MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH

Posted 8 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Pharrell by Karl Hab, on Flickr

PHARRELL WILLIAMS SAYS OSCAR NOD “AWESOME”

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s had a while for it to sink in that he’s up for an Oscar for best original song. But Pharrell Williams say he is “still shocked” that he could go home Sunday with one of those shiny golden statues. The producer and rapper says he is “ever so grateful” for the attention from the Academy and says the whole experience has been “pretty crazy.” He’s nominated for “Happy” from the “Despicable Me 2″ soundtrack, which has reached number one on the Billboard singles chart. The song will appear on his new album “GIRL,” which is due out next week.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS’ “HAPPY” PART OF OSCARS ONLINE CONCERT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammys have already become basically a televised concert interrupted by a few award presentations. Now, the Oscars have taken a step in that direction. There was a concert in Los Angeles last night featuring all the music nominated this year. The show included performances of the four original songs nominated for Oscars this year. Charles Fox of the music branch of the Oscars calls it “a historic event” — and “something that has never been done before.” The concert won’t be televised, but Fox says the plan is to make it an annual event that will be broadcast on TV and in theaters around the world.

ROBIN THICKE TRYING TO WOO WIFE BACK

DULLES, Virginia (AP) — Robin Thicke says he isn’t giving up his marriage without a fight. He was in Washington D.C. last night for a concert performance. And upon arriving in the D.C. area, he spoke briefly with a TMZ photographer staking out the airport. Asked about his separation from Paula Patton, Thicke seemed to indicate that he may have been to blame for the marital discord that led to the split. He says he is currently “just trying to get her back.” But he also denied speculation that his raunchy VMA performance with Miley Cyrus had anything to do with the breakup. In the past few days, Thicke canceled the first two dates of his concert tour last week, saying he had lost his voice. Another show this week was put off because of what he calls “unforeseen circumstances.” Thick and Patton — an actress — had been childhood sweethearts and were married 9 years with one child together.

”AMERICAN IDOL”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen O’Connor is the first to be voted off “American Idol” this season. She was part of an all girl bottom three, that also included MK Nobilette and Mayala Watson. MK was the first to find out she was safe to sing again next week. Kristen sang for her Idol life, in hopes that she should would get the once-per-season save from the judges. The judges’ decision wasn’t unanimous, but we don’t know which of the judges wanted to keep her. Kristen says she appreciates the judges support and that of her fans. Ryan Seacrest says there were more than 71 million votes this week.

CLAY AIKEN FILES FOR CONGRESSIONAL RUN

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken has made it official: he’s running for Congress. He has officially filed the paperwork to seek office in North Carolina. Aiken, a Democrat, says he wants to help end the gridlock in Washington and that no single political party has all the answers. Aiken is seeking the 2nd District seat now held by Republican Renee Ellmers. The district is GOP-leaning — and Aiken may have trouble winning in part because he’s openly gay, but he says he doesn’t think that will be a factor in the general election. The Democratic primary is less than 10 weeks away.

GREGG ALLMAN FILM PROJECT SHELVED AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Filmmakers have stopped production on a movie about the life of Gregg Allman. The decision comes a week after a freight train killed one crew member and injured seven others in Savannah, Georgia, where the movie is being made. “Midnight Rider” stars William Hurt as the Allman Brothers Band singer in his later years. The accident took place just as filming was getting started. A train crashed into the crew and its equipment on a trestle crossing a river. Sheriff’s investigators said the film crew had permission to be on private property near the train tracks, but not on the tracks themselves. Savannah officials say it’s unclear how long the production will be shut down.

DOLLY PARTON TO PLAY GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

LONDON (AP) — It’s Britain’s leading rock festival. But it will have a little bit of country flavor this year. Organizers say Dolly Parton will be performing at Glastonbury Festival in June. A festival organizer tells the BBC having her on the bill is “something we’ve been wanting to happen for a long time” — and Parton has finally agreed. Glastonbury is Britain’s most prestigious summer music festival. About 120,000 tickets for the June 25-29 event sold out before any acts were announced. Arcade Fire is also signed on to do the festival.

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