MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017
NICKELBACK - DIAMOND STATUS
You've heard of gold records and platinum records, but Canadian rock band Nickelback has a rare diamond record. The Recording Industry Association of America, the group that gives out gold and platinum records, has certified Nickelback's ``All The Right Reasons'' album for sales of 10-million copies. That gets them a diamond award. Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake says they are ``humbled and so grateful 10-million times over.'' The band will release a new album, ``Feed the Machine,'' on June 9th.
ACM AWARDS - EARLY WINNERS
Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi can go to the Academy of Country Music Awards feeling pretty good, because they know they've already won. The Academy has announced Brothers Osborne as the new vocal duo or group winner, Morris as new female vocalist winner and Pardi as new male vocalist winner. All three acts will perform on the A-C-M's on April 2nd. Morris has five other nominations, including album of the year, and Brothers Osborne are in the running for vocal duo of the year.
SHAWN MENDES - FILM MUSICAL
Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes will star in a musical called ``Summer of Love'' that will be directed by Ivan Reitman. The Hollywood Reporter reports it's a road-trip movie, but not much else is known about the plot. It will be Mendes' first live-action film role and Reitman's first musical.
GREGG ALLMAN - TOUR DATES CANCELLED
Gregg Allman has called off his tour dates for the rest of the year. His website made the announcement but did not give a reason. In November, Allman cancelled his concerts because of a bruised vocal cord. In August, he called off shows after falling ill with unspecified health problems.
DOLLY PARTON - MY PEOPLE FUND
Several hundred people who lost their homes in the East Tennessee wildfires in November are putting their lives back together, thanks to Dolly Parton. The Knoxville News Sentinel quotes Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson as saying Parton's My People Fund has issued checks to 921 people.
After the fires, Parton promised to give one-thousand dollars a month for six months to anyone who lost a primary residence. Dotson says more than 80-thousand donations were collected in December and January. The ``Smoky Mountains Rise'' telethon in December raised nine-million dollars.
DOLLY PARTON - MANAGER DIES
Dolly Parton's longtime manager has died. Don Warden died Saturday at the age of 87, according to Parton's publicist. Details were not given. Warden played steel guitar in the Porter Wagoner Trio and met Parton when she joined ``The Porter Wagoner Show.'' Parton left the show in 1974, but Warden stayed on as her manager for nearly 50 years. Parton says Warden was ``like a father, a brother, a partner and one of my best friends.''
DAVID BOWIE - STAMPS
Britain's postal service has marked the first day of issue of its David Bowie stamps by sending them into space. The Royal Mail used helium balloons to send up 52 stamps on Monday. It chose 52 to represent 52 years that Bowie recorded music.
ED SHEERAN - BRITISH SINGLES CHART
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay have achieved a wondrous feat in the U-K -- their song ``Something Just Like This'' is the only song in the top 15 of the British singles chart that isn't by Ed Sheeran. The 14 tracks from Sheeran's ``Divide'' album occupy spots one through six and eight through 15, with ``Something Just Like This'' at number seven.
GLASS ANIMALS - SONGS
Each song on the Glass Animals album ``How To Be A Human Being'' has a lot of thought put into it. Drummer Joe Seaward says singer Dave Bayley created a bunch of characters in minute detail. Seaward says it wasn't just who the characters are, but ``what they all wore, what their favourite shoes were, what they ate for breakfast, were they married, what colour bedsheets do they have.'' Some of the characters have been taken a step further in the band's videos.
(The Associated Press)