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Court overturns ruling on James Brown’s estate

The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn’t follow the late singer’s wishes in making the deal. Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a settlement in 2009 that split Brown’s estate, giving nearly half to a charitable trust, a quarter to his widow, Tomi Rae Hynie, and leaving the rest to be split among his adult children. But the justices ruled that the deal ignored Brown’s wishes for most of his money to go to charity. The court also ruled the Godfather of Soul was of sound mind when he made his will before dying of heart failure on Christmas Day 2006 at age 73.

Questlove book due

Drummer-producer Ahmir ‘‘Questlove’’ Thompson of the Roots is adding ‘‘author’’ to his resume. Thompson announced Wednesday that ‘‘Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove’’ will be released June 18. The book includes the rap musician’s run-ins with ‘‘celebrities, idols, and fellow artists,’’ including Stevie Wonder, KISS, and Jay-Z. The Roots are the house band for NBC’s ‘‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.’’ The Grammy-winning Thompson, 42, has been a producer for Jay-Z, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and John Legend.

Pilots fire Weiland


The Stone Temple Pilots have fired singer Scott Weiland. In a one-sentence news release Wednesday, publicist Kymm Britton said: ‘‘Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.’’ No other information was provided. The band’s 1992 debut, ‘‘Core,’’ has sold more than 8 million units in the United States. Weiland was also in the supergroup Velvet Revolver with Slash and other musicians. The 45-year-old has dealt with drug addiction, run-ins with the law, and two failed marriages.

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