Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

The country music industry has long been hesitant to address its long and complicated history with race, but the death of George Floyd in police custody and the protests it sparked in the U.S. and around the world became a sound too loud for the genre to ignore.

  City Park: Please pick up your weekend trash

`That 70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson charged in 3 rapes

Oscars to set best picture noms at 10, commits to new phase of equity and inclusion standards

Kelly Clarkson seeks divorce from husband of nearly 7 years

  Bonnie Pointer, early member of Pointer Sisters, dies at 69

Livestreaming with Rolling Stones, Sarah Brightman, Motörhead

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French Quarter Fest canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic

Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider-Esleben dies aged 73

NASA is working with Tom Cruise to shoot a film in space

Missing Jazz Fest? Find out where you can still get a taste of the festival

  Music industry workers foresee longer recovery period; assistance available

  Musicians have growing list of cancelled performances due to COVID-19

Voodoo Music + Arts Festival canceled because of coronavirus

Voodoo Fest has become the second major New Orleans festival to cancel in as many days.

WWOZ announces a virtual Jazz Fest experience

In response to the cancellation of this year's Jazz Fest, WWOZ has chosen to still celebrate by broadcasting some of the best Jazz Fest performances in the festival’s history.

Dylan puts out 17-minute ode to Kennedy

The 78-year-old musician released a link to the song, titled "Murder Most Foul," on his website and social media.

  Coronavirus can’t stop them; Artists perform for fans online

From country to rock to opera, livestream shows are popping up everywhere.

'There were moments of great pain’: Alex Trebek reflects on 1 year since pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Essence Festival 2020: Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars to headline

  Mandeville man focus of Netflix docuseries ‘The Pharmacist’

Justin Bieber’s ‘The Changes Tour’ coming to New Orleans

Bayou Country Superfest announces hiatus after 10 music festivals

PJ Morton, Wynton Marsalis bring Grammys back to New Orleans

Barefootin’ singer Robert Parker passes away

Parker was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Local rapper 5th Ward Weebie passes away after brief illness

The artist, whose birth name is Jerome Casey, was 42-years-old.

Rapper Mac Miller’s posthumous album ‘Circles’ to be released

Mac Miller’s posthumous album ‘Circles” will be released on Jan. 17.

  Here’s where you can find the brand-new country music channel ‘Circle’

Circle Network is now on WVUE FOX 8, Channel 8.3

Country music channel ‘Circle’ to debut Jan. 1 on WVUE Channel 8.3

A new network coming to WVUE FOX 8 on January 1, 2020.

  Country music network Circle to launch with 16 shows, including ‘Opry Live’

Circle is also bringing back Hee Haw, a venerable music and comedy sketch show that aired from 1971 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1997.

Multiple New Orleans artists receive Grammy nominations

The Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards with five nominations handed out to three New Orleans artists.

Dave Grohl rocks it on Sesame Street for show’s 50th season

Big Bird, David Grohl and Elmo sing their way across America in “Here We Go Song.”

  Essence Fest to stay in New Orleans for another 5 years

For 25 years, Essence festival has drawn people from across the country to New Orleans to celebrate the "party with a purpose".

  Kanye West brings his ‘Sunday Service’ concert to Baton Rouge

Mega rap-artist Kanye West was in Baton Rouge for his Sunday Service concert.

Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars

The company is reportedly spending $6 billion on content to get you to sign up for the $4.99 a month service.

It’s a Halloween miracle: My Chemical Romance announces reunion show

The band’s first concert in seven years will be Dec. 20 in Los Angeles.

Lizzo drops into Louisiana to shoot video

Lizzo-iana? The top selling recording artist Lizzo is coming to Baton Rouge, according to her social media account.

Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband engaged to 21-year-old Tulane student

Peter Cook is now engaged to 21-year-old Alba Jancou

  Jeers for Harvey Weinstein at NYC actors showcase

Harvey Weinstein was mocked from the stage and jeered by attendees at a New York City actors showcase this week.

Guy at Tool concert asks Eddie Van Halen to take his picture; he has no idea who it is

To be fair, at 64, the elder Van Halen is less recognizable than he was at the height of his career in the 1980s.

Quiet Riot drummer reveals stage 4 cancer diagnosis

Frankie Banali made the announcement on the Facebook page of radio personality and podcaster Mitch Lafon.

  Vinyl records expected to outsell CDs in 2019 for the first time since 1980s

The co-owner of Roundabout Music Company said many people from various generations visit her store to buy old records.

Opry Entertainment Group, Gray TV announce Circle, a new country lifestyle network

Circle will feature original programming centered around artists and their lives on and off the stage. Its lineup includes the return of a weekly broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry, the show that made country music famous.

Alex Trebek says he’s not afraid to die as he faces stage 4 cancer

Trebek, who’s hosted "Jeopardy!" for 35 years and more than 8,000 episodes, is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

.38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry Junstrom dies at 70

Larry Junstrom helped found Lynyrd Skynyrd before joining .38 Special.

Jessye Norman, international opera star, dead at 74

Jessye Norman died Monday morning from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015.

The Who is headed to The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest)

Who is coming to Jazz Fest. There’s no question mark because, more specifically, The Who.

Metallica’s James Hetfield enters rehab; tour dates canceled

Three of the heavy metal band's members posted a statement on Twitter Friday announcing the decision and apologizing to fans.

Third man charged with drug counts in Mac Miller’s death

Court documents show Stephen Walter is suspected of selling counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that Miller possessed before he died last September.

Company paying $1,300 to watch 13 scary movies by Halloween

If Halloween is your favorite holiday, there’s a job out there for you that’s so perfect for you it’s terrifying.

WWL Radio host: Anti-gay message attack on entire LGBTQ community

A WWL Radio employee responded to hate speech on social media through his attorney, saying the message was an attack on the entire LGBTQ community.

Singer Eddie Money dies of esophageal cancer at 70

The 70-year-old whose real name is Edward Mahoney recently had learned that his cancer had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

WWL Radio host takes leave of absence following homophobic message on social media

Seth Dunlap, a radio host at WWL AM-FM in New Orleans, said Thursday he is taking a leave of absence following a social media post in which someone used a homophobic slur on the station’s official Twitter account.

Injuries reported in stampede at Lil Wayne’s music festival

A crowd stampede injured several people attending a New Orleans festival organized by rapper Lil Wayne.

Kurt Cobain royalty check from 28 years ago found in record store

Record store owner Matt Vaughan said the check was tucked into a box of Nirvana tour itineraries he bought back in 1993.

Country singer Kylie Rae Harris dies in New Mexico crash

Kylie Rae Harris was on her way to Taos when the crash happened Wednesday night along State Road 522. She was scheduled to take the stage Thursday afternoon at the annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival.

Maker of one of Prince’s most-iconic guitars fights to keep his design

The estate of Prince's record label is fighting for the trademark of one of Prince's most famous guitars.

Disney announces EPCOT overhaul

The theme park is undergoing "the biggest transformation of any park we've ever accomplished," said Bob Chapek, Disney's chairman of parks, experiences and products.

Singer Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer

The 70-year-old whose real name is Edward Mahoney learned that the disease had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

  Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin's appointment of former U.S. attorney Dan Webb raises the possibility that the special prosecutor could bring new charges against the former "Empire" actor.

  NASA names Mars rock after the Rolling Stones

When the InSight Mars lander touched down back in November, its landing thrusters blew the rock about 3 feet - the farthest a stone has ever rolled during a landing on another planet.

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her old songs

Swift said she plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun.

Sign language interpreter steals show from rapper Twista

Amber Galloway Gallego has some lightning-fast moves to go along with the rapper’s high-speed lyrics.

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use

Elton John took to social media to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan were hypocritical for accepting jet travel despite their devotion to eco-causes.

Adorable photo shows group of service dogs attending ‘Billy Elliot’ theater production in Canada

The service dogs were in training to help their handlers navigate a theater.

‘Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda dies at age 79

Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," has died.

Company seeks ‘Friends’ super fan to watch 25 hours of classic sitcom for $1,000

Could there BE an easier way to earn some cash??!!

Women: Opera’s Domingo abused power to sexually harass them

Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP that they were sexually harassed by the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades beginning in the late 1980s, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions.

Anders Osborne’s guitars stolen in California

Anders Osborne needs your help. Someone stole his guitars in California.

White Sox, Yankees to play at ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020

The Chicago White Sox will play the New York Yankees next summer at the site in eastern Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed.

Ben Folds to perform with LSU Symphony Orchestra

Award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Folds will perform with the LSU Symphony Orchestra for two performances in the fall.

Hiker scares away mountain lion with Metallica

Dee Gallant was out hiking late last month when she “felt a funny feeling.” She turned around to find a big cat stalking her and her dog Murphy.

  Satchmo Summer Fest 2019 wraps up

Louis Armstrong would have turned 118 Sunday (Aug. 4), as New Orleans threw a festival in his honor.

Rare, 1st edition Harry Potter book sells for $34,000

The rare book had just been sitting - half-forgotten - in a closet until its owner realized she might be able to sell it to pay for a new bathroom.

Towering Broadway director and producer Hal Prince dead

Prince pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Cabaret," ''Company" and "Sweeney Todd." He won 21 Tony Awards,

Elton John marks nearly 3 decades of sobriety

The artist is nearly 30 years sober. He posted a picture of his Alcoholics Anonymous sobriety coin to social media.

Lil Nas X sets new Billboard record for most weeks at No.1

Lil Nas X sets a record this week as his country-trap song spends its 17th week on top of the Hot 100 chart.

Musician tip jar goes digital with Austin pilot program

Austin, Texas, is launching a pilot program that will let fans digitally tip their favorite musicians.

Rutger Hauer, known for ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘The Hitcher’ and ‘Ladyhawke,' dead at 75

The Dutch actor died at his home in the Netherlands.

  Watch: Billy Joel invites blind, 14-year-old pianist to join him on Madison Square Garden stage

Ahead of his July 11 concert at The Garden, the pop star invited Logan on stage to play his piano.

  Founding member of The Meters, Art Neville, passes away at age 81

Art Neville, founding member of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, has passed away according to family.

  After cancellation, delay Rolling Stones fans finally get their show

After one cancellation, one change of venue, one weather delay and months of anticipation, Rolling Stones fans finally got their show at the Superdome Monday night (July 15).