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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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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)