SHARE OF BING CROSBY ESTATE SOLD FOR AN ESTIMATED $50 MILLION
NEW YORK (AP) – Bing Crosby’s family has sold an equal stake in his estate to Primary Wave Music in a deal estimated to be worth at least $50 million. Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel says the company wants to boost Crosby’s profile on Spotify and increase his digital footprint. Crosby’s family is interested in creating a documentary series about his life. Crosby’s son, Harry Crosby, says he realizes a lot of people think of his father in terms of the holidays when they hear “White Christmas” or his duet of “Little Drummer Boy” with David Bowie. Harry Crosby says his dad was a major hit artist and movie star, and that’s what he wants to bring back.
ALICE COOPER IS SITTING ON SOME JUICY STORIES
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Oh, the stories Alice Cooper can tell…once everyone is dead. Cooper says years ago, he was asked if he was going to write a book about his life. Cooper’s response is, “I’ve got to wait till about eight more people die before I write that book.” Cooper says he can’t tell those stories now because one of them might mail him a rattlesnake. However, Cooper tells SOME stories and performs acoustic versions of his songs in an Audible Original podcast called “Alice Cooper: Who I Really Am: The Diary of a Vampire.” It’s out now.
BLACK THOUGHT’S MUSICAL WILL DEBUT NEXT YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) – Black Thought of The Roots will finally see the debut of his musical. The New York Times reports “Black No More” will debut off-Broadway in January. Black Thought wrote the score and will star as a Howard University graduate in 1928 who promotes a mysterious machine that turns any person of color white. “Black No More” was supposed to premiere last October but was delayed because of the pandemic.
BLONDIE RELEASES HOLIDAY SONG THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR
NEW YORK (AP) – Blondie has released a long-lost holiday song that you may already know, but not because it’s a holiday standard. The song “Yuletide Throwdown” was given away on a flexi-disc as a British magazine promotion in 1981. The reason it’s familiar: Blondie later reworked the song as “Rapture.” Blondie rediscovered “Yuletide Throwdown” while they were putting together a boxed set that will come out next summer. “Yuletide Throwdown” features Debbie Harry and Fab Five Freddie trading vocals about Christmas. It’s part of an EP of the same name that has been released digitally. It will come out on vinyl on Nov. 5.
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS FINISHES MEMOIR
UNDATED (AP) – Jamie Lynn Spears says she has finally finished writing her life story. Spears will put out “Things I Should Have Said” in January. Spears writes on Instagram she has spent her whole life believing she had to pretend to be perfect, but she owes it to her daughters to show she should never have to edit herself. Spears says she hopes to help anyone who “forgot their worth, lost their voice, or is trying to break an unhealthy cycle in their life.”