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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: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017 08:20
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

 

k.d. lang IS HITTING THE ROAD THIS YEAR

On the 25th anniversary of her platinum selling Ingénue album and the huge hit “Constant Craving”, which launched her into stardom around the world,  k.d. lang is  about  to  hit  the  road  solo across Canada, coming to Winnipeg’s Burton Cummings Theatre August 27. Fans in 17 cities coast to coast, from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, NL, will have the pleasure of experiencing lang live as she brings her singular singing style to classics from her 30 year repertoire. These memorable evenings take place from August 12 to September 19, 2017, in a tour presented by AEG Live.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 3 at 10am local time. Fan club members can purchase tickets during the presale beginning Thursday, March 2 at 10 am local time. Tickets are available at AEGLive.com.

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ROBIN THICKE-PAULA PATTON

 

A judge in Los Angeles will hold a hearing today about actress Paula Patton's allegations that Robin Thicke was abusive to her and their six-year-old son. Patton is seeking a five-year restraining order against Thicke. A court filing released yesterday revealed Patton has accused Thicke of tampering with a court order to get her arrested. Last month, a judge ordered Thicke to stay away from Patton and only have supervised visits with their son. Thicke denies abusing his son. 

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BEYONCE PULLS OUT OF COACHELLA

 

Beyonce is putting off her appearance at Coachella until next year. Her production company and the Coachella producer say in a joint statement that Beyonce is bowing out of this year's festival at the advice of her doctors. She's pregnant with twins. A replacement has not yet been named. The other Coachella headliners are Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. Coachella will be held the second and third weekend in April in Indio, California. 

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JACKIE EVANCHO WANTS TO LOBBY THE PRESIDENT

 

 While the debate over transgender rights moves to a federal level, Jackie Evancho hopes to get some face time with President Donald Trump. Evancho tweeted Wednesday she wants to meet with Trump to talk about the issue. Evancho's sister, Juliet, is transgender. They both appeared on ``Good Morning America'' yesterday and Evancho said they want to ``enlighten'' the president. Evancho sang the national anthem at Trump's inauguration.

The Justice and Education departments said Wednesday that public schools no longer need follow rules enacted last May by President Barack Obama instructing them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender. 

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HARVARD WILL GIVE AWARD TO RIHANNA

 

Rihanna is going to Harvard ... to accept an award.

Harvard has named Rihanna its Humanitarian of the Year for building a cancer centre in her native Barbados, creating a scholarship program and supporting child education projects. Rihanna will accept the award at the university on Tuesday. 

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RONNIE DEVOE'S WIFE IS EXPECTING

 

Ronnie DeVoe of New Edition and of Bell Biv DeVoe is going to be a dad. DeVoe announced on Instagram he and his wife, Shamari, are going to be blessed with a ``new edition'' to their family. No word on when she's due. 

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MIRANDA, TIMBERLAKE AMONG CONTENDERS FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG OSCAR

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda could join the EGOT club if he wins the best original song Oscar. Miranda already has an Emmy, two Grammys and three Tonys and is just missing the ``O'' for ``Oscar'' in EGOT. Miranda is nominated for writing ``How Far I'll Go'' from the film ``Moana.'' His competition includes Justin Timberlake, who co-wrote ``Can't Stop The Feeling!'' from ``Trolls'' and Sting, who co-wrote ``The Empty Chair'' from ``Jim: The James Foley Story.'' Two songs from ``La La Land'' are nominated: ``City of Stars'' and ``Audition (The Fools Who Dream).''

The Academy Awards are Sunday in Los Angeles. 

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SARA BAREILLES WILL PERFORM AT OSCARS

 

 Sara Bareilles will perform during the ``In Memoriam'' segment at the Oscars on Sunday. The song she will sing was not announced. 

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ARETHA FRANKLIN'S CHILDHOOOD HOME COULD BECOME A DIY NETWORK PROJECT

 

 

 

The DIY Network is interested in fixing up the house in Memphis, Tennessee, where Aretha Franklin was born.

 

Jeffrey Higgs of the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation told a judge he's been in talks with the network to repair and move the house. It's currently in a crime-ridden neighbourhood full of abandoned homes. The house had been targeted for demolition but preservationists worked to stabilize the house.

 

Higgs says moving the house could make it more attractive to visitors. He says a DIY network producer has been scouting locations. Franklin's family moved to Detroit when she was 2. 

 

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DARIUS RUCKER GUEST-STARS ON ``HAWAII FIVE-0''

 

 

 

MacGarrett and Danny finally track down the missing uranium on ``Hawaii Five-0'' and it's in a bomb made by...Hootie! Darius Rucker plays a bomb maker on tonight's episode. 

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017 08:31
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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

 

 

ARREST MADE IN FIGHT THAT INVOLVED MIGOS AND SEAN KINGSTON

 

Police say a fight involving Migos and Sean Kingston outside a fashion show on the Las Vegas Strip has resulted in one arrest after a shot was fired into the air. Police say no one was injured in the fight that happened Tuesday afternoon. Records show 28-year-old Mioses Johnson of West Palm Beach, Florida, has been charged with assault with a weapon, illegal discharge of a gun and carrying a firearm without a permit. Police say Johnson was part of a group accompanying Kingston, and the fight followed an argument stemming from a previous dispute involving Migos and Kingston. 

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ROADIE KILLED AFTER AVENGED SEVENFOLD/DISTURBED SHOW

 

Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed are extending their condolences to a roadie who was killed after their show in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday. Avenged Sevenfold write on their website a 26-year-old stagehand was breaking down their stage when he fell from the rafters onto a 19-year-old man on the local crew.

The 19-year-old was killed and the 26-year-old is in critical condition. Avenged Sevenfold say the incident is ``beyond heartbreaking.'' Disturbed say ``this horrible tragedy is almost too much to bear'' and they dedicate the rest of the tour to ``our fallen brothers.'' 

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CHRIS BROWN EXPLAINS WHY THE FIGHT WITH SOULJA BOY IS OFF

 

Chris Brown says he bowed out of the boxing match with Soulja Boy because it was ``a legit thing on a positive scale'' but ``all the wrong people got in the way.'' Brown and Soulja Boy had planned to go three rounds in a pay-per-view event to settle an online feud. Soulja Boy said Brown's manager told his manager that Brown would not sign the contract. Brown posted an Instagram video in which he says ``the middleman people'' and ``the homies'' got ``in the way because they wanted a piece of the pie.'' 

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME PASSES OVER GEORGE MICHAEL

 

The Songwriters Hall of Fame nominating committee was not feeling a soft spot for the late George Michael when coming up with who would be inducted. Michael was nominated but did not make the cut. However, Jay Z will be the first rapper to be inducted. Babyface and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will be inducted.

So will Robert Lamm, Jimmy Pankow and Peter Cetera of the band Chicago. Berry Gordy was supposed to be inducted last year but deferred to this year. Max Martin, who wrote ``Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)'' for the Backstreet Boys, ``...Baby One More Time''

for Britney Spears and The Weeknd's ``Can't Feel My Face,'' will be honoured as well. The inductions are June 15 in New York. 

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JOHNNY AND THE HURRICANES GUITARIST DIES

 

Guitarist David Yorko of the instrumental rock band Johnny and the Hurricanes has died after a battle with emphysema. The Toledo Blade quotes Yorko's friend as saying Yorko died Friday in Waterville, Ohio, at the age of 73. Johnny and the Hurricanes hit number 5 in 1959 with ``Red River Rock.'' They also had top-40 hits in 1959 and 1960 with ``Beatnik Fly,'' ''Reveille Rock`` and ''Crossfire.`` Yorko left the Hurricanes and played in other bands. He then worked for more than three decades at glass company Libbey-Owens-Ford. 

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LISA MARIE PRESLEY'S FINANCES ARE DEBATED IN COURT

 

Lisa Marie Presley's divorce is currently about how much money she does or does not have. A judge ruled yesterday Presley does not have to pay estranged husband Michael Lockwood spousal support, but she does have to pay his lawyer $50,000. Lockwood says he gave up his music career to work for Presley. He wants $40,000 a month. Presley says she is deeply in debt and behind on her taxes, and she has not gotten the payout from the Elvis Presley estate that she usually gets. The couple's 8-year-old twin daughters are living with their grandmother, Priscilla Presley. The children will get a hearing in March. 

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JANELLE MONAE IS AN ``ARTIST-STORYTELLER''

 

Janelle Monae does not feel she has to choose whether she's a singer or an actress. Monae says she considers herself ``an artist-storyteller'' and she hopes to ``tell untold, unique universal stories in unforgettable ways.'' Monae studied acting for years before she made her acting debut in two movies last year. Both films just happen to be up for best picture at the Academy Awards: ``Moonlight'' and ``Hidden Figures.'' For a while, she wanted to be an astronaut, which makes her appearance in ``Hidden Figures'' so sweet for her. Monae says she's obsessed with space and sci-fi. 

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MEGHAN LINSEY RECOVERS FROM SPIDER BITE

 

Meghan Linsey has posted gruesome photos of her black eye and swollen face after doing battle with a brown recluse spider. Linsey writes on Instagram that on February 12, she woke up with a stinging sensation in her face and the dead spider in her hand. She put the spider in a bag and went to urgent care. Since then, she's had pain in her face, muscle spasms, a full-body rash and swelling. Linsey says she's getting proper care but describes getting bit by a spider in her sleep as ``literally on the top of my nightmare list.'' 

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ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MOURN BUTCH TRUCKS

 

Members of the Allman Brothers Band and the other groups that drummer Butch Trucks played in paid tribute to him in a private memorial service in Macon, Georgia, on Monday. The Allman Brothers post on their Facebook page that it was clear that Trucks ``had just as profound an impact on people as he did on the music we love so much.'' The players in Trucks' bands played in his memory. Trucks killed himself January 27. 

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NAT KING COLE MURAL IS GOING UP IN MONTGOMERY

 

Nat King Cole is smiling on his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. The Montgomery Advertiser reports artist Sunny Paulk and Corey Spearman are in the process of painting a mural of Cole overlooking downtown. Cole's portrait will be surrounded with panels that look like his posters and his album covers. The mural will have a modern twist: a QR code. Visitors who scan the code can listen to Cole's song ``Unforgettable.'' 

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DAVID BOWIE HONORED AT BRIT AWARDS

 

David Bowie's ``Blackstar'' won album of the year at the Brit Awards, the British version of the Grammys. Bowie also won for the British male solo artist. Actor Michael C. Hall, who starred in David Bowie's stage musical ``Lazarus,'' accepted one of the awards and quipped, ``If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn't be here tonight.'' Little Mix won best British single for ``Shout Out To My Ex.'' Beyonce, Drake, A Tribe Called Quest and The 1975 were winners. 

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MICHAEL BUBLE HONOURED AT BRIT AWARDS

 

The co-hosts of the Brit Awards paid tribute to Michael Buble last night. The Canadian crooner was tabbed to host the event, but had pulled out to care for his three-year-old son, Noah, who is fighting cancer. Fill-in hosts Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis sent Buble their best wishes and said they'd rather be watching Buble on stage. Dermot said both he and Willis were filling in with ``heavy hearts.'' 

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SUSPECT IN DEATH OF T-PAIN'S NIECE FOUND DEAD

 

The man who was suspected of killing T-Pain's niece has been found dead. Tallahassee police say 25-year-old Tavon Jackson appears to have killed himself. His body was found near the same shopping plaza where 23-year-old Javona Glover was found stabbed in August. Jackson was the father of Glover's child. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:18
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

 

CHRIS BROWN - RESTRAINING ORDER

 

A judge has ordered Chris Brown to stay at least 100 yards away from his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, after she accused him of threatening her. Tran said in court filings Brown punched her in the stomach and pushed her down stairs a few years ago. She says he repeatedly threatened her since December. The order also calls for Brown to surrender any firearms until his March 9th court hearing on the restraining order.

Meanwhile, Soulja Boy says his three-round boxing pay-per-view event against Brown has been cancelled. Soulja Boy says Brown's manager says Brown won't sign the contract. The fight was to settle an online feud that began when Soulja Boy liked a photo on Tran's Instagram. 

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GRACE SLICK - CHICK-FIL-A

 

Grace Slick has agreed to let one of her songs be used in a commercial for a company she admits she hates so she can prove a point. Slick writes in Forbes magazine she has allowed Chick-fil-A to use the Starship song ``Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,'' even though she disagrees with the company's stance against gay marriage. Slick says she will donate every dime she makes from the commercial to Lambda Legal, a legal organization that works for L-G-B-T-Q causes. Slick says she could have said no and Chick-fil-A would have used someone else's song. Instead, she says she wanted to ``take some of their money, and pay it back.'' A Chick-fil-A representative could not be reached for comment. 

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BOWIE MEMORIAL - CROWD FUNDING

 

A group of artists and activists are trying to raise money to create a memorial to David Bowie in the London neighbourhood where he was born. The three-story red-and-blue lightning bolt was inspired by Bowie's ``Aladdin Sane'' album cover.

It would go next to a mural of Bowie as Aladdin Sane. One of the artists behind the idea, Charlie Waterhouse, says the sculpture is meant to be ``startling, stupid and utterly joyous in equal measure.'' The group needs 1.25-million dollars to build it. 

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``LA LA LAND'' SONGWRITERS - OSCAR-NOMINATED SONGS

 

The composers of the two songs from the film ``La La Land'' that are nominated for the best original song Oscar never expected two of their songs to be up for that award.

``Audition (The Fools Who Dream)'' and ``City of Stars'' by Justin Hurwitz, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek are nominated. Paul says ``Audition'' is a love letter for those who chase dreams that make no sense but they put their whole life behind those dreams. Pasek says writing the words for ``City of Stars'' was tough because the song has such a simple melody but expresses both hope and melancholy. He says the challenge was to come up with lyrics that didn't ``get in the way of the beautiful music.'' The Oscars are Sunday in Los Angeles.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:42
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MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1017

 

MUSIC-OTTAWA-BLUESFEST

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers highlight the lineup for this year's R-B-C Ottawa Bluesfest. Petty will perform on the final night of the festival, which runs from July 6th to the 16th at LeBreton Flats. The diverse lineup features Toby Keith and the Sam Roberts Band on opening night and Melissa Etheridge during the second evening. Other performers include Pink, Muse, 50 Cent, Flume, Justin Moore and L-C-D Soundsystem. The full list and ticket prices are available at the Bluesfest website. 

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ERIC CHURCH - BUSTS SCALPERS

 

Eric Church's thinking is that he can put his fans through more hoops to get his concert tickets fairly, or they can face scalpers and inflated prices. Church has cancelled more than 25-thousand tickets to his spring tour that his team has determined were bought by scalpers and put on the resale market. The tickets will be put back on sale beginning today. Church says his methods for thwarting scalpers means some extra steps for the average fan, but he doesn't want to see them pay through the nose.

He says he will not charge five-hundred dollars for the closest seats because they are ``not the people who have gotten me here.''

Church plans to play two sets and for well over three hours. 

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PRISCILLA PRESLEY - LISA MARIE'S DAUGHTERS

 

Priscilla Presley confirms she's taking care of her daughter's children rather than the state of California. She has posted photos on her Facebook page of the eight-year-old twin daughters of Lisa Marie Presley, saying, ``The girls have not been in foster care and never will be.'' Earlier reports had stated the girls were placed in protective custody in California while Lisa Marie and her husband, Michael Lockwood, go through a divorce. Lisa Marie has accused Lockwood of having disturbing images of children on his computer, a charge he denies. Priscilla says the girls will stay with her until their parents' situation is sorted out. 

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GREAT WHITE CONCERT FIRE -  ANNIVERSARY OBSERVED

 

Survivors and relatives of victims of the Great White concert fire have gathered to mark the 14th anniversary of the tragedy. On Sunday, people held hands and were silent for 100 seconds to honour the 100 people killed in the fire at the site of the former Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, on February 20, 2003. On Monday morning, a priest led a prayer at the site. The fire began when Great White's pyrotechnics ignited soundproofing foam around the stage during the first song of the concert. The site is being turned into a permanent memorial. A park is expected to open in the spring. 

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PAUL McCARTNEY - RINGO STARR - REUNITE

 

The two surviving Beatles are back making music together. Billboard quotes Ringo Starr's publicist as saying Paul McCartney came to Starr's home studio in Los Angeles to contribute to Starr's upcoming album. Starr had posted a photo online with the caption, ``Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love.'' Starr posted a separate picture of himself, McCartney and Joe Walsh. And what a sight for some lucky tourists. A tour guide was in front of Starr's house when a blue Corvette pulled up and the guide joked, ``Here's Ringo now!''

The tourists went crazy when McCartney jumped out to push the buzzer. 

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PAUL STANLEY - KISS LOGO

 

To anyone who ever doodled the Kiss logo on a notebook: you were correct if the S's were off. Singer Paul Stanley tells Billboard magazine the initial KISS logo was done by Ace Frehley, but Stanley drafted the one that still appears on Kiss merchandise at his parents' coffee table. Stanley says he used a ruler and a piece of white oak tag, a kind of poster board. The S's are not parallel because he eyeballed it. Stanley says when Kiss got a record deal, they were asked if they wanted the logo fixed and he said, ``It got us this far. Leave it alone.'' 

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(The Associated Press)