MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017
JUNO AWARDS SET TO RETURN TO CBC IN 2018 AFTER 16 YEARS AT CTV
The Juno Awards are returning to the CBC after 16 years at CTV.
Organizers behind the country's biggest music awards show say they've struck a new six-year contract with the national broadcaster.
It brings an end to a long-standing partnership between the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Bell Media.
But the new deal also reunites the Junos with its original home.
CBC Radio first aired the awards show in 1973 before it started broadcasting the event on its television network in 1975.
CARAS president Alan Reid says returning to the CBC will allow for ongoing Juno programming throughout the year rather than just as a lead up to the big show.
(The Canadian Press)
PRINCE WILLIAM AND LADY GAGA ON MENTAL HEALTH
Prince William has enlisted Lady Gaga in his campaign to persuade people to be more open about mental health issues. The heir to the British throne released a video in which he speaks with the pop star via FaceTime. Lady Gaga, who last year spoke out about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, places the call from her kitchen in California, and William answers at his desk in Kensington Palace. The conversation is part of the latest blitz by the young royals as they campaign to end the stigma associated with mental health issues. William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, along with his brother, Prince Harry, have made mental health a focus of their charitable work.
HARRY STYLES OPENS UP ABOUT DATING TAYLOR SWIFT
Imagine you're 18 and you're on your second date with someone, and absolutely everyone in the world knows about it.
That's what Harry Styles had to deal with when paparazzi photos of him walking with Taylor Swift through New York's Central Park went viral five years ago. Styles tells Rolling Stone magazine relationships at any age are hard, but he was 18 and ``trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it any easier.'' Styles says he had wanted just a normal date and calls it ``a learning experience, for sure.''
HARRY STYLES EXPLAINS WHAT ``SIGN OF THE TIMES'' IS ABOUT
A dying mother having to tell her newborn child everything about life -- believe it or not, that's what ``Sign of the Times'' by Harry Styles is about. Styles tells Rolling Stone magazine he wrote the song from the perspective of a mother with a complication at childbirth. He says, ``The mother is told, ''The child is fine but you're not going to make it.`` The mother has five minutes to tell the child, '''Go forth and conquer.`` Styles says he wanted to call his debut album ''Sign of the Times,`` but his producer talked him out of it. Instead, it's called ''Harry Styles`` and it comes out May 12th.
A Mexican fashion retailer says superstar singer Thalia failed to promote her branded products while demanding diva-like perks including a 65-thousand dollar plane ride and a 10-thousand dollar stylist. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan by E-D-F Brands charges that Thalia didn't live up to her obligations under the licensing deal she signed in 2016. But Thalia says in a counterclaim that that E-D-F's products weren't up to her standards.
She says the quality of suede in a pair of sneakers was ``very cheap,'' for example. The lawsuit also names Thalia's husband, music mogul Tommy Mottola.
JERROD NIEMANN BECOMES A WEDDING SINGER IN LAS VEGAS
Jerrod Niemann doesn't sing for many weddings anymore. He says the first few weddings he did ended in divorce, so he figured he was bad luck. Niemann made an exception when he was in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month. He sang his new single ``God Made A Woman'' to any couple who would listen. Neimann sang for a wedding officiated by an Elvis impersonator, one officiated by a Gene Simmons impersonator, and one inside the Las Vegas Observation Wheel. Neimann says he figures anyone getting married in Vegas is down for some fun but he's still honoured to be part of their weddings.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE VOTING SELFIE BILL PASSES TENNESSEE SENATE
Maybe by the midterm elections, Justin Timberlake will legally be able to take a selfie in the voting booth in Tennessee. Timberlake had posted a selfie he took last year while voting, which brought to light a little-known law in Tennessee forbidding such acts. Tennessee state senator Brian Kelsey sponsored a bill to change that. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports last week the Tennessee senate voted in favour of the bill, which would allow voting booth photos as long as the photo-taking doesn't make noise, use a flash or show the ballot or other people.
Authorities say an intruder was arrested at Drake's California house, but the woman apparently did nothing but drink the rapper's water and soft drinks. Police arrested 24-year-old Mesha Collins on Monday inside the home of the Toronto-raised rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Graham. Police found Collins inside a locked room surrounded by opened water and soft drink from the house. There was no evidence she took anything else or did any damage. She was arrested for entering a residence with intent to steal the victim's property and is schedueled to appear in court today.
PAISLEY PARK PROMISES LOTS OF ROTATING PRINCE EXHIBITS
The operators of Prince's Paisley Park estate are hoping to keep visitors coming back by promising new things to see, because Prince kept a lot of stuff. Paisley Park spokesman Mitch Maguire says Prince seemed to hang on to everything. That means the museum can swap out pieces for new exhibits. Prince left behind more than 7-thousand artifacts and 121 instruments. Friday marks the first anniversary of his death. A four-day celebration of his music begins Thursday at Paisley Park.
JASON NEWSTED SHOWS OFF PAINTINGS IN NEW YORK
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted will do his first major exhibition of his paintings during the Art New York art fair next month. He will stage an exhibit with rock photographer Bob Gruen, whose most famous image is the one of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt. Art New York runs May 3rd to 7th. Newsted and Gruen will conduct a symposium at the fair on May 6th.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE GET THEIR OWN BEER
Killswitch Engage are marking the 15th anniversary of the release of their ``Alive Or Just Breathing'' album with their own beer. The Alive Or Just Brewing India Pale Ale will be available in the coming weeks in select markets. The bottle features artwork done by bassist Mike D'Antonio. The beer was brewed with the help of Cigar City Brewing of Tampa.
``THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS'' EXPLORES THE EARLY RECORDINGS OF AMERICAN MUSIC
Given all the studio tricks that musicians can use, it was quite a shock for Nas, Alabama Shakes and Elton John to record a song in three minutes with no editing, using vintage 1920s recording equipment. The upcoming P-B-S special ``The American Epic Sessions'' retraces the history of music scouts in the 1920s going to inner cities, tiny towns, Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta and the Texas-Mexico border looking for talent. The recording system consisted of a microphone, a six-foot amplifier rack and a recording lathe powered by pulleys. The Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Jack White, Ashley Monroe, Beck, Los Lobos and Raphael Saadiq also give 1920s recording a try. ``The American Epic Sessions'' premieres on P-B-S stations May 16th.
(The Associated Press)