Perry launches record label
Katy Perry could help make your “Teenage Dream” of becoming a singer a reality: The pop star is starting her own record label.
Perry announced the launch of Metamorphosis Music on Tuesday in New York City. It’s a joint venture with her current label, Capitol Records.
The first to sign with Perry’s label is pop singer Ferras, who released his Perry executive-produced EP on Tuesday.
Ferras will join Perry for the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, which kicks off Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. It wraps up Oct. 11 in Houston.
Oz take heat from Congress
Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz is offering to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.
Oz was scolded at a Senate hearing by Chairman Claire McCaskill for claims he’s made about weight-loss aids on his TV show, “The Dr. Oz Show.”
Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, acknowledged that his language about green coffee and other supplements has been “flowery.” He promised to publish a list of specific products he thinks can help Americans shed pounds and get healthy – beyond eating less and moving more.
McCaskill took Oz to task for a 2012 show in which he proclaimed that green coffee extract was a “magic weight-loss cure for every body type.”
Keith’s restaurant owes taxes
The New York State location of country music star Toby Keith’s chain of restaurants owes more than a quarter-million dollars in sales taxes to the state.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that a tax warrant filed by the state earlier this month seeks $107,000 owed by Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse.
The bar, which opened last year, also owes more than $145,000 in sales taxes from earlier in 2013.
The musician’s chain of restaurants, named for the title of one of his hit songs, features guitar-shaped bars, beer in mason jars and traditional Southern American food.
Charges dropped in Simon flap
Prosecutors on Tuesday said they were dropping a disorderly conduct case against Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell.
Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, did not appear in Norwalk, Conn., Superior Court, where prosecutors told a judge they were declining to pursue the case, meaning the charges will be dropped and eventually erased after 13 months.
Prosecutors declined to comment outside court. A telephone message left for the couple’s attorney, Andrew Bowman, was not immediately returned.
The couple fought April 26 inside a cottage on their property in New Canaan, Conn., police said.
Brickell told officers she confronted her husband after he did something to “break her heart,” according to police, but she did not provide any details. She told police Simon shoved her and she slapped him. The police report said Simon suffered a superficial cut to his ear and Brickell, who smelled of alcohol, had a bruise on her wrist.