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Monday
Mar272017

Report: Fetty Wap involved in New Jersey incident that led to gunfire

ABC/Randy HolmesFetty Wap reportedly was involved in a dispute that led to gunfire which left three people wounded in South Paterson, New Jersey in the early morning hours Sunday.

Paterson Deputy Police Chief Troy Oswald confirmed to the Paterson Press that Fetty, born Willie Maxwell, and several of his friends were involved in the incident although they are not suspects in the shooting or in an alleged robbery that happened during the incident. 

Police said the rapper was not injured and that the three who were, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the paper, a dispute at an all-night deli in Paterson led to the gunfire at around 5 a.m. Sunday, but police provided no further details of the dispute nor information about any possible connection between the rapper and the wounded.

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Monday
Mar272017

Harry Styles solo single coming April 7

ABC/Phil McCartenHarry Styles is the latest One Direction member with new solo music on the way.

Harry will release his debut single on April 7.  On Saturday, Harry appeared in an enigmatic TV commercial on British television which features him walking across a dark room and opening a door to the light while piano music plays before the date "April 7th" appears on screen.

The ad was posted to Harry's YouTube channel with a note a acknowledging that the spot is for Harry's debut single.

Last month Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer told Billboard that Harry's first solo album was nearly complete. “We're close and we're very excited,” he said. “We have a record we're incredibly excited about and it’s not far away from being ready. We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he's here to stay.”

Stringer added, “Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who's authentic.”

Harry also will be on the big screen soon.  He'll make his movie debut in Dunkirk, the WWII movie from Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan.  The movie is due July 21.

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Monday
Mar272017

Keith Richards talks Chuck Berry: "You see a sort of almost demonic power"

Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesIf it weren't for Chuck Berry, there may never have been a Rolling Stones.  After all, the story is often told that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger met and bonded on a train as teenagers because Keith noticed Mick carrying a Chuck Berry album.  Now Richards is remembering the late rock and roll pioneer in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Of Berry's famous guitar intros, Keith tells the paper, "People don't realize Chuck used his whole body to play that riff, he doesn't just use his wrists.  I'm still working on it."  And, says Keith, that tied into Berry's whole performance style.  "Everything was syncopated and synchronized to his body movements. We all know the duck walk — that’s the famous one, and it’s a good one too, " he says.  "But if you look at old footage of him...you see a sort of almost demonic power going on in that rhythm and his delivery of it."

In the interview Keith remembers his time spent with Berry talking about songwriting, saying, "He was very interested in various kinds of music.  He used country music...[and] he was a great admirer of Hank Williams. We used to sit around talking about country writers."

Richards adds that he last saw Berry in 2012 when Berry was awarded PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award. Remembers Keith, "Apparently, it was the first time they sort of acknowledged that songwriting could possibly be called literature."

Chuck Berry died March 18 at the age of 90.  The album he was working on at the time of his death, Chuck, his first new record since 1979, is due June 16.

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Monday
Mar272017

Report: Snoop Dogg to induct Tupac into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesRolling Stone reports that fellow Death Row rapper Snoop Dogg will induct the late Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the upcoming induction ceremony, April 7 in Brooklyn.

According to the magazine, despite rumors that Snoop and Dr. Dre also would be performing a Tupac tribute at the event, the lineup for the tribute has yet to be determined.

Snoop and Pac of course collaborated on the 1997 track "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" and in 2012 Snoop performed alongside a digital projection of the late rapper at the Coachella music festival.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place April 7 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.  Highlights will air at a later date on HBO.

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Monday
Mar272017

John Mayer's Finally OK with "Your Body Is a Wonderland" 

ABC/Randy HolmesIt's safe to say that when people want to mock John Mayer, they often focus on his romantic hit "Your Body Is a Wonderland."  John admits that for that reason, he went through a phase where he didn't even want to perform it...but now, he's finally come to terms with it.

Speaking to The New York Times, John says, "'Your Body Is a Wonderland' lives so much in its own atmosphere that it's like it's been handed to me by some other person."

He continues, "There was a time where I didn't want to play it, where I took it very personally that people were making jokes about it. Now I go: 'It’s kind of cool to have [such a big song].'"

Mayer adds with a laugh, "I don't know if you've made it if you don't have the one [thing] that the least initiated person can yell at you when they see you. Dave Chappelle has 'Rick James,' you know?"

John's latest album, The Search for Everything, includes more romantic songs, as well as tunes about breakups and self-reflection, but what you won't find on it is political songs.  He says they're not for him.

"We live in a time right now where the message will be judged against the messenger," he explains. "There are times when I say to myself, 'I don't have the right to [sing political songs].' Because I haven't introduced myself to the world or placed myself as a mouthpiece in that way, I guess I shied away from it."

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Monday
Mar272017

Marian Hill's identity crisis improves thanks to "Down's" success

Timothy SaccentiEver since Marian Hill's single "Down" debuted in a Super Bowl ad last month, it's topped the U.S. Shazam chart: everyone wants to know, "Who does that song?"  Only problem is, when they find out it's by Marian Hill, they assume that's the name of the woman who's singing it...and it's not.

Marian Hill is a duo made up of two people who've been friends since middle school: Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd.  They got their name by combining the names of the two main characters -- Marian Paroo and Harold Hill --  in the musical they both appeared in during eighth grade: The Music Man.  So, how often does Samantha get called "Marian?"

"Too much, but understandably so," she tells ABC Radio. "I mean, it sounds like a girl’s name, and I’m a female vocalist. But I think it’s getting better. I think the more that 'Down' becomes known and the more that we become known, they’re realizing it’s a duo, so it’s great."

Also helping is the duo's new video for "Down," which shows both of them riding up, down and every which way in an elevator.

"Down" is the first track on the duo's debut album Act One, and they describe it as an "invitation."  So what does that mean?

"I don’t think there is an easy answer," admits Samantha. "I mean, it’s about giving in to possibility, about the possibility of this person that you’re meeting, of the evening and taking a chance. It’s definitely one of our favorites and, I think, open to interpretation too."  

Marian Hill has a show Tuesday night in their home base of Brooklyn, NY, and then they're off the road until May 22, when they kick off a major headlining tour.

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Monday
Mar272017

Darius Rucker joins former Late Night with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer on new album

Sire/RhinoFormer Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer has just released a star-studded album that features Darius Rucker singing on the R&B classic "Why Can't We Live Together."  While that might seem an odd pairing to country fans, Darius and Paul have a special connection through Darius' pop/rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish

"I hope people remember how far back we go, because I remember so clearly the first time that Hootie and the Blowfish appeared on the Letterman show," Shaffer tells ABC Radio.

In fact, Darius has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after he invited them to perform "Hold My Hand" on his original talk show, Late Night with David Letterman, more than two decades ago.  In fact, in 2015, Darius and Hootie appeared on one of Letterman's final shows before he retired.

So, when Paul Shaffer began putting the album -- titled Paul Shaffer & the World's Most Dangerous Band -- together, he knew it had to include Darius.

Paul tells ABC Radio, "You know, that low voice of his, that baritone is magical. And something about him singing the sentiment of [Why Can't We Live Together], it just strikes a chord in me."

The song is a pacifist anthem, with lyrics that go, "No more war, no more war/All we want is some peace in this world."

Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band is available now and includes other guest vocalists such as rock legend Dion, indie rocker Jenny Lewis, actor Bill Murray, reggae star Shaggy and Valerie Simpson of R&B duo Ashford and Simpson.

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Monday
Mar272017

Michael Stipe working on photo book of things he's "obsessed with" 

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesMichael Stipe is feeling bookish these days.

The former R.E.M. frontman tells the Creative Independent he’s working on “a series of books,” the first of which is a volume of photos. Stipe explains, "This one focuses on my timeline, on the work I've done all along, all through the band and back to my early 20s."

He adds, "It's all photo-based, but some of it's just documentation of things I'm obsessed with and that I focus on to make new pieces from."

Stipe has always been visually oriented. He recalls, “I took pictures before I made music...my father had loaned me his Nikon and I would shoot black and white photos."

"I took a course in photography when I was 13 or 14 years old and that just became something I always did," he continues. " had these really amazing experiences and relationships, and I’d find myself in these very odd places. I just happened to have taken pictures the whole time.”

Still, Stipe is the first to admit the importance of music in his life and how it has consumed him.

He says, “Music was always like a beautiful fog around me. I’m very susceptible to music. Anyone who has been…out in public with me, will tell you how distracting music can be for me. It blocks out all other input."

"In a way, the band blocked out all this input for me for a long time," he notes. "It made it very hard for me to be able to focus on other things, like reading books.”

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Monday
Mar272017

Rolling Stones' "Olé Olé Olé!" Latin American tour documentary coming to DVD and Blu-ray in May

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe recent Rolling Stones documentary about the band's early-2016 América Latina Olé Tour will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 26.

Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America follows the band throughout the 10-city trek, which culminated with a historic free concert in Havana, Cuba. The film, which was directed by Paul Dugdale, offers a candid behind-the-scenes look at The Stones and their Latin American fans, and also incorporates some live performance footage from the tour.

The documentary, which includes interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, also focuses on the organization of the band's first-ever show in Cuba, and the excitement the event generates among the citizens of the Communist country.

The Olé Olé Olé! DVD and Blu-ray features bonus footage of seven full-length performances captured at various shows during the trip that weren't in the original film.

Here the list of the bonus performances, as well as the cities where they took place:

"Out of Control" (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Paint It Black" (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Honky Tonk Women" (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"Sympathy for the Devil" (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
"You Got the Silver" (Lima, Peru)
"Midnight Rambler" (Lima, Peru)
"Miss You" (Lima, Peru)

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Monday
Mar272017

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHoda Kotb, co-host of NBC’s Today Show’s fourth hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, is hoping her new baby, Haley Joy, is a country music fan like her mom. Hoda revealed via Instagram that Little Big Town sent her a gift for her little bundle of joy, and she's already playing their music for the baby.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will be guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to preview the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards which airs live Sunday night, April 2.  Also on Wednesday night, the Zac Brown Band will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Today, March 27th, is International Whiskey Day. Here’s a list of songs to help you celebrate:

“Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

“Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” – Hank Williams, Jr.

“Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton

“The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” – Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart

“Whiskey River”—Willie Nelson

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Monday
Mar272017

Xscape's Tameka "Tiny" Cottle didn't know Ed Sheeran's #1 hit until she got a songwriting credit

Atlantic RecordsEarlier this week, it was revealed that Xscape members Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and Kandi Burruss had been added to the credits of Ed Sheeran's smash #1 hit, "Shape of You," due to its similarity to TLC's "No Scrubs," which they co-wrote.  

Now, Tiny tells Billboard that when she and Kandi got the news, it was just as much a surprise to her as it was for fans. 

Tiny and Kandi, along with their co-writer Kevin Shek'spere Briggs, were added to the credits because certain parts of "Shape of You" were rhythmically reminiscent of the "No Scrubs" chorus: "No, I don't want no scrub/A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me."  

But Tiny had no clue, because she'd never heard "Shape of You."

"Kandi [Burruss] had called me and told me, 'You know we might get some credit for the song a guy named Ed Sheeran did,' and I was like, 'Oh.' I didn't know about the song, so I started listening to the song and honestly I didn't hear [the similarities] at first."

"I had to keep listening and keep listening and I was like, 'Okay I hear it, I hear it," she adds. 

Tiny goes on to explain what she believes those similarities are: "The part in his B-section ['Girl, you know I want your love/Your love was handmade for somebody like me'] right before the hook comes in." 

Tiny and the rest of Xscape surprised fans earlier this month with the announcement of a reunion. The R&B group is currently working on plans for a forthcoming tour.  

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Monday
Mar272017

Mastodon turns their deluxe album package into an adult coloring book 

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Mastodon has something special in store for fans who order the band's new album, Emperor of Sand: a chance to show off their artistic talents.

Fans can pre-order a special deluxe package online. It includes a two-disc, 180-gram vinyl version of the album housed in a gatefold jacket with a bonus Color-In-Your-Own jacket. It even comes with an exclusive box of Mastodon colored pencils. All those who pre-order the album will also get a digital copy of the album upon its release date.

Emperor of Sand, the Atlanta-based progressive metal outfit's eighth studio disc, is due March 31. The complex, conceptual storyline concerns a man sentenced to death in a forbidding desert landscape.

Emperor of Sand was produced by acclaimed studio veteran Brendan O’Brien, whose past clients include AC/DC, Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine. O’Brien first worked with Mastodon on the band’s 2009 album, Crack The Skye.

Mastodon has also posted the seventh in a series of video clips offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the recording of the new disc.

As previously reported, Mastodon will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 3.

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Sunday
Mar262017

Elton John marks 70th birthday with help from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, James Corden & more

L: Bernie Taupin, R: Elton John/Michael Kovac/Getty ImagesElton John's milestone 70th birthday bash brought out the stars to L.A. on Saturday night.

According to People magazine, the guest list at the charity gala included Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, James Corden, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Phillippe and more. 

In addition to Gaga, the musical guests included Roseanne Cash, Stevie Wonder and Ryan Adams, but Gaga and Stevie led the "Happy Birthday" singalong to the guest of honor.

Some big stars who couldn't make it to the event sent video greetings, including Prince Harry, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres and David Beckham.

Elton also shared a photo of himself and his two sons, Zachary and Elijah, admiring a huge chocolate birthday cake, with the caption "Birthday bliss."

The party doubled as a celebration of the 50-year songwriting partnership of Elton and Bernie Taupin, who also attended the event.

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Sunday
Mar262017

Liam Payne and girlfriend welcome baby boy

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesOne Direction's Liam Payne is a new daddy.

He and his girlfriend, British singer and entertainer Cheryl Fernanez-Versini, aka Cheryl Cole, welcomed a baby boy this past Wednesday, March 22.  On Instagram, Liam posted a photo of himself holding the newborn,  and wrote, "My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless... wow!"

He added, "I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favorite memory I have so far. I'm completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she's really made my dreams come true."

"We haven't named him yet but he's already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed," he continued. "Happy Mother's Day everyone!"

Cheryl's post revealed the birth date of the boy, as well as the fact that he weighed in at 7lb 9oz and is "incredibly beautiful" and "healthy."

"Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts," she added. "We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever."

Liam is the second member of One Direction to become a father: Louis Tomlinson and his ex-girlfriend welcomed a son, Freddie Reign, in 2016.

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Friday
Mar242017

Paul McCartney working on new album with Adele producer; his "Flowers in the Dirt" reissue released today

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has revealed that he's working on a new studio album with Greg Kurstin, who produced and co-wrote three songs on Adele's Grammy-winning album 25, including her smash hit "Hello."

Speaking with the BBC Radio 6 Music channel, McCartney said, "I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that. I'm working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I'm doing for an animated film."

Sir Paul then pointed out that Kurstin had just won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Hello," as well as the Producer of the Year award.

"My only worry is, people are going to go, 'Oh there's Paul going with the flavor of the month,'" he admitted. "I suppose you always think the worst of it…But [Greg's] a great guy, [and he] is musical."

The main focus of McCartney's radio interview was the just-released deluxe reissue of his 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt, which features several songs co-written with Elvis Costello.

Paul explained that when it was first suggested that he collaborate with Elvis, "It seemed like a good idea. I thought, 'Well, yeah, he's from Liverpool. He's good, which helps. And we have a lot of things in common.' And so, I thought, 'Well, that could work.'"

McCartney noted that the way he wrote songs with Costello was the same way he and Lennon collaborated on tunes, sitting down across from each other with acoustic guitars and bouncing ideas back and forth.

"Elvis was very happy to work like that," McCartney said, adding, "So he was John, basically…and I was Paul."

You can check out full details of the Flowers in the Dirt reissue at PaulMcCartney.com.

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Friday
Mar242017

Up with "People": New Little Big Town single reveals the secret to happiness

ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has released a second single for their album The Breaker.

"Happy People" is the follow-up to their smash hit "Better Man," which was penned by Taylor Swift.

The rhythmic track was written by Hailey Winters and Lori McKenna.  McKenna co-wrote Tim McGraw's award-winning "Humble & Kind."

All the lyrics contain wise words, but the song's biggest piece of advice comes in the chorus, where the group explains the path to true happiness.

“If you wanna know the secret: Can’t buy it, gotta make it/ You ain’t ever gonna be it by taking someone else’s away," they sing. "Never take it for granted, you don’t have to understand it/ Here’s to whatever puts a smile on your face/ Whatever makes you happy, people.”

LBT is currently performing their first set of concerts in Australia.

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Friday
Mar242017

Smooth Moves: Florida Georgia Line selling out stadiums

BMLGToday Florida Georgia Line joined an elite list of country music superstars who sell out stadiums across the country.  The duo pulled off the feat with their first-ever stadium headlining tour, The Smooth Tour 2017.

The in-demand dates include shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis' Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

"It’s an unreal feeling knowing that our dreams of being in stadiums are coming true and that our fans sold these shows out so quickly,” said FGL's Tyler Hubbard. “Not to mention we get to share a stage with our boys Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane. These shows will make history. We’re so blown away.”

The Smooth Tour kicks off June 2 in Austin.

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Friday
Mar242017

Bronchitis Blues: Eric Clapton postpones L.A.-area shows until September

Credit: Dave KaplanFans planning to attend Eric Clapton's concerts this Saturday and Sunday at The Forum in Inglewood, California, will now have to wait almost six months to see the guitar legend. A case of "severe bronchitis" has forced him to postpone the shows. The gigs have been rescheduled for September 13 and September 18, respectively.

A post on Clapton's official Facebook page explains that he postponed the concerts "under doctor's advisement," adding, "He is very sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to these shows."

Those who purchased tickets can either hold on to them and use them on the new date, or return them for a refund at their point of purchase.

The rescheduled concerts will sandwich two previously announced shows at The Forum on September 15 and 16.

Clapton, who celebrates his 72nd birthday this Thursday, March 30, has just two other U.S. performances on his 2017 itinerary, September 7 and 8 gigs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Eric just played a pair of concerts at the Garden this past Sunday and Monday.

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Friday
Mar242017

"Life After Death": Remembering The Notorious B.I.G.'s final album 20 years later

Des Willie/RedfernsThis Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the release of The Notorious B.I.G.'s second and final album, Life After Death.

The studio project, which was released nearly two weeks after the rapper's death on March 9, was nominated for three Grammys in 1998 in the Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rap Solo Performance categories.  

To this day, many of the disc's tracks, like "Hypnotize," "Mo Money Mo Problems," "Kick in the Door" and "What's Beef" remain in heavy rotation for fans.  

AllHipHop.com founder Chuck Creekmur believes that we should continue to celebrate Biggie's legacy even more than we already do.

"As far as I'm concerned, he's one of the best that ever did it. He was a young black male who got himself out of an impoverished situation, or at least, what we saw as impoverished," he explains.

"People like Biggie are once-in-a-lifetime figures and anytime you have a once-in-a-lifetime figure like that, I don't think they can be examined enough," he adds.

Biggie's memory will certainly live on, especially via his and widow Faith Evans' posthumous duet album The King & I, expected to be released on May 19.  

Faith recently debuted another new track from the project, "Ten Wife Commandments," based on Biggie's hit track, "Ten Crack Commandments."  

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Friday
Mar242017

Tamar Braxton's husband Vincent Herbert sued by Sony Music

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaTamar Braxton's husband Vincent Herbert is being sued by Sony Music for allegedly not paying back the money the music label fronted him as part of a 2013 artist development deal.

In legal documents obtained by theJasmineBrand.com, Braxton's husband has been named in a $3.4 million dollar lawsuit by Sony Music for reportedly "refusing to hand over millions he owed to the label."  

The label is now seeking a default judgement in the amount of $3.4 million plus interest, after Herbert failed to respond to the allegations in court.

According to site, Sony paid Herbert a $5 million dollar advance against any future profits it would make from the stars that Herbert was supposed to sign. The deal required him to bring in two new artists per year,  but he only ended up bring in Tamar.  

The label claims it's recouped about $1.5 million from her, leaving a $3.4 million deficit.

Herbert has yet to respond publicly to the allegations. 

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