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'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Trump returns as 'Saturday Night Live' spoofs Kanye West meeting

You knew the writers at "Saturday Night Live" weren't going to let this one go.

Days after rapper Kanye West's White House visit with President Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin returned to the comedy show for the first time this season in a spoof of Thursday's headline-making meeting.

>> Watch the full sketch here

"I flew here using the power of this hat!" cast member Chris Redd, playing a rambling West, proclaimed, pointing to his "Make America Great Again" cap.

>> Kanye West talks MAGA hat, mental health, Air Force One, more in Trump meeting at White House

"This guy might be cuckoo," Baldwin, as Trump, said to himself in a voice-over. "I've been in a room with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, and they made a lot more sense than him."

Redd's West, echoing some of Trump's real-life comments, called himself a "stable genius" with a "high IQ" and "the best words."

"Oh, my God, he's black me!" Baldwin's Trump realized in an internal monologue.

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Meanwhile, Kenan Thompson, playing NFL icon Jim Brown, mused to himself: "I played football with a leather helmet, and my brain is still working better than his."

The sketch ended with Baldwin's Trump declaring: "I love you, Kanye. We've a lot more in common than people know. We're both geniuses, we're both married to beautiful women, and we've both definitely been recorded saying the N-word." 

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Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham is not happy that Fleetwood Mac told him to go his own way.

The band’s longtime guitarist filed a lawsuit against the group, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, Rolling Stone reported.

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The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Buckingham asked the group to delay their tour for three months so he could tour with his solo band in support of his upcoming solo release, Rolling Stone reported.

Buckingham said his manager told him in January that the other members of Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him when their North American tour began in August, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The guitarist said in his complaint that none of his bandmates would return his calls to give him an explanation.

Related: Fleetwood Mac replaces Lindsey Buckingham with Neil Finn, Mike Campbell ahead of farewell tour

According to the lawsuit, a deal was made with Live Nation that would pay each member of Fleetwood Mac between $12 million to $14 million for their 60-concert tour. Buckingham, learning that the group would play just three shows a week, asked permission to book his own shows when Fleetwood Mac was idle, Rolling Stone reported.

Related: Lindsey Buckingham, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, announces solo tour

Buckingham was told Jan. 28 that Fleetwood Mac would be touring without him, the complaint alleges. That was two days after the band performed together at Radio City Music Hall in New York, where the band was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The group replaced Buckingham with Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell, lead guitarist of the Heartbreakers.

Related: Fleetwood Mac announces tour dates, discusses Lindsey Buckingham departure

A spokesman for Fleetwood Mac told Rolling Stone in a statement that “It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen. It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”

James Gunn to write next ‘Suicide Squad’

After being fired by Disney earlier this year, the man behind the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has jumped from Disney-owned Marvel to the DC Universe.

Warner Bros and DC have hired James Gunn to write the second film of “Suicide Squad,” and he could find himself in the director’s chair, Deadline reported.

He was fired in July after old, controversial tweets came to light during the height of the #MeToo movement.

The tweets included comments that he at the time considered provocative, on topics of rape and pedophillia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Many in the cast of the hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” films wrote an open letter to to Disney asking the company to reinstate Gunn. But Disney CEO Bob Iger, despite outcry from fans too said “I haven’t second-guessed their decision.”

“Suicide Squad” focuses on the villains of the DC Universe, including, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Deadshot and Killer Croc. 

DC and Warner Bros. say Gunn’s script won’t be a sequel to the original film, but rather a new take on the anti-hero team, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As for the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, no one has officially been tapped to direct it, but some industry watchers says the director of “Thor: Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi, could be on a short list, Deadline reported

American Music Awards 2018: Aretha Franklin honored by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, others

After the publicity debacle that followed Madonna’s “tribute” to Aretha Franklin in the MTV Awards in August, you knew that the American Music Awards would do it right.

The Tuesday night award show wrapped with an all-star gospel performance in homage to Franklin featuring Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Mary Mary.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 American Music Awards red carpet arrivals

The Queen of Soul’s history with the AMAs – as a host, winner and performer – was acknowledged at the beginning of the segment, before a smiling Knight emerged to draw the notes out of “Amazing Grace” in the essence of Franklin.

>> American Music Awards 2018: Winners list

Gospel mainstay Donnie McClurkin took the crowd to church with a rousing “Climb Higher Mountains” (also the recessional song at Franklin’s funeral) and was followed by Winans delivering a passionate “Mary Don’t You Weep,” Ledisi belting “How I Got Over” and gospel duo Mary Mary and a spirited backing chorus clapping and grooving through “Old Landmark.”

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Earlier in the show, Taylor Swift commanded the winner’s circle with an armful of awards, including artist and tour of the year. 

Atlanta rappers Migos won favorite duo or group – pop/rock, beating Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5. 

For a full list of winners, click here.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces nominees for Rock Hall 2019 induction

What musicians will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame this year? The list of 15 nominees is out and you can help choose who will get the honor.

The list includes: 

  • Def Leppard
  • Devo
  • Janet Jackson
  • John Prine
  • Kraftwerk
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Roxy Music
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Stevie Nicks
  • The Cure
  • The Zombies
  • Todd Rundgren

The induction ceremony will be held March 29, 2019, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Billboard reported.

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The Class of 2019 will be chosen by a group of 1,000 international voting members, but fans can help decide who will join the Rock Hall. You can cast your vote each day until the Dec. 9 deadline by clicking here. You will have to log in to vote. 

The top five artists to get the fans votes will be tallied along with the official ballots, Billboard reported.

Tickets for the induction ceremony go on sale in January.

T-Pain calls out Delta Air Lines for its music; Delta claps back

When rapper T-Pain was boarding a Delta flight last month, he was anything but thrilled to be hearing the same songs the airline often plays.

So he did what most people do these days: He tweeted about it.

>> On AJC.com: Rap star questioned after gun was found in his bag at Atlanta airport

“@Delta we gotta change these boarding/taxiing songs more often guys. All of Us Million milers (quick brag) have to hear these same joints multiple times a day," he wrote. "I gotta go perform in the staples center in a minute and Adele just put me in the weirdest mood. Now I’m crying. Thanx.”

>> See the tweet here

The person running Delta’s Twitter account responded in a good-natured way.

“Our boarding/taxing songs are intended to provide a relaxing experience. Can you imagine what would ensue if we played ‘buy u a drank’ (a personal fave), with everyone snappin’ their fingers and what not? We’d never get anywhere on time. Necessary sacrifices, Mr. Pain. *HBN”

>> See the response here

>> On AJC.com: T-Pain sues label, saying he wasn’t paid royalties for fifth album ‘Oblivion’

“Mr. Pain” (his real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm) and Delta exchanged a few more tweets before takeoff. But Delta had a surprise in store for the rapper.

When T-Pain arrived back in Atlanta this weekend after a trip to Los Angeles, he removed his headphones to hear “Buy U a Drank” playing over the the speakers on the plane.

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“We just landing back in Atlanta from LAX and @delta decided they wanna show out and starts blastin 'Buy u a drank' over the speakers in the plane. Not gon lie it felt pretty (expletive) cool. Made me chuckle like a lil girl,” he wrote on a video post on Instagram

“Delta lit,” he said in the video.

Ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry opens up about return to music in new interview

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry opened up about his return to music in a new interview with CBS.

>> Watch the full interview here

In a piece that aired this weekend on "CBS Sunday Morning," Perry, now 69, told host Tracy Smith why he left his band, his heartbreak over girlfriend Kellie Nash's death, and what moved him to release "Traces," his first album in two decades.

>> ‘No Erasin’: Steve Perry releases first new song in 20 years, album to be released in October

Although an injured hip was part of the reason he split from Journey in the '90s, Perry said the decision had more to do with how he felt in his heart.

"It became a group decision, major surgery, and I wasn't very happy about that," Perry said. "So I chose to put it off and decided when to do it, and they checked out some other singers, and we went our separate ways."

And he didn't just leave the band; he left music entirely, not even singing.

His life changed for the better when he met his girlfriend, Kellie Nash, who had stage 4 cancer. They were together for a year and a half before she died in 2012.

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"One night she said that, 'If something was to ever happen to me, promise that you won't go back into isolation, for I think that would make this all for naught,'" he said. "I had to make the promise, and I said, 'I promise.'"

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Iggy Azalea's 'Bad Girls' tour has been canceled

Iggy Azalea fans hoping to see her on tour are out of luck – again. 

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The “Fancy” singer announced over the weekend that her “Bad Girls” tour has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. 

On Twitter, Azalea said the decision to cancel was “not my call to make.”

>> See her tweet here

A statement from tour promoter Live Nation cites “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for the demise of the 21-city tour, which was slated to kick off Oct. 27 in South Florida. It would have been her first headlining gig in four years.

In 2015, Azalea first postponed, then canceled, an arena tour

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Country singer Zac Brown, wife announce separation

Atlanta country singer Zac Brown and his wife Shelly are separating after 12 years of marriage.

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The couple, married since 2006, announced their split in a joint statement to People magazine.

“We feel blessed to be on such an incredible journey in life and sometimes the journey begins to lead in different directions. It is with deep love and respect that we announce we are separating as a couple,” the statement read. “We have led a whirlwind life together growing into a beautiful family with five amazing children and while life will be rearranging a bit, our love and commitment to our family will always be there.

“This was a difficult decision, but we’ve done plenty of tough things together and this is our next venture — love, mutual respect, and care for each other are what we are moving forward with. Family comes in all different forms. We would like to ask that rather than commenting or spending any energy towards this, that you take this moment to send love to your family, in honor of ours.”

The Atlanta country star, 40, and Shelly, 34, founder of Shelly Brown Jewelry, have five children: Alexander, 4; and daughters Joni, 7; Georgia, 8; Lucy, 10; and Justice, 11. 

Shelly Brown, an alumnus of Georgia State University, launched her lifestyle brand in 2015.

Zac Brown and his namesake band filled stadiums this summer on their “Down the Rabbit Hole” tour. The band played its first Atlanta stadium show in July at SunTrust Park. 

Chance the Rapper pledges $1M to Chicago's mental health services

Chance the Rapper pledged $1 million for mental health in Chicago and an additional $100,000 for 20 public schools in the city, WLS reported.

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The rapper made his announcement on Twitter and in front of Chicago’s health care experts and the city’s educators, the television station reported.

"I'm proud to announce I am pledging $1 million to mental health services in Chicago," Chance told the audience as he introduced his new initiative, “My State of Mind.”

Supporting Chance and his non-profit SocialWorks were stars like Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman and Oprah Winfrey, WLS reported.

"This year, 20 more schools will get $100 K ..." Chance told the audience. "We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours. Principals, teachers, we got your back."

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