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Last Update on January 23, 2015 08:06 GMT


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Madonna says she is "profoundly grateful" to authorities who helped with the arrest of an aspiring singer accused of leaking songs from her "Rebel Heart" album online. Israel's cybercrime unit has arrested 38-year-old Adi Lederman and placed him under house arrest. His lawyer says Lederman denies the allegations and believes there is not sufficient evidence for an indictment. The leak in December prompted Madonna to release six of the songs early as an EP. "Rebel Heart" comes out in March. Police say Lederman stole songs from other musicians but did not name them.


LONDON (AP) -- Rihanna has won her court fight over an unauthorized T-shirt. Britain's Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that fashion retailer Topshop cannot sell a shirt with Rihanna's photo on it without her permission. Topshop had argued retailers have used images of celebrities like Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix, and Rihanna was wrong to claim that only a celebrity may market his or her own character. A lower court had ruled Rihanna's fans might be deceived into thinking she had endorsed the shirt.


NEW YORK (AP)-- Bob Dylan went into seclusion for a year in 1966 after getting into a motorcycle accident and he did it to protect his family. Dylan tells AARP The Magazine it was "totally frustrating and painful" to give up his art for that, but he felt he had no choice. Dylan also says if he had to do everything all over again, he'd be a teacher. He says he'd probably teach Roman history or theology. Dylan's standards album, "Shadows in the Night," comes out February 3. He will give away 50,000 copies of it to random readers of AARP The Magazine.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was arrested for allegedly trying to take a ride on an airport baggage carousel. The Los Angeles Times reports Scantlin was arrested at Denver's airport on suspicion of trespassing last Friday. Police say Scantlin ran behind a carousel and came out through an alarmed door in a restricted area. The promoter of Puddle of Mudd's Denver show says a fan bailed Scantlin out of jail. Scantlin still played the show but the band went on late. Scantlin wrote on his Facebook page, "I'm here Denver! Thanks for your patience."


LONDON (AP) -- After playing "Smoke on the Water" hundreds of times, you'd think Deep Purple would just check out mentally when they perform that in concert. Drummer Ian Paice says that's only true if one of them is not feeling well or there's a technical problem. Otherwise, they come up with subtle ways to change it to keep it fresh and keep themselves interested. Paice says it might be a different drum fill or he'll push bassist Roger Glover into a different musical direction. Paice says the audience may not pick up on the change but they might recognize that something is different for that night.


<<CUT ..010 (01/23/15)>> 00:16 "back to bed"

Ian Paice, drummer for Deep Purple

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says he rarely mails it in on stage, and it's an extraordinary circumstance if he does. ((note language; cut contains word "crappy"))

<<CUT ..011 (01/23/15)>> 00:13 "up for you"

Ian Paice, drummer for Deep Purple

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says playing a song like "Smoke on the Water" can still be entertaining for him.

<<CUT ..012 (01/23/15)>> 00:13 "for that night"

Ian Paice, drummer for Deep Purple

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says sometimes they will throw in something different to a song just to keep it interesting.

<<CUT ..013 (01/23/15)>> 00:14 "it becomes unrecognizable"

Ian Paice, drummer for Deep Purple

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says he can mess around with a song on the fly only with a song like "Smoke on the Water."

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Metallica singer James Hetfield says it's "an honor to keep it local." The San Jose Sharks sponsored Metallica Night on Wednesday. The team has been using the Metallica song "Seek and Destroy" as their entrance music for years. The team presented Metallica with Sharks jerseys. Hetfield says he used to drive nearly two hours for Sharks games. Bassist Robert Trujillo says he's flattered that the song "has that kind of energy to fuel an entire team, give them the strength to battle and kick butt."

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UNDATED (AP) -- 50 Cent's infamous first pitch for the Mets game last May has been immortalized as a baseball card. Topps has created a series of Celebrity First Pitch cards for inclusion in its 2015 Series 1 Baseball cards. Other musicians' first pitches honored with cards include Jack White, Eddie Vedder, Macklemore, Biz Markie, Austin Mahone and Tom Morello.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's mother is still looking for justice in his death. Lawyers for Katherine Jackson are appealing a jury's verdict finding that concert promoter AEG Live is not financially responsible for Michael's death in June 2009. Katherine Jackson's lawyers told a panel of appellate justices yesterday the trial court judge dismissed claims relevant to the trial and the jurors were given the wrong verdict form and instructions. The justices did not say when they would rule on the case.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock will tour together for the first time in 37 years. They will do a world tour of duo piano concerts beginning March 14 in Seattle. Hancock says he and Corea have always had an open door policy about touring again and they've decided now is the perfect time to pass through that doorway. Corea says Hancock is "a dear friend as well as a lifelong inspiration."

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DENVER (AP) -- More than a-third of the people who had planned to see Bill Cosby in Denver have changed their mind.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans purchased homes in December, yet total sales slipped in 2014 as first-time buyers struggled to find houses.

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