Grapevine: Shakira postpones tour dates

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Shakira postpones tour to rest vocal chords

Doctors for international pop star Shakira have urged the singer to spend the next few months working towards recovery of her vocal chords before touring again, so she’s postponed her El Dorado World Tour. Her Jan. 22 date at Little Caesars Arena is rescheduled for Aug. 4. Tickets will be honored for the new date, and anyone who needs a refund can obtain one at the point of purchase. Tickets, $40.50-$130.50, are on sale now at, via Ticketmaster or at the Fox Theatre or Little Caesars Arena box offices.

‘Catfish’ host Nev Schulman spotted around town

Television personality Nev Schulman, best known as host and producer of the MTV reality show “Catfish: The TV Show,” has been spotted around Metro Detroit this week. Social media postings this week have him placed at the Apparatus Room restaurant in downtown Detroit with his wife, Laura Perlongo Schulman. No word on what the New York native is doing in town, but it’s not his first visit. In September of 2016 he tweeted that he had a day off in the Detroit area and was contemplating attending a University of Michigan football game.

Solange reveals she has an autonomic disorder

Singer Solange had to cancel her New Year’s Eve performance at AfroPunk music festival in South Africa this week due to an autonomic disorder. “It’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE,” she wrote on Instagram. “The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me ... Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after.” Solange, who is Beyoncé’s sister, thanked the festival for its support and also thanked the other festivals she played recently “who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows.”

MTV Unplugged co-creator dies in traffic accident

Jim Burns, co-creator of the series “MTV Unplugged,” died Tuesday after being struck by a taxi while crossing Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Saturday. The Associated Press reports that Burns, 65, had his seeing-eye dog with him because he had a vision impairment, and he was accidentally struck by a taxi. The taxi driver remained at the scene and police said it did not appear to be a criminal act. MTV released a statement: “As co-creator of the beloved ‘Unplugged’ franchise, his groundbreaking work continues to resonate with audiences around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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Stan Lee, 95

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Denzel Washington, 63

Seth Meyers, 44

Joe Manganiello, 41

John Legend, 39