LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm acknowledges he jumped the gun when he said Peter Cetera would sing at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April. Lamm tells Billboard magazine he misinterpreted his email exchanges with Cetera and he spoke out of turn when he told Radio.com that Cetera would sing but not necessarily play bass at their induction. Lamm has apologized to Cetera and the music press. Cetera himself has not said whether he’ll even attend the induction, nor has drummer Danny Seraphine, who quit Chicago in 1994.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gladys Knight and her brother Bubba Knight are mourning the loss of one of the men who performed alongside the singer as one of the Pips. William Guest died last week of congestive heart failure. He was 74. Guest was a cousin of Gladys and Bubba Knight. But Bubba says Guest was “more like a big brother … than a distant cousin.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Guest was one of men who as The Pips, did the background vocals for Gladys Knight and the Pips. He performed through the lifespan of the group, which was together from 1953 through 1989. You can hear his work harmonizing behind Knight on songs like “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Apollo Hall of Fame in 2006. Another group member, Edward Patten — also a cousin of Gladys Knight — died in 2005.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You’d figure it would take an intergalactic star to bump off Adele. And that’s’ just what happened as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. Adele was among the celebrities in the running for the annual honor. The British-born singer has won the title before. Taylor Swift was also among those in the running for the 2015 title, along with people like Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson and Jon Stewart.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles can provide the soundtrack for your Christmas Eve — if you let them. Throughout the day, the music of the Fab Four will be available for streaming from a number of online outlets. You name the streaming service — and chances are they will be rolling Beatles music today. Among the ones involved in the mass streaming are Apple Music, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Amazon Prime Music, as well as Slacker Radio, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. There will be 17 Beatles albums in today’s stream, plus some of the group’s greatest hits collections.
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one battle for popularity that Adele didn’t win. After posting monster sales for her new album “25,” you might think there is nothing she can’t do. But her TV special came up short in a bid to be the top-rated show of the week. “Adele Live in New York” finished 11th in the Nielsen ratings for the week. Number one was the Republican debate held in Las Vegas last week. Number two was the Sunday night football game between Arizona and Philadelphia.
NEW YORK (AP) — It would be hard for any recording artist to drop an album the same day Adele dropped her highly anticipated album “25” — even harder for an artist who hadn’t dropped an album in seven years — or had a major hit since the 1980s. But that’s the hand that was dealt Enya. Her new project is called “Dark Sky Island” — and it’s an effort to recapture some of the chart success she has had in the past. She has sold 80 million albums worldwide in her three decades in the music industry. Enya says she believes “fame and success are two very different things.” And she says she’s fortunate she was able to make decisions that let her focus more on her art than focus on being famous.
NEW YORK (AP) — These days, Adele’s biggest competition when it comes to album sales — is herself. Her new release “25” continues at the top of the Billboard album charts. Rolling Stone magazine notes that none of the new releases last week could even dent the top-10 on the albums chart. It all adds up to “25” being the best-selling album in the U.S. since 2011. The album that topped the charts then: Adele’s own “21.”
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Pete Seeger’s 1942 letter to the California American Legion denouncing a proposal to deport all Japanese-Americans triggered an FBI investigation that lasted three decades. Nearly 1,700 pages from Seeger’s FBI file have been released by the National Archives under the Freedom of Information Act. Seeger had been drafted and the Army intercepted Seeger’s mail to his fiancee. Authorities also scoured his school records, talked to his father, interviewed an ex-landlord and questioned his pal Woody Guthrie. Investigators raised red flags over Seeger’s association with Lead Belly, who was labeled a “negro murderer.” More documents on Seeger are expected to be released later.
UNDATED (AP) — The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers — Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller — as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both Miller and Cheap Trick make it during their first year on the ballots. The induction ceremony for the Cleveland-based hall will be held April 8 in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. HBO will carry highlights later in the spring.