Aug. 27, 2018
PRINCE'S FAMILY TAKES DOCTOR TO COURT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's family is suing a doctor who prescribed pain pills for him, saying the doctor should have treated Prince's opiate addiction. The lawsuit filed by Prince's six surviving siblings says Dr. Michael Schulenberg failed to diagnose Prince's addiction and prevent his death. They are seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000. Authorities say Schulenberg has admitted to prescribing oxycodone to Prince under his bodyguard's name in the days before Prince's death. Schulenberg has disputed that, although he paid a fine to settle a federal civil violation. Prince died of a fentanyl overdose. Schulenberg's attorney, Paul Peterson, says he understands Prince's death has been difficult, but Schulenberg stands by the care he gave Prince.
GRETCHEN WILSON SPEAKS ABOUT HER ARREST
UNDATED (AP) — Gretchen Wilson thanks her fans for their patience but says she can't comment about her arrest last week. Wilson writes on Facebook the "unfortunate events" are still an open case, but she's "confident that the truth shall prevail." Wilson was arrested Tuesday on a breach of peace charge at an airport outside Hartford, Connecticut. State police officers say they were investigating a report of a minor disturbance on a plane and Wilson became belligerent toward them.
ARETHA FRANKLIN MEMORIAL CONCERT SET FOR THURSDAY
DETROIT (AP) — The Four Tops, Johnny Gill and Gladys Knight are among the musicians who will perform a concert in Aretha Franklin's memory Thursday in Detroit. Angie Stone, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Raheem DeVaughn also are on the bill. It's free but tickets are required. A public viewing for Franklin will be held tomorrow and Wednesday. Her funeral is Friday.
MAN WHO RUSHED BEYONCE AND JAY-Z FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGE
ATLANTA (AP) — The man charged with disorderly conduct for rushing the stage at the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Atlanta now also will face a charge of simple battery. Atlanta Police officer Lisa Bender says 26-year-old Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell jumped on stage at the end of Saturday's concert and made contact with Jay-Z. Police say security and Jay-Z's backup dancers stopped Maxwell. A spokeswoman for Beyonce and Jay-Z says they are fine.
COLE SWINDELL GROWS UP WITH "BREAK UP IN THE END"
NASHVILLE (AP) — Cole Swindell (swin-DEL') calls his song "Break Up In The End" ''a grown-up breakup song." Swindell says it's the kind of breakup where nothing bad happened, there wasn't a fight, but it's just not going to work out. Swindell says it's a kind of love song too, because it's powerful to think about redoing a relationship you know would end. Swindell did not write the song, but he's one of the many people who can relate to that feeling. He says he would not record a song unless he had lived it.
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GETO BOYS PRODUCER DJ READY RED DIES
UNDATED (AP) — DJ Ready Red, who was the first DJ and producer for The Geto Boys, has died. The Geto Boys announced on Twitter that Red died of an apparent heart attack on Friday. He was 53. Willie D of The Geto Boys says in an Instagram video Red was responsible for most of the sound of their early music and Willie D's solo album "Controversy." Willie D says to call Red "a pioneer would be an understatement."
WE CAME AS ROMANS FRONTMAN KYLE PAVONE DIES
UNDATED (AP) — Singer Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans has died at the age of 28, according to the rest of the band. A band publicist confirmed the news but gave no details. Guitarist Joshua Moore writes on Instagram Pavone was "the craziest, goofiest, most funny and lovable kid." Pavone had tweeted a week ago a line from the band's song "Promise Me": "Will I be remembered or will I be lost in loving eyes."
BOWIE CHOREOEGRAPHER LINDSAY KEMP DIES
LONDON (AP) — The choreographer who helped David Bowie create his Ziggy Stardust persona has died. Lindsay Kemp died Saturday at the age of 80 after rehearsing with his students, according to director Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky, who is making a documentary about him. Kemp choreographed and performed during Bowie's Ziggy Stardust concerts in London in 1972. He also taught Kate Bush how to dance.
ARIANA GRANDE TOPS ALBUM CHART WITH "SWEETENER"
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) has notched her third No.1 album. "Sweetener" tops the Billboard 200 album chart with 231,000 units. Her albums "My Everything" and "Yours Truly" were also chart-toppers. Travis Scott's "Astroworld" drops to second. "Queen" by Nicki Minaj is No. 3. Drake's "Scorpion" is in fourth, and Post Malone's "Beerbongs and Bentleys" is No. 5.
REBA McENTIRE WILL HOST "CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS"
NASHVILLE (AP) — Reba McEntire is already thinking about Christmas. She will return to host "CMA Country Christmas" that will air on ABC in December. The lineup is Tony Bennett, Dan and Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs and Brett Young. The show will film on Sept. 27 in Nashville.
By Margie Szaroleta