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CARDI B WINS $1.25 MILLION AFTER SUING YOUTUBER
ATLANTA (AP) – Cardi B has won a defamation lawsuit against a YouTube blogger who claimed she was a drug-using prostitute. A federal jury in Atlanta has ordered Latasha Kebe of the YouTube channel unWinewithTashK to pay Cardi B $1.25 million for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to the lawsuit, Kebe, known as Tasha K, posted an interview in 2018 with a woman who said she knew Cardi B before she became famous and alleged Cardi B used cocaine, had herpes and was a prostitute. When Cardi B’s lawyers demanded the video’s removal, Kebe published another video claiming it was all true and that Cardi B was cheating on her husband. Kebe said in a court filing she tried to get Cardi B’s response on her channel, but Cardi B declined and publicly trashed her. Kebe said she had to move after her phone number and address were made public. The woman interviewed who had claimed to have known Cardi B was initially a defendant, but the claim against her was terminated in 2020.

 


ELTON JOHN POSTPONES SHOWS AFTER POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST
DALLAS (AP) – Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has hit another snag: he’s got COVID-19. A statement from his management says John is vaccinated and boosted, and he’s experiencing mild symptoms. He was supposed to perform in Dallas last night and tonight, but he plans on rescheduling. The tour was postponed from 2020 when the pandemic hit, and he put off European dates to have hip surgery.

 


NEIL YOUNG PROTESTS JOE ROGAN ON SPOTIFY
NEW YORK (AP) – Neil Young posted an open letter to his management on Monday, saying Spotify can either have Joe Rogan or can have him, but not both. So far, it appears Spotify does have both. Young’s letter demanded that his music be removed from Spotify to protest “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Young says Rogan is spreading false information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Rogan’s podcast is wildly popular on Spotify, while Young’s Spotify page says his music has more than 6 million listeners. Representatives for Young and Spotify did not return requests for comment.

 


DARYL HALL WILL RELEASE COLLECTION OF SOLO SONGS
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Daryl Hall says Bob Dylan once wrote song lyrics for him but Hall said, “Nah.” Hall says he was working with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics on the song “Dreamtime,” which was a top-five solo hit for Hall in 1986. Hall says Dylan wanted to write lyrics for the song, but when Hall got them, he felt they were not appropriate for what the song needed. Wait – he rejected lyrics written by Bob Dylan? Hall says he’s “probably the only idiot in the world that ever did that.” “Dreamtime” is one of the songs that appears on Hall’s new retrospective of his solo work, “BeforeAfter,” which is out April 1.

 


RIHANNA MAKES BIG DONATION FOR CLIMATE ISSUES
UNDATED (AP) – Rihanna is putting up $15 million to help with climate change. Rihanna has pledged the money to 18 climate organizations through her Clara Lionel Foundation. Rihanna, who is from Barbados, says in a statement that communities of color and island nations face the brunt of climate change. The grants were made in partnership with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s (hash)StartSmall philanthropy initiative.

 


DOLLY PARTON TEAMS WITH DUNCAN HINES FOR CAKE MIXES
CHICAGO (AP) – Dolly Parton is putting out a line of cake mixes and frostings inspired by her Southern heritage. Parton has partnered with Duncan Hines for a banana cake mix and a coconut one, as well as chocolate frosting and buttercream. They will be in grocery stores beginning in March. For a limited time, Duncan Hines is offering Dolly Parton’s baking collection, which includes all four products, as well as a tea towel and a spatula that each read, “If you are what you eat, then why not be sweet?” The collection can be ordered today (after 8 a.m., EST) through the Duncan Hines website for $40.

 


M&MS PAY TRIBUTE TO BOWIE, H.E.R.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Should you wonder what a peanut M&M would look like with David Bowie makeup, M&Ms will come through for you. The company has created four M&M package labels based on album art, including one based on Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane” album cover. An M&M in shadow pays tribute to H.E.R.’s self-titled album, while an M&M peeks over a lace fan, like Kacey Musgraves does for “Golden Hour.” The fourth is an M&M in the clouds, based on Rosalia’s “El mal querer” album. The music-based M&M packages are available at retailers now.

 


NFL PLAYOFFS REACH HIGH-WATER RATINGS MARKS

NEW YORK (AP) – Some epic playoff football has produced some epic TV ratings for the NFL and the networks that carry it. Nielsen reports that the four divisional round playoff games this past weekend got the best ratings ever for that round of games. And the instant classic between Buffalo and Kansas on Sunday night ended up with nearly 43 million viewers – the most for any NFL game since last year’s Super Bowl. As the tension of that game increased, so did the viewership. By time the K.C. vs. Buffalo game went to overtime, there were 51.7 million people watching.

 

MICHAEL AVENATTI TAKES OVER OWN CASE
NEW YORK (AP) – The trial of attorney Michael Avenatti has taken an interesting turn. The California-based attorney has ditched his lawyers and will represent himself. That sets the stage for him to confront his ex-client, porn star Stormy Daniels. Prosecutors in New York say Avenatti stole some of the money Daniels got for her autobiography. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman granted Avenatti’s request to represent himself after he reported “a breakdown” with his legal team over trial strategy. Avenatti repped Daniels when she sued Donald Trump for defamation. He paid her to keep quiet about their affair in advance of the 2016 election that made him president.

 

NEW ORLEANS HEALTH OFFICIAL BOWS OUT OF MARDI GRAS PARADE
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans’ health director says she won’t participate in one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season. Dr. Jennifer Avegno says she’s skipping the event because of threats she’s received over the city’s resumption of COVID-19 restrictions to fight the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Krewe du Vieux says it still considers Avegno its queen – and will include her float in the parade, which is one the first in the Carnival season, leading up to Mardi Gras.