NEW YORK (AP) — Yoko Ono is hoping to set a new world record by creating the world’s largest peace sign to mark John Lennon’s birthday. Rolling Stone reports Ono is hoping to get 6,000 to 10,000 people in New York’s Central Park on October 6 to make a human peace sign. Lennon would have turned 75 on October 9.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elvis Costello has created a soundtrack to his upcoming autobiography. “Unfaithful Music and Soundtrack Album” will contain the companion music to his book, “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink.” He has chosen hits and rarities that connect with the emotional themes of the book. The album will contain two previously unreleased songs: “I Can’t Turn It Off” from 1975 and “April 5th,” which he wrote and recorded with Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and John Leventhal. The album comes out October 9, while the book will be out October 13.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A bridge in Jimmy Buffett’s hometown of Pascagoula, Mississippi, will be renamed for him. The Beach Boulevard bridge that crosses Baptiste Bayou will become the Jimmy Buffett Bridge on Saturday. Buffett was born in Pascagoula and his family later moved to Mobile, Alabama. Buffett plans to attend the renaming ceremony and perform an acoustic set. Buffett will also be presented with a key to Pascagoula. City and state legislators both have declared May 6 as Jimmy Buffett Day, a date he chose to honor his parents’ wedding anniversary.
VENICE, Italy (AP) — A new documentary about Janis Joplin discusses how Joplin blazed a trail in rock when it was a male-dominated industry, but one thing the filmmaker admits is lacking from it is female perspective. Director Amy Berg of “Janis: Little Girl Blue” says she wanted to interview female performers from Joplin’s era, but most of them turned her down. Berg says Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane did not think that people want to see how she looks today. Berg does interview Joplin’s former bandmates and other 1960s musicians. Cat Power reads letters Joplin sent to her parents. “Janis: Little Girl Blue” is currently playing at film festivals.
LONDON (AP) — Sam Smith will sing the theme song to the next James Bond movie. Smith recorded the track “Writing’s On The Wall” in January but kept it secret until now. Smith was being coy about it, denying any involvement as late as last week. Now he says it’s one of the highlights of his career. The Bond film “Spectre” will star Daniel Craig and will open in October.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Who will be late to their own 50th anniversary tour. The Who are postponing the first four dates of “The Who Hits 50!” tour because singer Roger Daltrey is suffering from an unspecified virus. The tour was supposed to launch Monday in San Diego. Instead it will begin September 24 in Portland, Oregon.
LONDON (AP) — In his lifetime, Brian Epstein was offered millions of dollars for his contract with The Beatles. It’s finally for sale — at least, the actual piece of paper is. Sotheby’s London expects the contract will go for as much as $764,000 when it’s auctioned on September 29. It was signed October 1, 1962, just days before “Love Me Do” was released. It was the only management contract between Epstein and the final lineup of The Beatles. One clause called for the termination of the contract with three months’ notice, but all parties involved signed an amendment cancelling that the following January as a sign of mutual trust.
NEW YORK (AP) — Why wouldn’t Prudence in the Beatles song “Dear Prudence” come out to play? She was meditating for five days straight. Prudence Farrow Bruns tells Rolling Stone magazine she was trying so hard for enlightenment at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s retreat in India in 1968 that she didn’t eat, sleep or go to the bathroom. Farrow Bruns’ sister, actress Mia Farrow, attended the retreat, along with The Beatles. Farrow Bruns says she remembers John Lennon tinkering away on his guitar every afternoon. She still likes the song and says it “epitomized what the Sixties were about in many ways.” Farrow Bruns has written a book called “Dear Prudence: The Story Behind The Song.”
NEW YORK (AP) — To say Dr. Dre has piles of money is an understatement. The 2016 version of the Guinness World Records book says Dre holds the record for the highest earnings ever by a musician, with $620 million. It’s primarily from the 2014 sale of his Beats company to Apple. Shakira holds the record for the person with the most “likes” on Facebook, with more than 107 million. Only Facebook For Every Phone and Facebook itself have more “likes” than Shakira. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” holds the record for longest climb to number one on the UK singles chart, with 19 weeks. Taylor Swift holds the record for the most million-selling weeks on the U.S. album chart, with three. It’s for the debut weeks of her albums “Speak Now,” ”Red” and “1989.” ”Let It Go” from “Frozen” holds the record for the most languages featured on a single, with a special 22-language edition.
NEW YORK (AP) — John Fogerty learned about honesty by being dishonest as a kid. Fogerty says he saw another kid stealing a record and was practically boasting about it as he went out the door. Fogerty tried it himself a few times and got away with it. However, he says a “psychological mirror” was thrown at him, and he looked at himself and thought, “John, what are you doing? This is the thing that you love the most in your whole life — music.” He didn’t know about karma in those days, but he felt he was tainting the thing he cherished. He’s been a stickler for honesty ever since. Fogerty will put out his autobiography, “Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music,” on October 6.