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Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster.
The reports come two weeks after the popular documentary series Surviving R. Kelly drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R.
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U.S. workers hit by shutdown offered free tickets to Met Opera

NEW YORK -- Federal government employees affected by the government shutdown can get some free entertainment in New York.
The Metropolitan Opera says it is offering free tickets to people with government IDs from Saturday through the end of the month.
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Anthony Rapp hopes he did his part to 'change the culture'

NEW YORK -- Actor Anthony Rapp said he came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey because he feared assaults could "keep happening" if he said nothing.
The younger actor spoke about the incident on the red carpet for the second season of his streaming series, "Star Trek Discovery" on Thursday in New York.
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Sony drops R. Kelly following explosive docu-series: reports

NEW YORK -- Multiple outlets have reported that Sony Music has dropped embattled R&B star R. Kelly from its roster.
The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R.
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Using Spotify on the road just got safer

Spotify has announced the official roll-out of a more driver-friendly Now Playing view on Android.
On Thursday, a Spotify feature that has been unofficially available to various users since December officially began rolling out to all Android users, benefitting especially those who listen to tunes or podcasts in the car.
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Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

LOS ANGELES -- Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday.
The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves' disease in the past few days.
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Kevin Hart to lead 'Monopoly' movie

Kevin Hart is on board for "Monopoly" as both one of its producers and its first named actor.
Toy manufacturer Hasbro has already reaped rich rewards from not only the "Transformers" franchise, but also the "G.I.
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MONTREAL -- A Montreal comic who was told he could not perform -- or even be in the audience -- at a comedy show because his hairstyle was considered racist is pleading for calm from both sides of the debate.
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Worshipping hockey: art exhibit celebrates the 'religion' of the sport

A Montreal-based art show is taking the worship of hockey to the next level, even offering a "confessional."
The exhibit — now at Windsor, Ont.
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MONTREAL -- A Montreal comic who was told he could not perform -- or even be in the audience -- at a comedy show because his hairstyle was considered racist is pleading for calm from both sides of the debate.
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Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album

NASHVILLE - Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap spent years recording 13 guest artists and bands for his new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The Duets," in a place that became a hit factory for him in the 1970s and '80s.
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Drake made '6ix' a thing in Toronto, but he just lost his bid to trademark it

Drake doesn't own the 6ix — at least, he doesn't own that trademark after a decision from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).
The 6ix is, of course, one of the star rapper's favourite nicknames for Toronto, and his company, October's Very Own, applied for the trademark in the late summer of 2015.
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James Blake, music's most requested collaborator, opens up

NEW YORK -- Some people get lots of invitations. James Blake gets the right ones.
He's had a role on two of the greatest albums of the last decade -- Beyonce's delicious "Lemonade" and Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize-winner "Damn.
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