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Keith Urban concert in North Dakota raises $5,000 for school charity 

Country music singer Keith Urban’s concert in North Dakota proved to be beneficial for a school charity, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

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Urban, playing in Grand Forks as part of his “Graffiti U” tour, received a $5,000 donation from the Engelstad Foundation for the charity of his choice, the newspaper reported. Urban decided to give the money to the Grand Forks Public Schools Music Program.

The donation will fully fund new guitar classes at Red River and Central high schools, the Herald reported.

Both high schools recently added guitar programs, and now every student can participate with a guitar, the newspaper reported.

Garth Brooks announces 2019 stadium tour

Country singer Garth Brooks announced a stadium tour for 2019, the Tennessean reported Wednesday.

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The singer made the announcement during a news conference at The Country Music Hall of Fame. Only two venues were revealed as tour stops -- St. Louis and Glendale, Arizona. Brooks said dates will be revealed later, adding that tickets for shows at five venues will be available by Christmas, the Tennessean reported.

Brooks said he planned to play 10 to 12 stadium concerts a year for the next three years, the newspaper reported. Many of the concerts will be held at college stadiums, he said.

"I can't think of how to make music more fun other than add sports to it," Brooks said at the news conference. “Our music was built for fun and the live stage."

In addition to the concert tour, Brooks announced a CBS special on Dec. 2 that will feature a one-night event this weekend at Notre Dame Stadium. Brooks will be the first singer to perform in the stadium, the Tennessean reported.

“After the sellout, I thought it could not get any more exciting than this,” Brooks said. “Then, CBS calls and in an instant, the show becomes bigger. This changes everything.” 

Lady Gaga confirms engagement to agent Christian Carino

No more poker faces for Lady Gaga when it comes to engagement rumors.

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The singer-actress confirmed her engagement to Hollywood agent Christian Carino during an acceptance speech she made Monday night at the 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration, People reported.

During her speech reflecting on her in role “A Star Is Born,” Gaga, 32, thanked “my fiancé Christian." 

It is uncertain when the couple became engaged, but Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been wearing a sparkler on her left-hand ring finger for several months, EOnline reported.

Gaga was previously engaged to Taylor Kinney before splitting with him in July 2016, People reported. Carino, whose clients include Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Simon Cowell, had been romantically linked to “Walking Dead” actress Lauren Cohan, the magazine reported.

DJ Khaled rents out Marlins stadium for son's 2nd birthday party

DJ Khaled sure knows how to throw a party for his son.

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The Miami music producer and his wife, Nicole Tuck, rented Marlins Park on Saturday for his son Asahd’s second birthday, and turned the 36,000-seat baseball stadium into a carnival. Instead of bases and a pitching mound, the stadium floor included a chair swing ride, a Ferris wheel, games and even a petting zoo, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Although his actual bday is OCT 23rd we started early,’’Khaled wrote on Twitter, including videos of the event at Marlins Park. “ASAHD had the whole stadium!!”

About 150 inner city kids and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs and Connecting Families joined the family at the party, EOnline reported. 

The party also served as the official launch for Asahd’s charity program, called Asahd’s Initiative -- which is part of Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.

Guests included Marlins owner Derek Jeter and Yo Gotti. Jeter presented a $100,000 check from the Marlins to Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.

It was a festive day for the Asahd and his family, and perked up the normally staid Marlins ballpark. The Marlins had the lowest average attendance in the major leagues in 2018, drawing 811,104 fans for an average of 10,013 per game, ESPN reported.

'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Trump returns as 'Saturday Night Live' spoofs Kanye West meeting

You knew the writers at "Saturday Night Live" weren't going to let this one go.

Days after rapper Kanye West's White House visit with President Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin returned to the comedy show for the first time this season in a spoof of Thursday's headline-making meeting.

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"I flew here using the power of this hat!" cast member Chris Redd, playing a rambling West, proclaimed, pointing to his "Make America Great Again" cap.

>> Kanye West talks MAGA hat, mental health, Air Force One, more in Trump meeting at White House

"This guy might be cuckoo," Baldwin, as Trump, said to himself in a voice-over. "I've been in a room with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, and they made a lot more sense than him."

Redd's West, echoing some of Trump's real-life comments, called himself a "stable genius" with a "high IQ" and "the best words."

"Oh, my God, he's black me!" Baldwin's Trump realized in an internal monologue.

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Meanwhile, Kenan Thompson, playing NFL icon Jim Brown, mused to himself: "I played football with a leather helmet, and my brain is still working better than his."

The sketch ended with Baldwin's Trump declaring: "I love you, Kanye. We've a lot more in common than people know. We're both geniuses, we're both married to beautiful women, and we've both definitely been recorded saying the N-word." 

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Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham is not happy that Fleetwood Mac told him to go his own way.

The band’s longtime guitarist filed a lawsuit against the group, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, Rolling Stone reported.

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The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Buckingham asked the group to delay their tour for three months so he could tour with his solo band in support of his upcoming solo release, Rolling Stone reported.

Buckingham said his manager told him in January that the other members of Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him when their North American tour began in August, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The guitarist said in his complaint that none of his bandmates would return his calls to give him an explanation.

Related: Fleetwood Mac replaces Lindsey Buckingham with Neil Finn, Mike Campbell ahead of farewell tour

According to the lawsuit, a deal was made with Live Nation that would pay each member of Fleetwood Mac between $12 million to $14 million for their 60-concert tour. Buckingham, learning that the group would play just three shows a week, asked permission to book his own shows when Fleetwood Mac was idle, Rolling Stone reported.

Related: Lindsey Buckingham, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, announces solo tour

Buckingham was told Jan. 28 that Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him, the complaint alleges. That was two days after the band performed together at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where the band was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The group replaced Buckingham with Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell, lead guitarist of the Heartbreakers.

Related: Fleetwood Mac announces tour dates, discusses Lindsey Buckingham departure

A spokesman for Fleetwood Mac told Rolling Stone in a statement that “It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen. It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”

James Gunn to write next ‘Suicide Squad’

After being fired by Disney earlier this year, the man behind the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has jumped from Disney-owned Marvel to the DC Universe.

Warner Bros and DC have hired James Gunn to write the second film of “Suicide Squad,” and he could find himself in the director’s chair, Deadline reported.

He was fired in July after old, controversial tweets came to light during the height of the #MeToo movement.

The tweets included comments that he at the time considered provocative, on topics of rape and pedophillia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Many in the cast of the hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” films wrote an open letter to to Disney asking the company to reinstate Gunn. But Disney CEO Bob Iger, despite outcry from fans too said “I haven’t second-guessed their decision.”

“Suicide Squad” focuses on the villains of the DC Universe, including, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Deadshot and Killer Croc. 

DC and Warner Bros. say Gunn’s script won’t be a sequel to the original film, but rather a new take on the anti-hero team, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As for the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, no one has officially been tapped to direct it, but some industry watchers says the director of “Thor: Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi, could be on a short list, Deadline reported

American Music Awards 2018: Aretha Franklin honored by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, others

After the publicity debacle that followed Madonna’s “tribute” to Aretha Franklin in the MTV Awards in August, you knew that the American Music Awards would do it right.

The Tuesday night award show wrapped with an all-star gospel performance in homage to Franklin featuring Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Mary Mary.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 American Music Awards red carpet arrivals

The Queen of Soul’s history with the AMAs – as a host, winner and performer – was acknowledged at the beginning of the segment, before a smiling Knight emerged to draw the notes out of “Amazing Grace” in the essence of Franklin.

>> American Music Awards 2018: Winners list

Gospel mainstay Donnie McClurkin took the crowd to church with a rousing “Climb Higher Mountains” (also the recessional song at Franklin’s funeral) and was followed by Winans delivering a passionate “Mary Don’t You Weep,” Ledisi belting “How I Got Over” and gospel duo Mary Mary and a spirited backing chorus clapping and grooving through “Old Landmark.”

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Earlier in the show, Taylor Swift commanded the winner’s circle with an armful of awards, including artist and tour of the year. 

Atlanta rappers Migos won favorite duo or group – pop/rock, beating Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5. 

For a full list of winners, click here.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces nominees for Rock Hall 2019 induction

What musicians will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame this year? The list of 15 nominees is out and you can help choose who will get the honor.

The list includes: 

  • Def Leppard
  • Devo
  • Janet Jackson
  • John Prine
  • Kraftwerk
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Roxy Music
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Stevie Nicks
  • The Cure
  • The Zombies
  • Todd Rundgren

The induction ceremony will be held March 29, 2019, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Billboard reported.

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The Class of 2019 will be chosen by a group of 1,000 international voting members, but fans can help decide who will join the Rock Hall. You can cast your vote each day until the Dec. 9 deadline by clicking here. You will have to log in to vote. 

The top five artists to get the fans votes will be tallied along with the official ballots, Billboard reported.

Tickets for the induction ceremony go on sale in January.

T-Pain calls out Delta Air Lines for its music; Delta claps back

When rapper T-Pain was boarding a Delta flight last month, he was anything but thrilled to be hearing the same songs the airline often plays.

So he did what most people do these days: He tweeted about it.

>> On AJC.com: Rap star questioned after gun was found in his bag at Atlanta airport

“@Delta we gotta change these boarding/taxiing songs more often guys. All of Us Million milers (quick brag) have to hear these same joints multiple times a day," he wrote. "I gotta go perform in the staples center in a minute and Adele just put me in the weirdest mood. Now I’m crying. Thanx.”

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The person running Delta’s Twitter account responded in a good-natured way.

“Our boarding/taxing songs are intended to provide a relaxing experience. Can you imagine what would ensue if we played ‘buy u a drank’ (a personal fave), with everyone snappin’ their fingers and what not? We’d never get anywhere on time. Necessary sacrifices, Mr. Pain. *HBN”

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>> On AJC.com: T-Pain sues label, saying he wasn’t paid royalties for fifth album ‘Oblivion’

“Mr. Pain” (his real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm) and Delta exchanged a few more tweets before takeoff. But Delta had a surprise in store for the rapper.

When T-Pain arrived back in Atlanta this weekend after a trip to Los Angeles, he removed his headphones to hear “Buy U a Drank” playing over the the speakers on the plane.

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“We just landing back in Atlanta from LAX and @delta decided they wanna show out and starts blastin 'Buy u a drank' over the speakers in the plane. Not gon lie it felt pretty (expletive) cool. Made me chuckle like a lil girl,” he wrote on a video post on Instagram

“Delta lit,” he said in the video.

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