Thursday Morning Rock Music Headlines

ANDY WILLIAMS REMEMBERED

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Donny Osmond calls Andy Williams "an inspiring man in both his music and his life." Osmond says he will always treasure Williams giving him voice lessons when he was just 7 years old. Williams introduced The Osmond Brothers on his show in the 1960s. Ray Stevens also got his start on "The Andy Williams Show." Stevens calls Williams "one classy guy" and says Williams changed his life. Tony Orlando says Williams brought "a style of grace, dignity and class with everything he did." Smokey Robinson calls Williams "one of the great voices and great people of our time." Williams died yesterday at his home in Branson, Missouri, after battling bladder cancer. He was 84.

ANDY WILLIAMS' SIGNATURE SONGS NEVER MADE BILLBOARD HOT 100

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two of the songs most associated with Williams never charted. "Moon River" and "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" were never released as singles. Williams hit number one in 1957 with "Butterfly" and in 1963 with "White Christmas." "Can't Get Used To Losing You" peaked at number two in 1963. Williams also had hits with the theme from "Love Story," "Music To Watch Girls By" and "Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season." Williams died yesterday after battling bladder cancer. He was 84.

PAPA ROACH SINGER JACOBY SHADDIX WAS SUICIDAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix knew he was partying too much, but what shocked him into getting clean was his younger brother saying he no longer admired him. Shaddix says that was a bitter pill to swallow, but he quit cold turkey the next day. While he was struggling with that, his marriage turned rocky. Shaddix admits he was suicidal. What saved him was Papa Roach. Shaddix says he channeled his frustrations into the music, and the result is the new album, "The Connection." Shaddix calls it "the snapshot of me just losing my head." He's sober now and he just celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary. "The Connection" is out Tuesday.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE SUES FBI

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Insane Clown Posse have made good on their word to sue the FBI for labeling their fans gang members. The band has filed a lawsuit in Flint, Michigan, seeking documents to explain why the FBI would include Juggalos in a national report on gangs last year. The report said many Juggalos exhibit "gang-like behavior" and commit crimes. Insane Clown Posse say their fans are a "family," not a gang. An FBI spokesman declined comment on the lawsuit.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE HELPS RELAUNCH MYSPACE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Justin Timberlake is leading the revamp of MySpace. He was part of a group of investors who bought MySpace last summer for $35 million. Now MySpace has launched a promotional video featuring Timberlake that tells visitors they may request invitations to join the new site. The video shows a cleaner look and promises MySpace will start "totally from scratch." MySpace has billed itself as a place to discover music. Timberlake has not commented on the MySpace relaunch.

GENE SIMMONS' DAUGHTER TRIES OUT FOR "THE X FACTOR"

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gene Simmons' daughter passed the audition on "The X Factor." Sophie Tweed-Simmons says she didn't sing before because she didn't want her father's help. Demi Lovato recognized her as soon as she walked out, but referred to her as Nick's sister rather than Gene's daughter. One 16-year-old guy was asked for autographs before he even auditioned because two girls thought he was cute. Lucky for him, he passed the audition. The judges also said yes to Arin Ray, who auditioned last year and was put in the group Intensity before being eliminated.

MUMFORD AND SONS TEAM UP WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS FOR "CMT CROSSROADS"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Mumford and Sons frontman Marcus Mumford says Emmylou Harris is pretty much the reason they make the kind of music they do. Mumford says the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack was influential to the group, and that's what inspired them to look into more kinds of Americana music. Mumford and Sons will perform with Harris tonight on "CMT Crossroads." Mumford says every song that Harris has sang on with another artist is his favorite song by that artist. Mumford and Sons' new album, "Babel," is out this week.

PINK HITS NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pink has earned her first number-one album. "The Truth About Love" sold 280,000 copies, according to her record label. That puts it on top of the Billboard album chart its first week out. It also checks in at number one in six other countries.

STEVIE NICKS DOCUMENTARY OUT NEXT MONTH

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stevie Nicks keeps a white stallion in her backyard and likes costume parties and tap dancing. These are some of the things we learn about her in a new documentary, "In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks." The film follows her as she wrote her "In Your Dreams" album in 2010. Nicks called that "the best year of my life." The film will premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival on October 7 and then tour other film festivals.

R. KELLY ADDED TO WHITNEY HOUSTON TRACK

NEW YORK (AP) -- Whitney Houston's song "I Look To You" has been remixed as a duet with R. Kelly. He recorded new vocals for the track, which is available now through www.WhitneyHouston.com and on iTunes. The song will be part of a greatest hits collection called "I Will Always Love You - The Best Of Whitney Houston," out November 13.

ELLE VARNER'S STAR RISING

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Elle Varner says she's glad her new album can appeal to both a 14-year-old girl -- and her mother. But it's not just any old teenager and her mom. The two fans she's speaking about are first lady Michelle Obama and her oldest daughter Malia (mah-LEE'-ah). Varner says it was the biggest honor to hear at the Democratic National Convention that her music is played at the White House -- with two generations of people liking it. She is also getting love from the Soul Train Music Awards. She's among those nominated for Best New Artist.

KATY PERRY NAMED BILLBOARD'S WOMAN OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Katy Perry has dominated the Billboard charts recently, so it makes sense that Billboard magazine would name her Woman of the Year. Perry had five number-one songs from one album, the only woman to do that. Her "Teenage Dream" album has spent more than 100 weeks on the Billboard 200. She will get her award during the Billboard Women in Music event November 30 in New York.

"THE VOICE" GETS TWO MORE CYCLES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Voice" will chug along at least through next year. Variety reports NBC has committed to a season for next spring and another for next fall. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green have already said they will take off next spring to work on their own projects. Usher and Shakira will fill in.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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