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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 08:22

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

 

ARCADE FIRE

 

Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler are being recognized by Quebec's government for their roles as cultural ambassadors for the province. The vocalists are among 18 honourees set to receive this year's Companion of Quebec's Order of Arts and Letters -- a recognition for ``outstanding contributions to the diversity and vitality of Quebec culture.'' The event will be held at Montreal's Phi Centre on May 29th. Other recipients include film producer Roger Frappier and children's entertainer Kim Yaroshevskaya. 

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JANET JACKSON

 

Janet Jackson confirms she has split with her husband. Jackson says in a video posted on Twitter she and husband Wissam Al Mana ``are in court and the rest is in God's hands.'' They were married in 2012. Jackson will resume the tour she cancelled more than a year ago after she found out she was pregnant. She gave birth to a son in January. Jackson says she changed the name of the tour from ``Unbreakable'' to ``State of the World.'' She says that has nothing to do with politics but about ``people, the world, relationships and just love.'' The tour begins Sept. 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

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EMINEM - NEW ZEALAND

 

The guitarist who came up with the riff for Eminem's song ``Lose Yourself'' has testified a New Zealand political party blatantly ripped off the song for a campaign ad.

Jeff Bass told the High Court in Wellington the song ``Eminem Esque'' used in the ad was ``like 'Lose Yourself' light. It doesn't taste so good, though.'' Eminem's publishers are suing New Zealand's National Party for copyright infringement. The trial started Monday and is expected to last six days. 

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JOSH GROBAN, BETTE MIDLER GET TONY NOMINATIONS

 

Josh Groban says there are not enough words to express his ``surprise, gratitude and joy'' at getting nominated for a Tony Award. He also thanks his mother for sending him to theatre camp. Groban is up for best lead actor in a musical for his role as an unhappy husband in ``Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.'' Bette Midler is up for best actress in a musical for her role as Dolly in ``Hello, Dolly!'' Midler already has a Tony but she didn't actually win it. She was given a special Tony Award in 1974 for ``adding lustre to the Broadway season'' with her concert stand at the Palace Theatre. The Tonys are June 11 in New York. 

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THE EAGLES

 

The Eagles are suing Hotel California.

Billboard reports The Eagles have filed a lawsuit against the owners of an establishment called Hotel California on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. The Eagles acknowledge in their complaint the hotel had the name in 1950, long before their song of that name came out in 1976.

They point out the hotel has changed names and ownership several times since then. Their complaint notes the hotel plays Eagles songs, sells T-shirts that refer to the hotel as ``legendary'' and targets their advertising to Americans by implying it's the inspiration for the song. Attorneys for the hotel have not returned requests for comment. 

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JAM BAND PIONEER COL. BRUCE HAMPTON DIES IN CONCERT

 

Colonel Bruce Hampton may not be a well-known name outside the jam band scene, but his death is one to remember. He collapsed on stage during the finale of his own tribute concert and died. John Popper of Blues Traveler, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band, John Bell of Widespread Panic and the Tedeschi Trucks Band were part of Hampton's birthday tribute show in Atlanta on Monday. Hampton fell to his knees during the song ``Turn On Your Love Light.'' The audience and musicians alike thought it was part of the show. The song abruptly ended and drummer Jeff Sipe announced they had to take care of business backstage.

Hampton had turned 70 the day before. 

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DEFTONES' CHINO MORENO BREAKS FOOT

 

Singer Chino Moreno of Deftones is nursing a broken foot. The band cancelled Monday's show in Cologne, Germany. They don't say how Moreno broke his foot, only that he needs to stay off it for a day or two. Deftones did not cancel any other shows. The American leg of their tour with Rise Against begins June 9 in Chicago. 

 

 

BEYONCE OFFERS $300 ``LEMONADE'' BOXED SET

 

 

 

Just in case you didn't get all the subtleties of Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' album, she's offering a 600-page book explaining how she made it. It's part of a limited-edition boxed set called ``How To Make Lemonade.'' It comes with the audio and visual album as downloads and a double-LP vinyl version. Price tag: $300.

 

``How To Make Lemonade'' comes out this summer. 

 

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA TAKES UP ACTING

 

 

 

Christina Aguilera will have a role in an upcoming sci-fi romance film. The Hollywood Reporter reports she has signed on for the movie ``Zoe.'' It's about researchers who create technology that improves romantic relationships. Filming starts next Monday. 

 

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(The Associated Press)

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LOCAL RECORDING ARTIST KAYLA LUKY PERFORMS AT DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:00
LOCAL RECORDING ARTIST KAYLA LUKY PERFORMS AT DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST

Local Recording Artist Kayla Luky Performs at Dauphin's Countryfest!

Kayla performs at 6 pm on Sunday on The Credit Union Corral Stage

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:20
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

 

LORDE NUMBER ONE

 

Lorde says her song ``Royals'' was a moonshot, but she could not hope for repeat success with her new album, ``Melodrama.'' That's why she's so excited that it's the number-one album in America. Lorde tweets when she was a kid, she thought big records had to be made sterile and calculated, with something sacrificed. She says she had the ``divine thrill of disapproving that firsthand.'' She says her 15-year-old self would have been so proud. 

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SHAKIRA MOTHERHOOD

 

Shakira is not worried about being a working mom.

She thinks it's good for her kids. Shakira says she wants her children to see their mother doing something she loves because it's setting a good example for them. She wasn't always that way. Shakira says she used to be the centre of her own universe and kept pushing ``pause'' on having a family. Now that she has one, Shakira says they're the priority and she's happy to push ``play.'' 

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BILL WARD EQUIPMENT

 

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had a habit of signing and dating his drum heads and sticks after he was done using them. He's now selling them. Ward will launch a shop through Reverb.com to sell the drum heads and other drum equipment he doesn't use anymore. He's unloading the cymbals he used on ``War Pigs,'' and he marvels that he played that song on cymbals so small.

Ward says he's had stuff sitting in ten storage areas. Ward says if the stuff ends up in a museum, so be it, but it would warm his heart if drummers would continue to use the equipment. The shop is expected to go live in the coming weeks. 

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA FUTURE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will continue touring as a way to honour late founder Paul O'Neill. T-S-O has issued a statement saying O'Neill always talked about the band as an idea that would continue long after he stepped away from the stage. T-S-O will announce their winter tour dates in the coming weeks. O'Neill was found dead in a Tampa hotel room of an accidental drug overdose on April 5th. 

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BRAD PAISLEY COMEDY SPECIAL

 

A comedy special based on the two shows Brad Paisley hosted in Nashville earlier this year is coming to Netflix.

``Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo'' features several comedians as well as guest appearances from Reba McEntire and David Hasselhoff. It will debut August 16th. 

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CAPITOL FOURTH PERFORMERS

 

Kellie Pickler, Yolanda Adams and Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the lineup for the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. They join previously announced performers John Stamos, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, The Beach Boys, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, singer Sofia Carson and ``The Voice'' winner Chris Blue. P-B-S stations will carry the concert live as ``A Capitol Fourth.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017 08:37
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

 

Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak at the 2017 B-E-T Awards. Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by `90s R-&-B, also shined. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year - the top prize. Mars also won best male R-&-B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, ``perm.'' In a taped message, Michelle Obama honored Chance the Rapper, who has raised two million dollars for Chicago public schools. The former First Lady said she and Barack Obama knew Chance ``since he was a baby rapper.''

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TUPAC SHAKUR MOVIE - STEALING

A magazine writer is suing the creators of the new film about Tupac Shakur  for using some of his work in the movie without his permission. Kevin Powell has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of ``All Eyez On Me.'' He says it borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur for Vibe magazine. One instance Powell cites is the fictional character Nigel in the film, which he says is a copy of a character he wrote about based on music promoter Jacques ``Haitian Jack'' Agnant. The defendants in the lawsuit have not responded to requests for comment.

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BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL VISIT

Billy Joel's advice for new graduates at his old high school: ``Pick a job you'll like, because if you pick a job you hate life's going to suck.'' New York's Newsday reports Joel gave a speech Saturday at graduation at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. He told the grads they will never have as much idealism as they do now and they should hold onto that. Joel didn't go to his own graduation. He slept through his English final and didn't make up the credit for 25 years.

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DAVE GROHL - F-BOMB RECORD

There are many things that Adele can do better than Dave Grohl, but he wasn't about to make swearing one of them. The Foo Fighters played the Glastonbury Festival in the U-K over the weekend. New Music Express reports Grohl told the audience he was told they were not supposed to swear during the festival. He also heard that Adele set the record last year for dropping the most F-bombs at Glastonbury, with 33. Grohl led the crowd in a chant of the offending word. He stopped and they kept going, so Grohl used that word to stop them and counted that as number 34.

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``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2'' - SONG

Former Looking Glass singer Elliot Lurie says the way their song ``Brandy'' is used in the movie ``Guardians of the Galaxy 2'' is exactly how he always hoped it would be heard. It's used twice in the movie, and Lurie says the scene where Starlord's mother is singing along in her convertible is what he had in mind when he wrote it. Lurie says he used an old girlfriend's name for the song, but she was not a barmaid nor were they destined to be together. If you've never been able to guess what Lurie's accent is, believe it or not, it's New York. He says the producer told him to emphasize his R's because his Brooklyn accent kept coming through on the vocal.

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JOHN LEGEND - SPELLING CHAMP

The thing about being famous is that the hometown newspaper can dig up old news about you and tell everyone what you did. In John Legend's case, it's rather flattering. The Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, republished a story about 10-year-old John Stephens, as he was known then, winning the local spelling bee in 1989. The article notes that Legend was the only kid who wore a suit and tie. His winning word was ``prejudice.''

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THOMAS DOLBY - CHARITY

The camping trailer Thomas Dolby used on his 2012 ``Time Capsule'' tour has sold on e-Bay for 12,600 dollars. Dolby's name is painted on the outside, and it contains equipment that allowed Dolby to record fans with messages for the future. It also has a fake laser death ray gun, a fake flux capacitor and a real Wi-Fi router. The sale included 100 Dolby t-shirts and 200 C-Ds believed to be of his ``Sole Inhabitant'' album, but no one checked for sure before the sale. Dolby is donating the proceeds from the sale to the educational charity Living Classrooms Foundation.

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ALEX VAN HALEN'S SON - ATHLETE

There aren't a lot of track-and-field athletes who are good at the three thousand-metre steeplechase event. Alex Van Halen's son happens to be one of them. Twenty-seven-year-old Aric Van Halen says he learned music as a kid but found that he was better at sports. Steeplechase involves jumping over barriers and running through water pits. Aric learned it while going to the University of Colorado. He made it to the Olympic trials last year but failed to qualify this past weekend. Aric says he's thinking of giving it up and pursuing a career in video.

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PETER TOSH'S SON - ATTACKER CHARGED

A man accused of seriously injuring the son of reggae great Peter Tosh while in jail is facing an aggravated assault charge. Kyrie Baum is accused of attacking Jawara McIntosh in a general custody housing unit of the Bergen County jail in New Jersey in February. McIntosh is in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. He'd been serving a six-month sentence for pot possession. Baum is serving time for robbery and gun possession. Authorities have not said what sparked the attack but they do say it lasted less than 10 seconds. McIntosh's family had threatened to sue because they could not find out information about the attack.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017 08:21
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - TRADEMARK BID

 

Gene Simmons of KISS has given up his attempt to trademark the devil horns hand gesture. The U-S Patent and Trademark Office states the application has been withdrawn. Simmons had put in the application two weeks ago. The metal community ridiculed Simmons for that move. Simmons' representative has not returned requests for comment. 

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OBIT- BO WAGNER - STARBUCK

 

Percussionist Bo Wagner of the band Starbuck has died. Singer Bruce Blackman writes on his Facebook page Wagner died Tuesday at the age of 72. A cause of death was not given. Starbuck had a number-three hit in 1976 with ``Moonlight Feels Right.''

Blackman says Wagner's marimba solo on that song is considered the standard for all marimba students that few can achieve. Blackman says they had talked about recording another Starbuck album two years ago but their lives got in the way. They did a concert in Atlanta in August billed as ``Starbuck's Farewell Performance'' and Blackman says they had no idea how prophetic that would be. 

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LORETTA LYNN - CANCELS SHOWS

 

Loretta Lynn is bowing out of two more concert dates as she recovers from a stroke she suffered in May.

Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa, says Lynn's July 7th concert has been cancelled ``due to circumstances beyond our control.'' The Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa, cites the same message for Lynn's July 21st concert. Lynn, who is 85, is planning to host a motorcycle and music festival at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at the end of September. 

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STEVE EARLE - ``OUTLAW''

 

Steve Earle had two purposes in making his ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' album. One was to reclaim the word ``outlaw.'' Earle says fans think it was the boozy lifestyle that musicians like Earle and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson led back in the day, and it's not. The other purpose was for Earle to channel Jennings and pay tribute to the musicians who helped shape Earle, like Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. Earle says he was the kid of the outlaw country movement and all his heroes are dying out. He says it's possible another movement like that will happen, but probably not in his lifetime. ``So You Wannabe An Outlaw?'' is out now. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - WEDDING

 

Christina Perri is engaged. Perri announced on Instagram her boyfriend, Hollywood Reporter on-air host Paul Costabile, proposed and she said yes. Costabile posted on his Instagram he knew he wanted to marry Perri the day she showed up for an interview almost four years ago. 

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KATY PERRY - DIAMOND AWARD 

 

Katy Perry has become the first musician to earn a third Diamond Award for singles from the Recording Industry Association of America. The R-I-A-A says Perry's song ``Roar'' has passed the ten-million mark for sales and streaming equivalents.

Perry's songs ``Firework'' and ``Dark Horse'' also have earned Diamond Awards. Eminem and Lady Gaga are the only other acts who have two Diamond Awards for singles. 

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PETER TOSH'S SON - JAIL ATTACK

 

 The son of reggae legend Peter Tosh is in a coma after getting beat up in jail and his family is going to court to get answers. Jawara McIntosh has been hospitalized with brain injuries since the attack in February at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey. He was serving six months for marijuana possession after police say they found more than 29-kilos of pot in his car. His family says McIntosh is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization. They say McIntosh can't tell them what happened in jail and officials won't give them any solid information. The family plans to sue the county. A spokesman for the Bergen County's sheriff's office declined comment. 

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(The Associated Press)