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April 15, 2021 GMT

MYSTIKAL SAYS GOD GOT HIM OUT OF CHARGES

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Mystikal credits his faith in God for the dismissal of charges of rape and kidnapping against him. Mystikal says that’s not because of a pardon, but because he did not do it. Mystikal was accused of giving drugs to a woman and having a sexual encounter without her permission in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2016. Court records show he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of simple kidnapping and was sentenced to time served. He says he’s avoiding bad situations now. Eighteen years ago, Mystikal pleaded guilty to sexual battery and served six years in prison. He says he did that to avoid Louisiana’s potential life sentence for rape. He says in those days, he was “Millionaire Mystikal,” and now he’s “Thousandaire Mystikal.”

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MORGAN WALLEN WON’T PERFORM THIS SUMMER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Morgan Wallen will not do summer concerts because he’s still working on himself after the fallout from a video of his using a racial slur that surfaced last year. Wallen posted a handwritten note on social media saying he will not play festivals or the Luke Bryan tour this year. He says he can already see a difference between who he was five years ago and who he is now, and he hopes to see even more improvement in the next five years. Wallen also expresses his gratitude for fans making his “Dangerous: The Double Album” number one for eleven weeks.

QUESTLOVE WRITES A HISTORY BOOK

NEW YORK (AP) - Questlove is preparing his sixth book. It’s called “Music is History” and it will come out Oct. 12. Questlove writes on Instagram it will “look at the last 50 years of America through the prism of music, and the last fifty years of Music through the prism of history.” Questlove has also published a memoir, a book about the creative process, one about the TV show “Soul Train” and two books about food.

KINGS OF LEON TO PERFORM AT NFL DRAFT EVENTS

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kings of Leon will help kick off NFL draft activities on a stage close to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this month. The Grammy Award-winning band will open the festivities April 29 with a performance as the draft returns to a more normal state after being held virtually in 2020 because of the pandemic. In addition to being a top-selling act, lead singer Caleb Followill, his brothers Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew are also football fans. And they have closely followed Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield’s career since he was a star at Oklahoma. Hall of Fame rock singer Ann Wilson of Heart will sing the national anthem before the draft.