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By Corey Sorenson
ZENDAYA EXPLAINS DECISION TO DROP OUT OF AALIYAH FILM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney Channel actress Zendaya pulled out of the TV film about Aaliyah’s life because she felt the project wasn’t ready to go. Zendaya dropped out just two weeks after it was announced she’d play Aaliyah for the film. Zendaya says she respects Aaliyah so much that Aaliyah “deserves the world.” Zendaya says she would rather wait and when it’s ready, she will be the first person there ready to go.
BRUNO MARS MUSIC CREDITED WITH HELPING COMATOSE GIRL RALLY
CLEVELAND (AP) — A lot of people like Bruno Mars’ music. But the family of an 11-year-old Cleveland-area girl must love his tunes — now that they credit it with helping the girl pull out of a coma.
Zumyah Thorpe suffered a brain injury in a car wreck that killed her mother and two younger sisters last year.
Doctors didn’t expect her to make it — but nurses at a hospital played Mars’ music every night as she recovered. She eventually came out of the coma — and the girl’s grandma says soon afterward, the girl began singing “Just The Way You Are.” This past Saturday, she got to thank Mars in person. She sat near the end of the stage as Mars sang the song for her during his concert.
BEYONCÉ TOPS CELEBRITY LIST
NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s got the power? Among celebrities, it’s Beyonce — even though she couldn’t do much to keep her baby sister from going off on her hubby Jay-Z in a hotel elevator recently. Forbes ranks Beyoncé Knowles at the top of its list of the world’s most powerful celebrities. It’s the first time she has reached number one since she first made the list in 2004. Other musicians making the list include Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, and Bruce Springsteen.
MADONNA HELPING DETROIT
DETROIT (AP) — Madonna is giving back to the place she used to call home: the Detroit area. Her people say she is donating money to build a new boxing gym for young people in the cash-strapped city. She is also buying iPods, iPads and other supplies for students at a charter school. In all, three Detroit organizations will benefit from Madonna’s donations. A statement from her reps say it’s also “the first phase of a long-term commitment” to the city.
JASON DERULO AND SNOOP DOGG PERFORM ON “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Derulo will help the show “So You Think You Can Dance” celebrate its 200th episode. He will perform his new single, “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, on tomorrow’s episode.
ADAM LEVINE MAKES FILM ACTING DEBUT IN “BEGIN AGAIN”
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Levine didn’t really want to do a music movie and that’s just what he did for his movie debut. He plays a musician in the film “Begin Again.” He says he pushed himself because the cast is incredible. Levine says he was hesitant to do a music film because a lot of times the music suffers. He says the music in “Begin Again” is “beyond fantastic.” He wasn’t the only novice. Keira Knightley also plays a musician and had never sung before. “Begin Again” opens today.
KATY PERRY IS TOP DIGITAL MUSICIAN
WASHINGTON (AP) — Katy Perry is the queen of the digital download. The Recording Industry Association of America says Perry is the most awarded digital act in the history of its gold and platinum awards. Perry’s songs have been downloaded or streamed more than 72 million times. She’s 20 million ahead of Rihanna, who is the number two download artist.
EDDIE VEDDER, PHARRELL WILLIAMS OFFERED ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams will have a say in who gets Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered invitations to Vedder, Williams and 269 others involved in the film industry. Vedder has written music for films like “Eat Pray Love” and “Into the Wild,” and Williams has written music for “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast and Furious.” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote “Let It Go” and the other songs from “Frozen,” have also been offered invitations.
MILEY CYRUS SPECIAL WILL AIR ON NBC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC will run a special focusing on Miley Cyrus and her “Bangerz” concert tour. The two-hour special will include behind-the-scenes footage and portions of her concerts in Barcelona and in Lisbon, Portugal. It will run July 6.