GLASS ANIMALS DETAIL THE ORIGINS OF “DREAMLAND”
NEW YORK (AP) – Glass Animals drummer Joe Seaward’s near-fatal accident in 2018 was a driving force in the band’s “Dreamland” album. Seaward was riding his bike in Dublin when a truck hit him. Singer Dave Bayley sat by Seaward’s hospital bed, finding comfort in writing down memories which eventually became the songs on “Dreamland.” Bayley says when the pandemic hit, many listeners were looking for their own comfort in memories. He believes that’s why “Dreamland” took off. Glass Animals is nominated for the best new artist Grammy, even though their debut album came out in 2014.
JAY WEAVER OF BIG DADDY WEAVE DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bassist Jay Weaver of the contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave has died. His brother and bandmate, singer Mike Weaver, says in an Instagram video Jay died Sunday of complications from COVID-19 and “on top of everything else that he had going on.” The band said in August he was dealing with dialysis complications. Big Daddy Weave had several number-one songs on the Billboard Christian singles chart, including” “Every Time I Breathe,” “Redeemed” and “Alive.”
IMAGINE DRAGONS’ CHILDREN ARE GETTING THE GRASP OF FAME
LONDON (AP) – The son of Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon is starting to realize his dad is a little different than other dads. Sermon says his son’s class chose the Imagine Dragons song “Believer” to sing during music time. His son said, “Oh yeah. My dad’s in that band.” The other kids were suddenly asking him a lot of questions, while Sermon’s son said, “Why? Is that BAD?” Sermon says his daughter is older and she’s starting to understand her dad’s job.
ADELE’S “30” NOTCHES SIXTH WEEK AT NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Adele’s “30” keeps its spot at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart for a sixth week. It moved 99,000 more units in the past week, putting it again at number one. “Christmas” by Michael Buble (boo-BLAY’) is second. “Red (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift maintains third place, followed by Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour.” “Dangerous: The Double Album” by Morgan Wallen is number five.
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE TRIBUTE CONCERT POSTPONED A YEAR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Justin Townes Earle tribute concert that was supposed to happen today, on what would have been Earle’s 40th birthday, will have to wait until his 41st birthday. Headliner Steve Earle says the concert is being pushed to Jan. 4, 2023, out of an abundance of caution because of rising cases of COVID-19. The concert was to also feature Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Social Distortion, Lucinda Williams and Old Crow Medicine Show.
“THIS IS US” RETURNS FOR 6TH AND FINAL SEASON
UNDATED (AP) – Get those tissues and hankies ready. “This Is Us” returns for its sixth and final season. The first show in the final set of episodes airs tonight on NBC. The popular and critically acclaimed drama seeks to wrap up some of the loose ends over the final 18 episodes. The Pearson family matriarch, played by Mandy Moore, is in the midst of a struggle with dementia. Kate and Toby’s marriage is on the verge of collapse – and Sterling K. Brown’s character Randall is in position to make his career dreams a reality. The series airs at 9 p.m. eastern.
PRINCE ANDREW’S REPS SAY DOCUMENT SHOULD CLEAR HIM FROM BEING SUED
NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers for Britain’s Prince Andrew say they have a document that shields their client from being sued by a woman who says Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her to Andrew for sex. The lawyers say Virginia Giuffre settled with Epstein in 2009 for $500,000. The docs include a clause that Giuffre was barred from suing anyone “who could have been included as a potential defendant.” Andrew’s legal team say that rules out their client as a lawsuit target. But lawyers for Giuffre say the clause doesn’t cover Andrew because it doesn’t mention him specifically – and he wasn’t aware of it
OKLAMOMA JUDGE SETS DATE FOR “TIGER KING” SENTENCING
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The man known as “Tiger King” is about to face another legal reckoning. A federal judge in Oklahoma has set Jan. 28 as the date for Joe Exotic to be resentenced for his conviction in a murder-for-hire plot. Last July, a federal appeals court ruled Exotic should get a shorter term. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver found the trial court wrongly treated his two convictions separately in calculating his prison term. His original sentence was 22 years in prison.
SNN DROPPED FROM U.S. TV
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – Bad news for fans of British and European soccer. A major outlet that carried news of the sport from across the pond is being dropped from U.S. television. With the demise of the NBC Sports Network, Sky Sports News is being dropped from cable and satellite carriers. NBCUniversal shut down the NBC Sports Network this past Saturday – and says SSN won’t be carried on NBC ‘s broadcast or streaming schedule.