MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018
JAY-Z - SEC TESTIMONY
Jay-Z's lawyers say the U-S Securities and Exchange Commission is more obsessed with famous people than it is with regulating business. Jay-Z's attorneys submitted paperwork in Manhattan federal court that says they are concerned that the S-E-C is ``driven more by governmental fascination with celebrities and headlines than by any proper investigative purpose.'' A judge last week ruled Jay-Z must appear before the S-E-C in Washington beginning Friday for a deposition of unlimited duration unless he can explain why not. Jay-Z's lawyers say he will appear, but just for one day. The S-E-C is looking into possible securities fraud by Iconix Brand Group, which purchased Jay-Z's Rocawear apparel brand more than a decade ago.
HUEY LEWIS - HEARING DISORDER
Huey Lewis says he knew something was wrong when he hit the stage in Dallas a few months ago and it sounded like a jet engine. Lewis tells N-B-C's ``Today'' show he's still coming to grips with the idea he may never sing again. Lewis cancelled concerts after he was diagnosed with Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear. Lewis says he can hold conversations and talk on the phone, but he can't sing because he hears music as distorted. Lewis says the only way to treat it right now is through a low-salt, no-caffeine diet and hope for the best. He's trying some experimental therapies as well.
THE ZEN OF SUPERORGANISM
Superorganism has no idea why it's possible that how they operate as a band can work, but it's the only thing they know. The eight-piece band met online and live on different continents. They make music by file sharing. Guitarist Christopher ``Harry'' Young says the beauty of the internet is that people don't have to be together to make music. Backup singer Soul jokes that it's quicker to send files over the internet even if you're next door. Superorganism does live shows, which creates challenges for onstage chemistry when they aren't around each other much. Soul says the best way is to be relaxed and ``a little bit of zen goes a long way.''
JANET JACKSON - BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Janet Jackson will make her return to television on the Billboard Music Awards. She will do her first T-V performance in nine years during the ceremony on May 20th in Las Vegas. Jackson also will be presented with the Billboard Icon Award for her contributions to music. The awards will air live on N-B-C.
``AMERICAN IDOL'' - MENTORS
The contestants on ``American Idol'' will get some pointers from two people who know how to win the competition:
Carrie Underwood and Kris Allen. Underwood will be a guest mentor on Sunday's episode. The top five contestants will sing her songs.
Allen will be a guest performer on the ``American Idol Live'' tour, featuring the top seven contestants. The tour begins July 11th in Redding, California.
(The Associated Press)