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Mexico's 'King of Ranchera' records ballad backing Clinton

Legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez is lending his voice to support Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and potentially drum up Latino voters.

In a video released Wednesday and paid for by the Washington-based Latino Victory Project, the man known as the "King of Ranchera" music sings about working "hand-in-hand" for a Clinton victory.

The group said Fernandez volunteered to appear in the video, which was posted on YouTube and on the singer's Facebook page .

Fernandez croons that under a Clinton presidency "we will always have a bridge." He is shown leaning on a ranch fence amid clips of galloping horses, smiling children and a campaigning Clinton.

Fernandez also sings that "my people were hurt that someone would offend us." It's an apparent reference to Republican candidate Donald Trump, whose disparaging comments about migrants have angered many Mexicans.

The singer alluded to Trump at an April concert, saying he would "spit in his face" if they ever met.

Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj to perform at Tidal show

Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj, artist-owners of Tidal, will perform at a concert in New York for the streaming service.

Tidal announced Wednesday that Lauryn Hill, Common and Robin Thicke will also perform at the Oct. 15 event dubbed "TIDAL X: 1015" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Pre-sale tickets for Tidal subscribers go on sale Thursday; tickets for the general public will be available Monday. The event, in its second year, will benefit Tidal-supported nonprofits as well as the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York.

Others performers include T.I., DNCE, Emeli Sande, Prince Royce, Blood Orange, Bebe Rexha and more. The concert will be livestreamed on Tidal, which is also owned by Jay Z, Usher, Madonna, Kanye West, Jason Aldean and others.

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Country song mashup celebrates CMA's 50th anniversary

Music awards shows love to mashup songs and artists together, but the Country Music Association took the mashup to a new level for their upcoming 50th anniversary.

"Forever Country" features 30 country singers in a blend of three of the genre's most beloved tunes and an innovative music video that highlights the breadth and history of country music. The song was released digitally and to radio and a sneak peek of the music video premiered on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday night in advance of the Nov. 2 awards show.

That daunting task of combining all those voices together — including Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert — was given to two Grammy winners: producer and songwriter Shane McAnally, who has crafted songs with Sam Hunt and Kacey Musgraves, and director Joseph Kahn, who has worked with Taylor Swift, Eminem and Britney Spears.

"We had a list of about 40 songs, mostly CMA winners, songs that have won song of the year or at least been nominated, and songs that sort of covered a universal theme that could sound like a love song to our genre," McAnally said.

The songs chosen were John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," and Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You." But McAnally was hesitant to change too much of Parton's country-pop crossover classic, which was also famously recorded by Whitney Houston.

"I will say that 'I Will Always Love You' was one that was really hard for me to imagine in the mix because I didn't want to mess with that song," McAnally said. "It feels sacred."

Featured singers include Parton and Nelson as well as other CMA winners such as Blake Shelton, Reba, George Strait, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood. Even Randy Travis, who is recovering from a stroke, makes an appearance in the video.

Kahn then had to figure out how to shoot all the artists, who were only singing a line at a time, and weave it into a visual story.

"I had to shoot everyone separately because of the way the timing worked out," Kahn said. "But at the end of the video they all look like they appear together."

Even with all his producing experience, McAnally got a little nervous working with legends like Strait and Parton. He recalled that Parton, who is notoriously early for appointments, was already at the microphone when McAnally arrived at the studio to record her part of the song.

"I hadn't even met her, and I had to meet her through the glass," McAnally recalled. "Well, I have to go ahead and get this out of my body and say, 'I don't know how I am supposed to direct you singing 'I Will Always Love You,' but I am going to do my best.'"

Kahn, a Texas native, said shooting Parton gave him a "what am I doing here?" moment on set.

"I never get nervous around anyone," Kahn said. "I have literally worked with everybody and Dolly Parton made me nervous."

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Five-way tie for most nominations at Latin Grammys

There's a five-way tie for most nominations at the upcoming Latin Grammy Awards.

Julio Reyes Copello, Djavan, Fonseca, Ricardo Lopez Lalinde and Jesse & Joy scored four nominations each, the Latin Recording Academy announced Wednesday. The Latin Grammys will air live Nov. 17 from Las Vegas.

Ten acts are nominated for album, song and record of the year, unlike the traditional Grammy Awards where five nominees compete. Album of the year nominees include Andrea Bocelli, Pablo Alboran, Andres Cepeda, Djavan, Jose Lugo & Guasabara Combo, Fonseca, Juan Gabriel, Jesse & Joy, Diego Torres and Julieta Venegas.

Enrique Iglesias and Shakira also earned nominations in the 48 categories.

This year marks the first time the Latin Grammys allowed members to vote digitally. The show will air on Univision.

US Marshals capture man wanted in killing at rapper's party

Authorities have captured a man wanted in a fatal shooting during a party hosted by rapper Young Jeezy.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced Wednesday that 37-year-old Tobias Loftin was arrested Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Officials say he was taken into custody after a 30-minute standoff.

Virginia Beach Police say 34-year-old Demetrius McCloud of Norfolk was shot to death outside Club Embassy on Aug. 27. Officials say warrants for Loftin were issued last month on charges of first-degree murder and a weapons offense. Police asked the Marshals for help, and a tip led them to North Carolina.

Young Jeezy, also known as Jay Jenkins, is a four-time Grammy nominee from Atlanta whose hit songs include "Soul Survivor."

Police: Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo killed in fiery car crash

Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo was killed in a fiery car crash on a freeway near southwest Atlanta, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

The 2016 Audi struck a couple of trees, overturned and burst into flames before dawn Wednesday on Interstate 285 near the exit to Cascade Road, Fulton County Police Cpl. Maureen Smith said. No other vehicles were involved.

The driver was thrown from the car and killed, Smith said. He was later identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office as 40-year-old Carlos Walker, who was known by the stage name Shawty Lo.

Two female passengers in the car were able to escape the wreckage, and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, Smith said. Their names weren't immediately released.

In 2008, Shawty Lo was named MySpace Music Rookie of the Year at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. That year, his hit "Dey Know" was among the most-played rap songs on radio stations nationwide.

AC/DC's Cliff Williams quits; group's 4th exit since 2014

AC/DC is losing another member.

Bassist Cliff Williams has announced his departure from the group in a video posted on the band's YouTube channel Tuesday, the same day the group wrapped up its "Rock or Bust" tour in Philadelphia.

Williams says he's "just ready to get off the road" and needs more time for family and to "chill out."

Williams is the second AC/DC member to depart the band this year and the fourth since 2014. Lead singer Brian Johnson stopped touring in March amid concern about hearing loss. Guitarist Malcolm Young retired due to health reasons in 2014 and drummer Phil Rudd left the band that same year amid drug charges.

Williams says the departures didn't play a part in his decision to leave the group.

'Forever Country' video released, includes 30 stars

Country legends have combined their voices to pay tribute to some of the biggest songs in the history of the music genre.

Names like Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bently, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton recorded a medley of hits for "Forever Country."

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The song, which is a mashup of "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "I Will Always Love You" and "On the Road Again" was recorded to mark the 50th CMA Awards, Rolling Stone reported.

The awards show will be broadcast live on Nov. 2.

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Adele dedicates show to Pitt, Jolie amid divorce

Count Adele as among those saddened by the Brangelina divorce.

At her concert in New York on Tuesday night, Adele brought up Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's breakup, telling the crowd she had to address "the elephant in the room."

The New York Daily News reports the British singer told the audience at Madison Square Garden that while she doesn't know the former couple, "it feels like the end of an era."

Many of Adele's songs carry a theme of heartbreak. Fans say on social media say she dedicated Tuesday night's show, which she described as two hours of misery, to Pitt and Jolie.

Ray LaMontagne cancels Texas show over university guns law

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has canceled a Thursday show at the University of Texas in protest of a new state law that allows concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into public college buildings.

The law allows those weapons into the university's Bass Concert Hall, where LaMontagne was scheduled to perform.

In a statement canceling the show, LaMontagne said he considers himself "very open minded" but he can't support allowing guns on college campuses.

LaMontange said: "There are a lot of things this country needs more of, but guns aren't one of them."

A university statement said school officials regret the cancellation but respect LaMontagne's decision. The school noted the university's guns policy was based on state law allowing concealed handguns inside the building.

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