Madonna kisses Drake, and other Coachella

2015 highlights

The first weekend of Coachella 2015, which continues this weekend, was packed full of memorable moments, Rolling Stone reports. First, Madonna popped on stage with Drake to sing a few of her songs, and she surprised him with a “long, passionate kiss.” (Speaking of Drake, he just announced a May 27 show at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Tickets, $39.50-$125, go on sale Saturday.) Actor and musician Jenny Lewis was joined on stage by the sisters of rock group Haim. Jack White had a nearly two-hour set during which he declared “music is sacred.” He was joined by former Detroiter Dean Fertita on keyboards, his band mate in Dead Weather. Rolling Stone also noted Brittany Howard of the band Alabama Shakes to have the best voice at the festival, and Mellow Mallow’s bacon s’mores to be the best dessert.

Musicians union introduces ‘Fair Play Fair Pay Act’

The “Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015” was announced by the musicFIRST Coalition at the Manhattan offices of SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents recording artists and singers. “This bill brings music licensing for sound recordings into the 21st century,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard in a statement. “AM/FM stations will finally pay royalties on the sound recordings they broadcast. Right now, performers receive nothing — no royalties at all — for use of their recordings on AM/FM radio. The bill also would close a loophole that allows satellite broadcasters to not pay for music recorded before 1972. Unlike their European counterparts, American radio broadcasters have never paid royalties to artists, dating back to the infant days of the medium. Songwriters and music publishers are paid for recordings played on U.S. radio. In an opinion piece published on the website, Motown singer Martha Reeves, whose hit big in the 1960s with “Dancing in the Street” and “Heatwave” with the Vandellas, wrote: “... It’s ironic that musicians themselves — including those that performed “Dancing in the Street” — have silently suffered a decades-long economic injustice: that terrestrial AM/FM radio stations don’t pay them a penny to use their music. It goes against the most basic principle of labor: a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.” ‘

NOLA music fest has Detroit connections

The Ponderosa Stomp, the “all killer, no filler” roots music festival, announced its slate of performers for this year’s 12th annual event taking place Oct. 2-3 at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl in Uptown New Orleans. Detroit’s own Mable John, who started her career at Motown but hit big with Stax Records in Memphis (with the song “Your Good Thing (Is About to Come to an End),” will perform as a “sister of soul” along with Motown West Coast diva Brenda Holloway (“Every Little Bit Hurts”), New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas and Barbara Lynn. Also performing: Roy Head (“Treat Her Right”), Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, known to a generation from his many appearances on “Where the Action Is,” as well as P.F. Sloan, composer of “Eve of Destruction.” For the complete roster of artists, go to

Compiled by Melody Baetens and Susan Whitall

Today’s Birthdays

Loretta Lynn, 83

Anthony Michael Hall, 47

Adrien Brody, 42

Sarah Michelle Gellar, 38

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