Thursday, February 19, 2004
Advertisers can't cash in on 'Ring of Fire' song
Nashville, Tenn. -- The family of the late legendary singer Johnny Cash has blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song "Ring of Fire" to promote hemorrhoid-relief products.
The idea had been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash. But Cash's daughter, Rosanne, said the family "would never allow the song to be demeaned like that." Cash and his wife died in 2003.
Kilgore said at first he thought the idea was funny, and he had often joked about hemorrhoids onstage whenever he would introduce "Ring of Fire." He said he hadn't intended to upset the family.
But Rosanne Cash said he hadn't consulted the family.
"The song is about the transformative power of love," she said, "and that's what it has always meant to me, and that's what it will always mean to the Cash children."
She's no Milli Vanilli
Los Angeles -- Tyra Banks behind a microphone? It'll happen Feb. 24, when an episode of her UPN reality show "America's Next Top Model" will include a music video featuring the 30-year-old clotheshorse singing along with contestants from the show.
"I've been singing for about six years, secretly, because I feel like people are going to think I'm a dumb model if I start talking about it and have nothing to play or show," she told the Los Angeles Times.
"It's not a Milli Vanilli situation. I can really sing." We'll see about that.
'Diary' of motherhood
Los Angeles -- The creator of Bridget Jones has created a baby of her own. Helen Fielding's rep said on Monday that the author of "Bridget Jones's Diary" gave birth to a boy in L.A. Wednesday.
"It all went very well, and all three of us are overjoyed," Fielding and partner Kevin Curran said. "The baby currently has 12 names, but we are working on narrowing it down a bit."
Rappers, supremacists don't mix
Casper, Wyo. -- A white supremacist group has circulated fliers questioning a scheduled rap concert, saying the music promotes violence.
The flier, circulated by the local chapter of National Alliance, targets this weekend's performance at the Casper Events Center of rappers Ludacris and Chingy and criticizes efforts by Casper city officials to promote diversity.
The flier also denounces the recent appearance of rapper Mystikal, who was sentenced last month to a six-year prison term for committing sexual battery on his hair stylist.
Mystikal, whose legal name is Michael Tyler, was the featured artist at the Dec. 6 Rap Fest 2003.
The flier states: "Over a month ago, the city welcomed the rapist rapper Mystikal. Now the city is throwing out the red carpet to welcome yet another black rapper. Why are we allowing this violent diversity to be forced into our city."