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Last Update on October 05, 2015 07:10 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Mike Peters of The Alarm has announced he's fighting cancer for the third time. Peters writes on his website he had a relapse of leukemia in June. He had fought leukemia in 2005 and lymph cancer in 1996. Peters says his doctor got a drug company to accept Peters as part of its trial of a new drug, and Peters was able to do his American tour over the summer as long as he promised to do regular blood checks. Peters has one concert on Saturday in Wales then has a scheduled break until next year.


NASHVILLE (AP) -- The reason we have not heard much about Clint Black in the past decade is because he was trying to be his own man. Black says he worked with one record label that did not want him to write any music or have creative ideas, but instead just sing songs chosen for him that the label believed would be hits. Black says he went to a second record label that swore that was not the case, but it was the same situation. Black is now signed with the indie label Thirty Tigers for his new album, "On Purpose." Black says he's not here to sell records, but to make them. He says if someone can sell them, that's great, and if they can't, that's too bad, but it's not going to change what he does.

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018-a-12-(Clint Black, country singer, in AP interview)-"on the radio"-Clint Black says he worked with one record label that just wanted him to be a cog in the machine. (5 Oct 2015)

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer are giving away 10,000 free tickets to a concert next month. The two musical acts say 5,000 fans will have a chance to win two tickets each to their Nov. 7 show in New York City. The group has partnered with American Express for its music series, "American Express Unstaged," for the sweepstakes. Fans can enter to win tickets today through Thursday on Dead & Company's website. No tickets for the show will go on sale.


VILLA PARK, Ill. (AP) -- Rob Zombie has a new attitude about his haunted house: "We don't care if people are offended." Zombie says some visitors to his Great American Nightmare haunted house in Villa Park, Illinois, last year tried to shut it down. Zombie says people should expect to be "offended or scared or horrified or disgusted." The haunted house was also a victim of too much success, so Zombie says they've rejiggered it so the lines aren't so long this time around. One of the mazes in the haunted house is based on his upcoming movie, "31," but Zombie says the maze doesn't give anything away. He says the guy who built the maze asked if it was accurate enough and Zombie says, "What does it matter? No one's seen the movie!" Zombie expects to release "31" next year, along with an as-yet-untitled album. Zombie is also working on a TV show for Starz with Mila Kunis (MEE'-luh KOO'-nihs) about a rich kid who runs off to join a murderous cult.

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013-a-07-(Rob Zombie, musician, in AP interview)-"seen the movie"-Rob Zombie says one of the mazes in his Great American Nightmare haunted house is based on his yet-to-be-released movie, "31." (5 Oct 2015)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The cast of "American Horror Story" loved having Lady Gaga on set for the upcoming season. Actor Matt Bomer says she let them call her by her given name, Stefani (STEF'-ah-nee), and that allowed them to relate as human beings. Actor Denis O'Hare says Lady Gaga had a cast party with a swimming pool dyed blood red, and she had an obscene birthday cake for cast regular Angela Bassett. Lady Gaga says the cast has been "really open and available" to her in an honest way, so she could be herself. Lady Gaga plays a hotel owner in the fifth installment of "American Horror Story," which premieres Oct. 7 on FX.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While Fetty Wap is recovering from a motorcycle accident, he can take comfort in knowing he's got a number-one album. His self-titled debut premieres in the top slot on the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 129,000 units. It knocks last week's number one, "What A Time To Be Alive" by Drake and Future, down to second. Don Henley's "Cass County" debuts at number three, and George Strait's "Cold Beer Conversation" debuts in fourth.

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