Celebrity news

Songs added to registry

Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘‘The Sound of Silence,’’ written amid the turmoil following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and Chubby Checker’s 1960s dance hit ‘‘The Twist’’ are among 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress. They are just a few sounds of the 20th century added to the National Recording Registry on Thursday for long-term preservation for their cultural, artistic, and historic importance. The library said Checker’s rendition of ‘‘The Twist’’ became a symbol of the energy and excitement of the early ’60s. The 1966 album ‘‘Sounds of Silence’’ by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel was a hit in its day but not before the duo struggled and split early on. The recording that received the highest number of public nominations for this year’s registry was Pink Floyd’s ‘‘The Dark Side of the Moon.’’ The library said it was notable as an example of ‘‘brilliant, innovative production in service of the music.’’ (AP)

Tyler Act in jeopardy

The future is looking bleak for a celebrity privacy bill in Hawaii known as the Steven Tyler Act. The proposal pushed by the Aerosmith lead singer would allow people to sue others who take photos or videos of their private moments. But after sailing through the Senate this month following personal testimony from Tyler at a February hearing, the bill is missing deadlines in the state House, and key lawmakers say they won’t push it through. (AP)