MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017
ONTARIO RECORDING ARTISTS PLAYED BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE LAST NIGHT
Recording artists Kayla Howran and Dylan Ireland played Bruce's Firehouse last night to an enthusiastic audience. Dylan opened the show with music from his latest disc including some reworked classics.
Kayla showcased songs from her excellent new album, "Spare Parts" and a few from her previous release.
CRYSTAL GAYLE - PRAYERS FOR LORETTA LYNN
Crystal Gayle thanks fans for the prayers for her sister, Country music legend Loretta Lynn, and says keep them coming. Gayle does not give any details on Lynn's condition since Lynn suffered a stroke last week. Gayle writes on social media they are lucky to live in an age to have ``wonderful doctors and nurses taking care of her.'' Gayle adds, ``Plus, they have to put up with our dramatic and crazy family and friends.''
LUKE BRYAN - DIDDY - J-LO - FTC LETTERS
Luke Bryan, Sean ``Diddy'' Combs and Jennifer Lopez are among the celebrities who have gotten warning letters from the Federal Trade Commission about plugging products on Instagram without disclosing their relationships with the brands. Women's Wear Daily obtained letters the F-T-C sent to 45 celebrities under a Freedom Of Information Act request. Victoria Beckham, Akon, Jamie Lynn Spears and Lucy Hale also received the letters. The F-T-C say celebrities must clearly state whether they were paid, got free products or have a business or family relationship when they endorse a product on Instagram.
DEXTER HOLLAND - DOCTORATE
Singer Dexter Holland of The Offspring is now Dr.Holland. He writes on the band's website he graduated yesterday with a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California. His research focused on the molecular dynamics of H-I-V infection. Holland says he doesn't see his work as a cure for AIDS or even an immediate step toward a cure, but he hopes to add to the knowledge so that science will find one. He plans to publish more research papers in the coming years, and The Offspring are still planning to do shows and put out new music this year. Should you be interested in his 175-page thesis, Holland has included a link to it on The Offspring's website.
PROCOL HARUM - ``A WHITER SHADE OF PALE'' STORY
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of ``A Whiter Shade of Pale'' by Procol Harum. Singer Gary Brooker says the song originally had four verses instead of two but the fourth one didn't quite fit. He says the band cut a demo that was nearly seven minutes long. They cut the third verse and still had a song that was four minutes, but Brooker says the record-buying public didn't think that was too long. No matter what else Brooker does in life, he will be known for that song, and he says that's fine but it's not his greatest accomplishment. He says he would not have that played at his funeral because he plans to write something much better for his funeral. Procol Harum has a new album out called ``Novum.''
BEN AND JERRY'S - BOB MARLEY- ICE CREAM
Bob Marley ice cream is coming to America.
Ben and Jerry's ice cream maker introduced the One Love flavour in the U-K last year and is now selling it in the U-S. One Love is banana ice cream with caramel, cookie swirls and chocolate peace signs. A portion of the proceeds from the ice cream will benefit Jamaica's One Love Youth Camp, which is run by The Bob Marley Foundation.
JENNIFER HUDSON - KELLY CLARKSON - ``THE VOICE''
Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson could be the ones who find the next Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson on a singing competition -- but not on the new ``American Idol.'' Hudson and Clarkson will join ``The Voice'' as coaches on separate seasons.
Hudson will be on the fall version, joining Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus. Clarkson will be on the season that begins next year, along with Shelton and Levine. A fourth coach for that season has not yet been named.
(The Associated Press)