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FILE - This June 1, 2019, file photo shows Meek Mill performing at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Lawyers for Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday, July 16, 2019, to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that’s kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade. They say the city judge who oversees the case and sent him to prison in 2017 on a parole violation has a grudge against the performer. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
July 16, 2019 - 1:15 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that's kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade. The city judge who oversees the case and sent him to prison in 2017 on a parole violation has a...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019 file photo, musician R. Kelly departs the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges in Chicago. A U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman says Kelly was arrested Thursday night, July 11 on federal sex-crime charges in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
July 15, 2019 - 8:13 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said...
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FILE - This Jan. 4, 2018 file photo shows Sean Combs participating in "The Four" panel during the FOX Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. The music mogul announced Monday that the hit series, where he discovered groups including platinum-sellers Danity Kane, would return to MTV in 2020. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
July 15, 2019 - 1:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Diddy's "Making the Band" is officially coming back to TV. The music mogul announced Monday that the hit series, where he discovered groups including platinum-sellers Danity Kane, would return to MTV in 2020. "Making the Band" made its debut on ABC in 2000 when Lou Pearlman, who...
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In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, appears before U.S. Magistrate Shelia M. Finnegan, left, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Friday, July 12, 2019, in Chicago. Also standing with Kelly is his attorney Steve Greenberg and an unidentified prosecutor. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 8:23 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago Thursday, July 11, 2019 on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
July 12, 2019 - 5:08 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sex crimes case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Singer R. Kelly has appeared in Chicago court following two sweeping new federal indictments that include charges of sex crimes against minors and paying victims and witnesses to cover up...
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July 12, 2019 - 3:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Following an outcry from celebrities and a Change.org petition with half a million signatures, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat is pushing for the release of A$AP Rocky, who has been behind bars in Sweden while police investigate a fight. Last week a Swedish court ordered the rapper to...
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In this Sunday, July 7, 2019 photo, Ethiopian Israeli musician Yael Mentesnot gives an interview to The Associated Press, in her house in Tel Aviv, Israel. A wave of Ethiopian Israeli artists have burst onto Israel's vibrant hip-hop scene, using the stage to promote their community's struggle against discrimination and police violence. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
July 12, 2019 - 2:56 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — In his song "Handcuffed," rapper Teddy Neguse addresses police brutality against young Israeli men of Ethiopian descent. Although the song came out in 2017, it has reached new heights in the wake of street protests across the country following the killing of an Ethiopian Israeli...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017 file photo, singer Jerry Lawson performs the song "Lay Down" at a life celebration and statue unveiling for the late actor Anton Yelchin at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Lawson, for four decades the lead singer of cult favorite acapella group the Persuasions, has died. Longtime friend Rip Rense says Lawson died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Phoenix after a long illness. He was 75. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
July 11, 2019 - 11:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said. Lawson's...
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Singer Taylor Swift performs at Amazon Music's Prime Day concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
July 11, 2019 - 10:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In her first public appearance since discovering her masters were in the hands of someone she's not a fan of, Taylor Swift didn't directly address the issue, but she did play music from that rich catalog, including songs from her groundbreaking sophomore album to her first full-...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2000 file photo Country music fans are reflected in the glasses of Southern rock group Confederate Railroad lead singer Danny Shirley during a concert in Nashville, Tenn. Confederate Railroad says it has been removed from the DuQuoin State Fair's Grandstand lineup because of its name. Frontman Danny Shirley said in a statement Tuesday, June 9, 2019 that the band is disappointed but thanked fans for their support. The group was scheduled to play Aug. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
July 10, 2019 - 1:02 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been barred from performing at an Illinois state fair because of its use of the Confederate flag, setting off a firestorm by southern Illinois fans who believe they're under Chicago liberals' thumb of political correctness. The...
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