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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: 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)