BELLY, GRAHAM NASH, INDIA.ARIE PROTEST SPOTIFY
NEW YORK (AP) – The band Belly is pretty clear about how they feel about Spotify. On their Spotify page, it says, “Delete Spotify.” However, their songs can still be streamed there. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren have pulled their music from Spotify to protest misinformation on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. According to several reports, Graham Nash wants his solo music pulled from Spotify. India.arie writes on Instagram that Young “opened a door that I must walk through” and cited Rogan’s comments last week on race. Artists can threaten to pull their music from a streaming service, but often it’s the record companies that control that.
MICKEY GUYTON WILL SING SUPER BOWL ANTHEM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – To say Mickey Guyton is excited to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl is an understatement. She writes on Instagram, “I am shook, I am grateful, I am praise dancing.” Jhene Aiko (juh-NAY’ AY’-koh) will perform “America the Beautiful.” Mary Mary will team with the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles for a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Zedd will be the pregame DJ during player warmups. The halftime show will be Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. The Super Bowl is Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
LIFETIME TV SCORES A HIT WITH JANET JACKSON DOC
NEW YORK (AP) – Janet Jackson’s four-part documentary that aired last weekend is Lifetime’s most-watched non-fiction show since “Surviving R. Kelly” three years ago. The Nielsen company reports the first part of the series on Friday was seen by 2.8 million people on live TV, with another 1.2 million watching in the next few days either digitally or on demand. Four-point-three million watched part two, 3.7 million watched part three and 3.8 million saw the final installment.
RONNIE WOOD UNVEILS PAINTING OF ROLLING STONES IN LONDON
LONDON (AP) – Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood paints pictures of Mick Jagger in the nude – a lot. Wood says he’s got a whole series of paintings of the band based on Pablo Picasso’s “The Three Dancers.” He says painting Jagger nude is “a good form of expression.” Wood paints himself with two heads, because as he puts it, “I’m a Gemini and I’m a nice bunch of guys.” One of the paintings is the size of a billboard and was unveiled yesterday in London, on Wood Lane.
RONNIE WOOD: THE LEGACY OF CHARLIE WATTS
LONDON (AP) – Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood thinks late drummer Charlie Watts would be proud of how the band is continuing without him because Watts had a hand in it. Wood says Watts gave his blessing to new drummer Steve Jordan, who has “put a new boot behind the band.” Wood says Watts did not want to take any jobs away from anyone by not being able to perform. Watts sat out the Rolling Stones tour that began in August, and he died later that month. Wood says Jordan is “carrying on the Charlie legend wonderfully.”
CMT AWARDS SET FOR APRIL 11
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The CMT Awards will now be on April 11 in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards had to be rescheduled from their original date of April 3 when the Grammys moved to that date to avoid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles last month. This will be the first year the CMT Awards will be carried on CBS. Nominations and performers will be announced in the coming months.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG SUSPENDED FROM “THE VIEW” OVER HOLOCAUST COMMENTS
NEW YORK (AP) – For the next two weeks, Whoopi Goldberg’s look at “The View” will be the same as that of her audience: in front of a TV, and not in the studio. The co-host has been suspended by ABC News for two weeks for her comments about the Holocaust. On Monday’s show, Goldberg said race wasn’t a factor in the Holocaust, but rather “man’s inhumanity to man.” After being called out on the comments, Goldberg apologized repeatedly, including during yesterday’s program. ABC News chief Kim Godwin says by suspending Goldberg, it will give the host “take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments.”
MOSES J. MOSELEY DEAD AT AGE 31
ATLANTA (AP) – Moses J. Moseley is dead. The actor who appeared as a pet zombie on the TV series “The Walking Dead” was 31. Word of his death comes from the talent agency that represented him. It says Moseley died Jan. 23, but provided no details about where or how. Besides his work on the AMC series “The Walking Dead,” Moseley also got credits on the USA series “Queen of the South” and HBO’s “Watchmen.”
INDIA.ARIE HITS SPOTIFY ON JOE ROGAN – CITING RACIAL COMMENTS
NEW YORK (AP) – A four-time Grammy winner is the latest to call for her music to be pulled from Spotify. But India.arie says her calls for Spotify to wean itself from Joe Rogan’s podcasts go beyond the host’s COVID-19 misinformation. The singer says she is also irked by Rogan’s comments about race. Last week, Rogan railed against the use of the term “Black” as a race, saying only those who could rightfully be called Black are people from the deepest part of Africa who didn’t wear clothes and developed high levels of melanin. India.arie says the protest by Neil Young has opened a door that she now feels compelled to go through.
TV DOCUMENTARY ON JANET JACKSON DRAWS BIG RATINGS FOR LIFETIME
NEW YORK (AP) – The new documentary about Janet Jackson has proven to be a ratings winner for the network that aired it. The four-part series is Lifetime’s most-watched non-fiction show since “Surviving R. Kelly” three years ago. The Jackson docuseries made its debut last weekend – and was simulcast on A&E.
VANESSA BRYANT NAMED AMONG TOP WOMEN IN SPORTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kobe Bryant’s widow will be recognized as one of the top women in sports at an event next week that’s part of the run-up to the Super Bowl. Vanessa Bryant will be honored at the third annual Sports Power Brunch: Celebrating the Most Powerful Women in Sports event. It’s set for Feb. 8 in Beverly Hills, California. She will receive the “Be Your Own Champion Award” for her work with the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. The organization is named after the nicknames for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash along with seven others in early 2020.