KANYE WEST BALLOT EFFORTS HAVE TIES TO GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kanye West qualified as an independent presidential candidate for Colorado’s ballot yesterday, apparently with help from the Republican Party. Colorado’s Secretary of State’s office verified nine electors that West’s campaign submitted are registered to vote in that state. One is former Republican congressional candidate and former party officer Matthew Zielinski, who tweets he believes in “fair ballot access” but declined further comment. Lawyers or activists with ties to the GOP have been involved in West’s efforts to get on the ballot in Wisconsin, Ohio, Vermont and Arkansas. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign denies knowing anything about West’s campaign. Trump said Wednesday he’s “not involved” in getting West on the ballot.
PLACIDO DOMINGO WANTS TO CLEAR HIS NAME
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) - Placido Domingo believes his apology after sexual misconduct allegations were revealed have hurt more than helped. Domingo tells the La Repubblica newspaper in Italy his apology “looked like a mea culpa” and gave the impression he was guilty. He had said in February, “I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions.” Domingo says after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus, he promised himself that if he lived, he would fight to clear his name. He says he never abused anyone and he will repeat that as long as he lives. Several women last year had accused Domingo of sexual harassment and abusing his power while in management positions with opera houses in the U.S.
KELIS IS PREGNANT WITH THIRD CHILD
UNDATED (AP) - Kelis (keh-LEES’) is expecting her third child. She posted an Instagram photo of herself holding a pregnancy test and the caption, “Chef Kelis - table for 5 please. We’re adding one more!” This will be her second child with husband Mike Mora. She also has a son from her previous relationship with Nas (NAHS).
MUSIC PRODUCER DETAIL IS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The attorney for music producer Detail says he will likely enter a not guilty plea after Detail was arrested Wednesday on sexual misconduct charges. Detail is being held on nearly $6.3 million bail in Los Angeles. He was arrested on 15 counts of sexual assault and five counts of felony assault for alleged crimes between 2010 and 2018. Detail co-wrote the song “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce and Jay-Z. He has also produced songs for Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa. Last year, an aspiring singer was awarded $15 million in a lawsuit that accused Detail of abusing and raping her.
BRANDY FINDS HER VOICE ON “B7” ALBUM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandy has released her first album in eight years because she had something to say. Brandy says she felt her story was “trapped” inside her and she used music to get it out. She calls “B7” a “heartbreak album” as well as one where she finds her voice. She says once she started writing, her “heart was just on blast.” “B7” is out now.
THE WHO DOING STREAMING SERIES FOR CANCER CHARITIES
NEW YORK (AP) - The Who will put past concert performances on YouTube to raise money for cancer patients. Singer Roger Daltrey has been a longtime supporter of the charities Teen Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. Since Daltrey can’t do fundraising concerts, The Who will do a six-week YouTube series called “Join Together at Home.” It will start with a featurette of rarely seen footage and mini videos, followed by previously unreleased Who concert footage. It begins Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern with five tracks from The Who’s 1982 Shea Stadium show. The stream is free, but viewers are encouraged to donate to the cancer charities.