MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

Posted 4 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Josh Groban on Walmart Soundcheck by Lunchbox LP, on Flickr

JOSH GROBAN ON FAME AND SUCCESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Groban may sometimes act as though he get tired of listening to his own music on the radio — but he says it’s something that will never get old to him. In a recent interview, he joked that when he hears one of his songs, he makes up gangsta rap lyrics to the music. But on a serious note, he says even now it’s still “jarring” when he hears his voice. He doesn’t believe he will ever be jaded about the measure of fame he has. Especially since he remembers that when he first came on the scene, there were few people who believed in his music, other than his hard core fans.

ROCK HALL LAUNCHES CONTEMPORARY ARTIST EXHIBIT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has opened an exhibit celebrating some of the biggest artists of today. Among the items on display include the outfit Lady Gaga wore for the “Bad Romance” video, the outfit Rihanna wore in the “Rude Boy” video, the tuxedo Bruno Mars wore when he performed “Runaway Baby” at the 2012 Grammys, and the amplifier, hat and tip jar Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys used when he played on the street in Akron, Ohio, in the mid-1990s. Items from Grace Potter, Fall Out Boy and Katy Perry are also included.

3RD BASS RAPPER COPS PLEA IN TAX CASE

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — He performed as “Prime Minister Pete Nice” when he was a member of the rap group 3rd Bass. But now, Peter Nash is getting attention from the tax man — the kind people dread. He has pleaded guilty in Albany, New York for failing to pay state income taxes.

Authorities say Nash didn’t pay his taxes in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He owes $13,101 in back taxes, penalties and interest — and will be sentenced next month.

Nash performed on three albums with 3rd Bass between 1989 and 1991; two of those albums went gold. The single, “Pop Goes the Weasel!,” reached No. 1 on the rap chart.

JUSTIN BIEBER HANGS WITH CLEVELAND BROWNS QUARTERBACK

CLEVELAND (AP) — It wasn’t too long ago that hanging with Justin Bieber would have been a good thing. But not so much these days. When Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel posted pictures online of him hanging with The Beeb, it drew attention from pro football observers — who wonder if Manziel is spending too much time socializing and not enough time hitting the playbook.

Manziel has been getting advice from pro football Hall of Famers like Emmitt Smith and Joe Montana about toning down his weekend activities. But Manziel says he plans to party on.

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