MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018
HOLLYWOOD STAR - BUBLE
Canadian crooner Michael Buble will be getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. The singer from Burnaby, B-C is one of the entertainers named by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the honour. Others in the class of 2019 include actors Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Craig.
Buble, who hosted the Juno Awards in Vancouver in March, has captured two Grammys, a Canadian Screen Award and Governor General's Performing Arts Award.
MEEK MILL - NEW TRIAL DENIAL
Meek Mill's attorneys believe the Philadelphia judge who denied his petition for a new trial had made up her mind before the hearing was over yesterday. Lawyer Jordan Siev says Judge Genece Brinkley indicated she was going to turn down Mill's request by noting she was entering things into the record for appeal. Siev says Brinkley ``came at this with a thesis and she twisted the evidence to fit the outcome she wanted.'' Mill had asked for a new trial on a gun and drug case from 2007 because of credibility issues with Reginald Graham, the only police officer who testified at the original trial. Brinkley said Mill failed to show that Graham was not credible. The Philadelphia district attorney's office supported Mill's request, saying Graham is on its list of unreliable police witnesses. A spokesman for the district attorney's office declined comment on Brinkley's ruling.
SHENANDOAH - BUS FIRE
Shenandoah's tour bus caught fire on an interstate near Forest City, Arkansas, this past weekend. A statement from the band's management says first responders were able to put out the fire, but the band was unable to board the bus again because of smoke damage. Frontman Marty Raybon says they're grateful no one was hurt. The fire is believed to have started from a faulty turbo. The band members are home and will play their next gig Saturday in Chestertown, Maryland.
BARRY GIBB - KNIGHTED
What does one talk about when one gets knighted?
According to Barry Gibb, he and Prince Charles talked about knees.
Gibb was knighted yesterday at Buckingham Palace and knelt for the honour. Gibb tells Britain's I-T-N that Charles told him, ``You can get up now'' and Gibb responded, ``I don't think I can.'' Charles joked, ``It doesn't get any easier, does it?''
LANCO - SELF-CONSCIOUS FAN
If you buy a tour t-shirt, you want to make sure it fits, as LANCO discovered with a fan early on in their careers.
Bassist Chandler Baldwin says back when they used to sell the merchandise themselves at their shows, one older female fan found a shirt she liked, took off her own shirt right then and there, handed it to singer Brandon Lancaster and tried on the new one. Lancaster says the woman decided it didn't fit, took it off and held out her arms so he could put her shirt back on her. Lancaster obliged. He says it was like dressing his mom.
GRAMMYS - MORE NOMINEES
More acts will get a shot at the top awards at the Grammys. The Recording Academy has announced it will expand the top categories so that eight acts each are nominated instead of five. The awards affected are album of the year, record of the year, best new artist and song of the year, which is a songwriter's award.
The Grammys came under fire this year because of the lack of female nominees in the top categories. In past years, the Grammys have been criticized for the lack of recognition for hip-hop and R&B stars.
This year, Bruno Mars won album, song and record of the year, while Alessia Cara (ah-LES'-ee-ah KAR'-ah) won best new artist.
GLORIA ESTEFAN - ``ONE DAY AT A TIME''
Gloria Estefan will be a guest star on the Netflix version of ``One Day At A Time.'' Estefan says in an Instagram posting she will play Lydia's baby sister and nemesis. Estefan says she's been waiting three seasons for this. Estefan remade the theme song for the new version of the series.
JULY 4TH CONCERT - ``A CAPITOL FOURTH''
The White House will host an Independence Day concert on the South Lawn at the same time as the ``Capitol Fourth''
concert at the foot of the Capitol, barely a mile and a half away.
Sara Evans, ``American Idol'' finalists Johnny Brenns and Jax, pianist Lola Astanova and the U-S Marine, Navy and Air Force Bands will perform for President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania. The Hallmark Channel will carry the concert live. Meanwhile, ``A Capitol Fourth'' will air live on P-B-S with Jimmy Buffett, Andy Grammer, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, Chita Rivera and Pentatonix.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - SPECIAL OLYMPICS CELEBRATION CONCERT
Chance The Rapper, Usher and Smokey Robinson are among the acts who will play a concert in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Jason Mraz, O.A.R. and Daya also will perform at the concert, set for July 21st in Chicago.
PLAQUE - FINAL ELVIS CONCERT
A plaque marking the spot of Elvis Presley's last concert is back at the site of where Market Square Arena in Indianapolis used to stand. The plaque was rededicated yesterday on the 41st anniversary of the show. Presley died seven weeks after the
1977 concert. The arena was demolished in 2001. The plaque was installed in 2002 and taken down during the construction of new apartments and office buildings. Indiana Elvis fans raised money for the 10-thousand dollar plaque and base.
OBIT - FORMER NEW YORK DISC JOCKEY
Popular New York radio host Dan Ingram has died.
His son says he died Sunday in Florida after choking on food. Ingram is best remembered for his long stint at W-A-B-C, where he was on from 1961 to 1982. He retired in 2003 and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame four years later. Dan Ingram was 83.
(The Associated Press)