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 MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018

 

DOLORES O'RIORDAN - CAUSE OF DEATH

 

 A coroner will determine the cause of death for Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan after police have ruled it non-suspicious. O'Riordan was found dead Monday morning in a London hotel. O'Riordan had said in interviews she suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, and a Cranberries tour last year was cut short because of her back issues. O'Riordan gave no indication that anything was amiss in the days before her death. She was in London to record vocals for a remake of ``Zombie'' by the Los Angeles rock band Bad Wolves. Dan Waite of the music label Eleven Seven said O'Riordan had left him a voice message early Monday saying she was looking forward to the recording. He says she ``sounded full of life'' and was excited to see him and his wife this week.

 

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KANYE WEST - BABY BOY

 

Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, are parents to a baby girl. Kardashian West announced yesterday that the baby was born early Monday through a surrogate. The couple did not reveal a name. They are parents to a girl, North, and a boy, Saint.

Kardashian West suffered complications for her first two pregnancies.

 

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MICKEY GILLEY - SEAT BELT PSA

 

Mickey Gilley has made a public service announcement for seat belts after one saved his life. Gilley recorded the announcement for the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

Two weeks ago, Gilley and his son were travelling through Texas to Branson, Missouri, when a Cadillac hit their car, causing it to roll over three times and land on its roof. Gilley says, ``I was saved by the belt!'' He's recovering from a fractured ankle, fractured shoulder, cracked sternum and a cracked rib, but he's back to performing concerts.

 

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BTO - LINDSAY ELL

 

Canadian Lindsay Ell's guitar playing has elements of bluegrass because of her father and influences of blues and jazz because of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Ell says she started playing country guitar when she was eight. When she was 13, she met B-T-O guitarist Randy Bachman, who took her under his wing. She recalls being amazed at seeing him play blues and jazz chords. She says he got her listening to guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks and Robben Ford. Ell says moving to Nashville eight years ago brought her back to her country roots, but her bluesy influences still come through.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018

 

 

OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN

 

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan once said she used to be a perfectionist but cut it out because it was no fun.

O'Riordan told The Associated Press in 2007 she was ``anally retentive'' about everything and if something would go wrong, she'd be in a bad mood for eight hours. She said she learned to laugh instead because ``you're only human and it's only rock and roll.''

O'Riordan was found dead yesterday while in London for a recording session. Police are treating her death as ``unexplained.'' She was 46. The Cranberries were famous for the songs ``Linger,''

''Zombie,`` ''Free to Decide`` and ''Dreams.`` They had planned to tour North America last year but cut it short when O'Riordan suffered from back problems.

 

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OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN - CANADA

 

Dolores O'Riordan, the defiant voice of Irish rock band the Cranberries who died Monday at 46, found a certain solace in her second home -- a remote town about 90 minutes northeast of Toronto.  When she wasn't performing, O'Riordan was often at her cottage to escape her sometimes global fame and lived for years with her family. The region was also fruitful grounds for her two solo albums. ``I'm half a Canuck,'' O'Riordan said in a 2009 interview with The Canadian Press, adding that had spent half my life here. With her former husband Don Burton, their two kids and a child from Burton's previous relationship, they spent years dividing time between Ireland and their Ontario cottage. 

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OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN - CRANBERRIES MOURN

 

The surviving members of The Cranberries say they are ``devastated'' by the death of singer Dolores O'Riordan. Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler say in a Facebook post that O'Riordan was ``an extraordinary talent.'' They add, ``The world has lost a true artist today.'' O'Riordan died suddenly in London yesterday. She was 46.

 

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OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN - MUSICIANS MOURN

 

Hozier says the first time he heard Dolores O'Riordan sing, ``it threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock.'' Foster The People tweets The Cranberries showed ``it was possible to fully embrace masculine and feminine energy in one cohesive sound.'' Michelle Branch says she remembers hearing The Cranberries for the first time as a young girl and ``wanting to be just like her.'' Dave Davies of The Kinks says he was talking to O'Riordan a few weeks ago and she seemed ``happy and well.'' Even Irish president Michael D. Higgins is mourning O'Riordan, calling her death ``a big loss'' and celebrating what she did for Irish music. O'Riordan died suddenly yesterday in London.

She was 46.

 

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OBIT - EDWIN HAWKINS - GOSPEL SINGER

 

The gospel star who turned the song ``Oh Happy Day'' into a crossover pop hit has died. Edwin Hawkins died early yesterday at his home in Pleasanton, California, at the age of 74.

Hawkins had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. ``Oh Happy Day''

was a number-four hit in 1969 for the Edwin Hawkins Singers. They also sang backup for Melanie on her top-10 hit ``Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).''

 

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VIXEN SINGER - BRAIN SURGERY

 

Singer Janet Gardner of the band Vixen is recovering from emergency surgery to relieve pressure on her brain.

Gardner writes on Facebook she had to call off a Las Vegas show on Friday because she was rushed to the hospital. She says the surgery removed a subdural hematoma on her brain. She says to do that, doctors had to drill a hole into her head and put in a titanium plate, so as she puts it, ``I am literally a metal head!''

 

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DICKEY BETTS - TOURING

 

Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is coming out of retirement. He will perform at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the weekend of July 19th. He has not toured in three years and he announced last year he was retiring. Three weeks after his announcement, he said he was going to do some dates in 2018. The Allman Brothers started the Peach Music Festival in 2012. This year's lineup also includes Phil Lesh, Gov't Mule, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Blackberry Smoke.

 

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IMAGE AWARDS - MUSIC

 

Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners last night at the N-double-A-C-P Image Awards in Pasadena, California. Mars won for best male artist, best music video or visual album and for traditional song. The last two were for his hit ``That's What I Like.'' Like Mars, Lamar also takes home three Image awards. He won for best collaboration with Rihanna, best album for ``DAMN'' and best song for ``HUMBLE.'' Other winners in the music categories at the Image Awards went to Sza for best new artist _ and Mary J. Blige for top female artist.

 

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DIERKS BENTLEY - NASHVILLE RESTAURANT

 

The opening night of Dierks Bentley's new restaurant in Nashville turned into a '90s country party. Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville restaurant opened Sunday with Bentley calling out to his friends in the audience to jump on stage to do versions of ``Strawberry Wine'' and ``That Ain't My Truck.''

His friends in attendance included Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Maddie and Tae, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, Ryan Hurd and Cole Swindell.

 

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(The Associated Press)

Enjoy another Third Thursday music night at the Dauphin Library on Thursday January 18, starting at 7pm 

 

Featuring various local artists all performing familiar songs with Gospel Roots. Admission is free and everyone is welcome and invited to attend!

Call 204.638.6410

Here's what we've gleaned from the web this week!


 

OBIT - RAY THOMAS - THE MOODY BLUES DIES

 

UNDATED (AP) _ Singer-bassist John Lodge of The Moody Blues says flute player Ray Thomas will always be at his side. Thomas died suddenly Thursday at the age of 76 at his home in Surrey, England. A cause of death wasn't given, but Thomas revealed in 2014 that he had prostate cancer. Lodge says he and Thomas ``have been on a magical journey through life together'' since they were 14. Thomas was a founding member of The Moody Blues and contributed songwriting and harmonies to the band. He sang lead on ``Legend of a Mind,'' their song about Timothy Leary, and he had flute solos on ``Nights In White Satin'' and ``Tuesday Afternoon.'' Thomas stopped touring with the band in the 2000s because of failing health. The Moody Blues will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

 

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GARY LEVOX - BUS FIRE

 

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts and his brother took his tour bus on a hunting trip over the weekend and the bus caught fire. LeVox posted an Instagram video of smoke pouring out of the door of the bus on Saturday morning. LeVox says he and his brother, Kevin, got out, but it happened quickly. He says it ``could have been a different story if the ammunition would have caught fire.'' He later posted a photo of all his gear laying by the roadside next to the bus with the caption, ``Not where I was wanting to watch the sunrise.''

 

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THE DOORS' JOHN DENSMORE - NEW STREETS SIGNS

 

Drummer John Densmore of The Doors says he was surprised to find out several years ago that there was a Densmore Avenue in Los Angeles. He was more surprised to find out it crosses Morrison Street. He wanted to take a picture in front of the street signs, but they were on different corners. That's now been fixed. On Thursday, Densmore read a few words of Jim Morrison's poem ``An American Prayer'' before pulling a string to unveil the new street signs. Thursday was the 50th anniversary of the release of The Doors' self-titled debut album.

 

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JUDY COLLINS - STEPHEN STILLS

 

Judy Collins says working with Stephen Stills is ``sort of like being in marriage counselling.'' Collins and Stills collaborated last year on the album ``Everybody Knows.'' They dated in the late 1960s. Collins says when they started to practice for recording the album, Stills told her, ``We should have just skipped the romance in 1968 and gone straight to singing together.'' Collins replied, ``Yeah, but then you wouldn't have written ''Suite: Judy Blue Eyes`` and there might not be a story at all.''

 

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NATASHA BEDINGFIELD - BABY

 

Natasha Bedingfield says her life has become two-hour increments as she cares for her new baby. Bedingfield gave birth to a boy last week. He's the first child for Bedingfield and her husband, businessman Matt Robinson. Bedingfield has not revealed a name but she says her son is ``absolute heaven.''

 

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(The Canadian Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018

 

MICKEY GILLEY ACCIDENT

 

Mickey Gilley is recovering from a fractured right shoulder and a fractured left ankle after a car accident in Corrigan, Texas, on Wednesday. Gilley says in a Facebook video the car rolled over three times. Gilley, who is 81, says he's doing ``pretty good'' and has no intention of retiring. He is postponing tomorrow's show in Greenville, Texas. His tour is scheduled to resume January 20th in Weirsdale, Florida. 

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ROY ACUFF FIDDLE

 

A Goodwill store in Kansas City has one of Roy Acuff's fiddles, and they have no idea who gave it to them.

The Kansas City Star reports the applewood fiddle was donated anonymously. Acuff's uncle made the fiddles and numbered them. A sticker inside says it's number 19 and was made in 1945 in Tennessee. Goodwill's Gary Raines says he's sure it's authentic, even though the certificate of authenticity and other paperwork that came with it are copies. Goodwill is auctioning the fiddle through tomorrow night at w-w-w--dot--ShopGoodwill--dot--com. 

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RHETT GOMEZ MANNERS

 

Thomas Rhett and Selena Gomez are among the most polite people of the past year, according to the National League of Junior Cotillions. Rhett and Gomez make the group's list of The Best Mannered People of 2017. Others on the list include actress Meghan Markle, Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show ``Fixer Upper'' and Sadie Robertson of the A-and-E show ``Duck Dynasty.'' 

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RAELYNN'S DOG

 

RaeLynn has her dog back. RaeLynn posted an Instagram video of her snuggling with her Chihuahua, Dolly, who ran off RaeLynn's bus during New Year's fireworks near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The dog was spotted in various places but kept running off until she was found in front of a store Wednesday. RaeLynn points out Dolly survived three nights in single-digit temperatures and ``she is a fighter.'' 

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MIKE SHINODA REFLECTS

 

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park is trying to take a positive outlook, even though 2017 clearly was a bad year for him.

Shinoda writes on Instagram it would be tempting to write off the past year with a profanity, but he realized that would be ``a cop-out.'' Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington committed suicide in July. Shinoda says looking past ``the obvious tragedies,'' he realizes he had things for which to be grateful, like making an album he loves, playing a lot of great shows and making lots of new friends. He says, ``2017 was the worst. But I play for the love of playing.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

 

MEL-TILLIS-MEMORIAL

 

The family of Mel Tillis will hold a free public memorial in his honor at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on January 31st. Performers include Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, The Gatlin Brothers, Allison Krauss, Brenda Lee, Jamey Johnson, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis. Mel Tillis' band, The Statesiders, will accompany some of the performances. He died in November at the age of 85.

 

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ARIANA-GRANDE-BOMBING-HERO-PLEADS-GUILTY

 

A homeless man who was hailed as a hero after the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England, last year may not be much of a hero after all.

Chris Parker admitted in a London court yesterday to stealing from victims of the attack. Closed-circuit TV footage played in court shows Parker stealing a purse and a mobile phone from victims. The judge ordered Parker held in custody until he is sentenced January 30th. Parker became a worldwide sensation after he claimed to have comforted several dying victims after the bombing. Prosecutors say Parker did provide ``limited assistance'' to victims but also robbed others.

 

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FIFTH-HARMONY-DEPARTURE

 

It's been a year since Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony, but she's still not willing to spell out what happened.

Cabello tells Rolling Stone magazine she doesn't want drama or to hurt fans. Cabello says a lot of her fans are Fifth Harmony fans and she doesn't ``like to ruin the dream.'' She says with One Direction, no one saw behind the scenes, ``you just see the dream.''

 

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BEYONCE-COACHELLA

 

Beyonce will make good on her promise to play Coachella, after she dropped out of last year's lineup because she was pregnant with twins. Other acts scheduled to play include Eminem, The Weeknd, SZA (SIH'-zah), Portugal. The Man, Cardi B, Migos, David Byrne and A Perfect Circle. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place the weekends of April 13th and 20th in Indio, California.

 

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RAELYNN-MISSING-DOG

 

RaeLynn still does not have her dog back, but she knows she's alive. RaeLynn writes on Instagram her Chihuahua, Dolly, ran off her bus during New Year's fireworks in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area of Tennessee. RaeLynn posted an update yesterday saying the dog was spotted cuddling up on a blanket on a porch in Pigeon Forge. The dog ran before anyone could grab her. The dog was spotted again a little while later. RaeLynn says she's putting out Dolly's beds and blankets in the area, hoping she'll be attracted to the scent.

 

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ROB-THOMAS-TRIBUTE-LATE-TOUR-MANAGER

 

Rob Thomas calls tour manager Jason Browning ``a bright light with a dark sense of humor.'' Browning died last week at the age of 46. Details were not given. Browning was a longtime tour manager for Matchbox 20 and also managed Stone Temple Pilots.

He had gotten his start doing security for Hanson and Marilyn Manson.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

 

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD INJURY

 

Just how bad is the injury to Carrie Underwood's face? Underwood told members of her fan club on New Year's Day that she had 40 to 50 stitches in her face in the fall at her house in November that also resulted in a broken wrist. She warns she's ``not quite looking the same.'' She posted an Instagram photo last week that shows just her eyes and top of her nose as she's bundled in a scarf and hat. Underwood might not being out in public soon anyway, because she says she's going into the studio next week.

 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TEASES NEW ALBUM

 

Justin Timberlake has announced a new album called ``Man of the Woods'' coming February 2nd. Timberlake says in a video the album is inspired by his son, wife and family, but more than anything, where he's from. The video shows Timberlake running through snowy fields, immersed in a pond, sitting next to a bonfire and in the studio with Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams. His wife, Jessica Biel, and their son Silas make brief appearances. The album will come out two days before Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show.

 

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PETA CALLS OUT LUKE BRYAN OVER BABY KANGAROOS

 

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for an investigation of Luke Bryan after his wife posted a photo of two baby kangaroos that were a gift. PETA says baby kangaroos ``belong in their mothers' pouches, not in gift bags.'' The group warns kangaroos have specialized diets and need room to roam and will only get more difficult to care for as they grow. Bryan's wife, Caroline, had posted a photo of the two kangaroos wearing diapers and lying in front of a fireplace with the hashtag ``BrettsBarn,'' an animal farm established in memory of the Bryans' niece. The Bryans have not responded to PETA's statement.

 

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STRAY CATS REUNITE

 

The Stray Cats will do their first performance together in 10 years. Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom will headline the ``Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend'' in Las Vegas on April 21st. Jerry Lee Lewis and Duane Eddy also are part of the lineup.

 

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MUSIC PRODUCER RICK HALL DIES

 

One of the creators of the ``Muscle Shoals sound'' has died. Music producer Rick Hall of FAME Recording Studios in northwestern Alabama died today after a fight with cancer. He was 85. Hall helped make such hits as Percy Sledge's ``When A Man Loves A Woman'' and Aretha Franklin's ``I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).'' He also produced songs for The Osmond Brothers, Tom Jones, George Jones, Jerry Reed and Reba McEntire.

Hall was featured in the 2013 documentary ``Muscle Shoals.'' Jason Isbell says Hall gave him his first job in music and nobody ever worked harder than Hall. 

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ED SHEERAN HAS GUEST ROLE ON ``THE SIMPSONS''

 

Ed Sheeran will be a guest on ``The Simpsons'' on Sunday. He plays a musician in a parody of ``La La Land.''

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018

 

 

SLIPKNOT'S COREY TAYLOR - SEPARATED

 

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is going public with his personal life as a way to protect it. Taylor writes on Instagram he's been separated from his wife for 10 months and he started dating someone else a few months ago. He married Stephanie Luby in 2009. Taylor says he wants to set the record straight because people have been gossiping on his son's Instagram. Taylor writes, ``My friends have known. Now you know. I'll ask once: DROP IT.'' 

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JANA KRAMER - RENEWS VOWS

 

Jana Kramer has renewed her wedding vows with the husband with whom she was estranged in 2016. Kramer posted Instagram photos with husband Mike Caussin from their vow renewal ceremony on a beach December 2nd. They were married in 2015 and separated a little over a year later. They got back together in the past year.

Kramer writes that Caussin broke her heart and made her question everything, but he made her strong, taught her patience and made her believe in herself and the power of forgiveness. She says, ``Here's to always believing in love and fighting for it.'' 

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RABBI - LORDE - ACCUSATIONS

 

A celebrity rabbi is accusing Lorde (LORD) of being a hypocrite for calling off her show in Israel. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (SHMOO'-lee boh-TAY'-ahk) took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post on Sunday that includes a headline, ``21 Is Young To Become A Bigot.'' Lorde was supposed to perform in Tel Aviv in June but cancelled last week, saying she ``didn't make the right call on this one.'' The ad says Lorde ``joined a global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel but will perform in Russia, despite Putin's support for Assad's genocide in Syria.'' Lorde has not responded to the ad. 

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DJ KHALED - WEIGHT WATCHERS MEMBER

 

D-J Khaled is ready to help you with that New Year's resolution to lose weight. He's become a social media ambassador for Weight Watchers. D-J Khaled will chronicle his journey as a Weight Watchers member on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. He's lost 20 pounds so far. D-J Khaled says his son is his life and he needed to shift his lifestyle to be healthy for him. Oprah Winfrey still is a strategic adviser and board member for Weight Watchers. 

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BOWIE BOOK CLUB

 

David Bowie's son says his father was ``a beast of a reader,'' so he's launching a book club of his father's favourite books. Film director Duncan Jones wrote last week on Twitter one of his father's favourites was Peter Ackroyd's ``Hawksmoor,'' then he invited others to read it, too. He set a deadline of February 1st.

Jones says they'll get into ``the heavy stuff'' later. If you want to guess at what might be coming up, Bowie's website published his favourite 100 books in 2013. 

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JOHNNY MARR OR NOEL GALLAGHER

 

The Gallagher Brothers of Oasis have cited The Smiths as one of their influences. Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr says he gets mistaken for one of them. Marr says in an interview on Noel Gallagher's Facebook page he gets confused for Gallagher all the time. Marr says, ``It's because I look like a guitar player.'' Marr says ``Noel Gallagher'' has ``become the sort of generic term for 'rock musician.''' Marr says he either says, yes, he is Gallagher, or he says no and gets the question, ``Well, who are you, then?''

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017

 

 

``VEGAS STRONG'' - VICTIMS FUND

 

A concert earlier this month to raise money for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas has raised more than 700-thousand dollars. The money will benefit the Las Vegas Victims' Fund. The Dec. 1st ``Vegas Strong'' concert featured Imagine Dragons, The Killers and Boyz II Men. A gunman shot killed 58 people and injured hundreds more during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st. More than 22-million has been raised for victims. The committee overseeing the fund will begin making payments to victims on March 5th.

 

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ROY ORBISON - DARK GLASSES

 

The reason Roy Orbison wore dark glasses all the time can obliquely be credited to his English fans. Orbison's son, Roy Junior, tells Rolling Stone magazine his father could not see without glasses and left his regular ones on a plane right before he started his 1963 tour of England with The Beatles. Roy Junior says his father had his dark glasses with him, and when he got off the plane in England, fans took pictures of him in the dark glasses.

That led to the air of mystery that followed Orbison his whole life.

Orbison's sons have just released a biography called ``The Authorized Roy Orbison'' that breaks into that mystique. Roy Junior says his father had started writing his life story before he died.

 

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AFI'S DAVEY HAVOK - BOOK

 

A-F-I singer Davey Havok is ready to publish his second novel. It's called ``Love Fast Los Angeles,'' and it's a love story about a celebrity photographer and the dark side of Los Angeles. Havok says he started writing it immediately after he finished his first novel, ``Pop Kids,'' which came out four years ago. ``Love Fast Los Angeles'' will come out February 6th.

 

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ANDY GRAMMER - ORANGE BOWL

 

Andy Grammer will headline the halftime show for the Orange Bowl tomorrow. Nate Ruess (ROOS) will perform at the Orange Bowl Fan Fest before the U-S college football game. Yoli Mayor from this year's edition of ``America's Got Talent'' will sing the American anthem. The game features Wisconsin against Miami.

 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017

 

FACEBOOK - MUSIC

 

Facebook fans who are also fans of music stars like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber have reason to rejoice. Universal Music Group has signed a deal that will let those on the social networking site share those artist' videos. Until now, if a Facebook user were to upload a video featuring Universal's music _ the posts would be taken down. But under terms of the deal, that won't happen anymore. It's unclear when users will be able to post Universal artists' work on Facebook or any sites owned by the social network behemoth.

 

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FUNK MUSEUM - DAYTON, OHIO

 

Bring in the funk? Sure, says the operators of a new museum based in Dayton, Ohio. The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center is ready to open its doors. Officials say the centre has received final approvals from the city and is now taking reservations for private tours and events. If you're wondering how Dayton landed a museum dedicated to funk, we'll school you. Dayton was known as the Land of Funk in the 1970s and 1980s because of groups like the Ohio Players, Zapp, Heatwave, Slave and Lakeside.

 

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NELLY - ASSAULT CLAIM

 

So far, it hasn't happened. But Nelly is expected to file a countersuit against a woman who claims that he sexually assaulted her. The woman, Monique Green, claims the rap star assaulted her on his tour bus near Seattle, Washington back in October. Police arrested the rapper and investigated _ but prosecutors said they wouldn't charge him because Green wouldn't co-operate with the case. She has since sued Nelly in civil court, claiming that he assaulted her and that damaged her reputation by challenging her account publicly. That prompted Nelly's attorney to call the civil action financially motivated and to say his client was suing, too.

 

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ELVIS PRESLEY - AUCTION

 

Imagine - owning the rocking chair from Elvis Presley's famed Jungle Room at Graceland. That imagination _ coupled with about 15-thousand dollars _ could make it yours. The wood and maroon rocking chair is among the items associated with Presley being offered for sale by Graceland. The chair and a couple hundred other items will be put up for bids on Graceland's website on Jan. 6th.

 

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PUSSY RIOT MEMBER - SENTENCED

 

An activist from the punk collective Pussy Riot has been sentenced to 40 hours of community service for a protest. A Moscow court ruled yesterday that group member Maria Alekhina violated the law by taking part in unsanctioned picketing outside the headquarters of Russia's top domestic security agency. It isn't the first time she has run afoul of the law; she and another Pussy Riot member spent nearly two years in prison for a 2012 protest against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017

 

NELLY - LAWSUIT

 

She wouldn't co-operate with a criminal rape case against Nelly. But now a woman is suing the rap star, claiming he sexually assaulted her. The Seattle Times reports Monique Green's lawsuit against Nelly seeks unspecified damages. She says the rapper also damaged her reputation by saying she made up her story about what happened on Nelly's tour bus in October. Prosecutors looked into the case _ but said last week they weren't going to charge Nelly because the woman won't co-operate with the case. Attorneys for the rapper say the lawsuit is an attempt to get money from Nelly _ and that the rapper plans to file a countersuit. 

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XXXTENTACION - RELEASED FROM JAIL

 

XXXTentacion is going to be a free man _ sort of.

The Florida-based rap star is to be released from jail today _ and put under house arrest. In the meantime, he will be awaiting trial on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend last year _ then tried to bribe her by offering her money if she agreed to drop the charges. XXXTentacion has had nine songs on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this year, including ``Jocelyn Flores'' which peaked at No. 31.

 

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MICHAEL RAY - ARREST

 

At last word, country music star Michael Ray was being held on bond _ after an incident early yesterday in which he ran his car into one ahead of him at a Florida McDonald's drive-thru. Police say it happened in the town of Eustis. An arrest report says Ray told investigators his foot slipped off the brake pedal of his 2012 Jeep. The report also says Ray had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech _ and a glass bottle with brown liquid in his vehicle. Asked what was in the bottle, Ray replied: ``weed oil.'' He faces D-U-I and drug charges.

 

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PHIL COLLINS - GREETING CARDS

 

If you get a Christmas card from Phil Collins, you're getting more than just a holiday greeting _ you're getting a work of art. Just ask Patrick Wilson who says Collins is his favourite celebrity card sender. Collins paints _ and Wilson says the painted cards the musician sends ``were pretty awesome.'' While Wilson is lavish in his praise of Collins' cards, he wonders if he has fallen out of favour him. Wilson says he hasn't gotten a card from Collins in a few years _ and hopes to be back on the list this year because those cards were ``pretty great.''

 

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BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL NAMED FOR MOM

 

Billy Joel did something nice for a high school in Long Island on the verge of closing. And now, the school has done something nice in return. Last year Joel, a Long Island native, gave money to help save the performing arts program at the Long Island High School for the Arts' campus in Syosset, New York. On Tuesday, the school rededicated the conservatory and renamed it for Joel's mom, Rosalind, who died in 2014. The Newsday reports Joel attended the ceremony and spent time chatting with students. Joel says it was his mom who stoked his interest in music by taking him to concerts and paying for his piano lessons.

 

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(The Associated Press)