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Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 2014 "An Enduring Vision" Benefit

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Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit. Read more

Lawyer: Rap reference in complaint misleading

A lawyer for a rapper and suspect in a bank-fraud case says some details in a federal complaint appear sensational and gratuitous. Read more

Midwest rappers, others charged with fraud

Bank Fraud Arrests

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Members of an Indiana-based rap group called RACK Boyz and other suspects from Illinois made hundreds of thousands of dollars in a bank fraud scheme that included wooing participants through social media and Internet videos, federal and state authorities said Wednesday. Read more

Ky. man who posted song lyrics won't face charges

Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. Read more

Statue of country star Vince Gill to be unveiled

Country music star and Oklahoma native Vince Gill is being honored at his high school alma mater with the unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue. Read more

Opera star falls after singing anthem at Series

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Oops, another national anthem stumble at the World Series. Read more

EPL referee faces music over Ed Sheeran concert

A Premier League referee has been dropped this weekend for breaking protocol so that he could watch an Ed Sheeran pop concert. Read more

2 country stars help shape Will Chase's TV persona

People-Will Chase

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Will Chase's character on ABC's "Nashville" is the quintessential superstar. Read more

Perry, Cruz, Bush hitting same election night bash

Republicans 2016 Austin Party

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If the 2016 presidential race unofficially begins with the end of the midterm elections, a party featuring three possible Republican White House hopefuls together at a hip Austin concert hall could be the kickoff bash. Read more

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending October 27, 2014: Read more

Phil Collins gives vast Alamo collection to Texas

Phil Collins Alamo

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British pop star Phil Collins on Tuesday handed over his vast collection of artifacts related to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution to the state of Texas. Read more

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. Read more

Madame Tussauds DC to add figure of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is getting double the love from Madame Tussauds wax museum with her figure being unveiled in both Washington and Hollywood. Read more

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. Read more

Singer Aaron Lewis apologizes for botching anthem

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Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series. Read more

Beyonce, Topshop team up to launch athletic wear

Fashion-Beyonce

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Want a body like Beyonce's? Now you can buy clothes she's designed for exercising. Read more

Long road from metal to country pays off for band

"So I started this damn country band, cause punk rock was too hard to sing." Read more

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Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination Read more

Review: Sam Hunt's 'Montevallo' romantic, relaxed

A former college football quarterback, Sam Hunt might be expected to huddle up with all the macho, in-your-face male country singers currently filling the radio airwaves. But the Georgia native takes a more relaxed, romantic stance on "Montevallo," his R&B-influenced country music debut. Read more

Taylor Swift to headline New Year's in NYC

We Can Survive Concert

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Taylor Swift will be shakin' it up in New York City's Times Square on New Year's Eve. Read more

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