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Ed Sheeran is coming to Winnipeg

Ed Sheeran plays Winnipeg this summer Ed Sheeran plays Winnipeg this summer Greg Williams

 

 

 

ED SHEERAN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

INCLUDING A WINNIPEG STOP AT MTS CENTRE

SATURDAY JULY 22

 

PRE-SALE POWERED BY TICKETMASTER VERIFIED FAN

BEGINS MONDAY, MARCH 13TH AT 10 AM LOCAL

 

GENERAL ON-SALE STARTS ON FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH

 

NEW ALBUM, “÷,” QUICKLY PROVING TO BE A GLOBAL PHENOMENON,

WITH HISTORIC SALES AND STREAMS AROUND THE WORLD

 

RIAA 2X PLATINUM CERTIFIED “SHAPE OF YOU” CONTINUES TO DOMINATE CHARTS,

INCLUDING BILLBOARD’S “HOT 100,” TOP 40 AND HOT AC RADIO,  iTUNES’ “TOP SONGS,” AND SPOTIFY’S “TOP 50”

 

"÷" AVAILABLE NOW 

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD/STREAM “÷” HERE

ALL PRESS ASSETS AVAILABLE HERE

 

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran has announced details for his North American arena tour.  Dates begins June 29th at Kansas City, Mo’s Sprint Center and then continue through early October (see attached itinerary). For complete details, please visit www.edsheeran.com/live.htm.

 

Pre-sales for all North American dates on the tour - powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan, an innovative new tech product from Ticketmaster built to help artists combat bots and get tickets into the hands of real fans who intend to go to the event – are set to begin Monday, March 13th at 10 AM and run through Thursday, March 16th at 10 PM (all times local); supplies are limited. All remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Friday, March 17th at 10 AM (local) except the July 19th date at Montreal, QC’s Bell Centre, on sale at 12 Noon (local).

 

The tour celebrates Sheeran’s landmark third studio album, “÷.” The album – pronounced “divide” – includes the universal hit singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” both of which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous January release. “Shape of You” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – Sheeran’s first time atop the overall chart – and has remained there for six weeks total thus far. Meanwhile, “Castle On The Hill” entered the “Hot 100” at #6, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” was quickly certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA, while “Castle on the Hill” earned gold -- the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve RIAA certifications this year.

 

“Shape of You” is currently #1 at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio outlets nationwide while also continuing to rule the top spot on iTunes’ “Top Songs” chart and Spotify’s “Top 50” (both Global and U.S.). The song’s official companion video – directed by MTV Video Music Award winner Jason Koenig– is further achieving record-shattering numbers of its own, with individual views in excess of 300 million at Sheeran’s official YouTube alone.

 

÷” has fast proven an even greater phenomenon than Sheeran’s 4x RIAA platinum certified second album, 2014’s “x.” Released March 3rd, the album immediately rocketed to #1 on iTunes charts in 96 countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. “÷” has also achieved historic levels of steaming success including the best-ever one day streams for a single artist (68,695,172), best one day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), and best first day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), the latter two statistics almost doubling the previous record-holder’s success. In addition, “Shape of You,” the album’s stellar first single, earned the best one day streams for a single track with a remarkable 10,123.630 streams – besting Sheeran’s own record set earlier this year upon the single’s initial release.

 

“÷” also stormed streaming worldwide charts, with all 16 of the album’s tracks forming the actual top 16 on Spotify’s “Top 50” in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The complete tracklisting also instantly entered Spotify’s “Global Top 50” chart, as well as the “Top 50” in 13 international markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

 

Sheeran is celebrating the announcement of the tour this morning with a live appearance in New York City’s Rockefeller Center as part of NBC’s TODAY “Citi Concert Series.” The performance continues a long series of high profile media appearances supporting “÷,” including NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS This Morning, and both the 59 Annual GRAMMY® Awards and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

 

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Ed Sheeran – a multiple GRAMMY Award winner and 11-time GRAMMY nominee - has quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold and 4.7 billion Spotify streams. “÷”  follows the British singer-songwriter’s second full length album “x”(pronounced multiply) – released in 2014 – which proved to be both a critical and commercial phenomenon.  After debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, the album has since been certified 4x-Platinum in the US and earned two GRAMMY nominations, including the prestigious “Album Of The Year.” Additionally, “x” spawned four consecutive multi-platinum singles in “Sing,” “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and his global smash and biggest single to date “Thinking Out Loud,” which marked his first #1 at Top 40 radio and won a pair of GRAMMY awards, including highly coveted “Song Of The Year.”

 

Furthermore, “x” was a global sensation reaching #1 on album charts in 14 countries including his native United Kingdom, and topping 95 iTunes charts across the globe. One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Ed has played sold out headline shows at some of the biggest venues around the world, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, Suncorp Stadium in Sydney, and at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 240,000 fans over 3 nights. Ed first broke through to the mainstream in 2012 with his debut album “+” (pronounced plus)which was a top 5 debut in the US  and spent three weeks at #1 in the UK. The 2x-Platinum “+” features “The A Team”, an international smash which earned Ed his first GRAMMY nomination (“Song Of The Year”) and has been certified 3x-Platinum in the US.

 

Sheeran launched his own imprint, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015, with the signing of fellow British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson – whose self-titled album debuted at #1 in the UK – and Irish troubadour Foy Vance.

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MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:51
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

 

ARIANA GRANDE-CONCERT BLAST

 

At least 22 people have been killed and dozens of others injured at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Officials say thousands of young music fans were at the Manchester Arena when an explosion went off as the show was letting out. Grande was not injured, but tweeted how she felt:

``Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words.'' There was panic after the explosion. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and some 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear. Many parents spent the night searching for children who hadn't turned up after the show. And groups of friends separated by the blast sought to find one another.

Police say they are treating the blast as a terrorist act. 

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QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY SAYS FREDDIE MERCURY WAS LOSING HIS FOOT TO AIDS

 

Queen guitarist Brian May reveals one of the ways that AIDS took its toll on singer Freddie Mercury was on his feet.

May tells The Sunday Times of London Mercury showed him his foot in the days before his death and in May's words, ``Tragically there was very little left of it.'' May says Mercury apologized for showing it to him, but May responded he was upset only to learn the extent of Mercury's pain. May says another great tragedy was that the drug ``cocktail'' that has helped many AIDS patients was discovered a few months after Mercury had died in 1991. 

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NICKI MINAJ SUPPORTS VILLAGE IN INDIA

 

Nicki Minaj just keeps on giving. She revealed on Instagram she has been sending money through her pastor to a village in India. Minaj says she has helped them with a computer center, a tailoring institute, a reading program and two water wells. Minaj says people complain about ridiculous little things when others don't even have clean water. Minaj says she is just getting started and she is especially proud of helping the women of India. Recently Minaj helped pay the student loans and book fees for some college students. 

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BABY OF MIDLAND GUITARIST ARRIVES IN PARKING LOT

 

Midland guitarist Jess Carson figured he had time to get his wife to the hospital when she went into labor last week because she had a 28-hour labor with their first child. Instead, their baby was born in the hospital parking lot. Carson tells People magazine he was on a Mother's Day break and happened to be home in Driftwood, Texas, when his wife, Camille, went into labor. It was an hour-long drive to the hospital. Carson says he drove up to the emergency room, ran around to the other side of the car and there was the baby. Doctors transferred them to the birthing suite and mother and baby are doing fine. The Carsons named their new son Parker Emmanuel. They also have a 15-month-old daughter, Ida Mae.

 

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BUCKCHERRY GUITARIST AND DRUMMER LEAVE

 

Original Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson has left the band, but a reason was not given. The band announced drummer Xavier Muriel has also left and they wish Nelson and Muriel the best. Buckcherry will continue to play dates over the summer. A side project of the band, Josh Todd and the Conflict, will release an album in September.

 

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MASTODON STRIPS DOWN ``SHOW YOURSELF''

 

The Mastodon song ``Show Yourself'' could have been a lot more complicated, if guitarist Bill Kelliher had his way.

Kelliher says he had maybe 15 riffs in that song. He says producer Brendan O'Brien cut the fat from it and told them, ``Here's your

song--- Quit overthinking it.'' Kelliher says when he created the opening riff, he wasn't going for a pop sound at all. He says his original intent was more of ``an evil riffage.''

 

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JACK WHITE CREATES BOOK BASED ON SONG

 

Jack White's first book will be a children's story based on the White Stripes song ``We're Going To Be Friends.''

White collaborated with former ``Ren and Stimpy'' animator Elinor Blake, who also records music under the name April March. The book will come with recordings of the original song, along with versions by March and The Woodstation Elementary School Singers. The book comes out November 7th.

 

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ELVIS PLANE IS FOR SALE

 

A 55-year-old jet with no engines and a red shag interior that has been sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico, for 30 years could be worth as much as 3.5 million dollars when it's auctioned on Saturday. It's because the jet once belonged to Elvis Presley and his father, Vernon. GWS Auctions says the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has the original paint job. The interior is just as Presley designed it: red shag carpet, red velvet seats and woodwork with gold inlay. The cockpit has never been restored and the pilots' seats are torn.

 

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GEORGE STRAIT GETS TEXAS HONOR

 

George Strait has been named the Texas State Musician for 2017. The general public nominates musicians, and the Texas Commission on the Arts makes the decision. Strait says he is a proud Texan and he loves to sing the praises of his state.

 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL BE INDUCTED INTO OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME

 

Carrie Underwood will get a special honor from her home state. Underwood will be among those inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on November 16. Past honorees Vince Gill and Kristin Chenoweth will host the ceremony

 

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BLACK EYED PEAS WILL PLAY BEFORE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

 

The Black Eyed Peas will be the warmup act for one of the biggest sporting events in Europe. They will play a concert June 3 in Cardiff, Wales, before the Champions League final in soccer. Real (ree-AL') Madrid will play Juventus. The global TV audience for the Champions League final averages around 160 million. The Black Eyed Peas better mind their time. Last year, the game started four minutes late because Alicia Keys' performance ran long.

 

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FYRE FESTIVAL LAWSUITS

 

Remember the Fyre Festival _ where a bunch of well-off people headed off to what they thought would be a swanky event _ only to find the event had been cancelled because it was so poorly arranged? Well, here come the lawsuits. The suits include a

100 million dollar class-action suit. That lawsuit claims the festival was ``Nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam'' and that the event seemed more like ``The Hunger Games'' than something like Coachella. Among those being sued in the case is rapper Ja Rule.

After the festival was cancelled, he posted an apology online, saying the event wasn't a scam _ and wasn't his fault. 

 

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017 08:43
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

 

ONTARIO RECORDING ARTISTS PLAYED BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE LAST NIGHT


Recording artists Kayla Howran and Dylan Ireland played Bruce's Firehouse last night to an enthusiastic audience.  Dylan opened the show with music from his latest disc including some reworked classics.

Kayla showcased songs from her excellent new album, "Spare Parts" and a few from her previous release.

 

CRYSTAL GAYLE - PRAYERS FOR LORETTA LYNN

 

Crystal Gayle thanks fans for the prayers for her sister, Country music legend Loretta Lynn, and says keep them coming. Gayle does not give any details on Lynn's condition since Lynn suffered a stroke last week. Gayle writes on social media they are lucky to live in an age to have ``wonderful doctors and nurses taking care of her.'' Gayle adds, ``Plus, they have to put up with our dramatic and crazy family and friends.'' 

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LUKE BRYAN - DIDDY - J-LO - FTC LETTERS

 

Luke Bryan, Sean ``Diddy'' Combs and Jennifer Lopez are among the celebrities who have gotten warning letters from the Federal Trade Commission about plugging products on Instagram without disclosing their relationships with the brands. Women's Wear Daily obtained letters the F-T-C sent to 45 celebrities under a Freedom Of Information Act request. Victoria Beckham, Akon, Jamie Lynn Spears and Lucy Hale also received the letters. The F-T-C say celebrities must clearly state whether they were paid, got free products or have a business or family relationship when they endorse a product on Instagram. 

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DEXTER HOLLAND - DOCTORATE

 

Singer Dexter Holland of The Offspring is now Dr.Holland. He writes on the band's website he graduated yesterday with a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California. His research focused on the molecular dynamics of H-I-V infection. Holland says he doesn't see his work as a cure for AIDS or even an immediate step toward a cure, but he hopes to add to the knowledge so that science will find one. He plans to publish more research papers in the coming years, and The Offspring are still planning to do shows and put out new music this year. Should you be interested in his 175-page thesis, Holland has included a link to it on The Offspring's website. 

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PROCOL HARUM - ``A WHITER SHADE OF PALE'' STORY

 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of ``A Whiter Shade of Pale'' by Procol Harum. Singer Gary Brooker says the song originally had four verses instead of two but the fourth one didn't quite fit. He says the band cut a demo that was nearly seven minutes long. They cut the third verse and still had a song that was four minutes, but Brooker says the record-buying public didn't think that was too long. No matter what else Brooker does in life, he will be known for that song, and he says that's fine but it's not his greatest accomplishment. He says he would not have that played at his funeral because he plans to write something much better for his funeral. Procol Harum has a new album out called ``Novum.'' 

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BEN AND JERRY'S - BOB MARLEY- ICE CREAM

 

Bob Marley ice cream is coming to America.

Ben and Jerry's ice cream maker introduced the One Love flavour in the U-K last year and is now selling it in the U-S. One Love is banana ice cream with caramel, cookie swirls and chocolate peace signs. A portion of the proceeds from the ice cream will benefit Jamaica's One Love Youth Camp, which is run by The Bob Marley Foundation. 

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JENNIFER HUDSON - KELLY CLARKSON - ``THE VOICE''

 

Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson could be the ones who find the next Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson on a singing competition -- but not on the new ``American Idol.'' Hudson and Clarkson will join ``The Voice'' as coaches on separate seasons.

Hudson will be on the fall version, joining Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus. Clarkson will be on the season that begins next year, along with Shelton and Levine. A fourth coach for that season has not yet been named. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

Local Punk Rockers Haunted Girlfriend play the Old Fire Hall May 26th!

Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:21
Local Punk Rockers Haunted Girlfriend play the Old Fire Hall May 26th!

Haunted Girlfriend

Live at the Old Fire Hall at the WAC

May 26

Doors 7:30 pm

Show 8 pm

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3 piece punk band from Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. 

Paul Refvik - Guitar/Vocals
Joey Angus - Bass/Backup Vocals
Brendan Malowski - Drums

Get your tickets from Dauphin Music and Electronics, Dauphin Coffee Company

and at the WAC

204.638.6231

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:19
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

 

BEATLES - BBC - ``A DAY IN THE LIFE''

 

Not everyone was crazy about the ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' album when it came out in 1967. The Beatles have posted online the letter they got from the B-B-C banning ``A Day In The Life.'' Frank Gillard, the director of B-B-C's sound broadcasting, wrote to them in May 1967 that his team had determined ``the words 'I'd love to turn you on,' followed by that mounting montage of sound, could have a rather sinister meaning.'' He wrote that the song may have been ``made in innocence and good faith,'' but the phrase ``turned on'' is ``currently much in vogue in the jargon of drug-addicts.'' The 50th anniversary of the release of ``Sgt. Pepper'' is in June. 

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ROBERT MILES - OBIT

 

The European D-J who had a 1996 dance hit with the song ``Children'' has died. Robert Miles died in Ibiza, Spain, from an unspecified illness at the age of 47. Miles created the track ``Children'' in response to photos of child war victims in the former Yugoslavia, and to prevent traffic accidents by giving D-Js a slower track to play at the end of a night to calm down ravers before they hit the road. ``Children'' peaked at number 21 in the U-S and was a huge hit in Europe. 

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RASCAL FLATTS - HELPS OUT

 

Rascal Flatts has no fear of competition from the new generation of country music acts. Bassist Jay DeMarcus says they are happy to help new artists because the more success they have, the more success all of them have. Rascal Flatts enlisted Lauren Alaina for a duet called ``Are You Happy Now'' on their new album, ``Back To Us.'' DeMarcus jokes they have a long-standing agreement with Dan and Shay that if they're going to steal the Rascal Flatts sound, Rascal Flatts gets first pick of their songs.

Shay Mooney contributes two songs to the ``Back To Us'' album, which comes out next week. 

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BARRY MANILOW - UPBEAT ABOUT BEING OUTED AS GAY

 

Barry Manilow says coming out as gay has been ``a beautiful, beautiful experience.'' Manilow says the National Enquirer outed him, and he was worried about a backlash. Manilow says he has not gotten one negative comment or letter about his news. He says he's just a musician and strangers care about his happiness. Manilow made his comments before a B-M-I publishing event in New York on Tuesday, during which Manilow was honoured for his body of work. 

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OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN - DELAYS CONCERTS

 

Olivia Newton-John's sciatica is acting up. Her management has announced Newton-John's concerts for May are postponed because of a bad issue with her sciatica. She plans to reschedule the dates once she's feeling better. 

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DIDDY - RICHEST RAPPERS

 

In the race for rap's first billionaire, it's a tight one between Diddy and Jay Z, but Dr. Dre is making a push.

Forbes magazine has put Diddy at the top of its list of richest hip-hop artists, estimating his wealth at 820-million dollars. Jay Z is a close second with 810-million. Dr. Dre is third with 740-million. After that, the field is not even close. Birdman is fourth with 110-million, and Toronto rapper Drake is number five with 90- million. 

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - RESTAURANT

 

Florida Georgia Line hopes to open its Nashville restaurant within the coming weeks. F-G-L House will feature four levels, daily live music and a rooftop that offers views of the city skyline. The food is described as Southern cuisine with California flair. F-G-L House will be in the same part of town as restaurants owned by Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and John Rich. 

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(The Associated Press)