GARY NUMAN “DEVASTATED” AFTER BUS HITS PEDESTRIAN
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gary Numan says he is “still devastated” after his tour bus struck and killed a 91-year-old man in a crosswalk in Cleveland on Monday afternoon. Authorities say the bus was making a right turn when it struck the victim. Numan canceled his show Monday night out of respect. He tweets it was “a very sad and somber team on the bus” yesterday morning as they traveled to Louisville.
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LIL YACHTY STARS IN “HOW HIGH 2”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lil Yachty will take over where Method Man and Redman left off for the sequel of the 2001 film “How High.” Filming began yesterday in Atlanta for “How High 2.” Lil Yachty stars as Roger, the young brother of one of the guys in the original film. According to the film’s description, Roger is one of two friends who goes on “a magical hash-fueled journey to fund their on-demand munchies delivery start-up.” ″How High 2″ will premiere on MTV next year.
RANDY HOUSER EXPLAINS ORIGINS OF “WHAT WHISKEY DOES”
NASHVILLE (AP) — It sounds so simple: Randy Houser was talking with songwriter Hillary Lindsey about what whiskey does, and that’s how the song “What Whiskey Does” came about. However, they had a bunch of musicians on the clock waiting for Houser to come up with something. Houser says he and Lindsey were “under the gun” because they had hired a band as a leap of faith. They got lucky. Houser says they wrote the song in the yard, they recorded it and it became Houser’s first single. The album, “Magnolia,” comes out Nov. 2.
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JEFF TWEEDY WILL PUBLISH MEMOIR
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Tweedy of Wilco has written his life story. It’s called “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.” He will discuss his childhood in Belleville, Illinois, his formative years in St. Louis and the Chicago music scene that brought it all together. The book comes out Nov. 13. Tweedy also will release a solo album called “Warm” on Nov. 30.
ERIC CLAPTON PREPARES CHRISTMAS ALBUM
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Clapton was noodling around on blues versions of Christmas carols and ended up with an album. It’s his first full-length studio holiday album and it’s called “Happy Xmas.” Among the classics he recorded are “Silent Night,” ″Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” ″Away In A Manger” and a version of “Jingle Bells” he dedicates to the memory of Avicii (ah-VEE’-chee). He also recorded an original song called “For Love on Christmas Day.” The doodle of Santa Claus that graces the cover was done by Clapton as well. “Happy Xmas” comes out Oct. 12.
CMT NAMES LORETTA LYNN “ARTIST OF A LIFETIME”
NASHVILLE (AP) — Loretta Lynn says she’s proud when she gets any award, but she’s “really happy” to be named the recipient of the CMT “Artist of a Lifetime” award at the all-female “CMT Artists of the Year” event. Sissy Spacek, who portrayed Lynn in the film “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” will present the award to Lynn on Oct. 17. The artists of the year being honored are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.
MARIAH CAREY, HALSEY, KHALID ADDED TO AMAS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More entertainment has been added to the American Music Awards. Mariah Carey will sing her new single, “With You.” Halsey and Khalid (kah-LEED’) will perform with record producer Benny Blanco. Previously announced performers are Carrie Underwood, Post Malone and Ty Dolla Sign. The AMAs are Oct. 9 in Los Angeles.
by Margie Szaroleta