MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18

Posted 2 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Bubble Guppies

OZZY OSBOURNE PROVIDES FISH VOICE FOR “BUBBLE GUPPIES”

NEW YORK (AP) — Ozzy Osbourne is going to be a guest voice on the Nickelodeon show “Bubble Guppies.” Rolling Stone reports Osbourne will be the voice of Sid Fishy, a fish with a red mohawk and piercings who “loves being rotten.” Osbourne says he was drawn to the character because his two-year-old granddaughter, Pearl, loves Nick Junior, and because, in his words, “I’ve always smelled a bit fishy.”

KATY PERRY STARTING HER OWN LABEL

NEW YORK (AP) — Add Katy Perry to the list of recording artists who also have their own record label. She has launched Metamorphosis Music — as part of a venture with her current label, Capitol Records. Perry has already signed on an artist — a pop singer named Ferras. He released an EP yesterday featuring Perry as the executive producer. It also has a song on which Perry sings.

CASE AGAINST PAUL SIMON AND EDIE BRICKELL DROPPED

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — The fight at home between Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell is back to being a domestic issue. Prosecutors in Connecticut say they are dropping the case against the singers. The two had faced the prospect of disorderly conduct charges. But prosecutors say they will no longer pursue the case. That means the charges will be dropped and eventually erased after 13 months. The couple had a fight at their home in New Canaan back in April. Brickell told officers she confronted her husband after he did something to, as she put it, “break her heart” — but she provided no details. The singers were married in 1992 and have three children. 

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER CAUSE RUN ON UNDERWEAR?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — American Apparel’s underwear sales are up and the company can’t help but wonder if it’s because of 5 Seconds Of Summer. Their hit song “She Looks So Perfect” contains the line, “You look so perfect standing there/In my American Apparel underwear.” American Apparel spokeswoman Iris Alonzo says sales of their men’s underwear is up 10 percent outside the typical seasonal increase for spring.

AWOLNATION’S AARON BRUNO STAYS LOW-KEY

NEW YORK (AP) — If you don’t know what Aaron Bruno of Awolnation looks like, he’s fine with that. Bruno says he feels fortunate that he keeps a low profile. He’s not interested in walking red carpets or dating celebrities, or even being a celebrity. Bruno says he sometimes wonders when he’s on stage why everyone is looking at him, and he remembers he’s the one who created it all. He says he enjoys playing shows but sometimes all the attention is a little weird.

MICHAEL STIPE, SIA JOIN LOGO’S “TRAILBLAZERS”

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Stipe, Sia, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato and Pete Wentz will appear on the Logo network’s “Trailblazers” program next week. Stipe will honor Ugandan gay rights activist John Abdallah Wambere. The event will tape in New York on Monday and air next Thursday.

TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA SURPRISE MUSIC STUDENTS

NEW YORK (AP) — Students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York were rewarded for not blowing off the last day of classes. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga surprised them by showing up yesterday. Bennett and Lady Gaga held a master class and performed some standards. They also fielded questions from students.

GENESIS REUNITE FOR BBC DOCUMENTARY

LONDON (AP) — The five original members of Genesis are getting back together for a BBC documentary. Peter Gabriel’s Web site reports Gabriel, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett will reunite for the first time since 1975. The documentary will include archival material and rare performance footage. The broadcast date has not been announced, nor whether it will air in the U.S.

”WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC PROMOTES UPCOMING ALBUM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Weird Al” Yankovic will make a number of appearances leading up to the release of his new album, “Mandatory Fun.” He appears briefly on “Comedy Bang Bang” on IFC tomorrow. He will be one of the historical re-enactors on the season premiere of “Drunk History” on Comedy Central on July 1. He plays Sir Isaac Newton in the current “Rap Battles of History.” ”Mandatory Fun” comes out July 15.

PHILLIP PHILLIPS, THE MUPPETS WILL PERFORM ON “A CAPITOL FOURTH”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Phillip Phillips will sing a new song and The Muppets will sing an oldie at the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. Phillips will perform his current single, “Raging Fire.” Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will perform “Rainbow Connection.” Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and Sara Evans will also perform. The celebration will be broadcast live as “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS stations.

MADONNA ATTENDS PLAY INSPIRED BY TUPAC’S MUSIC

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna has attended a musical that was inspired by the music of one of her old friends, Tupac Shakur. The preview of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” was presented in New York — on what would have been the rapper’s 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age 25. The musical officially opens on Thursday. Also attending the performance was Shakur’s mother — who is also the show’s producer.