MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH

Posted 4 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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DRAKE WINS WOODIE AWARD

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Drake has won the top prize at MTV’s Woodie Awards, which are handed out during the South By Southwest festival. The rapper gets Woodie of the Year — which goes to music’s top emerging artist. Lil Wayne, who founded Drake’s Young Money label, accepted the award for Drake. Also winning a Woodie is Ed Sheeran, for his performing skills. Other winners include Beyonce and A$AP Rocky and Skrillex who won for their collaboration. The show was taped last night and will air Sunday on MTV.

TWO DEAD AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST

AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — The band X call the deaths of two people at South By Southwest “a senseless tragedy.” X had just wrapped up a set at a club in Austin, Texas, early yesterday when a driver busted through police barricades and drove down a crowded street. A man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped were killed, and 23 others were injured. The driver crashed and tried to run away but police stopped him with a stun gun and took him into custody. Twenty-one-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Investigators have obtained blood samples because they suspect Owens was drunk. Concerts scheduled for the club and the one next door were canceled yesterday during the day but the nighttime shows went on.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST

AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — Oh, how far Foster The People have come. They will headline South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, tonight at a free concert that could draw up to 10,000 people. Singer Mark Foster says when they played South By Southwest in 2010, they played at 9 in the morning, and bassist Cubbie Fink says it was for three people. Foster says the shows were on the outskirts of the city at “a weird garage, like a graveyard for mechanical errors.” Foster The People will release their second album, “Supermodel,” next week.

”AMERICAN IDOL” ELIMINATES BEN BRILEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was the cruelest week for Ben Briley to be cut from “American Idol,” because the top 10 go on tour and he was number 11. Briley was eliminated on last night’s show. Majesty Rose and Sam Woolf were also in the bottom three. Ryan Seacrest says 72 million votes were cast and .07 percent separated Briley from Rose, or about 50,000 votes.

TOOL’S MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN IS SELLING HOUSE

NEW YORK (AP) — Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan is getting rid of his Los Angeles hideaway. Rolling Stone reports Keenan is selling his four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom home under the Hollywood sign. He asked for $2,795,000 in January and has dropped the price to $2,495,000. It’s at the top of Beachwood Canyon next to Griffith Park and it has no adjoining neighbors. It includes a guest house, a pool and multiple waterfalls.

LIL BOOSIE SENTENCED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN POT CASE

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lil Boosie has been ordered to perform 100 hours of community service in New Orleans as part of his probation stemming from a 2009 guilty plea to a pot possession charge. News reports in New Orleans and Baton Rouge say the state district judge who sentenced Lil Boosie congratulated him for getting his obtaining his GED while in prison. He also took substance abuse, anger management, parenting and victim awareness programs.

HIP-HOP MUSEUM PROPOSED FOR THE BRONX

NEW YORK (AP) — The man considered the father of hip-hop is trying to create a museum to cement the legacy of the genre. Afrika Bambaataa says the Universal Hip Hop Museum will take visitors on a journey into the historical and cultural roots of rap and hip-hop — as well as the contributions made by break dancers and disc jockeys. Bambaataa would serve as the chairman of the museum, which organizers hope will be open by 2017. It would be located in the New York City borough of The Bronx — considered the place where rap was born.

BERKLEE WILL HONOR JIMMY PAGE, VALERIE SIMPSON

BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson will get honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music. They will be awarded honorary doctor of music degrees at the school’s commencement on May 10. Students traditionally play the music of the honorees the day before commencement.

YELLOWCARD HAS OPENING FOR A DRUMMER

NEW YORK (AP) — Drummer Longineu Parsons the Third has left Yellowcard. The band says Parsons left to pursue other musical interests and they wish him the best. They have not named a replacement.

ROBIN THICKE WILL APPEAR ON DAD ALAN’S REALITY SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Thicke will help out his dad on his latest TV endeavor. Alan Thicke of “Growing Pains” will do a reality show for TVGN called “Unusually Thicke.” Robin will appear on the show, as will David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Bill Maher, Tom Green and Magic Johnson. “Unusually Thicke” premieres April 16.

VYBZ KARTEL CONVICTED IN JAMAICAN MURDER CASE

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican reggae star Vybz Kartel has been convicted of murder. He and three co-defendants were found guilty of a 2011 killing of Clive Williams, who prosecutors say was beaten to death. The body was never recovered and prosecutors claim police got a message from Kartel’s phone saying the victim’s remains were chopped up so fine, they’d never be found. The trial had high-profile status in Jamaica — and was held under heavy security. In an odd twist, a male juror was arrested last night on charges of trying to bribe the jury foreman in an effort to get Kartel free. A lawyer for the singer says he plans to appeal the conviction.

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