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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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Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Sunday, 17 December 2017 12:01
Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Don't miss out on another fantastic local tribute show featuring local artists performing Tom Petty's biggest and best hits! This show is scheduled for early February at the Watson Art Center in Dauphin! More Details coming, check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017 08:32
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

 

 

RUSSELL SIMMONS - RAPE ALLEGATIONS

 

Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons says he will defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Simmons writes on Instagram he will prove without any doubt he is innocent of all rape charges. The New York Times published a story earlier this week in which three women claimed Simmons raped them in the 1980s and '90s. Two other women have said Simmons had sex with them against their will. Simmons used the hashtag ``NotMe,'' which he says is not trying to diminish the ``MeToo'' movement, but to hold his accusers accountable.

 

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SZA - HABITS

 

Giving SZA a compliment is liable to send her into overdrive. SZA says she feels she has to do that compliment a service and she'll keep thinking about one more component that will make her worthy. She acknowledges she's a little nervous and awkward, which may be because she's a creature of habit.

She says the same four people who live with her are the people who helped make her ``Ctrl'' (control) album. SZA says it was only recent she came out of what she calls her ``four year cave.''

 

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ZAC BROWN BAND - ANTHEM PERFORMANCE

 

 Zac Brown Band will perform the national anthem before the college football national championship. They will be accompanied by a gospel choir and 12-year-old Carly Ortega, a student at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf who will sign the anthem.

 

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MISSY ELLIOTT - ESSENCE MAGAZINE

 

  Missy Elliott will be the guest of honour at the ``Black Women in Music'' event put on by Essence magazine next year.

Essence calls Elliott ``a consummate visionary whose creativity knows no limits.'' The event will be held in New York on Jan. 25th, three days before the Grammys.

 

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BEBE REXHA - ``A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE''

 

Bebe Rexha will perform a new song called ``Count on Christmas'' to open the live musical version of ``A Christmas Story'' that will run on Fox on Sunday. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the song specifically for the live show.

They also wrote the musical. 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST

 

Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Portugal. The Man and Hailee Steinfeld have been added to the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C on Dec. 31st. They join Ontario home grown stars Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara , along with Zedd, G-Eazy, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Marshmello and Charlie Puth.

The East Coast party will feature Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland in New York's Times Square. Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon will headline the Central Time Zone party from New Orleans.

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:30
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

 

A vintage 1970s guitar owned by Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn's politically charged lyric books are on display as part of a new exhibition at Calgary's National Music Centre.

Organizers of the space, which is part of Studio Bell, say they've launched a tribute to Canadian musicians who recently received honours for their contributions to music. The showcase features personal items and instruments from the latest inductees to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The National Music Centre says the exhibit continues until fall 2018. 

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TICKET SALES LAW

 

Ticket resale site StubHub says capping ticket resale prices artificially controls a global market and will lead to unintended consequences. The statement is in response to Ontario's Ticket Sales Act -- a bill passed yesterday to protect ticket buyers. The legislation bans tickets from being resold at more than

50 per cent of the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by scalper bots. It also includes a ban on scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event then resell them at a large profit. Ticketmaster has also warned that the legislation puts companies that are playing by the rules at a disadvantage.  

 

PAT DINIZIO - REMEMBERED

 

  Julian Lennon says he recently thought about reaching out to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens for a collaboration, but ``it just wasn't meant to be.'' DiNizio died Tuesday at the age of 62, but details of his death were not given. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray says DiNizio ``could craft an effortless, classic pop song.'' Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin says he'll never forget the great nights hanging with DiNizio and playing guitars. R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says he always enjoyed speaking with DiNizio and hearing him play. 

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JON BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi fans may see guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with the band for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Singer Jon Bon Jovi says Sambora is ``absolutely invited'' to participate in every aspect of Bon Jovi's induction.

Sambora says he'd be happy to accept. Sambora left the band in 2013 but he says he has no malice toward anyone. Bon Jovi says if he's interested, the band also is happy to welcome back bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994. Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues says their induction is a victory for their fans, because it ``has now validated the music they so love.'' Next year's inductees also include The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an early influence. The inductions will be April 14th in Cleveland.

 

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WALK THE MOON - DON'T SAVE THE PINATAS

 

One of the most amazing gifts Walk The Moon ever got from a fan was a pinata. Singer Nicholas Petricca says it was full of notes of appreciation from fans of the band. That spurred other fans to send pinatas to Walk The Moon. Petricca says he put one in his mom's basement and forgot about it -- until he realized it was filled with candy, not notes.

The basement became infested with rats. Petricca says a trail of wrappers led to the couch, and under it was a treasure trove of wrappers and rat droppings. As he puts it, ``Sorry, Mom.'' 

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ALICE COOPER - RECORDS HIS FIRST SONG

 

Alice Cooper has dug way back for material to record. Cooper's new single is called ``The Sound of A,'' and it's the first song he wrote entirely on his own, in 1967. Original Alice Cooper Band bassist Dennis Dunaway rediscovered it. It will be released as a single on Feb. 23rd, but Cooper released a video for it this week. 

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BJORN ULVAEUS - NO TO ABBA REUNION

 

Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA says they will never reunite for concerts because it would be a ``hassle'' and enormous pressure. He says doing ABBA concerts would be like robbing himself of two or three years of his life, when he could be paddling his surf ski off the coast of Stockholm instead. Ulvaeus made his comments at the opening of a new London exhibition about ABBA. 

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DYLAN SCOTT - BABY

 

Dylan Scott is a dad, as of Tuesday night. He posted a photo on Instagram of his wife, Blair, holding their newborn son. They've named him Beckett Scott Robinson. He's their first child. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:42
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)