MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak at the 2017 B-E-T Awards. Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by `90s R-&-B, also shined. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year - the top prize. Mars also won best male R-&-B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, ``perm.'' In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance the Rapper, who has raised two million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance ``since he was a baby rapper.''
TUPAC SHAKUR MOVIE - STEALING
A magazine writer is suing the creators of the new film about Tupac Shakur for using some of his work in the movie without his permission. Kevin Powell has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of ``All Eyez On Me.'' He says it borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur for Vibe magazine. One instance Powell cites is the fictional character Nigel in the film, which he says is a copy of a character he wrote about based on music promoter Jacques ``Haitian Jack'' Agnant. The defendants in the lawsuit have not responded to requests for comment.
BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL VISIT
Billy Joel's advice for new graduates at his old high school: ``Pick a job you'll like, because if you pick a job you hate life's going to suck.'' New York's Newsday reports Joel gave a speech Saturday at graduation at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. He told the grads they will never have as much idealism as they do now and they should hold onto that. Joel didn't go to his own graduation. He slept through his English final and didn't make up the credit for 25 years.
DAVE GROHL - F-BOMB RECORD
There are many things that Adele can do better than Dave Grohl, but he wasn't about to make swearing one of them. The Foo Fighters played the Glastonbury Festival in the U-K over the weekend. New Music Express reports Grohl told the audience he was told they were not supposed to swear during the festival. He also heard that Adele set the record last year for dropping the most F-bombs at Glastonbury, with 33. Grohl led the crowd in a chant of the offending word. He stopped and they kept going, so Grohl used that word to stop them and counted that as number 34.
``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2'' - SONG
Former Looking Glass singer Elliot Lurie says the way their song ``Brandy'' is used in the movie ``Guardians of the Galaxy 2'' is exactly how he always hoped it would be heard. It's used twice in the movie, and Lurie says the scene where Starlord's mother is singing along in her convertible is what he had in mind when he wrote it. Lurie says he used an old girlfriend's name for the song, but she was not a barmaid nor were they destined to be together. If you've never been able to guess what Lurie's accent is, believe it or not, it's New York. He says the producer told him to emphasize his R's because his Brooklyn accent kept coming through on the vocal.
JOHN LEGEND - SPELLING CHAMP
The thing about being famous is that the hometown newspaper can dig up old news about you and tell everyone what you did. In John Legend's case, it's rather flattering. The Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, republished a story about 10-year-old John Stephens, as he was known then, winning the local spelling bee in 1989. The article notes that Legend was the only kid who wore a suit and tie. His winning word was ``prejudice.''
THOMAS DOLBY - CHARITY
The camping trailer Thomas Dolby used on his 2012 ``Time Capsule'' tour has sold on e-Bay for 12,600 dollars. Dolby's name is painted on the outside, and it contains equipment that allowed Dolby to record fans with messages for the future. It also has a fake laser death ray gun, a fake flux capacitor and a real Wi-Fi router. The sale included 100 Dolby t-shirts and 200 C-Ds believed to be of his ``Sole Inhabitant'' album, but no one checked for sure before the sale. Dolby is donating the proceeds from the sale to the educational charity Living Classrooms Foundation.
ALEX VAN HALEN'S SON - ATHLETE
There aren't a lot of track-and-field athletes who are good at the three thousand-metre steeplechase event. Alex Van Halen's son happens to be one of them. Twenty-seven-year-old Aric Van Halen says he learned music as a kid but found that he was better at sports. Steeplechase involves jumping over barriers and running through water pits. Aric learned it while going to the University of Colorado. He made it to the Olympic trials last year but failed to qualify this past weekend. Aric says he's thinking of giving it up and pursuing a career in video.
PETER TOSH'S SON - ATTACKER CHARGED
A man accused of seriously injuring the son of reggae great Peter Tosh while in jail is facing an aggravated assault charge. Kyrie Baum is accused of attacking Jawara McIntosh in a general custody housing unit of the Bergen County jail in New Jersey in February. McIntosh is in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. He'd been serving a six-month sentence for pot possession. Baum is serving time for robbery and gun possession. Authorities have not said what sparked the attack but they do say it lasted less than 10 seconds. McIntosh's family had threatened to sue because they could not find out information about the attack.
(The Canadian Press)