MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017
ELVIS - 40TH ANNIVERSARY
For many fans of Elvis Presley, today is a day to remind themselves that it's been 40 years since the music icon died. This will also be the first year that people will have to pay for the right to take part in a procession past Presley's grave.
The trek used to be free, But now, Graceland is charging 28 dollars and 75 cents for the privilege and that isn't sitting well with some Presley fans. Graceland, for its part, says it decided to add the paid wristband to update security measures at the tourist attraction.
TAYLOR SWIFT - TRIAL
The former radio host who lost that groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift says he wanted to see the matter through even if the final decision went against him. David Mueller tells The Associated Press a friend suggested he get out of the case early. But he says he ``couldn't go on'' with his life without taking steps to clear his name. As it turned out, his name became muddier as a result of the case. Swift won a symbolic one dollar judgment after the jury ruled he groped Swift during a 2013 photo op in Denver.
PINK - VANGUARD AWARD
Pink will get one of the big awards at this year's M-T-V Video Music Awards. She will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on August 27th at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The Vanguard award honours musicians who have had an impact on pop culture with their songs, fashion and music videos. Past winners include Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. Pink will also perform at the event.
DAVID CROSBY - TED NUGENT - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Ted Nugent has gone around suggesting the reason he isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of his politics.
But fellow musician David Crosby says there's a simple reason Nugent isn't in: he ``just isn't good enough.'' Nugent most recently speculated to an Albany, New York radio station (W-Q-B-K) last week that his right-wing views have held him back. Crosby apparently disagrees. He has been inducted into the Hall twice, once for being part of The Byrds and for his role in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
MISS AMERICA JUDGES
Former ``American Idol'' winner Jordin Sparks and country star Thomas Rhett will be among the celebrity judges at this year' Miss American pageant. Sparks and Rhett will help judge the competition, which is set for Atlantic City on Sept. 10th.
ROBERT YANCY - NATALIE COLE - CHILD DIES
When Natalie Cole died on New Year's Eve of 2015, she left behind a son, Robert Yancy. Now the singer's only child has joined her in death. Yancy was found dead Monday at his home in Los Angeles after authorities were asked to make a welfare check on him. He was just 39. The L-A County Coroner's office says Yancy's death appears to have been caused by natural causes. But official word of what killed him won't be known until an autopsy is complete.
DRAKE - BILLBOARD
Drake's record-breaking reign on the Billboard charts is over. The Toronto rapper's unprecedented run of 431 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 singles chart has ended. It's the first time Drake is absent from the chart since his smash hit ``Best I Ever Had'' entered at Number 92 in 2009. The Canadian has had 157 charted titles -- the most among solo artists.
TAYLOR SWIFT - SEX ASSAULT TRIAL
The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift says he had no interest in backing away from case even though it ended up going against him. David Mueller tells The Associated Press he could have backed down but felt he couldn't go on with his life without defending himself. A jury in Denver ruled two days ago that Mueller groped Swift during a photo op before a concert in 2014. Swift's team initially tried to keep the accusation quiet by not reporting the incident to police, and instead contacting Mueller's bosses. But it became public when Mueller sued Swift for up to three million dollars, claiming her allegation cost him his 150-thousand-dollars-a-year job at country station K-Y-G-O-F-M, where he was a morning host.
TAYLOR SWIFT - POST-ITS
Taylor Swift is saying thanks to a Denver company that she says helped her get through her groping trial. The singer has sent the team at Craftsy a bouquet of flowers along with a note. The company created colourful signs featuring sticky notes of her song lyrics in its windows during her trial. And in her note, Swift thanked the company for ``brightening'' her day. A company rep says the workers are ``absolutely thrilled'' that Swift was pleased by their efforts.
(The Canadian Press)