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Published: Thu, October 4, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Garth Brooks to end 3-year run in Vegas

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Garth Brooks is ending his run in Las Vegas.

The country-music superstar will play six more dates this fall at Wynn Las Vegas, concluding the three-year run Nov. 16-17.

Brooks slipped out of retirement to take the gig in 2009. It came with the gift of a jet from Steve Wynn.

The 50-year-old performer says in a news release he “thoroughly enjoyed” the shows and called Wynn “the easiest and best boss I have ever worked for.” The news release says he plans to film the one-man show next summer.

Brooks will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 in Nashville, Tenn.

Seacrest: No problem with feuding judges

NEW YORK

Feuding divas on “American Idol”? Ryan Seacrest says that’s just great.

The show’s host said Wednesday that things got intense between new hosts Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping in Charlotte, N.C., the day before.

In the midst of a dispute over a contestant, Minaj announced that she was no longer putting up with “her ... Highness,” in a reference to Carey with a few expletives added in. Another new judge, Keith Urban, was in the unenviable position of sitting between the two of them.

On his radio show, Seacrest said that “Idol” needs some passionate debate.

Tyler Perry replaces woman’s stolen van

DECATUR, Ga.

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is donating a new van to a Georgia woman with cerebral palsy after her specially equipped one was stolen outside Atlanta.

Perry tells WSB-TV Tuesday he heard news reports about Alicia Day’s van being stolen this week in Decatur.

Police say Day’s 2000 Chrysler Town and Country van was taken from her driveway sometime Sunday night.

Day uses a wheelchair and tells the station that she prides herself on being independent, working part-time as a greeter at Home Depot. Her mother relied on the van to take Day to work and to doctor appointments.

Day says her “mouth just dropped” when she heard Perry’s voice on the phone.

Perry’s films include “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” and he has a studio complex in Atlanta.

ABBA museum to open in Sweden

STOCKHOLM

A traveling ABBA exhibit is to get a permanent home in a new museum dedicated mostly to the Swedish quartet that has sold nearly 400 million records since its heyday in the 1970s.

Former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus said Wednesday that “ABBA The Museum” will be part of a Swedish music hall of fame to be inaugurated in Stockholm next spring.

The museum will feature some of the band’s glitzy stage costumes, instruments and other mementos that were displayed in the ABBAWORLD exhibition that toured Europe and Australia in 2009-11.

Ulvaeus said he hoped all four former ABBA members would attend the opening, but ruled out any chance of a stage comeback: “We are the only group of that status that has never been reunited. I think that is cool.”

Wire reports


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