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Friday, 10 February 2017 08:43

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

 

APRIL WINE BASSIST DIES

 

A former bassist for the band April Wine has died.

Steve Lang died last weekend at the age of 67, according to frontman Myles Goodwyn.  A cause of death was not given but Goodwyn writes on Facebook that donations can be made in Lang's memory to Parkinson Canada. Lang played in April Wine from 1975 to 1984. He played on the band's biggest American hit, ``Just Between You and Me'' in 1981. 

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MUSICIANS PREPARE FOR GRAMMYS

 

Do you play a drinking game with the Grammys? So do a lot of the nominated musicians. Best new artist nominee Maren Morris says she's nervous all the time, so she ``definitely might need a nip of something.'' Cassadee Pope, up for a country Grammy, says she will definitely have a cocktail because it helps her to loosen up before walking a red carpet. Thomas Rhett, also a country Grammy contender, says his evening will ``start with champagne, might end with champagne and then fill in the gap.'' Beyonce leads the nominations with nine, while Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each have eight. The Grammys are Sunday in Los Angeles. 

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JAMES CORDEN SAYS HE'S NO LL COOL J

 

He has LL Cool J's job. But James Corden says he isn't trying to be the next LL Cool J as he hosts the Grammys. He says even though his name is James, he's ``more like not Ladies Love Cool James. I'm like Ladies Put Up With That Guy James.'' Something else Corden won't try to duplicate: the Carpool Karaoke he does on his late night CBS show. He says with so many ``brilliant singers'' at the Grammys, ``no one needs to hear'' him sing. The Grammys are Sunday. 

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AP SOURCE: MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS DID NOT SUBMIT ALBUM TO GRAMMYS

 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will not win a Grammy for the album ``This Unruly Mess I Made'' because they didn't get nominated, and they didn't get nominated because they didn't submit the album for consideration. A person close to the nomination process tells The Associated Press the duo did not enter the album when Grammy submissions were due in September. Frank Ocean also did not submit his latest two albums for Grammy consideration.

Representatives for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and the Grammys did not reply to requests for comment. 

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ARETHA FRANKLIN PLANS HER EXIT FROM MUSIC

 

Aretha Franklin is retiring to spend more time with her grandchildren before they go to college. Franklin, who is 74, tells WDIV-TV in Detroit she will put out one more album of original material in September and do some concert dates, but she plans 2017 to be her ``last year in concert.'' She calls her decision bittersweet because music is what she's done all of her life. She says she's satisfied with her career and she's not going to ``just sit down and do nothing.'' Stevie Wonder produced several tracks on Franklin's album. 

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AL JARREAU RETIRES AFTER HOSPITALIZATION FOR EXHAUSTION

 

Exhaustion is forcing Al Jarreau into retirement. A statement on Jarreau's website says he's hospitalized in Los Angeles and ``improving slowly.'' Jarreau's medical team has told him he cannot perform any of his concert dates scheduled for this year. Jarreau, who is 76, says he is thankful for his ``50 years of travelling the world in ministry through music.'' 

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DMX DROPS IN ON SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADDICTS

 

DMX was a surprise guest during a support group meeting for men dealing with homelessness and addiction in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports DMX asked to speak to the men at the non-profit group Ready, Willing and Able Philadelphia. He wanted to mark the anniversary of when he was found unconscious and not breathing in a Yonkers, New York, hotel room. DMX has had run-ins with the law and battled addiction. His advice for the men was to keep faith in God and keep trying. 

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BEYONCE SUED OVER VOICE ON ``FORMATION''

 

The estate of a YouTube star who died in 2010 claims Beyonce used his voice without permission in the video for the song ``Formation.'' The estate of Anthony Barre, AKA ``Messy Mya,'' claims in a $20 million lawsuit that his voice is in the song's introduction saying ``What happened at the New Orleans'' and ``I'm back by popular demand.'' The lawsuit also names several songwriters, the director of the ``Formation'' video and companies owned by Warner Music Group. Representatives for Beyonce and WMG did not return requests for comment. 

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DAVID BOWIE'S LAST BAND REFLECTS ON ``BLACKSTAR''

 

The members of the jazz quartet that backed David Bowie on his ``Blackstar'' album will attend Sunday's Grammys in his memory. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin says he wishes Bowie was still alive to see the love and appreciation for the record. He says the last time he saw Bowie was when they listened to the album in November 2015. He says the joy on Bowie's face was ``beautiful.''

''Blackstar`` is up for five Grammys. 

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GUNS N' ROSES ROSES FOR SALE

 

The floral delivery site 1-800-Flowers is offering a bouquet of valentine roses for the Guns N' Roses fan in your life.

The Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime Bouquet comes with 12 or 24 red roses. It's also got a pair of tickets to the GNR ``Not In This Lifetime'' tour this summer. 

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METALLICA WILL HAVE THEIR OWN THEME NIGHT AGAIN WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

 

The San Francisco Giants will host Metallica Night for the fifth time this year. It will be on Aug. 7 as the Giants take on the Cubs. The band members will perform the national anthem, throw out the first pitch and participate in festivities between innings. 

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PROMOTER DENIED PERMIT FOR ``SUMMER OF LOVE'' CONCERT

 

A 50th anniversary concert in San Francisco celebrating the Summer of Love has hit a snag. City officials have denied promoter Boots Hughston a permit to stage a concert June 4 in Golden Gate Park. Their letter to Hughston said he made ``numerous misrepresentations of material fact,'' including conflicting statements about expected crowd size and security measures. Hughston calls the letter ``character assassination'' and says he has a flawless record as a concert promoter. Hughston says the free concert was to include members of Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Santana Blues Band. Hughston plans to appeal. 

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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)