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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
OBIT - CHESTER BENNINGTON
Los Angeles authorities are investigating the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as a suicide. His body was found at his home near Los Angeles yesterday, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. Bennington was 41. Bennington and Mike Shinoda acted as vocal counterparts to each other on Linkin Park songs like ``Crawling,'' ''Numb,`` ''In The End`` and ''One Step Closer.`` Linkin Park won two Grammys, including best rap/sung collaboration with Jay Z for ''Numb/Encore.`` Bennington had briefly been the singer for Stone Temple Pilots after the death of Scott Weiland. Bennington had been married twice and had six children.
Bennington was close friends with Chris Cornell and sang at his memorial in May.
OBIT - CHESTER BENNINGTON - TRIBUTES
Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda says he is ``shocked and heartbroken'' over the apparent suicide of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue says Bennington had just told him how happy he was. Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects calls Bennington's death ``another gifted voice silenced to the spirit in the sky.'' OneRepublic tweets, ``If anyone out there thinks the world is better without you, you are so unspeakably wrong on every level. Please get help.'' Sully Erna of Godsmack writes on Instagram that musicians have similar struggles but are not in competition with each other. He says to his fellow artists no matter what their genre, reach out to another in times of trouble.
``DESPACITO'' - MALAYSIA
Malaysia has banned the most popular song in the world right now. Malaysia has forbidden ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee from being played on state radio and television, but not on private stations or online.
The country's communications minister says it's because of public complaints about obscene lyrics. ``Despacito'' means ``slowly'' in Spanish and it's a song about seduction. Interestingly, the remix of ``Despacito'' featuring Justin Bieber is not banned.
CRYSTAL GAYLE - BRENDA LEE
Brenda Lee has dropped out of her performance tomorrow at the Georgia Mountain Fair in northern Georgia because of a broken foot. The fair's website says Crystal Gayle will take her place. Details of Lee's injury are not known.
CHRIS CORNELL'S WIDOW - MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM
A non-profit group in Seattle will establish a music therapy program for traumatized children because of a gift from Chris Cornell's widow. Rolling Stone reports Childhaven will launch the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program. Cornell's wife, Vicky, donated 100-thousand dollars to the group. Childhaven helps children affected by neglect, abuse, domestic violence and chemical dependency.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017
``DESPACITO'' - ``SORRY'' - MOST-STREAMED SONG
Justin Bieber just helped unseat himself as the artist with the most-streamed song ever. Bieber's song ``Sorry'' has 4.38-billion streams. It just lost that title to ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which has a couple of different versions, including a remix featuring the Canadian pop star. ``Despacito'' has been streamed more than 4.6-billion times since it came out in January.
MADONNA - MEMORABILIA SALE
Madonna is blaming a former friend for unlawfully selling her personal items, including her underwear. A judge in Manhattan has ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to stop its auction of 22 items that also included a hairbrush with Madonna's hair and a love letter from her ex-boyfriend Tupac Shakur. Madonna says in court papers it's ``outrageous and grossly offensive'' to think the D-N-A in her hair could be auctioned for sale and she's still entitled to privacy even if she's famous. Her filing cites former friend Darlene Lutz as the force behind the sale because she frequently stayed at Madonna's home when she wasn't there. Lutz's spokesman tells the New York Post says the items are Lutz's legal property and the court filing is ``completely baseless.''
``GAME OF THRONES'' - ED SHEERAN
If you thought Ed Sheeran's cameo on ``Game of Thrones'' was distracting, that's on you, according to show director Jeremy Podeswa. Podeswa tells Newsweek Sheeran was appropriate for the part and he looks like he belongs in the ``Game of Thrones'' world. Podeswa says, ``The hoo-ha seems to be from things that are outside of the world of the show.'' He says it's not fair to say Sheeran was disrupting because of his fame, because the entire ``Game of Thrones'' cast is famous as well. By the way, Sheeran writes on Instagram he did not delete his Twitter account because of what people said about his ``Game of Thrones'' appearance. He says that was just coincidental timing.
STEVE AOKI - LIFESTYLE CHANGE
Steve Aoki's days of being as lit as the audience are long gone. Aoki says he used to love a good drink during a gig, but he gave it up. He says his purpose is to make sure everyone else is having a good time and if he gets drunk, all he thinks about is his own haze. Aoki says he thought he did some pretty good sets while intoxicated, until he saw the video. He says what he thought was the best set ever turned out to be ``the sloppiest wreck.''
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
KENNY ROGERS - DOLLY PARTON - LAST SHOW
In 1983, Kenny Rogers had sung ``Islands in the Stream'' for four days in the studio before he turned to producer Barry Gibb and said, ``I don't even like this song anymore.'' Gibb's response was, ``We need Dolly Parton.'' Coincidentally, she was downstairs at the time. Rogers says she marched in that room and changed that song forever. Rogers and Parton will perform that song for the last time live at his farewell concert Oct. 25th in Nashville. Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Flaming Lips also are on the bill.
ZAC BROWN - INJURED FAN
Zac Brown paid a visit to an injured fan who missed his Philadelphia concert over the weekend. Seventeen-year-old Thomas Shoettle (SHET'-el) suffered a neck injury that left him paralyzed after he dove into a pool last month. A family friend wrote about Shoettle's accident on Facebook, and Brown heard about it. Brown visited Schoettle at a rehab facility outside Philadelphia Sunday and gave him tickets to next year's show. Schoettle says they just talked. Brown autographed several items for Schoettle and visited with hospital staff.
ED SHEERAN - TWITTER
Ed Sheeran appears to be cleaning house on Twitter. He took his account offline this week, but now it's online again. However, all his tweets since April 2015 have been removed.
He used to have 19-million followers but now he's got a few thousand. Sheeran had told Britain's Sun tabloid earlier this month he was not using Twitter aside from using it to point to his Instagram account because Twitter was a platform for ``saying mean things.''
ED SHEERAN - ``THE SIMPSONS''
Ed Sheeran will be a guest voice on ``The Simpsons'' in an episode inspired by ``La La Land.'' Entertainment Weekly reports Sheeran will play a musician named Brendan who catches Lisa's attention. Producer Mike Scully says they heard Sheeran is a fan of the show and they recorded his part over the phone from England. ``A fan of the show'' is an understatement.
Sheeran has a tattoo of one of ``The Simpsons''' infamous three-eyed fish. His episode will air in late fall.
JOHN MAYER - INSPIRATION
John Mayer's first thought after seeing Toronto rapper Drake in concert was ``wow,'' then an expletive. Mayer says that gave him the kick to step up his live show. Mayer began his tour last night in Albuquerque and is touring with an L.E.D. wall and floor. He's touring in support of his ``The Search For Everything'' album and the album would have come out sooner if Dead and Company had not come knocking. Mayer says he never thought about pressing pause on his solo career before, but now he's getting a ``degree from Grateful Dead University.''
JOE WALSH - HELPING VETERANS
Joe Walsh has created a charity to help military veterans and he's scheduled the first benefit concert. Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban and Gary Clark Junior will join Walsh outside Washington on September 20th for a show to benefit his charity, VetsAid. Walsh was not even two years old when his father died on active duty while stationed at Okinawa. Walsh says he lost his father before he could even form a memory of him. He says he stopped counting the number of friends he lost in the Vietnam War or who came home physically or emotionally scarred. Walsh says he wants to do something to help vets and rock and roll is what he does best.
THE BEACH BOYS - SONG REMAKE
Mike Love, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and John Stamos did more than just perform on the National Mall in Washington on July 4th. They also filmed a video for their remake of The Beach Boys song ``Do It Again.'' Love tells Billboard magazine calls the song a ``reincarnation'' and says they had such a good time doing it that he'd consider remaking some other Beach Boys songs. The video includes classic footage of Love performing that song, which he finds both historical and embarrassing. Love says he thinks the vintage film adds breadth to the song, but he also cringes to see himself running around without a shirt or ``with a beard as long as Z-Z Top's.''
(The Associated Press)
DALLAS SMITH, JAMES BARKER BAND AND INTERNATIONAL GUEST BLAKE SHELTON TO PERFORM ON THE 2017 CCMA AWARDS SHOWTuesday, 18 July 2017 08:52
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced this morning that the Dallas Smith, James Barker Band and international guest Blake Shelton will all take to the stage to perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards Show. Taking place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10, the show will broadcast at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) that night on CBC. Already announced to perform are Dean Brody, Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke.
JUNO Award winning, platinum-selling Country star and multiple 2017 CCMA Award nominee Dallas Smith “has blazed a path across genres in Canadian music” (CBC Music) for nearly two decades. Flourishing on the edge of global superstardom, Smith celebrated his third career #1 and second consecutive chart topper at Country radio this year. Appealing to audiences far beyond the boundaries with a stadium sized voice, Smith not only claimed his third #1 single at Country radio in Canada, but became the first Canadian male Country artist in the BDS era (post 1995), to have three #1 songs and only Canadian male Country artist to have two consecutive #1 singles. Smith is also the first Canadian Country artist to have back to back #1 singles since Shania Twain in 1998.
Formed in 2013, the James Barker Band consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin and Connor Stephen. The band has had a busy year, their singles, “Lawn Chair Lazy”, “Just Saying”, and “Chills” all debuted in the top 10 at Canadian Country radio, with “Chills” securing them a #1 spot at radio – giving the guys the title of the first ever Canadian country act to achieve a #1 off their debut album. The videos for their three singles also went to #1 on the CMT Canada’s “Chevy Top 20 Countdown”. Their EP, Game On (via Universal Music Canada), was released in April, and debuted at #2 at iTunes during release week.
The Country Music Association’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year and five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. His most recent album, If I’m Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart, and was the best-selling country album release of 2016. He just notched his 24th #1 single with “Every Time I Hear That Song”, which followed chart-topping smash hits “Came Here To Forget” and “A Guy With A Girl”. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, which most recently include Top Country Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. In 2017 he became the first country artist to win Favorite Album at the People’s Choice Awards in addition to his win for Favorite Male Country Artist. He also took home the trophy for Favorite Country Male Artist at the American Music Awards as well as the first-ever Male Artist of the Year. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show, The Voice, Shelton is a five-time champion, most recently with his contestant Sundance Head.
The 2017 CCMA Awards Show will see eight CCMA Awards presented, will highlight a number of special performances and will include appearances by a collection of Canadian personalities and country music acts. Additional CCMA Award Show performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show are still available, with more seats added in all price categories today. Tickets can be purchased online HERE, by calling 1-800-970-7328, or by visiting the SaskTel Centre Box Office (3515 Thatcher Ave., Saskatoon, SK).
For more information on the 2017 CCMA Awards Show or PotashCorp Country Music Week, visit ccma.org.