Denny Laine, founding member of the Moody Blues and Paul McCartney’s Wings, dead at 79

Denny Laine, a British singer, songwriter and guitarist who performed in an early, pop-oriented version of the Moody Blues and was later Paul McCartney’s longtime sideman in the ex-Beatle’s solo band Wings, has died at age 79.

Music Review: Neil Young’s ‘Before and After’ offers one continuous stream of rarities

Leave it to Neil Young to give streaming songs a whole new meaning with “Before and After.” 鶹ýapp’ Scott Bauer writes that Young delivers reinventions of 13 deep tracks as one continuous piece of music, with no breaks, over 48 minutes on his latest release.

Alicia Keys’ semi-autobiographical stage musical ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ moves to Broadway in spring

Broadway audiences will soon be hearing the hit songs of Alicia Keys not far from where the multiple-Grammy-winner grew up.

鶹ýapp’s top songs of 2023: ‘On My Mama,’ ‘Flowers,’ ‘Monaco’ and more

It’s that time of the year! These are 鶹ýapp’ top ten songs of 2023, as determined by APMusic Writer Maria Sherman.

鶹ýapp’s top albums of 2023: Music from Olivia Rodrigo, Peso Pluma, the Rolling Stones and more

The top 10 albums of the year chosen by Associated Press Music Writer Maria Sherman include Peso Pluma’s “Génesis,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “GUTS,” Megan Moroney’s “Lucky,” The Rolling Stones’ “Hackney Diamonds,” Kelela’s “Raven,” Karol G’s “Mañana Será Bonito,” André 3000’s “New Blue Sun,” Noname’s “Sundi

What’s streaming now: Nicki Minaj’s birthday album, Julia Roberts is in trouble and Monk returns

This week’s new streaming entertainment releases include a Nicki Minaj album dropping on her birthday and the return of Tony Shalhoub’s OCD private investigator Adrian Monk with a final case.

Review: The long Kiss goodbye ends at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Say goodbye to the flesh-and-blood members of the rock group Kiss. Say hello to digital avatars of them that will keep rocking into the future.

Kiss say farewell to live touring, become first US band to go virtual and become digital avatars

On Saturday night, Kiss closed out the final performance of their “The End of the Road” farewell tour at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.

A look back at 50 years of Kiss-tory as the legendary band prepares to take its final bow

Fifty years ago, four young New Yorkers dragged their guitars, amps and drums to a loft on 23rd Street in New York, dreaming of becoming the biggest band in the world.

Music Review: Violent Femmes debut, a cult favorite, turns 40 with an expanded new edition

To celebrate 40 years since the release of their self-titled debut, the spirited acoustic punk band Violent Femmes have prepared a new deluxe edition, out Friday.

On ‘Innocence,’ Kenny G’s jazz lullabies aren’t just for kids. They’re for everyone

Four decades into his career, which includes 20 studio albums, a Grammy, and the Guinness APRecord for bestselling jazz artist, saxophonist Kenny G is nowhere near done.

R&B singer Kiana Ledé is taking back control of her music and her life

R&B singer Kiana Ledé is launching the international leg of her “Grudges” tour Tuesday in Auckland, New Zealand, and will include stops in Paris, London and Berlin.

Morgan Wallen tops Apple Music’s 2023 song chart while Taylor Swift, SZA also lead streaming lists

Country singer Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” tops Apple Music’s global song chart in 2023. The giant music streamer on Tuesday released its end-of-year lists and provided listeners with data on their own most listened-to tunes.

‘Mr. Big Stuff’ singer Jean Knight dies at 80

Jean Knight, the New Orleans-born soul singer known for her 1971 hit “Mr. Big Stuff,” has died at the age of 80.

Daryl Hall is suing John Oates over plan to sell stake in joint venture. A judge has paused the sale

Daryl Hall has sued his longtime music partner John Oates, arguing that his plan to sell off his share of a joint venture would violate a business agreement the duo had.

Rapper Young Thug’s long-delayed racketeering trial begins soon. Here’s what to know about the case

Opening statements are expected next week in Atlanta in the trial of rapper Young Thug, who’s accused of co-founding a violent criminal street gang and using his music to promote it.

Review: War is good as 50th anniversary of ‘The APIs a Ghetto’ shines in premium box set

On Friday, a reissue box set of WAR’s “The APIs a Ghetto” arrives. 鶹ýapp’ Ron Harris writes in a review that the nicely packaged rendition of the band’s best-selling album includes bonus tracks as well as entire LP sides of WAR working through some of its best known songs, such as

Fill your holiday stocking with Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Brandy, Andrea Bocelli and more

What is a holiday season without festive music? The classics are great, but the classics performed by some of the best performers across pop, R&B, rock, opera, soul and beyond?

Public Enemy, R.E.M., Blondie, Heart and Tracy Chapman get nods for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Everything from rap to yacht rock, country and alt-rock are represented among the nominees for the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame, with nods for Public Enemy, Steely Dan, Bryan Adams, George Clinton, Tracy Chapman, R.E.M., Blondie, Heart and The Doobie Brothers.

The Rolling Stones announce 2024 North American Tour in support of ‘Hackney Diamonds’ album

Last month, The Rolling Stones released “Hackney Diamonds,” their first album of original material in 18 years, following 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.”

A 2023 gift guide that will strike a chord: 10 ideas for the music lover in your life

From the obsessive record collector to the casual listener. The shower singers to the rock stars of tomorrow. There’s a music-inspired gift for everyone over the holidays. The challenge, of course, is in the decision making.

What’s streaming now: ‘Oppenheimer,’ Adam Sandler as a lizard and celebs dancing to Taylor Swift

This week’s new streaming entertainment releases include Adam Sandler playing a 74-year-old elementary class lizard in the latest Netflix animation offering “Leo” and “Oppenheimer” finally arriving on home screens.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs accused of years of rape and abuse by singer Cassie in lawsuit

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been accused of years of abuse including rape and beatings by R&B singer Cassie. Cassie’s legal name is Cassandra Ventura.

Music Review: Now on vinyl, Shania Twain’s ‘Greatest Hits’ shines anew

Shania Twain is familiar with the concept of a hit. Her 2004 “Greatest Hits” album sold more than half a million copies in its first week alone.

Billy Porter hits the dance floor on his fifth album with the goal of ‘trying to heal people’

Billy Porter is strutting off in an entirely new sonic direction on his fifth album. The Broadway, runway and TV star has pivoted to dance music.

Édgar Barrera is the producer behind your favorite hits — and the Latin Grammys’ top nominee

Édgar Barrera is one of the most in-demand people in music. He’s worked with everyone from Madonna and Shakira to Peso Pluma and Karol G.

Dolly Parton’s new album is a detour from country music — could R&B be next?

Last year, Dolly Parton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She didn’t think she deserved the honor. She’s a country musician, after all.

‘A noisy rock ‘n’ roll': How growing interest in Formula One is felt across the music world

Beyond the engineering, the athleticism, the speed, the luxury, fans love the sound of Formula One. It is no wonder the pinnacle of automotive engineering has caught the eye of musicians and music fans everywhere.

Book Review: Rock ‘n’ roller and Rush pioneer Geddy Lee goes deep in his memoir, ‘My Effin’ Life’

Geddy Lee is a rock star, that’s undeniable. But he’s also a polite Canadian to the core. So it’s fitting that the Rush icon picked a not-too-bawdy title for his memoir.

Jon Batiste announces first North American headlining tour, celebrating ‘APMusic Radio’

Oscar- and Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste will embark on his first North American headlining tour in 2024.