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Last Update on March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

JAY Z-NEW STREAMING SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some of the biggest names in music are establishing their own online streaming service. Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk and Jack White are backing Tidal. They all appeared onstage together in New York City yesterday to announce the launch. Keys says the artists hope the new service will "forever change the course of music history." It's being offered at two price points: $10 for standard sound quality and $20 for "lossless high fidelity sound quality."

WILCO CALL OFF SHOW IN INDIANA OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW

UNDATED (AP) -- Wilco have canceled their May 7 show in Indianapolis because of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The band write on their Facebook page the law is "thinly disguised legal discrimination to us." They say they hope to go back to Indiana "when this odious measure is repealed." The law passed last week prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Critics say the law allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.

STEVIE WONDER SURPRISES MINNEAPOLIS CHURCH

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Those who attended Sunday service at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis got a surprise this week. Stevie Wonder was sitting in the front pew. WCCO-TV reports the Reverend Jerry McAfee is friends with Wonder and invited him to the service while Wonder was in town for a concert. Wonder sang a favorite hymn, "I Won't Complain." He gave the church another surprise: a $10,000 donation.

GENE SIMMONS GETS INTO MOVIE BUSINESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gene Simmons of Kiss and WWE Studios will join together to try to scare the bejeezus out of you. They have formed a partnership to create three horror movies. The first is called "Temple," and it's about a team of trained operatives investigating a death inside an isolated military compound. Shooting begins this summer. Production on the second movie will begin later this year, but details on that film were not given.

SELENA'S FATHER SAYS HE WILL NOT OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Selena, but her father will not be marking the occasion. Abraham Quintanilla III says he's happy that people are remembering Selena, but he is a Jehovah's Witness and he doesn't celebrate deaths or birthdays. He says he does not want people to think Selena's family is behind the concerts, lookalike contests and dances that are marking the anniversary of Selena's death. He says the family does not get together on March 31 because there's nothing to celebrate. Quintanilla has given his blessing to one event, the Festival de la Flor, set for Corpus Christi, Texas, on April 17 and 18. He will perform, as will Selena's widower, Chris Perez.

COUNTRY SINGERS SHOW THEIR "GIRL CRUSH" LOVE

UNDATED (AP) -- Little Big Town are getting support from other country acts for their song "Girl Crush." The song has come under fire after reports came out that some radio stations were shying away from it because listeners incorrectly thought it was about a lesbian relationship. Blake Shelton tweets, "I got a song crush!" with a photo of him kissing Miranda Lambert. They're both wearing "Girl Crush" hats. Kacey Musgrave, Reba McEntire and Ashley Monroe also tweeted photos of themselves wearing "Girl Crush" hats. Is the controversy blown out of proportion? Billboard magazine contacted several prominent country radio stations and found they have gotten zero or few complaints about the song.

DEF LEPPARD WON'T ROAD-TEST NEW MATERIAL THIS SUMMER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Def Leppard didn't really mean to make an album, but one sort of appeared. Singer Joe Elliott says they got together in February of last year to record a few songs, maybe for an EP. They had 12 songs and figured they had an album "by accident rather than design." Don't expect to hear any of those songs on the upcoming tour with Styx and Tesla. Elliott says if they do, they will just end up on YouTube as really bad versions filmed on iPhones. A release date for the album has not been announced.

BROOKS AND DUNN WILL PERFORM AT ACMS

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Brooks and Dunn will reunite for the Academy of Country Music Awards. It's their first televised performance in five years. Other performers added to the lineup are Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts. Nick Jonas will do a duet with Dan and Shay, and Christina Aguilera will perform with surprise guests. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell (swin-DEL'). The ACM Awards are April 19.

BRANDI CARLILE REMEMBERS HER FIRST BAND

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brandi Carlile grew up thinking music was a treat if she was good. Carlile says her mother's band would rehearse at their house every week. If Carlile behaved, she was allowed to sing a song with them before she went to bed. Carlile says she would get so excited all week and write down the songs she wanted to do with the band. She was a big fan of old-time country and 1980s country, so she'd sing anything by Tanya Tucker or Mary Chapin Carpenter. She also liked Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." Carlile's new album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter," is out now.

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Brandi Carlile says she would get excited for the night her mother's band would rehearse at their house because she would be allowed to sing one song.

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MUSIC FESTIVALS BAN SELFIE STICKS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You'll just have to have long arms if you're taking a selfie at Coachella or Lollapalooza. Both festivals have banned selfie sticks, or what Coachella refers to as "narsisstics." The devices allow users to hold cellphones out further for a wider shot. Some concertgoers complain they get in the way of their stage views. The Ultra Music Festival in Miami banned selfie sticks at last weekend's event, saying anyone who brings one "will be turned away and we'll probably make fun of you."

LUDACRIS, CHRISSY TEIGEN WILL HOST BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ludacris will return as host of the Billboard Music Awards. Model Chrissy Teigen, who is married to John Legend, will be his co-host. The nominees will be announced next Tuesday. The awards will be given May 17 in Las Vegas and shown on ABC.

FINAL FOUR CONCERT LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Imagine Dragons, Rihanna and Zac Brown Band will perform for free this weekend in Indianapolis as part of the festivities surrounding the Final Four. Imagine Dragons and Weezer will perform Friday at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival. Rihanna, Passion Pit and Bleachers will perform Saturday. Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves and Cole Swindell (swin-DEL') perform Sunday.

HUNTER HAYES WILL LAUNCH NEW EPISODES OF "FRONT AND CENTER"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Hunter Hayes will kick off the new episodes of the PBS music show "Front and Center." Hayes will be featured on Saturday's episode. Brandy Clark and songwriter Bob Piero will be featured on April 11. Sara Evans and Martina McBride headline the April 18 episode, and Little Big Town will be on the April 25 episode.

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