PRINCE: Family loses bid to remove estate administrator
Three of Prince's half-siblings have lost their bid to remove the administrator of his estate.
Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson have been fighting since October to replace Comerica Bank. But Judge Kevin Eide has ruled that making the change is "not in the best interest in the estate," and would unnecessarily raise costs.
The Nelsons have been at odds with Comerica for what they claim was an unauthorized decision to remove Prince's unreleased recordings from Paisley Park -- to send them to a facility in Los Angeles. The judge adds there's no proof of damage or any lack of security since the archive was moved.
Prince's estate -- including his thousands of unreleased recordings -- is valued at between $100- and $300 million. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
THE MOODY BLUES: Denny Laine reacts to inclusion in Rock Hall
Denny Laine is "pleasantly surprised" that he'll be inducted with The Moody Blues into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He remarks:
"Pleasantly surprised, because I was told originally that I wasn't going to be on that. You know, which is acceptable to a certain degree, because they had another career since me. But now, I found out that I am, I'm pretty excited about it. I'm getting a lot of great reaction from friends and people in the business, too. I realize that this is a lot more important than I thought I thought it was."
The voice of the band's first American hit, "Go Now," was originally left off the lineup that will being honored in April. Laine, who left the band in 1966 -- and wasn't involved with such classic songs as "Nights in White Satin," "The Story in Your Eyes" and "Your Wildest Dreams" -- credits producer and onetime '60s star Peter Asher for going to bat for him.
Denny Laine credits Peter Asher for his support in being honored along with the other Moody Blues:
"Peter Asher, for example, told me that he wouldn't vote because I wasn't on it. So he would be one example that maybe that couldn't... 'cause he's on the board [of the Hall]. And whoever is on the board, I think there's other people that know me and stuck up for me, y'know."
Laine and Asher have been friends since the 1960s, when The Moody Blues and Peter and Gordon were co-stars on American tours.
BON JOVI: Sixth member will be inducted into Rock Hall
Like The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi have bumped the number of band members being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from five to six.
With The Moody Blues, the addition of singer-guitarist Denny Laine was a no-brainer. But Bon Jovi will bring along Hugh McDonald, who wasn't made an official member until last year, when they're inducted.
Last week's announcement included the original lineup of Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres and Alex John Such. McDonald became the fill-in bassist in November 1994 when John Such was shown the door, but didn't achieve full-time status until 2016.
MARIAH CAREY: "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is finally a Top 10 hit
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has finally become a Top 10 Billboard hit.
Despite being released in 1994, the Christmas classic never broke into the Top 10 -- Until now.
Last week, it peaked at #10 in large part because of streaming and radio airplay of Christmas tunes.
It’s been nearly a decade since Mariah had a Billboard Top 10 hit. In her storied career, she’s reached the charts 28 times and 18 of those songs peaked at #1. (Billboard)
MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES: December 20th
Tears for Fears have posted a video for “I Love You but I’m Lost.” The song, from their recent hits compilation Rule the World, is the band’s first new recording in 13 years. At the moment, you can only watch the clip at NME.com.
Sting will do two shows at the historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece on June 22nd and 23rd.
Pretty Woman: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, will have its premiere in Chicago in March. It will begin a Broadway run in New York City’s in July.
Two songs by The Sweet have recently been rediscovered by Hollywood. "Fox on the Run" is used in the third top-grossing movie of 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, while "Ballroom Blitz" was in the international trailer for 2016’s Suicide Squad. The band will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday night at the Whisky a Go-Go in L.A.
Count Lady Gaga among Lionel Richie's fans. She attended his show Friday night at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Jimmy Buffett’s New Year's Eve concert in Nashville will be shown via TV link to those celebrating at his Margaritaville Restaurant in L.A.'s Universal CityWalk.
Mariah Carey has postponed next year’s planned tour of Australia and South Asia from February to October.
America will perform May 26th at Louisville, Kentucky's annual Abbey Road on the River festival. The trio’s hits "Sister Golden Hair" and "Tin Man" were produced by George Martin, although not at Abbey Road.
Scott Powell, who spent more than a decade as a vocalist in Sha Na Na (including performing at Woodstock), has built a very different life after music. He quit the band in 1980 to become a doctor -- and is currently a surgeon and professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He's also a board member of the charity MusiCares.