Boy-band Goes Bankrupt

Lee Ryan has filed for bankruptcy, meaning that the entire pop boyband Blue have gone financially bust.

The singer was reportedly forced to declare bankruptcy by a debt collection company, and will now have all of his assets frozen. “Lee has tried to manage his financial commitments from over the years to the best of his abilities but ultimately concedes that bankruptcy is the best way forward in order for him to provide the best future for his children,” a representative for Ryan told the Guardian.

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Santa Barbara Symphony Plays Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Laquita Mitchell
Laquita Mitchell

Few works by American composers have enjoyed the life of George and Ira Gershwin’s symphony Porgy and Bess, according to the Santa Barbara Independent. 

Controversial from the moment it premiered in 1935, the symphony based on African-American themes and is set on Catfish Row, a poor district of Charleston, South Carolina.

The action swings back and forth across the water as the characters come and go from Catfish Row to Kittiwah, a fictional island off the coast of Charleston.

The Santa Barbara Symphony will play in the Granada Theatre Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, for its season finale.

The Santa Barbara Choral Society and vocal soloists Laquita Mitchell and Michael Sumuel will join them for the Gershwin symphony.

“Expect to hear the greatest of all seasonal theme songs, the magnificent ‘Summertime,’ rendered with the taste, beauty, and sheer sonic heft that a full orchestra with a chorus can provide,” writes the Santa Barbara Independent.

In addition to Gershwin, there will be two other pieces by American composers: Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” and a world premiere, Arioso for Strings, Oboe, and Percussion by Dan Redfield.

Redfield’s Arioso was composed in response to waiting to board a flight from New York to Los Angeles on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Redfield’s flight was cancelled and he made his way from the airport through a stricken and confused Manhattan in the back seat of a taxi.

The concerts are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Project In Southern U.S. Promotes ‘Music Triangle’

Blues. Jazz. Country music. Rock n’ roll. Gospel. Southern Gospel. Cajun-zydeco. Soul/ R&B. Bluegrass.

Nine of America’s most well-known music genres now have their own road map, states

The initiative was led by Nashville preservationist Aubrey Preston along with a group of historians and music lovers.  They have come up with the “Americana Music Triangle.”

Stretching from Nashville to Memphis to New Orleans, the triangle includes locations in the South that contributed to the birth of the musical genres, from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the home of blues masters Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the site of the famed music studio where Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and many others recorded songs.

Like other small towns in the triangle, Clarksdale, Mississippi – a city of about 17,200 about 1 ½ hours’ drive south of Memphis – has seen its share of population loss, poverty, troubled schools and blight.  They are now looking to earn more tourist dollars.

Destinations are connected by the so-called “Gold Record Road,” a 1,500-mile stretch of highway made up of Interstate 40 from Nashville to Memphis, Highway 61 —the “Blues Trail” — from Memphis to New Orleans, and the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi.

Travelers planning road trips can use a flashy website, or “web guide,” that gives destinations in the triangle and describes points of interest in more than 30 communities in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

The online driving trail map is at

Argentina Issues Warrant For Arrest Of Justin Bieber

Argentina thinks Justin Bieber should be in jail.

An Argentine judge ordered the arrest of pop star Justin Bieber if he sets foot in the country after the singer failed to face questions about an alleged assault at a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2013, a court secretary said on Friday.

Local photographer Diego Pesoa accused Bieber and one of his bodyguards of lashing out at him when he tried to take a picture of the star as he left the club in the capital’s trendy Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, states Reuters.

The Argentine judge issued a warrant calling for Bieber to immediately be placed in detention.

The 2013 incident happened near a Buenos Aires nightclub, where the local photographer says Bieber sent his bodyguards to assault him after he tried to take a picture.

Bieber has since refused to report for questioning on the allegations, states the website

According to Gawker: “Canadian by birth but a true cosmopolitan of misconduct, Bieber is accused of ordering his bodyguards to beat a photographer outside a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2013. Since then, Bieber has failed to return to the country for questioning, resulting in yesterday’s request for ‘immediate detention.'”

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Tejano Music Star To Tour As A Hologram

The sister of slain Tejano singer Selena has reassured fans they won’t be “freaked out” by a new project featuring the hologram of her late sibling because the technology is amazing, states

The project is being called “Selena the One,” states CNN.

Selena the One “will release new songs and videos, will collaborate with current hit artists, and aims to go on tour in 2018,” said a statement on Selena’s Facebook page.

The sister, Suzette Quintanilla, has given her blessing to plans for the live show that will feature the image of Selena, who was killed 20 years ago.

According to, Quintanilla is convinced fans will love the tasteful technology.

She tells, “By no means is this something that’s creepy or weird. A lot of the new fans that did not get to experience what Selena was about hopefully will be able to get a sense of her with this new technology that’s going to be coming out.”

Suzette reveals she and her family members were approached last year (2014) by bosses at Acrovirt, a company that specializes in a technology called Digitized Human Essence – hologram technology.

Selena’s sister adds, “It’s not about replacing Selena in any shape, way or form. It’s just something to help her legacy continue growing.”

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Band From Movie ‘Singles’ Is Getting An Official Release


Citizen Dick: Touch Me I’m Dick

Citizen Dick was the fictional grunge band featured in Cameron Crowe’s 1992 hit film Singles.

They are getting a 7-inch release for Record Store Day. The vinyl will feature “Touch Me I’m Dick” — the full version of which surfaced a few years ago — on the A-side and an etching of a quote from the film on the B-side.

The “real” Citizen Dick featured Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.

Sources state It will come out on 4/18 via Legacy Recordings with the rest of the Record Store Day releases.


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Cruz Claims His Music Tastes Changed On 9/11

On CBS on March 24th, Texas Senator Ted Cruz shared recently what genre of music gave him an “emotional reaction” after 9/11 and what TV show he has been keeping up with.

Cruz gets points for declaring early his intentions for running for president. However, his views may be hard to swallow for average people.

Continuing with the recent Ted Cruz “bash-fest,” OK, Fine is showing this video from Secular Talk.

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MSNBC Talks With Carole King


According to her website, Carole King wrote her first #1 hit at the age of 17, penning “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the Shirelles with then-husband Gerry Goffin.

In 1960, King made her solo record debut with a song called “Baby Sittin’,” and two years later, her demo of “It Might As Well Rain Until September” made the Top 25 in the U.S., climbing all the way to #3 on the British charts. Lennon & McCartney were well aware of her work; they were quoted as saying that all they “ever wanted to be was like Goffin and King.”

In the late ’60s, soon after Goffin and King’s “(You make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was immortalized by Aretha Franklin, Carole moved to Los Angeles with her daughters, Louise and Sherry, setting up house in Laurel Canyon and forming The City, who released one album, 1968’s Now That Everything’s Been Said. King released her first solo album, Writer, in 1970.

1971’s Tapestry took King to the pinnacle. It spoke personally to every one of her contemporaries and provided the spiritual musical backdrop to the decade. While King was in the studio recording Tapestry, Taylor recorded King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” taking the song all the way to #1.

In a first for a female writer/artist, Tapestry won all three of the key Grammy Awards—record, song and album of the year—as well as best female vocalist honors for King. With more than 25 million units sold, Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century, and King went on to amass three other platinum and seven gold albums.

In 1987, King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and, a year later, Goffin and King were awarded the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2002, King was honored with the prestigious Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Two years later, Goffin and King received the Trustee Award from the Recording Academy.

Carole King is the voice of a generation. Her life is even a Broadway hit, called Beautiful. Here, King tells Ronan Farrow about navigating obstacles from gender stereotypes to domestic abuse. She also discusses political relationships from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama.

Beyoncé Fan Michelle Williams Confronts Mike Huckabee On The View


Beyonce fan Michelle Williams defended Beyonce to Mike Huckabee on The View and Huckabee learned a valuable lesson about her fans.

Williams was also a songwriter for the group Destiny’s Child, which included Beyonce.