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ERIC CHURCH RELEASES TICKETS FOR CANADA DATES ON HIS 2017 HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR Tickets reclaimed from scalpers will be made available to the public TODAY at noon Available for Eric Church at MTS Centre in Winnipeg on March 7 at www.ticketmaster.ca. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric Church will re-release tickets for every date in Canada on his two-set Holdin’ My Own Tour. Selling out every show so far, Church continues to bring the “marathon concert” (Star Tribune) sans opener through 60+ cities in North America. The tickets, reclaimed from scalpers, will go on sale TODAY, Feb. 9 at noon. Purchase the re-released tickets here. Continuing his ambitious war against ticket scamming for this year’s tour, Church has ensured that more fans have the chance to see the show at face value, already revoking thousands of tickets bought by scalpers on previous dates. Church continues to combat scammers with his proprietary…
Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:01

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017 MADONNA ADOPTS TWINS OK, so Madonna lied about not adopting children from Malawi. Madonna confirms on Instagram she has adopted twin sisters from Malawi after denying reports last month. She posted a photo of her walking hand-in-hand with the girls. The Associated Press obtained a court document in which a Malawi judge says she asked Madonna ``uncomfortable questions'' before approving the adoption because she wanted to make sure Madonna wasn't just giving her a well-rehearsed speech. The girls are four years old and their mother died a week after they were born. Their father, who was in court when Madonna testified, has five other children and has remarried but can't care for all of his family. Madonna has two other children she adopted from Malawi, and two children of her own. --- RANDY TRAVIS TRIBUTE CONCERT A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:23

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 PINK - LADY GAGA If you saw Lady Gaga swinging around on wires at the Super Bowl halftime show and kept thinking, ``Pink did that first,'' Pink is shutting you down right now. Pink writes on Instagram, ``Let's squash this before it even has a chance to be a thing.'' She writes that Lady Gaga's voice was ``powerful and beautiful,'' her choreography ``stellar'' and she sang about ``love and inclusiveness.'' Pink says who cares if she was the one who flew first, because she wasn't -- the members of Cirque du Soleil and the cast of ``Peter Pan'' have been doing it for years. --- LADY GAGA - SALES SPIKE Lady Gaga sold more digital downloads on Sunday than she did in the whole week before that. Nielsen Music reports Lady Gaga sold 150-thousand digital albums and songs in the U-S on Sunday, when…
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:46

JUNOS: 5 THINGS

MUSIC Junos 5 Things By David Friend Chart-toppers Drake, Shawn Mendes and the Weeknd dominated the Juno Awards nominations on Tuesday, alongside a few cherished favourites of the Canadian music industry. Here are five other notable developments within this year's Juno categories: DOWNIE SHINES: After revealing his fight with terminal brain cancer last year, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie became a symbol of resilience as he soldiered through his illness to mount what many assumed to be the band's final tour. So there was little surprise when the Junos piled on nominations for both the Hip and Downie's solo work. The band is up for group of year and rock album of year awards, while Downie's ``Secret Path'' grabbed nods for songwriter of the year, best adult alternative album and best video. ``Secret Path'' also got a recording package of the year nomination. DRAKE'S CREW: While Drake grabbed five nominations…
Monday, 06 February 2017 14:51

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 BELL MEDIA JOINS FORCES WITH BIG MACHINE FOR SINGING CONTEST Canadian company Bell Media is taking another shot at creating a new music superstar, with the help of the label behind Taylor Swift. Bell Media says it's joining the U.S. record label Big Machine to produce a TV musical talent search. While details of the show are vague, the company says it plans to tap into its various multimedia platforms for the series, including its TV and radio stations across Canada. The partnership was inked with Big Machine owner Scott Borchetta, who's best known for signing a young Swift when she was still an unknown country singer. Borchetta also appeared on the final two seasons of ``American Idol'' as a mentor to hopeful contestants. Bell Media says the two companies will ``work together to uncover, develop, and promote pop culture's next musical superstars,'' but…
Monday, 06 February 2017 08:53

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017 LADY GAGA - SUPER BOWL Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance included patriotic songs, jumping off the roof of N-R-G Stadium and a shout-out to her parents. She started by singing ``God Bless America'' and ``This Land Is Your Land,'' and by reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance from the top of the stadium. Then she jumped. A safety harness guided her to a top of a pile of metal for ``Poker Face,'' and after a couple of flips she launched into ``Born This Way,'' ''Telephone`` and ''Just Dance.`` Lady Gaga got behind a piano for ''Million Reasons`` and paused to say, ''Hey dad, hi mom.`` By the time she got to her final number, ''Bad Romance,`` she was in hot pants and football pads. She ended by throwing down the microphone, jumping off a platform and catching a ball. --- BLACK SABBATH -…
WEEK OF FEBRUARY 6, 2017 730 CKDM TOP TWENTY MUSIC DIRECTOR: BRUCE LEPERRE The Parkland's Best Music ... 730 CKDM TW LW WO TITLE/ARTIST/LABEL WEEKS @ #1 1 1 13 A Guy With A Girl – Blake Shelton (Warner Bros./WMN) 2 2 3 14 Star Of The Show – Thomas Rhett (Valory) 3 4 11 Seein' Red – Dustin Lynch (Broken Bow) 4 5 8 Better Man – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville) 5 7 10 Sober Saturday Night – Chris Young ft Vince Gill (RCA Nashville) 6 8 7 Just Sayin' – James Barker Band* (Universal Music Canada) 7 12 9 Today – Brad Paisley (Arista Nashville) 8 10 8 Think A Little Less – Michael Ray (Atlantic/WEA) 9 9 17 80s Mercedes – Marren Morris (Columbia Nashville) 10 17 3 Time – Dean Brody* (Open Road) 11 11 15 Kill A Word – Eric Church ft. Rhiannon Giddens…
Friday, 03 February 2017 08:17

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017 GORD DOWNIE Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie made a surprise appearance Thursday night at Toronto's Massey Hall with Blue Rodeo and the Sadies. In a video clip circulating on social media, Downie is seen joining the bands onstage for a rendition of Blue Rodeo's ``Lost Together.'' A smiling Downie held a piece of paper as he stood by one of the microphones to contribute backing vocals. Downie has a history of collaborating with the Sadies and recorded the 2014 album ``And the Conquering Sun'' with the band. Downie revealed in May that he has glioblastoma, an incurable and rare form of brain cancer. The father of four, whose 53rd birthday is Monday, has most recently been promoting his ``Secret Path'' solo multimedia project, which recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school. --- MICHAEL…
Thursday, 02 February 2017 08:29

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2017 TWITTER EXPLODES WITH BEYONCE NEWS The news of Beyonce's pregnancy was the biggest thing to hit Twitter yesterday. Twitter reports that half a million tweets about Beyonce were sent in 45 minutes. She didn't even break the news on Twitter, but on Instagram. Beyonce says she's expecting twins, but she doesn't say when she's due. She and Jay Z have a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. --- POLICE: BUTCH TRUCKS KILLED HIMSELF Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks committed suicide, according to police reports in West Palm Beach, Florida. Police reports indicate Trucks shot himself in the head in front of his wife last Friday at their home. He was 69. Trucks had planned a spring tour with his band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train. --- RUSHCARD FINED OVER 2015 SOFTWARE PROBLEMS Customers of Russell Simmons' RushCard debit card company who got caught up…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 08:19

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017 BOB DYLAN - TRIPLE ALBUM Bob Dylan's last album came out barely eight months ago and he's following it up with a triple album. Dylan will release ``Triplicate'' on March 31st, his first triple album. He's continuing to record American classics, as he did on his last two albums, ``Fallen Angels'' and ``Shadows in the Night.'' This time around, he puts his spin on songs like ``Stormy Weather,'' ''As Time Goes By,`` ''The Best Is Yet To Come`` and ''Stardust.`` --- REBA McENTIRE - NEW ALBUM Reba McEntire went back to her childhood for songs for her new inspirational album. McEntire says she got the songbook from the church in Chockie, Oklahoma, where she used to go as a kid and started thumbing through it. She says it took her back to seeing her grandparents standing at the front of the church singing ``I'll…