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Bill Cosby Nears Sentencing After Judge Denies Bid to Overturn an Early Ruling

Bill Cosby won’t get a shot at relitigating his criminal case before a different judge and is due to be sentenced next week following his conviction for a 2004 aggravated sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Cosby earlier this month attempted to reset the case to its early stages, asking Judge Steven O’Neill to recuse himself and overturn a key February 2016 ruling in which he found that Cosby’s due process rights weren’t being violated in prosecuting him despite an alleged nonprosecution agreement from then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor. Cosby’s attorneys argued that Castor’s testimony wasn’t considered because of a long-standing feud between him and O’Neill.  The court on Wednesday denied Cosby’s motion. O’Neill...

Belinda Hit For Involvement in Mexican Politics

Pop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in Mexico’s politics because she’s a Spanish citizen and campaigned for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, authorities said Wednesday. A rival party filed a complaint because the singer gave out articles with Lopez Obrador campaign emblems. The singer, whose real name is Belinda Peregrin Schull, also appeared in his campaign. Mexico’s electoral court said her actions appear to have violated Article 33 of the constitution, which says “foreigners may not in any way become involved in the political affairs of the country.” The court did not sanction the singer, but instead “ordered the case referred to the Interior Department to determine further actions in accordance with the law.” Technically, the government has the power to expel f...

Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers Founding Guitarist, Hospitalized With Brain Injury After ‘Freak Accident’

Dickey Betts, founding guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band, is reportedly in a critical but stable condition following a “freak accident” at his home.  According to a statement posted to his socials on Wednesday, the “Ramblin’ Man” singer-songwriter was in his backyard in Little Sarasota Bay, Florida playing with the family dog when he “slipped and cracked his head,” which caused “bleeding from the brain.” The incident took place Monday and Betts has been sedated at an undisclosed local hospital ever since, the statement reads. Betts is set to undergo brain surgery on Friday to relieve pressure. ‘The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time,” his wife Donna writes. “Dickey is a notorious fight...

Magician Shin Lim Wins ‘America’s Got Talent’

Magician Shin Lim was crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent’s 13th season on Wednesday night (Sept. 19), edging out acrobatic dance outfit Zurcaroh, who came in second place, and electric violinist Brian King Joseph. The 26-year-old becomes the second magician to win AGT, after Mat Franco, who took out the ninth season. Canada-born, Massachusetts-based Lim initially pursued piano, but changed career due to illness. He developed his sleight of hand talents from watching YouTube and has performed his routines around the world. A master of close-up magic, Lim collects $1 million and a headlining slot at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas next month. Watch some of his incredible tricks from the 2018 season of America’s Got Talent on NBC. [embedded content][embedded con...

‘An Opry Salute to Ray Charles’ Featuring Darius Rucker, Boyz II Men & Chris Young Set for Oct. 8

The concert will be taped for a PBS special airing in November. An Opry Salute to Ray Charles will tape Oct. 8 at Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry.  Hosted by Opry member Darius Rucker and featuring Boyz II Men, Cam, Brett Eldredge, Leela James, Lukas Nelson, Allen Stone, Travis Tritt and Chris Young, the concert will pay homage to to the iconic R&B artist, airing on PBS in November.  The PBS special will also feature behind-the-scenes footage, a visit to the Ray Charles Library and rare video of the legendary artist, courtesy of the Ray Charles Foundation. In 1962, Charles recorded the groundbreaking Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, which featured the singer interpreting country, folk and western standards, such as Hank Williams’ “Hey, Good Lookin’” and “You Win Again,”...

Inside the Music Modernization Act’s Last-Minute Negotiations With SiriusXM

The monumental bill passed the Senate on Tuesday, thanks to an 11th hour compromise between the satellite radio service and the rest of the music industry. Tuesday started out with knives drawn and war in the air, as the music industry was going toe-to-toe with SiriusXM over the Music Modernization Act. The bill needed unanimous approval from all senators in the 24-hour hotline process, meaning a single objection could move it to debate on the Senate floor — possibly killing it altogether at this point in the year. But instead of a bloodbath, the day ended in kisses and hugs as most sides came together to celebrate the bill’s passage, thanks to an 11th hour compromise. For the last six months, SiriusXM has been pushing back against the Music Modernization Act saying it treats t...

Americana Conference Highlights Its Place In A Divided Musical Era

If a casual observer wanted to understand the widening gap between mainstream country music and left-of-center Americana, visits to the Country Radio Seminar and the Americana Music Conference — held in Nashville Sept. 11-14 — would provide a strong overview. CRS panels have focused on growing sales, integrating digital tools and showcasing mostly glossy, feel-good music that celebrates a cultural segment. The Americana event had plenty of nuts-and-bolts business education, but multiple panels addressed music’s role in difficult times, and the awards show on Sept. 12 was steeped in the kind of sociopolitical statements that most mainstream artists and outlets avoid. Among those key moments: • Rosanne Cash defiantly spoke up for women’s rights and against military-st...

U2’s Bono Meets With the Pope, Says Francis Is ‘Aghast’ About Catholic Church Sex Abuse

U2 frontman Bono described Pope Francis as being “aghast” about sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The Irish singer met privately with Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives to discuss themes that Bono told reporters included “the wild beast that is capitalism” and sustainable development. Bono said that because Francis visited Ireland recently, they spoke about the pontiff’s “feelings about what has happened in the church.” The Irish church’s reputation is stained by cases of pedophile priests and systematic abuse cover-ups. Bono said he told Francis how it looks to some that abusers are more protected than victims and “you can see the pain in his face, and I felt he was sincere.” Francis is under pressure to reveal what he knew about abusers.

Kelly Clarkson Daytime Talk Show to Debut on NBC Stations in Fall 2019

NBC stations in 30 percent of the U.S. will broadcast the show, which will air before ‘Ellen.’ Kelly Clarkson is adding daytime talk show host to her résumé. Less than two months after filming a pilot for a syndicated series, The Kelly Clarkson Show has been sold to NBC stations in 11 U.S.   The series, which will bow in the fall of 2019, will replace Steve Harvey’s Steve and air as a lead-in to Ellen on NBC Owned TV Station group stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, Hartford and Washington, D.C. “I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Clarkson said of the hourlong show, which is produced by NBCUniversal Dom...

Too Much Screen Time? New Phone Controls By Apple and Google for You, Kids

Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones — really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don’t lie. Their new tools for managing screen time will let you see how often you picked up the phone after bedtime or how long you’re on Instagram at work (shame on you). Apple’s tools also let you control how long your kids spend on their devices, if you’re concerned that screens are taking time away from sleep, homework or exercise. Apple’s tools launch Tuesday as part of the free iOS 12 software update for iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. Google’s controls are being tested on its Pixel-branded Android phones. Here’s how the controls work. FOR THE KIDS Apple’s new controls for kids let you manage their time on ...

Daniel Emmet Impresses With Cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect Symphony’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’: Watch

Daniel Emmet did his chances of winning America’s Got Talent a big favor by channelling Ed Sheeran for his finals performance.  The classical crossover artist got here the hard way, by earning a wildcard. Judging by the response from the room on Tuesday night, he used it wisely by performing Sheeran’s “Perfect Symphony,” the operatic reworking of the British singer’s 2017 song “Perfect.” The season 13 AGT winner is crowned at Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch Emmet’s performance below.  [embedded content]

Pop Shop Podcast: Nile Rodgers Calls Chic’s Two-Part ‘It’s About Time’ Album His Most ‘Self-Indulgent’ Project

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard‘s senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson every week on the podcast, which can be streamed below on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes. (Click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com.) On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, Nile Rodgers is our special guest! The music legend — famed for producing everyone from Madonna to David Bowie and Duran ...