MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017
LADY GAGA - SUPER BOWL
Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance included patriotic songs, jumping off the roof of N-R-G Stadium and a shout-out to her parents. She started by singing ``God Bless America'' and ``This Land Is Your Land,'' and by reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance from the top of the stadium. Then she jumped. A safety harness guided her to a top of a pile of metal for ``Poker Face,'' and after a couple of flips she launched into ``Born This Way,'' ''Telephone`` and ''Just Dance.`` Lady Gaga got behind a piano for ''Million Reasons`` and paused to say, ''Hey dad, hi mom.`` By the time she got to her final number, ''Bad Romance,`` she was in hot pants and football pads. She ended by throwing down the microphone, jumping off a platform and catching a ball.
BLACK SABBATH - FAREWELL
Black Sabbath's touring days are over.
The band played their final show of their ``The End'' tour Saturday in Birmingham, England, where it all started in 1968. Rolling Stone reports the band ran through deep album cuts as well as classics like ``Black Sabbath,'' ''War Pigs`` and their closing number, ''Paranoid.`` The show was filmed but there's been no word on whether it will be released. For those hoping drummer Bill Ward might put aside his dispute with singer Ozzy Osbourne and show up for that night, alas, they were disappointed. There was no Ward, nor any other special guests.
TAYLOR SWIFT - SUPER BOWL
If you want to attend Taylor Swift's only concert of this year, oops, you've already missed it. Swift played for a crowd of nine-thousand in Houston as part of the pre-Super Bowl festivities on Saturday. Swift told the audience, ``As far as I know I'm only doing one show in 2017, and as far as I know, this is that show.'' She pointed out to them, ``You are attending 100 per cent of my tour dates.'' Fans begged her to throw the towel she used to wipe the sweat from her face, but she said, ``I swear you don't. You don't want it.''
CHRIS PRONGER - JUSTIN BIEBER
Hockey great Chris Pronger says he was fined five-dollars for pinning Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber against the boards during a charity game during the N-H-L All-Star weekend a week ago. Pronger, who now works for the N-H-L's Department of Player Safety, jokes he gave himself the fine during a one-man hearing. A photo of the hit shows Pronger grinning behind Bieber's smashed face, or what Pronger calls ``a little massage to his back, a little face wash.'' Pronger says he's ``certainly getting a lot of mileage out of a photo, that's for sure.''
MAREN MORRIS - KELSEA BALLERINI - GRAMMYS
Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini feel the past year was a good one for women in country music. Morris and Ballerini are both nominated for the best new artist Grammy, and four of the five nominees for best country song are female. Morris says the Recording Academy did country music a favour by recognizing quality art and country radio benefits from different perspectives.
Ballerini says she's flattered that the people who listen and judge music decided she's one of the best five new acts out there. The Grammys are Sunday in Los Angeles.
SAM HUNT - WEDDING
Sam Hunt has a new single and he's preparing for a summer tour, but the focus of his life is marrying the woman he loves. Hunt says his priority right now is wedding planning. Hunt will marry Hannah Fowler in the spring. He says he's known she's the one for him for some time, and confirming it with an engagement is special. Hunt's new song is called ``Body Like A Back Road.''
BEYONCE - ATLANTA POLICE - APOLOGY
The Atlanta Police Department is backing off a tweet that was supposed to be a joke about Beyonce's pregnancy.
After she had announced she's having twins, the department tweeted, ``Beyonce may have everyone wanting to celebrate her pregnancy, but remember no celebratory gunfire! Stay safe, Atlanta!'' Police spokesman Sgt. Warren Pickard tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that some people found that funny and some were offended. The department deleted the tweet and sent an apology. Pickard says they wanted to add some comedic relief to the things going on in the world, but they missed the mark.
NETS - BOTCHED CANADIAN ANTHEM
Ok, so there may not be many Americans who know the words to the Canadian national anthem. But the players on the N-B-A's Toronto Raptors do _ and they certainly noticed when a Broadway star botched the lyrics yesterday. Amber Iman is in the national touring troupe of ``Hamilton'' _ and she was handed the anthem duties during the game in New York between the Nets and Raptors. She ended the song with the line ``O Canada, we sing our hearts for thee.'' The actual line: ``O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.'' Raptors players and coaches looked around in confusion.
The Raptors poked fun at the Nets on Twitter later, writing a post that said: ``For future reference'' _ which included the correct lyrics to the Canadian anthem.
METALLICA - JAMES HETFIELD
Metallica called off last night's show in Copenhagen because singer James Hetfield has no voice. The band says in a statement Hetfield's health has not been improving, especially his throat, and his doctor ordered him not to sing a single note.
The show has been rescheduled for September 2nd. Metallica are supposed to play tomorrow night in Copenhagen and they are monitoring Hetfield's voice on a day-to-day basis.
THE BAND PERRY - POP RECORD
The Band Perry is going pop. The band says in a statement their next album, ``My Bad Imagination,'' will be their ``very first pop album.'' They say creating it ``led us to disrupt everything that was comfortable and familiar to us a short year ago.'' They say if there's one thing they've learned, it's that being yourself matters, ``even when not everyone agrees that you should be or understands why it's important that you are.'' The first single, ``Stay in the Dark,'' is out now. The Band Perry will perform on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'' tomorrow.
MIGOS - NUMBER ONE
Migos have their first number-one album.
``Culture'' moved 131-thousand units in its first week of release, putting it on top of the Billboard 200 Album chart. Brantley Gilbert checks in at second with ``The Devil Don't Sleep,'' moving 77-thousand units. Kehlani is in third with ``SweetSexySavage,'' with 58-thousand units.
ERIC CHURCH - VIRTUAL REALITY CONCERT
Eric Church fans can experience him in virtual reality. Church's performance at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, last summer was filmed with eight cameras and in 360-degree audio. The technology tracks users as they turn their heads to make it seem like they're right there. The concert is available for 35-dollars at vantage-dot-tv.
DAVE GROHL - NOT PLAYING THE GRAMMYS
Even the Recording Academy gets a little ahead of itself sometimes. Dave Grohl was announced last week as a performer for Sunday's Grammys with Anderson Paak and A Tribe Called Quest. The academy has reversed itself and says it had not confirmed with Grohl before making the announcement. Grohl will not be part of the performance.
CNN CONFUSED - FAITH EVANS -FAITH HILL
C-N-N's mistake is a laugh for Faith Hill. C-N-N had sent a tweet on Friday, ``Faith Hill is releasing an album of duets with The Notorious B.I.G., 20 years after his murder.'' That's all fine and good, but it's Faith Evans who is releasing the album.
Hill retweeted C-N-N's message with the caption, ``This sounds awesome!'' Evans tweeted, ``Up for a bonus duet, Ms. Hill?'' Hill replied, ``Name the time and the place!''
(The Canadian Press)