ROLLING LOUD MUSIC FESTIVAL: KODAK BLACK ARRESTED, LIL WAYNE DROPS OUT
MIAMI (AP) _ The Rolling Loud Music Festival in Miami had a lot of excitement this weekend: Kodak Black got arrested and Lil Wayne refused to perform. The U.S. Marshals Service says Black has been charged with a crime involving weapons, but it did not give details. He is due in court today. Black was arrested last month on drug and weapons charges as he crossed into the U.S. from Canada. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne tweets he refused to perform after he was told he had to have a mandatory security check to get on the stadium grounds. Lil Wayne says, “I do not and will not ever settle for being policed to do my job.” While he says it was “The Festival Police (Not Rolling Loud),” it’s unclear who wanted the search.
PRAS MICHEL CHARGED IN CAMPAIGN FINANCE CONSPIRACY CASE
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A lawyer for Pras Michel (PRAZ mih-SHEL’) of The Fugees says his client is innocent of campaign finance conspiracy and looks forward to a jury hearing his case. Michel is charged with conspiring with fugitive Malaysian financier Jho Low (JOH LOH) to move money from Low’s accounts into Michel’s accounts to hide donations for the 2012 presidential election. Court documents identify the presidential candidate who received the donations only as Candidate A. Michel also faces a separate civil forfeiture complaint that accuses him of trying to get the Justice Department to drop an investigation into embezzlement from a Malaysian investment fund. He has denied wrongdoing in that case.
BRITNEY SPEARS COURT HEARING HELD IN SECRET
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Not much is known about Friday’s court hearing in Los Angeles regarding the conservatorship of Britney Spears. Judge Brenda Penny ordered the courtroom cleared because Spears’ personal finances and minor children were going to be discussed. Penny wrote afterward that all involved had agreed on a so-called 730 expert evaluation, which usually is used to determine the mental health and competence of a parent in a divorce case. It’s not known who will get the evaluation. Since 2008, Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has handled her affairs under a court-ordered conservatorship. He has been in poor health lately, but he appeared for the hearing. So did Lynne Spears, Britney’s mother, who is divorced from her father and not involved in the conservatorship, but she was given permission to be involved in the proceeding. Spears will have another hearing in September.
“WOW CHILD” IS DISCOVERED
BOSTON (AP) _ They found the “Wow Child.” The performing arts group The Handel and Haydn Society says it has found the kid who blurted out “Wow!” as it had finished a rendition of Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral Music” in Boston last Sunday. The group was so charmed that they launched a search for him. WGBH-FM reports the child is 9-year-old Ronan Mattin of New Hampshire, who attended the concert with his grandfather, Stephen Mattin. The grandfather says Ronan is on the autism spectrum and expresses himself differently than most people. Handel and Hadyn Society president David Snead says he’s setting up a Skype meeting between Ronan and the conductor. Snead says Ronan and his family will be special guests for another Mozart performance in October.
SLIPKNOT’S COREY TAYLOR HAS SURGERY ON KNEES
UNDATED (AP) _ Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says his surgery on both knees was a success. Taylor had surgery on Friday and says in an Instagram video his doctors “cleaned up a bunch of stuff in there.“ He plans to be good to go for Slipknot’s appearance Friday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
HUNTER HAYES’ ACTING DAYS ARE BEHIND HIM
LONDON (AP) _ You can find all sorts of video online of Hunter Hayes performing when he was a kid. He never looks at that stuff. Hayes says he was four or five when he appeared in the Robert Duvall film “The Apostle.” He also was just a kid when he had roles in “My Dog Skip” and “Charlie’s War.” He was four years old when he performed on stage with Hank Williams Jr. Hayes says it’s weird for him to watch that stuff and he doesn’t really miss it. He says he’s not good enough to pursue acting and he considers himself a “music nerd” anyway. He says he can get away with being a bad actor in his videos.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND HITS NUMBER ONE WITH “FATHER OF THE BRIDE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Vampire Weekend has notched their third number-one album with “Father of the Bride.” It moved 138,000 units in the past week, making it number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. Their albums “Modern Vampires of the City” and “Contra” also were number-one albums. This week’s number-two album is “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish). “Free Spirit” by Khalid (kah-LEED’) is third, followed by “TrapStar Turnt PopStar” by PnB Rock. “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) is fifth.
“THE VOICE” COACHES WILL BE BACK
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will return as coaches for the next season of “The Voice.” The 17th season of the series will start in the fall. The current season continues with the top 8 performing Beatles songs tonight.
PRINCE JACKSON GRADUATES FROM COLLEGE
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Michael Jackson’s eldest son now holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He went through commencement at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on Saturday. His cousin, T.J. Jackson, tweets, “It’s been a long road but you did it. Keep learning, keep growing and keep giving back!”
LOUISIANA PUTS DEBATE OVER HANK WILLIAMS SONG ON HOLD
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Discussion has been shut down on whether to make the Hank Williams song “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” one of Louisiana’s official state songs. Republican Sen. Norby Chabert tells the Baton Rouge Advocate he’s shelving the proposal for this legislative session because time is running short and little has been passed so far. Louisiana currently has two official state songs: “Give Me Louisiana” and “You Are My Sunshine.”
FILM ABOUT CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS WINS FESTIVAL AWARD
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ A documentary about the Carolina Chocolate Drops has won an award at the Longleaf Film Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. The film “Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind” won the Judges’ Choice Award for best documentary. It’s about the band’s relationship with their mentor, 87-year-old fiddler Joe Thompson, who died in 2012.
by Margie Szaroleta