FOURTH SUSPECT ARRESTED IN XXXTENTACION SHOOTING
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The fourth suspect in the shooting death of emerging South Florida rap star XXXTentacion has turned himself in to authorities.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 20-year-old Trayvon Newsome was taken into custody after surrendering at his lawyer’s Fort Lauderdale office yesterday afternoon.
Newsome and three other men are accused of killing XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-ta-see-YAWN) in June. The 20-year-old rap star was fatally shot as he left a motorcycle dealership. Officials have said a struggle ensued when the rapper’s sports car was blocked by another vehicle, two masked gunmen approached and shot XXXTentacion multiple times. The gunmen fled with a Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000.
Newsome was booked into Broward County’s Main Jail on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.
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PINK FEELS BETTER
SYDNEY (AP) — Pink has postponed a fourth show in Australia. But she promises to be back on stage Saturday following a stomach virus.
Her “Beautiful Trauma” world tour’s first concert in Sydney was scheduled for last Friday, but she canceled that show on doctor’s orders.
The 38-year-old singer battled through a Saturday night show.
Promoter Live Nation said Pink was admitted to a hospital on Sunday suffering from dehydration and was discharged. But she was readmitted and diagnosed with a gastric virus hours before her Monday concert was due to begin.
She was discharged from the hospital the next day, but Tuesday night’s concert was canceled.
Pink says tomorrow’s concert would be the fourth and last cancellation.
NTSB RECORDS SHOW PILOT KILLED IN 2013 WAS OBSESSED WITH TAYLOR SWIFT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —The National Transportation Safety Board concluded two years ago that a Canadian pilot killed in a 2013 plane crash in Tennessee was obsessed with an unnamed Nashville celebrity. We now know it was Taylor Swift. WSMV-TV obtained records through a Freedom of Information Act request and reports that 45-year-old Michael Callan had written multiple letters to Swift. Internal records indicate a mental health evaluator concluded in 2012 that Callan’s letters “have the flavor of stalking.” Callan had listed Swift as his emergency contact on his membership application to the Windsor Flying Club, where he rented the plane. An NTSB investigation found Callan was legally drunk when he tried to land the plane at Nashville International Airport in dense fog. He was the only occupant. Swift’s publicist has said Swift did not know Callan.
ALLEGED THIEF OF LITTLE BIG TOWN EQUIPMENT IS CAUGHT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have caught the man suspected of multiple robberies, including taking a trailer, boat and truck belonging to Little Big Town. The sheriff’s office of Cheatham County, Tennessee, posted on Facebook they arrested Denver Taylor and two other suspects after a high-speed chase involving police cars and a helicopter Monday morning. Little Big Town had written on Instagram that whoever stole their trailer was in for a surprise. They say rather than containing vintage guitars and amps, the trailer contained two old children’s bikes, a scooter, a baby pool and a unicorn float.
LADY GAGA PLANS POP SHOW AND JAZZ REVUE FOR VEGAS RESIDENCY
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is planning two types of shows for her residency in Las Vegas. “Lady Gaga Enigma” will feature her pop hits. “Lady Gaga Jazz and Piano” will focus on stripped-down versions of her songs and selections from the Great American Songbook. The residency starts Dec. 28 with 27 performances. Only four will feature the jazz show. Meanwhile, the remake of “A Star Is Born” featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper opens Oct. 5.
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KEITH URBAN CELEBRATES “THE FIGHTER”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “The Fighter” was an easy song for Keith Urban to write, because it was part of a real conversation he had with his wife, Nicole Kidman, before they were married. Urban says Kidman had her fears, and he promised to be good to her. That’s why the song sounds like vows. Carrie Underwood is his duet partner on that song, but even though she can’t be there every time Urban performs it, it doesn’t matter. Urban says the audience sings Underwood’s part every night. Urban celebrated the success of “The Fighter” with a party in Nashville on Monday.
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DUNN, OSLIN WILL BE INDUCTED INTO NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ronnie Dunn and K.T. Oslin are among this year’s class of inductees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dunn wrote several Brooks and Dunn songs himself, like “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and “Neon Moon.” Oslin wrote many of her own hits, including ”’80s Ladies” and “I’ll Always Come Back.” Three other songwriters will be inducted. Byron Hill will go in for writing hits like “Fool Hearted Memory” for George Strait and “Born Country” for Alabama. Wayne Kirkpatrick will be honored for writing songs like “Boondocks” for Little Big Town and co-writing “Change The World” with Eric Clapton. Joe Melson will be inducted for his collaborations with Roy Orbison, including “Crying,” ″Only the Lonely” and “Running Scared.” The inductions will be in October.
ELLIE GOULDING IS ENGAGED
LONDON (AP) — Ellie Goulding (GOLD’-ing) is getting married. The Times of London newspaper published Goulding’s engagement to art dealer Caspar Jopling in a formal announcement in the marriage section of yesterday’s edition. They’ve been dating a year and half.
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THE “ELDERLY MEN ESCAPE TO GO TO METAL FESTIVAL” STORY IS NOT TRUE
BERLIN (AP) — The story of the two elderly men escaping from their retirement home to go to a heavy metal festival in Germany is not quite what it seems. Authorities say the two men were ages 58 and 59 and left a home for people with mental health issues on Friday to party in the town of Wacken. The Wacken Open Air festival was going on at the time. Police responded after festival-goers found two disoriented and intoxicated men at a bus stop early Saturday. The men were given first aid and sent home in a taxi.
PLAIN WHITE T’S TURN “HEY THERE DELILAH” INTO A TV SERIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Plain White T’s are adapting their song “Hey There Delilah” into a TV show. The Hollywood Reporter reports the band is working with Hollywood producers to create a scripted drama-comedy based on the story of a long-distance relationship. Frontman Tom Higgenson says he’s excited to give a new generation of fans the chance to form their own connection to the song and fall in love with the story. The series is being pitched to multiple networks.
PAUL McCARTNEY’S “CARPOOL KARAOKE” SEGMENT WILL BE EXPANDED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment with Paul McCartney on “The Late Late Show” in June was so popular that they’re going to expand it into a prime-time special. “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” will air on CBS on Aug. 20. Executive producer Ben Winston says they had to cut a lot of what they had filmed because of time constraints. He says there’s much more of the concert McCartney did in a Liverpool pub and more of the discussions McCartney and Corden had in the car.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP
NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and Cardi B will perform at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Sept. 29. Other performers include Janelle Monae and Shawn Mendes. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee (DEB’-or-ah lee) Furness will host. Free tickets are given out to members of Global Citizen. Members earn points by taking action to improve the world, like by sending tweets, contacting leaders or volunteering.
MEGHAN TRAINOR AND BRETT ELDREDGE PAIR UP FOR “CMT CROSSROADS”
NASHVILLE (AP) — Meghan Trainor says she was star-struck during her entire performance with Brett Eldredge for an upcoming edition of “CMT Crossroads.” She says they’ve known each other for a few years and she considers him a “superstar.” Eldredge says Trainor’s music has a “funky, swaggy thing” to it. He says their “CMT Crossroads” collaborations will “make everybody feel alive.” Their episode airs Sept. 3.
BARRY GIBB WILL PARTICIPATE IN ELVIS WEEK
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Barry Gibb will join TG Sheppard for a discussion about Elvis Presley during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee. Gibb and Sheppard will discuss Presley and their own careers during “Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections” at the Graceland Soundstage. Sheppard was a friend of Presley’s. Presley covered the Bee Gees’ hit “Words” during his Las Vegas shows.
by Margie Szaroleta