MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018
HALSEY REVEALS MISCARRIAGE AND ENDOMETRIOSIS
Halsey will never forget being told three years ago that Vevo had 33-million impressions. That was the day she miscarried. Halsey tells the Endometriosis Foundation of America she was 20 and she was scheduled to perform a high-profile concert in Chicago for Vevo. She miscarried in her hotel room, not even knowing she was pregnant. Halsey says the reaction of her ``very young, very scared, very male managers'' was, ``It's 33 million impressions. This concert is kind of a big deal.'' Halsey says she took a painkiller, put on an adult incontinence diaper and a long T-shirt and did the show. She says it was at that moment she realized part of being a woman is ``being treated like you're a robot.'' She says she also learned she could overcome anything.
Halsey says that's how she found out she has endometriosis.
``BLURRED LINES'' DECISION UPHELD ON APPEAL
An attorney for Marvin Gaye's family says a federal appeals court ruling on the song ``Blurred Lines'' encourages creativity rather than stifles it. The 9th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that ``Blurred Lines'' by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ripped off the Marvin Gaye song ``Got To Give It Up.'' Gaye family attorney Richard S Busch says the ruling encourages writers to create original work rather than take advantage of the success of others.
Howard King, the attorney for Thicke and Williams, says he stands by what the dissenting judge on the three-judge panel said. Judge Jacqueline Nguyen wrote the ruling sets a dangerous precedent because the Gaye estate has managed to copyright a musical style.
'N SYNC WILL REUNITE FOR HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
'N Sync are getting back together! Just for a couple of hours, though, to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Justin Timberlake, J-C Chasez (shah-ZAY'), Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick plan to attend the unveiling on April 30th. For 'N Sync fans, that's just in time for ``It's Gonna Be May.''
CHRIS JANSON BECOMES OPRY MEMBER
Garth Brooks surprised Chris Janson by inducting him into the Grand Ole Opry. Janson was inducted as the Opry's newest and youngest member on Tuesday. Brooks told Janson it was going to be the greatest night of his music career. Janson fought back tears as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. He thanked his wife for always having his back and his kids for not caring what he does for a living and saying, ``Whatever, Dad. Let's fish.''
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WILL DO BROADWAY SHOW THROUGH DECEMBER
Bruce Springsteen has extended his Broadway run yet again. Springsteen has added 81 more shows, which now puts the last show on December 15th. Springsteen had initially intended to do eight weeks of shows. He said he enjoyed it so much that he added more dates.
LOLLAPALOOZA ANNOUNCES LINEUP
The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Arctic Monkeys will headline Lollapalooza this summer. Among the more than
180 other acts are Travis Scott, The National, Vampire Weekend, Logic, Khalid (kah-LEED'), Camila Cabello, Walk The Moon and L-L Cool J Founder Perry Farrell will perform with featured guest musicians from his upcoming solo album. Lollapalooza will be held over four days in Chicago beginning August 2nd.
SELENA GOMEZ HITS BACK AT ONLINE BODY-SHAMERS
Selena Gomez says the beauty myth is ``an obsession with physical perfection'' that traps modern women in a world of self-hatred. That's her response to social media comments that she looks ``thick'' in photos that show her in a bikini while
on a trip to Australia. Gomez writes on Instagram she chooses to take care of herself because she wants to, ``not to prove anything to anyone.''
ROBIN ZANDER STEPS INTO ``ROCKTOPIA''
Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander will join the Broadway production ``Rocktopia'' for the final week of its run. He will step in April 23rd to 29th. Train singer Pat Monahan is a featured singer with ``Rocktopia'' through April 8th. The production is a combination of classic rock and classical compositions.
BRITNEY SPEARS WILL MODEL FOR KENZO
Britney Spears says she waited for the right fit and opportunity before agreeing to a model gig. She found it as the face of the clothing maker Kenzo. She will appear in ads modeling Kenzo's ``Collection Memento Number 2'' that features denim, baseball caps and floral tops.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, DEMI LOVATO CALL OFF SHOWS, MOBY STILL GOES ON
The nor'easter that hit the eastern U-S is forcing the cancellation of several concerts. Justin Timberlake called off his show at New York's Madison Square Garden last night but plans to perform there tonight. Demi Lovato cancelled her show last night in Newark, New Jersey. New York's Apollo Theater called off its Amateur Night talent show. Moby still did his New York show. He said beforehand that he'd perform even if no one showed up.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC Celine Dion
Celine Dion has cancelled a string of shows between March 27 and April 18 due to a hearing condition called Patulous Eustachian tube that she says will require a ``minimally invasive surgical procedure.''
The Quebec pop star had to cancel numerous shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in January due to what she then described as ``congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold.''
At the time she said she expected to be ready to return to the stage by March 27.
A new statement on her official Facebook page says she has also been dealing with her ear condition over the past 12 to 18 months, ``which causes hearing irregularities, and makes it extremely difficult to sing.''
She is now expected to resume performing on May 22.
Ticketholders for the cancelled shows will receive refunds.
(The Canadian Press)