• Huey Lewis revealed that he contemplated suicide after contracting Meniere's disease, which took away a substantial part of his hearing and essentially rendered all music noise to him. Lewis told Montana's Whitefish Review, "This (disease) has ruined everything. This has absolutely ruined everything. I try not to let it get me down. . . In the first two months of this, I was suicidal. I can honestly share that with you. I thought, s***, I'm just going to commit suicide. I actually contemplated my demise. Y'know, like pills. I figured pills were the easiest way to go. I mean, would I have? I don't know."
  • Lewis went on to say, "The music is cacophony for me and now my hearing fluctuates. I can actually get better sometimes where I think, ‘Oh, my gosh, I can almost sing.' And I have sung twice in the last two years when my hearing was better. And I sang one song acoustically. But I couldn't do it for a set." (People.com)
    • Huey Lewis & The News will release Weather -- its 10th studio set -- on Valentine's Day, February 14th.
  • Blondie's Debbie Harry revealed a rather odd new hobby she's picked up. Harry, who recently published her memoir Face It, revealed, " I don't collect things, but I started to save Tramp Art. It's these little carved boxes that hobos would make for the women for them to be able to get a bowl of soup or a sandwich. These were jobless people in the 1920's during the Great Depression, so they called it Tramp Art. I started saving that for a while. But really, I'm, trying to get rid of things."
  • When pressed about a possible Blondie biopic, Harry said, "You never know, anything can happen. That remains to be seen. I don't know who would be suited to play me. I guess if they're offered enough money they will do it." (Classic Pop)

  • David Byrne made it clear that he's in no way connected to a seemingly official new Talking Heads Instagram account. In response to @talkingheadsofficial, Byrne told Rolling Stone, "I have never heard of this, I don't know what it is or who is doing it, so clearly it can't be a ‘official' talking heads account. Whatever plans others in the band may have is strictly their own business and I wish them well."
  • The band's drummer and bassist, husband and wife Dennis Frantz and Tina Weymouth told the magazine, "We were made aware of the Instagram account a few days ago as it was brought to life by someone who works with (Talking Heads keyboardist-guitarist) Jerry (Harrison). We have not even talked about this internally yet. We are all currently happily working on our own projects and there are no plans for a Talking Heads reunion." (Rolling Stone)

  • Bruce Springsteen's recent concert film, Western Stars will be available digitally and on Blu-ray on December 19th. Although an immediate fan favorite, upon opening in late-October, the film raked in a paltry $530,000 from 537 theaters over its first weekend, with an average of $1,042 per theater. With the addition of the two nights the movie played via Fathom Events, all told, Western Stars stiffed, earning only $1 million at the box office.

  • Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson is featured on pop star Kesha's new track, titled "Resentment." The song also features Sturgill Simpson, and the pop songwriter Wrabel. According to Stereogum's review: The most prominent non-Kesha voice is Sturgill Simpson, who sings backup on the chorus and whose craggy baritone makes a great fit for her. Wilson and Wrabel also sing backup, adding ghostly harmonies that give the song a luminous feel. It's crazy that Kesha got Brian Wilson to coo softly in the background, but that's what happened." (Stereogum)