NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-ihs) loved the songs she wrote so much for the musical version of the movie “Waitress” she didn’t want to give them up just yet. Bareilles is releasing an album called “What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress” on November 6. Bareilles says she fell more deeply in love with writing the music for the stage production than she anticipated and she selfishly had to find a way to record the songs herself. She call it a “deliciously self-indulgent project” and adds, “I’m sorry, I’m not sorry.” The musical is currently running in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will open on Broadway in April.
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AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — Can you find clues to Patty Griffin’s breakup with Robert Plant in her new album, “Servant of Love”? Maybe, but even she doesn’t know what the album is about. Griffin says it’s like reading a poem: “It’s not clear to you but it makes you feel a certain way.” Griffin won’t talk about the relationship, but she acknowledges she wrote the album while going through “a lot of losses.” She says she’s realized “a lot of seeds just ain’t ever going to come up.” ”Servant of Love” is out today.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ringo Starr says his heart started to sing when he was going through some old junk and found a box of photos of The Beatles he forgot he had taken. The photos have been compiled into a book called “Photograph By Ringo Starr,” out this week. Starr says he used to photograph and videotape his family but stopped doing that 15 years ago. He realized he was always missing the party because he was trying to chronicle it. Even though Starr has no plans to tour with Paul McCartney, he jokes that he should say they will tour and there are clues in the book so he can sell more copies.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Don Henley got everyone on his wish list for his new country album, “Cass County.” Henley says he was fortunate that nobody he asked turned him down. His guest vocalists include Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard and Mick Jagger. Henley says Jagger is a good country singer because he used to be married to Jerry Hall and she has a great Texas accent.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin really has called Elton John and really is planning to meet with him. John posted a message on Instagram last week thanking Putin for calling him, but two Russian pranksters say they called John posing as Putin. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells Russian news agencies Putin talked to John yesterday and told him not to be angry with the pranksters. Peskov says Putin says he’s willing to meet with John when their schedules permit. John has spoken out about Russia’s law against gay propaganda and Putin’s comments about gay people.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The only person who survived the 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding and The Bar-Kays has died. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports Bar-Kays trumpeter Ben Cauley died Monday at a Memphis hospital at the age of 67. The cause of death was not given. Cauley played trumpet on The Bar-Kays’ biggest hit, “Soul Finger.” The Bar-Kays were Redding’s backup band and all but bassist James Alexander were on board the plane that crashed in a lake near Madison, Wisconsin, in December 1967. Cauley had said he found a seat cushion that kept him from drowning. He quit the band in 1972 but continued to do session work, including for Keith Richard’s new album, “Crosseyed Heart.”
WASHINGTO (AP) — Janelle Monae believes voting should be empowering, not a drag. Monae says people who are avoiding registering to vote should not treat it like going to the dentist or the DMV. Monae has teamed with the White House to motivate people to get registered. She says as an artist, there’s nothing more important to her than her voice, and voting gives people a voice in the political process. Monae plans to promote voter registration at her concerts and on her website.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Jewel doesn’t mince words about her abusive childhood in her new book, and her father gave her permission to do it. Jewel writes about her father being abused as a child and then growing up to be an abusive father in her memoir, “Never Broken.” Jewel says she talked to her father before writing about it and he told her she had every right to discuss what happened. Jewel also outlines her estrangement from her mother, who was once her manager. Jewel says she knows her four-year-old son, Kase, will read the book one day, and she held some things back as a result, but she wants him to realize his mother had both setbacks and triumphs. “Never Broken” and the companion album, “Picking Up The Pieces,” are out now.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Happy Birthday To You” no longer has a valid copyright. That’s the ruling from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge George H. King ruled yesterday that the copyright originally filed by the Clayton F. Summy Co. in 1935 granted only the rights to specific arrangements of the tune and not the actual song itself. Warner/Chappell Music has been enforcing the copyright claim since it bought Summy’s successor, the Birch Tree Group. Warner/Chappell has said it doesn’t try to collect royalties from just anyone singing the song but those who use it commercially.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police in Stockholm, Sweden, are investigating whether one of their own is to blame for a security breach that shut down a U2 concert. A police spokesman says they are looking into a suspected weapons offense. An internal affairs unit has been alerted. He says organizers called off Sunday’s concert after someone was not properly searched at a security checkpoint. Swedish media report an off-duty police officer was wrongly allowed to enter the venue with a gun. No one was arrested and no weapon was found in the arena. The concert has been rescheduled for tonight.