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Friday, 05 May 2017 08:13

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

 

BUFFY SAINTE - MARIE AND RANDY BACHMAN

 

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Randy Bachman are proving we ain't seen nothing yet. 

They've been friends for ages, but the Canadian legends have never played together _ until now. Plans are underway for them to join forces at Ottawa's National Arts Centre on July 3. 

The performance is part of massive festivities tied to the Canada Scene lineup, which unites more than 1,000 artists at various events starting in June. 

Organizers promise ``new and fantastic collaborations'' between the pair who have left an indelible mark on Canada's songbook. 

Sainte-Marie has been a staunch supporter of indigenous rights for decades. She also won an Oscar for writing ``Up Where We Belong,'' a song later performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film ``An Officer and a Gentleman.'' 

Bachman launched his career in The Guess Who before splitting to launch Bachman-Turner Overdrive, known for hits like ``Takin' Care of Business'' and ``You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.''

 

(The Canadian Press)

 

 

MILEY CYRUS - CLEAN

 

Miley Cyrus says she's quit drinking and smoking marijuana, just because it's something she wanted to do.

Cyrus tells Billboard magazine she hasn't smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest she's gone without it. She says it was easy because she chose to do it, but she wouldn't have done it if someone told her not to smoke. Cyrus says she wanted to be ``super clear and sharp.'' Cyrus will release a new single next week called ``Malibu,'' off an as-yet-untitled album that will be released later this year. 

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JERRY GARCIA - WOLF GUITAR

 

Jerry Garcia's beloved Wolf guitar is back on the market. Guernsey's auction house will sell Garcia's custom-made guitar with the cartoon wolf logo on it May 31st in New York.

Philanthropist and Deadhead Daniel Pritzker bought it in 2002 for 790-thousand dollars. It's expected to sell for as much as one-million. Pritzker will donate the proceeds from the sale to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Garcia first performed with Wolf in

1973 and it was a go-to instrument for him. It can be seen extensively in 1977's ``The Grateful Dead Movie.'' 

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CHER - BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

 

 Cher will make her first awards show performance in more than 15 years at the Billboard Music Awards later this month. She will perform her song, ``Believe.'' Cher will also receive the magazine's Icon Award. Other performers include Drake, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lorde , Imagine Dragons and Florida Georgia Line. The Billboard Music Awards will air live on A-B-C on May 21st. 

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FUEL'S CARL BELL - ``TENNESSEE FUEL''

 

Fuel guitarist Carl Bell is putting out a solo project and it's a country record. Bell says the ``Tennessee Fuel'' album started when he wrote a song in honour of his father when Fuel's touring schedule forced him to skip a family reunion. His father died in 2010 and Bell took time to stay with his mother, who always has country music on. Bell says it reminded him of his childhood growing up on a farm. He says Miranda Lambert's song ``The House That Built Me'' in particular really hit him because he was in the house that built him. Bell played every instrument on the album except drums, and he sings as well. ``Tennessee Fuel'' comes out June 16th. 

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OLD CROW MEDICINE - ``BLONDE ON BLONDE''

 

Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor knew he was dealing with the lyrical master when the band decided to remake Bob Dylan's ``Blonde on Blonde'' album. He just didn't realize how much he personally had to learn. Secor says learning all the words to ``Blonde on Blonde'' was like rehearsing for a play with endless monologues. He didn't feel the need to sing like Dylan, but he did lift a lot of what he calls his ``favourite Bob phrasing.'' Secor says their only rules for the album were that the lyrics had to be verbatim and the track sequence must stay the same.

Old Crow Medicine Show's version of ``Blonde on Blonde'' is out now. 

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DADDY YANKEE - LATIN MUSIC

 

Daddy Yankee believes streaming music numbers finally show the truth about him: he's huge all over the world.

Daddy Yankee says he been saying for years that his music is being heard globally, but ``we simply couldn't register it before with numbers.'' His song ``Despacito'' is number 12 on Spotify's global hits list and number 2 on its Viral 50 chart. He says it's a good thing Latin artists are appearing on mainstream lists because occasionally their numbers are bigger than any American artist.

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EARTH, WIND AND FIRE - ``CMT CROSSROADS''

 

Earth, Wind and Fire will get a country flavour on an upcoming episode of ``C-M-T Crossroads.'' Lady Antebellum will be among the acts who will join them. Other musicians will be announced later. It will be the first time ``C-M-T Crossroads'' has been staged outside. The episode airs on C-M-T on June 23rd. 

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SPANDAU BALLET'S GARY KEMP - JIMMY FALLON SKETCH

 

Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet loves Jimmy Fallon's weird take on his band. Fallon did a sketch Wednesday in which actors playing Kemp and his brother Martin would laugh at Fallon's jokes in time with the Spandau Ballet song ``True.'' Kemp tweets he's ``laughing too'' but he jokes, ``So butch though!'' The sketch did have a major factual error. The actor who introduced himself as Gary Kemp actually was portraying Martin Kemp. 

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PAUL McCARTNEY - RICH MUSICIANS LIST

 

Paul McCartney is still the most-loaded musician in Britain. The Sunday Times reports McCartney tops its list of Music Millionaires with one-billion dollars. The report takes into account the wealth of McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell , who had her own fortune before marrying him. Composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber is second, followed by U2, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the estate of George Harrison. Ringo Starr and ``Riverdance'' creator Michael Flatley are tied for eighth. Sting rounds out the top 10. Adele is the youngest and the only female musician on the list, tied for 19th place with Brian May of Queen.

 

(The Associated 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)