MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
NELLY - ACCUSER REVERSES COURSE
A woman who accused Nelly of rape is dropping her claim against him. Lawyer Karen Koehler said in a statement Friday her client wants to stop the investigation and will refuse to testify in court. The woman had accused Nelly of raping her on his tour bus outside of Seattle last weekend. Nelly was never charged.
BJORK - CLAIMS HARASSMENT
Bjork says she was sexually harassed as an actress by a ``Danish director'' she does not name. Bjork writes on Facebook she discovered the hard way ``a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it.'' She says she turned down the director's advances repeatedly and she was framed as the difficult one. She says the director's staff ``enabled and encouraged it.'' Bjork says she believes the director had a better relationship with actresses after she confronted him, but she also believes the next film he made was about his experience with her.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BROADWAY RUN
Bruce Springsteen has come out publicly to admit he's a fraud. During his Broadway show debut on Thursday, Springsteen said he never held an honest job in his life, never has done hard labour and never has worked nine to five. He adds, ``And yet, that is all that I've ever written about.'' Springsteen runs through 15 of his songs in the 130-minute performance, telling stories of the songs and sometimes reading from his autobiography, ``Born to Run.'' Springsteen says he wrote about escaping the ``death trap'' of New Jersey and he jokes, ``I live ten minutes from my hometown.''
KACEY MUSGRAVES - MARRIED
Kacey Musgraves is married. Her wedding to Ruston Kelly was Saturday in Tennessee. Yesterday, Musgraves posted an Instagram photo of a wedding bouquet and a beer bottle in a sink with the caption, ``The sweet morning after the most unbelievably magical night.''
LADY GAGA - HEALTH UPDATE
Lady Gaga calls herself a ``tough girl on the mend.'' She has posted a series of fashion shots on Instagram and notes that she's back in the studio. She also announced she will resume her tour by announcing new concert dates for Europe starting in January. They are makeup dates for the concerts she cancelled last month because of severe physical pain.
Within the next few months, Johnny Clegg will do a series of concerts, release a live album and a studio album, finish the first draft of his autobiography and compose music with other musicians. Within the next two years, Clegg expects he will die. He is in remission from pancreatic cancer, but he says his body is damaged from the chemotherapy. He's currently on a farewell tour of the U-S Clegg says he's feeling good and even though he has pain in his hands and feet, he still finds the will to dance on stage.
Clegg says he could sit in his room quietly and hope to live an extra year, or he could go out and do the things he loves.
DOLLY PARTON - KIDS HOSPITAL VISIT
Dolly Parton celebrated the release of her new children's album by spending time with sick kids. Parton visited patients at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital in Nashville on Friday. Parton says her niece was treated there for leukemia and now is a healthy young woman. She says she tries to give hope to the young patients by singing to them and kidding with them. Parton has pledged one-million dollars to the hospital. Her children's album, ``I Believe In You,'' is out now.
(The Canadian Press)