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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: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017 08:39
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

 

Add Gene Simmons to the list of stars accused of sexual misconduct. Billboard reports that the bass player for Kiss is being sued by a radio and T-V broadcaster who says he groped her and made ``unwanted'' and ``unwarranted'' sexual advances toward her. Unlike many of the allegations made against celebrities these days, this happened recently. The broadcaster says it happened November 1st when she interviewed Simmons and Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley at their restaurant in Highland, California. The suit claims, among other things, that during a post-interview photo, Simmons touched the woman's buttocks. An attorney for the woman says her client is ``embarrassed and humiliated'' by the experience. 

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NELLY - RAPE CHARGES DROPPED

 

An attorney for Nelly says his client is the victim of a ``deceitful allegation devoid of credibility.''

Authorities in Washington state say they won't file rape charges against the rapper, because the accuser isn't cooperating. The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October outside Seattle.

Nelly was arrested and booked before being released. Shortly after the arrest, the woman told prosecutors she wanted the investigation stopped. Prosecutors say without the woman's help, they can't investigate to see whether the allegation has any merit. 

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EMINEM - MOM'S SPAGHETTI

 

If you remember the Eminem song ``Lose Yourself,'' you no doubt remember the line about him being so nervous he barfs up ``mom's spaghetti'' before performing. Over the weekend, some people in Detroit got the chance to see what that pasta takes like of course, before he got ill. The rapper had one of those pop-up restaurants and ``mom's spaghetti'' was on the menu. It's all part of the buildup to his new album. 

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JEEZY - EVOLUTION

 

Jeezy says he was like a lump of coal in a darkened mine but came out like a diamond. The rapper says he can remember many struggles he faced as a kid like being so poor, he had to shoo cockroaches off his food before eating. He says the tough times inspired him do better and now, he wants to help others do the same. He sketches out his journey in his new album, ``Pressure.'' It features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, J. Cole and 2 Chainz.

 

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TONY BENNETT MEMORIAL PERFORMANCE

 

He wasn't there in person. But Tony Bennett was very much a part of the public memorial for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. A taped performance of the veteran crooner was part of the service held yesterday in the rotunda of San Francisco's city hall.

Lee was the city's first Asian-American Mayor. He died last week.

 

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KEELY SMITH - OBIT

 

Singer Keely Smith has died. She was big back in the day, best-known as a pop and jazz singer who both recorded standards and had a longtime musical partnership with Louis Prima. Smith was 89 when she died of apparent heart failure over the weekend in Palm Springs, California. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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)