MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
Tragically Hip guitarist Rob Baker is urging fans to be vigilant when buying merchandise that claims to be linked to Gord Downie's charity. The musician tweeted yesterday that some online shoppers are being duped into buying T-shirts, hoodies and other items that purport to donate 10 dollars of the proceeds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. But Baker says the operators -- who are using Facebook and Instagram to send their message -- aren't linked to the band. One such group is ``Gord Downie Supporters'' on Facebook, which has appeared as a sponsored content post in some user's news feeds. Deceptive sellers have been a persistent problem for the Hip since Downie revealed last year he was suffering from terminal brain cancer.
DRAKE, BEYONCE LEAD GLOBAL MUSIC SALES
Drake's song ``One Dance'' was the most popular single in the world last year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. ``One Dance'' had 12.5 million in sales and track-equivalent streams. Justin Bieber's ``Love Yourself'' was second with 11.7 million. ``Closer'' by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey was third, followed by Sia's ``Cheap Thrills'' and Bieber's ``Sorry.'' Beyonce had the most popular album, with ``Lemonade.'' It sold 2.5 million physical and digital copies globally. Adele's ``25'' was second with 2.4 million in sales. Drake's ``Views'' was third. Metallica's ``Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'' was fourth, and David Bowie's ``Blackstar'' was number five.
DRAKE WILL HOST NBA AWARDS
Drake's love of the Toronto Raptors has landed him a gig with the N-B-A. He will host the NBA's first awards show on June 26th in New York. Awards will include rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, coach of the year and Sixth Man Award.
The N-B-A has given the awards before, but announced them in the post-season.
BEYONCE - SCHOLARSHIPS
Beyonce is marking the anniversary of her album ``Lemonade'' by making things sweeter for women who want to get higher education. The singer has announced that she is providing scholarships for women to attend selected colleges. The Formation Scholars Award will go to women at each of four schools -- Boston's Berklee College of Music, New York's Parsons School of Design and two historically black colleges, Howard University in Washington, D-C, and Atlanta's Spelman College. A statement says the scholarships are aimed at encouraging and supporting women ``who are unafraid to think outside the box.''
ARETHA VS. DIONNE STARTED AT WHITNEY HOUSTON'S FUNERAL
Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick are engaged in a major feud. The offence: Warwick said Franklin was Whitney Houston's godmother, and she said it five years ago. Franklin says Warwick introduced her at Houston's funeral, but then realized Franklin was not there. Warwick said, ``She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.'' Franklin missed the funeral because she had swollen feet and was contractually obligated to do a show that night. Franklin says she did not address the issue at the time because there was already so much going on around Houston. Franklin says Warwick tried to give her a hug at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and Franklin's response was, ``Oh hell no. You couldn't be serious.'' When asked for comment, Warwick's representative said, ``She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.'' Darlene Love was Houston's godmother.
MADONNA CRITICIZES MOVIE BEING MADE ABOUT HER
Madonna is denouncing a movie that's being made about her early years as a musician. The Hollywood Reporter reported this week Universal is planning to develop a movie called ``Blond Ambition'' that's about Madonna working on her first album in New York in the early 1980s. Madonna writes on Instagram, ``Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool.''
COUNTRY SINGERS DON'T FEEL TOO BAD WHEN THEY FORGET THEIR OWN SONGS
Forgetting the words to a song sounds like it would be a singer's nightmare. Not so for Justin Moore. He says forgetting words shows fans you're human and they love that. Chris Janson says if he forgets the words, he rewrites them on the fly.
He says Hank Williams Junior does that and people eat it up. Luke Combs says most of the time, people don't notice when he messes up, but then he'll point it out and make it a talking point with the audiences. Aaron Watson says his go-to statement when he makes a mistake is, ``Just because I wrote it doesn't mean I know it.''
CHARLIE WATTS GET LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
For once the night was about Charlie Watts, not Mick Jagger. Last night at Jazz FM's gala in London, Watts was given the Gold Award for a lifetime of excellence in blues, jazz and rock. The Rolling Stones also won two awards but Jagger urged Watts to say a few words -- and it was just a few words. Watts said, ``Thank you.'' Van Morrison also gave a lifetime achievement award to sometimes bandmate Georgie Fame.
FAITH HILL WILL PRODUCE KELLIE PICKLER'S TALK SHOW
Kellie Pickler will co-host a talk show and Faith Hill will be her boss. Pickler and New York journalist Ben Aaron will host a daytime lifestyle talk show beginning September 18th. It does not yet have a name. Hill is the show's executive producer. Hill says Pickler is ``very much Southern,'' while Aaron is ``everything New York,'' and ``their chemistry is magic.''
SOLANGE, BEYONCE, LADY GAGA WIN WEBBYS
Solange has been named artist of the year at the Webby Awards, which honours the best of the internet. Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' and Coldplay's ``Up and Up'' won in the video categories. Lady Gaga has won two Webbys for her tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Grammys. The Rick and Morty mashup of Kendrick Lamar's ``Swimming Pools (Drank)'' won for best video mashup.
``Live From Daryl's House,'' featuring Daryl Hall, wins its second Webby. Winners will pick up their awards at a ceremony in New York on May 16th. Acceptance speeches are limited to five words.
DARIUS RUCKER GOES UNDERCOVER
Darius Rucker will go incognito for a special episode of ``Undercover Boss.'' Rucker got a Hollywood makeover so he could search for undiscovered talent in Austin, Texas. Rucker ran an open mic night, worked as a roadie and watched street performers. His episode airs May 12th on C-B-S.
HARRY STYLES WILL HAVE A ``LATE LATE SHOW'' RESIDENCY
Harry Styles will spend the week on ``The Late Late Show with James Corden'' the week of May 15th. Styles will perform a new song off his self-titled album each night and sit in with Corden on different segments of the show. Styles kind of has an obligation to the show. He lost a game of ``Tattoo Roulette'' in December 2015 and now has a tattoo of the show's logo.
(The Associated Press)
Lorde is headed to this year's IHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards _ but whether her lamp will make an encore performance remains to be seen.
The New Zealand-raised musician is among the first round of artists announced for the televised street party in Toronto on June 18.
It marks Lorde's second time at the MMVAs.
The singer created a viral moment at the event in 2014 when she prominently featured a floor lamp in her performance of hits ``Team'' and ``Tennis Court.''
The moment caught fire on social media and inspired the Twitter account ``LordesLamp'' in response to the unusual performance.
Other artists slated to perform include Iggy Azalea, ``Cake By the Ocean'' singers DNCE, and Imagine Dragons, known for their massive hits ``Radioactive'' and ``Demons.''
(The Canadian Press)