MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH

Posted 10 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TO PERFORM DURING MARCH MADNESS

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen will be helping to fuel March Madness — with his music. He and his E Street Band will headline the NCAA March Madness Music Festival next month in Dallas. His act will close the three-day festival at Reunion Park, where the NCAA Final Four was played in 1986. This year’s games will be played at the huge Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington. Other acts on the free event include fun., Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw.

REST OF JUSTIN BIEBER POST-ARREST CLIPS TO BE RELEASED

MIAMI (AP) — The public will get to see Justin Bieber providing a urine sample for a drug test after his arrest last month. But viewers of the police tape taken of the singer won’t get to see as much of the procedure as is shown on the tape. A judge in Miami-Dade County Judge has ruled that sensitive parts of the video must be blacked out when the clips are released to the news media. Judge William Altfield said two of the five unreleased video clips depict the singer’s private parts — and they will be blocked out. Altfield agreed with lawyers for Bieber that airing the video would be an invasion of privacy that outweighs the public’s right to know. Attorneys for the singer and for the news media outlets — including The Associated Press — say they are satisfied with the ruling.

WOMEN OF SOUL TO BE FEATURED AT WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON (AP) — You’ve heard about America’s founding fathers. The White House will be calling attention to what it calls the nation’s “foremothers” of music with a concert set for tomorrow. First lady Michelle Obama has lined up a set of female artist for the show. Among those who will perform are Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande  and Tessanne Chin. Before the concert the White House will hold a workshop for students to learn about the history of women in soul. The concert itself will be streamed live — and broadcast next month on PBS as part of its “In Performance at the White House” series.

IDOL VS. VOICE

NEW YORK (AP) — The Voice continues to rise — while the nation seems to be over its “Idol”-atry. NBC’s “The Voice” returned last week to capture 16 million viewers on its February 24 debut. It drew 13 million the following night. Meanwhile, Fox’s “Idol” continues to fade. Neither of the show’s two episodes last week cracked Nielsen’s Top 10 list — or reached the 11-million viewer mark.

”THE VOICE”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Which coach on “The Voice” likes ’80s rock the most? You probably wouldn’t guess it’s country star Blake Shelton. But he says check out his iPod playlist. Nashville rocker Megan Ruger asked that question of the coaches last night. Both Usher and Shelton wanted her. The ’80s rock question convinced Megan that she should go with Team Blake. And Shelton says it’s the most unusual question he’s heard in his years as a coach on the show. Team Blake also picks up Audra McLaughlin, who got all four coaches to turn their chairs. Next week, the blind auditions continue.

CODY SIMPSON, JAMES MASLOW COMPETING ON DANCING WITH THE STARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pop star and a member of a successful boy band are among those who will be trying to fox trot into the hearts of TV viewers this spring. Cody Simpson and James Maslow are among the cast member of this year’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Simpson had recently toured with Justin Bieber and Maslow is a member of “Big Time Rush.” The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” begins March 17.

IDINA MENZEL GETS APOLOGY FROM JOHN TRAVOLTA

NEW YORK (AP) — John Travolta says he has been beating himself up over his butchering of singer Idina Menzel’s name during the Oscars telecast on Sunday. During the show, Travolta was to introduce Menzel for her performance of “Let It Go,” but the name came out sounding more like “Adele Dazeem” instead. He’s been grilled on social media since.

DAVID CASSIDY DUI CASE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — 1970s-era teen star David Cassidy has caught a big break. His DUI charge in New York State has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and returned to a town court for resolution. Cassidy was pulled over in the town of Schodack and charged with driving while intoxicated in August, when he was in the area for a horse racing meet. The charge was a felony because Cassidy has a 2011 DUI influence conviction in his home state of Florida. His attorney says Cassidy is now in alcohol rehab after yet another DWI arrest — this one in January in Los Angeles. Cassidy is 63 and starred in “The Partridge Family” and had a singing career in connection with the show about a traveling family band.

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