Posted 12 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
SCHOOL BLASTS JUSTIN BIEBER SONG FOR CHARITY EFFORTS
TENINO, Wash. (AP) — A high school south of Seattle is using Justin Bieber music to annoy people into giving to charity. KING-TV reports students at Tenino High School in Tenino, Washington, blasted Justin Bieber’s song “Baby” between classes and at lunch time until enough people donated money to help a school in Ghana. They originally had a fundraising goal of $500 when it started Monday morning, but they raised $915 by first period Tuesday. One student said his head was about to explode.
JUSTIN BIEBER TRIAL DATE SET
MIAMI (AP) — There’s been no plea deal — so it looks like the Justin Bieber DUI case in Miami is headed to trial. A judge has set May 5 as the date for the case in which the pop star is accused with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver’s license. During a brief hearing yesterday, prosecutors and Bieber’s attorney both said no plea deal had been offered. Usually most first offenders in such cases are offered plea deals to avoid potential jail time. Neither side would say why there’s no plea deal on the table.
WOMAN WITH JUSTIN BIEBER DURING ARREST SUES FOR LIBEL
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — The woman riding with Justin Bieber when he was arrested in South Florida is suing a newspaper for libel. Chantel Jeffries is going after the New York Daily News. Her lawyer says the newspaper posted stories on its Web site saying she had a criminal record and that she put Bieber up to drag racing his Lamborghini against a vehicle driven by R&B singer Khail Amir Sharieff, who was driving a Ferrari. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. The newspaper hasn’t immediately responded to requests for comment.
JERRY CORBITT OF THE YOUNGBLOODS DIES
UNDATED (AP) — Youngbloods singer Jesse Colin Young says he’s lost his best friend with the death of guitarist Jerry Corbitt. Young writes on his Facebook page Corbitt died last weekend after a long battle with lung cancer. His age was not given. Young met Corbitt while they were both on the folk singer circuit in the 1960s. They started The Youngbloods as a duo and eventually added other musicians. The band is probably best known for the song “Get Together.” Young says there’s a hole in his life and he’s trying to fill it with memories of the adventures he and Corbitt shared in forming The Youngbloods.
TED NUGENT RECOVERS FROM KNEE SURGERY
UNDATED (AP) — Ted Nugent is recovering from double knee replacement surgery. He writes on his Facebook page he’s focused on pain management and retraining his new knees. Nugent anticipates a full recovery, or to use his words, “I should be up and dancing like a full bluntal Nugity Motown guitar animal real soon.”
KEITH RICHARDS WRITING BOOKS FOR KIDS
NEW YORK (AP) — Can you imagine Keith Richards telling your kids stories from his younger days? He’s counting on the fact that you would — even as you hope he doesn’t tell the young’uns about his early days with the Rolling Stones. Richards is writing a children’s book titled: “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.” The picture book is being done by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and is due out this fall.
PAUL STANLEY WRITES ABOUT HEARING PROBLEMS IN MEMOIR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Part of the reason Paul Stanley of Kiss was so into music growing up was he couldn’t hear. Stanley was born with a rare medical condition that meant he was missing most of his right ear and was deaf on that side. Stanley had trouble in school because he couldn’t hear in class and he couldn’t understand people if there was background noise. His sister had drug problems and mental illness and Stanley’s parents were focused on her instead. Music became his refuge. Stanley writes about that and many other aspects of his life in his new autobiography, “Face The Music,” out April 8.
THE BLACK KEYS OFFER LITTLE LEAGUE JERSEY
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Black Keys are looking for your support for Little League baseball. The band sponsored a team in the West Akron Baseball League last year in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. This time The Black Keys are sponsoring the whole league. They are offering a WABL jersey with the league logo on front and “The Black Keys” and the number 02 on the back. All profits will be donated to the league. Find out more at www.TheBlackKeys.com .
TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS BILLBOARD’S MONEY MAKERS LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift made about $75 a minute last year. Billboard estimates Swift earned $39.6 million in the past year, putting her at the top of its Money Makers rich list. That’s from touring, music sales and publishing revenues, and it does not include sponsorship deals or merchandising. Kenny Chesney is second on the list, earning $32.9 million. Justin Timberlake is third, with Bon Jovi in fourth and The Rolling Stones in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 are Beyonce, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Pink and Fleetwood Mac.
MAXWELL, JILL SCOTT, RICK ROSS TO PERFORM AT BET EVENT IN LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maxwell, Jill Scott and Rick Ross will be part of a BET event this summer in Los Angeles. The BET Experience will run three days, starting June 27 at L.A. Live. Other acts at the event will include Marsha Ambrosius, A$AP and Ty Dolla $ign — with Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jennifer Hudson and Tamar Braxton closing out the event on Sunday the 29th.
NEIL YOUNG LAUNCHES PONOMUSIC
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Neil Young’s dream of creating a way to listen to super high-fidelity music has become a reality. Young has launched PonoMusic, a means of listening to studio-quality digital music. It encompasses an online music store featuring music from major labels and prominent indie outlets. It’s also a playback device called the PonoPlayer that can store up to 2,000 high-resolution albums. It sells for $399. Young says he wanted to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does that.
”THE VOICE” FINISHES BLIND AUDITIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The teams are in place on “The Voice.” Team Blake wins over classical guitarist Kaleigh Glanton, who says she could give Usher a run for his money in the fitness department. Team Usher takes nursing student Brittnee Camelle, while Team Shakira lures aspiring country singer Lindsay Bruce by promising to call Miranda Lambert for her. Adam Levine passed over three singers for the final spot on his team, but finally chose doughnut shop clerk Caleb Elder. Battle rounds start next week.
IGGY POP, PATTI SMITH ROCK CARNEGIE HALL
NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall is usually not the kind of venue where fans rush to the front of the stage to get closer to the performers. But it was last night when Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and members of New Order performed at the famed concert hall. The performances were part of the 24th Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House U.S. It’s a nonprofit organization aimed at preserving Tibetan culture.
GENE SIMMONS GUEST-STARS ON “CSI”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a groupie is murdered and a prostitute disappears, Gene Simmons is on the scene. He will play himself on tonight’s episode of “CSI.”
JASON DERULO WILL APPEAR ON “DANCING WITH THE STARS”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason DeRulo will help kick off the new season of “Dancing With The Stars.” He will perform live while all the professional dancers do a big opening number during the season premiere next Monday. He will sing “Talk Dirty.”
QUEEN MUSICAL IN LONDON SHUTTING DOWN
LONDON (AP) — A musical in London set to Queen’s music is going away. “We Will Rock You” will close May 31, after 12 years and 4,600 performances. Producers say the show has been seen by more than 6.5 million people. Among the producers of the musical are Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen.
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