NEW YORK — Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp have split up after a year of dating.
A spokeswoman for both the model-actress and the popular singer-songwriter cited their careers and the distance between their homes as the reason for the breakup.
Brinkley danced around a question from People magazine regarding the possibility of marrying Mellencamp in an interview last month, saying “John and I are two people that have very full lives.”
The 62-year-old Brinkley has been promoting her new line of prosecco and champagne. She put her 20-acre Hamptons estate up for sale for $30 million in June.
Mellencamp, who’s 64, is set to head out on tour this fall.
Lawsuit: Sheeran copied ‘Let’s Get It On’
NEW YORK — The family of a co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” is suing Ed Sheeran, claiming the British singer-songwriter’s hit, “Thinking Out Loud,” sounds too much like the soul classic.
The lawsuit filed by the family of Ed Townsend claims Sheeran copied the “heart” of “Let’s Get It On” and repeated it continuously throughout “Thinking Out Loud.” It says Sheeran continued to perform the song even after he was notified of the copyright infringement claim last year.
The family is demanding a jury trial and compensation for damages.
The suit also names “Thinking Out Loud” co-writer Amy Wadge, producer Jake Gosling, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. and others.
Ingram leads Dove Awards nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Christian songwriter Jason Ingram has seven nominations at this year’s Dove Awards, including song of the year, while singer Lauren Daigle has six, including artist of the year.
The nominations were announced Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Gospel Music Association will hold its 47th annual Dove Awards show on Oct. 16. The show will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Hillsong UNITED and Chris Tomlin have five nominations each.
Also nominated for artist of the year are Hillsong UNITED, for KING & COUNTRY, Lecrae and TobyMac. Nominees in the new artist category include Hollyn, Jordan Feliz, Stars Go Dim, Travis Greene and We Are Messengers.
Spears rides with Corden for Carpool Karaoke
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — One day before she releases her new album later this month, Britney Spears will join James Corden for a round of Carpool Karaoke on “The Late Late Show.”
Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segments where he drives around with celebrities singing to music have become a cornerstone piece of his CBS show, with many going viral. Spears will take the passenger seat on Aug. 25, the network said Wednesday at an annual summer press event for TV critics in Beverly Hills, California.
Past participants include first lady Michelle Obama, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani.
Spears’ new album, “Glory,” will be released Aug. 26.
Colbert to air live after presidential debates
BEVERLY HILLS — Stephen Colbert, who capitalized on the political conventions with live airings of his late-night show, will do the same for the presidential and vice presidential debates.
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will air live on CBS after the scheduled Sept. 26 and Oct. 19 debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and following the Tim Kaine-Mike Pence debate Oct. 4, the network said Wednesday.
Colbert, who is in his first-season transition from his Comedy Central series “The Colbert Report,” clearly reveled in making his CBS show more topical with convention comedy.
It also yielded what the network called his “biggest viral clips to date,” a measure beyond ratings of how much attention a show is attracting. Those popular bits: fellow Comedy Central alumnus Jon Stewart’s guest appearance and Broadway star Laura Benanti’s impersonation of Melania Trump.
The host also has introduced a version of the faux Colbert he played on “Colbert Report,” using him to crack biting political jokes. Colbert told viewers that lawyers from his old company said the blowhard cable news host he had played was not his intellectual property — so he introduced “Stephen Colbert’s identical cousin.”