MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018
BRIAN WILSON - ``A'' ON ``SURFIN'''
Nearly 60 years after the fact, Brian Wilson has finally gotten an ``A'' on a high school writing assignment that initially earned him an ``F.'' Wilson posted a photo on social media of his visit to his old school, Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, California, last week. Wilson appealed the failing grade he got from his high school music teacher, Fred Morgan, in 1959 on a composition that ended up being ``Surfin',''
The Beach Boys' first hit. The principal, Dr. Vanessa Landesfeind, approved the change to give Wilson an ``A.''
CRANBERRIES - MUSIC SALES
The death of singer Dolores O'Riordan has created a surge of interest in Cranberries music. Billboard reports sales of Cranberries music jumped more than 11-thousand per cent in the day after O'Riordan's death on Monday, as compared to the previous day. On Sunday, The Cranberries had sold a negligible number of downloads, but by Monday, 10-thousand downloads of the song ``Linger'' were sold, nine-thousand of the song ``Zombie'' and eight-thousand of ``Dreams.''
DOLLY PARTON - WORLD RECORDS
Dolly Parton has earned two spots in the newest version of Guinness World Records. Parton has been recognized for ``Most decades with a top 20 hit on the U-S Hot Country Songs Chart'' and ``Most hits on the U-S Hot Country Songs Chart by a female artist.'' Parton has had country hits across six decades, starting with ``Something Fishy'' in 1967 and most recently with Pentatonix for a remake of ``Jolene.'' Parton says she's never dwelt on being commercial when she writes, and she always writes from her heart.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - ALBUM INSPIRATION
One of the guest performers on Justin Timberlake's new album is his two-year-old son, Silas. He appears on the track ``Young Man'' on Timberlake's new album, ``Man of the Woods.'' Timberlake said at a listening party for the album in New York on Tuesday that he got the idea for the ``Man of the Woods'' album from Silas, whose name means ``living in the woods.'' Other guests on the album are Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton. ``Man of the Woods'' comes out Feb. 2nd.
CAMILA CABELLO - OBAMA PRAISE
Camila Cabello cried when she found out former U-S President Barack Obama considered her song ``Havana'' as one of his favourite songs of the past year. Cabello says she found out on New Year's Eve, filmed it and sent it to all her friends. Cabello says it was a ``life highlight'' for her. How big? She says if she ever has a baby, the baby will be second to having Obama say that.
Really? ``Just kidding!'' she says.
HOWARD STERN - BON JOVI - ROCK HALL
Jon Bon Jovi says Howard Stern was always his first choice for inducting Bon Jovi into the Rock Hall. Bon Jovi says on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show he felt the career of the band and Stern's career were parallel over the years. Stern turned him down initially, because, according to Stern, he's been asked before and said no. Stern says he also was afraid he was going to mess it up and Bon Jovi would be miserable. The Rock Hall inductions are April 14th in Cleveland. The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone also will be inducted.
(The Associated Press)