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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018

Junos Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee will usher the Barenaked Ladies, and former bandmate Steven Page, into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame on Sunday's Juno Awards broadcast.

The frontman of Rush, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside his band in the 1990s, is among a lineup of new presenters unveiled for Canada's biggest celebration of music.

Others include the Northern Touch All-Stars, the powerhouse group of Canadian rappers who recorded the 1998 hip-hop track ``Northern Touch.'' The Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair will hand out the rap album award, while recognizing the 20th anniversary of their song, which became a staple of MuchMusic during the era.

The Juno Awards will be staged at Vancouver's Rogers Arena and air live on CBC-TV, and stream worldwide on the CBC Music website.

Performers include Jessie Reyez, Daniel Caesar, Arcade Fire and a tribute to Gord Downie performed by Dallas Green and Sarah Harmer.

(The Canadian Press) 

 

ACMS ADD CHESNEY, LADY ANTEBELLUM

Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will join the lineup of entertainers for the Academy of Country Music Awards.  Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett.  The A-C-Ms are April 15th in Las Vegas and will be shown live on C-B-S.

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NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY ADDS WORKS BY FLEETWOOD MAC, BILL HALEY

Fleetwood Mac's ``Rumours'' album, ``(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock'' by Bill Haley and His Comets and ``Rhythm is Gonna Get You'' by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine will be saved forever by the Library of Congress.  The U-S library has announced its annual list of 25 recordings for its National Recording Registry, which preserves recordings of cultural or historical importance.  Singles that make the list include Kenny Rogers' ``The Gambler,'' ''My Girl`` by The Temptations, ''Le Freak`` by Chic , ''Footloose`` by Kenny Loggins and ''Alice's Restaurant Massacree`` by Arlo Guthrie.  Among the albums that will be preserved are Run-D-M-C's ''Raising Hell,`` Harry Belafonte's ''Calypso`` and ''The Sound of Music`` soundtrack.

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RINGO STARR

Call him Sir Ringo now, or Sir Richard to be more precise.  Either way, it's a fitting honour for the former Beatles drummer, who has waited decades for the recognition.  The 77-year-old Ringo Starr received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William yesterday.  He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event.  He said the honour ``means a lot.'' It comes more than half a century after the youthful Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive M-B-E awards.  The other surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney, was knighted in 1997.  Star said: ``I had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we've ended up in the palace and it's now Sir Paul and Sir Richard.''

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LOGIC SAYS HIS MARRIAGE ``JUST DIDN'T WORK OUT''

 Logic confirms the breakup of his marriage to singer Jessica Andrea.  Logic tweets that after two years, they came to the ``loving conclusion'' they're better off as friends.  He says there was no cheating, fighting or anger.  As he puts it, ``It's very simple: it just didn't work out.''  He urges fans not to be sad but to be happy that they ended the marriage peacefully.

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MUSICIANS GET INVOLVED- ``MARCH FOR OUR LIVES''

 Justin Timberlake has teamed up with the mayor of Washington to promote the ``March for Our Lives'' rally on Saturday.  W-T-O-P Radio reports Timberlake and Mayor Muriel Bowser made a video urging participation in the march, organized after 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month.  Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day), Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato, Common and Vic Mensa will attend the march in Washington.  Charlie Puth will attend the march in Los Angeles.

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NE-YO SAYS HE'S ALWAYS BEEN OPEN TO HIRING WOMEN

 Ne-Yo cares more about getting the right person for the job than maintaining any kind of ``boys club.''

 Ne-Yo says he doesn't care ``if you're a man, woman, (or) puppy,''

if you can do the job well, it's yours.  Ne-Yo says he's worked with female engineers and producers, but it's more about their ability than their gender.  He says what he cares about is how good a person is at what he needs done.

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME WILL GIVE TOP HONOR TO NEIL DIAMOND

 Neil Diamond will receive the highest honour from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Diamond will be given the Johnny Mercer Award during the induction ceremony June 14th in New York.

It's given to a previous inductee whose body of work is considered ``the gold standard.''  Diamond was inducted in 1984.

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BERKLEE WILL HONOR CASH, RODGERS, SPALDING

Rosanne Cash, Nile Rodgers and Esperanza Spalding will get honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music.  For Spalding, it's a homecoming.  She graduated from Berklee in 2005.

The honours will be presented during Berklee's commencement ceremony on May 12th in Boston.  In keeping with tradition on the night before, students will hold a private concert during which they will play the music of Cash, Rodgers and Spalding.

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ACMS ADD CHESNEY, LADY ANTEBELLUM

Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will join the lineup of entertainers for the Academy of Country Music Awards.  Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett.  The A-C-Ms are April 15th in Las Vegas and will be shown live on C-B-S.

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(The Associated Press)