MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017
ZAC BROWN BAND GETS MISTY ON ``MY OLD MAN''
If Zac Brown is not careful, he will make himself cry with his own words. Brown says if he's thinking about his dad and his son while singing the band's new song, ``My Old Man,'' ''it's over.`` He says he'll end up making that noise guys make when they're trying to be all macho and holding in their emotions. Brown has tried writing a song for some time that was worthy to play for his dad and he finally got it with ''My Old Man.`` He says, ''We're making a lot of people cry.`` The song will be on the new Zac Brown Band album, ''Welcome Home,`` out Friday.
NICKI MINAJ HANDS OUT SCHOOL MONEY ON TWITTER
Nicki Minaj says she will hand out money to students again in a month or two if she has any money left. When a fan challenged her on Twitter to pay tuition, Minaj said she'd do it if the fan could show straight A's that she could verify with the school. She then opened it up to other fans. Some said they were going to summer school or were trying to pay down student loans.
Others said they were immigrants or the children of single working moms. Some asked for money for texts, while one asked for money for a professional camera to study audiovisual production. Minaj asked for them to send their information directly to her and said yes to at least 20 requests.
MADONNA'S TO-DO LIST, PRINCE'S ARCHITECTURAL PLANS FOR SALE
At one point, Madonna obsessed over how her ceilings looked and Prince wanted a house shaped like his unpronounceable symbol. Julien's auction house is selling an undated to-do list Madonna kept. She wrote such items as ``how expensive is it to oil ceiling in library'' and ``talk to Steve about pathetic trees and shrubs.'' It's expected to sell for at least 600-dollars.
That's also the estimate for a group of architectural plans Prince commissioned in 1998 for a house shaped like his ``love symbol.''
The plans called for not just the usual bedrooms and bathrooms, but a dog grooming room, a salon and separate makeup room and a video vault. The house was not built. The auction will be May 20th in New York.
SIEDAH GARRETT REVEALS SHE HAS MS
Singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett was a featured performer at the Race to Erase M-S Gala in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday. She surprised the audience by revealing she has multiple sclerosis too. Garrett told the audience she was diagnosed five years ago. It was the first time she mentioned it publicly. Garrett, who is 56, tells Billboard magazine she was devastated because she was past the age when MS usually shows up, but then she realized she's been having symptoms and didn't know it. Garrett is famous for singing with Michael Jackson on ``I Just Can't Stop Loving You'' and for writing songs like ``Man in the Mirror'' and the song ``Love You I Do'' from ``Dreamgirls.''
STING PUTS PENTHOUSE ON MARKET FOR $56 MILLION
Sting is hoping to flip the New York City apartment he bought two years ago for nearly twice the price. The real estate site Zillow reports Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, are asking for 56-million dollars U-S for their 54-hundred-square-foot two-story penthouse overlooking Central Park.
They paid 30-million for it two years ago. It has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, an office and two spiral staircases.
TOMMY JAMES, WYCLEF JEAN INDUCTED INTO THE NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME
Tommy James says he was ``pulled and tugged in every direction'' to meet fans and reporters as he was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and he ``didn't mind at all.'' James writes on Facebook he was honoured that his song ``Mony Mony'' was used as all the honorees were brought on stage at the end of the night on Sunday. Wyclef Jean also was inducted, along with actor Ray Liotta, T-V personality Kelly Ripa (RIP'-ah) and newscaster Connie Chung.
(The Associated Press)