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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

 

VEGAS SHOOTING - VIDEO - 911 CALLS

Video and 9-1-1 calls released by Las Vegas authorities give further proof of just how panicked the scene was during the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October.

Rooftop video from the Mandalay Bay hotel shows people fleeing the concert and small groups huddling over the injured. One woman who called 9-1-1 said she was hiding under the stage and told the dispatcher, ``There's people shot everywhere!'' The videos and calls were released yesterday as part of a court order in a public records lawsuit filed by The Associated Press and other media. Names were redacted from audio files. A gunman in the hotel killed 58 people including four Canadians and wounded hundreds more.

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WALKER HAYERS - NEWBORN BABY DIES

Country singer Walker Hayes says that his newborn daughter has died. Hayes said in a statement that ``Oakleigh Klover Hayes...now is safely in heaven.'' He asked for privacy as he and his wife, Laney, grieved. Oakleigh was born on Wednesday. Hayes was nominated for breakthrough video of the year for his video for ``You Broke Up With Me'' during Wednesday's C-M-T Awards and was scheduled to perform at the awards show in Nashville. Hayes and his wife have six children. Hayes has cancelled his upcoming shows.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - CMT MUSIC AWARDS

Carrie Underwood continued to make history as the most decorated act at the C-M-T Music Awards with 18 wins, while Blake Shelton walked away with the night's top prize.

Shelton, the only person to win two awards last night in Nashville, won video of the year for ``I'll Name the Dogs'' at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Meanwhile, Underwood won female video of the year for ``The Champion,'' featuring Ludacris. The rapper also picked up his first-ever C-M-T Award, leaving him 17 behind Underwood.

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DAVID CASSIDY - DOCUMENTARY

When video footage emerged last year showing David Cassidy slurring his words on stage, he blamed it on dementia.

But a new documentary quotes him as saying he had never completely stopped drinking. Cassidy had invited a film crew to follow what ended up being his last studio session. People magazine reports Cassidy called the film's producers after he got sick, telling them he had liver disease. He said he had no signs of dementia and blamed his health on ``complete alcohol poisoning.'' Cassidy said he lied to his friends and family when he said he had quit drinking. The documentary ``David Cassidy: The Last Session'' will air on A&E on Monday.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - TONY AWARDS

Bruce Springsteen will perform at the Tony Awards. He was already slated to get a special Tony for his ``Springsteen on Broadway'' show. The Tonys will air live on C-B-S on Sunday. Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs) and Josh Groban will host.

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SARA BAREILLES MUSIC - ``LITTLE VOICE''

 Sara Bareilles will write the music for a new comedy-drama called ``Little Voice'' for Apple. TV and film creator J.J. Abrams will serve as executive producer. The ten-episode series is a romantic story about searching for one's true voice as a young adult. A cast and release date were not announced.

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RASCAL FLATTS - OPENING ACTS

Carly Pearce has no problem hanging with the guys as she tours with Rascal Flatts and Dan and Shay this summer.

She says she's ``excited to be representing the country ladies'' and she ``can handle these guys.'' Dan and Shay's Shay Mooney jokes he'll check back with her in a couple of months about that. Pearce jokes, ``You'll see me in the corner, just, like, pounding wine.''

When Shay Mooney says they're going to hide the wine, Pearce responds, ``There will be no hiding of the wine.''

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JOSE FELICIANO - SMITHSONIAN

Jose Feliciano will serenade 20 people who will take the oath to become American citizens at a Flag Day celebration in Washington. Billboard reports he will perform ``The Star-Spangled Banner'' at the naturalization ceremony on June 14th at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. He'll play the same guitar he used for his version of ``Light My Fire.'' It's also the same one he played for his controversial version of the national anthem before Game 5 of the 1968 World Series. Feliciano will then donate the guitar and other personal items to the Smithsonian.

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KELLIE PICKLER - ``CHRISTMAS AT GRACELAND''

Kellie Pickler will film a holiday movie at Elvis Presley's estate in Memphis, Tennessee. Pickler will star in the Hallmark Channel movie ``Christmas at Graceland.'' She will play a Chicago executive who travels to Memphis to buy a family-owned bank and she runs into her ex-boyfriend, a local music promoter.

Filming begins July 9th at Graceland. The movie will feature Presley's music.

(The Associated Press)