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        •         Singer-songwriter R Kelly whose hits include 'I Believe I Can Fly', has been jailed for 30 years following his New York convictions on racketering and sex-trafficking charges. The singer, who is 55 years old, says he will appeal         •         Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Bernard Belle, a former member of The Manhattans, and whose songs include the Michael Jackson hit 'Remember The Time', has died in Teaneck, New Jersey, at the age of 57         •         Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has threatened to renounce his American citizenship following the Roe-Wade decision         •         James Rado, co-creator of the musical ‘Hair’, has died at his home in New York. The Tony and Grammy-winner was 90         •         Songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has received a BMI Icon at the 2022 BMI Christian Awards joining an elite list of songwriters like Barry Manilow, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Sting and Nile Rodgers who have also received the honour         •         Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Artie Kane has died in Los Angeles at the age of 93. In a career spanning 75 years, he worked with such stars as Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, penning scores for hundreds of movies and television series including 'Looking For Mr Godbar', 'The Eyes Of Laura Mars', 'Matlock', 'Wonder Woman' and 'Dynasty'         •         A BPI report has disclosed that almost two-thirds of all hit albums recorded by UK acts in 2021 came from cities outside London, with Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham and Wigan featuring most         •         The Broadway League has announced that mask-wearing in all New York theatres will not be required from July onwards, although audiences will be encouraged to wear masks where possible         •         Lil Baby has been named as ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year for a second consecutive year at the 35th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards         •         Ed Sheeran and his two co-writers Steven McCutcheon and John McDaid have been awarded an interim £916,200 in legal costs, having won a copyright case involving the hit song 'Shape Of You'         •         Four years after announcing his retirement from touring due to a Parkinson's disease diagnosis, Neil Diamond has performed his classic song 'Sweet Caroline' at a Boston Red Sox game         •         The musical 'Rehab', written by Grant Black (son of composer Don Black) and Murray Lachlan Young will open at the Playground Theatre, London from 1 to 17 September         •         Entries for the Ivors Composer Awards 2022 which will take place on Tuesday 15 November at the British Museum, London, must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 8 July         •         The musical 'The Devil Wears Prada', featuring a score by Elton John and Shaina Taub, will run in Chicago from 19 July to 21 August, prior to an expected autumn opening on Broadway. Tony winner Beth Leavel will take the part of Miranda Priestly         •         Nigel Gilroy, Tom Gray, Crispin Hunt, Daniel Lang, John Minch, Richard Paine, Hannah Peel and Philip Pope have all been appointed to the PRS Members’ Council in London         •         The Italian songwriter and record producer Gian Pietro Felisatti, known simply as 'Felisatti', has died suddenly in Rome at the age of 72. During a forty year career, he produced hits for dozens of Italian singers, including Manuel Mijares, Rocνo Banquells and Paloma San Basilio         •         For the fourth time in five years, Ed Sheeran was the most played performer in the UK on radio and television, according to data released by the PPL. He was followed by David Guetta, Dua Lipa, Little Mix and Coldplay         •         Joel Whitburn, the world's leading authority on the US record charts, has died in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Whitburn, who was 82, published more than 100 books on the Billboard charts, and was reputed to own every album to reach the American Top 100, as well as a collection of more than 300,000 45rpm singles         •         The European Broadcasting Union has approached the BBC with a view to the United Kingdom replacing Ukraine as the host country for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Glasgow has been mooted as a possible venue but it is understood that London, Manchester, Leeds, Aberdeen and Cardiff have also expressed an interest         •         Market research firm Kantar has disclosed that of the one million music streaming subscriptions cancelled in the UK last year, almost 40% were dropped by people struggling with cost of living increases         •         Beyoncι's first solo album since 2016, 'Renaissance', will be released on July 29th         •         Julee Cruise, the singer-songwriter and actress whose voice featured significantly in the David Lynch television series 'Twin Peaks' and who also worked as a touring member of the B-52s, has died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at the age of 65         •         The musical 'Cinderella' has closed at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on London's West End. The production bowed for the first time in August 2021, receiving a five-star review from The Guardian. After a number of closures due to the pandemic, the show started Its final run on the 3rd February this year. Meanwhile, an American production of 'Cinderella' is due to open on Broadway in 2023 ISA's Top 100
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