MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016

 

BOB DYLAN IS GOING TO SWEDEN

 

Bob Dylan appears to be leaving the door open to fulfilling his requirement for accepting the Nobel Prize in literature.  Dylan has announced three shows in Sweden in April, including two in Stockholm.  The Swedish Academy, which gives out the prizes, is headquartered there.  Dylan is required to give a Nobel lecture as a condition of his acceptance.  Dylan did not attend Saturday's Nobel award ceremony in Stockholm but sent a speech of thanks. 

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LIVE REUNITE

 

The original lineup of Live have gotten back together.  Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey are writing new music and are planning a world tour.  They last performed together in 2009.  Gracey says their friendships got lost a bit but now they're back to being friends again.  Kowalczyk says they will not rush the new music. He says they didn't want the pressure of an album hanging over them before they got to play some shows. 

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TIMBERLAKE, TEDDER AMONG NOMINEES FOR GOLDEN GLOBE ORIGINAL SONG

 

Justin Timberlake says yesterday was a double win.  He woke up to find out he was nominated for a Golden Globe and he played hide-and-seek with his son, all before breakfast.

Timberlake is nominated for co-writing ``Can't Stop The Feeling!''

from the movie ``Trolls.''  Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Stevie Wonder are nominated for co-writing ``Faith'' from the movie ``Sing.''  Danger Mouse and Iggy Pop are nominated as part of the team of writers for ``Gold,'' from the movie of the same name.  The other competitors are Lin-Manuel Miranda for ``How Far I'll Go''

from ``Moana'' and the song ``City of Stars'' from ``La La Land.''  The Golden Globes will be handed out January 8th in Los Angeles. 

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KINGS OF LEON GET TEMPO-CRAZY ON ``WALLS''

 

Kings of Leon's approach to recording their ``WALLS'' album was to play a song, then play it again, then play it again, then play it again.  Bassist Jared Followill says they did more takes on this album than any of their other ones.  He says it's not because they kept messing up, but because they were working with different tempos.  Followill says the beats per minute had to be precise, then they'd have to do it again a little differently.  He says then they'd change a verse or write a new bridge and they would start all over.  Singer Caleb Followill says if anyone asked him to write something more, he'd scream. 

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BLAKE SHELTON OFFERS TICKETS TO INJURED FAN

 

Blake Shelton has a soft spot for a fan who missed his concert because of a motorcycle accident.  Jonathan Daniels wrote on Shelton's Facebook page he had planned to take his girlfriend to the show in October to celebrate her birthday, but he got in the accident the day after he bought tickets.  Daniels says he spent 15 days in a hospital with multiple injuries.  Shelton responded in a video by saying the couple could have two tickets to their choice of any of his concerts.

 

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JOE LIGON OF MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY DIES

 

The singer of the gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy has died.  Joe Ligon died Sunday in Georgia at the age of 80, according to his booking agent.  Ligon founded Mighty Clouds of Joy in the 1950s and were influenced by the performance styles of R-and-B groups.  They were nicknamed ``The Temptations of Gospel'' and were the first gospel act to appear on ``Soul Train.''

Their song ``Time'' was a crossover R-and-B hit in 1974, and ``Mighty High'' was a dance hit in 1975.  Mighty Clouds of Joy won two Grammys in the 1970s and one in 1991. 

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ROLLING STONES EXTEND RECORD FOR MOST TOP-TEN ALBUMS

 

The Rolling Stones have solidified their record for the act with the most albums in the top ten of the Billboard 200 album chart.  Their new one, ``Blue and Lonesome,''

debuted at number 4 this week.  It's their 37th top-ten album.

Barbra Streisand is in second place, with 34. 

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ELTON JOHN ASKS FOR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FOR THREE CLASSIC SONGS

 

Elton John believes it's high time there was a video for ``Rocket Man.''  John and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, are holding a contest for filmmakers to make a video for that song, as well as ``Tiny Dancer'' and ``Bennie and the Jets.''

They want the ``Rocket Man'' video to feature animation, ``Tiny Dancer'' to feature live action and ``Bennie and the Jets'' to feature choreography.  John and Taupin will team with YouTube to choose the winners, who each get 10-thousand dollars.  The videos will premiere on YouTube next summer.  The competition closes January 23rd. 

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MONTEREY REVISITS POP FESTIVAL, 50 YEARS LATER

 

The city of Monterey, California, is hoping to recreate the keystone event from the Summer of Love exactly five decades later.  A festival is in the works at the Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16th to 18th, 50 years to the day from the Monterey Pop Festival.  A lineup has not yet been announced.  The original Monterey Pop Festival included The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who, The Mamas and The Papas and the Grateful Dead. 

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LIONEL RICHIE AND MARIAH CAREY PLAN CONCERTS

 

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey are going on tour together.  They will kick off the ``All The Hits Tour'' on March 15th in Baltimore. 

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JOHN LEGEND IS HALFTIME PERFORMER FOR NBA ALL-STAR GAME

 

The N-B-A loves John Legend.  He returns as the halftime performer for the N-B-A All-Star Game in New Orleans on February 19th.  Legend was the halftime performer for the 2009 game.

 He also did the national anthem before the 2013 game. 

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MISSISSIPPI CHOOSES ELVIS PRESLEY FOR ITS HALL OF FAME

 

Elvis Presley has been named to the Mississippi Hall of Fame.  The state's Department of Archives and History chose Presley as one of five people with Mississippi roots for the honour.  Presley was born in Tupelo.  The Hall of Fame is limited to five inductees every five years.  The other honorees are Evelyn Gandy, the first woman elected lieutenant governor of the state; transplant surgeon Dr James Hardy; former state Representative Aaron Henry, who was a civil-rights activist; and Ida B Wells, a journalist and women's rights advocate. 

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(The Associated Press)