Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Rapper arrested for profanity
Montego Bay, Jamaica -- Jamaican rapper Sean Paul has been charged with using profanity during a performance at Montego Bay's Reggae Sumfest last week.
Paul's performance Thursday night was laced with expletives, police commander Newton Amos said Monday. Authorities served him with a summons under a law prohibiting people from using profanity in public.
He's scheduled to appear in court today in Montego Bay.
The rapper was served with the summons shortly after he left the stage, police said. The maximum fine is $20 or community service.
Ray Charles concerts postponed
Los Angeles -- Acute hip discomfort has forced music legend Ray Charles to postpone upcoming concert dates, his publicist said.
Charles, 72, has had cartilage problems around the joint and was diagnosed and undergoing treatment in Los Angeles, spokesman Jerry Digney said Monday.
The singer, who was 7 when he lost his sight, has won 13 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was one of the original inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
The postponements affect 14 concerts starting with a scheduled appearance today in Worcester, Mass., Digney said. Charles expects to resume his national tour next month.
The Gap goes glam
New York -- For its new fall ad campaign, the Gap gave Madonna and Missy Elliott a pair of corduroy pants and several tops to customize to their individual styles.
Each had a big M embroidered onto the back pocket of her pants. "Lady M" was silkscreened down one of the legs of Madonna's light-blue, low-rise cuffed cords. Elliott decorated her pants with studs, and attached a gray hoodie sweat shirt to a corduroy jacket.
Rebecca Weill, director of public relations for the Gap, said the company sought out Madonna and Elliott because they're fashion fans who are willing to take chances. "We knew we wanted the campaign to have an optimistic youthful energy, something that would appeal to our more adventurous customers," she explained.
Spector hearing delayed
Los Angeles -- Sheriff's detectives will not be ready to present a case against music producer Phil Spector at his scheduled court date next week, nearly six months after an actress was shot to death in his mansion.
Spector, 62, was arrested for investigation of murder after the body of actress Lana Clarkson was found Feb. 3 in the foyer of his mansion in suburban Alhambra. He is free on $1 million bail.
"We're still waiting to get all of the reports back from the crime lab," Sheriff's Lt. Dan Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg said Aug. 5 hearing would be a bail hearing instead of an arraignment.