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Last Update on March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

ROBIN WILLIAMS FAMILY DECIDES TO AVOID COURT IN PROPERTY DISPUTE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The wife and adult children of Robin Williams have decided to work out their disagreements like, well, family. Attorneys for both sides agreed to take the dispute over the actor's property and assets out of court -- and resolve them on their own. A judge in San Francisco says the two sides are to meet before next Friday -- and if needed, use a mediator before returning to court. Last December, Williams' widow filed papers suggesting disputes over Williams property might become a drawn-out court battle. But yesterday, attorneys for both sides suggested the differences aren't that big, after all. An attorney for Williams' children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody says the children want the matter resolved soon so they can move on with their lives and continue grieving over their dad who killed himself last August.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports at issue are some personal items related to Robin Williams.

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James Wagstaffe, attorney for Susan Williams, widow of Robin Williams

Attorney Jim Wagstaffe, representing Robin Williams' widow Susan Williams, says his client has agreed on how hundreds of items should be distributed among the entertainer's family. COURTESY KGO ((mandatory on-air credit)) EMBARGO: San Francisco market

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Meredith Bushnell, attorney for Robin Williams' children

Attorney Meredith Bushnell, representing Robin Williams' children, says the court proceedings have been emotional for the family. COURTESY KGO ((mandatory on-air credit)) EMBARGO: San Francisco market

TREVOR NOAH NAMED TO REPLACE JON STEWART AT "DAILY SHOW"

NEW YORK (AP) -- The new guy taking over on "The Daily Show" is promising to bring a more global perspective to the desk soon to be vacated by Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is a mixed-race comedian from South Africa who traveled extensively before doing some comedy bits on Stewart's show. In one of those bits, he notes he never thought he'd "be more afraid of police here than in South Africa," adding that the unrest last year over the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri made him "nostalgic for the old days back home."

Comedian Trevor Noah says Jon Stewart expressed complete confidence in him. ((note audio quality))

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Trevor Noah, comedian

Comedian Trevor Noah says Jon Stewart has confidence in the producers and writers of 'The Daily Show.' ((note audio quality))

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Trevor Noah, comedian

Comedian Trevor Noah says 'The Daily Show' is bigger than its host. ((note audio quality))

VIN DIESEL - "FAST AND FURIOUS"

BEIJING (AP) -- Anyone who knows anything about the movie industry predicts "Furious 7" will be a shoo-in winner at the box office this weekend. But franchise star Vin Diesel says there's one thing the movie won't win: an Oscar. And he says that's unfortunate. He says the finale in the "Fast and Furious" saga deserves to win for best picture -- but won't. Diesel says for one thing, it's an action film and another -- it's a sequel. And as long as he was ripping on the Academy, he didn't stop there. Diesel says movies that tend to be nominated for best picture do poorly at the box office. He made the comments in Beijing, where "Furious 7" makes its premiere later next month. It opens in U.S. theaters Friday.

"DANCING WITH THE STARS"-CHARLOTTE OUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carl's Junior model Charlotte McKinney was worried about her chest getting in the way on "Dancing With the Stars." Perhaps she should have been more concerned about her feet. McKinney is the second celebrity of the season to be voted off the show. McKinney says she's a better for having competed on the dance floor. Last night, actor-singer Riker Lynch and gymnast Nastia Liukin were tied for the best judges' scores. McKinney and Patti LaBelle were tied at the other end of the judges' leaderboard.

Host Tom Bergeron announces this week's results. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Charlotte McKinney, contestant voted off

Charlotte McKinney says she's a better person after taking part in the competition. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

"THE VOICE"-TOP 20 SET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The teams on "The Voice" are now set for this season's live shows. The last slots in Top-20 were filled on last night's episode. Lexi Davila took the final spot, thanks to Christina Aguilera. Lexi was dropped by Team Adam but Team Xtina quickly snapped her up. Aguilera said she had been holding her steal for just the right singer and Lexi is it. Others to make through on the final night of the knockout rounds include Tonya Boyd-Cannon for Team Adam and Team Xtina's India Carney. Tonight's episode will be a recap of the season leading up the live rounds.

Adam Levine has to decide whether to keep Joshua or Lexi. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera gloats as she picks up Lexi, who was just dropped by Team Adam. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

THE WIZ - RETURNS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Don't look now -- but "The Wiz" is making a comeback. It will be on TV as part of a live special to air on NBC. The network will add its take on the all-black retelling of the classic "Wizard of Oz" to its list of live theater productions. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil (SIRK doo soh-LAY') will be putting "The Wiz" on the boards for the 2016-17 Broadway season. Cirque de Soleil will also partner with NBC on the televised version of the production.

Country News

Last Update on March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

JAY Z-NEW STREAMING SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some of the biggest names in music are establishing their own online streaming service. Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk and Jack White are backing Tidal. They all appeared onstage together in New York City yesterday to announce the launch. Keys says the artists hope the new service will "forever change the course of music history." It's being offered at two price points: $10 for standard sound quality and $20 for "lossless high fidelity sound quality."

WILCO CALL OFF SHOW IN INDIANA OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW

UNDATED (AP) -- Wilco have canceled their May 7 show in Indianapolis because of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The band write on their Facebook page the law is "thinly disguised legal discrimination to us." They say they hope to go back to Indiana "when this odious measure is repealed." The law passed last week prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Critics say the law allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.

STEVIE WONDER SURPRISES MINNEAPOLIS CHURCH

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Those who attended Sunday service at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis got a surprise this week. Stevie Wonder was sitting in the front pew. WCCO-TV reports the Reverend Jerry McAfee is friends with Wonder and invited him to the service while Wonder was in town for a concert. Wonder sang a favorite hymn, "I Won't Complain." He gave the church another surprise: a $10,000 donation.

GENE SIMMONS GETS INTO MOVIE BUSINESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gene Simmons of Kiss and WWE Studios will join together to try to scare the bejeezus out of you. They have formed a partnership to create three horror movies. The first is called "Temple," and it's about a team of trained operatives investigating a death inside an isolated military compound. Shooting begins this summer. Production on the second movie will begin later this year, but details on that film were not given.

SELENA'S FATHER SAYS HE WILL NOT OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Selena, but her father will not be marking the occasion. Abraham Quintanilla III says he's happy that people are remembering Selena, but he is a Jehovah's Witness and he doesn't celebrate deaths or birthdays. He says he does not want people to think Selena's family is behind the concerts, lookalike contests and dances that are marking the anniversary of Selena's death. He says the family does not get together on March 31 because there's nothing to celebrate. Quintanilla has given his blessing to one event, the Festival de la Flor, set for Corpus Christi, Texas, on April 17 and 18. He will perform, as will Selena's widower, Chris Perez.

COUNTRY SINGERS SHOW THEIR "GIRL CRUSH" LOVE

UNDATED (AP) -- Little Big Town are getting support from other country acts for their song "Girl Crush." The song has come under fire after reports came out that some radio stations were shying away from it because listeners incorrectly thought it was about a lesbian relationship. Blake Shelton tweets, "I got a song crush!" with a photo of him kissing Miranda Lambert. They're both wearing "Girl Crush" hats. Kacey Musgrave, Reba McEntire and Ashley Monroe also tweeted photos of themselves wearing "Girl Crush" hats. Is the controversy blown out of proportion? Billboard magazine contacted several prominent country radio stations and found they have gotten zero or few complaints about the song.

DEF LEPPARD WON'T ROAD-TEST NEW MATERIAL THIS SUMMER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Def Leppard didn't really mean to make an album, but one sort of appeared. Singer Joe Elliott says they got together in February of last year to record a few songs, maybe for an EP. They had 12 songs and figured they had an album "by accident rather than design." Don't expect to hear any of those songs on the upcoming tour with Styx and Tesla. Elliott says if they do, they will just end up on YouTube as really bad versions filmed on iPhones. A release date for the album has not been announced.

BROOKS AND DUNN WILL PERFORM AT ACMS

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Brooks and Dunn will reunite for the Academy of Country Music Awards. It's their first televised performance in five years. Other performers added to the lineup are Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts. Nick Jonas will do a duet with Dan and Shay, and Christina Aguilera will perform with surprise guests. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell (swin-DEL'). The ACM Awards are April 19.

BRANDI CARLILE REMEMBERS HER FIRST BAND

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brandi Carlile grew up thinking music was a treat if she was good. Carlile says her mother's band would rehearse at their house every week. If Carlile behaved, she was allowed to sing a song with them before she went to bed. Carlile says she would get so excited all week and write down the songs she wanted to do with the band. She was a big fan of old-time country and 1980s country, so she'd sing anything by Tanya Tucker or Mary Chapin Carpenter. She also liked Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." Carlile's new album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter," is out now.

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Brandi Carlile, singer-songwriter

Brandi Carlile says her mother was a musician, and that created a great opportunity for Carlile.

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Brandi Carlile, singer-songwriter

Brandi Carlile says she would get excited for the night her mother's band would rehearse at their house because she would be allowed to sing one song.

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Brandi Carlile, singer-songwriter

Brandi Carlile was asked what kind of songs she would sing with her mother's band. ((note length of cut))

MUSIC FESTIVALS BAN SELFIE STICKS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You'll just have to have long arms if you're taking a selfie at Coachella or Lollapalooza. Both festivals have banned selfie sticks, or what Coachella refers to as "narsisstics." The devices allow users to hold cellphones out further for a wider shot. Some concertgoers complain they get in the way of their stage views. The Ultra Music Festival in Miami banned selfie sticks at last weekend's event, saying anyone who brings one "will be turned away and we'll probably make fun of you."

LUDACRIS, CHRISSY TEIGEN WILL HOST BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ludacris will return as host of the Billboard Music Awards. Model Chrissy Teigen, who is married to John Legend, will be his co-host. The nominees will be announced next Tuesday. The awards will be given May 17 in Las Vegas and shown on ABC.

FINAL FOUR CONCERT LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Imagine Dragons, Rihanna and Zac Brown Band will perform for free this weekend in Indianapolis as part of the festivities surrounding the Final Four. Imagine Dragons and Weezer will perform Friday at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival. Rihanna, Passion Pit and Bleachers will perform Saturday. Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves and Cole Swindell (swin-DEL') perform Sunday.

HUNTER HAYES WILL LAUNCH NEW EPISODES OF "FRONT AND CENTER"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Hunter Hayes will kick off the new episodes of the PBS music show "Front and Center." Hayes will be featured on Saturday's episode. Brandy Clark and songwriter Bob Piero will be featured on April 11. Sara Evans and Martina McBride headline the April 18 episode, and Little Big Town will be on the April 25 episode.

Rewind Time

March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2015. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

On this date:

In 1814, Paris was occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of Emperor Napoleon.

In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1943, "Oklahoma!," the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.

In 1949, Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) entered confederation as Canada's tenth province.

In 1957, the original version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," starring Julie Andrews, aired live in color on CBS.

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not seek re-election.

In 1975, "Gunsmoke" closed out 20 seasons on CBS with its final first-run episode, "The Sharecroppers."

In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)

In 1986, 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico.

In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was accidentally shot to death during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was hit by a bullet fragment that had been lodged inside a prop gun. "Star Dust" lyricist Mitchell Parish, 92, died in New York.

In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Ten years ago: A damning report by a presidential commission concluded the United States knew "disturbingly little" about nuclear and biological threats from dangerous adversaries. The World Bank approved Paul Wolfowitz as its new president. South Carolina defeated Saint Joseph's, 60-57, in the NIT championship game. Chicken entrepreneur Frank Perdue died in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland, at age 84.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama threw open a huge swath of East Coast waters and other protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil drilling. A Chechen militant claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on the Moscow subway two days earlier that claimed 40 lives; the claim came hours after two more suicide bombers struck in the southern Russian province of Dagestan, killing a dozen people.

One year ago: In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance as deadline day for President Barack Obama's overhaul brought long waits and a new spate of website ills. North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters. An umpire's call was overturned for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe in a game against the Atlanta Braves. (The Brewers won, 2-0.) Charles H. Keating Jr., 90, the notorious financier who'd served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure in the U.S., died in Phoenix.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 88. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 87. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 81. Actress Shirley Jones is 81. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 81. Musician Herb Alpert is 80. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 75. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 75. Actor Christopher Walken is 72. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 71. Former Vice President Al Gore is 67. Author David Eisenhower is 67. Actress Rhea Perlman is 67. Actor Ed Marinaro is 65. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 60. Actor Marc McClure is 58. Actor William McNamara is 50. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 44. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 44. Rapper Tony Yayo is 37. Actress Kate Micucci is 35. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 32. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 31. Actress Jessica Szohr is 30.

Thought for Today: "The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries." -- Rene Descartes (ren-AY' day-KART'), French philosopher and mathematician (born this date in 1596, died in 1650).

Rock News

Last Update on March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

JAY Z-NEW STREAMING SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some of the biggest names in music are establishing their own online streaming service. Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk and Jack White are backing Tidal. They all appeared onstage together in New York City yesterday to announce the launch. Keys says the artists hope the new service will "forever change the course of music history." It's being offered at two price points: $10 for standard sound quality and $20 for "lossless high fidelity sound quality."

WILCO CALL OFF SHOW IN INDIANA OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW

UNDATED (AP) -- Wilco have canceled their May 7 show in Indianapolis because of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The band write on their Facebook page the law is "thinly disguised legal discrimination to us." They say they hope to go back to Indiana "when this odious measure is repealed." The law passed last week prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Critics say the law allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.

STEVIE WONDER SURPRISES MINNEAPOLIS CHURCH

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Those who attended Sunday service at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis got a surprise this week. Stevie Wonder was sitting in the front pew. WCCO-TV reports the Reverend Jerry McAfee is friends with Wonder and invited him to the service while Wonder was in town for a concert. Wonder sang a favorite hymn, "I Won't Complain." He gave the church another surprise: a $10,000 donation.

GENE SIMMONS GETS INTO MOVIE BUSINESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gene Simmons of Kiss and WWE Studios will join together to try to scare the bejeezus out of you. They have formed a partnership to create three horror movies. The first is called "Temple," and it's about a team of trained operatives investigating a death inside an isolated military compound. Shooting begins this summer. Production on the second movie will begin later this year, but details on that film were not given.

SELENA'S FATHER SAYS HE WILL NOT OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Selena, but her father will not be marking the occasion. Abraham Quintanilla III says he's happy that people are remembering Selena, but he is a Jehovah's Witness and he doesn't celebrate deaths or birthdays. He says he does not want people to think Selena's family is behind the concerts, lookalike contests and dances that are marking the anniversary of Selena's death. He says the family does not get together on March 31 because there's nothing to celebrate. Quintanilla has given his blessing to one event, the Festival de la Flor, set for Corpus Christi, Texas, on April 17 and 18. He will perform, as will Selena's widower, Chris Perez.

COUNTRY SINGERS SHOW THEIR "GIRL CRUSH" LOVE

UNDATED (AP) -- Little Big Town are getting support from other country acts for their song "Girl Crush." The song has come under fire after reports came out that some radio stations were shying away from it because listeners incorrectly thought it was about a lesbian relationship. Blake Shelton tweets, "I got a song crush!" with a photo of him kissing Miranda Lambert. They're both wearing "Girl Crush" hats. Kacey Musgrave, Reba McEntire and Ashley Monroe also tweeted photos of themselves wearing "Girl Crush" hats. Is the controversy blown out of proportion? Billboard magazine contacted several prominent country radio stations and found they have gotten zero or few complaints about the song.

DEF LEPPARD WON'T ROAD-TEST NEW MATERIAL THIS SUMMER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Def Leppard didn't really mean to make an album, but one sort of appeared. Singer Joe Elliott says they got together in February of last year to record a few songs, maybe for an EP. They had 12 songs and figured they had an album "by accident rather than design." Don't expect to hear any of those songs on the upcoming tour with Styx and Tesla. Elliott says if they do, they will just end up on YouTube as really bad versions filmed on iPhones. A release date for the album has not been announced.

BROOKS AND DUNN WILL PERFORM AT ACMS

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Brooks and Dunn will reunite for the Academy of Country Music Awards. It's their first televised performance in five years. Other performers added to the lineup are Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts. Nick Jonas will do a duet with Dan and Shay, and Christina Aguilera will perform with surprise guests. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell (swin-DEL'). The ACM Awards are April 19.

BRANDI CARLILE REMEMBERS HER FIRST BAND

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brandi Carlile grew up thinking music was a treat if she was good. Carlile says her mother's band would rehearse at their house every week. If Carlile behaved, she was allowed to sing a song with them before she went to bed. Carlile says she would get so excited all week and write down the songs she wanted to do with the band. She was a big fan of old-time country and 1980s country, so she'd sing anything by Tanya Tucker or Mary Chapin Carpenter. She also liked Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." Carlile's new album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter," is out now.

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Brandi Carlile, singer-songwriter

Brandi Carlile says her mother was a musician, and that created a great opportunity for Carlile.

<<CUT ..016 (03/31/15)>> 00:14 "my mom's band"

Brandi Carlile, singer-songwriter

Brandi Carlile says she would get excited for the night her mother's band would rehearse at their house because she would be allowed to sing one song.

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Brandi Carlile, singer-songwriter

Brandi Carlile was asked what kind of songs she would sing with her mother's band. ((note length of cut))

MUSIC FESTIVALS BAN SELFIE STICKS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You'll just have to have long arms if you're taking a selfie at Coachella or Lollapalooza. Both festivals have banned selfie sticks, or what Coachella refers to as "narsisstics." The devices allow users to hold cellphones out further for a wider shot. Some concertgoers complain they get in the way of their stage views. The Ultra Music Festival in Miami banned selfie sticks at last weekend's event, saying anyone who brings one "will be turned away and we'll probably make fun of you."

LUDACRIS, CHRISSY TEIGEN WILL HOST BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ludacris will return as host of the Billboard Music Awards. Model Chrissy Teigen, who is married to John Legend, will be his co-host. The nominees will be announced next Tuesday. The awards will be given May 17 in Las Vegas and shown on ABC.

FINAL FOUR CONCERT LINEUPS ANNOUNCED

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Imagine Dragons, Rihanna and Zac Brown Band will perform for free this weekend in Indianapolis as part of the festivities surrounding the Final Four. Imagine Dragons and Weezer will perform Friday at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival. Rihanna, Passion Pit and Bleachers will perform Saturday. Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves and Cole Swindell (swin-DEL') perform Sunday.

HUNTER HAYES WILL LAUNCH NEW EPISODES OF "FRONT AND CENTER"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Hunter Hayes will kick off the new episodes of the PBS music show "Front and Center." Hayes will be featured on Saturday's episode. Brandy Clark and songwriter Bob Piero will be featured on April 11. Sara Evans and Martina McBride headline the April 18 episode, and Little Big Town will be on the April 25 episode.

Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- He is to perform tonight in Oakland, California. But it's an incident that took place Wednesday that has Katt Williams in the news today. He's has been arrested after a man told Oakland police Williams whacked him upside the head with a bottle. Authorities say the comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of assault -- but later released after he and several witnesses were questioned. The victim says he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel. The man was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. Williams is 41 and is known for his HBO comedy special and movie roles including "Friday After Next" and "Norbit.."

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy was a super storm. And some musical superstars are teaming up to help fight back against it. Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and others will be among those who will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden for next month's benefit concert. The arena says Billy Joel and The Who will also take part in the event, called "12-12-12." Other performers will be added to the list. The show -- set for December 12 -- will benefit a fund that helps those affected by Sandy, which pounded the New York City and New Jersey areas.

Online:

Madison Square Garden site: http://www.thegarden.com

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually showing up late for a date will get you a less-than-warm reception. But Rihanna got cheers -- even though she was two hours behind schedule for her performance in Mexico City the other night. She started what's known as her "777" tour with an exclusive party for about 2,000 fans. She thanked fans for their patience, saying their hanging in there until she showed up Wednesday night really made her "feel loved." The concert swing will see Rihanna perform seven shows in seven days in seven different cities. Stops on the tour include Toronto, Paris, Berlin and London before ending up in New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has already won a lot of awards during her career. But she says her career isn't about collecting hardware to put in her trophy case. She says the biggest draw for her being awards shows is performing before a live audience at the venue and on TV. She says that's what she will be looking forward to at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She says she has been at awards shows where she totally forgot she was up for a nomination -- until her name was read off as a winner. The way she sees it, if she keeps making good music, the awards will take care of herself. If you should happen to run into Nicki between now and Sunday, you can remind her she's up for four nominations at the AMAs.

Nicki Minaj says she's more excited about performing at award shows than she is at winning trophies.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj says she doesn't do music for awards, but figures if she's good enough during her career she'll get her share.

RIHANNA/NICKI MINAJ: LEAD GOING INTO SUNDAY'S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way when it comes to nominations at Sunday's American Music Awards. Each singer has four nods going into the event. Other multiple nominees include two guys who have been reportedly fighting for Rihanna's attention lately -- Drake has three while Chris Brown has two nods. Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber, Usher, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC.

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of nominees for Sunday's American Music Awards. The event will aired live on ABC from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

-- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

-- Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

-- Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

-- Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

-- Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

-- Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

-- Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

-- Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

-- Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

-- Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

-- Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

-- Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige,,Rihanna.

-- Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

-- Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

-- Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

-- Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

-- Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

-- Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

DETROIT (AP) -- They most recently were known as the Frederick Douglass Homes in Detroit. But back in the day they were known as the Brewster projects. And that was the place where Diana Ross and the Supremes grew up. Now, the housing project is about to become another memory. Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the demolition of the massive high rise apartment buildings could start early next year. The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Bing says he knows the former Brewster projects have "a lot of history" -- but has since "become an eyesore."

WILL SMITH/USHER: AMONG NOMINEES FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The People's Choice Award nominations are out. And Usher and Will Smith are among the nominees. Usher is up for best R&B act while Smith is among the male actors up for honors. Other nominees include Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pitbull and Jay-Z. Fans vote for the winners -- and you can vote on any of the 48 categories through December 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for January 9, 2013 -- and broadcast on CBS.

Online:

People's Choice Awards site: http://www.peopleschoice.com

Sound of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performing "One More Night," nominated for Favorite Song.

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Sound of Justin Bieber

Sound of Justin Bieber singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift singing "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together," up for Favorite Song.

THE X FACTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rappers Lyric 145 were the first to go on last night's "X Factor." Lyric Da Queen says they didn't get an opportunity to do what they do best -- including rap. But she says you have to take the good with the bad. Later in the show, Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia had a sing-off. Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote, sending Jennel home. Thirteen-year-old Diamond White is still in the running. And the top three on the leaderboard remain unchanged: Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Vino Alan (ah-LAHN').

Lyric Da Queen says they had a lot more to show the world. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell casts the deciding vote, after the sing-off between Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tate Stevens, contestant

Tate Stevens thanks his fans for keeping him in the top spot. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

GABBY DOUGLAS: MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Fierce Five and other members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama. The gymnasts met with the president in the Oval Office before huddling together in the chill outside to watch his helicopter lift off. Obama was headed to New York to tour storm damage. The gymnasts, including Gabby Douglas -- won gold at the summer Olympics. They signed leotards to give to the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: FORMER NBA STAR ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after what appears to be a case of domestic violence. She is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police in Atlanta says the incident happened after Holdsclaw followed Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Lacy identifies Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend. The two were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. Holdsclaw was in custody last night under $10,000 bond on charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

LUTHER VANDROSS: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Luther Vandross won two American Music Awards. He won for favorite soul/R&B male artist and soul/R&B album for "Dance With My Father." The album came out about a month after Vandross suffered a massive stroke. His mom accepted for the singer and apologized that her son couldn't be there in person. Vandross died earlier this year from complications from the stroke. Other winners included Aaliyah and 50 Cent.

MISSY ELLIOTT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Missy Elliott won an American Music Award but lost her ride to the show. She won for favorite rap/hip-hop female artist but wasn't there to pick it up. She showed up later and told the audience her limo was stolen from her hotel and she had to get to the show on her own. She went on to tell the audience she needed to bum a ride back to her hotel.

MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1989, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show." The singer popped on stage to present an MTV viewers' poll award to comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Murphy reciprocated by presenting Jackson with the video award from the same poll.

O.V. WRIGHT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1980, R&B singer O.V. Wright died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 41. He had many hits for the Back Beat label in the 1960's and 70's, the biggest of which was "Ace of Spades."

LISA BONET/LENNY KRAVITZ: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1987, actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') and musician Lenny Kravitz got married. They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1993.

LISA BONET: BIRTHDAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') has a birthday today. She's 45. She first rose to fame as one of the Cosby kids on "The Cosby Show." In the show, she left home to go off to college and ended up on a spinoff show, "A Different World," which she left after just a year. She also starred in the 1987 movie "Angel Heart."

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