MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
PINK - LADY GAGA
If you saw Lady Gaga swinging around on wires at the Super Bowl halftime show and kept thinking, ``Pink did that first,'' Pink is shutting you down right now. Pink writes on Instagram, ``Let's squash this before it even has a chance to be a thing.'' She writes that Lady Gaga's voice was ``powerful and beautiful,'' her choreography ``stellar'' and she sang about ``love and inclusiveness.'' Pink says who cares if she was the one who flew first, because she wasn't -- the members of Cirque du Soleil and the cast of ``Peter Pan'' have been doing it for years.
LADY GAGA - SALES SPIKE
Lady Gaga sold more digital downloads on Sunday than she did in the whole week before that. Nielsen Music reports Lady Gaga sold 150-thousand digital albums and songs in the U-S on Sunday, when she performed the halftime show at the Super Bowl. Of the 125-thousand song downloads she had that day, the single ``Million Reasons'' sold 45-thousand copies alone. Music streaming video service Vevo reports Lady Gaga's videos have gotten more than 4.7-million views, a 71 per cent increase over the average views in the 28 days before that. Three Vevo videos of her Super Bowl performance have been seen more than two-million times.
GRAMMYS - TRIBUTES
John Legend and Broadway star Cynthia Erivo will sing the Beach Boys song ``God Only Knows'' at the Grammys in memory of the musicians who died in the past year. Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich says none of the Beach Boys died in the past year, but he felt the song resonates in the context of loss. Demi Lovato, Andra Day and Tori Kelly will join Little Big Town for a performance honouring The Bee Gees and the 40th anniversary of ``Saturday Night Fever.'' Katy Perry, Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham also have been added to the lineup of performers for Sunday's show. Other acts include Adele, Chance The Rapper, Gary Clark Junior, Metallica, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
KANYE WEST - TRUMP TWEETS
Kanye West's representatives have not responded to questions as to why West deleted the tweets he sent after he met with U-S President Donald Trump on December 13th. West had tweeted he and Trump talked about a number of issues, including bullying, teachers and violence in Chicago. West even tweeted a copy of Time magazine with Trump on the cover that Trump autographed for him.
TOM CHAPLIN - ADDICTION
You'd think that the worst place for a musician with addiction problems would be on tour. That's not the case for singer Tom Chaplin of Keane. Chaplin says the danger time for him was when he was home alone and dealing with writer's block. He says when he's on the road, he will stay professional so he can put on a good show. Chaplin tells the story of his addiction and recovery with his solo record, ``The Wave,'' but he says it's not depressing.
He says it starts in a dark place and comes to the light, like some kind of tale out of Hollywood.
ELTON JOHN - REMEMBERING GEORGE MICHAEL
Elton John says he doesn't get jealous much, but he is jealous of the George Michael song ``One More Try.'' John says on his Beats 1 Radio show he wishes he had written it. John paid tribute to Michael by playing several of his songs and telling stories about their friendship. He calls Michael ``the kindest, most generous man.'' He says while he'll miss Michael for his music, more than anything he will miss Michael for his humanity.
(The Associated Press)