POLICE CONTINUE INVESTIGATION INTO ROLLING LOUD FESTIVAL
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Police in the Miami area are still trying to figure out whether three shootings over the weekend have any connection besides the Rolling Loud Festival. South Florida police agencies are comparing evidence to see if there’s a link. No arrests have been made. A bystander was killed during a shootout between members of NBA YoungBoy’s entourage and passengers in an SUV who police say opened fire on them Sunday. Chicago rapper AAB Hellabandz died early Saturday from a gunshot wound. On Friday, shots were fired at a performer’s party buses.
THE CRANBERRIES SAY DOLORES O’RIORDAN NEVER HAD A VOCAL COACH
NEW YORK (AP) _ Singer Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries had no use for vocal coaches. Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler says as a kid, a piano teacher tried to give her tips on her voice and told her what she could not do. He says O’Riordan’s response was, “Why? It’s my voice. I can do whatever I want.” Lawler says another reason O’Riordan did not want coaching is because that way she did not have to follow any rules. The band recently released their final studio album, called “In The End.”
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“GLORIA” IS A HIT AGAIN IN ST. LOUIS
UNDATED (AP) _ So what’s with the St. Louis Blues playing “Gloria” by Laura Branigan all the time now? Chalk that up to a bar in Philadelphia and players who will do anything for good luck. Five Blues players stopped into a private club called Jacks NYB in January to watch the Eagles-Bears playoff game. A club member kept yelling between breaks to the DJ, “Play ‘Gloria’!” Blues forward Robby Fabbri says the place went nuts, and the Blues happened to win the next day. Hockey players are superstitious, and Fabbri says the team made “Gloria” their “win song.” “Gloria” came out 37 years ago, yet it was No. 44 on iTunes last week. Kathy Golik, who runs Branigan’s social media accounts, says the beauty is that it was not a marketing campaign, but “a small snowball that’s rolled down a hill and all of a sudden it becomes this big, gigantic thing.” Branigan died in 2004.
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MADONNA REBUFFS CALLS TO BOYCOTT EUROVISION
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Madonna says she prays for peace in Israel, but she is rejecting calls to boycott the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. Madonna says in a statement she will “never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda.” The contest is huge in Europe, with countries submitting song entries and voting for their favorites. A Palestinian-led boycott movement accuses Madonna of “art-washing” and called for her to cancel. Madonna is to play at the finale on Saturday _ or is she? The contest’s executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said in a press conference yesterday he has yet to get a signed contract for Madonna, and while he’d love to have her on the show, she won’t perform without that contract.
TOP CATEGORY AT AMERICANA AWARDS IS ALL FEMALE NOMINEES
NASHVILLE (AP) _ The artist of the year nominees at the Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards are all women. Brandi Carlile, Mavis Staples, Kacey Musgraves and Rhiannon Giddens will face off for the honor. Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna leads the nominations with four. The awards will be given out Sept. 11 in Nashville.
MOUNTAIN’S CORKY LAING CREATES BOOK BASED ON HIS LETTERS
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mountain drummer Corky Laing has written a new book based on the letters he wrote his mother. “Letters to Sarah” includes several of the letters Laing wrote to his mother between 1963 and 1997. She saved all of them. She died in 1998. Kinky Friedman wrote the book’s foreword. “Letters to Sarah” is out now.
by Margie Szaroleta