MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017
FACEBOOK - MUSIC
Facebook fans who are also fans of music stars like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber have reason to rejoice. Universal Music Group has signed a deal that will let those on the social networking site share those artist' videos. Until now, if a Facebook user were to upload a video featuring Universal's music _ the posts would be taken down. But under terms of the deal, that won't happen anymore. It's unclear when users will be able to post Universal artists' work on Facebook or any sites owned by the social network behemoth.
FUNK MUSEUM - DAYTON, OHIO
Bring in the funk? Sure, says the operators of a new museum based in Dayton, Ohio. The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center is ready to open its doors. Officials say the centre has received final approvals from the city and is now taking reservations for private tours and events. If you're wondering how Dayton landed a museum dedicated to funk, we'll school you. Dayton was known as the Land of Funk in the 1970s and 1980s because of groups like the Ohio Players, Zapp, Heatwave, Slave and Lakeside.
NELLY - ASSAULT CLAIM
So far, it hasn't happened. But Nelly is expected to file a countersuit against a woman who claims that he sexually assaulted her. The woman, Monique Green, claims the rap star assaulted her on his tour bus near Seattle, Washington back in October. Police arrested the rapper and investigated _ but prosecutors said they wouldn't charge him because Green wouldn't co-operate with the case. She has since sued Nelly in civil court, claiming that he assaulted her and that damaged her reputation by challenging her account publicly. That prompted Nelly's attorney to call the civil action financially motivated and to say his client was suing, too.
ELVIS PRESLEY - AUCTION
Imagine - owning the rocking chair from Elvis Presley's famed Jungle Room at Graceland. That imagination _ coupled with about 15-thousand dollars _ could make it yours. The wood and maroon rocking chair is among the items associated with Presley being offered for sale by Graceland. The chair and a couple hundred other items will be put up for bids on Graceland's website on Jan. 6th.
PUSSY RIOT MEMBER - SENTENCED
An activist from the punk collective Pussy Riot has been sentenced to 40 hours of community service for a protest. A Moscow court ruled yesterday that group member Maria Alekhina violated the law by taking part in unsanctioned picketing outside the headquarters of Russia's top domestic security agency. It isn't the first time she has run afoul of the law; she and another Pussy Riot member spent nearly two years in prison for a 2012 protest against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
(The Associated Press)