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MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

 

CHRIS BROWN-FIGHT

 

Police in Florida are investigating an incident at a nightclub where a photographer said he was ``sucker punched'' by singer Chris Brown.  Tampa police say 28-year-old Bennie Vines Jr. was hired by Aja Channelside to take photos during an event hosted by Brown.  Vines told officers that while he was snapping photos early Monday, Brown punched him.  Brown was gone by the time officers arrived.  Vines refused medical treatment and told officers he wants to prosecute because of a minor lip cut.  The club confirmed the incident on its Facebook page Monday and apologized to patrons.  An email to the representative listed on Brown's website was not immediately returned. 

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RAPPER T.I. AND PUBLIC OFFICE

 

Rapper T-I has no plans to ever run for public office, but he said he wants to make a difference in underserved communities through activism and music.  The Atlanta-based artist spoke about affecting positive change in his community while backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this month in New York.  The rapper performed in honour of the late Tupac Shakur after Snoop Dogg inducted him into the Rock Hall.  Shakur was gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas at the height of his career.  If he were alive today, T-I thinks he would be more than a musician.  ``Anything could have happened with Pac, man. Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life,'' he said.  ``He may have gotten into politics by now. Who knows?'' 

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PRINCE INVESTIGATION YIELDS SOME ANSWERS, MORE QUESTIONS

 

Newly unsealed court documents reveal that Prince got a prescription for oxycodone under someone else's name.

The documents don't reveal how he got the fentanyl that led to his fatal overdose.  They show Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg prescribed oxycodone for Prince six days before Prince died, but Schulenberg put it in the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince's drummer and longtime friend.  Schulenberg said it was to protect Prince's privacy.  An official familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press that investigators have not interviewed Schulenberg or Johnson since the hours immediately after Prince's death on April 21st last year.

The affidavits also say some of the pills found in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name ``Peter Bravestrong,'' which police believe was an alias Prince used when he travelled.  The documents state Prince got vitamin B12 shots so he could ``feel better''

before shows. 

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LADY GAGA WILL FILM SCENES FOR ``A STAR IS BORN'' ON COACHELLA STAGE

 

Lady Gaga will take the stage at Coachella again today to film scenes for the remake of the movie ``A Star Is Born.''  Warner Brothers Pictures has announced Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will stage a country concert for the film.  They have asked fans to show up in denim, boots and Stetson hats, but no pink hats like Lady Gaga wears for the ``Joanne'' album.  Cell phones will be locked in pouches so they can be carried but not used.  The money raised from the 10-dollar tickets goes to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. 

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NIGHT RANGER DRUMMER HAS HEART PROCEDURE

 

Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy will take a leave of absence through May while he recovers from a heart procedure.  Keagy says in a statement he's dealt with a heart abnormality all his life and his doctors recommended he get it fixed.  Fred Coury of Cinderella will sit in on drums during Night Ranger's April shows.  Former Journey and Bad English drummer Deen Castronovo will play drums on the May dates.  Night Ranger say it will be strange being on the road without Keagy for the first time in the band's history, but they take comfort in knowing it's temporary. 

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE GETS HIGH WITH HER KIDS

 

Melissa Etheridge admits she's fired up a joint with her kids.  People magazine has an excerpt of Etheridge's interview for the Yahoo project, ``Weed and the American Family.''

Etheridge says she smokes marijuana with her 20-year-old daughter, Bailey, and 18-year-old son, Beckett, as well as with her wife, Linda Wallem.  She says it felt ``funny at first'' but they all realized it was a natural thing.  Etheridge also has ten-year-old twins and she's clear with them that marijuana is not for them.  She says she takes the naughtiness out of it but she tells them it's not for kids. 

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JANET JACKSON'S HUSBAND WRITES LOVE MESSAGE

 

Just days after Janet Jackson posted her first photo of her three-month-old baby, her husband has posted a love note to Jackson.  Wissam Al Mana posted a photo of Jackson on his website thanking her for her ``divine love,'' ''eternal support`` and for being his best friend.  He says, ''We will be together in the Great Forever.``  Some celebrity gossip sites have said Jackson and Al Mana are on the rocks.  Jackson gave birth to their son, Eissa, in January. 

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AUTOGRAPH FOUNDING DRUMMER DIES

 

Original drummer Keni Richards of the band Autograph has died.  Guitarist Steve Lynch tweets he got confirmation of Richards' death but he does not give details.

Richards was in the band from 1983 to 1988, just as the Autograph song ``Turn Up The Radio'' took off in 1984.  Lynch calls Richards ``the mighty force that was our backbone'' and says Richards will be missed greatly. 

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MOTOWN SONGWRITER SYLVIA MOY DIES

 

One of the first female songwriters and producers at Motown Records has died.  The Detroit Free Press reports Sylvia Moy died of complications from pneumonia on Saturday outside Detroit.  She was 78.  Moy and collaborator Hank Cosby wrote Stevie Wonder's hits ``Uptight (Everything's Alright),'' ''I Was Made To Love Her`` and ''My Cherie Amour.``  They also wrote the Isley Brothers song ''This Old Heart Of Mine`` and the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston song ''It Takes Two.``  Moy once said she didn't know how to write lyrics in Braille for Wonder, so Wonder recorded ''Uptight`` with her singing the lines to him in his headphones. 

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ANGALEENA PRESLEY KEEPS SINGING FOR THE GIRLS

 

Angaleena Presley had her pat answers for whenever anyone would ask her about the lack of female acts on country radio.  Presley says she would talk with hope about it being cyclical.  In her mind, she'd be thinking that wasn't true at all, because after ten years there were still only two or three women in the top ten.  Presley decided the best thing she can do is to keep going.  She says if she throws herself to the wolves, maybe she'll get some success and some little girl will dream of being a country star too.  Presley's new album, ``Wrangled,'' is out Friday. 

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DOLLY PARTON SEMINAR WILL BE TAUGHT AT UT KNOXVILLE

 

Students at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will study Dolly Parton as part of an honours history seminar.  Required reading for the seminar ``Dolly's America'' is Parton's book, ``Dolly: My Life,'' as well as other books about Appalachia.  The course description says students will ``look at how a 'hillbilly' girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation.''  Parton tweets, ``From the girl voted in high school 'least likely to succeed' this sure is a blessing!'' 

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TYLER THE CREATOR TEAMS UP WITH BILL NYE

 

Tyler the Creator has recorded the theme song for Bill Nye's new science show.  Tyler's song for the show ``Bill Nye Saves The World'' references the ``Bill Nye The Science Guy'' theme.

 Tyler says in a video posted on Nye's Twitter that he loved the original song and ``you take out that snare, it could be a house song.''  ''Bill Nye Saves The World`` premieres Friday on Netflix. 

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MONTEREY FESTIVAL WILL MARK 50 YEARS

 

Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Jack Johnson and Leon Bridges are among the acts who will help mark the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival.  The lineup also includes Eric Burdon and the Animals, Norah Jones, The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark Junior, Kurt Vile and the Violators and Regina Spektor.

Lou Adler, who was one of the producers of the 1967 festival, returns to oversee the concert.  The event will be held on June 16th-18th at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the site of the original festival. 

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017 08:39
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

 

Add Gene Simmons to the list of stars accused of sexual misconduct. Billboard reports that the bass player for Kiss is being sued by a radio and T-V broadcaster who says he groped her and made ``unwanted'' and ``unwarranted'' sexual advances toward her. Unlike many of the allegations made against celebrities these days, this happened recently. The broadcaster says it happened November 1st when she interviewed Simmons and Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley at their restaurant in Highland, California. The suit claims, among other things, that during a post-interview photo, Simmons touched the woman's buttocks. An attorney for the woman says her client is ``embarrassed and humiliated'' by the experience. 

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NELLY - RAPE CHARGES DROPPED

 

An attorney for Nelly says his client is the victim of a ``deceitful allegation devoid of credibility.''

Authorities in Washington state say they won't file rape charges against the rapper, because the accuser isn't cooperating. The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October outside Seattle.

Nelly was arrested and booked before being released. Shortly after the arrest, the woman told prosecutors she wanted the investigation stopped. Prosecutors say without the woman's help, they can't investigate to see whether the allegation has any merit. 

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EMINEM - MOM'S SPAGHETTI

 

If you remember the Eminem song ``Lose Yourself,'' you no doubt remember the line about him being so nervous he barfs up ``mom's spaghetti'' before performing. Over the weekend, some people in Detroit got the chance to see what that pasta takes like of course, before he got ill. The rapper had one of those pop-up restaurants and ``mom's spaghetti'' was on the menu. It's all part of the buildup to his new album. 

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JEEZY - EVOLUTION

 

Jeezy says he was like a lump of coal in a darkened mine but came out like a diamond. The rapper says he can remember many struggles he faced as a kid like being so poor, he had to shoo cockroaches off his food before eating. He says the tough times inspired him do better and now, he wants to help others do the same. He sketches out his journey in his new album, ``Pressure.'' It features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, J. Cole and 2 Chainz.

 

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TONY BENNETT MEMORIAL PERFORMANCE

 

He wasn't there in person. But Tony Bennett was very much a part of the public memorial for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. A taped performance of the veteran crooner was part of the service held yesterday in the rotunda of San Francisco's city hall.

Lee was the city's first Asian-American Mayor. He died last week.

 

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KEELY SMITH - OBIT

 

Singer Keely Smith has died. She was big back in the day, best-known as a pop and jazz singer who both recorded standards and had a longtime musical partnership with Louis Prima. Smith was 89 when she died of apparent heart failure over the weekend in Palm Springs, California. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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)