MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017
ALANIS MORISSETTE - BUSINESS MANAGER SENTENCED
The business manager who swiped more than seven-million dollars from Canadian chanteuse Alanis Morissette has been sentenced to six years in a U-S federal prison. Jonathan Todd Schwartz got the sentence after the singer made a pitch for a long and harsh sentence _ saying he had stolen her dreams. She told the court that Schwartz would have bankrupted her within three years had she not caught on to the thefts. Schwartz wept and apologized at the hearing _ saying he took full responsibility for his behaviour _ and will spend the rest of his life seeking forgiveness. In the end, the judge agreed to impose a stiffer sentence than even prosecutors sought.
EMINEM - NEW ZEALAND - COPYRIGHT CASE
The campaign manager for New Zealand's National Party has testified she was concerned about the campaign's use of a song that sounded similar to Eminem's song ``Lose Yourself.'' Jo de Joux tells the High Court in Wellington she was told the party could use the song ``Eminem Esque'' because it was part of a licensed music library. She says she was worried about Eminem being associated with hate speech and about a previous campaign that had gotten complaints for using a Coldplay song. De Joux is the first defence witness in a case in which Eminem's publishers are suing the political party for copyright infringement.
PATTI LABELLE - DESSERTS AND DIABETES
Patti LaBelle can whip up some of the most fabulous desserts you've ever tasted. She just can't eat much of them. LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes in the mid-1990s but she tries not to let that limit her. She loves cheesecake but she can only have a forkful now. She says it's better to have a little something than to get depressed about what she can't have. LaBelle says a lot of people have questioned why she's written a cookbook of desserts if she has to avoid sugar. She says she's been making them for years for her family and friends. The book ``Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About'' is out now.
MINOR-LEAGUE TEAM - ``SGT. PEPPER'' UNIFORMS
The Toledo Mud Hens minor-league baseball team will celebrate The Beatles next month. The team will wear uniforms on June 16 inspired by Paul McCartney's military outfit on the cover of the ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' cover. A Beatles tribute band will play after the game. The Mud Hens take on the Durham Bulls that night.
``CARPOOL KARAOKE'' - SPECIAL
Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez will be James Corden's guests on the ``Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special.'' Perry will drive around with Corden singing in the car. And Lopez will do a Toddlerography session, in which a little kid will lead Lopez and Corden in dance moves. The special airs May 22nd on C-B-S.
(The Associated Press)
Nielsen Music Survey By David Friend
Blasting songs through a smartphone is becoming an increasingly popular habit for Canadian music fans.
A new survey by Nielsen Music Canada found that about 53 per cent of listeners said they play their favourite tunes on their phone in a typical week.
That represents growth of 19 percentage points from a year ago, driven in part by the popularity of streaming music services.
The data comes as part of Nielsen's broader study of listening habits in its annual ``Canada Music 360'' survey.
Among other key findings, the survey showed that audiences are spending more time with music.
On average, respondents said they played 32 hours of music weekly, about eight hours more than last year.
(The Canadian Press)