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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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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 08:48
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

 

CONCERT SECURITY - WINNIPEG

 

Security is being enhanced at Winnipeg's MTS Centre in the wake of the fatal bombing at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England. 

True North Sports and Entertainment will start by bringing in an explosives specialty dog for a sold-out Red Hot Chili Peppers show this Friday. 

Kevin Donnelly of True North tells CTV Winnipeg that the Manchester bombing, which killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more, ``changes everything.'' 

He says terrorist attacks have also taken place at shopping malls, train stations, airports and sporting events. 

He says True North is always looking to ``increase, enhance and stay current'' with security standards around the world. 

True North partners with the Winnipeg Police Service to provide security at large events.

 

(CTV Winnipeg)

 

Tragically Hip CBC

The Tragically Hip's momentous final show of last year's ``Man Machine Poem'' tour is getting an encore broadcast on CBC-TV next month. 

The national broadcaster says it plans to reair ``The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration'' on June 24. 

Running nearly three hours, the Kingston, Ont., concert last August featured the band performing their biggest hits to a sold-out hometown crowd. 

It was widely believed to the Hip's final show as lead singer Gord Downie battles terminal brain cancer. 

It was a ratings boon for the network, with the original airing averaging 4.04 million viewers. 

Fans hosted viewing parties across the country and some local communities held public screenings and afternoon entertainment in the lead-up to the show. 

The CBC had originally told viewers the concert would be a one-time event that wouldn't be rebroadcast again or made available on demand. 

Sally Catto, general manager of programming at CBC Television, says the network changed its mind, deciding another showing would be the ``perfect way to kick off the summer.''  

(The Canadian Press)

 

ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT-KAREN DAVID

 

One of first confirmed victims of Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester is being fondly remembered by Toronto-raised actress Karen David. David -- the star of the T-V series ``Once Upon a Time'' -- says she just met 18-year-old Georgina Callander last month. Callander was a fan of David's character on the hit T-V series and the two kept in touch on Twitter. After hearing of Georgina's death, David says she found messages from the teen that she hadn't yet answered. Speaking with the Canadian Press, David described Georgina as lovely, bubbly young lady and that her death stirs a lot of anger. David also posted a message on her Facebook page addressed to Callander and her family.

Monday's attack killed Callander and 21 other people and injured another 59, many critically. 

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ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BLAST - MOVING FORWARD

 

When it comes to most music performers, the old adage ``the show must go on'' seems to be holding up. However, it still isn't clear whether Ariana Grande's world tour will be among the shows that continue on _ after being the target of a terrorist strike at her concert in Manchester, England on Monday night.

Grande's reps are disputing reports that the singer is calling off the rest of her world tour. At the same time, they aren't confirming that it will continue. Grande's next performance on her tour is set for tomorrow in London. There has been no official word on whether it will take place. Other acts who have gigs in Europe this summer say they aren't changing their plans. Among those who say they'll honor their deals are Celine Dion, Guns N' Roses, Phil Collins and Iron Maiden. Those attending can expect face tighter security than they'd usually find at a concert. For example, London's O-2 arena urges patrons to arrive early -- and leave large bags at home. 

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ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BLAST - EYEWITNESSES

 

For many pre-teen fans of Ariana Grande, Monday was shaping up as an unforgettable night -- but not in the way it turned out. For many, seeing the American pop star was a dream come true _ and remained so until just moments after Grande said goodnight left the stage. That's when a terrorist detonated a bomb. The mother of 11-year-old Rihanna Hardy says she and her husband traveled 140 miles to see the show. But after the bomb went off and people were scurrying to find the exits, her father says his daghter ``just kept asking every five or 10 seconds, `Are we going to die'.'' She and her family came through the harrowing ordeal -- but 22 people didn't make it out alive. 

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ARIANA GRANDE TOUR IN QUESTION

 

Ariana Grande has not called off or postponed her tour, but it's uncertain if she will play London tomorrow as planned. Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured as a suicide bomber attacked the end of Grande's concert in Manchester, England, on Monday. The youngest victim identified was 8 years old. Grande tweeted after the show, ``broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.'' 

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BOMBER IDENTIFIED IN CONCERT ATTACK

 

 Investigators are looking for possible accomplices to the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday. Manchester police believe the bomber is 22-year-old Salman Abadi. A European security official says Abadi was a Briton of Libyan descent. A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

U-S intelligence director Dan Coats says it has not been verified that the Islamic State is responsible, although the group is claiming responsibility.

 

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TAKE THAT POSTPONE CONCERTS IN MANCHESTER

 

Officials at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, have announced the Take That concerts scheduled there for this week are on hold while police investigate the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) concert there on Monday.

Take That were supposed to play Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the arena. The group called off their show in Liverpool last night out of respect for the victims. 

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SOME SHOWS CANCEL, SOME STILL GO ON IN ENGLAND AFTER BOMBING

 

Blondie has called off a show in Britain, while the show must go on for Simple Minds. Blondie called off its show in London last night out of respect for victims of the bombing at Ariana Grande's (GRAHN'-dayz) concert in Manchester, England, on Monday. Simple Minds still played their gig in Manchester last night. Il Volo kept their date in London last night.

The Parklife Festival, featuring Frank Ocean, Run The Jewels, Fatboy Slim and Manchester natives The 1975, will still be staged in Manchester on June 10-11. Celine Dion, Iron Maiden, Phil Collins and Guns N' Roses plan to keep their upcoming British concert dates as planned. 

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TERROR LEVEL RAISED IN BRITAIN AFTER ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BOMBING

 

 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's terrorism threat level has been raised to critical.

That means another attack may be imminent. May says Salman Abadi, who is believed to be the suicide bomber at Monday's Ariana Grande

concert, may have been part of a bigger network. May says critical status means armed soldiers may be deployed instead of police at public events. 

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PETER HOOK'S DAUGHTER WAS AT ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT

 

The daughter of Peter Hook of New Order and of Joy Division was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester but was not injured. Hook tweets his daughter made it home safe. He adds that his heart goes out to all parents and those involved, and he urges Manchester to ``stay strong.'' A suicide bomber killed 22 people at the end of Grande's show on Monday. 

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RISE AGAINST REACT TO ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT TRAGEDY

 

Ariana Grande and Rise Against couldn't be further apart on the music spectrum, but Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath (MAK'-il-rath) still felt a particular twinge of sadness hearing the news of tragedy at Grande's show. McIlrath says he's familiar with Grande's music because he has two daughters. He's taken them to pop concerts and he says, ``Nothing could be more innocent.'' McIlrath says it's especially devastating that a suicide bomber targeted Grande's concert because her audience is mostly young people, what he calls ``such an innocent place of music.''

McIlrath says the bombing will not affect how he approaches his concerts because musicians need to stay strong. 

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MEEK MILL SUED OVER CONCERT SHOOTINGS

 

The families of three men shot outside a Meek Mill concert are suing Mill and the concert venue.

Thirty-one-year-old Travis Ward and 20-year-old Jaquan Graves were killed, and 25-year-old Nathan Mitchell was among two people injured outside a December show at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut. Mitchell and the families of Ward and Graves accuse Mill and the theater of inadequate security measures. The lawsuit says Mill's lyrics incite violence and there have been shootings at two of his other concerts. Representatives for Mill and for the theater did not return requests for comment. The amount of damages being sought in the lawsuit was not disclosed. No one was arrested in the shootings. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

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