MIKE HUCKABEE RESIGNS FROM CMA FOUNDATION BOARD
NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was elected to the board of the Country Music Association Foundation last week and resigned the next day because of a backlash in country music. Huckabee says in his resignation letter he stepped down to end “unnecessary distraction” to the foundation. He says he was bullied into resigning because of his faith and traditional political views. Jason Owen of Sandbox Management, which handles Little Big Town, Faith Hill and Kacey Musgraves, had said his clients would no longer support the foundation because of Huckabee’s political opinions and association with the National Rifle Association. Chely Wright says in an open Facebook letter to Huckabee that he was using students and country fans “as pawns to validate your bigotry toward LGBTQ people and our incredible straight allies.”
AJ McLEAN PURSUES COUNTRY CAREER
NASHVILLE (AP) — Now that the Backstreet Boys have tackled the country music charts with “God, Your Mama and Me” with Florida Georgia Line, A.J. McLean plans to keep going that route. He’s one of the newest members of the Country Music Association and he’s announced on Instagram he’s going to be “the first solo country artist to shake things up.” McLean says he’s a fan of all music and he’s sure that his loyal fans will support his vision.
VOGUES SINGER BILL BURKETTE DIES
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lead singer Bill Burkette of The Vogues has died. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Burkette died Thursday of lymphoma at the age of 75. The Vogues’ hits include “Five O’clock World,” ”Turn Around, Look At Me,” ”You’re The One” and “My Special Angel.” Burkette did not quit his job as a machine operator until The Vogues had their third hit, “Magic Town.” In the 1970s, Burkette worked as a sales manager for a home improvement company outside Pittsburgh. He went back to touring with The Vogues in 2008.
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LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS VICTIMS WILL GET CHARITY PAYMENTS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shootings in Las Vegas in October will pay $275,000 each to families of the 58 people killed. The Las Vegas Victims Fund says it will also pay that amount to 10 other people who were paralyzed or suffered permanent brain damage. It plans to make payments on a sliding scale to those who were injured. Meanwhile, a certified public accountant has been appointed to tally the assets of the shooter, Stephen Paddock, who killed himself after the attack. Paddock’s family has waived interest in his estate and has asked that his assets be distributed to victims. An accounting of Paddock’s estate is due May 31, with a public hearing set for June 28.
“REMEMBER ME,” ”THE SHAPE OF WATER” WIN MUSIC OSCARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Remember Me” from “Coco” won the best original song Oscar for composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. In their acceptance speech, Anderson-Lopez pointed out the category had a nearly 50-50 ratio for diversity in its nominees and every category should be that way. They had won the best original song Oscar in 2014 for “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” Alexandre Desplat won the best original score Oscar for “The Shape of Water.” He said his mother would be very happy because, like the Oscars, she was turning 90 too. Mary J. Blige lost the best supporting actress award to Allison Janney.
And Eddie Vedder got some time in the spotlight during the Oscars ceremony. He performed Tom Petty’s song “Room At the Top” during the annual “In Memoriam” portion of the broadcast. Petty was one of the artists who died last year.
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ELTON JOHN EXPLAINS WHY HE LEFT THE STAGE IN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John walked off stage Thursday in Las Vegas because he’d rather not have fans try to play the piano when he is. John says in a statement he brings fans on stage during “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting” and it’s usually “a lovely part of the show.” He says one fan kept putting his hands on the piano keys, even after John asked him to stop. John says the fan also tried to disrupt the performance by taking pictures. John says he let the fan know how he felt and then he left the stage until security removed the fan.
TAYLOR SWIFT ANNOUNCES OPENERS
UNDATED (AP) — Charli XCX and Camila Cabello will be the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s tour. Swift says on Instagram she’s really excited for the tour. It starts May 8 in Arizona.
BON JOVI’S “THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE” RETURNS TO TOP ALBUM SPOT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not For Sale” is the number-one album in the country for a second week, nearly a year and a half after its first week. “This House Is Not For Sale” moved 120,000 units in the past week, putting it on top of the Billboard 200 album chart. It was number one the week of Nov. 26, 2016. It sold a negligible number of copies last week. How can that be? It’s because the album was part of a bundle with tickets for Bon Jovi’s upcoming tour, which kicks off next week in Denver. Last week’s number one, the “Black Panther” soundtrack, drops to second.
WARPED TOUR ANNOUNCES FINAL LINEUPS
UNDATED (AP) — Sum 41, Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake and Simple Plan are among the acts who will play the last go-around of the Vans Warped Tour. Other acts include 3OH!3, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, The Used, Asking Alexandria, Frank Turner and Reel Big Fish. Warped founder Kevin Lyman says this year will be the last for the tour because of declining ticket sales and a shrinking pool of bands. The Warped Tour has been going on for 24 years and is the last of the major traveling festivals.
ANNIE LENNOX PROMISES SUPPORT OF OXFAM
LONDON (AP) — Annie Lennox says she will still be a global ambassador with the charity Oxfam, in spite of a recent sexual misconduct scandal. Lennox tells the Sunday Times it would be “an absolute tragedy for millions of people” if Oxfam could not function because its funding was cut. Several celebrities pulled their support of Oxfam after news reports that seven employees used prostitutes on the charity’s property while working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
BLAKE SHELTON GETS SICK
UNDATED (AP) — Blake Shelton will come back to suburban Shreveport, Louisiana, tomorrow to make up for the show he called off Saturday because of the flu. Shelton tweets he rarely postpones shows but the flu got the best of him. Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins, who are also on Shelton’s tour, have agreed to perform on Tuesday as well.
by Margie Szaroleta