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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

 

BEYONCE - WAX FIGURE

 

The wax figure of Beyonce at Madame Tussauds museum in New York has been made over to actually look like Beyonce this time. Fans complained the figure looked more like Lindsay Lohan or Shakira than Beyonce and that the skin was too light. The New York Times reports the figure was taken out on Thursday. Madame Tussauds says it's back on display after adjustments to ``the styling and lighting of her figure,'' but the museum won't say what changes were made. 

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SARA EVANS - FEMALE SONGWRITERS

 

Sara Evans accidentally made an album that celebrates women songwriters. Evans says she finished her ``Words'' album when one of her label employees pointed out all 14 songs had been written or co-written by a female songwriter. Evans says that goes to show she has good taste. The songs are a bit more intellectual than a lot of what Evans calls ``party, truck, dirt road songs'' that are popular in country music right now. Evans says her team tried extra hard to get her songs with depth and great lyrics. ``Words'' is out now. 

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MEEK MILL - ALBUM

 

Meek Mill called his new album ``Wins and Losses'' so that he could define what that means. Mill says a lot of people said he's losing or he lost. Mill says if he's lost anything, it's friends to the street. He says he's a winner because he started in his basement with a karaoke machine and now he makes records in million-dollar studios. He says he makes enough money to get his family out of a crazy environment, he can wake up on his own time and he can do things how he wants. He says that's his definition of winning and he determines his definition of losing. 

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ELVIS PRESLEY - GRADE SCHOOL REDONE

 

One of the first stages Elvis Presley ever performed on has been renovated. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the stage of the auditorium at Lawhon Elementary School in Tupelo, Mississippi has been refinished, along with the original hardwood floors and seats. Presley went there in the 1940s. Tupelo public schools maintenance director Kirk Kitchens says one of the seats has been marked where Presley once sat. Another seat is engraved, ``Elvis was here.'' 

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``DUNKIRK'' - BOX OFFICE

 

The World War II movie ``Dunkirk'' did better than expected its first weekend out. Was that because it got good reviews -- or because One Direction fans turned out to see Harry Styles in his acting debut? ``Dunkirk'' made 50.5 million dollars this past weekend. The second-place finisher was ``Girls Trip,'' with 30.4 million dollars. 

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JAY Z'S - ALBUM - TOP CHARTS

 

Jay Z's ``4:44'' album maintains its lead on the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 87 thousand units in the past week, good enough to keep the number-one spot for a second week. That also gives him his 25th cumulative week at number one on that chart. The only other rapper with more cumulative weeks at number one is Eminem, with 31 weeks. 

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FORMER OWL CITY MUSICIAN - PROBATION

 

A former touring musician for Owl City has pleaded guilty to lewdness with a child. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jorgensen, who is 32, admitted he exposed himself to a girl under the age of 13 in Atlantic City in August 2013. He was initially charged with attempting to lure girl to the beach and engaging in criminal sexual contact. A judge has sentenced him to two years' probation. Owl City is the project of Adam Young, who brings on different musicians to support his tours. 

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LINKIN PARK - FAN TRIBUTE SITE

 

Linkin Park's ``One More Light'' tour is canceled, after the death of singer Chester Bennington last Thursday. The tour was to begin this Thursday in Boston. Linkin Park have set up a site for fans to pay tribute to Bennington at www.Chester.LinkinPark.com . Users are greeted with resources for dealing with suicide. Bennington hanged himself at his home near Los Angeles. Authorities say a half-empty bottle of alcohol was in the room but no evidence of drugs. A suicide note was not found. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled. 

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - TRIBUTE - CHESTER BENNINGTON

 

Stone Temple Pilots call Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington ``a beacon of light and hope.'' S-T-P write in an open letter to Bennington it is a sad day that ``so many of us will no longer share in your laughter, friendship and love.'' They say Bennington showed them time and time again ``what it is to be an incredible human being.'' Bennington joined S-T-P as singer in 2013 and they released an E-P, ``High Rise.'' He left S-T-P in 2015 because of his commitments to Linkin Park. 

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LINKIN PARK - ``CARPOOL KARAOKE''

 

One of Chester Bennington's last projects with Linkin Park was filming an episode of ``Carpool Karaoke'' for the upcoming series. The band had posted a photo with actor Ken Jeong ten days ago, calling it a ``fun day.'' Bennington hanged himself last Thursday. Jeong tweets he is ``in shock and heartbroken'' at Bennington's death. ``Carpool Karaoke'' is a spin-off of the popular segment on ``The Late Late Show with James Corden.'' It is scheduled to premiere on Apple Music on August 8th. 

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BRIAN ``HEAD'' WELCH - CHESTER BENNINGTON

 

Korn guitarist Brian ``Head'' Welch is backtracking on comments he made about Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's suicide. Welch had written on social media he was angry about Bennington's death and added, ``Giving up on your kids, fans and life is the cowardly way out!'' Fans berated him in the comments sections. Welch later wrote he did not mean to be insensitive but he was dealing with a range of emotions. He says, ``This could have been me back in the day after getting wasted all night.'' 

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SCOTTY McCREERY - HANDGUN - AIRPORT

 

Scotty McCreery says he has learned a lesson after being cited for taking a loaded handgun through an airport.

McCreery tells W-T-V-D-T-V in Raleigh, North Carolina, he takes gun safety very seriously. Authorities say they found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in McCreery's backpack at a security checkpoint on July 13th at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. McCreery told authorities he had been at a firing range and forgot to take the gun out. 

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FANS HOSPITALIZED - CHANCE THE RAPPER

 

More than 90 people were hospitalized during a Chance The Rapper concert in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday. Most of them were for underage drinking. Hartford Fire Captain Raul Ortiz tells The Hartford Courant there were so many patients that some had to be taken to hospitals outside Hartford.

John Brancato of Connecticut Children's Medical Center says one 19-year-old man is intensive care after being admitted with a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.5, eight times the legal limit for driving. 

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FOREIGNER WELCOMES BACK THREE KEY MEMBERS FOR ONE NIGHT

 

For the first time in 14 years, Lou Gramm was fronting the band Foreigner again. Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood joined the current incarnation of Foreigner outside New York on Thursday. McDonald and Greenwood have not performed with Foreigner since 1980. Guitarist Mick Jones is the only founding member still in the group. They performed ``Long, Long Way From Home,'' ``I Want to Know What Love Is'' and ``Hot Blooded.'' Jones says in a statement it was great having the guys back onstage with him again. He also suggests having the band perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off their 40th anniversary celebrations. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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Singer Songwriter Tia McGraff performs at the Watson Art Center in Dauphin on Friday October 27th!

Saturday, 21 October 2017 12:01
Singer Songwriter Tia McGraff performs at the Watson Art Center in Dauphin on Friday October 27th!

The Watson Art Center in Dauphin continues to host some great singer / songwriters and extremely talented musicians, don't miss Americana Country Roots singer songwriter Tia McGraff, on Friday October 27th at 8pm, enjoy Jon Brooks on Sunday November 12th, and Big Dave McLean on Friday November 24th. For more info on any of these upcoming shows in Dauphin, you can call 638-6231 or go online and check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017 08:20
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

 

Downie Donations

A doctor in Toronto is comparing Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie to another Canadian icon -- Terry Fox. 

Dr. Arjun Sahgal of Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital says Downie's openness about his diagnosis with terminal brain cancer will leave a lasting legacy. 

The Tragically Hip frontman died Tuesday night at age 53. 

In the 24 hours after his death was announced, donations to a research fund named in his honour increased notably.

 As of yesterday afternoon, donations for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research had reached 1.8 million dollars, up about 100-thousand dollars from the previous day. 

The fund will support the Gord Downie Fellowship in Brain Oncology and construction of the G. Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre. 

Downie's determination to embark on a cross-country tour, release various music projects, and press politicians on Indigenous issues throughout his treatment has also inspired other cancer patients. 

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LAS VEGAS SHOOTING - CONCERT

 

A concert Thursday benefiting victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U-S history brought out a crowd -- including many who had been present Oct. 1st when 58 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded. Jason Aldean was on stage at the time. Aldean says security for this latest concert was a concern, as it will be for other concerts going forward. He said ``I would like for a bad guy to look up and see snipers.'' The tickets for the concert were free and all were taken. Organizers accepted donations and profit from food and beverage sales go to a victims'fund. 

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CHANCE THE RAPPER - GRAMMYS

 

Chance The Rapper has offered a glimpse into the actual moment he got his Grammys. The ceremony in February is when everyone saw him win, but prop trophies are handed out and the real ones are mailed later. Chance tweeted a video of the unboxing of his three Grammys with the help of his two-year-old daughter, Kensli. He took the opportunity to test Kensli on her numbers as they counted 1-2-3. His Grammys are for best rap album, best rap performance and best new artist. 

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LUKE BRYAN - ``AMERICAN IDOL'' JUDGE

 

In the words of Luke Bryan, ``No big feuds yet.'' Bryan says the new version of ``American Idol'' has visited only two cities so far, but he's loving it. Bryan says there's ``lots of cutting up'' with fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Bryan says Carrie Underwood set the benchmark for future ``Idols,'' and he feels their role is to find someone who can make a difference in music. 

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THE ECLIPSE - WALK THE MOON VIDEO

 

Walk The Moon had an unintended special effect in the video for ``One Foot'': the solar eclipse in August. Singer Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE'-kah) says it was coincidence that they scheduled the video shoot for that day in Joshua Tree National Park.

Petricca says the part of the video when he's dancing on the mountain is when the eclipse is behind him. Bassist Kevin Ray says Joshua Tree is such a surreal place anyway, with weird trees that are hundreds of years old in a barren wasteland. He says the eclipse on top of that was inspiring. Walk The Moon's ``What If Nothing'' album comes out November 10th. 

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PETER WOLF - ``DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT''

 

Had things been slightly different, ``Don't Do Me Like That'' could have been a hit for the J. Geils Band instead of Tom Petty. J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf tells Rolling Stone magazine he had been friends with Petty since they toured together in the 1970s. Wolf got a cassette from Petty with the song on it, saying, ``I think this would be a cool song for you.'' Wolf says Petty was not so sure of himself in those days. Wolf says he loved the song but the J. Geils Band just did not get to it. Wolf says in the last conversation he had with Petty, they talked about that song. Petty thanked Wolf for not recording it and instead giving him one of his biggest hits. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

 

 

GORD DOWNIE - MOURNED

 

Rush says of the death of Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, ``It's a sad, sad day for Canada and Canadian music.''

Nickelback tweets, ``Thank you for inspiring so many with a well-lived life,'' while k.d. Lang says, ``Swift rebirth Gord Downie.'' Downie was such a beloved figure in Canada, the NBA's Toronto Raptors, the NHL Players' Association and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all sent condolences. Downie died Tuesday night after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 53. 

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(Kingston-Memorial)

 

What began as a subdued memorial for Gord Downie organized by city officials in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario grew into an improvised candlelight vigil last night. 

Fans paid tribute to the Tragically Hip frontman who died Tuesday at the age of 53 with sing-alongs, breakout dance parties and, in one case, by broadcasting classic Hip concerts from a flatscreen T-V in the back of a van. 

The evening began with a couple hundred people gathered around same city square where thousands gathered just over a year ago to watch a public screening of the band's sold-out final concert. 

But as Downie's voice echoed over the speakers, the crowd's energy shifted and a heavy sadness that weighed over Kingston began to lift. 

It started when ``Ahead By a Century'' started playing, then one man pulled out his guitar and led the crowd in a sing-along that picked up steam with every verse. 

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson earlier laid a wreath dedicated to Downie at city hall, which was illuminated in red and white in the evening. 

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(Bobcaygeon)

 

The town of Bobcaygeon in Ontario's cottage country felt a special warmth for Gord Downie. 

A Tragically Hip song named after the town from the Hip's 1998 album ``Phantom Power'' earned a Juno Award for best single in 2000. 

About 50 people gathered near the water last night in to commemorate Downie, who died Tuesday at age 53. 

Candles were placed on the ground and illuminated local musician Richard Kyle, who strummed along to famous Hip songs ``Wheat Kings,'' ``Ahead by a Century,'' and of course, ``Bobcaygeon,'' on his black acoustic guitar. 

Kyle said he planned on playing a few Hip songs in dedication to Downie regardless of whether anyone would show up. 

Residents of Bobcaygeon remembered Downie for putting them on the map by writing the hit song about their town. 

Local business owner Sacha Douglas said residents ``feel a great connection'' to Downie and always have. 

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(Indigenous)

 

In the final months of his life, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie became an outspoken advocate on Indigenous issues, notably as part of his ``Secret Path'' project. 

It honoured 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ont. 

Proceeds from the album and graphic novel are being donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says Downie often said he was struck by that story and ``couldn't let go of it.'' 

He says Downie wanted to make it his mission to share that story with the rest of the country. 

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde added that it was almost as if Wenjack's spirit connected to Downie. 

Bellegarde said Canada can now take up Downie's challenge of building a better country. 

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(Tributes)

 

As Canadian musicians tearfully reflected on the legacy of Gord Downie, many used a word the late Tragically Hip frontman himself belted out onstage in his signature howl: ``Courage.'' 

His peers agreed that Downie's advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and his fundraising efforts during his fight with terminal brain cancer were incredibly brave and galvanized a nation in a way that will be felt for decades. 

Rush frontman Geddy Lee called Downie a national hero who tried to do as much good with the time he had left. 

Former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page said Downie's ``great and lasting contribution'' was his commitment to raising awareness about Indigenous issues. 

Sean McCann, singer and former Great Big Sea guitarist, said he was also awed by Downie's political activism in his final year, saying he was a man who did so much more than politicians who've spent 30-year careers avoiding issues. 

In a statement, Dan Aykroyd called Downie's death ``the end of an era.'' 

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(Trudeau)

 

There was an uncommon slowness in Justin Trudeau's step as he walked toward the weekly Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill, his thoughts weighed heavily with the news that Gord Downie had died. 

With voice cracking with emotion and tears streaming down his face, Trudeau said simply that ``it hurts.'' 

Trudeau added that Canada was less of a country for having lost Downie. 

There was a personal connection between the prime minister and the musician that was only seen publicly on a few occasions. 

As his band ended a 15-stop farewell tour in Kingston in the summer of 2016, Downie called out to Trudeau, who was in the audience, urging him to take action on behalf of Canada's Indigenous peoples, to make their lives better. 

Trudeau commended Downie yesterday for his love of country, his profound ability to use words to create landscapes and his dedication to the plight of Indigenous Canadians. 

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(Roundup by The Canadian Press) 

 

(The Canadian Press)

 

CMA - ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

 

Singer Jason Aldean and other stars honoured victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the C-M-T Artists of the Year show last night. The format of the show pivoted to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of sombre tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony. Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1st, stood side-by-side with the night's other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some chose to perform or other musicians performed in their honour. 

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CMAS - FIRST PERFORMERS

 

Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert have signed up to perform at the Country Music Association Awards.

Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett also will perform. Carrie Underwood will perform and co-host with Brad Paisley. The awards will air live from Nashville on ABC on Nov. 8th. 

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JON PARDI - ON NAMES,

 

Jon Pardi seemed destined to be a country singer from the time he was a kid. Pardi says when he was asked his name in preschool, he'd say it was Randy Travis -- or Merle Haggard, or George Strait. Then he grew up, moved to Nashville and got into disagreements about cowboy hats. Pardi says he got into a lot of arguments with his management and his label about wearing a cowboy hat for his ``California Sunrise'' album. He says he can't help but point out that's his first album that went to number one. 

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS - ONCE SUICIDAL

 

At the height of fame for Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams wanted out so badly she considered ending her life. Williams revealed on the C-B-S show ``The Talk'' yesterday she suffered from depression from the time she was a teen, and she was suicidal in her 20s. She went to manager Mathew Knowles about it and he said, ``You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You're about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?'' She says that's not a dig on Knowles as much as he just didn't understand her problem. Williams says she wants to normalize the conversation about mental health. 

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PROPHETS OF RAGE - HOW CAME TO BE

 

There was the very real possibility that Prophets of Rage would fail miserably, according to Tom Morello. He says it looks good on paper to bring together members of Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, but they practiced in secret to see if they had any chemistry. D-J Lord says they started out riffing their parts verbally and shouting, ``Record that!'' Chuck D says the key to any art is to be fearless and he quotes Morello as saying, ``This will be worked out in the mosh pit.'' The self-titled Prophets of Rage album is out now. 

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ELVIS' BOYHOOD HOME - FOR SALE

 

A house billed as the home where Elvis Presley lived as a child in Tupelo, Mississippi, is for sale. GWS Auctions estimates the house and the 16 acres surrounding it could sell for as much as 2.5-million at auction Nov. 11th. It's not the Elvis Presley Birthplace, which is a museum nearby. G-W-S Auctions says the house is one of several Presley's father, Vernon, built for family members in the 1920s and 1930s. A Presley family member says Elvis and his mother lived there and Elvis played on the land.

Presley Birthplace officials say they can't confirm the Presleys lived in that house. Other Elvis items for sale include a boat named ``Hound Dog,'' a two-bedroom mobile home from his Circle G ranch and a T-V that Elvis had shot but was repaired. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

 

 

CHRIS YOUNG - OPRY MEMBER

 

Chris Young joined the Grand Ole Opry last night and he's still kicking himself for not seeing the invitation coming.

Vince Gill had surprised him onstage at the Opry a few weeks ago by inviting him personally. Young says he prides himself on not getting surprised but Gill pulled a fast one. At 32, Young is the youngest current member of the Opry. He's also got a new album out on Friday called ``Losing Sleep.''

 

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BIG AND RICH - LAS VEGAS

 

Big and Rich will return to Las Vegas to help with the healing process after the Oct. 1st shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Big and Rich will join Cam for the concert ``Vegas Strong - A Night of Healing'' in Las Vegas tomorrow. Tickets were free and have already been distributed. Donations will be collected to benefit victims of the shootings. Big and Rich had played the Route 91 Harvest Festival just hours the shooting began.

 

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LOPEZ -  A-ROD - PUERTO RICAN RELIEF

 

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have raised 26-million dollars for Puerto Rico disaster relief, with another nine-million raised by a benefit show. The two hosted ``One Voice:

Somos Live!'' on Saturday with Marc Anthony. The benefit show included performances by Demi Lovato, Ricky Martin, Mary J. Blige and Gwen Stefani.

 

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ZZ TOP - SUSPENDS TOUR

 

ZZ Top is postponing its tour dates for the rest of this year because, according to the official band statement, bassist Dusty Hill ``is addressing a tummy ailment.'' The statement says Hill has been directed to lay low for the next few weeks.

Details of Hill's medical issue were not given. ZZ Top intends to resume touring next year. ZZ Top postponed concerts last year after Hill tripped on a step and fractured his shoulder. 

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``WEIRD AL'' YANKOVIC - NO-PARODY CONCERT TOUR

 

 ``Weird Al'' Yankovic says his next concert tour will consist mainly of songs you barely remember. He's calling it ``The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.''

Yankovic writes on Facebook he will do obscure tracks and only a few parodies, with no props, costumes or video screens. Yankovic says it will not be the kind of show that appeals to everyone and he'll go back to concerts featuring fat suits and Segways on another tour.

Yankovic says he's not trying to talk people out of buying tickets, but they should be aware that these shows will be ``loose, unpredictable, and maybe a little sloppy.'' The tour begins Feb.

27th in Poughkeepsie, New York. 

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REBA McENTIRE'S FORMER HOME - EVENTS VENUE

 

Can you imagine getting married where Reba McEntire once lived? The Nashville Tennessean reports a potential unnamed buyer for McEntire's former home outside Nashville wants to turn it into an events venue for weddings and corporate retreats.

Wilson County planning director Tom Brashear says the proposal will be considered at a zoning meeting on Friday. McEntire's property reportedly sold for five-million dollars in July to a developer who plans to build 15 homes on the land. However, the parcel of land with the house on it has been put back on the market. 

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RICKY SKAGGS - THE SANTA TRAIN

 

Ricky Skaggs will be the celebrity guest on this year's Santa Train. Railroad operator C-S-X has run the Santa Train through Appalachia every year since 1942, distributing toys, food and winter clothes to families. Skaggs grew up in Cordell, Kentucky.

He says he loves the children of Appalachia and he loves Christmas, so riding the train is going to be a great thing for his heart. This year's train will run Nov. ember 18th from Shelby, Kentucky, to Kingsport, Tennessee. 

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS - NOMINEES

 

Solange could be the big force at the Soul Train Awards. She leads the nominations with seven, including album of the year for ``A Seat At The Table.'' She will compete against her sister, Beyonce, for video of the year. Bruno Mars has six nominations. Toni Braxton and SWV will each get career achievement awards. The Soul Train Awards will air on B-E-T Nov. 26th. 

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(The Associated Press)