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Grapevine: Recording stars stand with Kesha

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Court ruled that pop singer Kesha could not be released from her contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke.

Recording artists stand with Kesha

Last week a court ruled that pop star Kesha could not be released from her recording contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke, who Kesha says sexually and physically abused her for years. Fellow musicians have spoken out to show their support for the singer. A spokesperson for Taylor Swift told Billboard that the pop star will donate $250,000 to Kesha to help “with any of her financial needs during this trying time.” Comedian Margaret Cho posted a photo of musician Fiona Apple — who had her own dispute with Sony years ago — to Instagram holding a sign that said “Kesha — I am so angry for you. They were wrong. I’m so sorry.” Lady Gaga, Lorde, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato have also spoken out to show their support for Kesha.

Saint West

Saint West makes his debut to the world

Kim Kardashian West celebrated her late father, Robert Kardashian’s, birthday by posting a photo of her and Kanye West’s new baby to her website. “Today is my dad’s birthday,” she posted. “I know there’s nothing more in the world he would have wanted than to meet his grandchildren. So I wanted to share this pic of Saint with you all.” The photo shows the little boy, who was born in December, sleeping peacefully wearing all white.

‘Transformers 5’ to be partially shot in Detroit

Mark Wahlberg, Optimus Prime and other stars of the “Transformers” film series will head back to work this summer for filming of “Transformers 5.” The action flick will be partially shot in Detroit starting in June, according to casting website The call for talent includes actors and film crew. Film crew members can submit resumes to Supporting actors will largely be cast via Los Angeles and London, but submissions are being accepted via mail to Denise Chamain, Transformers 5, 606 N. Larchmont, Suite 202, Los Angeles, California, 90004. The website recommends sending a resume with an 8-inch-by-10-inch color head shot in a clear, full-face window envelope. Information on casting extras, stand-ins and doubles will be posted at a later date. Michael Bay will produce and direct “Transformers 5,” which is set to be released in June 2017. The previous film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was also partially filmed around Detroit with Wahlberg. It would make sense for him to return to the area this summer. In December he announced that he and his family would open a location of their Wahlburgers restaurant chain in Detroit, likely in a Bedrock property. “(We) could be there this summer,” he told FOX2’s Lee Thomas in an interview.

Celebs decorate bowls for CCSC fundraiser

A ceramic bowl hand-painted by a celebrity would make a great give. Next month, the Empty Bowls event at Shed #5 at Eastern Market aims to raise funds for Cass Community Social Services, 5:30-10:30 p.m. March 4. An online silent auction features works of art from Michigan natives like actress Kristen Bell, Tim Allen and Uncle Kracker. GM President and CEO Mary Barra also contributed her handiwork. Bidding for the silent action is online only, currently under way at The March 4 event has entertainment and soup and other food from local favorites like La Feria, Traffic Jam and Snug, Vivio’s, Seva, Sala Thai and others, including the soon-to-open Grey Ghost restaurant. Tickets are a $30 donation in advance, or $40 at the door. Visit for more info.

Paul Simon, Disturbed and more headed to town

Paul Simon brings his North American tour to Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on June 19. Tickets are $39.50-$144.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin are co-headlining a summer tour that will visit DTE Energy Music Theatre on July 26. Tickets are $25.95-$84.45 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. This show is part of a “Ticket to Rock” promotion that includes a lawn ticket to this concert plus Slipknot and Marilyn Manson show on July 29 and Korn and Rob Zombie show on Aug. 21 for $50-plus service fees. Steely Dan and Steve Winwood also will perform at DTE Energy Music Theatre on June 8. Tickets are $26-$121 and go on sale March 4.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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