APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS MOST OF QUINCY JONES’ WIN IN MICHAEL JACKSON LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California appeals court has reduced Quincy Jones’ jury award against the Michael Jackson estate that was worth $9.4 million by about $6.9 million. The court yesterday ruled a jury in 2017 misinterpreted a contract involving licensing and royalties for songs Jones produced for Jackson that were used in the concert film “This Is It” and two Cirque du Soleil (sihrk doo soh-LAY') shows. The court said Jones is still entitled to $2.5 million for the use of his master recordings and other fees. The court also rejected a claim that Jones, who is 87, should have been allowed to make a claim of financial elder abuse.

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122072-w-389:28-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment correspondent)-"I'm Oscar Wells Gabriel"-Court overturns Quincy Jones' win in Michael Jackson lawsuit (6 May 2020)

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QUEEN REFLECTS ON APPEAL OF “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS”

LONDON (AP) - Queen drummer Roger Taylor says they nearly always close their concerts with “We Are The Champions.” He says it’s a “rousing, uplifting song” that’s meant to be inclusive. Queen recently reworked the song as “You Are The Champions” to honor medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Guitarist Brian May says it seemed appropriate at a time when people need unity. He says music in general is “a great healer and a great uniting force.”

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SELENA GOMEZ GETS A COOKING SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Trying to learn to cook while under self-quarantine? So is Selena Gomez, only she’s getting professionals to talk her through it. Gomez has signed a deal for an as-yet-untitled cooking show that will run on HBO Max, the video-on-demand service that launches later this month. In each of ten episodes, Gomez will be joined remotely by a different master chef. Besides making meals, they’ll tackle concepts like what to do when you’re missing an ingredient or when the oven is smoking. The series will debut this summer.

OBAMA ADDED TO VIRTUAL GRADUATION

NEW YORK (AP) - Former President Barack Obama has been added to the “Graduate Together” event next week for high school students who will miss out on graduation because of the coronavirus outbreak. The special also will feature Pharrell Williams, the Jonas Brothers, Bad Bunny and H.E.R. (HER), as well as athletes LeBron James and Megan Rapinoe, among others. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, as well as 20 other broadcast and online outlets, will air the special on May 16.

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122031-w-320:16-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP entertainment correspondent, with music)-"I'm Margie Szaroleta"-Barack Obama will headline televised prime-time commencement (5 May 2020)

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SHAGGY, MONAHAN WILL APPEAR ON “BACHELOR: LISTEN TO YOUR HEART”

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shaggy, Pat Monahan of Train and Ashlee Simpson-Ross with Evan Ross will appear on Monday’s episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart.” Shaggy will perform, while Monahan and the Rosses will be on the judging panel.

by Margie Szaroleta