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'Weird Al' Yankovic still trying to wrap head around No. 1 album

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LOS ANGELES - The past week for "Weird Al" Yankovic has been a little weird by the standards of the curly-haired, accordion-playing, oddball master of pop music parody.

'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies his way to top of Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES - "Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online. | Video

People 23 Jul 2014

Elvis' library card, movie script to be auctioned at Graceland

NASHVILLE Tenn. - A library card signed by Elvis Presley in seventh grade is expected to be among the hottest items at an auction of the late singer's possessions at his Memphis mansion next month, Graceland officials said on Wednesday.

23 Jul 2014

Sam Smith says chart-topping debut inspired by unrequited love

LONDON - British singer Sam Smith, who is riding a tidal wave of chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with his debut album "In the Lonely Hour", said it was all inspired by his unrequited love for a man. | Video

23 Jul 2014

Singer Billy Joel to be honored with U.S. Gershwin Prize

NEW YORK - Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who penned hit tunes such as "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind," will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S. national library said on Tuesday. | Video

People 22 Jul 2014

Oklahoma TV station apologizes for giving rapper the boot

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City television station has apologized to a popular music artist and said it made a mistake when it booted the hip hop artist off its Monday "Oklahoma Live!" morning show after producers found out he was a rapper.

22 Jul 2014

U.S. rapper Nas has London crowd spellbound with 'Illmatic'

LONDON - Many in the crowd at the Lovebox Festival in London this weekend were not yet born when U.S. rapper Nas released his groundbreaking “Illmatic” two decades ago, but they seemed to know all the lines anyway.

People 22 Jul 2014

Ed Sheeran tops British album chart, sets 2014 record

LONDON - Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the Official Charts Company said.

20 Jul 2014

One Direction singer's takeover of hometown club flops

LONDON - One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has seen his dreams of buying his hometown soccer club Doncaster Rovers thwarted after a fund raising effort fell short of its two million pound ($3.4 million) target.

18 Jul 2014

Gregg Allman filmmakers plead not guilty to Georgia manslaughter charges

LOS ANGELES - The director and producer of a film about rock singer Gregg Allman on Thursday said they pleaded not guilty in Georgia on charges stemming from a death on the set of the movie "Midnight Rider."

People 17 Jul 2014
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'The Book of Life' takes No. 1 spot on U.S. bestsellers list

NEW YORK - "The Book of Life," the final novel of the time-traveling trilogy written by Deborah Harkness, shot straight to the top of the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday.

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