JOURNALIST RESPONDS TO R. KELLY SONG

NEW YORK (AP) — The journalist who R. Kelly calls out in his new song "I Admit" says what he wrote about Kelly is accurate. Jim DeRogatis (deh-roh-GAH'-tis) says in a statement he stands by every word he's reported for BuzzFeed and for The Chicago Sun-Times about sexual abuse allegations against Kelly. Kelly sings, "To Jim DeRogatis, whatever your name is/You been tryna destroy me for 25 whole years."

R. KELLY ADDRESSES RECENT TROUBLES IN SONG "I ADMIT"

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly is admitting to a lot in his new 19-minute song "I Admit." Right off the bat, he says, "I admit I have made some mistakes." He says he likes "all the ladies, that's both older and young ladies" but it's "crazy" to call him a pedophile. He also sings, "You mad I've got some girlfriends." Kelly has been accused of trapping women in a sex cult and of sexual conduct with teenage girls, which he has denied. Kelly also sings that as a child, "a family member touched me," and he was "so scared to say something, so I just put the blame on me." Kelly sings he's broke and the only reason he stays on tour is to pay his rent. He also says he has trouble spelling and reading.

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020825-w-301:20-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-"I'm Margie Szaroleta"-R. Kelly sings about troubles in revealing 19-minute song (23 Jul 2018)

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020826-w-314:64-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-"I'm Margie Szaroleta"-R. Kelly sings about troubles in revealing 19-minute song (23 Jul 2018)

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020827-r-409:92-(R. Kelly, performing "I Admit")-"(music fades)"-R. Kelly sings about troubles in revealing 19-minute song (23 Jul 2018)

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PHILADELPHIA AND JAY-Z WORK OUT COMPROMISE ON MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city of Philadelphia has decided that Jay-Z's Made In America festival will stay on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after all. Mayor Jim Kenney and the chief operating officer for Roc Nation say the festival will stay put while they work out operational issues. The city said last week the festival would be moved to another location beginning next year because of the time it takes to set up and take down. Jay-Z had said the city gave him no notice on the change and the festival has done great things for the city. This year's festival will feature Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and Meek Mill over Labor Day weekend.

KENNY CHESNEY'S NEW ALBUM WILL BENEFIT ISLAND DESTROYED BY HURRICANE

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kenny Chesney hopes that his new album, "Songs for the Saints," does not just entertain, but changes lives. Chesney says if music heals and rebuilds the human spirit, then "Songs for the Saints" has the potential to be one of the most important albums he's ever made. The record is a fundraiser for the island of St. John, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma last year and destroyed Chesney's home there. Chesney says he wrote a lot of the songs as the destruction was happening. Chesney recently donated new instruments to a music school on St. John. He says, "You never know what one of those guitars will do. I know what one guitar did for me." ''Songs of the Saints" is out Friday.

VICTIMS OF VEGAS SHOOTING OUTRAGED BY MGM'S LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Victims of a mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival say they are outraged when they learned they were being sued by the company that owns the hotel where the gunman opened fire. Jason McMillan, a 36-year-old Riverside County sheriff's deputy who was shot and paralyzed, says he can't believe MGM would try to foist blame onto anyone but themselves. Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Southern California says he "just can't believe the audacity." MGM Resorts International sued victims in at least seven states last week in a bid to get federal courts to declare the company has no liability for the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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020880-a-227:04-(Jason McMillan, 36-year-old Riverside County sheriff's deputy, paralyzed after being shot at the Las Vegas country music festival on October 1st, 2017.)-"is, it's absurd"-Shooting victims outraged over MGM's lawsuit against them (23 Jul 2018)

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020882-a-126:00-(Brian Ahlers, 38-year old widower from Beaumont, California, whose wife was killed in the Las Vegas country music festival on October 1st, 2017.)-"deal with that"-Shooting victims outraged over MGM's lawsuit against them (23 Jul 2018)

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020883-a-164:40-(Joyce Shipp, mother of woman killed at the country music festival in Las Vegas last October)-"who does that?"-Shooting victims outraged over MGM's lawsuit against them (23 Jul 2018)

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020881-a-172:08-(Brian Ahlers, 38-year old widower from Beaumont, California, whose wife was killed in the Las Vegas country music festival on October 1st, 2017.)-"all the time"-Shooting victims outraged over MGM's lawsuit against them (23 Jul 2018)

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020884-a-225:12-(Joyce Shipp, mother of woman killed at the country music festival in Las Vegas last October)-"bad going on"-Shooting victims outraged over MGM's lawsuit against them (23 Jul 2018)

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EARLY DAVID BOWIE DEMO DISCOVERED

LONDON (AP) — The very first music recording David Bowie made before he was even David Bowie has been discovered in an old bread basket. Britain's Guardian newspaper reports a demo of a song called "I Never Dreamed" featuring Bowie -- then still known as David Jones -- with his first band, The Konrads, is expected to sell at auction for as much as $13,000. Drummer David Hadfield found it while moving. Hadfield says Bowie sang on the demo but vocalist Roger Ferris sang it when Decca Records gave them an audition. Decca turned down The Konrads and Bowie soon left the band. Hadfield says the demo is the only one in existence.

HANSON GOES ORCHESTRAL

NEW YORK (AP) — What would "MmmBop" sound like with an orchestra? Hanson is giving it a try. Hanson will launch a tour beginning Aug. 18 in Pittsburgh in which they will collaborate with symphony orchestras on their songs. Hanson also will release an album called "String Theory" featuring orchestral versions of their songs this fall.

TAYLOR SWIFT EARNS DIAMOND AND PLATINUM AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift has earned a rare Diamond Award for her "Fearless" album. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album for sales and streaming equivalents of 10 million units. Big Machine Label Group President Scott Borchetta surprised Swift with the award after her show Sunday outside New York. He brought five more platinum RIAA awards for her, including a triple-platinum award for her "Reputation" album and a quadruple platinum certification for the single "Look What You Made Me Do."

by Margie Szaroleta