LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat “King” Cole who carried on his musical legacy, has died.
Publicist Maureen O’Connor says Cole died Thursday night. She was 65. O’Connor had no details about how or where Cole died.
Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis that forced her to undergo a kidney transplant in May 2009.
Cole’s 1991 album, “Unforgettable … With Love,” sold some 14 million copies and won six Grammys. It featured reworked versions of some of her father’s best-known songs.
On the title cut, “Unforgettable,” she sang along with her father’s taped version to create a memorable duet.
Nat “King” Cole died of lung cancer in 1965.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You’d figure it would take an intergalactic star to bump off Adele. And that’s’ just what happened as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. Adele was among the celebrities in the running for the annual honor. The British-born singer has won the title before. Taylor Swift was also among those in the running for the 2015 title, along with people like Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson and Jon Stewart.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles can provide the soundtrack for your Christmas Eve — if you let them. Throughout the day, the music of the Fab Four will be available for streaming from a number of online outlets. You name the streaming service — and chances are they will be rolling Beatles music today. Among the ones involved in the mass streaming are Apple Music, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Amazon Prime Music, as well as Slacker Radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. There will be 17 Beatles albums in today’s stream, plus some of the group’s greatest hits collections.
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one battle for popularity that Adele didn’t win. After posting monster sales for her new album “25,” you might think there is nothing she can’t do. But her TV special came up short in a bid to be the top-rated show of the week. “Adele Live in New York” finished 11th in the Nielsen ratings for the week. Number one was the Republican debate held in Las Vegas last week. Number two was the Sunday night football game between Arizona and Philadelphia.
NEW YORK (AP) — It would be hard for any recording artist to drop an album the same day Adele dropped her highly anticipated album “25” — even harder for an artist who hadn’t dropped an album in seven years — or had a major hit since the 1980s. But that’s the hand that was dealt Enya. Her new project is called “Dark Sky Island” — and it’s an effort to recapture some of the chart success she has had in the past. She has sold 80 million albums worldwide in her three decades in the music industry. Enya says she believes “fame and success are two very different things.” And she says she’s fortunate she was able to make decisions that let her focus more on her art than focus on being famous.
NEW YORK (AP) — These days, Adele’s biggest competition when it comes to album sales — is herself. Her new release “25” continues at the top of the Billboard album charts. Rolling Stone magazine notes that none of the new releases last week could even dent the top-10 on the albums chart. It all adds up to “25” being the best-selling album in the U.S. since 2011. The album that topped the charts then: Adele’s own “21.”
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Pete Seeger’s 1942 letter to the California American Legion denouncing a proposal to deport all Japanese-Americans triggered an FBI investigation that lasted three decades. Nearly 1,700 pages from Seeger’s FBI file have been released by the National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act. Seeger had been drafted and the Army intercepted Seeger’s mail to his fiancee. Authorities also scoured his school records, talked to his father, interviewed an ex-landlord and questioned his pal Woody Guthrie. Investigators raised red flags over Seeger’s association with Lead Belly, who was labeled a “negro murderer.” More documents on Seeger are expected to be released later.
NEW YORK (AP) — Even as Patti Smith releases her new memoir this week, she’s looking forward to the next book, and the next one, and the next one, and the next one. Rolling Stone reports Smith is working on four more books. One is another autobiography about her music and her husband, the late Fred “Sonic” Smith of The MC5. The other books are a collection of poems, a detective story and a young adult novel. Smith’s book, “M Train,” is new this week. Her first memoir, “Just Kids,” came out in 2010.
designer Kai Millard Morris. The action comes more than three years after the Grammy-winner filed to end his second marriage. Wonder and Morris were married in September 2001 and separated in ’09. They have two sons together, ages 14 and 10.