21 SAVAGE EXPRESSES REGRET OVER “ASMR” LYRIC
UNDATED (AP) — 21 Savage is apologizing for the lyrics that got LeBron James in trouble. James had posted lyrics last weekend from 21 Savage’s song “ASMR” that said, “We been getting that Jewish money/Everything is Kosher.” James tells ESPN he meant it as a compliment and he apologizes for offending anyone. 21 Savage posted his own apology, saying the Jewish people he knows are “very wise” with money, so that’s why he said it. 21 Savage says he meant no offense and he loves “all people.”
BAD BUNNY WAS NOT EXCITED ABOUT GRAMMY NOMINATION
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Bad Bunny was flattered to be nominated for a Grammy, but he was hardly jumping up and down at the news. Bad Bunny says it made him “happy and cheerful,” but honestly, he did not get very excited. He says he does not think about awards or money. He says he’s more thrilled when people like his songs and sing along at his concerts. Bad Bunny released his first album, “X 100Pre,” as a surprise this week.
CARLY PEARCE AND MICHAEL RAY ARE ENGAGED
UNDATED (AP) — Carly Pearce and Michael Ray are getting married. Ray posted on Instagram that he got down on one knee to propose to Pearce last Wednesday while they were on vacation in Mexico. Ray calls Pearce “the biggest blessing I have and will ever receive.” Pearce writes on her Instagram she would have married Ray the first night they hung out. No word on a wedding date.
MARK WILLS INVITED TO JOIN GRAND OLE OPRY
NASHVILLE (AP) — Mark Wills took a selfie with Vince Gill before they performed together at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Friday. Little did Wills know that a few minutes later, Gill would invite him to become the latest Opry member. Wills fell to his knees and got emotional as he accepted. Wills will be inducted Jan. 11.
“MAKING BELIEVE” WRITER JIMMY WORK PASSES AWAY
NASHVILLE (AP) — “Making Believe” songwriter Jimmy Work has died. The Nashville Tennessean reports Work died at his home in Dukedom, Tennessee, on Saturday. He was 92. Kitty Wells made “Making Believe” a hit in 1955, and Emmylou Harris had a hit with it in 1977. Among the acts who did versions of “Making Believe” include Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Connie Francis, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Rock bands Social Distortion and Volbeat covered it as well. Work also wrote the country hits “Tennessee Border” and “That’s What Makes a Jukebox Play.”
IL DIVO RECALL THEIR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EACH OTHER
LONDON (AP) — The first time the members of Il Divo sang together was the first time they met. Singer Sebastien Izambard (IH’-zam-bard) says he walked into the studio, met the producer, met the other singers and they immediately started singing. Singer David Miller says there was a lot of jockeying for position as they figured out whose voice was going to do what. Miller and fellow singer Urs Buhler laugh about their first impressions of each other. They both thought the other one was going to look like an opera singer. Miller showed up in a denim jacket and cowboy boots, and Buhler had a ponytail because he was a metal guy at heart.
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NICKI MINAJ JOINS CAST OF “ANGRY BIRDS” SEQUEL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicki Minaj has signed on for a role in “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” according to Variety magazine. What her role will be is unknown. Minaj previously appeared in the films “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” ″The Other Woman” and “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” The “Angry Birds” sequel will come out Aug. 16.
By Margie Szaroleta