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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017

 

MADONNA ADOPTS TWINS

 

OK, so Madonna lied about not adopting children from Malawi. Madonna confirms on Instagram she has adopted twin sisters from Malawi after denying reports last month. She posted a photo of her walking hand-in-hand with the girls. The Associated Press obtained a court document in which a Malawi judge says she asked Madonna ``uncomfortable questions'' before approving the adoption because she wanted to make sure Madonna wasn't just giving her a well-rehearsed speech. The girls are four years old and their mother died a week after they were born. Their father, who was in court when Madonna testified, has five other children and has remarried but can't care for all of his family. Madonna has two other children she adopted from Malawi, and two children of her own. 

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RANDY TRAVIS TRIBUTE CONCERT

 

A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of Randy Travis. And last night dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honour the legend. Travis watched from the side of the stage in Nashville, Tennessee, as country stars sang his classics, from ``Forever and Ever, Amen'' to ``Three Wooden Crosses.'' By the end, he had joined in the celebration by singing ``Amazing Grace'' and leading others in singing ``May the Circle Be Unbroken.'' 

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RANDY TRAVIS GOES TO THE TENNESSEE STATE CAPITOL

 

Randy Travis paid a visit to state lawmakers in Nashville yesterday to raise awareness for stroke victims. Travis nearly died from a stroke in 2013 and could not read, write or speak. His health has improved since then. His wife, Mary, told legislators her husband was able to read the word ``Nashville'' on a highway sign last week. It's the first time since the stroke he's shown he can read.

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JOEY AND RORY: THE STORY CONTINUES

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory has stopped writing songs, but he has not stopped writing. On February 14, Feek will put out a book called ``This Life I Live,'' based on his blog. It will give more of the story of his early life and meeting Joey Martin, who became his wife. She died last March. Feek says his first date with Joey was on Valentine's Day 2002, so the book release comes 15 years to the day from that. He says she would love that he's sharing their story. He's also keeping a promise he made her: to go to the Grammys. Their final album together, ``Hymns,'' is up for best roots gospel album. Joey had asked him to attend if they ever got nominated again. 

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LADY GAGA RESPONDS TO BODY-SHAMING

 

Lady Gaga is keeping it positive even as she gets negative comments about her body following the Super Bowl halftime show. Lady Gaga writes on Instagram in response to critics, ``I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too.'' Her advice:

``Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions.'' 

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GUEST, McKEAN, REINER JOIN HARRY SHEARER IN SPINAL TAP LAWSUIT

 

Spinal Tap have reunited for a court case.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner are joining Harry Shearer in his lawsuit against Vivendi S.A. over the profits from the film ``This Is Spinal Tap.'' Shearer had filed suit in October, saying the company fraudulently withheld profits and the rights to the characters. He says Spinal Tap has made $98 in music royalties and $81 in merchandise profits between 1984 and 2013. Shearer's lawsuit had sought $125 million in damages, but the amended complaint asks for $400 million. Vivendi has declined comment, citing a policy against discussing pending litigation. Reiner says in a statement, ``I am hoping this lawsuit goes to 11.'' 

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD GO LOW-TECH FOR THEIR TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT ALBUM

 

Avenged Sevenfold did an album about science and artificial intelligence without getting that techie about it. Singer M. Shadows says they recorded ``The Stage'' ''in the most human way possible.`` That means no AutoTune, no drum samples, nothing like that. Shadows says he's got friends who build their own computers and own the cutting edge of whatever is the latest device, but not him. He says he's got a good iPhone and a computer but that's about it. 

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ERYKAH BADU DELIVERS BABIES WHEN NOT MAKING MUSIC

 

Erykah Badu is so into helping mothers give birth that she's changed her Twitter handle to ErykahBadoula. Badu says she was inspired to become a certified doula after one of her friends gave birth in 2001. Badu realized she had not left her friend's side even for food or sleep during the 52-hour labour. Badu volunteers her services and has been what she calls ``the welcoming committee'' for dozens of babies. Badu's album, ``Baduizm,'' is marking its 20th anniversary this year.

Essence magazine is honouring the album at its Black Women in Music event tonight in Los Angeles. 

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GRAMMYS PLAN TRIBUTES TO PRINCE, GEORGE MICHAEL

 

Prince and George Michael each will get musical tributes during the Grammys on Sunday. Who will do them is still a secret. Previously announced performers include Adele, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and Metallica. 

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ROLF HARRIS CLEARED OF NEW CHARGES, BUT STILL SERVING TIME

 

The singer of ``Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport'' has been cleared of assault, even as he's in prison for another case.

Rolf Harris was convicted in 2014 of 12 sex offences against four young girls. Last year, he was charged with seven more indecent assaults. He was found not guilty yesterday on three of the charges, and the judge dismissed the other four. Harris, who is 86, is serving a nearly six-year sentence in the original case. 

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YOUNG THUG SUED OVER CONCERT

 

An event organizer is suing Young Thug for not showing up for a concert he was supposed to headline. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Nicholas Fitts says he lost

$360,000 when Young Thug failed to play a concert in Rochester, New York, in August. The lawsuit says Young Thug signed a $55,000 contract and ``did not have a valid legal reason'' for skipping.

Young Thug's record label has not responded to requests for comment. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

 

LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) _ OK, so Madonna lied about not adopting children from Malawi. Madonna confirms on Instagram she has adopted twin sisters from Malawi after denying reports last month. She posted a photo of her walking hand-in-hand with the girls. The Associated Press obtained a court document in which a Malawi judge says she asked Madonna ``uncomfortable questions'' before approving the adoption because she wanted to make sure Madonna wasn't just giving her a well-rehearsed speech. The girls are four years old and their mother died a week after they were born. Their father, who was in court when Madonna testified, has five other children and has remarried but can't care for all of his family. Madonna has two other children she adopted from Malawi, and two children of her own.

 

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ANDY TRAVIS TRIBUTE CONCERT

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of Randy Travis. And last night dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honour the legend. Travis watched from the side of the stage in Nashville, Tennessee, as country stars sang his classics, from ``Forever and Ever, Amen'' to ``Three Wooden Crosses.'' By the end, he had joined in the celebration by singing ``Amazing Grace''

and leading others in singing ``May the Circle Be Unbroken.''

 

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RANDY TRAVIS GOES TO THE TENNESSEE STATE CAPITOL

 

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Randy Travis paid a visit to state lawmakers in Nashville yesterday to raise awareness for stroke victims. Travis nearly died from a stroke in 2013 and could not read, write or speak. His health has improved since then. His wife, Mary, told legislators her husband was able to read the word ``Nashville'' on a highway sign last week. It's the first time since the stroke he's shown he can read.

 

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JOEY AND RORY: THE STORY CONTINUES

 

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Rory Feek of Joey and Rory has stopped writing songs, but he has not stopped writing. On February 14, Feek will put out a book called ``This Life I Live,'' based on his blog. It will give more of the story of his early life and meeting Joey Martin, who became his wife. She died last March. Feek says his first date with Joey was on Valentine's Day 2002, so the book release comes 15 years to the day from that. He says she would love that he's sharing their story. He's also keeping a promise he made her: to go to the Grammys. Their final album together, ``Hymns,'' is up for best roots gospel album. Joey had asked him to attend if they ever got nominated again.

 

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LADY GAGA RESPONDS TO BODY-SHAMING

 

UNDATED (AP) _ Lady Gaga is keeping it positive even as she gets negative comments about her body following the Super Bowl halftime show. Lady Gaga writes on Instagram in response to critics, ``I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too.'' Her advice:

``Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions.''

 

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GUEST, McKEAN, REINER JOIN HARRY SHEARER IN SPINAL TAP LAWSUIT

 

LOS ANGELES (AP)_ Spinal Tap have reunited for a court case.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner are joining Harry Shearer in his lawsuit against Vivendi S.A. over the profits from the film ``This Is Spinal Tap.'' Shearer had filed suit in October, saying the company fraudulently withheld profits and the rights to the characters. He says Spinal Tap has made $98 in music royalties and $81 in merchandise profits between 1984 and 2013. Shearer's lawsuit had sought $125 million in damages, but the amended complaint asks for $400 million. Vivendi has declined comment, citing a policy against discussing pending litigation. Reiner says in a statement, ``I am hoping this lawsuit goes to 11.''

 

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD GO LOW-TECH FOR THEIR TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT ALBUM

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Avenged Sevenfold did an album about science and artificial intelligence without getting that techie about it. Singer M. Shadows says they recorded ``The Stage''

''in the most human way possible.`` That means no AutoTune, no drum samples, nothing like that. Shadows says he's got friends who build their own computers and own the cutting edge of whatever is the latest device, but not him. He says he's got a good iPhone and a computer but that's about it.

 

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ERYKAH BADU DELIVERS BABIES WHEN NOT MAKING MUSIC

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Erykah Badu (AYR'-ih-kah BAH'-doo) is so into helping mothers give birth that she's changed her Twitter handle to ErykahBadoula. Badu says she was inspired to become a certified doula after one of her friends gave birth in 2001. Badu realized she had not left her friend's side even for food or sleep during the 52-hour labour. Badu volunteers her services and has been what she calls ``the welcoming committee'' for dozens of babies. Badu's album, ``Baduizm,'' is marking its 20th anniversary this year.

Essence magazine is honouring the album at its Black Women in Music event tonight in Los Angeles.

 

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GRAMMYS PLAN TRIBUTES TO PRINCE, GEORGE MICHAEL

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Prince and George Michael each will get musical tributes during the Grammys on Sunday. Who will do them is still a secret. Previously announced performers include Adele, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and Metallica.

 

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ROLF HARRIS CLEARED OF NEW CHARGES, BUT STILL SERVING TIME

 

LONDON (AP) _ The singer of ``Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport'' has been cleared of assault, even as he's in prison for another case.

Rolf Harris was convicted in 2014 of 12 sex offences against four young girls. Last year, he was charged with seven more indecent assaults. He was found not guilty yesterday on three of the charges, and the judge dismissed the other four. Harris, who is 86, is serving a nearly six-year sentence in the original case.

 

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YOUNG THUG SUED OVER CONCERT

 

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) _ An event organizer is suing Young Thug for not showing up for a concert he was supposed to headline. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Nicholas Fitts says he lost

$360,000 when Young Thug failed to play a concert in Rochester, New York, in August. The lawsuit says Young Thug signed a $55,000 contract and ``did not have a valid legal reason'' for skipping.

Young Thug's record label has not responded to requests for comment.

 

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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).