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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017

 

Toronto Rapper Drake was a big winner at the Grammy Awards pre-telecast show thanks to ``Hotline Bling,'' which grabbed two Grammys for best rap song and best rap or sung performance. 

It brings his Grammy tally to three, after taking home one for his 2011 album ``Take Care.'' 

Drake, however, wasn't in L-A last night to accept the honour -- he's currently in the midst of a European tour. 

Drake's ``Views'' and Justin Bieber's ``Purpose'' were both nominated for album of the year, but the evening's top honour went to Adele for ``25.'' 

Canadian producer Bernie Herms, meantime, finally got a taste of Grammy glory.

After eight nominations, the London, Ontario-born songwriter pocketed his first win for ``Thy Will,'' a song he created with Hillary Scott and the Scott Family. 

It won best contemporary Christian music performance or song during the pre-telecast ceremony. 

And while the late Leonard Cohen missed qualifying for this year's Grammys by about three weeks with his final album ``You Want It Darker,'' he was still there in spirit. 

Folk singer Judy Collins paid tribute to her long-time friend and collaborator by performing the Cohen classic ``Suzanne.''

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GRAMMYS - ADELE'S NIGHT

 

Here's something you may not know about Adele's song ``Hello'': the original line was not ``Hello, it's me,'' but ``Hello, misery.'' It also had three different choruses.

``Hello'' was named record and song of the year at the Grammys, and her ``25'' album was named album of the year. She is the first act to sweep album, record and song of the year twice. She won in all five categories in which she was nominated. Adele says Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' was her album of the year, and she voted for it. She says she felt the same way the first time she heard ``Lemonade'' as when she was 10-years-old and she first heard Destiny's Child singing ``No No No.'' It's not like Beyonce was shut out. She won best urban contemporary album and best music video. 

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ADELE - GEORGE MICHAEL TRIBUTE

 

Adele says she had a shaky rehearsal for ``Fastlove'' for the George Michael tribute at the Grammys last night. She started the song, dropped an F-bomb and said she had to start over to do right by Michael. Adele said backstage she remembers seeing the ``Fastlove'' video for the first time as a kid and thinking how hot Michael was. She says she was devastated when he died and decided if there was a tribute to him, she was going to do it. She says Michael's family didn't want a tribute initially, but they changed their minds and wanted Adele for it. 

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TWENTY ONE PILOTS - DROP TROUSERS

 

At first it looked like Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots had his fly down, but no, he was really taking off his pants.

Twenty One Pilots accepted their award for best pop group performance in their underwear. Singer Tyler Joseph says when they were nobodies watching the Grammys one year, they noticed everyone was in their underwear. They decided if they ever won, they'd accept that way. 

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CHANCE THE RAPPER - WINS AT HIS GAMBLE

 

Chance The Rapper lobbied to get his ``Coloring Book'' album eligible for Grammy consideration and it paid off. It won best rap album, the first digital-only release to win. He also won best rap performance and best new artist. 

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RORY FEEK - BITTERSWEET GRAMMY WIN

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory promised his wife during last year's Grammys that if their ``Hymns'' album was nominated this year, he'd go to the Grammys. She died in March.

``Hymns'' won the roots gospel award. Feek says his wife joked that she'd know about the win before he would. 

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LONG-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEES

 

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth says it's OK that they were nominated 12 times before they finally got a Grammy win.

He says good things come in twelves, like the 12 apostles or a case of beer. William Bell got his first win with the Americana award. He says he sees his win as ``a new lease on life.'' Bobby Rush says his win for traditional blues album was for his 374th record. He doesn't see it as ``it's about time'' but ``it's always on time.'' 

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MAREN MORRIS - GRAMMY CAMP TO GRAMMY WIN 

Eleven years ago, Maren Morris was one of the first kids to go to Grammy Camp. Now she's got a Grammy of her own, for best country solo performance. Morris says every kid who went to that camp dreamed of being on that stage or to ``walk away with some hardware.'' She says it's crazy to actually have a Grammy of her own. Morris says she planned on celebrating by having her first drink in a month because she didn't have to worry about fitting in her Grammy dress anymore. 

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COUNTRY GRAMMYS

 

Vince Gill doesn't want to seem ungrateful, since he had 20 Grammys before last night, but he kind of didn't want to win the best American roots Grammy for writing ``Kid Sister'' for The Time Jumpers. At least, he didn't want to win it alone. Gill says he would have rather that they would celebrate a group win. Sturgill Simpson won the country album award for ``A Sailor's Guide To Earth.'' Maren Morris won the country solo performance Grammy. Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton won the best country duo/group performance Grammy for their version of ``Jolene.'' Willie Nelson won, but not for country. He won best traditional pop vocal album for his collection of Gershwin songs. 

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HILLARY SCOTT - CRIES AT THE GRAMMYS

 

Hillary Scott was bawling when she and her family won not one but two contemporary Christian Grammys last night. Scott says one of the wins was for ``Thy Will,'' a song about her miscarriage, so that was one reason she was crying. She says she was also crying because it meant the first time her co-writers, Bernie Herms and Emily Weisband, had won a Grammy. Scott says she made the album to help her cope with loss, including the death of her grandfather, yet she wanted to make music that gave people hope. 

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DAVID BOWIE'S ``BLACKSTAR'' ALBUM - FOUR GRAMMYS

 

 

 

One of the players in David Bowie's backing band for his ``Blackstar'' album says Bowie was happy that critics understood his vision. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin says it meant a lot for Bowie to see the critical acclaim the album was getting before he died. ``Blackstar'' won five Grammys last night. 

 

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DAYA - FINALLY WINS SOMETHING

 

 

 

Daya sure was excited to win a Grammy last night. She had never won anything before. Daya won a dance Grammy for collaborating with The Chainsmokers on ``Don't Let Me Down.'' Daya says it's not a bad place to begin. Flume won the best dance album for ``Skin.'' 

 

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RICK DERRINGER - LOADED GUN ON AIRPLANE

 

 

 

Rick Derringer did not mean any harm when he brought a gun onto a commercial airline last month. His manager says Derringer thought he could take the gun onto a flight because he has a permit to carry one and he takes it with him on flights 30 to 50 times a year. Derringer was detained in Atlanta's airport at the end of a trip to Mexico on January 9 when a loaded gun was found on his carry-on bag. Air passengers may take unloaded guns in locked hard-sided containers in checked baggage only, and they must declare them to the airline at check-in. The head of Atlanta's airport says the person who missed the weapon during screening has been fired.

 

Derringer faces a criminal charge. 

 

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JONI MITCHELL - PRE-GRAMMY EVENT

 

 

 

Legendary Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell made a rare public appearance over the weekend at a pre-Grammy gala.

 

Filmmaker Cameron Crowe escorted Mitchell in a wheelchair to the Clive Davis Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday. Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm in March 2015. Performers included Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, DNCE and Bell Biv DeVoe. 

 

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GEORGE MICHAEL - LEAKED EMERGENCY CALL

 

 

 

George Michael's family is ``extremely upset'' that a recording of the emergency call of his death was leaked to the press. Family lawyers say they are calling for an investigation. The Sun newspaper in Britain published a transcript and audio Saturday of the call made by Fadi Fawaz, Michael's partner, on December 25th.

 

Fawaz says on the call, ``I've been trying to wake him up for the last hour....He's gone.'' An initial autopsy on Michael was inconclusive, and the results of toxicology tests have not been released. 

 

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PRINCE MUSIC - STREAMING

 

 

 

Prince's catalogue is now available on all streaming services, not just Tidal. Warner Brothers Music made the announcement to tie in with the Prince tribute at the Grammys last night. Prince was notoriously protective about his music being online. He had chosen Tidal to stream his music before he died, but then those rights got tied up in legal battles because Prince did not leave a will. 

 

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PRINCE ITEMS - AUCTION

 

 

 

The beaded jacket Prince wore in the film ``Under the Cherry Moon'' is up for auction. R-R Auction says the jacket still has makeup on the collar because it's too delicate to launder.

 

Other items for sale include the document Prince signed to play The Kid in the film ``Purple Rain,'' handwritten lyrics for ``The Screams of Passion'' and a handwritten awards show speech. The auction will be held Thursday. 

 

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DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - BUS ACCIDENT

 

 

 

Thirteen people were hurt when a truck rammed into the tour bus of the band The Dillinger Escape Plan outside Krakow, according to Polish authorities. The band members were not seriously hurt, and a pregnant woman travelling with them was not hurt. A police spokeswoman says the most injured person was the truck driver. The Dillinger Escape Plan called off their show last night in Krakow. Their next stop is tomorrow in Leipzig, Germany. 

 

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JAMIE LYNN SPEARS - DAUGHTER IS HOME

 

 

 

The daughter of actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears is back at her home after a vehicle accident last week.

 

Maddie Spears-Aldridge was submerged in a pond inside an A-T-V a week ago yesterday _ and paramedics in Louisiana had to pull her out of the water. The eight-year-old girl was released from the hospital Friday. Maddie's aunt, Britney Spears, posted a message on her Facebook page announcing the girl's release. She calls it ``a miracle'' that her niece was able to go home. 

 

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(The Canadian Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:25
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

 

 

RORY FEEK WILL RETURN

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory will return to performing as a way to say thank you to the non-profit group that helped him with insurance and medical bills as his wife Joey died of cancer last year. Rory Feek will donate all the profits from the concerts at his home in Pottsville, Tennessee, on September 8th and 9th to the Music Health Alliance. Feek says he asked the non-profit for help when his wife wanted to try treatment at a facility out of their insurance network. He says he turned to the group again after she died for help figuring out all the bills. He says the Music Health Alliance never asked him for money. Feek says he also wants to get onstage again to learn what the future holds. 

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U2 ADAM CLAYTON MAP AWARD

 

U-2 bassist Adam Clayton says the other members of the band loved him before he had learned to love himself. The band stood with Clayton as he accepted an award Monday from the Musicians' Assistance Program, the charity run by the Recording Academy that helps those in the music industry with addiction.

Clayton has been sober for two decades and credits his bandmates for helping him stay in line. He says he used to think that being in a band meant drinking, but Eric Clapton was the one who talked him into rehab. 

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RASCAL FLATTS WEDDING

 

When one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Sara and Brandon McInnis said they enlisted a little help for the couple's first song, nobody thought that Rascal Flatts would be the ones helping. Rascal Flatts crashed the reception in Watertown, Wisconsin, Saturday to sing the couple's first dance song, ``Bless the Broken Road.'' A family friend had written to Rascal Flatts asking them to do it, and the band was in the area playing the Country U-S-A Festival in Oshkosh. Rascal Flatts had such a blast doing it they posted video on their website. 

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IRON MAIDEN TICKETS KIDNAPPING

 

A kidnapping suspect was known to be an Iron Maiden fan. His friend posted a picture of Iron Maiden tickets online. Authorities in San Antonio put two and two together and figured out exactly where to find their man. The Bexar (BEHR) County Sheriff's Office says it arrested Derrick Roseland on a warrant for aggravated kidnapping by going to the seats listed on the friend's tickets for the Iron Maiden show in San Antonio on Saturday.  

Roseland was taken into custody without incident. 

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC DEAL OFF PRINCE

 

Universal Music Group is asking a Minnesota judge to cancel its music rights deal with Prince's estate. U-M-G claims a deal the estate made with Warner Brothers has elements that conflict with the U-M-G deal and it will take extensive litigation to sort it all out. The nature of the conflicts is not known because most of the relevant court filings are sealed or heavily redacted.

U-M-G says if the deal is not cancelled, new music from Prince's vault might not be heard for years. Prince's six siblings who were named heirs to the estate are split on whether to rescind the deal. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:20
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

 

LORDE NUMBER ONE

 

Lorde says her song ``Royals'' was a moonshot, but she could not hope for repeat success with her new album, ``Melodrama.'' That's why she's so excited that it's the number-one album in America. Lorde tweets when she was a kid, she thought big records had to be made sterile and calculated, with something sacrificed. She says she had the ``divine thrill of disapproving that firsthand.'' She says her 15-year-old self would have been so proud. 

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SHAKIRA MOTHERHOOD

 

Shakira is not worried about being a working mom.

She thinks it's good for her kids. Shakira says she wants her children to see their mother doing something she loves because it's setting a good example for them. She wasn't always that way. Shakira says she used to be the centre of her own universe and kept pushing ``pause'' on having a family. Now that she has one, Shakira says they're the priority and she's happy to push ``play.'' 

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BILL WARD EQUIPMENT

 

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had a habit of signing and dating his drum heads and sticks after he was done using them. He's now selling them. Ward will launch a shop through Reverb.com to sell the drum heads and other drum equipment he doesn't use anymore. He's unloading the cymbals he used on ``War Pigs,'' and he marvels that he played that song on cymbals so small.

Ward says he's had stuff sitting in ten storage areas. Ward says if the stuff ends up in a museum, so be it, but it would warm his heart if drummers would continue to use the equipment. The shop is expected to go live in the coming weeks. 

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA FUTURE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will continue touring as a way to honour late founder Paul O'Neill. T-S-O has issued a statement saying O'Neill always talked about the band as an idea that would continue long after he stepped away from the stage. T-S-O will announce their winter tour dates in the coming weeks. O'Neill was found dead in a Tampa hotel room of an accidental drug overdose on April 5th. 

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BRAD PAISLEY COMEDY SPECIAL

 

A comedy special based on the two shows Brad Paisley hosted in Nashville earlier this year is coming to Netflix.

``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' features several comedians as well as guest appearances from Reba McEntire and David Hasselhoff. It will debut August 16th. 

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CAPITOL FOURTH PERFORMERS

 

Kellie Pickler, Yolanda Adams and Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the lineup for the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. They join previously announced performers John Stamos, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, The Beach Boys, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, singer Sofia Carson and ``The Voice'' winner Chris Blue. P-B-S stations will carry the concert live as ``A Capitol Fourth.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:37
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

 

Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak at the 2017 B-E-T Awards. Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by `90s R-&-B, also shined. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year - the top prize. Mars also won best male R-&-B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, ``perm.'' In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance the Rapper, who has raised two million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance ``since he was a baby rapper.''

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TUPAC SHAKUR MOVIE - STEALING

A magazine writer is suing the creators of the new film about Tupac Shakur  for using some of his work in the movie without his permission. Kevin Powell has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of ``All Eyez On Me.'' He says it borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur for Vibe magazine. One instance Powell cites is the fictional character Nigel in the film, which he says is a copy of a character he wrote about based on music promoter Jacques ``Haitian Jack'' Agnant. The defendants in the lawsuit have not responded to requests for comment.

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BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL VISIT

Billy Joel's advice for new graduates at his old high school: ``Pick a job you'll like, because if you pick a job you hate life's going to suck.'' New York's Newsday reports Joel gave a speech Saturday at graduation at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. He told the grads they will never have as much idealism as they do now and they should hold onto that. Joel didn't go to his own graduation. He slept through his English final and didn't make up the credit for 25 years.

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DAVE GROHL - F-BOMB RECORD

There are many things that Adele can do better than Dave Grohl, but he wasn't about to make swearing one of them. The Foo Fighters played the Glastonbury Festival in the U-K over the weekend. New Music Express reports Grohl told the audience he was told they were not supposed to swear during the festival. He also heard that Adele set the record last year for dropping the most F-bombs at Glastonbury, with 33. Grohl led the crowd in a chant of the offending word. He stopped and they kept going, so Grohl used that word to stop them and counted that as number 34.

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``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2'' - SONG

Former Looking Glass singer Elliot Lurie says the way their song ``Brandy'' is used in the movie ``Guardians of the Galaxy 2'' is exactly how he always hoped it would be heard. It's used twice in the movie, and Lurie says the scene where Starlord's mother is singing along in her convertible is what he had in mind when he wrote it. Lurie says he used an old girlfriend's name for the song, but she was not a barmaid nor were they destined to be together. If you've never been able to guess what Lurie's accent is, believe it or not, it's New York. He says the producer told him to emphasize his R's because his Brooklyn accent kept coming through on the vocal.

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JOHN LEGEND - SPELLING CHAMP

The thing about being famous is that the hometown newspaper can dig up old news about you and tell everyone what you did. In John Legend's case, it's rather flattering. The Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, republished a story about 10-year-old John Stephens, as he was known then, winning the local spelling bee in 1989. The article notes that Legend was the only kid who wore a suit and tie. His winning word was ``prejudice.''

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THOMAS DOLBY - CHARITY

The camping trailer Thomas Dolby used on his 2012 ``Time Capsule'' tour has sold on e-Bay for 12,600 dollars. Dolby's name is painted on the outside, and it contains equipment that allowed Dolby to record fans with messages for the future. It also has a fake laser death ray gun, a fake flux capacitor and a real Wi-Fi router. The sale included 100 Dolby t-shirts and 200 C-Ds believed to be of his ``Sole Inhabitant'' album, but no one checked for sure before the sale. Dolby is donating the proceeds from the sale to the educational charity Living Classrooms Foundation.

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ALEX VAN HALEN'S SON - ATHLETE

There aren't a lot of track-and-field athletes who are good at the three thousand-metre steeplechase event. Alex Van Halen's son happens to be one of them. Twenty-seven-year-old Aric Van Halen says he learned music as a kid but found that he was better at sports. Steeplechase involves jumping over barriers and running through water pits. Aric learned it while going to the University of Colorado. He made it to the Olympic trials last year but failed to qualify this past weekend. Aric says he's thinking of giving it up and pursuing a career in video.

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PETER TOSH'S SON - ATTACKER CHARGED

A man accused of seriously injuring the son of reggae great Peter Tosh while in jail is facing an aggravated assault charge. Kyrie Baum is accused of attacking Jawara McIntosh in a general custody housing unit of the Bergen County jail in New Jersey in February. McIntosh is in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. He'd been serving a six-month sentence for pot possession. Baum is serving time for robbery and gun possession. Authorities have not said what sparked the attack but they do say it lasted less than 10 seconds. McIntosh's family had threatened to sue because they could not find out information about the attack.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017 08:21
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - TRADEMARK BID

 

Gene Simmons of KISS has given up his attempt to trademark the devil horns hand gesture. The U-S Patent and Trademark Office states the application has been withdrawn. Simmons had put in the application two weeks ago. The metal community ridiculed Simmons for that move. Simmons' representative has not returned requests for comment. 

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OBIT- BO WAGNER - STARBUCK

 

Percussionist Bo Wagner of the band Starbuck has died. Singer Bruce Blackman writes on his Facebook page Wagner died Tuesday at the age of 72. A cause of death was not given. Starbuck had a number-three hit in 1976 with ``Moonlight Feels Right.''

Blackman says Wagner's marimba solo on that song is considered the standard for all marimba students that few can achieve. Blackman says they had talked about recording another Starbuck album two years ago but their lives got in the way. They did a concert in Atlanta in August billed as ``Starbuck's Farewell Performance'' and Blackman says they had no idea how prophetic that would be. 

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LORETTA LYNN - CANCELS SHOWS

 

Loretta Lynn is bowing out of two more concert dates as she recovers from a stroke she suffered in May.

Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa, says Lynn's July 7th concert has been cancelled ``due to circumstances beyond our control.'' The Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, cites the same message for Lynn's July 21st concert. Lynn, who is 85, is planning to host a motorcycle and music festival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at the end of September. 

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STEVE EARLE - ``OUTLAW''

 

Steve Earle had two purposes in making his ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' album. One was to reclaim the word ``outlaw.'' Earle says fans think it was the boozy lifestyle that musicians like Earle and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson led back in the day, and it's not. The other purpose was for Earle to channel Jennings and pay tribute to the musicians who helped shape Earle, like Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. Earle says he was the kid of the outlaw country movement and all his heroes are dying out. He says it's possible another movement like that will happen, but probably not in his lifetime. ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' is out now. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - WEDDING

 

Christina Perri is engaged. Perri announced on Instagram her boyfriend, Hollywood Reporter on-air host Paul Costabile, proposed and she said yes. Costabile posted on his Instagram he knew he wanted to marry Perri the day she showed up for an interview almost four years ago. 

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KATY PERRY - DIAMOND AWARD 

 

Katy Perry has become the first musician to earn a third Diamond Award for singles from the Recording Industry Association of America. The R-I-A-A says Perry's song ``Roar'' has passed the ten-million mark for sales and streaming equivalents.

Perry's songs ``Firework'' and ``Dark Horse'' also have earned Diamond Awards. Eminem and Lady Gaga are the only other acts who have two Diamond Awards for singles. 

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PETER TOSH'S SON - JAIL ATTACK

 

 The son of reggae legend Peter Tosh is in a coma after getting beat up in jail and his family is going to court to get answers. Jawara McIntosh has been hospitalized with brain injuries since the attack in February at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey. He was serving six months for marijuana possession after police say they found more than 29-kilos of pot in his car. His family says McIntosh is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization. They say McIntosh can't tell them what happened in jail and officials won't give them any solid information. The family plans to sue the county. A spokesman for the Bergen County's sheriff's office declined comment. 

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(The Associated Press)