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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017

 

MEL TILLIS DIES

 

Pam Tillis is ``deeply saddened'' at the death of her father, Mel Tillis, over the weekend. Pam Tillis calls her father's passing ``sudden and unexpected.'' She says in a statement on Facebook her father was ``a master songwriter, brilliant comedian and beloved father.'' Mel Tillis died early yesterday at a hospital in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85. He dealt with intestinal issues since last year, but the suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. His publicist says the Tillis family will release information about funeral services in Florida and Nashville. 

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MEL TILLIS TURNED HIS STUTTER TO HIS ADVANTAGE

 

Mel Tillis once joked as an Air Force flight leader, he marched his airmen into a wall because he couldn't get out the word ``halt.'' Tillis was famous for a stutter that disappeared when he sang. Tillis poked fun at it and would work it into his show because he said it was his trademark. His stutter kept him from getting a record deal early in his career, so he turned to songwriting. He wrote ``Detroit City'' for Bobby Bare, ``Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town,'' for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition and ``Thoughts of a Fool'' for George Strait. Tillis had more than 30 top ten country hits as a singer, including ``I Ain't Never,'' ''Good Woman Blues`` and ''Coca Cola Cowboy.`` Tillis died early yesterday at the age of 85. 

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COUNTRY SINGERS REACT TO MEL TILLIS' DEATH

 

Bobby Bare says he would not have had a career if it weren't for Mel Tillis. Tillis wrote ``Detroit City'' for Bare, and Bare says he's lost a brother. Randy Travis calls Tillis ``a special friend, great artist and constant inspiration.'' John Rich says he and Tillis were ``laughin' buddies.'' Tim Rushlow says Tillis was ``humble, kind, gracious and funny.'' Blake Shelton says Tillis was ``a funny, funny guy'' and helped Shelton keep is head on straight. Naomi Judd says, ``There are standup comedians and then there's Mel Tillis.''

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AC/DC GUITARIST MALCOLM YOUNG DIES

 

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young said as long as the songs kept coming, AC/DC would be there to play them. Young said in an Associated Press interview from September, 2000 he didn't want to tour as a nostalgic act, but as long as there was still good music coming through, he wanted to continue. Young had to drop out of daily activities with the band three years ago while he dealt with dementia. AC/DC confirms Young died peacefully but details of his death were not given. Young was 64. It's been a tough month for the Young family lately. Their older brother, guitarist George Young of The Easybeats, died less than a month ago. 

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MUSICIANS MOURN MALCOLM YOUNG

 

Paul Stanley of Kiss calls AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young ``the driving engine'' of the band and ``a sometimes unsung icon.'' Eddie Van Halen says he had some of the best times of his life with Young on their 1984 tour of Europe. Lars Ulrich says Young was an integral part to the soundtrack of his life. Tom Morello calls Young the ``number one greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll.'' Scott Ian of Anthrax posted a photo of his tattoo of Young and says what Young means to him is ``unquantifiable.'' Disturbed tweet, ``No words. Just tears.'' Young died at the age of 64, but AC/DC did not give details of his death. 

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DOCTORS LOOKING FOR NEW LIVER FOR DAVID CASSIDY

 

David Cassidy's publicist says there is nothing ``imminent'' about his condition, but he remains hospitalized with liver and kidney failure near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. JoAnn Geffen says Cassidy, who is 67, is in a private room and conscious. She says doctors are hoping to find another liver for him. Cassidy was taken to the hospital on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Cassidy said he was ending his career because he's dealing with dementia that runs in his family. 

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BUSINESSWOMAN MUST PAY KATY PERRY FOR INTERFERING WITH CONVENT SALE

 

A jury has found a businesswoman interfered with Katy Perry's attempt to buy a convent sitting on a hilltop in Los Angeles. On Friday, a jury decided Dana Hollister should pay the archdiocese of Los Angeles $3.47 million and Perry $1.57 million for forcing them to pay huge lawyer fees and other costs. Perry wanted to buy the 8-acre property, and the sale was approved by the archbishop of Los Angeles. Hollister tried to buy the property from two nuns who live there. A judge voided that sale, saying the nuns did not have the authority to sell. While the archdiocese has approved the sale to Perry, the Vatican still needs to finalize it. 

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AMAS: LINKIN PARK ACCEPTS AWARD ON BEHALF OF CHESTER BENNINGTON

 

It was no surprise that Linkin Park won the American Music Award for favourite alternative artist last night, but it was a surprise that they were there to accept it. The band has kept a low profile since the suicide of singer Chester Bennington in July. Singer Mike Shinoda says they dedicate the award to Bennington's talent and joy. He urged everyone, whether a fan or an artist, to take a moment to appreciate what they've got and make Bennington proud. 

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AMAS: DIANA ROSS ACCEPTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, FANNY PACK

 

What's up with Diana Ross accepting a fanny pack on stage at the American Music Awards? It's because she grabbed attention last week for losing one. Ross had tweeted gushy thank-yous to whoever had returned the fanny pack she lost while shopping at a Marshall's in Los Angeles. Ross won the lifetime achievement award at the AMAs last night. She sang a medley of her hits and brought on stage the members of her family, as well as Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. She was nearly upstaged by her grandson busting a move behind her as she sang. 

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AMAS: THE POSITIVE MESSAGE

 

Winners and performers at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles last night tried to push a message of optimism. Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, who won the pop/rock group award, says the nation needs to progress to love and equality. Lady Gaga, who won for favourite pop/rock female, says those who feel different or misunderstood should fight for what they believe in. Pink and Kelly Clarkson opened the show with a rendition of ``Everybody Hurts'' as a tribute to first responders in a year full of tragedies and disasters. Demi Lovato introduced her song ``Sorry Not Sorry'' by urging people to rise above hate and never being sorry for who they are. 

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AMAS: THE WINNERS

 

Here are the winners at last night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles:

 

_ Artist of the year: Bruno Mars.

 

_ New artist of the year: Niall Horan.

 

_ Collaboration of the year: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, ``Despacito.''

 

_ Video of the year: Bruno Mars, ``That's What I Like.''

 

_ Tour of the year: Coldplay.

 

_ Favorite pop/rock male artist: Bruno Mars.

 

_ Favorite pop/rock female artist: Lady Gaga.

 

_ Favorite pop/rock duo or group: Imagine Dragons.

 

_ Favourite country male artist: Keith Urban.

 

_ Favorite country female artist: Carrie Underwood.

 

_ Favourite country duo or group: Little Big Town.

 

_ Favorite rap/hip-hop artist: Drake.

 

_ Favorite soul/R&B male artist: Bruno Mars.

 

_ Favorite soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce.

 

_ Favorite alternative rock artist: Linkin Park.

 

_ Favorite adult contemporary artist: Shawn Mendes.

 

_ Favorite Latin artist: Shakira.

 

_ Favorite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle.

 

_ Favorite electronic dance music artist: The Chainsmokers.

 

_ Top soundtrack: ``Moana.''

 

_ Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross.

 

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LIZ PHAIR GETS TWO-BOOK DEAL

 

Liz Phair is working on two books. Random House has announced Phair will write a memoir called ``Horror Stories''

that will be about fame, parenthood and love. A release date was not given _ and there are no details on the second book. Phair says the stories come from the deepest part of her and she's been immersed in writing. 

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CARPENTERS ALBUMS RE-MASTERED ON VINYL

 

Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters rarely listens to his own music. He says with a laugh, ``I've heard our stuff plenty.'' He says friends look at the records on his jukebox and say, ``Where are yours?'' Twelve of The Carpenters' albums have been re-mastered and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl. They were released Friday. Carpenter says he had to listen to his own music to approve the re-masters, and the thing that struck him was ``how marvelously talented'' his sister, Karen, was.

Carpenter says she was ``an honest-to-God singer, before any Auto-tuning, or anything else.'' 

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GARTH BROOKS CONSIDERS THAT MAYBE HIS STORIES ARE NOT QUITE RIGHT

 

 One of Garth Brooks' biggest fears while telling his life story is that maybe he's been telling it wrong. Brooks just released the multimedia package ``Garth Brooks: The Anthology Part 1

- The First Five Years,'' part one of five about his life. Brooks says he's been telling stories his whole career and he was scared to go back to find out maybe things did not happen exactly as he's been telling them. Brooks says if he could tell anything to the Brooks of 1989, he'd tell himself he's full of baloney. 

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GREEN DAY RELEASES ``GREATEST HITS''

 

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong says their latest retrospective is not a bookend, but ``a book of short stories.'' ''Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band`` covers 30 years of Green Day songs and Armstrong says it's the perfect time to release it. He says they're young enough that they still have another lifetime in front of them. He calls it the perfect soundtrack for the ''age of outrage.`` The collection is out now. 

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NICK CAVE MAKES ``PRINCIPLED STAND'' TO PLAY ISRAEL

 

Nick Cave says he is going to play Israel because he loves the Israeli people and because he wants to make a ``principled stand'' against ``anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians.'' Cave said in a news conference in Jerusalem yesterday the anti-Israel boycott movement is trying to bully musicians. He says music producer Brian Eno asked him three years ago to sign a boycott list but, in Cave's words, ``There was something that stunk to me about that list.'' Roger Waters is one of the highest-profile musicians to boycott playing Israel. Cave played Tel Aviv last night and will do so again tonight. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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Christmas Concert in Dauphin will feature Festive Favorites on the Piano!

Saturday, 16 December 2017 12:01
Christmas Concert in Dauphin will feature Festive Favorites on the Piano!

Enjoy another Third Thursday Music Night at the Dauphin Public Library on Thursday December 21, starting at 7pm featuring Songs of Christmas with Jeannette Ritchot. All welcome to attend, admission is free. 

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)