LIL WAYNE SAYS TODAY IS THE DAY FOR “THA CARTER 5”
UNDATED (AP) — Today’s Lil Wayne’s 36th birthday and he says his gift is to release “Tha Carter 5.” Lil Wayne released a video Tuesday in which he says three times, “I will be releasing ‘Tha Carter 5.’” The album was supposed to come out in 2014 but got caught up in legal wrangling with Cash Money Records. A confidential settlement was reached in June. Lil Wayne says in the video people don’t have to love the album, or even like it, but he hopes they enjoy it.
MANAGER: DICKEY BETTS DOING WELL AFTER SURGERY
UNDATED (AP) — Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is off a respirator and “doing great,” according to his manager. David Spero says Betts is “talking, laughing, and of course, complaining!” Spero says Betts “still has a ways to go” after last week’s surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Betts had been playing with his dog at his home in Sarasota, Florida, last week when Betts fell and cracked his head.
PRINCE GETS HONORARY DEGREE
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota honored Prince yesterday with a posthumous honorary degree. Prince’s sister, Tyka (TY’-kah) Nelson, accepted the Doctorate of Humane Letters. Prince was honored for his influence on music and on his hometown of Minneapolis.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO WRITE ANNE-MARIE’S SONG “2002”
CHICAGO (AP) — There are 18 songwriters credited with writing Anne-Marie’s song “2002.” It’s because it references the songs “Ride Wit Me,” ″99 Problems,” ″Oops!...I Did It Again,”″...Baby One More Time,” ″Bye Bye Bye” and “The Next Episode.” Each one of those songwriters got a credit, as well as Anne-Marie and her collaborators Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, Steve Mac and Benny Blanco. Anne-Marie admits it’s weird to see all those names in the credits, but she says it was worth it to get all those clearances. She says because Sheeran had the song nearly completed when he invited her to finish it, she thinks of it as being a song written by just the two of them.
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BILLIE EILISH WORKS ON VOTER REGISTRATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) is not yet old enough to vote, but she’s trying to get young people registered so they can do it. She has teamed with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for a voter registration drive in L.A. schools. Participating schools will get the chance to win a concert at their school featuring Eilish. She points out people like her who are not yet old enough to vote can still get pre-registered at the age of 16. She says she did recently when she got her learner’s permit for her driver’s license.
PBS SPECIAL ON RAY CHARLES IS IN THE WORKS
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate the music of Ray Charles for a PBS special. Darius Rucker will host a night that includes Boyz II Men, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton, Fantasia, Trisha Yearwood, Cam, Travis Tritt and Chris Young. The concert will tape Oct. 8 and air on PBS stations in November.
by Margie Szaroleta