MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Q-TIP - CRITICIZES GRAMMYS
It may be the Year of Rap with the Grammy nominations, but Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is wondering where the love is for them. Q-Tip posted an angry profane Instagram video blasting the Grammys for ignoring the final album from A Tribe Called Quest, ``We Got It From Here....Thank You 4 Your Service.''
Q-Tip points out Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix never won Grammys. He suggests the Grammy people ``come over to the Kennedy Center,'' where he is the new artistic director.
JUSTIN BIEBER - IMPOSTOR SENTENCED
A 50-year-old man from Waterbury, Connecticut, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for pretending to be Justin Bieber and Harry Styles to get girls to do sexual things online. Federal prosecutors say John Eastman contacted girls through online chat services in 2012 and talked them into sexually explicit conduct. Prosecutors say he kept recordings on his computer. Eastman was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation. He has 31 past convictions, including sex-related crimes.
JON PARDI - JOB HISTORY
Jon Pardi quit his first job at a grocery store because he hated the music. Pardi says he left because the music was bad and because making sure the soup cans were all facing the same way was not much fun. Pardi also worked for a Ford dealership, for an air conditioning company and for a construction company before ending up as a lifeguard. Pardi says he still does construction, only it's for himself. He says his dad is handy and his buddy is a contractor, so they work on his house.
TOM MORELLO - AUDIOSLAVE
If Tom Morello had had his way, Audioslave would have been an even more political band than Rage Against The Machine.
Morello says he discovered that great bands have to be authentic and Audioslave was not going in that direction. As a result, Morello channeled his political activism into projects like his Nightwatchman solo project and the non-profit group Axis of Justice.
Morello says he was surprised that Rage ever took off. He says when they formed, they didn't think they'd even be able to book a club date because of the band's racial makeup, the hybrid music they played and what he calls their ``neo-Marxist politics.''
BRAD DELP - MEMORABILIA AUCTION
The silver glitter platform shoes that once belonged to Boston singer Brad Delp and his New Hampshire driver's license will be auctioned off starting Dec. 5th. R-R Auction also is offering Delp's high school diploma and yearbook, all his backstage passes from the 1979 Boston tour of Europe, and his bank deposit book from 1967 through 1980 that is accompanied by a photo of Delp at Disney World with Goofy. The centerpiece of the auction is Delp's
1873 Chickering rosewood piano, estimated to sell for at least 50-thousand dollars. The items are from the personal collection of Delp's ex-wife, Micki Delp. Delp killed himself in 2007.
``ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU'' - HOLIDAY LIST
Does it seem like wherever you go lately, you hear ``All I Want For Christmas Is You?'' It's the most popular holiday song for 2017, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, based on its analysis of streaming and radio airplay data. ``A Holly Jolly Christmas'' is second, followed by ``Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.''
Number four is ``Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,'' and number five is ``Last Christmas.'' The list does not include songs in the public domain, like ``Silent Night.''
SARA BAREILLES - BROADWAY
Sara Bareilles recruited Jason Mraz to appear in the Broadway musical version of ``Waitress.'' Now she'll return to the show and they'll be in it together for two weeks. Bareilles will return to the role of Jenna beginning Jan.
16th for six weeks. Mraz is in the role of the doctor and has extended his run so they'll both perform together Jan. 16th through 28th. Bareilles wrote the score for the show.
SAMANTHA FOX - AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Maybe you remember Samantha Fox as the British underage pin-up girl who had hits with songs like ``Touch Me'' and ``Naughty Girls (Need Love Too).'' A lot happened since then, like she fell in love with a woman. In 2015, she lost her manager and partner of 16 years, Myra Stratton, to an aggressive form of cancer.
Fox writes about her life in the book ``Forever,'' which is out now.
Fox describes the book as one of ``humour, glamor and heartache.''
(The Associated Press)