MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - VISITS SHOOTING SURVIVOR
Justin Timberlake made a surprise visit to one of the survivors of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. The mother of student Sarah Salazar posted a photo of Timberlake in a medical gown posing next to Salazar in her hospital room on Friday.
Timberlake's tour had stopped in nearby Houston. Salazar was one of more than two dozen students injured at the attack at Santa Fe High School on May 18th.
DIERKS BENTLEY - ``THE MOUNTAIN''
Dierks Bentley's creativity got a boost with a change of view. Bentley wrote his new album, ``The Mountain,'' in Telluride, Colorado. He says he was able to focus on a single concept: mountains, in a literal sense and as a metaphor.
Bentley says writing the album was like a rifle shot at a single target, while Nashville is ``writing like a shotgun blast.''
Mountains are part of his heritage. Bentley grew up in Arizona and has been hiking Camelback Mountain since he was 4.
BTS' ``FAKE LOVE'' - 17th FOREIGN-LANGUAGE TOP-TEN HIT
Of the 4,799 songs that have reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, only 17 have been primarily or entirely in a language other than English. Song number
17 did it this week as ``Fake Love'' by the Korean pop group B-T-S made its debut at number 10. It's the third song in Korean to hit the top ten. The others are both by Psy: ``Gangnam Style'' and ``Gentleman.'' The first foreign-language top-ten hit was Domenico Modugno with ``Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare),'' which hit number one in 1958. This week, ``Love Yourself: Tear,'' by B-T-S became the first Korean-language album to hit number one on the Billboard 200 Album chart.
ELTON JOHN WILL - AIDS LECTURE
Elton John will deliver a lecture on HIV in honour of Princess Diana. John will give the lecture June 8th in London as part of the U-K's National AIDS Trust. John says he's delighted to speak in memory of his friend Diana. He says tolerance and courage have never been more important in the fight against AIDS and HIV.
PRINCE'S ISLAND RETREAT- FOR SALE
Prince's private retreat in the Turks and Caicos Islands is for sale. The Minneapolis Star Tribune says the 5.7-acre property has two private beaches, a marina and a long, winding purple driveway. There are more than three-thousand square metres worth of buildings on the property, surrounded on three sides by crystal blue water. Prince bought it in 2011 for 13-million dollars. A spokesman for Premiere Estates Auction Company says it's expected to sell for at least 15-million. The auction ends July 12th. The property is believed to the last one in Prince's real estate portfolio. The others were sold off after his 2016 death.
CMT AWARDS - MORE PERFORMERS
Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley have been added to the lineup of the Country Music Television Awards. In fact, they will all perform together. Another collaboration in the works is Dierks (DURKS) Bentley with Brothers Osborne. Carrie Underwood, Dan and Shay, Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys also have been added to the lineup. Little Big Town will host and perform. Previously announced performers are Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and Kelly Clarkson. The C-M-T Awards will be June 6th in Nashville.
(The Associated Press)