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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

 

LADY GAGA - SUPER BOWL

 

Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance included patriotic songs, jumping off the roof of N-R-G Stadium and a shout-out to her parents. She started by singing ``God Bless America'' and ``This Land Is Your Land,'' and by reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance from the top of the stadium. Then she jumped. A safety harness guided her to a top of a pile of metal for ``Poker Face,'' and after a couple of flips she launched into ``Born This Way,'' ''Telephone`` and ''Just Dance.`` Lady Gaga got behind a piano for ''Million Reasons`` and paused to say, ''Hey dad, hi mom.`` By the time she got to her final number, ''Bad Romance,`` she was in hot pants and football pads. She ended by throwing down the microphone, jumping off a platform and catching a ball. 

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BLACK SABBATH - FAREWELL

 

Black Sabbath's touring days are over.

The band played their final show of their ``The End'' tour Saturday in Birmingham, England, where it all started in 1968. Rolling Stone reports the band ran through deep album cuts as well as classics like ``Black Sabbath,'' ''War Pigs`` and their closing number, ''Paranoid.`` The show was filmed but there's been no word on whether it will be released. For those hoping drummer Bill Ward might put aside his dispute with singer Ozzy Osbourne and show up for that night, alas, they were disappointed. There was no Ward, nor any other special guests. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SUPER BOWL

 

If you want to attend Taylor Swift's only concert of this year, oops, you've already missed it. Swift played for a crowd of nine-thousand in Houston as part of the pre-Super Bowl festivities on Saturday. Swift told the audience, ``As far as I know I'm only doing one show in 2017, and as far as I know, this is that show.'' She pointed out to them, ``You are attending 100 per cent of my tour dates.'' Fans begged her to throw the towel she used to wipe the sweat from her face, but she said, ``I swear you don't. You don't want it.'' 

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CHRIS PRONGER - JUSTIN BIEBER

 

Hockey great Chris Pronger says he was fined five-dollars for pinning Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber against the boards during a charity game during the N-H-L All-Star weekend a week ago. Pronger, who now works for the N-H-L's Department of Player Safety, jokes he gave himself the fine during a one-man hearing. A photo of the hit shows Pronger grinning behind Bieber's smashed face, or what Pronger calls ``a little massage to his back, a little face wash.'' Pronger says he's ``certainly getting a lot of mileage out of a photo, that's for sure.'' 

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MAREN MORRIS - KELSEA BALLERINI - GRAMMYS

 

Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini feel the past year was a good one for women in country music. Morris and Ballerini are both nominated for the best new artist Grammy, and four of the five nominees for best country song are female. Morris says the Recording Academy did country music a favour by recognizing quality art and country radio benefits from different perspectives.

Ballerini says she's flattered that the people who listen and judge music decided she's one of the best five new acts out there. The Grammys are Sunday in Los Angeles. 

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SAM HUNT - WEDDING

 

Sam Hunt has a new single and he's preparing for a summer tour, but the focus of his life is marrying the woman he loves. Hunt says his priority right now is wedding planning. Hunt will marry Hannah Fowler in the spring. He says he's known she's the one for him for some time, and confirming it with an engagement is special. Hunt's new song is called ``Body Like A Back Road.'' 

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BEYONCE - ATLANTA POLICE - APOLOGY

 

The Atlanta Police Department is backing off a tweet that was supposed to be a joke about Beyonce's pregnancy.

After she had announced she's having twins, the department tweeted, ``Beyonce may have everyone wanting to celebrate her pregnancy, but remember no celebratory gunfire! Stay safe, Atlanta!'' Police spokesman Sgt. Warren Pickard tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that some people found that funny and some were offended. The department deleted the tweet and sent an apology. Pickard says they wanted to add some comedic relief to the things going on in the world, but they missed the mark. 

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NETS - BOTCHED CANADIAN ANTHEM

 

Ok, so there may not be many Americans who know the words to the Canadian national anthem. But the players on the N-B-A's Toronto Raptors do _ and they certainly noticed when a Broadway star botched the lyrics yesterday. Amber Iman is in the national touring troupe of ``Hamilton'' _ and she was handed the anthem duties during the game in New York between the Nets and Raptors. She ended the song with the line ``O Canada, we sing our hearts for thee.'' The actual line: ``O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.'' Raptors players and coaches looked around in confusion.

The Raptors poked fun at the Nets on Twitter later, writing a post that said: ``For future reference'' _ which included the correct lyrics to the Canadian anthem. 

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METALLICA - JAMES HETFIELD

 

Metallica called off last night's show in Copenhagen because singer James Hetfield has no voice. The band says in a statement Hetfield's health has not been improving, especially his throat, and his doctor ordered him not to sing a single note.

The show has been rescheduled for September 2nd. Metallica are supposed to play tomorrow night in Copenhagen and they are monitoring Hetfield's voice on a day-to-day basis. 

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THE BAND PERRY - POP RECORD

 

The Band Perry is going pop. The band says in a statement their next album, ``My Bad Imagination,'' will be their ``very first pop album.'' They say creating it ``led us to disrupt everything that was comfortable and familiar to us a short year ago.'' They say if there's one thing they've learned, it's that being yourself matters, ``even when not everyone agrees that you should be or understands why it's important that you are.'' The first single, ``Stay in the Dark,'' is out now. The Band Perry will perform on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'' tomorrow. 

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MIGOS - NUMBER ONE

 

Migos have their first number-one album.

``Culture'' moved 131-thousand units in its first week of release, putting it on top of the Billboard 200 Album chart. Brantley Gilbert checks in at second with ``The Devil Don't Sleep,'' moving 77-thousand units. Kehlani is in third with ``SweetSexySavage,'' with 58-thousand units. 

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ERIC CHURCH - VIRTUAL REALITY CONCERT

 

Eric Church fans can experience him in virtual reality. Church's performance at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, last summer was filmed with eight cameras and in 360-degree audio. The technology tracks users as they turn their heads to make it seem like they're right there. The concert is available for 35-dollars at vantage-dot-tv. 

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DAVE GROHL - NOT PLAYING THE GRAMMYS

 

Even the Recording Academy gets a little ahead of itself sometimes. Dave Grohl was announced last week as a performer for Sunday's Grammys with Anderson Paak and A Tribe Called Quest. The academy has reversed itself and says it had not confirmed with Grohl before making the announcement. Grohl will not be part of the performance. 

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CNN CONFUSED - FAITH EVANS -FAITH HILL

 

C-N-N's mistake is a laugh for Faith Hill. C-N-N had sent a tweet on Friday, ``Faith Hill is releasing an album of duets with The Notorious B.I.G., 20 years after his murder.'' That's all fine and good, but it's Faith Evans who is releasing the album.

Hill retweeted C-N-N's message with the caption, ``This sounds awesome!'' Evans tweeted, ``Up for a bonus duet, Ms. Hill?'' Hill replied, ``Name the time and the place!'' 

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(The Canadian 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)