MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Hedley's management drops band amid sexual misconduct allegations
The management team representing the pop-rock group Hedley has terminated all ``business relationships with the band.''
A statement released Friday by Watchdog Management and the Feldman Agency cited ``the multiple allegations against Hedley'' as the reason for the decision.
The rockers _ fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison _ are under fire in the wake of a flurry of claims from anonymous Twitter users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band.
A statement issued by the band calls the allegations ``unsubstantiated.''
On Thursday, Corus Radio announced it had suspended all airplay of Hedley songs across its 39 music stations, as did other stations in Edmonton and Vancouver.
The Junos also dropped the Vancouver group from the upcoming televised awards bash in what was called a joint decision with the band ``after careful consideration of the situation.''
(The Canadian Press)
SMASHING PUMPKINS - TOUR
Three-quarters of the original lineup of Smashing Pumpkins have announced a tour. Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha will kick off the ``Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour'' in Glendale, Arizona, on July 12th. The band and original bassist D'arcy Wretzky have been going back and forth in the media about whether Wretzky was welcomed to participate. Later-era Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will join as part of a three-guitar lineup. Tickets go on sale to the general public next Friday.
DAVID COOK - ``KINKY BOOTS''
David Cook will be stepping into ``Kinky Boots'' on Broadway. Billboard reports Cook will play the role of Charlie Price, the son of a shoe factory owner who takes over his father's business. Cook's debut is April 3rd. He takes over the role currently played by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix will extend her run with the production until April 26th. Cook also is releasing an E-P today called ``Chromance.''
TOMMY LEE - ENGAGED
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is giving marriage another go. He announced his engagement on Instagram on Valentine's Day to former Vine star Brittany Furlan. He posted a video of her sparkling engagement ring and the caption, ``Well this certainly beats chocolates!'' He's 55, she's 31. It will be Lee's fourth marriage.
COUNTRY MUSICIANS - PUMPED FOR CONCERTS
Before a concert, Brett Eldredge is either chilling with his dog or dancing to dumb songs with his band.
Eldredge says his dog is good at relaxing his mind, and if he can dance to a silly song and feel ``fun and goofy,'' then it's good for his performance. Maddie and Tae's Taylor Dye says they dance to songs before concerts too, and they tell each other how grateful they are to be there. Lindsay Ell says she does push-ups with her band to get warmed up. Chris Young says before concerts, he does a shot with his band and they ``tell each other not to suck.''
GRAMMYS - NOMINEES - GENDER MAKEUP
The Recording Academy is admitting to its members that it needs to be more inclusive to women, but it says it's not as exclusive as a recent study indicated. A University of Southern California study found that between 2012 and 2017, 90.7 of Grammy nominees were male and 9.3 per cent were female, but that looked at only five categories. In a letter sent to members that was obtained by The Associated Press, the academy says in looking at all Grammy categories in the same time period, 17 per cent of nominees were women. The letter says, ``Women are 50 per cent of our world. We need their voice and presence at every level.''
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL - LINEUP
Kaskade, Afrojack, Diplo and Marshmello are part of the lineup for the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Unlike past years, the festival will be in May rather than June to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Last year's festival was in the middle of a heat wave. Martin Garrix, Zedd and Khalid also will perform for this year's festival, set for May 18th-20th.
(The Associated Press)