MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 20

Posted 3 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Louis Tomlinson by vagueonthehow, on Flickr

ONE DIRECTION’S LOUIS TOMLINSON BUYS SOCCER TEAM

DONCASTER, England (AP) — At 22 years old, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction now owns a sports team. He is the owner of the English third-division soccer team Doncaster, along with the team’s former chairman, John Ryan. The team says Tomlinson and Ryan will immediately start working getting new players during the summer transfer window. Tomlinson and Ryan have also launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise $3.4 million for the team. Tomlinson says he grew up in Doncaster and he has “a real personal passion” to make the team a success.

JENNIFER LOPEZ FINDS MUSIC A “CHALLENGE”

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez says there used to be magic in making music. But not so much anymore. She says back in the day, her record label would think nothing of dropping $1 million for a single music video. But she says she’s fortunate if she gets one of tenth of that now. She says the recording industry is more “challenging” these days — because in the past, people thought “anything was possible” — like an Oz-like setting. Now she says record label meetings are “a whole different mind-set” — with people giving her strict guidelines on budgeting. Lopez dropped her eight album earlier this week, titled “A.K.A.”

KANYE WEST AND CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER RELEASE STATEMENT

NEW YORK (AP) — It isn’t often that Kanye West backs away from something he says, no matter how controversial. But this time, he’s taking back some of his words about celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. West had complained that Leibovitz wasn’t around to take photos for his recent wedding to Kim Kardashian. But now West and Leibovitz are out with a joint statement saying West’s comments were “taken out of context.” West acknowledges being frustrated that Leibovitz didn’t shoot the wedding — but that he doesn’t blame her for not being there. The statement said the two camps had been negotiating, but didn’t agree on a deal in time for the wedding last month.

BEYONCE RETURNING TO HBO

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce and HBO are hitching up again. The subscription channel says it will air four 10-minute segments of the singer’s concerts. The mini-performances will air before episodes of “True Blood.” The footage is from Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter World Tour, which finished up in March. While HBO is trying to boost the audience for “True Blood,” Beyonce is hoping to gin up some additional juice for her tour starting next week in which she is co-headliner with hubby, rapper Jay-Z.

50 MAKING HEAD(PHONE) WAY

NEW YORK (AP) — He didn’t make much of a pitch when he threw out the ceremonial first toss at a recent New York Mets baseball game. But 50 Cent hope the pitch for his headphone company will be a little more accurate. The rapper says the recent sale of Beats By Dre to Apple should be a good sign for his own company. Apple acquired Beats for just over $3 billion. And Fiddy says that’s good for SMS, the company that markets his branded headphones. 50 Cent says it’s like when they play basketball on the courts in the park: “We got next.”

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