Bieber’s ‘Baby’ most-watched YouTube video
NEW YORK — Justin Bieber’s music video for ‘‘Baby’’ is the most-watched video ever on YouTube.
The 16-year-old pop star’s video passed Lady Gaga’s ‘‘Bad Romance’’ video to take the all-time lead. More than 246 million have watched Bieber’s video on the Google Inc.-owned website.
Bieber tweeted a thank you to ‘‘Beliebers’’ and said the video’s success was ‘‘crazy.’’ The singer wrote: ‘‘I started on youtube so ... WOW!’’
Bieber’s video and Lady Gaga’s switched positions briefly Friday, but as of late afternoon, Bieber was ahead by more than 600,000 views.
Santana back at Woodstock
BETHEL, N.Y. — He was at Woodstock, man. And today, he will be again.
Carlos Santana returns to the site of the fabled 1969 festival this weekend for a concert at a new arts pavilion just yards from the original stage where his band performed ‘‘Soul Sacrifice’’ during the ‘‘three days of peace and music’’ that helped define the end of the 1960s.
According to promoters, it’s the 62-year-old Grammy winner’s first time playing there since that unforgettable performance.
‘‘Santana is one of the artists who embody the spirit of the festival,’’ said Shannon McSweeney, a spokeswoman for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. ‘‘Him coming back is something special, I think, not only for us but for him.’’
Federal panel upholds Snipes tax sentence
ATLANTA — A federal appeals panel has upheld a three-year prison sentence on federal tax charges for film star Wesley Snipes.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta concluded Friday that the judge properly sentenced Snipes to three years in federal prison.
Attorneys for the action movie star argued that the sentence was ‘‘unreasonable’’ and that he should have been granted a hearing to decide whether his trial should have been held in New York instead of Florida.
A jury convicted Snipes in 2008 of three misdemeanor counts.