MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
Dave Hlubek, founding member of Jacksonville band, Molly Hatchet, dead at 66.
More info to come
Lady Gaga fans were left disappointed last night when the pop star cancelled her show at Montreal's Bell Centre. The singer tweeted at that she got sick while singing in the rain during her recent show at New York's Citi Field. Lady Gaga later tweeted that she was sending free pizza to any of her fans outside The William Gray hotel in Montreal. Promoter Live Nation said Lady Gaga has been told by her doctor to reschedule due to respiratory infection and laryngitis and suggested fans hold on to their tickets. Lagy Gaga is scheduled to bring her Joanne World Tour to Toronto's Air Canada Centre tomorrow and Thursday.
COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS
He had one of the biggest hits of the summer. But Sam Hunt didn't get as much love as he could have when the Country Music Association nominations came out. While the song ``Body Like a Back Road'' did get nods for top single and top song, Hunt himself wasn't nominated for best male vocalist or for entertainer of the year. Overall, the top nominee is Miranda Lambert, who has five.
Little Big Town and Keith Urban have four nods each. Also picking up a nomination: Taylor Swift who rules the pop world these days. She's up for song of the year for writing ``Better Man,'' which is performed by Little Big Town. Winners will be announced at ceremony set for Nov. 8 in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host.
GARTH BROOKS - COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Garth Brooks is showing he still has plenty left in the creative tank. The veteran country music star will be in the running for his sixth entertainer of the year award when the Country Music Association Awards are handed out this fall. If he wins, it will mark his third straight win in that category. What makes that even more remarkable is that the back-to-back wins come after Brooks came back from ``retirement.'' Along with Brooks, nominees for entertainer of the year are Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.
BEYONCE - BIRTHDAY
Beyonce turned 36 yesterday. But she took steps to make sure others in need could share in the receiving. She posted a series of photos from her birthday bash on her website and included links urging fans to donate to charities helping Houston recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Among those attending Beyonce's bash were former first lady Michelle Obama and tennis star Serena Williams.
MICHAEL JACKSON - ``THRILLER 3D''
Michael Jackson died more than eight years ago. But director John Landis says he's ``still upset'' by his passing. Landis says Jackson was one of the ``truly great performers'' and says he still hasn't wrapped his head around the idea that he's gone. Landis has screened a 3-D version of Jackson's ``Thriller'' video at the Venice Film Festival. Landis, who directed the original 1983 clip, says the sad part about the rerelease is that Jackson isn't here to see it. Landis says he thinks Jackson ``would love it.''
WALTER BECKER - REMEMBERED
Steely Dan had some of the biggest rock hits during the 1970s and early 1980s. But chances are, most music fans wouldn't recognize the co-founders of the group if they saw them on the street. With the death of Walter Becker the other day, the music world is remembering the group as one that churned out a number of big hits in a short span of time. And both Becker and co-founder Donald Fagen were able to escape the relentless spotlight that dogged many other artists of their era. But fellow musicians were quick to appreciate their efforts. A number of acts from diverse musical quarters from Bette Midler to Questlove and Bootsy Collins have offered tributes on social media after Becker's death.
TAYLOR SWIFT - SINGLE
We don't know yet how it will do in sales. But Taylor Swift's latest song has already captivated the online world.
``Ready For It'' is a trending topic on Twitter. The release is the second from Swift's new album, ``Reputation.'' The first was ``Look What You Made Me Do.''
(The Associated Press)