Music News: Law school scholarship to honor Chris Cornell


Fans visit the grave of Chris Cornell at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Fans visit the grave of Chris Cornell at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

The late Chris Cornell will be honored with a scholarship at UCLA's School of Law. Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell led the effort to raise a fund of over $1 million to support students who share her husband's "eternal commitment to justice."

"My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world," said Vicky Cornell in a statement. "UCLA School of Law is an institution known for its academic excellence and we are proud the Chris Cornell Scholarship will provide funding for future students and future leaders of the world." (Billboard)

Remembering Larry Harris

Music executive Larry Harris has died of undisclosed causes at age 70. In 1973, Harris was part of the team that launched Casablanca Records, "which helped define the sound and excess of the 1970s with artists including Kiss, Donna Summer and Parliament," notes Billboard.

Harris was particularly key in signing Kiss. He attended a rehearsal and later remembered, "By the time it was over my ears hurt so bad, I wasn't prepared for the loudness. After that I learned that whenever I'd see Kiss I'd stuff cigarette butts in my ears. They blew us away."

Rolling Stone sold

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner has sold his controlling interest in the magazine. The buyer? Penske Media Corporation, publisher of Variety. Wenner will remain editorial director, at least for the time being. "I am so proud of our accomplishments over the past 50 years and know Penske Media is the ideal match for us to thrive in today's media landscape," he said in a statement. (New York Times)

Nelly sued, Kath under investigation for sexual misconduct

Nelly has been sued by a woman named Monique Green, who alleges the pop hip-hop star "sexually assaulted her on his tour bus and later damaged her reputation by refuting her account," reports Billboard. He was arrested in October when the alleged assault was first reported, but "prosecutors said last week they weren't charging him because the woman wasn't cooperating with the case." Nelly plans a countersuit, arguing via an attorney that Green's lawsuit is financially motivated.

Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles "is the subject of an active sex crimes investigation in Toronto," notes Pitchfork. The Daily Beast cites sources saying that several women have lodged complaints, including at least one who says Kath "initiated a sexual relationship" when she was just 16 years old. Kath is also in a legal battle with his former bandmate Alice Glass, who has accused Kath of rape and assault.

Here we go again

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a sequel to the 2008 movie based on the ABBA jukebox musical, will hit theaters on July 20. A new trailer climaxes with the appearance of Cher as the grandmother of Sophie, the character played by Amanda Seyfried. (Rolling Stone)

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