Grapevine: Madonna doubles down on Michigan
More Madonna musings on Michigan
Far from softening her rhetoric about her home state, Madonna seems to be doubling down on it. In an Us Magazine interview structured as “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” the Saginaw-born, Rochester-raised star was asked: “Favorite part about growing up in Michigan”? “Oh — nothing,” she replied. On Tuesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Madonna, who dropped out of the University of Michigan, was presented with a maize and blue cape to wear as a disguise when she stays with daughter Lourdes, 18, in her UM dorm — Madge had complained that she has to hole up in the dorm with Lourdes, for fear of being recognized. How about some sweats from Sally’s Army and a skullcap? Honest, it’d work.
Speaking of Madonna, she was foiled in her wish to debut her latest recording, “Rebel Heart,” at No 1 on the Billboard 200 chart by the soundtrack from “Empire,” Fox’s dishy music biz soap, which took the top slot this week (Madonna debuted at No. 2). “Empire” airs Wednesdays (the season finale was last night). The last TV soundtrack to debut at No. 1 was “Glee” in 2010 — three different “Glee” albums debuted at No. 1 that year.
Stevie Wonder to induct Bill Withers into Rock Hall
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced presenters and performers for its 30th annual induction ceremony slated for April 18 in Cleveland. Stevie Wonder will induct Bill Withers; Paul McCartney will induct Ringo Starr (as a solo artist); Patti Smith will induct LouReed; Peter Wolf will induct the Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Steve Cropper will induct the “5” Royales; John Mayer will induct Stevie Ray Vaughan; and Fall Out Boy will induct Green Day.
Performing at the ceremony will be Beck, Dave Grohl,Joe Walsh,Tom Morello, John Legend and Jimmie Vaughan, among others to be announced. Tickets are sold out, but there are a limited number of VIP packages. To inquire about the packages, call (216) 515-1232 or email email@example.com. The induction ceremony will be televised on HBO on May 30.
Jenner transition causes stress
Quoting a source “close to the family,” People reports that the Jenner-Kardashian clan is divided over former Olympian Bruce Jenner’s decision to live as a woman. Reportedly Jenner, 65, and ex-wife Kris Jenner haven’t been speaking since his decision to go public soon with his transition. Us reports that their daughters, Kendall, 19, and Kylie, 17, are more accepting of their dad’s decision. “I will always love my dad, whether he’s a man or a woman,” Kendall told Us. And Jenner’s children from his earlier marriages — Cassandra, 34, Burt, 36, Brandon, 33, and Brody, 31, have been spending more time with their father, People reports.
Stephen Sondheim: Lady Gaga’s Oscar performance “ridiculous”
Lady Gaga wowed the Oscar audience when she sang a medley from “The Sound of Music,” but Broadway lyricist/composer Stephen Sondheim (“Sweeney Todd,” “A Little Night Music”) isn’t buying it. “On the Academy Awards she was a travesty,” Sondheim, 85, told The Times of London. “It was ridiculous, as it would be from any singer who treats that music in semi-operatic style. She had no relationship to what she was singing. What people liked was her versatility.” Sondheim’s words have some impact; he was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein, the composer of “The Sound of Music.” The Broadway veteran also trashed the 2013 NBC broadcast of “The Sound of Music” featuring Carrie Underwood and last year’s “Peter Pan” as “so embarrassingly bad you have to sit and make fun of them or you’re just wasting your time.” What does he like? “Honeymoon in Vegas,” a new Broadway musical starring Tony Danza, “the essence of the musical theatre I grew up on.”
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