ROLLING STONES: THE SHOW MUST GO ON
NEW YORK (AP) – The Rolling Stones will go ahead with their planned tour, despite the death of drummer Charlie Watts last week. Promoter Concerts West says in a statement to Rolling Stone magazine the tour will kick off as planned on Sept. 26 in St. Louis. Watts had planned to sit out the tour anyway. The Stones had announced earlier this month that Steve Jordan would take Watts’ place behind the drums while Watts dealt with an unspecified health issue. Jordan plays drums in Keith Richards’ side band, X-Pensive Winos.
DIANE WARREN SHIFTS HER MINDSET AND RELEASES AN ALBUM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Diane Warren is known for being a songwriter, not a singer, which is why she never thought about putting out her own album. Warren says it dawned on her that she could be “the DJ Khaled (KAL’-ed) of songwriters.” She says Calvin Harris and Mark Ronson put out albums with guest singers, so she could too. Warren says the pandemic helped in that regard. She knew nobody was touring so they had no excuse to not take a Zoom meeting with her. Her debut album, “Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions Vol. 1,” is out now. It features Santana, Celine Dion, John Legend, Ty Dolla Sign and G-Eazy.
OLIVIA RODRIGO’S “SOUR” BENEFITS FROM VINYL RELEASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” returns to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, thanks in part to vinyl. It moved 133,000 units in the past week after a vinyl version was released. That gives “Sour” its fifth nonconsecutive week at number one. Trippie Redd is second with “Trip at Knight.” Rod Wave’s “SoulFly” jumps from number 38 to number 3 after it was re-released as a deluxe version. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” is fourth. “Solar Power” by Lorde (LORD) debuts in fifth. Of note is the number 10 album this week, “One in a Million” by Aaliyah. The 1996 album was re-released on Aug. 20 and reaches the top ten for the first time. Aaliyah died in 2001.
H.E.R. LANDS ROLE IN NEW MOVIE VERSION OF “THE COLOR PURPLE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – H.E.R. (HER) will make her feature film acting debut in a new movie based on the Broadway musical version of the movie “The Color Purple.” The Hollywood Reporter says H.E.R. will play Squeak, a waitress who is an aspiring singer. In the original movie, Rae Dawn Chong played the role of Squeak. The new version is scheduled to come out in December of 2023.
ATLANTA BLACK PRIDE WILL HONOR DA BRAT
ATLANTA (AP) – Da Brat and her fiancee, businesswoman Jesseca “Judy” Dupart, will be honored during the Atlanta Black Pride celebration over Labor Day weekend. Promoter Vaughn Alvarez tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Da Brat and Dupart will be honored for “bravery and courage with their love story.” Atlanta Black Pride celebrates the city’s African American LGBTQ community. Da Brat and Dupart star in the series “Brat Loves Judy” on WE TV.
JASON ALDEAN REPORTS DEATH OF BODYGUARD
UNDATED (AP) – Jason Aldean is mourning the man who saved his life during the 2017 shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Aldean writes on Instagram a member of his security team, Ryan Fleming, has died, but he did not give details. He says Fleming is the one who pulled him offstage during the Las Vegas shootings. Aldean says if you saw him in the past few years, Fleming was not too far away.
ED ASNER DIES AT AGE 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) – During his long career, Ed Asner had more than 300 acting credits. But the one he will be best remembered for is that of newsman Lou Grant, of the hit comedy, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” A representative for Asner confirmed Asner’s death in an email to The Associated Press. And Asner’s official Twitter account included a note from his children announcing his death yesterday. Asner was 91. He won three best supporting actor Emmys for his work on “Mary Tyler Moore” and two best actor awards for his work in the spinoff, “Lou Grant.” He also won Emmys for his roles in the 1970s miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots.”
“CANDYMAN” WINS BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The sequel to a horror movie has captured the top spot on the weekend box office list. “Candyman” earned more than $22.3 million dollars to grab first place. The R-rated horror movie was co-written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta. Like the 1992 original, it delves into the urban legend that if someone repeats “Candyman” five times in front of a mirror, the hook-handed killer will appear. As has been the case for some weeks now, movie attendance was tempered by fears of the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
R. KELLY TRIAL RESUMES TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s the beginning of the third week of R. Kelly’s sex-trafficking case in New York. Prosecutors have been laying out their claim that the Grammy-winning musician ran an enterprise to lure girls and young women into his inner-circle for sex. In cross examination, Kelly’s lawyers have tried to paint accusers as lying opportunists trying to trade on Kelly’s fame.