MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
TAYLOR SWIFT - CIVIL CASE
Taylor Swift scored a victory in court Friday but the case is not over. U-S District Judge William Martinez threw out the claim of former radio personality David Mueller, who claimed Swift got him fired after a meet-and-greet at a 2013 concert in Denver. Martinez said Mueller failed to prove Swift was directly responsible for his job loss. Martinez also said there's no indication Swift made up her story that Mueller put his hand up her skirt and latched onto her rear end as the photo was taken. Swift is suing him for sexual assault. A jury still is expected to hear Mueller's claim that Swift's mother and a radio station liaison were instrumental in his firing.
ELVIS - CANDLELIGHT VIGIL - FEE
For the first time ever, Elvis Presley fans will have to pay in order to pay their respects. Graceland will only allow people who bought tickets to one of the Elvis Week packages to have access to the annual candlelight vigil past his grave.
Graceland officials say because it's the 40th anniversary of Presley's death, the estate is expecting bigger-than-normal crowds.
The cheapest way is a one-day ticket to Graceland for 28.75.
Graceland officials say those who don't have a pass cannot participate in the vigil but they're welcomed to stand in front of the mansion and watch. The vigil starts Tuesday night and likely will go into Wednesday morning.
PROSECUTOR - R. KELLY NOT BEING INVESTIGATED
The district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, says he is not currently investigating R. Kelly after a report came out that Kelly was holding women against their will. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quotes Paul Howard as saying the Johns Creek police gave his office a file on Kelly last week, which has been assigned to the sex trafficking division for review. BuzzFeed had reported in July that Kelly was holding women in a cult at a rental house outside Atlanta and their parents were concerned for their safety.
BRAD PAISLEY - COMEDY
Brad Paisley thinks he's funny. His wife thinks he thinks he's funny. That's why he's doing a comedy special for Netflix. ``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' will feature five comedians and Paisley playing songs. He says he never would have attempted something like this if he didn't have such success as a writer and host for the County Music Association Awards. Plus, he likes the all-or-nothing approach to comedy. He says with a song, it can be nuanced, but a joke either gets laughs or polite chuckling. ``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' premieres tomorrow on Netflix.
SUPER PAC - KID ROCK FOR SENATE
The head of a major Super Pac aligned with U-S Senate Republican leadership thinks it would be a good idea for Kid Rock to run for the Senate in Michigan. Steven Law told C-SPAN's ``Newsmakers'' on Friday his group would be interested in a Rock candidacy. Law says he has not spoken with Kid Rock but he considers him a philanthropist, a smart guy and a shrewd businessman. Rock has not responded to Law's comments, but the Democrats have. A spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says, ``We're not surprised Republicans are disappointed in their options in Michigan, but we don't think Kid Rock will help.''
BRITNEY SPEARS - STAGE JUMPER
Las Vegas police are charging a 37-year-old man with trespassing for jumping on stage at a Britney Spears concert.
Police say Jesse Webb started dancing on stage during Spears'
Wednesday night show. Video from the concert show fans booing as several men restrained the trespasser.
BRITNEY SPEARS - DONATION
Britney Spears is donating a dollar from every ticket sold to her Las Vegas show through the rest of the year to help schools in her native Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports the money will go to a fund that was formed after last summer's floods damaged several schools. Last week was the one-year anniversary of the floods. Initially, the money will help schools and teachers buy instructional materials.
(The Canadian Press)