Posted 12 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
MILEY CYRUS GETS SECRET VISIT NIGHT BEFORE CONCERT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police in Omaha, Nebraska say one Miley Cyrus fan went the creepy route in trying to get the singer’s attention. They say an 18-year-old man sneaked into Cyrus’ dressing room the day before her show — and left a note begging her to meet him. Omaha TV station KETV reports the man was able to get into a restricted area of the CenturyLink Center on Wednesday. He then posted a Twitter message to Cyrus, telling her to look for his note. Police say the note said he loved Cyrus — and that her music gave him all the answers he was looking for to mend his broken heart. Her music, however, didn’t provide the answer to how to escape authorities. He was detained the day of the show in a public area at the arena — and cited on suspicion of trespassing.
JUSTIN BIEBER PERFORMS AT IMPROMPTU EVENT AT SXSW
NEW YORK (AP) — The official musical part of the South By Southwest festival doesn’t start until today. But some people in Austin, Texas got a little bit of a tease from Justin Bieber. The pop star surprised a crowd at a pub on Sunday night he performed two songs, “As Long As Your Love Me” and “Boyfriend” — which he dedicated to his ex, Selena Gomez. The bar was hosting an event for Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. Among those performing at the SXSW festival include Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Willie Nelson and Kendrick Lamar.
COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND MEL TILLIS HAS HEART SURGERY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Mel Tillis is recovering from heart surgery over the weekend. His daughter Pam says her dad needed to undergo what she describes as a “routine heart procedure” this past Saturday — but she expects that he will make a full recovery. The singer has had to cancel four performances due to the surgery. Aside from his skills as a singer, Tillis has written hit songs for fellow country artists like George Strait, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers and others.
ARETHA FRANKLIN HAS NO ISSUES WITH PRESIDENT’S MISSPELLING
NEW YORK (AP) — So, what’s a dropped vowel among friends? Aretha Franklin says she has no beef with President Barack Obama — even though he botched the spelling of her signature song last week. At a White House concert last Thursday, Obama dropped the initial “E” when trying to spell out “Respect” as Franklin does in her song. In a statement, Franklin excused the mistake saying she’s sure “the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired.” The concert included Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Shelton had the inside track on “The Voice” last night. Actually, Shelton had the whole track when it came to landing the country duo Alaska and Madi. Alaska and Madi are from Shelton’s home state of Oklahoma. They also won the same state singing competition that started Shelton on his career. Shelton says they were just meant to be together. Adam Levine had better luck with Kat Perkins. She’s a country-singer-turned-rocker who’s now a full-time nanny. She had three of the coaches turning their chairs. But Levine lands her. The blind auditions continue tonight. Each of the coaches has just a single opening to fill on their teams.
MIRANDA LAMBERT READY FOR NEW ALBUM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert has taken nearly three years to go “Platinum.” And we don’t mean it was a very slow dye job. “Platinum” is the title of her new album — and by time it drops in June, it will have been two years and eight months since her last project. Lambert says she wanted to take her time with this project, coming off an extended concert tour. She says it always seems that no matter how much time you take to do an album, you always feel rushed. She says she wanted to make sure that once the album was done, she would “never have a moment where you go, I wish we could change that or I wish we had a different song.” Lambert has Carrie Underwood joining her for one tune on the album, “Something Bad.” She says singing with Underwood is a little intimidating because she’s such an amazing singer.
LIL BOOSIE SAYS HE HOPES PRISON MAKES HIM A BETTER ARTIST
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prison was supposed to make Lil Boosie a better person. But the rapper also says he believes it has made him a better artist. The rapper says he feels like he has “more stories to tell” now that he has been behind bars. He did time in Louisiana on drug charges — and was let out last week. Lil Boosie says while behind bars he churned out more than a-thousand songs. Now that he’s out, he says he wants to use the time to reconnect with his seven children.
SERGEANT SUES OVER WHITNEY HOUSTON ALLEGATIONS
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It’s been more than two years since Whitney Houston died at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California. And there is still some fallout from the case. A Beverly Hills, California police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he faced retaliation after reporting a detective made inappropriate remarks about Houston’s body at her hotel room. City News Service of Los Angeles says Sergeant Brian Weir filed the suit yesterday. Weir claims a detective sergeant removed a sheet covering Houston’s nude body and made remarks about how good she looked. Weir says since he reported the alleged remarks, he was harassed, booted from the SWAT and K-9 units — and denied promotions.
DETROIT PROJECTS WHERE SUPREMES GREW UP BEING DEMOLISHED
DETROIT (AP) — It was the housing project where Diana Ross and members of The Supremes grew up before being sent on their way to stardom on Motown Records. And it was also where boxer Joe Louis lived. But soon the housing development known as the Brewster projects will be no more. The final phase of demolition began yesterday for the housing project — similar to many of the towering apartment buildings that dotted major cities in the postwar era. Heavy equipment is razing the four 15-story towers that were the Brewster projects. The buildings have been vacant — and partial demolition began at the site last year.
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