Tuesday Morning Rock Music Headlines

NICKI MINAJ COULD BE AN "IDOL" JUDGE

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest name in the "American Idol" judge search? Nicki Minaj. She could be in line to join Mariah Carey as a judge. A person close to Minaj says she's been in talks with Fox and that a deal is in the works.

CHRIS BROWN, DRAKE SUED

NEW YORK (AP) -- A model who was hurt during a fight between Chris Brown and Drake is suing them both, along with the owners of the nightclub where the fight happened. Romain Julien says he suffered severe injuries, include a severed tendon in his right hand. Police say the brawl started after members of Drake's posse confronted Brown on the dance floor.

MARK DAVID CHAPMAN PAROLE HEARING

ALDEN, N.Y. (AP) -- John Lennon's killer is up for parole for the seventh time and his hearing could come today. He'll be interviewed by members of the parole board some time this week. They could make a decision by Thursday or Friday.

SCOTT MCKENZIE DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- We've lost a bit of the 60s. Scott McKenzie has died. He's the one who sang "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," which hit number-four in 1967, the "Summer of Love." It was one of the signature songs of the 60s. McKenzie went on to write "Kokomo" for "The Beach Boys. McKenzie had been in and out of the hospital the past two years. He had Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects the nervous system. He was 73.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AMONG THOSE MOURNING TONY SCOTT

UNDATED (AP) -- Justin Timberlake tweets that Tony Scott's movies made growing up "more fun." Timberlake is among those tweeting their shock and sadness at the death of Tony Scott, the director of "Top Gun, "Unstoppable" and so many other movies. Scott's first hit was the vampire movie "The Hunger," with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon in 1983. It was a bomb. But his next film was "Top Gun" and he was on his way to a big career. Scott jumped off a bridge in Los Angeles 185 feet to his death. He left behind several notes to his loved ones.

ED SHEERAN EXPLAINS "THE A TEAM"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ed Sheeran figured everything was stacked up against him to fail. Sheeran says when he first started trying to get signed to a record deal, James Blunt was the big star. He says labels wanted songs like "You're Beautiful," while Sheeran calls his own music "songs about homeless prostitutes." His song "The A Team" is about a woman who does anything to feed her drug addiction -- and that's another reason why he didn't think he'd make it. Sheeran says it was supposed to be a warm-up single for another song but it took off in his native Britain, and now in the U.S.

BIG TIME RUSH PERFORM AT WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big Time Rush had a big time gig in Washington. They got to play at the White House. They were the entertainment for the first ever "kids state dinner." Kids who won a nationwide contest to come up with healthy dishes got to attend.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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