THOMAS RHETT IS A DAD AGAIN
UNDATED (AP) - Thomas Rhett jokes, “Y’all pray for us as we switch from man on man defense to zone.” He writes on Instagram his wife, Lauren, gave birth to their third daughter on Monday. They’ve named her Lennon Love Akins. Rhett says seeing his other two daughters, Ada James and Willa Gray, meet the baby for the first time was “probably the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.”
WILLIE NELSON DRUMMER PAUL ENGLISH DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Willie Nelson’s longtime drummer has died. Paul English died at the age of 87, according to Nelson’s publicist. She had no other details on his death. English joined Nelson’s band in 1966 and played with him most of his career. He was the inspiration for Nelson’s song “Me and Paul.” English also had parts in Nelson’s movies “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Red Headed Stranger.”
SNOOP DOGG APOLOGIZES TO GAYLE KING
NEW YORK (AP) — After days of blistering criticism, Snoop Dogg has apologized to Gayle King for attacking her over her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant. “Two wrongs don’t make no right. when you’re wrong, you gotta fix it,” he said in an Instagram post yesterday. Snoop Dogg was furious that the “CBS This Morning” anchor brought up rape allegations from Bryant’s past in her interview with Leslie, a friend of Bryant. The retired Lakers star was killed in a helicopter crash last month along with his young daughter and seven others. Snoop Dogg went on Instagram and called King crude names. He also said she better back off “before we come get you,” and posted a slew of insulting photos and memes about her.
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RAP IMPOSTORS ACCUSED OF SCAMMING HOTELS, STUDIOS
ATLANTA (AP) - Prosecutors say a group of identity thieves claiming they worked for Roc Nation and represented Wu-Tang Clan bilked hotels and studios out of $100,000. A criminal complaint filed this week states the group would arrive in a rented Rolls Royce Phantom and reserve a block of rooms, then skip out on the bill. The complaint says they pulled the scam with exclusive hotels, two Atlanta recording studios and the place where they had rented the Rolls. Prosecutors say the scam unraveled at hotel in Augusta, Georgia, when the hotel sales director contacted Roc Nation and was told the entertainment firm was not associated with the men booking rooms. Walker Washington and Aaron Barnes-Burpo are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
LINDSEY STIRLING STILL LOVES “ZELDA”
NEW YORK (AP) - Elf ears made the difference in Lindsey Stirling’s career. Stirling says most people first heard of her because of her video of her wearing elf ears in the woods playing the theme from “The Legend of Zelda” on her violin. She did it because a new “Zelda” game was coming out and she felt nostalgic for playing “Zelda” as a kid. She says the first time she went on tour, the moment the crowd went crazy was when she played “Zelda.” Stirling says to this day, she’s grateful for the following she has from gaming culture.
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ESSENCE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bruno Mars and Janet Jackson will headline the Essence Festival in New Orleans in July. It will be Mars’ only festival performance for 2020. Other performers include Janelle Monae, Patti Labelle, Summer Walker, Tamia (tah-MEE’-ah) and Tank and the Bangas.
HUNTER HAYES IS GUEST ON “THE BACHELOR”
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hunter Hayes will perform on Monday’s episode of “The Bachelor.” Victoria F. surprises Peter with a Hayes concert, but then...something happens. Hayes will perform his song “I Want Crazy.”
By Margie Szaroleta