CHRIS BROWN RELEASED AFTER RAPE ACCUSATION IN PARIS
PARIS (AP) —Chris Brown is strongly denying accusations that he raped a woman in Paris two weeks ago. Brown writes on Instagram in all caps, “THIS IS FALSE.” French officials say Brown and two other people were detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions. A woman filed a complaint saying she met Brown and his friends on Jan. 15 at a club, then they all went to a hotel. Neither the club nor the hotel has reported any unusual activity. The Paris prosecutor’s office says Brown has been authorized to leave France while the investigation is ongoing. Brown’s publicists at Sony Music would not comment, nor say why Brown was in Paris.
JOHN BERRY HAS CANCER REMOVED
NASHVILLE (AP) — John Berry confirms he’s recovering from surgery to remove a malignant tumor found in his throat. Berry’s publicist says the tumor was found when Berry had a tonsil infection starting in November and it wouldn’t get better. Berry says in a Facebook video it felt like he had the skin of a Spanish peanut stuck in his throat. Berry had surgery on Jan. 10 to remove both tonsils and part of his soft palate. He’s expected to have treatment for five weeks and he was told the success rate is 90 percent. Berry’s next concert is scheduled for April 26 in Blue Mountain, Mississippi.
HUEY LEWIS SAYS HIS HEARING LOSS IS SLOWLY GETTING BETTER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Huey Lewis says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about his return to music. Huey Lewis and the News announced an album that will come out this spring, nearly a year after the band called off all concerts because Lewis was suffering from hearing loss and vertigo. Lewis says in a statement some days are better than others, but overall things are improving for him. He says he hopes to stabilize and be back to writing, recording and performing.
BEBE REXHA RANTS AGAINST DESIGNERS WHO SAY SHE’S TOO BIG
UNDATED (AP) — Bebe Rexha says designers don’t want to create a dress for her to wear to the Grammys because she’s too big. She’s a size 8. Rexha says in an Instagram video her team has reached out to several designers, but they have refused because of her size. Rexha says with a profanity if a size 6 or 8 is considered too big, she doesn’t want to wear their dresses. She says the designers are sending the message that women who are size 8 and up are not beautiful. She adds that her size 8 rear end is STILL going to go to the Grammys. Rexha is up for best new artist and the best country duo or group Grammy for “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line.
JUDGE: R. KELLY CAN STAY IN STUDIO, BUT NOT AT NIGHT
CHICAGO (AP) — Late-night recording sessions at R. Kelly’s Chicago studio are over. The Chicago Sun-Times reports a Cook County judge has ruled the studio may only be used between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and only as a recording studio. The judge also ruled against using the second floor after building inspectors found faulty stairs. Last week, the inspectors found code violations at the studio during a court-ordered inspection. A photo from the inspection shows racks of clothing, and inspectors say they found toiletries and towels. They also found several fire hazards and two overflowing bathtubs. Kelly’s legal team has denied anyone has ever lived there. A lawyer for the company that owns the building did not answer when asked if Kelly has paid more than $170,000 in back rent and fees, which was due on Monday.
DIANE WARREN TRIES AGAIN FOR AN OSCAR MUSIC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diane Warren, who just nabbed her tenth Oscar nomination, swears she’s not jaded. Warren jokes she’s in double digits now with her song “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” up for best original song. Warren has never won an Oscar. Mark Ronson, part of a team of writers along with Lady Gaga who wrote “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” calls their nomination “insane” and “wonderful.” He says Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper paid a lot of attention to make sure the songs were good. Gillian (GIL’-ee-an) Welch and David Rawlings are nominated for “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are nominated for “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.” Kendrick Lamar and SZA (SIH’-zah) are part of the team that wrote the nominated song “All The Stars” from “Black Panther.” Lady Gaga also was nominated for best actress for her work in “A Star Is Born.” ″Bohemian Rhapsody,” the story of the band Queen, got five nominations, including best picture and best actor for Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury. The Oscars will be Feb. 24 in Los Angeles.
048989-w-346:56-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’- tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, SZA score Oscar music nods (22 Jan 2019)
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MAXINE BROWN RUSSELL OF THE BROWNS DIES
NASHVILLE (AP) — Maxine Brown Russell of The Browns has died at the age of 87. A publicist for the family says Russell died Monday in hospice care surrounded by her family in Little Rock, Arkansas. Russell, along with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown, launched their careers as country-pop group The Browns in the 1950s. Their hits include “The Three Bells,” ″The Old Lamplighter,” ″Scarlet Ribbons” and “Send Me The Pillow You Dream On.” Jim Ed Brown died in 2015, and Bonnie Brown died in 2016.
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JON BON JOVI’S RESTAURANT WILL SERVE FURLOUGHED WORKERS AGAIN TODAY
RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi’s wife says their restaurant offering free lunch to furloughed government workers on Monday was such a success, they will do it at another branch of the restaurant today. Dorothea Bongiovi tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, served 71 meals to federal workers affected by the government shutdown on Monday. She says the restaurant in Toms River will serve furloughed workers today. Kristy Benson, wife of a Coast Guard member, says the food was amazing and she can’t wait to give back, once their paychecks are coming through again. Bon Jovi’s restaurants allow people to pay for their meals or work them off by volunteering.
LAUREN ALAINA BREAKS UP WITH FIANCE’
NASHVILLE (AP) — Lauren Alaina and her boyfriend of six years have called off their engagement. Alaina and Alex Hopkins issued a statement saying they still have love for each other, but they’ve grown into very different people. Alaina writes on Instagram she doesn’t regret a single second with Hopkins. She says she wishes him the very best and urges fans to “please do the same.” They announced their engagement last July.
CHLOE X HALLE JOIN SUPER BOWL ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
NEW YORK (AP) — Chloe X Halle will sing “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl. Gladys Knight will perform the national anthem. Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott will do the halftime show. The Super Bowl is Feb. 3 in Atlanta.
by Margie Szaroleta