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Judge rejects rapper Meek Mill's appeal of term

People Meek Mill

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The Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. Read more

NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

Metropolitan Opera Met Labor Dispute

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New York's Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions early Monday while negotiations continued with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout. Read more

Review: Rice has clever take on new country sound

Chase Rice, "Ignite the Night" (Dack Janiels/Columbia) Read more

K. Michelle links with Idris Elba for VH1 musical

K. Michelle Portrait Session

Photo by Todd Williamson

When Idris Elba agreed to direct K. Michelle's TV musical, the R&B singer thought he was kidding. Read more

Smokey Robinson, still writing, duets with friends

Music Smokey Robinson

Photo by Katy Winn

After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like "My Girl" and "Tears of a Clown" says he can't stop writing. Read more

Review: Country artists rock out for Motley Crue

Various Artists, "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue" (Big Machine/Eleven Seven) Read more

Oil pipeline opponents plan concert in cornfield

Oil Pipeline Protest Concert

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Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Read more

Who wants to play Gloria Estefan on Broadway?

Theater-Estefan Musical

Photo by Charles Sykes

The musical about Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio is dancing to Broadway and you could earn a part in it — even playing Gloria. Read more

Shape-note singers keep tradition alive

If these singers were in a sanctuary or on the church grounds, you'd think you were at an old-time revival. Read more

Haggard to kick off concert series

Country music star Merle Haggard will perform Wednesday at Mississippi State University. Read more

Rockers have a ball at the Brown County Fair

A Wednesday night rock show at the Brown County Fair hasn't exactly been a common occurrence in recent years, but this year was different, and concertgoers outside the Larry Gerlach Grandstand didn't seem the least bit bothered. Read more

Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break

Obama

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President Barack Obama is getting off the island. Read more

College students spend summer singing abroad

Singing in Italian in front of Italians may be intimidating, but a challenge that University of Oklahoma opera students had to accept during their three-week learning experience in the prestigious Opera Viva! program this summer. Read more

Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation's woes

Mideast Lebanon Hip Hop Dissent

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In a red-lit bar in Beirut, Nasser Shorbaji and Marwan Alameh try not to knock the microphones over while laughing during the broadcast of their weekly radio show. Read more

Symphony sets stage at southern Utah's red rocks

Desert Symphony

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The Utah Symphony is using classical music to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances. Read more

Doucet: Cuba has folk music like Louisiana's

Michael Doucet of the two-time Grammy-winning Cajun band BeauSoleil was sitting in a colonial hotel room overlooking a square in Cuba when he heard music with a very familiar old-timey flavor. Read more

'Atlanta Exes' members create own lane to fame

Torrei Hart's career took a backseat for years to raise two children, allowing her then-husband Kevin Hart to pursue his comedy career. Read more

Correction: People-Bon Jovi-Christie story

In a story Aug. 16 about Jon Bon Jovi accepting a challenge to douse himself with ice water for charity, The Associated Press erroneously reported the charity he was supporting. It was the ALS Association, not the ALS Foundation. Read more

Beyonce wears designs by Virginia Beach native

Superstar Beyonce Knowles Carter last month posted to Instagram photos of herself wearing the African-print fashions of Reuben Reuel. Harper's Bazaar hailed him as her favorite new designer. Read more

Kenny Chesney performs free show at Flora-Bama

Country music fans are taking over the Alabama coast this weekend for a free Kenny Chesney concert. Read more

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