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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo (KOS-moh) Matassa (muh-TAS-suh), who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s into the 1970s, is dead at the age of 88. Granddaughter Mia Matassa says he had been ailing since a stroke in 2009 and...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jazz composer Duke Ellington's grandson is urging New York's highest court to reinstate his lawsuit seeking half the foreign royalties from Ellington's music for his heirs. The suit against publisher EMI alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Florida Georgia Line has plenty of experience on award stages after numerous accolades for their monster hit "Cruise," but as hosts of the American Country Countdown Awards, the country duo has less background to rely on. "We've hosted a couple of pool...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Merle Haggard gets nervous about stepping onto a stage when the audience is filled with songwriters, record label executives and fellow artists. "Well, it's glorious but it's also tough because all the pressure is on you," Haggard said after recently...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. The 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder said the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, isn't seeing the full picture a month after an unarmed black 18-year-old was killed by a white police officer. "I don't know if the mayor has blinders on," Wonder said in an interview Wednesday. "But to say...
BALTIMORE (AP) — This week marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Baltimore is pulling out all the stops: massive fireworks displays, historical reenactments and live performances all over the city's Inner Harbor. But what does the Star-Spangled Banner's...
NEW YORK (AP) — It's taken a few years, but Vanessa Hudgens has finally made the leap from "High School Musical" to a Broadway musical. The actress-singer will star in a Broadway-bound revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's musical "Gigi" that first debuts in Washington...
BALTIMORE (AP) — This week marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Baltimore is pulling out all the stops: massive fireworks displays, historical reenactments and live performances all over the city's Inner Harbor. But what does the Star-Spangled Banner's...