R. KELLY STILL JAILED
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly will stay in jail through today or possibly tomorrow, according to his lawyer. Attorney Steve Greenberg says Kelly is capable of paying the 10 percent of his $1 million bail. However, he says matters are complicated because others must act on Kelly’s behalf and Kelly’s in jail. Kelly has been charged with sexual abuse of four people. One alleged victim says she met Kelly at her 16th birthday party. Another says she 16 when she met Kelly at his child pornography trial in 2008. A third is a hairdresser who says Kelly demanded oral sex when she came to braid his hair. The fourth alleged victim is on a video having sex with Kelly and they both refer to her as 14 years old. Prosecutors say they have DNA evidence supporting their case. Greenberg says Kelly is “a rock star. He doesn’t have to have nonconsensual sex.”
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R. KELLY UNLIKELY TO HONOR CONCERT DATES
UNDATED (AP) — With charges being filed against R. Kelly, the few concerts he’s booked in Europe next month will probably not happen. Kelly was charged Friday with sexual abuse of four people and forced to hand over his passport. Organizers of the show in Neu-Ulm, Germany, had warned the concert could be shut down if “new facts” emerge. It has not responded to messages about the charges against Kelly. The arena operator of a concert in Hamburg, Germany, tried unsuccessfully to cancel its contract with Kelly, while concert organizer Thomas Bernard had told ARD public television last month it’s up to music fans to decide whether to attend. The organizer of a show in Amsterdam did not return a request for comment.
PETER FRAMPTON HAS RARE MUSCULAR DISEASE
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Frampton says he’s doing a farewell tour because he’s got a rare incurable muscular disease that may leave him unable to play guitar. Frampton tells “CBS This Morning: Saturday” he’s been recording as much as he can since he was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis. He says he was diagnosed three and a half years ago after a fall on stage. He says stairs are the hardest for him so far, and he’s already feeling the effects in his fingers. He’s participating in a drug trial at Johns Hopkins University. Frampton says if it works, there will be a “miracle tour.” If not, he says he started playing guitar when he was 8 and now he’s 68, so he’s “had a very good run.” Frampton’s farewell tour stars June 18 in Tulsa.
DON McLEAN THREATENS LEGAL ACTION OVER EX-WIFE’S EXHIBIT
CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean’s ex-wife says his threat of a lawsuit over her photo exhibit is “shocking to everybody, but not to me.” Patrisha McLean says her exhibit, “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse,” is important for survivors. The McLeans divorced after a domestic incident in their home in Camden, Maine, in 2016. Patrisha McLean is featuring her order of protection against her ex-husband in the exhibit, which was shown at the Camden Public Library. The Free Press of Rockland wrote about it on Feb. 7. The Portland Press Herald reports Don McLean’s attorney is threatening to sue The Free Press and has accused Patrisha McLean of “vicious misstatements.” The Free Press removed the story for its lawyers to review but later reposted it.
JUSTIN BIEBER’S “BABY” IS NOT THE MOST DISLIKED YOUTUBE VIDEO ANYMORE
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Justin Bieber has lost a title he probably did not want anyway. His “Baby” video is no longer the most-disliked video on YouTube. It has 10 million dislikes. It has been beaten by YouTube’s own “Rewind 2018″ year in review video. It got 15 million dislikes. Most of the hatred comes from prominent YouTube creators and their fans who objected to the video passing them over in favor of celebrities and a feel-good message.
FORMER JOHN MELLENCAMP KEYBOARDIST SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORN
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former John Mellencamp keyboardist Doc Rosser has been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to watching child porn on a bus traveling across Montana. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy also sentenced Rosser, whose real name is Eric Franklin Rosser, to a lifetime of supervised release. Prosecutors say Rosser was arrested after another passenger on the bus confronted him for watching porn on his computer in July, 2017. Investigators say Rosser had emptied his bank account and had $5,000 in bags and $20,000 taped to his legs. Rosser played on Mellencamp’s albums “Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did” and “American Fool.” Rosser also had the distinction of being the first child pornography suspect named to the FBI’s Most Wanted List. He made the list in 2000 after jumping bail during an investigation into a child pornography ring.
FCC RECEIVES COMPLAINTS ABOUT SHIRTLESS ADAM LEVINE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 50 people complained to the FCC about Adam Levine taking off his shirt during Maroon 5′s Super Bowl halftime performance. The Hollywood Reporter reports most of the complaints were about the double standard about the lack of uproar compared to Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. How many complaints did the FCC get about Jackson? The FCC’s Nancy Stevenson says the agency is not required to keep records of informal complaints for more than three years, so all the complaints about Jackson have been purged. At the time, it was reported more than half a million people complained about Jackson’s breast being exposed.
LADY GAGA AND MARK RONSON WIN BEST ORIGINAL SONG OSCAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga choked through tears to accept the Oscar for best original song for “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born. Among the people she thanked was her co-star, Bradley Cooper. She said there was “not a single person on the planet who could have sang this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us.” She also told the audience at home it’s not about winning, but about not giving up. Mark Ronson, who was one of the co-writers of the song, said Lady Gaga made it easy. Lady Gaga and Ronson’s win is Diane Warren’s loss, though. Warren was nominated for “I’ll Fight” from “RBG,” her tenth Oscar nomination without a win. However, Lady Gaga missed out on the best actress award to Olivia Colman.
RAMI MALEK WINS BEST ACTOR FOR PLAYING FREDDIE MERCURY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” has won him an Oscar. Malek won the best actor Oscar in what he calls a “monumental moment.” He told the producers, “I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out.” He also thanked Queen for allowing him to be “the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy.” He said Mercury lived unapologetically and his win is proof that people wants stories like this.
MONKEES MUSIC SALES SOAR AFTER PETER TORK’S DEATH
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sales of Monkees songs grew by more than 1,100 percent after Peter Tork’s death on Thursday. Billboard reports the band sold a negligible amount the day before, but combined sales of albums and digital songs were 3,000 in the day after Tork’s death. The top-selling song was “Daydream Believer,” with Tork performing the piano intro.
JA RULE CURSES TIMBERWOLVES AFTER HALFTIME SHOW
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ja Rule is pushing back after a less-than-stellar halftime show during Saturday’s Timberwolves-Bucks game. Video shows Ja Rule having sound problems at the beginning. Another video shows Buck star Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KAHM’-poh) taking warmup shots while Ja Rule was still performing. Ja Rule took on his critics on Twitter, saying the sound did not come on when it was supposed to, but he still rocked. When the Timberwolves’ official Twitter account mocked him, Ja Rule cursed the team. He says they won’t win for the next 30 years but he’ll lift it if the team apologizes. Ja Rule has been a target of criticism because of his involvement with the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas in 2017.
ARIANA GRANDE’S “THANK U, NEXT” STAYS AT NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) is still the number-one album in the country. It maintains its lead on the Billboard 200 album chart for a second week in a row. It moved 151,000 units in the past week. The soundtrack to “Bohemian Rhapsody” is second, followed by the soundtrack to “A Star Is Born.” Florida Georgia Line takes fourth with “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country.” Drake’s “So Far Gone” is number five. It had been released for free in 2009 and made its commercial and streaming debut to mark its tenth anniversary.
BLACK TRANSGENDER SINGER JACKIE SHANE DIES
NASHVILLE (AP) — A pioneering black transgender soul singer who packed nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s has died. Record label Numero Group confirms Jackie Shane died in Nashville at the age of 78. The date and cause of death were not given. Shane said in an AP interview last year she considered herself a woman in a man’s body by the time she was 13 and her mother fully supported her. When her native Nashville proved too difficult for her music career, she ended up in Toronto. She became part of an influential R&B scene there. She disappeared in 1971 and later said it was to care for her mother and because show business exhausted her. Interest in her career was revived when the CBC in Canada ran a documentary about her a few years ago. A reissue album of her music, called “Any Other Way,” was nominated for the historical album Grammy this year.
by Margie Szaroleta