MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
NICKI MINAJ - SIGNED BY WILHEMINIA
Nicki Minaj is looking to make a splash in the fashion industry. She has signed on with one of the biggest agencies in the field, Wilhelmina. She's being added to the agency celebrity talent roster. The head of Wilhelmia says Minaj is ``a style pioneer and an icon.'' And Minaj says of the agency, ``They get me.''
ROCK HALL ANNOUNCES MORE INDUCTERS, PERFORMERS
Lenny Kravitz will lead a tribute to Prince at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions. Alicia Keys, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls also will perform. Dhani Harrison, the son of George Harrison, will induct the Electric Light Orchestra. Pat Monahan of Train will induct Journey, while Snoop Dogg will induct Tupac Shakur. Pharrell Williams will pay tribute to Nile Rodgers, who will be given an Award of Musical Excellence. The Rock Hall inductions are April 7th in New York.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WILL PLAY U.S. GRAND PRIX
Justin Timberlake will be the entertainment for the U-S Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. He will perform after race qualifying on October 21st. The Grand Prix is the next day.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME WILL CHARGE $1.50 ADMISSION ON SATURDAY
It sounds like the Country Music Hall of Fame is playing an April Fool's joke, but it's just celebrating its 50th anniversary. On Saturday, April 1st, the museum will charge one-dollar-fifty for admission. That's how much a ticket cost on the museum's opening day on April 1st, 1967. An adult ticket is usually 24-dollars-95-cents. The museum will celebrate the day with musical performances, cake and poster giveaways.
GEORGE MICHAEL'S FUNERAL IS HELD
George Michael is in his final resting place, more than three months after his death. A private funeral for family and friends was held yesterday in north London, according to his publicist. Michael was interred in Highgate Cemetery, which is where political revolutionary Karl Marx and authors George Eliot and Douglas Adams are buried. Michael was found dead at his home on Christmas Day. He died of heart disease and a fatty liver.
PUBLIC VIEWING PLANNED FOR CHUCK BERRY
Chuck Berry will lie in repose in an open casket for public viewing. Joe Edwards, owner of The Pageant concert club in St Louis and a longtime Berry friend, says the viewing will be held at his club on the morning of April 9th. A service for Berry's family and friends will follow. Berry died March 18th at the age of 90.
BOB DYLAN WILL COLLECT HIS NOBEL PRIZE THIS WEEKEND
Bob Dylan will get his Nobel diploma and medal this weekend. Dylan skipped the traditional December 10th ceremony because of prior commitments and has yet to accept his win for the literature prize. Sarah Danius of The Swedish Academy, which awards the prizes, says Dylan will be in Stockholm for two concerts and will meet with the academy in a small, private ceremony with no media present. She says Dylan will not give his required Nobel lecture at that time, but he will send a recorded version later, as other Nobel laureates have done.
DICKEY BETTS' WIFE ARRESTED FOR THREATENING ROW TEAM
The wife of Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is accused of pointing a rifle at a rowing team practicing behind their house. Officials in Sarasota County, Florida, say Donna Betts was charged with 18 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports a 9-1-1 caller said a woman was standing on a dock Monday, pointing a rifle at about 100 teens and coaches affiliated with the Sarasota Crew rowing team. The caller says the woman threw the gun into the water. The Betts live next to the team's practice facility. Arrest records say Donna Betts threatened to shoot and told 9-1-1 that the rowers have destroyed her life.
JOHN LEGEND SINGS AND PLAYS PIANO IN LONDON TRAIN STATION
You've got to pay attention to those performers in train stations. It just might be someone you've heard of. John Legend took the Eurostar train from Paris to London and surprised travellers at the St Pancras International train station with a performance on one of the station's public pianos. He performed ``Ordinary People'' and ``All Of Me.'' The performance was a publicity stunt -- Legend is promoting his ``Darkness and Light'' tour in Europe.
SUSPECT IN SHOOTING INVOLVING FETTY WAP FACES MORE CHARGES; SECOND SUSPECT ARRESTED
A hip-hop promoter arrested in connection with a shooting involving Fetty Wap also is facing charges for armed robbery and receiving stolen property. Meanwhile, a second man has been arrested in connection with the shooting. Police say Fetty Wap and several friends got in an altercation with another group early Sunday outside a deli in Paterson, New Jersey. Three people were shot, and Raheem Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Prosecutors say the robbery happened about an hour before the shooting. Prosecutors did not say who was robbed, what was taken or why Thomas is charged with receiving stolen property. Prosecutors also have charged 34-year-old Sylvester Huffin of Paterson with two counts of attempted murder and three weapons charges.
CLASSIC ROCK BANDS CONFIRM PARTICIPATION IN CLASSIC WEST AND CLASSIC EAST CONCERTS
Six top classic rock bands will do a series of concerts together being billed as Classic West and Classic East.
The Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers will perform at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 15th, then at New York's Citi Field on July 29th. Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind And Fire will play together at Dodger Stadium on July 16th and at Citi Field on July 30th. Steely Dan is promising at least one special guest.
(The Associated Press)