MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018
CARRIE UNDERWOOD INJURY
Just how bad is the injury to Carrie Underwood's face? Underwood told members of her fan club on New Year's Day that she had 40 to 50 stitches in her face in the fall at her house in November that also resulted in a broken wrist. She warns she's ``not quite looking the same.'' She posted an Instagram photo last week that shows just her eyes and top of her nose as she's bundled in a scarf and hat. Underwood might not being out in public soon anyway, because she says she's going into the studio next week.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TEASES NEW ALBUM
Justin Timberlake has announced a new album called ``Man of the Woods'' coming February 2nd. Timberlake says in a video the album is inspired by his son, wife and family, but more than anything, where he's from. The video shows Timberlake running through snowy fields, immersed in a pond, sitting next to a bonfire and in the studio with Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams. His wife, Jessica Biel, and their son Silas make brief appearances. The album will come out two days before Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show.
PETA CALLS OUT LUKE BRYAN OVER BABY KANGAROOS
The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for an investigation of Luke Bryan after his wife posted a photo of two baby kangaroos that were a gift. PETA says baby kangaroos ``belong in their mothers' pouches, not in gift bags.'' The group warns kangaroos have specialized diets and need room to roam and will only get more difficult to care for as they grow. Bryan's wife, Caroline, had posted a photo of the two kangaroos wearing diapers and lying in front of a fireplace with the hashtag ``BrettsBarn,'' an animal farm established in memory of the Bryans' niece. The Bryans have not responded to PETA's statement.
STRAY CATS REUNITE
The Stray Cats will do their first performance together in 10 years. Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom will headline the ``Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend'' in Las Vegas on April 21st. Jerry Lee Lewis and Duane Eddy also are part of the lineup.
MUSIC PRODUCER RICK HALL DIES
One of the creators of the ``Muscle Shoals sound'' has died. Music producer Rick Hall of FAME Recording Studios in northwestern Alabama died today after a fight with cancer. He was 85. Hall helped make such hits as Percy Sledge's ``When A Man Loves A Woman'' and Aretha Franklin's ``I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).'' He also produced songs for The Osmond Brothers, Tom Jones, George Jones, Jerry Reed and Reba McEntire.
Hall was featured in the 2013 documentary ``Muscle Shoals.'' Jason Isbell says Hall gave him his first job in music and nobody ever worked harder than Hall.
ED SHEERAN HAS GUEST ROLE ON ``THE SIMPSONS''
Ed Sheeran will be a guest on ``The Simpsons'' on Sunday. He plays a musician in a parody of ``La La Land.''
(The Associated Press)