MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017
RANDY TRAVIS - DUI FOOTAGE
Randy Travis' team is still hoping to stop the release of dash-cam footage from Travis' D-U-I arrest in 2012, even though a judge paved the way for its release as soon as today.
Travis' team has started a petition at Change-dot-org to keep the footage private. A federal judge denied Travis' request to stop the Texas Department of Safety from releasing the footage, which shows Travis naked and ranting. Travis' family had argued because his speech is impaired from a stroke suffered in 2013, he can't comment on or defend his actions. The judge said the case did not show a substantial likelihood of succeeding. The Texas attorney general agreed to redact portions of the footage because Travis is naked.
Travis' attorney has filed motions to get the ordered stayed while he appeals.
AD-ROCK - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT - FATHER
When Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys was forced to choose sides between his father, award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz _ and nine women accusing his dad of sexual misconduct, Ad Rock chose the women. The New York Times reports the women have accused the elder Horovitz of fondling and rape. One of the women was Ad-Rock's former high school girlfriend. Ad-Rock says in a statement to The New York Times, ``I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.''
DMX - TAX FRAUD
D-M-X faces jail time after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Prosecutors say he dodged 1.7-million in taxes by insisting on being paid in cash and by having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of financial surrogates. Authorities say the I-R-S has been going after D-M-X since at least 2005. He faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is set for March 29th, but that date will probably be postponed while he's seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
GLEN CAMPBELL - WILL
Glen Campbell cut three of his eight children out of his will. The Nashville Tennessean reports records filed in Davidson Probate Court in Nashville indicate Campbell stated he was ``specifically excluding'' his daughter Kelli and his sons William and Wesley from any part of his estate. The will is dated Sept. 1st, 2006, and names his wife, Kim, as executor. Campbell revealed in 2011 he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He was married four times. A hearing on the will is scheduled for Jan. 18th. Campbell's estate is estimated to be worth at least 50-million dollars.
MODEST MOUSE - LAWSUIT
Singer Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse is being sued over a traffic accident last year in Portland, Oregon. Brock fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a City of Portland pickup truck, which hit a Subaru, which hit another Subaru, which likely hit another car that left the scene. Police could not confirm intoxication, so Brock was cited for careless driving and paid a fine of 435-dollars. City employee Cassidy Kane, who was driving the pickup, is suing Brock for 865-thousand. Her lawsuit says she suffered herniated disks in her spine and she still has pain and numbness from tissue and muscle damage.
KELLY CLARKSON - INSTRUMENT
Kelly Clarkson admits she never became proficient at playing a musical instrument because she couldn't immediately be great at it. Clarkson says she tried piano but discovered she couldn't play Beethoven right away, so she quit. She says she tried guitar but found out she couldn't play Jimi Hendrix.
Clarkson says she knew if she was going to go to college, she needed to earn a vocal scholarship, so she put all her effort into that and had no patience to learn more music. She's a bit jealous of those who play instruments, though. Clarkson says if those players have the flu, they can still play, but she can't sing if she has the flu.
BEYONCE - SELENA GOMEZ - INSTAGRAM
Beyonce's photo announcing her pregnancy with twins is Instagram's most-liked photo of 2017. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo announcing the birth of his daughter is second. Selena Gomez's photo lying in the hospital next to her kidney donor, Francia Raisa , is third. Selena Gomez is the most-followed celebrity on Instagram, with more than 130-million. Ronaldo is second with 116-million, and Beyonce is third with 115-million.
FLORENCE WELCH - POETRY BOOK
Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine will publish a book of poetry next summer. ``Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry'' will feature lyrics, never-before-seen poetry and sketches. Welch writes in the preface the term ``useless magic''
comes from her feeling that songs are subconscious warnings she doesn't understand until years later, or a prediction that comes true that she couldn't stop. The book will be out July 5th.
(The Associated Press)