Arch MUSIC NEWS for 1/3/13
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Lady Gaga has announced that she will be offering counseling on her Born This Way Ball tour. She’ll provide the support on what she’s calling the BornBrave bus, which will allow fans to discuss mental health problems with qualified professionals.
Jon Stewart is hosting the MusiCares salute to Bruce Springsteen. The Recording Academy also announced yesterday that Elton John, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Sting, Mavis Staples and Kenny Chesney will be among more than a dozen performers who will help pay tribute to Springsteen during the Feb. 8 benefit concert, held in Los Angeles two days before the Grammy Awards.
Ted Nugent is offering to help Vice President Joe Biden with his efforts to find ways to prevent more mass shootings. In an open letter to Biden published in “The Washington Times,” Nugent admits that while he disagrees with President Obama “on many issues” he supports the effort to “end these tragedies,” and is extending himself to Biden as a gun expert. He also outlines a few steps to take. Nugent suggests creating a series of public service announcements encouraging community building and providing information on what to “watch for in people who are unstable.” He calls for the elimination of all “gun-free zones,”and advises giving school officials training and access to weapons so they can protect the students.
Singer Patti Page has died. One of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music, “The New York Times” reports Page died on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, in Encinitas, California. She was 85. Born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, Oklahoma, Page signed with Mercury Records in 1947 and became their first successful female artist, blending country music styles into many of her pop hits. Her signature song, “Tennessee Waltz,” was recorded in 1950 and later became one of two official state songs for Tennessee. Between 1950 and 1953, Page also had number one hits with “All My Love (Bolero),” “I Went to Your Wedding,” and “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?”
The world may not be ready to say goodbye to “Gangnam Style” after all. Digital music service Spotify has revealed a list of the top 20 songs played on New Year’s Eve – and Psy‘s viral hit has topped them all. “Gangnam Style” was the most-played song on the streaming service as 2013 was ushered in.
For Katy Perry, winning an Academy Award was never in her ‘teenage dreams.’ The singer’s track “Wide Awake,” which was written for her concert movie “Part of Me 3D,” has been shortlisted for a possible nomination in the Best Original Song category for the 2013 Academy Awards. Those nominations will be announced in one week, on January 10th.