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May 9, 2019

R. KELLY HAS A BUSY DAY IN COURT

CHICAGO (AP) _ R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Drea Kelly, says it’s a victory for her children that he handed over $62,000 in back child support. Kelly brought the check during a court hearing in Chicago yesterday. He had been jailed in March when he fell behind on payments. Drea Kelly’s attorney, Alison Motta, says things got so bad financially that the Kellys’ oldest child had to drop out of college. R. Kelly’s attorney, Lisa Damico (dah-MEE’-koh), says Kelly wants to do right by his kids and even as his income sources have been cut, he still pays the full amount. Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times reports in another courtroom, Cook County Judge Moira Johnson rescinded a default judgment against Kelly in a civil case filed by one of his accusers in the criminal case against him. Johnson reinstated the lawsuit after R. Kelly’s lawyers said he had not responded to it because he’s illiterate and could not read the documents.

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INQUEST HELD IN DEATH OF PRODIGY’S KEITH FLINT

LONDON (AP) _ While it appears that Keith Flint of The Prodigy died at his own hand, a British coroner says there’s not enough evidence to say for sure. An inquest finds Flint died by hanging, with cocaine, alcohol and codeine in his system. Flint was found dead at his home in eastern England on March 4. Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray says there is not enough evidence to conclude that Flint’s death was either an accident or a suicide.

“WOW CHILD” WOWS CLASSICAL MUSICIANS

BOSTON (AP) _ Who’s the “Wow Child”? A performing arts group in Boston wants to know. The Handel and Haydn Society performed Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral Music” on Sunday in Boston. In the silence that came after they played the final note, a kid blurted out, “Wow!” The audience laughed and then applauded. Handel and Haydn Society president and CEO David Snead calls it one of the most wonderful moments he’s experienced in a concert hall. The group would like to find out who the kid is, so he or she can meet the conductor and be the orchestra’s special guest at an upcoming performance.

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME WILL HONOR JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Songwriters Hall of Fame will give a special award to Justin Timberlake. He will receive the Contemporary Icon Award, which is given to celebrate a songwriter-artist who has attained an iconic status in pop culture. Songwriters Hall of Fame chair Nile Rodgers says Timberlake turns pop music into great art because “he knows the secret is extraordinary songs.” Timberlake will receive his award during the group’s induction ceremony in New York on June 13. This year’s class of inductees includes Missy Elliott, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Jack Tempchin and Dallas Austin.

LED ZEPPELIN DOCUMENTARY IS IN THE WORKS

LONDON (AP) _ A documentary that features the members of Led Zeppelin telling their story is in the finishing stages. The as-yet-untitled film will feature new interviews from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, as well as archival interviews with John Bonham. The film will feature only the band members. Jones says in a statement, “The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring this story to life.” A release date was not given.

VANESSA CARLTON WILL STAR IN “BEAUTIFUL” ON BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) _ Vanessa Carlton will make her Broadway debut, portraying Carole King in the musical “Beautiful.” She will do a ten-week run starting June 27. Carlton says as a pianist, writer and mother, she is honored to “bring to life the story of a fellow woman balancing it all.”

MARIE OSMOND JOINS “THE TALK”

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Marie Osmond will take over for Sara Gilbert as host on the CBS show “The Talk.” Osmond has been both a guest and a fill-in host on the show. She says in a statement she is thrilled to now call it her day job. Gilbert announced last month she’s leaving to have a better work-life balance. Osmond’s first show will be in September.

ALABAMA EXTENDS TOUR

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Teddy Gentry of Alabama says a lot of the kids coming to their shows were not even born when the group started having hits. Alabama is extending its 50th anniversary tour to add 29 more shows. Jeff Cook announced in 2017 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and he would have limited ability to perform. He says in a statement the group has been overwhelmed by the support they’ve gotten. They play tonight in Orange Beach, Alabama.

RECORDING ACADEMY NAMES NEW LEADER

NEW YORK (AP) _ The CEO of Bono’s (RED) organization will be the new head of the Recording Academy. Deborah Dugan will begin as president and CEO on Aug. 1. She takes over from Neil Portnow, who has been charge since 2002. He announced he will not seek an extension of his contract after this year.

by Margie Szaroleta