If you’re like most people (not me, ‘cause I’m at work right now), you’re just now waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee and enjoying the beginning of a long holiday weekend. (Well, the coffee part—that is me. After all, I’m at work.) Anyhow, to help you wake up, here are a few music news headlines from the past week that you might have missed.
BLAKE SHELTON TO HOST BENEFIT SHOW FOR OKC TORNADO VICTIMS
Those who tuned in to The Voice on Monday evening saw a visibly distraught Blake Shelton, whose home state of Oklahoma had been ravaged earlier that day by a monster tornado that cut through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore (following an eerily similar path to the EF-5 tornado that hit the town in 1999). The storm killed 24 people (including 9 children), injured many others, and left thousands homeless. On May 29, Shelton will host a special benefit concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to raise funds for victims of the tragedy. Spouse Miranda Lambert, along with fellow Oklahoma natives Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, will also be performing. Billed as “Healing In the Heartland”, the concert will be broadcast live on NBC at 9:00 PM EDT. (As it turns out, that’s the only way left to see it; tickets reportedly went on sale this morning and sold out in 30 seconds.)
KANYE PROJECTS “NEW SLAVES” VIDEO ON CITY WALLS AROUND THE COUNTRY; HOUSTON POLICE SAY “NOT SO FAST”
Kanye West’s latest bout of self-promotion is to premiere his new video “New Slaves” big and large by projecting it against the walls of public buildings in cities across the world this weekend. However, the Houston Chronicle reports that as crowds gathered in downtown Houston to watch the video projected against the Rothko Chapel, police arrived to shut down the event, threatening the crowds with arrest for trespassing on private property. The crowd dispersed without incident. Apparently, additional Houston showings at the Central Library and the Bush Memorial were also no-gos.
This hasn’t squelched Yeezy’s plans to continue premiering the video; you can see a current live map of scheduled showings on his website.
JERMAINE JACKSUN PLANS AUSSIE REBOOT OF JACKSON 5—WAIT, WHAT?
Earlier this year, former Jackson 5 sibling Jermaine made headlines by changing his last name from “Jackson” to “Jacksun”, citing “purely artistic reasons.” Now, he’s in the news again with a remarkable proposition: NME reports he is scouring Australia for fresh young talent to create a modern-day Jackson 5. (Collective “HUH?” from the readers.) Jacksun plans to dub the new act “JJ5” and recruit the talent through use of the social media and a website, JJ5TV.com. This raises more questions than it answers: why a “new” J5? For that matter—why Australia? (No offense, Aussies…just wondering.) We’ll just have to see how this one pans out….
That’s it for this weekend’s Music News in Review. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!