- R. KELLY - CONCERT PROTESTS
Critics of R. Kelly are targeting his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, tomorrow. Brandi Collins-Calhoun of the YWCA of Greensboro wrote a letter to the Greensboro Coliseum threatening a protest with community leaders if the show is not cancelled. Collins-Calhoun says the venue is ``hosting a repeat offender.'' A Coliseum spokesman declined comment on the letter. Several women have accused Kelly of sexual and physical abuse. Kelly denies the charges. His appearance at a concert in Chicago last weekend was abruptly cancelled. Kelly had said that show was called off because of ``rumours.''
KATY PERRY - TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift says the gift Katy Perry sent her means so much to her. Swift posted a video that shows a box with an olive branch that Perry had sent to Swift's dressing room for the opening night of Swift's tour in Glendale, Arizona, on Tuesday.
Perry sent a note that says she's ``deeply sorry'' and wants to clear the air. Swift and Perry had been feuding since 2014, when Swift told Rolling Stone magazine another singer had taken one of her dancers.
3 DOORS DOWN - TRIAL
The trial begins tomorrow for a Fairhope, Alabama, physician charged with improperly prescribing the drugs that killed former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matthew Roberts. Dr. Richard Snellgrove faces a 13-count federal indictment, including unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud. He's accused of prescribing fentanyl and other drugs to Roberts, who died of an overdose in August, 2016 near Milwaukee.
THE EAGLES - LIFE BEYOND GLENN FREY
Glenn Frey's widow says The Eagles' concerts without him are emotionally wrenching. Cindy Frey says it's still hard to get past her husband's death in 2016, but ``somehow we're holding him even closer in some sort of strange weird way.'' Glenn and Cindy Frey's 24-year-old son, Deacon Frey, has been playing with The Eagles on tour. He says he practices more for that than any other show he's ever done. He calls it ``really scary and really exciting.'' A Glenn Frey boxed set, ``Above the Clouds,'' comes out tomorrow.
GRAMMYS - DIVERSITY TASK FORCE
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Cam, Common and Sheryl Crow are part of the task force formed by the Recording Academy to address why women are underrepresented in the music industry and in the academy itself. Andra Day, Jimmy Jam and a number of industry professionals will be part of the academy's 16-member task force on diversity and inclusion. One of its first jobs is to ask the public for suggestions. You can add your input at grammy-dot-com/taskforcefeedback. The Recording Academy came under fire when a recent University of Southern California study found that between 2012 and 2017, more than 90 per cent of Grammy nominees in the top five categories were male.
SCOTT HUTCHISON - MISSING
Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison is missing. The band wrote on their website yesterday they're worried that Hutchison has been ``missing for a little while now.'' They have filed a missing-persons report. They warn that Hutchison ``may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now.'' Scotland Police say Hutchison was spotted on a surveillance video leaving a hotel early yesterday outside Edinburgh Frightened Rabbit is known in the U-S for their 2016 Triple-A hit ``Get Out.''
CAMILA CABELLO - WRITING PROCESS
Camila Cabello had a list of song titles. Her producer, Frank Dukes, had a bunch of beats. Putting them together is how they wrote her ``Camila'' album. Cabello says she'd come to Dukes with ideas, and some of them he liked and some he didn't. When they hit on something that seemed to work, they'd put together a whole song. Cabello admits she has a flair for the dramatic and credits her upbringing for that. Cabello says Hispanics are very passionate and she listened to dramatic Latin love songs from a very young age.
JASON ALDEAN - NASHVILLE RESTAURANT
Jason Aldean says he hopes everyone coming to Nashville for C-M-A Fest will help him break in his new bar. Jason Aldean's Kitchen and Roof Top Bar will open in June with live music on two floors every day. A classic '52 Chevy pickup truck will be suspended above the eating area. A 1961 John Deere tractor will be inside, as a nod to Aldean's song ``Big Green Tractor.'' Aldean's mother's homemade peach cobbler is on the menu, as is cotton candy.
The menu consists of steaks, burgers and entrees with a Southern flavour.
MUSK - GRIMES - RELATIONSHIP
Since appearing side by side on the red carpet this week, Tesla C-E-O Elon Musk and Canadian musician Grimes have been pegged as an unlikely romantic pair. However, an intimacy expert says flirty online banter is a common way to find a match.
Toronto-born sex educator Shan Boodram believes the two may have been able to bridge their apparent divides with a form of long-distance courtship -- the social media romance. Musk shared a video on social media of him twirling a darkly dolled-up Grimes in his arms under the stony gaze of statues at the Met Gala in New York. The 46-year-old Musk has been gushing about the 30-year-old synth-pop star on Twitter since their public debut together at a fashion event on Monday.
SMASHING PUMPKINS - CANADIAN DATES ADDED
Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins bandmates are putting more faith in Canada, adding three more stops north of the border for its ``Shiny and Oh So Bright'' tour over the summer.
The Smashing Pumpkins will now play London, Ontario, Calgary and Edmonton, on top of previously announced dates in Montreal and Toronto. Toronto band Metric will perform as opening act for most shows on the North American tour. It marks the first time in nearly 20 years the Pumpkins have featured Corgan alongside founding members Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. The band's former bassist D'Arcy Wretzky won't be part of the reunion.
(The Associated Press)