Beyonce's mom Tina Lawson has reminded people that her maiden name is actually Beyonce. During an interview with In My Head With Heather Thompson podcast, Lawson said, "A lot of people don't know that Beyoncé is my last name. It's my maiden name. My name was Celestine Beyoncé, which at that time was not a cool thing to have that weird name. I wanted my name to be Linda Smith because those were the cool names."
She also revealed that her and her six siblings use different spellings of the name. She said, "I think me and my brother Skip were the only two that had B-E-Y-O-N-C-E, and it's interesting and it shows you the times because we asked my mother when I was grown I was like why is my brother's name spelled B-E-Y-I-N-C-E? And you know it's all these different spellings. And my mom's reply to me was like, 'That's what they put on your birth certificate.' So I said, ‘Well, why didn't you argue and make them correct it?' I did one time. The first time, and I was told be happy that you're getting a birth certificate because, at one time, Black people didn't get birth certificates."
Tina also discussed her daughter's charity work that's often kept private from the public. She said, "I get upset when Beyoncé gets all this criticism, because she's not the person and Solange is not the person to go and brag about what they do. They just do it because it was instilled in them at nine and four to give back, to treat people with dignity, to appreciate and respect people that have less than you."
It was 52 years ago today (September 17th, 1968) that Diana Ross & the Supremes recorded their Number One hit, "Love Child." The song was the group's 11th chart topper, and a bit of a departure for the group, as it focused on a relationship resulting in an out-of-wedlock pregnancy and marked the first Supremes hit not written by longtime songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland. "Love Child" is also notable for being one of the first songs to only feature Ross on the recording, with fellow Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong replaced by background singers on the session.
All three ladies were present on September 29th, 1968, when the group performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show. However, instead of performing in the group's trademark glamorous make-up and gowns, they were seen performing in sweatshirts, cut-offs, and bare feet to drive home the inner-city nature of the song.
Mary Wilson told us that even during the group's heyday, Motown was one of the cleanest record labels in regard to drug use in the '60s: "We probably fared better than most people, most artists in that time frame. I mean, you would think that there would be more casualties, but there really weren't. I mean, as the time went by, late '60s, then, y'know, people did become more involved in that type of behavior, y'know -- myself included. But early on, we were really quite good."
"Love Child" hit Number One on November 30th, 1968 and held the top spot for two weeks before Motown labelmate Marvin Gaye knocked the song from Number One with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" -- which went on to top the charts for seven straight weeks.
Rumor has it that Cardi B filed for divorce from rapper Offset because the rapper was caught cheating once again, but a source close to the rapper said that rumors that he has a baby on the way with another woman is "super false."
A source told Page Six, "There is no other child. No baby is on the way. That rumor is super false. Cardi is thinking of her child and wants everything to be amicable. She's evolved over the years and continues to."
In other news, Offset took to Instagram for the first time since Cardi filed for divorce. Yesterday (September 16th), he posted of himself leaning against a cara, along with the caption, "Grind don't stop."
Cardi and Offset has been married for three years. They have a daughter named Kulture Kiari.
KANYE DEFENDS BILL COSBY, MICHAEL JACKSON AND R. KELLY
Kanye continued to stir controversy on Twitter on Wednesday (September 16) morning with a tweet defending Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, and R. Kelly. The tweet reads, "Michael Jackson Bill Cosby aaaand wait for it….R Kelly had documentaries made or were taken down by white media… there has never been a black media company that would take down a white celebrity."
Kanye then spoke specifically about Jackson, stating, "We used to diss Michael Jackson the media made us call him crazy ... then they killed him. The media tries to kill our heroes one at a time."
He also continued to share his thoughts on artists not owning their masters, and Kanye claims that Universal won't tell him how much his masters are worth because "they know I can afford to buy them." Kanye also told Sony, "You're NOT OFF THE HOOK EITHER ... ONE BATTLE AT A TIME." You can read some of his recent tweets above.
Coming on September 25th will be ZZ Top's double-vinyl reissue of 2010's Live In Texas collection. The album, which was taped in November 2007 in Grand Prairie, Texas, features 17 tracks, including "Sharp Dressed Man," "Gimme All Your Lovin,'" and "La Grange," among others.
Also on the set is ZZ Top's version of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." Additionally, "Heard It On The X" is included as a vinyl-exclusive track, an extra bonus to the original CD release.
When we last caught up with ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, we asked him if back in 1969, he or either of his bandmates -- Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard -- could ever have conceived that they'd still be recording and on the road all these years later: "I don't think anybody knew. We hoped to do some records and do some touring. We were asked one time, I think we were together 10 years or, something like that, y'know, how that felt. I remember thinking, 'Gee, has it been 10 years? That's a long time!'"
Back in 2004, Keith Richards did the honor of inducting ZZ Top into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- and couldn't help taking a poke at their one-of-a-kind appearance: "When I first saw 'em, I thought, 'I hope these guys are not on the run, because that disguise is not gonna work, man!' Y'know what I mean? (laughter) 'You're busted!'"
The 55th ACM Awards show wrapped up with a big surprise, announcing two Entertainers of The Year at last night's (Wednesday, Sept. 16th) show held in Nashville for the first time ever. Host Keith Urban seemed shocked when he opened the envelope to read that both Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett had tied for first place. This was the first time it has happened in ACM Awards history. When accepting, Carrie summed it up by saying, "2020 man!"
Due to the pandemic, artists appeared in front of empty seats from three venues around Music City -- Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Cafe. During a three hour period, the show flawlessly switched from one stage to the next.
Among the stand-out performances, the show opened with back-to-back songs from all Entertainer of The Year nominees.
Trisha Yearwood honored the legends of country music that died over the past year. She sang "I'll Carry You Home," a song from her, Every Girl album.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani performed "Happy Anywhere" in front of a green screen that virtually turned into the Bluebird Cafe at the snap of his fingers. Blake also won Single of the Year for "God's Country."
In another genre crossover event, Keith Urban and Pink did their song, "One Too Many" with a wall separating them for social distancing. It wasn't clear whether her part was pre-recorded or not.
In categories that are highly sought after, Luke Combs accepted awards for Album of The Year for What You See Is What You Get, as well as Male Artist of The Year. He also performed "Better Together."
It was a big night for 30-year-old Maren Morris, winning Female Artist of the Year for the first time. In the middle of what may be the most quoted speech of the evening, she blurted out, "Oh my God, I have to pee!" Earlier in the evening, she won for her collaboration with Miranda Lambert and others on "Fooled Around And Fell In Love."
Of their 5 nominations, Old Dominion took home two awards, for Group and Song of the Year. Their performance included a medley of their #1 hits.
And Taylor Swift came home to country music for the night and did an acoustic version of her song "Betty."
Here is the complete list of winners:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR (TIE)
Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
DUO OF THE YEAR
GROUP OF THE YEAR
NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"God's Country" Blake Shelton
SONG OF THE YEAR
"One Man Band" Old Dominion
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"Remember You Young" Thomas Rhett
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
"Fooled Around And Fell In Love" Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King
The new film, Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold - The Concert, will play for two nights only on October 21st and 25th at select cinemas, drive-ins and exhibition spaces, around the world, Nicks said in a statement announcing the event: "The 24 Karat Gold Tour was my all-time favorite tour. I not only got to sing my songs but I was able to tell their stories for the first time. I love having the opportunity to share this concert with my fans. From me to you -- 24 Karat Gold." For ticket info log on to: StevieNicksFilm.com.
A double-disc live soundtrack will be released on CD and digital/streaming services on October 30th. The set features 17 tracks including such classics as "Stand Back," "Gypsy," and "Edge of Seventeen," as well as the first ever live recording of the pre-Fleetwood Mac, 1973 Buckingham Nicks favorite "Crying In The Night," among other live rarities.
The double-CD will be available exclusively at Target on October 30th, and the digital release will be available everywhere on the same day. A limited-edition two-album 180-gram version will be available on "Crystal-Clear" vinyl exclusively at Barnes & Noble, while a 180-gram black vinyl version will be available everywhere.
Stevie Nicks believes the art of songwriting is an act of healing for both the creator and the listener: "To me, the music is writing songs and that is to be able to write something that maybe at a time in somebody else's life, they need a little help or a little inspiration, or something, that they would sit down and listen to something I wrote and it would just either make them feel a little better or they'd be able to go 'Somebody else's been there, too -- and that helps me.'"
Back in 1983, only two years into her solo career, Stevie Nicks explained that fronting and leading her own band was hardly a walk in the park compared to the cushy existence she and her bandmates enjoyed in Fleetwood Mac: "I don't feel like a princess anymore. I feel like a hard working princess, because I am called upon now to do a lot more that I never really thought I wanted to do. I never really wanted to be a solo artist. I never wanted to go up there and stand and sing 20 songs alone. I loved being in Fleetwood Mac, because it was a band."
It looks although fans have gotten a sneak peak of some of Peter Jackson's Get Back movie featuring outtakes from the Beatles' Let It Be film. In the new promotional video for the tie-in book of the film, there are a handful of movie clips frozen into the animated turning of the pages, which shows the remastered January 1969 footage in incredible, lifelike visuals.
The Let It Be project has long been renown for spotlighting the Beatles' split and the ultimate breakdown of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's partnership. In the early years of the band's split, John Lennon admittedly went over the line when bashing McCartney -- slamming him personally, along with his extended family, and the music he made in the years following the group's breakup. Paul McCartney admitted he took it all with a grain of salt: "It doesn't mean I didn't get hurt when he said hurtful things about me. But I knew from my relationship with him, that the kind of person John was, was that he was quite likely to say that about anyone -- but not necessarily likely to mean it. He often said things he didn't mean. And I know that when he died, that was one of the great things that Yoko did for me; was that she took me aside, kinda, and said, 'Y'know, he did love you.' She was gracious enough to do that for me, y'know?"
The Killers are set to perform at the Las Vegas Raiders' home opener next week. The band will perform at halftime during the Raider's Monday Night Football match against the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium on September 21st.
According to Billboard, Las Vegas Raiders president Marc Badain said in a statement, "We were lucky to get The Killers. We were honored they were willing to do it. We've been looking forward to this for a long time and obviously had to be very flexible with what's been going on the last six months. We didn't know what the game was going to look like. We didn't know what was going to be allowed or not allowed."
The game will air on ABC and ESPN.
Bon Jovi and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles have reunited for a duet version of "Do What You Can," which will be released on Friday, September 18th. Nettles and the band first joined forces back in 2006 for the Grammy Award-winning Country chart-topper, "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
Fast forward to 2020, when Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles took to social media to talk about the new collaboration, which drops on Friday: "(Jon Bon Jovi): I was thinking of you, because I was thinking of the days when we did 'You Can't Go Home'. . . (Jennifer Nettles): So much fun. (Bon Jovi): It was fun, and it was life-changing for us, and y'know, it was. . (Nettles): Me too. (Bon Jovi): . . . a Number One song, and you and I got a Grammy out of the deal and (laughs) -- that was the band's first Number One country single, which was a big deal. And I thought with this song -- what a way to broaden its appeal, would be to have you on it again and we. . . y'know, we were magic the first time."
Jennifer Nettles went on to explain that the new team up with Bon Jovi is another winning combination: "I think lightening can strike twice -- I think this is definitely a testimony to that. Y'know what I love, too, man, about your writing is so conversational -- which, P.S., is perfect for country, okay? (Jon Bon Jovi): (Laughs) (Nettles): Like, country music loves that."
Nikki Sixx says despite his strong political beliefs -- the life he led prior to getting clean would all but rule out ever holding public office. Sixx told Yahoo, "I would be too worried if my checkered past -- but then, look at our president (laughs). But seriously, I consider myself to be the worm on the hook for a lot of what we're doing right now. I don't think it's my job to be political about it, but I will definitely help push the wagon up the hill for as long as I've got it in me -- and that's forever. I care, and I want to make a difference because without my own recovery, without my own sobriety, I would be dead. And what a shame that would be that I never got help or I never had anybody around to support me and I missed all these beautiful opportunities -- those beautiful children that I've had, the music that I've gotten to written, the photography and painting and books."
For Sixx, who remains busy with both Motley Crue and his own side band SIXX:A.M., helping people get clean and manage their sobriety is his top priority: "I think that the most important thing for me is if there's anybody out there dealing with what I was dealing with, or some version of it, if we can help them see there's a door and give them a key, that's enough for me. I don't need to be paid for my services or patted on the back or given an award."
Sixx is able to view politics from both sides of the aisle all due to the need to help those trying to break free from the clutches of addiction: "Look, I'm not a politician. So, I found that being too critical towards any administration wasn't serving our goal. . . I don't care if you're red or blue -- just please help. That's my message: Please help. Yes, I lean liberal; I mean, I'm a musician and an artist. And I believe that whatever you affiliate yourself with, it doesn't matter. Not everybody thinks like that, but that doesn't mean we have to be enemies."
Sixx went on to say, "I don't agree with a lot of what's happening with this administration -- and I'm being kind when I say that. But how am I going to help people that do support this administration, and want to support us, by alienating them? That's a big frustration we have. This divisiveness that we're dealing with in our country right now is not going to help addicts at all."
Nikki Sixx admitted to us that he's astonished at his productivity since getting sober: "It's insane. It's insane. And y'know what? If you manage it well, you can achieve so much on the planet, more than what I used to be able to achieve, which was, 'Let me write ten songs, record an album and go on tour.' That's it. That's all I did. That's like, ridiculous. If all I had to do was make a Motley Crue album and tour, I'd feel like I was gonna slit my wrists, I'd be so bored now."
Lady A has been countersued by the other "Lady A," Seattle blues singer Anita White. Rolling Stone reports the suit was filed on Tuesday (Sept. 15th) night claiming trademark infringement and unfair competition. Lady A members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood sued White in July "to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years." In June, the group formerly known as Lady Antebellum legally changed their name to their long-standing nickname, Lady A, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In her suit, White claims that the group's use of Lady A infringes her trademark rights, and that since they started using the name, she has suffered "lost sales, diminished brand identity, and diminution in the value of and goodwill associated with the mark."
In addition, the suit says that "internet and social media searches for ‘Lady A,' which had readily returned results for her music, were now dominated by references to Lady Antebellum. Ms. White's LADY A brand had been usurped and set on the path to erasure."
Metallica, The White Stripes, Dave Matthews and Friends, James Brown and My Morning Jacket and more are among the 13 headline acts for Bonaroo's Virtual Roo-Ality event, which will stream on Bonnaroo's YouTube on September 24th-26th.
In addition, The Beastie Boys' final concert performance, which was held at Bonnaroo back in 2009, will stream during the event.
There will be more than 35 new performance and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations will be on offer from acts like Nathaniel Rateliff, Chromeo, Big Gigantic, Bruce Hornsby Feat. James Mercer, Rob Moose & Polo G, Old Crow Medicine Show's Bonnarootenanny, Denzel Curry, Lennon Stella, Billy Strings, Action Bronson and many more.
A complete schedule will be announced soon.