PROSECUTORS TURN OVER TAPE IN R. KELLY CASE
CHICAGO (AP) – R. Kelly’s lawyers say they will review a tape that prosecutors say shows Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Prosecutors turned over the tape in a Chicago court yesterday. Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood threatened sanctions or criminal implications if that video gets leaked. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges involving four women, three who were minors at the time. Meanwhile, Kelly spokesman Darrell Johnson says Kelly is in a good mindset, playing basketball and recording music. Johnson says he’s in talks to get Kelly booked into a performance this weekend in Chicago and in some other appearances.
BRITNEY SPEARS’ CONSERVATORSHIP SUES BLOGGER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The court-ordered conservatorship that oversees Britney Spears is suing a fan blog for saying the conservatorship is manipulating Spears’ Instagram account to make her appear more troubled. The lawsuit against Anthony Elia of the website Absolute Britney seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit specifically mentions a June 14 posting on the blog that claims Spears’ team is deleting positive comments on her Instagram to give the illusion she needs help. The lawsuit’s opening line takes aim at the so-called “Free Britney” movement, saying the conspiracy theories must stop. Elia could not be reached for comment.
SNOW PATROL CANCELS SHOWS DUE TO GUITARIST’S NECK INJURY
UNDATED (AP) – Snow Patrol is calling off their shows through July 20 after a second band member suffered an injury. Guitarist and pianist Johnny McDaid has a serious problem with his neck that requires immediate surgery, according to singer Gary Lightbody. Meanwhile, Lightbody writes on the band’s website guitarist Nathan Connolly is slow to mend from nerve damage. Lightbody says Connolly will likely be good to go in four weeks. Snow Patrol will relaunch their tour Aug. 4 in Perth, Australia.
SHERYL CROW, BRYAN ADAMS ACKNOWLEDGE MUSIC LOST IN UNIVERSAL MUSIC FIRE
LONDON (AP) – Sheryl Crow and Bryan Adams say master tapes of their music were likely destroyed in a 2008 Universal Music fire in Los Angeles that only recently was revealed to have been extensive. Crow tells the BBC the masters and backups for her album “Tuesday Night Music Club” and the track “All I Wanna Do” were lost in the fire. Adams tells Canadian Press he found out his masters were destroyed when trying to create a 30th anniversary edition of his “Reckless” album, which includes the hits “Summer of ’69” and “Heaven.” Adams says he was lucky that he had run a backup tape, which was stored in Vancouver. A recent New York Times report stated that hundreds of master recordings were destroyed in the fire but Universal had downplayed the extent of the damage.
SESSION DRUMMER JERRY CARRIGAN DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The drummer on such hits as George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers has died. Drummer Jerry Carrigan of the session group the Nashville Cats died in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the age of 75, according to his cousin. Details were not given. Carrigan, along with pianist David Briggs and bassist Norbert Putnam, helped create the Muscle Shoals sound. They played in the band that opened for The Beatles at their first American concert in Washington in 1964. They moved to Nashville and played on songs like “Everything is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens, “Behind Closed Doors” by Charlie Rich, “Polk Salad Annie” by Tony Joe White and “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” by Jerry Reed.
“YESTERDAY” DIRECTOR ADMITS ED SHEERAN WAS NOT FIRST CHOICE
LONDON (AP) – The director of the new film “Yesterday” had originally wanted Chris Martin of Coldplay to play himself in the movie. Danny Boyle says he wrote the script with Martin in mind, but Coldplay had just gotten off tour and Martin did not want to do it. Boyle says they got Ed Sheeran to play himself in the film and Sheeran never let him forget he was the second choice. Boyle says Sheeran kept saying he was actually the third choice after Harry Styles turned it down. Boyle says that’s not true. “Yesterday” opens tomorrow. It’s about a musician who discovers The Beatles never existed and he’s the only one who knows their songs.
DIXIE CHICKS SAY NEW MUSIC IS COMING
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Could the Dixie Chicks be putting out an album after 13 years? Natalie Maines posted a short Instagram video with a baby filter in which Natalie Maines says “Dixie Chicks!” followed by Emily Robison and Martie McGuire saying “Album!” and “Coming!” Producer Jack Antonoff then says, “Someday.” They appear to be in a studio. The last Dixie Chicks album was “Taking the Long Way” in 2006, which won the Album of the Year Grammy.
CHRIS STAPLETON GIVES TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, have donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity in Lexington, Kentucky. Habitat’s Rachel Childress tells WKYT-TV the check was “completely unexpected.” She says it will help build safe, affordable housing in the city. The donation came from the Stapletons’ charitable fund, Outlaw State of Kind.
AEROSMITH’S RESTORED TOUR VAN FEATURED ON “AMERICAN PICKERS”
NEW YORK (AP) – July 8 is the day of the “big reveal,” as the guy on the History Channel show “American Pickers” reveals their restoration of Aerosmith’s original tour van. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz discovered the van last season in Chesterfield, Massachusetts. They bought it for $25,000 and restored it. Aerosmith will appear on the July 8 episode to tell stories about their time in the van.
by Margie Szaroleta