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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:33

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

 

FEIST

Canadian singer-songwriter Feist says ``Pleasure,'' her first studio album in nearly six years, will be released on April 28. 

It's the first time Feist has released an album of new material since 2011's ``Metals,'' which won the Polaris Music Prize. 

She reunited with longtime collaborators Mocky and Renaud Letang for her fifth studio album. They both contributed to ``The Reminder,'' the 2007 release that launched her career into the mainstream with hits like ``1234'' and ``I Feel It All.'' 

The singer, born Leslie Feist, is also lined up to appear on Broken Social Scene's newest album, expected later this year. 

``Pleasure'' is being released ahead of a series of North American tour dates, including Toronto's Field Trip Festival in June and the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July. 

(The Canadian Press)

 

BROTHERS OSBORNE, MAREN MORRIS AND JOHN PARDI EARN ACM AWARDS EARLY

Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi are early winners at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. 

The ACMs announced on Tuesday the winners of their new artist categories, including Brothers Osborne securing new vocal duo or group of the year honours, Morris snagging the new female vocalist of the year award, and Pardi getting the new male vocalist of the year trophy. 

The new artist winners will get to perform on the 52nd ACM Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, on CBS. 

Brothers Osborne are also nominated for vocal duo of the year, while Morris is in the running for an additional five nominations, including album of the year, single record of the year and female vocalist of the year. 

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Online: http://www.acmcountry.com

GREGG ALLMAN CANCELS ALL DATES

Gregg Allman has cancelled all of his scheduled tour dates for the year. 

The 69-year-old rocker posted Monday on his website that ``it has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017.'' In November, Allman said he was taking several months off from touring so he can ``focus on his health,'' but still had plans to tour. 

The new statement said that fans who bought tickets for concerts in June should ``contact the ticket outlet from where you purchased the tickets for a refund.'' 

More details about why Allman has cancelled all of his 2017 shows were not available. He has faced multiple health issues, including contracting hepatitis C and having a 2010 liver transplant. 

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Online: http://www.greggallman.com/news 

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THE WHO MOVES TO VEGAS FOR THE SUMMER

 

The Who is taking up residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this summer. 

Caesars Entertainment announced Monday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will become the first rock band to take up residence at the hotel-casino's Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003. 

The first run opens July 29 with six shows through Aug. 11.Tickets go on Friday at prices from $76 to $501. 

The Who have sold more than 100 million records since forming in 1964. Their hit albums include ``My Generation,'' ''Tommy`` and ''Quadrophenia.``

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HANSON PLANS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

Wrap your mind around this: in five years, Hanson will be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hanson is celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band and the 20th anniversary of their first release, ``Middle of Nowhere.'' This year they will release ``Middle of Everywhere - The Greatest Hits.'' They will kick off a 25th anniversary tour beginning with their own Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 21st. After some concerts, Taylor Hanson will D-J the ``Dance Like You Don't Care'' after-party. Guitarist Isaac Hanson says this year marks not just two decades of recorded music, but ``an incredible community of fans.'' 

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JAMES DURBIN - QUIET RIOT

 

Quiet Riot is scrapping the album they did with former singer Seann Nicols to remake it with new singer James Durbin. The group says in a statement the ``Road Rage'' album that was supposed to come out next month will now be delayed until the summer. Durbin was a finalist on the 2011 season of ``American Idol.'' Quiet Riot will continue their planned tour, which stops in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday. 

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BOSTON'S TOM SCHOLZ - RECOGNITION

 

The city of Boston has sent greetings to guitarist Tom Scholz of the band Boston in honour of his 70th birthday. The Boston band Facebook page has a photo of the proclamation from Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The proclamation thanks Scholz for his service as an engineer, musician and philanthropist and for ``dedicating your life to serving others and making the world a better place.'' 

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ED SHEERAN - ``GAME OF THRONES''

 

Ed Sheeran tweets, ``Guess the cat's out of the bag.'' The producers of ``Game of Thrones'' confirm Sheeran will have a role in the upcoming season. Details on his role were not given. Producer David Benioff said during a panel discussion at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday that he's been trying to get Sheeran on the show for years. He says he wanted to surprise actress Maisie Williams, who's a huge Sheeran fan. The last season of ``Game of Thrones'' premieres July 16th on H-B-O. 

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OBIT - Y&T GUITARIST

 

Original guitarist Joey Alves of Y&T has died.

Frontman Dave Meniketti writes on Facebook that Alves died Sunday morning of ulcerative colitis and other complications. He was 63.

Meniketti calls Alves ``a fun guy who always played with attitude and conviction.'' Y&T's biggest hit was ``Summertime Girls'' in 1985. Alves left the band in the late 1980s. 

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DAN AND SHAY - ``OBSESSED''

 

Dan and Shay named their current album ``Obsessed'' because that's a word they kept seeing their fans use online. Dan Smyers says fans say things like, ``I'm so obsessed with this song,'' or ``I'm obsessed with pizza.'' Dan and Shay ended up writing a song called ``Obsessed.'' Smyers says their fans have been so much a part of their success that Dan and Shay decided that should be the name of the album. He says because so many people use the word ``obsessed,'' he's hoping that maybe subconsciously they will also think about checking out the album. 

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THE WHO - LAS VEGAS

 

A lot of acts have taken up residencies at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But never a rock band. Until now, anyway. The Who will become the first rock band to play an extended stay the hotel-casino's Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003.

Caesars says the Who will begin its run July 27th through August 11th. The group has sold more than 100-million records since forming in 1964. 

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TODD RUNDGREN - LIONEL RICHIE - LUCINDA WILLIAMS - DOCTORATES

 

Todd Rundgren will bestow his wisdom upon the graduates of the Berklee College of Music. He will be the speaker during commencement on May 13th in Boston. Rundgren also will be given an honourary doctorate of music. Lionel Richie, Lucinda Williams, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow and South Korean musician Shin Joong Hyun also will be given honourary doctorates of music. Berklee's tradition is for students to play the music of the doctorate recipients at a private concert the night before graduation. 

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(The Associated Press)

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LOCAL RECORDING ARTIST KAYLA LUKY PERFORMS AT DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:00
LOCAL RECORDING ARTIST KAYLA LUKY PERFORMS AT DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST

Local Recording Artist Kayla Luky Performs at Dauphin's Countryfest!

Kayla performs at 6 pm on Sunday on The Credit Union Corral Stage

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)