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Beyonce slays at tour opening, offers no insight into album

Music Review Beyonce

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Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyonce moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami, offering no insight into the rumors of marital infidelity fueled by her latest album. Read more

Essence Festival Durban to be held in November

The inaugural Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa, will be held during that country's summer season in November. Read more

Les Waas, creator of the Mister Softee jingle, dies at 94

Les Waas, the advertising legend behind the Mister Softee jingle heard in hundreds of ice cream trucks for more than half a century, has died. He was 94. Read more

Official Whitney Houston doc in the works from Oscar-winner

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. Read more

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

The Latest on New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (all times local): Read more

Beach Boys to headline Memorial Day concert in DC

Memorial Day Concert

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The Beach Boys will be the headliners for this year's Memorial Day concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Read more

APNewsBreak: Investigators look at overdose in Prince death

Obit Prince

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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. Read more

The Latest: Investigators consider overdose in Prince death

Obit Prince

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The Latest on the investigation into the death of music superstar Prince (all times local): Read more

Muskogee monument honoring late country icon moves ahead

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is moving forward with a project to place a monument in Muskogee honoring late country icon Merle Haggard. Read more

K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87

Obit Philip Kives

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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. Read more

Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?

Prince Death

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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. Read more

Indians spoil Berrios debut with 6-5 win over Twins

Indians Twins Baseball

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One day after Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen gave up the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, he found himself in another high leverage situation against the Minnesota Twins' best hitter. Read more

MTSU names veterans' center for Charlie and Hazel Daniels

Middle Tennessee State University has named a new support center for military veterans who are students there in honor of country music singer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel. Read more

Duke Ellington personal items heading to NYC auction

Duke Ellington Auction

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More than 250 items belonging to pianist, songwriter and bandleader Duke Ellington are headed for auction. Read more

Jayhawks ride rocky path to reformation

Music The Jayhawks

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To a certain extent, singer-songwriter Gary Louris is fighting against history by reforming the Jayhawks. Read more

Start of 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest soaked by rain

Jazz Fest

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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. Read more

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

NFL Draft Football

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The Latest on the first day of the NFL draft (all times local): Read more

Student gets custom trombone, peers get music knowledge

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is no stranger to New Orleans' music scene, having grown up inside it. Read more

Melissa Etheridge, Priscilla Renea share songwriting secrets

Melissa Etheridge and songwriter Priscilla Renea had never met before sitting down to discuss their craft, and within an hour, they were spontaneously harmonizing together. Read more

Punk mainstays NOFX add best-selling book to achievements

NOFX Book Tour

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Punk rock mainstays NOFX have been defying music industry trends for three decades. Now the band's members can add a new achievement to their unlikely success story: Best-selling authors. Read more

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