MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
THE REVOLUTION ARE GETTING BACK TOGETHER
Prince's death has inspired The Revolution to reunite. The five band members posted a video saying that after spending time together mourning Prince's death, they've decided to play some shows. They did not give details, only that the shows will be soon. Would you recognize The Revolution if you saw them?
They poked fun at that by having stand-ins introduce themselves as the band members, then the real band took their places.
PRINCE - ESTATE
It's a big step toward getting Prince's finances straightened out. A Minnesota judge has appointed a corporate trust company to temporarily oversee the musician's estate. The judge ruled that Prince doesn't appear to have filed a will -- and someone must take immediate action to secure his business interests. Prince's sister asked a court to appoint Bremer Trust as the administrator for the time being. As such, the company will be able to look after his assets -- and identify his heirs. Under the arrangement approved by the court yesterday, Bremer Trust will act as special administrator for six months -- or until a personal representative is appointed. Prince died last week at age 57.
PRINCE - ESTATE CLAIM
Well, that didn't take long. No sooner than Prince's estate was placed in the hands of an overseer, it had its first claim filed against it. It comes from a California man who claims Prince had transferred ownership of his music catalogue to him back in 1995. Prince died a week ago today at his Paisley Park estate. He was 57 -- and no cause of death has been determined yet.
PRINCE - GUITARS
In the clips you've seen of Prince since his death last week, you probably noticed that he played a lot of different guitars. And the man who runs a company that made several of the instruments says Prince's business meant a lot to him. Andy Beech says he started making guitars for Prince after moving from L-A in the late 1980s and meeting a bass technician who worked for the musician. In all he made 31 maple and mahogany guitars for Prince -- including the one he played at the halftime show at the 2007 Super Bowl.
STEVIE NICKS RECALLS HOW PRINCE HELPED WITH ``STAND BACK''
Stevie Nicks says her song ``Stand Back'' was directly inspired by Prince's ``Little Red Corvette.'' She says she started singing words after hearing ``Little Red Corvette'' on the radio. She somehow got Prince's number and asked him to come to the studio, not knowing if he'd say yes or if he was even in Los Angeles. He was there in 20-minutes. Nicks says Prince played all the organ parts on ``Stand Back'' and owned 50-per cent of the song.
She says she could have gotten away with not telling him she ripped off his song, but she's honest. She says they had an amazing relationship and she's heartbroken he's gone.
STEVIE NICKS SHOWS UP TO ``SCHOOL OF ROCK''
The audience at Tuesday's performance of ``School of Rock'' on Broadway got a surprise when Stevie Nicks showed up during curtain call. Nicks performed the Fleetwood Mac song ``Rhiannon'' with the young musicians who make up the cast.
Nicks saw the show opening night and came back to see it again. She says she's played with Fleetwood Mac and her own band for years, and she's quite happy to be associated with this band as well.
NORTH CAROLINA CONCERTS: 98 DEGREES OUT, DOLLY PARTON IN
98 Degrees will not play North Carolina, but Dolly Parton will. 98 Degrees say just as they announced their My2K tour with Ryan Cabrera, Dream and O-Town, they made the decision to not play shows in Charlotte and Raleigh.
They're protesting North Carolina's new law limiting L-G-B-T protections. Parton tells the Winston-Salem Journal her June 3rd concert in Greensboro will go on as planned. Parton says she believes everyone should be treated with respect. However, she says she does not like to get caught up in controversial issues and she will address whatever she needs to from the stage.
FACEBOOK WILL LIVE-STREAM DOLLY PARTON'S PARADE
Dolly Parton's homecoming parade will be streamed live on Facebook. It's the 31st time Parton has hosted a parade in her hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but the first time it's been streamed. The stream will offer the perspective from Parton's float. The parade is May 6th.
TOBY KEITH REFLECTS ON LIFE OF MERLE HAGGARD
Toby Keith says Merle Haggard was his idol because he knew who he was. Keith says Haggard ``stayed exactly with what he did'' and never quit writing in the same style of songs. Keith will perform a tribute to Haggard at the American Country Countdown Awards on Sunday. Haggard called Keith onstage in Las Vegas in February, about two months before he died. Haggard was sick but he performed so his band would get paid. Keith says he told Haggard he knew every one of his songs and didn't need a teleprompter.
LADY GAGA AND ELTON JOHN CREATE CLOTHING LINE FOR MACY'S
Lady Gaga and Elton John are joining forces in their love for fashion. They have partnered with Macy's for a limited-edition line of clothing and accessories called Love Bravery. It includes scarves and purses with piano key designs, and pins and patches in the shapes of electric guitars, microphones and platform shoes. The collection also will feature shirts and sweatshirts, speakers, water bottles and skateboards. Lady Gaga says the point of the line is to ``make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion.'' John says he loves the idea of fusing who you are on the inside with who you are on the outside. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lady Gaga's and John's respective charities.
BEYONCE TOUR OPENS
Beyonce opened her Formation World Tour in Miami last night. Queen B came out swinging in an oversized black western hat and bodysuit. She opened the show with ``Formation'' and had the crowd in a frenzy as she moved to her latest anthem ``Sorry.''
Both songs are from her new album ``Lemonade.'' The album has lines like ``Are you cheating on me?'' and has raised questions of whether hubby Jay Z has been stepping out on her. And, just to keep everyone guessing, she gave a shout-out to her husband at the end, saying, ``I love you so much.''
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND LABEL ENGAGE IN LEGAL FIGHT
The label for Five Finger Death Punch is accusing the band of exploiting their singer for cash gain. The band is accusing the label of exploiting them for its own profit.
The label Prospect Park filed a lawsuit this week against Five Finger Death Punch, accusing the band of breach of contract and of ``shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate,'' singer Ivan Moody. The band says Moody's issues are no secret but Prospect Park has never supported any efforts to get him sober. Five Finger Death Punch want to record the last album under their contract but they say Prospect Park won't let them.
ALICIA KEYS WILL PERFORM AT UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Alicia Keys will debut music from her upcoming album in front of a global audience. Keys will perform at the opening ceremony of the U-E-F-A Champions League Final in Milan on May 28th. Keys says 80-thousand people will be watching in person and people all over the world will watch. She calls that ``a huge space to fill.'' She says music transcends language and anyone can understand the emotion of songs.
KIP WINGER GOES CLASSICAL
Kip Winger is pushing into classical music. He will release his first classical album on May 27th. It's called ``Conversations with Nijinsky,'' and it's a tribute to dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. Winger recorded it with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Winger studied ballet as an extension of his love of martial arts. The album also includes a ballet Winger wrote called ``Ghosts'' that was performed by the San Francisco Ballet for four years.
ASHANTI IS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF MOVIE ``MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS''
Ashanti's first movie as an executive producer will come out in time for Mother's Day. The film ``Mothers and Daughters'' will star Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Christina Ricci and Selma Blair. It comes out May 6th. Ashanti makes an appearance in the film, and her song ``Mother'' is featured in it.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016
DRAKE ALBUM - CN TOWER
How did Toronto rapper Drake get that amazing shot of him sitting on top of Toronto's C-N Tower for the cover of his new ``Views from the 6'' album? He didn't. The official C-N Tower Twitter account confirms the image was Photoshopped. The album comes out Friday.
PRINCE - ALICE COOPER
Alice Cooper never met Prince, yet they had an ongoing battle over a woman: Orianthi. It was strictly business.
Cooper tells Billboard Prince was constantly trying to steal Orianthi away from Cooper's band. Cooper says every time he'd talk to Orianthi, she was on the phone, saying, ``It's Prince again.''
Cooper says he knew Prince liked to have pretty girls in his band but he'd jokingly tell Orianthi to tell Prince she was with Cooper for the next year.
SUSAN BOYLE - AIRPORT DISTURBANCE
Susan Boyle's spokeswoman says Boyle's Asperger's syndrome ``had a huge part to play'' in a disturbance at London's Heathrow Airport Monday. Airport police say they were called to a lounge in Terminal 5 to reports of a distressed woman. Boyle spokeswoman Nicola Phillips says Boyle is home in Scotland now and ``she is fine.''
KID ROCK - PERSONAL ASSISTANT DEATH
Kid Rock says he is devastated over the death of his personal assistant killed in an A-T-V accident at Rock's home in Nashville. Rock says 30-year-old Michael Sacha was ``one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.'' Nashville police say Sacha drove two people down the driveway to meet an Uber driver at midnight Sunday. They say Sacha crashed while riding the A-T-V back to the house. Rock began looking for Sacha Monday when he couldn't find him in the house. Rock and a friend found Sacha on an embankment and called for help.
CHRIS STAPLETON - VOCAL TROUBLE
Chris Stapleton has been silenced. He called off last night's show in Santa Barbara, California, because he lost his voice. He says he's seeing a doctor and he plans to make up the date. He's scheduled to play Los Angeles tonight.
EDDIE VEDDER - TRENT REZNOR - ``TWIN PEAKS''
Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor will make appearances in the revival of ``Twin Peaks.'' Showtime has released the cast list for the show and Vedder and Reznor are among the 217 people who will appear. Principal photography is finished. The new ``Twin Peaks'' will air in 2017.
LEIGH NASH - ALBUM
Leigh Nash hit some impossibly high notes on the Sixpence None The Richer version of ``There She Goes.'' Seventeen years later, Nash still performs that song in the original key. Nash says she's been spoiled because she's never had major vocal problems. She says at age 39, her range is better than in her 20s.
She likes to have fun with audio technicians during sound check, because they're not expecting her to have the power that she does.
Nash's current album is called ``The State I'm In.''
'THE VOICE'-TOP 10
Owen Danoff doesn't get another instant Twitter save. He was in the bottom two for two straight weeks on ``The Voice.'' But last night, he came up short in the instant Twitter vote. So, Daniel Passino from Team Pharrell makes it into this season's Top 10. Some of the coaches' early favourites are still alive in the N-B-C singing competition, including Alisan Porter from Team Xtina and Team Pharrell's Hannah Huston.
PHIL SPECTOR - DIVORCE
Imprisoned legendary music producer Phil Spector wants a divorce. A lawyer for Rachelle Spector says the divorce filing is heartbreaking for her. Attorney Aaron Abramowitz says Rachelle Spector has been devoted to her husband. The Spectors met at a Hollywood restaurant in 2003, shortly after he was arrested in the shooting death of Lana Clarkson. The producer was later convicted of killing Clarkson and is serving a sentence of 19 years to life.
UNDATED (CP) _ YouTube is creating the first-ever Tube Space in Canada. The downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College will house the newly launched 35-hundred-square-foot facility, which YouTube creators will be able to access free of charge. Events are slated to be held throughout the year for creators of every subscriber level. Those with channels that have more than one thousand subscribers can attend workshops and events. Creators with more than 10-thousand subscribers can also apply to use the production facilities and participate in additional programs.
PRINCE - ESTATE
Last week, the focus was on mourning for Prince and the musical legacy he left behind. Now, the focus is shifting to something else Prince left behind: money. Prince's sister has gone to court to ask that someone be named to take over his multimillion-dollar estate. The paperwork filed by Tyka Nelson says immediate action is needed to take control of her brother's business interests _ and she wants a corporate trust company named administrator of the estate. It's unclear how much Prince's estate is worth. But during his career, he made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others. As an example, in the days after his death, fans bought 2.3 million of his songs. And he owned 27-million dollars in property in and around his Paisley Park complex near Minneapolis.
PRINCE - FINANCES
During his long career, Prince took in hundreds of millions of dollars in music and ticket sales. But how much of that money was his when he died last week is unknown. Under record deals, some of the money from the 100-million albums Prince sold went to the label, background performers and music publishers. Some of that money siphoned off the top went back to Prince, since he wrote his own material and for a time ran his own distribution channel.
Concert grosses end up split among the venue, promoters, staffers and travel providers. Prince was also known to throw expensive parties and his clothing weren't the kind you'd find on a rack at, say J-C Penney.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016
PRINCE TAKES - TOPS BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART
Prince owns the number one and number two spots on the Billboard 200 albums chart. ``The Very Best of Prince'' is number one, followed by the ``Purple Rain'' soundtrack. What's significant is that Prince died on Thursday morning, the last day that album sales are tracked for the week. That means those two albums outsold every other album last week in less than a day.
PRINCE - LAYWER
Prince wasn't ``drugged up.'' That's a quote from his longtime lawyer L. Londell McMillan. McMillan is disputing suggestions that Prince had a drug problem. He tells the A-P that Prince lived a clean and healthy lifestyle, and his death is a complete shock. Prince was found dead Thursday. Authorities say it could take weeks to determine the cause of death.
JIMY SOHNS - SHADOWS OF KNIGHT - STROKE
Shadows of Knight singer Jimy Sohns is recovering from a stroke suffered on April 12th. The band's Facebook page reports the stroke has affected Sohns' speaking but not his singing.
Sohns is in rehabilitation to re-learn how to the use of the right side of his body. Doctors told him he'd only get back 40 per cent, but he's up to 70 per cent. Shadows of Knight have called off their shows through the end of June. Shadows of Knight are probably best known for their version of the song ``Gloria,'' which was a top ten hit in 1966.
KID ROCK - ASSISTANT - KILLED
Kid Rock's assistant has been killed in an A-T-V crash. The Tennessean newspaper reports Michael Sacha was found lying face down on the side of a driveway at Rock's suburban Nashville house early Monday. A news release from the Metro Nashville Police Department says the accident happened when Sacha drove two people down the driveway to meet an Uber driver at midnight. Sacha crashed while riding the A-T-V back to the house.
The death has been classified as accidental.
NORTH CAROLINA - DEMI LOVATO - NICK JONAS
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have cancelled their co-headlining shows in North Carolina to protest a new state law limiting L-G-B-T protections. They have issued a joint statement saying they will not perform shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. They say they know the cancellations are disappointing but they ask fans to stand with them against what they call ``a hateful law.''
NIKKI SIXX - YOUTUBE - PAYMENTS
Nikki Sixx and his band Sixx: A.M. are pushing YouTube to pay artists what they're worth. The band write on their Facebook page YouTube pays artists and labels a sixth of what Apple and Spotify pay. They say YouTube's parent company, Google, has the second-highest market capitalization in the world and had revenues last year of 75-billion-dollars. Sixx: A.M. say it's not about them but current and future generations of musicians. They say Google's first motto was ``Don't Be Evil,'' and it's time to live up to that.
A Google representative did not return requests for comment.
LUKAS GRAHAM - FAME AND HAPPINESS
Lukas Graham is comfortable knowing he can walk down the street and he doesn't get recognized. Graham says he never got into music to be a celebrity. He says he has yet to meet any rich or famous people who think they're happier because they're rich or famous. Graham says he thought his goal in life was to be happy, but then his father died and he had a new perspective. He says now he's realized he'd rather be content because happiness comes in glimpses and flashes.
JUSTIN BIEBER - CLEVELAND
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers did their thing _ and that means Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber and his fans can get to do theirs. Tonight's Bieber's concert at the Quicken Loans Arena is on, now that the Cavs have ousted the Detroit Pistons in four straight games. If the Pistons had won just once, it would have forced a Game 5 to be held in Cleveland tonight _ and that would have bumped the Bieber show. And with the other series going longer than four games, it even gives James and his basketball buds time to check out the show, if they wish.
The show is called ``The Voice'' -- but the shredding also impresses the coaches. Laith Al-Saadi blew away the coaches with his wicked guitar skills on a version of ``Make It Rain'' last night. His coach Adam Levine feels Laith should have no trouble making it through to the next round. Pharrell Williams not only urges viewers to vote for Laith, Williams also wants people at home to buy his songs on iTunes. Last night's show also had impressive performances from coaches' favourites Hannah Huston and Alisan Porter. Tonight, another Voice hopeful will be sent home.
``DANCING WITH THE STARS''
Wanya Morris was oh-so-close to being perfect.
His jazz routine on ``Dancing With the Stars'' was just a point shy of a perfect score from the judges last night. The Boyz II Men singer did his performance to 'NSYNC's ``Bye Bye Bye.'' 'NSYNC's Joey Fatone and Lance Bass were there to cheer him on. Former C-F-L and N-F-L quarterback Doug Flutie heard crowd chant ``Flutie, Flutie'' but it was a consolation prize. Flutie was voted off last night, after being near the bottom of the judges' leaderboard most of the season. But he says being on the show has been an amazing experience. Next week, two of the remaining celebs will get the axe.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016
DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST - HAGGARD TRIBUTE
Country music icon Merle Haggard was scheduled to perform on July 3rd at Canada’s longest running country music festival. On April 6th, 2016, Dauphin’s Countryfest, along with the rest of the world, mourned the loss of this legendary singer, who passed away on his 79th birthday.
Dauphin’s Countryfest will honour the late Merle Haggard on Sunday, July 3rd with a very special performance, exclusive to Countryfest, by his sons Ben Haggard and Noel Haggard and his long time band, The Strangers. Both Ben and Noel are country music artists and musicians in their own right, with Ben playing guitar alongside his dad on recent tours.
Joining them will be multi-award winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson who has performed with Merle on several occasions in the past. In an April 18th interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Jamey Johnson calls Merle Haggard a mentor and a friend, adding “Merle taught me how to make music, and that’s how I make my living and feed my family today. I couldn’t owe anybody a greater debt of gratitude than I owe Merle Haggard.”
“You cannot replace an icon like Merle Haggard”, says Countryfest Promoter Rob Waloschuk. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to the life of this prolific singer/songwriter than to have his family and friends perform a tribute concert. Merle fans won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance, exclusive to Countryfest, that will no doubt get major press coverage from across the country.”
PRINCE - MINNESOTA - STATE COLOUR
A Minnesota state senator wants to make purple the official state colour in honour of Prince. Senator Karin Housley tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press she will introduce a bill today to make purple Minnesota's state colour. Housley says she's a big Prince fan and seeing the world lit up in purple in tribute to Prince makes her proud.
PRINCE - PURPLE PIANO
The piano Prince had planned to use for his ``Prince, Piano and a Microphone'' tour was painted to match his couch. Chris Gero of Yamaha says his company custom-built the purple piano for Prince. He says the particular shade of purple was so hard to find, the company finally used car paint for it. The piano also had custom sounds built into it, to Prince's specifications. Gero says he was surprised when Prince tweeted a photo of the piano, then unveiled it at a show at Paisley Park. Gero says that was the last big performance Prince did with the piano.
OBIT - LONNIE MACK
The guitar player that other guitar players loved has died. Lonnie Mack died Thursday of natural causes at the age of 74, according to Alligator Records. Mack had a number-five hit in 1963 with an instrumental version of the Chuck Berry song ``Memphis.'' His follow-up, ``Wham!,'' was inspired by the whammy bar on his Gibson Flying V. Mack also was a session player and he came up with the bass line for The Doors' ``Roadhouse Blues.'' Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder joined him on stage during his 1985 tour. Funeral arrangements are pending.
OBIT - BILLY PAUL
The man who made ``Me and Mrs. Jones'' a number-one hit has died. Billy Paul's co-manager, Beverly Gay, tells The Associated Press Paul died yesterday at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey. Gay says Paul was 80 and had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer. ``Me and Mrs. Jones'' was a seductively arranged confession to an extramarital affair. It was released in 1972 and won a Grammy for best rhythm 'n blues male vocal performance.
TEXAS - SCHOOL - NAME
An elementary school in Austin, Texas, is considering a name change and Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan are in the running as replacement names. The Austin Independent School District has gotten 240 suggestions for new names for Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Nelson and Vaughan were suggested as namesakes. The most popular suggestion, with 45, was Donald Trump.
The second-most popular suggestion, with 34, was to keep the present name. Some suggested keeping the ``Lee'' name but choosing another namesake, such as author Harper Lee or artist Russell Lee. The Austin school board plans to discuss a new name on May 23rd.
PRINCE - CREMATED
Family and friends of Prince gathered Saturday in a private ceremony at his estate, Paisley Park, for a celebration of his life. Prince's publicist says his body was cremated and the ``final storage'' of his remains will be private. The list of attendees of the service was not announced, but among those seen at Paisley Park included Prince's sister and brother-in-law, drummer Sheila E. and bassist Larry Graham. A public tribute to Prince is in the works.
PRINCE - AUTOPSY
Results of an autopsy done on Prince's body on Friday will not be known for at least four weeks. Authorities say there was no sign of trauma and no evidence to support suicide.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson and a medical examiner's office spokeswoman have declined to comment about prescription drugs found at Prince's home. They also declined to comment on reports that Prince had been treated for a painkiller overdose less than a week earlier. Olson says an acquaintance was the last one to see Prince alive after dropping him off at Paisley Park on Wednesday night.
Olson declined to say who made the 9-1-1 call on Thursday morning to report that Prince was unresponsive. Olson says Prince's death is ``a big event'' and his staff is ``going to leave no stone unturned on this and make sure the public knows what happened.''
PRINCE - SHEILA E.
Sheila E. says she has no knowledge of Prince taking painkillers, but she can attest his onstage antics took a toll on him physically. Sheila E. says years of Prince jumping off risers in heels messed up his hip and his knees. She says he kept doing it because he loved it and no one else was doing it. She says he always took care of himself and had such healthy eating habits she tried to copy them. Sheila E. was once engaged to Prince and says they had friendly competitions on everything. She once beat him in basketball and mentioned it in an interview, and Prince put her in a headlock and said, ``Who said you won?'' She says, ``I did, and you know I did.''
PRINCE - ERIC CLAPTON
Eric Clapton says Prince inspired his song ``Holy Mother.'' Clapton writes on Facebook he was in a ``massive downward spiral with drink and drugs'' in 1984, and he went to see the film ``Purple Rain.'' He says he had no idea who Prince was but ``it was like a bolt of lightning.'' Clapton says in the middle of his own depression and the dreadful state of music at that time, Prince was ``like a light in the darkness.'' Clapton went back to his hotel room and wrote ``Holy Mother.'' He says he's so sad to hear Prince is gone.
PRINCE - JUSTIN BIEBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber's management denies he made a snide comment in the wake of Prince's death.
Guitarist Andrew Watt had posted on Instagram that Prince was ``the last of the greatest living performers.'' Someone claiming to be Bieber commented, ``Well not the last greatest living performer.''
Bieber was blasted for that comment but his management says it's fake. Bieber himself has not commented on the incident.
PRINCE - REMEMBERED
There were so many tributes to Prince over the weekend, it's like the entire country went purple. Janelle Monae and Grace Potter were among the acts at the New Orleans Jazz Fest to pay tribute to Prince. Duff McKagen had the Prince symbol on his bass during the Guns N' Roses set at Coachella. Bruce Springsteen, Darius Rucker, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Pearl Jam and Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme each played ``Purple Rain'' in concert over the weekend.
Jennifer Hudson led the cast of ``The Color Purple'' in a rendition of ``Purple Rain'' on Broadway. The cast of ``Hamilton'' on Broadway danced to ``Let's Go Crazy.'' ''Saturday Night Live`` ran a clip show dedicated to Prince performances and skits. Google and Rolling Stone both changed their logos to purple, and Snapchat added a Prince filter. Buildings across America were bathed in purple lights in Prince's memory. The Minnesota Twins wore purple armbands and will use Prince songs as their walk-up music tonight against the Indians.
PRINCE - SECOND WIFE
Prince's second wife says she is ``heartbroken beyond words'' to learn of his death. Toronto born Manuela Testolini says in a statement she and Prince had ``a magical journey together.'' She heads a foundation called In A Perfect World and she says she had told Prince a few days before his death she was building a school in his honour. Testolini says her heart aches that the school will now be in his memory. Testolini and Prince were married from 2001 to 2006. He was married to Mayte Garcia from 1996 to 2000.
PRINCE - ``PURPLE RAIN''
The Prince movie ``Purple Rain'' is back in theatres. A-M-C Theatres will run the film through Thursday in memory of Prince. The film grossed 68.4 -million dollars when it was released in 1984. The soundtrack sold more than 25-million copies.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
Prince's final moments in Canada were spent at Toronto's Everleigh night club last month, thrilling a small crowd with a surprise performance. A day before playing back-to-back shows at the city's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Everleigh owner Zark Fatah got a call asking if Prince could host an after-party there. They set up a stage with a keyboard and provided two bottles of Limoncello liqueur for the ``Purple Rain'' superstar and his entourage. Prince showed up around 12:30 a-m dressed in a velour robe and it would be another 90- minutes or so before he addressed a large crowd of fans who were hoping he might perform.
He told that if they would stick around, he would come out and ``dance with all of you.'' Most of the fans had left and the club was considering closing by the time he came out at about 3:30, but the Everleigh remained open and he played for those remaining.
CAUSE OF PRINCE'S DEATH NOT YET REVEALED
Details are sketchy about the cause of death for Prince. Sheriff's deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator and C-P-R failed. Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a-m yesterday. The death is under investigation. Prince had come down with the flu two weeks ago and called off a show in Atlanta. He made it up last week but reports say he was hospitalized in Illinois on Friday as he was going back home to Minnesota. Prince was 57.
PRINCE - THE TRIBUTES FROM FANS
Prince's music touched people all over the country and all over the world. And there were tributes all over for him after word came that he died yesterday. At New York's Apollo Theater, fans showed up in front of the legendary Harlem venue to dance, sing and share memories of the artist. At the Paisley Park compound where he lived, worked and died, fans gathered outside, some placing flowers and purple balloons at the site. Last night, the owners of the night club in Minneapolis where Prince's movie ``Purple Rain'' was filmed hosted an all-night dance party in his honour. And in Brooklyn, Spike Lee hosted an event where fans turned out to dance and sing along to Prince's music.
PRINCE - CELEBRITY TRIBUTES
Prince was not only an icon to fans -- he was also a big deal to other celebrities. And there was no shortage of tributes by fellow stars as news of his death spread. Among the reactions were from U-S President Barack Obama, who said the ``world has lost a creative icon.'' Mick Jagger said Prince's ``talent was limitless.'' Actor Russell Crowe says Prince was ``the greatest live act'' he ever saw. Spike Lee says he will remember Prince's sense of humour as much as he did his music. Lee says Prince ``was a funny cat.''
From the all-news channels to the music channels, Prince was all over T-V last night. Brian Williams anchored an hour-long special about the late music star on M-S-N-B-C. V-H-1 and M-T-V played Prince's movie ``Purple Rain.'' M-T-V also got back to its music video roots, by shelving its usual programming for Prince videos. Stephen Colbert told his ``Late Show'' audience that he's been a fan of Prince's since high school. Colbert recalled he had to wear headphones so the adults couldn't hear the lyrics.
Colbert also paid tribute to Prince by changing the colour of the set on his C-B-S show to purple. A-B-C's ``Nightline'' had a special edition looking at Prince's death and legacy.
PRINCE - MOVIES
He was, first and foremost, a musician. But Prince had an effect on Hollywood, too. He won an Oscar, starred in a movie that he wrote and directed -- and his music was used in scores of T-V shows and movies. Prince won his Oscar for the music featured in the 1984 hit ``Purple Rain.'' He composed the soundtrack for the 1989 movie ``Batman,'' starring Michael Keaton -- including the song ``Batdance,'' which went to number one. Other Prince songs appeared in movies including ``Krush Groove,'' ''Striptease`` and ''Get Rich or Die Tryin.``
JOHNNY MARR WRITES MEMOIR
Johnny Marr is writing his life story. He's signed a deal with Dey Street Books for an autobiography titled ``Set The Boy Free.'' It will come out November 8th. Marr says he ``wanted to convey a feeling of breaking free'' that has defined much of his life. Marr and Morrissey formed The Smiths in 1982. Marr left the band in 1987 and has since recorded with several other bands, including The The and Modest Mouse.
LIMP BIZKIT HOAX CONCERT BRINGS THOUSANDS TO DAYTON GAS STATION
More than six-thousand people showed up to a gas station in Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday night because of an online rumour that Limp Bizkit would play a secret show there. Police had warned people not to show up to the Dayton Sunoco. The station's management shut it down for the night. Some fans were disappointed, while others took it in stride. Some wore T-shirts advertising the hoax concert.
ROXETTE SINGER MARIE FREDRIKSSON IS IN POOR HEALTH
Roxette have called off a summer tour of Europe and it appears they will never play shows again. Singer Marie Fredriksson has come down with an undisclosed illness. Fredriksson writes on the band's website, ``Sadly, now my touring days are over.'' Her doctors advised her to stay off the road. Fredriksson was treated for brain cancer in 2002. Roxette was supposed to start the last leg of their 30th anniversary tour on June 3rd in Switzerland. The band will still release an album called ``Good Karma'' in June.
JAKE OWEN TAKES ON FAKE JAKE OWEN
Jake Owen is taking revenge on an impersonator.
Owen posted on his Facebook page that a man has been pretending to be him on Facebook and reaching out to fans, especially women.
Someone forwarded a message to Owen, who noticed the man's phone number was on it. Owen posted a video of him calling the number and leaving a message to knock it off. Owen says the man texted back and continued to say he was Owen. Owen's last resort was that he posted the phone number on Facebook.
TRINITY COLLEGE CANCELS ACTION BRONSON CONCERT
Action Bronson has lost another college gig. His appearance at Trinity College in Connecticut next week has been cancelled after students circulated an online petition. The petition said Bronson's music and videos promote misogyny and hatred against gay and transgender people. Bronson was supposed to perform at George Washington University last month but that was cancelled for similar reasons.
NICKI MINAJ IS COVER IMAGE FOR TIME'S MOST INFLUENTIAL ISSUE
Nicki Minaj graces the cover of one of six versions Time magazine has printed to celebrate its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Besides Minaj, other musicians who make the list include Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Ariana Grande.
LA'PORSHA RENAE SINGS FOR MISSISSIPPI LAWMAKERS
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A tense and divisive session of the Mississippi House closed on an up note from ``American Idol'' runner-up La'Porsha Renae. She got a standing ovation when she performed ``Amazing Grace'' to close the session yesterday. State Representative John Hines said, ``We sure needed that.'' She brought her baby daughter with her to the Speaker's podium.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES WILL HOST X AMBASSADORS AS FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
X Ambassadors will play the opening ceremony for the College World Series. They will perform on June 17th in downtown Omaha. The College World Series starts the next day.
JAZZFEST OPENS IN NEW ORLEANS WITHOUT ALLEN TOUSSAINT
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival plans to hold a jazz funeral for Allen Toussaint (too-SAHNT'), who died in November. Producer Quint Davis says they have not grasped that Toussaint will not be around this year. A statue of Toussaint will be unveiled tomorrow. A tribute to Toussaint and to B-B King will be held on the closing day of the festival, on May 1st.
Tonight's headliners include Janelle Monae, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
FEDS DENY PAROLE TO TUPAC SHAKUR'S STEPFATHER
The stepfather of Tupac Shakur has been denied parole. A U-S Justice Department spokesman says Mutulu (MUH'-too-loo) Shakur was turned down after appearing before the U-S Parole Commission on April 7th. He is serving 30-years for masterminding a series of armed robberies in New York and Connecticut in the early 1980s that left a Brinks security guard and two New York police officers dead. Mutulu Shakur has maintained his innocence. Authorities did not give a reason for the parole denial.
TOBY KEITH PLANS MERLE HAGGARD TRIBUTE
Toby Keith will team with Merle Haggard's longtime backing band The Strangers for a tribute to Haggard at the American Country Countdown Awards. Haggard's widow, Theresa, will attend the show. Other performers include Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Brooks and Dunn, Martina McBride, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and Cam. The awards will be carried live on Fox on May 1st.
(The Associated Press)
Musician Prince dead at 57
Pop superstar Prince, who died Thursday, had a special relationship with Toronto, the city where he once lived _ and where he performed one of his final shows.
The notoriously private '80s icon married Toronto native Manuela Testolini in the early-to-mid 2000s, settling in the tony Bridle Path neighbourhood.
The pair divorced in July 2006, but the ``Purple Rain'' singer apparently never lost his affection for the city.
During the time he resided in Toronto, Prince was occasionally spotted at local clubs and a Toronto Raptors game. He performed one of his last shows at the Sony Centre late last month.
One of his guitarists also hailed from the city - Donna Grantis of 3rdEyeGirl, who also played with New Power Generation.
Prince was found dead Thursday at his home in Minneapolis.
(The Canadian Press)
'Hope' by The Strumbellas among new album releases
Here's a list of some new album releases for the week ending April 23:
A$AP Ferg _ ``Always Strive and Prosper''
Aborted _ ``Retrogore''
B-Fade _ ``All Things are Possible''
Bankroll Mafia _ ``Bankroll Mafia''
Blixa Bargeld & Teho Teardo _ ``Nerissimo''
Brook Benton _ ``Home Style/Story Teller''
Big Black Delta _ ``Tragame Tierra''
Blue Man Group _ ``Three''
Blue October _ ``Home''
Bulby York _ ``Epic & Ting''
BWB (Braun/Whalum/Brown) _ ``BWB''
Candlebox _ ``Disappearing in Airports''
Eric Carmen _ ``Eric Carmen'' (reissue)
Cirque du Soleil _ ``Luzia Soundtrack''
Kashiwa Daisuke _ ``Program Music II''
dalek _ ``Asphalt for Eden''
Darkness Divided _ ``Darkness Divided''
Doris Day _ ``Love Album'' (reissue)
Decoded Feedback _ ``Dark Passenger''
Sandy Denny _ ``I've Always Kept a Unicorn''
Dogs of Peace _ ``Heel''
ETHS _ ``Ankaa''
Jackie Evancho _ ``Apocalypse''
Bill Evans _ ``Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest''
Everything in Slow Motion _ ``Laid Low''
False Gods _ ``Wasteland''
Jordan Feliz _ ``The River''
Fruition _ ``Labor of Love''
Good Tiger _ ``A Head Full of Moonlight''
Greys _ ``Outer Heaven''
Guided by Voices _ ``Please Be Honest''
Levon Henry _ ``Sinker''
Higher Authorities _ ``Neptune''
James Newton Howard _ ``The Huntsman: Winter's War'' Soundtrack
Dami Im _ ``Classic Carpenters''
The Impressions _ ``The Best of the Impressions: The Curtom Years''
Incite _ ``Oppression''
J-Giles Son _ ``80AYEchD''
Katherine Jenkins _ ``Celebration''
Jethro Tull _ ``Aqualung'' (deluxe reissue)
Katy B _ ``Honey''
Josh Kelley _ ``New Lane Road''
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds _ ``La Arana Es La Vida''
Knifeworld _ ``Bottled Out of Eden''
The Legendary Pink Dots _ ``Pages of Aquarius''
The Loom _ ``Here in the Deadlights''
Love Displayed _ ``You're the Only One''
Mall Grab _ ``Sun Ra'' (EP)
Justin Martin _ ``Hello Clouds''
Matthew & The Atlas - ``Temple''
Sean McCaul _ ``Midnight at Purple Palace''
Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer performed by The MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kristjan Jarvi_ ``A Hologram for the King'' Soundtrack
Mean Jeans _ ``Tight New Dimension''
Media Solution _ ``The Prelude'' (EP)
Rod Melancon _ ``LA-14'' (digital EP)
Michael Martin Murphey _ ``High Stakes Cowboy Songs VII''
NF _ ``Therapy Session''
Carlos Nino _ ``Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening!''
October Tide _ ``Winged Waltz''
PJ _ ``Rare'' (EP)
Project Kitchen Band _ ``Table for Five''
Promise _ ``TellAVision''
Puggy _ ``Colours''
Rainbow _ ``Monsters of Rock: Live at Donnington 1980''
Reptilian _ ``Perennial Void Traverse''
Rockabye Baby! _ ``Lullaby Renditions of Creedence Clearwater Revival''
V.Rose _ ``Young Dangerous Heart''
Roger Sanchez _ ``Strictly Roger Sanchez''
Richard Seguin _ ``Les Horizons Nouveaux''
Shenandoah _ ``Good News Travels Fast''
She Drew The Gun _ ``Memories of the Future''
The 69 Eyes _ ``Universal Monsters''
Skold _ ``Undoing''
Sky Chefs _ ``Sky Chefs''
Sorority Noise _ ``It Kindly Stopped for Me''
Andy Stott _ ``Too Many Voices''
The Strumbellas _ ``Hope''
Susanna _ ``Triangle''
Texas Hippie Coalition _ ``Dark Side of Black''
Daniel Tosh _ ``People Pleaser''
Van Damsel _ ``Van Damsel''
Various Artists _ ``101: Country Number Ones 1944 to 1962''
Various Artists _ ``101: R&B Number Ones 1944 to 1962''
Various Artists _ ``101: The Very Best of Blues''
Joel Vaughn _ ``Kinetic''
Alx Veliz _ ``Love Has No Language'' (EP)
Rufus Wainwright _ ``Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets''
Andre Watts _ ``The Complete Columbia Album Collection''
We Are Messengers _ ``We Are Messengers''
We Are Scientists _ ``Helter Seltzer''
Phil Wickham _ ``Children of God''
Wire _ ``Nocturnal Koreans''
Royal Wood _ ``Ghost Light''
KeKe Wyatt _ ``Rated Love''
Yellowjackets _ ``Cohearance''
Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble _ ``Sing Me Home''
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016
GWEN STEFANI AND GAVIN ROSSDALE OFFICIALLY HAVE SPLIT
Gwen Stefani's divorce from Gavin Rossdale has been finalized. A Los Angeles judge gave the approval on April 8th. Stefani keeps her interest in No Doubt, and Rossdale keeps his interest in Bush. They will share joint custody of their three sons.
They agreed that neither one needs spousal nor child support payments. Stefani filed for divorce in August after nearly 13-years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
TRISHA YEARWOOD HAS UNLIKELY HIT WITH ``BROKEN''
Trisha Yearwood is as surprised as anyone that her version of the Lifehouse song ``Broken'' has become a hit.
Yearwood sang it during the Fox production of ``The Passion'' in the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She says a woman in Hamilton, Ontario, held up a sign requesting ``Broken'' right after ``The Passion'' aired. Yearwood's husband, Garth Brooks, suggested in front of 16-thousand people that Yearwood sing it -- only the band didn't know it. Yearwood had a rehearsal track with no vocal, so she played it and sang along. She says it's the first time she's ever used a backing track in concert. Yearwood says the songs she sang in ``The Passion'' challenged her vocal range and she remembers thinking she'd never have to sing them again, and now she's singing ``Broken'' every night.
SARA BAREILLES RECORDS CELLPHONE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BROADWAY
Broadway audiences will be treated to a new Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs) song that tells them to turn off their cellphone. Bareilles rewrote her song ``Cassiopeia'' for a 40-second reminder to audiences that states, ``Do it now, while I sing, because no one's going to like you if your phone rings.'' Bareilles wrote the music for the new Broadway show ``Waitress'' and a phone rang during a tender moment in previews. Bareilles says she decided then to write something funny that would still get the point across.
She wrote and recorded the song in an evening. She says it seems to be working but it makes her crazy when phones still go off.
JOE WALSH DROPPING OUT OF A GOP-RELATED SHOW
Joe Walsh is pulling out of a Cleveland summer concert he thought would be a nonpartisan event for veterans' families. Walsh says the event is actually a launch for the Republican National Convention. Walsh says in an emailed statement he's ``very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns.'' He adds he ``cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way.'' The concert is scheduled for July 18th. The Republican National Convention is scheduled for July 18th to 21st at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Walsh says he's sorry for any fans or veterans and their families he might disappoint. He promises to look at doing a veterans-related benefit concert later this year.
ZZ TOP CALL OFF SHOWS BECAUSE OF DUSTY HILL'S SHOULDER INJURY
Z-Z Top bassist Dusty Hill says his doctors tell him his fractured shoulder is usually associated with sports injuries. He says he's not sure playing bass qualifies as that but they're doing their best to get Hill back in the game. Z-Z Top are postponing their shows through May 7th because of Hill's injury. Z-Z Top manager Carl Stubner says Hill tripped on a poorly-lit step at the Lone Star Events Center in Lubbock, Texas, last week, just as Z-Z Top were taking the stage.
WALK THE MOON CANCEL TOUR
Walk The Moon have called off their summer tour because singer Nicholas Petricca needs to take care of his father, who has Alzheimer's disease. The band write on their website Petricca needs to focus on his family. Walk The Moon will still play their shows set for May. Their July and August shows will be refunded. They say their mission is ``to take the darkness in our lives and mould it into light and colour.''
NICK CARTER OF THE BACKSTREET BOYS IS FATHER TO ODIN
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is a dad for the first time. ``Entertainment Tonight'' reports Carter's wife, Lauren, gave birth to a boy on Tuesday. They have named him Odin Reign Carter. Carter's wife had a water birth at home with 30-hours of labour.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG FOOTAGE RESURFACES
The Louis Armstrong House Museum has acquired footage of Armstrong that was recently discovered through a buyer of abandoned storage facilities. The 33-minute film was shot while Armstrong recorded his 1959 album ``Satchmo Plays King Oliver'' and is the only known footage of him in the studio. Music producer Sid Frey shot it but did nothing with it. He died in 1968. One of his daughters put it in a storage facility with other belongings.
Another daughter found out on a message board a storage facility buyer had the masters. She helped facilitate the sale. The museum will post one complete song on its website at www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org and show the full film at a later date.
ZAC BROWN BAND'S COY BOWLES WRITES CHILDREN'S BOOK
Guitarist Coy Bowles of Zac Brown Band wants to teach kids about believing in themselves. He's published a children's book called ``Will Powers: Where There's A Will There's A Way.'' The book is described as a story of ``overcoming self-entitlement and achieving your goals with dedication and a strong work ethic.'' It's in stores this week.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016
MAGIC! - SEAN PAUL
The new song ``Lay You Down Easy'' from Canadian reggae fusion band MAGIC! was anything but easy. Frontman Nasri Atweh (NAS'-ree AT'-way) says it took a long time to get it together and even then he wasn't satisfied. He says drummer Alex Tanas kept telling him it was a hit but Atweh felt like it was missing something. He decided it needed Sean Paul, but they didn't know Paul. It turns out Paul is a Magic! fan and agreed to do the track. Magic! will release a new album called ``Primary Colors'' this summer.
BRIAN JOHNSON - AC/DC
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson says he is not retiring. Johnson has been forced to sit out the rest of AC/DC's tour because doctors warned him he'd suffer permanent hearing loss if he continues to perform in large venues. Johnson says in a statement the day of that diagnosis was ``the darkest day of my professional life.'' He says his performances were already suffering because he could not hear the rest of the band properly. Johnson says his doctors have said he can still make studio recordings. He says for now his entire focus is to continue medical treatment for his hearing and hopefully return to performing concerts.
BLAKE SHELTON - DEFAMATION LAWSUIT - PROCEEDS
A federal judge has given Blake Shelton the O-K to continue with his defamation lawsuit against In Touch magazine. Judge Christina Snyder ruled that the headline ``Rehab for Blake'' could be considered libelous because an average reader could interpret that as Shelton getting addiction treatment. Shelton is suing over In Touch's October story that included anecdotes about Shelton's alleged drunken antics. Shelton denies the incidents happened and says he doesn't have a drinking problem. In Touch tried to get the case dismissed. A lawyer for In Touch's publisher says an appeal is planned.
BRIAN MAY - BOOK
Brian May of Queen has just put out a book on an oddball subject: Victorian underskirts. What's more, it's in 3D. May collaborated with Denis Pellerin for the book ``Crinoline: Fashion's Most Magnificent Disaster.'' The book comes with May's patented 3D viewer. May and Pellerin say crinolines became all the rage in the mid-19th century, right when stereoscopic photos were trendy as well. They decided to reunite the two fads. May says he's been interested in stereoscope images ever since he found 3-D cards in his Weetabix cereal in the 1950s. The ``Crinoline'' book is available at select bookstores and at LondonStereo-dot-com.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD - DELAYS CONCERT
Carrie Underwood postponed her concert in Houston last night after more than a foot of rain hit the city. Her website says Underwood has rescheduled the show for Monday so ``fans can focus on taking care of their families and friends.''
IGGY AZALEA - NICK YOUNG
Iggy Azalea prefers not to talk about it, but for the record, she has not broken up with her fiance', Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers. Azalea tweets they are still together and she would like privacy on the matter. She says she answers questions honestly but her job is to promote her music, not her relationship.
Young's teammate, D'Angelo Russell, shot a video in which Young talks about being with women besides Azalea, and the video was leaked last month.
Adam Levine practically begged ``The Voice'' audience to save Owen Danoff. Before the instant Twitter vote, Levine asked viewers to do him a favour and keep Danoff. It worked.
Owen gets to sing again next week, while Emily Keener from Team Pharrell goes home. It was good night for both Team Blake and Team Christina last night. Neither team had a performer in jeopardy after the Top 12 performed earlier this week.
KANSAS - TRIBUTE
The band Kansas will have to do some practicing before their next concert tour. They plan to do their ``Leftoverture'' album in its entirety and guitarist Richard Williams says they've never played the song ``Questions of My Childhood'' live before. Kansas is marking the 40th anniversary of ``Leftoverture,'' which featured the hit ``Carry On Wayward Son.''
They are also planning a new album called ``The Prelude Implicit''
that comes out in September. The Kansas tour begins September 30th in Pittsburgh.
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE - CHRIS COLLINGWOOD
Fountains of Wayne singer Chris Collingwood bristles at the term ``solo record,'' so he formed another band to create new music. Collingwood says ``solo record'' means ``you don't have to pay attention to it.'' His new band is called Look Park, and that is also the title of the album. Collingwood says he loves singer-songwriters but he's proud that Look Park does not sound like that, but like a band. The album will be released on July 22nd.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016
STEVE MILLER - ROCK HALL - CRITICISM
When H-B-O airs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on April 30th, Steve Miller thinks he'll probably be a part of it. Miller tells the San Diego Union-Tribune he's still negotiating performance rights with the Rock Hall. Miller made headlines after his induction when he blasted the hall's executives for how they ran things. Miller says the Rock Hall contract is as artist-unfriendly as any he's seen in 50 years and he's spent three months trying to clean it up. Miller says he could run the inductions with one-fifth the energy, and he adds, ``They could make it a much better evening just by being nice.'' Miller is calling for the hall to get rid of the founders and nominating committee and start over.
CHRIS BROWN - CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE
Chris Brown says he considered suicide after his arrest for beating up Rihanna in 2009. Brown made the comment in a newly-released trailer for his upcoming documentary, ``Welcome to My Life.'' He says he went to ``being on top of the world'' and ``kind of being like America's sweetheart'' to ``public enemy number one.''
His mother appears in the trailer and says she felt like she was going to lose her child. No release date on the documentary was given, only that it's ``coming soon.''
PEARL JAM - BOSTON - NORTH CAROLINA - LGBT
Pearl Jam and the band Boston have joined the boycott of North Carolina. Pearl Jam say they are calling off their April 20th show in Raleigh because of a new North Carolina law limiting L-G-B-T rights. They say in a statement the law is ``a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.'' Boston guitarist Tom Scholz writes on Facebook his band have cancelled shows in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh next month because of the law.
Scholz says the law ``has the appearance of an oppressive discriminatory law against a small minority.'' Ringo Starr, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper and Against Me! either have cancelled shows in North Carolina or are inviting LGBT rights groups to participate.
KANYE WEST - TIDAL SUED
A Kanye West fan is suing him and the streaming service Tidal because West promised his ``The Life of Pablo'' album would be exclusive to Tidal. Justin Baker-Rhett's lawsuit states West broke his promise when he tweeted, ``My album will never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal.'' ''The Life of Pablo`` has since been released for free on Apple Music and Spotify, and West sells it on his website. Baker-Rhett also says Tidal collected information including credit card numbers, music preferences and other personal details that affect consumer privacy. Baker-Rhett is proposing his case become a class-action lawsuit. Emails requesting comment to Tidal and to West were not returned.
BOB DYLAN - SONGS - TV SERIES
A T-V series based on Bob Dylan's song catalogue is in the early stages of development. The Hollywood Reporter reports Amazon Studios and Lionsgate T-V are working on a drama called ``Time Out Of Mind,'' which is also the title of a 1997 Dylan album. Australian filmmaker Josh Wakely got permission from Dylan to use his songs. Details on the series, including an air date, have not been worked out.
JACK WHITE - BAT COMPANY
What does Jack White know about baseball bats? He believes it's because he's an outsider that he can bring a fresh mentality to bat design. White has teamed with Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and businessman Ben Jenkins for the sporting goods company Warstic. White says he discovered the company because of his love of design. He says together they can make beautiful bats both for professionals and for young children. The company makes wood and metal bats, as well as gear and apparel. Kinsler has already homered this year with a Warstic bat.
HIGHWAY 101'S - CACTUS MOSER - MOTORCYCLE INJURIES
When former Highway 101 drummer Cactus Moser was in a motorcycle accident in August 2012, it wasn't his leg that created problems for him, but his hand. Moser lost his leg on impact and his hand was mangled. Besides drums, Moser also plays guitar, banjo and mandolin. Doctors were able to repair his hand and he says he had ``some horrific battling'' to regain use of it. Moser says he still doesn't have full range of motion and he practices with heavy drumsticks to build strength. He says, ``Each day I get to play music is beyond joyful.'' It must be paying off.
Moser plays in his wife Wynonna's band and she says she's gotten used to him getting more standing ovations than her.
TOM PETTY - TV - ``DRYVRS''
Tom Petty makes a guest appearance in the online comedy series ``Dryvrs.'' Comedian Jack Dishel created the series based on his experiences with Uber and Lyft. The second episode, ``Bob's Direction Home,'' features Rosanna Arquette as a driver who drops acid and thinks Dishel is Bob Dylan. George Harrison's son, Dhani (DAN'-ee), makes a cameo. You can find the episode now on YouTube.
TRAVELING WILBURYS - STREAMING
The Traveling Wilburys will finally be available for streaming. Their catalogue will be on streaming services beginning June 3rd. ``The Traveling Wilbury's Collection'' boxed set will be re-released on that day as well.
GWEN STEFANI - EVE - TOUR
Gwen Stefani is planning a summer tour and Eve will be her special guest. The tour begins July 12th in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Eve collaborated with Stefani on two songs, ``Rich Girl'' and ``Let Me Blow Ya Mind.'' Meanwhile, Stefani will perform her new single, ``Make Me Like You,'' on ``The Voice'' tonight.
JOE JONAS - SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
The Songwriters Hall of Fame believes Joe Jonas has the right touch when creating music. The Hall of Fame will present Jonas with its Hal David Starlight Award, given to a young songwriter making a significant impact on the music industry. Jonas will receive the award at a gala in New York on June 9th.
GQ - STYLISH MEN LIST - DRAKE
Future's wide-brimmed hats and Harry Styles' Hawaiian shirts have attracted the eye of G-Q magazine. G-Q has named both of them to its list of the ``Most Stylish Men In The World Right Now.'' The magazine says Future has the swagger to pull off ``geezer hats like a hipster.'' G-Q notes Styles' untucked Hawaiian shirts, bedhead hair and attitude make him a winner.
Toronto rapper Drake also makes the list for his luxurious but comfortable look. So does Diplo for dressing with flair based on whatever country he's visiting.
Someone will be going home on ``The Voice'' tonight, while another hopeful will be saved by the instant Twitter vote. The season's Top 12 performed live last night. Some of the standouts included Team Christina's Alisan Porter and Team Pharrell's Hannah Huston. Adam Levine says Hannah is so good, she's invented a new genre of music he calls ``alien soul.'' He says her voice is ``not of this Earth'' yet is familiar and cool. Hannah is a pre-school teacher from Nebraska with big dreams. Her coach, Pharrell Williams says she's inspiring others to also dream big.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016
AC/DC - AXL ROSE - TOUR
Axl Rose will step in for Brian Johnson on vocals to help AC/DC finish out their tour. Johnson's doctors ordered him to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. AC/DC say they respect Johnson's decision and they are dedicated to honouring their concert commitments. Guns N' Roses will play Mexico City this week and Coachella this weekend. Rose will handle vocals for AC/DC's European tour beginning with Lisbon, Portugal, on May 7th and running through Aarhus, Denmark, on June 12th. The G-N-R tour begins June 23rd in Detroit.
ZAC BROWN - DRUG BUST
Zac Brown says he was ``in the wrong place at the wrong time'' when four people were arrested for drug possession in a hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 8th. Brown was not arrested or charged. Brown says in a statement he had been at a private gathering at the hotel for a short time when police arrived.
He says he did not know the people arrested and they had just showed up a few minutes before police did. He says he regrets putting himself in that position and will remember what his dad taught him:
``Nothing good ever happens when you stay out late.''
PAUL STANLEY - ACE FREHLEY - HOSPITALIZED
Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley and former guitarist Ace Frehley each are dealing with hospital stays. Stanley writes on his Facebook page he tore his bicep tendon and had surgery to reattach it with a screw and stitches. He says he will be ``ready to rock'' before the Kiss tour begins. Kiss was supposed to headline the Race to Erase M-S fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday but had to play as a three-piece.
Frehley's website reports he was admitted to a hospital for exhaustion and dehydration after Friday's show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Frehley had called off a show in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a week ago, saying a band member was sick.
ZZ TOP - BASSIST - DISLOCATED SHOULDER
ZZ Top were forced to call off their weekend concerts because bassist Dusty Hill dislocated his shoulder. They don't say what happened, only that Hill was injured while they were at Lone Star Events Center Amphitheatre in Lubbock, Texas, on Thursday. ZZ Top's next show is scheduled for Friday in Biloxi, Mississippi.
NORTH CAROLINA - LGBT - ANI DIFRANCO - DURAN DURAN
Ani DiFranco and Duran Duran are joining the list of musicians speaking out over North Carolina's new law that limits anti-discrimination protections for the L-G-B-T community. DiFranco says she was supposed to be part of the Festival for the Eno in Durham on July 4th but called it off because she can't support the state in good conscience. Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon read a statement at Saturday's show in Charlotte supporting the L-G-B-T community. He also urged fans to sign a petition against the law that will be presented to the state general assembly. Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr canceled shows in North Carolina. Cyndi Lauper is turning her show into a benefit to overturn the law. Against Me! will play in North Carolina and donate the proceeds to an L-G-B-T youth center.
DAVID GILMOUR - POMPEII
David Gilmour finds a certain pleasure in knowing he'll be playing a concert in an arena where the last time there was an audience, gladiators were going up against lions.
Gilmour will play the ancient amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy, on July 7th and 8th. He's played that arena before. Pink Floyd shot their ``Live at Pompeii'' concert film there in 1971, but there was no audience. Gilmour says no concerts have been played there since Pink Floyd did it. He says with the July shows, he wants the setting to cement the moment in the audience's memory.
JOSS STONE - SICK DOG
Joss Stone has chosen to be with her dog over playing shows in the Caribbean. Stone writes on her Facebook page she called off a show in the Barbados over the weekend and tomorrow's show in Trinidad because her dog, Missy, was rushed to the vet with internal bleeding. Stone says she was told her dog had only a few hours to live, but doctors have saved her. Stone says it may sound ridiculous, but Missy is the closest thing she has to a child.
MUSICIANS - OBAMA - CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Common and Busta Rhymes were among the musicians hoping to convince President Barack Obama to help young minorities stay on the right path. Janelle Monae, Ludacris, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Wale (wah-LAY') and D-J Khaled were also part of the meeting to discuss the Obama administrations' initiative called My Brother's Keeper. The initiative supports programs to keep young minorities out of the criminal justice system and improve their access to higher education.
DAVID BYRNE - FILM - COLOUR GUARDS
Eight years ago, a colour guard asked David Byrne for permission to use his songs in a routine. That sparked Byrne's interest in colour guards that led to the new film ``Contemporary Color.'' It's about ten high school and college colour guard teams who were paired with musicians like St. Vincent, Ad-Rock, Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado and others to stage concerts featuring original music. Byrne says he pitched his idea several times and either was turned down or answered with, ``What?'' The film was directed by Turner and Bill Ross and ran at the Tribeca Film Festival. Byrne says it's one of the more unusual projects he's done, but he says he's got another one that has to do with neuroscience that has led him to ``some pretty strange places.''
THE LUMINEERS - ALBUM CHART
The Lumineers' second album is their first number-one. ``Cleopatra'' makes its debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 125-thousand units. Their self-titled debut peaked at number 2 in 2013. Deftones are number two this week with their new album, ``Gore.'' Chris Stapleton's ``Traveller'' is third, and last week's number one, Kanye West's ``The Life of Pablo,'' drops to fourth.
``ADELE LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY'' - MAY
N-B-C will rerun Adele's concert special with five songs not included in the original broadcast. ``Adele Live in New York City'' will air May 6th. The special first aired in December. The May broadcast will include the songs ``Water Under the Bridge,'' ``One and Only,'' ``Hometown Glory,'' ``Chasing Pavements'' and ``Daydreamer.''
JOHN LEGEND - BABY
John Legend's baby has arrived. His wife, model Chrissy Teigen, gave birth to a girl on Thursday. Legend tweets they've named her Luna Simone Stephens and they ``couldn't be happier.''
(The Associated Press)