MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017
THE LAWSUITS BEGIN AGAINST FYRE FESTIVAL
Ja Rule's Fyre Festival that failed to take off in the Bahamas this past weekend has already been hit with a lawsuit. Attorney Mark Geragos has filed a proposed 100-million dollar class-action lawsuit on behalf of client Daniel Jung against Ja Rule and co-organizer Billy McFarland, according to Billboard magazine. The lawsuit accuses Ja Rule and McFarland of fraud and of creating a dangerous situation by bringing festival-goers to an island that failed to provide adequate food, water and shelter. It also says the event was promoted as ``cashless,'' since attendees were encouraged to load funds onto wristbands to use at the festival, so people did not have enough money to buy local services. Ja Rule and McFarland have not responded to the lawsuit.
EMINEM'S PUBLISHERS FIGHT A NEW ZEALAND POLITICAL PARTY
The song is called ``Eminem Esque,'' it's reminiscent of his song ``Lose Yourself'' and Eminem says that's a rip-off. Eminem's publishers are suing New Zealand's conservative National Party, saying the song they chose as a 2014 election campaign song was a copy of ``Lose Yourself.'' The party has said it bought the track from an Australian-based supplier and does not believe it infringes on anyone's copyright. Joel Martin, a spokesman for Eminem's publisher, says they never would have allowed the use of the song in a political ad and it has nothing to do with the party's views. Spokespeople for the National Party say they will not comment while the case is before a New Zealand court.
GEORGE WINSTON RECORDS BENEFIT ALBUM FOR HOSPITAL THAT TREATED HIM
In 2012, George Winston spent two months in a hospital and two months as an outpatient at the hospital's village getting treatment for a bone marrow disorder. He had access to the auditorium's piano, so he'd play every night. That's when he composed the songs for his latest album, ``Spring Carousel.''
Winston says the songs just kept pouring out of him. Winston says his treatments went so well, it's like he was never sick. He says he never considered retiring because it's not like he's an athlete who only has so many good years. He says he will be playing music until he doesn't wake up one day. Proceeds from the sale of ``Spring Carousel'' will benefit City of Hope National Medical Center outside Los Angeles, where Winston got his treatment.
LITTLE BIG TOWN CREATES HOME PRODUCTS
Members of Little Big Town are becoming lifestyle mavens. They have created a line of home products inspired by their song ``Boondocks.'' The line includes clothing, patches, drinkware, stationery and jewelry. Three additional collections based on Little Big Town's music will be announced throughout the year. The items are available at Grand Ole Opry stores and on the Opry website.
MOTORHEAD BEER IS FOR SALE
Although Lemmy's drink of choice was a Jack and Coke, he still would have appreciated the thought of a Motorhead beer. Amplified Ale Works of San Diego has collaborated with Motorhead for the Born To Lose I-P-A. It's brewed with West Coast hops and British malt. Later this year, another beer called Live To Win I-P-A will be released. The beer is available at the brewer's two San Diego locations and can be shipped only within California and to Hawaii, Alaska and the District of Columbia.
50 CENT PLANS COMEDY SHOW
50 Cent is looking for some laughs. BET has announced he will be the force behind a new late-night sketch comedy show called ``50 Central.'' He's promising an edgier brand of comedy and says he's looking for talent online to bring to a wider audience. The show will premiere later this year.
BET WILL EXPAND ON BOBBY BROWN'S STORY
Bobby Brown will tell more of his story that wasn't covered in ``The New Edition Story'' on BET earlier this year. Brown says the rest of the group always knew he wanted to go solo and they had so much conflict based on differing styles of performing. Brown says he felt that anything he did on stage would get the rest of the group mad, and then they'd cut his parts of the show. An air date for ``The Bobby Brown Story'' has not yet been set.
OZZY OSBOURNE REUNITES WITH ZAKK WYLDE
Ozzy Osbourne is teaming up again with Zakk Wylde. They have not done a full tour together in more than ten years. The tour begins July 14 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Osbourne is working on a solo album for release next year.
DIPLO SIGNS MODELING CONTRACT
Diplo has another side project beyond Major Lazer. He just got a modeling deal. WWD reports Diplo has signed with Next Management models. Diplo says, ``I've just always wanted to be a supermodel.''
(The Associated Press)