MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2018
Billy Corgan is apologizing to residents of the Studio City neighbourhood in Los Angeles for the loud house party. Billboard reports Smashing Pumpkins performed a concert last week at the same house where they filmed the ``1979'' video. The neighbours called police over the noise and influx of cars. Corgan writes on Instagram he gives respect to the police for letting the band finish their set. Corgan blames the full moon and adds that ``something just gets into the blood.''
BAY CITY ROLLER ALAN LONGMUIR DIES
The family of Bay City Rollers bassist Alan Longmuir says he used to describe himself as just a plumber from Edinburgh (EH'-dihn-bur-uh) who got lucky. Longmuir died in Scotland at the age of 70. Details of his death were not given. Longmuir's family describes him as ``an extraordinary man with an extraordinary heart.'' The Bay City Rollers had a number-one hit in the U-S in
1976 with ``Saturday Night.'' They also had hits with ``I Only Wanna Be With You,'' ``Money Honey'' and ``You Made Me Believe In Magic.''
Longmuir left the band in 1976. He rejoined them for their 2015 reunion tour.
LIAM PAYNE - CHERYL COLE
Liam Payne is back on the market. He announced on Twitter he and his girlfriend of two years, British singer Cheryl Cole, are going their separate ways. They have a one-year-old son, Bear, who Payne says is ``our world.'' He says they ``still have so much love for each other as a family.'' Cole posted a similar statement on her Twitter.
Nicki Minaj continues to play angel for several students. Minaj has granted scholarships to 37 people through her ``Students of the Game'' program. Last year, Minaj had paid off the tuition or book fees of several of her Twitter followers last year if they could prove they were getting straight A's. She enjoyed it so much she agreed to set up a way to do it again.
Annie Lennox says she never earned a college degree but she can be considered ``an honorary graduate from the school of life.'' Lennox was installed yesterday as the chancellor of Scotland's Glasgow Caledonian University. She's the first woman to occupy that post. Lennox promises to use her position to further the university's mission. She says she comes from a ``long line of hardworking Scots'' and she grew up in an era when ``young women from working-class backgrounds gaining university degrees were as rare as kangaroos in the Antarctic.''
Ashley McBryde used to plead with people to rip off her music. McBryde says she'd hand a 12-year-old her C-D and tell the parents, ``Burn that for five of your friends.'' The parents would be hesitant to do that, but McBryde says she'd tell them, ``It's not a problem if 20-thousand people heard my songs for free, but it's a huge problem if 20-thousand people never heard my music.'' She says the only catch is that she wanted them to burn it for someone who will listen to it.
CANADIAN RAPPER SHOT TO DEATH; ONCE WORKED WITH DRAKE
Toronto police say an up-and-coming rap artist was one of two people killed in a brazen daylight shooting in the city's bustling entertainment district. Police say Jahvante Smart, 21, also known as Smoke Dawg, and Ernest Modekwe, 28, both of Toronto, succumbed to their injuries from the Saturday night incident. Smart was part of the Halal Gang, a group of four Toronto rappers. Shortly after the shooting, friends, artists and fans of Smart posted their condolences on social media. Toronto rapper Drake posted a photo of he and Smart performing together with the caption, ``Rest up Smoke.'' The third victim of Saturday's shooting, a woman, is expected to recover.
DRAKE BREAKS STREAMING RECORD ON APPLE MUSIC
Drake's ``Scorpion'' set a new album record for one-day streams on Apple Music. It logged more than 170 million streams worldwide after its release on Friday. That's more than double Drake's previous one-day record on Apple Music with ``More Life'' from last year.
CELEBRITIES PARTICIPATE IN IMMIGRATION RALLIES
Lin-Manuel Miranda says he is singing a lullaby for all the parents who cannot sing to their own children. Miranda sang ``Dear Theodosia'' from ``Hamilton'' during a rally to reunite immigrant families in Washington on Saturday. Alicia Keys read the story of a woman who says she has done everything that federal authorities have asked to reunite her with her son, only to be constantly told it will be one more week or one more month. John Legend serenaded the crowd during the rally in Los Angeles with a new song called ``Preach'' after an introduction from his wife, model Chrissie Teigen , holding their new baby. Some of the biggest stars of Broadway, including Chita Rivera, Idina Menzel and Keala Settle, performed a concert in New York on Saturday.
50 CENT SAYS HE WAS JOKING ABOUT TERRY CREWS
50 Cent says people got him all wrong about his mocking of actor Terry Crews for testifying before Congress about sexual assault last week. At an event last week promoting 50 Cent's Starz show ``Power,'' he said, ``When you put L-O-L behind any statement, it means you're laughing out loud. That means it's a joke.'' 50 Cent added, ``Sometimes journalists leave those things out.'' In a now-deleted Instagram post, 50 Cent wrote about Crews, ``L-O-L --- Terry: I froze in fear. They would have had to take me to jail.''
MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT LIL WAYNE'S BUS GETS CONVICTIONS REVERSED
Georgia's highest court has reversed the convictions of a man who pleaded guilty to shooting at Lil Wayne's tour buses. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the trial judge for Jimmy Carlton Winfrey improperly participated in the plea negotiations. That would make Winfrey's guilty plea to six counts of gang charges involuntary. Winfrey was sentenced in November 2015 to 10 years in prison.
PANIC AT THE DISCO'S ``PRAY FOR THE WICKED'' HITS NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Panic At The Disco has notched their second number-one album. ``Pray For The Wicked'' leads the way on the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 180-thousand units in the past week. Their previous album, ``Death of a Bachelor,'' was number one in 2016. X-X-X-Tentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-TAH'-see-YOHN') is number two this week with his ``?'' (question mark) album. Post Malone's ``Beerbongs and Bentleys'' is third, followed by The Carters and ``Everything is Love.'' Checking in at number five is X-X-X-Tentacion again, with his ``17'' album.
TREVOR HORN WILL REJOIN YES FOR TWO SHOWS
Trevor Horn will sit in with Yes during their Philadelphia shows on July 20th and 21st. Horn sang lead on their ``Drama'' album and produced their ``90125'' and ``Big Generator''
albums. The current lineup of Yes is guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes, with newer members Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood. Keyboardist Tony Kaye has been joining Yes on their 50th anniversary tour as a special guest.
(The Canadian Press)