Thursday Morning Rock Music Headlines

"THE X FACTOR" STARTS ANEW WITH BRITNEY AND DEMI

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Britney Spears had the chance to resurrect the career of an old friend - but honesty trumps loyalty. Spears' former duet partner, Don Philip, auditioned for "The X Factor." Spears told him his voice wasn't up to the standard of the show. Simon Cowell said a man dressed as a bride looked like the child of Madonna, Bobby Brown and Dracula -- but the judges put him through to the next round. Demi Lovato championed a 19-year-old who said she had been bullied like Lovato had been. Cowell says hearing that young woman sing was the only time in his life he's lost it.

"THE VOICE" HOLDS MORE AUDITIONS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nicole Nelson calls herself a hippy. She's also a chair-turner. Nelson was the only singer on "The Voice" last night to get turn-arounds from all the judges. She did a version of "Hallelujah" that got the crowd on its feet. Adam Levine made the pitch that he was the first judge to hit the button and she picked him. Team Adam also got Reggae singer Samuel Mouton, who works in his family's pizzeria in New York. Team Cee Lo picks up Domo, a hip-hop singer-dancer from the Bronx, New York. Blake Shelton will be mentoring a mother-daughter country duo. Team Christina adds Nelly's Echo, a Nigerian refugee who now lives in Baltimore.

LED ZEPPELIN, BUDDY GUY WILL GET KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The surviving members of Led Zeppelin will reunite, but that doesn't mean they will play. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will be awarded Kennedy Center Honors in Washington in December. The band has issued a statement saying they owe a large debt to American music and the U.S. first embraced the band. Bluesman Buddy Guy will also be honored. He says the recognition bestowed on him will give blues music a boost. The other recipients are Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

WHY HEART DOESN'T GET ALONG WITH ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

NEW YORK (AP) -- Somewhere there's a safe deposit box containing a topless photo of Ann Wilson of Heart. Rolling Stone reports one of the stories in Heart's autobiography "Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll" has to do with photographer Annie Leibovitz taking the photo for a Rolling Stone cover during the "Bebe Le Strange" era. The band demanded Leibovitz destroy it. Leibovitz refused. Heart took her to court and a judge decided the negative should be kept in a safe deposit box. Wilson has one key, Leibovitz the other -- which means it will never surface. "Kicking and Dreaming" comes out Tuesday.

HEART WILL GET HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their star will be unveiled September 25. Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains will be among the guest speakers.

BUN E. CARLOS SAYS HE WASN'T INVITED TO PLAY ON CHEAP TRICK TRACK

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Drummer Bun E. Carlos says he's still a member of Cheap Trick but he's hurt he wasn't asked to play on a Cheap Trick track for the latest "A Very Special Christmas" CD. Carlos has taken a hiatus from touring, with guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Daxx filling in. Carlos tells Billboard magazine not being included on the holiday track was "a real shock." He says it's not a Cheap Trick recording without all of them on it. Cheap Trick has not responded to calls for comment.

MATCHBOX 20 EARN NUMBER-ONE ALBUM WITH "NORTH"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas says to be a band that put out their first album in 1996 and now have their first number-one album feels like they're doing something right. Matchbox 20's "North" sold 95,000 copies its first week, putting it on top of Billboard's album chart. Even though it's their first number-one album, it's not their best-selling week. Matchbox 20's 2000 album, "Mad Season," sold 365,000 its first week but only reached number 3.

BILLY CORGAN HAS GRAND OPENING FOR TEA SHOP

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) -- Billy Corgan is opening his own tea shop today. Corgan will play several acoustic sets today at Madame ZuZu's in Highland Park, Illinois. Corgan envisioned the shop as the kind of Chinese tea shop that would be found in Paris in the 1930s. The shop will have teas from around the world and vegan pastries. Corgan says he hopes to attract people of all ages with a blend of music, photo galleries, art displays and speakers.

HEIDI KLUM SAYS SHE DIDN'T DATE BODYGUARD WHILE MARRIED TO SEAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Heidi Klum says she didn't have an affair with her bodyguard while still married to Seal -- but now that they're broken up, she confirms she is indeed dating the bodyguard. Klum tells Katie Couric's talk show she never looked at another man while she was married. The bodyguard worked for the family for four years and she says they've gotten to know each other "from a completely different side." Seal accused Klum of having an affair before their divorce was final.

PROMOTER WANTS JERMAINE JACKSON'S WRITINGS FOR LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A concert promoter is trying to use Jermaine Jackson's unpublished book in a lawsuit against his own mother. AEG wants Jackson to turn over his drafts and manuscripts for the recent book "You Are Not Alone" and for an unpublished memoir. AEG claims it reveals details of Michael Jackson's alleged drug abuse. Jackson's mother, Katherine, is suing AEG, claiming it failed to supervise Michael's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted in Michael's death. Jermaine Jackson's attorneys are fighting the request.

98 DEGREES PLAN NEW ALBUM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees says the group is recording new material. Lachey tells the Cincinnati Enquirer the group will go into a studio in Los Angeles next month for their first album in ten years. Lachey says they will have a different sound because they have matured as performers. He says they're still deciding whether to do more upbeat songs or ballads. Lachey says they are waiting until October to record because his brother Nick's wife, Vanessa, is about to give birth to their first child.

LIANNE LA HAVAS, MICHAEL KIWANUKA UP FOR MERCURY PRIZE

LONDON (AP) -- Lianne La Havas, Michael Kiwanuka and rapper Plan B are among the finalists for Britain's prestigious Mercury music prize. The award is given to the best album of the year by a British or Irish band. Other nominees include Maccabees, Jessie Ware, Django Django, Sam Lee and Ben Howard. The winner gets a $32,000 prize. The winner will be announced November 1.

RECORD CHIEF CLIVE DAVIS WRITING MEMOIR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Record label head Clive Davis is writing his autobiography. Davis founded Arista Records and J Records and has helped the careers of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and Barry Manilow. Davis' book comes out in February.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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