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Taking Names: Keith Urban reschedules ‘All For The Hall’ benefit
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Keith Urban reschedules ‘All For The Hall’ benefit
Keith Urban has rescheduled a benefit concert for April 10. He had to postpone the third annual “All For The Hall” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum fundraiser in Nashville originally set for Wednesday because he’s still recovering from having a polyp removed from a vocal cord late last year.
His first return to the stage since mid-November is expected to be on Feb. 3 at the Grand Ole Opry.
Hall of fame members Vince Gill and Alabama, and Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss & Union Station, the Band Perry, Thompson Square and others will perform in the benefit concert along with Mr. Urban.
Tickets go on sale Jan. 27. He’s raised about $1 million so far.
Garth Brooks sues hospital over donation dispute
Country music star Garth Brooks is suing an Oklahoma hospital that he says reneged on a promise to name a building after his late mother in exchange for a $500,000 donation.
Mr. Brooks‘ lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon seeks the return of the December 2005 donation. The trial at the Rogers County District Court begins Tuesday.
Mr. Brooks said hospital officials showed him mock-ups of buildings bearing Colleen Brooks’ name and told him his donation was earmarked for such a project.
The hospital denies any wrongdoing and in court filings said Mr. Brooks‘ donation was “anonymous and unconditional.”
Taylor Swift promises new album on heartbreak
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Taylor Swift graces the cover of Vogue’s February issue and tells the magazine her next album will be about an “absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak” she experienced.
The 22-year-old singer doesn’t name names, but she did date Mr. Gyllenhaal for a few months in 2010, and he broke up with her.
Miss Swift said writing songs about her relationships helps her to “feel better” and gain “clarity.”
She also said she now has a list of “red flags” for if a relationship won’t work: If a guy falls in love with her based on her Wikipedia page, is threatened that she needs security, puts her down or is obsessed with privacy, he’s not for her.
The February issue of Vogue magazine goes on sale January 24.
Literary festival organizers hope Rushdie will attend
Organizers of an Indian literary festival said Tuesday they hope Salman Rushdie will attend, despite calls by Muslim clerics to ban the British-Indian author from the event.
Mr. Rushdie’s planned appearance at the Jaipur Literary Festival has sparked an outcry among some Muslims who consider his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” blasphemous.
Last week, Darul Uloom seminary leader Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani urged the government to bar Mr. Rushdie from the five-day event that starts Friday. The 150-year-old seminary preaches an austere form of Islam that has inspired millions of Muslims, including the Taliban.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan, where Jaipur is based, said protesters’ feelings should not be ignored and that Mr. Rushdie should stay away due to security concerns.
The 64-year-old author has attended the annual festival previously without incident. He has said he does not need permission or a visa to enter or travel within India.
Mr. Rushdie, who won the 1981 Booker Prize for his novel “Midnight’s Children,” spent years in hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged that he be killed for blasphemy because of “The Satanic Verses.” The book also was banned in India.
Lindsay Lohan on track to complete probation
A judge said Lindsay Lohan is meeting the terms of her probation and has received favorable reports from probation officials.
Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner also told the actress she is on track to complete the strict terms of her probation by the end of March. The 25-year-old is required to do cleanup duty at the morgue and attend therapy sessions.
Miss Lohan appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday wearing black slacks, blue blouse and long-sleeved sweater. The hearing lasted less than five minutes.
The starlet remains on probation for separate drunken-driving and theft cases.
Kid Rock apologizes for smoking cigar
Kid Rock has apologized after a man complained that the musician smoked a cigar at a nonsmoking venue in the Detroit area.
Randy Snell said Kid Rock lit the cigar while attending country singer Travis Tritt’s show Friday at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren.
Spokesman Nick Stern told the Detroit News that Kid Rock offered his “most sincere apologies” to patrons he may have offended. He said he had been drinking alcohol.
The 58-year-old Mr. Snell, of Trenton, has asthma and said he plans to file a health department complaint. Michigan law prohibits smoking at workplaces including bars and restaurants.
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.
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