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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…
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 08:26

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017 SARAH MCLACHLAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME Sarah McLachlan is getting a spot in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says the ``Building a Mystery'' songstress will be this year's inductee into the space celebrating some of the country's most influential musicians. She'll also be honoured with a tribute during the Juno Awards on April 2. McLachlan has gathered numerous accolades throughout her career, including 10 Juno Awards and three Grammys. She's also the founder of Lilith Fair, considered one of the most influential music festivals of the 1990s, which helped promote female artists. The Juno Awards will be broadcast this year from Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre. CANADIAN CROONER CANCELS HOSTING GIG AT BRIT AWARDS Michael Buble has cancelled his gig as host of the Brit Awards to focus on caring for…
Monday, 30 January 2017 08:44

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017 CHRIS PRONGER - JUSTIN BIEBER Do you really think Justin Bieber was going to play with some of the best N-H-L players ever and they weren't going to take a shot at him? N-H-L great Chris Pronger pinned the Canadian popstar against the boards during a celebrity exhibition game during the N-H-L All-Star weekend on Saturday. It was all in fun, and there were smiles all around. Bieber's revenge was scoring an empty-net goal. Actor Cuba Gooding Junior, who also played, says he was shocked at how good the 22-year-old can play, and adds, ``He's a real sweet kid, too.'' --- BILL MEDLEY - EX WIFE MURDER Investigators believe they have solved the 1976 murder of the ex-wife of Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers using a controversial D-N-A testing method. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says it solved the case of Karen…
WEEK OF JANUARY 30, 2016 730 CKDM TOP TWENTY MUSIC DIRECTOR: BRUCE LEPERRE The Parkland's Best Music ... 730 CKDM TW LW WO TITLE/ARTIST/LABEL WEEKS @ #1 1 2 12 A Guy With A Girl – Blake Shelton (Warner Bros./WMN) 1 2 1 15 Dirty Laundry – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville) 1 3 4 13 Star Of The Show – Thomas Rhett (Valory) 4 5 10 Seein' Red – Dustin Lynch (Broken Bow) 5 6 7 Better Man – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville) 6 7 9 Something We Shouldn’t Do – Chad Brownlee* (MDM) 7 9 9 Sober Saturday Night – Chris Young ft Vince Gill (RCA Nashville) 8 8 6 Just Sayin' – James Barker Band* (Universal Music Canada) 9 10 16 80s Mercedes – Marren Morris (Columbia Nashville) 10 13 7 Think A Little Less – Michael Ray (Atlantic/WEA) 11 11 14 Kill A Word – Eric…
Friday, 27 January 2017 08:22

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017 ALLMAN BROTHERS DRUMMER BUTCH TRUCKS The unexpected death of founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks came as a surprise to the music world yesterday, and today, a police report from Trucks’ town of residence, West Palm Beach, FL, says that the musician’s cause of death was suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Miami Herald reports. Trucks was 69 years old.There has been no official release regarding the cause of death, but the Herald reports that the police have made available a transcript of a frantic 911 call made around 6pm on Tuesday evening, reportedly from Trucks’ wife Melinda from their Palm Beach condo, about her husband turning a gun on himself.Trucks was reportedly still alive when the authorities arrived, but the drummer was soon reported deceased by a dispatcher. Conclusions from the autopsy by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s office will not…
Thursday, 26 January 2017 08:34

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017 GREGG ALLMAN REACTS TO BUTCH TRUCKS' DEATH Singer Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band says he's ``heartbroken'' to learn of the death of drummer Butch Trucks. Trucks died Tuesday at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69, according to his booking agent. A cause of death was not given. Allman says he knew Trucks since they were teenagers, and they were bandmates for more than 45 years. He calls Trucks ``a great man and a great drummer.'' --- MATT SHARP REACTS TO MARY TYLER MOORE'S DEATH Former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp says he never met Mary Tyler Moore, but he'll always have a soft spot for her. He tweets that she sent each of them a signed picture during the height of popularity for the Weezer song ``Buddy Holly,'' which mentions her. He says, ``It was as sweet…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:34

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017 OSCAR NOMINATIONS - BEST ORIGINAL SONG Sting says he and songwriting partner J. Ralph are ``surprised'' and ``delighted'' at their song being nominated for an Oscar, but mainly because it will focus attention on the movie. Sting and Ralph were nominated for ``The Empty Chair'' from the documentary ``Jim: The James Foley Story,'' about a freelance journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants. Lin-Manuel Miranda also is nominated, for writing ``How Far I'll Go'' from ``Moana (MWA'-nah).'' Miranda says he's wanted to write a Disney song since he was 9, when he saw Sebastian the crab sing calypso music in ``The Little Mermaid.'' Justin Timberlake tweets he's ``speechless'' to be up for the award as part of the songwriting team that wrote ``Can't Stop The Feeling!'' from ``Trolls.'' ''Audition (The Fools Who Dream)`` and ''City of Stars`` from ''La La Land`` also are nominated. The…
Monday, 23 January 2017 16:14

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017 MUSIC SNL Alessia Cara is the latest Canadian performer set to take the stage for ``Saturday Night Live.'' The 20-year-old pop singer from Brampton, Ont., will be the comedy sketch show's musical guest on Feb. 4. Actress Kristen Stewart is booked to host the episode. Cara has left quite a mark on the North American music scene over the past two years. Her debut single ``Here'' climbed into the Top 5 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early 2016 before she grabbed the Juno Award for breakthrough artist of the year. ``Scars to Your Beautiful,'' her latest single, currently sits at its peak 12th position on the Hot 100 chart. She also provided vocals for ``How Far I'll Go,'' a song written by ``Hamilton'' scribe Lin Manuel Miranda for Disney's ``Moana.'' Cara joins an exclusive list of Canadian performers booked for the ``SNL''…
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