MEEK MILL AND JAY Z JOIN THE REFORM ALLIANCE
NEW YORK (AP) — Meek Mill says he never asked to be the face of criminal justice reform, but he recognizes that he can be a voice for those who don’t have one. Mill has joined forces with Jay-Z and the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and New England Patriots to announce the launch of The Reform Alliance. It will lobby for changes to state probation and parole laws. Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation on a drug and gun possession case from ten years ago. Mill says the current justice system is “basically targeted for people that look like me.” Jay Z says they don’t want police to be in danger, and anyone who commits a crime should go to jail, but “these things are just disproportionate and the whole world knows it.”
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NILE RODGERS, KISS OFFER FREE STUFF TO FURLOUGHED WORKERS
NEW YORK (AP) — Nile Rodgers and Kiss are offering freebies to federal government workers during the shutdown . Rodgers is giving away 300 tickets to his show Saturday in Washington to furloughed government employees. Rodgers says in a statement he believes music has tremendous power and this is his small gesture in providing some joy. Kiss has several of their Rock and Brew restaurants in airports, so they’re offering TSA employees free meals during the shutdown. This week, Jon Bon Jovi gave free lunches to furloughed workers at his restaurants in New Jersey.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD HAS A BABY BOY
UNDATED (AP) — Carrie Underwood’s baby has arrived. She announced on Instagram Jacob Bryan Fisher was born in the early hours of Monday. Underwood posted photos of herself, her husband, former NHL player Mike Fisher, and their 3-year-old son, Isaiah, with the baby. Underwood says, “Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed.”
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ANGALEENA PRESLEY HAS A BABY GIRL
NEW YORK (AP) — Angaleena (ANJ’-ah-lee-nah) Presley of Pistol Annies is a mom for a second time. Presley tells People magazine her daughter Phoenix Joeleena Jean Powell was born Tuesday morning in Nashville. The girl is Presley’s first child with husband Jordan Power. Presley has a 12-year-old son from a previous relationship.
MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL WILL PREMIERE IN FALL
CHICAGO (AP) — A musical based on Michael Jackson will premiere in Chicago before it heads to Broadway. It’s called “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.” It will run in Chicago Oct. 29 through Dec. 1. It will premiere on Broadway next year. The musical is based on Jackson’s life and music. It’s still in development.
OLD DOMINION RETHINKS THE ONSTAGE DANCE PARTY
NASHVILLE (AP) — Old Dominion used to pull a few members of the audience on stage with them to have a little dance party as part of their concerts. They had to rethink that after it got out of hand once while they were opening for Sam Hunt. Singer Matthew Ramsey says usually they cherry-pick a few people to come up, but suddenly the whole stage was full of people. Guitarist Trevor Rosen says, “It was like a zombie movie. They just kept climbing up.” They wouldn’t leave, either. Ramsey says it’s like they all decided, “This is where we live now.”
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RANDY TRAVIS’ BOOK COMING THIS SPRING
NASHVILLE (AP) — Randy Travis will release his autobiography on May 14. It’s called “Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life.” Travis promises to tell the stories of his musical successes, his brushes with the law, his broken marriage and the stroke that left him barely able to speak. Travis says in a statement, “I didn’t really feel I had a book to write until I stood on the distant shore and looked back over the ripples my life has made_on myself and on others.”
FENDER INTRODUCES REPRODUCTION OF JIMMY PAGE’S DRAGON GUITAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Page’s dragon guitar lives again. Guitar maker Fender introduced its replica of Page’s 1959 Telecaster guitar he received as a gift from Jeff Beck. Page painted a dragon on it, and he wrote “Dazed and Confused” on it. A house-sitter did not think much of it in the 1960s and put his own mosaic art on it as a gift for Page. Page was so angry he stripped the paint off and threw it in storage for 50 years. Fender master builder Paul Waller says Page came to Fender’s plant in California and was as much in awe of the machinery as the employees were of Page. Waller says Page told him the finished product was a dead ringer for the original, and if anything, the colors are slightly richer.
WILL.I.AM, BONO GO TO DAVOS
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas and Bono of U2 are meeting with world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. Will.i.am is launching a new artificial intelligence voice assistant called Omega. Bono, an activist for Third World debt relief and humanitarian causes, spoke yesterday about capitalism and the International Monetary Fund. Bono says, “Capitalism is not immoral, it’s amoral.”
CARDI B WILL HAVE SPRING RESIDENCY IN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cardi B will have a residency in Las Vegas starting in April. Palms Casino Resort says Cardi B’s show will be part of the debut of a new club.
by Margie Szaroleta