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Last Update on October 02, 2014 07:06 GMT

MALCOLM YOUNG HAS DEMENTIA

NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young confirms he is suffering from dementia. The family tells People magazine they ask people to respect their privacy. AC/DC has only said Young was suffering from ill health. Recently, AC/DC confirmed Young would not be returning to the band as it releases a new album called "Rock or Bust" in December and begin a world tour next year.

PRINCE ANSWERS A SINGLE QUESTION ON FACEBOOK

UNDATED (AP) -- Prince seems unclear on how an online chat works. He hosted a Facebook chat with fans on Tuesday and answered exactly one question out of nearly 4,000 submitted. The question was about the importance of music being tuned to sound frequencies of 432 hertz. Prince answered by posting a link to an article entitled "Here's Why You Should Convert Your Music To 432 Hertz." Prince only launched his official Facebook page on Tuesday, the same day he released a new album called "Art Age Official."

TONY BENNETT/LADY GAGA COLLABORATION GOES NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tony Bennett has set a new Billboard chart record. His collaboration with Lady Gaga, "Cheek to Cheek," is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It sold 131,000 copies in its debut week. That makes him the oldest living act to earn a No. 1 album, at age 88. He beats out the previous record-holder: Tony Bennett, who hit No. 1 with "Duets 2" in 2011 when he was 85.

ANDRE 3000 CONSIDERS NEXT MOVE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andre 3000 knows his next music will be without his OutKast partner, Big Boi. Beyond that, he has no idea. Andre says he's full of self-doubt and wonders if he's already had his last shot at music. He says thinking about his next career move is "really scary and really exciting at the same time." In the meantime, he stars in the movie about Jimi Hendrix's life called "Jimi: All Is By My Side."

DAVID GRAY RETHINKS HIS MUSIC WITH "MUTINEERS"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- David Gray wanted to shake things up with his new album, "Mutineers." He didn't realize what a slap in the face it could be. Gray brought on producer Andy Barlow and gave him 12 finished songs. Barlow threw them out and told Gray to start from scratch. Gray realized he was working in a way that was comfortable but boring and he says he had "sort of put the blinkers on." Gray says it was a hard album to make because he was looking for a "hallelujah moment." He believes he achieved that with "Mutineers."

David Gray says he had to shake up his songwriting.

<<CUT ..014 (10/02/14)>> 00:10 "wanted that uplift"

David Gray

David Gray says he was looking for new heights in his music.

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David Gray

David Gray says he had fallen into a routine with touring, which dulled his creativity.

NILE RODGERS ENJOYS THE MISSTEPS

LONDON (AP) -- Nile Rodgers of Chic (SHEEK) believes part of the fun of playing with a live band is knowing you will make mistakes. Rodgers says Chic does not have "secret backing tracks" and they are not in sync with anything. He says if they're out of step with each other, they can just start again. If they mess up, they laugh. He says there are all sorts of variables that can't be controlled, and they make that part of the show.

Nile Rodgers says his concerts showcase the musical journey of his life.

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Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers says Chic is not a programmed band.

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Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers says messing up is part of the joy of playing live.

THE BLUES MAGOOS RETURN

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Blues Magoos are ready to put out their first album in four decades. They will release "Psychedelic Resurrection" on Oct. 14. Since their 1970 album "Gulf Coast Sound," singer-guitarist Peppy Castro appeared in the original version of "Hair" and wrote songs for other artists, and singer-keyboardist Ralph Scala became a professional caddie and worked in development at pharmaceutical companies. The Blues Magoos are probably best known for the 1967 song "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet."

EARTH, WIND AND FIRE PREPARE "HOLIDAY" ALBUM

UNDATED (AP) -- Earth, Wind and Fire are remaking two of their classic songs for the holidays. They will rework "September" as "December" and "Happy Feelin"' as "Happy Seasons" for their upcoming Christmas album, "Holiday." It's their first holiday album. They also cover a traditional Japanese winter song called "Snow," as well as standards like "Winter Wonderland," "Joy to the World" and "O Come All Faithful." "Holiday" comes out Oct. 21.

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