Monday Morning Rock Music Headlines

JOHN LENNON'S KILLER WILL HAVE PAROLE HEARING

ALDEN, NY (AP) -- John Lennon's killer is up for parole again, and his hearing could be as soon as tomorrow. A spokeswoman for the New York Department of Corrections says Mark David Chapman will be interviewed by members of the parole board this week. A decision could come by the end of the week. Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Lennon's death. Chapman has been denied parole six times.

PIZZA HUT AND HOME DEPOT DENY BLACK KEYS ALLEGATIONS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Attorneys for Pizza Hut and for Home Depot are denying the companies ripped off The Black Keys. The band sued both businesses in June. They said Pizza Hut used parts of their song "Gold on the Ceiling" to sell cheesy crust pizza without permission. They say Home Depot didn't ask before using elements of "Lonely Boy" in a power tool commercial. Both Pizza Hut and The Home Depot filed documents denying the allegations. They are each asking a judge to have The Black Keys pay their attorney fees if they win.

NICKI MINAJ IS ON VOCAL REST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has strained vocal cords. She canceled her appearance at the V Festival in Britain over the weekend. She's been hurting since last week but did a free concert in New York on Wednesday against doctor's orders. Her representative says Minaj's voice is worse now and she must rest for a few days.

FUN. GO FOR "SOME NIGHTS"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fun. had a title but no song when they created "Some Nights." Singer Nate Ruess says he came up with the title of "Some Nights" about four months before the band wrote much of the "Some Nights" album. He wanted to have an intro to the album, but "Some Nights" wasn't what he had in mind. That's why there's another version of the song on the album that acts as an intro. The film "Manhattan Murder Mystery" also had an influence on that song. Ruess says "Some Nights" is loosely based off the song Bobby Short sings in it called "I Happen To Like New York."

MADONNA SUED FOR PROMOTING GAY RIGHTS IN RUSSIA

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian activists are suing Madonna for supporting gay rights during her concert earlier this month in St. Petersburg. Nine activists are asking for $10.5 million from Madonna, the concert promoters and the venue. They point to a Russian law passed in February making it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors and say children as young as 12 were at her August 9 show. The complaint includes a video of Madonna asking fans to show the pink armbands distributed at the concert to support gays and lesbians. Madonna's spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

MADONNA, BRYAN ADAMS, BLACK KEYS SPEAK ON PUSSY RIOT VERDICT

MOSCOW (AP) -- Madonna says the sentence for a Russian band who performed a "punk prayer" at a Moscow cathedral is "too harsh" and "inhumane." Three members of Pussy Riot were found guilty of hooliganism Friday for dancing and singing in protest of President Vladimir Putin. They were each sentenced to two years in prison. Bryan Adams calls the verdict "outrageous" for singers speaking their minds. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney tweets they won't play Russia if they imprison musicians for speaking their minds peacefully.

"SPARKLE" DEBUTS AT NUMBER FIVE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Whitney Houston's final movie had a respectful showing at the box office, but it was no match for Sylvester Stallone. "Sparkle," featuring Houston and Jordin Sparks, debuted at number five, earning $12 million. Stallone's "The Expendables 2" debuted at number one with $28.8 million. "The Bourne Legacy" was second, followed by "ParaNorman" and "The Campaign."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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