Music News: Jessica Lea Mayfield cancels tour dates to recover from car crash


Jessica Lea Mayfield
Jessica Lea Mayfield performs at The Current in 2015. (Nate Ryan/MPR)

Jessica Lea Mayfield has canceled a string of October tour dates to recuperate from injuries sustained in a car accident. Mayfield was rear-ended, she says, by someone who fell asleep at the wheel. The Ohio-born singer-songwriter expects to recover in time to resume her tour next month — and a show scheduled for Nov. 11 at the 7th St Entry is still on. (Stereogum)

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Shania Twain has her third consecutive number one album — and it also happens to be her first in 15 years. The Canadian country-pop star's Now easily sails to the top of the Billboard 200 in its debut week, with Tom Petty’s Greatest Hits reaching number two in the wake of his death. (New York Times)

Richie Sambora would "of course" reunite with Bon Jovi for Rock Hall

Now that this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced, it's time to start speculating about potential reunions. Billboard has already asked Richie Sambora, who left Bon Jovi four years ago, whether he'd return to play with his longtime bandmates for a potential Rock Hall induction.

"Sure," says the guitarist. "Of course, why not? There's not a lot of malice there, you know. I mean, there's just — it was just time for me to leave at that point. So yeah, of course."

Beck surprises London fans

On Sunday, Beck surprised London fans with a short-notice show where he played songs from his forthcoming album Colors, including the live debut of "Up All Night." He also covered the Clash’s "London Calling," and spoke about feeling "a bit sentimental" in the wake of Tom Petty’s death. (Billboard)

TL;DR: I rarely want to gush on here but this surreal day needs to be logged! What a day to remember! I found out about a last-minute secret, intimate Beck show at @omearalondon right around 2 hours before doors open. 1) When I got there I was informed that tickets have all been allocated and people have stayed in line since it was announced 6 hours prior. 2) Walking away with my headphones on, I felt someone following me around the corner - turns out to be a guy with Omeara who has been trying to get my attention - he says there's one ticket left after all! 3) With the last ticket at the door, I got to be a part of an amazing night to remember: Setlist was on point; no filler songs and the band knocked it out of the park - apparently some members only landed a few hours ago with no jet lag. (That will be me tomorrow morning, I fly in 5 hours...) What a difference it makes when the band is truly having a good time as well. You can tell with a gig like this that everyone present were huge fans and the show was insane as a result. Not too shabby for a Sunday night huh!!

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Garth preps box

Garth Brooks is taking a page from David Bowie’s book: he's releasing a series of box sets taking deep dives into his career over its various stages. First up will be the aptly named Part 1: The First Five Years, a 52-song set spanning the years 1989 to 1993. 19 of the tracks are previously unreleased, and the set will also include books written by Brooks and over ten hours of documentary footage. Fans can mark their calendars for Nov. 14, the set's release date. (Rolling Stone)

Chance live-streams traffic stop

"You can't be too careful," said Chance the Rapper, live-streaming a traffic stop on Sunday night. "Just want y'all to be here in case it gets out of hand," said the independent hip-hop star. "Should be good though. Should be straight. I have great faith in humanity and the men and women that put on the badge — but, you know." The driver, Chance's companion Kristin Corley, was pulled over for a moving violation and was issued a warning, Chicago police confirmed. (Billboard)

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