LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Smith will return to drum duties for Journey’s upcoming tour with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. Smith played with Journey from 1978 to 1985, then off and on with the band until 1998. He was replaced by Deen Castronovo, who was fired earlier this year after entering a plea deal in a domestic violence case involving his former fiancee’. The tour begins May 12 in Irvine, California.
Archives for November 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The record held by ‘N Sync has just gone down. ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” album held the all-time record for most sales in a week with 2.416 million in March 2000. Adele’s “25” has sold 2.433 million in four days, according to Nielsen Music. Final sales numbers for the week will be revealed on Sunday. ‘N Sync singer JC Chasez tells Billboard magazine it was flattering to hold the record but the success of “25” ”proves that emotion and art are alive and well in music today.” Bandmate Joey Fatone says, “I even bought the damn album.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barbra Streisand and Gloria and Emilio Estefan are among those who have received the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans yesterday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. James Taylor was also in that group, as was filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Obama says they are “extraordinary people” who “contribute to America’s strength as a nation.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The original copies of The Beatles’ White Album have numbers on the covers indicating in what order in the printing process those copies were made. It’s commonly known that The Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but many people don’t know that Ringo Starr has copy number 1 — and now he’s selling it. Julien’s Auctions says Starr kept it in a London bank vault for 35 years. In spite of that, it’s not quite in mint condition because a corner has a slight fold. It’s expected to sell for between $40,000 and $60,000 by the time the auction ends December 3.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Jamie Foxx will perform on a new holiday special on Fox. They will do classic holiday songs on “Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays,” airing December 9. It will be hosted by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard from “Empire,” and the two hosts will do a duet. The show will also include some surprise guests.
NEW YORK (AP) — U2 will return to Paris to make up the shows canceled after the attacks there on November 13. U2 will perform December 6 and 7. Bono says for one night, “the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind – but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city.” He says U2 will put on their best for Paris. The original U2 show was supposed to be broadcast the same day on HBO, and the December 7 show will be shown on HBO as planned.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele’s “25” has just reached a major sales milestone and could shatter an all-time record. It’s sold 2.3 million copies in just three days, according to Nielsen Music. It’s only the second album to sell more than 2 million copies in a week. The other album is the record holder: ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached,” which sold 2.4 million in its debut week in March 2000. The final numbers will be reported on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For as hot as Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor got at the American Music Awards, it turns out it was just a stunt. Their representative confirms to Billboard magazine the two are not dating. Puth and Trainor ended their duet of the song “Marvin Gaye” with a makeout session. Puth says when he created the song, his intent was for people to make out to it. He says kissing Trainor is like kissing his best friend, but he acknowledges she’s a great kisser.
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Arlo Guthrie is back at the Old Trinity Church, and he probably won’t be taking out the garbage. Guthrie played at the former church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, last night and will play again tonight. Fifty years ago on Thanksgiving, Guthrie was visiting friends who lived there and took out the trash as a favor, but dumped it off a cliff. The ridiculous events that happened after that inspired Guthrie to write his song “Alice’s Restaurant.” The church now houses The Guthrie Center.
CHICAGO (AP) — Leon Bridges will be going to his first awards show with Sunday’s American Music Awards. He has no idea how to act. Bridges will perform a song with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but he’s nervous to be in a roomful of celebrities. Bridges says he’s a low-key guy and he’d rather be at a dirty bar with his friends. As for the awards themselves, Taylor Swift could become the most-awarded female artist in AMA history if she wins all six awards for which she’s nominated. She leads the nominations, while Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd have five each. The AMAs will be shown live on ABC.