Have You Heard: Billy Corgan, Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt

Billy Corgan files a lawsuit against TNA Wrestling … Reba McEntire signs on to teach a class on country music … Bonnie Raitt and The California Honeydrops chip in to support hurricane relief efforts.

The lawsuit against Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling was filed in Nashville Wednesday, two months after Billy Corgan was announced as president of the company.

The lawsuit names parent company Impact Ventures LLC, TNA Chairman Dixie Carter, TNA Chief Financial Officer Dean Broadhead and Carter’s husband Serg Salinas. Corgan replaced Carter as president.

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The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.

Corgan was granted a temporary restraining order. Other details about the case have not been disclosed because the Smashing Pumpkins frontman and pro-wrestling aficionado requested to keep the court order sealed, according to court documents obtained by The Wrap.  

PWInsider reports that Corgan began investing in the professional wrestling promotion in June and that after being named president he announced he had plans to purchase the company. Corgan had previously financed three rounds of TNA Wrestling tapings.

Online education platform MasterClass offers courses in all sorts of creative endeavors, including tennis with Serena Williams, photography with Annie Leibovitz, acting with Kevin Spacey. Now you can study country music with Reba McEntire.

The acclaimed star’s class is made up of 20 exclusive video lessons covering storytelling, connecting to an audience, singing, performance, vocal warm up, song selection, brand building, and the business side of the industry.

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46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Las Vegas, Nev.

“I love to learn from other people so working with MasterClass, being able to share some of the lessons I’ve been taught is exciting!” Reba said. “For the first time, I’m getting to offer up what I believe makes a killer song, my vocal techniques and some tidbits I’ve experienced throughout my career. Country music is relatable music. It’s all about how people live, day in and day out … it’s their life stories. I hope that my MasterClass encourages people along in their own adventure in music.”

Pre-enrollment to the class is open now for $90.

Visit MasterClass.com for more information.

Bonnie Raitt and The California Honeydrops are donating the net merchandise proceeds from this weekend’s concerts in Phoenix and Albuquerque to humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti and Cuba.

A post on Raitt’s website notes that The California Honeydrops came up with the “thoughtful and compassionate idea for how we can all help support hurricane relief efforts in a modest, yet meaningful way.”

The announcement adds, “Even if you won’t be at the shows this weekend, YOU can join us in this effort and encourage other artists to do the same! Please SHARE this post on the page of your other favorite artists and bands! If we come together, we can make a difference. Every little bit helps!”

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans, La.

Donations will go to Hope for Haiti, Haiti Communitere, The What If? Foundation, Partners In Health, Global Links, and First-Hand Aid.

Raitt and The California Honeydrops plan on donating merch sales from other gigs later on in the tour to support recovery efforts in the Southeast U.S.