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Monday, 17 April 2017 08:26

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

 

 BRYAN ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Bryan Adams is setting down his electric guitar for a special one-night exhibition of his photography at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. 

The ``Summer of '69'' rocker is set to unveil ``Canadians,'' a curated collection of portraits to mark Canada's sesquicentennial, at the ROM Ball black-tie fundraiser on May 6. 

Organizers say the exhibit will feature portraits of 28 Canadian icons including Margaret Atwood, Michael Buble, the Weeknd, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Gretzky and Michael J. Fox. 

A shot that Adams captured of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau backstage at the Juno Awards in Ottawa will also be on display. 

The ROM Ball will open with Tony-nominated actress Louise Pitre performing the national anthem, while the dinner party will be headlined by singer Rufus Wainwright.

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SESSION GUITARIST BRUCE LANGHORNE DIES

 

The musician credited with inspiring Bob Dylan to write the song ``Mr Tambourine Man'' has died.  Session guitarist Bruce Langhorne died Friday of kidney failure at his home in Venice, California, according to a family friend.  He was 78.

Langhorne was a mainstay of the Greenwich Village folk rock scene in the 1950s and '60s.  He played on Dylan's ``Bringing It All Back Home'' album in 1965.  Dylan said in the liner notes of his ``Biograph'' boxed set that Langhorne played a tambourine as big as a wagon wheel and that image stuck in his head.  Langhorne also played on albums by Joan Baez, John Sebastian and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. 

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WARPED TOUR CHANGES POLICY ON FREE PARENT TICKETS

 

The Warped Tour has reversed course on its free parent ticket policy.  For the past two years, the tour offered free admission to a parent with a child who had bought a ticket.

This year, the tour had eliminated that, arguing that while the lineup is aimed at teens and young adults, it also included several legacy acts.  The Warped Tour has issued a statement saying they tried to strike a balance and they admit they tipped too far, so Warped will bring back the program.  The tour has had a ``reverse day care'' tent for parents for years.  This year's Warped Tour begins June 16th in Seattle, featuring American Authors, Goldfinger, GWAR, The Ataris and Save Ferris. 

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THE CHAINSMOKERS HIT NUMBER ONE

 

The Chainsmokers' first full-length album has hit number one its first week out.  Billboard reports ``Memories...Do Not Open'' moved 221-thousand units.  Last week's number one, ``More Life'' by Drake, drops to second. 

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TRISHA YEARWOOD REVEALS HER WAX FIGURE IN NASHVILLE

 

The Trisha Yearwood figurine at Madame Tussauds Nashville is so realistic it even has some of her own hair extensions.  Yearwood unveiled the figure on Thursday and joked that her husband, Garth Brooks, might really like ``a quiet Trisha.''  Yearwood took a selfie with the Justin Timberlake figure because she knows him and wants to send it to him to show they were hanging out. 

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OZZY OSBOURNE WILL PLAY STURGIS

 

Ozzy Osbourne will attempt to make more noise than hundreds of motorcycles.  He will perform at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on April 9th.  The annual event draws thousands of people to the Black Hills of South Dakota every year. 

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PRINCE DEATH INVESTIGATION

 

This week will mark one year since the shocking news that Prince was found dead at his home near Minneapolis.  But it appears investigators are apparently no closer to determining whether anyone might end up being held to blame criminally in the case.  An official with knowledge of the investigation says investigators have yet to speak with a key associate of the musician.  And there has been no move to ask a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges might be filed.

Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl -- and counterfeit pills were found in a search of Paisley Park. 

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PRINCE - ESTATE

 

No one has officially named the legal heirs to Prince's estate.  But it appears once his sister and her five half-siblings are settled in as inheritors of his fortune, there will be plenty to divvy up.  In the 12-months since his death, the executors of his estate have turned his Paisley Park home and recording studios into as museum and concert hall.  His music is available on a number of streaming services -- something that hadn't been the case before.  And there will be a remastered version of his iconic album, ``Purple Rain'' due out in June, along with two other albums of unreleased music.  The executors haven't spelled out how much money this will all bring in -- but it will likely be more than a little bit. 

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REVENUES FROM PRINCE'S PAISLEY PARK GO BACK INTO PAISLEY PARK

 

Have you put off home repairs for way too long?  Turns out Prince did too.  Paisley Park manager Joel Weinshanker says most of the money from admissions to Prince's compound is going toward upkeep.  He says Paisley Park was in ``grave disrepair'' when Prince died.  He says the heating and cooling system needed replacing, some rooms that stored videos had water damage and Prince's outfits were improperly stored.

Weinshanker won't say how much money Paisley Park has made since it opened to the public, but he says close to 100-thousand people have toured the place.  Friday is the first anniversary of Prince's death.  This weekend, Paisley Park will host The Revolution, Morris Day and the Time, New Power Revolution and members of 3RDEYEGIRL. 

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ANN WILSON'S HUSBAND SENTENCED IN INCIDENT INVOLVING NANCY WILSON'S KIDS

 

The husband of singer Ann Wilson of Heart has received a suspended sentence of 364-days in jail after he pleaded guilty to choking the 16-year-old twin sons of guitarist Nancy Wilson.  Dean Witter also will serve two years of probation, pay restitution and have no contact with his nephews, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Authorities say the boys wanted to see Ann Wilson's new tour bus and Wetter let them do that as long as they didn't let the dogs out.  Authorities say one of the boys exited first and left the door open for his brother and stepsister, and Wetter immediately became upset.  The sheriff's report says Wetter punched the boy and grabbed him by the throat, then grabbed the other twin by the throat when he tried to intervene.  Wetter and Ann Wilson have been married for two years.  The Wilson sisters have said Heart is on hiatus and they're working on separate projects. 

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RADIOHEAD'S COACHELLA SET IS HIT WITH TECHNICAL PROBLEMS

 

For a while at Coachella, the only people who could hear Radiohead was Radiohead.  The Los Angeles Times reports Radiohead's headlining spot on Friday was marred with sound problems that were not apparent on stage.  The band left the stage twice.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke initially blamed the problem on ``aliens.''  Yorke later said, ``I'd love to tell you a joke, lighten the mood, something like that.  But this is Radiohead.'' 

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LORETTA LYNN MARKS 85 YEARS

 

Loretta Lynn joked she didn't know why people were making such a fuss over her 85th birthday concert in Nashville over the weekend.  Rolling Stone quotes Lynn as saying she's only 26.  She also says she can work any 26-year-old girl under the table any day.  Her sisters Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue Wright, her daughters Patsy and Peggy Lynn, and Martina McBride were special guests. 

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JULIAN LENNON AND HIS FATHER'S WHITE FEATHER

 

John Lennon once told his son, Julian, that should he ever die, he'd let Julian know that everything was all right with a white feather.  Julian Lennon says he thought that was odd, told his mother and forgot about it.  Julian Lennon says years later he was on tour in Australia and the Mirning tribe gave him a white swan's feather.  He took that as a sign that it was his turn to do something to help the world.  Julian Lennon has written a children's environmental book called ``Touch The Earth'' that follows a group of kids as they travel the globe on the White Feather Flier.  It's out now. 

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JAMIROQUAI KEYBOARDIST TOBY SMITH DIES

 

Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay confirms the death of the group's original keyboardist Toby Smith.

Kay writes on Facebook Smith died Thursday of a ``voracious illness,'' but he does not say what that is.  Smith was 46.  Kay says Smith had an ``obtuse sense of humour'' and there would have been no Jamiroquai without Smith.  Jamiroquai are probably best known for the 1996 hits ``Virtual Insanity'' and ``Cosmic Girl.''

Smith left the band in 2002. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 08:25
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

 

 

RORY FEEK WILL RETURN

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory will return to performing as a way to say thank you to the non-profit group that helped him with insurance and medical bills as his wife Joey died of cancer last year. Rory Feek will donate all the profits from the concerts at his home in Pottsville, Tennessee, on September 8th and 9th to the Music Health Alliance. Feek says he asked the non-profit for help when his wife wanted to try treatment at a facility out of their insurance network. He says he turned to the group again after she died for help figuring out all the bills. He says the Music Health Alliance never asked him for money. Feek says he also wants to get onstage again to learn what the future holds. 

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U2 ADAM CLAYTON MAP AWARD

 

U-2 bassist Adam Clayton says the other members of the band loved him before he had learned to love himself. The band stood with Clayton as he accepted an award Monday from the Musicians' Assistance Program, the charity run by the Recording Academy that helps those in the music industry with addiction.

Clayton has been sober for two decades and credits his bandmates for helping him stay in line. He says he used to think that being in a band meant drinking, but Eric Clapton was the one who talked him into rehab. 

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RASCAL FLATTS WEDDING

 

When one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Sara and Brandon McInnis said they enlisted a little help for the couple's first song, nobody thought that Rascal Flatts would be the ones helping. Rascal Flatts crashed the reception in Watertown, Wisconsin, Saturday to sing the couple's first dance song, ``Bless the Broken Road.'' A family friend had written to Rascal Flatts asking them to do it, and the band was in the area playing the Country U-S-A Festival in Oshkosh. Rascal Flatts had such a blast doing it they posted video on their website. 

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IRON MAIDEN TICKETS KIDNAPPING

 

A kidnapping suspect was known to be an Iron Maiden fan. His friend posted a picture of Iron Maiden tickets online. Authorities in San Antonio put two and two together and figured out exactly where to find their man. The Bexar (BEHR) County Sheriff's Office says it arrested Derrick Roseland on a warrant for aggravated kidnapping by going to the seats listed on the friend's tickets for the Iron Maiden show in San Antonio on Saturday.  

Roseland was taken into custody without incident. 

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC DEAL OFF PRINCE

 

Universal Music Group is asking a Minnesota judge to cancel its music rights deal with Prince's estate. U-M-G claims a deal the estate made with Warner Brothers has elements that conflict with the U-M-G deal and it will take extensive litigation to sort it all out. The nature of the conflicts is not known because most of the relevant court filings are sealed or heavily redacted.

U-M-G says if the deal is not cancelled, new music from Prince's vault might not be heard for years. Prince's six siblings who were named heirs to the estate are split on whether to rescind the deal. 

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(The Associated Press)

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)