April 20, 2014 in Nation/World

People: Jack White’s record release might be world record

From Wire Reports

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Jack White played his new single “Lazaretto” for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.

The singer and guitarist called it the “world’s fastest-released record.”

But don’t look for it in the Guinness World Record Book, as White admitted he doesn’t know if anyone else has attempted the feat. The stunt was a promotion for Record Store Day and his upcoming album, “Lazaretto.”

White performed Saturday morning at his Third Man Records label. As he was playing, fans could watch on television the acetate record being cut in a room behind the stage. After the title song from the upcoming album, he also recorded a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love,” which was the B-side on the record. The master was then hustled over to the United Record Pressing plant, also in Nashville.

Chris Brown trial to start Monday

A judge has set Monday as the start date for the assault trial of singer Chris Brown in the nation’s capital.

During a brief court appearance Friday in which he wore a suit and tie, Brown turned to wave and salute supporters in the courtroom, including his mother and the rapper Bow Wow.

The case that begins Monday is significant for the Grammy winner not only because he faces up to six months in jail but also because if convicted he could face additional penalties, including jail time, as a result of an earlier case from California. At the time he was arrested in Washington, Brown was on probation in Los Angeles for an attack on his then-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, in 2009.

Brown entered anger management rehab at a California facility shortly after his Washington arrest, but he was dismissed from it in mid-March for violating its rules. He was then jailed and has been in custody since.

First lady to appear in ABC’s ‘Nashville’

Michelle Obama will appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama “Nashville.”

The episode is titled “All Or Nothing With Me” and is set at Fort Campbell.

The first lady and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, are scheduled to visit the Army base in Kentucky on Wednesday to address a jobs summit and career forum for service members, veterans and their spouses. The appearance is for the third anniversary of their nationwide initiative to support military families, called Joining Forces.

The first lady’s appearance on “Nashville,” by video, is also for Joining Forces.

Obama is already set to appear on Thursday’s season finale of the NBC hit “Parks and Recreation.”

The birthday bunch

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 94. Actor George Takei is 77. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 73. Actress Jessica Lange is 65. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 65. Actor Crispin Glover is 50. Actress Carmen Electra is 42. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 42.

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