Arch MUSIC NEWS for 10/25/12
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Duke University botanists have named 19 species of a new genus of fern after Lady Gaga, according to the New York Times. The fern has “somewhat fluid definitions of gender” and is found in Arizona, Texas and Mexico, as well as Central and South America. A grad student also found the sequence GAGA in the DNA base pairs of the fern.
3 Doors Down is releasing a best-of set, simply titled The Greatest Hits, on November 19. The collection features nine #1 hits that have been remixed and re-mastered, alongside three new songs. 3 Doors Down will hit the road co-headlining with Daughtry on a fall tour, starting November 18 in Springfield, MO.
Rod Stewart has recorded a Rock album for the first time since 2006′s Still The Same…Great Rock Classics of Our Time, and his first to feature original material since 2001′s Human. “It’s all done mate. I produced it myself. It’s all finished, mixed, everything…Just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album (with) a lot of mandolin and acoustic (guitar) and fiddles and good storytelling, I believe,” he told Billboard.com, adding that a spring 2013 release is planned. In the meantime, Stewart will offer a holiday album, Merry Christmas, Baby, on October 30.
Alicia Keys is buying a new home in Englewood, New Jersey. She’s buying Eddie Murphy’s place for up $12 million dollars.
Bob Seger says he’s rooting for the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. But he’s adamant that he won’t perform the national anthem before any of the games at Detroit’s Comerica Park. Seger sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before one of the 2006 World Series games and the Tigers lost, so he’s “taking one for the team” by refusing to contribute to this year’s event. But Bob says he plans to be on hand to cheer the Tigers on. He adds that he believes the Tigers have the talent to win, but admits that they’ll have to be “on their game” in order to get the better of the San Francisco Giants.
The King of Pop has been dethroned. Forbes.com’s latest list of the “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” has arrived, and Michael Jackson made $145 million dollars over the past 12 months, which is more than any living artist. But that figure is only good enough to put him at number two among the stars who have passed on. Elizabeth Taylor is the new list leader. The legendary actress, who died last year at the age of 79, leads the way with $210 million. However, “Forbes” points out that the majority of Taylor’s money came from a one-time windfall auction that raked in $184 million.
Forbes.com’s “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” List
1. Elizabeth Taylor, $210 million
2. Michael Jackson, $145 million
3. Elvis Presley, $55 million
4. Charles Schulz – $37 million
5. Bob Marley, $17 million
6. John Lennon, $12 million
7. Marilyn Monroe, $10 million
8. Albert Einstein, $10 million
8. “Dr. Seuss” Theodor Geisel, $9 million
10. Actor Steve McQueen, $8 million
10. Bettie Page, $8 million
12. Richard Rogers, $6 million
13. George Harrison, $5.5 million
Bobby Brown is facing DUI charges for a second time this year. Brown was pulled over Tuesday night in Los Angeles when police saw him driving erratically. Police allegedly smelled alcohol when they got to Brown’s vehicle and arrested him for suspected DUI following a field sobriety test. Brown was in an alcohol rehab program during the summer and had been arrested for DUI in March. He also has a DUI conviction from 1996.