MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017
Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler are being recognized by Quebec's government for their roles as cultural ambassadors for the province. The vocalists are among 18 honourees set to receive this year's Companion of Quebec's Order of Arts and Letters -- a recognition for ``outstanding contributions to the diversity and vitality of Quebec culture.'' The event will be held at Montreal's Phi Centre on May 29th. Other recipients include film producer Roger Frappier and children's entertainer Kim Yaroshevskaya.
Janet Jackson confirms she has split with her husband. Jackson says in a video posted on Twitter she and husband Wissam Al Mana ``are in court and the rest is in God's hands.'' They were married in 2012. Jackson will resume the tour she cancelled more than a year ago after she found out she was pregnant. She gave birth to a son in January. Jackson says she changed the name of the tour from ``Unbreakable'' to ``State of the World.'' She says that has nothing to do with politics but about ``people, the world, relationships and just love.'' The tour begins Sept. 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
EMINEM - NEW ZEALAND
The guitarist who came up with the riff for Eminem's song ``Lose Yourself'' has testified a New Zealand political party blatantly ripped off the song for a campaign ad.
Jeff Bass told the High Court in Wellington the song ``Eminem Esque'' used in the ad was ``like 'Lose Yourself' light. It doesn't taste so good, though.'' Eminem's publishers are suing New Zealand's National Party for copyright infringement. The trial started Monday and is expected to last six days.
JOSH GROBAN, BETTE MIDLER GET TONY NOMINATIONS
Josh Groban says there are not enough words to express his ``surprise, gratitude and joy'' at getting nominated for a Tony Award. He also thanks his mother for sending him to theatre camp. Groban is up for best lead actor in a musical for his role as an unhappy husband in ``Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.'' Bette Midler is up for best actress in a musical for her role as Dolly in ``Hello, Dolly!'' Midler already has a Tony but she didn't actually win it. She was given a special Tony Award in 1974 for ``adding lustre to the Broadway season'' with her concert stand at the Palace Theatre. The Tonys are June 11 in New York.
The Eagles are suing Hotel California.
Billboard reports The Eagles have filed a lawsuit against the owners of an establishment called Hotel California on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. The Eagles acknowledge in their complaint the hotel had the name in 1950, long before their song of that name came out in 1976.
They point out the hotel has changed names and ownership several times since then. Their complaint notes the hotel plays Eagles songs, sells T-shirts that refer to the hotel as ``legendary'' and targets their advertising to Americans by implying it's the inspiration for the song. Attorneys for the hotel have not returned requests for comment.
JAM BAND PIONEER COL. BRUCE HAMPTON DIES IN CONCERT
Colonel Bruce Hampton may not be a well-known name outside the jam band scene, but his death is one to remember. He collapsed on stage during the finale of his own tribute concert and died. John Popper of Blues Traveler, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band, John Bell of Widespread Panic and the Tedeschi Trucks Band were part of Hampton's birthday tribute show in Atlanta on Monday. Hampton fell to his knees during the song ``Turn On Your Love Light.'' The audience and musicians alike thought it was part of the show. The song abruptly ended and drummer Jeff Sipe announced they had to take care of business backstage.
Hampton had turned 70 the day before.
DEFTONES' CHINO MORENO BREAKS FOOT
Singer Chino Moreno of Deftones is nursing a broken foot. The band cancelled Monday's show in Cologne, Germany. They don't say how Moreno broke his foot, only that he needs to stay off it for a day or two. Deftones did not cancel any other shows. The American leg of their tour with Rise Against begins June 9 in Chicago.
BEYONCE OFFERS $300 ``LEMONADE'' BOXED SET
Just in case you didn't get all the subtleties of Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' album, she's offering a 600-page book explaining how she made it. It's part of a limited-edition boxed set called ``How To Make Lemonade.'' It comes with the audio and visual album as downloads and a double-LP vinyl version. Price tag: $300.
``How To Make Lemonade'' comes out this summer.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA TAKES UP ACTING
Christina Aguilera will have a role in an upcoming sci-fi romance film. The Hollywood Reporter reports she has signed on for the movie ``Zoe.'' It's about researchers who create technology that improves romantic relationships. Filming starts next Monday.
(The Associated Press)