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December 6, 2018

OAK RIDGE BOYS PLAN TO KEEP PROMISE TO SING AT BUSH’S FUNERAL

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Oak Ridge Boys not only will perform at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral today, but they won’t miss any shows to do it. The Oak Ridge Boys tweet they left on a private jet after last night’s show in Spokane, Washington, they will sing at the funeral in Houston, then they will be back in Kennewick, Washington, as scheduled. Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban tells The Nashville Tennessean that Bush had requested the group sing “Amazing Grace” at his funeral. The group had been friends with Bush since they played at a White House barbecue when Bush was vice president. He told them they were his favorite country group. Oak Ridge Boy Duane Allen says he distributed flyers for Bush in the 1960s when Bush was first running for office in Texas. Ronan Tynan and Michael W. Smith performed at Bush’s state funeral in Washington yesterday.

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R. KELLY DOCUMENTARY SCREENING EVACUATED

NEW YORK (AP) — An advanced screening in of a documentary series about abuse allegations against R. Kelly was evacuated when threats were phoned in. The New York Police Department says the NeueHouse Madison Square in New York was evacuated out of an abundance of caution Tuesday night during a screening of “Surviving R. Kelly,” which will run on Lifetime television next month. “MeToo” activist Tarana Burke was in attendance. The series looks at allegations that Kelly sexually abused women and girls. He has denied wrongdoing.

CARDI B AND OFFSET SPLIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardi B says there’s a lot of love between her and Offset. They just “grew out of love.” Cardi B says in an Instagram video they are not together anymore and it’s nobody’s fault. She says while they’re really good friends and business partners, things have not been working out between them “for a long time.” She adds, “It might take time to get a divorce.” Offset’s response was, “Y’all won.” Cardi B and Offset have been married barely a year and they have a daughter who was born in July.

RAPPER FILES SUIT AGAINST MAKERS OF “FORTNITE”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper 2 Milly has filed a lawsuit against the makers of “Fortnite,” saying they are illegally using a dance he created in their wildly popular video game.

The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that North Carolina-based “Fortnite”-maker Epic Games misappropriated his moves without compensation or credit in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

The lawsuit states that the dance known on “Fortnite” as “Swipe It,” one of many that players can buy for their characters, is taken from the “Milly Rock,” a dance he came up with in 2011 that caught on as a craze in the summer of 2015 after the release of a song and video of the same name.

Ferguson says the game both steals his creation and as a result appropriates his likeness. He’s asking for a judge’s order that the game stop using the dance, and for damages to be determined later.

“They never even asked my permission,” 2 Milly says in a statement.

Epic Games spokesman Nick Chester declined comment.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SAYS NO TOUR NEXT YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen plans to finish his run on Broadway, do some recording, then take a break. That means no tour with the E Street Band in 2019. Springsteen says in a statement contrary to rumors, he will not tour with the E Street Band next year. His “Springsteen on Broadway” performances end Dec. 15. Springsteen says he hopes to see fans soon, and in the meantime, “some mighty E Streeters” are out there with their own projects and they would love some support.

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FOX ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL

NEW YORK (AP) — Sting will ring in the new year on Fox. He will headline the live performances from New York’s Times Square on “Fox’s New Year’s Eve” special. Steve Harvey and Maria Menounos will host. Robin Thicke, Florence and the Machine, Jason Aldean, Juanes (WAH’-nes) and Why Don’t We also will perform. Ken Jeong, Kenan Thompson and the “Fox NFL Sunday” on-air team will make appearances.

APOLLO THEATER CREATES TWO PERFORMANCES SPACES FOR EMERGING ACTS

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Apollo Theater will create two new performance spaces to foster the talent of the next generation of artists. The New York Times reports the Apollo Performing Arts Center will have one space with 99 seats and another with 199. The Apollo’s main stage will not be affected as construction is done on the new spaces. They are set to open in 2020.

by Margie Szaroleta

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