Prince's estate halts release of new EP, 'Deliverance,' report says

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:51 AM

Prince fans were expecting a drop of previously unreleased material on April 21, the one-year anniversary of the singer’s death.

But Prince’s estate said otherwise.

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One day after it was announced that the EP, “Deliverance,” would arrive to streaming outlets in conjunction with the commemoration of Prince’s passing, the estate reportedly won a restraining order to halt the release.

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The six songs on the EP were co-written and co-produced by Prince and George Ian Boxill, who compiled the material for release. But Wednesday evening, a judge ruled that Boxill has no right to distribute the music to the public and referenced a confidentiality agreement that Boxill signed when he recorded with Prince in the mid-2000s.

According to TMZ, the restraining order expires on May 3; a hearing is expected prior to that date.

Upon the announcement of the new material, “Deliverance” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Pre-Order chart. Those who pre-ordered the album prior to the restraining order were granted the immediate download of the title track.

7 things to know now: Confederate monuments coming down; O'Reilly on podcast; Obama to speak

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 6:08 AM

Dana Farley, of New Orleans, participates in a candlelight vigil at the statue of Jefferson Davis in New Orleans, Monday, April 24, 2017. New Orleans will begin taking down Confederate statutes, becoming the latest Southern body to divorce itself from what some say are symbols of racism and intolerance. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Monuments removed: Workers in New Orleans began removing Confederate monuments around the city early Monday. Trucks arrived around 1:30 a.m. at the first of four monuments the city is taking down. City officials say some protesting the removal of the statues have made death threats. According to The Associated Press, workers inspecting one of the monuments before it was to be removed were wearing flak jackets and helmets.

2. Arkansas executions: Arkansas plans to execute two people on Monday night, the first double execution to take place in the United States in more than 16 years. If the executions take place, Jack Jones and Marcel Williams, both convicted of murder, would be the second and third inmates put to death in the state this month. Arkansas officials say they intend to execute eight inmates before the end of the month when one of the drugs it uses for lethal injections expires.

3. O’Reilly’s podcast: Bill O’Reilly, the ousted Fox News commentator, will resume his “No Spin News” podcast on Monday, according to an announcement on his personal website. The podcast is set for 7 p.m. and is available to premium subscribers of his website. Fox dropped O’Reilly last week after he was accused of sexual harassment by a number of women.

4. A busy week: Saturday marks President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, and this week could be one of the toughest for the administration. The president has promised to unveil an outline of proposed tax cuts, to work to push along a new health care bill and to manage a budget deadline that could shut down the government on Friday. Trump is also expected to sign an executive order on energy this week.

5. Moran dies: Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham on the 1970’s show “Happy Days,” died over the weekend. Moran was found dead on Saturday in Corydon, Indiana. No cause of death was given, and an autopsy is planned. Moran was 56.

And one more

Former President Barack Obama will make his first public appearance since leaving office in January when he speaks to university students Monday in Chicago. According to a spokesman for Obama, he plans to begin a series of speeches across the United States and in Europe. 

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‘Happy Days’ actress Erin Moran dead at 56

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

Erin Moran, best known to TV audiences as Joanie Cunningham in “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” was found dead Saturday. She was 56.

Moran played the younger sister of Richie Cunningham for the show’s 11-season run. She reprised the role in the spinoff, which only lasted a season.

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After the show was canceled, she was cast in minor roles in “The Love Boat,” “Desperation Boulevard” and “Murder, She Wrote.” 

She appeared on “Celebrity Fit Club” in 2008, but Moran had hit hard times recently, reportedly drinking in parking lots and living in an Indiana trailer park before becoming homeless, according to The Huffington Post.

A cause of death has not been released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Scott Baio offers condolences after co-star Erin Moran's death

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

Scott Baio will miss Erin Moran.

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On Sunday, Baio shared his condolences after hearing about the sudden death of “Joanie Loves Chachi” co-star Erin Moran.

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“May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul. I always hoped she could find peace in her life. God has you now, Erin,” he wrote on Facebook.

Baio shared the same message on Twitter adding, “My sincere condolences. #ErinMoran #HappyDaysFamily.”

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Moran died Saturday night after she was found unresponsive. She was 56 years old. The cause of death has not been released.

'Happy Days' stars share condolences after Erin Moran's death

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 11:52 PM

Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and other stars from the cast of "Happy Days" are sharing their condolences in the wake of Erin Moran's Death.

Moran portrayed Joanie Cunningham, Howard's sister on the show. She was found dead Saturday night.

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“Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens,” Howard wrote.

Henry Winkler, who as Arthur Fonzarelli or “The Fonz,” lived above the garage at the Cunningham's house on the long-running show said Moran's death came too soon.

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“OH Erin … now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth,” Winkler wrote. “Rest in it serenely now… too soon.”

Don Most, Ralph Malph, also shared his thoughts on Moran's death.

“So incredibly sad to hear about Erin. A wonderful, sweet, caring, talented woman," Most wrote. "I can’t really comprehend this right now. Very painful loss."