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Carole King and James Taylor raise $1.5 million for charity; Lennon lyrics fetch a bundle; Jay-Z concert canceled in NYC

2_kingtaylor10.jpgCarole King and James Taylor's "Troubadour Reunion" tour has raised over $1.5 million for charity. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/TWP)

By Ally Schweitzer

- Carole King and James Taylor announced yesterday that their "Troubadour Reunion" tour has raised more than $1.5 million for charity. The proceeds will be distributed among the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and other groups. Miss King and Taylor at the Verizon Center two weeks ago? Check out our review and photos here.

- A piece of paper containing John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the Beatles song "A Day in the Life" has sold for $1.2 million at a New York auction house. The winning bid was placed by phone on Friday by an unidentified collector.

- The debacle that took place at the free outdoor Drake concert in New York last week may have a domino effect: A free, unannounced Jay-Z concert scheduled to take place today on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan was canceled by city authorities. The Village Voice points out that Paul McCartney, Audioslave and Phish have been permitted to play on the theater's marquee in years past.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 21, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
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