NICK CARTER CLEARED IN ALLEGED RAPE OF DREAM SINGER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melissa Schuman of the pop group Dream says she's happy she spoke out, even though prosecutors in Los Angeles have declined to file charges against Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Schuman had reported that Carter raped her in his apartment in 2003. Prosecutors say because Schuman was 18 at the time, the statute of limitations expired in 2013. They did not evaluate the merits of Schuman's story. Carter's lawyer, Michael Holtz, says Carter denied the allegations from the start and feels vindicated. Schuman says she was aware that the statute of limitations would make charges unlikely, but she finds solace in knowing her case was documented.

BRUNO MARS' REP DENIES HE'LL PLAY PRINCE IN A FILM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars will not be playing Prince in a Netflix movie, according to his representative. The British tabloid The Daily Mirror had reported Mars was in the running to play Prince for a film on Netflix. Both Mars' representative and Netflix deny that.

ED SHEERAN EXPLAINS HIS NEED FOR PRIVACY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Sheeran lays it all out there in his songs. That's why he doesn't feel he needs to let the world in on his private life. Sheeran did not allow cameras into his house for the "Songwriter" documentary on Apple Music. Sheeran says his home and his family are the best things in his life, so he doesn't want to ruin that. He didn't think that his fiancee, Cherry Seaborn, would be in the documentary, but he calls that "quite a nice moment."

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED TODAY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kane Brown, Ella Mae, Normani of Fifth Harmony and Bebe Rexha will read the nominations for the American Music Awards today. The announcement will stream live on the AMA's YouTube channel at 12 noon Eastern today. The AMAs will be Oct. 9 in Los Angeles.

IT'S ALL ABOUT WOMEN FOR THE CMT ARTIST OF THE YEAR SPECIAL

NASHVILLE (AP) — The CMT Artist of the Year show will be women only. This year's honorees are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. CMT senior vice president of music and talent Leslie Fram says she hopes dedicating the entire show to women will spark a "much-need change in the industry." Men dominate country radio, and women are frequently shut out of nominations for major country awards. The CMT Artist of the Year show airs Oct. 17.

JASON ALDEAN CANCELS CINCINNATI CONCERT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jason Aldean has called off his show in Cincinnati tomorrow because of flooding. Aldean's website says unprecedented rainfall over the past few days has caused the Ohio River to rise above flood stage. He was due to play Riverbend Music Center, which is next to the river. The concert will not be rescheduled.

ROSANNE CASH WILL GET FREE SPEECH AWARD TONIGHT

NASHVILLE (AP) — Rosanne Cash says she learned at her father's knee to be outspoken but compassionate. Cash will accept the "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech Award during the Americana Honors and Awards in Nashville tonight. Her father, Johnny Cash, was given the award in 2002. She says her father was "propelled by his sense of what was moral and what was righteous." She says it's "alarming" how First Amendment rights are under fire.

KROKUS ANNOUNCES FAREWELL TOUR

UNDATED (AP) — Krokus will embark on a farewell tour and they really mean it. Guitarist Fernando von Arb says in a statement they have signed reciprocal contracts with each other that it really is over, and they will stick to that. Their final show is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2019, in Zurich. The rest of the tour dates have not been announced.

by Margie Szaroleta