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Monday, 17 March 2014 14:50

Lady Gaga had planned to quit music

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lady Gaga says she was ready to call it quits - rather than bow to the pressures of the music industry. In a wide-ranging chat as part of the keynote session at South By Southwest, Gaga says she refuses to compromise to the point where she wouldn't want to perform anymore. She says if that were to happen - quote: "I will stop. I will quit, I will retire from the commercial market." It's been a rough go of it lately for the singer. She had hip surgery last year - which forced her to take time off the road. She also had a split with her manager - and has been having trouble getting her latest album sold. "ARTPOP" dropped last November - but has only moved 673,773 copies. By comparison, her "Born This Way" album sold 1.1 million copies in its first week.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been more than five years since Chris Brown beat up Rihanna the night before the Grammys. Since then, he has not served any time behind bars for that attack. Until now, that is. Brown was arrested Friday and is being held without bail. He was busted on a warrant issued by probation officials after he got kicked out of his latest rehab assignment. Officials at the rehab facility say they booted Brown because he failed to follow the rules. No details were released. But Brown is due in court today - and prosecutors are expected to provide specifics then. Brown's probation for the Rihanna assault was to end this year. But a judge revoked it last year after Brown was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge in Washington. That case is pending.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ben Briley is confused by the contradictory comments from the judges on "American Idol." Keith Urban told Briley that the judges wouldn't use their save on him because he hadn't grown artistically, but he thought he had by singing an Elton John song, instead of the country songs he'd done before. He says the judges always tell contestants to take risks, but when somebody does, "it gets shot down on national television." Briley also says Randy Jackson did a 180 on him, telling him in private that he liked the Elton John song and then saying on the air that it confused the audience. Briley feels the judges were harder on him than anyone else, but he says it doesn't bother him because he doesn't care.

Monday, 17 March 2014 14:47

Dancing with the Stars Premiere

LOS ANGELES (AP) - We'll see how NeNe Leakes handles her first low scores on "Dancing With the Stars," considering she doesn't take kindly to criticism on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Leakes is one of 12 stars who'll be strutting their stuff in tonight's premiere. Other stars include Danika McKellar, who played Winnie on "The Wonder Years," Billy Dee Williams, Candace Cameron Bure, Drew Carey, Cody Simpson and Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. They'll start by dancing either the Cha Cha, Foxtrot or a Contemporary routine. In a new twist, fans will be able to switch partners for the celebrities. Jason Derulo will open the show with a song backed by the pro dancers.

Monday, 17 March 2014 14:46

Jagger's girlfriend found dead in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - A law enforcement official says L'Wren Scott, a fashion designer and celebrity stylist who was Mick Jagger's girlfriend, has been found dead in Manhattan of a possible suicide. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the victim's next of kin had not yet been notified. The official says Scott was found hanging from a doorknob by her assistant at 10 a.m. Monday. The official says no note was found and there was no sign of foul play. A spokeswoman for Mick Jagger says the singer is "completely shocked and devastated by the news."

NEW YORK (AP) - "Today" anchor Savannah Guthrie has gotten married, and she used the occasion to announce she's expecting her first child. Guthrie and Mike Feldman, a 45-year-old communications strategist, tied the knot Saturday near her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. It was there she told her guests she's four months pregnant. Guthrie's on-air "Today" colleagues were among those on hand for the wedding ceremony. The marriage-and-baby twofer was revealed to the rest of the world on Monday's edition of "Today," with Guthrie back in New York at the NBC morning show. Beside her at the anchor desk, Matt Lauer reported she was "a beautiful bride." The 42-year-old Guthrie said she was happy to go public with her pregnancy, because "I can't suck in this gut anymore."

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts are among the acts who will appear on cereal boxes to stamp out hunger. They're part of the Outnumber Hunger campaign run by General Mills. They will appear on products like Cheerios, Wheaties and Lucky Charms, as well as Betty Crocker, Yoplait and Nature Valley. Consumers can enter a code from specially marked boxes online to donate five meals to a food bank based on the ZIP code entered. Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Thomas Rhett and "The Voice" winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery are also participating.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - John Denver never lived in West Virginia. But his song that name-checks the state is now one of West Virginia's official state songs. The state legislature has adopted the 1970s hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads." The song has been a part of West Virginia's psyche for decades. Oddly enough, the effort to make Denver's song a state song was launched by the widow of "Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver - but the two Denvers aren't related.

NEW YORK (AP) - Pharrell Williams is joining up with the United Nations for a day of happiness. the singer is working with the world organization to mark the annual International Day of Happiness on Thursday. The event will be marked by a 24-hour event on YouTube. And Williams is urging people to take action and raise money for humanitarian efforts. Pharrell, of course, had a hit with the song "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2" - which went number one and ended up being nominated for an Oscar for best original song. He is asking people to send in YouTube videos of themselves demonstrating their happiness to the tune of his song.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expected to make a full recovery. "In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he's already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses," Tillis said in a statement. Four scheduled shows have been canceled due to his surgery. Tillis became a successful songwriter and singer despite dealing with a stutter. He has recorded more than 60 albums, and his hits include "Good Woman Blues," "Coca Cola Cowboy," and "Southern Rain." He's written top songs for George Strait, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers and many more.

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