DAVE MUSTAINE STARTS CANCER TREATMENT
UNDATED (AP) – Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he has throat cancer. Mustaine writes on the band’s website his doctors feel his treatment plan has a 90% success rate. Megadeth have canceled all appearances this year, with the exception of the five-day Megacruise in October. Mustaine says cancer is “clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before.” He also says Megadeth is working on new music.
CONTROL OF ARETHA FRANKLIN’S ESTATE IS CHALLENGED
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) – Aretha Franklin’s son is asking a Michigan judge to put him in charge of his mother’s estate, while the estate is fighting that. A handwritten will that was recently found in a couch at Franklin’s house apparently shows she wanted her son, Kecalf (KELF) Franklin, to serve as the estate’s representative. A judge is considering the validity of the will and a decision could take months. When Franklin died last August, her heirs agreed to allow Sabrina Owens, a niece who is a university administrator, to serve as the estate’s personal representative. Yesterday, lawyers for the estate filed documents saying Kecalf Franklin does not have the skills to serve as the estate’s representative, even if the will proves to be valid.
TAYLOR SWIFT AND KATY PERRY ARE FRIENDS AGAIN
UNDATED (AP) – Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are hugging! You can see the proof in the video for Swift’s song, “You Need To Calm Down.” Swift is dressed as french fries and Perry as a hamburger. They had been feuding for years but made up last year. Swift tweets they are “a happy meal.” Perry tweets, “This meal is BEEF-free. (hash)MeatFreeMonday.”
SHANIA TWAIN PREPARES FOR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
NEW YORK (AP) – Shania Twain says one of the advantages to having a Las Vegas show is getting buff. She jokes that all that dancing will make her “really, really fit.” Twain will do a residency starting Dec. 6 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Twain says she looks forward to using cutting-edge technology that’s too sensitive to use on tour. She’ll also be able to see what the other musicians in Las Vegas are doing, because she goes to as many shows as she can. Twain says she’s a great audience member and she loves to cheer on other artists.
JULIO IGLESIAS DOES NOT ADVISE HIS SONS
NEW YORK (AP) – Julio Iglesias is reluctant to give career advice to younger musicians. You can blame his sons, Julio Jr. and Enrique, for that. Iglesias says because they’re both musicians, they don’t allow him to give advice. He says when they talk about music, the conversation takes a different turn. He says it’s important that his sons have “the absolute freedom to choose what they like.” Iglesias will celebrate his five decades in music with an American tour that starts Sept. 14 in Boston.
BONNAROO POSTS LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
INDIO, Calif. (AP) – If you went to Bonnaroo and misplaced your telescope, the cleanup crew found it. Bonnaroo has posted more than 1,300 items that were discovered in the mess after the festival. Crew members found 121 bags and backpacks, 109 pairs of glasses and sunglasses, 462 ID and credit cards and 96 sets of keys. They also found numerous shoes, shirts, mobile devices, vaping devices, jewelry and one hat that says, “Hello My Name Is Awesome.” Other items waiting to be claimed include two hula hoops, a rubber mallet, a lumbar support cushion, a paperback copy of “Shadow of the Hegemon” by Orson Scott Card, and two rubber flamingo masks. Claims can be filed through www.Bonnaroo.com/lost.
JONAS BROTHERS TAKE NUMBER ONE ALBUM SLOT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Jonas Brothers are back to claim the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Their “Happiness Begins” album moved 414,000 units in the past week, putting it at number one. It’s the Jonas Brothers’ third number-one album. Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) is second with “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Santana is third with “Africa Speaks.” Luke Combs is number four with “The Prequel” EP, and Future’s EP, “Save Me,” is number five.
by Margie Szaroleta