Posted 12 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
CHRIS BROWN ASSAULT TRIAL TO BEGIN TODAY
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown’s assault trial begins today. And there’s more at stake for the singer than whether he punched a man outside a Washington D.C. hotel last fall. A conviction could cost him additional penalties — including jail time — because of his 2009 beating of Rihanna. At the time of his D.C. arrest, Brown was on probation in Los Angeles for that attack on his then-girlfriend. Brown entered anger management in California right after his Washington arrest. But he was kicked out last month for violating rules. He has been jailed since. Brown made a brief court appearance Friday, dressed in a suit and tie. He turned to wave at supporters in the courtroom, including his mom and Bow Wow, the rapper and actor.
Brown’s bodyguard has already been tried in the same misdemeanor assault case. The judge will announce her verdict today, before Brown’s trial begins.
MILEY CYRUS POSTPONES REST OF U.S. TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus has pulled the plug on the rest of her U.S. tour — for now. A rep says the singer will put the rest of her stateside tour on hold while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics. Cyrus canceled several tour dates last week because of her illness. She will still start the European leg of her tour next month in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, she will resume her U.S. tour August 1 in Uniondale, New York. After that, there will be seven rescheduled shows and two additional stops to make up for the ones she missed. Tickets for the missed Cyrus shows will be honored on the new dates.
WHITE HOUSE DECLINES COMMENT ON JUSTIN BIEBER DEPORTATION PETITION
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Justin Bieber gets booted from the U.S. for his alleged misdeeds, it won’t be because the White House made the move. Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking President Barack Obama to revoke The Beeb’s green card. The number of online petitioners is far more than what’s needed to produce an official response through the White House’s “We the People” program. But the White House says it won’t comment on the issue. There is a provision in the program that lets the White House decline to address certain petitions.
PRINCE REACHES DEAL WITH FORMER LABEL, WARNER BROS.; NOW OWNS RIGHTS TO HIS OLD MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) — Back in the day when Prince was beefing with Warner Brothers Records, he scrawled the word “slave” on his face — because he didn’t own the rights to the music he recorded. He may not write “owner” on his face now, but he does have the rights to that music. Warner says it has reached an agreement with Prince that would see the artist gain rights to albums like “Purple Rain” and “1999.” No word on financial terms of the deal. But the partnership will include the release of material Prince recorded for Warner from 1978 to the mid-1990s that didn’t make it on previous albums.
PETER FRAMPTON LUGGAGE THIEF SENTENCED
DENVER (AP) — The man who admitted stealing Peter Frampton’s luggage has been given a 60-day suspended jail sentence and two years of probation. The Denver Post reports John Allen Papelbon of Thornton, Colorado, has also been ordered to pay more than $8,800 in restitution. He acknowledged he stole seven pieces of luggage from Denver International Airport in October. Frampton had come to the area to play a concert.
JACK WHITE PRESSES QUICKIE SINGLE
NASHVILLE (AP) — Jack White nearly had a disaster in his attempt to create what he called the “world’s fastest-released record.” White says during a test run, the record cutting mechanism blew up, so he had to do the record in mono because that was the only other one in town. He says that was even cooler than his original plan. On Saturday, White played his new single, “Lazaretto,” and a remake of the Elvis Presley song “Power of My Life” at his Third Man Records label in Nashville. It was rushed across town, pressed on vinyl and sold four hours later. White says he doesn’t know if it’s actually a world record because he doesn’t know if anyone else has tried it.
ADAM LEVINE CREATES KMART CLOTHES
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Adam Levine says he can’t read music but he certainly plays it, so there should be no problem with his having no formal training in designing clothes. Levine has launched a line for men and women through Kmart. It’s a little tougher designing clothes for women, but he says he just comes up with something he selfishly would like to see a woman wear. His ideal celebrity endorser? Betty White.
NICK OLIVERI RETURNS TO QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
NEW YORK (AP) — Bygones appear to be bygones with bassist Nick Oliveri and Queens of the Stone Age. Rolling Stone reports Oliveri played with the band for the first time in a decade with a show Wednesday in Portland, Oregon. Oliveri was fired from Queens of the Stone Age in 2004, but the reasons why were never quite clear. Frontman Josh Homme says in spite of their past problems, they’ve stayed on good terms.
SHAKIRA, BLAKE SHELTON, ADAM LEVINE PERFORM ON “THE VOICE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shakira will perform her new single on tomorrow’s results show on “The Voice.” She will sing “Empire.” Blake Shelton and Adam Levine each will perform with their teams as well.
PAUL STANLEY WRITES BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Stanley is advising fans that his new book “isn’t a Kiss book” — but one about the man who became the frontman for the group. Stanley’s book “Face The Music: A Life Exposed” speaks of his struggle to overcome a congenital deformity that left him deaf in one ear. He says that made it hard for him to communicate or do well in school. Stanley says he wrote about his struggles to show people it’s possible to overcome adversity — but that it takes time. He says one thing that helped turn his life around was seeing a performance of “The Phantom of the Opera.” He says the story of a person with a disfigurement trying to reach out to a woman was something he could relate to, only Stanley says he “wasn’t living in a dungeon under an opera house.”
ASHANTI ON CHILLING
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Ashanti wants to chill — she prefers to do it in a place that’s warm. She says she likes sun drenched spots to unwind because she’s “an island girl at heart.” Ashanti says her favorite things to do include being “on a beach or on a jet ski or jumping off a yacht somewhere.” What are some of her favorite warm-weather places? She says she likes Turks and Caicos, Monte Carlo and Costa Rica — so she wouldn’t mind going back to one of those sunny areas to “chill.”