MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
JOSH HOMME - TWO APOLOGIES
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme (HOM'-ee) has apologized for kicking a photographer while onstage. Then he apologized again. Video from the band's concert near Los Angeles Saturday shows Homme swinging his leg into a camera. Photographer Chelsea Lauren writes on Instagram the camera smashed into her face and she had to get medical treatment. Homme tweeted an apology, saying he was ``in a state of being lost in performance'' and thought he was kicking lighting equipment. He later posted a two-minute video apologizing to Lauren by name, saying he wants to be a good man but that night he failed.
BULLIED KID - SNOOP DOGG - JUSTIN BIEBER
The kid from Knoxville, Tennessee, who went online to complain about bullies who said he has no friends now can count Snoop Dogg, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Kelsea Ballerini among his friends. Keaton Jones said in his video other students called him ugly, made fun of him and poured milk on him. He questioned the point of bullying and urged others to not let it bother them. Snoop says Keaton has ``a friend for life'' in him. Bieber calls Keaton ``a legend'' for still having compassion. Among the others who have pledged to be Keaton's friend are Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Hailee Steinfeld, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Cole Swindell and Ricky Martin.
Cardi B calls out the bullies on her Instagram, saying ``That's not gangsta!''
TINA TURNER - SECOND BOOK
Tina Turner has survived a life-threatening illness. You'll have to wait until her book comes out next year to find out the details. Turner is working on a sequel to her 1986 autobiography, ``I Tina.'' It's called ``Tina Turner: My Love Story.'' She promises she will write about finding love and an illness she never disclosed before. The book will come out in October.
COUNTRY - REAL-VERSUS-FAKE CHRISTMAS TREES
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is planning a Christmas memory this year. It's either the year he has a glorious real Christmas tree for once, or the year the tree aggravates his allergies so much that his throat closes up. Kelley says because Lady A is taking a break, he figured he could risk it. Brett Eldredge can sympathize. He got a real Christmas tree for the first time last year and had to get rid of it after two days because he was sneezing so badly. Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay thought he'd avoid the mess of a real tree by getting an artificial one. He says it made just as much of a mess when he got it out of storage because the fake snow on it kept coming off. Reba McEntire grew up with real trees but did not like having to maintain them. She says she goes fake now because with a fake tree, ``you can just sit there and look at it.''
MARY J. BLIGE - GOLDEN GLOBES
Mary J. Blige says she had to disconnect from herself to play a sharecropper's wife in the film ``Mudbound.''
Blige says she wears a lot of wigs and weaves, but director Dee Rees wanted her hair to have ``nappy edges'' for the character of Florence. Blige says it was hard to let go of the Mary that everyone knows, but ``Florence actually liberated Mary.'' Blige got two Golden Globes nominations for her work on ``Mudbound,'' one for acting and one for co-writing the song ``Mighty River.'' Her competition for best song includes Mariah Carey, who co-wrote ``The Star'' from the film of the same name, and Nick Jonas, who co-wrote ``Home'' from ``Ferdinand.'' The other best song nominees are ``Remember Me'' from ``Coco'' and ``This Is Me'' from ``The Greatest Showman.'' Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is nominated for best score for ``Phantom Thread.'' The Golden Globes are Jan. 7th.
(The Associated Press)