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Last Update on September 17, 2014 07:17 GMT

RIHANNA HAS HARSH WORDS FOR CBS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rihanna is telling CBS "forget you," only in a more profane way. CBS had planned to use the song "Run This Town" with Jay Z featuring Rihanna for its Thursday night NFL broadcasts. Yesterday CBS said it was cutting Rihanna's voice from the song because it was "moving in a different direction" with different theme music. Rihanna tweets that CBS is "sad for penalizing me for this." The song was dropped from last Thursday's NFL broadcast amidst CBS' coverage of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. Last week, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said Rihanna's history as a domestic violence victim was part of the reason for not using the song but not the overriding one. Meanwhile, Jay-Z's Roc Nation, which manages Rihanna, says it will not grant permission for the song's usage. It says CBS misled the public by giving the impression Rihanna recorded specific music for the broadcasts.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

CBS no longer has an "eye" for a popular singer. And AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports it's part of the fallout from the Ray Rice case. ((Wrap opens with music))

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports CBS cut a song featuring Rihanna from its Thursday night NFL broadcasts.

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Rihanna

Here's a bit of Rihanna performing "Run This Town" along with Jay-Z. CBS has pulled the song from the opening of its Thursday night NFL telecasts.

ROBIN THICKE SAYS HE DIDN'T WRITE 'BLURRED LINES'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robin Thicke says he was high on prescription drugs and booze when "Blurred Lines" was written. The comments are in a deposition obtained by the Associated Press. In the testimony, Thicke says he was just lucky to be there as Pharrell Williams did much of the writing. Thicke also says he was high in interviews promoting the song. The estate of Marvin Gaye is suing, claiming "Blurred Lines" is a ripoff of a Gaye hit.

GEORGE HAMILTON IV IS HOSPITALIZED

NASHVILLE (AP) -- George Hamilton IV is in critical condition in a Nashville hospital. His website says he is resting comfortably. The Grand Ole Opry reports Hamilton had a serious heart attack.

RADNEY FOSTER FANS HELP HIM LOCATE STOLEN INSTRUMENTS

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Radney Foster is a big believer in social media, after he managed to track down his stolen guitars in just a day. On Monday, Foster posted on Facebook that 10 of his guitars were stolen from a locked storage unit in Nashville. He posted photos and serial numbers. Just an hour later, he says his Gibson J-45 with "Happy Birthday Radney" written on it was located. An hour after that, Foster reported six of the 10 guitars were located and he had a line on where two more had gone. He's still looking for the last two and he is talking with police.

33 MILLION GIVE U2'S NEW ALBUM A TRY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple says 33 million iTunes users have accessed the new U2 album. That includes people who downloaded "Songs of Innocence" from their iCloud account, streamed it or listened to it on iTunes radio. Apple gave "Songs of Innocence" for free to more than half a billion iTunes users last week. And what about the people who don't want it? Apple has released a special tool to let people remove the album from their collections. The album always was deletable, but now it's possible to do it in one step.

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Tool to remove the U2 album: http://bit.ly/1pgShH6

COMMON'S FATHER, LONNIE LYNN, DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pops from Common's albums has died. Common says his father, Lonnie Lynn, died Friday at the age of 71, but he did not give any details. Lynn performed spoken word pieces on Common's records. Common says his father was "truly a natural poet and a master of words." He says Lynn made him look at life in a different way and inspired him to write better and be more truthful.

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Common rapper-actor

Common says his father, Lonnie Lynn, had a real impact on him.

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Common rapper-actor

Common says his father, Lonnie Lynn, inspired him to try for better things.

<<CUT ..012 (09/17/14)>> 00:09 "through his work"

Common rapper-actor

Common says his father, Lonnie Lynn, added another dimension to Common's records.

THE SCRIPT CRASH THEIR STUDIO

LONDON (AP) -- The Script took a fresh approach to recording their "No Sound Without Silence" album by doing it in the back of their bus on their last world tour. The downside is that normal recording studios don't get in traffic accidents. Singer Danny O'Donoghue says one night they were driving onto a freeway and the brakes jammed at 60 miles per hour. He says they were recording at the time. Instruments went flying and the band members hit the walls. He says no one was hurt, "just a few bruised egos." "No Sound Without Silence" is out this week.

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Danny O'Donoghue singer for The Script

The Script singer Danny O'Donoghue says they had a scary incident while recording on the tour bus.

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Danny O'Donoghue singer for The Script

The Script singer Danny O'Donoghue says their tour bus brakes jammed while coming onto a freeway on their last tour.

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Danny O'Donoghue singer for The Script

The Script singer Danny O'Donoghue says it was a fresh approach to recording by doing it on a tour bus. ((note length of cut))

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Danny O'Donoghue singer for The Script

The Script singer Danny O'Donoghue says he loved going from the stage to their portable studio on their tour bus.

TIM McGRAW MADE FAITH HILL CRY WITH "MEANWHILE BACK AT MAMA'S"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Tim McGraw knew he had to record "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" the moment he played it for his wife, Faith Hill. McGraw says he played her a demo of the song and she started crying at the end. McGraw told her, "I'm going to record it and you're going to record it with me." He says they haven't done that many songs together, and they only do songs they think are special to them. He says "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" was one of those songs. McGraw's new album, "Sundown Heaven Town," is out this week.

WHITNEY HOUSTON LIVE ALBUM COMING LATER THIS FALL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Whitney Houston's first live album is set for release November 10. "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances" will come out on CD and DVD. It starts with her performance on "The Merv Griffin Show" in 1983 and ends with a 2009 performance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Her version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from the 1991 Super Bowl is also included. Some songs were ones Houston would perform live but never recorded. Houston's mentor, Clive Davis, says it has been a labor of love for him to go through every concert performance and every TV appearance for this project.

EMINEM'S PUBLISHERS SUE NEW ZEALAND'S RULING PARTY

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Eminem's music publishers are suing New Zealand's ruling political party for using his music in a campaign commercial. Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated claim New Zealand's National Party breached copyright laws by using "Lose Yourself" in a commercial. Martin says it's "disappointing and sadly ironic" that the party that championed the rights of music publishers in New Zealand is violating copyright. The National Party says it went through proper channels and it has stopped using the music two weeks ago.

ADAM LAMBERT STEPS IN FOR KEITH URBAN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Adam Lambert will be a guest judge for the "American Idol" auditions in New York today. Lambert is filling in for Keith Urban, who is taking time off because of the death of Nicole Kidman's father.

ROGER TAYLOR OF QUEEN WILL GET HONORARY DEGREE

PLYMOUTH, U.K. (AP) -- Queen drummer Roger Taylor will get an honorary degree from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. He will be granted an honorary doctorate of music on September 26 during graduation ceremonies.

 
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