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Brown University to give Sting honorary degree

Sting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ivy League school Brown University will bestow an honorary degree on English musician Sting. The Rhode Island school will present him with the degree at its 250th commencement Sunday. Nobel Prize-winning physicist J. Michael Kosterlitz is among other honorees. Sting formed the pioneering British rock band The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers in 1977. …

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Glenn Snoddy, inventor of fuzz pedal for guitarists, dies

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — A recording engineer whose invention of a pedal that allowed guitarists to create a fuzzy, distorted sound most famously used by Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones’ hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” has died. Glenn Snoddy was 96. His daughter Dianne Mayo said Saturday that Snoddy died Monday of congestive heart failure at his Murfreesboro, …

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Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Clark dies at 67

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Roger Clark, a drummer who contributed to the legendary Muscle Shoals sound, has died. The Times Daily reports that guitarist Travis Wammack says Clark died of a heart attack Thursday at home, at the age of 67. Clark worked at FAME Recording Studios and Wishbone Recording Studio in the 1970s and ’80s, playing on albums …

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Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International Prize

LONDON (AP) — Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction Tuesday with “Flights,” a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy. “Flights” beat five other finalists, including Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi’s horror story “Frankenstein in Baghdad” and South Korean author Han Kang’s meditative novel “The White Book.” Tokarczuk’s novel combines …

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Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary

LONDON (AP) — Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday as dignitaries, survivors, first responders and the people of Manchester gathered to mark the anniversary of the concert bombing that killed 22 people. The pop star told survivors and the families of victims that she was “thinking of you all today and every day.” “I love you …

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Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

R. Kelly

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly sexually abused and demeaned a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment and infected her with herpes, according to a lawsuit that furthers a string of misconduct accusations against the platinum-selling singer. Faith Rodgers said in the suit filed Monday in New York that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer “mentally, …

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A farewell to the road for Paul Simon

NEW YORK (AP) — Farewell tours don’t always mean farewell, but are a ripe time for appreciation and appraisal. Paul Simon’s concerts and a new biography offer the opportunity for both. Simon’s “Homeward Bound” tour began last week in Vancouver and takes him across North America, to Europe and an eventual conclusion with three dates back home in New York …

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Avicii’s family says DJ-producer’s funeral will be private

Avicii

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of late Swedish DJ-producer Avicii says his funeral will be private. In a statement released Tuesday, Avicii’s family says the funeral will include “people who were closest” to the performer. The family also asked the media to respect their decision. They added that no more information about the funeral will be made publicly. Avicii, …

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Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend $9B on image sensors

Kenichiro Yoshida

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams. Sony already owns 30 percent of EMI so once the purchase from Mubadala Investment Co. is finalized, …

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Despite Spotify change, R. Kelly’s streams still intact

R. Kelly

NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming numbers for R. Kelly have remained intact a week after Spotify announced it had removed the R&B singer’s music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. Spotify made the bold declaration on May 10, but R. Kelly’s streaming numbers are relatively the same with some small growth: Before the …

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