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Jay Z to become 1st rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

BY MESFIN FEKADU – AP MUSIC WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z is set to become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be part of its 2017 class. The organization’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 15 in New York. Chicago band members Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera, along with Motown founder Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction in 2016, will also...

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Noted movie critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Schickel, a noted movie critic for Life and Time magazines who also wrote dozens of books and made documentaries about Hollywood, has died. He was 84. Schickel, who’d had a series of strokes, died on Saturday in Los Angeles from complications of dementia, his daughter, Erika Schickel, told the New York Times. "He was one of the fathers of American film criticism," she told the Los Angeles Times. "He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on...

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Disney ends deal with YouTube star over anti-Semitic stunt

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s Maker Studios and Google’s YouTube are distancing themselves from a top YouTube star after he made jokes construed as anti-Semitic and posted Nazi imagery in his videos. Felix Kjellberg, known online as PewDiePie, has the most popular YouTube channel, with more than 53 million subscribers. The Swedish YouTube star rose to fame by posting videos of him playing and commenting about video games. More recently, he branched out into non-gaming videos that show him performing skits, stunts or making jokes. Disney, whose Maker Studios runs Kjellberg’s channels and network, said he crossed the line...

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Lady Gaga follows up Super Bowl show with tour announcement

HOUSTON (AP) — Fresh off a high-wire, crowd-pleasing halftime performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has announced plans for a world tour kicking off this summer. Gaga posted news of the tour on Twitter late Sunday night. The 48-date tour includes stops in North America, Europe and Brazil. Several of her U.S. dates include performances at baseball stadiums, including Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park. The tour begins on Aug. 1 in Vancouver and wraps up on Dec. 14 in Salt Lake City. Recommended: No...

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Laurence Fishburne calls Nelson Mandela role ‘life-changing’

NEW YORK (AP) — There are a handful of roles that every good actor is more than honored to play. So when Laurence Fishburne was asked to portray Nelson Mandela in a new miniseries, he didn’t hesitate. At first. “I was offered the part. I said ‘yes’ immediately, was completely honored to be asked. And then, 15 minutes later, panic set in. I was like, ‘What are you doing?'” recalled the Emmy- and Tony Award-winner. Fishburne put aside his fears when he learned he’d be filming exclusively in South Africa with South African actors helping tell the story Mandela...

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‘Momentous changes’ push back release for Ivanka Trump book

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing “momentous changes” in her life, like her father being elected president, Ivanka Trump and her publisher are pushing back the release of her book “Women Who Work” from early March to early May. Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, has now scheduled a May 2 sale date. Trump began the project when Donald Trump was a still a long-shot candidate for the White House and she completed it before his stunning victory in November. The May publication will include a preface she wrote after the election. Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, is expected to...

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Debbie Reynolds’ death certificate confirms stroke

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds died of a stroke and her daughter Carrie Fisher died of cardiac arrest, according to their death certificates. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued Reynolds’ death certificate in the name of Mary Frances Reynolds. It was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Under "cause of death" it says "intracerebral hemorrhage," a type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain rather than the more common type caused by a clot. The certificate lists high blood pressure as an underlying cause. Reynolds died at 84 on Dec. 28 at Cedars-Sinai Medical...

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Debbie Reynolds And Daughter Carrie Fisher Linked By Death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds embodied the sunshine of postwar America on the screen as she matched steps with Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Carrie Fisher brought the sarcasm and cynicism of the Baby Boomers to her movies, books and stage shows, even when she was playing a princess in “Star Wars.” The mother and daughter, separated by so many differences both personal and generational, are likely drawn closer in the public memory after their deaths on successive days. Reynolds died on Wednesday at age 84, just as she and the rest of the world were...

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Comedian Ricky Harris from “Everybody Hates Chris” dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian and actor Ricky Harris, who had a recurring role in Chris Rock’s "Everybody Hates Chris" sitcom and voiced several characters that appeared in Hip Hop albums, died Monday. He was 54. A cause was not immediately available but Harris’ manager, Cindy Ambers, said the comedian suffered a heart attack two years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/2ic9Q30). The son of a preacher, Harris grew up in Long Beach along with childhood friend and rapper Snoop Dogg. The two sang in their church choir. Harris’ first movie role was in the 1993 drama...

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New exhibition explores legacy of black fashion designers

NEW YORK (AP) — As a girl, Tracy Reese thought she might be an architect. Then she caught the fashion bug. She knew, of course, that designers who are black like her existed. She used to snap up Willi Smith at The Limited growing up in Detroit. She headed to New York with high hopes. "When I first came to New York my eyes were really opened to the breadth of the industry, but I was looking for our place in it," recalled Reese, who has dressed first lady Michelle Obama. Reese, along with other noted designers of color,...

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ most-watched music video of 2016

Justin Bieber dominates Vevo’s list of its most-watched music videos of 2016. Bieber scored three of the top 10 most-watched Vevo videos this year. Vevo says Bieber’s “Sorry” topped the global list with more than 1.8 billion views. The Canadian singer’s “What Do You Mean?” and “Love Yourself” placed fifth and sixth on the list. Adele’s “Hello” was second with more than 1.2 billion plays. Fifth Harmony placed third with “Work from Home.” Vevo also says David Bowie’s videos received the biggest number of views in a 24-hour period outside of new releases. Bowie’s videos were viewed 51 million...

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Trump is Time magazine’s Person of the Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time magazine on Wednesday named Donald Trump its Person of the Year, bestowing what the president-elect called an “honor” even as he derided the idea that he’ll lead “the Divided States of America.” That was a reference to Time’s cover line – “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America” – that was positioned next to the cover photograph of the president-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower. “I didn’t divide ’em,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” show. “We’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s...

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