DIANE WARREN WANTS THAT OSCAR
NASHVILLE (AP) — Songwriter Diane Warren isn’t mincing words: she wants to win an Oscar. Warren has lost eight times. Her ninth nomination is for “Stand Up For Something” from the film “Marshall,” her collaboration with Common. Warren says if she does win, she will probably faint. She had already started writing the song when she thought Common would be a good person to add a rap. They randomly met on an airplane and he said yes. The Oscars are March 4.
O.A.R. LOVES THE OLYMPICS ATTENTION
WASHINGTON (AP) — O.A.R. singer Marc Roberge says they are “pleasantly confused” about all the attention they’re getting because of the Olympics. It’s due to the fact that commentators are using the abbreviation O.A.R. to stand for Olympic Athletes from Russia. Spotify says O.A.R. the band has seen a 46-percent rise in streams since Feb. 9. Roberge tells The Washington Post, “When you get a boost like this, if you don’t enjoy it, if you’re too cool for school, you’re not doing it right.” He says they fell into a well-timed promotion, because the band just announced a new tour and released a single, “Just Like Paradise.”
THE THINGS THAT FANS GIVE WALK THE MOON
LONDON (AP) — Walk The Moon loves getting gifts from fans. They’re just not always sure what to do with them. Drummer Sean Waugaman says a fan gave them a giant painting, which was a trick to get home from a foreign country. Guitarist Eli Maiman says his favorite fan gift was a voodoo doll of himself. Bassist Kevin Ray says his voodoo doll sits on top of a speaker in his studio and stares at him. Singer Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE’-kah) says his dream is to have a mansion so big that he has a room dedicated to gifts that fans have given them.
013-a-17-(Sean Waugaman and Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE’-kah), musicians with Walk The Moon, in AP interview)-“with that exactly (laughs)”-Sean Waugaman and Nicholas Petricca of Walk The Moon say they tend to get huge gifts from fans. (22 Feb 2018)
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014-a-12-(Eli Maiman, guitarist with Walk The Moon, in AP interview)-“a little threatening”-Walk the Moon guitarist Eli Maiman says a fan once gave him an interesting gift. (22 Feb 2018)
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015-a-09-(Kevin Ray, bassist with Walk The Moon, in AP interview)-“shouldn’t say that”-Walk the Moon bassist Kevin Ray says among the most interesting gifts fans have given were voodoo dolls of the band members. (22 Feb 2018)
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016-a-12-(Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE’-kah), singer with Walk The Moon, in AP interview)-“little crazy actually”-Walk the Moon singer Nicholas Petricca says he has boxes of gifts that fans have given him. (22 Feb 2018)
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ANDREW W.K. GETS AWARD FROM SUICIDE PREVENTION GROUP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew W.K. says words cannot convey how astonished he is to be named Person of the Year by a suicide prevention group. The American Association of Suicidology will present Andrew W.K. with the award in Washington in April. The group chose him because of “his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who hear his music.” Andrew W.K. says he will accept the award for “every person who has struggled and overcome, and struggled and fallen,” because he has been both. He adds, “May the Party Gods grant us ever more strength, so we may all help make the world a partier place.”
CHRIS CORNELL’S WIFE JOINS ADDICTION NONPROFIT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Cornell’s widow will join the advisory board of the Addiction Policy Forum, a nonprofit group that works to improve policies related to substance abuse. Vicky Cornell says she can’t bring her husband back, but she can help other families struggling with addiction.
ARIANA GRANDE PULLS OUT OF SURPRISE BRIT AWARDS PERFORMANCE
LONDON (AP) — Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) was too sick to make a surprise appearance yesterday at the Brit Awards, Britain’s answer to the Grammys. Organizers say Grande was supposed to participate in a tribute to the victims of the bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, last May. She was under doctor’s orders not to travel. Liam Gallagher of Oasis replaced her, singing “Live Forever.” Brit Award winners include Dua Lipa, Lorde (LORD), Foo Fighters, Rag’n’Bone Man and Gorillaz.
by Margie Szaroleta