ARETHA FRANKLIN CALLS OFF TWO SHOWS UNDER DOCTOR’S ORDERS
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s birthday celebration is off. She has canceled her show in Newark, New Jersey, on March 25, her 76th birthday. She has also called off her headlining gig at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 28. Rod Stewart will replace her at the festival. A statement from Franklin’s management says she has been ordered to rest for at least the next two months. Franklin had announced last year she was going to retire and only do select shows.
DEMI LOVATO MARKS SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF GETTING SOBER
NEW YORK (AP) — Why did the crowd at Demi Lovato’s concert in New York on Friday sing “Happy Birthday” to her, when her birthday is not until August? It was in honor of her sixth year of sobriety. Lovato told the crowd six years ago, she had been drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up and thinking she had to make a change. She did. Tourmates DJ Khaled (KAL’-ehd) and Kehlani (kay-LAH’-nee) led the crowd in singing. DJ Khaled told Lovato, “What you’ve overcome through trials and tribulations, through dark clouds, you found the sunshine, and now the sun is shining on you forever.”
THE ROOTS’ SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST APPEARANCE CALLED OFF AFTER BOMB THREAT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 26-year-old man faces up to ten years in prison if convicted on charges of emailing a bomb threat that prompted the cancellation of The Roots’ concert during the South By Southwest music festival. Officials in Austin, Texas, have arrested Trevor Weldon Ingram for making the threat Saturday afternoon at the venue where The Roots were supposed to play that night. Authorities found nothing suspicious, but the concert’s sponsors called off the show for safety reasons. Two people were killed and two others wounded in three package bomb explosions in Austin this month.
SZA PERFORMS WITH INJURED FOOT
NEW YORK (AP) — A torn ligament in SZA’s (SIH’-zahs) foot does not mean she can’t sing. SZA used a crutch to walk to a chair onstage at her New York show on Friday. She wore fuzzy pink slippers and said, “I don’t really have a plan, but we’re gonna, like, wing this.” She hurt her right foot while performing at the BUKU Music and Art Project festival in New Orleans.
BARBRA STREISAND RECALLS BAD INTERVIEW WITH MIKE WALLACE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbra Streisand has no “Me Too” story to share. However, she does blame her reluctance to do interviews on a “he said, she said” moment with Mike Wallace. Streisand said during an event in her honor at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles on Friday that Wallace asked her hurtful questions for a TV interview. She was still a young star, and it was before he was on “60 Minutes.” She called to complain to him about it afterward. She says on a later show, Wallace’s reaction to viewers who objected to his questions was that Streisand “loved” the interview. Streisand says she felt almost violated by the experience.
SUPERORGANISM COME FACE TO FACE WITH FANS
LONDON (AP) — Superorganism had a shocking revelation when they started touring: their fans are real people! Guitarist Christopher “Harry” Young says most of their interaction with fans in the early days of the band was online, which he calls “kind of theoretical.” He says having people approach them at shows to compliment the music is so much more meaningful. Young says he remembers getting fired up about music after seeing Iggy Pop when Young was 14, so he hopes he’s doing the same for Superorganism’s fans.
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YO-YO MA WILL SPEAK AT MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will have a guest lecturer today that might be a bit of a surprise for a tech community: cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He will give a talk titled “Culture, Understanding and Survival” as part of a lecture series featuring figures in modern thought.
LOGIC GETS NUMBER-ONE ALBUM WITH “BOBBY TARANTINO 2”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Less than a year after Logic hit number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, he’s done it again. His new one, “Bobby Tarantino 2,” moved 119,000 units in its first week. Last May, his “Everybody” album was number one. This week’s number-two album is Lil Yachty with “Lil Boat 2.” David Byrne takes third place with “American Utopia.” The “Black Panther” soundtrack is fourth, and Judas Priest is fifth with “Firepower.”
by Margie Szaroleta