MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018
MARTIN GARRIX - OLYMPICS
Martin Garrix recalls watching Tiesto perform at the Olympics opening ceremony in 2004 and that inspired him to become a D-J. Now he's the one leading the party at the Olympics. Garrix was the last D-J who performed at last night's closing ceremony. Garrix writes on Instagram he can only hope and dream that he inspired someone the way that Tiesto did for him.
THE CRYSTALS - BARBARA ANN ALSTON - OBIT
Singer Barbara Ann Alston of The Crystals has died. The Charlotte Observer reports Alston died of the flu Feb. 16th in Charlotte at the age of 74. Alston sang lead on The Crystals' hit ``There's No Other (Like My Baby)'' and backup on ``Da Doo Ron Ron'' and ``Then He Kissed Me.'' The Crystals' biggest hit, ``He's A Rebel,'' was actually recorded by Darlene Love and The Blossoms.
ROBIN THICKE - BABY DAUGHTER
Robin Thicke is a dad again. He writes on Instagram his new daughter, Mia Love Thicke, was born on Thursday.
Her mother is Thicke's girlfriend, April Love Geary. Thicke also has a 7-year-old son, Julian, from his marriage to actress Paula Patton.
YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE - ARRESTED
YoungBoy Never Broke Again has been arrested in Florida on a fugitive warrant from Georgia. Sheriff's records show YoungBoy, A-K-A Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, was booked yesterday in Tallahassee. The sheriff's report says YoungBoy fled from justice in Waycross, Georgia. It's not known what the charges are. YoungBoy had rap hits with the songs ``Outside Today'' and ``No Smoke.''
KANE BROWN - LAUREN ALAINA - ``WHAT IFS''
When Kane Brown needed a female voice for his song ``What Ifs,'' he called his childhood friend to do it: Lauren Alaina. Brown and Alaina both grew up near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Alaina says she sometimes gets choked up thinking about how two kids from the same small town separately got record deals, ended up in Nashville on different paths and got a number-one country record together. Last week, they held a party to celebrate the song's success and were surprised by their school choir director, Lamar Gillespie.
ED SHEERAN - DOCUMENTARY
The director of a documentary about Ed Sheeran says Sheeran surprised him by not meddling in the making of the film.
Director Murray Cummings says the things Sheeran wanted him to cut would fit in a text message. Cummings says the only change Sheeran requested was, ``Can you make the closing montage a bit more fun?''
The film is called ``Songwriter'' and it debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival on Friday.
GOO GOO DOLLS - ROBBY TAKAC - MUSIC THERAPY
Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac wants to help drug addicts through music. He has announced a collaboration between his Music Is Art organization and the Blues Society of Western New York to expand access to the Nurs'n Blues Program. It uses music therapy to help with coping skills.
GEORGE HARRISON - 75th BIRTHDAY - YESTERDAY
Paul McCartney and the family of George Harrison marked the 75th anniversary of Harrison's birth yesterday. McCartney tweeted a black-and-white photo of himself and Harrison with the caption, ``Happy Birthday Georgie. Wonderful memories.'' Harrison's widow, Olivia, and his son, Dhani, tweeted a video of Billy Preston and Eric Clapton performing Harrison's song ``Isn't It A Pity'' at the Concert For George in 2002.
(The Canadian Press)