MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
MARIAH CAREY'S - HOLIDAY SPECIAL
The first holiday song Mariah Carey ever wrote has had more staying power than she could have dreamed. Carey says she wrote ``All I Want For Christmas Is You'' as an honest representation of how she felt about the holidays as a young woman.
She says she hopes it has become the soundtrack to at least one holiday moment. Carey has turned the song into an animated special, which is out on home video today. As for her own Christmases, she says she tries to recreate for her kids at their home in Aspen what she always wanted to have for Christmas.
TAYLOR SWIFT - TOUR
Taylor Swift's ``reputation Stadium Tour'' will begin May 8th in Glendale, Arizona, the first of 27 shows. That includes one Canadian date in Toronto, August 4th. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 13th, Swift's birthday. She is selling tickets through Ticketmaster's new Verified Fan system, which means fans have to register by Nov. 28th. If they are verified and get selected, they will get codes that allow ticket purchases. Swift released ``reputation'' on Friday. Billboard magazine reports ``reputation'' has sold 925-thousand copies through the end of Sunday.
MIRANDA LAMBERT - PISTOL ANNIES RECORD
Miranda Lambert is preparing for her slumber party. Lambert says she's got some dates blocked off with Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe for the next Pistol Annies writing session. She says it's usually ``a big writing fest with a lot of wine.'' Lambert says they have a ``pretty interesting'' text thread going but they have not started writing yet. She says it's been tough to schedule because she's been touring the past ten months, Presley has been in Europe and Monroe had a baby in July.
BOB GELDOF - U2 - CRITICIZE MYANMAR LEADER
Bob Geldof and U2 stood up for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her years as a political prisoner. Now they want her to stand up for her own people. Geldof returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin honour yesterday because he says Suu Kyi is ``a killer'' for not stopping the violence against Rohingya (ROH'-hihn-jah) Muslims in Myanmar. A U2 statement says that the violence on her watch against the Rohingya people ``blows our minds and breaks our hearts.'' They say her silence ``is starting to look a lot like assent.'' More than 600-thousand members of the Muslim minority have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since August after security forces attacked their villages.
JEFF LYNNE'S ELO - TOUR
Jeff Lynne's E-L-O will tour the U-S for the first time in more than 35 years. Lynne says in a statement their audiences are amazing and ``it's like they're in the group.'' The tour begins Aug. 2nd in Oakland, California with the one Canadian date in Toronto on August 18th. On Friday, Lynne will release the concert C-D and D-V-D, ``Wembley or Bust,'' recorded at London's Wembley Stadium in June.
HERB ALPERT - MUSIC
Why does Herb Alpert keep making music? Because that's genuinely what he wants to do. At the age of 82, he's still touring. He just put out ``The Christmas Wish,'' his second album this year and his sixth album in five years, and he's got another one nearly finished. Alpert says he would not be happy sitting in a rocking chair when he could be making people happy with his music.
Although he describes himself as an introvert, he can't wait to perform for people. Alpert says the reason he does it is simple: ``Because on stage, I'm not an introvert.''
GWEN STEFANI - HOLIDAY SPECIAL
You can probably guess who's going to be Gwen Stefani's guest on her upcoming holiday special. Blake Shelton will duet with Stefani on the song ``You Make It Feel Like Christmas.''
That is also the title of the special and the name of Stefani's new holiday album. Chelsea Handler, Ken Jeong, Seth MacFarlane and Ne-Yo also will make appearances. The special airs Dec. 12th on N-B-C.
YUSUF/CAT STEVENS - PBS SPECIAL
The musician formerly known as Cat Stevens will celebrate 50 years as a musician with a P-B-S special. Yusuf, as he goes by now, will play his hits like ``Moonshadow,'' ''Wild World,`` ''Father and Son`` and ''Peace Train.`` He'll discuss his songwriting process, his fame and his life-changing experiences as well. ''A Cat's Attic: Yusuf/Cat Stevens`` will premiere on P-B-S stations in December. Yusuf's latest album is called ''The Laughing Apple.``
(The Associated Press)