Posted 4 weeks ago
By Corey Sorenson
BRUSSELS (AP) — Amnesty International in Belgium is apologizing to Iggy Pop for using an image of him without his permission.
The ad showed Pop’s beat-up face with the caption, “Torture a man, and he will tell you anything,” along with the quote, “The future of rock and roll is Justin Bieber.”
Amnesty International says the ad was part of its anti-torture campaign. It says it did not have Pop’s authorization. It also says the statement about Bieber does not represent Pop’s opinion but was intended to be ironic. Pop has not commented but has tweeted a link to Amnesty International’s statement.
BROWN PLEA DEAL TALKS BREAK DOWN
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attempts to keep Chris Brown out of jail fell apart yesterday. The talks were meant to resolve his assault case, in which he’s accused of hitting a man outside a hotel in Washington in October.
Prosecutor Kevin Chambers says Brown rejected a deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and receive a sentence of time served. His attorney, Mark Geragos, says the two sides could not agree on a statement of facts about what happened.
Parker Adams says he tried to take a selfie of himself, two women and Brown when Brown hit him. Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, say Adams tried to get on the tour bus. Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April but has not been sentenced. Brown’s trial is set for September 8.
O-TOWN WILL RELEASE NEW ALBUM
LONDON (AP) — O-Town knew that it doesn’t matter how well they can still dance, if they sounded bad, that’s what everyone would talk about. Singer Dan Miller says they worked the hardest on harmonizing and sounding good because they knew that’s how they will be judged.
Singer Trevor Penick says they tried to get back together several times but the timing never worked out until now. O-Town’s comeback album is called “Lines and Circles” and it’s out on August 3.
Ashley Parker Angel is the only one who is sitting out the reunion.
LANA DEL REY, SAM SMITH TOP BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Lana Del Rey has her first number-one album. “Ultraviolence” sold 182,000 copies, according to her label. That puts it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. Sam Smith is number two, selling 166,000 copies of his “In The Lonely Hour” album.,
ARIANA GRANDE BRINGS BACK “TRL”
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV will do a special about Ariana Grande but it’s calling it a return to “Total Request Live.” ”Total Ariana Live” will be a 30-minute special during which Grande will perform her song “Problem” as well as her new single, “Break Free.” She’s also promising a surprise announcement. The special runs next Wednesday.
CONCERTGOERS HOSPITALIZED IN BOSTON
BOSTON (AP) — More than 20 people were sent to the hospital during last night’s Avicii concert in Boston. Boston emergency medical say many people at the TD Garden arena showed up intoxicated.
Emergency Medical Service Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse tells the Boston Herald that EMS took 22 people to the hospital and a dozen more were under evaluation. He says he contacted the Boston Police Licensing Division, which cited the TD Garden for allowing lots of intoxicated concertgoers to enter.
Avicii is a Swedish D-J. A spokeswoman for him, Diana Baron, says she’s waiting for a full report from the venue and promoter.