TREY SONGZ ARRESTED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trey Songz says he’s the target of lies for someone else’s personal gain. Songz was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence for punching a woman at a party Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. Songz turned himself in to police yesterday morning. He was released on $50,000 bail. Andrea Buera said at a news conference she was the woman. She says Songz hit her repeatedly because he did not like her talking to another man. Songz’ attorney did not return requests for comment. Songz tweets his lawyers and management told him not to say anything, but he wants his family, friends and fans to know he’s being falsely accused.
FIFTH HARMONY ANNOUNCES HIATUS
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifth Harmony came together as solo artists. Now they’re taking a break to pursue their own things. The group says in a statement they are going on hiatus to pursue solo endeavors, in their words, “to stay authentic to ourselves and to you.” They say by doing this, they will gain new experiences and strengths that they will bring back to Fifth Harmony. They will still honor their concert dates through the end of the year. Fifth Harmony was assembled as a group on “The X Factor” in 2012 after each one failed to advance as solo singers. Camila Cabello left the group in December, 2016.
JULEZ SANTANA HEARING POSTPONED
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Juelz Santana’s detention hearing has been postponed while federal and state authorities sort out who will prosecute him. Authorities at a security checkpoint in Newark Liberty International Airport say last week they found a carry-on bag containing Santana’s ID, a loaded .38-caliber handgun and oxycodone pills for which he did not have a prescription. They say he fled the area but turned himself in three days later. Santana pleaded not guilty to state charges. He also faces federal charges in the same incident. Santana’s hearing will likely be later this week.
PITBULL PLANS U.N. VISIT TO SPEAK ABOUT WATER
NEW YORK (AP) — Pitbull is going to the United Nations for water. Pitbull will discuss the global water crisis at the U.N. on Thursday, World Water Day. That’s the same day the U.N. will announce a ten-year plan for sustainable development of water resources. Pitbull is also leading a social media campaign to focus attention on the water crisis. Bruno Mars, Pink Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Monica and Juanes (WAH’-nehs) also are participating.
CAM BREAKS DOWN THE WRITING PROCESS FOR “DIANE”
NASHVILLE (AP) — Cam wrote the song “Diane” because she hurt for her friends with unfaithful partners. Then she realized she was writing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” from Jolene’s point of view. Cam says she took on the role of the cheating woman who decides to make things right by telling the truth to the wife. She compares it to ghost stories where ghosts keep repeating the same things until someone frees them by creating different endings.
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BLINK-182 PLANS LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blink-182 will do a residency in Las Vegas called “Kings of the Weekend.” The first date is May 26 at The Palms Las Vegas and will run through June, then pick up again in October and November. Singer Mark Hoppus says their plans now are to cast their showgirls, create a set list with lots of Sinatra and Liberace (lih-ber-AH’-chee) and look into marrying someone onstage.
by Margie Szaroleta