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UNDATED (AP) -- Information Society call Leonard Nimoy "the first cool science geek" and say they owe their career to him. They had a number-three hit in 1988 with "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)," which featured Nimoy saying, "Pure energy" from a "Star Trek" episode. The band write on their Facebook page their album was held up for six months in 1988 because it was full of uncleared samples. Their A-and-R man happened to run into Nimoy's son, who played the record for his father. Nimoy not only gave permission for the "pure energy" sample, but he said he'd re-record it if necessary. Information Society say that "small act of generosity" broke the legal logjam, and the album was released. They say, "He lived long and prospered, and helped many others to do the same." Nimoy died Friday at the age of 83.
Nimoy was a recording artist in his own right, releasing five albums from 1967 to 1970. He also had three Grammy nominations in spoken word categories, including one for reading his autobiography, "I Am Spock," in 1995.
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Excerpt of Information Society
Information Society performing "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)."
ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) -- The surviving members of Pantera say they have contacted authorities after another band vandalized the grave of Dimebag Darrell in Arlington, Texas. Pantera write on Facebook such behavior will not be tolerated and they ask for respect. The vandalism included a homophobic slur and the theft of a pair of boots that had been left at the site.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two people were injured from gunshot wounds suffered during a concert featuring T.I., Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and Sean "Diddy" Combs in Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday. Police tell The Charlotte Observer several shots were fired and it's unclear who was the target. No arrests have been made. The victims were treated at a hospital and the injuries are not life-threatening.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For decades, new music releases came out on Tuesdays. By international agreement of the major record labels, new music will come out on Fridays, beginning on a date this summer that has yet to be determined. Billboard reports the debate on an international release day was prompted by piracy in Australia and Beyonce's surprise album in December 2013. Why is new music released on Tuesdays in the first place? That dates back to when music was only sold as physical copies. Not all record stores would get their Monday shipments at the same time, so it wasn't fair if some stores had the music and others did not. Tuesday became the recognized day for all stores to have the new music in stock at the same time.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ingrid Michaelson's marriage is falling apart. She and her husband, musician Greg Laswell, tell People magazine in a joint statement they have decided to separate. They married in August 2011. They have no children.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Drake has tied a record with The Beatles for the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time. Drake has 14 songs on the chart, thanks to his surprise album, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late." The Beatles had 14 songs on the chart the week of April 11, 1964, during the height of Beatlemania. The last artist to come even close to this record: Drake. He had 12 songs on the October 23, 2013, chart.
CHICAGO (AP) -- It may have been one of Lady Gaga's more conservative outfits for one of her braver stunts. She wore a navy blue T-shirt and black pants as she took a plunge into icy Lake Michigan yesterday as a fundraiser for Special Olympics in Chicago. Her fiance', actor Taylor Kinney, jumped in without a shirt. Temperatures hovered around the mid-20s. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan says Lady Gaga's appearance was "a very nice surprise." Actor Vince Vaughn took a dip while wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey and jeans. About 4,500 other people also took a swim for the charity.
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Sound of bagpipers playing, and supporters cheering in the background
Sound of bagpipers playing, and supporters cheering in the background, as actor Vince Vaughn plunged into Lake Michigan in Chicago to help raise money for Special Olympics.
LONDON (AP) -- Other singers warned Kelly Clarkson about her voice but she didn't listen. Clarkson says she was told pregnancy can do weird things to singing voices, but she figured she was Supermom and it wouldn't happen to her. In the eighth month of her pregnancy, her voice was shot. Clarkson says it didn't come back for about five months, at least not in a way that would sell records. Clarkson says she may have taken her voice for granted. It's all good now. She will release her new album, "Piece By Piece," tomorrow.
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Kelly Clarkson, singer
Kelly Clarkson says other singers told her pregnancy would affect her voice.
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Kelly Clarkson, singer
Kelly Clarkson says she regained her voice eventually.
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Kelly Clarkson, singer
Kelly Clarkson says she figured she had a voice that would be great for soothing a baby.
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Kelly Clarkson, singer
Kelly Clarkson says her daughter wakes up when she sings, rather than settles down.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Big Sean says it wasn't weird at all working with Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day), even though they're a couple. They recorded a song called "Research" that's a bonus track on his "Dark Sky Paradise" album. Big Sean says it was good to put the relationship aside and make great music. He calls her voice "amazing." Other guest musicians on the record include Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, John Legend and Jhene' Aiko (juh-NAY AY'-koh).
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The Grand Ole Opry House is now a landmark. It's earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The current theater has hosted the Opry since March 16, 1974. It's the sixth spot to host the Opry, but the only one built specifically for it. The Opry will host a nine-month celebration of its 90th anniversary beginning March 24.
Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer spending fell for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Income grew, reflecting strong job gains during the month.
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ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
BOX OFFICE - WILL SMITH'S FOCUS IS NUMBER ONE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Smith has whipped "Fifty Shades of Grey" in the box office race.
BOSTON (AP) -- It's the end of the line for Boston parking spot savers.
IN THE NEWS: NET NEUTRALITY AND YOU
WASHINGTON (AP) -- So, you might be wondering what all this talk about Net Neutrality -- and the new ruling by the Federal Communications Commission on the issue -- means for you.