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Last Update on September 16, 2014 07:09 GMT

U2 EXPLAIN THE THINKING BEHIND ALBUM RELEASE TO ITUNES

UNDATED (AP) -- U2 want you to listen to their "Songs of Innocence" album, even if it takes you years to get to it. U2 manager Guy Oseary says they're happy that seven percent of the planet has the album and they can enjoy it at their leisure. The album was a surprise at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and was made available to half a billion iTunes users for free last week. Apple is not saying how many people have downloaded the album, and Oseary doesn't know. He does say that U2 wanted to keep their music in album form and to get the music in as many hands as possible.

GRANDMASTER FLASH IS NOT YOUR GRANDMA

UNDATED (AP) -- Grandmaster Flash is embracing the accidental Facebook phenomenon that has suddenly given him a surge in popularity with the elderly set. On some pages, Facebook has been auto-filling "Grandma" with "Grandmaster Flash," which means grandmothers sending their love are tagging Grandmaster Flash by accident. He has posted a video saying to all the grandmas and grandpas who are tagging him accidentally or on purpose, "God bless you and I think it's adorable." He's even holding a contest to win his new "Grandmaster Flash Collection" by asking for people to submit selfies of themselves and their grandparents with the hashtag FlashASelfie.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

Rapper Grandmaster Flash is getting a lot of love on Facebook lately from grandmothers. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta explains. ((opens with music))

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Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five

Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five performing "The Message."

BARBRA STREISAND-JIMMY FALLON

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbra Streisand's new album of duets, "Partners," is out today. And you won't hear Jimmy Fallon on it. But she and Fallon did a duet parody on the "Tonight Show" last night, with Fallon singing Elvis' part on "Love Me Tender." Her advice for Fallon -- don't give up your night job. It was Streisand's first Tonight Show appearance in 50 years.

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Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand, performing a duet parody

Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand performing a duet paroday, with Fallon playing the part of Elvis Presley. COURTESY: NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..008 (09/16/14)>> 00:16 "just, let's just (laughs)"

Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand

Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand switch spots, as she makes her first "Tonight Show" appearance in decades. COURTESY: NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..009 (09/16/14)>> 00:14 "I appreciate this (laughs)"

Barbra Streisand and Jimmy Fallon

After singing a parody duet with Jimmy Fallon, Barbra Streisand has some advice. COURTESY: NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..010 (09/16/14)>> 00:11 "to do it (laughs)"

Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand

Jimmy Fallon notes Barbra Streisand was a film pioneer, the first woman to star, write, direct and produce her own movies. COURTESY: NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ((mandatory on-air credit))

GUCCI MANE SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT BY VODKA BOTTLE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gucci Mane has pleaded guilty to hitting a member of the military in the head with a vodka bottle at a nightclub in Atlanta in March 2013. Prosecutors say Mane pleaded guilty to aggravated assault yesterday. The Army staff sergeant was on a brief military leave and asked Mane to have a picture taken with him. Authorities say the staff sergeant suffered a deep cut that required 10 stitches. Mane's three-year sentence will be served concurrently with a 39-month federal firearms sentence he was given in late August.

CAT STEVENS PLANS TOUR, ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cat Stevens says he's been asked so many times to tour North America he felt obligated to do it. Stevens will launch a six-date tour beginning with Toronto on December 1. Stevens says he feels guilty because he's not doing as much as fans want from him, but he adds, "Then again, I'm 66 years old, and I do take things in my stride." Stevens will also release a new studio album called "Tell 'Em I'm Gone" on October 27.

MERLE HAGGARD RUNS A SAFE TOUR BUS

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Merle Haggard is fortunate that in all the years he's been touring, he's only been in one tour bus accident. He says in 1967, his bus was on a two-lane highway with a truck heading into it and people stopped in front of them. Haggard says their choice was to take the bus into a ditch or kill a bunch of people, so they headed for the ditch. The bus ended up on its side. No one was hurt, the bus wasn't even scratched. Haggard says they never even got a thank you from the people they saved. He's got a new, shorter bus now, which means he can do East Coast tours. He says there are a lot of overhangs in the east that would tear the roof off his other bus.

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Merle Haggard country musician

Merle Haggard says in 1967, his tour bus had to drive into a ditch in order to avoid hitting a number of people.

<<CUT ..023 (09/16/14)>> 00:07 "they drove off"

Merle Haggard country musician

Merle Haggard says his tour bus once avoided a horrible accident by purposely driving into a ditch.

<<CUT ..024 (09/16/14)>> 00:15 "all these years"

Merle Haggard country musician

Merle Haggard says their tour bus was no worse for wear after driving into a ditch.

<<CUT ..025 (09/16/14)>> 00:20 "with our bus"

Merle Haggard country musician

Merle Haggard says he has a new tour bus that lets him go places he could not before. ((note length of cut))

KING'S X DRUMMER JERRY GASKILL SUFFERS HEART ATTACK

UNDATED (AP) -- King's X have called off all upcoming shows while drummer Jerry Gaskill recovers from a heart attack. The band write on their website Gaskill suffered the attack during post-op recovery for a scheduled minor procedure. He had to have immediate double-bypass surgery. Gaskill is stable and resting comfortably. King's X have had a rough go recently. In July 2013, singer Doug Pinnick had hernia surgery, then had more surgery in November after falling ill again.

FOUR SEASONS SONGWRITER BOB CREWE DIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Songwriter and producer Bob Crewe has died. He's probably most famous for co-writing songs for The Four Seasons, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man" and "Rag Doll." He also co-wrote "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" for Frankie Valli's solo career, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" for The Walker Brothers and "Lady Marmalade" for Labelle. He also wrote lyrics for the "Jersey Boys" Broadway musical that was recently turned into a film. The Bob Crewe Generation had one hit in 1967 with "Music To Watch Girls By." His brother says Crewe died Thursday in Scarborough, Maine, at the age of 83. The cause of death was unavailable.

DARYLE SINGLETARY IS A DAD

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Daryle Singletary is a father for the fourth time. His wife, Holly, gave birth to a girl on Sunday in Nashville. They named her Charlotte Rose Singletary. The couple also have twin boys, Mercer and Jonah, and a daughter, Nora Caroline.

ROGER WATERS BRINGS HIS OPERA TO U.S.

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Roger Waters' opera is finally coming to America. "Ca Ira" (SAH ee-RAH') will make its U.S. debut in Nashville on January 29 and 30. It's a classical opera set during the French Revolution. Waters will appear in the production as the narrator.

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"DANCING WITH THE STARS"-SEASON 19 DEBUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars" debuts with some surprisingly good performances.

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Major business and economic events scheduled for Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates today, but today's one major economic report isn't likely to spur them to raise rates.

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TOMMY CHONG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stoner comic Tommy Chong came out smokin' last night -- on the dance floor.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- If you haven't already ordered one of those new, bigger iPhones -- chances are you won't get your hands on one right away.

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