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HAROLD REID OF THE STATLER BROTHERS DIES
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) – Bass singer Harold Reid of The Statler Brothers said he never thought of the group as “lucky,” but “blessed.” Reid said in a 2008 Associated Press interview the group members believed it was “the hand of God” that guided their careers. Reid died Friday of kidney failure in his hometown of Staunton (STAN’-ton), Virginia. He was 80. The Statler Brothers were known for the country hits “Too Much On My Heart,” “Elizabeth,” “My Only Love” and “Flowers on the Wall,” which was a crossover pop hit. The group retired from touring in 2002. Reid said he loved retirement because it was nice not having a schedule.

 

ERIC CHURCH SAYS HE PROBABLY WON’T PLAY SHOWS FOR AT LEAST A YEAR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Eric Church will not play concerts again until he’s satisfied that people feel safe being there. He’s been there before. Church says the coronavirus pandemic reminds him a lot of the fear people had after the Route 91 Harvest festival shootings in Las Vegas in 2017. Church says he always had regarded Vegas as his “safe place,” and he never thought it would be dangerous. Church says he imagines he will not tour again until the summer or fall of 2021, when he hopes a vaccine or other advancement will be available. In the meantime, he’s released a song called “Behind My Ray Bans,” about the joy and camaraderie he felt with fans at concerts.

 

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER HOLDS SINGING CONTEST
NEW YORK (AP) – Andrew Lloyd Webber jokes he wanted to do something fun when theaters finally “reopen in 2047.” Lloyd Webber has invited singers to show off their vocal skills at the end of the song “Think of Me,” which he wrote for “The Phantom of the Opera.” His fellow judges are talk show host Graham Norton and singer Sierra Boggess (BOG’-es), who has played Christine in several productions of “Phantom.” The winner will be introduced by Lloyd Webber at a production of “Phantom” on Broadway or in London, whichever opens first.

 

DABABY’S “BLAME IT ON BABY” TAKES NUMBER ONE SPOT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – DaBaby knocks The Weeknd out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. DaBaby’s latest, “Blame It On Baby,” moved 124,000 units its first week of release. It pushes The Weeknd’s “After Hours” to second. “After Hours” had been number one for four weeks. “Eternal Atake” by Lil Uzi Vert is number three. Fiona Apple takes fourth place with “Fetch The Bolt Cutters.” Lil Baby’s “My Turn” is number five.

 

TYE TRIBBETT GIVES NEW SPIN TO KENDRICK LAMAR’S “ALRIGHT”
NEW YORK (AP) – Gospel singer Tye Tribbett has remade Kendrick Lamar’s song “Alright” as a message of support during the coronavirus pandemic. Tribbett released the song “We Gon’ Be Alright” on Friday. Tribbett says in a statement that every time he plays the song in his house, his family rushes over to dance and celebrate. He says he hopes the song does the same for others.

 

KIDS CHOICE AWARDS WILL BE HELD SATURDAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day), Camila Cabello (kah-MEE’-lah kah-BAY’-oh), Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X and BTS are among the acts who will appear from their homes in the virtual version of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Victoria Justice will host Saturday’s show, which gives out orange blimp statues in categories like music, TV, movies and sports. Organizers say the show “will reveal the winners through some of the most creative orange-blimp acceptances in KCA history.”

 

by Margie Szaroleta

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