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Last Update on July 07, 2015 07:06 GMT

GRATEFUL DEAD SET SOLDIER FIELD RECORDS

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Grateful Dead set a ticket sales record for Chicago's Soldier Field, then immediately broke it, then broke it again. Soldier Field officials say 70,764 tickets were sold for Friday's show. That beats the previous record set by U2 in 2009 with 67,936. The Saturday Dead show sold 70,844 tickets, and Sunday's finale sold 71,000. Several Deadheads hoping for a miracle were disappointed. The Chicago Tribune reports Soldier Field collected 220 counterfeit tickets at Sunday's show.

ARETHA FRANKLIN'S BUS BREAKS DOWN IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO (AP) -- Aretha Franklin's tour bus broke down and she was rescued by Illinois authorities. Franklin's bus had transmission problems early yesterday morning on a highway as she was on her way to Chicago. Her assistants could not find an available car service, so the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation stepped in. They drove Franklin and her entourage to their hotel. Her spokesman says Franklin's response was "Hallelujah!" and "God was right on time." A state police spokesman says disabled vehicles can be dangerous and handling breakdowns is a priority.

ADAM LAMBERT SAYS QUEEN WAS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Adam Lambert got an education in being an entertainer by performing with Queen. Lambert says Queen songs are not easy to sing. He says once he delved into their catalog, he realized how many different genres of music they covered. Performing with Queen did wonders for his confidence, too. Lambert says looking out into an audience and seeing people light up because he's singing songs that have been part of their lives was powerful for him. Lambert recently released his third album, "The Original High."

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Adam Lambert says he didn't just walk right in and start singing with Queen.

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Adam Lambert says he learned to sing a lot of different ways by singing with Queen.

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Adam Lambert says being on stage with Queen was an education.

TAYLOR SWIFT, MARK RONSON AND BRUNO MARS DOMINATING 2015 MUSIC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- We've hit the midpoint of 2015 and the leaders in music are Taylor Swift and Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars. Billboard reports Swift's "1989" album is the top-selling album of the year so far. It has moved more than two million units. Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" is second with 1.4 million units. "Uptown Funk" by Ronson featuring Mars is the top-selling digital song of 2015 so far, with sales of 4.88 million. Ed Sheeran is second with "Thinking Out Loud" selling 3.45 million.

 
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