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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

 

GORD DOWNIE

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie made a surprise appearance Thursday night at Toronto's Massey Hall with Blue Rodeo and the Sadies. 

In a video clip circulating on social media, Downie is seen joining the bands onstage for a rendition of Blue Rodeo's ``Lost Together.''

A smiling Downie held a piece of paper as he stood by one of the microphones to contribute backing vocals. 

Downie has a history of collaborating with the Sadies and recorded the 2014 album ``And the Conquering Sun'' with the band. 

Downie revealed in May that he has glioblastoma, an incurable and rare form of brain cancer. 

The father of four, whose 53rd birthday is Monday, has most recently been promoting his ``Secret Path'' solo multimedia project, which recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in

1966 after running away from a residential school.

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MICHAEL BUBLE

 

Canadian crooner Michael Buble says his three-year-old son Noah is ``progressing well'' as he undergoes cancer treatment and doctors are ``very optimistic'' about his future. 

Buble released the statement Friday, a few days after it was announced he cancelled his gig as host of the Brit Awards on Feb. 22 in London. 

Buble says his son ``has been brave throughout'' his treatment and ``we continue to be inspired by his courage.'' 

The singer and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, announced in November that they would put their careers on hold to devote their attention to helping Noah get well. 

Buble is still slated to host the Juno Awards on April 2 in Ottawa.

(The Canadian Press)

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LADY GAGA - SUPER BOWL

 

Lady Gaga says the kid who didn't get to sit at the cool kids' table or the kid who was kicked out of the house because his parents didn't understand who he is -- this halftime show is for you. She says the misfits who always were her fans will have the stage for 13 minutes on Sunday at the Super Bowl in Houston. She is promising a high-adrenaline show because she doesn't want to detract from a high-adrenaline game. She's not revealing many secrets, though. Lady Gaga won't confirm whether she'll sing from the top of the stadium, or whether Houston native Beyonce will show up, or even who she's rooting for. She says she'll put her pick in her shoe and reveal it after the halftime show. 

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LUKE BRYAN

 

Luke Bryan says friends, family and strangers keep asking him how long he'll take to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Bookies take bets every year on how long the anthem singer will take. Bryan says one of his friends called him up and asked him, ``Hey man, you going long?'' Bryan says he will follow his heart and sing based on the vibe he feels from the crowd.

He says if he feels like he's going to pass out, he'll speed it up, but if he's enjoying it, he will try to milk it. He says he can do that because he won't have a backing band.

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BOBBY VEE

 

The children of Bobby Vee are fighting among themselves about the money generated from his estate. The St.Cloud Times reports two of Vee's four children, Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline, claim their brothers, Tommy and Jeff Velline, are using money from the estate for their personal benefit and to support Rockhouse Productions. That's a recording studio started by Vee and his wife, Karen. Vee died in October, and his wife died in 2015. Tommy and Jeff Velline filed a counter petition saying their parents approved their actions. 

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STYX DRUMMER

A woman is suing the band Styx over injuries she says she suffered after drummer Todd Sucherman (SUK'-er-man) threw a drumstick in the audience and hit her in the face. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Lori Frederick's lawsuit says Sucherman did not give proper warning before throwing the stick during an Atlanta show in June 2015. She says she suffered physical scars, ruined clothing from the blood and ``loss of enjoyment of life.''

Frederick is seeking damages to be determined by a jury. Styx's spokeswoman did not return calls for comment. 

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50 CENT

 

A federal judge has discharged 50 Cent's bankruptcy case because he paid back more than $22 million. 50 Cent had filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2015. He said he had $36 million in debt and $20 million in assets. A judge had approved a plan in July that allowed 50 Cent to pay back about $23 million. His lawyers say he paid it off early with $8.7 million of his own money and $13.65 million from the settlement of a legal malpractice lawsuit. 

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BEYONCE

 

Beyonce's pregnancy announcement has beat out Selena Gomez's Coca-Cola picture for most-liked Instagram post ever. Gomez got 6.3 million likes for posting her Coke ad featuring her drinking from a bottle that had her song lyrics on it. Beyonce got more than 8 million for Wednesday's photo of herself in her underwear showing off her growing belly as she's surrounded by flowers. 

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LAURYN HILL

 

Lauryn Hill acknowledges she should have rescheduled her Pittsburgh show on Tuesday instead of making fans wait for three hours. Hill says members of her band and crew were stuck in New York because of snow and showed up late to Pittsburgh.

Hill apologizes and says she hopes to make it up to Pittsburgh fans by scheduling another show there.

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QUESTLOVE

 

Philadelphia high school students who were trying to solve the world's problems got a pleasant distraction Wednesday. Questlove showed up as a motivational guest. KYW-TV reports the students were participating in a challenge by The Aspen Institute, in which they are asked to design solutions to issues facing humanity. Questlove encourage the students to get out of their comfort zones to think freely. He says he meditates as a way to free his mind. 

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GARTH BROOKS ADDED TO RANDY TRAVIS CONCERT

 

Garth Brooks is joining the lineup for the Randy Travis tribute concert. The concert also will feature more than 30 artists, including Wynonna, Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Alison Krauss, Scotty McCreery and Tanya Tucker.

The concert is set for Wednesday in Nashville. 

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(The Associated Press)

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TAGAQ FACEBOOK

Facebook is apologizing for suspending the account of award-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq after she posted a photo of a sealskin coat. 

Tagaq, who is from Nunavut, says she was notified that her account was being blocked for 24 hours after she shared a friend's photo of a young man wearing the coat. 

The photo was accompanied by the hashtags ``eat-seal'' and ``wear-seal.'' 

Tagaq says late yesterday afternoon, Facebook emailed her an apology after she raised the issue on social media. 

Meg Sinclair, spokeswoman for Facebook, says the company is sorry for the mistake, which it did not explain. 

Tagaq is a longtime defender of the Inuit seal hunt. 

She says animal-rights activists and others who criticize the hunt are hurting a traditional and sustainable livelihood. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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GRAMMY PERFORMERS

 

The dark horse contender for the album of the year Grammy will show America what his music is all about. Sturgill Simpson has been added to the lineup of performers for the show on February 12. Chance The Rapper, Little Big Town, Gary Clark Junior and William Bell also are set to perform. It's a lineup already packed with talent: Adele, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, John Legend, Metallica, Maren Morris and Anderson Paak. 

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BO DIDDLEY HIGHWAY

 

Hey, Bo Diddley! Mississippi is a step closer to honouring the blues and rock legend. A stretch of I-55 would be renamed the Bo Diddley Memorial Highway, under a measure passed by the state House yesterday. The road is near Bo Diddley's birthplace outside McComb. Diddley is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his distinctive style changed pop music. He died in 2008 at the age of 79. 

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50 CENT BANKRUPTCY CASE

 

50 Cent is off the hook when it comes to his bankruptcy case. A federal judge in Connecticut has discharged the case after the rapper-actor coughed up more than $22 million dollars. Fiddy filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2015, claiming he had $36 million in debts compared to assets of less than $20 million. 

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BEYONCE SETS INSTAGRAM RECORD

 

It will be several more months before her water breaks. But Beyonce has already broken a record for the most-liked Instagram post ever. She posted on the social networking site on Wednesday that she is expecting twins. And that earned her more than eight-million likes and counting. That shatters the mark Selena Gomez set with the 6.3 million likes for posing with a Coke bottle. Beyonce's online worshippers almost reached the Gomez mark right away. Instagram says the Beyonce post reached the four-million mark in likes in just the first two hours after it went up. 

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:25
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

 

 

RORY FEEK WILL RETURN

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory will return to performing as a way to say thank you to the non-profit group that helped him with insurance and medical bills as his wife Joey died of cancer last year. Rory Feek will donate all the profits from the concerts at his home in Pottsville, Tennessee, on September 8th and 9th to the Music Health Alliance. Feek says he asked the non-profit for help when his wife wanted to try treatment at a facility out of their insurance network. He says he turned to the group again after she died for help figuring out all the bills. He says the Music Health Alliance never asked him for money. Feek says he also wants to get onstage again to learn what the future holds. 

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U2 ADAM CLAYTON MAP AWARD

 

U-2 bassist Adam Clayton says the other members of the band loved him before he had learned to love himself. The band stood with Clayton as he accepted an award Monday from the Musicians' Assistance Program, the charity run by the Recording Academy that helps those in the music industry with addiction.

Clayton has been sober for two decades and credits his bandmates for helping him stay in line. He says he used to think that being in a band meant drinking, but Eric Clapton was the one who talked him into rehab. 

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RASCAL FLATTS WEDDING

 

When one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Sara and Brandon McInnis said they enlisted a little help for the couple's first song, nobody thought that Rascal Flatts would be the ones helping. Rascal Flatts crashed the reception in Watertown, Wisconsin, Saturday to sing the couple's first dance song, ``Bless the Broken Road.'' A family friend had written to Rascal Flatts asking them to do it, and the band was in the area playing the Country U-S-A Festival in Oshkosh. Rascal Flatts had such a blast doing it they posted video on their website. 

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IRON MAIDEN TICKETS KIDNAPPING

 

A kidnapping suspect was known to be an Iron Maiden fan. His friend posted a picture of Iron Maiden tickets online. Authorities in San Antonio put two and two together and figured out exactly where to find their man. The Bexar (BEHR) County Sheriff's Office says it arrested Derrick Roseland on a warrant for aggravated kidnapping by going to the seats listed on the friend's tickets for the Iron Maiden show in San Antonio on Saturday.  

Roseland was taken into custody without incident. 

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC DEAL OFF PRINCE

 

Universal Music Group is asking a Minnesota judge to cancel its music rights deal with Prince's estate. U-M-G claims a deal the estate made with Warner Brothers has elements that conflict with the U-M-G deal and it will take extensive litigation to sort it all out. The nature of the conflicts is not known because most of the relevant court filings are sealed or heavily redacted.

U-M-G says if the deal is not cancelled, new music from Prince's vault might not be heard for years. Prince's six siblings who were named heirs to the estate are split on whether to rescind the deal. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:20
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

 

LORDE NUMBER ONE

 

Lorde says her song ``Royals'' was a moonshot, but she could not hope for repeat success with her new album, ``Melodrama.'' That's why she's so excited that it's the number-one album in America. Lorde tweets when she was a kid, she thought big records had to be made sterile and calculated, with something sacrificed. She says she had the ``divine thrill of disapproving that firsthand.'' She says her 15-year-old self would have been so proud. 

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SHAKIRA MOTHERHOOD

 

Shakira is not worried about being a working mom.

She thinks it's good for her kids. Shakira says she wants her children to see their mother doing something she loves because it's setting a good example for them. She wasn't always that way. Shakira says she used to be the centre of her own universe and kept pushing ``pause'' on having a family. Now that she has one, Shakira says they're the priority and she's happy to push ``play.'' 

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BILL WARD EQUIPMENT

 

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had a habit of signing and dating his drum heads and sticks after he was done using them. He's now selling them. Ward will launch a shop through Reverb.com to sell the drum heads and other drum equipment he doesn't use anymore. He's unloading the cymbals he used on ``War Pigs,'' and he marvels that he played that song on cymbals so small.

Ward says he's had stuff sitting in ten storage areas. Ward says if the stuff ends up in a museum, so be it, but it would warm his heart if drummers would continue to use the equipment. The shop is expected to go live in the coming weeks. 

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA FUTURE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will continue touring as a way to honour late founder Paul O'Neill. T-S-O has issued a statement saying O'Neill always talked about the band as an idea that would continue long after he stepped away from the stage. T-S-O will announce their winter tour dates in the coming weeks. O'Neill was found dead in a Tampa hotel room of an accidental drug overdose on April 5th. 

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BRAD PAISLEY COMEDY SPECIAL

 

A comedy special based on the two shows Brad Paisley hosted in Nashville earlier this year is coming to Netflix.

``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' features several comedians as well as guest appearances from Reba McEntire and David Hasselhoff. It will debut August 16th. 

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CAPITOL FOURTH PERFORMERS

 

Kellie Pickler, Yolanda Adams and Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the lineup for the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. They join previously announced performers John Stamos, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, The Beach Boys, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, singer Sofia Carson and ``The Voice'' winner Chris Blue. P-B-S stations will carry the concert live as ``A Capitol Fourth.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:37
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

 

Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak at the 2017 B-E-T Awards. Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by `90s R-&-B, also shined. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year - the top prize. Mars also won best male R-&-B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, ``perm.'' In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance the Rapper, who has raised two million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance ``since he was a baby rapper.''

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TUPAC SHAKUR MOVIE - STEALING

A magazine writer is suing the creators of the new film about Tupac Shakur  for using some of his work in the movie without his permission. Kevin Powell has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of ``All Eyez On Me.'' He says it borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur for Vibe magazine. One instance Powell cites is the fictional character Nigel in the film, which he says is a copy of a character he wrote about based on music promoter Jacques ``Haitian Jack'' Agnant. The defendants in the lawsuit have not responded to requests for comment.

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BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL VISIT

Billy Joel's advice for new graduates at his old high school: ``Pick a job you'll like, because if you pick a job you hate life's going to suck.'' New York's Newsday reports Joel gave a speech Saturday at graduation at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. He told the grads they will never have as much idealism as they do now and they should hold onto that. Joel didn't go to his own graduation. He slept through his English final and didn't make up the credit for 25 years.

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DAVE GROHL - F-BOMB RECORD

There are many things that Adele can do better than Dave Grohl, but he wasn't about to make swearing one of them. The Foo Fighters played the Glastonbury Festival in the U-K over the weekend. New Music Express reports Grohl told the audience he was told they were not supposed to swear during the festival. He also heard that Adele set the record last year for dropping the most F-bombs at Glastonbury, with 33. Grohl led the crowd in a chant of the offending word. He stopped and they kept going, so Grohl used that word to stop them and counted that as number 34.

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``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2'' - SONG

Former Looking Glass singer Elliot Lurie says the way their song ``Brandy'' is used in the movie ``Guardians of the Galaxy 2'' is exactly how he always hoped it would be heard. It's used twice in the movie, and Lurie says the scene where Starlord's mother is singing along in her convertible is what he had in mind when he wrote it. Lurie says he used an old girlfriend's name for the song, but she was not a barmaid nor were they destined to be together. If you've never been able to guess what Lurie's accent is, believe it or not, it's New York. He says the producer told him to emphasize his R's because his Brooklyn accent kept coming through on the vocal.

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JOHN LEGEND - SPELLING CHAMP

The thing about being famous is that the hometown newspaper can dig up old news about you and tell everyone what you did. In John Legend's case, it's rather flattering. The Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, republished a story about 10-year-old John Stephens, as he was known then, winning the local spelling bee in 1989. The article notes that Legend was the only kid who wore a suit and tie. His winning word was ``prejudice.''

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THOMAS DOLBY - CHARITY

The camping trailer Thomas Dolby used on his 2012 ``Time Capsule'' tour has sold on e-Bay for 12,600 dollars. Dolby's name is painted on the outside, and it contains equipment that allowed Dolby to record fans with messages for the future. It also has a fake laser death ray gun, a fake flux capacitor and a real Wi-Fi router. The sale included 100 Dolby t-shirts and 200 C-Ds believed to be of his ``Sole Inhabitant'' album, but no one checked for sure before the sale. Dolby is donating the proceeds from the sale to the educational charity Living Classrooms Foundation.

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ALEX VAN HALEN'S SON - ATHLETE

There aren't a lot of track-and-field athletes who are good at the three thousand-metre steeplechase event. Alex Van Halen's son happens to be one of them. Twenty-seven-year-old Aric Van Halen says he learned music as a kid but found that he was better at sports. Steeplechase involves jumping over barriers and running through water pits. Aric learned it while going to the University of Colorado. He made it to the Olympic trials last year but failed to qualify this past weekend. Aric says he's thinking of giving it up and pursuing a career in video.

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PETER TOSH'S SON - ATTACKER CHARGED

A man accused of seriously injuring the son of reggae great Peter Tosh while in jail is facing an aggravated assault charge. Kyrie Baum is accused of attacking Jawara McIntosh in a general custody housing unit of the Bergen County jail in New Jersey in February. McIntosh is in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. He'd been serving a six-month sentence for pot possession. Baum is serving time for robbery and gun possession. Authorities have not said what sparked the attack but they do say it lasted less than 10 seconds. McIntosh's family had threatened to sue because they could not find out information about the attack.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017 08:21
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - TRADEMARK BID

 

Gene Simmons of KISS has given up his attempt to trademark the devil horns hand gesture. The U-S Patent and Trademark Office states the application has been withdrawn. Simmons had put in the application two weeks ago. The metal community ridiculed Simmons for that move. Simmons' representative has not returned requests for comment. 

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OBIT- BO WAGNER - STARBUCK

 

Percussionist Bo Wagner of the band Starbuck has died. Singer Bruce Blackman writes on his Facebook page Wagner died Tuesday at the age of 72. A cause of death was not given. Starbuck had a number-three hit in 1976 with ``Moonlight Feels Right.''

Blackman says Wagner's marimba solo on that song is considered the standard for all marimba students that few can achieve. Blackman says they had talked about recording another Starbuck album two years ago but their lives got in the way. They did a concert in Atlanta in August billed as ``Starbuck's Farewell Performance'' and Blackman says they had no idea how prophetic that would be. 

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LORETTA LYNN - CANCELS SHOWS

 

Loretta Lynn is bowing out of two more concert dates as she recovers from a stroke she suffered in May.

Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa, says Lynn's July 7th concert has been cancelled ``due to circumstances beyond our control.'' The Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, cites the same message for Lynn's July 21st concert. Lynn, who is 85, is planning to host a motorcycle and music festival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at the end of September. 

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STEVE EARLE - ``OUTLAW''

 

Steve Earle had two purposes in making his ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' album. One was to reclaim the word ``outlaw.'' Earle says fans think it was the boozy lifestyle that musicians like Earle and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson led back in the day, and it's not. The other purpose was for Earle to channel Jennings and pay tribute to the musicians who helped shape Earle, like Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. Earle says he was the kid of the outlaw country movement and all his heroes are dying out. He says it's possible another movement like that will happen, but probably not in his lifetime. ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' is out now. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - WEDDING

 

Christina Perri is engaged. Perri announced on Instagram her boyfriend, Hollywood Reporter on-air host Paul Costabile, proposed and she said yes. Costabile posted on his Instagram he knew he wanted to marry Perri the day she showed up for an interview almost four years ago. 

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KATY PERRY - DIAMOND AWARD 

 

Katy Perry has become the first musician to earn a third Diamond Award for singles from the Recording Industry Association of America. The R-I-A-A says Perry's song ``Roar'' has passed the ten-million mark for sales and streaming equivalents.

Perry's songs ``Firework'' and ``Dark Horse'' also have earned Diamond Awards. Eminem and Lady Gaga are the only other acts who have two Diamond Awards for singles. 

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PETER TOSH'S SON - JAIL ATTACK

 

 The son of reggae legend Peter Tosh is in a coma after getting beat up in jail and his family is going to court to get answers. Jawara McIntosh has been hospitalized with brain injuries since the attack in February at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey. He was serving six months for marijuana possession after police say they found more than 29-kilos of pot in his car. His family says McIntosh is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization. They say McIntosh can't tell them what happened in jail and officials won't give them any solid information. The family plans to sue the county. A spokesman for the Bergen County's sheriff's office declined comment. 

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(The Associated Press)