Music News 12.6.16

Selena’s Father Files Lawsuit Against Daughter’s Widow

Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., father of the late singer Selena, has filed a lawsuit against the Tejano icon’s widower Chris Perez and the Endemol Shine Latino production company over what Selena’s father alleges to be a gross exploitation of his daughter developing tin the form of a television series based on Perez’s “unauthorized” memoir To Selena with Love. Quintanilla presented the lawsuit last Friday in a Texas court to halt the production of the upcoming series, saying Perez agreed long ago to never exploit Selena’s life, image, career, or tragic death in any manner or medium, television series included. The agreement was signed by Perez back in 1995 under the Estate Properties Agreement that names Abraham Quintanilla as the sole owner of Selena’s name, voice, signature, photograph, and likeness. Perez’s defense? “To Selena With Love allowed me to finally embrace my experience and understand the void it could fill in the hearts of so many others. I am now ready to take the important step of being fully transparent and bringing my everlasting relationship to life on the screen.” (Billboard)



Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan’s reaction to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature has been…strange and complicated, starting with the Nobel Committee’s announcement of the prize, his two-week delay in even acknowledging his win followed by his assertion of “other commitments mak[ing] it unfortunately impossible” for him to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm this Saturday. Today Dylan announced that Patti Smith will be representing his music, performing his 1962 protest song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” Smith was asked to perform at the Nobel Gala before any winners had been announced. Also in his absence, he’ll be sending a thank you speech to be read by a yet-to-be decided proxy. Dylan is expected to deliver his full lecture (as required by the Nobel committee) sometime next year. (FACT)



-Taylor Wallace



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