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January 25, 2019

LAWYER REVEALS DETAILS OF RAPE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST CHRIS BROWN

PARIS (AP) — The lawyer for the woman accusing Chris Brown and two other men of rape in Paris says she was under “great psychological pressure” from large, older men to have “non-consensual sex” in locked rooms. Attorney Franck Serfati tells The Associated Press the 23-year-old student was invited to a hotel party with Brown and his friends on Jan. 15, where she says she was forced to do cocaine before she was locked in a room with Brown. Serfati says there were “forced sexual relations,” then Brown went to talk to other men in that Serfati calls “a masculine environment.” He says the woman alleges Brown’s bodyguard and one of Brown’s associates assaulted her on a different floor of the hotel. Brown has denied the charges. Brown’s legal representative in France tweeted he is preparing a defamation complain that Brown will file against his accuser.

C-MURDER DENIED RETRIAL FOR 2002 SLAYING

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has refused to grant C-Murder a new trial or throw out his conviction for a 2002 fatal shooting in a nightclub near New Orleans. The New Orleans Advocate reports Judge Steven Enright ruled C-Murder, AKA Corey Miller, did not meet the burden of proof. C-Murder petitioned the court with sworn affidavits from two eyewitnesses who now say they did not see Miller pull the trigger that resulted in Steven Thomas’ death. Enright ruled against the claims of the witnesses, as well as C-Murder’s claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. C-Murder is serving a life sentence. The true-crime TV series “Reasonable Doubt” focused on the case in June.

BOOSIE BADAZZ SETTLES PART OF PEPPER SPRAY LAWSUIT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Boosie Badazz has settled part of his lawsuit stemming from an incident in April 2017 in which he was pepper-sprayed at a mall in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Biloxi Sun Herald reports Boosie reached a confidential settlement with the city of Biloxi, as well as the management company and security service for Edgewater Mall. Dillard’s department store is still a defendant in the lawsuit. Boosie and members of his group say they were pepper-sprayed in the store. A security guard says Boosie’s group provoked him. Boosie posted a video expressing his displeasure over the settlement. He posted a second one urging fans to stay away from Biloxi and Gulfport.

WEEZER RELEASES COVERS ALBUM

UNDATED (AP) — Covering other artists has been working for Weezer lately, so they made an entire album of covers. Weezer released “The Teal Album” yesterday. Besides their version of Toto’s “Africa,” among the songs they remade are “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” ″Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” ″Take On Me,” ″Billie Jean” and “No Scrubs.” Weezer also offered teal wallets with the band logo on it, with the first 100 purchasers getting a dollar bill signed by a member of the band, but they’re already sold out.

GRETA VAN FLEET IS LUKEWARM ABOUT WINNING THE BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY

NEW YORK (AP) — Greta Van Fleet is up for four Grammys, and it’s in two of the lesser categories they’d like to win. Guitarist Jake Kiszka (KIS’-kah) says he’d love to win for best rock performance and for best rock album. They’re also up for best new artist, which is one of the major awards, but Kiszka calls that “sort of a cursed category.” So, if they won best new artist, would they turn it down? Kiszka says with a laugh they’d accept it because otherwise, “That would be rude.” The Grammys are Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.

BILLIE EILISH EXPLAINS THE PROS AND CONS OF WORKING WITH HER BROTHER

CHICAGO (AP) — The main songwriting partner for Billie Eilish (EYE’-lihsh) is her brother. Eilish says the advantage is that he’s her best friend, and the disadvantage is that they spend a lot of time together and stuff can go wrong. Eilish says if they disagree, it’s nice that they don’t have to dodge too much, but on the other hand, she says because they’re so close, sometimes they say too much. He’s content to let her be the star for now. Eilish says he does his own thing and they support each other.

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ED SHEERAN EARNS ANOTHER DIAMOND

NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Sheeran has won a second Diamond Award for sales and streams exceeding 10 million, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. His song “Shape of You” was certified yesterday. Sheeran has one other Diamond Award, for “Thinking Out Loud,” which was certified in 2017.

GRAMMY HALL OF FAME WILL ADD 25 RECORDINGS TO ITS HALL OF FAME

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith, “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Every year, The Recording Academy inducts 25 recordings that are at least 25 years old for their qualitative or historical significance. Among the albums that will be inducted are Tom Petty’s “Full Moon Fever,” Jackson Browne’s self-titled album and Miles Davis’ ”’Round About Midnight.” Among the singles that will be inducted are “Wild Thing” by The Troggs, “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” by Nina Simone, Link Wray’s “Rumble” and the 1908 version of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” by Edward Meeker with The Edison Orchestra.

MORE GRAMMY PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Red Hot Chili Peppers will team with Post Malone for a performance at the Grammys. Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. (HER) and Miley Cyrus have been added to the lineup as well. Previously announced performers are Camila Cabello (cah-MEE’-lah cah-BAY’-oh), Cardi B, Dan and Shay, Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and Kacey Musgraves. The Grammys are Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.

by Margie Szaroleta

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