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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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Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Sunday, 17 December 2017 12:01
Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Don't miss out on another fantastic local tribute show featuring local artists performing Tom Petty's biggest and best hits! This show is scheduled for early February at the Watson Art Center in Dauphin! More Details coming, check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017 08:32
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

 

 

RUSSELL SIMMONS - RAPE ALLEGATIONS

 

Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons says he will defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Simmons writes on Instagram he will prove without any doubt he is innocent of all rape charges. The New York Times published a story earlier this week in which three women claimed Simmons raped them in the 1980s and '90s. Two other women have said Simmons had sex with them against their will. Simmons used the hashtag ``NotMe,'' which he says is not trying to diminish the ``MeToo'' movement, but to hold his accusers accountable.

 

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SZA - HABITS

 

Giving SZA a compliment is liable to send her into overdrive. SZA says she feels she has to do that compliment a service and she'll keep thinking about one more component that will make her worthy. She acknowledges she's a little nervous and awkward, which may be because she's a creature of habit.

She says the same four people who live with her are the people who helped make her ``Ctrl'' (control) album. SZA says it was only recent she came out of what she calls her ``four year cave.''

 

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ZAC BROWN BAND - ANTHEM PERFORMANCE

 

 Zac Brown Band will perform the national anthem before the college football national championship. They will be accompanied by a gospel choir and 12-year-old Carly Ortega, a student at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf who will sign the anthem.

 

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MISSY ELLIOTT - ESSENCE MAGAZINE

 

  Missy Elliott will be the guest of honour at the ``Black Women in Music'' event put on by Essence magazine next year.

Essence calls Elliott ``a consummate visionary whose creativity knows no limits.'' The event will be held in New York on Jan. 25th, three days before the Grammys.

 

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BEBE REXHA - ``A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE''

 

Bebe Rexha will perform a new song called ``Count on Christmas'' to open the live musical version of ``A Christmas Story'' that will run on Fox on Sunday. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the song specifically for the live show.

They also wrote the musical. 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST

 

Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Portugal. The Man and Hailee Steinfeld have been added to the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C on Dec. 31st. They join Ontario home grown stars Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara , along with Zedd, G-Eazy, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Marshmello and Charlie Puth.

The East Coast party will feature Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland in New York's Times Square. Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon will headline the Central Time Zone party from New Orleans.

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:30
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

 

A vintage 1970s guitar owned by Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn's politically charged lyric books are on display as part of a new exhibition at Calgary's National Music Centre.

Organizers of the space, which is part of Studio Bell, say they've launched a tribute to Canadian musicians who recently received honours for their contributions to music. The showcase features personal items and instruments from the latest inductees to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The National Music Centre says the exhibit continues until fall 2018. 

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TICKET SALES LAW

 

Ticket resale site StubHub says capping ticket resale prices artificially controls a global market and will lead to unintended consequences. The statement is in response to Ontario's Ticket Sales Act -- a bill passed yesterday to protect ticket buyers. The legislation bans tickets from being resold at more than

50 per cent of the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by scalper bots. It also includes a ban on scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event then resell them at a large profit. Ticketmaster has also warned that the legislation puts companies that are playing by the rules at a disadvantage.  

 

PAT DINIZIO - REMEMBERED

 

  Julian Lennon says he recently thought about reaching out to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens for a collaboration, but ``it just wasn't meant to be.'' DiNizio died Tuesday at the age of 62, but details of his death were not given. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray says DiNizio ``could craft an effortless, classic pop song.'' Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin says he'll never forget the great nights hanging with DiNizio and playing guitars. R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says he always enjoyed speaking with DiNizio and hearing him play. 

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JON BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi fans may see guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with the band for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Singer Jon Bon Jovi says Sambora is ``absolutely invited'' to participate in every aspect of Bon Jovi's induction.

Sambora says he'd be happy to accept. Sambora left the band in 2013 but he says he has no malice toward anyone. Bon Jovi says if he's interested, the band also is happy to welcome back bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994. Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues says their induction is a victory for their fans, because it ``has now validated the music they so love.'' Next year's inductees also include The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an early influence. The inductions will be April 14th in Cleveland.

 

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WALK THE MOON - DON'T SAVE THE PINATAS

 

One of the most amazing gifts Walk The Moon ever got from a fan was a pinata. Singer Nicholas Petricca says it was full of notes of appreciation from fans of the band. That spurred other fans to send pinatas to Walk The Moon. Petricca says he put one in his mom's basement and forgot about it -- until he realized it was filled with candy, not notes.

The basement became infested with rats. Petricca says a trail of wrappers led to the couch, and under it was a treasure trove of wrappers and rat droppings. As he puts it, ``Sorry, Mom.'' 

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ALICE COOPER - RECORDS HIS FIRST SONG

 

Alice Cooper has dug way back for material to record. Cooper's new single is called ``The Sound of A,'' and it's the first song he wrote entirely on his own, in 1967. Original Alice Cooper Band bassist Dennis Dunaway rediscovered it. It will be released as a single on Feb. 23rd, but Cooper released a video for it this week. 

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BJORN ULVAEUS - NO TO ABBA REUNION

 

Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA says they will never reunite for concerts because it would be a ``hassle'' and enormous pressure. He says doing ABBA concerts would be like robbing himself of two or three years of his life, when he could be paddling his surf ski off the coast of Stockholm instead. Ulvaeus made his comments at the opening of a new London exhibition about ABBA. 

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DYLAN SCOTT - BABY

 

Dylan Scott is a dad, as of Tuesday night. He posted a photo on Instagram of his wife, Blair, holding their newborn son. They've named him Beckett Scott Robinson. He's their first child. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:42
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)