Justin Timberlake responds to ‘Take Back the Night’ controversy

(Billboard) – Justin Timberlake says he was not aware of the existence of the sexual assault awareness foundation bearing the same name as his latest single, “Take Back the Night.” “Upon the release of my new single, ‘Take Back The Night,’ I was made aware of an organization of the same name called The Take Back the Night Foundation,” the singer said in a statement.

Stevie Wonder to boycott Florida over ‘stand your ground’ law

(Reuters) – Rhythm and blues singer Stevie Wonder said he will not perform in Florida until the state discards a “stand your ground” law that played a prominent role in the defense of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman who was acquitted in a racially charged murder trial.

Singer Aretha Franklin cancels Michigan concert

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Soul music superstar Aretha Franklin today canceled an upcoming concert in Michigan, citing recovery from health issues that forced her to postpone concerts earlier this year.

‘Lone Ranger’ ambushed at box office, Disney may face loss

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – “The Lone Ranger,” Walt Disney Co’s big-budget western starring Johnny Depp, performed below expectations on Wednesday night, raising the possibility that the movie could saddle the media giant with a loss on the film.

Publisher scraps Paula Deen’s top-selling cookbook before release

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – An upcoming book of recipes by disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen that shot to the top of online bookseller Amazon’s best-sellers list has been canceled, the publisher said today, adding to the fallout from Deen’s use of a racial slur.

Singer Chris Brown charged in hit-and-run traffic accident

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown, on probation for beating his former girlfriend, was charged today with a hit-and-run and driving without a valid license in connection with a May 21 traffic accident in Los Angeles.

Junior Gong to captain reggae cruise

(Jamaica Observer) International recording artiste Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and Norwegian Cruise Line will stage the first ever Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise in October 2014.

Legendary country singer Slim Whitman dead at 90

NEW YORK/NASHVILLE,  (Reuters) – Legendary country singer and songwriter Slim Whitman, known for his smooth falsetto and high-pitched yodeling talent, died in Florida yesterday at the age of 90, his son-in-law said.

Kanye West wins over critics with ‘daring’ new album ‘Yeezus’

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Rapper Kanye West pushes the boundaries of hip hop with his latest album “Yeezus,” using aggressive electro-dance music beats to channel his anger and win over critics, who have called the record “daring” and “ambitious.” “Yeezus,” the 36-year-old rapper’s seventh solo studio album, has also sped to the top of the iTunes digital music chart upon its release on Tuesday, led by the single “Black Skinhead.” Kanye West The album’s release coincides with the birth of West and reality star girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s first child together, a baby girl born over the weekend.

TV chef Nigella Lawson’s husband cautioned by police for assault

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Art collector Charles Saatchi has been cautioned by police for assaulting his wife, the celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, after being photographed grabbing her by the throat in an incident that has fueled a debate in Britain about domestic violence.

Faster than speeding bullet, ‘Man of Steel’ sets June record

(Reuters) – “Man of Steel,” the big-budget reboot of the Superman franchise, leaped over the apocalyptic buddy comedy “This is the End,” collecting a muscular $113.1 million to lead the domestic box office with the year’s second-largest debut weekend and the biggest June opening ever.