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Music News Week In Review (Mar. 23 Edition)

Spring has sprung; sort of. This morning, lots of folks in the United States’ midsection are questioning that notion. If snow is keeping you indoors on a Saturday morning, you might as well get caught up on some music news headlines you might have missed—so grab a cuppa joe and have a seat.

Several of this week’s review headlines are follow-ups to last week, since there’s more to report. Here goes…



So, the ongoing saga with Morrissey’s health…after cancelling numerous tour dates due to a variety of issues (including a bleeding ulcer and double pneumonia), last week Morrissey called off the remainder of his tour. Now, it is quite possible he will retire from music completely, if he is to follow the advice of doctors, as Spin reports. As the former Smiths frontman rests near Mexico City, he reportedly told a local radio station, “I have been cautioned to [retire], but it’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained in me.” The combination of health issues all hitting him at once have apparently made him anemic from internal bleeding: “I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline.” He is continuing to receive treatment and remains “optimistic” about his future health. Whether or not he continues his music career, we wish Morrissey the best.



After a flurry of rumors unleashed last weekend about rapper Lil Wayne being at death’s doorstep, he was released this week from the LA hospital where he spent several days due to reported seizures, says his associate Mack Maine. Meanwhile another associate, Cash Money co-CEO Bryan Williams (aka “Birdman”) is apparently running damage control, reportedly telling Hot 97’s Angie Martinez that the seizures were caused by stress, not drugs. One positive offshoot of Lil Wayne’s recent health concerns: the death scare apparently caused him to spike to the Number 2 slot on Billboard’s Social 50 Chart. Best wishes to Lil Wayne for a complete recovery.



Emo fans have more to be, um, “emo” about today after Friday’s announcement by My Chemical Romance that after 12 years, they are calling it quits. A brief statement on the band’s website gives no reason for the breakup, but states: Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible…And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.” MCR released four albums during their run, two of which went Platinum.


Enjoy the “spring” weather, wherever you happen to be. Have a great weekend.


Photo credit: Charlie Llewellin/Wikimedia

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About the Author


David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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