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Sales of Prince's music have skyrocketed since the artist's death last week. According to Nielsen Music, in the three days following his death there were 2.3 million Prince song sales, including nearly 1 million on Thursday. Sales were led by "Purple Rain," followed by "When...
NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Paul, the soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," has died. Paul's co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press that Paul died Sunday at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey. Gay says Paul was 80 and had been diagnosed...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (all times local): 2 p.m. New Orleans musician and singer Leyla McCalla is mesmerizing the crowd at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with her songs in French and English. McCalla performed Sunday...
ATLANTA (AP) — The crowd at Atlanta's Fox Theater was on its feet screaming. Prince had already taken an encore, but he'd only played for just over an hour and he hadn't even played "Purple Rain." This show could not be over. He walked back onstage toward his purple grand piano...
Prince accepted a standing ovation as he strolled out carrying a cane and rocking an Afro to present the 2015 Grammy for album of the year. Then he stole the show with a line that reminded everyone he was more than just a pop superstar; he was a black activist. "Albums still...
Beyonce doesn't simply release albums anymore, she unleashes events. And so it was this weekend, amid deep mourning for a lost icon, music's queen dropped "Lemonade," an arresting display of what technically qualifies as videos and singles, but is better described as a work of...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is wrapping up. The high-profile performances Sunday include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nick Jonas who will close their respective stages. The festival is seven days of rock, R&B, jazz,...
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Papa Wemba, known around the world as "the king of Congolese rumba," has died following a collapse on stage during a concert. He was 66. Congolese Culture Minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay confirmed the musician's death Sunday, calling it a "great loss for...
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's opera house has apologized after a third show this week was canceled at short notice and warned the public to expect more turmoil as it is rocked by a bitter dispute. The National Opera of Bucharest expressed its regret Sunday that a ballet...