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Producer sues Lady Gaga
NEW YORK (AP) – A songwriter and music producer who claims he helped launch pop star Lady Gaga said she squeezed him out of her lucrative career after he co-wrote some of her songs, came up with her stage name, and helped get her record deal.



Lady Gaga sweeps awards
LONDON (AP) – Flamboyant chanteuse Lady Gaga swept the U.K.’s Brit Awards on Tuesday, winning three categories and offering an emotional tribute to Alexander McQueen, the British fashion designer who died last week.



Rihanna helps out charity
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Inspired by a young friend who died from leukemia, singer Rihanna is working to get help for those who suffer from the disease.



Beyonce, Swift top night
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Beyonce became the most decorated female on a Grammy night as she collected six trophies, including song of the year for her anthem “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” but it was another diva – Taylor Swift – who nabbed the top honor, album of the year, for her best-selling “Fearless.”



Legends honor Young
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Neil Young sat in the audience as 20 of his best known songs were performed on stage.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Teddy Pendergrass, who became R&B's reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that left him paralyzed, died Wednesday at age 59.



Exhibits celebrate Elvis
WASHINGTON (AP) – On the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, the Smithsonian Institution is showcasing the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s ubiquitous image through exhibits opening today in Washington and Los Angeles.



Sting offers new ‘spooky, ghostly’ seasonal album
NEW YORK – Sting and his wife Trudie keep with tradition on Christmas Eve: They go to a local church, sing along to carols, then head back home to their English estate to open presents with their family.



Lambert shocks viewers
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Violinist Pine to play with MCYO
Wherever she goes, violinist Rachel Barton Pine tries to turn people into classical music lovers.



Jackson’s glove auctioned
NEW YORK (AP) – The shimmering, white glove that Michael Jackson wore when he premiered his trademark moonwalk dance in 1983 was auctioned off Saturday for $350,000 – plus tax.



Swift makes CMA history
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It’s been Taylor Swift’s year, and Wednesday was her night as she became the youngest person and the first solo female act in a decade to win the Country Music Association’s entertainer of the year award.



Obama’s big on music at White House
WASHINGTON – Michelle and Barack Obama sat one table over from J. Lo and Marc Anthony, and all four of them were rocking in their seats as Sheila E. shook the house – well, really the tent.



Eminem rep sues Apple
DETROIT (AP) – Eminem’s music publisher wants a bigger slice from Apple.



BOSTON (AP) — Mary Travers, who as one-thi
BOSTON (AP) — Mary Travers, who as one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary helped popularize such tunes as “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” and “If I Had a Hammer,” died in a Connecticut hospital Wednesday after battling leukemia for several years. She was 72.



Star-filled mausoleum awaits Michael Jackson
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — One month after a lavish public memorial for Michael Jackson, the pop singer's family prepared to inter him privately Thursday in a mausoleum filled with legendary entertainers.



Foxx brings music, laughs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Just two days shy of the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, entertainer Jamie Foxx brought some music and laughter to New Orleans with his “Blame It” tour.



Crystal Lake band takes state title
SPRINGFIELD – The Con Men did it again.



Fans flock to Abbey Road
LONDON (AP) – Hundreds of Beatles fans swarmed Abbey Road on Saturday, singing songs and snarling traffic to mark 40 years since John, Paul, George and Ringo strode across the leafy north London street and into the history books on iconic pop photos.



In Brief ...
• Over music and gumbo served in a historic New Orleans nightclub, pianist and hit songwriter Allen Toussaint will join the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.