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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017

 

 

RANDY TRAVIS - DUI FOOTAGE

 

Randy Travis' team is still hoping to stop the release of dash-cam footage from Travis' D-U-I arrest in 2012, even though a judge paved the way for its release as soon as today.

Travis' team has started a petition at Change-dot-org to keep the footage private. A federal judge denied Travis' request to stop the Texas Department of Safety from releasing the footage, which shows Travis naked and ranting. Travis' family had argued because his speech is impaired from a stroke suffered in 2013, he can't comment on or defend his actions. The judge said the case did not show a substantial likelihood of succeeding. The Texas attorney general agreed to redact portions of the footage because Travis is naked.

Travis' attorney has filed motions to get the ordered stayed while he appeals. 

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AD-ROCK - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT - FATHER

 

When Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys was forced to choose sides between his father, award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz _ and nine women accusing his dad of sexual misconduct, Ad Rock chose the women. The New York Times reports the women have accused the elder Horovitz of fondling and rape. One of the women was Ad-Rock's former high school girlfriend. Ad-Rock says in a statement to The New York Times, ``I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.'' 

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DMX - TAX FRAUD

 

D-M-X faces jail time after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Prosecutors say he dodged 1.7-million in taxes by insisting on being paid in cash and by having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of financial surrogates. Authorities say the I-R-S has been going after D-M-X since at least 2005. He faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is set for March 29th, but that date will probably be postponed while he's seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. 

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GLEN CAMPBELL - WILL

 

Glen Campbell cut three of his eight children out of his will. The Nashville Tennessean reports records filed in Davidson Probate Court in Nashville indicate Campbell stated he was ``specifically excluding'' his daughter Kelli and his sons William and Wesley from any part of his estate. The will is dated Sept. 1st, 2006, and names his wife, Kim, as executor. Campbell revealed in 2011 he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He was married four times. A hearing on the will is scheduled for Jan. 18th. Campbell's estate is estimated to be worth at least 50-million dollars. 

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MODEST MOUSE - LAWSUIT

 

Singer Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse is being sued over a traffic accident last year in Portland, Oregon. Brock fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a City of Portland pickup truck, which hit a Subaru, which hit another Subaru, which likely hit another car that left the scene. Police could not confirm intoxication, so Brock was cited for careless driving and paid a fine of 435-dollars. City employee Cassidy Kane, who was driving the pickup, is suing Brock for 865-thousand. Her lawsuit says she suffered herniated disks in her spine and she still has pain and numbness from tissue and muscle damage. 

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KELLY CLARKSON - INSTRUMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson admits she never became proficient at playing a musical instrument because she couldn't immediately be great at it. Clarkson says she tried piano but discovered she couldn't play Beethoven right away, so she quit. She says she tried guitar but found out she couldn't play Jimi Hendrix.

Clarkson says she knew if she was going to go to college, she needed to earn a vocal scholarship, so she put all her effort into that and had no patience to learn more music. She's a bit jealous of those who play instruments, though. Clarkson says if those players have the flu, they can still play, but she can't sing if she has the flu. 

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BEYONCE - SELENA GOMEZ - INSTAGRAM

 

Beyonce's photo announcing her pregnancy with twins is Instagram's most-liked photo of 2017. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo announcing the birth of his daughter is second. Selena Gomez's photo lying in the hospital next to her kidney donor, Francia Raisa , is third. Selena Gomez is the most-followed celebrity on Instagram, with more than 130-million. Ronaldo is second with 116-million, and Beyonce is third with 115-million. 

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FLORENCE WELCH - POETRY BOOK

 

Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine will publish a book of poetry next summer. ``Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry'' will feature lyrics, never-before-seen poetry and sketches. Welch writes in the preface the term ``useless magic''

comes from her feeling that songs are subconscious warnings she doesn't understand until years later, or a prediction that comes true that she couldn't stop. The book will be out July 5th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

 

 

Q-TIP - CRITICIZES GRAMMYS

 

It may be the Year of Rap with the Grammy nominations, but Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is wondering where the love is for them. Q-Tip posted an angry profane Instagram video blasting the Grammys for ignoring the final album from A Tribe Called Quest, ``We Got It From Here....Thank You 4 Your Service.''

Q-Tip points out Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix never won Grammys. He suggests the Grammy people ``come over to the Kennedy Center,'' where he is the new artistic director.

 

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JUSTIN BIEBER - IMPOSTOR SENTENCED

 

A 50-year-old man from Waterbury, Connecticut, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for pretending to be Justin Bieber and Harry Styles to get girls to do sexual things online. Federal prosecutors say John Eastman contacted girls through online chat services in 2012 and talked them into sexually explicit conduct. Prosecutors say he kept recordings on his computer. Eastman was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation. He has 31 past convictions, including sex-related crimes.

 

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JON PARDI - JOB HISTORY

 

Jon Pardi quit his first job at a grocery store because he hated the music. Pardi says he left because the music was bad and because making sure the soup cans were all facing the same way was not much fun. Pardi also worked for a Ford dealership, for an air conditioning company and for a construction company before ending up as a lifeguard. Pardi says he still does construction, only it's for himself. He says his dad is handy and his buddy is a contractor, so they work on his house.

 

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TOM MORELLO - AUDIOSLAVE

 

If Tom Morello had had his way, Audioslave would have been an even more political band than Rage Against The Machine.

Morello says he discovered that great bands have to be authentic and Audioslave was not going in that direction. As a result, Morello channeled his political activism into projects like his Nightwatchman solo project and the non-profit group Axis of Justice.

Morello says he was surprised that Rage ever took off. He says when they formed, they didn't think they'd even be able to book a club date because of the band's racial makeup, the hybrid music they played and what he calls their ``neo-Marxist politics.''

 

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BRAD DELP - MEMORABILIA AUCTION

 

The silver glitter platform shoes that once belonged to Boston singer Brad Delp and his New Hampshire driver's license will be auctioned off starting Dec. 5th. R-R Auction also is offering Delp's high school diploma and yearbook, all his backstage passes from the 1979 Boston tour of Europe, and his bank deposit book from 1967 through 1980 that is accompanied by a photo of Delp at Disney World with Goofy. The centerpiece of the auction is Delp's

1873 Chickering rosewood piano, estimated to sell for at least 50-thousand dollars. The items are from the personal collection of Delp's ex-wife, Micki Delp. Delp killed himself in 2007.

 

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``ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU'' - HOLIDAY LIST

 

Does it seem like wherever you go lately, you hear ``All I Want For Christmas Is You?'' It's the most popular holiday song for 2017, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, based on its analysis of streaming and radio airplay data. ``A Holly Jolly Christmas'' is second, followed by ``Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.''

Number four is ``Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,'' and number five is ``Last Christmas.'' The list does not include songs in the public domain, like ``Silent Night.''

 

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SARA BAREILLES - BROADWAY

 

Sara Bareilles recruited Jason Mraz to appear in the Broadway musical version of ``Waitress.'' Now she'll return to the show and they'll be in it together for two weeks. Bareilles will return to the role of Jenna beginning Jan.

16th for six weeks. Mraz is in the role of the doctor and has extended his run so they'll both perform together Jan. 16th through 28th. Bareilles wrote the score for the show.

 

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SAMANTHA FOX - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

Maybe you remember Samantha Fox as the British underage pin-up girl who had hits with songs like ``Touch Me'' and ``Naughty Girls (Need Love Too).'' A lot happened since then, like she fell in love with a woman. In 2015, she lost her manager and partner of 16 years, Myra Stratton, to an aggressive form of cancer.

Fox writes about her life in the book ``Forever,'' which is out now.

Fox describes the book as one of ``humour, glamor and heartache.''

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

 

 

MICROBES NAMED AFTER MEMBERS OF RUSH

 

It's probably an honour the members of Iconic Canadian rockers Rush never expected: microbes found in the guts of termites are named after them. Microbiologist Patrick Keeling of the University of British Columbia led a team that discovered the new species (Psuedotrichonympha), known as P.leei, P. lifesoni and P. pearti after Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. The microbes are characterized by long hairy threads and rhythmic wriggling. The one named after Peart is particularly interesting, because Keeling says it contains a rotating structure never seen before. 

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MUSIC Neil Young Concert

Anticipation is growing in Omemee, Ont., amid rumours that hometown hero Neil Young is returning Friday to play a concert. 

On Nov. 11, Young teased that he would be ``going to my town'' for the concert, sparking speculation that he might be heading to Omemee, where he lived for a few years as a child. 

While organizers have not confirmed the location for the show, which will be streamed live on CTV.ca and on Facebook outside Canada, local media say that streets around the venue are closed through Saturday to accommodate the concert. 

There have also been reports of large transport trucks marked as ``sound and light staging'' parked near Coronation Hall. 

Several Twitter users in Omemee _ population 1,271, according to the 2016 census _ also posted photos of trucks and other activity outside the hall. 

There is no information on tickets for the concert and a spokeswoman for Bell Media, which owns CTV, said on Tuesday that ``there is no plan to announce the location at this time.'' 

The show coincides with the release of Young's new album ``The Visitor'' and a new online archive of his work.

 

(The Canadian Press)

 

U2 AGREES TO PLAY GOLF FOR CHARITY

 

U2 will break its ``no golf'' pledge to raise money for Bono's (RED) charity to fight HIV/AIDS. Bono says as teenagers, the members of U2 promised each other they would never play golf because they ``didn't think it was rock and roll.'' U2 is offering a round of mini-golf with all four members, plus a pint afterward, as a raffle prize at Omaze-dot-com/RED. A donation of 10-dollars gets you 100 chances in the raffle. 

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FERGIE JOINS ``THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM''

 

Fergie will be the host of the new singing competition show ``The Four: Battle For Stardom.'' The panel of experts will be Sean ``Diddy'' Combs, DJ Khaled , Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk. ``The Four'' will feature four singers who must defend their places on the show each week by newcomers trying to knock them out of the competition. The six-episode series premieres Jan. 4th on Fox. 

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WAYNE COCHRAN - OBIT

 

The man who wrote the song ``Last Kiss'' has died.

Wayne Cochran died of cancer at his home near Miami, according to his son. He was 78. Cochran was known as a ``blue-eyed soul'' singer who was known for his big blonde pompadour. ``Last Kiss'' became a hit for J. Frank Wilson in 1964 and again for Pearl Jam in 1999. One of Cochran's signature songs was ``Goin' Back To Miami,'' which the Blues Brothers revived in the 1980s. Cochran grew tired of the rock-and-roll life and started the Voice for Jesus Church near Miami. Cochran once said it was not a typical church, but one where people could get ecstatic, have a good time and boogie. 

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TIM McGRAW - FAITH HILL

 

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill believe there's McGraw's music, Hill's music, and McGraw-and-Hill music. McGraw says when they duet, it's music entirely different than what either of them does solo. Hill says most of the songs they did together for their ``Soul2Soul'' album were not written as duets, so they reworked them. McGraw says he's not normally a harmony singer and his harmonies are ``a little weird,'' but they work with Hill's singing. He jokes it's because he hears her voice all the time. 

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ALESSIA CARA - BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY

 

 Alessia Cara  says she's not sure what to say or feel, but she thanks everyone who's been in her corner. The Brampton, Ontario native was overlooked for contention for the best new artist Grammy last year, but surprisingly, she gets another shot at it this year. Her competition is Khalid , Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA . Khalid says he's still in shock. The Grammys will be Jan. 28th in New York. 

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MEEK MILL - MOTION DENIED

 

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has denied a request from Meek Mill to be freed from prison on bail. The court directed a lower court to handle the case. Mill's lawyers had filed an emergency motion, claiming Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley refuses to rule on Mill's post-sentencing appeals. She sentenced him earlier this month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a gun and drug case. Mill's legal team has asked Brinkley to step down from the case, saying she has made it inappropriately personal and the sentence was too extreme. Brinkley has said Mill ignored the rules of his probation. 

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CHRIS CORNELL - POSTHUMOUS GRAMMY NOMINATION

 

The widow of Chris Cornell hopes people will pay more attention to his Grammy-nominated song ``The Promise.'' Vicky Cornell says her husband wrote it for a film about the Armenian genocide and for all who suffer human rights violations. ``The Promise'' is up for the best rock performance Grammy. It will compete against songs by the late Canadian legend Leonard Cohen, as well as Kaleo, Foo Fighters and Nothing More. Cornell and Cohen are not the only artists to get posthumous nominations. Gregg Allman got two, Glen Campbell got one, and actress Carrie Fisher got one, for spoken word album. The late Chester Bennington and Linkin Park were snubbed. 

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COUNTRY - GRAMMY NOMINATIONS - REACTIONS

 

Thomas Rhett's reaction to getting nominated for best country album: ``Wow wow wow wow wow!'' Lady Antebellum is also up for this award and say they are ``beyond proud'' of the album and ``couldn't be more honoured to be nominated.'' The reaction from Brothers Osbourne to ``It Ain't My Fault'' being nominated for the group country Grammy is, ``Well, dang y'all!'' Reba McEntire is up for best roots gospel album and says, ``Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason.'' 

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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS - STARS AND SNUBS

 

The Grammy nominations were kind to rap, R&B and Latin music, but not so much to country music, Ed Sheeran and One Direction. Rap and R&B dominated the top four categories: album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber could be the first record of the year winner in Spanish. Sam Hunt's ``Body Like A Back Road'' was a crossover hit into pop but only was nominated in country categories. Sheeran's ``Divide'' was considered a lock for album of the year and ``Shape Of You'' for record of the year, but he only got two pop nominations. One Direction never was nominated for a Grammy, and none of the members' solo work has been nominated either. 

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TIMBALAND - OXYCONTIN

 

Timbaland believes he nearly died of an OxyContin overdose. He tells Rolling Stone magazine three years ago he woke up trying to catch his breath as if he was underwater. In his words, ``All I can tell you is that there was a light.'' He started weaning himself off pills the next day. Timbaland says he started taking pain medication in his 30s to deal with nerve issues from a gunshot wound he suffered as a teenager. He says his addiction got so bad his marriage failed, he stopped making hits and he blew through a lot of his money. He's now back on track and has worked on Sam Smith's new single, ``Pray,'' as well as the upcoming album from Justin Timberlake. 

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MEL TILLIS - FUNERAL

 

Pam Tillis says after a three-hour visitation and a funeral for her father, Mel Tillis, it's ``been a long day,''

but she adds, ``Daddy never did a short show, and I don't see why we should.'' The Nashville Tennessean reports Mel Tillis' funeral was held Monday outside Nashville and he was laid to rest in a private burial service. A public memorial is planned for Nashville in January.

 (Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017  

 

CANADIAN GRAMMY NOMINEES

Canadian Grammy nominees Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Leonard Cohen, Michael Buble and Sarah McLachlan are among the Canadian nominees for this year's Grammy Awards. 

Bieber is up for his vocal contributions to ``Despacito,'' the global hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which is in the running for record of the year, song of the year, and best pop duo and group performance. 

Cara is also nominated in the song of the year category for her vocals on ``1-800-273-8255,'' a song performed by rapper Logic and named for the U.S. suicide prevention hotline. The song is also nominated for best music video. 

Cara grabbed another nod for the best new artist award and the best pop duo and group performance trophy for the song ``Stay'' with Zedd. 

Buble and McLachlan have nominations in the best traditional pop vocal album category. Buble is up for the deluxe edition of ``Nobody But Me'' and McLachlan for ``Wonderland,'' her second Christmas album. 

Cohen is nominated in the best rock performance category for his song ``You Want It Darker'' and best American roots performance for the track ``Steer Your Way,'' both off his final album.

 

DONALD FAGEN SUES WALTER BECKER'S ESTATE

 

Donald Fagen is going to court to claim control of Steely Dan. Fagen is suing the estate of Walter Becker, saying it's obligated to honour an agreement Steely Dan made 45 years ago. It stipulated that if a member died or quit, Steely Dan would buy back that member's shares. Fagen and Becker were the last original members, so Fagen says he should be declared the owner of the band's name and music. Representatives for Becker's estate say the agreement was not in effect when Becker died in September. They say Fagen is trying to deprive Becker's family ``the fruits of their joint labours.'' Fagen's attorney, Skip Miller, says Becker's estate will still get normal royalties, and the lawsuit is about the band's future. 

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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS PREVIEW

 

 

MIRACLES SINGER PETE MOORE DIES

 

Bass singer Pete Moore of The Miracles has died.

The New York Times reports Moore died in Las Vegas on his 79th birthday on November 19th from complications from diabetes, according to his wife. Moore co-wrote the Miracles hits ``Ooo Baby Baby,'' ''The Tracks of My Tears`` and ''My Girl Has Gone.`` Moore met Smokey Robinson when he was 12 and they formed a singing group in high school. The Miracles were the first group signed to Motown Records. Moore last performed with The Miracles in 1972. He became a solo artist, a vice-president at Motown and the founder of a music production company.

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MITCH MARGO OF THE TOKENS DIES

 

Mitch Margo, founding member of The Tokens, has died. The group's Facebook page says Margo died peaceably in his sleep Thursday. Details were not given. Margo was 14 when The Tokens recorded ``The Lion Sleeps Tonight,'' which became a number-one hit in 1961. Bandmate Jim Leslie writes on Facebook Margo was ``someone who inspired me to always appreciate life, art, music and just being kind to one another.'' He describes Margo's death as sudden. 

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HOUSE WHERE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ONCE LIVED IS FOR SALE

 

Bruce Springsteen's boyhood home is for sale. The Asbury Park Press reports the two-family house at 39 Institute Street in Freehold, New Jersey, is on the market for 269-thouand dollars U-S.  Springsteen's family lived there from 1955 to 1962. Springsteen mentions being 7 years old and watching Elvis Presley on ``The Ed Sullivan Show'' in that house. Real estate agent Barbara Conti says the house is not overpriced because of the Springsteen connection and most of the people who have viewed it are investors because it's a two-family house. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN EXTENDS BROADWAY RUN

 

Bruce Springsteen seems to be having such a good time with his Broadway show that he's added more dates. Springsteen had planned to end his 16-week stint on Februaary 3rd.  He's added more shows from February 28th through June 30th. 

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MAVIS STAPLES

 

Mavis Staples is offering her own interpretation of what should go in the places of Confederate statues that have been taken down. The video for Staples' song ``If All I Was Was Black'' imagines if the Confederate tributes were replaced with statues of black people. A black woman stands where a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis was. Another shows a black man in a hoodie dangling his legs off a pedestal where a General Robert E. Lee statue once stood. Filmmaker Zac Manuel says he wanted to play with the notions of converting contemporary symbols into something positive. The video comes out in December. 

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ANNIE LENNOX BECOMES CHANCELLOR OF GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY

 

Annie Lennox will head up a Scottish university.

Her website reports she has been named chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University. Lennox is the first female to hold that position. Lennox calls it ``truly a remarkable honour.'' She will have formal and ceremonial duties that include conferring degrees upon students and supporting university policies. She will be formally installed during a university ceremony in July. 

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NICK CARTER - DENIES RAPE ALLEGATION

 

Nick Carter says he didn't do it. And he says he's ``shocked and saddened'' that someone said he did. ``It,'' in this case, is rape. And the allegation is being made by Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream. She writes in a blog post that Carter had sex with her against her will. She says Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys _ took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22. Carter says everything the two of them did _ was consensual.

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RUSSELL SIMMONS - DENIES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATION

 

Consensual _ not violent. That is how Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons describes the sexual relationship between himself and model Keri Claussen Khalighi. But the model sees things differently, accusing Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991. In a letter written to The Hollywood Reporter, he says he loathes any kind of violence _ and suggests the model's allegations may have stemmed from her feeling ashamed. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - GRAMMYS

 

A lot of people won't forget how his part in the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' nearly ruined the Super Bowl more than a decade ago. But did you know Justin Timberlake once stepped in to help save the 2009 Grammys? That was the year Chris Brown dropped out of the show hours before it was supposed to start. So Timberlake decided to get hold of veteran Grammy producer _ and they improvised a piece featuring Timberlake performing with soul legend, Al Green. 

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TRACE ADKINS - MARDI GRAS

 

Country music star Trace Adkins will serve as grand marshal for the Krewe of Centaur's 2018 Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport. Adkins is a native of Sarepta, Louisiana _ and he says he will visit with fans as he travels along the parade route.

The party takes place Saturday, Feb. 8th. 

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DIPLO - TRAVEL

 

Globe-trotting star Diplo recently checked another locale off his performance wish-list: Cuba. Back in March of last year, Diplo and his crew became one of the first American acts to take advantage of the easing of travel restrictions by U-S artists. He says he'd like to go back again _ if travel restrictions now back in place are ever loosened again. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017

 

 

MUSICIANS RALLY FOR IMPRISONED TENNESSEE WOMAN

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Some top musicians are joining their voices in an effort to free a Tennessee woman who is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting a man. Artists like Rihanna and Snoop Dogg have joined other celebrities to speak in behalf of Cyntoia Brown, who's 29. She was 16 at the time of the shooting and won't be eligible for parole until she's 67. Her backers say Brown was a sex-trafficking victim wronged by the legal system. Rihanna is among the most outspoken on the subject. In an Instagram post last week she asks: ``did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way.'' The post received close to 2 million ``likes.''

 

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2 CHAINZ - ``TRAP WONDERLAND''

 

It may not have the same vibe as visiting a huge gingerbread house or one of those fake Santa's Workshops _ but Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz has reimagined what he hopes will be a new holiday destination. He has recreated the front of his ``Pink Trap House'' for a holiday ``Trap Wonderland.'' News reports in Atlanta say the building, next door to ? Chainz' management company, is tricked out with Christmas lights and offers activities for kids. A house painted hot pink, with the word ``TRAP'' over the door, was used for a listening party for the album ``Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.'' Hundreds of people showed up daily to see and photograph it this summer. 2 Chainz tells WAGA-TV the house was ``like a good luck charm,'' so he wanted to ``rebirth it for the holidays.'' 

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NICK CARTER - ALLEGATION

 

Nick Carter says he was ``always respectful and supportive'' of Melissa Shuman of the girl group Dream. But that's not how she saw it. Shuman says Carter raped her about 15 years ago, saying in a blog post she was ``forced to engage in an act against my will'' when she was 18 and the Backstreet Boys singer was 22.

Carter has released a statement saying he's ``shocked and saddened'' by the rape claim _and anything that happened between them was consensual. 

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GRAMMYS - HIP-HOP

 

The man who works behind the scenes to make the Grammy show work says he's dismayed by the relationship these days between the recording academy and hip-hop stars. Telecast producer Ken Ehrlich says he's bothered that rappers and hip-hop artists feel disrespected. Drake declined to submit his ``More Life'' album for consideration this year _ and Ehrlich says that ``really hurts.'' He says when artists have such mistrust in Grammys that they don't submit their work for consideration, he says he ``not sure that anybody wins.'' 

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RICKY MARTIN RETURNS TO MEXICO

 

Ricky Martin was among the artists who were supposed to play in Mexico City _ before an earthquake rocked the nation and its capital city. Now, Martin has made good on the rain-checks issued for the show. His performance over the weekend drew a large, enthusiastic audience _ many of who said they were glad Martin kept his word to return and perform the show.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 31, 2017

 

 

MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE TOP-EARNING DEAD CELEBRITY

 

Even in death, Michael Jackson is raking in the cash. Forbes estimates Jackson's estate earned 75-million dollars million in the past year. That puts Jackson on top of the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities for a fifth year in a row.

Jackson's earnings come from a new greatest hits album, a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and a stake in the E-M-I music publishing catalogue. In second place is golfer Arnold Palmer, with 40-million dollars. His earnings come from big sales of his clothing line in Asia and from Arizona Beverages selling his lemonade-and-ice tea blend. Charles Shultz is third with 38-million dollars. Elvis Presley is number four with 35-million dollars, and Bob Marley is fifth with 23-million dollars. 

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JOHN McEUEN LEAVES NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND

 

Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen has parted ways with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the band he co-founded 50 years ago. McEuen writes on Facebook he was informed two years ago he was voted out of the company that the band formed and he was considered an employee. He says he still did the 50th anniversary shows for the fans. McEuen will do his first show since his departure on Friday in Plymouth, New Hampshire. His band includes former Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members Les Thompson and John Cable.  

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KELLY CLARKSON EXPLAINS HER ``KILL MYSELF'' COMMENT

 

When Kelly Clarkson said she wanted to kill herself during the darkest parts of her career, she meant that metaphorically. Clarkson had told the British magazine Attitude, ``When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself.'' Clarkson says what she meant is that it was ironic that people thought she was the picture of health because she was thin, when really she was sick all the time. Clarkson says she didn't take care of herself because she was worried about people depending on her. Clarkson says no matter what people say about her weight or her hair or her singing, she doesn't let it get to her. She jokes, ``I don't know if it's a bad thing, but I have a really really good level of self-confidence going.'' Clarkson just released a new album called ``Meaning of Life.'' 

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GLAMOUR MAGAZINE HONORS SOLANGE KNOWLES

 

Solange Knowles is one of Glamour magazine's women of the year. She tells the magazine her goal with her ``A Seat at the Table'' album was to reclaim and change her own narrative.

Other honorees include actress Nicole Kidman, comedian Samantha Bee, supermodel Gigi Hadid and ``Wonder Woman'' director Patty Jenkins.

The honorees will be featured in Glamour magazine and will attend a November 13th gala in New York. 

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THREE PRINCE HEIRS ASK COURT TO REMOVE ESTATE EXECUTOR

 

Three of Prince's half-siblings want a judge to remove the company that manages his estate because they say master tapes of unreleased music were taken without permission.

Sharon, Norrine and John R. Nelson have filed a motion to remove Comerica Bank and Trust as estate executor. The three say Comerica removed the contents of Prince's vault, including the tapes, from his Paisley Park home outside Minneapolis and shipped them to California. Comerica says it did discuss the move with the heirs. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017

 

 

SHOTS FIRED - JASON ALDEAN CONCERT

 

A 22-year-old man from Walls, Mississippi, will have a court appearance today for firing shots after a Jason Aldean concert in Tupelo on Friday. Steven Michael Hulbert is charged with aggravated assault after police say he shot an unidentified man in the chest. Police were already on the scene as security for the concert. Witnesses say a small group of men argued in the parking lot after the show and Hulbert allegedly fired four to six shots. Police say the shots hit the victim and several vehicles. People still inside the arena were kept inside until police determined they could safely leave. Less than a month ago, Aldean was on stage when 58 people were killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. 

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VEGAS GUNMAN - BRAIN EXAMINED

 

A scientist at Stanford University plans to examine the brain of the gunman responsible for killing 58 people during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st.

Dr. Hannes Vogel of Stanford's neuropathy department tells The New York Times the chances are slim of finding anything that might explain why Stephen Paddock opened fire. However, he says Las Vegas authorities told him to spare no expense in examining Paddock's brain. The exam is expected to take place this week. 

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JAM MASTER JAY - MURDER

 

Fifteen years after Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC was shot to death, New York police are no closer to finding his killers. His cousin, Ryan Thompson, says potential witnesses may not come forward because they could be jailed as accomplices. On October 30th, 2002, Jay was in a studio in Queens when two armed men were buzzed in. Some reports say Jay hugged one of the men before he was shot in the head. Thompson, who once worked security at the studio, says the security camera was broken. Some speculated Jay's death was a result of unpaid debts. Police had identified a convicted armed robber as a suspect but the man was never charged. 

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OFFSET CARDI B - PROPOSAL

 

Cardi B is doing some heavy lifting these days. Her engagement ring supposedly weighs eight carats. Cardi B got engaged to Offset of Migos when he dropped to one knee on stage and proposed during a concert in Philadelphia on Friday. Cardi B showed off the ring on Instagram. 

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JACKSONS - FAMILY HOME

 

Janet Jackson admits when she saw the old family house in Gary, Indiana, she started crying. The Northwest Indiana Times reports Jackson and her brother Randy Jackson visited the house on Friday, then answered questions for students at Roosevelt High School, where their siblings Jackie and Rebbie attended. Janet Jackson says the family moved when she was a preschooler and she hasn't been back in Gary since she was eight-years-old. Randy Jackson says when they left, all they had was ``love and a dream.'' One student asked about Janet's baby, and she says every doctor told her it wasn't possible but she has ``a beautiful, healthy son.'' 

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LINKIN PARK - TRIBUTE

 

Linkin Park brought on some big talent for the tribute concert to late singer Chester Bennington in Los Angeles on Saturday, including surprise guests Alanis Morissette, Bebe Rexha and Gavin Rossdale. However, one of the most uplifting moments was when Linkin Park performed their song ``Numb'' as an instrumental and let the crowd of 17-thousand provide the vocals. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda debuted an unfinished song written in response to Bennington's death. Other performers include Machine Gun Kelly, Steve Aoki, Sydney Sierota  of Echosmith, Jonathan Davis of Korn, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Sum 41 and members of System Of A Down and No Doubt. 

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TRUMP - WRONG GREENWOOD - BIRTHDAY

 

U-S President Donald Trump sent birthday greetings by accident to a New York lawyer rather than the singer of  ``God Bless The USA.'' Trump tweeted, ``Happy birthday to the great (at)leegreenwood83. You and your beautiful song have made such a difference. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!'' The Twitter handle for Lee Greenwood the singer is (at)TheLeeGreenwood. The other Lee Greenwood says, ``I get this a fair amount, but certainly not at this level.''

Trump later corrected the tweet. 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017

 

DRAKE DID NOT SUBMIT MUSIC TO GRAMMYS

 

Drake's ``More Life'' album has no shot at winning a Grammy. He did not enter it for consideration. A person close to the nomination process speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity says Drake did not submit the album or any of its songs for Grammy consideration. Representatives for Drake and for the Recording Academy did not return requests for comment. Drake could still win a Grammy if a song that features him is submitted.

The Grammy nominations will be announced November 28th. The Grammys are January 28th. 

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FLORIDA'S HIGHEST COURT RULES AGAINST THE TURTLES

 

The Turtles have suffered another blow in their quest to be paid for oldies airplay. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled Sirius XM Radio does not need to pay them to play songs like ``Happy Together.'' The Turtles' Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan had claimed their rights were violated when Sirius XM played their songs without permission or compensation. Sirius XM argued it did not need permission to play songs made before 1972, when federal copyright rules were changed. The Turtles lost a similar case in New York last year. 

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KENNY ROGERS SAYS GOODBYE TO CONCERTS

 

Dolly Parton jokes she has no advice for Kenny Rogers because he already knows everything, but she might have a little information for him. Parton was one of the singers who joined Rogers in Nashville on Wednesday for his farewell concert. Parton says it was the last time they'll do ``Islands in the Stream'' together onstage. The Judds reunited for the show, and Lionel Richie sang ``Lady,'' the song he wrote for Rogers. The lineup also included Reba McEntire, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore and Little Big Town, as well as some unusual acts who Rogers influenced: Elle King and The Flaming Lips. 

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LIONEL RICHIE TELLS THE STORY OF ``LADY''

 

Lionel Richie can adjust on the fly if it means getting another musician to pick up his song. Richie says he was pitching a song called ``Baby'' to Kenny Rogers years ago. Rogers kept talking about his new bride and what a lady she was. When Rogers asked the name of the song, Richie thought fast and said, ``'Lady.''' Richie did not even have the song finished, because he never finishes a song for another artist unless they like the first verse. Richie says Rogers liked ``Lady'' enough that he told Richie he had only a few days to finish it before Rogers was going to record it. ``Lady'' became one of Rogers' biggest hits. Richie sang it at Rogers' farewell concert in Nashville on Wednesday. 

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TWIGGY RAMIREZ RESPONDS TO RAPE ALLEGATIONS

 

Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez says he has only recently been made aware of rape allegations against him.

Ramirez says in a statement to Pitchfork he does not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. He says he will take some time to be with his family and focus on his sobriety. He says if he has caused anyone pain, he apologizes and truly regrets it. He does not mention his former girlfriend, singer Jessicka Addams of Jack Off Jill. She had written on Facebook earlier this month that Ramirez abused and raped her. 

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JOHN LEGEND AMONG WINNERS OF SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN INGENUITY AWARDS

 

John Legend is being honoured as an innovative artist. He's been named a winner of Smithsonian magazine's American Ingenuity Award for performing arts. Other winners include ``Selma''

director Ana DuVernay, the creators of the Broadway musical ``Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,'' and ``Sesame Street'' for creating an autistic Muppet. They will be honoured at a ceremony in Washington on Nov. 29. Their accomplishments will be explored in the December issue of Smithsonian. 

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LADY GAGA, JOE BIDEN RECORD PSA FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS

 

Lady Gaga and former Vice-President Joe Biden are advocating for sexual assault survivors. Lady Gaga has tweeted a video of her and Biden in support of the non-profit group It's On Us. Lady Gaga discusses how as a sexual assault victim, she knows it's ``terrifying waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body.'' Biden says Lady Gaga has shown great courage and it's on everyone to intervene when they see abuse or hear about it.

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PRINCE'S PERSONAL ITEMS GO ON DISPLAY IN LONDON

 

Prince's sister says he was always picky about the details when it came to his stage clothes. Tyka Nelson says Prince would tell his clothing designers to make the blue a little bluer or add more buttons. She says he saved all his stuff with the intention of showcasing it for his fans. Paisley Park has been open for tours for about a year, but now his personal belongings are on tour. Nelson says a ``miniature Paisley Park'' has been created inside London's O2 Arena to show off items from Prince's estate. The exhibit runs through January 7th.

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AARON TIPPIN CREATES ANOTHER SIGNATURE WINE

 

Aaron Tippin doesn't just slap his name on a wine bottle and claim it's his. He says he was hands-on for the entire process of making his Aaron Tippin ``Kiss This'' Sweet Cherry Wine. He selected the juice, did the blending and worked on the processing with Stonehaus Winery of Crossville, Tennessee. The winery and select liquor stores will start selling Tippin's wine on Nov. ember 17. Tippin worked with Stonehaus Winery on another wine, Aaron Tippin ``Country Jam'' blackberry wine, in 2015.

(The Canadian Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017

 

PAT BOONE MOURNS FATS DOMINO

 

Pat Boone says Fats Domino would introduce his song ``Ain't That A Shame'' by pointing to his piano-shaped diamond ring and saying, ``Pat Boone bought me this ring with this song.''

Boone writes on Facebook he always credited Domino every time he did the song. Boone made his name early in his career covering songs by black musicians and ``Ain't That A Shame'' was Boone's first number-one hit. Boone says Domino was ``a legend, an original, and we both knew we were very instrumental in each other's success.''

Domino died Tuesday at the age of 89. 

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LITTLE RICHARD: FATS DOMINO WAS ``ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS''

 

Little Richard calls Fats Domino ``one of my greatest inspirations.'' Richard says, ``God was tops, but earthly, Fats was it.'' Richard says Domino was ``one of the greatest entertainers that I've ever known.'' They were both in the first class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Domino died Tuesday at the age of 89. 

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BOB SEGER HAS SURGERY

 

Bob Seger's surgery for his vertebra ``couldn't have gone better,'' according to his doctors. Seger posts on social media he had surgery on Friday to address the medical issue that forced him to postpone his tour. Seger had announced three weeks ago the problem was ``urgent'' but he did not give details. Rescheduled dates have not yet been announced. 

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METALLICA, DAVE MATTHEWS, G-EAZY PLAN WILDFIRES BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Metallica bassist Kirk Hammett says the recent wildfires in northern California literally stopped at his front gate. He tells the San Francisco Chronicle some of his neighbours were not so lucky. Metallica, along with Dave Matthews and G-Eazy will do a benefit concert for victims of the fires on Nov. 11 in San Francisco's AT&T Park. G-Eazy says the Bay Area is forever his home, and ``it hurts to see so many people lose everything.'' The fires killed at least 40 people and caused one-billion dollars in damage. 

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TWIGGY RAMIREZ LEAVES MARILYN MANSON'S BAND

 

Marilyn Manson has ``decided to part ways'' with bassist Twiggy Ramirez. Manson simply says he will replace Ramirez for his upcoming tour and he wishes him well. Ramirez's former girlfriend, singer Jessicka Addams, recently wrote on Facebook Ramirez mentally and physically abused her as well as raped her.

Ramirez has not commented on the accusations or his parting with Manson. 

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LUKE COMBS: THE TRAPPINGS OF SUCCESS

 

Luke Combs dreamed of stardom, and now that's he's got it, he's nostalgic for those good ol' days as a nobody.

Combs says for a couple of years, he and his band travelled in a 15-passenger bus to gigs in college towns, trying to make names for themselves. He says back then, they couldn't wait to have enough money to travel in tour buses, and now that they can, he misses the van. Combs says it was a blast hanging with his boys, doing the ``us-against-the-world kind of thing.'' 

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``MICHAEL JACKSON'S HALLOWEEN'' AIRS FRIDAY

 

Michael Jackson will star as the Man in the Moon in an animated Halloween special featuring his music. Also, he will appear as a mad-scientist cat, a bat and a dancing jack-o'-lantern.

Executive producer John Branca says Jackson loved Halloween and the special is ``just for fun.'' It's about two teenagers who go to a haunted mansion on Halloween, but it's not too scary for little kids to watch. ``Michael Jackson's Halloween'' airs Friday on C-B-S. 

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BOB DYLAN'S GUITAR IS FOR SALE

 

The guitar Bob Dylan played at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh is for sale. Heritage Auctions estimates the 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar will sell for more than 300-thousand dollars during an auction November 11th in Dallas.

Dylan sold it in 1977 for $500 to Larry Cragg, his guitar repairman.

Cragg kept it in a humidity-controlled environment all this time.

Dylan also played the guitar during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour of the mid-1970s and at several other concerts.

 

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 25, 

 

(Alice-Glass-Allegations)

 

Canadian musician Alice Glass has posted a lengthy online message to fans alleging abuse at the hands of her former Crystal Castles bandmate. Glass alleged on her website that her former Crystal Castles partner Ethan Kath (whose birth name is Claudio Palmieri) abused her dating back to when she was 15 and he was 25. She alleges he was manipulative and controlling during a relationship that included non-consensual sex and physical and emotional abuse. In a statement provided by his lawyer, Kath said he was -- quote -- ``outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,'' adding her story is pure fiction. (The Canadian Press) 

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EMINEM COPYRIGHT CASE

 

Eminem's publisher has won out against New Zealand's main conservative political party. A judge says the party breached copyright by using a song similar to the rapper's ``Lose Yourself'' in its campaign ads and now has to pay 415-thousand dollars, plus interest. The National Party ran a television ad that used the song ``Eminem Esque'' 186 times during its successful 2014 election. Publisher Eight Mile Style sued, saying the track ripped off the rapper's acclaimed 2002 hit. The case could have broader implications for other organizations that use so-called ``sound-alike'' tracks sold by commercial operators. 

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BILLY JOEL IS A DAD

 

It's another girl for Billy Joel. His wife, Alexis, gave birth to Joel's third daughter on Sunday at New York University hospital. They've named her Remy Anne Joel. The Joels also have a 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose. Joel's eldest daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, was with her father and stepmother during the delivery. Billy is 68, Alexis is 35, and Alexa Ray is 31. 

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KID ROCK ANNOUNCES ALBUM, TOUR AND NO SENATE RUN

 

Kid Rock's new album, ``Sweet Southern Sugar,''

comes out Nov. 3, and his tour starts Jan. 19 in Nashville. His campaign to be the U.S. Senator from Michigan starts...never, and he's laughing if you believed it. Rock tells Howard Stern's Sirius XM show he knew all along there wouldn't be a campaign, but since he was hoping to drum up attention for the album and tour, he went with it. 

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LUDACRIS HOSTS SERIES THAT PAIRS UNKNOWN MUSICIANS WITH STARS

 

Ludacris says it would have been a dream of his as a kid to do an LL Cool J song and have him notice. Ludacris hopes to give that chance to some aspiring musician. Ludacris is the host of the YouTube show ``Best.Cover.Ever.'' Musicians like Demi Lovato and Flo Rida (RY'-dah) pick two acts who best covered one of their songs and invite them to Los Angeles for duets with them. Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, the Backstreet Boys, Nicky Jam, DNCE and Bebe Rexha are also part of the series. Ludacris warns there are a lot of tears, because ``some of the best moments are the ones where you don't realize how hard people have been working.'' The series debuts Nov. 20.

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017

 

 

 JANET JACKSON IS QUIET ABOUT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S SUPER BOWL GIG

 Lots of people are talking about the N-F-L's announcement that Justin Timberlake will do the Super Bowl halftime show. Janet Jackson is not one of them. Jackson has not commented publicly on the decision for Timberlake to headline the show February 4th in Minneapolis. Timberlake and Jackson were the stars of the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' Super Bowl halftime show of 2004. Billboard quotes an N-F-L rep denying that Jackson was banned from N-F-L activities after that. When asked about the wardrobe malfunction during ``Sunday Night Football,'' Timberlake promised, ``That won't happen this time.'' 

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GEORGE YOUNG OF THE EASYBEATS DIES

 

Easybeats guitarist George Young, the older brother of Malcolm and Angus Young of AC/DC, has died. Billboard reports George Young died Sunday at the age of 70. Details of his death were not given. He co-wrote the Easybeats hit ``Friday on My Mind'' with guitarist Harry Vanda. The two also wrote the song ``Love Is In The Air,'' a hit in 1977 for John Paul Young -- no relation. George Young and Vanda later became producers and worked on AC/DC recordings. AC/DC say in a statement George Young was a dedicated musician and they could not have asked for a finer brother. They add, ``Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.'' 

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PHARMACISTS CITED FOR TRYING TO ACCESS PRINCE'S DRUG HISTORY

 

 

Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded for trying to access Prince's medical records in the days after his death last year. The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has imposed penalties on Katrina A. Kalb in Indianapolis, Kimberly M.

Henson in Selma and Michael Eltzroth in Crown Point. Officials say the three separately entered Prince's legal name and date of birth into a database that allows pharmacists and physicians to check drug histories of patients. None of the pharmacists had treated Prince.

They have been ordered to ethics training, and Henson and Eltzroth were fined.

 

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EUROPE: ``THE FINAL COUNTDOWN'' SURPRISED US, TOO

 

The band Europe thought ``The Final Countdown'' was a throwaway song. Singer Joey Tempest says they considered it an album track, albeit one that would be great to do live. Tempest says when it became a pop smash, the band was booked for pop festivals and TV shows that clashed with their hard-rock roots. Tempest says in 2012, when Europe was recording their ``Bag of Bones'' album, they had a pretend funeral for their 1980s sound. He says the synthesizers felt wrong, so they felt it was proper to say goodbye.

Europe's latest album, ``Walk The Earth,'' is out now.

 

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SCOTT IAN SPILLS HIS ROCK STORIES IN NEW BOOK

 

You want crazy stories about being a rock star?

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is telling all, in a new book called ``Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life.'' The chapter called ``Everybody Hurts'' is about him punching Michael Stipe at a David Lee Roth party. The one called ``Married With Children''

answers the often-asked question, ``Did you have sex with Kelly Bundy?'' The one called ``The Most Boring Tour Story'' is about his underpants. And the one called ``Your Hero Should Never Wear Daisy Dukes'' is about Lemmy from Motorhead. ``Access All Areas'' comes out December 12th. Ian also wrote the 2015 memoir, ``I'm The Man.'' 

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MAN FINED FOR SINGING C+C MUSIC FACTORY

 

A Canadian man is fighting a 149-dollar ticket from Montreal police who seem to have issues with his singing.

Taoufik Moalla says he's appealing a ticket he was given in September after Montreal police pulled him over. When he was asked if he was screaming, Moalla replied he was just singing to the C+C Music Factory song ``Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).''

Police cited him for screaming in a public place. Moalla denies he was singing as loudly as police claim. 

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(The Canadian Press)