MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY JUNE 28, 2018
DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST KICKS OFF WITH THE 730 CKDM BATTLE OF THE BANDS TONIGHT!
This years contestants are DRINK ME PRETTY from Norway House, ROULETTE from Amaranth, CORINA from Winnipeg and Dauphin's PRAIRIE WHISKEY.
MUSIC MMVAs Performers
Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara is headed back to the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.
The Grammy winner is among the first round of performers confirmed for the massive Toronto street party, which unfolds this year in August.
Cara is no stranger to the MMVAs event, having co-hosted last year's show alongside Joe Jonas.
But this year she returns carrying some major clout: she took home the Grammy Award for best new artist in January.
Cara, who hails from Brampton, Ont., is also putting the finishing touches on her second album, ``The Pains of Growing,''
which includes the new single ``Growing Pains.''
Two other acts were announced for the MMVAs _ Halsey and masked electronic producer Marshmello, who takes the stage with British singer Anne-Marie for their radio hit ``Friends.''
OBIT - JACKSON FAMILY PATRIARCH - JOE JACKSON - REMEMBERED
La Toya Jackson says her father, Joe Jackson, gave them strength and made them one of the most famous families in the world. La Toya tweeted that she will never forget their moments together and how her father told her how much he cared. Joe Jackson died yesterday in Las Vegas at the age of 89. The Michael Jackson estate issued a statement calling Joe Jackson ``a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana, to worldwide pop superstardom.''
SECOND MAN SOUGHT - XXXTENTACION MURDER
Authorities want to question a second man in connection with the shooting death of XXXTentacion last week in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
The Broward Sheriff's Office says investigators are looking for 22-year-old Robert Allen. No charges have been filed against him.
Authorities say two men in masks drove up in an S-U-V and shot XXXTentacion outside a motorcycle dealership during an apparent robbery. Investigators have released photos of Allen, including one that was taken at the dealership the day XXXTentacion was shot.
Another man, 22-year-old Dedrick Williams, was arrested last week and is facing murder charges.
XXXTENTACION FANS - MEMORIAL SERVICE
Thousands of fans have paid their respects to XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-TAH'-see-YOHN') during a memorial service yesterday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. He was laid out in a denim jacket in a casket surrounded by black roses and silver leaves. His music was blasted over loudspeakers. Family and friends wore black shirts that said ``Bad'' on the front and ``No more pain'' on the back. XXXTentacion was shot and killed last week outside a motorcycle dealership in nearby Deerfield Beach.
OBIT - VINNIE PAUL - DEATH NOT SUSPICIOUS
The death of drummer Vinnie Paul of Pantera and Hellyeah does ``not appear suspicious,'' according to Las Vegas police. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Paul was pronounced dead on the scene at his home on Friday. A police spokeswoman says responding officers did not call homicide detectives. The Clark County coroner's office says it will likely take several days to determine the cause of death.
LITTLE BIG TOWN - COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT
Little Big Town found a mistake in their new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Karen Fairchild says the museum confused a photo of her as a kid on her softball team with one of Jimi Westbrook as a kid on his baseball team. Westbrook says they both have ``squinty grins,'' and Fairchild says she had ``a Dorothy Hamill haircut.'' There's another mistake, but it's not the museum's fault. On display is a stub for a ticket for a show featuring Keith Urban and special guest Little Big Foot.
The exhibit opened this week.
JURY DECISION - BEATS CASE
A jury in Los Angeles has decided that Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine owe a former partner in their Beats Electronics 25.2-million in royalties. The jury found yesterday that Beats breached a contract with Steven Lamar and his Jibe Audio company. Lamar's attorneys said he approached Dr. Dre with the idea of headphones endorsed by celebrities. They say Lamar was owed more than 130-million for a dozen different headphones models. Lawyers for Dr. Dre and Iovine acknowledge Lamar was part of the initial plans but argued he was only owed for the original Studio model, and that they had already paid him.
(The Associated Press)