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Thursday, 13 July 2017 08:14

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

 

 

LORETTA LYNN - HOME

 

Loretta Lynn jokes Willie Nelson is not dead yet and neither is she. Lynn has returned to her home in Tennessee after a stay in a rehabilitation facility following a stroke in May, according to her record label. Lynn, who is 85, says in a statement she's getting stronger every day and she's focusing on making a full recovery. She has cancelled all tour dates and pushed back the release of her album, ``Wouldn't It Be Great,'' from August to next year. 

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ARIANA GRANDE - HONORARY CITIZENSHIP

 

Officials in Manchester, England, are making Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) an honorary citizen of the city. City council leader Richard Leese says it would have been understandable if Grande never wanted to see Manchester again. Leese says Grande ``brought comfort to thousands and raised millions.'' Twenty-two people were killed in a suicide bombing at Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22nd. Less than two weeks later, Grande headlined an all-star concert to raise money for a victims' emergency fund.

Lawmakers voted yesterday to approve honorary citizenship for Grande. 

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OBIT - ``GRACELAND'' GUITARIST

 

Paul Simon is remembering South African musician Ray Phiri as ``a beautiful, masterful guitarist and an inventive musician,'' as well as ``a patriot who used his music to fight apartheid.'' Phiri died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 70. He's probably best known in the U-S as a guitarist and arranger on Simon's ``Graceland'' album. Phiri also performed on the ``Graceland'' tour. He was a big celebrity in South Africa through his band Stimela (STEE'-meh-lah). His death has been met with nationwide tributes there. 

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CHRIS CORNELL - DEATH REPORT

 

The crime scene investigation report about the death of Chris Cornell indicates he had a ``well defined ligature mark present in the neck/throat area.'' Detroit police released the report after a Freedom of Information Act request. Cornell's bodyguard kicked in a hotel door May 18 and found Cornell unresponsive. A resistance band was around Cornell's neck and the other end was attached to a clip over the top of the bathroom door.

His death was ruled a hanging. An autopsy determined Cornell had sedatives and an anti-anxiety drug in his system but they did not contribute to his death. 

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3 DOORS DOWN - TRUMP'S INAUGURATION

 

Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down says the backlash to the band playing U-S President Donald Trump's inauguration lasted ``for a minute.'' He says they got messages from haters saying their careers were over, but then there was a wave of support from people who were proud the band stood up for what they wanted to do. Arnold says 3 Doors Down was not just asked to play, but the band offered to play. They had met Trump years ago when they were both booked on ``Regis and Kelly.'' Arnold says he was nervous playing for an audience that big, but he was more nervous that if he messed up, his bandmates would never let him hear the end of it. 

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DJ KHALED - CHARITY

 

D-J Khaled is selling items from his closet to support education. He's unloading items through online reseller Poshmark to benefit the non-profit group GetSchooled. Among the items still for sale are the matching light blue sateen suits he and his infant son wear on the cover of the ``Grateful'' album, a custom white leather sweatsuit and a blue velour tracksuit. Items that have already been snapped up include some jackets, a pair of grey sweat shorts that look like bandanas and a black pair of sweat shorts with an ink blot pattern. 

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QUEEN - 3-D BOOK

 

Queen guitarist Brian May is telling the story of the band in a way where they will be practically jumping out at you. He will publish a coffee table book in August called ``Queen in 3-D.'' May has been a longtime fan of stereoscopic images and he's been travelling with a 3-D camera since he was a child. He took 3-D photos of the band all through their time together. The book comes with a 3-D viewer that May designed himself. It's the first book about Queen published by a member of the band. 

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LL COOL J - MAIA CAMPBELL

 

L-L Cool J offered his help to his former co-star on the show ``In The House'' but she's not interested. L-L Cool J reached out to his social media followers for help in finding Maia Campbell after a video surfaced that appears to show her asking a man at an Atlanta gas station for drugs. Campbell posted her own video saying, ``I don't need help. I just need a benefit concert for mental health.'' While Campbell has struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorder in the past, she says now she's doing ``good.''

L-L Cool J tweets, ``You can't help someone who doesn't want your help.'' 

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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)