Music News: Original members of the Time to play Grammys


Prince: The Official Prince Tribute
Morris Day and the Time perform during the 'Official Prince Tribute - A Celebration of Life and Music,' concert at Xcel Energy Center on October 13, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

"You don't wanna miss this!!!" That's what Morris Day wrote on Twitter, announcing that the Original 7ven are playing the Grammys with Bruno Mars — whose hit "Uptown Funk" (with Mark Ronson), it was widely observed, borrowed the feel of the Time's '80s hits.

"The Original 7ven" are a group consisting of the original members of The Time, including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The group released an album, Condensate, in 2011, using the new name to avoid a dispute with Prince over the name "the Time." (Guitarist Jesse Johnson left the band the following year.)

Their appearance at the Grammys will likely be part of a planned Prince tribute, which is reported to be coinciding with the widespread release of Prince's music across major streaming services.

Musicians protest refugee ban

Musicians joined a chorus of international protest over the weekend as President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

"Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump," said John Legend, speaking at the Producers Guild of America Awards. "I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that."

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong wrote that "These reckless decisions on healthcare, Muslim-Americans, immigration, environmental protection, freedom of speech, freedom of press, women's right to choose what to do with their bodies, suggesting sending in the feds to Chicago...are signs of a man that is trying to redefine what it is that keeps our common union as Americans."

Other musicians speaking out in protest include Chuck D, Billy Bragg, Tegan and Sara, Best Coast, Q-Tip, Lorde, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Win Butler, and Questlove. Grimes and Sia announced that they would match donations to organizations fighting the ban.

Meanwhile, Carole King rerecorded her 1983 song "One Small Voice" as a tribute to the "strength and persistence" of those fighting the Trump Administration's policies.

As for the President, he took to Fox News to criticize Madonna for her remarks at the Women's March on Washington. "She's disgusting," said Trump. "I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole cause. I thought what she said was disgraceful to our country." As Rolling Stone points out, the Trump-Madonna beef isn't new: it goes all the way back to the '80s.

Remembering two music notables

Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls has died of lung cancer at age 68. Nicholls was a longtime member of Black Sabbath, performing with the band on and off from 1979 to 2004. (Rolling Stone)

Photographer Chuck Stewart has died at age 89. Stewart was well-known for his pictures of jazz greats, and his photographs appeared on the covers of over 2,000 albums. (New York Times)

Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam to Rock Hall

Neil Young will make the speech inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7. Young and the band are longtime mutual admirers; some band members backed Young on his 1995 album Mirror Ball. (Billboard)

Hamilton cast members to perform before Super Bowl

Three original Hamilton cast members — Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones — will sing "America the Beautiful" before the Super Bowl. Luke Bryan will sing the National Anthem, and Lady Gaga will provide halftime entertainment. (Billboard)

Tommy talks

Tommy Stinson is the subject of a long new profile in Rolling Stone. Writer Kory Grow describes hanging out with Stinson at his home in upstate New York, where Stinson is parenting his nine-year-old daughter Tallulah. At one point, Stinson uses the F word, and Tallulah jumps in. "Dad," she says, "watch the language!"

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