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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

 

Bryan Adams and Russell Peters step in to host Juno Awards 

Rocker Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will co-host the Juno Awards next month. 

Crooner Michael Buble had previously been announced as host. 

He has stepped down as his son battles cancer. 

The show airs April 2 on CTV. 

Scheduled performers include Alessia Cara, Arkells, Sarah McLachlan and Shawn Mendes.

 

Sunrise Records Locations

 Sunrise Records is revealing more of the locations where it plans to open stores. 

The Ontario-based company confirmed a batch of malls on Thursday where it will replace closing HMV retail spaces. Sunrise says some of them could begin operating within a few weeks. 

Details come after the company revealed last month it would move into 70 retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada as it shuts down all of its stores across the country. 

In British Columbia, Sunrise will open two locations in Burnaby, while Alberta will have stores in Fort McMurray, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Two locations in Calgary, and another in Edmonton will be added to the previously announced two-level store in West Edmonton Mall. 

Manitoba will have two Sunrise locations in Winnipeg, while Saskatchewan will get one in Regina. 

In Ontario, Sunrise will open stores in Belleville, Guelph, Hamilton, Mississauga, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Pickering, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Catharines, alongside its existing stores in the province. 

Quebec will see six stores across Hull, Quebec City, Saint Bruno, Saguenay, Trois-Rivieres and Victoriaville. 

Two stores are planned for New Brunswick in Saint John and Fredericton.

Sunrise says it will reveal the rest of the planned locations starting March 20. Stores will begin opening in early April. 

(The Canadian Press)

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LILY COLLINS WRITES LETTER TO DAD PHIL COLLINS IN HER NEW BOOK

 

Actress Lily Collins has forgiven her dad, Phil Collins, for putting his career ahead of his family, and you can read everything she said. Lily Collins writes in her book of essays, ``Unfiltered,'' that she forgives her father for ``not always being there'' and for ``not being the dad'' she expected. She says because he was often gone, she never wanted to do anything that would make him stay away longer. Her mother, Jill Tavelman, and Phil Collins divorced in 1996 when Lily was 7. Lily writes that she had a number of issues like eating disorders that she blames on her parents' divorce, but she wants to help other girls reach out to their fathers. 

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KELSEA BALLERINI GETS SERIOUS

 

Kelsea Ballerini knew she had to take herself seriously before anyone else would. She recalls going into offices at the age of 15 and trying to sell herself as a singer-songwriter to skeptics. She says she figured out she'd do much better if she offered to play a song she wrote and explained her goals to show she meant business. Ballerini says her advice to songwriters is to show it's a passion, not just a hobby. 

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JUSTIN BIEBER IMPERSONATOR TRIGGERS WARNING IN AUSTRALIA

 

Police in Australia say a 42-year-old man who allegedly posed as Justin Bieber online to solicit explicit images from children has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences. And with Bieber visiting Australia for his current tour _ police are warning young fans and their parents to be careful. The suspect, Gordon Douglas Chalmers, was charged in November with using Facebook and Skype to impersonate Bieber. He's charged with using a service like the internet to procure and groom children for sex and to access child porn. In a statement, police say young people and their parents need to have ``a serious rethink'' about educating kids about online safety. 

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ZAYN MALIK PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIGI HADID FOR VERSACE CAMPAIGN

 

Versace'-got a high-priced supermodel for its latest ad campaign, only she's the one behind the camera. Gigi Hadid took photos of her boyfriend, Zayn Malik for Versace's spring and summer Versus line. Hadid took the photos on an iPhone and digital cameras inside the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. 

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JOEY FEEK'S DEBUT SOLO RECORD COMES OUT ONE YEAR AFTER HER DEATH

 

A solo album from Joey Feek of Joey and Rory will get released on April 7. The Nashville Tennessean reports Feek's album ``If Not For You'' was recorded in 2005 as ``Strong Enough To Cry.'' Previously, it only was available online and at Joey and Rory shows. Joey and Rory launched into the national spotlight when they appeared on the C-M-T reality show ``Can You Duet'' in 2008. Feek died last March. 

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KISS DESTROYER COLA HEADING TO MARKET

 

The latest product in the Kiss universe: Kiss soda. Kiss has teamed with Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops to create Kiss Destroyer Cola. It will be available at Rocket Fizz shops in the coming weeks. 

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THE SHINS WANT TO GIVE AWAY THEIR FIRST VAN

 

The Shins are holding a contest to give away the van they used to travel the country when they were first starting.

Frontman James Mercer says in a YouTube video he only uses it for hauling couches to the thrift store or transporting a Christmas tree, and he wants a band who can use it to have it. It's a 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon that the band bought with their first advance from SubPop Records. To enter to win the van, interested parties should upload a video to social media of their band performing a song from the new Shins record ``Heartworms'' with the hashtag ``ShinsVanContest.'' Mercer himself will choose the winner. Deadline is April 4th. 

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DON McLEAN ORDERED TO STAY AWAY FROM EX FOR TWO YEARS

 

Don McLean's ex-wife has gotten an extended order of protection against him. A Maine court has granted Patrisha McLean an order that will last two years. Don McLean had pleaded guilty in July to domestic violence assault stemming from an incident in January 2016. 

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(The Associated Press)

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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)