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Beyonce is dropping a new album inspired by ‘Lion King’

"The Lion King: The Gift" will be released Friday.

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R. Kelly held in federal custody; prosecutors call him an ‘extreme danger’ to the community

Prosecutors also say the alleged victim in Kelly’s 2008 trial is cooperating.

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BANKS’ sexy single ‘Gimme’ off her new album ‘III’ shows she’s a singer on the rise

It’s an absolutely erotic, hyper-racy club song that highlights the recording, announcing the return of an artist in control, even if some of her other new songs fall short.

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Garth Brooks kicks off Dive Bar tour with electrifying, intimate Chicago show

The country music superstar, more accustomed to playing mega-arenas, proved he has plenty of friends in small places, too.

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With help from his many friends, Ed Sheeran’s new ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ is a winner

Enlisting a whole bunch of music A-listers results in a scattershot mix of styles, but great writing and undeniable joy overcome that.

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Austin Butler cast as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann film

Butler beat out big names such as Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Attorney Michael Avenatti talks about R&B superstar R. Kelly’s federal indictment during a news conference Monday, July 15, 2019.
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Michael Avenatti says R. Kelly paid $2M to keep alleged victim off stand at 2008 child porn trial

‘R. Kelly bought his acquittal,’ declared the L.A.-based celebrity lawyer who said he represents three of the victims listed in federal indictments unsealed Friday

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What’s next for R. Kelly after latest child porn, obstruction and racketeering charges?

Kelly ‘undermined the integrity’ of his 2008 child porn trial by paying people off and bullying witnesses, prosecutors alleged in a court filing. They added: "Not anymore."

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Celebrities, congressman push for A$AP Rocky’s release from Swedish jail

Last week a Swedish court ordered Rocky to spend two weeks in pre-trial detention while police investigate the June 30 fight in downtown Stockholm.

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R. Kelly indicted by feds, arrested; read the indictment here

Arrested in Chicago while walking his dog, the singer faces sex crime, child porn and obstruction of justice charges in this latest twist in his case.

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Ed Sheeran’s latest album, ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’, reveals marriage to longtime girlfriend.

The usually-private pop star confirmed the rumors on Friday.

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Trax Records: The beats go on for Chicago’s premiere label for house music

As the imprint turns 35, owner "Screamin’ Rachael" Cain keeps lobbying to turn the distinctive dance sound into a fully established genre

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The Mix: Square Roots Festival, Teatro ZinZanni and more things to do in Chicago July 12-18

Check out these suggestions for fun things to do in Chicago in the week ahead.

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Pritzker calls Confederate flag ‘symbol of murder, of kidnapping, of rape’ after concert cancellation

A day after the Pritzker administration defended its decision to bar the band Confederate Railroad from the downstate Du Quoin State Fair, the Democratic governor called the Confederate flag "a symbol of murder, of kidnapping, of rape."

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Song of the summer? How about one of the biggest songs in 60 years 

Lil Nas X’s inescapable ‘Old Town Road’ rap collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus has been topped as a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit in that time by only ‘Despacito’ and ‘One Sweet Day.’

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Bomba Estereo brings some Carnaval flavor to Taste of Chicago

Colombian duo specializes in the upbeat tempos of epic festival in Barranquilla.

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Beyonce releases a new ‘Lion King’ song called ‘Spirit’

It will be part of the album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ on which she’s executive producer.

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Pritzker administration derails Confederate Railroad band for promoting ‘symbols of racism’ in logo

The flare-up in DuQuoin, about 320 miles south of Chicago, rekindles a centuries-old rift in Illinois, whose southern tip reaches far into the confines of the old Confederacy.

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Farm Aid 2019 headed to Alpine Valley; lineup announced

In addition to Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, this year’s concert also boasts Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews and more.

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Garth Brooks to perform at Joe’s on Weed Street in ‘dive bar’ tour

Tickets for the country superstar’s July 15 show at an unusually small venue are available only through radio stations.

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Stevie Wonder to undergo kidney transplant surgery in September

The singer hoped the situation would remain private, but speculation about his health began popping up online last weekend.

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Kane Brown dedicates ‘Homesick’ to military families

The singer said he’s currently shooting a second music video for the song that will also focus on the military but be more like a short film.

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Lil Nas X faces backlash after coming out as gay

The rapper says he is not bothered by criticisms of his sexual orientation.

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Courtney Barnett’s music keenly in touch with the real world

Sonically, the Australian singer-songwriter is always looking for a perfect balance between her recordings and live performances.

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Stevie Wonder in ‘great spirits’ despite ongoing medical issue

The iconic Motown star is "doing better now than he was a couple of months ago," one friend told the USA TODAY Network, as Wonder prepares to head overseas for a pair of concerts.

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Concert event promises a symphony fit for Queen

The "symphonic rock hybrid" features the distinct music catalogue performed by an orchestra accompanied by a live band and vocals.

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House head start: City, Sox build buzz for Saturday’s Chosen Few music festival

Tens of thousands of dance aficionados from around the globe will gather in Jackson Park for 13 hours of nonstop house tunes.

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Music fest drops Peter Yarrow over decades-old ‘indecent liberties’ sentence

Yarrow was sentenced to three months in jail over a 1969 incident. Former President Jimmy Carter pardoned Yarrow in 1981.

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BTS movie will screen in Chicago; WATCH the trailer here

"Bring the Soul: The Movie," the group’s latest concert movie effort was filmed in Europe at the end of the Love Yourself tour.

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Mamby on the Beach adds T-Pain, Ladies of LCD Soundsystem, Noname to lineup

The August music festival is planned for Montrose Beach — unless endangered piping plovers stake out the spot.

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Bad Bunny, Khalid, Ashley McBryde to perform on Apple Music’s ‘Up Next Live’ tour

7 performers will each play 1 city for subscribers of the streaming music service, including the country star playing Aug. 16 at Apple’s North Michigan Avenue store.

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‘Grossed out’ Taylor Swift fumes online about sale of her songs to Scooter Braun

"Never in my worst nightmares," Swift writes, had she seen her music catalog falling into the hands of the talent manager she accuses of "incessant, manipulative bullying."