CHASE RICE RESPONDS TO CONCERT CRITICISM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Chase Rice says people have differing opinions on how to stop COVID-19, but ultimately everyone wants to have concerts like they used to be. Rice came under fire for posting video from his concert in east Tennessee on Saturday that showed a packed crowd with nobody wearing a mask. Kelsea Ballerini and Mickey Guyton were among those who criticized him. Rice says in an Instagram video the safety of his fans is a huge priority, and he urges them to follow the rules. He says, “The safer we are now, the quicker that we get to actual, normal live shows, which I know we all want.” His next show is a drive-in show in Ashland, Kentucky, on Friday.

DR. DRE’S WIFE FILES DIVORCE PAPERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dr. Dre’s wife has filed for divorce. Nicole Young filed the paperwork yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. They have been married for 24 years. She is seeking spousal support. They have two adult children, and Dr. Dre has four children from previous relationships.

MTV VMAS ARE A GO

NEW YORK (AP) - Given all the awards shows that are cancelling or going virtual, it’s a surprise when one says it will go on as usual. The MTV Video Music Awards will take place Aug. 30 at the Barclays Center in New York, according to an MTV spokesperson. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says the event will follow safety guidelines, including having a limited or no audience. MTV says the show will feature performances from iconic places around New York.

WILLIE NELSON READY TO RELEASE 70TH ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) - Feeling kind of lazy? Perhaps you can take some inspiration from Willie Nelson. He will release his 70th studio album on Friday. “First Rose of Spring” was supposed to come out in April but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nelson also will host a virtual version of his 4th of July Picnic from his home in Luck, Texas, on Saturday. He just released a memoir he co-wrote with his sister, Bobbie Nelson, called “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band.” Should you want to revisit Nelson’s past music, Barnes and Noble is releasing a special “blood-spattered clear vinyl” edition of his “Red Headed Stranger” album in July.

BLACK EYED PEAS, KILLERS WILL PLAY NBC INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley will perform on the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” special that will run Saturday on NBC. To avoid the usual crowds, the fireworks are being shot off unannounced at one or two land or water-based sites in New York each night this week. The five-minute displays will be taped and shown on the special, along with a live grand finale.