SPOTIFY TO GRANT NEIL YOUNG’S REQUEST TO REMOVE MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) – Spotify says it will grant Neil Young’s request to remove his music from its streaming platform. The veteran rock star made the request to protest the company’s decision to let COVID-19 misinformation be spread on its service. Spotify airs comedian Joe Rogan’s popular podcast, where last month he aired an interview with a doctor who’s banned from Twitter for spreading COVID misinformation. Spotify says it respects Young’s reasoning – and says it hopes to welcome him back at some point. For his part, Young says he appreciates the support of his record label, because it’s losing money on the deal.
RAE SREMMURD’S SLIM JXMMI ARRESTED
MIAMI (AP) – Miami police say they arrested Slim Jxmmi (JIM’-ee) of Rae Sremmurd (ray SHRIH’-murd) after he attacked the mother of his young child. The woman said after an argument Slim Jxmmi left her home and returned smelling of alcohol with another man, according to the police report. She told police she was trying to move her baby to another room when Slim Jxmmi grabbed her and pulled out her hair extension. She told police she started recording a video to have proof of his mistreatment when he took her phone by force and threw it off a balcony. Officers found the phone outside. Brown was held on $1,500 bond. Court records did not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
OUR LADY PEACE RELEASES SEQUEL TO “SPIRITUAL MACHINES”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Part of the inspiration for the 2000 Our Lady Peace album “Spiritual Machines” was the work of futurist Ray Kurzweil (KURZ’-wel) and his predictions for the direction of humanity. Our Lady Peace decided that was worth revisiting 20 years later with a sequel album, “Spiritual Machines 2.” Singer Raine Maida says they not only looked at what Kurzweil got right, but what he’s predicting now – and it’s not as dark as you’d think. Maida says it’s not the dystopian machines-will-take-over kind of vibe that end up in movies, but “pretty positive.” “Spiritual Machines 2” is out tomorrow.
LEGEND, NAS CREATE MUSIC FOR PICASSO NFT
GENEVA (AP) – John Legend and Nas (NAHS) have an unexpected collaborator: Pablo Picasso. The late artist’s family is creating non-fungible tokens based on one of Picasso’s ceramic pieces that has never been seen publicly. Legend and Nas have created music that will be part of it, with the help of Picasso’s great-grandson, Florian Picasso, who is a DJ and music producer. What’s the music sound like? Florian Picasso only played a snippet for a reporter, then said, “To hear more, you gotta purchase the NFT.”
AMY SCHNEIDER’S “JEOPARDY!” STREAK ENDS AT 40
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It made history. It made lots of money. And now Amy Schneider’s run as “Jeopardy!” champion has made its last stop. After 40 straight wins and nearly $1.4 million in earnings, she saw her streak snapped when she was knocked off by Rhone Talsma, who beat her by $10,000 in an episode that aired last night. Schneider was done in by a Final Jeopardy answer about a country ending with the letter “h” that is also among the world leaders in population. The correct answer was Bangladesh. Talsma, a Chicago librarian, got it right and his bid put him ahead of Schneider. The reigning champ was so stumped, she couldn’t even venture a guess.
AMY SCHNEIDER AND THE TRANS COMMUNITY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Amy Schneider’s nearly $1.4 million in “Jeopardy!” winners is nothing to sneeze at. But she says the most important thing about posting 40 consecutive wins on the game show – was bringing positive attention to the trans community. With her streak, Schneider becomes the first trans woman to make it into the game show’s “Tournament of Champions.” She says she hopes being on “Jeopardy!” will help others in the trans community. Schneider says it feels “really special” to have done her part “to move that cause forward.”
NEW “JEOPARDY!” CHAMP “IN SHOCK”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Rhone Talsma says he would have been excited to see someone dethrone Amy Schneider while he was in Los Angeles to play “Jeopardy!” And now that he’s that “someone,” he is in shock. He said he didn’t expect to be the one to beat 40-time champ Schneider but is “thrilled” he is. Talsma’s play has won him praise from the dethroned champ. Schneider tells The Associated Press Talsma played well and took advantage of the opportunities he had to win. The Chicago librarian leapfrogged past Schneider by getting the Final Jeopardy” question correctly – while Schneider was unable to come up with a guess.
NEIL YOUNG QUITS SPOTIFY OVER JOE ROGAN’S PODCAST ON COVID
NEW YORK (AP) – In the musical stare-down between Neil Young and Spotify – the streaming service has blinked. Now, the question is what will become of Joe Rogan and his podcast. It was the comedian’s show with a rabid anti-vaxxer that drew Young’s ire – and made him demand to be excused from Spotify. In agreeing to pull Young’s music, Spotify left the door open for his return. That would seem not to bode well for Rogan. Spotify didn’t mention him specifically but said it has “content policies” in place and that 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID have been removed.
PRINCE ANDREW SEEKS TO KILL ABUSE LAWSUIT
NEW YORK (AP) – Prince Andrew’s lawyers want a U.S. court to toss a lawsuit that accuses him of sexual abuse. The request cites a number of legal claims for getting the suit dismissed, including that if there was any sexual activity between Andrew and accuser Virginia Giuffre, it was consensual. In the filing, lawyers made it clear that Andrew isn’t admitting having sex with Giuffre, who says she was 17 when she was abused.