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AARON CARTER SAYS HE HAS PTSD

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Carter swears he has never even touched hard drugs. Carter tells People magazine it’s “defaming” when people claim he was doing hard drugs when he dropped to 115 pounds and was arrested for DUI last year. Carter went to a treatment center in Malibu, California. He says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the sudden deaths of his father and his sister Leslie. Carter says he still has random moments when he wants to cry, but he’s seen a huge change in himself.

STEVIE WONDER CONCERT SCAM

HONOLULU (AP) — A North Carolina man who admitted to defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert now wants to take back his guilty plea. Marc Hubbard was to be sentenced yesterday — but he filed a sealed motion to withdraw his plea the day before. The decision to pull the guilty plea will likely delay the sentencing.

CAMILA CABELLO LEARNS ABOUT SONGWRITING

NEW YORK (AP) — Camila Cabello felt pretty good about her songwriting skills, until she got in the presence of professional songwriters. Cabello says she’s written songs for the past four years, but by herself. She doubted her abilities when she started working with pros for her “Camila” album. What helped her along was practice. Cabello says the more she did it, the more her confidence grew.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: BEFORE AND AFTER

LONDON (AP) — Singer Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra likes to prepare for a show by saying a little prayer of gratitude. That — and having a bit of bourbon. Guitarist Robert McDowell says he tries not to psych himself up before a show because it raises expectations too much. He prefers to maintain a sense of calm before stepping onto the stage. Afterward, they don’t party. They dissect how they did. Hull says they go over what went right and how to improve what went wrong. He says they used to party, but both their shows and their bodies suffered for it.

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CHRIS JANSON’S GRAND OLE OPRY INDUCTION ANNOUNCED

NASHVILLE (AP) — Chris Janson’s induction as a member of the Grand Ole Opry is set for March 20. Janson says he is “unbelievably honored, thankful and thrilled.” Keith Urban surprised Janson with an invitation during Janson’s Opry appearance on Feb. 5.

KASKADE, ICE CUBE, ZEDD SET FOR X GAMES

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kaskade, Ice Cube and Zedd will perform at the X Games in Minneapolis this summer. ESPN and ABC will cover the X Games, which begin July 19.

by Margie Szaroleta

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