WITNESS SAYS R. KELLY LOCKED HER IN ROOM BEFORE ASSAULT
NEW YORK (AP) – A former radio intern who thought she scored her first celebrity interview with R. Kelly says she woke up certain she had been violated. The woman, who was 21 at the time and is now 39, testified at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial in New York that she was invited to fly to Kelly’s studio in 2003 – with the singer picking up the tab. The woman says she was taken to a room that was locked from the outside for two days before she was given food. She says she passed out after a few bites. She says she woke up without her clothes and Kelly pulling on his pants in the corner. She eventually was given a flight home. The woman admitted on cross-examination that she had a cell phone with her in the locked room but never called 911. Kelly has denied doing anything wrong.
BRETT ELDREDGE MEETS A BEAR IN THE GARAGE
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Brett Eldredge says he “opened the garage door to go on a hike and had a new friend waiting to say hello.” It was a bear. Eldredge posted an Instagram video of the bear entering the garage of a home in Asheville, North Carolina and knocking over a trash bin. Eldredge and another man yelled to scare it off. The bear eventually gave up. Eldredge seems to have a way with animals trying to meet him. In 2017, he posted a video of a snake coming out of a toilet while he was staying at a resort in the Bahamas.
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO WILL HAVE GRANDMASTER FLASH AS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Grandmaster Flash will be an artist in residence at the University of Buffalo for the upcoming semester. He will connect with students digitally later this month, then be in person starting Sept. 30. He will conduct a master class on Oct. 1, and the next day, students will share their work with him. Flash says it’s important to him to tell the whole story of hip-hop, so the next generation will take it in new directions.
CMA AWARDS NOMINATIONS REVEALED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Carly Pearce says she wrote her “29” album to sort through her divorce and the death of her friend and producer. She says to see it recognized as an album of the year contender for the Country Music Association Awards blows her away. Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead the nominations with five each. Miranda Lambert earns three more nominations, bringing her all-time total for CMA nominations to 58. That ties Lambert with Brad Paisley for third-most overall. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” is a notable nominee for album of the year. The CMA declared him ineligible for awards but is allowing his music to be awarded. Wallen came under criticism when a video showing him using a racial slur surfaced earlier this year. The CMA Awards will be Nov. 10.
TRACE ADKINS WILL STAR IN FOX SERIES “MONARCH”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Trace Adkins will play the head of a country music dynasty in a new Fox series called “Monarch.” Adkins will play a country superstar married to another country superstar, played by Susan Sarandon, but their success is found to be based on a lie. Anna Friel of “Pushing Daisies” fame will play their daughter who is making her own attempt at stardom. The series will feature original music, as well as cover songs. “Monarch” will debut Jan. 30 after the NFC Championship on Fox.
TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES MOVIES ABOUT MORISSETTE, WARWICK
TORONTO (AP) – Alanis Morissette is ready to reveal all about what was going on when she recorded her “Jagged Little Pill” album. The documentary “Jagged” will be one of the films running this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. A documentary about Dionne Warwick called “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over” also premieres at the festival. So does “Oscar Peterson: Black and White,” about jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, and “Triumph: Rock and Roll Machine,” about the rock band Triumph. There’s also a film called “Listening to Kenny G,” about the love-it-or-hate-it feelings regarding Kenny G’s music. Some of the films are viewable online. Details are at www.TIFF.net.
GLOBAL CITIZEN LIVE ANNOUNCES MORE PERFORMERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stevie Wonder, H.E.R (HER) and OneRepublic will play the Los Angeles branch of the Global Citizen Live concerts that will be held around the world on Sept. 25. The concert also features Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, Chloe x Halle, The Lumineers, Ozuna and 5 Seconds Of Summer. The New York concert includes Coldplay, Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish), Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes. Concerts also will be staged in London, Paris, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and Lagos, Nigeria. ABC will broadcast the concerts on Sept. 26.
CBS ANNOUNCES PERFORMERS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The kids are back in school, Christmas decorations are showing up in stores — yep, time to think about your New Year’s Eve plans. CBS has announced the lineup for its special “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash.” Performers include Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Brooks and Dunn, and Luke Bryan. There’s also Dan and Shay, Elle King and Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell (swin-DEL’) and Zac Brown Band.
JUDGE JUDY ON THE MOVE
NEW YORK (AP) – Between the pandemic and the summer hiatus, fans of Judge Judy have gotten used to seeing her in reruns. If Judge Judy fans want to see new shows featuring her, they’ll have to wait a couple of months – and sign on to a streaming service. Judy Sheindlin says her new show, “Judy Justice,” will be on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service. It starts Nov. 1.
VETERAN ACTOR MICHAEL CONSTANTINE DIES AT AGE 94
UNDATED (AP) – He was an actor, not an ad man. But Michael Constantine sure helped move some Windex back in the day. His character in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” always had a bottle of Windex handy as a cure-all. And the movie was so popular, the product got a sales boost. Constantine has died at age 94. He won an Emmy in 1970 for his portrayal of a kindly principal of a racially diverse Los Angeles high school in the ABC series “Room 222.”
ARIZONA OPENS FIRST SPORTS BETTING OPS AS NFL SEASON STARTS
PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona’s first sports betting operations and the NFL season both officially opened yesterday. And those who want to place bets say they’re the big winners. Many who showed up to wager at retail spots in Phoenix say they’re happy they don’t have to go to Las Vegas anymore to try to beat the odds. Betting in Arizona is made possible by a new law enacted last spring.