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Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

DETROIT (AP) – Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that…

Cher Sues Financial Firm, Claiming $800,000 in Losses

Cher has sued a financial management partnership she claims defrauded her out of more than $800,000 in investments that went belly-up. The suit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Veritas Trust, of which the singer is the sole trustee. It targets SAIL Venture Partners and related firms and accuses them of bundling Cher’s money…

Kanye West Sued by Hungarian Musician Over ‘New Slaves’ Song

Kanye West is being sued in New York City by a Hungarian musician who says West sampled his song without permission. Gabor Presser says West’s 2013 album “Yeezus” contains a song called “New Slaves” that sampled a song Presser wrote in 1969. Presser’s lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court. It says one-third of “New Slaves” includes a song Presser…