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Last Update on March 26, 2015 07:08 GMT

ONE DIRECTION FANS UPSET OVER ZAYN MALIK'S DEPARTURE

UNDATED (AP) -- One Direction fans are wearing out the emoticons for "crying," what with the news that Zayn Malik (MAL'-ihk) is quitting the group. Fan messages to Malik include "No!" "Come back!" "I'm dying" and just "good luck." Malik says in a statement his life with One Direction has been more than he ever could have imagined, but he's leaving to be a normal 22-year-old. One Direction say they respect Malik's decision and they will always be friends. One Direction will continue with four members. They plan to record a new album later this year.

AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports Zayn Malik left the One Direction tour last week because of stress. ((Malik is pronounced MAL'-ihk))

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports One Direction considers it an amicable parting with Zayn Malik. ((Malik is pronounced MAL'-ihk))

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Sound of One Direction

Excerpt of One Direction performing "Live While We're Young."

UPDATE ON BRUCE DICKINSON: SITUATION OPTIMISTIC

UNDATED (AP) -- Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden appears to be progressing well with treatments for a cancer on his tongue. The band writes on Iron Maiden's Web site that Dickinson has seen his specialists recently and the situation is optimistic. He won't know for sure if the cancer has been eradicated until he gets an MRI in May. Dickinson has been as active as he can be while he recovers. He visited the Iron Maiden office, checked out his airplane hangar and paid a visit to his local pub.

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES NEW INDUCTEES

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys says getting into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the biggest thing ever to happen to them. His bandmate, Jim Allen, says he's only seen tears in the eyes of fellow Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban twice: when they joined the Grand Ole Opry and when they found out they're going into the hall of fame. Jim Ed Brown and The Browns will also be inducted. Brown says it's an honor he's been dreaming of for years but never knew if it would happen. Guitarist Grady Martin, who died in 2001, is the final inductee. He played on songs like "El Paso" by Marty Robbins, Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry" and Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again." The induction ceremony will be later this year in Nashville.

Sound of the Oak Ridge Boys performing "Elvira."

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Sound of The Browns

Sound of The Browns performing "The Three Bells."

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Sound of Willie Nelson

Sound of Willie Nelson performing "On The Road Again," featuring guitarist Grady Martin.

SCOTT WEILAND IS SORRY FOR TREATING FANS POORLY

UNDATED (AP) -- Scott Weiland has issued an apology to fans he met at a meet-and-greet in Boston. Weiland writes on his Facebook page he's embarrassed by his behavior and some of the things he said. Fans had complained that Weiland said crude things to them and grumbled it was taking too long to take photos with fans. Weiland says he had put everything into his show that night and was "beyond exhausted" -- but he still acted like a jerk.

DAVID CROSBY 911 CALLS RELEASED

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) -- The 911 calls from David Crosby indicate he was genuinely concerned for the jogger he hit. The California Highway Patrol has released the calls Crosby made after hitting Jose Jimenez with his car on Sunday. In the first call, Crosby says he's the one who hit Jimenez and he asks for an ambulance right away. He tells a dispatcher the sun was in his eyes and he couldn't see Jimenez. After the dispatcher tells Crosby help is on the way, Crosby hangs up, but he called a second time asking how fast the ambulance will be there. Jimenez is hospitalized with broken bones, cuts and bruises, and he is expected to survive.

David Crosby tells a 911 operator a man is in urgent need of medical attention.

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911 operator and David Crosby

A 911 operator asks David Crosby for details about the accident in which a jogger was hit.

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911 operator and David Crosby, musician

David Crosby calls 911 a second time to ask about the status of an ambulance.

ACM AWARDS WILL GIVE MILESTONE AWARDS TO BROOKS, CHESNEY, LAMBERT

NASHVILLE (AP) -- The Academy of Country Music will give special awards to top musicians for all the awards they've gotten from the Academy of Country Music. Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Brooks and Dunn will each get a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award during the ACM Awards on April 19. Brooks will be honored for being the most awarded ACM Entertainer of the Year. Chesney's award is for winning the first fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award. Lambert's award is for being the most awarded solo female artist. McEntire wins for being the most awarded Female Vocalist of the Year. Strait will be honored for winning ACM Awards over four decades. Swift's award is for being the youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year, in 2011. Brooks and Dunn will be recognized for being the artist with the most ACM Awards, at 27.

VAN HALEN ANNOUNCE TOUR, LIVE ALBUM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Van Halen is back and ready to hit the road. The lineup featuring David Lee Roth on vocals will launch a tour July 5 in Seattle. Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be the opening act. Van Halen will perform a concert that will be broadcast over two nights Monday and Tuesday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Van Halen will release a live album, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert," on Tuesday. Re-mastered versions of the Van Halen self-titled album and of "1984" will also come out Tuesday.

KENDRICK LAMAR HITS NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kendrick Lamar finally has his No. 1 album. "To Pimp A Butterfly" moved 363,000 units its first week, putting it at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album originally was supposed to come out tomorrow but he surprised everyone by putting it out last week. Lamar's last album, "good kid, m.A.A.d city," peaked at No. 2 in 2012. It came out the same week as Taylor Swift's monster hit, "Red."

("The Weeknd" in following item is correct.)

LOLLAPALOOZA ANNOUNCES LINEUP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Metallica was the surprise headliner for Lollapalooza in 1996. They will return to headline Lollapalooza again this year. Paul McCartney and Sam Smith will also be among the 130 acts for this year's festival, set for July 31 to Aug. 2 in Chicago. Other performers include Florence And The Machine, The Weeknd, Of Monsters And Men, Tame Impala, ASAP Rocky, Walk The Moon and Charli XCX.

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