Gladys Knight Wants Out of Her Signature Restaurant Chain

    Andrew Benge/RedfernsGladys Knight has filed a lawsuit against her son, demanding that he remove her name and likeness from his Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles chain because, she claims, the restaurants are damaging her reputation.

    According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Knight filed the lawsuit in Atlanta federal court, asking the judge to stop the chain's use of her recipes and memorabilia.  

    "The Restaurants are in free fall and their decline necessarily has the collateral effect of damaging Knight's Intellectual Property and Knight's reputation," the suit states.

    In June, Knight's son, Shanga Hankerson, was arrested after allegedly stealing more than $650,000 in sales and withholding taxes. Earlier this month, one of the three restaurant locations closed, with the downtown Atlanta spot currently under new management.

    According to the report, Knight had planned to end the agreement with her son to use her name in 2009 for "what she perceived as mismanagement of the Restaurants," but has now decided to move forward with the suit to officially end any further damaging of her brand. 

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    Welcome to the Museum: New Pink Floyd Exhibit Open in London in Spring 2017

    ®Pink Floyd ArchiveThe first major international exhibit focusing on Pink Floyd will open at Victoria and Albert Museum in London this spring. "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains" is fully sanctioned by the band's surviving members, and will take an in-depth look at the pioneering group, exploring its innovative music and album designs, its groundbreaking concert staging and much more.

    The exhibit will use multimedia elements and hundreds of artifacts to trace Pink Floyd's story, from its mid-1960s beginnings in London's psychedelic music scene, through its massive success during the 1970s to the present day.

    Among the memorabilia items that will be displayed are various stage props, original album art, vintage posters, musical instruments, recording equipment and historic promotional ads. The display is being designed by the Stufish company, the longtime stage designer for tours by Pink Floyd and Roger Waters.

    The exhibit will mark the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's debut single, "Arnold Layne," which was released in March 1967.

    "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains" will open on May 13, 2017, and is scheduled to run until October 1 of next year.

    Martin Roth, director of the Victorian and Albert Museum, says, "Alongside creating extraordinary music, [Pink Floyd has] for over five decades been pioneers in uniting sound and vision, from their earliest 1960s performances with experimental light shows, through their spectacular stadium rock shows, to their consistently iconic album covers. The exhibition will locate them within the history of performance, design and musical production by presenting and complementing the material from Pink Floyd's own archive with the V&A's unrivaled collections."

    Tickets for the exhibit are on sale now at the museum's website. For more information, visit

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    Earth, Wind & Fire, John Oates Among Artists Supporting "Blurred Lines" Verdict Appeal

    Motown; Star Trak/InterscopeMore than 200 artists have signed a so-called "friend of the court" brief supporting Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's appeal of the "Blurred Lines" copyright infringement verdict that was won by Marvin Gaye's family, according to documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

    Among those offering their support are Earth, Wind & Fire, John Oates of Hall & Oates, The Go-Go's, Stephen Bishop, "Wild Thing"/"Angel of the Morning" songwriter Chip Taylor and many others.

    The main purpose of the brief is to warn of potential side effects that may be caused by the "Blurred Lines" verdict, which ruled that Williams and Thicke's "Blurred Lines" infringed the copyright of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up."

    "The verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works," reads the brief's introduction, which was authored by attorney Ed McPherson. "All music shares inspiration from prior musical works, especially within a particular musical genre. By eliminating any meaningful standard for drawing the line between permissible inspiration and unlawful copying, the judgment is certain to stifle creativity and impede the creative process."

    The original "Blurred Lines" verdict awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million, though it was later lowered to $5.3 million.

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    New Jersey Serenade: Bruce Springsteen Breaks Record for Longest US Concert Again

    Credit: Danny ClinchFor the third time in the last eight days, Bruce Springsteen has broken his record for his longest concert ever played in the U.S., after he and the E Street Band delivered another marathon show Tuesday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    According to, the performance ran a whopping four hours and one minute, topping the three-hour, 59-minute show at the same venue this past Thursday, which in turn topped the three-hour, 52-minute gig he played at the stadium Tuesday, August 23. reports Springsteen promised the crowd early on Tuesday night that he'd be playing many tunes he hadn't performed at his other two MetLife Stadium shows, and he stuck to that promise. Those songs included "Blinded by the Light," "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street," and "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City." He also brought out a special guest: acclaimed singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, who contributed backing vocals to "Spirit in the Night."

    The Boss also worked a couple of cover tunes into the main portion of the show -- Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," which was chosen from the audience's sign requests, and the 1966 Manfred Mann hit "Pretty Flamingo."

    Springsteen finished the concert with a nine-song encore that included versions of The Isley Brothers' "Shout" and "Twist and Shout," and his own classics "Jungleland," "Born to Run," "Dancing in the Dark" and "Glory Days." Appropriately enough, as he had at his other two MetLife shows, Bruce closed Tuesday's concert with a performance of "Jersey Girl," followed by a fireworks display.

    As previously reported, Springsteen's longest concert ever took place on July 31, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland, and ran four hours and five minutes.

    Here's the full set list for Springsteen and the E Street Band's show Tuesday at MetLife Stadium:

    "New York City Serenade"
    "Blinded by the Light"
    "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street"
    "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"
    "Spirit in the Night" (with Rickie Lee Jones)
    "Summertime Blues"
    "4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)"
    "Kitty's Back"
    "Incident on 57th Street"
    "Pretty Flamingo"
    "Atlantic City"
    "I'm Goin' Down"
    "Darlington County"
    "Working on the Highway"
    "Downbound Train"
    "I'm On Fire"
    "Hungry Heart"
    "Out in the Street"
    "Living Proof"
    "Candy's Room"
    "She's the One"
    "Because the Night"
    "The Rising"

    "Secret Garden"
    "Born to Run"
    "Dancing in the Dark"
    "10th Ave. Freeze-Out"
    "Twist & Shout"
    "Glory Days"
    "Jersey Girl"

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    "Pure & Simple," Dolly Parton's #1 All Around the World

    Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleAs expected, Dolly Parton lays claim to the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart this week, but the legendary entertainer also got a little bonus. She lands at the top of the same tally in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom as well.

    "Boy, it's a good day for me. I am a happy girl!" the 70-year-old country icon says. "It feels great to be number-one as it's been a long time and it feels so good to still be in the game after all this time."

    Pure & Simple also managed to land at #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, after moving 21,000 units in the U.S. Parton fared even better on the U.K.'s overall albums tally, coming in at #2, second only to R&B singer Frank Ocean's Blonde.

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