MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - CHARTS
Justin Timberlake has picked up his fourth number-one album. ``Man of the Woods'' debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 293-thousand units in its first week of release. Timberlake had number-one albums with parts one and two of ``The 20/20 Experience'' and with ``FutureSex/LoveSounds.''
He also had two number-one records as part of 'N Sync, ``No Strings Attached'' and ``Celebrity.''
AUTOPSY - LAS VEGAS SHOOTER'S MOTIVE
The gunman at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas was not in an altered state, according to an autopsy report released Friday. It indicates Stephen Paddock was sober when he killed 58 people, including four Canadians, and wounded more than
800 on October 1st. The report says he had anti-anxiety drugs in his system but was not under the influence of them. He was slightly overweight and had high blood pressure and bad teeth, but he was otherwise a healthy 64-year-old. A microscopic brain examination conducted at Stanford University did not reveal any clues as to why Paddock conducted the deadliest shooting in modern U-S history.
Paddock's doctor told police he suspected Paddock was bipolar, but Paddock was suspicious of medication and would only accept an anti-anxiety drug prescription.
OBIT - MR. BIG - DRUMMER - PAT TORPEY
The drummer for Mr. Big has died. Pat Torpey passed away on Wednesday from complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 64. Torpey was a founding member of Mr. Big in 1988.
Their biggest hit was ``To Be With You,'' a number-one song in 1991.
Torpey played drums on the last Mr. Big album, ``Defying Gravity,'' which came out in July.
JAY-Z - TRAYVON MARTIN RALLY
Jay-Z was a surprise guest at a peace rally held outside Miami on Saturday in memory of slain teenager Trayvon Martin. Local news outlets report Jay-Z joined Martin's parents at the Peace Walk and Peace Talk rally. Jay-Z is producing a documentary about Martin, a black teen who was fatally shot in 2012 by white neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmermann.
GUCCI MANE - MOVIE
``The Autobiography of Gucci Mane'' is going to be made into a movie. The Hollywood Reporter reports Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have picked up the rights to turn Mane's life story into a film. Mane was born in a poor area in Alabama and fell into gangs and drug-dealing when his mother moved the family to Atlanta. He spent three years in prison for firearms possession. Music was his saving grace. He hit number one as a featured act on Rae Sremmurd's (RAY SHRIM'-ers) song ``Black Beatles.''
HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS - MUSICAL
A musical based on the music of Huey Lewis and the News will be heading to Broadway. Lewis says in a video announcement the musical is an original story and not about the band. Jimmy Kimmel, who appears in the video as well, jokes he quit his job to take on the role of Lewis. Casting and run dates have not yet been announced.
LUCINDA WILLIAMS - MEMOIR
Lucinda Williams says she has a big story to tell. Williams is working on an autobiography that so far is untitled. Williams says she wants people to know what's behind her songs. Publisher Henry Holt and Company says the book will be out in 2020.
IAN ANDERSON - BACKUP PLAN
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull became a musician only because he couldn't become a policeman or a journalist. Anderson says his Plan A was to go into the police academy and his Plan B was journalism, but they both fell through. Anderson jokes that he thought, ``I guess I'll have to be a rock star instead.'' He says the police force didn't want him and he ``can't imagine why.'' His advice for novice musicians is to have a Plan B and a Plan C, because it's very hard to crack into music.
JESSICA ANDREWS - BABY
Jessica Andrews is a mom. Andrews posted an Instagram photo of herself with her baby boy, born last Tuesday. She and husband Marcel Chagnon have named him Rockwell. He's their first child.
MICHELLE BRANCH - EXPECTING
Michelle Branch says she and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney were about to send out ``save the date'' cards for their wedding when they got a surprise. She's pregnant. Branch posted her sonogram on Instagram, saying ``Baby Carney is happening this summer!'' She says they intended to marry in May but the wedding is postponed. Branch also has a 12-year-old daughter from her previous marriage to bassist Teddy Landau.
TOMMY ROE - RETIRES
Tommy Roe has announced his retirement after 55 years in music. Roe, who is 75, writes on Facebook it's been a gift to share his time with fans. He says he hopes his music continues to bring ``a smile to your hearts and joy to your life.'' Roe is known for such 1960s hits as ``Sheila,'' ''Dizzy,`` ''Hooray for Hazel`` and ''Sweet Pea.``
TRAVIS SCOTT - KEY TO HOMETOWN
Saturday was Travis Scott Day in Missouri City, Texas. Scott was given the key to the city from Mayor Allen Owen. Scott says the day was better than any day he's ever lived and it's his first award ever.
CLIFF BURTON DAY
The 93-year-old father of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton says his son would have had a huge smile on his face when he saw how his hometown had honoured him. Supervisors in Alameda County, California, declared Saturday ``Cliff Burton Day''
on what would have been Burton's 56th birthday. Burton was born in Castro Valley. He was killed in a bus accident in 1986 at the age of 24. A Metallica fan gathered 56-hundred signatures to get officials to recognize Burton.
(The Canadian Press)