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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SAYS R. KELLY IS BEHIND ON RENT

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — R. Kelly has been evicted from two homes near Atlanta for unpaid rent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Kelly owes more than $31,000 in past due payments to SB Property Management Global, according to filings with the Fulton County magistrate court. Representatives for Kelly and for the property manager declined comment.

KESHA RECOVERS FROM KNEE SURGERY

NEW YORK (AP) — Kesha (KESH’-ah) had surgery yesterday to repair an ACL tear in her knee. Kesha suffered the injury in a fall at a concert in Dubai on Feb. 9. She has called off her tour dates for March and April in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan. Kesha’s American tour with Macklemore is expected to go on as planned, starting June 6 in Phoenix.

MAN CONVICTED OF STEALING JOHN LEGEND’S DESIGNER BAG AT AIRPORT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 64-year-old man has been convicted of stealing John Legend’s luggage at Kennedy Airport last March. Prosecutors say Agustin Hilario was convicted yesterday of criminal possession of stolen property. He was accused of stealing Legend’s Louis Vuitton bag containing $25,000 cufflinks while it was momentarily unattended on a luggage cart. Hilario was identified through surveillance camera footage.

MIKE NESMITH AND MICKY DOLENZ OF THE MONKEES ANNOUNCED TOUR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time, Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will tour together as a duo. “The Mike and Micky Show” tour begins June 1 in Chandler, Arizona. The show will highlight several of Nesmith’s compositions, including some that have never been performed live. Where’s Peter Tork? He’s working on an album of Lead Belly songs with his band, Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues. Tork says he “wishes the boys well” and he’s “learned to say never say never on things further down the line.”

MICHAEL W. SMITH: DON’T EVEN GO THERE

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Every now and then, someone tries to get Michael W. Smith to lose his cool online. He doesn’t take the bait. Smith says sometimes a hater will try to pick a fight with him online, but he never engages the debate because most of the time it’s over something that isn’t true. If anything, the trolls inspire him. Smith says he wrote a song called “Revolution” for his new album, “A Million Lights,” about divided opinions on social media. “A Million Lights” came out last Friday. As if that were not enough to keep him busy: Smith also will release a worship record called “Surrounded” this Friday.

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008-a-17-(Michael W. Smith, musician, in AP interview)-“than do that”-Musician Michael W. Smith says some raconteurs go online to try to get him to lose his cool, but he refuses to play their games. (21 Feb 2018)

<<CUT *008 (02/21/18)££ 00:17 “than do that”

009-a-13-(Michael W. Smith, musician, in AP interview)-“my whole life”-Musician Michael W. Smith says the death of his father hit him so hard he suffered a period of writer’s block. (21 Feb 2018)

<<CUT *009 (02/21/18)££ 00:13 “my whole life”

010-a-13-(Michael W. Smith, musician, in AP interview)-“a pop record”-Musician Michael W. Smith says when he saw Americans divided after the presidential election, kids dealing with bullies and the opioid crisis, his writer’s block unjammed. (21 Feb 2018)

<<CUT *010 (02/21/18)££ 00:13 “a pop record”

011-a-10-(Michael W. Smith, musician, in AP interview)-“you go, “wow””-Musician Michael W. Smith says besides his studio album, “A Million Lights,” he’s also releasing a worship record called “Surrounded.” (21 Feb 2018)

<<CUT *011 (02/21/18)££ 00:10 “you go, “wow””

CHRIS STAPLETON STILL DOES COVER SONGS

NASHVILLE (AP) — Just because Chris Stapleton didn’t write the song doesn’t mean he won’t perform it. Stapleton made his name as a Nashville songwriter and he acknowledges that for a while, he believed he could only sing songs he wrote. He’s changed his mind because he says there are so many great songs that have nothing to do with him. Stapleton says whether it’s an old R&B song, a country tune, or an old blues song, they’re worth singing and he’s going to do it.

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012-a-08-(Chris Stapleton, country singer, in AP interview)-“they’re worth singing”-Country singer Chris Stapleton says he’s not so into his own songwriting that he won’t cover another artist. (21 Feb 2018)

<<CUT *012 (02/21/18)££ 00:08 “they’re worth singing”

013-a-11-(Chris Stapleton, country singer, in AP interview)-“sing that song”-Country singer Chris Stapleton says he fell into the trap that he could only perform songs he wrote. (21 Feb 2018)

<<CUT *013 (02/21/18)££ 00:11 “sing that song”

014-a-21-(Chris Stapleton, country singer, in AP interview)-“that aren’t mine”-Country singer Chris Stapleton says he will perform other people’s songs, even though he built his reputation as a songwriter. (note length of cut) (21 Feb 2018)

<<CUT *014 (02/21/18)££ 00:21 “that aren’t mine”

by Margie Szaroleta

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