MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
Adele has officially announced she and longtime partner Simon Konecki are married, weeks after hinting at a wedding.
Adele casually dropped the news while chatting with the audience at her show in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday.
She was discussing her song, ``Someone Like You,'' which describes her feelings following a breakup.
She told the crowd that she's ``addicted'' to the ``feeling when you first fall for someone.''
She says she can't have that feeling because she's ``married now.''
The announcement follows Adele's thanking of her ``husband'' following her big win at last month's Grammy awards.
Adele and Konecki have a four-year-old son.
(The Associated Press)
TOMMY PAGE - OBIT
Tommy Page of ``I'll Be Your Everything'' fame has died. Billboard-dot-com editorial director Denise Warner says Page was found dead Friday in New York of an apparent suicide. He was 46. ``I'll Be Your Everything'' was a number-one hit in 1990.
``A Shoulder To Cry On'' was the only other song of Page's that cracked the top 40, but he enjoyed a successful career in Japan. He later became an executive at Warner Brothers Records, a publisher at Billboard magazine and a vice-president at Pandora.
LOUIS TOMLINSON - ARRESTED
The lawyer for former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson says his client was arrested after a photographer ``provoked and caused the altercation.'' Attorney Martin Singer says Tomlinson was protecting his girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, and asked a photographer to stop filming as they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. The photographer made a citizen's arrest on Tomlinson after an alleged scuffle. Police took Tomlinson in custody. He was later released and is due in court March 29th.
GLADYS KNIGHT - LAWSUIT
Gladys Knight has taken her name back from her son's troubled restaurants in the Atlanta area. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports a settlement filed in Clayton County court shows Knight has severed ties with her son, Shanga Hankerson, over the Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles restaurants. Hankerson must phase out Knight's name from the business by April 26th. Knight helped Hankerson open the first restaurant in 1999. Investigators say Hankerson racked up one-million dollars in unpaid taxes, penalties and interests. All three restaurants are closed. Knight's attorney says it's a ``distinct possibility'' Knight may use her name on another restaurant. Hankerson's lawyer declined comment.
TREY SONGZ - DECLINES PLEA DEAL
Trey Songz has turned down a plea deal over his arrest in December for aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer at a Detroit concert. The Detroit Free Press reports Songz did not accept the offer during a hearing Friday but it remains open to him. The offer would reduce the felony assault charge to a misdemeanour and put Songz on two years' probation. Police say Songz became upset when told to end his performance. Police say when they came to his dressing room, Songz hit a photographer with a microphone stand and punched a police sergeant in the head. The case is heading to trial.
FUTURE - CHART HISTORY
Future has become the first act ever to have back-to-back number-ones on the Billboard 200 album chart in successive weeks. His ``HNDRXX'' album debuts at number one its first week out, taking over the top spot from Future's self-titled album, which also debuted at number one. Only five other acts have replaced themselves at number one on the album chart: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Monkees, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and Peter, Paul and Mary.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - MEETS THE GOVERNOR
Chance The Rapper's take on his meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday was, ``That went a little different than it should have.'' Chance asked for a meeting with Rauner to push for funds for Chicago Public Schools. Chance says he left ``flustered'' over ``vague answers,'' but Rauner called it a ``good exchange of views.'' Rauner says they may not agree on everything, but that's OK. Rauner says he looks forward to more discussions with Chance. When asked what his favourite Chance song is, Rauner didn't name any but called his music ``innovative and distinctive and creative.''
JAMES DURBIN - QUIET RIOT
James Durbin from the 2011 season of ``American Idol'' is the new singer for Quiet Riot. Drummer Frankie Benali tells Billboard magazine Durbin will replace Seann Nichols on vocals after the band experienced ``serious creative and personal differences'' with Nichols. Quiet Riot has had several singers since the death of original frontman Kevin Dubrow in 2007. Durbin, who's 28, wasn't even born when Quiet Riot's breakthrough album ``Metal Health'' came out, but he says he discovered Quiet Riot in the early 2000s from a video game soundtrack. The band's ``Road Rage'' album will come out April 21st with Nichols' vocals on it, and Benali acknowledges that's an uncomfortable situation. He says it's a great record but they're not that band anymore.
STEVE AOKI - CAKES
If you're a Steve Aoki fan, you know it's an honour to get caked. Aoki will throw cakes at his fans during concerts, and it's not just any old cake. Aoki says he has six pages of his rider devoted just to cake. He says they have to be very specific because someone will likely get one in the face. And while Aoki considers himself quite a businessman, he does not plan to become a dessert mogul. He says cake is not his passion like music or designing clothes and he considers cake just a fun part of the show.
KING RECORDS BUILDING - DEMOLITION
The demolition of the building that once housed King Records has been put off for at least six months. Cincinnati's Historic Conservation Board was supposed to hear the case today, but the building owner agreed with the board to delay the hearing until Aug. 27th in the hope that a deal could be made to save the building. King Records was once home to James Brown, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Joe Tex and Hawkshaw Hawkins. Building owner Dynamic Industries believes that demolishing the building would make the site more valuable for a potential sale. The city has offered 220-thousand dollars to buy the building to turn it into a small museum and recording studio.
ABBEY ROAD - RECORDING CONSOLE FOR SALE
The recording console used to record Pink Floyd's ``Dark Side Of The Moon'' album will be auctioned March 27th in New York. Bonhams auction house will sell the console used between 1971 and 1983 in Studio 2 of Abbey Road Studios. It also was used for recordings by Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Cure and Kate Bush. Producer Mike Hedges, who worked at Abbey Road, bought the console when the studio upgraded in 1983 and kept it in his personal studio. The console is in excellent working condition. It comes with letters of authenticity, a P-D-F of the operating manual and a copy of ``Dark Side of the Moon.'' A sales estimate was not given.
PARIS JACKSON - MODELING CONTRACT
Michael Jackson's daughter has joined a top modeling agency. Paris Jackson will model for I-M-G, which also represents Mick Jagger's daughter, Georgia May Jagger, as well as Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss and Bella and Gigi Hadid. Paris Jackson writes on Instagram she feels ``very lucky and blessed.'' She will make her acting debut on the Fox drama ``Star'' later this year.
COUNTRY CONCERT IN THE HILLS - FOUNDER PASSES
The founder of the Country Concert in the Hills festival in Ohio has died. Family members say Mike Barhorst died Wednesday at his home in Fort Loramie (lohr-uh-MEE'), Ohio, at the age of 77. Barhorst and his wife started the festival in 1981 at his family campground. This year's festival is July 6th-8th and features Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion.
SHAKIRA - LAWSUIT
A Cuban singer and music producer is suing Shakira and Carlos Vives, saying they copied his song for their hit ``La Bicicleta.'' Livan Rafael Castellanos, who also goes by Livam, says the song is too similar to his 1997 song ``Yo te quiero tanto.'' He says he has nothing against Shakira or Vives, but the law must decide ``whether changing a song's key is enough to make it different.'' He says his three-year-old identified his melody in ``La Bicicleta.'' Livam's suit was filed in Madrid. Sony A-T-V Music Publishing in Spain declined comment, saying it had not received notice of the lawsuit.
PETE TOWNSHEND - INSPIRATION
The artist who inspired Pete Townshend to smash his guitars has died. Gustav Metzger died Wednesday at his home in London at the age of 90, according to his publicist. Metzger came up with the concept of ``auto-destructive art'' in 1959, which melded destruction and creation. One of his pieces involved Metzger painting acid on nylon sheets so they disintegrated. Townshend attended Metzger's lecture on auto-destructive art in 1962. That was on Townshend's mind in 1964 when he accidentally broke his guitar neck on a low ceiling during a concert in London, so Townshend continued to destroy the guitar. Metzger's art was used as a backdrop during Who shows. Townshend says Metzger was ``the most gentle man you could meet'' who was also ``tough, determined and activist until the end.''
(The Canadian Press)