MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017
BEYONCE - WAX FIGURE
The wax figure of Beyonce at Madame Tussauds museum in New York has been made over to actually look like Beyonce this time. Fans complained the figure looked more like Lindsay Lohan or Shakira than Beyonce and that the skin was too light. The New York Times reports the figure was taken out on Thursday. Madame Tussauds says it's back on display after adjustments to ``the styling and lighting of her figure,'' but the museum won't say what changes were made.
SARA EVANS - FEMALE SONGWRITERS
Sara Evans accidentally made an album that celebrates women songwriters. Evans says she finished her ``Words'' album when one of her label employees pointed out all 14 songs had been written or co-written by a female songwriter. Evans says that goes to show she has good taste. The songs are a bit more intellectual than a lot of what Evans calls ``party, truck, dirt road songs'' that are popular in country music right now. Evans says her team tried extra hard to get her songs with depth and great lyrics. ``Words'' is out now.
MEEK MILL - ALBUM
Meek Mill called his new album ``Wins and Losses'' so that he could define what that means. Mill says a lot of people said he's losing or he lost. Mill says if he's lost anything, it's friends to the street. He says he's a winner because he started in his basement with a karaoke machine and now he makes records in million-dollar studios. He says he makes enough money to get his family out of a crazy environment, he can wake up on his own time and he can do things how he wants. He says that's his definition of winning and he determines his definition of losing.
ELVIS PRESLEY - GRADE SCHOOL REDONE
One of the first stages Elvis Presley ever performed on has been renovated. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the stage of the auditorium at Lawhon Elementary School in Tupelo, Mississippi has been refinished, along with the original hardwood floors and seats. Presley went there in the 1940s. Tupelo public schools maintenance director Kirk Kitchens says one of the seats has been marked where Presley once sat. Another seat is engraved, ``Elvis was here.''
``DUNKIRK'' - BOX OFFICE
The World War II movie ``Dunkirk'' did better than expected its first weekend out. Was that because it got good reviews -- or because One Direction fans turned out to see Harry Styles in his acting debut? ``Dunkirk'' made 50.5 million dollars this past weekend. The second-place finisher was ``Girls Trip,'' with 30.4 million dollars.
JAY Z'S - ALBUM - TOP CHARTS
Jay Z's ``4:44'' album maintains its lead on the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 87 thousand units in the past week, good enough to keep the number-one spot for a second week. That also gives him his 25th cumulative week at number one on that chart. The only other rapper with more cumulative weeks at number one is Eminem, with 31 weeks.
FORMER OWL CITY MUSICIAN - PROBATION
A former touring musician for Owl City has pleaded guilty to lewdness with a child. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jorgensen, who is 32, admitted he exposed himself to a girl under the age of 13 in Atlantic City in August 2013. He was initially charged with attempting to lure girl to the beach and engaging in criminal sexual contact. A judge has sentenced him to two years' probation. Owl City is the project of Adam Young, who brings on different musicians to support his tours.
LINKIN PARK - FAN TRIBUTE SITE
Linkin Park's ``One More Light'' tour is canceled, after the death of singer Chester Bennington last Thursday. The tour was to begin this Thursday in Boston. Linkin Park have set up a site for fans to pay tribute to Bennington at www.Chester.LinkinPark.com . Users are greeted with resources for dealing with suicide. Bennington hanged himself at his home near Los Angeles. Authorities say a half-empty bottle of alcohol was in the room but no evidence of drugs. A suicide note was not found. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - TRIBUTE - CHESTER BENNINGTON
Stone Temple Pilots call Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington ``a beacon of light and hope.'' S-T-P write in an open letter to Bennington it is a sad day that ``so many of us will no longer share in your laughter, friendship and love.'' They say Bennington showed them time and time again ``what it is to be an incredible human being.'' Bennington joined S-T-P as singer in 2013 and they released an E-P, ``High Rise.'' He left S-T-P in 2015 because of his commitments to Linkin Park.
LINKIN PARK - ``CARPOOL KARAOKE''
One of Chester Bennington's last projects with Linkin Park was filming an episode of ``Carpool Karaoke'' for the upcoming series. The band had posted a photo with actor Ken Jeong ten days ago, calling it a ``fun day.'' Bennington hanged himself last Thursday. Jeong tweets he is ``in shock and heartbroken'' at Bennington's death. ``Carpool Karaoke'' is a spin-off of the popular segment on ``The Late Late Show with James Corden.'' It is scheduled to premiere on Apple Music on August 8th.
BRIAN ``HEAD'' WELCH - CHESTER BENNINGTON
Korn guitarist Brian ``Head'' Welch is backtracking on comments he made about Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's suicide. Welch had written on social media he was angry about Bennington's death and added, ``Giving up on your kids, fans and life is the cowardly way out!'' Fans berated him in the comments sections. Welch later wrote he did not mean to be insensitive but he was dealing with a range of emotions. He says, ``This could have been me back in the day after getting wasted all night.''
SCOTTY McCREERY - HANDGUN - AIRPORT
Scotty McCreery says he has learned a lesson after being cited for taking a loaded handgun through an airport.
McCreery tells W-T-V-D-T-V in Raleigh, North Carolina, he takes gun safety very seriously. Authorities say they found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in McCreery's backpack at a security checkpoint on July 13th at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. McCreery told authorities he had been at a firing range and forgot to take the gun out.
FANS HOSPITALIZED - CHANCE THE RAPPER
More than 90 people were hospitalized during a Chance The Rapper concert in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday. Most of them were for underage drinking. Hartford Fire Captain Raul Ortiz tells The Hartford Courant there were so many patients that some had to be taken to hospitals outside Hartford.
John Brancato of Connecticut Children's Medical Center says one 19-year-old man is intensive care after being admitted with a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.5, eight times the legal limit for driving.
FOREIGNER WELCOMES BACK THREE KEY MEMBERS FOR ONE NIGHT
For the first time in 14 years, Lou Gramm was fronting the band Foreigner again. Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood joined the current incarnation of Foreigner outside New York on Thursday. McDonald and Greenwood have not performed with Foreigner since 1980. Guitarist Mick Jones is the only founding member still in the group. They performed ``Long, Long Way From Home,'' ``I Want to Know What Love Is'' and ``Hot Blooded.'' Jones says in a statement it was great having the guys back onstage with him again. He also suggests having the band perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off their 40th anniversary celebrations.
(The Canadian Press)