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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:19

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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(The Associated Press)

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Doc Walker's New Album is out March 31st!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:00
Doc Walker's New Album is out March 31st!

New Doc Walker Single “Heart of the Heartland”, Out Now, Pays Homage to Small Town Canadian Pride

 

New Album Weathervane out March 31

 

Country legends Doc Walker are releasing their new album, Weathervane, March 31. The first single from the new record, “Heart of the Heartland” pays homage to small town pride across the country. The single will be available digitally and on country radio on March 17, 2017.

 

Produced by Gavin Brown and Dave Wasyliw, and written by Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, the song was inspired by hometown pride, fond memories of youth and continuing to find new inspiration in one’s roots, in this case, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and Winnipeg, which has long been home for bandmates Dave Wasyliw and Chris Thorsteinson. 

Listen to the latest single, here.  

“Heart of the Heartland is about all of the lives that were lived, and all of the memories that were created in a now dying town. One man’s connection to the broken concrete and dilapidated structures that harbour the ghosts of his entire childhood, and his unshakable hometown pride,” says bandmate Dave Wasyliw. “In short, Weathervane is the record we’ve always wanted to make. We don’t set out in a specific direction when we start writing for an album. We write, and write, and re-write. Much like a weathervane, it’s almost as if we’ll lick our finger, and hold it to the wind to see if we are on the right track.”

 

Weathervane to me is a reflection of the amazingly crazy life I've lived. I am one of those guys that never left his home town, yet had the opportunity to travel the world. I've seen Canada from coast to coast many times throughout the years staring out the windows of vans, old buses, new buses, trains and planes, and every time I'm shocked by the beauty of our country, but my heart has always been in the Prairies,” says lead singer, Chris Thorsteinson

With over 20 Top 10 singles in total, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.

Following a busy winter which saw the group take to the CP Holiday Train and perform at the Heritage Classic in their hometown of Winnipeg, Doc Walker are gearing up for Dauphin Countryfest (MB) in June, Murillo Countryfest (ON), and Stonewall Quarry Days (MB). 

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 08:18
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

 

SARAH MCLACHLAN

 

This is a year of milestones for singer Sarah McLachlan. 

On Sunday, she will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards telecast. 

In July, she'll mark the 20th anniversary of her diamond-certified album ``Surfacing.'' 

The first time she performed some of the music from the album was on the Lilith Fair tour -- and it fell a little flat. 

McLachlan says no one knew any of the new songs so she had to quickly re-work her set list. 

She also says after all the recording, re-recording, mixing and fine-tuning the songs, she was pretty sick of the music by the time the album came out. 

But the Halifax-born singer says to this day, she still really enjoys playing all the songs, which include hits like ``Adia'' and ``Angel.'' 

McLachlan says she still feels an attachment to them, saying ``Surfacing'' has got ``great legs.''

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JOHN PRINE - BOOK

 

John Prine will give insights into his music with his first book, ``Beyond Words.'' It includes more than 100 personal photographs, copies of his handwritten lyrics showing how the songs evolved, Prine's own observations about his music and the lyrics and chords for 60 songs. ``Beyond Words'' comes out April 18th. 

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS - THE MUSICAL

 

A musical is in the works based on the childhood of Pharrell Williams. The Hollywood Reporter reports the project will be called ``Atlantis'' and will be directed by Michael Mayer, who did the Broadway version of Green Day's ``American Idiot'' and won a Tony for ``Spring Awakening.'' The story is described as a ``Romeo and Juliet'' story about Williams growing up in Virginia Beach. 

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CHANCE THE RAPPER - INTERN

 

Chance The Rapper would like to bring on an intern and Twitter is going crazy. Chance's offer, in its entirety, is, ``I'm looking for an intern, someone with experience in putting together decks and writing proposals.'' In four hours he got more than 16-hundred responses. Some people sent resumes. Some just said ``hire me!'' or ``I volunteer!'' Others asked if it was a paying gig. Still others sent pictures of decks or said they had experience putting up porches. 

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OBIT - ALBUM COVER PHOTOGRAPHER DIES

 

The photographer who captured the image of Bob Dylan and his then-girlfriend walking down the streets of New York for the cover of ``The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'' album has died. The New York Times reports Don Hunstein died of Alzheimer's disease March 18th in New York at the age of 88. Hunstein once said he had photographed Dylan and girlfriend Suze Rotolo in their apartment and wasn't happy with the results, so he asked them to go outside one freezing February afternoon. All he told them was to walk down the street. Hunstein also shot album covers for Dylan's 1962 self-titled album, ``Mirror Image'' by Blood, Sweat and Tears, ``Nefertiti'' by Miles Davis and ``Coal Miner's Daughter'' by Loretta Lynn. 

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ADELE - TOURING FUTURE

 

Adele calls her world tour ``my greatest accomplishment of my career,'' but she may not ever do it again. The New Zealand Herald reports Adele told the audience at her Auckland show on Sunday touring isn't something she's good at and she doesn't know if she'll ever tour again. In her words, ``Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable.'' Adele burst into tears as she told the crowd she toured because of their support. She says she wanted to do a world tour to find out why major artists spent months on the road. She admits, ``It's changed my life.'' She has four more shows to do, all in London beginning June 28th. 

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FETTY WAP - SHOOTING ARREST

 

The man who was arrested in connection with a shooting involving Fetty Wap has been charged with pistol-whipping a person, but not with the shooting itself. Court documents show Raheem Thomas was charged with hitting a victim in the head and face with a gun early Sunday morning outside a deli in Paterson, New Jersey. Three people were shot, but Fetty Wap was not among the injured. Investigators say Fetty Wap and several friends got involved in a heated argument with another group. Thomas owns a hip-hop promotion company and he posted a rap video on YouTube in January that dissed Fetty Wap. The extent of the injuries of the shooting victims is not known. 

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DRAKE - STREAMING RECORD

 

Toronto rapper Drake is breaking records again.

His new album, ``More Life,'' has set a new record for the number of online streams from a single album in one week. Nielsen Music reports ``More Life'' had 385-million streams across all platforms in its first week of release. The previous record holder also was Drake. His ``Views'' album saw 245-million streams in one week last year. 

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KEANE - ``THE WAVE'' ALBUM

 

Tom Chaplin of Keane remembers the good old days when his favourite albums had interesting art on the cover and inside. Chaplin says in the digital age of music, record labels are making a mistake by overlooking that element -- but he didn't. For his solo record ``The Wave,'' Chaplin teamed with photographer Derek Hudson to create a photo for every song. Chaplin added his commentary and it's all available on his website at TomChaplinMusic-dot-com . Chaplin says the art adds an extra layer to the story he's telling on the album. 

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CHUCK BERRY - BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART

 

Chuck Berry is back in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time in more than 40 years.

Berry's ``The Definitive Collection'' checks in at number 33 on this week's chart. The last time Berry had an album in the top 40 was in 1972, when ``The London Chuck Berry Sessions'' spent 20 weeks there.

It was propelled by his only number-one single, ``My Ding-A-Ling.''

Berry died March 18th. 

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ZAC BROWN - BUYS A STEER

 

Zac Brown has a nice little souvenir from his time playing the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: a prize-winning steer. Brown and his wife were part of a group of six that paid 330-thousand dollars for the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion steer. It was raised by 16-year-old Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas.

Zac Brown Band headlined Sunday's show. 

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JOHNNY ROTTEN - TRUMP - BREXIT

 

Johnny Rotten has weighed in on the political climate in the world and it's not quite what you might expect.

Rotten tells I-T-V's ``Good Morning Britain'' U-S President Donald Trump is ``a complicated fella'' but ``he terrifies politicians and this is a joy to behold.'' He says he dislikes American media trying to portray Trump as a racist, because he feels that's not true. He jokes he sees Trump as ``a possible friend'' because he imagines the quarrels they could have. Rotten, who is an American citizen now, says he is in favour of Brexit in his native U-K because ``the working class have spoke and I'm one of them and I'm with them.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017 08:24
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

 

LIAM PAYNE - CHERYL COLE - BABY

 

Liam Payne of One Direction and British singer Cheryl Cole are parents. Cole announced on Instagram she gave birth to a boy on Wednesday. As of Saturday, they have not given him a name. Cole says they are ``madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival.'' Payne posted his own photo of himself with the baby and says he's ``incredibly happy.'' 

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REBA McENTIRE - SONGWRITING CREDITS

 

Reba McEntire has worked with some of the top songwriters in the business, so imagine her surprise when one of the best ideas came from her mother. McEntire says her mom was in the studio when she recorded the song ``I Got The Lord On My Side.'' Her mother suggested changing one of the lines from ``I've got the Lord on my side'' to ``Oh you're so happy, you've got the Lord on your side.'' McEntire thought, ``Why didn't I think of that?'' She joked with her mom, ``So does this mean I have to give you writer's credit?'' She did give her credit. 

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PAPA ROACH - PAUL RYAN JOKE

 

Papa Roach isn't above getting involved in an internet joke that got out of control. Writer Justin Halpern posted a New York Times article about the American Health Care Act failing to pass that he had doctored. His version stated that House Speaker Paul Ryan dejectedly drove away from the White House blaring the Papa Roach song ``Last Resort.'' The posting got retweeted so many times so quickly that Halpern came out within an hour to admit it was a joke. Papa Roach got in on the action, tweeting, ``When we feel defeated we listen to Paul Ryan.'' 

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ERIC CLAPTON - BRONCHITIS

 

Eric Clapton spent the weekend battling bronchitis. He had to call off two shows in Los Angeles because his doctors advised him not to perform. He doesn't play again until May 22nd in London. 

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JAY Z - TRAYVON MARTIN STORY

 

Jay Z plans to tell the story of the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Variety reports Jay Z and the Weinstein Company have won a bidding war to turn two books about Martin's death into a six-part documentary series and a feature film. The books are ``Suspicion Nation'' by Lisa Bloom, an N-B-C reporter who covered the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of killing Martin, and ``Rest in Power,'' by Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. 

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DRAKE - CHART-TOPPING ALBUM

 

Toronto rapper Drake has scored his seventh consecutive album to debut at number one. ``More Life'' moved 505-thousand units its first week out and lands squarely atop the Billboard 200 album chart. All of that was from digital sales or streaming. ``More Life'' won't be available on C-D until Friday.

Last week's number one, Ed Sheeran's ``Divide,'' falls to second.

Rick Ross is third with ``Rather You Than Me.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017 08:12
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

 

DAVID BOWIE LIGHTNING BOLT DOESN'T MAKE ITS CROWDFUNDING GOAL

 

The crowdfunding plan to raise money to create a three-story red-and-blue lightning bolt in honour of David Bowie in London has fallen short of its goal.  The campaign organizers had wanted to raise about 1.1-million dollars but only got about 62-thousand.  The organizers say because they did not reach the goal, no money will be collected, but they have no plans to go away.

 They're still planning to do a piece of public art in Bowie's memory, but they will approach the fundraising in a different way. 

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JASON ISBELL PREVIEWS ``THE NASHVILLE SOUND''

 

Jason Isbell finished his latest album and thought, ``Shouldn't that have been harder?''  He jokes that his band should have been ``fighting and punching holes in the wall,''

but the songs came easy.  Isbell put more rock songs on the album, but that's an accident.  He says he can't purposely write those songs, but he feels fortunate to have four or five ``loud up-tempo songs.''  The album is called ``The Nashville Sound,'' and it comes out in June.

 

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MAYOR HELPS IN PRESERVATION EFFORT FOR ARETHA FRANKLIN HOME

 

The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, is getting involved in efforts to preserve a boarded-up house in a blighted neighbourhood where Aretha Franklin was born.  Alan Crone, special counsel to Mayor Jim Strickland, told a judge that a working group from Strickland's office plans to assist those trying to preserve the house.  Crone says if they ``can get one house right, no matter where it is, that's a victory.''  Franklin was born there in 1942 and her family moved away about two years later.  The house was marked for demolition but volunteers stabilized it.  Community leaders say the D-I-Y Network is interested in the house as a rehab project. 

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MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP

 

Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, Aerosmith and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will headline the March Madness Music Festival the weekend leading up to the N-C-double-A men's basketball championship. The festival is free and runs March 31st to April 2nd in Phoenix. Other performers include Blink 182, Grouplove and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.  The Final Four is played April 1st and the championship is April 3rd.

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SIB HASHIAN OF BOSTON DIES

 

Musicians are mourning the loss of former Boston drummer Sib Hashian.  Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith remembers Hashian as a ``really good guy and fine drummer as well.''  Lou Gramm says his thoughts and prayers go to Hashian's family.  Michael Sweet, singer for Stryper and sometimes singer for Boston, says it was an honour to be a member of the band Hashian helped create.  Hashian died Wednesday while on the Legends of Rock cruise in the Caribbean at the age of 67.  A cause of death has not been determined.  His wife says funeral arrangements will be made at a later date.  Hashian played on the first two Boston albums and left the band as they were working on the third one.  He also was famous for his hair, sporting one of the biggest afros in rock. 

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WILLIE NELSON: ``STILL NOT DEAD''

 

Willie Nelson has a song on his upcoming album called ``Still Not Dead,'' and it's pretty appropriate.  His publicist, Elaine Schock, is denying reports that Nelson is on death's door and can't even muster the breath to sing.  Schock says Nelson called off some shows in January and February because of a bad cold but otherwise he is ``perfectly fine.''  The report originated with Radar Online on March 13th.  Nelson performed at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 18th looking healthy and singing well.  Nelson, who is 83, has dealt with several death hoaxes over the years.  He will put out an album called ``God's Problem Child'' next month.

 

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DON McLEAN'S EX OBJECTS TO TWEET

 

Don McLean's ex-wife thinks he should be held in contempt of court for tweeting about her soon after she was given an order of protection against him.  Patrisha McLean says in court documents her ex-husband tweeted he was ``delighted'' to give her a protection order ``since it protects me from her for two wonderful years.''  She says the tweet came less than 48-hours after a Maine court granted the order.  Don McLean's attorney says the allegation is ``unfortunate,'' and he will keep their disagreements in court.  Don McLean pleaded guilty last year to domestic violence assault. 

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BOB DYLAN: I'M NOT THE JESTER

 

If Don McLean's reference to the Jester in ``American Pie'' means Bob Dylan, Dylan doesn't believe it.  Dylan was asked in a rare interview published on his website if he thinks McLean was talking about him.  Dylan says -- quote -- ``Sure, the jester writes songs like 'Masters of War,' 'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall,' 'It's Alright, Ma' - some jester.''  He says he has to think McLean is talking about somebody else.  Other things we learn about Dylan in the interview: he makes 32-minute long albums because that's how long a good-sounding L-P should be, he had wild hair in the 1960s because he wanted to look like Little Richard and he watches ``I Love Lucy'' non-stop on his tour bus. 

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(The Associated Press)