PROSECUTORS TRY TO KEEP JAM MASTER JAY SUSPECT IN JAIL
NEW YORK (AP) – Prosecutors say the man suspected of killing Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC was so brazen, he filmed a rap video in front of a mural of Jay. Prosecutors have filed court papers opposing the release of Karl Jordan Jr. on $1 million bond. They also say Jordan openly bragged about dealing drugs and possessing guns. Defense attorneys say Jordan should be released on bail because credible witnesses can offer an alibi for Jordan. He faces a minimum of 25 years behind bars. Prosecutors say Jordan and another man, Ronald Washington, ambushed Jay after a cocaine deal gone bad in 2002.
ABBA’S BJORN ULVAEUS IS GETTING DIVORCED
STOCKHOLM (AP) – Bjorn Ulvaeus (BYORN ul-VAY’-us) of ABBA and his wife, Lena, are splitting after 41 years of marriage. They issued a joint statement saying, “After many wonderful and eventful years, we have decided to go our separate ways.” They have two children. Ulvaeus was married to ABBA bandmate Agnetha (ag-NET’-ah) Faltskog from 1971 to 1979.
DEXTER HOLLAND WILL DELIVER ADDRESS AT KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The graduates of USC’s Keck School of Medicine will be sent into the world with words of wisdom from Dr. Dexter Holland, who happens to be the singer for The Offspring. Holland will deliver the commencement address there on May 14. Holland has earned three degrees from USC, including a PhD in molecular biology. Holland says in a statement he went from education to rock and roll and back to education, and “life isn’t always a straight line from one place to another.”
TEARS FOR FEARS RELEASE “THE TIPPING POINT”
NEW YORK (AP) – Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears cannot even listen to their new album, “The Tipping Point.” Orzabal says it’s because they’ve plumbed the depths of their souls and “revealed the suffering.” “The Tipping Point” is their first album of new material in 17 years. They teamed with several songwriters to come up with a modern hit single, then dumped most of those songs because it sounded like they were trying too hard. Orzabal and Curtis Smith went back to the writing format that worked when they were teens: two guys with acoustic guitars. Smith says he left the studio feeling “happy” and “satisfied.” “The Tipping Point” is out tomorrow.
SHOWTIME PLANS SPECIALS ON CYPRESS HILL, BUSHWICK BILL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Showtime’s “Hip Hop 50” campaign will feature upcoming specials on Cypress Hill and on Bushwick Bill of Geto Boys. “Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain” airs April 20. “Bushwick Bill: Geto Boy” premieres April 29.
HUSBAND OF SLAIN “RUST” CINEMATOGRAPHER BLASTS BALDWIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – After Alec Baldwin shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust,” the actor said he was spending time with his slain co-worker’s family. But now it seems things are frosty between them. In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Hutchins’ widower says he’s “very angry” with Baldwin. Matt Hutchins says he finds it “absurd” that Baldwin insists he has no responsibility for the shooting. It’s the first time Hutchins has spoken about what happened last Oct. 21 as the movie was being done in New Mexico. Hutchins and his 9-year-old son have filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Baldwin and others involved with “Rust.”
NBC OLYMPICS RATINGS FALTER
NEW YORK (AP) – The Olympic results are in as far as TV ratings are concerned. And let’s just say NBC didn’t do well. The games reached an average audience of 11.4 million in primetime. That’s the lowest U.S. audience for any Olympics ever. The numbers are also off 42% from the mark set by the Winter Games in South Korea. The NBC numbers include viewership on the main network and well as two side channels.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN CASE GETS EARLY TESTIMONY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s hard to imagine sworn testimony being given in a criminal trial that hasn’t even been scheduled yet. Yet, that’s just what happened in Los Angeles yesterday. A limousine driver gave conditional testimony about his dealings with Harvey Weinstein in 2013. The driver said he drove the producer around Beverly Hills. One of those stops was a hotel where prosecutors say the disgraced Hollywood bigshot raped an actor. It’s unclear why the court decided the witness needed to testify in advance of a trial date.