MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH

Posted 6 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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PRINCE PERFORMS, TAKES AUDIENCE QUESTIONS, ON ARSENIO HALL SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince says he’d gladly whip up an omelet for you — just keep your fingers out of his hair. The musician made an appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” last night — and not only did he perform, he took questions from the studio audience. One woman asked — since everyone has a pet peeve, what is his? Prince says it drives him nuts when strangers touch his hair. A guy wanted to know if there were any household chores he does that might surprise people. Prince says he does cook — but has only one specialty: omelets. He says all of his friends have high cholesterol.

”AMERICAN IDOL” JUDGES PUSH FOR BETTER PERFORMANCES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The message of the night from the “American Idol” judges to the contestants was, “Good, but you can do better.” The judges told Majesty Rose they wish she had stayed understated with her version of Coldplay’s “Fix You.” Harry Connick Junior told Caleb Johnson his version of Rush’s “Working Man” was consistent but he needs to take it further. Keith Urban suggested to MK Nobillette she sling the guitar behind her if she’s not going to play it and told Jessica Meuse  if she sings with enough emotion no one will care if she’s off pitch. Emily Piriz made the bold move of doing a Jennifer Lopez song in front of Jennifer Lopez. J-Lo loved it but Connick thought the production was too big for Piriz.

MAN SENTENCED FOR KILLING USHER’S STEPSON

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The man convicted in a jet ski crash that killed Usher’s stepson has learned his fate. Jeffrey Hubbard will spend four years in prison as a result of the crash that killed 11-year-old Kyle Glover in the summer of 2012. Hubbard was riding on a jet ski that hit Kyle and another child in an inner tube on Lake Lanier near Atlanta. Glover died days after the crash. Hubbard was convicted last month of homicide by vessel, serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation. His attorney insists the crash was an accident — and that his client wasn’t being reckless.

JIMI HENDRIX STAMP

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Expect a new stamp featuring a couple of music legends soon. The United States Postal Service is issuing stamps this year to commemorate both Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The first one out will be the one for Hendrix; it’s due out a week from today — and it’s one of those “forever” stamps. Besides the stamp release, the USPS will hold a tribute performance for Hendrix the day of the release at the SXSW Outdoor Stage. That event will be free and open to the public. Last year, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash were among those honored with stamps.

PAUL SIMON AND STING PERFORM AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s rare to see either Paul Simon or Sting take to the stage before a bunch of empty seats. But when both performers began their show the other night at Madison Square Garden, there were more than a few people who weren’t on hand. That was because of the intense security at the arena. But before long, every seat was filled and the two artists shared the stage together part of the time — as well as did sets of their own music during the two and a half hour show. The two men expressed admiration for each other — with Sting telling the audience how much he learned from Simon, whom he called a songwriter “without peer.”

TRIBUTE FOR DR. JOHN SET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dr. John will be performing at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & and Heritage Festival — and it will be part of a tribute to himself. Among the stars taking part in the tribute performance will be Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint. The event, “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” is set for May 3 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. Others to perform include Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

COURT CUTS CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS FOR BEYONCE’S DAD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s a little less babymomma drama for Beyonce’s dad. The singer’s former “daddy-ger” is in the news — because a court in Los Angeles has cut Mathew Knowles a break. The court ruled he doesn’t have to pay as much child support as he used to have to. Knowles had been paying to support a child he fathered with an actress named Alexsandra Wright. A ruling obtained by The Associated Press shows a judge has cut the child payments from $12,000 a month to about $2,500 a month. The court ruling notes Knowles’ income has taken a huge hit since Beyonce fired him as her manager in 2011.

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