Pop Goes The News — Lawyers representing Aretha Franklin said Friday they will ask an Ontario judge to block the Toronto International Film Festival from screening a documentary about the making of her 1972 live gospel album.

UPDATE (09/08) – TIFF announced producers of Amazing Grace have withdrawn the film from the festival.

The 73-year-old Queen of Soul wants TIFF to pull the plug on showings of Amazing Grace scheduled for Sept. 10, 12 and 20.

Pop Goes The News — Legendary crooner Tony Bennett appeared confused Thursday night before abruptly ending his concert in Montreal.

The 89-year-old acknowledged “Toronto” and performed only five or six songs before he walked off the stage, according to audience members — including some who had paid more than $200 for tickets.

Pop Goes The News — Canadian musician Neil Young is unloading his sprawling Hawaiian estate for a cool $32 million.

The 69-year-old singer has described the property on the Big Island of Hawaii as “soothing” and “magical.”

Pop Goes The News — Ten days after suffering a stroke, Canadian singer Alan Frew is urging well-wishers to take stock of their altruism.

“If you think that you THINK giving and THINK kindness a lot more than actually doing it, then DO something kind right now,” he wrote in a message posted on social media Sunday morning.

Pop Goes The News — Singer Chrissie Hynde is being criticized for saying victims of sexual abuse need to “take responsibility.”

The 63-year-old Pretenders star told the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine she was victimized by a motorcycle gang member in Ohio when she was 21.

Pop Goes The News — Melissa Etheridge says being diagnosed with breast cancer nearly a decade ago was “a gift.”

The 54-year-old singer told Montreal journalist Richard Burnett she didn’t see cancer as a fight but as “an awakening” about her body.