ABBA WILL DO NEW MUSIC, VIRTUAL CONCERTS
LONDON (AP) – The worst part about ABBA creating avatars of themselves: they had to shave their beards. ABBA’s Benny Andersson says he’s had his beard for 50 years — but he points out singers Agnetha (ag-NET’-ah) Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad did not have to shave. The avatars will be used for a concert series that will be staged in London starting May 27. No plans yet to bring it to the U.S. Bandmate Bjorn Ulvaeus (BYORN ul-VAY’-us) says it’s better to do digital versions of themselves before they’re dead “because it gets more accurate then.” ABBA also will release their first new album in 40 years on Nov. 5. It’s called “Voyage.”
R. KELLY AND THE RELUCTANT WITNESS
NEW YORK (AP) – A woman reluctantly has taken the witness stand against R. Kelly to recount how he struck up a relationship with her in 2006 when she was 15. However the woman dodged a prosecutor’s questions about when they first had sex. The witness who was on the stand yesterday stood apart from other women who have testified for the government against the R&B superstar at his New York City sex-trafficking trial. The other witnesses had no qualms about saying Kelly had sex with them when they were underage. Yesterday’s witness did not acknowledge that. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.
FIESTA BOWL PARADE WILL FEATURE ALICE COOPER
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Alice Cooper will be one of the grand marshals for the Fiesta Bowl Parade. The founders of the Fiesta Bowl also will be grand marshals. Cooper says, “Riding on a float doesn’t sound like a hard job and I can’t wait to do so in my hometown.” The parade will be Dec. 18 in Phoenix. The Fiesta Bowl is Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.
EVE, NATURI NAUGHTON AND BRANDY WILL STAR IN ABC SERIES “QUEENS”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eve, Naturi Naughton and Brandy will bring a touch of authenticity to a new series about 1990s hip-hop legends. The ABC show “Queens” will feature them, along with Nadine Velazquez, portraying four musicians who were once stars who reunite to recapture their former glory. Swizz Beatz will be the show’s music director. “Queens” premieres Oct. 19.
TANYA TUCKER APPEARS ON “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tanya Tucker will make a guest appearance on the finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” She appeared virtually to help with a challenge for the top four to write lyrics for a country song. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is streaming on Paramount Plus. RuPaul and Tucker will release a duet called “This Is Our Country” next Thursday.