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November 6, 2018

REPORT: MAC MILLER OVERDOSED

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and drugs, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. The report says cocaine, alcohol and the powerful opioid fentanyl were found in his system. A police investigator found an empty liquor bottle and drug paraphernalia at Miller’s home. A $20 bill with white powder residue was in Miller’s pocket. The report noted that Miller was generally healthy otherwise. Miller’s personal assistant found him unresponsive at Miller’s home in Los Angeles on Sept. 7. The assistant called 911 and performed CPR on Miller until paramedics arrived. Miller was declared dead 16 minutes after the 911 call.

ARETHA FRANKLIN’S “AMAZING GRACE” FILM COMES OUT MONDAY

NEW YORK (AP) — The Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” will finally be released, 46 years after it was shot. Franklin’s estate and film producers say they have reached an agreement to put out the movie. It will premiere Monday at the DOC NYC film festival. Sydney Pollack shot most of the footage of Franklin singing at a Baptist church in Los Angeles in January 1972. The film was not synced to the sound, and it was too tough to match them until the era of digital editing. The movie was set to play at film festivals in 2015 but Franklin’s attorneys obtained an injunction preventing its release. Her lawyers argued the film could not be released without her permission, but it was unclear why Franklin would not give it. The audio was released as a double album in 1972.

BONO TO CONGRESS: THANK YOU FOR IGNORING TRUMP ON AIDS FUNDING

LONDON (AP) — Bono says cutting AIDS funding at this point would be “at the dumbest moment ever.” He says it would be like “we’re almost at the moon and we turn back.” Bono says members of the U.S. Congress have ignored President Donald Trump’s calls to slash AIDS funding in the U.S. and abroad, and he’s grateful for that. He says both parties have been “lockstep together on this.” He says the strides in preventing AIDS infections and deaths have been from “incredible leadership around the world.” The number of annual infections has been cut nearly in half since 1996, to 1.8 million. Nearly 22 million of the 37 million people infected with HIV get antiretroviral therapy, the most effective therapy.

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SPRINGSTEEN, CHURCH APPEAR AT FUNDRAISER FOR MILITARY VETERANS

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen teamed up with country star Eric Church on a version of “Working on the Highway” and Jon Stewart laced into Donald Trump at a bawdy event Monday in New York that gathered comedians and musicians to help raise money for military veterans.

Springsteen avoided politics completely at the Stand Up for Heroes show, instead offering a few off-color jokes and four songs, including “Dancing in the Dark,” ″The Hard Land” and “If I Should Fall Behind” with his wife, Patti Scialfa.

Stand Up for Heroes is co-presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. It kicks off the festival and raises money for the Woodruff foundation, which funds programs for injured veterans and their families.

KANE BROWN EXPERIMENTS WITH “EXPERIMENT”

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kane Brown says he feels like “an outsider on the inside.” He decided to just go with it. Brown says he hopes people hear his new album, “Experiment,” and think, “Whoa, I wasn’t expecting that.” He included a lot of instruments he says are “basically going extinct,” like fiddle, steel guitar and slide. He also incorporated elements of R&B and rock, but he loves that ’90s country sound. Brown says that’s where he got his start in music, but then he switched schools and got into hip-hop, only to come back to country music again. “Experiment” is out Friday.

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PRINCE ESTATE RELEASES RARE VIDEOS

NEW YORK (AP) — A Prince video that was previously available only as the final reward for winning the 1994 CD-ROM video game “Prince Interactive” is now available to stream online. “Endormorphinmachine” appeared in the game as a video more than a year before it appeared as a track on the “Gold Experience” album. The Prince Estate will release weekly batches of videos, and this week features videos for tracks on “Gold Experience” and “Chaos and Disorder.” One video is “Rock and Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis),” Prince’s response to the Lenny Kravitz song “Rock and Roll Is Dead.” It aired only on a VH1 special in 1997. The Prince estate will release more videos from the 1995 to 2010 era in the coming weeks.

SPICE GIRLS WILL DO UK CONCERTS

LONDON (AP) — The Spice Girls are reuniting, but without Posh Spice and only in the U.K. The group will perform six dates in June. Posh Spice Victoria Beckham will not take part because of business commitments. The group says she will always be one of the Spice Girls and she remains aligned with the others.

LUDACRIS, MIGOS, LIL JON SET FOR PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ludacris, Migos and Lil Jon will play a concert celebrating the Atlanta hip-hop scene in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Lil Yachty, Lil Baby and Metro Boomin will also play at a concert sponsored by EA Sports on Jan. 31. The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

by Margie Szaroleta

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