JAMES INGRAM DIES
NEW YORK (AP) — James Ingram once said the legacy of every parent is their responsibility to the future. Ingram said in a 1993 Associated Press interview since children are the future, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Ingram has died at the age of 66, according to his friend and collaborator, actress Debbie Allen. The AP could not confirm his death with Ingram’s family or representatives. Ingram left a legacy of hit music. He had hits with “Yah Mo Be There” with Michael McDonald, “Baby Come To Me” with Patti Austin, “Somewhere Out There” with Linda Ronstadt, and on his own with “I Don’t Have The Heart.” He also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s song “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” and was one of the singers on “We Are The World.”
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PETER JACKSON WILL MAKE BEATLES FILM
LONDON (AP) — “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson says newly found footage of The Beatles during the “Let It Be” sessions shows a different side of them in that time period. Jackson says in a statement he was relieved that “the reality is very different than the myth.” Jackson will make a documentary based on the footage, with the blessing of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison. While fans combed the “Let It Be” movie that came out in 1970 for clues on their breakup, Jackson says there’s not as much discord as previously thought. He acknowledges there are moments of drama, but adds that there are moments that are “funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.” A release date was not given.
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MAROON 5 IS QUIET ABOUT PRE-SUPER BOWL PRESS CONFERENCE
ATLANTA (AP) — Maroon 5 isn’t saying why they called off the traditional press conference for Super Bowl halftime performers. The NFL says the band “will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.” The NFL promises to share behind-the-scenes footage of preparations through social media. Maroon 5 accepted the halftime show gig after several artists say they turned it down as a solidarity move with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) and other players who have kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA PREPARES FOR VEGAS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christina Aguilera plans to call the other pop singers who have Las Vegas residencies to find out what she’s getting herself into. Aguilera says she will call the others and ask, “Give me the real juice - what’s Vegas really like?” Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are among those who have had Las Vegas residencies. Aguilera plans to bring her 4-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son along for the ride, because they’re pretty much expecting it. Aguilera says they were on her recent tour with her and they’d get mad if she didn’t bring them on stage with her. Aguilera’s Las Vegas show starts May 31.
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LINDA PERRY LOOKS FORWARD TO HER FUTURE PRODUCER GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Perry knew she’d be nominated for the non-classical producer of the year Grammy. She’s fully expecting to be nominated next year too. Perry says she saw the nomination coming because she did a good body of work. Perry is the first woman nominated in that category in 15 years. While it could be history-making if she wins, she’s looking to the future. Perry says she’ll be nominated next year because her body of work is still awesome. As she puts it, “There is going to be a crime happening if I’m not nominated next year.”
J. COLE, MEEK MILL WILL PERFORM AT NBA ALL-STAR GAME
NEW YORK (AP) — J. Cole will headline the NBA All-Star Game halftime show. Meek Mill will open the game and perform as the teams are introduced. Anthony Hamilton will sing the American national anthem, and Carly Rae Jepsen will sing the Canadian national anthem. The All-Star Game will be Feb. 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and carried on TNT.
RONNIE WOOD’S HORSE IS ENTERED INTO PRESTIGIOUS STEEPLECHASE RACE
LONDON (AP) — Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood may have a steeplechase champion in his stables. British Grand National organizers say Wood’s horse, Sandymount Duke, is among 112 entries for what’s billed as the world’s most grueling steeplechase. Sandymount Duke has won 10 of 30 races. The entrants will be whittled down to 40 for the race April 6 outside Liverpool. The Rolling Stones begin their U.S. tour on April 20.
BUBLE’, 2 CHAINZ, LUDACRIS AMONG MUSIC ACTS IN SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS
UNDATED (AP) — Michael Buble’ (boo-BLAY’), 2 Chainz and Ludacris will be featured in separate Super Bowl commercials. Buble will appear in an ad for Pepsi’s Bubly sparkling water. 2 Chainz and actor Adam Scott are in a commercial for a company called Expensify. Mercedes-Benz will feature Ludacris in its commercial. Other musicians in Super Bowl commercials include Lil Jon and Cardi B for Pepsi — and Chance the Rapper and the Backstreet Boys for Doritos.
CSX SETTLES LAWSUIT FROM GREGG ALLMAN FILM SHOOT DEATH
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A railroad owner has settled a civil lawsuit filed by the family of a film worker killed during the filming of the movie about Gregg Allman in 2014. Court records show CSX Transportation reached a confidential settlement with the family of Sarah Jones last week. Jones was killed outside Savannah, Georgia when a freight train slammed into film workers shooting on a bridge. CSX had denied permission for the film shoot, but a jury in 2017 ordered CSX to pay $3.9 million in damages. The company appealed but asked a court to withdraw that after the settlement. Jones’ father, Richard Jones, says the family is “relieved that the lawsuit has concluded.” A CSX spokeswoman declined comment.
JAKE OWEN WILL PLAY BEFORE DAYTONA 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jake Owen will do the pre-race concert for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. The national anthem singer, the grand marshal and the honorary starter have yet to be announced. Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the honorary pace truck driver.
JOHNNY CASH STATUE PROPOSAL FAILS IN ARKANSAS SENATE COMMITTEE
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to put a statue of Johnny Cash in the U.S. Capitol has failed. Arkansas State Senator David Wallace had proposed replacing Arkansas’ statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones of Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates. It was defeated in a legislative committee. Another bill is in the works. Arkansas’ current statues are of former Arkansas Governor James P. Clarke and 19th-century attorney Uriah Rose.
by Margie Szaroleta