NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is calling off her concert on Friday in Las Vegas. Franklin says she is exhausted after driving her bus from Detroit to the West Coast for a string of concerts in California. She thanks fans and says she hopes to see them soon.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan Trainor’s vocal problems are forcing the cancellation of the rest of her North American tour. Trainor writes on Instagram she is “devastated, scared, and so sorry” for calling off the tour. She plans to have surgery for a vocal cord hemorrhage. She says she also has bronchitis and has been coughing a lot, and “that pushed it over the edge.”
STAATSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — An autopsy confirms a body found in the Hudson River is that of the boyfriend of Annie Lennox’s daughter. Authorities say 32-year-old Ian Jones died of an accidental drowning when he and Lennox’s daughter, 22-year-old Tali Fruchtmann, were kayaking early Saturday in Staatsburg, New York. Their kayak overturned and neither one was wearing a life jacket.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — John Mellencamp’s 20-year-old son is serving a four-day jail sentence in 12-hour stints because he suffers from a panic disorder. The Bloomington Herald-Times reports a judge is allowing Speck Mellencamp to serve his time from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. so a health care professional is on duty when he’s there. He received the sentence after he pleaded guilty in April to misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight in July 2013.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Patti Smith and Common each will have upcoming shows on Showtime. The network says it will air a miniseries based on Smith’s memoir, “Just Kids.” Common will star in a drama set in Chicago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three albums currently in the top 15 of the Billboard 200 album chart were released nearly a decade before Taylor Swift was even born. Led Zeppelin’s “In Through The Out Door” is number 9 on this week’s chart, while “Coda” is number 12 and “Presence” is number 13. The albums have been reissued with a deluxe treatment.
LONDON (AP) — Singer Mike Pinder of The Searchers has written his autobiography with two parts. He says one part of his book, “The Search For Myself,” is about the band, or what he calls “the bit everyone wants to hear about.” The other part is about his life away from the spotlight, or what he calls “the bit I want people to hear.” The Searchers’ hits include “Needles and Pins,” ”Sugar and Spice” and a version of “Love Potion Number Nine.” Pinder left the band in the 1980s. “The Search For Myself” is out now.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sam Smith is getting the wax treatment. He unveiled his life-size wax statue at Madame Tussauds (too-SOHZ’) in San Francisco yesterday. Smith told fans to — quote — “Feel free to touch my wax bum!”
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Yes started their first show since the death of bassist Chris Squire with a tribute to him. Rolling Stone reports their concert on Friday in Mashantucket, Connecticut, began with a dark stage and a single spotlight on Squire’s signature white Rickenbacker bass. Photos of Squire played on a screen while Squire’s song “Onward” played. According to the report, “Grown men wept aloud.” The band then took the stage and kicked off the show with “Don’t Kill The Whale.”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Lady Gaga will play a hotel owner named Elizabeth in the next season of “American Horror Story: Hotel.” Series co-creator Ryan Murphy told journalists Friday that Lady Gaga’s character will be consumed with art and fashion, and she has “a nefarious plan” that will be revealed in the first episode that will play out for the rest of the season. He says Lady Gaga will start shooting her parts today.