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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

 

 

MICROBES NAMED AFTER MEMBERS OF RUSH

 

It's probably an honour the members of Iconic Canadian rockers Rush never expected: microbes found in the guts of termites are named after them. Microbiologist Patrick Keeling of the University of British Columbia led a team that discovered the new species (Psuedotrichonympha), known as P.leei, P. lifesoni and P. pearti after Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. The microbes are characterized by long hairy threads and rhythmic wriggling. The one named after Peart is particularly interesting, because Keeling says it contains a rotating structure never seen before. 

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MUSIC Neil Young Concert

Anticipation is growing in Omemee, Ont., amid rumours that hometown hero Neil Young is returning Friday to play a concert. 

On Nov. 11, Young teased that he would be ``going to my town'' for the concert, sparking speculation that he might be heading to Omemee, where he lived for a few years as a child. 

While organizers have not confirmed the location for the show, which will be streamed live on CTV.ca and on Facebook outside Canada, local media say that streets around the venue are closed through Saturday to accommodate the concert. 

There have also been reports of large transport trucks marked as ``sound and light staging'' parked near Coronation Hall. 

Several Twitter users in Omemee _ population 1,271, according to the 2016 census _ also posted photos of trucks and other activity outside the hall. 

There is no information on tickets for the concert and a spokeswoman for Bell Media, which owns CTV, said on Tuesday that ``there is no plan to announce the location at this time.'' 

The show coincides with the release of Young's new album ``The Visitor'' and a new online archive of his work.

 

(The Canadian Press)

 

U2 AGREES TO PLAY GOLF FOR CHARITY

 

U2 will break its ``no golf'' pledge to raise money for Bono's (RED) charity to fight HIV/AIDS. Bono says as teenagers, the members of U2 promised each other they would never play golf because they ``didn't think it was rock and roll.'' U2 is offering a round of mini-golf with all four members, plus a pint afterward, as a raffle prize at Omaze-dot-com/RED. A donation of 10-dollars gets you 100 chances in the raffle. 

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FERGIE JOINS ``THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM''

 

Fergie will be the host of the new singing competition show ``The Four: Battle For Stardom.'' The panel of experts will be Sean ``Diddy'' Combs, DJ Khaled , Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk. ``The Four'' will feature four singers who must defend their places on the show each week by newcomers trying to knock them out of the competition. The six-episode series premieres Jan. 4th on Fox. 

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WAYNE COCHRAN - OBIT

 

The man who wrote the song ``Last Kiss'' has died.

Wayne Cochran died of cancer at his home near Miami, according to his son. He was 78. Cochran was known as a ``blue-eyed soul'' singer who was known for his big blonde pompadour. ``Last Kiss'' became a hit for J. Frank Wilson in 1964 and again for Pearl Jam in 1999. One of Cochran's signature songs was ``Goin' Back To Miami,'' which the Blues Brothers revived in the 1980s. Cochran grew tired of the rock-and-roll life and started the Voice for Jesus Church near Miami. Cochran once said it was not a typical church, but one where people could get ecstatic, have a good time and boogie. 

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TIM McGRAW - FAITH HILL

 

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill believe there's McGraw's music, Hill's music, and McGraw-and-Hill music. McGraw says when they duet, it's music entirely different than what either of them does solo. Hill says most of the songs they did together for their ``Soul2Soul'' album were not written as duets, so they reworked them. McGraw says he's not normally a harmony singer and his harmonies are ``a little weird,'' but they work with Hill's singing. He jokes it's because he hears her voice all the time. 

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ALESSIA CARA - BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY

 

 Alessia Cara  says she's not sure what to say or feel, but she thanks everyone who's been in her corner. The Brampton, Ontario native was overlooked for contention for the best new artist Grammy last year, but surprisingly, she gets another shot at it this year. Her competition is Khalid , Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA . Khalid says he's still in shock. The Grammys will be Jan. 28th in New York. 

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MEEK MILL - MOTION DENIED

 

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has denied a request from Meek Mill to be freed from prison on bail. The court directed a lower court to handle the case. Mill's lawyers had filed an emergency motion, claiming Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley refuses to rule on Mill's post-sentencing appeals. She sentenced him earlier this month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a gun and drug case. Mill's legal team has asked Brinkley to step down from the case, saying she has made it inappropriately personal and the sentence was too extreme. Brinkley has said Mill ignored the rules of his probation. 

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CHRIS CORNELL - POSTHUMOUS GRAMMY NOMINATION

 

The widow of Chris Cornell hopes people will pay more attention to his Grammy-nominated song ``The Promise.'' Vicky Cornell says her husband wrote it for a film about the Armenian genocide and for all who suffer human rights violations. ``The Promise'' is up for the best rock performance Grammy. It will compete against songs by the late Canadian legend Leonard Cohen, as well as Kaleo, Foo Fighters and Nothing More. Cornell and Cohen are not the only artists to get posthumous nominations. Gregg Allman got two, Glen Campbell got one, and actress Carrie Fisher got one, for spoken word album. The late Chester Bennington and Linkin Park were snubbed. 

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COUNTRY - GRAMMY NOMINATIONS - REACTIONS

 

Thomas Rhett's reaction to getting nominated for best country album: ``Wow wow wow wow wow!'' Lady Antebellum is also up for this award and say they are ``beyond proud'' of the album and ``couldn't be more honoured to be nominated.'' The reaction from Brothers Osbourne to ``It Ain't My Fault'' being nominated for the group country Grammy is, ``Well, dang y'all!'' Reba McEntire is up for best roots gospel album and says, ``Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason.'' 

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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS - STARS AND SNUBS

 

The Grammy nominations were kind to rap, R&B and Latin music, but not so much to country music, Ed Sheeran and One Direction. Rap and R&B dominated the top four categories: album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber could be the first record of the year winner in Spanish. Sam Hunt's ``Body Like A Back Road'' was a crossover hit into pop but only was nominated in country categories. Sheeran's ``Divide'' was considered a lock for album of the year and ``Shape Of You'' for record of the year, but he only got two pop nominations. One Direction never was nominated for a Grammy, and none of the members' solo work has been nominated either. 

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TIMBALAND - OXYCONTIN

 

Timbaland believes he nearly died of an OxyContin overdose. He tells Rolling Stone magazine three years ago he woke up trying to catch his breath as if he was underwater. In his words, ``All I can tell you is that there was a light.'' He started weaning himself off pills the next day. Timbaland says he started taking pain medication in his 30s to deal with nerve issues from a gunshot wound he suffered as a teenager. He says his addiction got so bad his marriage failed, he stopped making hits and he blew through a lot of his money. He's now back on track and has worked on Sam Smith's new single, ``Pray,'' as well as the upcoming album from Justin Timberlake. 

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MEL TILLIS - FUNERAL

 

Pam Tillis says after a three-hour visitation and a funeral for her father, Mel Tillis, it's ``been a long day,''

but she adds, ``Daddy never did a short show, and I don't see why we should.'' The Nashville Tennessean reports Mel Tillis' funeral was held Monday outside Nashville and he was laid to rest in a private burial service. A public memorial is planned for Nashville in January.

 (Associated 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)