CHRISTINA AGUILERA RELEASES A SPANISH-LANGUAGE EP
NEW YORK (AP) – Twenty-two years after Christina Aguilera released her Spanish-language album “Mi Reflejo,” she’s putting out an EP called “La Fuerza.” Aguilera, who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household, says she wanted to share that heritage with her kids. She says because she does not have a Spanish-speaking partner, they don’t hear it at home the way she did. She says it means so much to her to be able to share this kind of music with her children. What if the album bombs? Aguilera doesn’t care. She calls it a labor of love and music she hopes will live on after she’s gone. “La Fuerza” is out today.
SISTER SLEDGE GETS “SLEDGENDARY”
PHOENIX (AP) – Sister Sledge now has guys in the group. Debbie Sledge has added her son David and her nephew Thaddeus, as well as her daughter Camille and family friend Tanya Ti-et (tee-AY’), for what they’re calling Sister Sledge featuring Sledgendary. Sledge says the group has always done “girl power” anthems, but it’s great to have two male voices in the group to reinforce that, and to honor men as well. The group has recorded a version of “We Are Family” that now includes the line, “I’ve got all my brothers and my sisters with me.” They’re also working on new music, with a single called “Free” set for release next month.
IT’S A GIRL FOR TAYLOR DYE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Taylor Dye of Maddie and Tae is a new mom, weeks before she expected to be. While Dye and her husband, Josh Kerr, had said they were expecting in the spring, their daughter was born on Monday. They’ve named her Leighton Grace Kerr. They write on social media their daughter is “beautiful, strong and everything we have ever dreamed,” and they can’t wait until they get to take her home. Dye’s doctors had kept her on bed rest since mid-December.
RANDY TRAVIS DOCUMENTARY WILL AIR ON CIRCLE NETWORK
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A documentary meant to mark a Randy Travis milestone has now become a celebration of his entire career. The film “More Life” was shot in 2011 as a concert special for the 25th anniversary of his “Storms of Life” album. As the film was being finished in 2013, Travis suffered a massive stroke that has made speech difficult for him and performing impossible. The Circle Network will premiere “More Life” on Feb. 10.
TINA TURNER BUYS SWISS ESTATE
GENEVA (AP) – Tina Turner and her husband, music executive Erwin Bach, are riding out the pandemic in a new $76 million estate in a village in Switzerland. Bach tells the Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung they bought the 260,000-square-foot property in September. It has 10 buildings, a pond, a stream, a swimming pool and boat dock on Lake Zurich. Their neighbors include tennis star Roger Federer. Turner has lived in Switzerland since 1994. Both Turner and Bach have Swiss citizenship.
TAYLOR SWIFT PROMOTES RECORD STORE DAY
UNDATED (AP) – Taylor Swift has been named global ambassador for Record Store Day, the day when musicians release special projects to independent music stores to get people to shop there. Swift says in a statement it’s more important than ever to help out smaller record stores so they can “stay alive, stay eccentric and stay individual.” This year’s Record Store Day is April 23. Titles that will be released that day will be announced in the coming weeks.
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST ANNOUNCES 2022 LINEUP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will return this spring after canceling in 2020 and ’21 because of the pandemic. The festival will feature The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Nelly and Willie Nelson. Others on the lineup are Jimmy Buffett, Luke Combs, The Black Crowes and Norah Jones. Jazz Fest will be held the weekends of April 29 and May 5.
SINGER, ACTOR MEATLOAF DEAD AT AGE 74
NEW YORK (AP) – Rocker superstar Meat Loaf was not only known for his mega-selling “Bat Out of Hell” album, but also for his role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Meatloaf died last night at age 74. By the mid-1970s, Meatloaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, was playing the lobotomized biker Eddie in the theater and film versions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and had served as an understudy for his friend John Belushi for the stage production of National Lampoon. Some of the songs on “Bat Out of Hell,” Meatloaf’s collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman, were initially written for a planned stage show based on the story of Peter Pan. But numerous record executives turned it down, including RCA’s Clive Davis, who wrote in his memoir: “The songs were coming over as very theatrical, and Meat Loaf, despite a powerful voice, just didn’t look like a star.” Davis acknowledged that he had misjudged the singer.
NETFLIX REPORTS SMALLER-THAN-EXPECTED GROWTH AMID INCREASING COMPETITION
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) – It’s a problem for Netflix to be sure – but a problem many other companies would love to have. The streaming service reports it added 8.3 million subscribers worldwide during the October-December period. But that is about 200,000 fewer than the site’s management had forecast. And a research company says Netflix projects it will add another 2.5 million subscribers the first three months of this year. But that’s expected to fall below the 4 million subscribers it predicted it would add.
DUTCH TALENT SHOW HIT WITH SCANDAL
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Imagine if a sex scandal erupted at a popular national talent show like “The Voice” or “American Idol.” That’s what people in The Netherlands are dealing with these days. The former producer of “The Voice of Holland” has apologized after allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct on the show began to surface. An online investigative show says it has gotten calls claiming misconduct – ranging from a rape allegation to sexually tinged messages being sent to contestants by two panelists, its pianist and band leader. Both police and prosecutors call the allegations “disturbing” and are urging victims to come forward with their stories. Meanwhile, its network has pulled the show off the air.
FOX SHUFFLES SATURDAY NIGHT NEWS LINEUP
NEW YORK (AP) – One of the hosts of “Fox & Friends” is getting his own show on weekends. Brian Kilmeade will headline a Saturday night hourlong program. It’s to air at 8 p.m. eastern time. That slot used to be held by Jesse Watters, who now has his own weekday evening show. Kilmeade will continue on Fox & Friends. Also joining Fox is newcomer Lawrence Jones. He gets a 10 p.m. Saturday show. He becomes the third Black person to host a show on Fox News, joining Harris Faulkner and Arthel Neville. Meanwhile Jeanine Pirro ends her weekend show to become a regular on “The Five,” which airs weekday afternoons. The changes go into effect Jan. 29.
POLITICAL REPORTER LEAVES WASHINGTON POST FOR CBS NEWS
NEW YORK (AP) – A change in scenery for political reporter Robert Costa. He is leaving The Washington Post to join CBS News, where he’s been named the network’s chief election and campaign correspondent. Costa teamed with Bob Woodward to co-author “Peril,” a book about the final days of the Trump administration. Costa says he’s concerned about the fragile state of American democracy – and feels the need to aggressively cover attempts to undermine it.