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Grapevine: K. Michelle cancels tour with Azealia Banks

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

K. Michelle cancels tour with Azealia Banks

Singer K. Michelle has canceled her upcoming tour with rapper Azealia Banks, including their Sept. 18 date at the Fox Theatre. K. Michelle stated on Instagram that she’s nixing the tour due to being overexerted. She also tries to nip any rumors in the bud. “There is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can’t wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she’s been working on. Secondly, it wasn’t low ticket sales. Due to such an overwhelming response with this tour there have been conversations about adding a second show in various cities.” The clarification comes after Banks tweeted that K. Michelle’s team sent her an email saying she was going to be “unavailable.” Banks also tweeted that she would have new tour dates posted soon. Tickets purchased by phone or online will be automatically refunded, otherwise refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Win a chance for walk-on role in ‘Empire’

Next week look for a bus from the popular Fox drama “Empire” to be parked at Campus Martius on Tuesday and Wednesday. Singers can board the bus and record a mini-demo to be entered for a chance to win a walk-on role on the show. One winner from the bus’ nationwide tour will be chosen and flown out to the shooting location to be filmed for a future episode. Look for the “Empire” bus at Campus Martius noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The contest is open to anyone 18 and older. The second season of the show, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will debut Sept. 23.

Paul Anka concert canceled due to emergency surgery

Per doctor’s orders, PaulAnka’s Aug. 14 concert at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre has been canceled. The singer was sent to the emergency room last week and he was required to have surgery, according to a statement from his manager. Because of a three-week recovery period, all tour dates in that time were canceled. Anka is currently resting in his California home. Tickets purchased with a credit card will be automatically refunded; otherwise, refunds are available at the point of purchase starting noon Monday.

Also ...

■The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University will honor Smokey Robinson this fall with a weeklong celebration ending with a tribute concert on Nov. 7 at the Playhouse Square’s State Theatre in Cleveland.

■Singer Alicia Michilli, who grew up in Detroit, will appear on the variety show “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Michilli, who currently lives in Nashville, will compete to advance to the live shows at Radio City Music Hall.


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