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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

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. 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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THALIA LAWSUIT

 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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DRAKE-BURGLAR

 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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``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.

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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)