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May 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM   |   Comments

Jay-Z announces Philly music festival

PHILADELPHIA, May 15 (UPI) -- Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has announced he will curate and headline a two-day music festival in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend to benefit United Way.

"Budweiser Made in America" will include a roster of nearly 30 artists to be announced May 21, producers Live Nation said.

The shows will be performed across three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Sept. 1-2. The event is being sponsored by Budweiser.

"This Labor Day, we will not only make history but we're benefiting a great organization. 'Budweiser Made in America' will encompass every genre of music, creating and showcasing the only genre that matters, 'great music.' Budweiser and Live Nation are going to produce an amazing two days of performances, and it's great to partner with United Way again to support all of the positive work they do in the community," Carter said in Philadelphia Monday.

"This festival will offer music fans from across the U.S. and beyond -- the biggest names in hip-hop, rock, dance and other popular genres this Labor Day," said Rob McCarthy, vice president of Budweiser for Anheuser-Busch.

"Philadelphia is delighted to welcome visitors from around the country for a national music festival," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "United Way has brought Jay-Z and Budweiser together to host this national event in the birthplace of America. We are excited to invite the musicians, sponsors, guests and festivalgoers for a memorable weekend."


Bret Michaels settles Tonys head-bump suit

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker Bret Michaels has settled his lawsuit against producers of the Tony Awards and CBS regarding a head injury he sustained in 2009, TMZ reported.

The terms of the settlement are confidential, the celebrity news Web site said Tuesday.

Michaels was hit by a falling set piece at the Broadway prize presentation three years ago in New York. His nose was broken and he experienced bleeding in his brain.

A year later, he suffered a brain hemorrhage and warning stroke.


Lady Gaga scraps Indonesia concert due to protest

JAKARTA, May 15 (UPI) -- Authorities in Indonesia declined to issue American pop star Lady Gaga a permit for a concert in Jakarta due to protests by Islamic groups.

The 26-year-old singer is known for her outrageous outfits and sexually charged lyrics.

The Sun newspaper in Britain said her planned June 3 show in the Indonesian capital has been canceled after the Islamic Defenders Front called her "vulgar" and "dangerous."

"She's a vulgar singer who wears only panties and a bra when she sings and she stated she is the envoy of the devil's child and that she will spread satanic teaching," the organization's head Salim Alatas said. "This is dangerous."


NBC orders Blackbeard adventure series

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- NBC says it has ordered a new pirate action-adventure series from Neil Cross, the creator of the contemporary British police drama, "Luther."

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said production on the 10-episode series will begin in the fall. It is being produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who previously collaborated on "Gladiator," "Men in Black" and "The Ring."

"It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth -- and a mounting threat to international commerce," a synopsis released Monday said.

"To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates' haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple."

No casting has been announced yet.

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