KURT COBAIN DEATH PHOTOS TO REMAIN SEALED
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that photographs from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death will not be released publicly.
KING5-TV reports the court ruled yesterday that the photographs are exempt from Washington state’s Public Records Act and releasing them would “violate the Cobain family’s due process rights under the 14th Amendment.”
Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, and his daughter — a toddler at the time of her dad’s death — filed testimonies to keep the photos from being made public.
The ruling comes after Seattle journalist Richard Lee appealed the case’s dismissal. Lee has pursued the release of 55 photos in an attempt to prove Cobain didn’t die from suicide in 1994, but rather was killed.
DJ KHALED LEADS IN BET AWARD NOMINATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) — DJ Khaled has reason to be grateful. He’s been nominated for a leading six trophies for the BET Awards.
The nominations for next month’s ceremony were announced last night. Among the awards Khaled was nominated for are album of the year for “Grateful” and video of the year for “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.
Other top nominees include Migos and SZA, both of whom were nominated for four awards.
Bruno Mars, Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Cardi B, and Chris Brown are also up for key awards.
The BET Awards will air live on June 24 from Los Angeles.
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JAY-Z AND THE SEC
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z has spent a long day yesterday at the New York offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The rapper-businessman was there to answer questions from SEC investigators as part of their probe of the Iconix Brand Group.
Iconix bought assets of Jay-Z’s Rocawear apparel brand in 2007.
The SEC had to go to court to get Jay-Z to answer questions in the matter. A federal judge ordered the rapper to give a deposition last week.
Lawyers for Jay-Z, say they don’t think the rapper he had any relevant information to share with SEC investigators.
STEVIE WONDER - VEGAS SHOWS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Musician and singer Stevie Wonder will perform a series of shows in Las Vegas in August.
Casino giant MGM Resorts International and entertainment company Live Nation Las Vegas say Wonder will do five shows at the Park Theater starting Aug. 3.
The 5,300-seat venue is located at the Park MGM casino-resort, which recently hosted the residencies of Cher and Ricky Martin.
Tickets start at $69 and go on sale May 21.
Wonder, who is 68, announced last week he’d be playing a series of shows in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the coming months that celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times.
U2 - APOLLO THEATER
NEW YORK (AP) — U2 will put on a special one-night show at New York’s historic Apollo Theater. But don’t go looking for tickets. It’s an invitation-only event for SiriusXM subscribers.
The company says U2 will play songs from its “Songs of Experience” album along with classics from its career.
Bono calls it a bucket-list moment and says it’s “an incredible honor” to play on the same stage in Harlem that has hosted the legends of soul.
SiriusXM subscribers can win tickets to the June 11 performance through an invitation sent by email.
NEW YORK (AP) — A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith.
For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at 500,000 songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood.
″‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘sadness’ is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more ‘danceable’ and more ‘party-like,’” co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.
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AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION NOMINEES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Isbell leads the nominees for the Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards with nominations in four categories.
Other nominations announced yesterday are for country singer Margo Price and folk singer Brandi Carlile. Each got nods for artist, song and album of the year.
The 17th annual Americana Music Association Awards are Sept. 12 in Nashville.