MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018
XXXTENTACION - BILLBOARD HOT 100
``Sad!'' by XXXTentacion has jumped to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart a week after his death. ``Sad!'' jumps from number 52 to number 1. XXXTentacion was gunned down at a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield, Florida. It's the first time in 21 years that a deceased musician in a lead role has topped the chart. The last time was in 1997, with ``Mo Money Mo Problems'' by The Notorious B.I.G.
The last time a dead singer had a number-one song was Static Major, when he was featured on Lil Wayne's ``Lollipop'' in 2008. Eight other XXXTentacion songs are in this week's Billboard Hot 100.
CARDI B - MARRIED
Cardi B says not only is she married to Offset of Migos, but they've been married since September. Offset aroused suspicions at Sunday's B-E-T Awards when he thanked his wife during an acceptance speech. Cardi B writes on Instagram they woke up one morning in September and decided to get married. She says she had no dress, no makeup and no ring, and the only guest was her cousin. A marriage certificate shows Cardi B and Offset were married in Atlanta on Sept. 20th. That means when they got ``engaged'' in October, they were already married. Also, as Cardi B points out to her haters, ``At least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock.''
FILM ACADEMY - INVITEES
Melissa Etheridge, Kendrick Lamar and Sufjan Stevens have been invited to join the group that votes on the Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of who has been invited to join. Other musicians who made the cut include Questlove, Wendy Melvoin of Prince and the Revolution and Chuck D.
A GREAT BIG WORLD - ``YOUNGER''
Chad King of A Great Big World admits it: he really did put on Barbie fashion shows with his brother as a kid.
King says he never expected to work that into a song, but it was perfect for A Great Big World's new one, ``Younger.'' King says the whole song is about how free you felt as a kid. Bandmate Ian Axel says one of the first things they thought of when reminiscing about their childhoods was the video games they played. That's why the song has an 8-bit sound to it. It wasn't that hard for Axel to get nostalgic, because he says he's always been nostalgic. He says he used to hate the Toys R Us song ``I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid'' because it made him sad to think about not being a kid anymore.
JUDAS PRIEST - CREATE FOUNDATION
Judas Priest have started a charity to help Parkinson's disease sufferers like guitarist Glenn Tipton. The band announced the formation of The Glenn Tipton Parkinson's Foundation, although Tipton says it ``is really a Judas Priest foundation.''
Judas Priest are selling t-shirts with the slogan ``No Surrender''
that will support the foundation. Tipton says they are choosing to support a pioneer treatment called MR Guided Focus Ultrasound Thalamotomy, and his doctor is one of the leading experts in the field.
LEGENDARY DETROIT STUDIO - FOR SALE
The studio where Bob Seger recorded ``Ramblin' Gamblin' Man,'' Isaac Hayes recorded ``Shaft'' and Johnnie Taylor recorded ``Disco Lady'' is for sale. MLive-dot-com reports United Sound Systems in Detroit has been listed for 1.5-million dollars. It was built in 1916 and converted to a studio in 1939. The first single by Tamla Records, which later became Motown Records, was recorded there. Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, The MC5, The Rolling Stones and Red Hot Chili Peppers have recorded there. The building was targeted for demolition as part of a highway expansion, but the state of Michigan backed off that plan. A non-profit group worked to get a historic marker for the studio last year. The listing agent says there is no stipulation that the building must remain a studio.
ZZ WARD - NASCAR THEME
ZZ Ward has remade the Tom Petty song ``Runnin' Down A Dream'' as the theme song for N-B-C-S-N's NASCAR coverage. It premieres Sunday with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, live from Chicagoland Speedway.
LL COOL J - ``STORY OF COOL''
L-L Cool J will host a three-part series on just what ``cool'' is. ``Story of Cool'' will feature interviews with Ice Cube, D-M-C, James Corden and many others on what has been cool over the years and what has not. It premieres Sunday on M-S-N-B-C.
FARM AID - LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Farm Aid 2018 will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, on Sept. 22nd. Chris Stapleton, Sturgill (STUR'-jil) Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Margo Price are among the performers. Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews also are on the lineup.
GEORGE STRAIT - ESTATE FOR SALE
For 3.9 million-dollars, you could live like George Strait does. Strait's 12.2-acre hilltop estate in San Antonio is for sale, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The nearly 8,000-square-foot home has three bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths and a guest home. The property includes a tennis court, an infinity pool, 14 hand-sculpted fireplaces and a patio with a built-in grill, sink, ice maker and refrigerator.
(The Associated Press)