Bee Gees’ Gibb eyes Justin Tim­ber­lake col­lab­o­ra­tion

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Kenny Ch­es­ney will re­ceive the Pin­na­cle Award dur­ing the 50th an­nual Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards, join­ing Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift as the only re­cip­i­ents. The award, cre­ated in 2005, rec­og­nizes an artist who has achieved global promi­nence through per­for­mances and record sales and the high­est de­gree of recog­ni­tion. Over his ca­reer, Ch­es­ney has eight CMA awards, in­clud­ing four en­ter­tainer of the year awards.

His new al­bum, “Cos­mic Hal­lelu­jah,” comes out Fri­day and fea­tures a hit duet “Set­ting the World on Fire” with Pink. Ch­es­ney has 28 No. 1 coun­try songs and has sold in ex­cess of 30 mil­lion al­bums. He is con­sid­ered one of mu­sic’s top tour­ing artists. The CMA Awards will air live from the Bridge­stone Arena in Nashville on Nov 2 on ABC. — AP

Sole sur­viv­ing Bee Gee Barry Gibb is keen to make mu­sic with US pop star Justin Tim­ber­lake as he pur­sues a solo ca­reer after the death of his brothers. Gibb, who joined Cold­play on stage at Eng­land’s Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val this year, has re­cently re­leased a solo al­bum and said he wanted to work with cre­ative peo­ple. “I’d love to work with Justin Tim­ber­lake. That’s al­ways been a thing in my head be­cause I think we would click,” he told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion yes­ter­day.

“You grav­i­tate to­wards peo­ple that are cre­ative and that you hope that some­thing good comes from it.” De­spite the Bee Gees be­ing one of the world’s best-sell­ing groups, Gibb re­vealed he and his brothers, Robin and Mau­rice, all wanted to be solo per­form­ers. “Ul­ti­mately, we all wanted to be solo stars. That’s what groups are. Ev­ery mem­ber of the group wants in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion,” he said.

“I don’t baulk at that, I’m sim­ply em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­nity to write songs I love and not do­ing ev­ery­thing by what every­one in the group thinks, you know? So it’s a new kind of free­dom. “I miss them very much but it’s a mu­si­cal new free­dom for me.” Al­though Bri­tish, Gibb and his brothers grew up in Aus­tralia, where the band was formed and they per­formed as the Bee Gees for the first time. Mau­rice died in 2003 after suf­fer­ing a car­diac ar­rest while Robin died in 2012 after a lengthy bat­tle against cancer. A fourth brother, Andy, died from co­caine ad­dic­tion in 1988.

Gibb, one of the most suc­cess­ful song­writ­ers ever, ad­mit­ted it had been hard to get back record­ing again. “For a long time, I didn’t want to. For at least six months after Rob passed, that was all of my brothers, Andy at 30, Mau­rice at 53 and Rob at 63. “It was an ex­haust­ing time, not just for me, but for mum and Les­ley, my older sis­ter, who still lives in Aus­tralia. So, yeah, I didn’t want to for a long time. And then my wife told me to get off my back­side.” — AFP

In this file photo, Kenny Ch­es­ney per­forms at the 4th An­nual ACM Party for a Cause Fes­ti­val at the Las Ve­gas Fes­ti­val Grounds in Las Ve­gas. — AP

Justin Tim­ber­lake at­tends the pre­miere of 20th Cen­tury Fox’s ‘Trolls’ at Re­gency Vil­lage Theatre in West­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

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