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KELLY CLARKSON LAUNCHES TALK SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Kelly Clarkson found out something she never knew about herself: She does not always have to be the one talking.
Clarkson says she discovered she loves being a listener. That’s part of the reason she’s starting a talk show.
Clarkson says she’s used to being the talkative one, but it’s refreshing to get to know people and not try to fill the space.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show” starts Monday on NBC.
NICKI MINAJ TWEETS THAT SHE’S RETIRING
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Is Nicki Minaj really hanging up the mic?
The chart-topping rapper announced Thursday on Twitter that she “decided to retire & have my family.” Her announcement comes as a surprise after she recently made a guest appearance on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer.”
In the tweet, Minaj she took a jab at her critics and asked her fans to “keep reppin me, do it til da death of me.”
In July, Minaj announced she was pulling out a show in Saudi Arabia to show support women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. She also canceled her appearance at the BET Experience Concert earlier this year.
Last year, Minaj released her fourth studio album “Megatron.”
COUNTRY SINGER KYLIE RAE HARRIS KILLED IN CRASH
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Country singer Kylie Rae Harris was one of two people killed in a three-vehicle crash in northern New Mexico.
Harris’ publicist confirmed her death Thursday, saying family and friends of the 30-year-old Texas native were heartbroken.
Harris was on her way to Taos when the crash happened Wednesday night along State Road 522. She was scheduled to take the stage Thursday afternoon at the annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival.
The Taos County Sheriff’s Office says one of the other drivers — a 16-year-old girl — also was killed. The third driver escaped injury. Authorities did not release their names.
The sheriff’s office says alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash but they did not release details.
Harris released her self-titled album earlier this year.
MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND STUDIOS FOUNDER DIES
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Jimmy Johnson, a founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and guitarist with the famed studio musicians “The Swampers,” has died.
His family announced his death Thursday in a Facebook post. He was 76.
As a studio musician, sound engineer and record producer, Johnson played a role in iconic hits by Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.
Bassist and business partner David Hood said Johnson was an inspiration to him and countless others in the music business.
Johnson was the sound engineer on Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.” He later helped found the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, which became a recording destination for well-known artists.
Johnson’s son, Jay Johnson, wrote on Facebook of his father’s passing: “Playing music with the angels now.”
EPIC RECORDS CEO SYLVIA RHONE TO BE HONORED BY CITY OF HOPE
NEW YORK (AP) — Epic Records CEO and chairman Sylvia Rhone will be honored next month by the City of Hope organization. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will present her award.
Rhone will be feted at the Spirit of Life gala Oct. 10 in Santa Monica, California. Alicia Keys and Sara Bareilles will duet, while Yolanda Adams will perform.
The City of Hope organization is dedicated to research and treatment for diseases such as cancer and diabetes. CEO and president Robert Stone says the organization is proud to honor Rhone, “music industry legend.”
Rhone is a music veteran whose previous titles included president of Universal Motown Records. She was the first black woman to hold the title of chairman at a major record company when she led Elektra Entertainment Group in 1994.
SPOOF VIDEO STARS ERIC STONESTREET AS BROTHER OF CHIEFS COACH
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet plays the part of the bumbling younger brother of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in a new spoof video that was released in advance of the first game of the regular season.
The video features Stonestreet as Randy, the owner of a California Jet Ski business who suffered a career-ending football injury as a 10-year-old. While getting his ankles taped alongside disinterested players, he explains, “Pop Warner. It’s no joke.”
Throughout the video, he offers players advice and discounts on personal watercraft. General Manager Brett Veach says, “He’s almost like having another coach out there, one that we don’t want or need.”
Stonestreet, a Kansas City, Kansas, native plays the character Cameron Tucker, on the ABC sitcom that is in its final season.