MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016
A London judge is telling Madonna and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie that it would be a tragedy if the final days of their son's childhood were taken up by a custody dispute. Judge Alistair MacDonald says it would be best if 15-year-old Rocco could spend time with both parents. MacDonald urged them for a second time to find an amicable resolution. Rocco currently lives with Ritchie in London, but Madonna wants him returned to her custody in the U.S.
She launched legal action both in the U.S. and in Britain. MacDonald has agreed to Madonna's request to halt the British proceedings. A New York judge also has urged Madonna and Ritchie to work out an agreement.
The Go-Go's will spend the summer saying goodbye.
Rolling Stone reports The Go-Go's will embark on a one-month farewell tour beginning August 2 in Clearwater, Florida. It will include four of the five original members, but not bassist Kathy Valentine. She settled a lawsuit against the group two years ago.
The band say they can't wait to get on the road and give people what they want, ``Some loud, fast music and a great party!''
For Wynonna, using vintage instruments to make a record was like getting a makeover. Wynonna says she never sounded so vulnerable or so sassy as when she sang into a vintage microphone for her ``Wynonna and the Big Noise'' album. She says after singing next to a stand-up bass, she wanted a cigarette, even though she doesn't even smoke. She says fans can hear her breathing on the record and they love it because it's like she's talking to them.
LAURA JANE GRACE
Singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will tell her story of drug addiction, depression and her transition from male to female. Her upcoming autobiography is called ``Tranny:
Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.'' It will be based on Grace's journal entries going back to her childhood. The book comes out November 15.
STUDENT DIES AT ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
A University of Miami student has died while attending the Ultra Music Festival over the weekend in Miami. Police say 21-year-old Adam Levine -- not the Maroon 5 singer -- died after being taken to a hospital on Friday. Ultra's chief of security says guards noticed a man in distress and called paramedics. A cause of death has not been released. The Ultra Music Festival featured David Guetta, Zedd, Prodigy, Deadmau5 and Kaskade.
DOLLY PARTON-KATY PERRY
Dolly Parton and Katy Perry will team up for a performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards. It will be the first time they've ever performed live together. Parton will also get an award for her TV special ``Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors'' for promoting country music through movies. The ACMS will be April 3 in Las Vegas and shown live on CBS.
SNOOP DOGG TEAMS WITH ADIDAS FOR FOOTBALL CLEAT
Snoop Dogg wants your feet on the football field to scream ``money.'' He's designed a football cleat for Adidas that features a gold-colored sole and the digitally printed image of a 100-dollar bill on the upper. The Adizero 5-Star 5.0 Snoop Cleats retail for 120-dollars.
``NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!'' GOES BROADWAY
The ``Now That's What I Call Music!'' compilation series has branched off into power ballads, country songs and even Halloween music. Now it's doing a Broadway edition. It will includes songs like ``Tomorrow'' from ``Annie,'' ''Seasons of Love`` from ''Rent`` and ''Defying Gravity`` from ''Wicked.`` Other songs will be from the shows ''Cats,`` ''Chicago,`` ''The Phantom of the Opera,`` ''A Chorus Line,`` ''The Lion King`` and ''Jersey Boys.`` It comes out April 29th.
TINA FEY, ANGELA BASSETT, JADA PINKETT SMITH TO BE HONORED
You know them from seeing them on movies and TV. But people like Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cynthia Nixon and Kathie Lee Gifford are also getting recognition for their work on the other side of the camera. The five will be honoured by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with its 41st annual Gracie Awards. The head of the foundation says their success is a boost to future generations of women who want careers in the media.
Lacy Mandigo from ``The Voice'' is 2-for-2 _ on her dreams. She says she dreamed Christina Aguilera would turn her chair around during the blind auditions. She did. Last night, Lacy was up against former kid star Alisan Porter from ``Curly Sue''
in a Battle Round. Lacy was dropped by Team Xtina. But Lacy says she dreamt she'd be saved by Team Blake _ and she was. Both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton wanted her but Lacy decided to go with Team Blake.
Tonight, more Battle Rounds on The Voice.
(The Associated Press)