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Friday, October 31, 2014


The Kinks' Ray Davies says he's an unlikely pop star.  The rocker tells the UK's "Telegraph" he "shouldn't by any stretch of the imagination be the lead singer" of a band.  He explains that appearances matter in the music business, and he's "not as pretty" as he "should be" for the role.  Ray admits he actually "had a bit of a hang-up" because "everybody" wanted to change the way he looked.  He adds that if The Kinks were starting out today the band "wouldn't even get on TV."
And whether The Kinks will make a return is still up in the air.  Davies says the problem now isn't between him and his brother, Dave Davies, but between Dave and drummer Mick Avory.  While Ray and Dave's adversarial relationship has been well documented, Dave and Mick haven't exactly enjoyed a harmonious friendship over the decades.  But Ray says he has "no idea what's wrong with them."  He adds that the issues between them seem irresolvable -- or at least that's the case "this week."
The daughter of a Beatles super-fan in
England has been forced to cut her name down a bit on her very first debit card.  According to the "Daily Mirror," bank employees told Summer Strawberry Fields Forever Cole that her entire name wouldn't fit on the card.  So the 16-year-old shortened it to just Summer Cole this time, but she says she's proud of her name and has no plans to change it.  Even though the Beatles broke up almost 30 years before she was born, Summer says she's become a huge fan of their music.


The Eagles' ongoing trip down memory lane has them in contention for a Billboard Touring Award.  This year's finalists were announced on Thursday, and the group's "History of the Eagles" trek is up for the Top Tour honor.  Based on Boxscore gross, the category also includes Justin Timberlake and One Direction.  Meanwhile, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones are finalists in the Top Boxscore category, which recognizes the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.  Both are being honored for gigs at Japan's Tokyo Dome along with One Direction's stint in Dublin.  The winners will be announced November 20th at a ceremony in New York City, which closes out the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference. The Eagles kicked off their "History" tour in July 2013, and are currently scheduled to keep it going through March of next year.

Lawyers for the family of the woman who died on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider" are dropping the rock legend from their civil lawsuit.  Sarah Jones was killed back in February while shooting a scene for the film on train tracks in Georgia.  Her family sued a number of people involved in the project, but their attorney announced Thursday that extensive research has made it clear that Allman wasn't a part of any of the decisions that led to the 27-year-old camera assistant's death.  Executive producer Michael Lehman and distributor Open Road Films have also been dismissed as defendants.  But the suit remains active against more than half-a-dozen others, four of whom are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.

There's no end in sight just yet for the copyright lawsuit between the late Marvin Gaye's children and singer Robin Thicke over Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines."  "The Hollywood Reporter" says a California judge has made a new ruling that could potentially take the case all the way to trial.  The judge ruled in favor of Gaye's family, writing that they successfully made the argument proving that "elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up.'"  The latest update comes after months of back and forth between Gaye's children and Thicke, as well as his producer and collaborator Pharrell Williams.  A trial date is currently scheduled for February 10th, 2015 in Los Angeles.  It could turn "Blurred Lines" into one of the most high profile trials in the history of song theft cases. 

Prince is making his return to "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.  He's slated to be the musical guest for long running the sketch comedy show.  And the show is making a format adjustment for the reclusive rocker.  Instead of taking the stage twice  -- after the first half-hour and again towards the end of the show -- Prince is getting an eight-minute block in the middle of the show, during which he's expected to deliver an extended jam.  The music icon will appear with his new all-female band 3rdEyeGirl in support of his recently released albums "Art Official Age" and "Plectrumelectrum."  The appearance will mark Prince's third time on "SNL."  He also performed on the show in February 2006, and made his "SNL" debut in February 1981.  "SNL" alum Chris Rock is this week's host.

Carlos Santana is on board for this year's Latin Grammys.  The rock legend is on the performance lineup for the event, which is coming up next month. 
Latin Recording Academy reps say he'll be taking part in a special collaboration, and share the stage with rapper Pitbull.  Also performing together will be Latin Grammy nominee Pepe Aguilar and Miguel Bosé.  They will join previously announced performers such as Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Pablo Alboran and the band Camila.  The 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, and will air live on the Univision Network on November 20th.

Annie Lennox says she's "absolutely thrilled and delighted" with her latest accomplishment.  The singer's new CD, "Nostalgia," is debuting at number one on the Billboard Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts, marking the first time she's graced the top of those lists.  The disc rounds out the top ten on the all-genre Billboard 200, with 32-thousand in sales.  Annie tells "Billboard" she was "drawn towards exploring and recording in the classic jazz genre."  She adds that her album's success -- given that most of the songs are well over 50 years old -- "stands as testimony to the caliber of their legacy."  Lennox also gives credit to her team for all their contributions and support for the project.