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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
(The Associated Press)