MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017
SXSW - IMMIGRATION
Organizers of the South by Southwest festival say politics may end up muting some of the music. They say at least four international bands have been denied entry into the U.S. and that other performers have had their visa waivers revoked.
Officials say every year there are issues with getting bands into the U-S, but they say this year's problems stem from President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.
PRINCE'S EX OPENS UP ABOUT THE DEATH OF THEIR SON
Prince's ex-wife says she believes the artist never got over the death of his only son. People magazine has published an excerpt from Mayte Garcia's new book, called ``The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince.'' Garcia writes baby Amiir was born in 1996 with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2, a rare genetic disorder that causes skeletal abnormalities. She says the baby struggled to breathe and had several procedures before he died six days after his birth. Garcia reveals she had complications during her pregnancy and twice the doctor suggested amniocentesis for genetic testing. She says Prince refused both times.
DOGG'S ``LAVENDER'' VIDEO
Snoop Dogg's video portrayal of U-S President Donald Trump has earned him a tweet from Trump himself. Earlier this week, Snoop and Canadian group BADBADNOTGOOD released a video for ``Lavender.'' It shows Snoop firing a toy gun that shoots a flag that says ``bang'' at a clown version of Trump. Trump's exact tweet is, ``Can you imagine what the outcry would be if ?SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!'' Snoop has not responded.
CARNIE WILSON WILL HAVE SURGERY TO REMOVE RUPTURED BREAST IMPLANTS
Carnie Wilson, of the pop group Wilson Phillips, says her breast implants have ruptured and she will have them removed. Wilson said on Tuesday's episode of ``The Talk'' that she will have reconstructive surgery. Wilson admits she was scared to talk about it but she's ``a big believer in face your fears.''
She got the implants 16 years ago after she lost a lot of weight with gastric bypass surgery. Wilson says she would not have the implants today because she has different priorities.
KEHLANI HAS EMERGENCY HERNIA SURGERY
Did you know Kehlani has a hernia? Don't worry, she'll show it to you. The singer-songwriter has posted an Instagram photo of her bare midriff that shows what she calls ``that squishy ball thingy above my belly button.'' She's been on tour in Europe but says she's flying home for ``sudden unexpected surgery'' on her stomach. She'll reschedule the European tour. Her next scheduled American date is April 1st in Philadelphia.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE TEAM UP WITH THE CHAINSMOKERS
First Florida Georgia Line got together with Nelly, then the Backstreet Boys. Now it's The Chainsmokers. F-G-L's Brian Kelley confirms they recorded a song called ``Last Day Alive''
that will appear on The Chainsmokers' debut album, ``Memories...Do Not Open,'' on April 7th. Kelley says it was a last-minute song and they had to sing all day and all night. However, he says the band got better as a result and the song will connect with a lot of people.
CHARLIE DANIELS IS WRITING LIFE STORY
Charlie Daniels says lots of people know about his public life but he's always wanted to share the details of his early years, his faith and his struggles. The country music legend is writing an autobiography called ``Never Look at the Empty Seats.'' It comes out October 24th.
WORLDSTARHIPHOP.COM FOUNDER DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES
Authorities in San Diego say WorldStarHipHop.com founder Lee O'Denat died of obesity-related issues. The L-A Times quotes the medical examiner's office as saying O'Denat, who weighed
345 pounds, had a severe buildup of plaque near his heart. He also had fatty liver disease. Toxicology tests indicated marijuana use but no other drugs or alcohol. O'Denat died suddenly at a San Diego massage parlour in January at the age of 43. He founded WorldStarHipHop in 2005. The site showcased hip-hop videos but became notorious for showing videos of fights and public sex.
(The Associated Press)