Antonoff of fun. talks Swift, Bareilles collabs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff says co-writing with Taylor Swift helped him become a better musician. Antonoff co-wrote Swift’s song, “Sweeter Than Fiction,” which will appear or the upcoming “One Chance” soundtrack; the film is…

Litigants battle over photos of legendary bluesman

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A legal battle over profits from the only two known photographs of legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson — who is said to have sold his soul to the devil for prowess on the guitar…

‘Prisoners’ tops box office with $20.8 million

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box-office-leading $20.8 million, a good start to Hollywood’s fall season. Final box office results were released Monday. Despite a lengthy running time and a dark…

Miss. court hears dispute over photos of bluesman

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Supreme Court panel has heard arguments about who should make money from the only two known photographs of the late Robert Johnson, a bluesman who myth has it sold his soul to…

Trove of Mich. folk music unearthed in archive

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is famous for its music, from the Motown hits of the 1960s to the cutting-edge punk of Iggy Pop to the rap of Eminem. Little known, though, is that Michigan was also fertile ground…

Jurors hear legal instructions in Jackson lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC have heard legal instructions from a judge on the eve of final arguments in the 21-week trial. Jury members…

Bryan Cranston, Cher offer custom phone recordings

NEW YORK (AP) — It may be one of the most boring lines ever — “Leave a message after the beep.” But what if you managed to jazz up your phone’s outgoing message with a celebrity? The advocacy…

Aguilera perfects motherhood-career balancing act

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (AP) — Christina Aguilera said a season away from “The Voice” was the break that she needed to get reinvigorated — for herself, the show and the contestants. Aguilera and CeeLo took time off from…

Aguilera perfects motherhood-career balancing act

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Christina Aguilera said a season away from “The Voice” was the break that she needed to get reinvigorated — for herself, the show and the contestants. Aguilera and CeeLo took time off from…

Music Review: Weak songs mar Elton John’s album

Elton John, “The Diving Board” (Capitol) Eager to make a relevant record at age 66, Elton John sought a return to his roots on “The Diving Board,” advertised as piano trio music in the vein of his marvelous…

Ellen Pompeo: ‘The Emmys felt so dated to me’

NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) wasn’t a fan of this year’s Emmy Awards show. The 43-year-old actress says she “was really disappointed” by Sunday’s telecast. “I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The…

Newport Folk Festival heads to Santa Monica

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Folk Festival is headed west. The producers of the iconic music event announced Monday that they’ll present a two-day festival on the Santa Monica Pier Oct. 5 and 6. Known as Newport…

Young designers energize Milan Fashion Week

MILAN (AP) — The Milan masters displayed their customary discipline, but it was the fresh perspectives of up-and-coming young designers that energized this round of Milan Fashion Week: Uma Wang’s hauntingly fresh looks, Fausto Puglisi’s vibrant edgy couture…

Actor compares ‘Marvel’s Agents’ role to lottery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A movie-size blockbuster is a rarity on the small screen, the Super Bowl aside, but “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” boasts the pedigree to make a run at it. The drama series has the nearly…

Tycoon plans $8 billion Chinese Hollywood

QINGDAO, China (AP) — China’s richest man plans to spend 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the northeastern city of Qingdao. In a glitzy, star-studded red carpet event Sunday, Wang Jianlin…

New Jhumpa Lahiri novel is scattered, slow

“The Lowland: A Novel” (Alfred A. Knopf), by Jhumpa Lahiri If you’re one of Jhumpa Lahiri’s many adoring fans, someone who is always impatient for her next book, I’m afraid I have bad news for you. It’s here.…

Lawyer: Performer Harris to deny UK sex charges

LONDON (AP) — Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris intends to plead not guilty to indecent assault and child pornography charges, his lawyer told a London court hearing Monday. The 83-year-old performer faces nine counts of indecent assault on victims…

US honors Ray Charles with limited-edition stamp

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add soul singer Ray Charles to its “Music Icons Forever” stamp series. Postal officials say the agency is releasing a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native on Monday…

Review: Drake a melancholy king on latest album

Drake, “Nothing Was the Same” (Cash Money) Drake warns us what’s coming on his new album “Nothing Was the Same,” laying out a mission statement of sorts on sprawling opener “Tuscan Leather.” “This is nothin’ for the radio/but…