MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Brett Young is engaged. He tells People magazine he proposed to girlfriend Taylor Mills earlier this month at a hotel near Ole Miss, where he went to college. He says they met when she was a student at Arizona State University and they will likely get married there, so that's why he chose his college for the proposal.
Young says they dated for about six years before taking a break, and he wrote a lot of his first record about Mills. He says they reconnected and realized they were meant for each other.
Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation has surprised more than 50 animal shelters nationwide with checks for doing good work. The charity sent checks worth from three-thousand to five-thousand to shelters based on adoption rate, volunteerism, fiscal responsibility and other factors. Lambert says she's honoured to support the shelters' efforts to help animals.
Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl loves social media because people are finally getting the right impression of her. She says when the band was big, all the jokes she made during interviews would get cut and only her serious quotes were left. She says when she first went on Twitter, people were amazed at how funny she is. Thorn says it is possible for her to be serious about her music and still have a sense of humour. Thorn will release a solo record called ``Record'' that comes out Friday.
Led Zeppelin will release previously unheard studio mixes of ``Rock and Roll'' and ``Friends'' in honor of Record Store Day on April 21st. Jimmy Page produced the limited edition seven-inch single, which will be pressed on yellow vinyl. The version of ``Friends'' is a stripped-down version without orchestration. Led Zeppelin also will release a re-mastered version of their live album ``How The West Was Won'' on March 23rd.
Dolly Parton has donated the 100 millionth book from her Imagination Library charity to the Library of Congress.
Parton made the presentation yesterday. Imagination Library mails free books to children from birth until they start school in participating areas. Imagination Library also is sponsoring a new monthly story time for kids under five at the Library of Congress.
The story times will be the last Friday of every month at 10:30 a-m Eastern. The story times will be streamed live.
The Minnesota Twins will not just hold another Prince Night, but they will also sell Prince merchandise year-round.
The Star-Tribune reports purple hats, shirts and balls with both Prince's symbol and the Twins' logo will be sold beginning with the Twins' home opener on April 5th against Seattle. Team representatives say Prince's family approved the deal. While other teams have had special music-themed merchandise, this is believed to be the first time such items have been for sale year-round. The Twins will hold their second Prince Night on June 8th when they take on the Angels.
Caesars Windsor has cancelled a Hedley concert slated for next month. The casino operator has notified fans that a March 11th show on its grounds will no longer go forward. Refunds will be offered to all ticket buyers. The decision comes after a number of sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against Hedley earlier this month on social media, mostly by anonymous users. It led the band to withdraw from consideration for three Juno Awards and back out of performing on the telecast. The band's members have called the allegations involving young fans ``unsubstantiated.''
(The Canadian Press)