MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
MADONNA - MALAWI HOSPITAL WING
Madonna says she never imagined that one day she would build a hospital that would help children in Malawi.
Yesterday, Madonna officially opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, Malawi. The wing is named for her 11-year-old daughter, Mercy James, one of four children Madonna has adopted from Malawi. Madonna says she grew up without a mother and she wanted to give the best to children in Malawi.
MAREN MORRIS - ENGAGED
Maren Morris has had quite a week: she's got her first number-one country radio hit and she got engaged. Morris sends her thanks to Thomas Rhett for her first number-one song ever for their collaboration of ``Craving You.'' Morris has also posted a photo of her sitting on the lap of her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, showing a diamond ring on her hand. The caption is, ``Yes,'' with an emoji of a ring.
WIZ KHALIFA - CHARLIE PUTH - YOUTUBE
Charlie Puth says when he joined YouTube in 2007, he was hoping to make a video that would get 10-thousand views. ``See You Again,'' his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, just became the most-viewed YouTube video ever. YouTube says the video hit 2.896 billion views yesterday. That's about two-million more than the record-holder for the past five years, ``Gangnam Style'' by Psy (SY). Khalifa says he's happy the song has been able to ``inspire and impact so many lives.''
GARTH BROOKS - TOP-EARNING COUNTRY STAR
Garth Brooks is still the one to beat in country music. Forbes magazine estimates Brooks earned 60-million in the past year, mostly from touring. That puts him at the top of the magazine's list of top-earning country artists. Kenny Chesney is second, earning 42.5- million, with Luke Bryan a close third at 42-million. Dolly Parton is a surprise entry at number four. She's brought in 37-million from touring, publishing and her Dollywood theme park. Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line are tied at fifth with 34.5-million.
LADY GAGA - TOUR DELAYED
It appears Lady Gaga is not ready for her tour yet. She has postponed the first stop of her Dive Bar tour that was supposed to start tomorrow in Las Vegas. She says in a statement she is ``deep in rehearsals for her world tour'' and will reschedule the date. The Dive Bar tour was supposed to hit smaller venues before her arena tour begins Aug. 1st in Vancouver. It's certainly not a dive bar, but Lady Gaga will play the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 11th.
CHUCK NEGRON - SOLO ALBUM - THREE DOG NIGHT
Fans of Three Dog Night will get to hear lost music from the band on the new solo album by former singer Chuck Negron. His ``Negron Generations'' album contains three songs the band recorded in the mid-1970s that were never released. They were almost lost forever. Negron says the masters were lost in a fire, but he happened to have copies because he was working on the album.
As for the other songs, Negron says the album does not break any new ground and what fans are expecting from him is what they're going to get. His two daughters are guest vocalists. ``Negron Generations'' is out now.
POLICE - INSANE CLOWN POSSE - FAN
Police in Medford, Massachusetts, say a man will undergo a psychiatric evaluation after engaging in a three-hour standoff at a radio station demanding it play the Insane Clown Posse song ``My Axe.'' Witnesses and station employees at Kiss 108 say the 38-year-old man made his demand while wielding an axe Monday afternoon. Officers say the man tossed sharp-edged weapons out of his car during the standoff. Police unsuccessfully used a stun gun on him. The man surrendered. By the way, the station did not play the song.
WU-TANG CLAN ADVISER - BOOK
If you want the details of how the Wu-Tang Clan sold the only copy of their album ``Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'' for two-million to ``Pharma Bro'' Martin Shkreli, a new book out this week will spell it all out. ``Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Enemy Number One'' was written by Cyrus Bozorgmehr, a senior adviser for the album. The original plan was for Wu-Tang Clan to sell the album with the stipulation that the music could not be released commercially for 88 years. Shkreli bought the album as he was making headlines for raising the price of a life-saving drug from 13.50 to 750-dollars per pill. He has played snippets of the album online.
(The Associated Press)