MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH

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By Corey Sorenson

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ROLLING STONES OFFER SUPPORT TO MICK JAGGER

NEW YORK (AP) — They’ve been performing music for more than a half century. And now members of the Rolling Stones are in harmony in their support of Mick Jagger, after the suicide death of his girlfriend. Fashion designer L’Wren Scott died after hanging herself — and Jagger left off from touring with the group to return to New York. In a statement yesterday, Keith Richards says he loves Jagger and he has always been his “soul brother.” Speaking of the group, Richards said when it comes to Jagger, the Stones are “thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man.” Drummer Charlie Watts says while all the Stones are “completely shocked,” they are there to “support Mick at this awful time.” And Ronnie Wood says the most important thing is to support Jagger, then “be back on that stage as soon as we can.” The Stones canceled their tour of Australia and New Zealand after getting word of Scott’s death.

MICKEY GILLEY RETURNS TO TOURING

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five years ago, Mickey Gilley was paralyzed from the neck down. Now, he’s ready to perform again. Gilley will launch a tour tomorrow in Claremore, Oklahoma. In 2009, Gilley was helping a friend move and a sofa fell on him and crushed four vertebrae. Gilley underwent several years of physical therapy and is now able to walk and sing again. Gilley says the outpouring of love from fans and the music community has kept him fighting to walk back on that stage.

IGGY POP PUTS TOURING ON HOLD

NEW YORK (AP) — Iggy Pop says he doesn’t envision The Stooges playing again and he doesn’t see himself going out alone any time soon, after the death of Stooges drummer Scott Asheton. Pop tells Rolling Stone if something comes up, he’d be open to it, but he doesn’t see The Stooges playing in the near future. He says he “definitely has no plans to be a touring musician for the next couple of years.” He says he’ll probably tour solo again, but he doesn’t know when and he doesn’t know how. He says Asheton and his brother, guitarist Ron Asheton, were such a part of the band and they’re both gone now. Pop says there’s no reason now for him to go jumping on stage in tight Levi’s.

RIHANNA AND EMINEM WILL DO CONCERTS TOGETHER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna and Eminem will recreate their duets live this summer. They will join forces for a series of co-headlining shows at stadiums they have dubbed The Monster Tour. They have announced only three dates: August 7 in Los Angeles, August 16 in New York and August 22 in Detroit.

SKRILLEX COPYING KANYE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — He doesn’t plan to marry one of the Kardashians — but Skrillex says he is trying to follow Kanye West’s footsteps. The electronic DJ and producer says he and West were on a flight together a couple of years ago — and arranged to work together. Skrillex says he was fascinated that West surrounded himself with a group of creative people being involved with all parts of his music — and that urged him to keep doing the same. The result: a creative center in downtown Los Angeles called The Next. He says he wants to use the space as a hub for musicians, fashion designers and visual media to gather and share ideas. Skrillex’s first official album, “Recess” is now in stores.

RASCAL FLATTS RESTAURANTS HIT A SNAG

LONDON (AP) — Rascal Flatts won’t be opening a chain of restaurants after all, at least not yet. Bassist Jay DeMarcus says they had some troubles with their deal and they are in legal proceedings over it. Singer Gary LeVox  says the eight or nine restaurants they had planned have never seen the light of day. Rascal Flatts still want to make their dream a reality. DeMarcus says he’ll listen to anyone in the restaurant business who wants to use the name Rascal Flatts, and he promises, “We’re only going to take 80 percent.”

”AMERICAN IDOL” CONTESTANTS GET MIXED REACTIONS FROM JUDGES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, the judges on “American Idol” were debating about Jessica Meuse (MYOOS). Two weeks ago, the judges were arguing about Meuse’s performance even through the commercial break. Last night, they were arguing over her interpretation of the lyrics of “Pumped Up Kicks.” Harry Connick Junior thought she was one-dimensional, while Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban liked her rendition. The judges also disagreed over whether “Clarity” was complex enough for Jena (JEE’-nah) Irene’s voice, and they were split on Caleb Johnson’s interpretation of “The Edge of Glory.” They were also mixed on the performances by Majesty Rose and Sam Woolf. They agreed on a few things: they loved Alex Preston’s reworking of “The Story Of My Life” and hated CJ Harris’ take on “Invisible.”

CHRIS MARTIN JOINS “THE VOICE”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Martin of Coldplay is helping “The Voice” with a new format change. Martin will join the show as a key adviser for the artists on all four teams. A second set of battle rounds will begin on March 31, with the remaining artists on each team again going up against each other. Martin is mentoring the performers as they prepare for the next battle rounds.

SHERYL CROW’S “DINER” PLANS DEBUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheryl Crow’s musical version of the movie “Diner” will premiere in Arlington, Virginia, in December. The show was supposed to premiere in San Francisco in 2012 and hit Broadway last spring. It’s Crow’s first time writing for musical theater, with “Diner” creator Barry Levinson writing the book for the show.

SUZANNE VEGA WIDENS OUT ON NEW RELEASE

NEW YORK (AP) — Suzanne Vega has a lingering image of being a folk style songwriter. But on her latest album, she has a sample from 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop,” mentions rap star Macklemore — and features some hard rock tracks. So which is the real Vega? Both, really. Vega says she has always tried to spread her wings as an artist — and take on new adventures. She says she nailed the folk part of her music journey — and has since moved on to other styles. Some may feel such genre-hopping is a bad idea but Vega insists she isn’t “experimenting for the sake of experimentation.” Her new album is: “Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles” — and is her first release in 7 years.

ERIC HUTCHINSON’S SONG USED FOR “GROWING UP FISHER”

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to hear the new Eric Hutchinson song, tune into the new NBC series “Growing Up Fisher.” ”Tell The World” is the show’s theme song. It will appear on Hutchinson’s album “Pure Fiction,” out next month. Show creator DJ Nash says he chose “Tell The World” for the theme because it’s the perfect song for the vibe of the show, and because he wants backstage passes whenever Hutchinson is in town.

JOHN RICH OFFERS LINE OF CLOTHES

NASHVILLE (AP) — John Rich has launched a new clothing line. He’s calling it Redneck Riviera. The first offerings are shirts, hats and gift items like decals, license plates and drink ware. “Redneck Riviera” is a reference to Florida’s Gulf Coast.

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CONCERT LINEUP

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes and Florida Georgia Line are among the performers who will play at the nightly concerts for the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Other performers include Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and Chris Young. The festival is the first weekend in June.

BILLY RAY CYRUS AND DIONNE WARWICK RECORD “HOPE IS JUST AHEAD”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a duet pairing you wouldn’t expect: Billy Ray Cyrus and Dionne Warwick. They have teamed up to sing “Hope Is Just Ahead,” a song Cyrus co-wrote the day after the Columbine shootings. Cyrus tells Ram Country on Yahoo Music they met because Cyrus plays music with Warwick’s son. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit Do The Write Thing – The National Campaign To Stop Violence.

EMMYLOU HARRIS WRITING A BOOK

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Emmylou Harris has won 13 Grammys — and now is looking to make her mark in the book world. She has signed on with Blue Rider Press — a division of Penguin books — to write her life story. It’s due out next fall — and will be her first book. Harris will also re-release her 1996 album “Wrecking Ball” next month. It will be part of a three-disc set with new material and a DVD.

JACKSON AND SINATRA SIGNATURES TO BE DISPLAYED AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES

WASHINGTON (AP) — With people sending so many texts and emails these days, when is the last time you saw a real signed document? There’s an exhibit opening tomorrow at the National Archives featuring signatures of singers Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra. But they aren’t even close to the most famous being shown off in the “Marking the Mark” exhibit. Among the 100 original signatures include those of George Washington, John Hancock and Adolf Hitler. In case you’re wondering Jackson’s signature is on a patent application for shoes he helped design to do his signature dance move in “Smooth Criminal.” And Sinatra’s is on a note he wrote to President George H.W. Bush in support of the president’s proposed constitutional amendment that would ban burning the American flag.

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