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Friday, 17 March 2017 08:22

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

 

SNOOP DOGG POSTS RESPONSE TO TRUMP'S TWEET

 

Snoop Dogg's response to President Donald Trump's criticism of his ``Lavender'' video is to use Trump's own words.

Snoop posted an Instagram video of Trump from ``The Apprentice''

saying things like, ``Snoop Dogg, he's the greatest,'' ''one of the nation's bestselling hip-hop artists, and that's our man, Snoop Dogg`` and ''he's a very very smart, tough businessman, in addition to being a great musician.`` ''Lavender`` shows Snoop shooting a toy gun that sends out a flag that says ''bang`` at a clown version of Trump. Trump had tweeted, ''Can you imagine what the outcry would be if ?SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!`` 

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RAY DAVIES IS A KNIGHT

 

Ray Davies of The Kinks is now Sir Ray Davies.

Prince Charles knighted Davies at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Davies posted a photo on his Facebook page of Prince Charles touching his shoulder with a sword. 

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NILE RODGERS SAYS CHIC WILL NOT PLAY AT ROCK HALL INDUCTIONS

 

The word Nile Rodgers keeps using about his acknowledgement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ``weird.''

His band Chic (SHEEK) has been nominated for induction 11 times and never made the cut, but this year the hall will give Rodgers an ``Award of Musical Excellence'' during the induction ceremony.

Rodgers tells Billboard magazine he still feels ``weird and ambivalent'' about it because he's being honoured instead Chic.

Rodgers says Chic will not perform at the Rock Hall ceremony because it doesn't make sense that they're good enough to play but not be inducted. Rodgers says he's fine that he's being recognized for his other achievements but ``it's still...weird.'' 

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TREY SONGZ SET FOR TRIAL IN SEPTEMBER

 

Trey Songz is set to go on trial in the fall for a felony assault charge unless he can reach a deal with prosecutors. A trial for Songz is set for September 12th in Detroit. He's charged with aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer during a concert in Detroit on December 28th. Authorities say Songz got angry when his stage time was up and his microphone was cut. Songz's lawyers tell The Detroit News there's a 50-50 chance that the case will be resolved before the trial. 

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DEPECHE MODE RELEASE ``SPIRIT''

 

Depeche Mode tackle political uncertainty and disillusionment in their new album ``Spirit,'' or as Martin Gore jokes, ``First and foremost, we wanted to make a fun album.'' Gore says he wrote the songs for ``Spirit'' before Brexit or Trump but they're still timely. The band chose the word ``Spirit'' because it has lots of connotations. Bandmate Andy Fletcher says the connotation for him: ``Whiskey!'' ''Spirit`` is out today. 

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VICTORIA BECKHAM REVEALS CLOTHING COLLECTION FOR TARGET

 

Generally, if you want a Victoria Beckham designer dress, it will cost you upwards of $2,000. Starting next month, you can get one for about $70. Beckham has unveiled the items from her limited-edition clothing line that will go on sale at Target beginning April 9. The items include tops, pants, dresses and matching children's items, including coloring books. They sell for six-dollars to 70-dollars. Beckham says she wants to offer a collection of clothes ``to women who either couldn't afford designer prices or didn't want to pay designer prices.'' 

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PRINCE'S NEW POWER GENERATION WILL PLAY SHOWS

 

Prince's backing group the New Power Generation is reuniting for concerts. Billboard reports the band will play at Prince's Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis on the anniversary of his death next month, then do a series of shows in the U-S and Europe. N-P-G music director Morris Hayes says because the group had a fluid lineup, members will come in and out to play shows as their schedules permit. Prince's other band, The Revolution, has also reunited for concerts. 

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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME OPENS ``AMERICAN CURRENTS'' EXHIBIT

 

When Shane McAnally saw his clothes on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, he thought the same thing he thinks when he sees other country singers' outfits: boy, they're short. McAnally says he saw his own outfits on display and thought, ``Am I really that small?'' McAnally is part of an exhibit called ``American Currents'' that focuses on contemporary country musicians. Margo Price says she's proud to have contributed a family heirloom with country history: a 1956 Gibson that her great uncle, songwriter Bobby Fischer, gave her. 

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DEMI LOVATO MARKS FIFTH YEAR OF SOBRIETY

 

Demi Lovato has been five years sober. She marked the occasion with an Instagram post Wednesday, saying ``it's been quite a journey.'' She adds, ``So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession.'' Lovato, who is 24, has struggled with drugs and alcohol, as well as an eating disorder and self-mutilation. 

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ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE GETS ROCK HALL EXHIBIT

 

Among the items that will be on display in the Rolling Stone magazine exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are the letters to the editor written by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Charles Manson. The magazine is celebrating 50 years this year, and founder Jann Wenner is on the Rock Hall Foundation's board. The exhibit also will include the iconic covers, rarely heard stories, original manuscripts and what the magazine called a ``handy little device'' given to early subscribers: a roach clip. The exhibit opens May 5th and runs through November. 

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BILLY GILMAN Honoured IN RHODE ISLAND

 

The Rhode Island House of Representatives have passed a resolution honouring Billy Gilman. Democratic Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy introduced the resolution because he's a big fan of ``The Voice.'' Gilman was a runner-up on the show last year. Gilman sang the national anthem to open yesterday's legislative session. He says he loves Rhode Island and he's glad he could use his voice to make the state proud. 

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``THE VOICE'' CONTESTANT GETS HONOR FROM HOME-STATE LAWMAKERS

 

To the victor goes the spoils. But sometimes the runner-ups make out O-K, too. Just ask Billy Gilman _ who was the runner-up on the 11th season of ``The Voice.'' Gilman was invited to Providence, Rhode Island to sing the national anthem before the state's House of Representatives. The invite came from representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, who is a fan of the N-B-C singing competition. Gilman told lawmakers he loves Rhode Island _ and is happy to use his singing voice to make the state proud. 

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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)