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Bill overhauling songwriter royalties heads to Trump’s desk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to substantially overhaul the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated for songs online is being sent to the president’s desk for his signature. Congress cleared the bill Tuesday, giving final passage to a rare bipartisan accord between Republican and Democratic lawmakers. It enjoyed wide support in both the House and Senate, and within the music …

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Singer Gary Numan’s tour bus involved in fatal crash

Gary Numan

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a tour bus carrying British singer Gary Numan struck and killed a 91-year-old man in Cleveland. Authorities say Numan’s tour bus was making a right turn when it struck the victim as he walked in a crosswalk Monday afternoon. Numan said on Twitter that he and his team “are all devastated by the fatal accident.” …

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Lawyer: Mental illness led to Fyre Festival promoter’s crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says mental illness caused the promoter of a failed music festival to rip off investors and commit other crimes. Attorney Randall Jackson urged a Manhattan judge Friday to be lenient at Billy McFarland’s October sentencing. McFarland pleaded guilty earlier this year to defrauding investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas and cheating …

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SiriusXM presses play on deal with Pandora Media


NEW YORK (AP) — Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it’s buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion that will allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into mobile devices and homes. Pandora has faced intense pressure from competitors like Spotify and Apple. Its last quarterly profit was in December 2014. …

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Celine Dion to end Las Vegas concert residency next year

Celine Dion

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas will soon have to find a way to go on without Celine Dion, who announced Monday that her concert residency will end next year. The Canadian music star took to social media to confirm that she will leave Caesars Palace in June 2019, a decision that brought “mixed emotions.” “Las Vegas has become my …

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Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week

PARIS (AP) — Dance and theatricality were at the heart of Paris Fashion Week’s first day of spring shows, as American stars Blake Lively and Shailene Woodley gushed over Dior’s balletic presentation at the famed Longchamps racecourse. While, Gucci held its evening spectacle at France’s answer to Studio 54, the iconic Le Palace — once the club that showcased fashion’s …

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Rockers Blondie to play Cuba on four-day cultural exchange

Debbie Harry, Blondie

Blondie will be playing two nights in Cuba next March as part of a four-day cultural exchange program, and fans can come along. The iconic rock group announced Monday that they will play two concerts during their March 14-18 visit in Havana, which will also feature Cuban musicians Alain Perez, David Torrens and Sintesis. The organizer, Dreamcatcher Events, is licensed …

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Uganda’s opposition pop star says he doesn’t feel safe

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine says he is concerned about his safety four days after returning from the United States, where he sought medical care for injuries sustained during alleged state torture. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, told reporters Monday that “I don’t feel safe at all … My family …

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Paul Simon wraps up farewell tour back home

Paul Simon

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon ended his final concert tour under a moonlit sky on home turf Saturday, telling an audience in a Queens, N.Y. park that their cheers “mean more than you can know.” Simon performed at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which he said was a 20-minute bicycle ride from where he grew up, ending the landmark night …

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Surgery called success for Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts has had successful surgery after slipping and hitting his head while playing with his dog in Florida. The Dickey Betts website says the “Ramblin’ Man” and “Blue Sky” singer-songwriter and guitarist underwent surgery Friday to relieve swelling on his brain. A statement posted Saturday on the website says Betts …

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