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Judge in Prince's estate case authorizes DNA testing

The judge overseeing the Prince estate case has authorized genetic testing on a sample of his blood in case it's necessary to determine who's entitled to shares of the estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide on Friday granted a request by the special administrator overseeing the estate,...

D?WN's sultry 'Infrared' EP is worth obsessing over

Dawn Richard’s grind is endless. The experimental singer-songwriter, who now goes by D?WN, has spent the last few years feverishly delivering her iconoclastic spin on R&B that has made the former Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money member an exciting talent to track. And her latest release, “Infrared,”...

Wango Tango vs. Weenie Roast: A scene-by-scene, act-by-act comparison

To Wango Tango or to Weenie Roast? That's the question facing music fans on May 14, when two of Southern California's most powerful radio stations will present their annual warm-weather concert events on the same day. Tickets for both shows have already sold out — which means that now, of course,...

Reporter's Notebook: Enough ageist cracks about 'Old-chella,' OK?

Enough already with the AARP and motorized scooter remarks about the rock show coming to Indio in October.  Dubbed Desert Trip, the weekend-long show is to feature Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters. “I heard they signed up there first sponsors:...

'It's party time!': Five thoughts about Rihanna's second show at the Forum

When all else fails, hump the floor. That seemed to be Rihanna’s reasoning Wednesday night at the Forum, where the singer had planned to begin her concert — the second of two in Inglewood behind this year’s “Anti” album — astride a suspended catwalk that would’ve carried her from the back of the...

Beyoncé to play Dodger Stadium in September

Beyoncé is only a few stops into her Formation World Tour, and the superstar has already announced additional dates.  Citing demand — because, who isn’t trying to snag a ticket to Bey’s massive stadium show? — Live Nation and the singer’s Parkwood Entertainment have added extra shows to the North...

Rihanna remains an enigma onstage at the Forum

Rihanna is one of the few pop artists who has seemingly mastered multi-platform superstardom in our digital, social media-driven world.  Since her debut more than 10 years ago, Rihanna has retained a high level of visibility in pop culture that would have long veered into overexposure if she weren't...

Prince's team had set up meeting with addiction doctor, report states

Prince's representatives arranged for the musician to meet a California doctor to help him kick an addiction to painkillers shortly before his death, according to a newspaper report published Wednesday. Prince's representatives called Dr. Howard Kornfeld on April 20, the day before the musician...

Um, Alicia Keys just released a new single - and it's kind of great

Oh, this is a welcome return. After a few years away from the spotlight, Alicia Keys released a new single, "In Common," late Tuesday, and so far it's feeling like a low-key delight — certainly an improvement over the ponderous do-gooder vibe that pervaded much of her recent work. The singer made...

911 call reveals concern that Prince was using drugs in 2011

With the results of Prince's autopsy still pending, stories referencing the singer and drugs continue to surface. Minnesota's Carver County Sheriff's Office on Monday released details of 911 calls that had come from Paisley Park since 2011, including one in which an unidentified female caller said...

Sean 'Diddy' Combs says what he really wants to do is act (so adios, music, again)

Sean Combs wants to be an actor when he grows up -- so much so that he says he's leaving music behind after the promised release of "No Way Out 2" and its attendant world tour, the dates of which have yet to be announced. "I'm going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to...

Stagecoach 2016: Robert Earl Keen on Merle Haggard and Blaze Foley

Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen has always had a great capacity for spinning yarns in song, but it was a tale straight from real life that he shared over the weekend about his meeting once upon a time with Merle Haggard. “We were both playing some festival in Texas,” Keen, 60, recalled backstage...

Stagecoach 2016: Backstage with singer-songwriter Ruthie Collins

New York-born, Nashville-based singer and songwriter Ruthie Collins had the Herculean task of giving the first Mane Stage performance at Day 3 of Stagecoach but never let her sunny demeanor flag even though she and her trio were playing to just three dozen or so fans immediately in front of the...

Contradictions abound on Drake's bitter but sensual 'Views'

Superstardom buys many things, and Drake names an awful lot of them on his plush new album, “Views.” There’s the yacht “so big that they try to hit me with boat fines.” There are the elaborate pool parties that transform his backyard into Mardi Gras. And there’s the car he paid $1.5 million for...

Stagecoach 2016: Backstage with singer-yodeler Luke Bell

From Laramie, Wyo., to Austin, Texas, to New Orleans, and now in Nashville, singer and songwriter Luke Bell has touched down in several of the most musically inspiring parts of the country en route to a nascent career that earned him a spot early in the day Saturday at the 2016 Stagecoach Country...

Stagecoach 2016: Sam Hunt, Snoop Dogg and a real-time beer commercial

Corporate sponsorship at music events took an intriguing turn Friday at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, when singer Sam Hunt, whose music incorporates elements of hip-hop along with his country foundation, was joined on stage by rappers Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy and singer Bebe Rexha. Surprise...

Stagecoach 2016: Backstage with Friday's headliner, Eric Church

The Stagecoach Country Music Festival was a new player on the festival circuit back in 2007 when it premiered. So was North Carolina country singer and songwriter Eric Church, who had released his debut album less than a year before getting the call to be part of the inaugural lineup at Stagecoach....

Kesha works with Zedd, not Dr. Luke, on the new single 'True Colors'

Kesha isn’t exactly free, but if her newly released single “True Colors” is any indication, she’s liberated enough to begin reestablishing herself as a performer rather than the woman at the center of a courthouse drama. The embattled singer dropped the EDM ballad on iTunes late Thursday night,...

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