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LONDON (AP) - John Lennon apparently wasn't an advocate of peace and love in high school. A pair of the late Beatle's detention sheets show him being punished for "fighting in class," "shoving" and being a general nuisance. The sheets from Quarry Bank High School for Boys in Liverpool are to be sold online by TracksAuction.com later this month. One of the sheets says Lennon showed "just no interest whatsoever" in school. The company said Monday that the detention sheets date from 1955 and 1956. Despite his poor school record, Lennon went on to co-write some of the most memorable pop songs in music history.

LAKE CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Despite the famous bluegrass song, Rocky Top, Tenn., has never actually been home sweet home to anyone. It's not a town at all, but a rocky outcropping high up in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Appalachian Trail. An East Tennessee county commissioner and a group of silent partners want to do something about that. Reasoning that the name Rocky Top has cache, they're promising an impoverished town of 1,700 big things if residents are willing to change the town's name from Lake City. The town took the first step Thursday night, with the council voting its initial approval. Resident Alisha Owens told a reporter that she wouldn't care if they changed the town's name to "Easter Bunny," as long as it brought prosperity.

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC has won the television space race. The network announced Friday it has signed a deal with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to televise the company's first commercial space flight. Branson and his two adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to travel into space next year through his company. The launch will be part of a three-hour special "Today" show. NBC's Peacock Productions unit also will offer programming leading up to the flight across the company's other outlets, including CNBC, MSNBC, SyFy and The Weather Channel. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo will leave from the company's terminal in New Mexico.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Frankenstrat guitar Eddie Van Halen used on the "1984" album is for sale. The 1982 Kramer red guitar with white and black stripes is expected to sell for $100,000 to $150,000, according to the Profiles in History auction house. Part of the proceeds will benefit guitarist Jason Becker, who has Lou Gehrig's disease. A notebook of unpublished poems and other thoughts written by Jim Morrison in the year before he died is for sale as well. The handwritten lyrics to "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors and "I Want You" by Bob Dylan will be auctioned, as will the MTV Video Music Award given at the first VMAs to Michael Jackson for the choreography for "Thriller." The auction will be December 18 outside Los Angeles.
 

Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:42

Taylor Swift given CMA Pinnacle Award

NASHVILLE (AP) - Taylor Swift has mastered the art of looking surprised at awards shows, but even she was shocked during a tribute segment to her that she knew was coming at the Country Music Association Awards. Swift's jaw dropped when she saw a video of Mick Jagger congratulating her on winning the Pinnacle Award, given for significant contributions to country music. The award was presented by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Swift had been the opening act for all of them at some point. Swift recalls her label president calling her when she was 16 offering the opening slot for the Rascal Flatts tour. Swift says she started screaming and said it must have been a miracle. The label president told her no, it was because Eric Church was fired for playing too long.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:42

CMA Awards, fellow stars salute George Strait

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association Awards is one of the most coveted honors in the genre, but sometimes it's OK to lose - like when George Strait is a nominee. Strait won his third entertainer of the year award and his first since 1990 Wednesday night against country music's current hitmakers, and no one seemed disappointed. Blake Shelton - one of five performers with a leading two victories - was excited to lose to the 61-year-old whose popularity defies his age. Shelton was one of five top winners with two trophies apiece, along with Florida Georgia Line and the trio of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, who won music video and music event of the year for their "Highway Don't Care" collaboration. 

Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:40

UK royals show support for servicemen, veterans

LONDON (AP) - Princes William and Harry are out in London to show their support for British servicemen. William and his wife, Kate, surprised hundreds of commuters as they joined a charity appeal outside a London tube station on Thursday. Around 2,000 volunteers, including uniformed personnel and veterans, are hitting London's streets Thursday for the Royal British Legion's "Poppy Day" charity appeal ahead of Remembrance Sunday, when Britons honor their war dead. The appeal is aiming to raise 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) in a day. The Royal British Legion provides care and support to current and former members of the U.K. armed forces and their families. Harry joined his grandfather, Prince Philip, in a ceremony on the grounds of Westminster Abbey to remember fallen soldiers.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) - So far holograms have been used in concerts to bring dead musicians back to life on stage. This time, it's to show Dolly Parton as a ghost. Parton's hologram will play the Ghost of Christmas Past in "A Christmas Carol" at her Dollywood resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, starting on Saturday. The holograms of other actors will be used to portray the Ghost of Christmas Present, the Ghost of Christmas Future and Jacob Marley. Parton says she thought it was crazy when she was told she was going to be turned into a hologram, but when she saw it on stage, she couldn't believe it.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:56

Eminem explains use of gay insults

NEW YORK (AP) - Eminem says he has no problem with gay people, so why does he keep using homophobic slurs? Because he doesn't see them as slurs. Eminem tells Rolling Stone when he used to do rap battles, they would insult each other with gay slurs to mean the same thing as "punk." He says, "The real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all." Eminem says he's been doing music long enough that people should know he creates personas in his songs, and if they don't understand that by now, there's nothing he can do to change their minds. "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is out this week.

NASHVILLE (AP) - George Strait knows he got one vote for entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. He voted for himself. Strait says he had a great year and any time he gets nominated it's special, but he's still nervous. He's competing for that award against Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton -- and any of them would be happy if Strait won as well. Swift says Strait let her open his shows when she was just 17 and she still gets a text from him now and then wishing her well. Shelton says two artists will be viewed as having the greatest influence on country music: Hank Williams Senior and Strait. The CMAs will be tonight in Nashville and air live on ABC.

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