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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:41

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

 

HURRICANE FUNDRAISER

 

Dozens of stars turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims on Tuesday, in a one-hour televised benefit that had raised 14.5 million dollars U-S by the time cameras were turned off. With Stevie Wonder singing ``Lean on Me'' and Usher and Blake Shelton joining for ``Stand By Me,'' the message was clear: Americans were being asked to help those whose lives were upended by wind and rain. Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the ``Hand in Hand'' telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma. 

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KID ROCK - NO ANNOUNCEMENT

 

So much for Kid Rock letting the rest of the world in on his political ambitions. He promised to say something about whether he'd be seeking elective office during his show last night.

But he didn't. The musician did the first a series of shows to christen the new arena in in Detroit but he focused mainly on music, not politics. Kid Rock has hinted he might run for the U-S Senate representing his native Michigan. He continued to tease at that during his show last night but didn't say one way or the other what he would do. 

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TROY GENTRY'S HELICOPTER - MECHANICAL PROBLEMS

 

Authorities say the pilot of the helicopter carrying Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was having mechanical problems just before it crashed on Friday. Radio communications between emergency responders indicate the pilot was planning to make an emergency landing and was hovering while waiting for the fire department to arrive. Responders note that seconds later, the helicopter crashed just south of an airport in Medford, New Jersey.

Gentry and the pilot were the only people on board. Both were killed. 

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YES - CANCELS TOUR DATES

 

Yes has abruptly canceled the rest of their Yestival tour after the death of the son of guitarist Steve Howe.

Details were not given about the death of Virgil Howe, except that it was described as ``tragic'' and ``unexpected.'' Eight concerts through next week have been called off and refunds offered. Virgil Howe was the drummer for the British band Little Barrie, whose claim to fame in America is performing the theme song for the T-V show ``Better Call Saul.'' 

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STEELY DAN - FIRST TOUR DATES

 

Donald Fagen is making good on his promise to continue the music of Steely Dan after the death of bandmate Walter Becker. Fagen has announced Steely Dan fall tour dates beginning October 13th in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Fagen will do a handful of dates later this month with his band, The Nightflyers. 

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THOMAS RHETT: FAME, FAMILY AND MUSIC

 

Thomas Rhett has a hard time dealing with fame.

He has an even harder time dealing with his wife's fame. Rhett says his wife, Lauren, has a million Instagram followers, which is ``insane.'' He says they're a normal couple, and he's a normal guy trying to balance a music career with two young daughters at home.

The Rhetts were in the process of adopting a girl when Lauren became pregnant, so they have two girls under the age of two. Rhett says the grandparents live in town and call twice a day to see if they can babysit. Rhett just released a new album, ``Life Changes.'' 

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CHAINSMOKERS' ALEX PALL - COMMENT

 

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has apologized for saying he would not bring his dog to China. BuzzFeed News reports an interviewer in a promotional video had asked if Pall brings his dog on tour. Pall said he tries to, but she behaves badly. He says, ``I mean, if she could come anywhere, I'd bring her to -- well, I don't know if I'd bring her to China.'' He starts laughing. The video has been deleted. Pall tweets he had read reports of dogs being slaughtered in certain provinces. He says The Chainsmokers ``never intentionally do anything to upset our fans and we apologize if we offended anyone.'' 

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KELIS UNVEILS MILKSHAKE RECIPE

 

Kelis is finally revealing just what's in that milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard. It's Bailey's Irish cream, ginger beer and cayenne pepper. Kelis gave her recipe for milkshakes to Billboard magazine in honour of National Chocolate Milkshake Day yesterday. Her recipe also calls for chocolate ice cream, candied ginger and ginger-infused whipped cream for the top. Kelis is a graduate of the elite cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, a former Cooking Channel host and a published cookbook author.

 

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CHARLIE DANIELS - ``THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA''

 

Charlie Daniels used eight fiddles for the devil's part on ``The Devil Went Down To Georgia.'' Daniels tells Billboard magazine one of them was a unique eight-string fiddle strung like a mandolin. He says now it would be done electronically but he did it organically. Daniels says a lot of people tell him the devil's fiddle part is better than Johnny's, and his response is, ``No, it's not.'' He argues Johnny is playing a melody, while ``you can't hum the devil's part.'' He says the devil's fiddling is ``a bunch of noise.'' 

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GENE SIMMONS BRINGS ``THE VAULT'' EXPERIENCE

 

Gene Simmons will personally deliver a copy of his new boxed set to anyone who buys it. Where you are when you receive it depends on how much you're willing to pay.

``Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience'' is a 38-pound creation that includes 150 unreleased tracks, a leather-bound commemorative book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an ``In Gene We Trust'' medallion and a piece of memorabilia from Simmons' personal collection. For two thousand dollars, Simmons will give it to you at a meet-and-greet next year in a city near you. For 25 thousand dollars, he'll also do a Skype call and bring you and a friend into the studio to preview the tracks, plus you get an executive producer credit on ``The Vault.''

For 50 thousand dollars, he'll bring it to your house and spend two hours with you and up to 25 friends. Details are at www.GeneSimmonsVault.com . 

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BRUNO MARS - TV SPECIAL

 

Bruno Mars took to the streets of New York for his first T-V special. Mars and his band, The Hooligans, entertained New Yorkers on the street as part of his ``Bruno Mars: 24 K Magic Live at the Apollo'' special. He also taped a performance at New York's Apollo Theater and performed on its marquee. Mars is still filming portions of the special, which will air November 29th on C-B-S.

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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)