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Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dies at 61

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 6:05am

Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday.

Review: Harry Styles 'steps into the light' with great album

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:26pm

his salute to rock royalty — and yet also shows signs that he's coming up with his own sound. “Shine, step into the light,” he sings. It is advice he is also taking.

'The Mandalorian' gives female directors a chance to shine

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:51am

“Star Wars” has faced criticism for having a lack of female directors, but the popular franchise is making an effort to place more women in the prominent role starting with the new series “The Mandalorian.”

Fox News names Hemmer to take over Smith's time slot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:44am

Veteran anchor Bill Hemmer will replace Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel's afternoon newscast, the network announced Monday.

AP names 'To Live and Die in LA' its top podcast of 2019

Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 9:45am

The top 10 podcasts of the year picked by The Associated Press.

Broadcast TV shut out of Globe nods, Netflix edges HBO

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 9:45am

The Golden Globe TV nominations were most striking not for what they included, but what they didn't: The traditional broadcast networks were completely shut out in all 55 nominations.

Review: Cook’s new thriller sheds light on genetic genealogy

Waka Tsunoda, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:49am

mutilated corpses, forensic pathologists brandishing scalpels — can be found there. So it’s no surprise that Robin Cook has set 12 of his medical thrillers at the facility, including his latest, “Genesis.”

Golden snubs and surprises, including little 'Cats' love

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:06am

Some Golden Globe nominations seemed like locks: Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Hanks, Adam Driver and Eddie Murphy. But others were happy shocks, like Awkwafina nabbing a best actress nomination for musical or comedy. Other notable snubs and surprises:

Complete list of the Golden Globe nominations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 6:40am

Nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards:

‘Marriage Story’ leads Golden Globe nominations with 6, including best film drama

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 6:25am

‘Marriage Story’ leads Golden Globe nominations with 6, including best film drama.

Nobel literature winner dreams of a new narrative style

David Keyton and Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 12:36pm

Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people.

AP PHOTOS: St. Nicholas and devils parade in Czech villages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 8:29am

Dozens of people in grim reaper and devil costumes accompany St. Nicholas on his journey through the village of Valasska Polanka in this eastern corner of the Czech Republic.

Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 7:25am

The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism.

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:40pm

As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows it's all about the exclusive after parties. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell were in town while DJ Khaled and rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane held court late night.

Review: Townshend, Daltrey return to The Who’s rocking ways

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:25pm

and not forgetting co-producer and multi-instrumentalist D. Sardy, either — it’s the high standards of The Who’s last remaining trademarks, Townshend’s songwriting and guitar playing and Daltrey’s superlative singing, that make the album such a joy.

AP's top songs of 2019: Jhene Aiko, Sam Smith, Normani

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:24pm

The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.

AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:05pm

The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu:

Let's cancel 'OK Boomer' in 2020, and the humblebrag, too

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 11:35am

Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in the new year, but let’s leave the humble brag behind, along with a few other oversaturated, cloying or just plain silly cultural quirks that deserve a big goodbye.

Belafonte recalls Horne’s activism as Solange is honored

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 9:39am

Lena Horne was a fierce advocate for civil rights in her later years, but that part of her legacy is often pushed behind her glamorous image. Her good friend Harry Belafonte hopes that a new award in her honor will push that aspect of her life front and center.

Review: Liam Payne stumbles badly with embarrassing debut CD

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 7:56am

Liam Payne and Harry Styles. Unfortunately for one of them, the reception will be frosty.