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December 24, 2018

MEGHAN TRAINOR WEDS

NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan Trainor has wed actor Daryl Sabara in nuptials exchanged at the couple’s Los Angeles home.

A publicist for the Grammy-winning singer has confirmed the two married Saturday. People magazine first reported the wedding. It says about 100 guests attended the private backyard ceremony. It was also Trainor’s 25th birthday.

The “All About That Bass” singer and the 26-year-old “Spy Kids” actor became engaged last year.

Trainor’s third album is due out in 2019.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS DRUMMER MARRIES ACTRESS DEBBY RYAN

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Debby Ryan and Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun are engaged.

Both Ryan and Dun announced their engagement on social media Saturday. The 30-year-old Dun proposed to the 25-year-old Ryan in a treehouse in New Zealand. Dun posted a photo of himself proposing on one knee before a shocked Ryan. He called her his “dude for life.”

Ryan, star of the Netflix series “Insatiable,” said on Twitter that she said yes. Ryan added she “technically said ‘no way’ twice but I meant yes.”

MOTOWN MUSEUM GETS FUNDING BOOST

DETROIT (AP) — The Motown Museum’s expansion plans are getting a year-end boost of more than $2 million from various organizations.

The Detroit museum announced this week that it received a $1.3 million grant from the Kresge Foundation, $500,000 from The Elaine & Leo Stern Foundation, $225,000 from AARP and $55,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Kresge’s gift supports development of a public plaza and renovation of three nearby buildings for education and community programs. The foundation gave the museum $160,000 in 2016.

The museum hasn’t released fundraising totals.

The expansion will be built around the existing museum, which includes the original studio and “Hitsville U.S.A.” sign.

The museum is located where company founder Berry Gordy launched his music empire. The label marks its 60th anniversary next year.

KAREN CARPENTER - NEW RELEASE

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Karen Carpenter has now been gone longer than she was alive.

Yet her best work may have just been released, at least according to her brother, arranger and performing partner, Richard, who has made it his mission to keep her singing voice resonant and relevant since her death 35 years ago.

In the new collection, “Carpenters with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” Richard Carpenter gave new string arrangements to many of the duo’s classic recordings from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, including “Close to You” and “Superstar,” and pushed his sister’s unmistakable voice even more to the fore than it already was.

“I think it’s the best album we’ve ever made,” Carpenter, 72, told The Associated Press in an interview at his Southern California home.

The album debuted at No. 52 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. after its Dec. 7 release.

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