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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:18

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017

 

 

MADONNA - MALAWI HOSPITAL WING

 

Madonna says she never imagined that one day she would build a hospital that would help children in Malawi.

Yesterday, Madonna officially opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, Malawi. The wing is named for her 11-year-old daughter, Mercy James, one of four children Madonna has adopted from Malawi. Madonna says she grew up without a mother and she wanted to give the best to children in Malawi. 

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MAREN MORRIS - ENGAGED

 

Maren Morris has had quite a week: she's got her first number-one country radio hit and she got engaged. Morris sends her thanks to Thomas Rhett for her first number-one song ever for their collaboration of ``Craving You.'' Morris has also posted a photo of her sitting on the lap of her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, showing a diamond ring on her hand. The caption is, ``Yes,'' with an emoji of a ring. 

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WIZ KHALIFA - CHARLIE PUTH - YOUTUBE

 

Charlie Puth says when he joined YouTube in 2007, he was hoping to make a video that would get 10-thousand views. ``See You Again,'' his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, just became the most-viewed YouTube video ever. YouTube says the video hit 2.896 billion views yesterday. That's about two-million more than the record-holder for the past five years, ``Gangnam Style'' by Psy (SY). Khalifa says he's happy the song has been able to ``inspire and impact so many lives.'' 

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GARTH BROOKS - TOP-EARNING COUNTRY STAR

 

Garth Brooks is still the one to beat in country music. Forbes magazine estimates Brooks earned 60-million in the past year, mostly from touring. That puts him at the top of the magazine's list of top-earning country artists. Kenny Chesney is second, earning 42.5- million, with Luke Bryan a close third at 42-million. Dolly Parton is a surprise entry at number four. She's brought in 37-million from touring, publishing and her Dollywood theme park. Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line are tied at fifth with 34.5-million. 

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LADY GAGA - TOUR DELAYED

 

It appears Lady Gaga is not ready for her tour yet. She has postponed the first stop of her Dive Bar tour that was supposed to start tomorrow in Las Vegas. She says in a statement she is ``deep in rehearsals for her world tour'' and will reschedule the date. The Dive Bar tour was supposed to hit smaller venues before her arena tour begins Aug. 1st in Vancouver. It's certainly not a dive bar, but Lady Gaga will play the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 11th. 

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CHUCK NEGRON - SOLO ALBUM - THREE DOG NIGHT

 

Fans of Three Dog Night will get to hear lost music from the band on the new solo album by former singer Chuck Negron. His ``Negron Generations'' album contains three songs the band recorded in the mid-1970s that were never released. They were almost lost forever. Negron says the masters were lost in a fire, but he happened to have copies because he was working on the album.

As for the other songs, Negron says the album does not break any new ground and what fans are expecting from him is what they're going to get. His two daughters are guest vocalists. ``Negron Generations'' is out now. 

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POLICE - INSANE CLOWN POSSE - FAN

 

Police in Medford, Massachusetts, say a man will undergo a psychiatric evaluation after engaging in a three-hour standoff at a radio station demanding it play the Insane Clown Posse song ``My Axe.'' Witnesses and station employees at Kiss 108 say the 38-year-old man made his demand while wielding an axe Monday afternoon. Officers say the man tossed sharp-edged weapons out of his car during the standoff. Police unsuccessfully used a stun gun on him. The man surrendered. By the way, the station did not play the song. 

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WU-TANG CLAN ADVISER - BOOK

 

If you want the details of how the Wu-Tang Clan sold the only copy of their album ``Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'' for two-million to ``Pharma Bro'' Martin Shkreli, a new book out this week will spell it all out. ``Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Enemy Number One'' was written by Cyrus Bozorgmehr, a senior adviser for the album. The original plan was for Wu-Tang Clan to sell the album with the stipulation that the music could not be released commercially for 88 years. Shkreli bought the album as he was making headlines for raising the price of a life-saving drug from 13.50 to 750-dollars per pill. He has played snippets of the album online. 

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

Friday, 24 November 2017 08:17
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

 

 

 2017 QUESTLOVE - MACY'S PARADE

 

Questlove says he used to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But he says going from a spectator to being a performer in the parade is ``kinda cool.'' So cool, he says it's probably his ``favourite perk'' of being the house band for ``The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.'' He and Fallon were among the performers at yesterday's parade _ aired by NBC, the network that carries the show. Other performing at the parade yesterday were the casts of the Broadway shows ``Anastasia,'' ''Dear Evan Hansen`` and ''SpongeBob SquarePants.`` 

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MACY'S PARADE - MUSICIANS

 

Andy Grammer says being part of the Macy's parade is ``like being at the centre of Thanksgiving.'' And the singer-songwriter was among those front and centre at yesterday's event in New York. Other musicians featured on the parade included Smokey Robinson, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean. Also featured along the parade route: increased security _ prompted by attacks on outdoor gatherings spots this year. New York Police Department officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors circulated among the crowds. In addition, sharpshooters were on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks were poised as barriers to traffic at every cross street. 

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JOHNNY CASH HOME

 

The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is mulling over to consider the Cash home as one of 14 properties to be nominated for the list of the nation's historic places. The Cash home was built in 1934 in Dyess in northeastern Arkansas, about 30 miles northwest of Memphis. The house and 40 it sits on were given to the Cash family as part of a government economic recovery program during the Great Depression.

The final decision on the Cash home will be made by the National Park Service. 

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CONCERT RANKINGS

 

Rolling Stones may not gather moss. But they sure do gather up the ``Benjamins'' when they're on tour. The trade Pollstar says The Stones were the top grossing act on the road, based on average gross per city. The latest tally shows the Stones took in more than $10.2 million. Number two is U2 with close to $9 million _ and number three is Coldplay with $4.6 million. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:22
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

 

 

NICK CARTER - DENIES RAPE ALLEGATION

 

Nick Carter says he didn't do it. And he says he's ``shocked and saddened'' that someone said he did. ``It,'' in this case, is rape. And the allegation is being made by Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream. She writes in a blog post that Carter had sex with her against her will. She says Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys _ took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22. Carter says everything the two of them did _ was consensual.

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RUSSELL SIMMONS - DENIES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATION

 

Consensual _ not violent. That is how Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons describes the sexual relationship between himself and model Keri Claussen Khalighi. But the model sees things differently, accusing Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991. In a letter written to The Hollywood Reporter, he says he loathes any kind of violence _ and suggests the model's allegations may have stemmed from her feeling ashamed. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - GRAMMYS

 

A lot of people won't forget how his part in the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' nearly ruined the Super Bowl more than a decade ago. But did you know Justin Timberlake once stepped in to help save the 2009 Grammys? That was the year Chris Brown dropped out of the show hours before it was supposed to start. So Timberlake decided to get hold of veteran Grammy producer _ and they improvised a piece featuring Timberlake performing with soul legend, Al Green. 

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TRACE ADKINS - MARDI GRAS

 

Country music star Trace Adkins will serve as grand marshal for the Krewe of Centaur's 2018 Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport. Adkins is a native of Sarepta, Louisiana _ and he says he will visit with fans as he travels along the parade route.

The party takes place Saturday, Feb. 8th. 

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DIPLO - TRAVEL

 

Globe-trotting star Diplo recently checked another locale off his performance wish-list: Cuba. Back in March of last year, Diplo and his crew became one of the first American acts to take advantage of the easing of travel restrictions by U-S artists. He says he'd like to go back again _ if travel restrictions now back in place are ever loosened again. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 08:46
MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

 

BUBLE - JUNO - HOST

 

Canadian crooner Michael Buble says he feels privileged to be hosting the 2018 Juno Awards, a music industry gala he describes as his ``happy place.'' The B-C native had been tapped to lead the music awards show last year before he bowed out when his eldest son, Noah, was diagnosed with cancer. The 47th annual Juno Awards will be staged at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 25, 2018. Buble, who was born in Burnaby, B-C, said earlier this month he was getting back to work next year, with events booked in Dublin and London next July. Buble is a 12-time Juno award winner and hosted the gala in Regina in 2013. 

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DAVID CASSIDY - OBIT

 

In his heyday, David Cassidy had it all: a hit T-V show, the worship of millions of teenage and pre-teen girls _ and a hit record, to boot. But through the rest of his life, it seemed Cassidy struggled between balancing his early fame as a teen idol _ and living up to the demands of an actor with limited options for career growth. Cassidy has died. He was 67 _ and a family statement gave few details of his death, other than that he had been suffering organ failure. In his post-T-V years, Cassidy struggled with substance abuse and failed marriages. But while on ``The Partridge Family,'' the hit ``I Think I Love You'' spent three weeks atop the singles chart. Other hits on the chart then included classics like James Taylor's ``Fire and Rain'' and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' ``The Tears of a Clown.'' 

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DAVID CASSIDY - HIS CAREER

 

There are likely few musicians who crafted as long of a career on the strength of such a short list of hits as David Cassidy did. He was the breakout star of the 1970's sitcom ``The Partridge Family.'' The show produced a single hit, ``I Think I Love You'' _ and Cassidy rode it to fame long after the show ended.

Cassidy had a solo hit with ``Cherish,'' a remake of the song by The Association. He also had a hit with ``I Write the Songs'' before Barry Manilow recorded a version that topped the charts. Meanwhile, Cassidy got props from George Michael, who considered himself an admirer. In fact, Michael sang backup vocals on the Cassidy song ``The Last Kiss,'' which had some success overseas. 

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NELLY - SAUDI ARABIA

 

Nelly is a pretty big name when it comes to the rap world. But to some in Saudi Arabia, he is considered persona non grata. The rapper is due to perform in Saudi Arabia next month _ but some Saudis won't welcome him. Some have gone on social media to note Nelly pleaded guilty in 2015 for pot possession. While a little weed here in the states is considered no big deal, possession of drugs is a serious crime _ and smuggling drugs is punishable by death. Others are looking side-eyed at Nelly because of a rape accusation against the rap star. Nelly was never charged in the case. 

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JOHN LENNON - ITEMS RECOVERED

 

A police spokesman in Germany perhaps put it best when he said ``this was a spectacular, unusual criminal case.'' The case involves some stuff that belonged to John Lennon. The items were swiped from his widow, Yoko Ono from her apartment in New York.

The items that were recovered in Germany include three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score. One suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the theft of the items. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SALES MARKS

 

Say what you want about Taylor Swift _ but the woman sure knows how to sell albums. Her most recent release ``reputation'' has burnished her rep as a sales monster. The album has sold more than 1.22 million copies in just its first week in stores. Swift is also the first female artist in history to have three albums sell more than a million units in their debut week. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:41
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

 

 

BEYONCE - TOP-EARNING WOMEN - MUSIC

 

She makes music. And she makes money making music _ lots of it. So much, that according to Forbes, Beyonce is the highest paid woman in music. The magazine reports Beyonce earned 105-million dollars during the year long stretch from June 2016 to June of this year. Her earnings were boosted by her ``Formation'' tour last year. Forbes says it grossed 250-million dollars _ in other words, a quarter of a billion dollars. Number two on the list of top-earning females on tour is Adele, followed by Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT

 

Taylor Swift continues to make noise with her music. Her current album, ``reputation'' has sold more than 1.22-million copies in its first week of sales. Nielsen Music and Billboard report the album is Swift's fourth release to sell more than one-million copies in a week. Swift also becomes the first artist in history to have three albums sell more than one-million units in their debut week. 

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DEMI LOVATO - VIRGINIA LAWMAKER ATTENDS AMAs

 

It is one of the oddest plus-ones at the American Music Awards ever. Demi Lovato was accompanied to Sunday's awards show by one of Virginia's newly elected lawmakers. The Washington Post reports Lovato shared an invite to Delegate-elect Danica Roem as her date to Los Angeles on Sunday. Lovato says she is ``completely inspired'' by Roem, who was a transgender ex-newspaper reporter before she was elected earlier this month. While being interviewed on the red carpet, Roem says he appreciates Lovato's music _ but is really more of a heavy-metal head. 

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VICTORIA'S SECRET - SHANGHAI

 

There were 55 models who walked the runway at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai yesterday. And they were accompanied by Harry Styles, Miguel and Leslie Odom, Jr. But much of the talk about the show centred on two people who weren't there.

Authorities say Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn't get the invite; media reports say they were denied entry visas. 

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BARBRA STREISAND - RETIREMENT?

 

Barbra Streisand isn't just trying to make you watch her upcoming Netflix special. But she does say you should watch _ because she doesn't plan to hit the stage again. The special makes its debut tomorrow night. And Streisand says ``Barbra: The Music ... The Mem'ries ... The Magic!'' is likely her swan song. She has said doing live shows are too nerve-wracking for her to do any more. 

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(The Associated Press)