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He's still standing: Willie Nelson turns 85

Singing-songwriting legend Willie Nelson turned 85 on Sunday, and he’s ready to go on the road again.

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Nelson released his 73rd studio album, “Last Man Standing,” this week. He told Texas Monthly that his secret for longevity is to continue being creative and being happy while doing it. 

“I think trying to be creative, keeping busy, has a lot to do with keeping you alive,” he told the magazine.

Besides, Nelson told the magazine, why should he retire? 

“All I do is play music and golf,” he told Texas Monthly. “Which one do you want me to give up?” 

Besides, Nelson said he knows that death is inevitable, so he doesn’t worry about it. For now, he is ready to revel in his longevity. “I don’t want to be the last man standing,” he sang on the title track of his latest album, “But, wait a minute, maybe I do.” 

Nelson received many birthday wishes on Twitter. Here’s a sampling:

ABBA to release new music for first time in 35 years 

The history book on the shelf continues to repeat itself for ABBA.

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The group from Sweden announced they will release new music for the first time in 35 years, The Independent reported.

On its Instagram account, the group -- Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad -- wrote that “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!"

The group said it recorded two new songs, with “I Still Have Faith In You” to be performed “by our digital selves” in a TV special set to air in December, the Independent reported.

The virtual “Abbatars” were announced earlier and will form a digital experience -- the band members themselves will not be performing, but the group can be experienced in a concert setting, had previously been announced; and will form the basis of a “digital gig” - meaning the band themselves won’t be performing, but the group can still be experienced in a concert environment, The Express reported.

The Abbatars’ world tour is expected to take place during 2019 and 2020, the group announced.

5 local country artists to watch — and where you can watch them

The Dayton-area is home to a slue of talented individuals -- some of whom now claim the Hollywood hills as residence. But many have remained (or returned) home, and country music stars are no exception.

>> Local country artists come together for free veterans concert

We spoke with Nancy Wilson and James Frye of K99.1FM for the scoop on local country artists and musicians you should know about.

>> 5 Dayton rock bands that have gone international

CLARK MANSON

Hometown: Covington, Ohio

Hit songs: “Track 9,” “3 Wishes” and “Friday Nighters”

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What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Clark is definitely a ‘hometown boy!’ He has worked hard at his craft since his teenage years and has garnered a huge following, not just in the Miami Valley, but across the country. I like how he never forgets where he came from.” 

More info: WebsiteFacebookInstagram | Twitter

>> Rising country artist Clark Manson talks about life, inspiration, writing and more

HASTING & CO.

Hometown: New Carlisle, Ohio

Hit songs: “Behind the Bleachers”

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What K99.1FM’s Frye Guy says: “She has amazing vocal ability and is amazing on stage. The guys that play with her are top-notch musicians. Truly a great show to see.” 

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>> Get to know the Kate Hasting Band

>> Fort Loramie’s epic Country Concert lineup

ALEXIS GOMEZ

Hometown: Centerville, Ohio

Hit songs: “Mama’s Porch,” “Lovin’ You” and “Gone”

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What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Alexis is truly an amazing diverse talent. You can find the barefoot beauty singing at local clubs and events, and a normal fixture at her church on Sundays. She is not only gifted but brings a fresh sound to country!” 

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>> 7 ways K99 makes our community better

WYATT MCCUBBIN

Hometown: South Charleston, Ohio

Hit songs: “Back Where I Come From,” “Where the Lonesome Wind Blows” and “Where Corn Don’t Grow”

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What K99.1FM’s Nancy Wilson says: “Wyatt’s down home, soulful voice is a throwback to the early days of country, with a modern take. Wyatt knows exactly who he is and is someone who country music needs.” 

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ASHLEY MARTIN

Hometown: Springboro, Ohio

Hit songs: “Heartbreak Machine,” “Bless Her Heart,” “He’s Mine” and “Hello Lonely”

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What K99.1FM’s Frye Guy says: “This girl can bring some attitude when on stage. She has a really strong presence on stage. She hits a broad spectrum with her lyrics, but is one of those acts you wont forget seeing.”

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>> The best places in the Dayton-area to see live, local music

Pink named People’s Most Beautiful for 2018

People magazine has named Pink the Most Beautiful Woman of 2018.

The singer is front and center on People’s “Beautiful Issue,” a rebranding of the annual honor, dropping the word most, Entertainment Tonight reported.

The publication’s editor-in-chief, Jess Cagle, told Entertainment Tonight, “Over the years, the name of the issue has evolved (’50 Most Beautiful,’ ‘Most Beautiful Woman,’ etc.), but the words ‘Most Beautiful’ have always been part of the title. This year we’re renaming it ‘The Beautiful Issue’ - to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest. Nothing else has changed.”

Cagle said, “As always it will feature beautiful women (and a few men) of all shapes, sizes and colors, and it will celebrate the most beautiful qualities of all: strength, humanity and artistry.”

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Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, is according to People, “a woman who checks all those boxes. She’s a performer, mother and a role model whose honesty, humor, confidence and sheer star power make her one of the most beloved and fascinating entertainers on the planet.”

Pink, who is originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is mom to Jameson Moon, 15 months, and Willow Sage, 6 and-a-half-years-old, and is married to Carey Hart. 

She’s on her Beautiful Trauma tour.

The magazine will be on newsstands on Friday.

Texas police investigating claim that R. Kelly ‘knowingly and intentionally’ gave 19-year-old STD

Police in Dallas, Texas, are investigating a now-20-year-old woman’s allegations that controversial R & B star R. Kelly “knowingly and intentionally” gave her a sexually transmitted disease without telling her.

The Dallas Morning News reports the woman, who was 19 at the time she dated Kelly, was allegedly infected with herpes after an 11-month relationship with the singer. The accuser, who has not been identified publicly, filed a formal complaint with the Dallas Police Department against the 51-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner last week. She intends to file a lawsuit later this week, according to her lawyer Lee Merritt.

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"When somebody brings something to our attention, we have a responsibility to look into it and to do our due diligence -- that's with any kind of case," Dallas police Dept. Chief Thomas Castro, who oversees investigations, told the Morning News Monday. 

» RELATED: Former girlfriend accuses R. Kelly of grooming 14-year-old as ‘sex pet’

In the April 9 criminal complaint, the woman said she experienced “serious bodily injury” during a relationship in which Kelly also allegedly gave her illegal drugs and alcohol, Merritt told the Huffington Post. The relationship ended in February.

“Our client was the victim of several forms of criminal misconduct by Kelly, including, but not limited to, unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection),” Merritt wrote in a press release. “These offenses occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult.”

Over the last several years, Kelly has been on the accused end of various sexual misconduct claims. In 2008, the entertainer was acquitted of child pornography charges, which came after accusations he videotaped himself having sex with underage girls.

 » RELATED: R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running 'cult' in Johns Creek

Last year, BuzzFeed broke the story that several women alleged Kelly abused and imprisoned them as part of a “cult” at his estate in Johns Creek, Georgia. Last month, his former girlfriend accused Kelly of sexually abusing her from the age of 14.

Kelly has not responded to several requests for comment, but through his representative he told the Washington Post he "categorically denies all claims and allegations" the Dallas criminal complaint.

Despite his legal battles, Kelly has maintained a successful touring and recording career, selling more than 60 million albums.

Photos: Coachella 2018 weekend one

Performers and festival-goers at weekend one the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival.

Cardi B reveals pregnancy, shows off baby bump in 'SNL' performance

Apparently, the rumors were true.

Rapper Cardi B revealed her baby bump on this week's "Saturday Night Live" following weeks of speculation that she was pregnant with Migos star Offset's baby. The two have been engaged since October.

>> Cardi B is pregnant, report says

According to Billboard, the big reveal came as the mom-to-be performed "Be Careful" while wearing a form-fitting Christian Siriano gown. 

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>> WATCH: Offset of Migos proposes to Cardi B at concert

Afterward, the "Bodak Yellow" singer – whose album, “Invasion of Privacy,” dropped Friday – was caught on camera backstage saying, "I'm finally free!"

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She also tweeted early Sunday: “I started winning when the whole world was doubting on me! Think imma lose with my little baby counting on me?”

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Fans and fellow celebs flocked to social media to congratulate her on the news:

Ted Nugent: Democrats are like 'rabid coyotes' that should be shot

Musician and gun-rights activist Ted Nugent is facing backlash after saying Democrats are like "rabid coyotes" that should be shot.

According to CNN, Nugent, 69, made the controversial statement Friday in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of "InfoWars."

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

"Just know that evil, dishonesty and scam artists have always been around and that right now they're liberal, they're Democrat, they're RINOs, they're Hollywood, they're fake news, they're media, they're academia and they're half of our government at least," said Nugent, a member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors. 

"So come to that realization. There are rabid coyotes running around. You don't wait till you see one to go get your gun. Keep your gun handy, and every time you see one, shoot one."

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Critics slammed Nugent on social media:

Nugent also made headlines a week ago after he said survivors of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting who are pushing for tougher gun laws "have no soul."

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Blake Shelton's name found in Oklahoma girl's 1980s-era textbook amid school funding dispute

An Oklahoma parent took to Facebook to voice her concerns after she claimed to find that her daughter was using the same school textbook that country music star Blake Shelton used decades ago.

>> Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani shop in North Carolina before concert

Shelly Parker of Ada posted a picture of the reading textbook Wednesday as teachers across the Sooner State continued to protest at the state Capitol over low education funding and teacher pay.

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The picture included an inside look at the book, where "Blake Shelton 1982" is written on the inside of the front cover. The book appears to date back to 1981.

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Parker said that though her daughter was excited that her textbook had belonged to Shelton, she was embarrassed and called for teachers, parents and support staffers to fight for education funding.

Shelton, 41, is an Ada native. People magazine named him the sexiest man alive in 2017.

Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

Actor and musician Frank Stallone took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize for an expletive-filled rant mocking David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

"To everyone and to David Hogg especially," Stallone began. "I want to deeply apologize for my irresponsible words. I would never in a million years wish or promote violence to anyone anywhere on this planet. After what these kids went through I'm deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology. Frank."

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The apology came one day after Stallone, the younger brother of actor Sylvester Stallone, slammed Hogg in a profane tweet.

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in the now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Stallone's tweet quickly sparked backlash as celebrities and other social media users defended Hogg while taking jabs at Stallone's career.

Stallone made his Twitter account private after the backlash.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

"Hi I just made my account private so I don't have to listen to a bunch of computer hero's [sic] telling me how tough they [are] and I'm not," Stallone explained in a tweet Saturday afternoon. "In this country you can choose your company."

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His Twitter account was made public again Sunday.

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