MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018
When Jason Aldean heard that Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley were remaking a Drivin' N Cryin' song, he wanted in.
They also enlisted the help of Luke Bryan for the song ``Straight to Hell.'' Rucker says he decided to call them The Troublemakers because he thought that would be a cool name for a band. Both Aldean and Bryan say the video was the most fun they've ever had making a video. Bryan says they spent the day poking at each other and having fun. Bryan says Rucker is like a football coach and can really bring a team together.
Queen Latifah really will be going to the Essence Festival. That was the plot of her movie ``Girls Trip,'' but Queen Latifah never played the main stage until this weekend. She will perform on Saturday, along with M-C Lyte, Missy Elliott, Remy Ma and Mary J. Blige. The festival opens tomorrow with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Teddy Riley, Blackstreet, Guy and S-W-V will do a New Jack Swing reunion on Sunday. Janet Jackson and Fantasia are on Sunday's bill as well.
ROCK HALL SEEKS HOME VIDEOS OF CONCERTS
Did you happen to take a home movie of a famous musician before he or she was famous? The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is interested, and will even digitize your film for you. The Rock Hall is looking for home movies or videos of famous musicians in local venues or of historically important music events.
The Hall is holding a Film and Video Preservation Day on Saturday.
Fans who bring their home movies to the Rock Hall will get a digitized copy on a U-S-B drive to take home, and the Hall may add the film to its permanent collection. The Rock Hall will show a compilation of the clips on October 20th.
Authorities in south Florida are still trying to locate a 22-year-old man for questioning in the shooting death of X-X-X-Tentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-TAH'-see-YOHN').
Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright says detectives consider Robert Allen a ``person of interest'' in the case. Allen is also wanted on a felony warrant for violating probation for possession of the synthetic drug flakka and carrying a concealed weapon. The sheriff's office said last week it was looking for Allen. Authorities say two men in an S-U-V confronted X-X-X-Tentacion and shot him outside a motorcycle dealership on June 18th. One man has been arrested on murder charges.
G-EAZY AND HALSEY SPLIT
Halsey confirms she and G-Eazy are ``taking some time apart.'' Halsey writes on Instagram Stories she normally keeps that kind of thing private but decided to share because of the public nature of their relationship. She says she wishes G-Eazy the best. They have been dating for a year and had a hit with the duet ``Him and I.'' Halsey gave some clues that something was up when she recently deleted all the photos of G-Eazy from her Instagram account. G-Eazy has not commented on the split.
Whitney Houston's sister-in-law and former manager had to break it to Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, that a new documentary was going to spell out allegations that Whitney and her brother, Gary, suffered sexual abuse as children from a cousin.
Patricia Houston says what made matters worse is that Cissy Houston was unaware that the abuse had happened. The documentary ``Whitney''
alleges the abuser was Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick. Dee Dee Warwick was 18 years older than Whitney Houston.
The alleged incidents took place when Gary and Whitney were between the ages of 7 and 9. Dee Dee Warwick died in 2008. The film suggests the abuse led to the drug problems that both Gary and Whitney Houston suffered as adults. The film comes out tomorrow.
(The Associated Press)
Paul McCartney says fans can expect a blend of new songs and classic hits at his four newly announced Canadian shows.
McCartney is set to play Quebec and Western Canada in September as part of his ``Freshen Up'' tour.
The former Beatles member is set to kick off the run with a performance at Quebec City's Center Videotron on Sept. 17, followed by a show at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Sept. 20.
He will then make his way west with a concert at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Sept. 28, and will perform at Edmonton's Rogers Place on Sept. 30.
The concert dates coincide with the release of his new album ``Egypt Station,'' also due in September.
Fans can register for a verified presale which takes place on July 10.
(The Canadian Press)
Canadian singer-songwriter Carmen Campagne has died of cancer at the age of 58, according to the CBC's French-language service.
Campagne was born in Saskatchewan, and following a career as a teacher in her home province, she began writing and performing children's songs in the late 1980s.
She later moved to Quebec and released several French-language albums until the mid-2000s.
Campagne returned to Western Canada in 2003 and released two more albums in 2010 and 2014 while teaching in Saskatchewan.
She sold more than a million CDs and DVDs in Canada and France and won a Juno Award, four Felix Awards and a Parents' Choice Award in the United States.
Campagne became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013.
(The Canadian Press)