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Last Update on October 24, 2014 07:12 GMT

CHRIS BROWN-PROBATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Brown is getting a good report card on his probation. A judge in Los Angeles says Brown has been following the rules since his last hearing in August. The declaration on Brown's progress under court supervision comes during a hearing in Los Angeles courtroom yesterday. The judge has increased Brown's community labor requirement from three days to four. But the judge says that's being done only to make sure he meets his work requirement by the end of his probation in January. Brown has been on probation for his beating of Rihanna in 2009 -- back when they were boyfriend-girlfriend.

CHARLI XCX PLAYS A HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charli XCX finally got to experience homecoming. She performed three songs to students at Aspire Pacific Academy in Los Angeles for their homecoming dance Wednesday, then manned the DJ booth. Charli, who's British, says homecoming dances and proms are something she's fascinated with because her favorite movies end with a prom. The event was extra special because the principal says they don't normally have homecoming.

Charlie XCX says she was thrilled to be part of the homecoming dance at a Los Angeles-area high school Wednesday night.

KENNY G CLARIFIES STANCE ON HONG KONG

HONG KONG (AP) -- Kenny G says he's not trying to start an international incident. When he tweeted earlier this week about being at the site of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, Chinese authorities warned him not to support the protests. Kenny G now says he's not supporting the demonstrators because he doesn't really know anything about the situation. He says he just happened to come across the protest zone while walking around as a tourist. He says he only wanted to share his wish for peace in Hong Kong and in China.

MICK JAGGER TAKES ON MORE PRODUCING PROJECTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mick Jagger's latest projects are more visual than audio. Jagger says he's been asked to work on a movie on Elvis Presley as an adolescent. He's also working with director Martin Scorsese (skohr-SEH'-see) on an HBO series. He says it's fictional drama about the owner of a record company in 1973 in New York. Jagger says they had planned it as a movie but changed it to a TV series. Jagger will not appear in it. His latest project is a documentary about James Brown called "Mr. Dynamite" that airs on HBO on Monday. As if Jagger doesn't have enough going on: The Rolling Stones start a tour of Australia this weekend.

Mick Jagger says he's working on another project that's a TV series.

<<CUT ..008 (10/24/14)>> 00:13 "TV series now"

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Mick Jagger was asked if he's in the HBO series he's producing. (refers to director Martin Scorsese)

<<CUT ..009 (10/24/14)>> 00:13 "lots going on"

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Mick Jagger says the HBO series he's producing is about the music scene.

DUKE ELLINGTON'S FAMILY LOSES FIGHT OVER ROYALTIES

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate a lawsuit filed by Duke Ellington's heirs against music publisher EMI. The heirs had been seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. EMI deducts 50 percent commissions to foreign subpublishers before splitting the rest with the heirs. The Court of Appeals has ruled EMI is within its rights to do that. Duke Ellington's songs include "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)."

STING PREPARES "THE LAST SHIP" FOR BROADWAY DEBUT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sting is giving the actors in his musical "The Last Ship" every reason to be nervous. He's at the back of the theater mouthing every syllable and they know he's listening. Sting says the story about a prodigal son returning to his home in northern England is rooted in his own experience but it's not telling his story. He says he tapped into his ancestry and his community and "behold we have a musical."

"MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL" OPENS IN DETROIT

DETROIT (AP) -- Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. says the former Hitsville USA building was a place where he was "that crazy little kid running around with all these crazy dreams." He says now he's bringing it all back "in all its full glory." "Motown the Musical," the story of Gordy's life, has now opened in Detroit. Gordy says bringing the musical to Detroit is "the greatest gift in the world to me." Wednesday's opening night audience included Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves.

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