It’s time for our weekly edition of Music News Week in Review, where we share those music-related headlines that might have been missed during the week, but are still worth mentioning. While lots of times we spotlight the humorous and/or ridiculous in this feature, some of this week’s entries (as you’ll see) are actually pretty significant. Here goes…
BOBBY WOMACK IS CANCER-FREE
After a slew of reports about cancer-related deaths among musicians lately, here’s a bit of good news: Bobby Womack does NOT have cancer. An announcement on the soul legend’s Facebook page yesterday said that doctors had suspected colon cancer, but upon removing a suspicious tumor discovered it to be benign. Womack is currently recovering from surgery. His new album The Bravest Man in the Universe is slated for release next month.
ELTON JOHN HOSPITALIZED AND RELEASED, CANCELS CONCERT DATES
Elton John was briefly hospitalized for a respiratory infection this week in a Los Angeles hospital. He has since been released and is recovering with antibiotic medication, but the illness prompted the cancellation of three scheduled performances of his running Las Vegas show “The Million Dollar Piano.” Refunds and exchanges are being offered to ticket holders, and Elton John has expressed regret to the fans.
PHILLIP PHILLIPS IS THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL, BUT RATINGS TANK
Okay, so it’s not all THAT serious this week. The good news for 21-year-old singer Phillip Phillips is that he’s the next American Idol. Also good news is that he made it to the top without ever going into the Bottom Three. The bad news is that most of America doesn’t seem to care. This year’s American Idol suffered from the lowest ratings the show has had in years, and the finale was watched by 32 million fewer people than last year. It’s not just a drop in ratings; Sunday Night Football (of all things) has actually toppled Idol from its long-held pedestal as the most watched show in prime time. Of course, every year for the past several, speculation has been raised as to how long Idol can continue to last. This news is sure to fan the flames of discussion…
That’s it for this edition. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!