ADVERTISING SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSES AT SOUTH AFRICAN LINKIN PARK SHOW
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Linkin Park are giving heartfelt condolences to the family of a fan who died after scaffolding holding up a temporary advertising structure collapsed in high winds outside their show in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday. The band say on their website the fan died as a result of her injuries from the collapse outside the Green Point Stadium. Nineteen other people were hurt. Cape Town spokeswoman Kylie Hatton says engineers had given the OK to the structure. All the branding was taken down and the site was declared safe shortly afterward. Linkin Park continued with the show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jermaine Jackson wants to change his name to Jermaine Jacksun -- that's J-A-C-K-S-U-N. He says it's for "artistic reasons." Jackson has filed a name change petition with a Los Angeles court. A hearing is set for February 22.
BROKER CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING ANDY SUMMERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andy Summers of The Police and Tom Hanks have been caught up in an insurance scam. Prosecutors have charged southern California insurance broker Jerry B. Goldman with overcharging Summers, Hanks and two others more than $800,000 on insurance policies. The indictment claims Goldman sent them altered copies of their insurance policies that didn't disclose the true premium to keep them from suing him or seeking criminal prosecution. Goldman has pleaded not guilty and is out on a $25,000 bond. Representatives for Summers and for Hanks could not be reached for comment.
ARETHA FRANKLIN PUTS OFF TWO SHOWS ON EAST COAST
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aretha Franklin is postponing two shows because of the ongoing cleanup from Superstorm Sandy. Franklin was supposed to perform Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, and Tuesday in White Plains, New York. She says she is rescheduling those shows "due to the many troubling issues still facing the community at large." Franklin says she's praying for people in those areas and donating to the Red Cross. The new dates have not yet been announced.
LADY GAGA GIVES BIG TO RED CROSS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga is donating a million dollars to the Red Cross to help with Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. She says she would not be the woman or the artist she is today without New York. She adds, "Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours." Lady Gaga made the donation on behalf of herself and her family.
PAPA ROACH WROTE THEIR LEAD SINGLE THREE TIMES
NEW YORK (AP) -- Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix kept writing singles for "The Connection" and their label kept saying, nah. Shaddix says he presented his label with "Won't Let Up" to be the lead single, and his label said it was good, but not the first single. He came back with "Gimme Back My Life," but the label reps didn't like that as a lead single either. Shaddix started to wonder about the quality of their hearing. He finally came up with "Still Swingin." That's the first single. He says it's not the deepest song in the world but it's a song to "smack 'em upside the head with the truth."
"THE VOICE" - TEAM CHRISTINA AND TEAM CEE LO COMPETE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sylvia Yacoub from Christina Aguilera's team on "The Voice" was so moved by Aguilera's praise for her version of "The One That Got Away" that Yacoub started crying on live television. Aguilera also told De'Borah no one commands a stage like she does. The coaches all raved for Cody Belew's version of "One More Try." Adam Levine said Nicholas David from Team Cee Lo was so good on his performance of "You're the First, The Last, My Everything" that Levine wanted to make a baby after hearing it.
"THE X FACTOR"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Last week Diamond White got the bad news. This week, the good news. The 13-year-old was cut as the judges on "The X Factor" selected this season's Top 12. But last night, Simon Cowell said the judges viewed the tape and decided Diamond deserved to be a finalist. So, the Top 12 becomes the Top 13. They all performed on last night's show. The teens, including Diamond, were among the standouts. Tonight, we'll find out if the viewers agree. The results of the first viewers' vote will be revealed. One finalist will be cut, leaving the Top 12, again.
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