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Venezuelan president blasts maestro Dudamel for speaking out

Gustavo Dudamel

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro has angrily blasted Venezuela’s classical music maestro Gustavo Dudamel, accusing his one-time supporter of being duped into criticizing the government that has for years been one of his biggest promoters. “I hope God forgives you,” Maduro said in a televised appearance on Friday, swiping at the Venezuelan-born conductor for roving around Madrid and ... Read More »

Police: Rapper Meek Mill arrested for reckless dirt biking

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the rapper Meek Mill has been arrested on a charge of reckless endangerment for riding an illegal dirt bike through New York City streets. The 30-year-old rapper was arrested late Thursday. His real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2uNj2SA ) that Mill was seen on Instagram popping wheelies on the ... Read More »

Trey Songz reaches plea deal in Detroit assault case

DETROIT (AP) — R&B singer Trey Songz has reached a deal with prosecutors to reduce a felony assault charge stemming from a concert in Detroit. The 32-year-old artist pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disturbing the peace in a Wayne County court. He will serve 18 months of probation. Authorities say microphones and speakers were thrown from stage during ... Read More »

Taylor Swift left ‘a blank space, baby’ on social media

Swift supporters

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift had a “blank space, baby” across social media Friday — and Swifties went wild. There was no immediate word from the Swift camp on what happened, but the “Blank Space” pop star is known for promotional trickery on her social streams ahead of major music drops. In addition to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, ... Read More »

Robin Thicke, model expecting baby on Alan Thicke’s birthday

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke’s girlfriend is pregnant, and their baby is due on the birthday of Thicke’s late father, actor Alan Thicke. April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday alongside a sonogram image. She writes that “the due date is March 1st, Alan’s birthday!” The actor died in December at age 69. Robin Thicke has been dating the 22-year-old ... Read More »

Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate. Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office said he planned to schedule an execution for Jack Greene after a ... Read More »

Cash family: Keep Johnny’s name away from ‘hateful ideology’

JOHNNY CASH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The children of Johnny Cash are asking white supremacists and other hate groups not to wear or use the country singer’s name or image. In a Wednesday night Facebook post shared by Cash’s daughter Rosanne and son John Carter Cash, the siblings say they were “sickened” to learn a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi was wearing a T-shirt with ... Read More »

Grammy-winning singer arrested for bringing drugs into Guam

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Grammy Award-winning singer Yvonne Elliman-Alexander and her husband were arrested in Guam and charged with illegal drug possession. The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2wdFrZF ) that Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency dogs sniffed out methamphetamine and marijuana Tuesday as the two arrived on the island for a benefit concert at a school. Court documents state crystal-like ... Read More »

Katy Perry changes tour dates due to ‘production delays’

Katy Perry

NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry says she’s pushing back the start of her new tour because of “unavoidable production delays.” The pop star’s “Witness: The Tour” will now begin Sept. 19 in Montreal. Perry said in a statement Thursday that “major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week.” ... Read More »

Aretha Franklin set to move back to Detroit for retirement

Aretha Franklin

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin is set to retire in her hometown of Detroit and plans to open a nightclub in the city. The legendary soul singer tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/2wijMOV ) that she is moving from her longtime home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She also wants to open a small club that she plans to call Aretha’s. ... Read More »