MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016
2016 CMT Awards
Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and Cam are tied with three nominations each for the 2016 CMT Music Awards.
CMT announced the nominees on Monday. Underwood, Stapleton and Cam are nominated for video of the year. Underwood has won the award a record six times, including the last four years.
Underwood was also nominated for CMT performance of the year and female video of the year. Stapleton is also nominated for breakthrough video of the year and CMT performance of the year, and Cam is nominated for female video of the year and breakthrough video of the year.
Voting begins Monday at CMT.com. A new category will be announced June 1. The awards show will air live from Nashville, Tennessee, on June 8.
PRINCE - GENETIC TESTING
A judge overseeing Prince's estate has given the O-K to genetic testing on a sample of Prince's blood. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide granted a request by Bremer Trust, the special administrator for Prince's estate.
Eide says he recognizes that parentage issues might arise in the distribution of Prince's estate. Bremer wants to hire a D-N-A testing firm to perform tests on a sample taken during Prince's autopsy. Prince is not known to have any surviving children.
Minnesota law states if Prince did not have a will, his six siblings will inherit. An Illinois woman named Darcell Gresham Johnston has claimed to be Prince's half-sister.
PRINCE - TRIBUTE
Faith Evans says when she was a kid, she always read album credits, and she kept coming across Prince's name.
She says seeing his name in all those slots made her want to be a musician with her name all over the credits too. Evans, along with Stevie Wonder, Aloe Blacc and Eric Benet (beh-NAY'), played a concert in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Friday as a tribute to Prince. Blacc says he admired Prince not just for his music, but because he would do things under the radar to make the world a better place.
``JIM MORRISON CAVE'' - CLOSED
A social media myth involving Jim Morrison has forced California park officials to close a cave in Malibu Creek State Park. California State Parks District Superintendent Craig Sap tells the Los Angeles Times graffiti inside the Corral Canyon Cave has gotten out of control since last summer after an online rumour stated that Morrison wrote songs there. Supervising Ranger Lindsey Templeton says every time they come to the cave, they will hear someone shaking cans, ready to paint. Workers will blast the cave walls with walnut shells to clean off the graffiti without damaging the rocks, at a cost of 40-thousand dollars. The cave will be closed indefinitely.
SLIPKNOT BASSIST'S DAUGHTER - LAWSUIT
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the daughter of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray can sue a doctor for the loss of her father's companionship, even though she wasn't even born when he died. Gray died in 2010 of an overdose of morphine and a synthetic painkiller similar to morphine. His wife, Brenna Gray, was pregnant at the time. She filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr.
Daniel Baldi and several other medical care providers, claiming her husband was not properly monitored during rehab. Lower courts dismissed her case, saying she waited too long to file. However, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the Grays' daughter, identified in court documents only as O-D-G, can pursue damages. The justices say it's a case about child rights and should not be applied to the abortion debate.
LAURYN HILL - ANGERS FANS
Lauryn Hill says you can't rush art. Hill has posted an explanation to Facebook about why she showed up two hours late to her Atlanta concert on Friday and performed for fewer than
40 minutes. Hill says it's not because she doesn't care. As she puts it, ``The challenge is aligning my energy with the time.'' She says she cares so much about the artistic process but she has ``perfectionist tendencies'' and she wants ``space for spontaneity, which is not an easy process.'' She promises she will make it up to her Atlanta fans and will announce details soon.
KEITH URBAN - NILE RODGERS
Keith Urban thought he was a pretty good guitar player until he saw Nile Rodgers do it. Rodgers was a guest collaborator on Urban's new album, ``Ripchord.'' Urban says he always thought the essence of Chic was in Rodgers' right hand when he plays guitar. However, he says Rodgers has a distinctive way of playing with his left hand that makes him an incredible player to watch. So maybe Urban learned a trick or two? Not even close. Urban says it's like watching da Vinci paint and saying, ``I think I know how to do that now.'' ''Ripchord`` is out now.
ALAN FREED - ASHES
The man credited with coining the term ``rock 'n' roll'' has found a final resting place in the city where he coined it. The ashes of Alan Freed have been interred in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, and a monument was unveiled Saturday. Steven Van Zandt was among the speakers at the ceremony. Freed was a Cleveland D-J in the early 1950s and referred to a blend of jazz, blues, pop, r-and-b and country as ``rock 'n' roll.'' For a while, Freed's ashes were under an escalator inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, then put on display in 2002. Freed's family was asked to take back the ashes in 2014 when new museum management thought the display was inappropriate. The Rock Hall wanted to bury the ashes outside the museum, but Cleveland law requires human remains to be buried in a cemetery.
PINK FLOYD - VINYL
Pink Floyd will reissue their albums on vinyl for the first time in two decades. The first four albums that will come out on vinyl are ``The Piper At The Gates of Dawn,'' ''A Saucerful of Secrets,`` ''Ummagumma`` and the ''More`` soundtrack. The packaging will reflect the originals as close as possible. Other Pink Floyd vinyl versions will be released at regular intervals throughout this year.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016
PRINCE - DOCTOR
More questions are being raised about the California doctor who responded to a call to help Prince the day before he died last month. An attorney for Dr Howard Kornfeld says his client was summoned to treat Prince. But Kornfeld isn't licensed to practice in Minnesota, where Prince lived. And instead of going himself, Kornfeld dispatched his son, who is a pre-med student, not a doctor. And the son carried a drug often used to treat people addicted to opiates -- even though he isn't licensed to prescribe the drug. Attorneys and doctors have described the series of events as unusual -- and even absurd.
MIDNIGHT OIL WILL REUNITE
Midnight Oil are making plans to tour next year in their native Australia and internationally. The band says on its website that details aren't available yet, but it won't be before January. In the meantime, singer Peter Garrett has left Australian politics and is returning to music with the release of his first solo record and a memoir. Garrett was a member of Australia's House of Representatives and held two cabinet-level positions in Australia until he left office in 2013. The other four members of Midnight Oil have been pursuing musical projects.
RORY FEEK GRIEVES FOR HIS WIFE BY LISTENING TO THEIR SONGS
Rory Feek of Joey and Rory listens to their music as part of the grieving process. Feek tells Billboard magazine he doesn't want to hide from Joey's memory or the feelings he's had since she died in March. He says he gets up every morning with their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, and they often play the ``Hymns'' album. He says Indiana will do sign language to the song ``Jesus Loves Me'' because she used to do that with her mother.
Feek says seeing the Joey and Rory videos and hearing the music means Joey is still alive.
WEDDING BELLS FOR RANDY HOUSER
Randy Houser has gotten married. His representative tells People magazine Houser married Tatiana Starzinski at a historic manor outside Nashville on Wednesday. He's 40, she's 22. Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line was a groomsmen, along with Houser's 4-year-old son, West, and his dog, Hawk. The couple walked down the aisle to the new Florida Georgia Line song, ``H-O-L-Y.''
ARSENIO HALL SUES SINEAD O'CONNOR OVER PRINCE ALLEGATION
Prince's death has led to a lawsuit filed by a comedian who was a friend of the singer against a singer whose biggest hit was written by Prince. Arsenio Hall is suing Sinead O'Connor over a Facebook post -- in which O'Connor accuses Hall of furnishing Prince with drugs. In the post, which went up Monday, O'Connor said investigators should look into Hall as a supplier of drugs to Prince. She also says the comedian drugged her. In his libel lawsuit, Hall calls O'Connor's accusations fabricated lies.
It also says that O'Connor barely knew Prince -- and hated him. The suit seeks 5 million dollars in damages.
BOBBY RYDELL AND...A HOOKER?
Your image of squeaky-clean Bobby Rydell might be shattered when you read his new autobiography, because he talks about hookers. Rydell says his first sexual encounter was when he was 17 and his managers bought him a prostitute. He didn't know it until she walked into his hotel room where he was watching T-V. He calls it ``a wonderful experience.'' Rydell was lucky to have a hotel room that day. He says when he toured with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars, there were sometimes 26 acts on the bus and he was skinny enough to sleep in the luggage rack. Rydell's book, ``Teen Idol on the Rocks,'' is out now.
Cyndi Lauper thought she was losing it when she was trying to record ``Walkin' After Midnight'' for her country record, ``Detour.'' Lauper says she was singing it too low. She realized she was trying to reinvent the wheel and she did better when it was in her key. Lauper covers such songs as ``I Fall To Pieces'' and ``Funnel of Love,'' and the fact that she's doing country music is not that big of a stretch. Lauper says growing up in New York, the country acts were mixed with pop acts on the radio and she thought of Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline as pop stars. ``Detour'' is out now.
FRENCH MONTANA SIGNS NEW LABEL DEAL
French Montana says his new deal with Bad Boy Entertainment and Epic Records is about staying fresh. Montana says it's a new home, a new deal, a new structure, a new family and new money. He says his bosses, Sean ``Puffy'' Combs and L-A Reid, are ``the last of a dying breed of people who still care about music.''
Montana's song ``Figure It Out'' came out in February on a mixtape, but now it's available for purchase and streaming. He'll release an album and film called ``Respect the Shooter'' later this year.
SONGWRITER NED MILLER DIES
The man who wrote the country hit ``From A Jack To A King'' has died. The New York Times reports songwriter Ned Miller died March 18th in Medford, Oregon, at the age of 90. His death was announced only this week. Miller hit number 2 in 1963 with ``From A Jack To A King,'' and Ricky Van Shelton took his version to number 1 in 1989. Miller also wrote the songs ``Dark Moon'' and ``Behind The Tear.'' He had such bad stage fright he'd ask his friends to perform under his name. He stopped recording in 1970.
(The Associated Press)
INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG ADDS MARGO PRICE AND WINTERSLEEP TO THE BILL.
LOCAL TALENT SHINES BRIGHT IN THIS YEAR'S INTERLUDE LINEUP.
Songbird. Thunderbird. Jailbird: Margo Price is one of the biggest stories in country music this year, with a new album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, out on Third Man Records now, a recent performance on SNL and a history-making highest chart debut by any solo female artist. Price will play Winnipeg for the very first time on the Interstellar Rodeo stage.
Wintersleep is burning up the radio charts with “Amerika,” a new #1 single described by the Wall St. Journal as, “a big, bold song, revolving like a slow-motion tornado around huge guitars.” Wintersleep is a Juno-winning rock band from Halifax, NS that has performed on Letterman, among other triumphs.
This year’s Interludes include a number of incredible Winnipeg artists, including Begonia (a new solo project from Chic Gamine’s Alexa Dirks), electric Americana band Blond(e) Goth, Juno-nominee Del Barber and cowboy-meets-hip hop poet Leonard Sumner. The Interlude lineup is the place to look for new talent bubbling up in Western Canada: in addition to the homegrown faces, this year welcomes confessional songwriter Joe Nolan and country newcomer Sykamore both from Alberta. Toronto’s roots stalwarts NQ Arbuckle and piano boogie wizard, France's Henri Hebert, will also perform.
INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG 2016 INTERLUDE PERFORMERS:
Interstellar Rodeo weekend passes are on sale now. Early Bird pricing will be in effect until single tickets are made available. Visit www.interstellarrodeo.com for details and purchase.
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016
Prince's representatives had asked a California doctor who specializes in addiction treatment to meet him the day before he died, according to a lawyer for the doctor.
Attorney William Mauzy says Prince's people made a call to Dr Howard Kornfeld for a life-saving mission. Kornfeld could not come immediately to Prince's estate in Minnesota, so he sent his son Andrew, who works in his practice. Mauzy says the call to Kornfeld came on April 20th. The next day, Andrew Kornfeld went to Paisley Park and was one of three people to find Prince's body. He says Andrew Kornfeld made the 9-1-1 call. Mauzy says Prince was supposed to meet a Minnesota doctor that morning but did not show up. He also says the Kornfelds never spoke to Prince.
PRINCE - 911 CALL MYSTERY SOLVED
It's one of the mysteries that has continued since the day Prince died until now: how did people at his house not know that Paisley Park wasn't in Minneapolis? When authorities released details of 9-1-1 calls made on his behalf, the person placing the call told the dispatcher he didn't know the address -- and said it was in Minneapolis. The caller also described ``the people'' there as being distraught -- an indication the person who made the call didn't know the singer or the people around him.
Turns out the caller was Andrew Kornfeld, the medical-student son of an addiction specialist Prince's people had contacted the day before. An attorney for the Kornfeld practice says when Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Paisley Park, he was one of the three people to find Prince unresponsive in the elevator and called for help.
PRINCE - DOCTOR
Pop quiz: someone calls you from halfway across the country to say someone is having ``a grave medical emergency.'' What do you do? It appears the doctor in California called by Prince's reps in Minnesota decided that while he couldn't fly there himself, he'd send his son, a pre-med student. That isn't sitting well with one addiction medicine expert. While Stuart Gitlow doesn't have direct knowledge of Prince's case, he questions whether Howard and Andrew Kornfeld of Recovery Without Walls of California, handled the matter appropriately. Gitlow says if a patient is having an emergency, a doctor's obligation is to call an ambulance -- not hop on a plane to fly to the patient.
DEA - PRINCE - INVESTIGATION
The Drug Enforcement Administration is now involved in the investigation into Prince's death. A statement from the U-S Attorney's Office says that office and the D-E-A are joining authorities in Carver County, Minnesota, to determine how Prince died. A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose and whether he had overdosed when his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, a week before his death. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the investigation.
PRINCE - WALK OF FAME
New York's Apollo Theater will induct Prince into its Walk of Fame. L-L Cool J will host the ceremony on June 13th. The O'Jays, Leon Bridges and Andra Day will perform.
ROLLING STONES - TRUMP
The Rolling Stones don't want Donald Trump using their music at campaign events. The band have issued a statement saying they have not given their permission to Trump's campaign to use their music and they want him to stop immediately. A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump played ``Start Me Up'' for his victory speech rally after winning the Indiana primary on Tuesday. Trump has also used ``You Can't Always Get What You Want'' at campaign events.
A Houston man is suing Justin Bieber for allegedly destroying his cellphone, and his lawsuit gets in a dig at Bieber's ability to drink. Robert Earl Morgan says in his lawsuit he was taping Bieber gulping from a beer bong at a club following Bieber's Houston concert last month. He says Bieber was ``clearly a novice'' and spilling beer all over himself. Morgan says Bieber scolded him and smashed his phone. He is seeking 750-thousand dollars in damages. Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, did not respond to requests for comment.
Beyonce is putting her name behind efforts to overturn North Carolina's law limiting legal protections for the L-G-B-T community. Beyonce's website posted a statement that says she brought her ``Formation'' tour to Raleigh last night to bring attention to ``those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy.'' The statement singles out the L-G-B-T rights group Equality N-C and encourages fans to find out how to support it.
GRACELAND GREETS 20 MILLIONTH VISITOR
Graceland reports 20-million paying visitors have walked through its doors. Elvis Presley Enterprises says the 20-millionth visitor was 31-year-old Tiffany Greenoak, who was on her honeymoon with her husband, Robert. They live in London. They got a private tour of Graceland and a phone call with Priscilla Presley.
Little Richard is annoyed that people think he's dying, according to his attorney. Lawyer William Sobel tells Rolling Stone Little Richard told him to talk to the press to stamp out rumours he's surrounded by family because he's sick. Sobel says Little Richard had hip surgery and is 83 but he's still singing and healthy. Rumors started when Bootsy Collins tweeted that Little Richard needed ``love and understanding'' because ``he is not in the best of health.'' Sobel says Little Richard is ``vivacious and conversant about a ton of different things.''
JAY DEMARCUS, COREY TAYLOR AMONG THOSE WITH ``SHARKNADO'' ROLES
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Vince Neil and Wayne Newton will have cameos in the fourth installment of ``Sharknado.'' DeMarcus plays the manager of Shark World Hotel. Taylor plays the hotel's security guard. Neil and Newton will play themselves. ``Sharknado: The 4th Awakens'' will run on the SyFy channel on July 31st.
Composer Ennio Morricone has been ordered to bed rest after suffering from collapsed
vertebrae. Morricone, who's 87, was supposed to perform at Rome's Santa Cecelia national academy. A statement on the academy's website says doctors ordered Morricone to rest until the end of June. Morricone won his first competitive Oscar this year for doing the music to ``The Hateful Eight.'' He's also known for writing the music to movies like ``The Good, The Bad and the Ugly'' and ``Once Upon A Time in the West.''
FRANK ZAPPA'S KIDS
If Dweezil Zappa has been playing Frank Zappa's music for a decade as Zappa Plays Zappa, then what's the problem?
It's because his mother died and left control of the Zappa Family Trust to Dweezil's siblings Ahmet and Diva. All four kids, including sister Moon, are beneficiaries, but Dweezil and Moon are not trustees. Dweezil tells The New York Times the Zappa Family Trust has informed him he may not tour with the name Zappa Plays Zappa, nor may he use his father's picture on merchandise. He will now tour as Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa and still play his father's songs. Ahmet Zappa says he is not standing in the way of his brother playing their father's music, but ``he would just have to be in accordance with the family trust.''
Kanye West's online marketing has earned him recognition from the Webby Awards, which honours the best of the Internet. The Webbys have named West its artist of the year. The Webbys note West's release of his album ``The Life of Pablo''
through Tidal and the concert West streamed online to promote it.
The Webbys also praise West for his innovative website and blog and his outspoken Twitter presence. West will be honoured at the Webby Awards ceremony on May 16th in New York.
ALABAMA, SAM MOORE WILL BE INDUCTED INTO MUSIC CITY WALK OF FAME
Alabama and Sam Moore of Sam and Dave will be this year's inductees into Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame.
They will receive stars on the walk of fame during a ceremony on May 26th.
(The Associated Press)
Manitoba musician Kenzie Jane is among 25 Canadian finalists for one of four spots in a televised competition for a $50,000 music prize from CBC Music.
Searchlight 2016 is down to 25 regional finalists, and Altona's Jane won the spot for Manitoba.
The jazz and folk musician is currently working on an EP release and submitted her song Who I Am to the competition.
Jane has been singing since she was six.
"My parents were actually in a band called the Country Hearts, so I grew up around music," Jane said. "My whole life I've been around music, and I've just learned by observation and good mentors."
She said she didn't expect to get this far in the contest, adding she entered "for fun."
Searchlight judges will pick three out of the 25 and a fourth will be chosen by an online vote.
The four remaining will compete on CBC television to become the 2016 winner. They'll get about $50,000 worth of prizes, including $20,000 in Yamaha gear, a spot at the CBCMusic.ca festival in Toronto and a live recording spot on Q.
You can vote online here.
(Courtesy of CBC)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016
DESERT TRIP - FESTIVAL
Six of the biggest names in rock will converge on the site of the Coachella Festival in October. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who will play at what's being billed as Desert Trip. The Stones and Dylan will play October 7th, McCartney and Young on the 8th and Waters and The Who on the 9th. Each act will play a full set. A single-day general admission pass will go for 199-dollars. Three-day passes will range from 399 to one-thousand-599 dollars.
PRINCE - 911 CALLS
Data released by Minnesota authorities show more than 40 calls were made to 9-1-1 in the past five years regarding Prince's Paisley Park estate. Some were simple reports of tripped fire alarms, while others were serious medical calls.
There's one on the day he died noting ``one down not breathing.'' On October 23rd, 2013, paramedics were called for a 53-year-old man suffering from dehydration who was taken to a hospital. Prince would have been 55. Other calls are of dubious nature. In February 2014, a woman called 9-1-1 saying she had been receiving calls from Prince after she listened to a Prince record and heard information only she could hear. Police told her to tell the caller to stop calling. On January 26th, 2015, a caller asked authorities to tell Prince that his son was having open heart surgery. Authorities said they don't relay messages. A 9-1-1 call on the day Prince died was from a woman who said she had a 17-year-old son with Prince and wanted him to attend Prince's funeral.
TONYS - NOMINATIONS
Sara Bareilles reacted to her Tony nomination by posting a photo of herself screaming with the caption, ``This is how this human feels.'' Bareilles was nominated for writing the score to the Broadway version of ``Waitress.'' Her competition includes Edie Brickell (EE'-dee brih-KEL') and Steve Martin for ``Bright Star,'' Andrew Lloyd Webber for ``School of Rock
- The Musical,'' and Lin-Manuel Miranda for ``Hamilton.'' The musical ``On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan''
only got one nomination, for best choreography. The Tonys will be June 12th in New York and shown live on C-B-S.
DARYL HALL - DARYL'S HOUSE
Daryl Hall has abandoned plans to build an outdoor stage outside his house in upstate New York. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports Hall was not able to obtain the required permits in time for his restaurant and music venue, Daryl's House, in the town of Pawling. Hall had announced in February he was going to build an outdoor stage that could accommodate an audience of one-thousand. Fourteen concerts had been scheduled, but now they will move either to the indoor seating area of Daryl's House or to three concert halls in the area.
THE TURTLES - COURT
The Turtles are taking their copyright fight against Sirius X-M Radio to New York state's highest court. The Court of Appeals has agreed to hear their case. At issue is a federal law that that established limited copyright protections for songs after 1972, but songs before 1972 fall under state law. Flo and Eddie of The Turtles argue that since they are owners of their songs recorded before 1972, they should be able to decide how they are performed publicly, including over radio stations.
TONI TENNILLE AND THE CAPTAIN
Toni Tennille has been doing the rounds of media talking about her divorce from The Captain, Daryl Dragon, and there are no hard feelings. Tennille says she was in New York doing interviews and called Dragon to ask how he was doing. He told her he saw her on the ``Today'' show and he was proud of her. Tennille admits she got weepy when she heard that. She says in spite of their loveless marriage, she knew Dragon thought of her as a good singer and songwriter, and it was something they could do well together.
Tennille's self-titled memoir is out now.
BEYONCE - INVESTMENT
Beyonce had to know the jokes were coming when she released an album called ``Lemonade'' and then announced she's investing in watermelon water. The company is called WTRMLN WTR -- ``watermelon water'' without the vowels. Beyonce says in a statement her investment in the company is also an investment in ``female leaders, fitness, American farmers and the health of people and our planet.'' For the record, the company's watermelon water does have a drop of lemon juice in it.
(The Associated Press)
Ontario singer songwriter Mike Lynch and his band performed for a very appreciative audience at the Old Fire Hall at the WAC last night.
Along with a number of old favourites, Lynch also shared some new songs from a forthcoming album. Those songs also resonated with the crowd.
Opening the show was local artist Marc Clement, who recently released his first full length recording. Clement joined Lynch for a couple and eventually the whole band before the show ended.
Strong Showing for Manitoba Artists and Entrepreneurs at 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards Nominees Announcement
Manitoba will have a strong presence when the Western Canadian Music Awards are handed out in Regina this fall. Artists and music companies picked up 27 nominations in 21 categories for the 14th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories, with talented acts from Manitoba’s Aboriginal and Francophone communities dominating their respective categories. This year’s WCMAs feature revamped category names along with some new categories, allowing for an updated and more inclusive approach to recognizing the artists, music industry, and music organizations in western Canada. The winners will be revealed at the awards show on October 13 at Casino Regina, which kicks off the 2016 BreakOut West festivities.
Here is the complete list of nominees from all across the country ...
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016
CLASSIC ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Some of the biggest names in rock are adding fuel to rumours of a mega-concert. Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, The Who and David Gilmour have each posted videos on social media that end with one word: ``October.'' Billboard had reported last month that all those acts would play a concert in October in Indio, California, at the site of Coachella. Dylan's video shows vintage footage of him with the song ``Ballad of a Thin Man.''
McCartney's video shows stills of his Hofner bass and of him while ``I've Got A Feeling'' plays. The Rolling Stones' video shows a record player while ``All Down The Line'' plays. The Who also has vintage band footage with ``My Generation'' playing. Gilmour's video shows a pig floating over an audience while ``Brain Damage'' plays.
Paul McCartney has met two of the women who inspired The Beatles song ``Blackbird.'' McCartney has posted a photo of himself with Elizabeth Eckford and Thelma Mothershed Wair. He calls them ``pioneers of the civil rights movement.'' They were two of the Little Rock Nine, nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957 under the orders of President Dwight Eisenhower. McCartney played outside Little Rock on Saturday and told the crowd he had followed the news about desegregation in the U-S and wrote ``Blackbird'' as a song of support.
Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado is joining Nikki Sixx and Debbie Harry in the fight to push YouTube to pay musicians better for using their music. Furtado writes in an open letter first published in The Guardian that she was lucky enough to open for Prince and his death reminds artists that they need to protect their work. She says YouTube pays artists a lot less than other streaming services. She says if YouTube wants to worship at Prince's Holy Church of Music,`` put a little more in the collection basket when you come pray here please.''
OBIT- DRUMHEAD MAKER
The man who made synthetic drumheads a standard for drummers everywhere has died. Remo Belli of drum manufacturer Remo Incorporated died at a hospital in Pasadena, California, on April 25 after a bout with pneumonia. He was 88.
Belli was a young drummer in the 1950s who became frustrated that animal-skin drumheads would expand or shrink with the weather. He created a polyester film drumhead that proved more durable.
Musicians took notice when Ringo Starr played a Remo drumhead on ``The Ed Sullivan Show'' in the 1960s. Carl Palmer tweets he will deeply miss his friend Belli. Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum tweets Belli brought ``so much joy to so many listening and playing.''
PRINCE - TRIBUTE
It's a unique tribute to Prince _ that's for sure. A retired farmer in North Dakota has taken tractor to field _ and plowed out a huge copy of the symbol the musician once used.
Gene Hanson of Edgeley says he always liked the song ``Purple Rain.'' So last week, he tracked down an image of Prince's symbol online and set to plowing his corn field. After he finished, he got on his airplane to check it out _ and couldn't believe it turned out so well. It won't be a permanent thing. Hanson says the field was seeded yesterday.
NORTH CAROLINA - THE PLAYERS
A number of big name stars have already decided to steer clear of North Carolina over a new law that limits protections to L-G-B-T persons. But several stars at the American Country Countdown say they still plan to appear in the state. Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line says it's about the fans. He says the group loves its fans is ``gonna play.'' Singer Chris Janson says when it comes to the L-G-B-T issue, he doesn't have time to _ as he put it _ ``sweat things like that.'' He says there ``are bigger things in the world to be thinking about'' _ so he plans to perform.
Added Janson's wife, Kelly Lynn: ``we're not going in the bathroom.
We're just going to go on a stage.'' Part of the controversy over the law is whether those who identify with a gender other than the one they're born with could use restrooms that reflect their identity.
PRINCE - ESTATE
It was the first -- but certainly not the last -- hearing on the subject. But a judge in Minnesota has begun the task of trying to iron out Prince's estate -- an estate worth millions but will be tough to work through because the musician doesn't appear to have left a will. During the hearing, which ran just over 10 minutes long, a judge formally appointed Bremer Trust to handle Prince's estate. Meanwhile, there's no word on how long it will take to settle the estate -- or how much it is worth. Prince has one full sibling, Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings.
``THE VOICE'' - TOP 10
The guests on ``The Voice'' last night were bringing some star power -- but not of the vocal variety. First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice-president, helped to introduce a special performance by this season's Top 10.
Obama and Biden were on the show to mark the fifth anniversary of Joining Forces. It's a White House initiative to support members of the military, veterans and their families. In tribute to service members, the Top 10 performed the Dierks Bentley song ``Home.'' When it came to the individual performances, Alisan Porter got rave reviews after showing her country side. Blake Shelton says he loved her before, but now he loves her even more. Tonight, another hopeful is sent home.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC Boyd Fall
Classical guitarist Liona Boyd is recovering from a broken knee and shoulder after slipping at her home.
The five-time Juno Award winner says she crashed to the ground on April 26 at her Palm Beach, Fla., home, where she splits her time with Toronto.
Boyd said in a release that she is now recovering at a Toronto hospital where she underwent surgery on her shoulder and knee.
She was airlifted there after being treated at a Florida trauma unit.
Boyd added that doctors expect her to be back walking and playing guitar within two months.
The singer said she's grateful to a Good Samaritan who happened to be near her Florida home when she fell, and heard her screams.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016
PRINCE - CHEF - FINAL DAYS
Prince's personal chef cooked simpler meals for him in the last month or two because Prince complained of throat and stomach pain. Ray Roberts cooked for Prince nearly every day for the past three years, including on tour. Roberts says Prince didn't eat meat and loved roasted beets and minestrone, but in the weeks before he died he requested smoothies and juices to soothe his throat and stomach. Roberts had prepared a red pepper bisque and kale salad for Prince the night before Prince died. He says when he returned to Paisley Park after Prince's memorial service, they were still in the refrigerator.
PRINCE - HEARING
Attorneys are taking on the complicated job of dividing up Prince's estate. The first hearing is scheduled today in probate court in suburban Minneapolis. Prince's full sister, Tyka Nelson, filed papers last week saying Prince had no known will. That means under Minnesota law his estate would be divided among his surviving siblings.
NEW POWER GENERATION - PRINCE TRIBUTES
Prince's backing band the New Power Generation will play two tribute concerts in Minneapolis next month. The band members say they are all in mourning for Prince but they plan to celebrate his life. The concerts are set for June 3th and 4th and are already sold out. Prince's other backing band, The Revolution, have announced they will do shows too, but they have not announced dates.
TYLER GLENN - NEON TREES - MORMON CHURCH
Two years ago, Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn praised the Mormon church for supporting him when he came out as gay. Now Glenn has released a video denouncing the Mormon church.
The video for ``Trash'' shows altered images of Mormon symbols and Glenn drinking alcohol, which is forbidden in the Mormon faith.
Glenn tells Rolling Stone magazine the video is a reaction to the Mormon church announcing same-sex couples could be excommunicated.
He says he believed in the Mormon faith until six months ago but now feels the religion has no place for him.
CHARTS - BEYONCE
Beyonce has bested Prince on the Billboard album chart, but he still dominates the top 10. Beyonce's new album, ``Lemonade,'' is number one this week, moving 576-thousand units.
It's Beyonce's sixth number-one album. ``The Very Best of Prince''
drops a spot to number two, while the ``Purple Rain'' soundtrack is third. Prince's ``The Hits/The B-Sides'' is number 4, his ``Ultimate'' album is number 6, and his ``1999'' album is number 7.
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST
Stevie Wonder did his best after his set was cancelled because of the rain at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday. He went on the empty stage and sang ``Purple Rain'' through a megaphone to the die-hards sitting in the rain. He also showed up later at a New Orleans nightclub for an impromptu set. Snoop Dogg and Beck also were cancelled because of rain on Saturday. Another downpour on Sunday forced several acts to cut their sets short. Performances in big tents were not affected.
Ponchos and umbrellas were a hot seller. Some people either wore rain boots or shrimp boots, while others danced in the mud barefoot.
WARREN G - ``TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME''
Warren G is getting some heavy-duty ribbing for his rendition of ``Take Me Out To The Ball Game.'' Warren G sang the seventh-inning stretch at the Cubs-Braves game on Friday. His first line was, ``Take me to the ball game'' and he sang off-key for the rest of the song. Warren G tweets he knows his version wasn't so good, but he was the best at throwing out the first pitch. Besides, he says, right after he sang, the Cubs hit a grand slam.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016
PRINCE-POSSIBLE OVERDOSE BEING INVESTIGATED
Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose. That's what a law enforcement official tells The Associated Press. The official says among the things investigators are looking at is whether a doctor was on a plane that made an emergency landing in Illinois less than a week before Prince died. The law enforcement official has been briefed on the investigation and spoke to the A-P on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to speak to the media. The official says investigators are also looking into what kind of drugs were on plane and at Prince's house in suburban Minneapolis. The official also confirmed some details that have previously been reported by other media outlets, including T-M-Z. The official says investigators are looking at whether Prince overdosed on the plane and whether an overdose later killed him.
SEARCH WARRANT OF PRINCE'S ESTATE SEALED
A Minnesota judge has sealed the warrant for a search of Prince's Paisley Park estate that was conducted the day he died. Carver County Deputy Sheriff Jason Kamerud and prosecutors argued making the warrant public would hamper their investigation.
Prince died last Thursday. Kamerud says he strongly disputes media reports that investigators have asked the U-S Drug Enforcement Administration for help in the case. He declined comment on reports of drugs found at Paisley Park. The Associated Press filed a public information request regarding a plane making an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, six days before Prince's death. The heavily redacted report does not identify the person treated. Public safety officials refuse to confirm the aircraft belonged to Prince.
PRINCE - VAULT
What's in the vault? It's a question music lovers are asking about Prince, now that he has been dead for just over a week. The performer had a number of great hits during his long career. But now there will be a focus on some of the stuff Prince never released -- and alternate versions of the stuff he did.
Prince was known as a prolific writer and recorder -- and because he was constantly tweaking his musical style, it's hoped that there may be some treasures hidden in the trove of unreleased material.
But others note that a number of artists have died -- and when the unreleased recordings were finally made public, it was clear why the artist never released them.
KID ROCK DROPS OUT OF DETROIT MUSIC AWARDS
Kid Rock will postpone an award reception following the death of his personal assistant at his home in Nashville. The Detroit Free Press reports Rock was supposed to get the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Detroit Music Awards tonight. Rock's assistant, Mike Sacha, died in an A-T-V accident around midnight on Monday while taking guests at Rock's house to meet their Uber driver. Rock will receive his award at next year's ceremony.
MILEY CYRUS IGNITES PLANETARY DEBATE WITH NEW TATTOO
Is Miley Cyrus confused on the planets, or does she really know more about space than you think? Cyrus posted a photo on Instagram of a new tattoo she got on her arm of a planet surrounded by a ring that she referred to as a little Jupiter.
Instagram users blasted her, pointing out it's Saturn that has rings. However, Jupiter does have rings. They're so faint that they were not discovered until the Voyager fly-bys in 1979. Cyrus has since taken down the Jupiter reference but left the photo up.
MARTINA McBRIDE CUTS HER HAIR FOR ``RECKLESS'' VIDEO
Martina McBride really did hack away her hair in the video for her new song, ``Reckless.'' She says it was no big deal and it was such a great metaphor for the idea of being reckless. Besides, she says a stylist fixed her hair afterward.
McBride says the song is about doing impulsive things and finding someone who sees through that to love you anyway. She says she went through a phase of being stupid and met the man she ended up marrying.
WHITNEY HOUSTON MOVIE IN THE WORKS
The director of ``The Last King of Scotland'' and the Bob Marley documentary ``Marley'' will make a film about Whitney Houston. Kevin Macdonald will create a documentary on Houston with the authorization of Houston's estate. Macdonald promises not to shy away from Houston's addiction and says he wants to reveal what even die-hard Houston fans don't know.
THE JAYHAWKS RELEASE ``PAGING MR. PROUST''
After The Jayhawks reunited in 2011 and it went badly, singer Gary Louris ended up in rehab for an addiction to painkillers. He blamed the music and tried to avoid it entirely. A therapist talked him out of it. Louris did some solo work but realized The Jayhawks were how he wanted to present his music. The Jayhawks -- without former member Mark Olson -- will release an album today called ``Paging Mr. Proust.'' Louris says it's rare in rock for bands to put out their best work late in their careers.
However, he says, ``That doesn't mean it has to be that way.''
BEACH BOYS, KATHARINE McPHEE WILL PLAY NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION
Thirty-three years ago, Interior Secretary James G Watt accused The Beach Boys of attracting ``the wrong element'' to the National Mall in Washington. This year, The Beach Boys will headline the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall.
Other performers include Katharine McPhee, Trace Adkins, opera singer Renee Fleming and Broadway singer Alfie Boe. ``American Idol'' winner Trent Harmon will sing the national anthem. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will co-host. The concert will air live on P-B-S on May 29th.
MADAME TUSSAUDS TOKYO ALLOWS VISITORS TO DANCE BY HOLOGRAM WITH LADY GAGA AND BEYONCE
The next artist performing by hologram could be -- you. Madame Tussauds wax museum in Tokyo has introduced technology that turns visitors into holograms so they can dance with Lady Gaga or Beyonce. They can also dance with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Marilyn Monroe or Olympic figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu.
Visitors get a 3-D face scan, which is then put on to a hologram dancer for a 90-second presentation.
AUCTION WILL FEATURE DUKE ELLINGTON'S POSSESSIONS
Duke Ellington's white baby grand piano is the centerpiece of an auction that will feature more than 250 items that once belonged to him. Guernsey's auction house says Ellington composed much of his music on the piano. It's expected to sell for as much as 1-million dollars. Ellington's tuxedos and dinner jackets with ``Duke'' written inside the pockets are expected to go for as much as 65-hundred dollars each. The painting he did of collaborator Billy Strayhorn could go for 40-thousand dollars.
Other items for sale include Ellington's Pulitzer Prize statuette, a box of his personally designed Christmas cards and a key to the city of Washington. The auction will be May 18th at the National Jazz Museum in New York.
LENNY KRAVITZ, QUEEN LATIFAH STAR IN ``STAR''
Lenny Kravitz and Queen Latifah will star in a new T-V drama about singers trying to make it in the music business. The show ``Star'' will feature newcomer actors Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady as the singers. The show will use original music. ``Star'' will premiere in the fall on Fox.
(The Associated Press)