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R&B singer Aaron Neville, 80, retires from touring

R&B singer Aaron Neville, 80, retires from touring

- by Associated Press

Fans of the sweet, melodic sounds of New Orleans’ legendary vocalist Aaron Neville won’t have many opportunities to hear him live from now on. In posts Thursday on his official website and via social media, Neville announced his official retirement from touring.

‘Plus-size’ boy band in China seeks to inspire fans

‘Plus-size’ boy band in China seeks to inspire fans

- by Associated Press

Gathered in a practice room, five generously proportioned young men in baggy black sweaters are patting their bellies and waggling their arms. Bearded with double chins, they shout “Hoo-Ha!” in time to upbeat African drums.

‘Nothing less than a giant’: Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

‘Nothing less than a giant’: Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

- by Associated Press

DMX, the iconic hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” whose distinctively gruff voice and thoughtful messages in his rhymes made him one of rap’s biggest stars, has died, according to a family statement Friday. He was 50.

Pharrell wants federal probe into police shooting of cousin

Pharrell wants federal probe into police shooting of cousin

- by Associated Press

Grammy award-winning musician Pharrell Williams has called for a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of his cousin along the Virginia coast. Williams made the call in an Instagram post on Monday after attending his cousin’s funeral in Virginia Beach, where Williams grew up.