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May 20, 2019

TRAVIS TRITT’S BUS INVOLVED IN HIGHWAY WRECK

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) _ Travis Tritt says he is “shaken” and “saddened beyond belief” by a fatal crash that involved his tour bus early Saturday as he left Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Myrtle Beach Sun News reports a Jeep traveling in the wrong direction crashed head-on into a pickup truck. A South Carolina Highway Patrol officer says the driver of the Jeep and a passenger in the truck were killed. No one on Tritt’s tour bus was hurt, and Tritt says the bus sustained minor damage.

NBA YOUNGBOY JAILED WHILE JUDGE CONSIDERS REVOKING PROBATION

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ NBA YoungBoy is in jail in Louisiana while a judge considers whether to revoke his probation after he was involved in a fatal shooting in Florida during the Rolling Loud Festival this month. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports District Judge Bonnie Jackson had put NBA YoungBoy on probation for three years in August, 2017 as part of a sentence for aggravated assault. On Friday, Jackson says she was 90 percent sure a video that shows a young man making threats is NBA YoungBoy. Less than two weeks ago, passengers in an SUV opened fire on NBA YoungBoy in Miami, and members of his entourage who were legally armed fired back. Jackson ordered NBA YoungBoy jailed until June 21. She says if she receives concrete evidence the man in the video is the rapper, she will order him to serve the suspended 10-year prison term she gave him in 2017.

ICELAND CANYON SUFFERS FROM ADORING JUSTIN BIEBER FANS

FJADRÁRGLJÚFUR, Iceland (AP) _ The pristine spot in Iceland where Justin Bieber filmed the video for “I’ll Show You” is not so pristine anymore. The Fjadrárgljúfur (FYAR-awr-GLYOOV’-oer) canyon is closed to visitors, both by car and on foot, because of the environmental damage. More than one million people have visited the canyon since the video came out in 2015. It shows Bieber walking across the moss, dangling his feet over the canyon and bathing in the icy river. A park ranger says fans wanting access have offered bribes of food from their home countries or even a free trip to Dubai (doo-BY’). Icelandic Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson says it is “a bit too simplistic to blame the entire situation on Justin Bieber.” After all, you could conceivably blame “Game of Thrones.” The show filmed there this season, as well as at a nearby glacier and waterfall.

ELTON JOHN WATCHES HIMSELF IN “ROCKETMAN”

CANNES, France (AP) _ Elton John believes the actor who plays him in the film “Rocketman” had an extra-tough job to do. John says not only did Taron Egerton have to perform John’s life, he had to sing it too. John says when he sees the film, he doesn’t see Egerton -- he sees himself. John says when he first heard Egerton sing “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” he felt it was as good as his version. John’s songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, says it’s hard to imagine a movie about yourself. He says movies like that are usually made about people who have died, so luckily, he and John are still around to appreciate it. “Rocketman” opens next week.

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BUSINESS MANAGER WHO DEFRAUDED NE-YO AND BRIAN McKNIGHT IS SENTENCED

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A business manager convicted of defrauding Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Kevin Foster was convicted last year on 16 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and other charges. Prosecutors say Foster convinced Ne-Yo to invest $2 million in a beverage company, then invested an extra $1.5 million of Ne-Yo’s money without his permission. They say Foster withdrew money from McKnight’s account without authorization. Prosecutors say Foster spent the money on expensive clothes, jewelry, Super Bowl tickets and season tickets to the New York Giants and New York Knicks.

RECORDING ACADEMY’S MUSICARES HONORS MACKLEMORE

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Macklemore says he’s grateful that addicts like him have help from the Recording Academy, because it’s changing lives. Macklemore was honored by the Recording Academy on Thursday as part of its MusiCares program, which helps musicians in personal, financial or medical crisis. Macklemore says he does not have to hide from his imperfections or keep his condition a secret anymore. He says he can show up and take things one day at a time. The Recording Academy also announced the formation of the Mac Miller legacy fund, to help young adults with substance abuse. Miller died of an accidental drug overdose last year.

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KANYE WEST’S NEWBORN IS NAMED PSALM

NEW YORK (AP) _ Kanye West’s newborn son is named Psalm -- that’s P-S-A-L-M, as in “a sacred song or poem.” His wife, Kim Kardashian West, revealed the name along with a photo of the baby on Instagram. The baby was born May 9 via surrogate. The Wests also have a 5-year-old girl named North, a 3-year-old son named Saint and a 15-month-old girl named Chicago.

WOODSTOCK 50 GETS NEW FINANCIAL ADVISOR

NEW YORK (AP) _ The organizers of the Woodstock 50th anniversary concert say they’ve got a new financial adviser and plans are proceeding. Organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival say investment bank Oppenheimer and Company has signed on to help complete the financing. They say preparations are continuing for the festival, set to run Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, and featuring The Killers, Dead and Company and Jay-Z. Last week, a judge ruled that investor Amplifi Live could not cancel the festival, but it did not have to put back the $18 million it pulled while the dispute goes to arbitration. Amplifi had put up $49 million before arguing with organizers over attendance, budget and other issues.

MOTOWN MUSEUM UNVEILS DANCING IN THE STREET PARK

DETROIT (AP) _ Martha Reeves and the Vandellas led the celebration for Detroit’s newest park yesterday. It’s called Dancing In The Streets Park, and it’s next door to the original site of Motown Records, where they recorded the hit song of the same name. Members of The Contours and the Motown backing band The Funk Brothers also were there. The park has a giant chalkboard for writing memories and flower planters made from drums.

LOGIC HITS NUMBER ONE FOR A THIRD TIME

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” earns Logic his third number-one album. It moved 80,000 units in the past week, putting it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. Logic’s previous albums, “Bobby Tarantino 2” and “Everybody,” also were number one. Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) is second with “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Khalid (kah-LEED’) is third with “Free Spirit.” Sammy Hagar and The Circle is fourth with “Space Between.” Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) is fifth with “Thank U, Next.”

“THE VOICE” FINALE WILL FEATURE TAYLOR SWIFT, BRENDON URIE, BTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie (YER’-ee), BTS and the Jonas Brothers will perform on the season finale of “The Voice” tonight. Halsey, Khalid (kah-LEED’), OneRepublic and Hootie and the Blowfish also will perform. So will the top 4 contestants: Maelyn Jarmon, Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts and Andrew Sevener. One of them will be named the latest winner.

by Margie Szaroleta

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