RAPPER ARRESTED IN RACKETEERING CASE, DENIED BAIL
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was deemed a likely danger to the community and denied bail Monday after a prosecutor said there was evidence that he directed or participated in multiple acts of violence as part of a deadly gang.
U.S. Magistrate CASE, Henry B. Pitman concluded an hourlong hearing by citing “troubling” corroborating evidence offered by a prosecutor to show that 6ix9ine directed or participated in multiple acts of violence over the last eight months.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear said a backpack stolen during a gunpoint robbery in April was found during a raid at 6ix9ine’s Brooklyn residence, along with an automatic pistol.
ROLLING STONES TO TOUR AGAIN
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rolling Stones will be rolling through the United States next year.
The band says it’s adding a 13-show leg to its No Filter tour in spring 2019 that will hit Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C. The tour kicks off in Miami on April 20.
For the past few years the legendary band has mostly played in Europe. Lead singer Mick Jagger says in a statement: “It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the States.”
Tickets go on sale Nov. 30.
The band returned to its blues roots in 2016 with the release of “Blue & Lonesome,” which earned the Stones a Grammy Award for best traditional blues album.
TAYLOR SWIFT TO CHANGE LABELS
NEW YORK (AP) - Taylor Swift has a new recording home. Reports on several news outlets, including Variety and Billboard say she has inked a global recording agreement with Universal Music Group. The reports say that under the multi-year agreement UMG will serve as the exclusive worldwide recorded music partner for Swift — and UMG’s Republic Records will serve as her label partner in the U.S. Swift has won 10 Grammys and is the youngest person ever to receive a Grammy.
MUSICIAN MENTORED BY LATE OPERA LEGEND MARIAN ANDERSON HAS DIED
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Blanche Burton-Lyles, a concert pianist who was mentored by pioneering opera singer Marian Anderson, has died. She was 85.
Burton-Lyles died of heart failure yesterday at a rehabilitation center, according to Slater Funeral Home in Philadelphia.
Burton-Lyles was born and raised in Philadelphia. She learned how to play classical piano at the age of 3. Burton-Lyles was the first African-American woman pianist to perform at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, according to The Marian Anderson Historical Society. She was 14 at the time.