LADY GAGA LEADS TV SPECIAL “ONE WORLD”

NEW YORK (AP) - You’d think a TV special with performances by Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Keith Urban and Lizzo would surely be asking for money somehow. Lady Gaga says put your wallets away, because the money is already raised. Those acts are among the performers for the “One World: Together at Home” TV special on April 18 on multiple networks. Lady Gaga says the advocacy group Global Citizen has already tapped corporate sponsors and philanthropists to raise $35 million for the World Health Organization to fight the coronavirus. She says the special will celebrate health care workers and “the power of the human spirit.” Other performers include Billie Joe Armstrong, Lizzo, Kacey Musgraves, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) and Finneas, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder, Elton John and J Balvin.

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SARA BAREILLES, CHRISTOPHER CROSS, JOHN TAYLOR DETAIL THEIR CORONAVIRUS EXPERIENCES

UNDATED (AP) - Musicians who have had the coronavirus have had a mixed bag of experiences with it. Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-ihs) says on Instagram stories she had a mild case with a couple of rough days, and she’s completely recovered. Christopher Cross writes on Facebook, “It is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had.” Cross says he usually does not discuss medical issues, but he wants people to know how serious and contagious it is. Duran Duran bassist John Taylor writes on social media he tested positive for coronavirus and had what he calls “turbo-charged flu” for about a week. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

MEEK MILL AND JAY Z’S GROUP SEND FACES MASKS TO PRISONS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The criminal justice reform group formed by Meek Mill and Jay Z is sending face masks to help prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak. The REFORM Alliance announced Friday it sent 50,000 masks to the Rikers Island jail complex in New York, 40,000 to the Tennessee Department of Correction, and 50,000 to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The group has been pressuring the nation’s jails and prisons to take precautions and improve sanitation to slow the spread of the coronavirus in prison populations.

DUFFY DETAILS HER RAPE

UNDATED (AP) - After writing a massive essay about her rape, Duffy says she’s “free” because she no longer has to deal with the questions about where she’s been all this time. Duffy revealed in February she disappeared from public view after being drugged, kidnapped and raped a decade ago. She writes in a new posting at www.DuffyWords.com she remembers being drugged at a restaurant on her birthday, then regaining consciousness in a moving vehicle and being raped in a hotel room in a foreign country. Duffy says she was drugged for four weeks but she is not certain if she was raped again. She says she considered running away, but she had no cash and she was afraid her rapist would call the police on her. She says he “made veiled confessions” of wanting to kill her. Duffy says while she worries that her career is destroyed and no man will want a relationship with her, she feels she must “be completely honest and have faith in the outcome.”

DON MCLEAN’S WIFE PLANS TO PURSUE ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Don McLean’s ex-wife plans to pursue a hearing about alleged abuse during their marriage. On Thursday, the Maine Supreme Court rejected Patrisha McLean’s appeal of a judge’s decision preventing her from raising the issue of abuse when her protection order was extended until 2029. The court said she has the right to a separate hearing about the abuse allegation. Don McLean’s attorney did not return a request for comment. The couple divorced after a domestic incident at their home in Camden, Maine in 2016.

CMT PAYS TRIBUTE TO KENNY ROGERS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts and Vince Gill are among the acts who will pay tribute to Kenny Rogers in a CMT special airing tomorrow. They will perform remotely for the special “CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares.” Other performers include Kim Carnes, Lionel Richie, Gavin Degraw, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Michael McDonald and Randy Hauser. Rita Wilson will host.

CMT AWARDS DELAYED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Country Music Television Awards are the latest event to be delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The CMT Awards were set for June 3, but they will now be held Oct. 14.

by Margie Szaroleta