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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017

 

 

TAYLOR SWIFT - WAITING FOR HER DOLLAR

 

Taylor Swift says she has yet to be paid the one dollar she won in the sexual assault trial against a Colorado D-J she accused of grabbing her rear end during a photo opportunity in 2013. Swift tells Time magazine, ``That act of defiance is symbolic in itself.'' Swift was one of the women pictured on the cover of Time's Person of the Year issue that featured the ``Silence Breakers'' who shared stories of sexual assault. Swift says her advice for others who find themselves victims of sexual harassment and assault is ``that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you.''

 

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TICKETMASTER - TAYLOR SWIFT TICKETS

 

Ticketmaster admits it's slowing down the process for Taylor Swift fans trying to buy tickets to her concerts.

Ticketmaster head of music David Marcus tells Billboard magazine tickets are being processed at about 18 tickets per show per minute, as opposed to the usual two-thousand per minute. He says that fights off bots and scalpers. Swift is using a Verified Fan system to sell tickets and Marcus says all fans who were verified will be able to buy tickets this week. He warns against people buying Verified Fan codes on eBay, because each code corresponds to an individual Ticketmaster account and you can't use someone else's code.

 

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NILE RODGERS - CANCER RETURNS

 Nile Rodgers of Chic reveals he was diagnosed with cancer again, and his prognosis is ``100 per cent recovery.'' Rodgers reveals on his website two different cancers within one mass were discovered on his kidney when he was being treated for an E-coli infection in August. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and it was in remission in 2014. Rodgers says with the new diagnosis, he was ``more relaxed, analytic and calm.'' He still kept his slate of international tour dates, then flew to Rochester, New York, for surgery. Rodgers says his health issues have delayed some big plans, but he promises what happens next year ``is beyond any of my wildest dreams.''

 

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JOHN MAYER - RECOVERY

 

John Mayer is thanking fans for the support after his emergency appendectomy earlier this week. Mayer tweets he woke up from surgery to ``some amazingly kind and loving tweets.'' He apologizes for failing to finish the run of shows with Dead and Company. The band put out a statement saying the concerts scheduled this week for Orlando and Sunrise, Florida, will be rescheduled in addition to the New Orleans show.

 

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GENE SIMMONS - BOOK

 

Gene Simmons' advice for becoming rich and powerful: learn English, be creative and have a lot of hustle.

Simmons says the guy who invented the pet rock is a ``billionaire.''

Simmons notes that he himself was not even born in the U-S and English is his fourth language. He recently published a book called ``On Power'' that profiles successful people like Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey. He also shares anecdotes from his own life. Simmons says it's fine to be proud of being from Serbia or Zambia or wherever, and you can speak your native language in America, but he'll always make more money because he learned ``the language of money, and that's called English.''

 

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MARTY STUART - PHOTO DISPLAY

 

The first photograph Marty Stuart took when he was 11-years-old was of Connie Smith at the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi. She's now his wife. Stuart's black-and-white photo collection is on display at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee. It's only been displayed one other time. The collection includes Stuart's photos of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Roy Acuff. The exhibit runs through February 28th.

 

BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi is a step closer to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bon Jovi won the fan vote, pulling ahead of The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars and Judas Priest. The top five fan vote winners get one extra vote in the official balloting, which is made up of industry professionals. The 2018 inductees will be announced next Wednesday.

 

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U2 - BERLIN SUBWAY RIDE

 

It was U-2 on the U-2 yesterday. Bono and The Edge took a trip on the Berlin subway line known as the U-2 from Olympic Stadium to the Deutsche Oper stop. They performed a short acoustic set on the platform. A local radio station gave out tickets for the ride and says about 120 people were on the train. 

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SUPER BOWL WEEK - PERFORMANCES

 

Ellie Goulding and D-J Kygo will join the festivities leading up to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. They will headline a show on Feb. 2nd, two days before the Super Bowl. Other acts performing as part of Super Bowl week include Florida Georgia Line, The Chainsmokers, Jennifer Lopez, Sheila E., The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time. 

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JIMI HENDRIX - LOST MUSIC

 

Recording engineer Eddie Kramer recalls the hair on his neck standing up when he heard Jimi Hendrix record in 1969.

He says the same thing happened again when he heard the tapes 48 years later. The upcoming album ``Both Sides of the Sky'' will feature 13 Hendrix tracks, ten of which have never been released.

Guest musicians include Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills. The album will come out March 9th. It's the third in the trilogy that also included ``Valleys of Neptune'' in 2010 and ``People, Hell and Angels'' in 2013. Kramer says the Hendrix estate still has some live footage of Hendrix that it plans to release.

 

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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)