This 2013 file publicity photo released by FOX shows American Idol XIII judges, from left, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. One thing about season 13 of “American Idol” is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along. (AP Photo/FOX, Michael Becker) by Marina HutchinsonAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Well, one thing about season 13 of “American Idol” is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along. At an audition stop in Atlanta last week, Jennifer Lopez said she’s excited for people to see how funny Harry Connick Jr. is and how much he knows about music.
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This file photo shows singer-actress Nona Gaye by Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two of Marvin Gaye’s children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song “Blurred Lines” on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father’s legacy. Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke’s hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” Their lawsuit seeks to block Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from using elements of their father’s music in “Blurred Lines” or other songs.
Newcomers Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, left, and his producer Ryan Lewis will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift for the top prize at the 2013 American Music Awards. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for “Thrift Shop.”
In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival, day 2, in Las Vegas, NV. Cyrus’s wild child antics, from being nude in the music video for her first No. 1 hit, “Wrecking Ball,” to her nipple tape at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, have made headlines. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — While Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers. Pharrell produced several songs on Cyrus’ new album. She has been featured on the latest albums from Snoop Lion and will.i.am. Big Sean requested her as the star of his “Fire” music video. And to top it off, Kanye West invited her to appear on the remix to “Black Skinhead,” his anti-racism rant from his eerie and dark “Yeezus” album.
Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for “Can’t Hold Us” as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil’ Kim look on, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success. In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If you’re gonna be a White dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability. You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and acknowledging that, yes, I understand my privilege, I understand how it works for me in society, and how it works for me in 2013 with the success that The Heist has had.”
Kendrick Lamar performs on day 2 of Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards.
Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform “Blurred Lines” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Jonathan Anker (CNN) — Google has some great news for Miley Cyrus. If her provocative performance at Sunday night’s VMAs is any indicator, the pop star seems to want nothing more in the entire world than to disassociate herself from her Disney past. Well, the search engine reveals that she may have gotten her wish.
C. Delores Tucker dedicated much of the last few years of her life to condemning sexually explicit lyrics in rap and hip-hop tracks, citing a concern that the lyrics were misogynistic and threatened the moral foundation of the African American community. by Martha IrvineAP National Writer Until this summer, few people outside the R&B music scene knew who Robin Thicke was. Then came his new song “Blurred Lines” and an unrated online video to promote it. “You the hottest b—- in this place!” Thicke sings, as topless models playfully dance around him. The video has stirred a debate, with detractors complaining that it’s too racy and degrading to women. Thicke insists he meant no offense — and the song, meanwhile, has become the No. 1 hit of the summer.
This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows Kanye West, center, attends the fashion designer Martin Margiela’s Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, in Paris. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, File) MTV announced Monday, Aug. 5 that it is bringing back the unpredictable but always explosive Kanye West to perform for a record 7th time at the Aug. 25 MTV Awards.