R. KELLY’S AIRPLAY IS DOWN, STREAMING IS UP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Radio play for R. Kelly songs has plummeted since the airing of a Lifetime TV documentary series about him, but streaming of his music has jumped. Billboard magazine reports on Jan. 3, the day the series “Surviving R. Kelly” premiered, Kelly’s music was played 1.25 million times on the radio. On Jan. 7, the first Monday after the series ended, Kelly’s songs were played on radio 198,000 times. As for streaming, on Jan. 2, Kelly’s music had been streamed 1. 9 million times, compared to 4.3 million times on Jan. 5, the day the final part of the series aired. The series featured several women who said Kelly sexually, mentally and physically abused them. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.
LADY GAGA APOLOGIZES FOR R. KELLY DUET
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga says she will remove her R. Kelly duet “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming services and never work with him again. She writes on social media she is a victim of sexual assault and the song indicates “how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.” She says wanted to create something “extremely defiant and provocative” because she had not processed what had happened to her. Lady Gaga says if she could talk to her younger self, she’d tell herself to get therapy. Since she can’t go back in time, she says she can give support to sexual assault victims. She apologizes for her poor judgment and not speaking out sooner. Kelly has denied sexually abusing women and girls.
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MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE CALLS FILM “JUST ANOTHER REHASH”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Michael Jackson estate says a documentary about two boys who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse is “just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations.” The film “Leaving Neverland” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. It’s about two men in their 30s who say they were ages 7 and 10 when they began friendships with Jackson. The Jackson estate says the film is “yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.” Director Dan Reed says in a statement, “If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to.”
ARETHA FRANKLIN BIOPIC IS IN THE WORKS
NEW YORK (AP) — A movie about the life of Aretha Franklin has gotten the green light. “Respect” will star Jennifer Hudson, who was selected personally by Franklin last January. Callie Kouri, who wrote the film “Thelma and Louise,” will write the script. Stage director Liesel Tommy will direct.
GRAND OLE OPRY HOSTS TROY GENTRY TRIBUTE CONCERT
NASHVILLE (AP) — Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry is touched that musicians who are always on the move were willing to come together to remember his late musical partner, Troy Gentry. Blake Shelton, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Jimmie Allen, Rascal Flatts, Jon Pardi, Chris Janson and Dustin Lynch were among the acts who played the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Wednesday as a fundraiser for a cancer foundation named for Gentry. Allen says he recalls being frustrated that his blend of rock and country was not getting attention, He says Gentry told him to stay the course because everyone thought Montgomery Gentry was a rock band when they started. Bentley says he remembers being wide-eyed when he first met Montgomery Gentry at a Florida festival. He says there was debris and Jim Beam all over their bus and it was “a big party.”
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PAUL McCARTNEY RELEASES CONCERT-AND-CARTOON FILM
LONDON (AP) — Imagine this: a long-lost film about Paul McCartney and Wings - and the mice living under the stage. This movie really was made, and it’s finally being released. “The Bruce McMouse Show” will be screened in theaters in major cities on Jan. 21. It combines footage of Wings from their 1972 European tour with a cartoon about a family of mice under the stage who decide McCartney could use some help. The film was finished in 1977. It was not released because of the changes in both the music scene and in the lineup of Wings. Details and the trailer can be found at www.PaulMcCartney.com .
BAD BUNNY, JOSE FELICIANO WILL BE JIMMY FALLON’S GUEST IN PUERTO RICO
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bad Bunny, Jose Feliciano, Ozuna and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be guests as Jimmy Fallon takes the “Tonight Show” to Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Bad Bunny says viewers will see the Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017 but its people are happy, dancing, playing music and enjoying amazing food because “Estamos Bien” -- “We’re Fine,” which is the name of his hit single. Bad Bunny will perform his song “MIA.” Feliciano and Ozuna will perform the song “En Mi Viejo San Juan” - “In My Old San Juan.” Miranda, who has brought his Broadway show “Hamilton” to San Juan, will perform the song “The Story of Tonight” with the cast.
TRAVIS SCOTT DONATES $100,000 TO CHARITY
HOUSTON (AP) — Travis Scott is sharing his success with his hometown. The Houston Chronicle reports Scott has donated $100,000 to Workshop Houston, a nonprofit after-school program. He learned of the program when it was a participant in his Astroworld festival last year.
BILLY JOEL WILL PLAY CAMDEN YARDS’ FIRST CONCERT
BALTIMORE (AP) — Camden Yards in Baltimore will host its first concert ever, and the honors go to Billy Joel. He will play there on July 26. The home of the Orioles opened in 1992.
by Margie Szaroleta