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    Eric Clapton on Friday announced the release of his first full-length Christmas album, Billboard reported.  >> Read more trending news  Set for an Oct. 12 release, “Happy Xmas” will have a blues edge to it and will contain 14 tracks and is the 24th studio album of Clapton’s career and his first since 2016 when he released “I Still Do,” Billboard reported. The album will contain Christmas favorites such as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger,” Rolling Stone reported. Clapton’s version of “Jingle Bells” is sung “In Memory of Avicii,” a dedication to the late disc jockey. 'I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” Clapton told Billboard. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’” “Happy Xmas” is available for preorder, Billboard reported.
  • A founder of the Jefferson Airplane lost part of his tongue and his left thumb during a botched surgery in New York, according to a lawsuit filed late Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Marty Balin filed a suit in the Manhattan Federal Court, claiming his vocal cords were paralyzed and he lost half his tongue in a tracheotomy after open heart surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital on March 11, 2016, The New York Daily News reported. Balin, 76, also charged in his lawsuit that the surgery took away his ability to play guitar or sing, the newspaper reported.The lawsuit also names six doctors, Newsday reported. Balin, who wrote hits and sang lead on songs like “Miracles,” “Caroline” and “With Your Love,” needed emergency open heart surgery while he was performing. He claims he received inadequate care after his triple bypass and valve replacement, Newsday reported. “The personnel in charge knew that the hospital was inadequately staffed, particularly in the recovery unit where Mr. Balin was sent after undergoing open heart surgery,” the lawsuit charges. After the operation, Balin needed a tracheotomy that resulted in his tongue and vocal cords being damaged, the suit says. Tissue on his left thumb died, requiring it be amputated, the Daily News reported. “Mr. Balin walked into the hospital able to speak and with fully functional left hand,” the suit says. “By the time Mr. Balin was finally released from the hospital, he had lost half his tongue so that he cannot speak or eat properly; he also has a paralyzed vocal cord; he has a necrotic left hand and has lost his left thumb; he had become totally disabled and has never recovered properly.” The suit seeks unspecified damages, the Daily News reported. “As a matter of policy, we cannot comment on the specifics of this case because it is a pending legal matter but we can share our highest priority is delivering the highest level of compassionate care to our patients,” a Mount Sinai spokeswoman told the Daily News.
  • Rapper Kodak Black was released from a Florida jail early Saturday morning, WPLG reported. >> Read more trending news  The 21-year-old rapper from Pompano Beach, born Dieuson Octave, but now legally known as Bill K. Kapri, was released from the Broward County Jail after serving seven months in jail for two probation violations. He was arrested in January and charged with child neglect, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession, WPLG reported. According to authorities, Black was arrested after an Instagram video showing marijuana near his son was published. In February, prosecutors dropped two charges -- child neglect and grand theft of a firearm, WPLG reported. The rapper pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession. He has a pending sexual assault case in South Carolina, the television station reported. 
  • Janet Jackson's fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption. 'Everybody, be quiet. We can't hear her,' a girl yelled, as Jackson and the rest of the packed room at Samsung 837 in New York burst into laughter. The excitement was around Jackson's festive song 'Made for Now,' which features Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee and was released Friday. Jackson thanked the crowd for attending and said, 'Please spread the love.' She introduced Yankee to the stage, calling him her 'partner-in-crime in this song.' He noted that the room included a diverse group of people, saying: 'The beautiful thing is we got everybody in the building.' 'Thank you Janet for uniting the country,' he added.
  • Aldi is selling an adult version of the popular holiday Advent calendar featuring a mini bottle of wine for every day of December leading up to Christmas. The Germany-based grocery store chain will sell a cheese version, too. >> Read more trending news  Aldi will start selling the wine Advent calendar in the United States on Nov. 7, officials told Food & Wine magazine. The wine calendar will contain 24 miniature bottles of red, white and bubbly -- including pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, merlot, malbec and other blends. Last year’s wine Advent calendar, sold only in Europe, contained the equivalent of six bottles of wine. The cheese Advent calendar promises to pair perfectly, containing 24 different cheese samples leading up to Christmas Day on Dec. 25. Both speciality Advent calendars will only be available for a limited time, an Aldi official told Food & Wine.  The wine calendar is expected to sell for $69.99 and the cheese version is expected to retail for $12.99.
  • It's not just audiotapes. Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday. Manigault Newman has made clear that she plans to continue selectively releasing the pieces of evidence if President Donald Trump and his associates continue to attack her credibility and challenge the claims in her book, 'Unhinged.' She's already dribbled out audio recordings of conversations, and video clips, texts or email could follow, according to the person who described what Manigault Newman has called a multimedia 'treasure trove.' The person was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and asked for anonymity. 'I will not be silenced. I will not be intimidated. I'm not going to be bullied by Donald Trump,' the former Trump aide told The Associated Press this week as she seemed to dismiss a threat from Trump's campaign. She spoke to the AP hours after Trump's campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against her alleging she'd violated a signed agreement with the campaign that prohibits her from disclosing confidential information. She told PBS in a separate interview this week: 'I have a significant amount, in fact, a treasure trove, of multimedia backup for everything that's not only in 'Unhinged,' but everything that I assert about Donald Trump.' Manigault Newman claims Trump officials offered her a job on the campaign as a way of silencing her, after she was fired from the White House. She's accused Trump of being racist and suffering from a mental decline. The White House has countered by branding Manigault Newman as a disgruntled former staffer with credibility issues who is now trying to profit from a book based on false attacks against an individual she has called a mentor and has admired for more than a decade. Trump has also lashed out at Manigault Newman, calling her a 'lowlife,' ''wacky and deranged' and a 'dog.' Simon & Schuster this week also dismissed threatened legal action from Trump's campaign. A campaign attorney told Simon & Schuster in a letter that 'Unhinged' violated Manigault Newman's confidentiality agreement, but the publisher responded that it was acting 'well within' its rights. 'Unhinged' has spent the past few days at No. 2 on Amazon.com's best-seller list, trailing only Rachel Hollis' lifestyle book 'Girl, Wash Your Face.' Manigault Newman was director of communications for a White House office that networks with various constituency groups until she was fired last December by chief of staff John Kelly, citing 'significant integrity issues.' Before joining the administration, Manigault Newman handled African-American outreach for Trump's presidential campaign. She has known Trump since 2003, when she became a contestant on Trump's TV show, 'The Apprentice.' She has already released several secret audio recordings, including of the meeting in which she was fired by Kelly. In another recording, Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is heard offering Manigault Newman $15,000 a month - after she was fired from the White House - for a campaign job requiring her to be 'positive.' Lara Trump is a senior adviser on Trump's re-election campaign. Manigault Newman also alleges that tape exists of Trump using a racial slur while working on 'The Apprentice.' Trump has denied this, saying on Twitter that 'I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up.' ___ AP National Writer Hillel Italie in New York contributed to this report. ___ Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap
  • The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it. The VMAs will air live Monday. Show executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic tells The Associated Press on Friday that his team is 'working on a lot of different options.' Franklin, who was 76, died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. Ignjatovic says he's working to find 'the right tone and the right artist' to properly pay tribute to the Queen of Soul. He adds: 'Whether it's a performance or spoken — just something that's organic and done in a way that feels tonally right because it's Aretha Franklin.' The VMAs will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
  • The FBI is seeking the public's help in rounding up more than a half-million dollars' worth of artworks that were stolen in 1983 from the New York City home of an artist known for his scenes of the American West. The missing art may be linked to a former police detective whose 1985 killing was never solved. The 91-year-old artist, Gregory Perillo, said Friday that the break-in at his Staten Island home was 'heartbreaking' and that he'd be happy to see the works recovered. The 35 stolen paintings and sculptures depicted Old West themes like stagecoaches and Native Americans in traditional dress. Although he was born in New York City to Italian immigrant parents, Perillo was interested in Native American history and culture from childhood and used to draw pictures of natives on brown paper bags, he said. He has also painted sports figures and a portrait of Ronald and Nancy Reagan with their horse. Perillo's paintings sell for up to $40,000 or $50,000, his son Stephen, who manages his father's website, said. Perillo said he and his wife, Mary, came home from a weekend away in the summer of 1983 to find the house ransacked and dozens of artworks gone. Two pieces turned up at a Manhattan gallery in 1985, the FBI said. Agent Christopher McKeogh of the bureau's art crime team said Friday that another of the stolen pieces, a bronze sculpture of a native on a horse, was recovered in 2011 from a garbage bin at a construction site about a mile from Perillo's home. The FBI is seeking the public's help in recovering the other pieces because whoever owns the artworks may not realize the works were stolen, McKeogh said. 'They could be hiding in plain sight,' McKeogh said. 'They could be hanging on someone's wall in their living room.' About a week before the theft, McKeogh said, Perillo got an unsolicited visit from a man who said he was an NYPD detective interested in buying some of Perillo's art. Then in 1985, the body of a retired NYPD detective was found in a car. The man, whose killing was never solved, was in possession of images of some of the stolen works, McKeogh said. An NYPD spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for information about the former detective. Perillo, who moved to Clearwater, Florida, last year and still paints every day, said that if the stolen artworks are recovered he'll donate them to a good cause. 'My papa always told me, 'Gregory, when you have a career and you're doing well, always give back,'' he said.
  • Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit. The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends. Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father Rev. C.L. Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; and nephew Thomas Garrett. Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. ___ This story has been corrected to show that the date of the funeral will be Aug. 31, not Aug. 30.
  • Dwyane Wade had to shut down a fellow NBA player after he left a comment under one of his wife’s photos. Gabrielle Union posted a poolside photo on Instagram from her trip in Italy, where she is with Wade and their family. Wearing a short-sleeve crop top that bares her stomach and studded bikini bottom, the actress poses as she looks to the right. >> Read more trending news  USA Today reported that Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler commented, “WELL DAMN!!” on the post. It did not go unnoticed by Wade, who was once teammates with Butler when they were with the Chicago Bulls. USA Today reported that he went to Butler’s Instagram page and commented under most recent post, saying, “Put well damn in caps on my wife photo again and you're gonna see what the good, the bad and the ugly is like.” Butler’s post was a video of him working out on the beach with the caption, “The good, the bad, and the ugly.” He tagged Columbia University basketball player Mike Smith in his post. Butler backed down, replying, “Well that escalated quickly. Point noted.. I’m still coming to the BBQ tho.” The comment is in reference to a caption on a 2016 video of Butler sitting next to Wade while speaking with someone across the court and pointing to his teammate. The caption on the video was “When Your Trying To Hook Up Your Boy With Girls At The Club.” Union seemed to jokingly respond on Twitter with three pairs of emoji eyes and “Crosses Jimmy off the BBQ list.” In actuality, Butler said, he was talking about the game.  Currently, Wade is still deciding if he’s playing basketball next season. “If I’m playing the game of basketball this year, it’ll be in a Miami uniform,” he told ESPN. “If I don't, I'll be living in Miami and somewhere else probably.”