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Last Update on September 19, 2014 07:07 GMT

GEORGE HAMILTON IV DIES

NASHVILLE (AP) -- George Hamilton IV (the fourth) has died. Hamilton suffered a heart attack Saturday and died in a Nashville hospital on Wednesday. He was 77. Hamilton was known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music" because he developed a following around the world. He started off as a pop singer, though. "A Rose and A Baby Ruth" hit number 6 on the Billboard pop chart in 1956. He moved to Nashville in 1959 and had his first country hit with "Before This Day Ends." "Abilene" was his biggest hit, topping the country charts in 1963. Hamilton had a string of hits in the 1960s and '70s. His last album, "In The Heart of Texas," came out in 2011. He still performed at the Grand Ole Opry and often acted as a celebrity tour guide.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah) AP music correspondent

Country singer George Hamilton IV has died at the age of 77. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta takes a look at his career. ((Wrap opens with music))

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Sound of George Hamilton IV performing "A Rose and A Baby Ruth."

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Sound of George Hamilton IV performing "Abilene."

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Sound of George Hamilton IV performing "She's A Little Bit Country."

WIG LAWSUIT AGAINST NICKI MINAJ TOSSED OUT

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal judge has sided with Nicki Minaj in a lawsuit filed by her former wig designer. Terrence Davidson had sued Minaj in February. He said a Minaj representative convinced him to give up a contract for a reality TV show. Davidson said he was talking with Minaj about doing a reality show with her and launching a line of wigs with her. Davidson says Minaj and her team shut him out and took his wig designs to start Minaj's own line. Minaj's lawyers say Davidson failed to state a valid claim. The judge wrote the verbal promises from Minaj and her team were too vague and Davidson should not have thought of them as a done deal.

DANCERS SUING EX-BOSS CHER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cher is being hit by a lawsuit from three former backup dancers. The dancers charge they were unjustly given the boot from Cher's current "Dressed to Kill" tour. The suit also charges racial and age dscrimination on the part of the 68-year-old Cher. Cher's spokeswoman says the accusations are ridiculous. But the lawyer for the dancers notes they had being touring with Cher from more than a decade. Their wrongful termination lawsuit seeks more than $10 million in damages. Cher's tour is one of the top money-makers of the year.

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Jamie Friar

Cher is being hit by a lawsuit from three former backup dancers. The AP's Jamie Friar has the details. ((opens with music))

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Jamie Friar

Three backup dancers are suing Cher. The AP's Jamie Friar reports the dancers charge racial and age discrimination

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Excerpt of Cher, performing "Believe."

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Excerpt of Cher

Excerpt of Cher performing "If I Could Turn Back Time."

SOCIAL DISTORTION'S MIKE NESS PUTS MEMOIR ON HOLD

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mike Ness of Social Distortion announced from the stage for a year that he's working on his life story. Now he's announcing it's on hold. Beginning last summer, Ness took a year off from music, but in January he realized that writing a book was not taking a year off. He got as far as the rough draft. Ness says postponing the book for a few years means he'll be able to articulate his message clearer. In the meantime, he's casually writing new music for another Social Distortion record and a solo record that will be more roots-based than Social D.

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Mike Ness singer-guitarist for Social Distortion

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness says he took a year off and was writing his autobiography, but he realized in January that wasn't working.

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Mike Ness singer-guitarist for Social Distortion

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness says delaying his autobiography will mean a better product.

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Mike Ness singer-guitarist for Social Distortion

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness says he's been working on new music off and on.

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Mike Ness singer-guitarist for Social Distortion

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness says he's breaking his own rule of not waiting a long time between albums.

JACK WHITE AND THE FOO FIGHTERS: NO BAD BLOOD

NEW YORK (AP) -- The feud between Jack White and The Foo Fighters is no feud at all. It was just a joke during White's show Wednesday in Boston. Media outlets reported that Jack White made a reference onstage to the Foo Fighters having a second guitarist that would play the same parts he plays in case he makes a mistake. White has issued a statement saying he had a minor guitar problem and he made a joke to keep the audience engaged. He says he meant it to be self-deprecating that it was just him up there instead of The Foo Fighters with three guitarists. White made contact with Dave Grohl yesterday and says it's all good.

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DARRELL HAMMOND TO TAKE OVER SNL ANNOUNCER'S ROLE FOR LATE DON PARDO

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a new gig -- and an old one -- for Darrell Hammond.

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Alibaba shares surge in debut on NYSE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alibaba's stock is surging as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse begins its first day trading as a public company.

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