ROCK HALL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
NEW YORK (AP) – Wayne Kramer of MC5 says he’s not surprised that his band is now a six-time nominee for the Rock Hall. Kramer tells Billboard that MC5 “never did go along with the program,” but he acknowledges he’d love to see it happen. Simon LeBon of Duran Duran says their nomination is due in a large part to their army of fans who have supported them for four decades. Lionel Richie says he’s “honored” to be nominated. The other nominees are Beck, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, Devo, Eminem, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, New York Dolls, Dolly Parton, Rage Against The Machine, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest and Dionne Warwick. The inductees will be announced in May. The induction ceremony will be in the fall.
LADY A SETTLES WITH LADY A
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The band Lady A and the Seattle singer Lady A have reached a settlement in their lawsuit over the name. However, Billboard reports the terms of the settlement are private, including who gets to use the name. Lady Antebellum announced it would call itself Lady A in June 2020 after nationwide protests against racism and police violence. Anita White had been using the name Lady A since the 1980s. The band sued White and she countersued. Neither side has returned requests for comment.
CROSBY AND STILLS JOIN NASH AND YOUNG IN SPOTIFY PROTEST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – David Crosby and Stephen Stills are joining Neil Young, Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell in pulling their music off Spotify. Crosby tweets he is not demanding anything of Spotify or Joe Rogan, just that he does not want his music where Rogan’s podcast is. Young pulled his music from Spotify to protest COVID-19 misinformation on Rogan’s podcast. Rogan has said he is not trying to promote misinformation and only wanted to have conversations with people with differing opinions.
MUSICIANS FEATURED IN FILM AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) – Kelly Clarkson will join Dolly Parton for a duet version of “9 to 5” that will be part of a documentary about the movie “9 to 5.” Parton will reunite with co-stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman for a documentary called “Still Working 9 to 5” that will premiere at the South By Southwest festival next month in Austin, Texas. Another film that will premiere at the festival is Suzanne Vega’s “Lover, Beloved,” her one-woman show based on the work of author Carson McCullers. A film about King Crimson started off as a documentary about the band but is described as evolving into “an exploration of time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives, but with jokes.” South By Southwest also will showcase films about Ronnie James Dio, Courtney Barnett, Sheryl Crow and XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-TAH’-see-YOHN’), as well as Nick Cave, Mojo Nixon, Tanya Tucker, Chumbawamba and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
CNN BOSS, JEFF ZUCKER, OUT IN RELATIONSHIP SCANDAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Another personnel bombshell at CNN. The network’s president, Jeff Zucker is out. He resigns after acknowledging a consensual relationship with another network executive. Zucker leaves after nine years over a relationship that came to light during a probe into the acts of now-fired anchor Chris Cuomo. Zucker says he was asked about his ties to longtime aide Allison Gollust as part of that investigation. In a memo announcing his departure, Zucker says he was required to disclose the relationship when it began, but didn’t. For now, three senior executives at CNN will run the network on an interim basis.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG SERVES DAY ONE OF TWO-WEEK SUSPENSION
NEW YORK (AP) – With Whoopi Goldberg on corporate “time-out,” her co-hosts on “The View” had virtually nothing to say about her absence from the ABC show. Her spot on the desk was occupied by Tara Setmayer, a former GOP communications director. But no one spoke about Goldberg on the show. In the opening, co-host Joy Behar noted Goldberg’s absence, ending her comment with a head tilt and the word, “OK” before plowing into the show. Goldberg is out this week and next for saying the Holocaust wasn’t racist, but rather a case of “man’s inhumanity to other men.” Once schooled on the issue, she has apologized repeatedly, but that wasn’t enough to avoid being suspended by ABC.
FOUR ARRESTED IN MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS DRUG OVERDOSE CASE
NEW YORK (AP) – Four men have been charged in the drug-overdose death of Michael K. Williams. Federal authorities in New York say the man who sold the actor the drugs that killed him last year is charged with directly causing Williams’ death. Officials say the drug ring was under surveillance in Brooklyn even before Williams scored the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed him. An undercover officer bought drugs days before the actor did – and the actor’s drug buy was caught on security cams. The sting that led to the arrests was similar to the kind often shown on “The Wire,” the HBO show on which Williams played bandit Omar Little.
BRIAN FLORES WILL PRESS SUIT, EVEN IF HE GETS ANOTHER NFL JOB
UNDATED (AP) – Brian Flores says his discrimination lawsuit against the NFL will go on, whether he gets another coaching job or not. He tells CNN he will see the matter through because the league needs change. His suit clams the league is guilty of racist hiring practices, especially for coaches. Flores says what sealed his decision to sue was an exchange of texts before he interviewed for the New York Giants coaching vacancy. He says Patriots coach Bill Belichick texted to say he’d heard he had the gig. Turned out Belichick meant to congratulate Brian Daboll, a white man the Giants hired – indicating team owners had already made up their mind before Flores even met with them.
EX-NFL STAR JUNIOR SEAU’S BROTHER DIES IN CAR WRECK
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Ten years after former NFL Hall of Fame member Junior Seau (SAY’-ow) shot himself to death, his brother is dead. Authorities in California say Savaii Seau died in a collision with a dump truck near San Diego. The San Diego Union-Tribune says Seau’s car drifted into an oncoming lane and smashed into a truck. His wife was in the vehicle; she and the truck driver had only minor injuries. An investigation is under way. His brother, Junior Seau, played 21 years as a linebacker with the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots. Testing after his suicide found he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a disease that often affects those who, like football players, take repeated blows to the head.