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MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

 

BELL MEDIA JOINS FORCES WITH BIG MACHINE FOR SINGING CONTEST

 

Canadian company Bell Media is taking another shot at creating a new music superstar, with the help of the label behind Taylor Swift. 

Bell Media says it's joining the U.S. record label Big Machine to produce a TV musical talent search. 

While details of the show are vague, the company says it plans to tap into its various multimedia platforms for the series, including its TV and radio stations across Canada. 

The partnership was inked with Big Machine owner Scott Borchetta, who's best known for signing a young Swift when she was still an unknown country singer. Borchetta also appeared on the final two seasons of ``American Idol'' as a mentor to hopeful contestants. 

Bell Media says the two companies will ``work together to uncover, develop, and promote pop culture's next musical superstars,'' but it didn't reveal much about the show's format or the judging process. 

The companies say they hope to expand the concept for the series into other countries. 

(The Canadian Press)

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JUNO NOMINATIONS

 

The Juno Award nominations will be revealed today.  The celebration of homegrown music shines a light on performers who have climbed the charts, as well as newcomers hoping to capture more listeners. Musicians likely to land nominations include the Strumbellas, whose rock track ``Spirits'' found success both in Canada and the U-S.  Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is also likely to be recognized for his ``Secret Path'' solo project and Drake is considered a lock for some nominations after his hit album ``Views'' dominated the airwaves and streaming charts in 2016.

The Juno Awards will air live on C-T-V on April 2nd.

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2017 Polar Music Prizes

 

Sting, the stage name of Gordon Sumner, was cited for putting ``down his anchor in more musical harbours than perhaps any other artist of his generation.'' 

The award panel said Tuesday that he ``has combined classic pop with virtuoso musicianship and openness to all genres and sounds.'' 

The panel said Shorter's music ``is a means of learning more about all aspects of life and the universe.'' Shorter has worked in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet and Weather Report. 

Both have been invited to receive their awards, including a cash prize of 1 million kronor ($114,000) each, June 15 from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm.

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WILLIE NELSON - POSTPONES SHOWS

 

Willie Nelson has postponed three California shows because of illness. His publicist tells The Associated Press that Nelson will bail out of the three-night stand he had set for this week at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. The shows were set for last night, tonight and tomorrow night. The publicist provided no details about what is ailing Nelson. But she says Nelson plans to be back for a Feb. 16th concert at a San Antonio rodeo. Nelson is 83. And this is the second time recently he has had to miss shows because of sickness. Late last month, he cancelled two of the five shows he had scheduled in Las Vegas because of a bad cold. 

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LADY GAGA - TOUR

 

Now that she's down from the wire that suspended her above the Super Bowl stadium in Houston, Lady Gaga is ready for some more conventional travel: a tour bus. She has announced on Twitter that she'll be hitting the road this summer. The 48-date tour includes stops in three continents. While her Super Bowl gig exposed her to football fans, several of the stops on her upcoming concert swing seem designed to appeal to baseball fans. She will play at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Fenway Park in Boston and Citi Field in New York. The tour begins on Aug. 1st in Vancouver and wraps Dec. 14th in Salt Lake City. 

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THE GAME - SENTENCING

 

The Game has received a sentence from a judge in Los Angeles aimed at trying to get him to play nice on the basketball court. The rapper has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service as part of his penance for assaulting an off-duty policeman during a pick-up hoops game in Hollywood. The Game also gets a six-month suspended jail term and has to attend anger management counselling. If he gets into any more trouble, he may have end up doing the time. Prosecutors say The Game threatened, intentionally fouled _ then sucker-punched the officer _ an incident triggered by the officer's stealing the ball from The Game and making a basket. 

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JUSTIN BIEBER - SUPER BOWL AD

 

You'd think being busted for D-U-I _ and the penalties go with that _ would be enough to deter someone from getting behind the wheel after boozing it up. But it seems some police departments use music to try to add an additional deterrent.

Take the po-po in Wyoming, Minnesota. They threatened people caught over the weekend driving drunk, they'd force them to watch a Super Bowl ad featuring Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. Bieber was featured in a T-Mobile ad doing his version of an end zone dance.

Message received. The Wyoming, Minnesota police report there were no D-U-I arrests made Sunday night. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - LADY ANTEBELLUM

 

Count Lady Antebellum as among those who feel Taylor Swift has the ``write'' stuff. Members of the country group say they'd like to see Swift write something for them _ just as she has written hit songs for herself, former boyfriend Calvin Harris and country act Little Big Town. Speaking in an interview at the Super Bowl on Sunday, Hillary Scott says her message to Swift is simple: ``Taylor, call us.'' Charles Kelly of Lady A says as long as Swift is writing, she might as well make it a number one song. Kelly says if Swift can't put a No. 1 hit on them, he is ``going to be so disappointed.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

 

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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017 08:12
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

 

DAVID BOWIE LIGHTNING BOLT DOESN'T MAKE ITS CROWDFUNDING GOAL

 

The crowdfunding plan to raise money to create a three-story red-and-blue lightning bolt in honour of David Bowie in London has fallen short of its goal.  The campaign organizers had wanted to raise about 1.1-million dollars but only got about 62-thousand.  The organizers say because they did not reach the goal, no money will be collected, but they have no plans to go away.

 They're still planning to do a piece of public art in Bowie's memory, but they will approach the fundraising in a different way. 

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JASON ISBELL PREVIEWS ``THE NASHVILLE SOUND''

 

Jason Isbell finished his latest album and thought, ``Shouldn't that have been harder?''  He jokes that his band should have been ``fighting and punching holes in the wall,''

but the songs came easy.  Isbell put more rock songs on the album, but that's an accident.  He says he can't purposely write those songs, but he feels fortunate to have four or five ``loud up-tempo songs.''  The album is called ``The Nashville Sound,'' and it comes out in June.

 

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MAYOR HELPS IN PRESERVATION EFFORT FOR ARETHA FRANKLIN HOME

 

The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, is getting involved in efforts to preserve a boarded-up house in a blighted neighbourhood where Aretha Franklin was born.  Alan Crone, special counsel to Mayor Jim Strickland, told a judge that a working group from Strickland's office plans to assist those trying to preserve the house.  Crone says if they ``can get one house right, no matter where it is, that's a victory.''  Franklin was born there in 1942 and her family moved away about two years later.  The house was marked for demolition but volunteers stabilized it.  Community leaders say the D-I-Y Network is interested in the house as a rehab project. 

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MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP

 

Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, Aerosmith and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will headline the March Madness Music Festival the weekend leading up to the N-C-double-A men's basketball championship. The festival is free and runs March 31st to April 2nd in Phoenix. Other performers include Blink 182, Grouplove and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.  The Final Four is played April 1st and the championship is April 3rd.

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SIB HASHIAN OF BOSTON DIES

 

Musicians are mourning the loss of former Boston drummer Sib Hashian.  Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith remembers Hashian as a ``really good guy and fine drummer as well.''  Lou Gramm says his thoughts and prayers go to Hashian's family.  Michael Sweet, singer for Stryper and sometimes singer for Boston, says it was an honour to be a member of the band Hashian helped create.  Hashian died Wednesday while on the Legends of Rock cruise in the Caribbean at the age of 67.  A cause of death has not been determined.  His wife says funeral arrangements will be made at a later date.  Hashian played on the first two Boston albums and left the band as they were working on the third one.  He also was famous for his hair, sporting one of the biggest afros in rock. 

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WILLIE NELSON: ``STILL NOT DEAD''

 

Willie Nelson has a song on his upcoming album called ``Still Not Dead,'' and it's pretty appropriate.  His publicist, Elaine Schock, is denying reports that Nelson is on death's door and can't even muster the breath to sing.  Schock says Nelson called off some shows in January and February because of a bad cold but otherwise he is ``perfectly fine.''  The report originated with Radar Online on March 13th.  Nelson performed at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 18th looking healthy and singing well.  Nelson, who is 83, has dealt with several death hoaxes over the years.  He will put out an album called ``God's Problem Child'' next month.

 

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DON McLEAN'S EX OBJECTS TO TWEET

 

Don McLean's ex-wife thinks he should be held in contempt of court for tweeting about her soon after she was given an order of protection against him.  Patrisha McLean says in court documents her ex-husband tweeted he was ``delighted'' to give her a protection order ``since it protects me from her for two wonderful years.''  She says the tweet came less than 48-hours after a Maine court granted the order.  Don McLean's attorney says the allegation is ``unfortunate,'' and he will keep their disagreements in court.  Don McLean pleaded guilty last year to domestic violence assault. 

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BOB DYLAN: I'M NOT THE JESTER

 

If Don McLean's reference to the Jester in ``American Pie'' means Bob Dylan, Dylan doesn't believe it.  Dylan was asked in a rare interview published on his website if he thinks McLean was talking about him.  Dylan says -- quote -- ``Sure, the jester writes songs like 'Masters of War,' 'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall,' 'It's Alright, Ma' - some jester.''  He says he has to think McLean is talking about somebody else.  Other things we learn about Dylan in the interview: he makes 32-minute long albums because that's how long a good-sounding L-P should be, he had wild hair in the 1960s because he wanted to look like Little Richard and he watches ``I Love Lucy'' non-stop on his tour bus. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:56
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

 

WILLIE NELSON NOT ILL

Willie Nelson has played nearly a dozen shows in recent weeks and is not deathly ill, his publicist said, despite a series of reports claiming the country music legend is struggling to breathe. 

A March 13 Radar Online report quoted an anonymous source saying Nelson was ``deathly ill,'' weak as a baby and unable to muster the breath to sing. The story is the basis for reports shared by other websites, including washingtonfeed.com and uconservative.net. 

Elaine Schock, Nelson's publicist, denied the reports and pointed to his performances at concerts in recent weeks as evidence of the singer's health. 

``He's perfectly fine,'' Schock told The Associated Press on Wednesday. 

The 83-year-old took the stage before more than 75,000 people at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Stadium on March 18. He appeared healthy and sang well during the show. The Houston concert was part of a series of shows in Texas and Florida over the past two months. 

Nelson cancelled several shows in late January and early February after coming down with a ``bad cold,'' Schock said. Nelson returned to the stage Feb. 16 to play at a San Antonio rodeo. 

The singer has been the target of numerous online death hoaxes over the years. He references them in the song ``Still Not Dead,''

from his upcoming album, ``God's Problem Child,'' which is set to be released in April. Lyrics from the track include, ``The internet said I had passed away, but you can't believe a damn thing that they say.'' 

 

CHUCK BERRY ALBUM WILL COME OUT IN JUNE

Gary Clark Junior, Nathaniel Rateliff and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine are guest performers on the final Chuck Berry record.  The album ``Chuck'' is Berry's first studio effort since ``Rock It'' in 1979.  Berry's children and grandson perform on it as well.  ``Chuck'' will be out June 16th.

Berry died on Saturday. 

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LIVERPOOL PREPARES TRIBUTE TO ``SGT. PEPPER''

 You know it's a big celebration when there will be

64 choirs singing the same song.  Liverpool, England, is planning a 50th anniversary celebration of the Beatles album ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.''  One of the events calls for 64 choirs to sing ``When I'm Sixty-Four.''  The city has commissioned 13 artists to create works based on the 13 tracks, including a dance tribute to the title song, an ``outlandish procession'' based on ``Lovely Rita'' and a mural inspired by ``Fixing A Hole.''  The celebration runs May 25th to June 16th, with a fireworks display on June 1st, the anniversary of the album's release. 

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GAVIN ROSSDALE HOPES YOU ARE LOOKING TO SPY ON HIS LIFE

 

If you're listening to the new Bush record ``Black and White Rainbows'' hoping to find clues about singer Gavin Rossdale's divorce, he absolutely endorses your right to do that.

Rossdale says if he didn't want people to peer into his life, he would never have released the album.  He says he wrote three albums'

worth of music after his divorce from Gwen Stefani.  He says if he had released the first songs he wrote, it would have been -- quote

--  ``a maudlin breakup record and that's the last thing that anybody wanted.''  ''Black and White Rainbows`` is out now. 

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MIKE McCREADY WILL PUT OUT BOOK OF POLAROIDS

 

You can keep your super-ultra-hi-def camera -- Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready prefers his Polaroids.  McCready takes Polaroid camera with him everywhere, and those photos are compiled into a new book called ``Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam.''  ''Potato Heads`` refers to the Mr Potato Head that McCready usually took on tour and often would ask people to hold when he photographed them.  Among his subjects are Lady Gaga, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Neil Young, Jimmy Page, Jimmy Fallon, Venus Williams, Dennis Rodman and fans of the band.

''Of Potato Heads and Polaroids`` comes out May 30th. 

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LOLLAPALOOZA WILL FEATURE CHANCE THE RAPPER, KILLERS, ARCADE FIRE

 

Chance The Rapper is fulfilling the dream of every kid who tries to make it in music: he's headlining the big hometown festival. Chance is one of the acts booked for Lollapalooza in Chicago, along with The Killers, Arcade Fire, Muse, The X-X, Lorde and Blink-182.  The festival expanded to four days last year and will be four days again this time, August 3rd to 6th.  Other performers include Alt-J, Run The Jewels, Cage The Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, The Head And The Heart, Foster The People and Migos. 

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ACMS ANNOUNCES MORE ENTERTAINERS

 

The Academy of Country Music Awards is adding more talent to the show.  Newly announced performers are Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell , Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. The A-C-Ms are April 2nd. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:24
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MARCH 22, 2017

 

WYCLEF JEAN - DETAINED

 

Wyclef Jean says he was mistaken for an armed robbery suspect and briefly detained in Los Angeles. Wyclef posted a video yesterday on Twitter showing himself in handcuffs next to a patrol car. Jean tells The Associated Press he was cuffed before he was asked his name or told what he was accused of. He says he was ``treated like a criminal.'' A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff says Jean's clothing and vehicle matched the description of a suspect. Jean was released, and the department has apologized. Two suspects have been arrested. 

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``NO SCRUBS'' - ``SHAPE OF YOU''

 

Ed Sheeran's team has quietly given credit to the writers of ``No Scrubs'' by T-L-C for influencing his song ``Shape of You.'' ASCAP now lists Kevin ``She'kspeare'' Briggs, Kandi Burruss and Tameka ``Tiny'' Cottle as co-writers of ``Shape of You.'' Many listeners had noted the similarities between the songs.

Burruss writes her thanks to Sheeran on social media and says she dances every time ``Shape of You'' comes on. Cottle writes on Instagram, ``Ayeeee! Ed Sheeran 'Shape of You' - blessed.'' 

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GUCCI MANE - MEMOIR

 

Gucci Mane had a lot of time to himself while sitting in prison on a weapons charge. That's when he started writing his life story. ``The Autobiography of Gucci Mane'' will be released in September. He will tell tales of his roots in Alabama and how he found his voice as a rapper. He won't shy away from the dark stuff, either: his drug addiction, prison sentences and violent past. 

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PAUL MCCARTNEY - ELVIS COSTELLO  (NOTE LANGUAGE)

 

In 1987, Paul McCartney asked Elvis Costello to write songs together to diversify his style. Costello tried not to geek out on playing with a Beatle. The two paired up for McCartney's ``Flowers in the Dirt'' album. Costello says he tried ``not to turn up in short trousers with my fan club card sticking out of my top pocket.'' He played it cool but he couldn't help but look up now and then and think, ``Bloody hell, it's him!'' ''Flowers in the Dirt`` has been reissued with bonus tracks of demos they didn't use.

McCartney says if they had done a few more, they could have made ''a crazy album,`` but that's as far as they got. 

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE - WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH - CONCERT

 

Melissa Etheridge says she had no problem coming up with great musicians to play with in Nashville and they all happened to be women. Cam, Orianthi (or-ee-AHN'-thee), Lindsay Ell and Troi Irons joined Etheridge Monday for a celebration of Women's History Month. Etheridge says what's changing in music and in society is that such a thing is not unusual anymore. Cam says it was great to stand around talking about gear and guitar pedals with other women. Orianthi says she recalls a teacher suggesting she play harp instead of guitar because a harp is more feminine. She says she had such a passion for guitar that she stuck with her original choice. 

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MARIAH CAREY - HOLIDAY HOME VIDEO

 

Mariah Carey's song ``All I Want For Christmas Is You'' is being turned into a holiday cartoon. It will be released to home video for the 2017 holidays. Carey narrates and produces the film. She says in a statement she's thrilled to bring the story of the song to a new generation of families. 

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BONNAROO - ALL NIGHT STAGE

 

You can stay up all day listening to music at Bonnaroo, and now you can stay up all night doing it, too.

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is adding an all-night stage.

Featured acts include Marshmello, Big Gigantic, D.R.A.M. and Louis The Child. Bonnaroo headliners are U-2, Canadian singer The Weeknd and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bonnaroo is June 8th to 11th in Manchester, Tennessee. 

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(The Associated Press)

New Doc Walker Single “Heart of the Heartland”, Out Now, Pays Homage to Small Town Canadian Pride

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:12
New Doc Walker Single “Heart of the Heartland”, Out Now, Pays Homage to Small Town Canadian Pride

New Doc Walker Single “Heart of the Heartland”, Out Now, Pays Homage to Small Town Canadian Pride

 

New Album Weathervane out March 31

 

Country legends Doc Walker are releasing their new album, Weathervane, March 31. The first single from the new record, “Heart of the Heartland” pays homage to small town pride across the country. The single will be available digitally and on country radio on March 17, 2017.

 

Produced by Gavin Brown and Dave Wasyliw, and written by Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, the song was inspired by hometown pride, fond memories of youth and continuing to find new inspiration in one’s roots, in this case, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and Winnipeg, which has long been home for bandmates Dave Wasyliw and Chris Thorsteinson. 

Listen to the latest single, here.  

“Heart of the Heartland is about all of the lives that were lived, and all of the memories that were created in a now dying town. One man’s connection to the broken concrete and dilapidated structures that harbour the ghosts of his entire childhood, and his unshakable hometown pride,” says bandmate Dave Wasyliw. “In short, Weathervane is the record we’ve always wanted to make. We don’t set out in a specific direction when we start writing for an album. We write, and write, and re-write. Much like a weathervane, it’s almost as if we’ll lick our finger, and hold it to the wind to see if we are on the right track.”

 

Weathervane to me is a reflection of the amazingly crazy life I've lived. I am one of those guys that never left his home town, yet had the opportunity to travel the world. I've seen Canada from coast to coast many times throughout the years staring out the windows of vans, old buses, new buses, trains and planes, and every time I'm shocked by the beauty of our country, but my heart has always been in the Prairies,” says lead singer, Chris Thorsteinson

With over 20 Top 10 singles in total, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.

Following a busy winter which saw the group take to the CP Holiday Train and perform at the Heritage Classic in their hometown of Winnipeg, Doc Walker are gearing up for Dauphin Countryfest (MB) in June, Murillo Countryfest (ON), and Stonewall Quarry Days (MB).