UNDATED (AP) — Michael Buble’ is a dad again. He tweets his wife, Luisana, gave birth to a boy last week. They’ve named him Elias. They also have a two-year-old son, Noah.
SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Joel is making a deal with local education authorities: if they promise to keep a music school open, he’ll donate a million dollars to fund it. New York’s Newsday reports Joel is pledging one million dollars to the Long Island High School for the Arts if the local board of education will keep it open for three years. School officials say the school is facing closure because of low enrollment, and it’s running a deficit of about $400,000.
UNDATED (AP) — Adele’s “Hello” video has set a new YouTube record for the fastest video to hit one billion views. It took just 87 days to reach that milestone, breaking the previous record set by Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which took 158 days to hit a billion. Getting a billion YouTube views used to be a jaw-dropping feat, but now 17 videos have done it. Four of them were released just in the last year. A few years ago, only “Gangnam Style” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” had a billion views, and “Baby” took four years to do it.
CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean’s wife has been granted a temporary order of protection from him after she cited a pattern of abuse that has lasted three decades. McLean was arrested Monday for misdemeanor domestic violence. His wife filed a handwritten request for protection that said McLean’s rage was “unfathomably deep and scary” in the early days of their marriage. She says her husband terrorized her for four hours earlier this week and she feared for her life when she called 911. McLean has issued a statement saying his marriage is experiencing a “very painful breakdown” and he is not a villain. He says he may never recover from this but he hopes to be able to entertain people as he always has. McLean will resume touring next Wednesday in Chicago.
BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — Pete Seeger’s annual music festival is off this year because of financial problems. The board of directors for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization decided this week to cancel the festival, set for June 18 and 19. Seeger started the concerts in the 1970s as a fundraiser for the vessel the Clearwater to serve as a floating classroom for environmental causes. The Clearwater is undergoing a restoration right now, and the group’s president says all efforts are going toward that. The festival is expected to return in 2017. David Crosby, Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones and the Mavericks have played the festival in the past.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge has turned down early release from jail for the director of the movie about Gregg Allman’s life who was sentenced in the death of a camera assistant. Former “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller had asked to be freed after serving less than half of his two-year sentence. He had pleaded guilty last March to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing in the death of Sarah Jones. She was killed in February 2014 when the movie had set up on a train bridge without permission and a freight train came through.
ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — John Legend and Colombian musician Juanes played a show yesterday for people who they were not sure could even hear them. They played outside a jail in Eloy, Arizona, where undocumented immigrants were being held. Legend and Juanes performed on a flatbed truck and sang two of their own songs and one song together, Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Their intention was for the detainees to hear the music. However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement it kept inmates in their cells because of concerns “an unsanctioned concert” within view of the recreation yard might provoke a disturbance. Legend told the crowd of about 100 outside the jail that they were there to bear witness to what’s happening so they can tell the world about it. Legend and Juanes toured the facility before the concert and spoke to the detainees.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Little Big Town are the first performers announced for the Grammys next month. The show is set for February 15 on CBS. For the first time, people in the Pacific and Mountain time zones may be able to see the Grammys live. Usually the show is tape-delayed to run in primetime in those time zones. CBS is offering stations the option of running the Grammys live as they happen, which would be late afternoon and early evening in Pacific and Mountain time zones.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — ABBA has reunited! And that was it and now they’re off in their own lives again. The four members of ABBA made a rare joint appearance yesterday in Stockholm for the opening of a restaurant owned by Bjorn Ulvaeus. They did not sing a note or pose for pictures. The restaurant is inspired by the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” and is set in the Greek islands, but it has a different story. Musicians and actors interact with waiters and guests, and singalongs to ABBA tunes are encouraged. Benny Andersson was asked if ABBA will ever perform again, and he said, “I don’t think so.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam and Neil Young will headline this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Other performers include Nick Jonas, Maxwell, Beck, Snoop Dogg and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They didn’t forget the jazz acts: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard and Chris Botti (BOH’-tee) are among the jazz musicians who will play. The festival will also hold tributes to B.B. King and to Allen Toussaint (too-SAHNT’), who died last year. Jazz Fest will be held April 22-24 and April 28-May 1.