LIONEL RICHIE GETS WORN OUT BY LUKE BRYAN AND KATY PERRY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lionel Richie says his motto used to be that he was “addicted to exhaustion.” Then he met Luke Bryan and Katy Perry. He jokes that after dealing with them as the new “American Idol” judges, he “might want to take a vacation.” However, he says it’s so much fun working with Bryan and Perry, as well as the contestants. Richie says they try to give constructive criticism because they’ve been there themselves. Richie says they’re teaching the contestants at “the University of American Idol.” The new version of “Idol” premieres Sunday on ABC.
004-a-12-(Lionel Richie, musician, in AP interview)-“so much fun”-Musician Lionel Richie was asked how he likes working with singers Luke Bryan and Katy Perry on the new version of “American Idol.” (9 Mar 2018)
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005-a-14-(Lionel Richie, musician, in AP interview)-“gonna go through”-Musician Lionel Richie says none of the new “American Idol” judges have adopted the Simon Cowell attitude toward contestants. (9 Mar 2018)
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DAVID BYRNE HAD MISTAKENLY BEEN VOTING IN U.S. ELECTIONS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It might be a surprise to you to learn that David Byrne was not born in America. It might be even more of a surprise to learn that he became a U.S. citizen so he could vote — legally. Byrne was born in Scotland, moved to the U.S. as a child and had a green card for most of his life. He became a citizen in 2012 because he found out he was not supposed to be voting. He says he was under the mistaken impression that green card holders could vote for local candidates, but not for president. Byrne says he went to his local elementary school to vote and it was the first time he was stopped. He says it “felt good” to gain his citizenship. Byrne’s new album, “American Utopia,” is out today.
DIERKS BENTLEY NEEDS PHOTOS OF WOMEN FOR ACM PERFORMANCE
ENCINO, Calif. (AP) — Dierks (DURKS) Bentley would like a photo of that special woman in your life. Bentley is asking for fans to submit photos of their mothers, sisters, daughters, friends or other “everyday female heroes.” Bentley will use the photos in the background of his performance of “Woman, Amen” during the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 15. Photos should be taken on a solid, neutral-colored background and posted to Twitter or Instagram with #WomanAmenACM by April 4.
IMAGINE DRAGONS, MAROON 5 WILL PLAY MARCH MADNESS FESTIVAL
NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5 are jumping into March Madness. They are the first performers announced for the NCAA March Madness Festival, set for March 30 through April 1 in San Antonio. More acts will be announced later. The festival is free and will be livestreamed at www.NCAA.com. The men’s Final Four will be held March 31 in San Antonio, while the national championship is April 2.
SHANIA TWAIN, COURTNEY LOVE, HALSEY WILL APPEAR ON “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shania Twain, Courtney Love and Halsey will be guest judges on the next season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Other guest judges include Lena Dunham, Broadway star Audra McDonald, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani of “The Big Sick,” Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of “Broad City” and Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef.” Christina Aguilera will appear on the premiere episode, which runs March 22 on VH1.
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS KEYBOARDIST AND DRUMMER EXIT
UNDATED (AP) — The Naked and Famous are down two band members. Singer-guitarist Thom Powers writes on social media that keyboardist Aaron Short and drummer Jesse Wood have left the band to “pursue new life-paths.” Powers says they’re all still friends and they will miss Short and Wood dearly. Powers and singer-keyboardist Alisa Xayalith (ah-LEE’-sah ZAY’-lith) have released a version of their 2011 hit “Young Blood” to showcase the band’s new sound.
GARTH BROOKS AND TRISHA YEARWOOD WILL ANNOUNCE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
NASHVILLE (AP) — Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will reveal the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. They will make the announcement on March 27 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
by Margie Szaroleta