MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - SUPER BOWL SELFIE KID
Justin Timberlake and that kid from the Super Bowl were together again on Wednesday. Thirteen-year-old Ryan McKenna became a sensation on social media when Timberlake went into the crowd during his Super Bowl halftime show and stopped by McKenna for a selfie. McKenna appeared on ``The Ellen DeGeneres Show'' a few days later, and she gave him tickets to Timberlake's Boston concert, which was Wednesday. McKenna posted a new selfie with Timberlake on Instagram with the caption, ``Great time meeting Justin Timberlake.''
MERLE HAGGARD - POST OFFICE
Merle Haggard's widow, his sister, his former bus driver and about 300 fans showed up Friday morning for the opening of the Merle Haggard Post Office in Bakersfield, California. Buck Owens' son, Johnny Owens, and the Buck Fever Band played a set of six Haggard songs. The renaming came on what would have been Haggard's 81st birthday and on the second anniversary of his death.
KT TUNSTALL - TARTAN WEEK PARADE
NEW YORK (AP) _ K-T Tunstall says she will never forget her time as the first female grand marshal for New York's Tartan Week Parade.
Tunstall walked Sixth Avenue in red plaid shirt and pants with a rescue greyhound that wore the same pattern. Tunstall says she's got an album in the works for release later this year.
BOBBY BARE - REJOINS GRAND OLE OPRY
Bobby Bare is the rare act who has been invited to join the Grand Ole Opry for a second time. The Nashville Tennessean reports Garth Brooks invited Bare to join the Opry family again on Saturday. Bare had been inducted into the Opry in the early 1960s but he let his membership lapse. Bare is not the only country musician who was a member and now is not, but he's the only one who has performed regularly at the Opry in recent months. His name was never removed from the list of members, but with his re-induction, he will get an Opry award, be included in the Opry family album and get a backstage mailbox.
THE WEEKND - NUMBER ONE
Toronto's The Weeknd has notched another number-one album on the power of streaming and digital downloads alone. Billboard reports ``My Dear Melancholy'' moved 169-thousand units in the past week. The C-D version will not be out until Friday. ``My Dear Melancholy'' is The Weeknd's third number-one album, along with ``Starboy'' and ``Beauty Behind The Madness.''
It's also a rare six-track album to hit number one. The last time that happened was in 2010 with ``Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals'' soundtrack.
CARDI B - PREGNANT
What a weekend for Cardi B: she released an album and went public with her pregnancy. Cardi B wore a form-fitting dress on ``Saturday Night Live'' that showed off her growing tummy.
She's engaged to Offset of Migos. Her ``Invasion of Privacy'' album came out Friday. She co-hosts ``The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon'' tonight.
Q-TIP - TEACHING NYU CLASS
New York University will welcome Professor Q-Tip this fall. Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest will co-teach a class about the connection between jazz and hip-hop beginning in September. He will teach with writer Ashley Kahn. The class will study the social, cultural, musical and business links between jazz and hip-hop. Q-Tip says he looks forward to sharing what he knows with students and to learning from them.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Chance The Rapper will be the commencement speaker for graduates at Dillard University in New Orleans on May 12th. Dillard President Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough has been trying to get Chance to appear on campus for two years. Kimbrough is known as the Hip-Hop Prez and teaches a class on ethics and hip-hop.
Kimbrough calls Chance ``the artist that your grandmother would love.''
EDDIE MONTGOMERY - TROY GENTRY'S PRANKS
The way Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry tells it, Troy Gentry used to walk around with a spoon because ``he was always stirring up stuff.'' The band and crew have microphones during concerts that only they can hear so they can communicate with each other. Montgomery says he'd be serious as he sang a song like ``Lucky Man'' and Gentry was saying stuff into one of those microphones to get Montgomery to start laughing. Montgomery says he tries to remember the fun times with Gentry, like when they first got their record deal and when they were playing little clubs together. He says anyone who ever met Gentry would never forget him.
OBIT - CECIL TAYLOR
The musician who pioneered the free-jazz movement of the 1950s has died. Pianist Cecil Taylor died Thursday at his home in New York at the age of 89. Taylor was known for his avant-garde compositions, his virtuoso playing, his occasional marathon concerts and his recitation of poems during shows. He released his first album, ``Jazz Advance,'' in 1956. His best-known album was ``Unit Structures,'' released in 1966. Taylor got a standing ovation two years ago when he played in New York at the age of 87.
(The Canadian Press)