Music News: Richard Marx swings into action to restrain violent airline passenger


Richard Marx in October 2016
Richard Marx sings the National Anthem at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Richard Marx swung into action to help restrain a violent passenger on a Korean Air flight. Marx and his wife Daisy Fuentes (yes, the MTV VJ) posted several photos of Marx helping a flight crew (who Marx called "ill trained" for such a situation) battling the troubled passenger, who was arrested when the flight landed in Seoul. (Stereogum)

A legal setback for the Turtles

The Turtles have been dealt a major setback in a battle to force Sirius XM and similar digital services to pay copyright holders for use of recordings made before 1972 — the year when federal law began recognizing copyright in music recordings (in addition to musical compositions, which were already protected under copyright). The highest court in New York has ruled in favor of Sirius XM, agreeing that it doesn't have to seek permission or pay compensation for music recordings made before 1972. (Billboard)

Today's music-in-politics news

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli will not perform at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration as previously reported. Who made the call, though? The inauguration committee says that Bocelli offered to sing but was rejected by Trump; while other sources report that it was Bocelli who backed out, fearing a backlash. Either way, that leaves 16-year-old America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho as the highest-profile performer to confirm an inauguration booking. (New York Times)

Kendrick Lamar says he's appreciated having Barack Obama as U.S. President. "I think the world, not just hip-hop owes him," said Lamar about Obama, who invited multiple hip-hop artists to visit and perform at the White House. "This is something our grandparents always wanted to see, never thought in a million years." (XXL)

Ryan Adams goes straight to vinyl

Ryan Adams has recorded acoustic takes on some of his songs on a vintage Voice-O-Graph at Electric Lady Studios. It's a recording studio about the size of a phone booth, and it records tracks straight to vinyl. Adams may be distributing the unique singles by hiding them in "boxes" for lucky fans to find. Watch a clip of the recording at Rolling Stone.

Remembering Rachel Owen

Rachel Owen, the longtime partner of Thom Yorke, has died of cancer at age 48. Yorke and Owen, a scholar of Italian language, were together for 23 years and their 2015 breakup influenced Yorke's work on the new Radiohead album A Moon Shaped Pool. (Billboard)

St. Vincent promises wowza album in new year

St. Vincent says that an as-yet-untitled album she plans to release this spring represents "the deepest, boldest work" she's ever done. The news comes in an interview with Guitar World: a cover story that has St. Vincent posing in a joke bikini-print t-shirt as an "absurdist comment" on the magazine's past proclivity to feature scantily-clad models. (Pitchfork)

A bus-stop rave

Did you catch the malfunctioning illuminated advertisement on a Whittier bus shelter this weekend? Minneapolis resident Jordan Hedlund did, and turned the shelter into a DIY rave venue. (City Pages)

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