MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 23

Posted 2 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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RAPPER UNHURT IN SHOOTING AT RED ROCK AMPHITHEATER

DENVER (AP) — Authorities in Denver say a shooting involving a rapper after a concert at Red Rock amphitheater likely wasn’t a random act of violence. A spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says it appears the shooting was “more targeted than random.” Rapper Schoolboy Q wasn’t hurt in the Thursday night shooting. But three people in a vehicle with him were — suffering non-life threatening injuries. Authorities are trying to determine a motive — and find the culprit. ScHoolboy Q is from Los Angeles. His last album, “Oxymoron,” made its debut at number one earlier this year.

MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO CHARGES OF STALKING SELENA GOMEZ

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man has been ordered to undergo psychological treatment after pleading no contest to stalking Selena Gomez. Prosecutors in Los Angeles say Che Thomas Cruz will spend six months in a residential treatment facility, to be followed by a year of psychological treatment. He is also ordered to stay 200 yards from Gomez — and keep clear of her home for 10 years. Authorities say Cruz was jailed after his no contest plea to a misdemeanor trespassing charge in April. He spent two days behind bars — and hours after his release, he jumped a fence at Gomez’s home and was re-arrested.

MICHAEL JACKSON FANS TO MARK FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH THIS WEEK

UNDATED (AP) — Michael Jackson’s fans will be taking part in a series of tributes to mark the fifth anniversary of his death. In Washington D.C. fans are invited to dress up as Jackson for a celebration of his music and videos. That event is set for Wednesday — the anniversary date. A helicopter company in California is offering private tours over Neverland Ranch today and tomorrow — at $175 a pop. Fans will gather at the Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Wednesday night — to sing, light candles and display flags from around the world. And in the Netherlands, fans will gather on a beach and light lanterns in Jackson’s memory.

BILLY CORGAN IS WRITING AN EPIC

UNDATED (AP) — If Billy Corgan continues writing his autobiography at his current pace, he may be writing the next “War and Peace.” Corgan writes on his Web site he has written 200,000 words so far, but he’s completed only five of 12 intended sections. He says he will probably end up writing half a million words. By comparison, “War and Peace” is about 560,000 words, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is about 200,000 words.

ALICE COOPER COMIC BOOK OUT THIS FALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alice Cooper will be the subject of a comic book. The Hollywood Reporter reports “X-Files” writer Joe Harris will write a story about Cooper being “the guardian of humanity’s dreams.” Cooper says comics will be a different way to tell stories and he’ll do it with “the same theatrical, sinister sensibility that comes with the name ‘Alice Cooper.’” The comic comes out in September.

STING SAYS HE WON’T LEAVE WEALTH TO HIS KIDS

LONDON (AP) — Sting’s children will have to work for a living — and that’s according to Sting. He tells The Mail on Sunday his six children will not have trust funds because vast wealth will be albatrosses around their necks. He says, “There won’t be much money left because we are spending it!” He must be spending at a pretty good clip. The Sunday Times Rich List estimates Sting’s wealth at $306 million.

KOOL AND THE GANG, PITBULL, PHARRELL WILLIAMS WILL GET HOLLYWOOD STARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kool and the Gang, Pitbull and Pharrell Williams have stars in their futures. They have been selected to get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the coming year.

ED SHEERAN GETS DIRECTION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Sheeran says his latest album sounded more like a random collection of songs. But that was before Rick Rubin came aboard. Sheeran says Rubin helped make “X” “sound “like a record.” Sheeran had a number of producers work with him on the project — and he found that refusing. He says having different producers wasn’t all bad. He says having different people involved helps the album have “a more raw sound.”

NICK CAVE’S ROCK DOCUMENTARY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Cave says he wasn’t thrilled when he was asked to do a rock documentary on his life. He says he “couldn’t think of anything worse” because he’d been bored by other rock docs he’d seen. Cave was eventually talked into it. And now Cave is getting ready to take “20,000 Days on Earth” on the road. He says it’s different because it doesn’t try to make him out as “a normal person.” He says anyone who spends as much time in public as a rock star is hardly normal. The movie made its premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival — and won several awards. Now The film will be shown in cities where The Bad Seeds will tour, hitting the big screen days before the group rolls through for its shows.

CASEY KASEM MEMORIAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A memorial to Casey Kasem featured something that had become familiar to generations of radio listeners: his unmistakable voice. Those attending Saturday’s event in Los Angeles heard excerpts from Kasem’s “American Top 40″ — in which the host introduced music from acts as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and the Bee Gees. Kasem died earlier this month in Washington state. He was 82.

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