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News on Aaliyah, Michael Jackson, John Nelson

AaliyahA memorial fund has been set up in honor of Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas over the weekend. Donations can be sent to the fund care of Merrily Newton at the Entertainment Industry Foundation, 11132 Ventura Blvd. Suite 401, Studio City, CA, 91604. All donations are tax deductible.

In a nod to Aaliyah's frequent fundraising efforts for breast cancer research, donations to the new fund will be split between the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program and Breast Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Harlem, N.Y., the National Breast Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. All of the organizations are beneficiaries of the Oct. 27 Breathe charity concert in Los Angeles, at which Aaliyah was scheduled to perform.

A public servive is in the works for Friday, with details likely to be announced tomorrow.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Michael Jackson will preside over tomorrow's (Aug. 30) 9:30 a.m. opening of the Nasdaq Stock Market from the MarketSite location in New York's Times Square, Billboard Bulletin reports. Nasdaq vice chairman Alfred R. Berkeley III and executive VP David Weild are among the chairmen of "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, the Solo Years," to be held Sept. 7-10 in New York.

Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, died Saturday in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 85. In the 1950s, Nelson was a pianist in the jazz group Prince Rogers Trio featuring singer Mattie Shaw. Shaw and Nelson married, and they named their son Prince Roger Nelson. Nelson left the household when Prince was about 10 and his sister Tyka was 8. The father and son reconciled after Prince began his climb to fame, and Nelson was the model for a character in the 1984 Prince movie "Purple Rain." He also co-wrote songs on several of his son's hit albums. Nelson co-wrote "Computer Blue" on 1984's "Purple Rain"; "The Ladder" on 1985's "Around the World in a Day"; "Christopher Tracy's Parade" and "Under the Cherry Moon" on 1986's "Parade"; and "Scandalous" on 1989's "Batman" soundtrack.

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