Last Update on July 28, 2015 07:09 GMT
BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT'S DIVORCE UNDER SCRUTINY
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma attorneys are questioning whether a judge has violated state law by sealing the court documents related to the divorce of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. The Oklahoman reports a law passed last year requires a judge to seal normally public records if a compelling privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in the records, and the judge must make public any sealing order. The order to seal the Shelton-Lambert divorce is not public. Former state Representative Aaron Stiles says he wrote that law after seeing cases in which a judge sealed divorce records to protect their friends. Pottawatomie County associate district judge John Gardner handled the case. He could not be reached for comment.
LITTLE BIG TOWN CANCEL MORE TOUR DATES
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Little Big Town are calling off more concerts to allow Jimi Westbrook more time to heal. The band say on their website they are calling off three weeks of shows to allow Westbrook to rest his voice. Westbrook had a polyp removed from his vocal cord in June. The band posted a video of themselves on Facebook that shows Westbrook with a piece of tape over his mouth and a tablet computer with the word "Sorry" around his neck. Little Big Town's next scheduled date is August 22 in Avondale, Canada.
MADONNA DEFENDS TIDAL
NEW YORK (AP) -- You wouldn't expect somebody to give you a house for free. Why do you expect music to be free? That's the argument Madonna is presenting as she defends the Tidal streaming service. She is one of the owners, along with artists like Jay Z, Beyonce', Jason Aldean, Jack White, Rihanna, Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, J. Cole, Kanye West, Daft Punk and Nicki Minaj. Those are some pretty big names, but Madonna says it's not about getting more money for them. She says they're making sure that other artists get paid for their work.
013-a-10-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"to build it"-Madonna says because music is not a tangible product, people underestimate its worth. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)
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012-a-12-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"support other artists"-Madonna says the musicians behind the streaming service Tidal are using their clout to help others. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)
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014-a-17-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"the message across"-Madonna says she's proud to lend her name to Tidal. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)
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MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER SUFFERS STROKE
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The patriarch of the Jackson family has suffered a stroke. Joe Jackson was in Brazil to attend a party for his 87th birthday. The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo will only say that Jackson was admitted Sunday afternoon with an irregular heartbeat. One of the party's organizers says Jackson is conscious and has no problems talking.
HOUSTON ASTROS MOVE TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros just assumed they'd be awful again this year. Now Taylor Swift is caught in their scramble. The Astros have announced they've moved Swift's concert at Minute Maid Park from October 13 to September 9. The Astros have not been to the postseason since 2005 and were not expected to be contenders this season. However, they have a shot at the playoffs, so they say they moved the concert as they "proactively prepare for potential postseason play." The Astros are having repercussions in Minnesota. Swift's show in Fargo has been moved from September 9 to October 12.
DJ ASHBA LEAVES GUNS N' ROSES
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Guitarist DJ Ashba says with a heavy heart and a lot of pride, he's leaving Guns N' Roses. Ashba posted a handwritten letter translated into four other languages that he's going to dedicate himself to his family and to Nikki Sixx's band, Sixx: AM. He calls Axl Rose his friend and thanks Rose for believing in him. Guns N' Roses have not responded and have no tour dates listed.
FARM AID WILL BE IN CHICAGO IN SEPTEMBER
CHICAGO (AP) -- Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Jack Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mavis Staples are among the acts who will play this year's Farm Aid. The concert will be September 19 in Chicago. The lineup also includes Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. This will be the 30th anniversary of the first Farm Aid, and Nelson says this year's show will celebrate "the impact we've had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."
EVERLY BROTHERS WILL HAVE PARK NAMED FOR THEM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, will name a park after The Everly Brothers next week. The small park in the Bearden area of Knoxville will be dedicated on August 7. Don and Phil Everly lived in the area as teenagers.
BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN HELD ALL OF WHITNEY HOUSTON'S ESTATE
ATLANTA (AP) -- Among the issues that will have to be settled after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown is what happens to her fortune. Brown was the sole heir to Whitney Houston's estate. The value of Houston's estate has never been revealed. The money was put in a spendthrift trust to keep creditors and predators from taking advantage of Brown. Her aunt, Pat Houston, and grandmother, Cissy Houston, eventually took control of the trust. In May, a court appointed a lawyer to be the conservator of Brown's assets. There's also the issue of whether Brown and Nick Gordon were actually married. They called themselves husband and wife since January 2014 but family members have disputed the marriage.
ED SHEERAN LANDS ROLE IN "THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ed Sheeran will play an "ambitious and deadly protege' of a high-ranking church elder" in an upcoming drama on FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sheeran will play a recurring character named Sir Cormac in "The Bastard Executioner." It's about a 14th-century warrior who is asked by a divine messenger to become a journeyman executioner. It's set to air this fall.
ROB ZOMBIE RETURNS TO SUBURBAN CHICAGO FOR HAUNTED HOUSE
CHICAGO (AP) -- Rob Zombie will bring his haunted house back to suburban Chicago this year. "Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare" will run September 25 through November 1 in Villa Park, Illinois. One section is based on Zombie's movie "The Devil's Rejects," while another is based on the Captain Spaulding character from that movie and "House of 1,000 Corpses." The third section is called "31," and it's based on Zombie's upcoming horror movie of the same name. Zombie promises his haunted house will be "more vile and disgusting than ever." He will perform two concerts there on October 2 and 4.
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