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Last Update on August 19, 2014 07:17 GMT

NILE RODGERS GETS CANCER ALL-CLEAR

UNDATED (AP) -- Nile Rodgers says he's clear of cancer. Rodgers writes on his social networks he gets tested every six months, and he's been 42 months clear. Rodgers has been fighting prostate cancer and has called it "an extremely aggressive form" of it. Rodgers is currently producing Duran Duran's next album, and he won three Grammys for his work on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories."

NELLY TALKS ABOUT SITUATION OUTSIDE ST. LOUIS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nelly says it's his job to spread the word about what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri. Nelly is from St. Louis. He tells Billboard people "can't just be reacting off anger and rage because it doesn't fix the long-term problem." Nelly says change will come when people change their mentality. He led a "hands up, don't shoot" protest at a charity event over the weekend. He says he's also been in contact with the family of shooting victim Michael Brown and started a scholarship fund in Brown's name.

MEEK MILL'S REQUEST FOR FREEDOM DENIED

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A judge has refused Meek Mill's request to be released from jail. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genese Brinkley says she wants Mill to grow and get to the next level of his career, but she can't do that with him thumbing his nose at her. She ordered Mill to take an anger management class for what prosecutors say was a parole office tantrum over travel restrictions and a Twitter rant aimed at a parole officer and prosecutor. Brinkley jailed Mill last month on a parole violation from a 2009 drug and gun conviction.

KATRINA LESKANICH PLANS RETURN TO U.S.

LONDON (AP) -- Katrina Leskanich (les-KAH'-nich) of Katrina and the Waves has not toured the U.S. since the 1980s. She will be one of the acts on the Retro Futura tour, along with Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins, Howard Jones and Midge Ure. Leskanich has lived in England all this time, but she says she will ask the tour bus driver to stop when they're in her home state of Kansas so she can kiss the ground. She says she knows she can't go back to live in the U.S., but "the winds of familiarity" do something for her soul. Leskanich is also releasing her first studio album in ten years, "Blisland," out today. The Retro Futura tour begins Thursday in New York.

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Katrina Leskanich (les-KAH'-nich), singer formerly with Katrina and the Waves

Katrina Leskanich says she was in a creative slump until she was invited to join the Retro Futura tour.

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Katrina Leskanich (les-KAH'-nich), singer formerly with Katrina and the Waves

Katrina Leskanich says even though she does a blues version of "Walking on Sunshine" on her "Blisland" album, she won't do that on tour.

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Katrina Leskanich (les-KAH'-nich) singer formerly with Katrina and the Waves

Katrina Leskanich says she has plans for when her tour bus drives from Kansas to Los Angeles.

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Katrina Leskanich (les-KAH'-nich) singer formerly with Katrina and the Waves

Katrina Leskanich says it's a culture shock when she goes back to the U.S.

SMOKEY ROBINSON RE-RECORDS HIS HITS AS DUETS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Smokey Robinson says he looks at people like John Legend and he realizes "the future of show business is in good hands." Maybe it's because Robinson heard Legend do a live version of Robinson's song "Quiet Storm." Robinson liked it so much he asked Legend to sing it with him on Robinson's new album, "Smokey and Friends." Robinson and Mary J. Blige duet on "Being With You," he pairs up with Elton John for "The Tracks of My Tears," and he teams with Steven Tyler for "You've Really Got A Hold On Me." Other "friends" with Robinson include James Taylor, Cee-Lo, Miguel and Sheryl Crow. "Smokey and Friends" is out today.

GLORIA ESTEFAN MUSICAL OPENS CASTING

NEW YORK (AP) -- The musical about Gloria and Emilio Estefan will open the casting call to the entire world. Producers of the show "On Your Feet!" say performers can try out for all roles by submitting audition videos online. They will also hold open casting calls in New York and in Miami next month. The plan is for the show to debut in Chicago next summer, then head to Broadway in October 2015.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA REVEALS BABY NAME

UNDATED (AP) -- Christina Aguilera has announced her new daughter's name. She and fiance' Matt Rutler have named the baby Summer Rain Rutler. Aguilera gave birth on Saturday in Los Angeles.

K. MICHELLE ADVISES AGAINST BEING ON REALITY SHOWS

ATLANTA (AP) -- K. Michelle's advice for aspiring musicians: don't go the route she did. Michelle was one of the stars of the VH1 reality show "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta." Her advice for aspiring musicians: "If you're on reality TV and a new artist, I would say `stay away."' Michelle says she thanks God every day that it didn't go a different way. She's still pursuing TV, though. She will appear in "Rebellious Soul: The Musical," which debuts tonight on VH1. She will also be on her own reality show, "K. Michelle: My Life," on VH1 in the fall.

CHICAGO WILL BESTOW HONOR UPON RAMSEY LEWIS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ramsey Lewis will get a special recognition from his hometown of Chicago. Lewis is one of five artists who will get a Fifth Star Award from the city to honor his significant contributions to the arts. A free tribute concert will take place September 17. The "fifth star" is a reference to Chicago's city flag having four stars, and Lewis being considered a fifth one.

CMT WILL BROADCAST GEORGE STRAIT'S FAREWELL CONCERT

NASHVILLE (AP) -- George Strait's final show will be shown on CMT on August 29. Strait's farewell concert in Dallas on June 7 featured guest musicians Jason Aldean, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson and Strait's son, George "Bubba" Strait Junior. More than 104,000 people attended the show. The concert special will also include new interviews with Strait.

 
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