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Monday, 24 July 2017 08:22

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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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)