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September 22, 2016 1:00 AM


Singers team up for video

Associated Press

Music awards shows love to mashup songs and artists together, but the Country Music Association took the mashup to a new level for their upcoming 50th anniversary.

“Forever Country” features 30 country singers in a blend of three of the genre’s most beloved tunes and a music video that highlights the breadth and history of country music. 

The songs chosen were John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Featured singers include Parton and Nelson as well as other CMA winners such as Blake Shelton, Reba, George Strait, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood. Even Randy Travis, who is recovering from a stroke, makes an appearance in the video.

Another AC/DC exit

AC/DC is losing another member.

Bassist Cliff Williams has announced his departure from the group in a video posted on the band’s YouTube channel Tuesday, the same day the group wrapped up its “Rock or Bust” tour in Philadelphia.

Williams says he’s “just ready to get off the road” and needs more time for family and to “chill out.”

Williams is the second AC/DC member to depart the band this year and the fourth since 2014. Lead singer Brian Johnson stopped touring in March amid concern about hearing loss. Guitarist Malcolm Young retired due to health reasons in 2014 and drummer Phil Rudd left the band that same year amid drug charges.

Williams says the departures didn’t play a part in his decision to leave the group.

Lauren book due

Ralph Lauren, one of the giants of modern American fashion, is working on his autobiography.

Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will release the book in fall 2017, in conjunction with his company’s 50th anniversary. The book is currently untitled.

“His style is instantly recognizable to even the most casual observer, a triumph of business savvy and aesthetic sensibility that is unmatched anywhere,” Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said in a statement.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Paul Le Mat is 71. Actress Shari Belafonte is 62. Singer Debby Boone is 60. Singer Nick Cave is 59. Singer Johnette Napolitano is 59. Singer Joan Jett is 58. Actor Scott Baio is 56. Actress Bonnie Hunt is 55. Actor Rob Stone is 54. Singer Big Rube is 45. Actress Katie Lowes is 34. Actress Tatiana Maslany is 31. Actor Tom Felton is 29.