Oct. 13, 2017
JASON ALDEAN RETURNS TO THE CONCERT STAGE
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Country star Jason Aldean brought the party back yesterday, but the fun was tempered. Three songs into his show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he launched into a five-minute speech honoring the 58 killed and nearly 500 hurt when a gunman opened fire in Las Vegas as he was performing on stage. Aldean took a defiant tone as he in telling concertgoers to resist living in fear, and he called for more of the national unity he's seen since the attack. Fans pumped their fists and held up American flags as Aldean continued. Aldean canceled shows in California last week to mourn those killed Oct. 1 at the outdoor Route 91 festival.
001-v-33-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)--The man who was performing when the shots rang out at the Las Vegas concert earlier this month has made his return to the stage. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel has the story. (13 Oct 2017)
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002-c-22-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-"nearly 500 others"-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Jason Aldean talked to his audience in Tulsa, Oklahoma about the Las Vegas tragedy. (13 Oct 2017)
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003-c-20-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-"proud of him"-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports some of those who come to see Jason Aldean in Tulsa, Oklahoma last night were on hand for the Las Vegas show that was cut short by deadly gunfire. (13 Oct 2017)
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CMT "ARTISTS OF THE YEAR" SPECIAL CHANGES FORMAT
NASHVILLE (AP) — One of the CMT Artists of the Year says the right song at the right moment can bring everyone together, even when things are their darkest. Chris Stapleton says the tragedy of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas nearly two weeks ago is still fresh, but musicians need to keep making music and he can't let fear win. The "Artists of the Year" special is changing its format this year to focus on hope and healing, rather than the achievements of the artists. Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line were already announced as honorees. They all agreed to the program changes. The show will air live from Nashville next Wednesday.
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018-a-13-(Chris Stapleton, country singer, in AP interview)-"in some way"-Country singer Chris Stapleton says he's personally given to charitable efforts to help victims of the Las Vegas shootings. (13 Oct 2017)
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019-a-13-(Chris Stapleton, country singer, in AP interview)-"yield to that"-Country singer Chris Stapleton says it's important for musicians to keep playing concerts and for people to enjoy them. (13 Oct 2017)
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020-a-15-(Chris Stapleton, country singer, in AP interview)-"that you do"-Country singer Chris Stapleton says music is a powerful means of healing. (13 Oct 2017)
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DEMI LOVATO CRINGES TO SEE HERSELF IN "SIMPLY COMPLICATED"
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demi Lovato has been honest about her personal demons. She still was not prepared to see herself dealing with them in the film "Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated." Lovato says she opens up about struggles that she still deals with today and it was hard to watch herself so vulnerable. The film chronicles the making of her "Tell Me You Love Me" album. Lovato says the cool part is fans can see her triumphs as well as her weaknesses. The film premieres on YouTube on Tuesday.
014-a-15-(Demi Lovato, singer, in AP interview)-"in the film"-Singer Demi Lovato says fans get to see how she poured herself emotionally into her "Tell Me You Love Me" album. (13 Oct 2017)
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015-a-13-(Demi Lovato, singer, in AP interview)-"watching this film"-Singer Demi Lovato says being honest about her problems is one thing, but seeing herself deal with them is quite another. (13 Oct 2017)
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"DESPACITO" HITS FOUR BILLION YOUTUBE VIEWS
UNDATED (AP) — Remember in August when the video for "Despacito" hit the unheard-of milestone of 3 billion YouTube views? It just added another one billion more. The Luis Fonsi-Daddy Yankee version of the video crossed the 4 billion mark this week. That does not include views of the Justin Bieber remix video, which has 548 million views. Fonsi writes on Instagram instead of celebrating, they are focusing on rebuilding the place where it all started. The video was shot in Puerto Rico, which is rebuilding after being devastated by Hurricane Maria.
PRINCE'S SISTERS WANT RETURN OF MASTER TAPES TO PAISLEY PARK
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two of Prince's sisters are angry that one of the most valuable assets he left behind has been moved from his Paisley Park studio outside Minneapolis. Sharon and Norrine Nelson say they want the master tapes of his unreleased music to be returned. They say Comerica, the executor of the estate, did not tell them why the music was taken or where, but they believe the tapes are in California. Comerica says an entertainment storage and archive company, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, was chosen to preserve the tapes. Comerica says it discussed the issues with Prince's heirs four separate times.
MUSICAL WILL USE THE MUSIC OF FOREIGNER
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A jukebox musical called "Jukebox Hero," based on the music of Foreigner, will premiere next summer. Sixteen Foreigner hits will be used to tell the story of a Pennsylvania factory shutting down, putting most of the town out of work. The townspeople ask a famous rock star who's from there to help them out. "Jukebox Hero" will premiere in Calgary in August.
AMAS ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruno Mars says he woke up yesterday "feelin like a pop/rock/adult contemporary/RnB/soul...superstar!" Mars leads the nominations for the American Music Awards with eight and his nominations cover all those genres. He'll compete for artist of the year against The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. None of them have ever won that award. The AMAs will be Nov. 19 in Los Angeles and shown live on ABC.
016-w-33-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)--Bruno Mars leads the nominations for the American Music Awards with eight. AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music)) (13 Oct 2017)
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ALDEAN, COLDPLAY, LAMBERT TRY AGAIN FOR AN AMA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Aldean, Coldplay and Miranda Lambert might have lukewarm feelings about their nominations for American Music Awards. They've been there before and never won. Aldean has been nominated 10 times over the years, including this year for favorite country album. He's never won an AMA. Coldplay has had nine nominations overall, including two this year, but never won. Lambert has been nominated seven times overall, including once this year, and always lost. The AMAs will be Nov. 19 in Los Angeles and shown live on ABC.
ROBERT PLANT REFLECTS ON ALISON KRAUSS, LED ZEPPELIN
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Plant is not shying away from his past. He's just going to deal with it in his own way. Plant says gets asked all the time if he'll record with Alison Krauss again. He says he's compiling some songs and they email regularly, but he's enjoying playing with the Sensational Space Shifters right now. He calls playing with them "a volcano of joy." Plant plans to do Led Zeppelin songs on tour, because he says, "This is entertainment, after all." He says he'll just do them in a different way and he hopes people enjoy them. If not, Plant says, there are "plenty of other things they can do. Bowling's a good one. Or bingo." Plant's new album, "Carry Fire," is out today.
by Margie Szaroleta