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Big Daddy Kane performs on day one of the Budweiser Made in America Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles

A group of sexy dancers backed Iggy Azalea as Rita Ora joined her on stage. Kendrick Lamar shared the spotlight with label-mate Schoolboy Q during his set. Afrojack got the crowd jumping, and Imagine Dragons closed out the evening. The first night of the inaugural Budweiser Made in America music ...

This Aug. 20, 2014 photo released by singer John Legend shows Legend wearing a T-Shirt that says "Don't Shoot," in reference to the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Legend performed Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going on with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. (AP Photo/Ron Stephens II)

Hip-hop moves as strong force for Michael Brown

Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. "It's really important to see hip-hop's role of ...

FILE - This June 25, 2014 file photo shows singer Chris Brown arriving at the D.C. Superior Court in Washington. Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013. According to court filings, Brown was scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Friday for a plea hearing but was unable due to travel issues. The hearing was rescheduled for Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

Singer Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013. According to court filings, Brown was scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Friday for ...

In this Oct. 19, 2012 file photo, American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor, Cee Lo Green, poses for a portrait, in New York. Green pleaded no contest Friday Aug. 29, 2014, to giving a woman ecstasy during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was sentenced to three years of probation and 360 hours of community service. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, file)

Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles and was sentenced to serve probation and community service. The Grammy-winning singer also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case ...

Source: BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke

BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, "106 & Park." A source at BET, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said ...

FILE - In this Monday, June 2, 2014, file photo, U.S. pop singer Prince watches the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. Prince announced on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, that he would release a new album entitled, “Art Official Age” on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights of his music. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

Prince to release new album in September

Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30. The pop icon announced Monday that he would release "Art Official Age" on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music. He reached a deal with ...

This Aug. 20, 2014 photo shows American rapper, entrepreneur and actor 50 Cent, center, posing for a portrait with G-Unit members Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Kidd Kidd in New York. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

G Unit surprises fans, digitally releases 6 songs

G Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year's biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: They digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday. The rap group dropped "The Beauty of Independence" extended play at midnight, mirroring Beyonce's successful surprise release of her ...

Beyonce on stage hugs Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Beyonce seizes moment at MTV Video Music Awards

They don't call her Queen Bey for nothing. Beyonce not only stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night with many of the world's top female pop stars in attendance hustling for our attention, she used the moment to erase the cynical cloud around her family ...

Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage. Beyonce sang ...

Miley Cyrus poses with the award for Video of the Year in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Winners of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Winners of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California: — Video of the year: "Wrecking Ball," Miley Cyrus — Female video: "Dark Horse," Katy Perry — Male video: "Sing," Ed Sheeran — Pop video: "Problem," Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea — Hip-hop video: ...

Charli XCX poses with a MTV Moonman statue at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Press Preview Day at the Forum on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande kick off MTV VMAs

Nicki Minaj helped open the MTV Video Music Awards with a "Bang" as she brought her "Anaconda" video to life with a rump-shaking performance and had a wardrobe malfunction when she performed with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. Minaj first wore a green top and shorts, rapping, dancing and exciting ...

FILE - In a Feb. 26, 2003 file photo, rap music mogul Marion "Suge' Knight walks out of the Los Angeles County jail, in Los Angeles. Knight has been injured in an early morning shooting Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at a West Hollywood nightclub but is expected to survive. Sgt. C. Tatar, watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff department's West Hollywood station, says the 49-year-old Knight and two others were hit at the 1OAK club around 1:30 a.m. Authorities say the club was packed at the time, and they are still seeking a suspect. The other victims were a man and a woman. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Rap mogul Suge Knight shot, wounded in nightclub

Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was shot and injured in a packed nightclub early Sunday, but he was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant said. Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on West ...

FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, U.S. singer Beyonce poses for photos with school children as she tours Old Havana, Cuba. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General has found this Thursday Aug. 21, 2014, that Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under U.S. rules allowing educational travel to the island. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

US inspector finds Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip legal

The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island. The music superstars angered several Republican politicians in Florida with their four-day visit to Havana, which saw them eating in some of the ...

FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden in New York. Joel, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced Thursday that Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

Joel, Wonder, Brooks to receive ASCAP honors

Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced Thursday. ...

Tennis player Serena Williams performs onstage at the Delta Open Mic with Serena Williams event Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Serena the singer? Tennis star does karaoke

Serena Williams replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the U.S. Open. The top-ranked athlete performed "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" on Wednesday night at Arena in New York City. She danced and swayed her hips in a mini dress as ...

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