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Friday, 01 December 2017 08:35

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017

 

 

RANDY TRAVIS - DUI FOOTAGE

 

Randy Travis' team is still hoping to stop the release of dash-cam footage from Travis' D-U-I arrest in 2012, even though a judge paved the way for its release as soon as today.

Travis' team has started a petition at Change-dot-org to keep the footage private. A federal judge denied Travis' request to stop the Texas Department of Safety from releasing the footage, which shows Travis naked and ranting. Travis' family had argued because his speech is impaired from a stroke suffered in 2013, he can't comment on or defend his actions. The judge said the case did not show a substantial likelihood of succeeding. The Texas attorney general agreed to redact portions of the footage because Travis is naked.

Travis' attorney has filed motions to get the ordered stayed while he appeals. 

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AD-ROCK - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT - FATHER

 

When Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys was forced to choose sides between his father, award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz _ and nine women accusing his dad of sexual misconduct, Ad Rock chose the women. The New York Times reports the women have accused the elder Horovitz of fondling and rape. One of the women was Ad-Rock's former high school girlfriend. Ad-Rock says in a statement to The New York Times, ``I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.'' 

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DMX - TAX FRAUD

 

D-M-X faces jail time after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Prosecutors say he dodged 1.7-million in taxes by insisting on being paid in cash and by having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of financial surrogates. Authorities say the I-R-S has been going after D-M-X since at least 2005. He faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is set for March 29th, but that date will probably be postponed while he's seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. 

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GLEN CAMPBELL - WILL

 

Glen Campbell cut three of his eight children out of his will. The Nashville Tennessean reports records filed in Davidson Probate Court in Nashville indicate Campbell stated he was ``specifically excluding'' his daughter Kelli and his sons William and Wesley from any part of his estate. The will is dated Sept. 1st, 2006, and names his wife, Kim, as executor. Campbell revealed in 2011 he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He was married four times. A hearing on the will is scheduled for Jan. 18th. Campbell's estate is estimated to be worth at least 50-million dollars. 

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MODEST MOUSE - LAWSUIT

 

Singer Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse is being sued over a traffic accident last year in Portland, Oregon. Brock fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a City of Portland pickup truck, which hit a Subaru, which hit another Subaru, which likely hit another car that left the scene. Police could not confirm intoxication, so Brock was cited for careless driving and paid a fine of 435-dollars. City employee Cassidy Kane, who was driving the pickup, is suing Brock for 865-thousand. Her lawsuit says she suffered herniated disks in her spine and she still has pain and numbness from tissue and muscle damage. 

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KELLY CLARKSON - INSTRUMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson admits she never became proficient at playing a musical instrument because she couldn't immediately be great at it. Clarkson says she tried piano but discovered she couldn't play Beethoven right away, so she quit. She says she tried guitar but found out she couldn't play Jimi Hendrix.

Clarkson says she knew if she was going to go to college, she needed to earn a vocal scholarship, so she put all her effort into that and had no patience to learn more music. She's a bit jealous of those who play instruments, though. Clarkson says if those players have the flu, they can still play, but she can't sing if she has the flu. 

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BEYONCE - SELENA GOMEZ - INSTAGRAM

 

Beyonce's photo announcing her pregnancy with twins is Instagram's most-liked photo of 2017. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo announcing the birth of his daughter is second. Selena Gomez's photo lying in the hospital next to her kidney donor, Francia Raisa , is third. Selena Gomez is the most-followed celebrity on Instagram, with more than 130-million. Ronaldo is second with 116-million, and Beyonce is third with 115-million. 

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FLORENCE WELCH - POETRY BOOK

 

Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine will publish a book of poetry next summer. ``Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry'' will feature lyrics, never-before-seen poetry and sketches. Welch writes in the preface the term ``useless magic''

comes from her feeling that songs are subconscious warnings she doesn't understand until years later, or a prediction that comes true that she couldn't stop. The book will be out July 5th. 

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(The 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)