Posted 12 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
”ACHY BREAKY HEART” GETS MAKEOVER
UNDATED (AP) — Maybe THIS is why Bob Costas’ eyes are giving him so much trouble. There is a hip-hop flavored remake of the Billy Ray Cyrus song, “Achy Breaky Heart.” Cyrus is involved in the project — and he teams up with rapper Buck 22 in the song. Listening to the record isn’t tough — but you can’t say the same about watching the video. The clip opens with Larry King doing a fake news report about a UFO sighting over Kentucky, then it shows Cyrus and Buck 22 walking down a road with fishing poles — like the opening to the old “Andy Griffith Show.” Then the scene shifts to a country bar, where alien women twerk instead of boot-scoot while the two artists sing. Buck 22 tells Rolling Stone magazine he asked Cyrus if he would mind having him do a remix — and he said sure, even though others had tried before. Next thing he knew, Buck says, Cyrus was in a studio doing the track.
MARY J. BLIGE PERFORMS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, FRENCH LEADER
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mary J. Blige had to think for a moment when she was asked if she had any connection to France. About all she could come up with was that her last name is of French origin. Didn’t matter, the Bronx-born hip-hop diva was still welcome to the White House for the state dinner for the president of France. She was the night’s entertainer, serenading President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND’). By appearing at the state dinner, the singer who had a hit with the tune “No More Drama” became part of an international drama that involved the French leader. He came to the U.S. solo — after reports that he was leaving his first lady for another woman.
RAY DAVIES, DONOVAN GET INTO SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
NEW YORK (AP) — There are five new members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And among those topping this year’s list of inductees is Ray Davies. Davies was the leader of the Kinks and wrote most of their biggest songs, such as “You Really Got Me,” ”Tired of Waiting for You” and “All Day and All of the Night.” He also wrote from Van Halen and the Pretenders. Donovan — he of “Sunshine Superman” and “Mellow Yellow” fame — gets in. Also making the list is Jim Weatherly — who wrote the Gladys Knight and the Pips’ signature hit, “Midnight Train To Georgia.” The inductees will be honored in June in New York City.
ERIC CHURCH AND “THE TARGET”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eric Church says having a hit album makes him feel there’s a target on his back. But he says he isn’t too worried about whether the success of his last album, “Chief,” will affect him with his new work. Church says he doesn’t think success of a project is tied to number-one hits or even sales — but how much an artist has grown since their last album. Church is seen as a country “outsider” because he hasn’t followed a single path to fame. And he says that status helps keep him grounded.
MACKLEMORE AND THE OLYMPIC SPEED-SKATER
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Nothing like a little competition among friends. And that’s what is brewing between rapper Macklemore and U.S. short track speedskater J.R. Celski. The skater says he hopes that he will end up with four Olympic medals — to match the rap star’s four Grammys last month. Celski used Macklemore’s music to motivate him to recover from an injury in 2010 — an injury that nearly kept him from the Vancouver Olympics. He went on to win two bronze medals. The skater also did a documentary last year about Seattle’s hip-hop scene that features Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, just as they were rising to fame with their hit “Thrift Shop.”
ARREST MADE IN RAPPER’S SHOOTING DEATH IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the death of a rapper caught in a hail of bullets in an SUV in Queens last month. Jamal Green was killed when someone fired into an SUV full of people on January 3. Three other people were hurt in the attack. Authorities say Green was a rapper who performed under the name Mazaradi Fox and had been associated with 50 Cent. Police say 35-year-old Jamal Scott has been arrested in the attack, and faces charges including second-degree murder, attempted murder and felony assault.