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Last Update on February 09, 2016 08:10 GMT

FLAVOR FLAV ENTERS PLEA IN DUI CASE

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Flavor Flav has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence in Las Vegas. The plea means Flav acknowledges he had marijuana in his system when police clocked him doing 87 miles per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone in May. His attorney says Flav also pleaded no contest January 25 to having marijuana in his system when he was found asleep in a vehicle in August. In each case, Flav was fined $685. He was also ordered to attend a victim impact panel and drunken driving school.

NEW COLDPLAY VIDEO DOESN'T PLAY WELL IN INDIA

NEW DELHI (AP) -- A Coldplay video that features an Indian celebration and Beyonce' dressed in wedding finery has triggered a debate in India. The video for "Hymn for the Weekend" shows a celebration of Holi, the Indian festival of color, as well as peacocks and Hindu holy men. Critics in India say the video stereotypes India and ignores the economic advances it has made. However, Indian lawmaker and poet Pritish Nandy says the video beautifully captures "Amazing India. Exotic India."

GOP CONGRESSMAN BLASTS BEYONCE'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressman Peter King isn't likely to add Beyonce' to his playlist. The New York Republican blasts Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance and her new video as "pro-Black Panther and anti-cop." He says on Facebook that Beyonce's video for "Formation" is "just one more example of how acceptable it has become to be anti-police."

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001-w-32-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor, with Beyonce music)--A Republican member of Congress has panned Beyonce's new video. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel explains why. ((Wrap opens with music)) (9 Feb 2016)

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002-c-18-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-"was not proven"-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Republican Congressman Peter King of New York has condemned Beyonce's new music video. (9 Feb 2016)

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003-r-51-(Excerpt of, Beyonce's "Formation")--Here's a bit of Beyonce's new song, "Formation." It has come under fire as "pro-Black Panther" by New York Republican Congressman Pete King. (9 Feb 2016)

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FANS CAN NOW VISIT JIMI HENDRIX'S APARTMENT

LONDON (AP) -- Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend remembers the surreal moments when music fans would knock on their apartment door in London and want to talk about composer George Frideric Handel. Kathy Etchingham says Hendrix would show the students around and they were oblivious to who Hendrix was. Hendrix rented in the same building where Handel lived in the 18th century. Hendrix's former apartment has been restored to how it looked in the 1960s and will open to visitors tomorrow. The bedroom may look awfully tidy for a rock star, but Etchingham says Hendrix was a former U.S. Army soldier and always made his bed.

THE BEATLES ARE VERY GOOD FOR THE LIVERPOOL ECONOMY

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- The Beatles were the best thing to happen to Liverpool, even four and a half decades after their breakup. The British newspaper The Telegraph reports a study by the Liverpool City Council has found The Beatles contribute $118 million a year to the local economy and support 2,335 jobs. It's showing no signs of slowing, either. The report shows the Beatles-related economy growing up to 15 percent a year.

JOHN LENNON'S HAIR GOES ON THE BLOCK

DALLAS (AP) -- A lock of John Lennon's hair is for sale. Heritage Auctions estimates a 4-inch lock of Lennon's hair will sell for at least $10,000 at auction in Dallas on February 20. A German hairdresser trimmed Lennon's hair in preparation for his role as Gripweed in the 1967 film "How I Won The War."

CHRIS YOUNG WANTED CONNECTION WITH CASSADEE POPE ON "THINK OF YOU"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Some duets are done with studio tricks in which the two singers never actually meet, and Chris Young wanted no part of that. Young and Cassadee Pope set up the microphones so they were singing to each other when they recorded "Think of You." Young says so many duets are done these days where one singer sends the other one a hard drive to record a part and then send it back. He says he wanted to know how he'd sound with Pope if they ever had to do it live. It's a good thing he did. Pope has been his opening act on tour and they do that song live every night.

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009-a-11-(Chris Young, country singer, in AP interview)-"sent it back"-Country singer Chris Young says it was important to him to record the song "Think of You" with Cassadee Pope right there with him. (9 Feb 2016)

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011-a-06-(Chris Young, country singer, in AP interview)-"which was cool"-Country singer Chris Young says the song "Think of You" came out well because he and Cassadee Pope were literally singing it to each other. (9 Feb 2016)

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010-a-14-(Chris Young, country singer, in AP interview)-"is so rangey"-Country singer Chris Young says he wanted to know what kind of chemistry he'd have with Cassadee Pope on the song "Think of You," rather than just record each part separately. (9 Feb 2016)

<<CUT ..010 (02/09/16)>> 00:14 "is so rangey"

COUNTRY LEGEND MERLE HAGGARD FEELING BETTER

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Country legend Merle Haggard is back on stage. A statement from his publicist says the 78-year-old singer performed in Las Vegas on Saturday as previously planned. Haggard had canceled several shows because of health issues caused by pneumonia. Haggard is planning to make three scheduled dates in California this week, including a show with Kris Kristofferson Thursday in Beverly Hills.

KACEY MUSGRAVES LASHES OUT AT ILLEGAL MERCHANDISE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Kacey Musgraves' latest message: "Theft is not a compliment." Musgraves posted a photo on Instagram of a wooden plaque that says, "Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy" with her name on it. Musgraves says she found it in a major western wear store but she did not authorize it. She says items that use her lyrics or her name are popping up in major chains and small stores alike and it's a "huge problem." Musgraves says if fans support her and her music, they should come to a show or shop her website, because songwriting is her livelihood. She ends with, "Think before you buy. The product might be cute but stealing ain't."

DRAKE DENIES GRAMMY GIG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Don't believe the commercial hype: Drake will not be singing at the Grammys. A commercial promoting the Grammys that ran during the Super Bowl mentioned Drake in the list of performers. Drake tweets he is not performing and adds, "but hey it's the thought that counts." Taylor Swift has been added to the lineup, which also includes Adele, Carrie Underwood, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Sam Hunt. The Grammys are Monday in Los Angeles and will be shown on CBS.

 
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