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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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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)