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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 08:14

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

 

AMERICANA AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

 

Sturgill Simpson leads the nominations for the Americana Honors and Awards. He's up for artist, album and song of the year. Other nominees include Drive-By Truckers, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell and John Prince. The awards will be given out Sept. 13 in Nashville. 

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GRAMMYS WILL BE IN NEW YORK NEXT YEAR

 

The last time the Grammys were in New York, Norah Jones won best new artist and her music swept the album, record and song of the year categories. The Grammys will return to New York next year after spending 14 years in Los Angeles. The Grammys are set for Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28. Spike Lee made the announcement in a short film that features Tony Bennett, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, and Nile Rodgers. 

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ARREST MADE IN BURGLARY AT 50 CENT'S HOUSE

 

A suspect has been arrested in a break-in at 50 Cent's mansion outside Hartford, Connecticut. Police have charged 34-year-old Elwin Joyce of Windsor, Connecticut, with burglary, trespassing and other crimes. Police say the entry alarm was set off yesterday. Police say the found Joyce on the property. 

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CHUCK BERRY HOUSE COULD BE DEVELOPED INTO MUSEUM

 

The city of St. Louis is asking for bids to develop Chuck Berry's former home into a museum. The city has owned the home on Whittier Street since 2010 but it's in disrepair. While living there for eight years in the 1950s, Berry wrote songs like ``Maybelline,'' ''Roll Over Beethoven,`` ''Sweet Little Sixteen`` and ''Johnny B. Goode.`` When it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, Berry said, ''Many of my favourite songs came about while in that house.`` The city is envisioning the home as an anchor for a ''Chuck Berry Cultural District.`` Berry died in March.

 

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JASON ALDEAN IS GOING TO BE A DAD

 

Jason Aldean and his wife are expecting. They posted an Instagram photo of Kerr sitting on a kitchen counter near an open oven with a bun in it. She's wearing a ``baby mama'' shirt and he's wearing a ``baby daddy'' shirt. They were married two years ago. Aldean has two daughters from a previous marriage. 

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SNOOP DOGG PLANS FESTIVAL IN SMALL MISSISSIPPI TOWN

 

Snoop Dogg says he's always wanted to play in his father's hometown but his booking agent just won't do it.

Snoop's response is to stage his own festival there. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports Snoop is working with the mayor of Magnolia, Mississippi, to create a music festival. Mayor Anthony Witherspoon says they want to do it this year, but if not, definitely next year. Snoop says his dream lineup would include Mississippi natives Brandy and Ray J, David Banner, Soulja Boy and ``American Idol'' runner-up La'Porsha Renae. He says the first day would feature blues, gospel and country, for the ``aunts, grandmas and uncles,'' while the second day would feature hip-hop and R&B. 

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FOURTEEN VIDEOS ARE UP FOR TOP AWARD AT CMT MUSIC AWARDS

 

It might just be easier to answer the question, ``Who's up for the C-M-T Music Awards video of the year?'' with the answer, ``Everyone in country music.'' Fourteen videos are nominated, and one of them is the all-star video ``Forever Country''

featuring 30 country music acts. Other artists up for this award for their own videos are Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Cole Swindell (swin-DEL'), Dierks (DURKS) Bentley with Elle King, Florida Georgia Line, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.

Ballerini, Rhett and Urban lead the nominations with four each. The C-M-T Music Awards will be given out June 7th in Nashville. 

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CMT MUSIC AWARDS MAKE WAY FOR THE PREDATORS

 

The C-M-T Music Awards are moving, just in case the Nashville Predators make it to the Stanley Cup finals. The C-M-T Music Awards are usually in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. However, the Predators are still in the playoffs and that's their home ice.

The award show is moving to the Music City Center on June 7th as a precaution in case the Predators have a home game that day. 

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ALAN JACKSON WANTS TO SELL HOUSE

 

Alan Jackson has put his northern Georgia home on the market for 6.4-million dollars U-S. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Jackson's home in Clarkesville has five bedrooms and six full and three half bathrooms. It's more than 76-hundred square feet and it overlooks Burton Reservoir. The property includes a two-story boathouse and an outdoor full bath. 

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PINK FLOYD EXHIBIT OPENS IN LONDON

 

Drummer Nick Mason remembers Pink Floyd's first van quite clearly, because it used to break down a lot. He says they paid about 25-dollars for it, which included new tires. It's now on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in an exhibit about Pink Floyd. The display also includes the cane a headmaster used to beat Roger Waters as a student and the never-before-seen live footage from ``The Wall'' movie that was scrapped in favour of the animation sequences. The exhibit runs through October 1st. 

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TUPAC SHAKUR DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS

 

The estate of Tupac Shakur has teamed with ``12 Years A Slave'' director Steve McQueen for an authorized documentary on his life. McQueen says he looks forward to telling ``the unvarnished story of this talented man.'' Interscope Records is pledging support for the use of Shakur's music. 

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GEORGE THOROGOOD WILL RELEASE A SOLO ALBUM

 

For the first time, George Thorogood is releasing an album without the Destroyers. He will release his first-ever solo record, ``Party of One,'' on August 4th. Thorogood says after so many years of playing with the band, he had to reverse his hands and his head to do this music justice. 

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``HARRY STYLES: BEHIND THE ALBUM'' FILM COMES OUT NEXT WEEK

 

Harry Styles will give a peek into the creative process for his new album that's coming out Friday. Styles will release a film called ``Harry Styles: Behind the Album'' on Apple Music on Monday. It follows him in London, Los Angeles and Jamaica as he makes his self-titled debut album. 

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(The Associated Press)

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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)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:42
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)