BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S DAUGHTER MAKES OLYMPIC TEAM
LEXINGSTON, Ky. (AP) – The daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa (skee-AL’-fah) is competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Twenty-nine-year-old Jessica Springsteen is one of four riders chosen for the U.S. jumping team, according to U.S. Equestrian. She says making the team fulfills a lifelong dream. She will ride a 12-year-old stallion named Don Juan van de Donkhoeve. The Olympics equestrian competition begins Aug. 3.
EVANESCENCE AND HALESTORM PREPARE FOR JOINT TOUR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Not only are Evanescence singer Amy Lee and Halestorm singer Lzzy (LIH’-zee) Hale friends, but they sometimes hit karaoke bars together. They met when they first toured together in 2012, and will tour together again in November. Lee says it’s tradition to sing the songs of the other band and “make sure that everyone can hear it up very loud.” Hale says she often does not get recognized when singing karaoke. Other bar patrons sometimes even suggest that Hale try out for “American Idol.” Hale says her reaction is, “Yeah! Momma’s still got it!”
BRITNEY SPEARS’ COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY WANTS OUT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney has filed documents to resign from her conservatorship. The move yesterday is the latest in a series following the pop star’s comments in court against the legal arrangement to control her money and affairs. The lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, wants the court to appoint a new attorney for Spears – and says once that happens, he’s out. Last week, the estate-management firm Spears asked to handle her conservatorship quit the case – and Spears’ manager reportedly resigned this week.
BRAD PAISLEY PROMOTES TENNESSEE TOURISM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Brad Paisley gets songwriting help from Tennessee’s governor in a new ad campaign offering flight vouchers for tourists who choose Tennessee this year. Paisley sings “Tennessee on Me” with Gov. Bill Lee for the promotion, which offers 10,000 travelers a $250 flight voucher if they book a two-night hotel package for Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville or Nashville. You can see the ad at www.TennesseeOnMe.com.
SPARKS WROTE MOVIE THAT OPENED CANNES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The band Sparks cannot believe their luck. After decades of movie projects that never got off the ground, they have two films coming out in the same year. The documentary “The Sparks Brothers” covers the story of brothers Russel and Ron Mael. The brothers wrote the film “Annette,” starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, which opened the Cannes (CAN) Film Festival yesterday. Ron Mael says their “heads are buzzing” at their good fortune. “Annette” will be in limited release in the U.S. on Aug. 6, then stream on Amazon Prime Video on Aug. 20.
MUDDY WATERS’ FORMER HOME IS SOLD
CHICAGO (AP) – A home in suburban Chicago that was once owned by Muddy Waters has sold for $329,000. The Chicago Tribune reports the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits on a quarter acre in Westmont, Illinois. Waters lived there from 1973 until his death in 1983. The sellers were the second owners after Waters’ widow sold the home in 1985. The listing agent says the sellers told her Waters’ fans occasionally leave flowers on the stairs.