MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Posted 4 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Sakura at Yasukuni Shrine by Yoshikazu TAKADA, on Flickr

JUSTIN BIEBER APOLOGIZES FOR PRAYING AT JAPANESE WAR SHRINE

TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber says he’s sorry for offending people by praying at a Japanese war shrine. The Yasukuni shrine honors Japan’s 2.5 million war dead — including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea see the Shinto shrine as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism — and consider visits to see it offensive. Two photos posted Tuesday on Instagram show Bieber praying outside the shrine, which upset China and people posting on social media. In a new Instagram post yesterday, Bieber says he saw the shrine and asked his driver to stop there. He says he thought the shrine was just a place to pray.

 

JUSTIN BIEBER’S TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL SUMMER

MIAMI (AP) — Police say he was drag racing — but Justin Bieber’s trial stemming from that incident is now on the slow track. A judge in Miami has delayed The Beeb’s trial until July. He wasn’t charged with the drag racing police say he was involved in with a friend and fellow singer — but Bieber faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license. Prosecutors agreed with a defense request for more time to examine the evidence — and consider whether to accept a possible plea deal.

CHRIS BROWN TRIAL ON HOLD FOR MONTHS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown likely won’t see the inside of a Washington D.C. courtroom for months. But it looks like he will continue to see the inside of his jail cell in Los Angeles. The assault case in the nation’s capital is on hold — for between 6 months and a year. That’s because prosecutors have refused to grant immunity to Brown’s bodyguard. Christopher Hollosy was convicted in the same incident this week — and he was supposed to testify at Brown’s trial. Prosecutors don’t believe his claim that he was the only person who struck the victim — and the bodyguard’s attorney doesn’t want his testimony to affect the appeals process. Meanwhile, Brown will be headed back to LA in the custody of federal marshals — who had transported him cross-country last month in anticipation of his D.C. trial. Brown was put in jail after being kicked out of rehab, part of his probation in his 2009 beating of Rihanna.

”AMERICAN IDOL” GOES COUNTRY AND ROCK

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keith Urban got his first boos as a judge on “American Idol” last night. He was booed for saying Alex Preston failed to dominate with his version of “Animal.” He got booed again for saying he hated the arrangement Jessica Meuse gave to “Jolene.” Jennifer Lopez got what she calls “goosies” twice last night: once for Sam Woolf on “It’s Time” and once for Jena Irene’s version of “So Small.” The judges had just lukewarm marks for CJ Harris. They were practically giving high-fives to Caleb Johnson for losing his microphone stand but still managing to stay on the beat on “Sting Me.”

PINK MAKES “BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE” LIST

NEW YORK (AP) — Pink must be looking pretty good these days. She’s made People magazine’s Most Beautiful People list. She’s the only musician to make the list, which also includes Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Amber Heard and Gabrielle Union.

ROCK HALL NAMES JIMI HENDRIX AT MONTEREY THE GREATEST FESTIVAL MOMENT

CLEVELAND (AP) — What’s the greatest performance at a music festival? According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, when he set his guitar on fire. The Rock Hall asked fans to vote on their favorite moments and that one topped the list. Big Brother and the Holding Company’s set at that same festival is number two. Queen’s set at Live Aid in 1985 comes in third. Santana at Woodstock is number four. The moment when Bob Dylan “went electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was number five. Otis Redding at Monterey was number six, Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock ’94 was seventh, and Sly and the Family Stone at the original Woodstock was number eight. U2 at Live Aid was number nine, and Muddy Waters at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival was tenth. The Rock Hall museum will open an exhibit on music festivals tomorrow.

MTV VMAs RETURN TO LOS ANGELES

UNDATED (AP) — The VMAs are headed back to California. The MTV signature awards show says the show will air live from the Forum, just outside Los Angeles. The show is set for August 24. The move’s considered a big deal for the Forum — the fabled venue near the LA airport — which recently got a $100 million facelift. It’s now the largest indoor entertainment venue in the country.

BRADBERY, EVANCHO SIGN ON FOR MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Danielle Bradbery from “The Voice” and Jackie Evancho will be part of the entertainment for the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington. They will be joined by Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty, tenor Anthony Kearns, TV bandleader Doc Severinsen and the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert will air live on PBS on May 25.

will.i.am: ADDING INGREDIENTS

LONDON (AP) — will.i.am says making great music is like rustling up a great meal — a mix of the right ingredients. He says his success as a producer is that he’s an expert at finding the right ingredients to put into music. He says he has a knack for finding talents in people that even they don’t think they have. He also credits his imagination for his ability to come up with untapped talent. He will be putting what he says are his unique set of skills to work in the U.K., where he will be a mentor for the U.K. version of “The Voice.”

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