MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017
MANCHESTER ARENA - REOPENING CONCERT
Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds will headline a concert to reopen Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, the site of the deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in May. The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley will perform as well at the September 9th show. Twenty-two people were killed and more than 200 injured by a suicide bomber as Grande's concert finished at the arena on May 22nd.
MANCHESTER ARENA VICTIMS' FAMILIES - COMPENSATION
The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund will distribute 324 thousand dollars to each of the families of the 22 people killed at an Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) concert in Manchester, England, three months ago. Billboard reports fund officials announced that the payments are the result of ``the phenomenal outpouring of public support following the attack.''
Manchester councilor Sue Murphy, who is the fund's chair of trustees, says the fund will take time to figure out how to distribute the rest of the money by looking at the long-term impacts of the attack. A suicide bomber detonated a backpack full of explosives at Grande's concert on May 22nd.
TAYLOR SWIFT - WINDOW MESSAGES
Taylor Swift has sent flowers to the Denver company that used Post-It notes to quote her songs on its windows during her sexual assault trial. A spokesman for Craftsy, an online site for crafts, says they are ``absolutely thrilled'' with the flowers. Swift's note thanked them for ``brightening my day for every day I was in Denver.'' The company posted lyrics from Swift's songs, like ``Fearless,'' ``Haters gonna hate'' and ``People throw rocks at things that shine'' in its windows as a show of support.
Swift won her case that stated former radio personality David Mueller (MYOO'-ler) grabbed her up her skirt during a meet-and-greet at a Denver concert in 2013.
NILE RODGERS - FIRST SHOW
Nile Rodgers claims he has missed only one show in his life. He wasn't about to make it two. Billboard reports Rodgers missed his concert with Earth, Wind and Fire in Toronto on Sunday because of an undisclosed ailment that required a hospital stay. Rodgers tweeted on Tuesday as he was discharged from the hospital was that he felt like a new man, and ``1st thing this new man wants to do is a show.'' Rodgers was back on stage in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and it was in remission in 2014.
THOMAS RHETT - BABY GIRL
Thomas Rhett is a dad for the second time in three months. Rhett announced on Instagram his wife, Lauren, gave birth to a girl on Saturday. They have named her Ada James Akins. In May, they brought home their adopted daughter, Willa Gray Akins, who is a toddler from Uganda. The couple had announced the adoption in February at the same time they announced Lauren's pregnancy.
BILL MEDLEY - ELVIS PRESLEY
Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers became friends with Elvis Presley because they both loved motorcycles and both felt lonely. Medley says they each had millions of fans, but you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.
Medley says Presley invited him to watch one of his shows from the side of the stage and that's when Medley witnessed the transformation. Medley says Presley's intro music started playing, women started screaming and Presley looked over at him. Medley says that's when he went from Elvis his buddy to Elvis Presley the star.
CHEAT CODES - ``NO PROMISES''
If you read the online comments about the song ``No Promises'' by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, there seem to be two recurring themes. One is, ``Is that Justin Bieber singing?''
and the other is, ``Demi and Trevor should be a couple.'' As for the first one, singer Trevor Dahl says it's only on that song that people think he sounds like Bieber, but since Bieber is a big star, he takes it as a compliment. As for the second, he jokes he used to be shy with Lovato but now he feels like he can ``put the mack down and see what happens.'' Bandmate Kevi Ford told Dahl he should say, ``Demi, I love you. You're beautiful. I'm ready to marry you.''
FORMER TRAIN DRUMMER - SELLING HOME
The former drummer for Train is selling his home outside Nashville that's steeped in country music tradition.
The Nashville Tennessean reports Scott Underwood and his wife, Cheryl, is asking 4.2 million dollars for the estate known as ``First Lady Acres.'' George Jones bought the house in 1974 and he lived there with Tammy Wynette until 1979. Record label owner Gayron ``Moe'' Lytle then moved in. Later, songwriter George Richey and Earl and Randy Scruggs lived there. The Underwoods bought it last year for 2.4-million dollars. The house has nine bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a gym, a pool, a theatre, a safe room and a helicopter pad.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: WHERE'S THE DRUMMER?!
Belle and Sebastian left something important behind during a pit stop on their way to a gig in St. Paul, Minnesota: their drummer. Singer Stuart Murdoch tells KCMP-FM in St. Paul the band stopped at a Walmart in Dickinson, North Dakota, and they accidentally left drummer Richard Colburn behind.
Colburn was in his pyjamas and only had a credit card on him.
Murdoch says Colburn had left his phone and I-D on the bus, and Colburn waited four hours, thinking someone would notice. The rest of the band had fallen asleep. Murdoch says they used to have a system for accounting for everyone but abandoned it when everyone got phones. The band even tweeted to fans for help getting Colburn to the concert. Colburn was able to get on a plane, even without an I-D, and made Tuesday's show in time.
DOLLY PARTON - KIDS ALBUM
Dolly Parton is putting out her first children's album. Parton wrote and recorded all the songs for the album ``I Believe In You.'' It includes a new version of her song ``Coat of Many Colors,'' as well as Parton reading the book version of the song. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to her Imagination Library, which provides books to more than one million children. The digital version of ``I Believe In You'' comes out September 29th, with physical albums available October 13th.
``A A A A A VERY GOOD SONG'' - HOT SELLER ON ITUNES
Why would nearly ten minutes of silence be a hot seller on iTunes? It's all in the name. ``A a a a a Very Good Song'' by Samir Mezrahi is in the top 50 on i-Tunes. For a lot of smartphones that are plugged into car stereo systems, the songs play alphabetically by default. With a title like that, users get a bit of quiet for a few minutes. You'd think silence would be free, but iTunes is charging 99 cents for the track.
SHANIA TWAIN - ACTING
Shania Twain will appear in John Travolta's upcoming racing movie. Variety reports Twain has joined the cast of ``Trading Paint.'' Travolta plays a former dirt track racing legend whose son joins a competitor's racing team. The details of Twain's role were not given. The movie will also feature Michael Madsen, Kevin Dunn and Toby Sebastian from ``Game of Thrones.'' Production began this week in Alabama.
DRAKE - OFF THE HOT 100 CHART
For the first time in eight years, Drake is not on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. His songs ``Passionfruit'' and ``Signs'' were hovering near the bottom of last week's chart and fall off completely this week. It all started when his song ``Best I Ever Had'' debuted on the chart on May 23rd, 2009.
He's been on the Hot 100 every week since, either as a lead artist or as a featured act. His streak ends with 431 weeks on the chart.
The closest contender is Lil Wayne, with 326 weeks. Rihanna is third with 216 weeks.
QUEEN LATIFAH - AWARD - DIDDY'S REVOLT CONFERENCE
Diddy is giving Queen Latifah an award. Queen Latifah will receive the Icon Award during Diddy's REVOLT music conference in Miami in mid-October. She will be honoured for her accomplishments in music, film and television. Lauryn Hill, S-Z-A and Daniel Caesar will perform at the gala. Diddy started the REVOLT channel in 2013.
CMA'S - JO WALKER-MEADOR DEATH
Former Country Music Association executive director Jo Walker-Meador has died. The C-M-A says she died yesterday in Nashville at the age of 93. She was the C-M-A's office manager when it was created in 1958. She became the executive director in 1962 and held that position for 29 years. While Walker-Meador was in charge, the C-M-A launched the fundraiser to build the Country Music Hall of Fame, started the annual C-M-A Awards television show and created Fan Fair, the precursor to the C-M-A Festival. Walker-Meador admitted when she first started with C-M-A, she didn't know anything about country music.
(The Associated Press)