MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018
Burton Cummings Crash
Canadian music icon Burton Cummings says he is recovering from several injuries he suffered in a car crash last Sunday in Los Angeles.
In a lengthy Facebook post, the Winnipeg rocker and former frontman for The Guess Who writes that he was struck by a driver who ran a red light and that there were five people in the other car, including a baby.
Cummings said he suffered a concussion due to his head cracking the windshield in addition to cuts and ``serious bruising on both arms,'' a very painful left leg and intense back pain.
He wrote that he's in a ``lot of physical pain'' and needs some ``serious healing time,'' adding he's ``trying to focus on just how lucky'' he is not to have been killed or crippled.
Cummings said the worst thing is that his mind has been ``reliving the crash ? that sound and fear and unexpected horror.''
``I know I'm going to have to get some help getting over the shock. That's the worst part right now ? trying to keep telling myself that I'm okay.''
(The Canadian Press)
KURT COBAIN - DEATH PHOTOS
The Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that photographs from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death will not be released publicly. KING5-TV reports the court ruled yesterday that the photographs are exempt from Washington state's Public Records Act and releasing them would ``violate the Cobain family's due process rights under the 14th Amendment.''
Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and his daughter _ a toddler at the time of her dad's death _ filed testimonies to keep the photos from being made public. The ruling comes after Seattle journalist Richard Lee appealed the case's dismissal. Lee has pursued the release of 55 photos in an attempt to prove Cobain didn't die from suicide in 1994, but rather was killed.
DJ KHALED - BET AWARD NOMINATIONS
D-J Khaled has reason to be grateful.
He's been nominated for a leading six trophies for the B-E-T Awards.
The nominations for next month's ceremony were announced last night.
Among the awards Khaled was nominated for are album of the year for ``Grateful'' and video of the year for ``Wild Thoughts,'' featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Other top nominees include Migos and SZA (SIH'-zah), both of whom were nominated for four awards. Toronto's Drake, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Cardi B, and Chris Brown are also up for key awards. The B-E-T Awards will air live on June 24th from Los Angeles.
JAY-Z - THE SEC
Jay-Z has spent a long day yesterday at the New York offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rapper-businessman was there to answer questions from S-E-C investigators as part of their probe of the Iconix Brand Group.
Iconix bought assets of Jay-Z's Rocawear apparel brand in 2007. The S-E-C had to go to court to get Jay-Z to answer questions in the matter. A federal judge ordered the rapper to give a deposition last week. Lawyers for Jay-Z, say they don't think the rapper he had any relevant information to share with S-E-C investigators.
STEVIE WONDER - VEGAS SHOWS
Musician and singer Stevie Wonder will perform a series of shows in Las Vegas in August. Casino giant M-G-M Resorts International and entertainment company Live Nation Las Vegas say Wonder will do five shows at the Park Theater starting Aug. 3rd. The 5,300-seat venue is located at the Park M-G-M casino-resort, which recently hosted the residencies of Cher and Ricky Martin. Tickets start at 69-dollars and go on sale May 21st. Wonder, who is 68, announced last week he'd be playing a series of shows in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the coming months that celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times.
U2 - APOLLO THEATRE
U2 will put on a special one-night show at New York's historic Apollo Theatre. But don't go looking for tickets.
It's an invitation-only event for SiriusXM subscribers. The company says U2 will play songs from its ``Songs of Experience'' album along with classics from its career. Bono calls it a bucket-list moment and says it's ``an incredible honour'' to play on the same stage in Harlem that has hosted the legends of soul. SiriusXM subscribers can win tickets to the June 11th performance through an invitation sent by email.
SAD MUSIC STUDY
A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at 500-thousand songs released in the U-K between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood. ``'Happiness' is going down, 'brightness' is going down, 'sadness' is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more 'danceable' and more 'party-like,''' co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.
AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION - NOMINEES
Jason Isbell leads the nominees for the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards with nominations in four categories. Other nominations announced yesterday are for country singer Margo Price and folk singer Brandi Carlile. Each got nods for artist, song and album of the year. The 17th annual Americana Music Association Awards are Sept. 12th in Nashville.
(The Associated Press)