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Last Update on February 05, 2016 08:10 GMT

MAURICE WHITE OF EARTH, WIND AND FIRE PASSES AWAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- The founder of Earth, Wind and Fire has died. Maurice White died in his sleep Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 74. White had revealed he was dealing with Parkinson's disease when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band has kept performing but White dropped out of the public eye. White named the band Earth, Wind and Fire after his astrological signs. Their hits include "Boogie Wonderland," "September" and "Shining Star." He co-wrote The Emotions' hit "Best of My Love" and produced acts like Barbra Streisand and Cher. Verdine White says his "brother, hero and best friend" has died. Chris Rock tweeted his condolences with a photo of White and the lyrics, "You can't hide love."

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001-w-33-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent, with Maurice White, musician with Earth, Wind and Fire)--Earth, Wind and Fire founder and leader Maurice White has died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, according to his brother, Verdine. White was 74. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta takes a look at White's career. ((opens with music)) (5 Feb 2016)

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002-a-09-(Archive audio of Maurice White, founder and leader of Earth, Wind and Fire, at Rock Hall induction on March 7, 2000)-"joy, pure joy"-In 2000, Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire said, at the band's Rock Hall induction, that performing with the band again was a real highlight. (5 Feb 2016)

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003-a-12-(Archive audio of Maurice White, founder and leader of Earth, Wind and Fire, at Rock Walk ceremony in July 2003)-"to do it"-In 2003, Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire said at a Rock Walk ceremony that the concept behind the band was to get listeners to think, as well as groove. ((note audio quality)) (5 Feb 2016)

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004-r-51-(Sound of Earth Wind and Fire, performing "Boogie Wonderland")--Sound of Earth, Wind and Fire performing "Boogie Wonderland." (5 Feb 2016)

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005-r-50-(Excerpt of Earth Wind and Fire, performing "September")--Here's a bit of Earth Wind and Fire performing "September." The group's founder, Maurice White, has died. (5 Feb 2016)

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006-r-53-(Excerpt of Earth Wind and Fire, performing "Fantasy")--Here's a bit of Earth Wind and Fire performing "Fantasy." The group's founder, Maurice White, has died. (5 Feb 2016)

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007-r-49-(Excerpt of Earth Wind and Fire, performing "Shining Star")--Here's a bit of Earth Wind and Fire performing "Shining Star." The group's founder, Maurice White, has died. (5 Feb 2016)

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MERLE HAGGARD CANCELS SHOWS

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Merle Haggard has called off all his shows this month because of illness. A statement from his publicist says Haggard is still feeling weak from his recent bout with double pneumonia. Haggard will get further treatment and hopes to return to touring later this spring.

COLDPLAY GET READY FOR SUPER BOWL HALFTIME

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Coldplay are not taking sides for the Super Bowl. Guitarist Jonny Buckland says they are firmly split down the middle between "those of us who know absolutely nothing about football and those of us who know almost absolutely nothing about football." Coldplay's halftime show for Sunday's game will honor the past, present and future. Guest musician Beyonce' will represent the past and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles will represent the future. When asked how Coldplay will fit 16 years of music into 12 minutes, singer Chris Martin said, "We decided we'd play all our number ones and then work out how to fill the other 10 minutes."

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008-q-05-(Chris Martin, lead singer of band Coldplay, at news conference)-"other 10 minutes ((laughter fades))"-Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin was asked how they would fit 16 years of music into 12 minutes at the Super Bowl halftime show. (5 Feb 2016)

<<CUT ..008 (02/05/16)>> 00:05 "other 10 minutes ((laughter fades))"

009-a-13-(Chris Martin, lead singer of band Coldplay, at news conference)-"people joining us"-Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says having a great lineup took a lot of the stress out of planning the halftime show. (5 Feb 2016)

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010-a-17-(Guy Berryman, bassist for the band Coldplay, at news conference)-"Bowl halftime show"-Guy Berryman of the rock group Coldplay says their show will be inspired by the free spirit and artistry of the Glastonbury Festival. ((note length of cut)) (5 Feb 2016)

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011-a-17-(Chris Martin, lead singer of band Coldplay, at news conference)-"right up there"-Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band's Super Bowl 50 halftime show will try to honor the past, present and future. ((note length of cut)) (5 Feb 2016)

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COLDPLAY MUSIC WILL BE FEATURED ON "HAWAII FIVE-0"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four songs off Coldplay's "A Head Full of Dreams" album will be featured on an upcoming episode of "Hawaii Five-0." The songs "Adventure of a Lifetime," "Amazing Day," "Birds" and "Everglow" will be used in the February 12 episode on CBS.

ALICIA KEYS FLIRTS WITH HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alicia Keys is hoping a little love to House Speaker Paul Ryan might go further than getting angry. Keys has released a flirty video saying Ryan can be her valentine if he can get the House of Representatives to act on criminal justice reforms. She refers to old photos of Ryan lifting weights and asks, "Show me how cool you are." She ends by blowing him a kiss and calling him "so special." Keys did the video on behalf of the We Are Here advocacy group that is pushing for overhaul of the nation's criminal justice system. Ryan tells Fox News he didn't know that Keys knew who he was and says the bill is "well on its way here in the House."

PANIC AT THE DISCO PREPARE FOR SUMMER TOUR WITH WEEZER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The 10-year-old version of Brendon Urie (YOOR'-ee) of Panic At The Disco is flipping out that they're going to tour with Weezer this summer. Urie says the tour is his "childhood fantasies come true." He had a writing session once with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and they see each other every now and then. Urie says Cuomo is not a talkative person and getting a couple of sentences out of him is a huge accomplishment. Urie says it's going to be crazy when they finally do shows together and he adds, "No promises, but maybe, I might cry." The Weezer and Panic At The Disco tour starts June 10 outside Houston.

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015-a-15-(Brendon Urie (YOOR'-ee), singer for Panic At The Disco, in AP interview)-"and hang out"-Panic At the Disco singer Brendon Urie says he's got big plans this year. (5 Feb 2016)

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016-a-18-(Brendon Urie (YOOR'-ee), singer for Panic At The Disco, in AP interview)-"a huge accomplishment"-Panic At the Disco singer Brendon Urie says he'll try to get to know Rivers Cuomo better when they tour together. ((note length of cut)) (5 Feb 2016)

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017-a-13-(Brendon Urie (YOOR'-ee), singer for Panic At The Disco, in AP interview)-"promises but maybe"-Panic At the Disco singer Brendon Urie says he's turning into a fan boy, knowing he'll spend the summer with Weezer. (5 Feb 2016)

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SEAL NABS ROLE AS PONTIUS PILATE ON "THE PASSION"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Seal has been cast as Pontius Pilate in the upcoming TV special about Jesus' life. Jencarlos Canela will play Jesus, Chris Daughtry plays Judas, Prince Royce portrays the disciple Peter and Trisha Yearwood stars as Mary, the mother of Jesus. "The Passion" will be staged live in New Orleans on March 20 and shown on Fox.

ANDRA DAY CREDITS STEVIE WONDER FOR HER SUCCESS

ATLANTA (AP) -- Andra Day is a singer whose story about being discovered is straight out of Hollywood. A video clip of her singing at a strip mall caught the attention of Stevie Wonder's then-wife, who alerted Wonder, who called Day. Day says it felt like a meteor hit her house. She says she was so nervous and kept reminding herself that Wonder is just a regular person, but she also kept thinking, "He's a legend." Day says her manager sabotaged her business relationship with Wonder and it took more than a year to reconnect. She switched managers, and Wonder helped Day get a record deal. Her debut album, "Cheers to the Fall," and the song "Rise Up," are both nominated for Grammys this year. Day says her prayers for her career are being answered.

WIZ KHALIFA ENTERS CANNABIS MARKET

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It used to be that celebrity after celebrity would announce a fashion line. Now they're announcing marijuana lines. Wiz Khalifa is the latest to come up with his own line of cannabis products. The line will be rolled out on April 20. Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg each have their own line of marijuana products, and Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine.

CMT LOOKS FOR ACTORS AT ELVIS PRESLEY'S SCHOOL

NEW YORK (AP) -- CMT plans to do an eight-episode series based on the musical "Million Dollar Quartet." CMT will hold a casting call on February 13 at the Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School in Memphis, where Elvis Presley once attended. The "Million Dollar Quartet" musical is about recording sessions held by Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The series will focus on the musicians' rise to fame during a time of social unrest. It will air later this year.

CHRIS STAPLETON, GARY CLARK JR., BONNIE RAITT ADDED TO GRAMMYS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Junior and Bonnie Raitt will do a tribute to B.B. King at the Grammys. Justin Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex will team up for their hit "Where Are You Now." Pitbull, Travis Barker and Robin Thicke will do a song together, with some surprise guests. Hollywood Vampires, consisting of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, will also perform. The Grammys are set for February 15 in Los Angeles.

 
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