MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017
SNOOP DOGG POSTS RESPONSE TO TRUMP'S TWEET
Snoop Dogg's response to President Donald Trump's criticism of his ``Lavender'' video is to use Trump's own words.
Snoop posted an Instagram video of Trump from ``The Apprentice''
saying things like, ``Snoop Dogg, he's the greatest,'' ''one of the nation's bestselling hip-hop artists, and that's our man, Snoop Dogg`` and ''he's a very very smart, tough businessman, in addition to being a great musician.`` ''Lavender`` shows Snoop shooting a toy gun that sends out a flag that says ''bang`` at a clown version of Trump. Trump had tweeted, ''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!``
RAY DAVIES IS A KNIGHT
Ray Davies of The Kinks is now Sir Ray Davies.
Prince Charles knighted Davies at Buckingham Palace yesterday.
Davies posted a photo on his Facebook page of Prince Charles touching his shoulder with a sword.
NILE RODGERS SAYS CHIC WILL NOT PLAY AT ROCK HALL INDUCTIONS
The word Nile Rodgers keeps using about his acknowledgement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ``weird.''
His band Chic (SHEEK) has been nominated for induction 11 times and never made the cut, but this year the hall will give Rodgers an ``Award of Musical Excellence'' during the induction ceremony.
Rodgers tells Billboard magazine he still feels ``weird and ambivalent'' about it because he's being honoured instead Chic.
Rodgers says Chic will not perform at the Rock Hall ceremony because it doesn't make sense that they're good enough to play but not be inducted. Rodgers says he's fine that he's being recognized for his other achievements but ``it's still...weird.''
TREY SONGZ SET FOR TRIAL IN SEPTEMBER
Trey Songz is set to go on trial in the fall for a felony assault charge unless he can reach a deal with prosecutors. A trial for Songz is set for September 12th in Detroit. He's charged with aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer during a concert in Detroit on December 28th. Authorities say Songz got angry when his stage time was up and his microphone was cut. Songz's lawyers tell The Detroit News there's a 50-50 chance that the case will be resolved before the trial.
DEPECHE MODE RELEASE ``SPIRIT''
Depeche Mode tackle political uncertainty and disillusionment in their new album ``Spirit,'' or as Martin Gore jokes, ``First and foremost, we wanted to make a fun album.'' Gore says he wrote the songs for ``Spirit'' before Brexit or Trump but they're still timely. The band chose the word ``Spirit'' because it has lots of connotations. Bandmate Andy Fletcher says the connotation for him: ``Whiskey!'' ''Spirit`` is out today.
VICTORIA BECKHAM REVEALS CLOTHING COLLECTION FOR TARGET
Generally, if you want a Victoria Beckham designer dress, it will cost you upwards of $2,000. Starting next month, you can get one for about $70. Beckham has unveiled the items from her limited-edition clothing line that will go on sale at Target beginning April 9. The items include tops, pants, dresses and matching children's items, including coloring books. They sell for six-dollars to 70-dollars. Beckham says she wants to offer a collection of clothes ``to women who either couldn't afford designer prices or didn't want to pay designer prices.''
PRINCE'S NEW POWER GENERATION WILL PLAY SHOWS
Prince's backing group the New Power Generation is reuniting for concerts. Billboard reports the band will play at Prince's Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis on the anniversary of his death next month, then do a series of shows in the U-S and Europe. N-P-G music director Morris Hayes says because the group had a fluid lineup, members will come in and out to play shows as their schedules permit. Prince's other band, The Revolution, has also reunited for concerts.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME OPENS ``AMERICAN CURRENTS'' EXHIBIT
When Shane McAnally saw his clothes on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, he thought the same thing he thinks when he sees other country singers' outfits: boy, they're short. McAnally says he saw his own outfits on display and thought, ``Am I really that small?'' McAnally is part of an exhibit called ``American Currents'' that focuses on contemporary country musicians. Margo Price says she's proud to have contributed a family heirloom with country history: a 1956 Gibson that her great uncle, songwriter Bobby Fischer, gave her.
DEMI LOVATO MARKS FIFTH YEAR OF SOBRIETY
Demi Lovato has been five years sober. She marked the occasion with an Instagram post Wednesday, saying ``it's been quite a journey.'' She adds, ``So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession.'' Lovato, who is 24, has struggled with drugs and alcohol, as well as an eating disorder and self-mutilation.
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE GETS ROCK HALL EXHIBIT
Among the items that will be on display in the Rolling Stone magazine exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are the letters to the editor written by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Charles Manson. The magazine is celebrating 50 years this year, and founder Jann Wenner is on the Rock Hall Foundation's board. The exhibit also will include the iconic covers, rarely heard stories, original manuscripts and what the magazine called a ``handy little device'' given to early subscribers: a roach clip. The exhibit opens May 5th and runs through November.
BILLY GILMAN Honoured IN RHODE ISLAND
The Rhode Island House of Representatives have passed a resolution honouring Billy Gilman. Democratic Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy introduced the resolution because he's a big fan of ``The Voice.'' Gilman was a runner-up on the show last year. Gilman sang the national anthem to open yesterday's legislative session. He says he loves Rhode Island and he's glad he could use his voice to make the state proud.
``THE VOICE'' CONTESTANT GETS HONOR FROM HOME-STATE LAWMAKERS
To the victor goes the spoils. But sometimes the runner-ups make out O-K, too. Just ask Billy Gilman _ who was the runner-up on the 11th season of ``The Voice.'' Gilman was invited to Providence, Rhode Island to sing the national anthem before the state's House of Representatives. The invite came from representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, who is a fan of the N-B-C singing competition. Gilman told lawmakers he loves Rhode Island _ and is happy to use his singing voice to make the state proud.
(The Associated Press)