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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017

 

MICHAEL BUBLE'S WIFE SAYS SON IS DOING WELL

 

Michael Buble's son is responding positively to cancer treatments.  The Canadian crooner's wife, Luisana Lopilato (loo-ee-SAH'-nah lo-pih-LAH'-toh), held a press conference in her native Argentina to announce their three-year-old son, Noah, has been doing well.  She says he has a way to go still.  She adds the family is happy and they look forward to seeing their children grow up.  Buble and Lopilato also have a one-year-old son, Elias.  They revealed in November Noah had cancer but did not say what kind or when he was diagnosed. 

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ALANIS MORISSETTE'S EMBEZZLING MANAGER SAYS HE WAS A GAMBLER

 

Canadian singer Alanis Morissette's former manager says he stole from her because he was a problem gambler.

Jonathan Schwartz has written an open letter in The Hollywood Reporter apologizing for his behaviour.  Schwartz says he kept thinking he'd borrow a little money from his clients and pay them back when he won big, but he never did.  He pleaded guilty to criminal charges and will be sentenced May 3rd.  He settled a lawsuit Morissette filed against him.  Morissette's response to Schwartz's letter is, ``I would be apprehensive to believe any words that come out of Jonathan Schwartz's mouth.'' 

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JOHN GEILS DEAD

 

Musician J Geils, founder of The J Geils Band known for such peppy early 80s pop hits as ``Love Stinks,'' ''Freeze Frame`` and ''Centerfold,`` has died in his Massachusetts home at 71.  Groton police say officers went to Geils home yesterday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police say it appears he died of natural causes.''  The J Geils Band was founded in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, while Geils, whose full name was John Warren Geils Jr, was studying at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The band, whose music bridged the gap between disco and new wave, released 11 studio albums before breaking up in 1985.  They reunited off and on over the years. 

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LIL BOOSIE ASSAULTS-JEWELRY

 

A Mississippi police department denies that officers took a rapper's jewelry.  Boosie Badazz -- formerly known as Lil Boosie -- says in a video that Biloxi police seized a bag of jewelry on Sunday when they arrested five members of his entourage for assault.  Biloxi Police Lieutenant Christopher De Back says police found no jewelry.  City spokesman Vincent Creel says Biloxi didn't learn of the claim until the video.  The trouble began when a store security guard squirted pepper spray toward Boosie and others.

 Three men and two juveniles are charged with assaulting the guard and a Biloxi officer outside the store.  De Back says Boosie didn't participate in the assault.  Police say the assailants left in a van and were arrested a short time later.  Police say Boosie wasn't in the van.  The van driver was arrested for stolen gun possession. 

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PRINCE-PAISLEY PARK-ANNIVERSARY

 

Musicians who played on stage with Prince will speak at a four-day celebration of the ``Purple Rain'' superstar at Paisley Park.  Organizers of ``Celebration 2017'' announced speakers for the event yesterday.  It's scheduled to run April 20th-23rd, being held during the anniversary of Prince's death.  Among the speakers are Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin, drummer Bobby Z, keyboardist Matt Fink and bassist BrownMark from Prince's 1980s band, The Revolution.  Other speakers include Levi Seacer from Prince's 1990s band, New Power Generation, keyboardist Morris Hayes, costume designer Stacia Lang and singer Shelby J.  Tickets are nearly sold out.  Only certain general admission passes are still available, at 549- dollars each. 

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SUGE KNIGHT

 

A California judge says murder trial of former rap mogul Marion ``Suge'' Knight will begin in January without any further delays, a move that was welcomed by Knight.  The Death Row Records co-founder has changed attorneys several times since he was arrested in early 2015 after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand, killing one.  His Death Row label fueled gangster rap's popularity in the 1990s, with a roster of artists that included Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.  He lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen told Knight the timeframe of his trial was set ``in stone'' and it would begin within 10 days of January 8th.  Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges and his lawyers have said he was fleeing armed attackers when he struck the men.  Businessman Terry Carter was killed and Cle ``Bone'' Sloan was seriously injured.  Knight could face life in prison if convicted. 

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ALABAMA'S JEFF COOK HAS PARKINSON'S DISEASE

 

Guitarist and fiddle player Jeff Cook of the band Alabama has revealed he has battled Parkinson's disease for the past four years.  The Nashville Tennessean reports Cook immediately told bandmates Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry when he was diagnosed, but they kept it private.  Cook says his disease has progressed to where it's hard for him to play instruments, so he's going to step back from touring for a while.  He says he's tried not to burden people with the details of his condition because he doesn't want ``the music to stop or the party to end.''  Cook will do shows as his health allows.  Owen and Gentry say they will keep Cook's microphone on stage, even if he's not there to use it. 

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SHERYL CROW LONGS FOR GOOD OLD DAYS

 

Sheryl Crow gets a bit nostalgic for the days when kids used to play outside more than they would hunch over a blue screen.  Crow wrote a song called ``Roller Skate'' on her upcoming album, ``Be Myself,'' that discusses ditching the phone in favour of playing.  Crow says people stuck on digital screens all the time are missing out on life experiences.  As a result, getting ahold of Crow by phone is not easy.  Crow says her kids will call her out if she's on the phone, and she admits she's ``a terrible communicator because of it.''  ''Be Myself`` will be out April 21st. 

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IGGY AZALEA AND NICK YOUNG PUT HOUSE ON MARKET

 

Iggy Azalea and Los Angeles Lakers player Nick Young are selling their house because, well, they sort of don't need it anymore.  Zillow reports Azalea and Young have listed their 6,630-foot Los Angeles house for 3.595-million-dollars.  It's 100-thousand dollars more than they paid Selena Gomez for the house in 2014.  It has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool and a basketball court.  Azalea and Young were engaged but Azalea broke it off last June.  A few months later, news broke of Young having a baby with his ex-girlfriend. 

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017 08:32
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

 

EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS

 

A fun collaboration with Snoop Dogg called ``No Pressure'' rewarded Nova Scotia rapper Classified with the Song of the Year award last night at the annual East Coast Music Awards in Saint John, New Brunswick. The rapper, from Enfield, Nova Scotia produced the tune, which also samples a song from emerging Cape Breton-born, Halifax based singer-songwriter Dave Sampson.

Classified also produced Ria Mae's self-titled album, which captured the award for Solo Recording of the year. Old Man Luedecke captured Album of the Year for his Domestic Eccentric. Tristan Horncastle had the Country Recording of the Year with ``Turnin' Up a Sundown'' and ever-popular Lennie Gallant was named the Fans' Choice Entertainer of the year.

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SHANIA TWAIN - LYME DISEASE

 

Canadian country superstar Shania Twain believes she lost her voice because of Lyme disease. Twain tells The Los Angeles Times she had dysphonia brought on by the disease, but she doesn't give details. Twain does say she did extensive physical therapy for her voice. She says a lot of singers suffer nodules on their vocal cords and have surgery to correct it, but she didn't have that kind of problem. She says, ``With nodules, you can't speak. You've got to rest, rest, rest. With mine, you've got to work, work, work.'' Twain will put out an album in the fall. 

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Brad Paisley wanted fans to listen, so he shot a movie By Kristin M. Hall

 

Brad Paisley will do anything to get fans to listen to an entire album front to back, even shooting an hour-long visual album featuring Mick Jagger, Timbaland, John Fogerty and an unfinished Johnny Cash song. 

The Grammy-winning country singer, songwriter and guitarist shot sequences for each one of the 15 songs on his new record, ``Love and War,'' to make what he's calling the first visual album in country music. The video is available for streaming on Apple Music on Friday. 

Paisley said he used the album as a script for the video with chapters as transitions. It also includes cameos from his actress-wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, for a ``Stranger Things''-inspired sequence, as well as David Hasselhoff and KITT the car from ``Knight Rider.'' 

(The Associated Press)

 

R. KELLY - LAWSUIT

 

A man is suing R. Kelly for breaking up his marriage. Kenneth Bryant, who married Asia Childress in 2012 in Mississippi, filed suit in Jackson last week, seeking unspecified damages. His lawsuit includes images of texts he says are between Childress and Kelly. Bryant says he knew Childress had had a relationship with Kelly before they were married. He says Childress and Kelly reconnected after one of Kelly's concerts in 2012 and they carried on a four-year affair behind his back. He says every time Kelly had a concert nearby, Childress would disappear. Kelly's representative has not commented on the lawsuit. Mississippi is one of five states that allows spouses to sue others for breaking up their marriages. 

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MASTODON - ``GAME OF THRONES''

 

Maybe Mastodon is going to do a repeat performance on ``Game of Thrones,'' and maybe they're not. Guitarist Bill Kelliher says he's not really supposed to talk about that.

Mastodon appeared in the season 5 finale of ``Game of Thrones'' as wildlings. When asked if he's looking forward to the upcoming season 7, Kelliher says, ``I can't wait, especially the first episode.

That's the one I REALLY want to see. Wink, wink.'' The final season of the show premieres July 16th on H-B-O. 

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PETER MURPHY - VOICE

 

Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy is postponing his San Francisco residency because of a serious issue with his throat. Doctors found nodules on Murphy's vocal cords during a routine check-up. He made the announcement in a video during which he flips papers with words on them because he's not allowed to speak. Murphy's agent, Joady Harper, says if Murphy follows doctor's orders, there will be no lasting damage to his voice. Murphy will do his residency in January and February of next year. 

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RYAN TEDDER - BREAKDOWN

 

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder says he had to take time off to save his sanity. He writes on Facebook he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown last year. He realized he was away from home 200 days of the year and still had three weeks more of being gone. He says he hit ``a physical, emotional, psychological wall'' after their ``Oh My My'' record. Tedder says their record label allowed them to take four months off and now he's ready to work again. A new OneRepublic song, ``No Vacancy,'' is out today. 

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KEVIN GATES - PRISON

 

Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to a gun charge. Court records indicate Gates has been given credit for 34 days already spent in jail. Gates was arrested in Chicago in October 2013. Warrants for his arrest were issued twice before he was taken into custody last month.

Gates' ``Islah'' album hit number 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart last year _ and was number one on the rap album chart. 

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``SGT. PEPPER'' DRAWING - AUCTION

 

Perhaps John Lennon was just doodling, or maybe he came up with the concept for the cover for ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'' A crude drawing of the cover in pen on paper will be auctioned May 20th in New York. Julien's Auctions says it could be worth as much as 60-thousand dollars. It was found at Lennon's former house in Weybridge, England, where he lived from

1964 to 1968, but it's not known when he drew it. Paul McCartney has said he came up with the cover idea and gave drawings to artists Jann Haworth (HAH'-worth) and Peter Blake. Blake has said he recalls a vague conversation with McCartney. Haworth says Blake did a sketch after they met with McCartney. Haworth says she's got a strong memory and she suspects McCartney's memory ``has morphed over time.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017 08:26
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

 

JONATHAN DEMME - THE MUSIC MOVIE DIRECTOR

 

 Director Jonathan Demme loved making live music films because whatever happened was what became the story. Demme told The Associated Press last year that concert movies were the ``purest form of filmmaking.'' He said there's no script, just the musicians and the dancers and he responds in the best way possible. Demme's music films include the Talking Heads movie ``Stop Making Sense,'' the Neil Young films ``Heart of Gold, ''Neil Young Trunk Show`` and ''Neil Young Journeys,`` and the Robyn Hitchcock movie ''Storefront Hitchcock.`` Demme released ''Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids`` on Netflix last year. He had also directed the videos for Bruce Springsteen's ''Streets of Philadelphia`` and ''Murder Incorporated,`` New Order's ''The Perfect Kiss`` and UB40's ''I Got You Babe.`` 

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DJ JAZZY JEFF AND THE FRESH PRINCE

 

It appears D-J Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince are poised for a comeback. Will Smith posted a video on social media announcing they will play two festivals in Croatia and in the U-K in August. No word on any other concerts. 

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AARON CARTER - MEDICAL CONDITION

 

Aaron Carter says the reason he's so skinny is that he's had a hiatal hernia since he was 19. Carter, who is 29, tweets it's a ``terrible stress condition'' that affects his appetite. In his words, ``Basically I have an eating disorder.''

Carter says he does not do drugs and he apologizes to his fans.

Carter says his brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, can back his story. 

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BEATLES - HOT WHEELS

 

 Hot Wheels has come up with five new cars to celebrate albums of The Beatles. The red Dairy Delivery truck commemorates the ``Hard Day's Night'' album by having the band peek out the windows. The '67 Austin Mini Van reflects the artwork of ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'' The Haulin' Gas bus looks like the ``Yellow Submarine'' cover. The Ford Transit Super Van has a ``Rubber Soul'' motif. The Hiway Hauler commemorates the ``White Album'' by being, well, white. Each one sells for $4.99 

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PATSY CLINE MUSEUM - NASHVILLE

 

Lots of singers talk about designer clothes and stylists and high-end jewelry. Then there's Patsy Cline, who would make her own dresses or embellish store-bought ones with rhinestones with the help of her mother. Her clothes are on display at the new Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, upstairs from the Johnny Cash Museum. Cline's daughter, Julie Fudge, says she's not sure what would have happen to her mother's things if it weren't for the museum. Founder Bill Miller says one thing that struck him about Cline is that she didn't consider herself a star. He says in letters to her friends, Cline would talk about going to the store for milk. 

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INGRID MICHAELSON - SITCOM - EP

 

Ingrid Michaelson's life will be the basis for a half-hour comedy on Hulu. The Hollywood Reporter reports it will be called ``The Way I Am.'' A release date was not announced. In the meantime, Michaelson will release an E-P called ``Alter Egos''

tomorrow. It's a collection of remakes of songs from her ``It Doesn't Have To Make Sense'' album. Calgary-raised pop duo Tegan and Sara, Sara Bareilles and John Paul White of The Civil Wars are guest musicians. 

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ELLA FITZGERALD - MURAL

Ella Fitzgerald's hometown has unveiled a mobile mural of her. The four-metre-tall mural of Fitzgerald is at the Jefferson Brookville Apartments in Newport News, Virginia.

Officials say the mural is intended to move every two to four weeks.

Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 08:21
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

 

 

TRAGICALLY-HIP-FACEBOOK

 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MMVAs

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)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:13
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

 

 

JUSTIN BIEBER REFLECTS ON HOW FAR HE'S COME

 

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has posted then-and-now photos of himself, and the ``then'' photo is his mug shot.  Bieber was arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence in Miami.  He posted that photo next to a current one of himself, saying, ``I'm not exactly where I want to be but thank God I'm not where I used to be!''  He says the ``best is yet to come.'' 

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ELTON JOHN - HEALTH

 

Elton John is taking time off from performing after being laid low by a bacterial infection.  The singer says in a statement that he was in intensive care for two nights because of what an unusual bacterial strain.  He caught the bacterial ailment while in South America -- and John says as he flew home from Brazil to the U-K, he became ``violently ill.''  He sought treatment right away and was released from the hospital on Saturday.  As a result of the illness, John is scrapping all the April and May dates of ``The Million Dollar Piano'' -- including stops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and a show next month in Bakersfield, California. 

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GREGG ALLMAN IS AT HOME RESTING

 

Gregg Allman says his doctors have ordered him to rest, so he's home in Savannah, Georgia -- doing just that.  Rumours had swirled over the weekend that Allman had entered hospice care.

Allman, who is 69, has had a string of health problems lately.  In March, he called off his tour dates for the rest of this year but did not say why.  He had a bruised vocal cord in November and had called off shows last August for unspecified health reasons.  He had a liver transplant in 2010. 

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BANANARAMA REUNITES

 

The original lineup of Bananarama is going to do something they never did before: play live.  Siobhan (shuh-VOHN') Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin have announced they will play concerts in the U-K in November and December.  No word on U-S dates.

 Bananarama did not tour until 1988 and Fahey had left the group by then.  Bananarama's biggest North American hits were ``Venus,''

``Cruel Summer'' and ``I Heard A Rumour.'' 

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MONDO COZMO, WITH A ``Z''

 

Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo could not wait for his tour stop in Boston, because he'd finally get his tour T-shirts to sell.  His heart sank when he saw them.  They had a typo. Ostrander named the band after his dog, and he spells Cozmo with a ``Z,'' but the shirts had them with an ``S.''  He was pressured to sell them anyway, but Ostrander says he could not in good faith have a fan spend 30-dollars on a misspelled shirt.  So, he gave them all away.  He says it ended up being a cool moment because fans send him pictures wearing them.  He says the next time he plays Boston, he's hoping to do something special for anyone who shows up in the misspelled shirt. 

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CHAINSMOKERS PERFORM IN FRONT OF TYPO

 

The Chainsmokers may be one of the hottest acts in the world, but that doesn't mean they couldn't use a proofreader.  They performed in Pittsburgh over the weekend in front of a backdrop that read ``Thank you Pittsburg'' -- with no ``H'' at the end of ``Pittsburgh.'' Online fans had a blast making fun of that.  The Chainsmokers responded by saying, ``Well at least we got another chance this week in Clevlande'' -- with a joking misspelling of ``Cleveland.''

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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW TACKLE DYLAN'S ``BLONDE ON BLONDE''

 

Old Crow Medicine Show is marking the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's ``Blonde on Blonde'' album by putting out their version of it.  The ``50 Years of Blonde on Blonde'' album was recorded live during Old Crow Medicine Show's concert in Nashville last May.  Frontman Ketch Secor says with ``Blonde on Blonde,''

Dylan swung the doors of country music so wide open that 50-years later, Old Crow Medicine Show had enough room to sneak in with banjos and fiddles.  The album comes out Friday.  The band will perform the album live on tour beginning May 4th in Santa Barbara, California. 

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STYX PLAN RELEASE OF ``THE MISSION''

 

Styx is releasing its first studio album in 14-years and it's a concept album about Mars.  ``The Mission'' imagines a manned spacecraft on the first trip to Mars in 2033.  It comes out June 16th. 

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MILEY CYRUS HAS SMALL ROLE IN ``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY''

 

Miley Cyrus will have a cameo in the next ``Guardians of the Galaxy'' movie, but it's only her voice.

Director James Gunn tells Buzzfeed he cast Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe in a post-credits scene.  Why Cyrus? Gunn was watching ``The Voice'' one night and thought she was ``funny and likable and sweet.''  Gunn says Mainframe is ``barely a character in the comics'' but he doesn't rule out bringing Mainframe back for the third installment of ``Guardians.'' 

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BILLBOARD CHOOSES ``CALL ME MAYBE'' AS THE CATCHIEST CHORUS OF THIS CENTURY

 

What's the catchiest chorus of the 21st century?  According to Billboard magazine, it's ``Call Me Maybe'' by Carly Rae Jepsen.  Billboard's criteria were that the song had to have come out since 2000, it had to be catchy and unforgettable, and the chorus must jump to mind just by seeing the title.  Billboard's editors note the rest of ``Call Me Maybe'' is pretty forgettable, but Jepsen's delivery of the chorus combines anxiousness, giddiness and excitement.  Second on the list is ``Since U Been Gone'' by Kelly Clarkson, followed by ``Mr Brightside'' by The Killers, ``Ms Jackson'' by OutKast and ``The Middle'' by Jimmy Eat World. 

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(The Associated Press)