CHRISTOPHER CROSS TO BILLIE EILISH: “WELCOME TO THE CLUB”
UNDATED (AP) - Christopher Cross is offering his congratulations to Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) and her music-producer brother, Finneas, for what Cross calls “their remarkable contribution to music history.” Cross writes on Instagram his record of winning Grammys in all four of the major categories in the same night stood for 39 years, “until a talented young sister and brother came along.” Cross says records are made to be broken, and he could not be more pleased with Eilish’s wins Sunday for record, song and album of the year and best new artist. He says, “Welcome to the club, friends.”
BOB SHANE OF THE KINGSTON TRIO DIES
NEW YORK (AP) - The last surviving member of The Kingston Trio has died. The New York Times reports baritone Bob Shane died Sunday in Phoenix at the age of 85, according to his agent. The Kingston Trio had a number-one song in 1958 with “Tom Dooley.” The group had 14 top-ten albums, with five of them going to number one. Composer Ervin Drake wrote the song “It Was A Very Good Year” for Shane, which The Kingston Trio recorded five years before Frank Sinatra did. Original Kingston Trio members Dave Guard died in 1991 and Nick Reynolds in 2008. A version of The Kingston Trio still tours, although Shane retired from performing in 2004.
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DIVORCE FINALIZED FOR MILEY CYRUS AND LIAM HEMSWORTH
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Miley Cyrus’ divorce from actor Liam Hemsworth is official. Court records show a Los Angeles judge finalized the divorce yesterday. Documents cite irreconcilable differences as the reason they split. They had no children, and neither asked for spousal support. Hemsworth filed for divorce in August, eight months after their wedding. They had been dating off and on for nearly a decade before they married.
HUEY LEWIS GIVES UPDATE ON HEARING PROBLEMS
NEW YORK (AP) - Huey Lewis says his ear problems fluctuate, and his hearing is either “really bad” or “just sort of bad.” Lewis was diagnosed in 2018 with Meniere’s (men-YAIRS’) disease, a disorder of the inner ear that brings hearing loss, vertigo and ringing in the ear. Lewis uses hearing aids that play tones. If he can hear five tones, it’s a good day, but if it’s one, it’s a bad day. Lewis says the first two months after his diagnosis, he was suicidal because his head was roaring. He says eventually, he can get used to anything, and he tries to stay creative. Huey Lewis and the News will release a new album called “Weather” on Valentine’s Day. Lewis is also working on a jukebox musical called “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” which ran in San Diego in 2018.
RICKY MARTIN REWORKS ALBUM AFTER PUERTO RICO PROTESTS
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ricky Martin scrapped the music he originally was going to put on his upcoming album when he realized he had to tell the story of Puerto Rico instead of his own story. Martin says he was going through a romantic period in his life, but that changed with last year’s protests in Puerto Rico over government corruption. Martin participated in the demonstrations. He says when he went back to record, he had “poetic material” in his head about the streets of Puerto Rico that he wanted to share. The album will be called “Movimiento.” Martin brushes off criticisms that he should stay out of Puerto Rico’s affairs because he doesn’t live there anymore. He says that not being there has made him appreciate his culture more.
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS WELCOME ALL HAND-CLAPPERS
CHICAGO (AP) - When Fitz and the Tantrums say, “I can make your hands clap,” they love that kids are doing the clapping. Singer Fitz says it’s cool to see a connection to kids with the song “HandClap.” He thinks it’s because the parents are grateful that it’s music they want to hear as well. Fitz says he thinks it’s “rad” that a song that’s making an impression on kids is one they wrote. It’s not just kids clapping along, but audiences that don’t speak English. Fitz says that song has 1.7 billion streams in China alone.
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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES “AMERICAN CURRENTS”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lil Nas X, Blanco Brown, Morgan Wallen and The Highwomen will be featured in an exhibit about the most important developments in country music of the past year at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The museum’s annual “American Currents” exhibit also will highlight Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Combs, among others. It opens March 6.
ALESSIA CARA IS LEAD NOMINEE FOR AWARDS SHOW SHE WILL HOST
TORONTO (AP) - The lead nominee for the Juno Awards, Canada’s answer to the Grammys, just happens to be the host of the Juno Awards. Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) has six nominations, including album and record of the year. Tory Lanez has five nominations. Other nominees include Bryan Adams, Shawn Mendes, Avril Lavigne (AV’-ril lah-VEEN’), Justin Bieber and The Weeknd. The Junos will be March 15 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
By Margie Szaroleta