LADY GAGA INSPIRES FERN NOMENCLATURE
DURHAM, NC (AP) -- Researchers at Duke University have named 19 species of fern after Lady Gaga. Biology professor Kathleen Pryer says they did so because of her "fervent defense of equality and individual expression." One species is called Gaga monstraparva, meaning "little monster." Another is called Gaga germanotta, for Lady Gaga's real last name. At one stage of their lives, the ferns can be either male or female, and part of the DNA sequence spells out GAGA. Pryer says the heart-shaped outfit Lady Gaga wore to the 2010 Grammys looks like the bisexual reproductive stage of ferns, and her "paws up" salute looks like the way ferns extend their leaves.
SAM LUTFI TAKES STAND AT BRITNEY SPEARS' PARENTS' TRIAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The man who says he's Britney Spears' former manager took the stand in his defamation lawsuit against her parents yesterday. Sam Lutfi told a Los Angeles courtroom he tried to protect Spears during her darkest days five years ago. Lutfi says he tried to get paparazzi off her back by texting them where she'd be so they'd follow at a safe distance. He says he also set up meetings at her home with photographers so they'd get to know her as a human being. Lutfi is suing Spears' parents, claiming her mother defamed him in her book, "Through the Storm," and he's entitled to a cut of Spears' profits.
PSY MEETS THE U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon not only knows who PSY is -- he's jealous of him. They met at the United Nations yesterday and Ban joked he felt overshadowed by PSY. Ban says, "Until two days ago someone told me I am the most famous Korean in the world. Now I have to relinquish. I have no regrets." PSY says for all Koreans, Ban is "the guy" and "the best among the best." Ban even did a bit of "Gangnam Style" moves.
BATTLE ROUNDS END ON "THE VOICE"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The battle rounds make way for the knockout rounds on "The Voice." Last night, Christina Aguilera used her last steal to scoop up former Lady Gaga backup singer Chevonne from Team Cee Lo, who kept teen singer Avery Wilson. Aguilera also kept Adriana Louise for her team. Blake Shelton passed over a country girl Kelly Crapa to keep punk Michaela Paige. Next week the contestants sing songs individually as they are pitted against their own teammates. Only five per team will move on to the live shows.
"THE X FACTOR" CHOOSES FINALISTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The rivalry between the two young divas on "The X Factor" will roll over into the live shows. Paige Thomas and CeCe Frey have made Demi Lovato's final four in the young adults category. Willie Jones and Jennel Garcia make up the rest of the team. In Simon Cowell's category of groups, Playback had the dishonor of being rejected twice: individually as solo acts during boot camp, where they were then put together as a group, then rejected again. Cowell kept Lylas, the group of girls put together at boot camp. He also kept the rap trio Emblem3, the sister group Sister C and the rap trio Lyric 145. Live shows begin November 1.
JANIS JOPLIN'S FAMILY HAVE NO NEWS ON A MOVIE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For years there have been rumors about someone wanting to make a movie about Janis Joplin. Even her siblings wonder what happened with that. Joplin's family controls the rights to her music, so anyone wanting to shoot a film with her songs would have to ask them. Her brother, Michael Joplin, says he was excited years ago about a movie, but now he's just waiting to see what happens. Her sister, Laura Joplin, says if Janis was still alive, she has no doubt Janis would still be creative. Janis' life story is being told in the stage production "One Night With Janis," currently running in Washington.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA CALL OFF SHOWS
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Coheed and Cambria are calling off their shows through the end of November because singer Claudio Sanchez has swelling in his throat. He saw a doctor Monday in St. Louis who told him he may have long-term damage if he does not rest. Sanchez flew back to New York yesterday to see his regular doctor and seek treatment. Coheed and Cambria plan to reschedule the postponed dates.
BEACH BOYS RELEASE CONCERT DVD
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Beach Boys will release a DVD of their 50th anniversary concert tour. The DVD captures 21 songs from the band's tour earlier this year. "The Beach Boys: Live In Concert - 50th Anniversary Tour" comes out November 20.
MEMPHIS MUSICIANS ACT AS MENTORS
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of Memphis musicians hopes to foster the music stars of tomorrow. Yesterday songwriter David Porter announced The Consortium MMT -- which stands for "Memphis Music Town." Porter, who wrote hits like "Soul Man" and "Hold On I'm Comin'," wants to develop a talent pool of musicians to mentor up-and-coming artists. Former Stax Records owner Al Bell, James Alexander of the Bar-Kays and Ray Parker Junior are among those on the committee. Porter says he wants to restore Memphis' reputation as the capital of soul music.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
NEW YORK (AP) -- The People's Choice Awards pride themselves on letting fans determine the winners. Now you can determine the nominees. You can nominate your favorite solo act or band at www.PeoplesChoice.com through November 2. The site gives you a dozen choices for each category and the opportunity to write in your own choice. Write-ins do matter: Nina Dobrev of "The Vampire Diaries" was nominated for favorite TV drama actress last year because of write-in votes. The nominees will be revealed November 15. The People's Choice Awards are January 9.
SKYLAR LAINE PERFORMS FOR GRACELAND LIGHTING CEREMONY
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- "American Idol" finalist Skylar Laine will light the lights at Graceland. She will perform at the holiday lighting ceremony at Elvis Presley's house in Memphis on November 16. You can watch it live on Elvis.com.
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