mom Krystal Keith gets back to country music career with hometown show in Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Six months after the birth of her first child, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Krystal Keith is easing off the lullabies and back into her country music career, starting with a hometown show Thursday at the Sooner Theatre. It will be the first she’s played her hometown since the 2012 Norman Music Festival.

  • The Latest: 5 Ohio State players selected in 1st round

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the first day of the NFL draft (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Ohio State had five players selected in the first round of the NFL draft, one shy of the record held by Miami. Here's the list of colleges with five players-or-more drafted in first round since 2000: 2004: Miami (6) — Sean Taylor (Washington); Kellen Winslow (Cleveland); Jonathan Vilma (N.Y. Jets); D.J. Williams (Denver); Vernon Carey (Miami); Vince Wilfork (New England. 2002: Miami (5) — Bryant McKinnie (Minnesota); Jeremy Shockey (N.Y. Giants); Phillip Buchanon (Oakland); Ed Reed (Baltimore); Mike Rumph (San Francisco. 2006: Ohio State (5) — A.J.

  • Nicky Jam, Enrique Iglesias top Billboard Latin Music Awards

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) — Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias took home seven awards apiece, including six shared awards for their hit duet "El Perdon," at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. The duet topped an entire night of special pairings and collaborations among Latin artists at BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida, which aired live Thursday on Telemundo. "El Perdon" earned awards for being the top song in airplay, digital downloads and streaming. Juan Gabriel won six awards, including the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, and sang with Paty Cantu. Romeo Santos won five awards, including artist of the year.

  • APNewsBreak: Investigators look at overdose in Prince death

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday. The official said that among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was with Prince on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before the star died. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The official said investigators are also looking into what kind of drugs were on the pla

  • Student gets custom trombone, peers get music knowledge

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is no stranger to New Orleans' music scene, having grown up inside it. He was 4 years old when he began learning at the knee of his R&B artist-grandfather, Jessie Hill, and his older brother, James, a jazz trumpeter. That type of experience, he says, is what he hopes to bring to students participating in the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which provides a program of music education, business instruction, mentorship and performance to high school-aged musicians. "I wanted to be able to give back to my community," Andrews told a group of reporters when asked why the foundation was created. "I wanted to give kids the proper foundation so they could learn the fundamentals.

  • Start of 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest soaked by rain

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The start of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was marked with thunderstorms, but the music played on to crowds that were thinned by the bad weather. By the time the headliners hit the stage on Thursday the rain had long ceased and the day ended on a high note, despite the mud and soggy conditions. The headliners — rocker Elvis Costello, rapper Flo Rida and the American roots band the Tedeschi Trucks Band — thrilled fans with their punchy shows. Costello and his band The Imposters paid tribute to New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint, who died last year. Costello and Toussaint were friends and made an album together after Hurricane Katrina.

  • Science of showtime: Variety of venues makes OKC a destination for new acts

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    With an uptick in concert announcements and new music festivals emerging in Oklahoma, the conversation is growing about Oklahoma City’s role as a concert destination.

  • K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) — Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials implored viewers to "wait, there's more!" while selling everything from vegetable slicers to hit music compilations on vinyl, has died at age 87. Samantha Kives said Thursday that her father died a day earlier after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Kives became wealthy after founding marketing company K-tel International, which sold Miracle Brush hair removers, Veg-o-matic vegetable slicers and compilation albums with such titles as "Goofy Greats" among numerous other products. Through it all, Kives mostly remained in his beloved Winnipeg and always balanced work with family life, his daughter said.

  • Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — Prince's final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It's possible the innovative musician's demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

  • The Latest: Investigators consider overdose in Prince death

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the death of music superstar Prince (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death. The official says that among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before Prince died. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

  • The Latest: Jazzfest ends on a high note, without rain

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (all times local): 7 p.m. Under dark and threatening skies, the opening day of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ended without any more of the rain that had drenched the thousands of music fans earlier in the day. The headliners — rocker Elvis Costello, rapper Flo Rida and the Tedeschi Trucks Band — thrilled fans with their punchy shows. Costello and his band The Imposters paid tribute to New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint, who died last year. Costello and Toussaint were friends and made an album together after Hurricane Katrina. For his show, Costello wore a purple cap with a button of Toussaint on the

  • Official Whitney Houston doc in the works from Oscar-winner

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An official Whitney Houston documentary is in the works from Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. It will be the first to be authorized by the late pop superstar's estate since her death in 2012 at age 48. Altitude Film Entertainment announced the project on Thursday. The announcement says that film will feature unprecedented access to those closest to Houston, including an interview with Arista Records founder and president Clive Davis, in examining both the professional heights and personal depths of Houston's tumultuous life. Macdonald won an Academy Award for his Munich Olympics documentary "One Day in September." He said he wants to tell the story of how brilliant an artist Houston was and how sh




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