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July 14, 2017

EMMY NOMINATIONS RECOGNIZE HIP-HOP ACTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chance The Rapper’s reaction to the Emmy nominations was to scream the news to his mama and to thank comedian Kenan Thompson. Chance and Thompson, along with two other writers, are nominated for the parody song “Last Christmas” that ran on “Saturday Night Live.” Chance tweets he secretly submitted another song for consideration: his tribute to Muhammad Ali that he sang at the 2016 Espys. Snoop Dogg has a chance at winning an Emmy before he’s ever won a Grammy. He’s nominated in the reality host category with Martha Stewart for “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” LL Cool J is nominated as a producer for “Lip Sync Battle.” Common and Robert Glasper are up for original music and lyrics for the song “Letter to the Free” from the Netflix documentary “13th.” The Emmys are Sept. 17 in Los Angeles.

ADAM SCHLESINGER, JACK WHITE AMONG EMMY NOMINEES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne could add to his Emmy collection because of a song called “We Tapped That Ass.” He co-wrote it for the show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and it’s up for an Emmy. Schlesinger already has two Emmys. Jack White and T Bone Burnett are nominated for music direction for “American Epic.” Former Tonic guitarist Jeff Russo is up for his music work on the series “Fargo.” Hans Zimmer, formerly of Buggles, is nominated for the theme music for the National Geographic show “Genius.” Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show is up for special class program and five other awards. Ron Howard’s film “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years” is up for two Emmys. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is nominated in the TV movie category. The Emmys are Sept. 17 in Los Angeles.

PRINCE - ESTATE

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled that Universal Music Group should be released from a music-rights deal with Prince’s estate. Universal struck a deal with the estate in January, but the estate later sought to cancel the deal after Warner Bros. Records claimed it conflicted with a contract it signed with Prince in 2014. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide (EYE’-dee) granted the estate’s request in a ruling yesterday. In a joint statement last night Universal and Prince’s estate said they “welcome” the court’s approval of the settlement.

MARGARITAVILLE IS BACK IN ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board denies it reversed a law forbidding margaritas from being served in pitchers in Jimmy Buffett’s home state because of the online uproar. An agency spokesman says the reversal had already been under consideration. Alabama had briefly banned serving margaritas in pitchers based on an old rule that suggested the alcohol content of each pour could be different because the alcohol could settle. Beer in pitchers was fine.

“MERLE HAGGARD POST OFFICE” IN THE WORKS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House has approved a measure to name a post office in Bakersfield, California, after native son Merle Haggard. The bill was advanced by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents Bakersfield. The Senate must still approve the measure, and President Donald Trump must sign it into law for it to go into effect.

THE LEAN DAYS OF BARNS COURTNEY

CHICAGO (AP) — Barns Courtney is working on his second music career. He had been signed to a record deal and was progressing nicely when his label abruptly dropped him about four years ago. Courtney says he had no place to go, so he’d stay with his girlfriend when the landlord wasn’t looking. The landlord would often throw him out, so Courtney would stay with any friend who would let him. He says he had no time to sort out what to leave behind, so he ended up taking things with him like a plastic Frenchman in a top hat with punch-and-kick action. Courtney says getting dropped ended up being the best thing to happen to him because it was the source of much songwriting inspiration.

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CASSADEE POPE AND RIAN DAWSON SPLIT UP

NEW YORK (AP) — Cassadee Pope and All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson have called off their engagement. Their representative tells People magazine Pope and Dawson have amicably ended their relationship and remain friends. The couple had dated for seven years. Dawson proposed in February.

SEBASTIAN BACH HAS “SINGING RELATED” SURGERY

UNDATED (AP) — Sebastian Bach has had some kind of surgery yesterday, but he’s vague on what kind it was. Bach wrote before the surgery it was “singing related” but it had nothing to do with his voice or his throat. He says rock and roll has taken its toll on a part of his body and he’s getting it fixed.

SHANIA TWAIN WILL PERFORM AT U.S. OPEN

NEW YORK (AP) — Shania Twain will be the headliner for the opening ceremony of the U.S. Open. Twain will perform Aug. 28 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Twain will release an album called “Now” on Sept. 29.

by Margie Szaroleta

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