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May 21, 2019

ARETHA FRANKLIN WILLS FOUND IN HOME

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the “Queen of Soul.” This word from an attorney who says one of the wills was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. The latest of the three wills is dated March 2014 and appears to give the famous singer’s assets to family members. Some writing is extremely hard to decipher, however, and the four pages have words scratched out and phrases in the margins. Franklin was 76 when she died last August of pancreatic cancer. Lawyers and family members said at the time that she had no will, but three handwritten versions were discovered earlier this month. Two from 2010 were found in a locked cabinet after a key was located. The 2014 version was inside a spiral notebook under cushions, said David Bennett _ an attorney for Franklin’s estate. The wills were filed yesterday.

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MADONNA DEFENDS EUROVISION PERFORMANCE

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Madonna says she was looking to bring the world together with a performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv that’s tinged with controversy. Madonna tweets she is grateful for the opportunity “to spread the message of peace and unity with the world.” Two of her dancers flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned to their backs. The European Broadcast Union says Madonna was told of the non-political nature of the event and she did not clear that aspect of her performance in advance. That was not got most viewers upset, though. Many complained that Madonna was singing off key.

SLIPKNOT’S M. SHAWN CRAHAN’S DAUGHTER DIES

UNDATED (AP) _ Percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (KRAN) of Slipknot is making arrangements he never imagined: his daughter’s funeral. Crahan writes on social media his 22-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, died on Saturday. He did not give details on her death.

STEVE VAN ZANDT LEAVES THE POLITICS ASIDE ON “SUMMER OF SORCERY”

NEW YORK (AP) _ Steve Van Zandt is keeping politics out of his music, for once. Van Zandt acknowledges he used to be “as political as it gets,” but he wants to provide a break to what’s going on in the world. That’s the approach to his new album, “Summer of Sorcery.” He says for once, his music is not autobiographical. For hardcore fans, Van Zandt says that may be an adjustment. For everyone else, Van Zandt welcomes them to his shows. He says his concerts welcome Democrats, Republicans and independents because “it’s a strictly musical trip.”

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JON PARDI RELEASES “HEARTACHE MEDICATION”

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Jon Pardi jokes that his new song, “Heartache Medication,” has the first fiddle intro on country radio since Alan Jackson. He says when he wrote it, he knew the fiddle would count it off. Even when he’s singing about downer topics, Pardi wants you to have a good time. He says he will tackle sad subjects on his upcoming album, but the songs will still lift you up. Pardi’s album, also called “Heartache Medication,” will come out in September.

KID CUDI WILL BE IN “WESTWORLD”

UNDATED (AP) _ So THAT’S why Kid Cudi says he’s not making any new music until next year. He’s in the next season of “Westworld.” Cudi appears briefly in the trailer HBO released to promote season three, which is scheduled to start in 2020.

HALL AND OATES, STING WILL APPEAR ON “RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL”

NEW YORK (AP) _ Hall and Oates will reimagine the video for the song “You Make My Dreams” on NBC’s “Red Nose Day Special,” which will raise money to combat child poverty. Sting, Josh Groban, John Legend and Chrissie Metz will perform, as will Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. Sam Smith will have a cameo in a mini-sequel of the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” which will reunite the original cast, 25 years after the film’s release. Michael Che, Colin Jost and Kate McKinnon from “Saturday Night Live” will appear in a sketch. Among the celebrities who will make appearances are Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, Howie Mandel, Kal Penn, Ben Stiller, Connie Britton and Julia Roberts. The “Red Nose Day Special” will air Thursday on NBC.

by Margie Szaroleta

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