Music News: Bruce Springsteen to receive special Tony award

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The Walter Kerr Theatre hosting 'Springsteen on Broadway' in 2017.
The Walter Kerr Theatre hosting 'Springsteen on Broadway' in 2017. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2018 Tony nominations have been announced, and it's a big year for The Current's playlist.

For starters, Bruce Springsteen is set to receive a special award for Springsteen on Broadway, a musical memoir that he performs solo with an assist from his wife and bandmate Patti Scialfa. The show is "a once-in-a-lifetime theater going experience for the Broadway stage, allowing fans an intimate look at a music idol," said the Tonys in announcing the award. The noncompetitive special award is the Tonys' way to recognize Springsteen, who declined to submit his show for consideration for competitive awards.

Other Tony nominees include David Bowie, Steven Tyler, Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), the Flaming Lips, Panic! At the Disco, They Might Be Giants, and the rapper T.I. Wait, what? Yep, they're among the many stars who contributed songs to the collaborative SpongeBob SquarePants musical, which is up for Best Musical, tying the Mean Girls musical for most overall nominations with 12.

Sorry, Jimmy Buffett: the critically panned musical Escape to Margaritaville earned exactly zero nominations, in addition to being a box-office flop. This year's Tonys will be presented at Radio City Music Hall on June 10. (New York Times)

The Boss bests RSD sales

The tally is in, and the top-selling special release on this year's Record Store Day is Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits, pressed on red vinyl. Classic rockers dominated the day, with the next-bestselling discs being live albums from David Bowie and Neil Young. Overall, this year's Record Store Day provided evidence that the vinyl boom is continuing to...well, boom. The week of Record Store Day was the biggest vinyl week outside of a holiday season since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991 — and 25% of all albums sold that week went over the counter at independent record stores. (Billboard)

Gibson files for bankruptcy

One of the world's best-known guitar manufacturers, Gibson, has filed for bankruptcy. The filing shifts ownership of the company from its stockholders to the capital groups it owes money to. As Pitchfork notes, the 115-year-old company has been struggling financially for years, and a detour into consumer electronics didn't help. The new owners plan to liquidate the ancillary business arms, and focus on guitars — which, if all goes smoothly in the transition, will remain in full production. (Pitchfork)

Women becoming more common on festival stages — but men still predominate

Female performers are becoming gradually more common on major festival stages, a new Pitchfork analysis reveals — but seven out of ten acts on major festival stages are still all-male. This year, 19% of performers are female and 11% of performers are mixed-gender bands.

Pitchfork itself claims some bragging rights, relative though they might be: its own music festival is only one of three among the top 20 festivals with half of performers having at least a single female member. At the other end, the three most male-dominated major festivals are Bottlerock, Firefly, and Bunbury.

The analysis also broke the festivals down by uniqueness (most unique lineup: Pickathon; least: Governors Ball) and ranked performers by commonness. The busiest major festival attractions this year: Manchester Orchestra, Lany, and Tash Sultana.

It's gonna be May

On Monday, *NSYNC reunited to celebrate the unveiling of their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, marking the first time all five members appeared together since their brief Video Music Awards performance in 2013. A huge crowd turned out to see Ellen DeGeneres introduce the band, whose acceptance speeches including Justin Timberlake thanking all their moms and Lance Bass saying that the support of the band's fans helped him to come out as gay. Although the crowd sang "Tearin' Up My Heart," the band themselves didn't sing — unless you count JC Chasez reminding everyone what month was coming up. (BuzzFeed)

The band then made a surprise appearance on The Ellen Show, where they played Never Have I Ever...leading to Timberlake admitting that, along among the band's members, he has indeed hooked up with a Spice Girl. But which one? Don't worry, BuzzFeed is trying to figure it out.


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