NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has the theater bug. He's writing music for "These Paper Bullets," a rock version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." The show will premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, next March. Armstrong also wrote the music for the musical "American Idiot."
NEW YORK (AP) - Lil Wayne is out of the hospital. That's according to Mack Maine of Young Money. Maine tweets his thanks to the hospital staff, adding "God is great." Lil Wayne has a history of seizures. He was taken to a Los Angeles hospital last week.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Singer Bobbie Smith of The Spinners has died. The band's manager has released a statement saying Smith died Saturday morning from complications from pneumonia and influenza after being diagnosed with lung cancer in November. He was 76. Smith sang lead on The Spinners' first hit, "That's What Girls Are Made For" in 1961. Other Spinners hits include "I'll Be Around," ''Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and "Games People Play." Smith and original member Henry Fambrough still toured as The Spinners as of last year.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - PSY says he will change the title and lyrics of his potential "Gangnam Style" follow-up over worries it could offend Arabs.
The announced title for the song can be written as "Assarabia" or "Assaravia" in English. It's slang used by South Koreans to express thrills. It suggests no ethnicity or body part, but worries have risen that Arabs might misinterpret the title and find it derogatory.
PSY said Monday on a South Korean social media website that he has decided to change the title. Some lyrics also will change.
After several Korean albums, PSY has promised future work in English but it isn't clear when. The "Gangnam Style" video with its catchy tune and much-imitated horse-riding dance has a record 1.44 billion views on YouTube since July.
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