Musical Notes this week features information on Janet Jackson, Gregg Allman, Taylor Swift, The Electric Mayhem Band, Sir Elton John, Simon Fuller, and the Backstreet Boys
Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” tour has bee fraught with delays and cancellations due to an unspecified medical issues. Once again Jackson has postponed the European dates on her tour citing doctor’s orders to rest…and she says that her and her husband are trying to start a family. The 49 year old Jackson did not provide any details about whether or not she was actually pregnant…or whether she and Mana are still working on it.
Jackson is married to Qatari businessman wissam Al Mana; it is her third marriage.
In a video message to fans via Twitter, Jackson says that she will continue the tour as soon as she can.
Last year The Allman Brothers officially retired from the road, but Gregg Allman is in the midst of a tour.
On April 6 while traveling, Allman’s tour bus was involved in a vehicular accident that sent three people to the hospital. Allman himself was no aboard the bus at the time of the crash.
Despite the wreck, Allman’s tour will continue on as planned.
The tour bus carrying 10 members of Allman’s production crew was traveling south on I-77 headed for Charleston, West Virginia where Allman was scheduled to perform on Wednesday evening when the bus driver began to choke. As a result the bus drifted into the northbound lane and crashed into a tree. The trees stood between the road and a creek and prevented the bus from going into the water.
Former Country music star turned pop artist Taylor Swift is getting an award named after her; and aptly enough, she will be the inaugural recipient of the award
The BMI – Broadcast Music Inc. – Pop Awards will present Swift with her namesake award at their 64th annual awards ceremony on May 10 at their gala event in Beverly Hills.
Speaking of Swift, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane said, “Taylor Swift has transformed pop culture through her songs, artistry, and indomitable spirit. She has had a profound impact, not only musically, but also through her personal conviction and commitment to create a standard that values and respects music for everyone. We felt it appropriate to award Taylor with an honor that is as unique and special as she is.”
This is only the second time that BMI has presented an award that carries a person’s name – the other was Michael Jackson in 1990.
Songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are being presented with the BMI Icon Award.
The Electric Mayhem Band:
When the Outside Lands Festival announced their artist lineup for the August music festival, there was nothing unusual about listing Radiohead, Lionel Richie, J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, or LCD Soundsystem; but one name stuck out not because of their star status, but because….weeeellllllllll…they aren’t human!
Outside Lands Festival has added Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Band – also known as “The Muppet Show” band – to the line up. “For suuurrrrrily” they are the most unorthodox band to be put on the guest list. Band leader Dr. Teeth promises their festival performance will “absotively, posolutely blow your mind.”
Held for the past seven years in Golden Gate Park – “everybody remember where we parked” – the Outside Lands Festival is a festival art, music, comedy, and gourmet food returns August 5 for three days of outdoor merriment.
Duran Duran, Chance the Rapper, Grimes, Major Lazer, Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, the Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Vince Staples, DIV, Miguel, Big Grams, Kehlani, Miike Snow, Years & Years, Peaches, Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals, Kamasi Washington, Jidenna, Kevin Morby, Ra Ra Riot, Whitney, Jason Isbell, and Ryan Adams are also scheduled to appear.
Pop and Rock artists have made it hip to record Country Music albums, but Sir Elton John has taken it a bit further. The “Rocket Man” will be making an appearance in the hit television show “Nashville”. Sir Elton is portraying the role he knows best – himself in the episode scheduled for May 18. He will be appearing with Sam Palladio who plays he role of Gunnar Scott.
Kesha and Country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett are also scheduled to make appearances on the show at a later date.
Simon Fuller Promises Return:
On April 7 “American Idol” said goodbye in a two hour special presentation and grand finale that saw Trent Harmon named the 15th and final “American Idol”. Idol creator Simon Fuller has vowed that the show will return at some point in some form or another.
Fuller said, “now we can catch our breath. It allows me to rethink the show for the first time. When you’re a number one show, it’s hard to be too bold and brazen about changing the format because it’s working and succeeding. Also, you’re always rushing to get the next season completed. Now we start with a clean sheet of paper.” He continued, “the next generation of Idol will be a lot more interactive, a lot more immersive. For me the most exciting thing is we can really now diver deep with all the new technology that’s coming. My head is exploding with opportunities. The next generation of Idol — and Idol will certainly be coming back for sure — will have a youthful glow and it will be pioneering again, just as it was when we first began.”
The Backstreet Boys:
Former teen heartthrobs the Backstreet Boys are joining a growing list of artists who are taking up residence in Las Vegas.
Currently the boy band is scheduled for only nine dates, but there is the possibility of extending the stay a little longer. According to band member, and former “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity, the band is first doing a “trial run” and if that is successful then they may do more.
Carter also said that the band will put on “a very big and spectacular show” featuring all five of the band’s members and the entire “Backstreet Boys catalog. Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson adds that being in Las Vegas is convenient for all of the band members and family members.
The exact dates and venue have not yet been released.
The Backstreet Boys also promise new music on the horizon.
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