MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
OBIT - JONI SLEDGE - SISTER SLEDGE
Singer Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge used to notice ``a genuine kind of humility'' when they'd perform their hit ``We Are Family.'' Sledge said in a 2015 Associated Press interview people would drop their inhibitions and for a moment, everyone united. Sledge was found dead at her home in Phoenix on Friday at the age of 60. A cause of death has not been determined, and publicist Biff Warren says Sledge had not been sick. He says Sister Sledge last performed in October. Nile Rodgers, who produced ``We Are Family,'' tweets, ``My heartfelt condolences to your family because they are my family too. We did something pretty amazing together.''
PEARL JAM - ROCK HALL INDUCTION
Pearl Jam has invited all five of their drummers to join them for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Longtime drummer Matt Cameron will be inducted, and so will Dave Krusen, who played drums on the ``Ten'' album. The band write on their website Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Jack Irons and Dave Abbruzzese ``are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs.'' The band say they feel ``fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group.'' Abbruzzese had complained last year about being snubbed and was upset Pearl Jam did not stand up for his inclusion.
ED SHEERAN - FIRST-WEEK DEBUT
Ed Sheeran's ``Divide'' album tops the Billboard 200 album chart after an impressive first week of sales.
``Divide'' moved 451-thousand units in its debut week. It's the biggest sales week for a single album so far this year.
LITTLE MIX - FIFTH HARMONY - KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS
When Little Mix won the favourite global music star award at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on Saturday, they had to thank Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day). She gave them the night off from their tour so they could be there to accept. Fifth Harmony won favourite music group and favourite song for ``Work From Home.''
Shawn Mendes won favourite male singer, and Selena Gomez won favourite female singer. Twenty One Pilots won favourite new artist.
ELVIS PRESLEY - STATUE
It's entirely possible that a statue of Elvis Presley eventually could be standing in the U-S Capitol. Each state can choose two statues of significant residents to display at the Capitol. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant tells The Jackson Clarion-Ledger he's willing to have ``a general discussion about the Mississippi statues.'' Currently, Mississippi is represented with statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate politician J-Z George. Bryant says Presley or B-B King would be good possibilities for a replacement. A University of Mississippi panel will debate on Wednesday whether one or both statues should be replaced. The governor and the state legislature must approve statue changes.
(The Canadian Press)