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Monday, 01 May 2017 08:21

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

 

JA RULE - BOTCHED FESTIVAL

 

Ja Rule is offering profuse apologies after a festival he helped organize in the Bahamas fell apart just as it was beginning. Ja Rule tweets he is ``heartbroken'' the Fyre Festival was cancelled at the last minute this weekend. He says, ``It was not a scam as everyone is reporting,'' and while he does apologize, he adds, ``This is NOT MY FAULT.'' Blink-182 pulled out as headliner just days before, saying they did not think they would have what they would need to give a quality performance. Other acts dropped out, saying they had not been paid. Attendees say accommodations were nothing more than leaky tents, the site was full of half-constructed plywood structures and the promised gourmet food consisted of soggy ham sandwiches. Festival co-organizer Billy McFarland is pledging full refunds, plus guests this year will get V-I-P passes to next year's festival. 

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BILLY RAY CYRUS- JUST ``CYRUS''

 

Billy Ray Cyrus is dropping the ``Billy Ray.'' He tells Rolling Stone magazine as of his birthday on Aug. 25th, he will simply be known as ``Cyrus.'' He says he always went by that and he begged Mercury Records to let him just be Cyrus. He says he's going to the hospital in Bellefonte, Kentucky, where he was born and legally changing his name. Cyrus is marking 25 years since the release of ``Achy Breaky Heart'' by doing a remake of the song with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, a Spanglish version and an electronic dance music version with Bootsy Collins. 

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BRAD PAISLEY -  ``LOVE AND WAR''

 

Brad Paisley has put out what he is billing as the first visual album in country music. His ``Love and War'' visual album came out Friday, a week after the audio version was released.So is he just copying Beyonce and her ``Lemonade'' visual album?

Hardly. Paisley says he didn't even see all of ``Lemonade,'' and he has no idea how it begins or ends. He says he's used the ``Love and War'' music as a script. He enlists the help of Mick Jagger and John Fogerty, and he finished a song Johnny Cash had started, but his favourite moment on the visual album is his little boy asking, ``So what's it all about?'' Paisley says that's the question he hopes everyone asks by the end. 

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MARY J. BLIGE - ``STRENGTH OF A WOMAN''

 

Mary J. Blige did not intend for her ``Strength of a Woman'' album to be her divorce record. She says when she started writing songs, it was when she was trying to save her marriage. When it all fell apart last August, Blige started rewriting some songs, but she decided to keep some of the more hopeful ones. Blige says she needed the light at the end of the tunnel in order to get through the darkness. Blige says she has not given up on love, but she has ``definitely given up on marriage for a while.'' ''Strength of a Woman`` is out now. 

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JEFFERSON STARSHIP - NAME DISPUTE

 

Guitarist Craig Chaquico has filed a lawsuit to stop a new version of Jefferson Starship from using that name. Chaquico says in his lawsuit that the band's members agreed to retire the Jefferson Starship name in 1985 after founding member Paul Kantner left in 1985. The band then became Starship. Chaquico's lawsuit says he allowed Kantner to use the name Jefferson Starship for several years, but that right ended when Kantner died in 2016. A representative for the new version of Jefferson Starship did not return a request for comment. Jefferson Starship formed in 1974 with members of Jefferson Airplane, which broke up in 1972. 

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SNOOP DOGG - ``COOLAID THE MOVIE''

 

Snoop Dogg has released a movie that's part autobiography, part visual album. ``Coolaid The Movie'' traces his story from his boyhood when he dreamed of being a pro football player, his troubled youth in gangs and selling drugs and then becoming a star. It also touches on his 1996 acquittal on murder charges. It features special visuals to go along with new music, including a track featuring Too Short. ``Coolaid the Movie'' is out now on iTunes. 

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THE CHAINSMOKERS - PROM

 

Huntley High School outside Chicago got a couple of surprise guests at prom on Saturday: The Chainsmokers. The Chicago Tribune reports Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall played one song for the surprised students before heading to their scheduled concert a few miles down the road. Principal Scott Rowe says a Huntley student emailed a representative for the band expressing his disappointment that he had to skip the concert for prom. Rowe says The Chainsmokers' appearance was arranged in secret. He says it was one of the hardest secrets he's ever had to keep because he knew ``the kids were going to go berserk for it.'' 

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(The Canadian Press)

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 09:15
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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:33
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

 

ELVIS - 40TH ANNIVERSARY

 

For many fans of Elvis Presley, today is a day to remind themselves that it's been 40 years since the music icon died. This will also be the first year that people will have to pay for the right to take part in a procession past Presley's grave.

The trek used to be free, But now, Graceland is charging 28 dollars and 75 cents for the privilege and that isn't sitting well with some Presley fans. Graceland, for its part, says it decided to add the paid wristband to update security measures at the tourist attraction. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - TRIAL

 

The former radio host who lost that groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift says he wanted to see the matter through even if the final decision went against him. David Mueller tells The Associated Press a friend suggested he get out of the case early. But he says he ``couldn't go on'' with his life without taking steps to clear his name. As it turned out, his name became muddier as a result of the case. Swift won a symbolic one dollar judgment after the jury ruled he groped Swift during a 2013 photo op in Denver. 

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PINK - VANGUARD AWARD

 

Pink will get one of the big awards at this year's M-T-V Video Music Awards. She will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on August 27th at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The Vanguard award honours musicians who have had an impact on pop culture with their songs, fashion and music videos. Past winners include Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. Pink will also perform at the event. 

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DAVID CROSBY - TED NUGENT - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

 

Ted Nugent has gone around suggesting the reason he isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of his politics.

But fellow musician David Crosby says there's a simple reason Nugent isn't in: he ``just isn't good enough.'' Nugent most recently speculated to an Albany, New York radio station (W-Q-B-K) last week that his right-wing views have held him back. Crosby apparently disagrees. He has been inducted into the Hall twice, once for being part of The Byrds and for his role in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. 

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MISS AMERICA JUDGES

 

Former ``American Idol'' winner Jordin Sparks and country star Thomas Rhett will be among the celebrity judges at this year' Miss American pageant. Sparks and Rhett will help judge the competition, which is set for Atlantic City on Sept. 10th. 

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ROBERT YANCY - NATALIE COLE - CHILD DIES

 

When Natalie Cole died on New Year's Eve of 2015, she left behind a son, Robert Yancy. Now the singer's only child has joined her in death. Yancy was found dead Monday at his home in Los Angeles after authorities were asked to make a welfare check on him. He was just 39. The L-A County Coroner's office says Yancy's death appears to have been caused by natural causes. But official word of what killed him won't be known until an autopsy is complete. 

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DRAKE - BILLBOARD

 

Drake's record-breaking reign on the Billboard charts is over. The Toronto rapper's unprecedented run of 431 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 singles chart has ended. It's the first time Drake is absent from the chart since his smash hit ``Best I Ever Had'' entered at Number 92 in 2009. The Canadian has had 157 charted titles -- the most among solo artists. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SEX ASSAULT TRIAL

 

The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift says he had no interest in backing away from case even though it ended up going against him. David Mueller tells The Associated Press he could have backed down but felt he couldn't go on with his life without defending himself. A jury in Denver ruled two days ago that Mueller groped Swift during a photo op before a concert in 2014. Swift's team initially tried to keep the accusation quiet by not reporting the incident to police, and instead contacting Mueller's bosses. But it became public when Mueller sued Swift for up to three million dollars, claiming her allegation cost him his 150-thousand-dollars-a-year job at country station K-Y-G-O-F-M, where he was a morning host. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - POST-ITS

 

Taylor Swift is saying thanks to a Denver company that she says helped her get through her groping trial. The singer has sent the team at Craftsy a bouquet of flowers along with a note. The company created colourful signs featuring sticky notes of her song lyrics in its windows during her trial. And in her note, Swift thanked the company for ``brightening'' her day. A company rep says the workers are ``absolutely thrilled'' that Swift was pleased by their efforts. 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:12
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

 

TAYLOR SWIFT - GROPING LAWSUIT

 

She tried to keep it private, choosing not to get the police involved in what she says was a groping by a radio D-J at a meet-and-greet four years ago. But when it came time for her to go public, Taylor Swift told her story -- and a jury in Denver believed it. The result: a very public victory in the case -- and in the process has become an advocate for women victimized by unwanted touching and groping. Jurors deliberated for less than four hours to find ex-radio host David Mueller felt her up during a photo op. At Swift's request, she was awarded one-dollar in damages. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - STATEMENT

 

Taylor Swift says she hopes that by speaking publicly about a 2013 groping, she hopes ``to help those whose voices should also be heard.'' Swift released a statement after yesterday's verdict in Denver -- in which a jury agreed that former radio host David Mueller put his hand up her dress while taking a backstage photo. After the jury returned the verdict and awarded her a symbolic one-dollar in damages. Swift hugged her crying mother and thanked her lawyers for fighting for her and other women who have been groped. 

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PRINCE PURPLE

 

You know Prince was into the colour purple. But exactly what colour purple? That issue has been laid to rest by his estate. It has announced the Pantone Color Institute has decided on a shade of purple to be named after the late musician. ``Purple Rain'' is an official match to the colour of his custom-made Yamaha piano and the graphic Prince began using in 1993. He changed back to his name in 2000. 

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``DESPACITO'' - MTV

 

Imagine a baseball player who hits way more home runs than any other player -- not getting consideration for the M-V-P award. Or a basketball star who scores more points than anyone else -- not even being considered for the scoring title? That's the situation being faced by M-T-V over the video for the song ``Despacito.'' Despite it's being wildly popular, the clip is not in the running for the Music Video Awards. M-T-V says it wasn't submitted for consideration. But Universal Music Latin Entertainment says M-T-V didn't ask the label to submit the video until last week _ two weeks after the network announced its V-M-A nominees.

Meanwhile, the record-shattering clip hasn't been played on M-T-V or

M-T-V-2 -- though it does air on M-T-V Tres, the company's Latin channel. Asked by The Associated Press, M-T-V didn't explain why it hasn't played Despacito. 

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EAGLES - TOUR

 

Talk about tough shoes to fill. When The Eagles head out on tour this fall, a son of founding member Glenn Frey will be standing in for his late father. The band has announced that Frey's son Deacon will be playing with the group. He filled in on guitar and vocals during the Eagles shows last month -- the first since Frey died last January. The band will tour Greensboro, North Carolina; Atlanta; Louisville, Kentucky; and Detroit in October.

Those performances will follow a September 30th show with The Doobie Brothers in Seattle. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017 08:33
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017

 

TAYLOR SWIFT - CIVIL CASE

 

Taylor Swift scored a victory in court Friday but the case is not over. U-S District Judge William Martinez threw out the claim of former radio personality David Mueller, who claimed Swift got him fired after a meet-and-greet at a 2013 concert in Denver. Martinez said Mueller failed to prove Swift was directly responsible for his job loss. Martinez also said there's no indication Swift made up her story that Mueller put his hand up her skirt and latched onto her rear end as the photo was taken. Swift is suing him for sexual assault. A jury still is expected to hear Mueller's claim that Swift's mother and a radio station liaison were instrumental in his firing. 

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ELVIS - CANDLELIGHT VIGIL - FEE

 

For the first time ever, Elvis Presley fans will have to pay in order to pay their respects. Graceland will only allow people who bought tickets to one of the Elvis Week packages to have access to the annual candlelight vigil past his grave.

Graceland officials say because it's the 40th anniversary of Presley's death, the estate is expecting bigger-than-normal crowds.

The cheapest way is a one-day ticket to Graceland for 28.75.

Graceland officials say those who don't have a pass cannot participate in the vigil but they're welcomed to stand in front of the mansion and watch. The vigil starts Tuesday night and likely will go into Wednesday morning. 

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PROSECUTOR - R. KELLY NOT BEING INVESTIGATED

 

The district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, says he is not currently investigating R. Kelly after a report came out that Kelly was holding women against their will. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quotes Paul Howard as saying the Johns Creek police gave his office a file on Kelly last week, which has been assigned to the sex trafficking division for review. BuzzFeed had reported in July that Kelly was holding women in a cult at a rental house outside Atlanta and their parents were concerned for their safety. 

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BRAD PAISLEY - COMEDY

 

Brad Paisley thinks he's funny. His wife thinks he thinks he's funny. That's why he's doing a comedy special for Netflix. ``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' will feature five comedians and Paisley playing songs. He says he never would have attempted something like this if he didn't have such success as a writer and host for the County Music Association Awards. Plus, he likes the all-or-nothing approach to comedy. He says with a song, it can be nuanced, but a joke either gets laughs or polite chuckling. ``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' premieres tomorrow on Netflix. 

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SUPER PAC - KID ROCK FOR SENATE

 

The head of a major Super Pac aligned with U-S Senate Republican leadership thinks it would be a good idea for Kid Rock to run for the Senate in Michigan. Steven Law told C-SPAN's ``Newsmakers'' on Friday his group would be interested in a Rock candidacy. Law says he has not spoken with Kid Rock but he considers him a philanthropist, a smart guy and a shrewd businessman. Rock has not responded to Law's comments, but the Democrats have. A spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says, ``We're not surprised Republicans are disappointed in their options in Michigan, but we don't think Kid Rock will help.'' 

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BRITNEY SPEARS - STAGE JUMPER

 

Las Vegas police are charging a 37-year-old man with trespassing for jumping on stage at a Britney Spears concert.

Police say Jesse Webb started dancing on stage during Spears'

Wednesday night show. Video from the concert show fans booing as several men restrained the trespasser. 

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BRITNEY SPEARS - DONATION

 

Britney Spears is donating a dollar from every ticket sold to her Las Vegas show through the rest of the year to help schools in her native Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports the money will go to a fund that was formed after last summer's floods damaged several schools. Last week was the one-year anniversary of the floods. Initially, the money will help schools and teachers buy instructional materials. 

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(The Canadian Press)