PAUL McCARTNEY’S “EGYPT STATION” IS NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in 36 years, Paul McCartney has a number-one album. “Egypt Station” tops the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 153,000 units its first week. McCartney now holds the record for the longest gap between number-one albums by a living artist, at 36 years, 3 months and 10 days. The only act who has a bigger gap between number-ones is Johnny Cash. There were 36 years, 10 months and 9 days between “Johnny Cash at San Quentin” hitting the top spot and “American Five: A Hundred Highways” at number one.
BURT BACHARACH RELEASES SONG INSPIRED BY PARKLAND SHOOTINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — At the age of 90, most people are slowing down. Burt Bacharach is still churning out new music. He’s just released a song written with Cuba-American musician Rudy Perez called “Live To See Another Day,” a ballad inspired by the school shootings in Parkland, Florida. It features the Miami Symphony Orchestra and two Florida teens on vocals: Haven Star and Angie Green. Proceeds will be donated to the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, an anti-gun violence group based in Newtown, Connecticut. Bacharach says the best thing he can do as a songwriter is to move people. Bacharach says he’s not going to retire because “that is like dying.”
THE BAND PERRY REINVENTS ITSELF YET AGAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a big deal when The Band Perry decided to drop making country music in favor of pop. Now they’ve gone a step further: they’re into electronic dance music now. Variety reports The Band Perry will release a five-song EP called “Coordinates” on Friday. Variety describes it as “so unapologetically electronic it makes their previous couple of unabashedly pop singles sound like vintage Carter Family sides by comparison.” Singer Kimberly Perry says they were listening to a lot of German electronic music and created what she calls “minimal brutalism.”
LAS VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS REMEMBERED WITH ARTISTS’ PORTRAITS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Portraits of the 58 people killed in the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last October are now on display at a county building. Artist Ellen Abramo organized other artists to contribute to the project as a show of support to the families who lost loved ones during the country music festival. The portraits will be displayed until Oct. 19 at the Clark County Government Center, then given to the victims’ families.
BAD COMPANY SAVED JAMES ARTHUR
LONDON (AP) — James Arthur credits Bad Company for turning his life around. Arthur says he was a badly behaved kid who was always in trouble and always getting kicked out of school. One day, his father picked him up from school and was playing “Bad Company” by Bad Company in the car. Arthur says he remembers telling his dad, “I want to do this. This is for me.” Arthur says from that day, he knew he wanted to be a musician.
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JENNIFER NETTLES TAKES ACTING ROLE IN “HARRIET”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Nettles will have a role in the upcoming film about abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The Hollywood Reporter reports Cynthia Erivo will play the title role in “Harriet.” The report did not say what role Nettles will have. Filming begins next month in Virginia.
by Margie Szaroleta