MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25

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By Corey Sorenson

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BRET MICHAELS HELPS IN TORNADO CLEANUP

PILGER, Neb. (AP) — Some musicians do concerts to help towns stricken by natural disasters like tornadoes. But Bret Michaels did some cleaning up for the people of Pilger, Nebraska after a twister destroyed or damaged more than half the town last week.

Michaels came in helped in the restoration efforts, in addition to signing autographs for residents and other volunteers. Michaels said when he looked at the devastation he “got that lump” in his throat — especially when he thought about the children would are being affected.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S CAREER HAS FLOURISHED SINCE HIS DEATH

LOS ANGELES (AP) — We will, of course, never know whether the concerts Michael Jackson was planning to do five years ago would have provided the boost his career needed. But we do know that in the years since his 2009 death, the financial status of his estate — and in some ways his career itself — have been on the rise.

Jackson’s estate has earned more than $600 million since he died. That’s enough to wipe out its debt and tuck away money for his mother and his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket.

Last month, Jackson was featured in a nationally televised hologram performance. An album he dropped earlier this year made its debut at number two on the music charts. And there is also a traveling Cirque de Soleil show based on his music.

CHRIS BROWN’S BIG-TICKET TRAVEL

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looks like Chris Brown’s travel to Washington D.C. from Los Angeles has cost taxpayers a big chunk of change. The Associated Press has looked at the numbers involved in Brown’s travel from his jail in L.A. to D.C., where he was supposed to be tried on an assault charge.

The U.S. Marshals Service was responsible for getting Brown transferred. The “Con Air” flight and housing Brown in the D.C. area cost more than $4,000. And the money went for naught. Brown’s trial was postponed, so he only ended up spending a brief time in court before being shuttled back — all on the public’s dime.

Brown is due back in court today to answer charges of misdemeanor assault in connection with an altercation with a fan outside a hotel last October. Brown has pleaded not guilty.

MICK JAGGER’S WORLD CUP JINX

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — He may still have the voice, moves and energy. But Mick Jagger isn’t much of a help if you’re trying to find a team to root for in the World Cup soccer tournament. Brazilians have been following every team the Rolling Stones lead singer has backed.

The latest “victim” is Italy. Jagger said last week that the Italian team would win the tournament. But the squad was eliminated yesterday, failing to get past the tournament’s first round. Jagger has also sung the praises of Portugal, which is on the brink of elimination — and even has talked up Britain, his “home team.” England has also been dismissed from the tournament.

”LIKE A ROLLING STONE” SETS AUCTION SALE

NEW YORK (AP) — Sotheby’s auction house says the sale of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for “Like A Rolling Stone” has set a world record for a popular music manuscript. The lyrics were sold yesterday for $2 million to an unidentified bidder. The previous record holder was John Lennon’s lyrics for “A Day in the Life,” which sold in 2010 for $1.2 million. The Dylan lyrics are written in pencil on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington. Dylan had doodled in the margins and wrote ideas he didn’t use, like the name “Al Capone” next to the line, “like a complete unknown.” He also wrote, “Dry vermouth, you’ll tell the truth.”

GENE SIMMONS OUTLINES BUSINESS IDEAS IN “ME, INC.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Simmons is writing a book about his business philosophy. It’s called “Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business.” It’s inspired by “The Art of War” and organized around 13 principles for success. “Me, Inc.” comes out October 21.

INTRODUCING THE EMPTY HEARTS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — If Little Steven decrees what your band should be called, go with it. Wally Palmar of The Romantics, Clem Burke of Blondie, Elliot Easton of The Cars and Andy Babiuk of The Chesterfield Kings have formed a band called The Empty Hearts.

Babiuk says they didn’t have a name when he got a text from Little Steven saying, “You’re going to be called The Empty Hearts.” Babiuk forwarded it to the rest of the band and said, “If any of you guys want to argue with Silvio Dante, be my guest.” Babiuk says the irony is that they had already written a song called “Fill an Empty Heart” that Little Steven didn’t know about.

The Empty Hearts self-titled album comes out August 5.

ALOE BLACC, CAPITAL CITIES DESIGN BECK BEER BOTTLES

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Aloe Blacc and Capital Cities are putting their marks on bottles of Beck’s Beer. They are among the artists the brewery has commissioned to design labels as part of its Live Beyond series of bottles. Their labels will start appearing on bottles beginning next Tuesday.

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