1. Katy Perry may get chance to live at disputed ex-convent in Los Angeles
Katy Perry, who grew up the daughter of Protestant pastors and rose to fame with the hit song “I Kissed a Girl,” may get her chance to live in a former Roman Catholic convent in Los Angeles – after a judge tentatively blocked its sale to someone else.
2. Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking Kurt Cobain’s death-scene photos
A Washington state judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit seeking photos from the death scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain because the journalist who wants them violated legal procedures, Seattle’s attorney said. Independent journalist Richard Lee sued the city and its police department to try to force the release of the pictures taken by law-enforcement officials after Cobain killed himself in 1994, a spokesman for Seattle attorney Pete Holmes said.
3. Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral draws crowd of onlookers
Dozens of onlookers gathered on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, who died this week, months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub. Brown’s funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, an Atlanta suburb, was private and closed to the public, but dozens of well-wishers stood behind police barricades outside.
4. Mel B wants to ‘gather troops’ for Spice Girls 20th anniversary
Pop singer turned television talent show judge Mel B has hinted at a possible Spice Girl reunion, saying she would like to “gather the troops” to mark the 1990s group’s 20th anniversary next year. The band, whose popularity endures 15 years after its break-up, stormed the charts with debut single “Wannabe” in 1996 and went on to sell more than 80 million records worldwide.
5. Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for ‘Rose Garden,’ dead at 67
Country music singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning smash hit “Rose Garden,” has died of a heart attack at a hospital in Nashville, her publicist said on Friday. She was 67. Anderson, who had recently returned from a trip to Italy, was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Thursday for treatment of pneumonia and died later in the day, spokesman Mark Logsdon said.
6. One Direction releases surprise first single as a foursome
Best-selling boy band One Direction released a surprise first single as a foursome on Friday, two days after former member Zayn Malik announced a new record deal as solo artist. “Drag Me Down” follows November’s “Night Changes” and is the first single the group, which came to prominence on British televised singing competition “The X Factor” in 2010, has put out since Malik said he was quitting the band in March.
7. Chemical Brothers go straight to the top of UK album chart
The Chemical Brothers went straight in at number one on the British album chart with “Born In The Echoes,” the Official Charts Company said on Friday. The feat, which gives the band their sixth chart-topper, means the duo lay claim to the most Number 1 studio albums for a dance act.
8. Rapper Snoop Dogg stopped in Italy airport with $422,000 in cash
Italian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg on Friday as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, said an Italian lawyer representing the entertainer. In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take on board a plane is 10,000 euros ($10,986.00). Snoop Dogg, who has been touring Europe after releasing the album “Bush” earlier this year, will have to pay a fine, said Andrea Parisi, his lawyer.
9. ‘Spot the fake!’ Helen Mirren meets herself in triplicate wax works
“Spot the fake!” British actress Helen Mirren joked as she posed with not one but three wax figures of herself, including as her Academy Award winning “The Queen” role. London’s Madame Tussauds wax museum has put up a display of the figures to commemorate the actress’ 70th birthday.