MUSIC NEWSLast Update on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:05 AM EDT
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Milsap, Wiseman, Cochran Set For Country Music Hall Of Fame
Ronnie Milsap says he wanted to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame not for himself, but for all the songwriters, musicians and fans who say their lives are in his songs. Milsap will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with the next class, along with Mac Wiseman and songwriter Hank Cochran. Wiseman calls his induction the icing on the cake and the highlight of his career. Cochran is known for writing dozens of hits including "I Fall To Pieces" and "Make The World Go Away." He died in 2010. The hall of fame inductions will take place later this year in Nashville.
The National are canceling shows in Russia and Ukraine. The band post on their Facebook page they are calling off shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev in July and August because of the ongoing political crisis in the region. They say they are hopeful to play there in the future and they "sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way."
Lorde Calls Off Australian Tour
Lorde may have been working so hard she's worn herself out. Lorde is calling off her Australian shows because of a chest infection and general ill health. She tweets she's been going non-stop since the Grammys in January. She says her parents and her team have told her she needs to take a break. She says she has to "get back to full gollum girl fitness" before playing shows again.
Bon Jovi Helps Establish Housing Development For Low-Income Philly Residents
For some people who used to be homeless or in need of good housing in Philadelphia, Jon Bon Jovi's biggest hit isn't music — it's construction. He was the main backer behind a nearly $17 million project to provide housing for low-income residents and those who had nowhere to live. The JBJ Soul Homes is a four-story building that went up in 18 months. Bon Jovi says the project "is not a handout" but "a hand up." Residents of the complex will have access to basic medical care, job training and education opportunities.
Awolnation Mark 79 Weeks Of "Sail"
Aaron Bruno of Awolnation would not have picked "Sail" to be a hit. What a hit it was: it just ended its run on the Billboard Hot 100 last month after 79 weeks. Bruno is reluctant to say what the song is about but he admits it's from a journal entry and he "wasn't feeling super-optimistic at that point." He even had a producer tell him "Sail" needed a chorus. Bruno stuck to his guns and didn't add one. The song crossed over from alternative to pop, and Bruno says the fact that it's played after a Miley Cyrus song blows his mind to this day. Bruno is working on the follow-up to Awolnation's "Megalithic Symphony" album for release later this year.
Dani Moz And Tj Wilkins Leave "The Voice"
Two-thirds of Team Shakira nearly was wiped out on "The Voice" last night. The bottom three included Tess Boyer and Dani Moz from Shakira's team and TJ Wilkins from Usher's team. The show has introduced an "instant save" -- a five-minute window in which viewers can tweet who should stay. America voted to keep Boyer.
Justin Bieber Seeks Delay In Florida DUI Trial
Justin Bieber's DUI trial in Florida is set for May 5. But it looks like that won't happen then. Lawyers for the pop star want a delay in start of the trial, saying they need more time to get ready. The motion filed by the defense says prosecutors have no problem with a delay. A hearing to set a date for trial is set for today. Bieber was arrested January 23 in Miami Beach after what police describe as an illegal street race. He wasn't charged with drag racing. But he is charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
Devo's Gerald Casale Plans Wine Launch
You'd think a wine created by a member of Devo would be a weird deconstructed thing, but no, it's the real deal. Gerald Casale of Devo has created a wine brand called The 50 By 50, based in California's Wooden Valley. Next Wednesday, he will launch his first wines: a 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and a 2013 Sonoma Coast Rose' of Pinot Noir. Casale says he became a fan of wine because he got into California cuisine. He says after going to several California winemaker dinners, "I drank my way to knowledge."
Eminem And Outkast To Headline Austin City Limits
Looks like Eminem and Outkast are the go-to guys for people running music festivals this year. The two hip-hop acts will be among the headliners at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Eminem and Outkast are also starring at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago come August. The Texas event this fall will also feature Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Beck and Lorde — just a few of the acts who will occupy eight stages over the festival which will span two weekends.
Portugal. The Man - National Zoo
So, what did you do to mark Earth Day? For Portugal. The Man, yesterday was a day to help protect Sumatran tigers. There are only about 400 left in the world. And the indie rock band teamed up with the National Zoo in Washington to release what they call an "endangered song," named after the big cats. It was pressed onto 400 polycarbonate vinyl records that will degrade and self-destruct after a certain number of plays. The only way to save the song is to "breed" it — by sharing it online. The Smithsonian created a Web site to help track the song's progress.
President And First Lady Mourn Loss Of "Godfather Of House Music"
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have sent a letter to the family and friends of Frankie Knuckles, the man who was known in Chicago as the "Godfather of House Music." Knuckles died last month at age 59. In a letter dated last week and written on White House stationary, the Obamas call Knuckles a trailblazer who blended musical genres in a way that brought people together. They add Knuckles' legacy will live on in dance floors the world over. Both Obamas — who are from Chicago — signed the letter.
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