Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 19, to Sunday, August 25, via Facebook, Tumblr,…

Swift donates signed guitar to RI charity auction

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A silent auction to raise money for charity and celebrate a Rhode Island town’s centennial is getting some help from singer Taylor Swift. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15tLi7U ) that Swift donated an…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, August 19, to Sunday, August 25: UNITED STATES 1. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Universal) 2. Jay-Z, “Holy Grail” (Roc Nation) 3. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star…

Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell make music for kids

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell had only been playing for about 10 minutes when the stage was invaded. The first to appear was a stuffed lamb. Then a cuddly dinosaur. Then all hell broke…

Selena Gomez: Don’t ask what Swift said at VMAs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did Taylor Swift really utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and former love interest Harry Styles took the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards? Don’t ask Selena Gomez. Swift’s seemingly…

Harvard prof, record company battle over song use

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard law professor and an Australian record company are embroiled in a legal battle over a video the professor used in an online lecture. Record company Liberation Music threatened to sue Lawrence Lessig, a…

Look out: A fall harvest of new broadcast TV shows

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s something antiquated about the custom long known as the Fall TV Season. It was born of a bygone era (and still harkens back to it) when fall signaled all things important in America:…

’42′ actor Boseman to play James Brown in biopic

NEW YORK (AP) — After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown. Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by “The…

Review: Paterniti chronicles more than cheese

“The Telling Room: a Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese” (Dial Press), by Michael Paterniti What makes a great cheese? The skill of the cheesemaker, the freshness of the raw milk, or…

Q&A: Lonely Planet founder’s new book ‘Dark Lands’

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife Maureen in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and launched a guidebook empire called Lonely Planet.…

Michigan Mosaic Music Festival coming to Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Mosaic Music Festival is coming to Lansing this weekend. The free community music festival produced annually by the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art will take place Saturday and Sunday at Adado Riverfront…

Radio star Piolin sues former employees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spanish-language radio host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo filed suit Monday against six former Univision employees, accusing them of a plot to extort $4.9 million from him with threats that they would falsely accuse him of…

Trial ordered in burglary try at Kid Rock home

CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered a man to stand trial on accusations he tried to break into musician Kid Rock’s suburban Detroit home. Forty-three-year-old Brian D. Keith on Monday waived his right to a preliminary…

Robinson pays tribute to Motown’s chief of charm

DETROIT (AP) — She didn’t sing a note or write a lick of a lyric, but Smokey Robinson contends that Maxine Powell was as essential to Motown Records’ operation as the legendary label’s songwriters, producers and musicians. Powell…

Monday, September 2

Today is Monday, September 2, the 245th day of 2013. There are 120 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1666 – Great Fire of London burns for five days, nearly destroying the city,…

Robinson pays tribute to Motown’s chief of charm

DETROIT (AP) — A chief architect of “the Motown sound” is paying tribute to another pioneer responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of the legendary Detroit label’s roster of artists. Singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson returned…

‘The Butler’ tops box office with $16.5 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite three new releases, the period drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and the road trip comedy “We’re the Millers” stayed atop the box office. “The Butler,” which stars Forest Whitaker as a long-serving White…

Why twerking is already over: A countdown

NEW YORK (AP) — The day after the MTV Video Music Awards came with a few more people Googling the phrase: “What is twerking?” It’s been a popular search all summer, ever since Miley Cyrus, America’s former teen…

Rapper ‘Fat Joe’ reports to prison in tax case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rap star “Fat Joe” has reported to federal prison in Florida to serve a 4-month sentence for tax evasion. An attorney for the performer, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena (car-ta-GEE’-nah), said his client…

Reggae star sues Va groups after bottle injury

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Grammy winning reggae musician Frederick “Toots” Hibbert is suing several organizations after he was struck in the head by a tossed vodka bottle during a May concert in Richmond. Hibbert filed the $20 million…