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UK lawmakers slam police over Cliff Richard house search

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LONDON - The search of Cliff Richard's house by police investigating allegations of child sex crimes, which was broadcast live on television, was "inept" and caused "irreparable damage" to the British singer's reputation, lawmakers said on Friday.

'American Idol' singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid

ASHEBORO N.C. - "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is back on tour. This time he is trying to win over North Carolina voters with his political chops rather than his voice, and he has less than two weeks left to do it.

23 Oct 2014

Sax and the City: Kenny G hits sour note in China with Hong Kong visit

BEIJING - Best-selling U.S. jazz musician Kenny G struck a bum note in China when he appeared among Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, prompting the country's foreign ministry to warn foreigners to keep their noses out.

23 Oct 2014

U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut

LOS ANGELES - U2's controversial free album on Apple's iTunes had a less than stellar performance once released for commercial sale, coming in at No. 9 in its first week on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.

23 Oct 2014

Argentine luthier turns beat-up skateboards into electric guitars

BUENOS AIRES - Working a pedal-powered carpentry machine, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso is giving beat-up skateboards a new lease on life, recycling them into electric guitars coveted by the likes of American rock band Pearl Jam.

23 Oct 2014

Popular Mexican musician shot dead in cartel-riddled northwest

MEXICO CITY - A member of Banda el Recodo, a traditional Mexican band also popular in the United States, was found dead from a gunshot to the neck on Wednesday in the northwestern Mexican resort city of Mazatlan, the group and local authorities said.

23 Oct 2014

Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera

LONDON - Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural pressure cooker. So he's going to give the public what it wants: Italian opera.

22 Oct 2014

Singer Kesha denied drug, sex claims against producer three years ago

LOS ANGELES - Pop singer Kesha said in a deposition three years ago, unsealed on Tuesday, that music producer Dr. Luke never had sex with her nor gave her drugs in the latest salvo in the legal battle between the longtime music partners.

22 Oct 2014

Madonna memorabilia takes center stage in celebrity auction

NEW YORK - Costumes, gowns and jewelry worn by Madonna in films such as "Evita" and "A League of Their Own" and in the "Material Girl" music video will be the highlights of a celebrity auction next month in Beverly Hills, Julien's Auctions said on Tuesday.

22 Oct 2014

At 22, success has taken time for Britain's 'Charli' Aitchison

LONDON - Not everyone who is on top of the fast-moving pop music scene has heard of Charlotte Aitchison, even by her stage name Charli XCX, but lots of people have heard her or her songs.

20 Oct 2014
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Three major nations absent as China launches W.Bank rival in Asia

SHANGHAI - Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.