DAZ DILLINGER ARRESTED
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Daz Dillinger is out on $15,000 bail as he faces 13 marijuana-related felonies. The rapper was arrested outside Atlanta on Tuesday. According to the police warrant, officers found marijuana, THC vaporizer pods and “a grape drink laced with cannabis” at his home. A Cobb County, Georgia, police spokeswoman says she does not know why officers obtained a search warrant for his home. Dillinger has not commented on the arrest. He’s known for his work as half of Tha Dogg Pound and producing records for Tupac Shakur (TOO’-pahk shah-KOOR’) and his cousin, Snoop Dogg.
NELLY SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER RAPE ALLEGATION
SEATTLE (AP) —Nelly has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that he raped her on his tour bus in suburban Seattle then defamed her when he claimed she made up the accusation. Settlement terms between Monique Greene and the rapper haven’t been disclosed. The Seattle Times reports that a dismissal order filed Monday in King County Superior Court shows both sides agreed to pay their own attorneys’ fees and costs. Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, said in an email that no money exchanged hands.
PAUL McCARTNEY WRITES “HEY GRANDUDE!” BOOK FOR KIDS
UNDATED (AP) — Paul McCartney is putting out his first children’s picture book. It’s called “Hey Grandude!” and it’s inspired by a name one of his eight grandchildren has for him. McCartney says it’s about a man who is “kind of magical” who goes on adventures with his four grandchildren, who he calls “Chillers.” Kathryn Durst did the illustrations. It will be released in September of 2019.
T.I. CREATES POP-UP MUSEUM DEDICATED TO TRAP MUSIC CULTURE
ATLANTA (AP) — T.I. has set up an escape room game where visitors have to find their way out of a house littered with illegal drugs before authorities show up. It’s called “Escape the Trap” and it’s part of his pop-up museum in Atlanta called the Trap Music Museum. It’s dedicated to trap music, with areas dedicated to Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Future, and of course, himself. Given that trap music is characterized with gritty lyrics about drugs and gunplay, isn’t he glorifying it with a museum? T.I. says movies like “Scarface” glorify guns and drugs, too. T.I. says he’s not proud of some of the things he did in his dope-selling days but he’s proud of the lessons he learned. The museum opens Sunday. His album, “Dime Trap,” comes out next Friday.
BARBRA STREISAND CHANNELS POLITICAL FRUSTRATION INTO MUSIC -- AND BREAKFAST
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Barbra Streisand says news about President Donald Trump causes her to eat. Streisand says she’d turn on the news and have breakfasts full of bacon, sausages, pancakes, butter and maple syrup -- organic, of course. Streisand realized she had to put her energy into music. Her newest single is called “Don’t Lie To Me.” She says she had intended for it to have subtle references to Trump but then she went “ballistic.” Her new album, “Walls,” comes out Nov. 2.
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ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE PLANNED FOR AMAS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gladys Knight says it’s a blessing to be part of an Aretha Franklin tribute at the American Music Awards. Knight says in a statement Franklin “radiated light and love through all of her life’s work.” The tribute will focus on Franklin’s gospel roots, particularly on her 1972 “Amazing Grace” album. The tribute also will include Ledisi (LED’-ih-see), Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor. Franklin won six AMAs and hosted the show twice. The AMAs will air live from Los Angeles on ABC on Oct. 9.
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CHILDISH GAMBINO PUTS OFF TOUR DUE TO FOOT INJURY
NEW YORK (AP) — Childish Gambino is postponing his tour until December because of a foot injury. Concert promoter Live Nation says Gambino hurt his foot during Sunday’s concert in Dallas. His tour will resume Dec. 2 in Nashville. He still plans to perform at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans next month but he has canceled his appearance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
MICHAEL BUBLE’ PLANS ALBUM RELEASE AFTER THINKING HE WOULD WALK AWAY FROM MUSIC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Buble’ (boo-BLAY’) had made his peace with the idea that he could give up making music. He’s putting out an album anyway. The title is a heart, pronounced “Love.” Buble’ says his entire world view has changed in the past few years. His daughter, Vida Amber Betty, was born last summer, his son Elias was born in 2016, and his son Noah was diagnosed with cancer last year. Buble’ says, “I didn’t anticipate returning to recording or performing and I was fine with that.” Buble’ says he learned how much love and humanity there is in the world, and he felt the need to express that in music. “Love” will come out Nov. 16.
PLACIDO DOMINGO PERFORMS AT REOPENING OF THEATER DAMAGED BY HURRICANE HARVEY
HOUSTON (AP) — Placido Domingo brought the music back to a Houston theater that was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year. He was the headliner for the gala reopening of the Wortham Theater Center on Wednesday. Domingo performed at that venue 30 years ago at its original opening. The theater suffered about $100 million of damage last year.
by Margie Szaroleta