BRITNEY SPEARS’ DAD SEEKS END TO DAUGHTER’S CONSERVATORSHIP
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Britney Spears’ father has filed to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to end the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday. The filing says James Spears only wants what’s best for his daughter, and if she wants to end the conservatorship and feels she can handle her own life, she should have that chance. Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. The next hearing in the case is set for Sept. 29.
“BUTTER” BY BTS LEADS SONGS OF THE SUMMER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The song of the summer for 2021 was “Butter” by BTS, according to Billboard. It tracked the 20 most popular songs based on streaming, airplay and sales from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “Butter” edges out the number-two song, “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo. Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” was number three, followed by “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat featuring SZA (SIH’-zah). “Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd and Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) was fifth. Billboard notes that “Good 4 U” was the most-streamed song this summer, “Levitating” got the most radio play and “Butter” sold the most.
TRIAL BEGINS FOR MEN ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN BATACLAN CONCERT DEATHS
PARIS (AP) – Twenty men will go on trial beginning today in Paris for a string of Islamic State group attacks on Nov. 13, 2015, that killed 130 people, including 90 at an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Six of the men will be tried in absentia. A special secure court was constructed especially for the trial, which is expected to last nine months. The attacks happened at the Bataclan concert hall, at bars and restaurants and at the national stadium.
GINUWINE RECALLS MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS AS HIS BACKUP DANCER
NEW YORK (AP) – Ginuwine is mourning the death of actor Michael K. Williams, because Williams was his first backup dancer. Ginuwine writes on Instagram that Williams worked with him in 1996 and was “a great personality and person.” Williams said in a 2018 Associated Press interview he started as a dancer for acts like Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, Crystal Waters and Technotronic. Williams said he wasn’t the best dancer but he was “definitely the most passionate.” New York City police are investigating his death as a possible drug overdose. His body was found Monday. Williams was 54.
CARLY PEARCE HONORED BY HOMETOWN
TAYLOR MILL, Ky. (AP) – The sign that welcomes people to Taylor Mill, Kentucky, now also reads, “Hometown of Country Music Star Carly Pearce.” Mayor Daniel Bell unveiled the sign last Thursday and gave Pearce a key to the city. Pearce says Taylor Mill is where her love of country music began.
OTIS REDDING DAY SET FOR TOMORROW
ATLANTA (AP) – The state of Georgia has declared tomorrow Otis Redding Day, in honor of what would have been his 80th birthday. The Otis Redding Museum in Macon will unveil new memorabilia and personal effects related to Redding’s life. The Macon Arts Alliance also is running an exhibit of artists who have been inspired by Redding. DJ D-Nice will hold a Club Quarantine virtual party on Instagram tomorrow night with a focus on Redding’s music. Several remixes of Redding’s classic tracks will be released in the coming weeks. Tomorrow, the first one to be released will be a remix of “Tramp” that Redding did with Carla Thomas, remixed by the Australian duo Korky Buchek.
RADIOHEAD PLANS SPECIAL RELEASES FOR “KID A” AND “AMNESIAC”
NEW YORK (AP) – Radiohead will mark the 21st anniversary of two of their key albums with a unique re-release and two accompanying books. “Kid A Mnesia” will celebrate Radiohead’s “Kid A” and “Amnesiac” albums as a triple-album format on Nov. 5. It collects both the albums as well as a third disc called “Kid Amnesiae” that revisits material recorded during those album sessions. Radiohead has just released one of the songs never heard before, “If You Say The Word.” On Nov. 4, Radiohead will release two art books by Thom Yorke and artist Stanley Donwood, who creates the art for Radiohead. One book is called “Kid A Mnesia,” and it’s a 300-page book about the recording and art for “Kid A” and “Amnesiac.” The other book is “Fear Stalks The Land!” which is a paperback that features Yorke and Donwood’s notes about the albums.
MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS: CORONER’S INVESTIGATION
NEW YORK (AP) – So far, there has been no update on the Michael K. Williams case. Police say it’s up to the coroner’s office to make an official pronouncement on the cause of death for the actor. He was found on Labor Day at his apartment in Brooklyn. Police say it appears it was from a drug overdose. Williams was 54 and is best known for playing Omar Little on the TV series “The Wire”
MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS: EMMYS
NEW YORK (AP) – Michael K. Williams’ death sets up the possibility of additional drama at the Emmys. He’s up for his fourth nod going into the Sept. 29 ceremony, nominated for his work in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” He hasn’t won before. If he wins, it won’t be because of sentiment. The Emmy site’s calendar says the final round of voting closed Aug. 30, a week before Williams died.
MUSICIAN GINUWINE REMEMBERS MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS
NEW YORK (AP) – Ginuwine is among those noting the death of Michael K. Williams. Before he got into acting, Williams was a backup dancer for several singers, including Ginuwine and Missy Elliott. Williams said he wasn’t the most gifted dancer – but hat a lot of energy and passion. Ginuwine tells Instagram Williams was his first backup dancer – and was “a great personality and person.”
9/11 ATTACKS ANNIVERSARY
UNDATED (AP) – With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching, many are bracing for a flood of documentaries and specials on the terrorist assault that claimed at least 3,000 lives, destroyed the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon and downed a jet in Pennsylvania. But along with the harrowing images from that day, there will be programs aimed at showing the resilience of New Yorkers. The Criterion Channel is running a 63-film series on the city’s film history. Among the movies to be streamed are “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and “Do the Right Thing.”