MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017
MUSICIANS RALLY FOR IMPRISONED TENNESSEE WOMAN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Some top musicians are joining their voices in an effort to free a Tennessee woman who is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting a man. Artists like Rihanna and Snoop Dogg have joined other celebrities to speak in behalf of Cyntoia Brown, who's 29. She was 16 at the time of the shooting and won't be eligible for parole until she's 67. Her backers say Brown was a sex-trafficking victim wronged by the legal system. Rihanna is among the most outspoken on the subject. In an Instagram post last week she asks: ``did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way.'' The post received close to 2 million ``likes.''
2 CHAINZ - ``TRAP WONDERLAND''
It may not have the same vibe as visiting a huge gingerbread house or one of those fake Santa's Workshops _ but Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz has reimagined what he hopes will be a new holiday destination. He has recreated the front of his ``Pink Trap House'' for a holiday ``Trap Wonderland.'' News reports in Atlanta say the building, next door to ? Chainz' management company, is tricked out with Christmas lights and offers activities for kids. A house painted hot pink, with the word ``TRAP'' over the door, was used for a listening party for the album ``Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.'' Hundreds of people showed up daily to see and photograph it this summer. 2 Chainz tells WAGA-TV the house was ``like a good luck charm,'' so he wanted to ``rebirth it for the holidays.''
NICK CARTER - ALLEGATION
Nick Carter says he was ``always respectful and supportive'' of Melissa Shuman of the girl group Dream. But that's not how she saw it. Shuman says Carter raped her about 15 years ago, saying in a blog post she was ``forced to engage in an act against my will'' when she was 18 and the Backstreet Boys singer was 22.
Carter has released a statement saying he's ``shocked and saddened'' by the rape claim _and anything that happened between them was consensual.
GRAMMYS - HIP-HOP
The man who works behind the scenes to make the Grammy show work says he's dismayed by the relationship these days between the recording academy and hip-hop stars. Telecast producer Ken Ehrlich says he's bothered that rappers and hip-hop artists feel disrespected. Drake declined to submit his ``More Life'' album for consideration this year _ and Ehrlich says that ``really hurts.'' He says when artists have such mistrust in Grammys that they don't submit their work for consideration, he says he ``not sure that anybody wins.''
RICKY MARTIN RETURNS TO MEXICO
Ricky Martin was among the artists who were supposed to play in Mexico City _ before an earthquake rocked the nation and its capital city. Now, Martin has made good on the rain-checks issued for the show. His performance over the weekend drew a large, enthusiastic audience _ many of who said they were glad Martin kept his word to return and perform the show.
(The Canadian Press)