MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017
SUSPECT IN ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BOMBING SOUGHT FROM LIBYA
British police say they gave Libyan authorities on Wednesday an extradition request for the brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) concert in Manchester, England, in May. Sky News reports the armed group holding Hashem Abedi will co-operate if the Libyan attorney general approves the request. Police say the warrant for Abedi relates to the murder of 22 people and attempted murder of others. He is the brother of Salman Abedi, who blew himself up in the attack.
VENDORS AT ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL PERMITTED TO RETURN TO SITE
More than a month after 58 people were killed by a gunman during the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, the vendors working the show will be allowed to go back for their stuff.
Many workers in the vending booths ran when the shooting began on October 1st, leaving thousands of dollars of merchandise behind.
They have not been allowed to claim their property while the investigation has been going on. KLAS-TV reports it may take a few days for M-G-M Resorts to co-ordinate times for vendors to go onto the site. A Nevada judge also is allowing attorneys to go to the site to gather information for lawsuits. An M-G-M Resorts rep says the future of the site has not been decided.
SNOOP DOGG COVER ART SHOWS HIM STANDING OVER TRUMP'S BODY
Snoop Dogg has taken down an Instagram photo that showed him looking down on what appeared to be the dead body of President Donald Trump. The cover of Snoop's ``Make America Crip Again'' EP was a parody of Ice Cube's ``Death Certificate'' album cover, with the toe tag saying ``Trump'' instead of ``Uncle Sam.''
Snoop posted the photo Tuesday and took it down that day. In March, Snoop released a video for ``Lavender'' that showed him with a toy gun that shoots a flag that says ``bang'' at a clown version of Trump.
FATS DOMINO REMEMBERED
Thousands of people turned out to remember Fats Domino, New Orleans-style. The New Orleans Advocate reports trumpeter James Andrews led a second line parade in honour of Domino, who died last week. Dr. John and Trombone Shorty also took part, along with fans with feather headdresses, parasols, tambourines and photos of Domino. The parade went from a bar to Domino's old house, which flooded during Hurricane Katrina. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
GARTH BROOKS LEARNS ABOUT GARTH BROOKS
If you were writing a research paper on Garth Brooks, he would suggest you check out his ``Anthology'' books. The first one of five comes out later this month and Brooks says even he's learned things he didn't know. Brooks says musicians and songwriters who have shaped his career have told his story from their point of view. Brooks says he loves that the books are coming out now instead of 50 years after he's dead so he can enjoy them.
The first one covers the first five years of his career. It's on sale November 14th.
RHIANNON GIDDENS: WHAT COMES AFTER A GENIUS GRANT
Rhiannon Giddens plans to use her prize money from winning a MacArthur Foundation ``genius grant'' to write a musical based on a story of racism from 1898. Giddens says she wants to write about an election in Wilmington, North Carolina, that resulted in white Democrats violently overtaking the legitimately-elected government of blacks and white Republicans.
Giddens believes comparisons to the musical ``Hamilton'' are unfair because she doesn't write hip-hop and the Wilmington event is not well known. She describes her project as something between ``Hamilton'' and ``Oklahoma!''
JOHN DENVER'S ``TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS'' WILL BE USED TO PROMOTE WEST VIRGINIA
You'll be hearing a lot more of the song ``Take Me Home, Country Roads'' in connection with West Virginia. The West Virginia Tourism Office says it has obtained the rights to use the John Denver song in marketing. Ads began this week. Because the song refers to West Virginia as ``almost heaven,''
it was adopted as an official state song in 2014 and has been played for years at West Virginia University football games. West Virginia tourism has been using the hashtag ``AlmostHeaven'' since June.
BEATLES CHRISTMAS RECORDS ARE FINALLY FOR SALE
Unless you were a member of The Beatles fan club in the 1960s, the only way to have heard their annual Christmas records was through bootlegs. On December 15th, Apple Corps will release them for sale to the public. From 1963 to 1969, The Beatles mailed Christmas greetings, jokes and songs on flexi discs to fan club members they called ``Beatle People.'' ''The Christmas Records`` boxed set will have the seven greetings pressed onto vinyl singles with the original flexi disc artwork. An accompanying booklet will have reproductions of the fan club's National Newsletters.
BJORK ACCEPTS CRYTOCURRENCY AS PAYMENT
Bjork will accept Bitcoin as payment for her new album, ``Utopia.'' She will also accept the cryptocurrencies Audiocoin, Litecoin and D. ashcoin at her online store. ``Utopia''
comes out November 24th.
CMA AWARDS - REPORTERS
A case of don't ask, don't tell at the upcoming CMA Awards. The Country Music Association has told reporters credentialed for the event next week not to ask stars about a number of topical issues. They are being warned to steer clear of the mass shooting at the country music festival in Las Vegas last month -- and not to pose questions about gun control or politics. The C-M-A says the restrictions have been imposed ``out of respect'' for the artists -- and to make sure they're comfortable attending the event. It's more than just a ``do you mind not doing this'' kind of thing. The C-M-A says violators the restrictions could have their credentials pulled -- and ousted from the event.
(The Canadian Press)