MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Julie London's ``Cry Me A River'' and Metallica's ``Master of Puppets'' are among the recordings the Library of Congress have determined are worth keeping for the ages.
The National Recording Registry preserves recordings of cultural or historical significance. This year's batch includes ``Mama Tried'' by Merle Haggard, ``Where Did Our Love Go'' by The Supremes, ``I Will Survive'' by Gloria Gaynor, ``Piano Man'' by Billy Joel and both the Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin versions of ``Mack the Knife.'' It also includes the albums ``A Love Supreme'' by John Coltrane, ``It's My Way'' by Buffy Sainte-Marie and ``Abraxas'' by Santana.
IRON MAIDEN'S TOURING PLANE IS REPAIRED
Ed Force One is back in the skies. The Boeing 747 that Iron Maiden uses as its touring plane was damaged in a ground accident in Santiago, Chile, on March 12. Both left side engines needed replacing and new ones were flown in from Germany.
That was no easy feat, given that each one weighs more than 11,000 pounds. Everything was put in place, including the decals featuring the Iron Maiden mascot, Eddie. Ed Force One met up with the band in Brazil and will transport Iron Maiden, their tour personnel and 20 tons of equipment to New York for their show at Madison Square Garden next week.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD ENLISTS MUSIC FRIENDS TO MARK MIKE FISHER'S 1,000th GAME
Carrie Underwood called in some favors to help her husband, Nashville Predators star Mike Fisher, celebrate his 1,000th game. Underwood starred in a congratulatory video that was played for Fisher during the Predators game against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Brad Paisley also appeared in the video, congratulating Fisher for his hockey career and adding, ``There's definitely a special place in heaven for you for also putting up with that wife of yours.'' Bono sang a version of The Proclaimers' song ``500 Miles'' to reflect Fisher's 1,000 games. Rascal Flatts congratulate him for being a good curler and for having ``a hot wife.'' Others who offer their best wishes include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Michael W. Smith, Vince Gill and fellow NHL players.
BOBBY RYDELL PLANS MEMOIR
Bobby Rydell plans to tell what really happens in the life of a pop star. Rydell will put out an autobiography called ``Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances'' on May 4. Rydell will detail his rise to fame with songs like ``Volare'' and ``Wild One.'' He'll also discuss some unpleasant aspects of his life, like the death of his first wife, his alcohol abuse and his double-transplant surgery that saved his life.
JAMES FORTUNE STARTS SERVING JAIL TIME
James Fortune is in a Texas jail serving five days for assaulting his wife. Court records show that Fortune turned himself in on Monday night to a jail in Richmond, Texas.
Fortune entered a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to assault on a family member stemming from an incident in 2014. He must also serve five years of probation, do community service and avoid contact with his estranged wife. Fortune has had a string of gospel hits including ``I Believe,'' ``Hold On'' and ``I Trust You.''
Team Xtina gets the last steal of the Battle Rounds on ``The Voice.'' The Battle Rounds wrapped up last night, with Christina Aguilera picking up Trey O'Dell, a college student from Arkansas. He was dropped by Team Blake. Next week, The Voice moves a step closer to the live broadcasts. The remaining contestants will face off in the Knockouts, with their coaches deciding who gets to stay on for the live rounds.
Back in the day, when people thought of music and television, the image was of music videos, concerts and the occasional reality show or appearance as a judge on a singing competition. But lately, the trend has been toward having artists tell their stories through their own lenses. For example. Mariah Carey wears the producer's hat on ``Mariah's World,'' a documentary-series that will chase her around on tour and as she plans her wedding to an Australian businessman. Nicki Minaj is producing a comedy based on her childhood. 50 Cent is doing a variety show in which he will also serve as host. And Christina Aguilera is doing a music-based game show called ``Trackers,'' which is being developed for Spike TV.
Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem are among the acts that will play in Chicago for the 25th anniversary of the Lollapalooza music festival.
The lineup was released early Wednesday on Lollapalooza's website. It also includes Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell's band Jane's Addiction.
The festival will start Thursday, July 28, and run through Sunday, July 31. Organizers added a fourth day this year to mark the anniversary. There will be more than 170 musical performances.
Farrell started Lollapalooza in 1991, which was a tour until 1997. It was on hiatus from 1998 to 2003, and the 2004 event was cancelled because of poor ticket sales. In 2005, it found a home in Chicago's Grant Park.
(The Associated Press)