Campbell enters care facility
Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s disease care facility, a friend of his family has told People magazine.
The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy from fans since he and his wife, Kim, went public with his diagnosis in 2011. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as long as possible and said he didn’t want audiences speculating about what might be the cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.
People’s report suggested the move could be temporary and quoted the source as saying, “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We will know more next week.”
The Arkansas native, who worked as a session guitarist in Hollywood recording studios and performed with the Beach Boys before becoming a star in his own right, launched a formal “farewell tour” in 2012. But last spring, he canceled performances as his condition deteriorated and he was unable to travel for shows in Australia and New Zealand.
Prince regains music rights
Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.
Warner Bros. announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with the pop icon. Prince was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, releasing key projects like “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Around the World in a Day.”
Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Warner Bros. also said the 55-year-old singer would release “previously unheard material” from his tenure on the label. A 30th-anniversary edition of “Purple Rain” will be released this summer.
T-shirt spurs controversy
A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from “Game of Thrones” that he says a school official perceived as a threat.
Francis Schmidt is an art instructor at Bergen Community College. He says he was suspended for eight days after posting a photo in January of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a T-shirt with a quote from the graphic HBO show that read: “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”
Schmidt said officials questioned whether the reference was a threat against a dean. The school has been embroiled in labor negotiations.
Spencer promoted at ‘GMA’
Friday brought some good news for “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer: The lifestyle anchor has been promoted to co-host along with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos.
The announcement was made via email by newly appointed ABC News President James Goldston, who praised Spencer’s “style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism and storytelling.”
“Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed,” he said.
Spencer joined “Good Morning America” three years ago after seven seasons hosting the syndicated entertainment show “The Insider.” Prior to that, she was a correspondent on “GMA.”