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Rocker Vince Neil pleads guilty in Las Vegas battery case

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for a sidewalk scuffle involving a woman outside a Las Vegas Strip resort in April.

Defense lawyer Richard Schonfeld said Friday the plea was submitted in writing Thursday in Las Vegas, and the 55-year-old rocker didn't appear in court.

The judge fined Neil $1,000 and ordered him to undergo impulse control counseling and stay out of trouble for six months.

Schonfeld says Neil is glad to put the case behind him.

The case came to light after bystander video surfaced showing actor Nicolas Cage physically restraining Neil last April 7 outside the Aria casino-hotel.

Cage wasn't charged with a crime.

Neil was accused of grabbing the woman and pulling her to the ground.

Motley Crue is known best for hard partying, famous girlfriends and 1980s-era hits like "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Dr. Feelgood."

Obama White House hosting final musical event with BET

Michelle Obama says the final White House concert of her husband's presidency is "going to be a good one."

The first lady promises gospel, soul and "who knows" at Friday's BET "Love and Happiness" event on the South Lawn.

The show will feature performances by Usher, Jill Scott, Common, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Janelle Monae, De La Soul, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams and Kiki Sheard, along will appearances by actors Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Williams and Angela Bassett.

Terrence J, the former host of BET's "106 & Park," and actress-comedian Regina Hall are the presenters.

Mrs. Obama spoke at a student workshop where Michelle Williams and Yolanda Adams answered questions.

BET says it will broadcast the concert on Nov. 15.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Top Songs

1. Closer (feat. Halsey), The Chainsmokers

2. Don't Wanna Know (feat. Kendrick Lamar), Maroon 5

3. Starboy (feat. Daft Punk), The Weeknd

4. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

5. Heathens, twenty one pilots

6. i hate u, i love u (feat. olivia o'brien), gnash

7. Side To Side (feat. Nicki Minaj), Ariana Grande

8. Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty), D.R.A.M.

9. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem), Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall

10. Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber), DJ Snake

Top Albums

1. WALLS, Kings of Leon

2. Joanne (Deluxe), Lady Gaga

3. Nobody But Me, Michael Bublé

4. The Serenity of Suffering, Korn

5. Mad Love. (Deluxe), JoJo

6. 1992 (Bonus Track Edition), The Game

7. Let There Be Light (Deluxe), Hillsong Worship

8. Day Breaks, Norah Jones

9. Hamilton, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton

10. Lemonade, Beyoncé

Astley never stops appreciating 'Never Gonna Give You Up'

Rick Astley exiled himself from music for a good part of the last three decades, but he never really left pop's consciousness.

For one, hits like "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "It Would Take A Strong Strong Man," derided by critics as cheesy at the time, have endured. Then there's the whole rick-rolling phenomenon — when a promised link on a web site turns out instead to be an Astley video.

At first, Astley was annoyed by rick-rolling. Then his daughter helped him realize that it was cool — and that it helped boost his profile during his fallow years by keeping his boyish face in ours.

He's even more appreciative now as he releases "50," his first album of new music in 23 years.

"The idea of me releasing a new record now — I need every bit of help I can get," he quipped.

He may not have needed it as much as he thought: The album debuted at the top of the charts in his native United Kingdom, and when he performed his first U.S. shows in New York and Los Angeles over the summer, they sold out. He wrapped up a short U.S. tour earlier this month.

The still boyish-looking Astley recently sat down with The Associated Press to talk about life after his '80s pop success, rick-rolling and what music means to him now.

AP: During your break, did you ever long to get back to music?

Astley: I think you never lose that feeling of — 'cause you know I still got an ego— whether you retire or not. I mean, it's still there and there is a little voice on your shoulder sort of saying, 'You're better than him.'... I think that is one the lucky things about what I chose to do and what I love to do, you know ... it is a young person's world really, but you know an old boy like me can still make a record and can still make a bit of a splash.

AP: You think the whole 'rick-roll' thing was good for you?

Astley: Absolutely it was because I think if you're doing anything like music or movies, there is so much competition. ... And also there have been some really, really clever things done with that song. It has not just been rick-roll. There have been so many different things. One of my favorites is they got (President Barack) Obama to sing "Never Gonna Give You Up" (in a mash-up video) or say it at least, which I thought was brilliant. I mean, it's obviously somebody with too much time on their hands, but they also did that with "Mad Men" as well.

AP: There are some artists who only want to perform their new songs. What's your take?

Astley: I'm not really in that camp, to be honest, because I had a long break from it, so it's not like I have been singing those tunes for 30 years. You know, I am fully aware of the fact that the only reason — you know we had a No. 1 album in the U.K. with this record — it's like the reason it got played on the radio with the first couple of tunes and stuff. ... When we play live and stuff, there is a part of me thinking, 'Great, we are going to finish "Never Gonna Give You Up," and I know every single person in this room or in this field knows that tune.' They might not all like it, but I know they all know it.

AP: What do you think of your music legacy? Are you resentful that some dismissed your music at the time?

Astley: No. I mean if I'd been a journalist and I had been reviewing my records ... you know I'm not so sure what I would think of it either. I mean, I think there are some really great strong pop songs ... but just looking at it you kind of think. 'Well yeah, but it's bit manufactured. ' ... I don't hold any grudges for people who had a go at me, you know what I mean? That's for sure.



Warner Bros. promises previously unreleased Prince music

Warner Bros. Records is about to unveil two projects by the late megastar Prince that include previously unreleased material.

"Prince 4Ever" is a 40-song compilation of his biggest hits from his Warner Bros. days along with the previously unreleased song "Moonbeam Levels," recorded in 1982. It's due in stores Nov. 22 and will feature a booklet with new Prince photos shot by photographer Herb Ritts.

Warner Bros. also says the "Purple Rain" deluxe reissue will come early next year. It will feature a second album of unreleased songs.

Prince and Warner Bros. parted ways in 1996. Prince died April 21 of a drug overdose.


This story has been corrected to drop mention of "Batdance" as previously unreleased; song was released on movie soundtrack.

Money rolls in to rescue Smithsonian's ruby red slippers

People are pledging lots of green to restore a pair of famous red slippers.

On Monday, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to preserve its pair of the ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of "The Wizard of Oz." By Friday morning, the campaign had already raised $239,000. More than 4,390 people had backed the project.

The slippers have been one of the most beloved items at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History for more than 30 years. They were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department. Like most movie props, they weren't built to last.

The Smithsonian wants to use the money toward a technologically advanced display case that will preserve them for future generations.

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