MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018
``PHARMA BRO'' - FORFEIT ASSETS
A judge has ordered the so-called ``Pharma Bro''
to give up the Wu-Tang album. U-S District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto has ruled that Martin Shkreli must forfeit more than 7.3-million dollars in assets, including the only copy of ``Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'' by Wu-Tang Clan. Shkreli paid two-million dollars for it in 2015. He also claims to own an unreleased recording of ``Tha Carter V'' by Lil Wayne, which he must also forfeit. The judge says the assets won't be seized until Shkreli has had a chance to appeal.
Shkreli was convicted last year of cheating wealthy investors in two hedge funds he managed. He got the nickname ``Pharma Bro'' after he jacked up the price of a life-saving drug in 2015.
KIMBERLY PERRY - DIVORCE
Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry confirms her marriage is ending. Perry writes on Instagram -- quote -- ``Beauty will come from these ashes.'' Perry has been married for nearly four years to former Toronto Blue Jays catcher J-P Arencibia .
JOHN LEGEND - SARA BAREILLES - ``JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR''
John Legend will portray Jesus in N-B-C's live staging of ``Jesus Christ Superstar'' on Easter Sunday, April 1st.
Legend says he grew up in the church and can understand that people have set ways of thinking about the Bible, but it's O-K to think of it in new ways. Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs), who plays Mary Magdalene, says she recalls Legend saying that a lot of depictions make Jesus look like he's from Oslo, Norway. Bareilles says thinking of a person as ``a soul instead of a skin'' will be the first step in changing the world.
- MR. BIG - TRIBUTE CONCERT
Mr. Big will hold a tribute concert in honour of late drummer Pat Torpey. It's set for May 23rd in Agoura Hills, California. Torpey died of complications from Parkinson's Disease on Feb. 7th.
JOHN LEGEND - PREVIEWS ``JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR''
Singer John Legend can understand if people can't picture him as the Son of God. Legend will play Jesus in a live version of ``Jesus Christ Superstar'' that airs on N-B-C on April 1st, Easter Sunday. Legend says N-B-C wanted a multicultural cast in order to make people think about the characters of the Bible in a different way. Legend says some people may not think of Jesus as black, or they think the New Testament can't be told through rock and pop music. Legend says a fresh take will help the story connect to a new generation.
LOU REED - POET
We knew him as a recording artist. Now we'll know him as a poet. Poems that Lou Reed wrote when he was 28 will be published next month. The book will be called ``Do Angels Need Haircuts?'' It will include previously unreleased poetry and photos, as well as a 1971 recording of Reed performing his works. Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, wrote the afterword.
(The Associated Press)