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Music City Walk of Fame latest inductees named; Ben Folds, Brenda Lee among honorees

The latest entertainers to be honored with stars on the Music City Walk of Fame in a ceremony next month have been named. 

Ben Folds, Brenda Lee, Jeannie Seely and Ray Stevens are to be the 81st through 84th stars on the walk in the Music City Walk of Fame Park, The Tennessean reported.

The ceremony will be held Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m.

The performers are being honored for their contributions to the musical heritage of Nashville. They also are being honored for their artistic and creative contributions, The Tennessean reported

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According to the announcement from Nashville officials

Folds is a singer, songwriter and producer who creates music across genres from pop to classical. He is also an advocate for arts funding in schools and music therapy.

Lee has been on the stage since she was a child. Lee has sold more than 100 million units of music around the world. She shared the stage at the Grand Ole Opry with Elvis when she was 12 and The Beatles opened for her European tour. She is the only female member of the both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Seely’s been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 51 years and has had a career that has stretched six decades. She was also the first female who was a regular host for segments oft he Opry shows.

Stevens is a 12-time nominated and two-time Grammy winner over a 60 year career. He’s known most for his hits “The Streak” and “Everything Is Beautiful.”

The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile. 

David Bowie’s first demo found in bread basket, auction set for September

A bread basket held a secret of rock ‘n’ roll history -- the first demo track recorded by then unknown David Jones. No not that Davy Jones of Monkees fame, but the singer who would become David Bowie.

A demo of “I Never Dreamed”, recorded by a then 16-year-old saxophonist, was found in an old bread basket, The Guardian reported.

Bowie was part of his first band, The Konrads, which made the recording. Bowie left the band citing artistic differences, The Guardian reported.

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The tape was found by band member David Hadfield. Hadfield was the band’s drummer and manager. He was moving when he found the recording in a bread basket that had been owned by Hadfield’s grandfather. 

He also found booking forms, photographs, promotional sketches, letters and bills. The treasure trove was found in a loft above a garage, The Guardian reported.

The tape, which is described by the auctioneer as , “completely unique and of great historical interest, being the earliest studio recording of a fledgling musician who would go on to super stardom,” will go on the auction block in September, NME reported

The never-before-released recording is expected to bring in at least $13,000 at an auction.

A new box set will be released later this year. “Loving the Alien” will contain eight albums that date from 1983 to 1988 and will also include previously unreleased content. It is scheduled for release on Oct. 12.

Bowie died on Jan. 10, 2016, surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with cancer.

World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was disrupted briefly Sunday when four people dressed in old-fashioned police uniforms ran onto the pitch, The Independent reported.

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The Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the suspension of play at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which occurred during the 52nd minute of Sunday’s match.

“News Flash! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ‘Policeman enters the Game,’” the band posted on its Twitter feed.

>> France cruises past Croatia in World Cup final

France was leading 2-1 when three women and a man charged onto the pitch, The Associated Press reported. The protesters were wrestled to the ground by police. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren pushed the male protester, which allowed police to subdue him, the AP reported.

The protesters were dressed in black pants and white shirts. They entered the pitch from behind the net guarded by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, The Independent reported. One of the women reached the center of the pitch and high-fived French forward Kylian Mbappe.

On Twitter, the group released a statement urging the Russian government to release political prisoners and to end “illegal arrests” of protesters.

>> Photos: 2018 World Cup final -- France vs. Croatia

Russian President Vladimir Putin was watching Sunday’s match at the stadium, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, according to the AP.

2018 Emmys: John Legend one step closer to EGOT

John Legend is one step closer to achieving an EGOT -- an elite club of performers who have won all four of the entertainment industry’s major awards -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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Legend scored his first Emmy nomination Thursday morning, for his role in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

He will compete against Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”) and Jesse Plemons (“Black Mirror”) in the category.

Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and Mel Brooks are among those who have achieved an EGOT.

>>Related: 2018 Emmys: Sandra Oh is the first Asian woman nominated for lead actress in drama category 

Legend began his road to EGOT when he won three Grammy Awards in 2006.

He has won 10 to date.

>>Related: 2018 Emmys nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Handmaids Tale’ lead nods

Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen shared her excitement for her husband -- and dismay over the couple’s lack of space shelf for their awards.

“If he wins, he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved,” Teigen tweeted. “But it's ok I AM SO PROUD!”

Glass Animals cancels shows after life-threatening crash in Dublin

British alt-rock band Glass Animals is canceling its sold-out concert at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on July 24 along with several other appearances after the band announced that drummer Joe Seaward was hit by a truck while biking in Dublin, Ireland.

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“His leg was broken on impact and he became tangled in the truck’s trailer where his skull suffered a complex fracture,” the band wrote in a statement posted to Instagram Thursday. “Thankfully, he is alive. After a couple long operations he is now on the road to recovery. It's going to be a long, difficult, and winding road, but knowing how determined Joe is, and seeing how much his body has recovered already in the past 10 days, I am so optimistic that he will make it back to his cheeky old self.”

Glass Animals has several upcoming U.S. concert dates in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Colorado.

A spokesman for AEG Live told the Tampa Times that ticket holders will be refunded if their show has been canceled. 

Tom Petty new single ‘Keep a Little Soul’ released ahead of highly anticipated box set

Tom Petty’s first posthumous single has arrived.

“Keep A Little Soul,” a previously unreleased recording from 1982, marks the first release of Petty’s music since the artist’s death in October 2017 at age 66.

>>Related: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says 

The single will be part of “An American Treasure,” a highly anticipated box set containing dozens of Petty’s unreleased recordings, deep tracks, alternate versions of classic songs and live performances.

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“An American Treasure will be released Sept. 28.

>>Related: Photos: Tom Petty through the years

According to the artist’s website, Tom Petty’s daughter, Adria Petty, and wife, Dana Petty, are leading the project, along with Petty’s bandmates of 45 years -- Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, along with studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate.

‘Damn Yankees’ star Tab Hunter dead at 86

Tab Hunter, the 1950s movie heartthrob who starred in “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry” and later became an icon in the gay community, died Sunday night, three days shy of his 87th birthday, Variety reported.

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The news was announced on a Facebook page associated with the actor.

Hunter died Sunday night in Santa Barbara from a blood clot that caused a heart attack, Allan Glaser, his partner for more than three decades, told The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to his acting career, Hunter had success in music with “Young Love,” which was named the No. 4 song of 1957 by Billboard. But rumors that he was gay dogged his career in an era where open homosexuality could end careers.

In 2005, Hunter confirmed the rumors about his homosexuality in his autobiography, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.”

In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hunter said he wrote the book because he “didn’t want someone putting a spin” on his life.

"I thought, 'Look, get it from the horse's mouth and not from some horse's ass after I'm dead and gone,'" he said.

Hunter wrote how studios attempted to mask his sexuality by linking him with co-stars and friends like Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood, Variety reported. The book spawned a 2015 documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz, which was also called “Tab Hunter Confidential.”

In “Damn Yankees,” Hunter played Joe Hardy, a middle-aged Washington Senators fan who sells his soul to the devil in order to become a young baseball star and prevent the New York Yankees from winning another pennant. The film was an adaptation of the Broadway hit, a musical version of Douglass Wallop’s best-selling novel, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.”

Later in his career, Hunter starred in two films with drag queen Divine. He played Todd Tomorrow, a drive-in owner, in the 1981 comedy, “Polyester.” The film introduced movie-goers to scratch-and-sniff cards, including “Model Building Glue,” “Smelly Shoes” and Flatulence,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also appeared with Divine in the 1985 film, “Lust in the Dust.”

Hunter did summer stock and dinner theater during the 1960s, Variety reported. He also appeared in films during the 1970s and 1980s, including “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” in 1972 and “Grease 2” in 1982.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are engaged, reports say

Singer Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin are engaged, several media outlets reported Sunday.

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Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 21, have not commented on the news, originally reported Sunday morning by TMZ.

Several news outlets, citing anonymous sources, appeared to back up the TMZ report of the engagement, which was reportedly announced Saturday night in the Bahamas.

"They are engaged and it happened Saturday night in front of a crowd in Baker's Bay," E! News reported.

Us Weekly, citing a source close to Baldwin, said that the model “is obsessed with Justin and always has been.”

“It’s kind of a surprise, but kind of not. Justin has been extremely happy these past few weeks,” a source told People. “He has known Hailey for a long time. This might seem sudden, but they know each other very well.”

Related: Photos: Justin Bieber through the years

Bieber and Baldwin dated previously before breaking up in 2016, Billboard reported. The couple apparently recently rekindled their relationship and was since dancing at a restaurant Friday, Billboard reported.

According to media reports, the singer of “Love Yourself” and “Where Are U Now” proposed to Baldwin in front of a crowd at a Bahama resort. Bieber’s security detail allegedly told the crowd to put their phones away “because something special was about to happen.”

Bieber’s father, Jeremy Bieber posted vague congratulations Sunday on Instagram, posting that he was “excited for the next chapter.” 

Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette, tweeted “Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.”

Predictably, social media was abuzz with the reports:

Starr power: Ringo turns 78 today

He paid his dues because he wanted to sing the blues, and more than any other rock ‘n’ roll drummer, Ringo Starr knew that fame didn’t come easy.

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Sure, he achieved stardom as a member of The Beatles, who took England by storm in 1963 and followed it up by spearheading the “British Invasion” to the United States in 1964. But the man born Richard Starkey Jr. in Liverpool on July 7, 1940, was a sickly child who spent a year in the hospital due to peritonitis and two years in a sanitarium for pleurisy.

The oldest Beatle has led a charmed life. Here are some fun facts about Ringo:

His nickname came from his penchant for wearing several rings.

Starr played drums for several bands in Liverpool before joining the Beatles, most notably with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes from 1959 to 1962.

He joined the Beatles on Aug. 18, 1962, replacing Pete Best.

When the Beatles went into the EMI studios on Sept. 4, 1962, to record their first single, “Love Me Do,” producer George Martin was unhappy with Starr’s ability, He subsequently hired session drummer Andy White to play on the single, Rolling Stone reported.

Starr was called upon in several Beatles albums to take the lead vocal, including “Boys” on the band’s debut album in Britain, “I Wanna Be Your Man” on “With the Beatles,” “Act Naturally” on “Rubber Soul” and “Yellow Submarine,” on “Revolver.” On the band’s seminal work, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Starr was the lead singer on “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

Starr had his first writing credit with the Band on the song “Flying” from “Magical Mystery Tour.” All four Beatles received songwriting credits for this instrumental. Starr’s first self-penned composition came on the White Album, “Don’t Pass Me By.” His second came on “Abbey Road” with “Octopus’ Garden.”

As a solo artist, Starr hit No. 1 in Canada and No. 4 in the United States with his 1970 song, “It Don’t Come Easy.” Starr performed the song at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in August 1971, but forgot some of the lyrics during the live show and mumbled them.

Other Starr hits include “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen” (both No. 1 hits in 1973), “Only You,” “The No No Song” and “Back Off Boogaloo.”

Starr has appeared in 15 films, beginning with “Candy” in 1968 and “The Magic Christian” the following year. He met his future wife, Barbara Bach, on the set of “Caveman,” which was released in 1981.

Starr was nominated for 27 Grammy Awards and won nine times during his career. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the Beatles.

He won an Academy Award in 1971 for Best Musical Score with his Beatles bandmates for “Let It Be.”

On Jan. 20, 1988, Starr and the other Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was inducted as a solo artist on Apr. 18, 2015.

On Dec. 17, 2017, Starr became the second Beatle knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Paul McCartney was knighted by the queen in 1996.

Information from wire services and Ringo Starr’s website was used in compiling this report.

Elvis Costello cancels tour, announces cancer diagnosis

Elvis Costello has canceled the rest of his European tour after tells fans that he had surgery to treat cancer. 

The cancellation only affects six remaining dates in Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden, NBC News reported

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Costello did not say what type of cancer he had, or where it was located, but said that his doctor contacted him six weeks ago.

“He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery,” Costello said in a statement.

But the physical demand of touring and performing nightly has taken a toll on him as he recovered, so doctors have told him to rest, NBC News reported.

In the statement about the cancellations, Costello wrote: 

The spirit has been more than willing but I have to now accept that it is going to take longer than I would have wished for me to recover my full strength. Therefore, I must reluctantly cancel all the remaining engagements of this tour.

Costello announced in the statement that he has a new album that will be released in October. He also offered this advice to his fans.

Take very good care of your loved ones but Gentlemen, do talk to your friends -- you’ll find that you are not alone -- seek your doctor’s advice if you are in doubt or when it is timely and act as swiftly as you may in these matters. It may save your live. Believe me, it is better than playing roulette.
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