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Britney Spears says she agrees with father that conservatorship should end

Singer’s lawyer says in court filing that she consents to move but the first step should be her father’s removal from arrangementBritney Spears has said that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008 should be terminated.The singer’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said in a court filing on Wednesday that she “fully consents” to “expeditiously” ending the conservatorship. Spears’s father, James Spears, requested to end the controversial arr...
Tags: Music, US news, Britney Spears, Spears, James Spears, Mathew Rosengart, arrangementBritney Spears


Universal Music Group shares surge in £110m bonus for Lucian Grainge

Listing puts record label’s British-born boss in line for one of biggest corporate payouts in history‘Ruthless but good ears’: key architect of music industry revivalUMG chief predicts billions of dollars of growth from digitalUniversal Music Group’s shares surged by more than a third in its stock market debut on Tuesday, putting its chairman and chief executive, Sir Lucian Grainge, in line for a potential bonus of almost $150m (£110m).Shares in the world’s largest music company, the label behin...
Tags: Europe, Business, Music, Media, Taylor Swift, IPOs, UK News, World news, Music Industry, US news, Stock Markets, Bob Dylan, Vivendi, Universal Music Group, Universal Music, Lucian Grainge


Sarah Dash, member of Lady Marmalade trio Labelle, dies aged 76

New Jersey-born singer had a US No 1 hit with the R&B trio, and later worked with the Rolling StonesSarah Dash, member of R&B trio Labelle who had a US No 1 hit with Lady Marmalade, has died aged 76.No cause of death has been given, though she had reportedly told family she was feeling unwell in recent days. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US, US news, Soul, Culture, Pop and rock, New Jersey, R&B, LaBelle, Sarah Dash


Father to 15 children … but were any of blues star BB King’s offspring his?

A new biography says paternity would have been impossible for the musician because he was sterile due to illness and an accidentBB King was born into poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi and raised on a cotton plantation before becoming a street busker then finding fame and fortune as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. But the “King of the Blues” also had a far from conventional private life, fathering 15 children, many of whom reportedly squabbled over his multimillion-dollar estate after his death...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Culture, Blues, BB King, Jim Crow Mississippi


The Activist: reality TV show to be ‘reimagined’ as documentary after backlash

CBS says it will drop X-Factor-style competition from celebrity-fronted show after widespread criticismA reality TV show that planned to pit activists against each other in an X-Factor style contest judged by celebrities is to be drastically “reimagined” after it sparked a backlash from campaigners.The Activist, which had been due to air in the US in late October, prompted incredulity among many campaigners and elsewhere when its format was revealed last week, with many labelling it a “tone-deaf...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, Television, Usher, Media, Activism, Film, US, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Global development, Cbs, US television industry


Nicki Minaj: rarely a dull moment for the outspoken rapper

Her anti-vaxx stance came to the notice of Chris Whitty this week, but her feuds and anti-racist statements have long been known to her fanbaseThere’s rarely a dull moment in the world of Nicki Minaj.This week there was outrage after the 38-year-old rapper confirmed she wouldn’t attend the Met Gala, an event where her appearance alone generates headlines, because of the organisers’ insistence on attendees being vaccinated against Covid-19. Minaj tweeted to her 22 million followers that her Trini...
Tags: Music, Nicki Minaj, UK News, US news, Culture, Chris Whitty, COVID


Alanis Morissette criticises ‘salacious agenda’ of HBO film about her life

The singer has spoken about about Jagged, premiering at the Toronto film festival, for its ‘reductive take’ on her lifeAlanis Morissette has spoken out against a new HBO documentary about her life and its “salacious agenda” as it premieres at the Toronto film festival.The 47-year-old singer had agreed to be interviewed for the film Jagged but has released a statement to express disappointment in how her story has been told. She said it was “during a very vulnerable time” during her third postpar...
Tags: Music, Hbo, Television, Documentary, Toronto, US news, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Alanis Morissette, Morissette


Britney Spears engaged to boyfriend Sam Asghari

Singer posts video of sparkling ring, days after father filed to end the conservatorship that controls her lifeBritney Spears has announced her engagement to her boyfriend Sam Asghari with an exuberant post displaying a diamond ring engraved with the word “lioness”.She wrote “I can’t fucking believe it!“ with an Instagram video post in which she winks, kisses a smiling Asghari on the cheek and answers “yes!” when he asks if she likes it. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Instagram, US news, Britney Spears, Sam Asghari, Asghari


Carl Bean, singer of gay pride anthem I Was Born This Way, dies aged 77

Motown-signed vocalist later became a minister and founded network of LGBT-friendly churchesCarl Bean, the US gospel artist and minister who sang the gay pride anthem I Was Born This Way, has died aged 77.A statement from the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, a church for Black LGBTQ+ worshippers founded by Bean, said he “made transition into eternal life” following a lengthy illness. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Disco, Religion, US, Los Angeles, US news, Culture, Christianity, Dance music, Bean, Carl Bean, Was Born This Way, Unity Fellowship Church Movement


Britney Spears’ father files to shut down conservatorship that controls his daughter’s life

Jamie Spears, conservator of the pop singer’s estate since 2008, says ‘recent events’ called the arrangement into questionBritney Spears’ father has filed an unexpected request to terminate the controversial conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life for 13 years.In a stunning move, Jamie Spears, who is the conservator of his daughter’s estate, said “recent events” called into question whether she still needed a court to oversee her personal affairs and finances. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, US news, Britney Spears, Jamie Spears, Law (US


Britney Spears’ father files to end conservatorship that controls his daughter’s life

Jamie Spears, conservator of the pop singer’s estate since 2008, says ‘recent events’ called the arrangement into questionBritney Spears’ father has filed an unexpected request to terminate the controversial conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life for 13 years.In a stunning move, Jamie Spears, who is the conservator of his daughter’s estate, said “recent events” called into question whether she still needed a court to oversee her affairs. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, US news, Britney Spears, Jamie Spears, Law (US


Britney Spears will not face charges over battery allegation

Pop star’s housekeeper had made allegation after dispute involving a mobile phone, now dismissed due to a lack of evidenceBritney Spears will not face charges over an allegation of battery against her housekeeper.In August, Spears was alleged to have slapped a mobile phone out of her housekeeper’s hand. Police officers attended Spears’s home following the battery complaint. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, California, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Britney Spears, Spears


David Crosby on love, music and rancour: ‘Neil Young is probably the most selfish person I know’

At 80, the superstar musician has survived heroin addiction, illness and tragedy to hit an unprecedented run of musical form. He discusses the joy of fatherhood, the pain of falling out with bandmates – and why Joni Mitchell is still the greatestDavid Crosby has just turned 80. Congratulations, I say. “Thank you, man!” says the great singer-songwriter, trailblazer and trouble-maker. How did he celebrate? “Eighty years old is something you mourn, not celebrate,” he says.But that, it turns out, is...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Neil Young, Culture, Pop and rock, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, David Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young


Baby on Nevermind cover sues Nirvana over child sexual exploitation

Spencer Elden, who appeared at four months old on iconic album design, claims the image is child pornographySpencer Elden, who appeared as a naked baby on one of rock music’s most iconic album covers – Nevermind by Nirvana – is suing the band, claiming he was sexually exploited as a child.In a lawsuit filed in a Californian district court against numerous parties, including the surviving members of the band, Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, and the record labels that released or distributed th...
Tags: Photography, Music, Children, US news, Courtney Love, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Child protection, Pornography, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Californian, Elden, Spencer Elden


Kanye West formally applies to change name to Ye

Rapper, whose new album Donda is expected this week, previously announced name change in 2018Kanye West has filed court documents to formally change his name to Ye.In the filing with Los Angeles Superior Court, West aims to distil his full name – Kanye Omari West – to just Ye, with no other first name or surname, citing “personal reasons”. A judge will now need to approve the filing. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US news, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Drake, Ye, Donda, Kanye Omari West, Los Angeles Superior Court West


R Kelly trial: second witness says singer sexually abused and beat her

Woman says Kelly abused her while she was a 17-year-old aspiring singerAnother accuser took the witness stand on Monday at R Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial, testifying that the R&B superstar had sexually abused her on his tour bus and in hotel rooms when she was still a high school student and an aspiring singer.The woman, identified only as “Jane Doe”, said Kelly had once beaten her with a shoe and wept when she also claimed that she had contracted herpes after having sex with him. She said he h...
Tags: Music, New York, US news, R Kelly, Kelly, Jane Doe


US music star Don Everly dies aged 84

Singer and guitarist who formed one of pop’s greatest vocal partnerships, the Everly Brothers, dies in NashvilleDon Everly, one half of the rock’n’roll duo the Everly Brothers, has died at his home in Nashville at the age of 84.A spokesperson for the family confirmed Everly’s death with the Los Angeles Times, but did not disclose a cause. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Nashville, Los Angeles Times, Don Everly, Everly Brothers, Everly, NashvilleDon Everly


Hurricane Henri scuppers New York comeback concert

Crowd asked to leave Central Park extravaganza that featured Springsteen and LL Cool J on the billingTrump to stage Alabama rally as state struggles with Covid surgeThe crowd at a superstar-laden Central Park concert meant to celebrate New York City’s recovery from the coronavirus was asked to leave because of severe weather as Hurricane Henri approached.New York City police on Saturday night told concertgoers via Twitter to “calmly move to the nearest exits and proceed to areas outside of the p...
Tags: Music, New York, Bruce Springsteen, New York City, Alabama, World news, US news, Culture, US domestic policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Central Park, Springsteen, LL Cool J, Coronavirus, Hurricane Henri


Springsteen and LL Cool J to play New York comeback concert – as Covid surges

Thousands will show proof of vaccination to attend star-studded Central Park extravaganza as city averages nearly 1,900 cases a dayTrump to stage Alabama rally as state struggles with Covid surgeAs coronavirus cases continued to rise across the US, thousands were expected nonetheless to attend a concert in Central Park on Saturday night, staged to celebrate New York City’s recovery amid the pandemic.Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson, Carlos Santana, LL Cool J and Andrea Bocelli were...
Tags: Music, New York, Bruce Springsteen, New York City, US, Alabama, World news, US news, Culture, US domestic policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Central Park, Andrea Bocelli, Springsteen, LL Cool J, Coronavirus


R Kelly sex-trafficking trial: manager used bribe to get Aaliyah fake ID

Demetrius Smith details moves to let singer marry 15-year-oldR Kelly denies charges in New York trialA former tour manager for R Kelly testified on Friday that he paid a $500 bribe to a government worker to get the singer Aaliyah a fake identification card so Kelly could secretly marry her when she was 15 years old. Related: Aaliyah: ‘Her sound is the R&B blueprint’ Continue reading...
Tags: Music, New York, World news, US news, Culture, Aaliyah, US crime, R Kelly, Kelly, Demetrius Smith


Britney Spears under investigation for alleged battery

Singer’s lawyer rejects accusation from staff member after police attend her home on Monday nightBritney Spears is under investigation for alleged battery after a staff member at her home accused the singer of striking her, US authorities have said.Police officers attended Spears’s home in southern California after the staff member reported the dispute on Monday night, the Ventura county sheriff’s office said. No one was injured. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, California, US, World news, US news, Britney Spears, Ventura County, Spears


R Kelly accuser describes physical abuse from singer when she was 16

Jerhonda Pace, first witness at the R Kelly sex-trafficking trial, says the singer ‘slapped me and he choked me until I passed out’A key accuser at the R Kelly sex-trafficking trial returned to the witness stand on Thursday, saying he often videotaped their sexual encounters and demanded she dress like a Girl Scout during a relationship that began when she was a minor.Jerhonda Pace resumed her testimony in Brooklyn federal court a day after telling jurors she was a 16-year-old virgin and a membe...
Tags: Music, New York, US news, Culture, Brooklyn, US crime, R Kelly, Kelly


R Kelly accuser says singer demanded she dress as Girl Scout during sex

• Jerhonda Pace says she was told to follow ‘Rob’s rules’• Witness denies stalking R&B star in sexual abuse caseA key accuser at the R Kelly sex-trafficking trial returned to the witness stand on Thursday, saying he often videotaped their sexual encounters and demanded she dress like a Girl Scout during a relationship that began when she was a minor.Jerhonda Pace resumed her testimony in Brooklyn federal court a day after telling jurors she was a 16-year-old virgin and a member of Kelly’s fan cl...
Tags: Music, New York, US news, Brooklyn, Rob, US crime, R Kelly, Kelly


Bob Dylan movements ‘not inconsistent’ with alleged sex abuse, says lawyer for accuser

Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin claims musician was not in New York at time of abuse alleged in new lawsuit, which is challenged by accuserA lawyer for the woman who has accused Bob Dylan of sexually abusing her in 1965 when she was 12 years old has challenged claims by Dylan’s biographer that the singer-songwriter was not in New York at the time of the alleged abuse.Dylan, 80, is accused by an anonymised woman, JC, of establishing “an emotional connection” with her to “lower her inhibitions wit...
Tags: Music, New York, Law, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Folk Music, Sexual Harassment, Dylan, Clinton Heylin, JC, Rape and sexual assault


R Kelly sex trafficking trial set to begin with opening statements

Long-anticipated federal trial over allegations that R&B singer sexually abused women and girls R&B star R Kelly will be back in a criminal court on Wednesday, this time for opening statements in his long-anticipated federal trial arising from years of allegations that he sexually abused women and girls while pursuing fame and fortune.More than a decade has passed since Kelly was acquitted in a 2008 child pornography case in Chicago. It was a reprieve that allowed his music career to continue un...
Tags: Music, US news, Chicago, US crime, R Kelly, Kelly, Rape and sexual assault


Bob Dylan accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old in 1965

A lawsuit, filed Friday, alleges the Nobel laureate plied a girl with drugs and alcohol and abused her over six weeks in 1965A new lawsuit alleges that Bob Dylan, the Nobel-winning folk singer-songwriter, plied a 12-year-old girl with drugs and alcohol before sexually abusing her in 1965.The lawsuit alleges that the Times They Are A-Changin’ singer “befriended and established an emotional connection with the plaintiff”, identified in Manhattan supreme court papers, obtained by the Guardian, only...
Tags: Music, Law, US news, Culture, Bob Dylan, Manhattan, Rape and sexual assault


Nanci Griffith obituary

American folk-country singer and songwriter best known for Love at the Five and Dime and her album Other Voices, Other RoomsGreatly admired by her fellow artists and a devoted army of fans, Nanci Griffith, who has died aged 68, exemplified a style of musical storytelling with a literary flavour, focusing on the small details of the lives of her characters. Songs such as Love at the Five and Dime and Gulf Coast Highway have become permanent fixtures in the folk-country canon (Griffith described h...
Tags: Music, Country, US news, Pop and rock, Willie Nelson, Nashville, Folk Music, HARRIS, Emmylou Harris, Griffith, Kathy Mattea, Nanci Griffith, Suzy Bogguss, Gulf Coast Highway


Nicki Minaj and husband sued by woman who accused him of rape

Woman alleges rapper and Kenneth Petty have been harassing her to force her to recant her storyThe rap superstar Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, have been sued by the woman he was accused of raping in 1994 after allegedly harassing her to recant her story.The woman, now 43, alleged she was attacked at knifepoint as a 16-year-old in Queens, New York City, by Petty. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, New York, Nicki Minaj, World news, US news, Queens New York City, Kenneth Petty, Petty Continue


‘This is a public health issue’: can Covid-era music festivals ever be safe?

After backlash over the 100,000-plus crowd of mostly unmasked faces at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, festival organisers reckon with a safe way forwardIt could have been an image from 2019 – a sea of mostly unmasked faces, shoulder to shoulder, singing to live music in Chicago’s Grant Park. The mass gathering of about 100,000 people daily for Lollapalooza 2021, one of the country’s most prominent music festivals, featuring Foo Fighters and Post Malone, on the last weekend of July was a welcome sight t...
Tags: Music, US, US news, Chicago, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Festivals, Delta, Malone, Grant Park, Coronavirus


Britney Spears’ father agrees to step down as conservator ‘when the time is right’

Court filings reveal that Jamie Spears had ‘already been working’ on transitioning to a new conservator Jamie Spears has agreed to step down from his long time role as conservator of his daughter Britney Spears’ estate “when the time is right,” according to court filings.Jamie Spears’ departure would mark a significant development in the singer’s long fight to be freed from her father’s control. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US news, Britney Spears, Jamie Spears



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