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Jody Payne, Willie Nelson guitarist, dies at 77

Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, has died. He was 77.

Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house in Stapleton, Ala., feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance.

He says Payne had a long history of cardiac problems.

According to a 2011 profile in The Mobile Press-Register, Payne toured with Nelson from 1973 to 2008. He retired to Stapleton, with his wife Vicki. There he continued playing music, teaching the guitar at a local music store.

A post on Willie’s Nelson’s Facebook page about Payne’s death said, “Our friend will be missed.”

Chris Brown suffers seizure, cites 'nonstop negativity' as the cause

Chris Brown’s reps confirmed reports late Friday that the singer suffered a seizure earlier that day at a Los Angeles recording studio.

“Chris suffered a nonepileptic seizure (NES),” Brown’s rep said in a statement. “His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity.”

Earlier this week, Brown said he might retire from the music business after his next album following a hit-and-run case that threatened his probation stemming from his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Judge sides with Usher in child custody battle

A judge in Atlanta has dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher’s ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children.

Tameka Foster Raymond had requested the hearing earlier this week after their 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the Grammy winner’s aunt. After a hearing in which both Usher and Raymond took the stand, Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger dismissed her request for temporary primary custody and decision-making authority.

Raymond’s court filing said their son “suffered a near-death accident” while left unsupervised at Usher’s home Monday.

Usher and Tameka Raymond married in 2007 and divorced two years later. They went through a lengthy child custody battle, and Usher was awarded primary custody of the boys last year.

Country Hall of Famer 'Cowboy' Jack Clement dies

“Cowboy” Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock ‘n’ roll and push country music into modern times, has died. He was 82.

Close friend Dub Cornett says Clement’s hospice nurse confirmed that Clement died Thursday morning. He passed away just months after learning he would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, a fitting tip of the cowboy hat to the man whose personal story is entwined with the roots of rock ‘n’ roll like few others. He was to be inducted at a ceremony later this fall.

Clement’s career included stops in Memphis at Sun Records, where he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, and Nashville, where he was a close collaborator of Johnny Cash, Charley Pride and fellow 2013 inductee Bobby Bare.

Usher's ex-wife granted emergency custody hearing

A judge has scheduled an emergency custody hearing requested by Usher’s ex-wife a day after one of the pair’s sons nearly drowned in a pool at the singer’s Atlanta home.

A lawyer for Tameka Foster Raymond filed the request in Fulton County Superior Court on Tuesday and Judge John J. Goger approved it the same day, scheduling a hearing for Friday. The court filing says the boy “suffered a near-death accident” while left unsupervised in a pool at the Grammy winner’s home.

A lawyer who has previously represented Usher in the custody dispute did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and her office said she was scheduled to be in court all week.

Atlanta police have said 5-year-old Usher Raymond V fell to the bottom of the pool and became stuck in the drain on Monday. A housekeeper tried unsuccessfully to free him. A contractor doing work at the home pulled the boy from the pool and performed CPR.

The boy was “conscious, alert and breathing” when emergency medical workers arrived, police said. The boy was in the intensive-care unit of a hospital being treated for his injuries, Tameka Raymond’s court filing says.
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Black Keys guitarist accused of abuse by wife

The estranged wife of Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach accuses him of abuse in divorce filings dealing with the custody of their child.

Stephanie Ann Gonis Auerbach alleges that the unspecified abuse culminated in an incident in which she “superficially” cut herself on her legs and ankles. But Dan Auerbach said she has made two suicide attempts and that one was made in the presence of their child. His wife denies it.

Stephanie Auerbach said in the records that she sought treatment at a residential treatment facility.

Dan Auerbach has primary custody of their child. A judge gave his estranged wife supervised visitation rights with the child, until she can show “that she is not a potential danger to the child.”

A publicist for Dan Auerbach declined to comment Tuesday.

Police: Usher's son nearly drowns in Atlanta pool

Authorities say the son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher nearly drowned in an Atlanta pool.

Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a report Tuesday that the 5-year-old boy fell to the bottom of pool and became stuck in the drain. Campos says it happened Monday afternoon behind a home in downtown Atlanta.

Campos says the housekeeper tried to get to the boy but was unable to pull him from the drain. The boy was eventually pulled from the pool, and given CPR by a man who was working at the home as an audio-visual subcontractor.

Campos says the boy was “conscious, breathing, and alert” when firefighters arrived before 4 p.m. He is at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite.

Jazz keyboardist George Duke dies at 67

George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B, and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67.

A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Duke’s son, Rashid, thanked his father’s fans in a statement Tuesday.

“The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” he said. “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.”

Duke was born in San Rafael, Calif. He appeared on a number of Frank Zappa albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra, Cannonball Adderley’s band, and with jazz musician Stanley Clarke. Duke also played keyboard on Michael Jackson’s multiplatinum 1979 album, Off the Wall.
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Elton John recovering after having appendix out

Elton John is recovering after an operation to remove his appendix.

The musician’s publicist says John had the surgery last week at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, near his home in the south of France.

Last month the musician canceled a series of shows as he was treated for an inflamed appendix and surrounding abscess.

He said at the time that his infected appendix had been “a ticking time bomb.”

He was treated with antibiotics and his publicist said Monday the appendix has been removed.
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50 Cent due in court on domestic violence charge

Rapper and actor 50 Cent faces arraignment on charges that he attacked his ex-girlfriend and trashed her condo.

The hearing for the singer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was scheduled for Monday.

If convicted, the “In Da Club” singer faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines. READ FULL STORY

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