NEW YORK (AP) — Not enough people came out to give peace a chance on Saturday. More than 2,000 people joined Yoko Ono in New York’s Central Park in an attempt to set a world record for the largest group of people forming a peace sign in honor of John Lennon’s birthday. A Guinness World Records representative says the group had to be at least 5,000 to create an official record. Lennon’s birthday is on Friday and he would have been 75.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rep for Quincy Jones says the musician and producer will be fine — after a health scare yesterday. Publicist Arnold Robinson says Jones complained of shortness of breath — and when he was taken to the hospital, he was kept for observation. Says Robinson: “Quincy is fine.” Jones is 82 — and has won 27 Grammys during his long career. He produced the Michael Jackson album “Thriller” and also worked with Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra.
UNDATED (AP) — R.E.M. are unhappy with Donald Trump using their music at a political event, but they want voters to have their eyes on the big picture. Trump used their song “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” at a rally to oppose the Iran deal on Wednesday in Washington. R.E.M. say they did not authorize the use of the song but there are “things of greater importance at stake here.” They say American voters should not let “grandstanding politicians” distract them from the pressing issues of the day.
NEW YORK (AP) —The most influential musician under the age of 25 is Ed Sheeran, according to the streaming site Spotify. The list is based on total streams on Spotify, number of number-one hits, growth over the past year and Spotify’s viral chart. Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) is second on the list, followed by Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and One Direction. Sheeran also owns the record for Spotify’s most streamed song ever, with “Thinking Out Loud.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heart singer Ann Wilson will tape a special for PBS at her October 6 show in Hartford, Connecticut. The special will air in February. Wilson will put out her first solo EP called “The Ann Wilson Thing” digitally on September 18 and in stores October 9.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The man who produced Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album and Johnny Cash’s “At Folsom Prison” has died. Music producer Bob Johnston died Friday at the age of 83. Editor Peter Cooper of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum says Johnston helped open Nashville to musicians from other places. Johnston also produced Dylan’s albums “John Wesley Harding” and most of “Highway 61 Revisited,” as well as Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” and “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Time” albums.
NEW YORK (AP) — The first Beatles recording contract is for sale. Heritage Auctions will sell the six-page contract The Beatles signed that led to them recording “My Bonnie” with Tony Sheridan. The auction house estimates the contract will sell for at least $150,000 when it goes on the block on September 19 in New York. The Beatles were paid about $20 apiece for their work. Other items that will be auctioned include a postcard Ringo Starr sent to his grandmother, a psychedelic invitation to the private release party for “Magical Mystery Tour” and a 1960 photo of 17-year-old George Harrison modeling his first leather jacket.
MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, have a message for Parrotheads: no homemade potties, and leaving them behind is gross. The Sun Chronicle reports fans at Jimmy Buffett’s Mansfield concert Saturday left behind seven to ten makeshift outhouses, most commonly made with a 5-gallon bucket, a foam pool noodle and a tent. Police Lieutenant Sam Thompson says 75 to 100 people were instructed to take down their outhouses. Police Chief Ronald Sellon says Buffett’s crowd has been primary offenders in this regard, and leaving the outhouses behind is “unsanitary and just disrespectful.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix will run an original documentary about Keith Richards. The film “Keith Richards – Under the Influence” will follow Richards as he prepares his first solo album in 23 years. It will contain both new and archival footage. Both the documentary and Richards’ album, called “Crosseyed Heart,” will be out September 18.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Sheeran will play an “ambitious and deadly protege’ of a high-ranking church elder” in an upcoming drama on FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sheeran will play a recurring character named Sir Cormac in “The Bastard Executioner.” It’s about a 14th-century warrior who is asked by a divine messenger to become a journeyman executioner. It’s set to air this fall.