TINA TURNER’S HUSBAND DONATED KIDNEY TO HER
LONDON (AP) — Tina Turner carries a bit of her husband with her wherever she goes, quite literally. Turner reveals she had a kidney transplant and her husband, Erwin Bach, was the donor. Turner makes the revelation in her upcoming autobiography, “Tina Turner: My Love Story,” which was excerpted in the Daily Mail newspaper. Turner, who is 78, says by 2016, her kidney function was “20 percent and plunging rapidly.” She says her husband shocked her by offering one of his kidneys. She says after the transplant, she felt “happy, overwhelmed and relieved that we’d come through this alive.” Turner and Bach have been married since 2013. The book comes out later this month.
OZZY OSBOURNE HOSPITALIZED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ozzy Osbourne tweets, “Feeling better after surgery. Ice cream helps.” Osbourne called off Saturday’s show in Mountain View, California, after he needed surgery to treat an infection in his right hand. Osbourne will remain hospitalized for a few days in Los Angeles. He’s expected to be back to performing tomorrow when his tour stops outside San Diego.
ZAC BROWN AND WIFE SPLIT
NEW YORK (AP) — Zac Brown and his wife Shelley are separating. They tell People magazine they are parting after 12 years of marriage. They have five children ranging in age from 4 to 11. The Browns say “life will be rearranging a bit,” but they remain committed to their family.
“A STAR IS BORN” STARRING LADY GAGA PLACES SECOND AT BOX OFFICE
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga’s version of “A Star Is Born” had a respectable showing at the box office its opening weekend. It brought in $42.6 million, putting it in second place. The comic-book movie “Venom” was in first, bringing in $80 million.
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IGGY AZALEA CANCELS TOUR
UNDATED (AP) — Iggy Azalea says the decision to call off her tour was out of her hands. She tweets, “All I can do is keep pushing, keep recording and keep a smile on my face.” The tour was supposed to begin Oct. 27 in Hollywood, Florida.
OFFICIALS CONSIDER NAMING HIGHWAY AFTER ARETHA FRANKLIN
DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin could have a stretch of highway in Michigan renamed for her. Detroit Democratic Rep. Fred Durhal the Third has proposed renaming a portion of the M-10 from 8 Mile Road to Interstate 94 after Franklin. It goes by Franklin’s father’s church. The measure has 80 co-sponsors and could be considered before the end of the year. The Detroit City Council acted last year to name a downtown street after Franklin. It’s also working to name a park after her.
“THA CARTER FIVE” TOPS BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lil Wayne’s long-awaited album has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. “Tha Carter Five” moved 480,000 units in its first week of release. It’s Lil Wayne’s fourth number-one album. “YSIV” by Logic is number two. Cher’s “Dancing Queen” is third, followed by “Luca Brasi” by Kevin Gates. “Scorpion” by Drake is number five.
QUEEN FONDLY REMEMBER MONSERRAT CABALLE
BARCELONA (AP) — Queen guitarist Brian May says Spanish opera singer Monserrat Caballe (mont-ser-RAT’ cab-ah-LAY’) was an inspiration to the whole band, but especially for singer Freddie Mercury. May writes on Instagram Caballe’s “beautiful voice will be with us forever.” Cabelle died early Saturday at a hospital in Barcelona at the age of 85. She had been hospitalized since last month because of a gall bladder problem. Cabelle dueted with Mercury on the song “Barcelona,” which was a big hit in Europe in 1987 and served as the anthem for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.
MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR GETS NEW NAME
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will now be known as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it’s ending using the words “Mormon” and “LDS” as shorthand terms. Church president Russell M. Nelson says they’re not changing the name but correcting it to reflect that it’s the church of Jesus Christ, rather than Mormon’s church. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed under that name since 1929.
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AVETT BROTHERS PLAN HURRICANE BENEFIT SHOW
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Avett Brothers will headline a benefit concert for Hurricane Florence victims next month. The “Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief” will be held Nov. 13 in Greenville on the campus of Eastern Carolina University. Scott Avett is an ECU graduate. The band say in a news release proceeds will be donated to people and organizations contributing to relief efforts, but it was not immediately clear which groups will benefit.
ILLINOIS WILL CELEBRATE STATEHOOD WITH REO SPEEDWAGON, STYX, BUDDY GUY
CHICAGO (AP) — REO Speedwagon, Styx, Buddy Guy and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will play an event to mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood. “Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes will do a Gettysburg Address rap in honor of Abraham Lincoln. The event will be held Dec. 3 in Chicago.
By Margie Szaroleta