MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
AARON CARTER - ARRESTED
Aaron Carter's Twitter account says he missed his Kansas City show on Saturday because of ``transportation issues.''
Authorities in Georgia say it's because Carter and his girlfriend were arrested on marijuana charges. The Habersham County Sheriff's Office says Carter and Madison Parker were arrested Saturday about
80 miles northeast of Atlanta. They were charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and drug-related objects. Parker also was charged with obstruction of law enforcement. Carter was released on bail yesterday. A sheriff's spokesman says Parker is eligible for bail but is still in jail for ``unknown reasons.''
QUEEN - FILM
The members of Queen say pre-production on a film based on the band will begin this week in the U.K. and filming could start as soon as mid-September. Rami Malek of the USA Network show ``Mr. Robot'' will star as singer Freddie Mercury. The actors who will play the rest of the band have not been announced. Director Bryan Singer, who made the ``X-Men'' films and ``The Usual Suspects,'' will direct. The film has been in discussions for at least a decade and for a while, Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to play Mercury.
ADRENALINE MOB BASSIST - FATAL CRASH
Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando says they've ``literally experienced hell on earth'' with the death of bassist David Zablidowsky in a three-car accident Friday. The Florida Highway Patrol says the band's R-V had pulled over to fix a flat tire when a tractor-trailer veered off the highway. Zablidowsky was 36. Authorities say one other person is in critical condition and six others have serious injuries. Orlando calls Zablidowsky ``one of the sweetest souls'' he's ever known. Drummer Jordan Cannata says they are devastated and will need some time to recover physically and mentally.
JAY-Z - TOPS ALBUM CHART
Jay-Z has notched his 14th number-one album with ``4:44.'' It moved 262 thousand units in its first week of release, putting it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart.
Jay-Z maintains his lead as the solo act with the most number-one albums. Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand are tied for second with 11 each. The only act with more number-one albums is The Beatles, with 19.
CHARLEY PRIDE - MERLE HAGGARD
Charley Pride got a lesson in kindness from Merle Haggard back when nobody knew who Pride was. Pride says his first big concert was opening for Haggard in Detroit for about ten thousand people. He showed up to the gig and the promoter told him he had five minutes until he went on. Pride had not rehearsed, and the promoter was reluctant to book Pride in the first place and was looking for an out. Pride says he told the promoter as long as the band played country music, he'd be ready to go on in two minutes.
Pride says Haggard's band made him sound good and he promised himself he'd always do the same for opening acts when he made it big. Pride's album, ``Music In My Heart,'' is out now.
POCO'S RUSTY YOUNG - SOLO
You'd think Poco singer Rusty Young would have made a solo record to work with people outside of Poco. Instead, he got all his bandmates to play on it. ``Waitin' For The Sun''
features the current lineup of Poco -- Jack Sundred, Michael Webb and Rick Lonow -- because Young says they are the best musicians he knows. He got former Poco members Richie Furay and Timothy B.
Schmidt to play on a song called ``My Friend'' because the song is about them. ``Waitin' For The Sun'' comes out September 15th. Young plans to tour to support the record, as well as do some concerts with Poco to mark their 50th anniversary.
THE WHITE STRIPES - FIRST SHOW
The White Stripes are marking their 20th anniversary as a band by letting you hear what they sounded like at their very first public performance. Jack White's Third Man Records has released ``The First Show: Live on Bastille Day'' to digital and streaming services. It was previously only available on vinyl. The White Stripes debuted at The Gold Dollar Detroit's open mic night on July 14th, 1997. They did three songs, including ``Love Potion Number 9.''
QUINCY JONES - JAZZ SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO SERVICES
Quincy Jones is launching a subscription video-on-demand service dedicated to jazz. Qwest T-V will feature concerts, documentaries, interviews and archival footage of artists including Billie Holliday, Sun Ra, Esperanza Spalding and Bill Evans. Jones has secured permission for 400 titles and plans to get the rights to 600 more within the first three years. Qwest T-V will launch in the fall for a 7.49 dollars monthly fee.
(The Canadian Press)