MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE SELLS MUSIC CATALOG
The Beatles music catalogue will no longer be in the possession of Michael Jackson's estate. Sony will buy Jackson's stake of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue for 750 million dollars. It includes works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eminem and Taylor Swift, but it does not include Jackson's master recordings or publishing. Jackson bought his stake in the A-T-V portion of the catalogue in 1985 for 41.5 million dollars and later merged it with Sony. It was the asset that made him the most money at the time of his death in 2009, but Jackson was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt by then.
TRISHA YEARWOOD IS NERVOUS AHEAD OF SUNDAY'S AIRING OF ``THE PASSION''
Trisha Yearwood is hoping for divine inspiration as she portrays Mary in a T-V retelling of the story of Jesus' death. Yearwood says she's out of her element with ``The Passion'' because it's live T-V and she has five songs to sing. She says she has seriously asked her friends to pray for her.
``Telenova'' star Jencarlos Canela will portray Jesus, Chris Daughtry plays Judas, Seal will be Pontius Pilate and Prince Royce plays Peter. The program will use songs like Hoobastank's ``The Reason,'' Tina Turner's ``We Don't Need Another Hero'' and Imagine Dragons' ``Demons.'' Daughtry says the basis of the story is universal: ``love, compassion, acceptance and forgiving.'' ''The Passion`` airs live on Fox on Sunday.
PRODUCER PONDERING WHETHER TO INCLUDE DR. LUKE IN MINISERIES ABOUT POP MUSIC
The maker of an upcoming miniseries about the modernization of pop music is reconsidering using an interview with producer Dr. Luke. Jeff Dupre, the producer of the P-B-S series ``Soundbreaking,'' says he's discussed the issue with his colleagues over the last couple of weeks and they haven't made a decision. The miniseries is being screened this week at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Kesha and Dr. Luke are involved in a legal battle. She says he raped her a decade ago and he says she's making it up to get out of her contract.
ESPERANZA SPALDING RELEASES ``EMILY'S D + EVOLUTION''
You can credit the new album ``Emily's D + Evolution'' to Esperanza Spalding, but she credits it to Emily.
That's the alter ego she channels for the new direction of her music. Emily also happens to be her middle name. Spalding calls Emily a name for a process ``when you sense that there's something pent up that you haven't been developing.'' Spalding says the rock group Cream and Joni Mitchell's ``Hejira'' album are her latest inspirations. Spalding also looks a bit different these days.
Instead of an afro, she wears braids and big glasses. She says it's part of her desire to get in touch with ``that fundamental ground floor of my expression.''
MADONNA SAYS SHE DOESN'T PERFORM DRUNK
Once again, Madonna is defending herself against rumours that she was in an altered state on stage. She plays a character who does a shot onstage during her current world tour.
Madonna wrote on Instagram on Tuesday she would never perform high or drunk. She says it's ``too bad people don't know the art of acting and playing a character.'' She calls the accusations that she was drunk ``sexist.'' In January, Madonna wrote on Instagram she never drinks and performs, and no one would make those accusations of a man. She said at the time she made a joke about doing a comedy act dressed as a clown and being able to drink alcohol.
HOZIER'S ``ARSONIST'S LULLABYE'' SEES BOOST AFTER ``WALKING DEAD''
It was a good career move for Hozier to allow his song ``Arsonist's Lullabye'' to be used in the March 6th episode of ``The Walking Dead.'' Billboard reports the song had a three-thousand-per-cent gain in sales the week after the episode ran. It also set a record on the music-identifying app Shazam for the most tags on a single song, with 195-thousand. ``Arsonist's Lullabye'' was used in the trailer for season 6 last summer.
DOLLY PARTON DISCUSSES REISSUE OF ``TRIO'' ALBUM
New tracks from the ``Trio'' sessions featuring Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt will be released, but it's unlikely we'll see a reunion of the three to do the songs live. Ronstadt has Parkinson's disease and is unable to sing. Parton says it's ``just the saddest thing in the world'' that Ronstadt can't sing anymore. She says they hope that perhaps Ronstadt will be able to appear with her and Harris and just speak, but they haven't confirmed that. As for the new ``Trio'' music, Parton says they had recorded several tracks that had not been released, then recorded more songs that became the original ``Trio'' record. The previously unreleased tracks will come out with reissues of ``Trio'' and ``Trio 2'' in September.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA CREATES GAME SHOW
Christina Aguilera is the mastermind behind a new music game show that will run on Spike T-V. The Hollywood Reporter reports the show ``Tracks'' will feature contestants trying to guess songs after hearing only one instrument track, like just the bass or guitar. Surprise celebrity music guests will appear to play songs that may or may not be their own. Aguilera will be an executive producer. The show is scheduled to air later this year.
One of the kids on ``The Voice'' this season is getting a second chance. Fifteen-year-old Shalya Fearing was dropped by Christina Aguilera during last night's ``Battle Rounds.''
But she was picked by Pharrell Williams in a steal. Williams says Shalya was so talented she deserves to be on the show. Each of the coaches get two so-called steals during this stage of the competition. That's when they pick up a performer dropped by another coach. Next week, the Battle Rounds continue on The Voice.
(The Associated Press)