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New York drug charges against rapper Desiigner are dropped

People-Desiigner

Photo by Matt Sayles

Misdemeanor drug and menacing charges against rapper Desiigner have effectively been dropped less than three months after his arrest in New York. Read more

Mahler manuscript sells for record $5.6 million in London

An auction house says the manuscript of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony has sold for 4.5 million pounds ($5.6 million), setting a new auction record for a musical manuscript. Read more

Singer Michelle Williams gives back to Rockford family

Exchange Michelle Williams Rockford

Kayli Plotner

Auburn graduate turned pop-star, Michelle Williams returned home to Rockford Monday to surprise a family in need. Read more

Longtime Elvis Presley aide Joe Esposito dies at 78

Obit Joe Esposito

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Joe Esposito, a former road manager for Elvis Presley and a longtime member of the Presley inner circle known as "The Memphis Mafia," has died at age 78. Read more

Hans Zimmer channels his inner rock star for upcoming tour

Music Q A Hans Zimmer

Photo by Jordan Strauss

Celebrated composer Hans Zimmer is hitting the road again with his career-spanning concert tour, which he describes as a little bit cinematic and a little bit rock 'n' roll. Read more

Imagine a picture book inspired by a John Lennon song

Books Imagine

AP Photo, File

Imagine a new picture book based on a famous song. Read more

Young Philadelphia drummer's cover recognized by Metallica

Metallica Portrait Session

Photo by Charles Sykes

A 10-year-old Philadelphia drummer is receiving high praise for his cover of a Metallica song that was featured on the heavy metal band's Instagram page over the weekend. Read more

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

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Paisley Park to host 2017 celebration of Prince's life

Prince's Paisley Park will host a four-day celebration of the "Purple Rain" megastar's life next year. Read more

Tony Martell, music exec, leukemia foundation founder, dies

A music executive who founded the industry's largest foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research has died. Tony Martell was 90 years old. Read more

James Taylor announces summer 2017 tour of 4 baseball parks

Singer-songwriter James Taylor has announced a summer tour of four baseball parks, culminating in a date at Fenway Park, home of his beloved Boston Red Sox. Read more

Longtime tradition, 'The Messiah' preps for performance

The Selma Choral Society has been performing "The Messiah" for 69 years, and many of those performing have a long tradition of kicking off their Christmas season with the performance. Read more

Brandy, Dru Hill bring back 1990s at Soul Train Awards

Soul Train Awards

Photo by Richard Shotwell

The Soul Train Awards has served up a night of nostalgia with performances by Brandy and Dru Hill, two artists who dominated the R&B scene in the 1990s. Read more

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame working on turnaround

New managers are working to ensure that the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, which had been low on cash under the leadership of a thieving director, is no longer in danger of closing. Read more

Class teaches art of spinning records

You may not know Homero Mendoza by name but he said he'll soon be joining the ranks of Puff Daddy and Jay Z. Read more

Middle Tennessee beats Evansville to win Music City, 66-55

JaCorey Williams scored 25 points and Middle Tennessee wrapped up its second preseason tournament championship in two years with a 66-55 win over Evansville in the third-annual Challenge in Music City Sunday. Read more

Brad Smith: From small-town start to scoring for big screen

Brad Smith has authored more than a few chapters in his 48 years. The latest has him feeling good. Not that the others didn't. They begin with being born in Columbus, growing up in West Point. Fast forward to today, and he's in the Los Angeles area, launching an already considerable music career ... Read more

Ballroom-turned-arena hosting No. 1 Kentucky, Arizona State

It doesn't take long to figure out the Imperial Arena feels a little different. Read more

In Cuba, tourists find historic moment and limited options

Cuba Fidel Castro

AP Photo

They came for salsa music and mojitos and ended up wandering through a city turned still and silent by nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro. Read more

Don't get nostalgic: Punk music memorabilia burned in London

Britain Punk Collection

Dominic Lipinski

Don't get nostalgic about punk music — and if you do, don't go collecting memorabilia from the glory days of the Sex Pistols. Read more

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