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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018

 

 

SKYLARKS FORCE RELOCATION OF ED SHEERAN CONCERT

Ed Sheeran's concert in Germany has been displaced by rare birds.  A spokesman for production company F-K-P Scorpio says it will move Sheeran's July 22nd concert from Essen airport to nearby Dusseldorf because of potential impact on the local population of skylarks.  More than 80-thousand people are expected to attend.  However, even the new site is drawing criticism.

Conservationists have complained about plans to chop down about 100 trees and transplant dozens of others to make way for the crowds.

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KATIE ARMIGER HELPS PUSH BILL TO PROTECT MUSICIANS FROM SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Country singer-songwriter Katie Armiger is supporting a bill moving through the Tennessee legislature that would give better protections to musicians.

Armiger says because musicians are not considered employees of a record label, bringing action against sexual misconduct is poorly defined.  This bill would change that.  Armiger says by time she was 18, she was subjected to innuendos, sexual comments and unwanted touching.  She says she was told not only to tolerate it, but to encourage it, because that's how it's done in country music.

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FLAMING LIPS AND DOGFISH HEAD CREATE BEER-THEMED MUSIC AND MUSIC-THEMED BEER

Flaming Lips and Dogfish Head Brewery have inspired each other on a collaboration that's part music, part beer.

 Dogfish has created a pink-tinged pale ale called Dragons and YumYums.  Flaming Lips have created a song based on the ingredients of that beer.  It's called ``The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon'' and it will be released as a seven-inch single, with the flip side being ``Pouring Beer in Your Ear.''  Taking that collaboration a step further, Dogfish and Flaming Lips will release 100 translucent records that will contain the actual beer.

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WAYNE KRAMER CREATES MC50 BAND FOR ``KICK OUT THE JAMS''

ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Wayne Kramer of the M-C-5 will celebrate 50 years of the album ``Kick Out The Jams'' with a band he's calling M-C-50.  He's enlisted Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Dug Pinnick of King's X and singer Marcus Durant.  Tour dates have not been announced, except for the final date: October 27th in Detroit.  Kramer says the world has lived with the album for

50 years, so he's not interested in doing a note-for-note reproduction of it.  He says the musicians he's enlisted will help him -- quote -- ``bring the monster back to life.''

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ANN WILSON PREPARES COVERS ALBUM

Singer Ann Wilson of Heart is going old-school in the recording of her new solo album.  She's doing it on a tape recorder.  Wilson says that creates a sound that's ``vibrant, present and powerful.''  She's recording songs made famous by musicians who have died in the past few years.  So far she's recorded ``Back To Black'' by Amy Winehouse, ``You Don't Own Me'' by Lesley Gore and ``Life in the Fast Lane,'' in honour of Glenn Frey.  She also plans to remake songs by Chris Cornell, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Tom Petty.

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FYRE FESTIVAL ORGANIZER PLEADS GUILTY

The promoter of a Bahamas music festival that was supposed to feature Blink-182 and Migos has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges.  Billy McFarland entered the plea yesterday in New York.  He admitted to using fake documents to trick investors in the Fyre Festival. Sentencing is set for June 21st.  The festival promised two luxurious weekends on an island last April and May, but attendees got leaky tents and cheese sandwiches.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018

 

``PHARMA BRO'' - FORFEIT ASSETS

 A judge has ordered the so-called ``Pharma Bro''

to give up the Wu-Tang album. U-S District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto has ruled that Martin Shkreli must forfeit more than 7.3-million dollars in assets, including the only copy of ``Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'' by Wu-Tang Clan. Shkreli paid two-million dollars for it in 2015. He also claims to own an unreleased recording of ``Tha Carter V'' by Lil Wayne, which he must also forfeit. The judge says the assets won't be seized until Shkreli has had a chance to appeal.

Shkreli was convicted last year of cheating wealthy investors in two hedge funds he managed. He got the nickname ``Pharma Bro'' after he jacked up the price of a life-saving drug in 2015.

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KIMBERLY PERRY - DIVORCE

Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry confirms her marriage is ending. Perry writes on Instagram -- quote -- ``Beauty will come from these ashes.'' Perry has been married for nearly four years to former Toronto Blue Jays catcher J-P Arencibia .

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JOHN LEGEND - SARA BAREILLES - ``JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR''

John Legend will portray Jesus in N-B-C's live staging of ``Jesus Christ Superstar'' on Easter Sunday, April 1st.

Legend says he grew up in the church and can understand that people have set ways of thinking about the Bible, but it's O-K to think of it in new ways. Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs), who plays Mary Magdalene, says she recalls Legend saying that a lot of depictions make Jesus look like he's from Oslo, Norway. Bareilles says thinking of a person as ``a soul instead of a skin'' will be the first step in changing the world.

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  1. MR. BIG - TRIBUTE CONCERT

Mr. Big will hold a tribute concert in honour of late drummer Pat Torpey. It's set for May 23rd in Agoura Hills, California. Torpey died of complications from Parkinson's Disease on Feb. 7th.

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JOHN LEGEND - PREVIEWS ``JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR''

Singer John Legend can understand if people can't picture him as the Son of God. Legend will play Jesus in a live version of ``Jesus Christ Superstar'' that airs on N-B-C on April 1st, Easter Sunday. Legend says N-B-C wanted a multicultural cast in order to make people think about the characters of the Bible in a different way. Legend says some people may not think of Jesus as black, or they think the New Testament can't be told through rock and pop music. Legend says a fresh take will help the story connect to a new generation.

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LOU REED - POET

 We knew him as a recording artist. Now we'll know him as a poet. Poems that Lou Reed wrote when he was 28 will be published next month. The book will be called ``Do Angels Need Haircuts?'' It will include previously unreleased poetry and photos, as well as a 1971 recording of Reed performing his works. Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, wrote the afterword.

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018

 

HEDLEY - RETURN TO STAGE

Embattled Canadian pop rockers Hedley returned to the stage in Brampton, Ontario, last night for the first in a final string of concerts before going on an ``indefinite hiatus.'' The two-time Juno winners and former MuchMusic darlings released a joint statement late Wednesday in the wake of unrelenting pressure stemming from sexual misconduct allegations involving young fans. The last show on the band's current tour is scheduled for March 23rd in Kelowna, B-C.

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THOMAS RHETT - LIFE AFTER ACM NOMINATIONS

Thomas Rhett says he told his wife when he got six nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards. He says her response was, ``Congrats, babe,'' then they went to change a diaper.

Chris Stapleton leads the A-C-M nominations with eight. He's up for entertainer of the year, along with Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. If Miranda Lambert wins even one award, she will break the tie with Brooks and Dunn as the artists with the most A-C-M Awards, currently at 29. She's nominated four times this year, including female vocalist of the year, an award she's won eight times in a row. The A-C-Ms are April 15th in Las Vegas and will air live on C-B-S.

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REBA McENTIRE - ACM AWARDS - HOST

Reba McEntire is back as host of the Academy of Country Music Awards. She has hosted or co-hosted the show more than anyone else. McEntire is also up for female vocalist of the year.

The A-C-Ms are April 15th in Las Vegas and will air live on C-B-S.

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OSCARS - COMPETITORS

Common says people look at him with songwriter Diane Warren and think of them as the ``odd couple.'' He tweets that's because people view them only at the surface, when what unites them is their love for music. Common and Diane Warren are expected to attend the Oscars on Sunday as their collaboration, ``Stand Up For Something'' from the movie ``Marshall,'' competes for best original song. Mary J. Blige says she's ``proud, honoured and ecstatic'' to perform the song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, ``Mighty River'' from ``Mudbound,'' at the Oscars.

She's also up for best supporting actress for her role in the film.

The other nominated songs are ``Mystery of Love'' by Sufjan  Stevens from ``Call Me By Your Name,'' ''Remember Me`` from ''Coco`` and ''This Is Me`` from ''The Greatest Showman.``

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RAPHAEL SAADIQ - ``MIGHTY RIVER'' - INSPIRATION

Raphael Saadiq had not seen ``Mudbound'' before he helped write the song ``Mighty River'' for it, but director John Singleton prepared him for things like that. Saadiq says Singleton would give him notes to films like ``Boyz n the Hood'' and ``Higher Learning'' but wouldn't let him see the films before writing music for them. Saadiq says all he knew about ``Mudbound'' was what co-writer Mary J. Blige told him. He says he wanted to write a song about a river because he loves gospel songs that mention them, as well as songs like ``Take Me To The River'' by Al Green or ``Down By The River'' by Neil Young. Saadiq, Blige and co-writer Taura Stinson are nominated for the best original song Oscar for ``Mighty River.''

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DURAN DURAN'S NICK RHODES - PREDICTS OSCARS WINNERS

Don't know who to pick to win the Oscars? You could always see who Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran is picking. Rhodes says he's been making Oscar predictions for years with band employee Katy

 Krassner. She suggested about 10 years ago that they put their picks on the band's website and it's been a hit with fans.

Rhodes predicts ``Three Billboards Outside Hibbing, Missouri'' will win best picture. He's going with Guillermo Del Toro for best director. He thinks Frances McDormand, who he calls ``a treasure,''

will win best actress, and he says it will take ``some kind of bizarre international intervention'' for Gary Oldman not to win best actor. The Oscars are Sunday in Los Angeles.

 

NEW FOUND GLORY - BENEFIT CONCERT

New Found Glory says it's important to them to help the students and staff at the school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were shot and killed two weeks ago, because it's their school, too. New Found Glory has issued a statement saying half the band went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. New Found Glory will headline a benefit concert May 16th in Pompano Beach, with Chris Carraba of Dashboard Confessional and Ryan Key of Yellowcard also on the bill. Proceeds will benefit the Broward Education Foundation Victims' Fund. New Found Glory also will donate the proceeds from the sale of a T-shirt the band created that's inspired by the school.

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TWENTY ONE PILOTS' - ``BLURRYFACE'' - GOLD MILESTONE

The Twenty One Pilots album ``Blurryface'' has achieved a new digital-era milestone. The Recording Industry Association of America says it's the first album since the advent of digital sales and streams in which every track has been certified at least gold. The song ``Hometown'' was the last one to cross over into gold territory. The songs on the album that have gone platinum or multi-platinum are ``Fairly Local,'' ''Tear In My Heart,`` ''Ride`` and ''Stressed Out.``

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(The Associated Press)

 

Ronnie Prophet Passes Away

Dec. 26, 1937- Mar. 2, 2018

 "Ronnie Prophet is the best one man show I've ever seen" - Chet Atkins

Ronald Lawrence Victor Prophet - country singer, musician and comedian, who charted 23 singles from 30 albums in a career that spanned 60 years, died with loving family and friends at his side on Friday, March 2 at age 80 following cardiac and kidney failure. Survived by his wife of 32 years, Glory Anne Carriere Prophet, sons Tony (Kitty) Prophet, Vancouver, BC, Jimmy (Emily) Prophet, Nashville, TN, step children Rhonda (Bill) Paisley, Nanaimo, BC, Warren (Lesa) Carriere, Regina, SK, Tamara Greer, Estevan, SK and 12 grandchildren - Justin, Joey, Jake and Patrick Prophet, Josh and Victoria Paisley, Meagan and Stephanie Carriere, and Brooklyn, Ryan and James Greer.

His longtime friend and Agent of 38 years Paul Mascioli commented "Ronnie was an international star who transcended all boundaries with his big heart and superb showmanship. He was a working man's entertainer and loved by people of all ages. We'll truly miss him but never forget him".

Steve Graham from Canada Country Aircheck writes: Back in the days when I would book entertainment for clients Ronnie was a name that always came up. Audiences loved him and he would pack every venue. Ronnie and I became friends and I remember flying with him to Nashville a few times, eating at Shoney's or just hangin out at his office on 16th Avenue and then we would meet out at the Fair Buyers Convention in Vegas. In life you get busy and we lost touch when Ronnie and Glory Anne opened their theatre in Branson. I miss those days working with Ronnie and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Glory Anne and his family and friends. RIP Ronnie our thoughts are with you.  He was an Entertainers Entertainer! Watch the video below.

The versatile Ronnie Prophet was not only a country music singer, but also a gifted impressionist, an entertaining storyteller, and an emcee. He was born in Calumet, Quebec, the youngest of three children. As a musician, he began playing square dances throughout the province. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1966, wintering in the Bahamas and performing at the Jack Tar Hotel. The Ronnie Prophet Waiting Room at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis came about as a result of his performances and charity work with Danny Thomas, Perry Como and Frankie Valli. Soon he began playing at Boots Randolph's Carousel Club, in Nashville, which later became Ronnie Prophet's Carousel Club. In the early 1970s, he made his television debut on the long-running CBC series The Tommy Hunter Show. Eventually he had his own show, which ran until 1981. He next hosted Grand Old Country on the CTV network and the British series Ronnie Prophet Entertains. In 1975, Prophet made his recording debut when his first hit single "Sanctuary" made the Top 30 and was quickly followed by three more charted hits. Over the next 40 years he continued to appear on television and toured internationally throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand as well as with the USO in Europe. In 1997, he and his singing partner/wife Glory Anne moved to Branson, MO, and performed there in various theaters until their retirement in 2015, after which they settled down in sunny Tavares, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Ronnie Prophet Memorial Fund.

Ronnie will be laid to rest at Avoca Cemetery near his farm home in Quebec.

 
Ronnie Prophet Awards and recognition

  • 1978: winner, Juno Award, Country Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1979: winner, Juno Award, Country Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1980: nominee, Juno Award, Country Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1984: winner Canadian Country Music Duo of the Year with Glory-Anne Carriere
  • 1984: winner Canadian Country Music Entertainer of the Year
  • 1985: Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 1987: nominee, Juno Award, Country Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1999: inductee, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 2015: Pioneer Award - The Terry Awards, Branson, MO
  • 2018: Honorary Doctorate Of Music - Antioch College & University of Missouri

www.ronnieprophet.com

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY MARCH 1, 2018

 

 

RICHARDS-APOLOGIZES-JAGGER

For as long as Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have known each other, Richards can admit when he's gone too far.

Richards has apologized for comments he made about Jagger being a father at the age of 74. Richards had said, ``It's time for the snip. You can't be a father at that age. Those poor kids!'' Jagger's eighth child was born in December 2016. Richards has since said he ``deeply regrets'' his comments and he has apologized to Jagger in person.

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UNDERWOOD-FRIEND-DEATH

Carrie Underwood recently donated ten-thousand dollars to help a childhood friend who got into a traffic accident. The friend has died. The police department in Underwood's hometown of Checotah , Oklahoma, says 35-year-old Justin Durret died Monday at a Tulsa hospital. He was the assistant police chief. Durret suffered multiple neck injuries after his pickup truck crashed on February 11th. Troopers say Durret was ejected and got trapped under the pickup.

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MONDO-COZMO

 Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo gets a secret delight in knowing he's signed to Republic Records. The label dropped one of his previous bands. Ostrander says when he took his demos to the label, executives told him, ``We want to do business with you.'' Ostrander's reply was, ``You already have.

Let's do it again.'' Ostrander's previous job was in landscaping, and he says he'll work as hard as he can to avoid going back to it.

So is his yard a thing of beauty? Hardly. Ostrander says after landscaping for 12 hours, the last thing a landscaper wants to do is more landscaping.

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FLORIDA-GEORGIA-LINE-NFL-TITANS

 The Tennessee Titans will reveal new uniforms next month. Florida Georgia Line figures that's as good a reason as any to throw a party. Florida Georgia Line will headline a free concert in downtown Nashville on April 4th as the Titans show off their new uniforms. The Titans will livestream the event.

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CRAIG-MORGAN-REALITY-TV-SHOW

Craig Morgan is putting his life on TV. Morgan and his family will star in a reality show called ``Morgan Family Strong'' on the UP T-V channel. Morgan describes himself as a country singer, a family man, a business owner and a beekeeper, but also ``the guy next store.'' Morgan also is still mourning the death of his 19-year-old son, Jerry, who died in a boating accident in July 2016. ``Morgan Family Strong'' premieres tonight.

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SPOTIFY-IPO

Music-streaming pioneer Spotify is hoping to attract a new crowd of fans on Wall Street as its competition with Apple heats up. Spotify is pursuing an unusual initial public offering that will sell some of its existing stock instead of issuing more shares to raise money. The strategy will make it easier for Spotify's existing stockholders to cash out of their investments while creating a potential new financial channel for the company.

Spotify took its first steps toward the I-P-O in a confidential filing a few weeks ago, but the documents weren't released until Wednesday.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018

 

 

BRETT-YOUNG-PROPOSAL

Brett Young is engaged. He tells People magazine he proposed to girlfriend Taylor Mills earlier this month at a hotel near Ole Miss, where he went to college. He says they met when she was a student at Arizona State University and they will likely get married there, so that's why he chose his college for the proposal.

Young says they dated for about six years before taking a break, and he wrote a lot of his first record about Mills. He says they reconnected and realized they were meant for each other.

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MIRANDA-LAMBERT-ANIMAL-SHELTERS

Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation has surprised more than 50 animal shelters nationwide with checks for doing good work. The charity sent checks worth from three-thousand to five-thousand to shelters based on adoption rate, volunteerism, fiscal responsibility and other factors. Lambert says she's honoured to support the shelters' efforts to help animals.

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TRACEY-THORN-FUNNY

Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl loves social media because people are finally getting the right impression of her. She says when the band was big, all the jokes she made during interviews would get cut and only her serious quotes were left. She says when she first went on Twitter, people were amazed at how funny she is. Thorn says it is possible for her to be serious about her music and still have a sense of humour. Thorn will release a solo record called ``Record'' that comes out Friday.

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LED-ZEPPELIN-RARITIES

Led Zeppelin will release previously unheard studio mixes of ``Rock and Roll'' and ``Friends'' in honor of Record Store Day on April 21st. Jimmy Page produced the limited edition seven-inch single, which will be pressed on yellow vinyl. The version of ``Friends'' is a stripped-down version without orchestration. Led Zeppelin also will release a re-mastered version of their live album ``How The West Was Won'' on March 23rd.

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DOLLY-BOOK-LIBRARY-OF-CONGRESS

Dolly Parton has donated the 100 millionth book from her Imagination Library charity to the Library of Congress.

Parton made the presentation yesterday. Imagination Library mails free books to children from birth until they start school in participating areas. Imagination Library also is sponsoring a new monthly story time for kids under five at the Library of Congress.

The story times will be the last Friday of every month at 10:30 a-m Eastern. The story times will be streamed live.

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MINNESOTA-TWINS-PRINCE

The Minnesota Twins will not just hold another Prince Night, but they will also sell Prince merchandise year-round.

The Star-Tribune reports purple hats, shirts and balls with both Prince's symbol and the Twins' logo will be sold beginning with the Twins' home opener on April 5th against Seattle. Team representatives say Prince's family approved the deal. While other teams have had special music-themed merchandise, this is believed to be the first time such items have been for sale year-round. The Twins will hold their second Prince Night on June 8th when they take on the Angels.

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CAESARS-WINDSOR-CANCELS-HEDLEY

Caesars Windsor has cancelled a Hedley concert slated for next month. The casino operator has notified fans that a March 11th show on its grounds will no longer go forward. Refunds will be offered to all ticket buyers. The decision comes after a number of sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against Hedley earlier this month on social media, mostly by anonymous users. It led the band to withdraw from consideration for three Juno Awards and back out of performing on the telecast. The band's members have called the allegations involving young fans ``unsubstantiated.''

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018

HEDLEY - OPENER

Canadian band Hedley's opening act for last night's concert in Quebec City was cancelled after sexual assault allegations against the embattled band's lead singer Jacob Hoggard emerged. Videotron Centre, the venue hosting the show, announced on its

Facebook page that rock band Liteyears was no longer slated to begin the concert. The move follows a C-B-C story on Sunday that recounted a 24-year-old woman's allegations that Hedley frontman Hoggard sexually assaulted her in a hotel two years ago. A

lawyer for Hoggard has denied any wrongdoing by the musician. The band has already lost opening acts, airplay on radio stations and its management company amid earlier uproven allegations of sexual misconduct.

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DAVID BOWIE - EXHIBIT

 A travelling exhibit about David Bowie will make its final stop at The Brooklyn Museum in New York next month.

``David Bowie is'' will run March 2nd to July 15th. It includes about 400 items from Bowie's archive, including the ice-blue suit he wore for the ``Life on Mars?'' video, the stage set model for the

1974 ``Diamond Dogs'' tour and several handwritten lyric sheets.

Standard tickets start at 20-dollars. The ``Aladdin Sane'' ticket goes for 25-hundred dollars and gets you private access to the exhibition, a talk with a Bowie guide, museum membership and a merchandise package.

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ROLLING STONES - TWITTER

 Oh, the things you learn from The Rolling Stones' Twitter feed, like how much Mick Jagger moves or Keith Richards is protective of his shepherd's pie. The Rolling Stones tweet that Jagger runs the equivalent of 19-kilometres at each Stones show. It points out Jagger broke the kilometre record at his elementary school and he's still a runner. Meanwhile, Richards requests shepherd's pie in his dressing room at every show, and they have a ``no busting the crust'' rule. That means the first slice belongs to Richards and no one else can break the crust. The Rolling Stones have just announced a European tour that begins May 17th in Dublin.

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``THE OSBOURNES'' - PODCAST

 ``The Osbournes'' are back -- only this time, it's a podcast. Jack Osbourne tells The Hollywood Reporter it would never work to bring the reality show back, but ``this is probably the next best thing.'' Jack will act as host, while Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne will give updates on their lives and talk about their time on the T-V show. Carnie Wilson and comedian Sheryl Underwood are among the guests planned. The 10-week podcast begins March 5th, the 16th anniversary of ``The Osbournes'' debut on M-T-V.

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ED SHEERAN - GLOBAL MUSIC SALES

 Ed Sheeran was the biggest music act in the world last year. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says Sheeran's ``Divide'' album was the top-selling album globally in 2017, and his song ``Shape of You'' was the world's bestselling single. Last year's champ, Drake, falls to second, followed by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.

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SCOTT IAN  - HEADLINING DOWNFALL

 Anthrax and Killswitch Engage are co-headlining a tour by alternating who closes the show, and being the closer is not necessarily the slot either band wants. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says you could ask members of either band and they'd give the same answer: they'd rather be the second-to-last act on stage. Ian says the truth is that audiences get tired with a multi-act concert, especially if it's a festival and people are baking in the sun. Ian has more energy when he goes on earlier, too.

He says it would be great if he could play at four in the afternoon, ``but on a Tuesday, that's just not going to work.''

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YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE AGAIN - ARREST

 Authorities say YoungBoy Never Broke Again was arrested on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault with a weapon. YoungBoy was arrested in Tallahassee, Florida over the weekend on a warrant from Waycross, Georgia. He faces extradition after appearing in court yesterday. YoungBoy is on probation in connection with his arrest for a drive-by shooting in 2016.

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PETER MURPHY - US VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

 After much delay, Peter Murphy has been forced to move his three-week San Francisco residency to the summer.

Murphy's residency at The Chapel was supposed to begin Jan. 23th.

Murphy has run into delays getting a visa and delayed the residency several times. He blames his troubles the U-S getting flooded with applications from Turkey after a dispute between the two countries, and Murphy's application got caught up as a result Murphy's

residency has been moved to June 26th to July 15th.

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JOAN BAEZ - FINAL FORMAL TOUR

 Joan Baez is calling her next tour of North America her final formal tour. It begins Sept. 11th in Ithaca, New York. Baez will release an album called ``Whistle Down The Wind'' on March 2nd.

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REBA McENTIRE - ACM AWARDS NOMINEES REVEAL

Reba McEntire will reveal the nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards. McEntire will read the nominations list during the 8 a-m hour of ``C-B-S This Morning'' on Thursday. ``Entertainment Tonight'' host Nancy O'Dell will announce more nominees at

8:50 a-m on ETOnline-dot-com. The full list will be available at ACMCountry-dot-com. The A-C-M Awards will air live from Last Vegas on April 15th.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018

 

MARTIN GARRIX - OLYMPICS

Martin Garrix recalls watching Tiesto perform at the Olympics opening ceremony in 2004 and that inspired him to become a D-J. Now he's the one leading the party at the Olympics. Garrix was the last D-J who performed at last night's closing ceremony. Garrix writes on Instagram he can only hope and dream that he inspired someone the way that Tiesto did for him.

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THE CRYSTALS - BARBARA ANN ALSTON - OBIT

Singer Barbara Ann Alston of The Crystals has died. The Charlotte Observer reports Alston died of the flu Feb. 16th in Charlotte at the age of 74. Alston sang lead on The Crystals' hit ``There's No Other (Like My Baby)'' and backup on ``Da Doo Ron Ron'' and ``Then He Kissed Me.'' The Crystals' biggest hit, ``He's A Rebel,'' was actually recorded by Darlene Love and The Blossoms.

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ROBIN THICKE - BABY DAUGHTER

Robin Thicke is a dad again. He writes on Instagram his new daughter, Mia Love Thicke, was born on Thursday.

Her mother is Thicke's girlfriend, April Love Geary. Thicke also has a 7-year-old son, Julian, from his marriage to actress Paula Patton.

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YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE - ARRESTED

 YoungBoy Never Broke Again has been arrested in Florida on a fugitive warrant from Georgia. Sheriff's records show YoungBoy, A-K-A Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, was booked yesterday in Tallahassee. The sheriff's report says YoungBoy fled from justice in Waycross, Georgia. It's not known what the charges are. YoungBoy had rap hits with the songs ``Outside Today'' and ``No Smoke.''

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KANE BROWN - LAUREN ALAINA - ``WHAT IFS''

When Kane Brown needed a female voice for his song ``What Ifs,'' he called his childhood friend to do it: Lauren Alaina. Brown and Alaina both grew up near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Alaina says she sometimes gets choked up thinking about how two kids from the same small town separately got record deals, ended up in Nashville on different paths and got a number-one country record together. Last week, they held a party to celebrate the song's success and were surprised by their school choir director, Lamar Gillespie.

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ED SHEERAN - DOCUMENTARY

The director of a documentary about Ed Sheeran says Sheeran surprised him by not meddling in the making of the film.

Director Murray Cummings says the things Sheeran wanted him to cut would fit in a text message. Cummings says the only change Sheeran requested was, ``Can you make the closing montage a bit more fun?''

The film is called ``Songwriter'' and it debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival on Friday.

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GOO GOO DOLLS - ROBBY TAKAC - MUSIC THERAPY

Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac wants to help drug addicts through music. He has announced a collaboration between his Music Is Art organization and the Blues Society of Western New York to expand access to the Nurs'n Blues Program. It uses music therapy to help with coping skills.

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GEORGE HARRISON - 75th BIRTHDAY - YESTERDAY

Paul McCartney and the family of George Harrison marked the 75th anniversary of Harrison's birth yesterday. McCartney tweeted a black-and-white photo of himself and Harrison with the caption, ``Happy Birthday Georgie. Wonderful memories.'' Harrison's widow, Olivia, and his son, Dhani, tweeted a video of Billy Preston and Eric Clapton performing Harrison's song ``Isn't It A Pity'' at the Concert For George in 2002.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

 

Junos Arcade Fire

 

 Arcade Fire have been added as performers to next month's Juno Awards broadcast.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says it will also give the Montreal indie rockers an international achievement award.

The news comes after embattled pop-rockers Hedley were dropped from the show following sexual misconduct allegations from anonymous social media users.

Hedley also withdrew themselves from consideration in three Junos categories they had been nominated in _ group of the year, pop album of the year and the fan choice award.

The band's members have called the allegations involving young fans ``unsubstantiated'' but acknowledged that in the past they ``engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock 'n' roll cliches.''

Arcade Fire is a leading nominee with four nods _ for best group, single, album and alternative album.

(The Canadian Press) 

 

AARON CARTER - PTSD

 Aaron Carter swears he has never even touched hard drugs. Carter tells People magazine it's ``defaming'' when people claim he was doing hard drugs when he dropped to 52-kilograms and was arrested for D-U-I last year. Carter went to a treatment centre in Malibu, California. He says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the sudden deaths of his father and his sister Leslie. Carter says he still has random moments when he wants to cry, but he's seen a huge change in himself.

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CAMILA CABELLO - SONGWRITING

Camila Cabello felt pretty good about her songwriting skills, until she got in the presence of professional songwriters. Cabello says she's written songs for the past four years, but by herself. She doubted her abilities when she started working with pros for her ``Camila'' album. What helped her along was practice. Cabello says the more she did it, the more her confidence grew.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA - BEFORE AND AFTER

Singer Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra likes to prepare for a show by saying a little prayer of gratitude. That _ and having a bit of bourbon. Guitarist Robert McDowell says he tries not to psych himself up before a show because it raises expectations too much. He prefers to maintain a sense of calm before stepping onto the stage. Afterward, they don't party. They dissect how they did. Hull says they go over what went right and how to improve what went wrong. He says they used to party, but both their shows and their bodies suffered for it.

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CHRIS JANSON - GRAND OLE OPRY INDUCTION

Chris Janson's induction as a member of the Grand Ole Opry is set for March 20th. Janson says he is ``unbelievably honoured, thankful and thrilled.'' Keith Urban surprised Janson with an invitation during Janson's Opry appearance on Feb. 5th.

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STEVIE WONDER - CONCERT SCAM

First, he pleaded guilty. Now he isn't. A North Carolina man who had acknowledged his role in a scam over a Stevie Wonder concert is now trying to take back his guilty plea in the case. Mark Hubbard was to be scheduled this week in federal court in Honolulu _ but the request to change his plea is likely to delay that. Hubbard is accused of defrauding the University of Hawaii of 200-thousand by lying about being to pull together a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert. The school paid a 200-thousand deposit _ and began selling tickets _ before learning that neither Wonder nor his management had authorized a show.

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

 

 

DIANE WARREN WANTS THAT OSCAR 

 

Songwriter Diane Warren isn't mincing words: she wants to win an Oscar. Warren has lost eight times. Her ninth nomination is for ``Stand Up For Something'' from the film ``Marshall,'' her collaboration with Common. Warren says if she does win, she will probably faint. She had already started writing the song when she thought Common would be a good person to add a rap.

They randomly met on an airplane and he said yes. The Oscars are March 4th.

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O.A.R. LOVES THE OLYMPICS ATTENTION 

O.A.R. singer Marc Roberge says they are ``pleasantly confused'' about all the attention they're getting because of the Olympics. It's due to the fact that commentators are using the abbreviation O.A.R. to stand for Olympic Athletes from Russia. Spotify says O.A.R. the band has seen a 46-percent rise in streams since February 9th. Roberge tells The Washington Post, ``When you get a boost like this, if you don't enjoy it, if you're too cool for school, you're not doing it right.'' He says they fell into a well-timed promotion, because the band just announced a new tour and released a single, ``Just Like Paradise.''

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THE THINGS THAT FANS GIVE WALK THE MOON

 Walk The Moon loves getting gifts from fans.

They're just not always sure what to do with them. Drummer Sean Waugaman says a fan gave them a giant painting, which was a trick to get home from a foreign country. Guitarist Eli Maiman says his favorite fan gift was a voodoo doll of himself. Bassist Kevin Ray says his voodoo doll sits on top of a speaker in his studio and stares at him. Singer Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE'-kah) says his dream is to have a mansion so big that he has a room dedicated to gifts that fans have given them.

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ANDREW W.K. GETS AWARD FROM SUICIDE PREVENTION GROUP

 Andrew W-K says words cannot convey how astonished he is to be named Person of the Year by a suicide prevention group. The American Association of Suicidology will present Andrew W-K with the award in Washington in April. The group chose him because of ``his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who hear his music.'' Andrew W-K says he will accept the award for ``every person who has struggled and overcome, and struggled and fallen,'' because he has been both. He adds, ``May the Party Gods grant us ever more strength, so we may all help make the world a partier place.''

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CHRIS CORNELL'S WIFE JOINS ADDICTION NONPROFIT 

Chris Cornell's widow will join the advisory board of the Addiction Policy Forum, a nonprofit group that works to improve policies related to substance abuse. Vicky Cornell says she can't bring her husband back, but she can help other families struggling with addiction.

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ARIANA GRANDE PULLS OUT OF SURPRISE BRIT AWARDS PERFORMANCE

Ariana Grande was too sick to make a surprise appearance yesterday at the Brit Awards, Britain's answer to the Grammys. Organizers say Grande was supposed to participate in a tribute to the victims of the bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, last May. She was under doctor's orders not to travel. Liam Gallagher of Oasis replaced her, singing ``Live Forever.'' Brit Award winners include Dua Lipa, Lorde (LORD), Foo Fighters, Rag'n'Bone Man and Gorillaz.

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018

 

CHRIS STAPLETON STILL DOES COVER SONGS

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Just because Chris Stapleton didn't write the song doesn't mean he won't perform it. Stapleton made his name as a Nashville songwriter and he acknowledges that for a while, he believed he could only sing songs he wrote. He's changed his mind because he says there are so many great songs that have nothing to do with him. Stapleton says whether it's an old R-&-B song, a country tune, or an old blues song, they're worth singing and he's going to do it.

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  1. R. KELLY BEHIND ON RENT

R. Kelly has been evicted from two homes near Atlanta for unpaid rent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Kelly owes more than 31-thousand dollars in past due payments to S-B Property Management Global, according to filings with the Fulton County magistrate court. Representatives for Kelly and for the property manager declined comment.

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KESHA RECOVERS FROM KNEE SURGERY

Kesha had surgery yesterday to repair an A-C-L tear in her knee. Kesha suffered the injury in a fall at a concert in Dubai on February 9th. She has called off her tour dates for March and April in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan.

Kesha's American tour with Macklemore is expected to go on as planned, starting June 6th in Phoenix.

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JOHN LEGEND

A 64-year-old man has been convicted of stealing John Legend's luggage at Kennedy Airport last March. Prosecutors say Agustin Hilario was convicted yesterday of criminal possession of stolen property. He was accused of stealing Legend's Louis Vuitton bag containing 25-thousand dollar cufflinks while it was momentarily unattended on a luggage cart. Hilario was identified through surveillance camera footage.

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MIKE NESMITH AND MICKY DOLENZ OF THE MONKEES ANNOUNCED TOUR

For the first time, Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will tour together as a duo. ``The Mike and Micky Show'' tour begins June 1st in Chandler, Arizona. The show will highlight several of Nesmith's compositions, including some that have never been performed live. Where's Peter Tork? He's working on an album of Lead Belly songs with his band, Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues. Tork says he ``wishes the boys well'' and he's ``learned to say never say never on things further down the line.''

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MICHAEL W. SMITH: DON'T EVEN GO THERE

Every now and then, someone tries to get Michael W. Smith to lose his cool online. He doesn't take the bait.

Smith says sometimes a hater will try to pick a fight with him online, but he never engages the debate because most of the time it's over something that isn't true. If anything, the trolls inspire him. Smith says he wrote a song called ``Revolution'' for his new album, ``A Million Lights,'' about divided opinions on social media.

``A Million Lights'' came out last Friday. As if that were not enough to keep him busy: Smith also will release a worship record called ``Surrounded'' this Friday.

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NO JUNO NOMINEE REPLACEMENTS FOR HEDLEY

The Juno Awards will not be naming replacement nominees now that embattled rockers Hedley have withdrawn from consideration. The Vancouver pop-rockers say they don't want to be a ``distraction'' at what they call ``Canadian music's biggest night,'' as they continue to face sexual misconduct allegations posted by anonymous social media users. The Junos say no alternates will be added to the categories affected by Hedley's withdrawal, because voting has already begun. A spokeswoman says votes already registered for Hedley will be thrown out, but voters will not be asked to submit a new ballot. This year's Junos show takes place in Vancouver next month.

(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018

 

FERGIE - ANTHEM - REACTION

The Star-Mangled Banner? Fergie has placed herself among those in the pantheon of singers who have gotten notice for singing the U-S anthem before a sporting event.

Unfortunately for her, she's in the section of that pantheon of those who have made a mess of it. Her slowed-down, bluesy take on ``The Star-Spangled Banner'' was mocked by fans and players at the Staples Center on Sunday _ and was, for the most part, trashed on social media. Some have compared her performance to that of non-singers like comedian Roseanne Barr and track star Carl Lewis.

But even Barr is trying to distance herself from Fergie, telling Fox her performance in San Diego years ago was nowhere near as bad as Fergie's.

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PRESIDENT - MUSIC

With President's Day done in the U-S, it's a good time to take note of how many chief executives have made their way in pop music references. Billboard reports the site LyricFind calculated each song that mentions a U-S president _ whether positively or negatively. And the winner _ in a landslide _ is Barack Obama. He was name-checked 309 times in songs. That's more than twice the number of references to runner up George W. Bush and the number three entry, Bill Clinton. And _ this might be tweet-worthy _ Obama's total is nearly 10 times as many as his successor, Donald Trump.

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DONOVAN WOODS - DIVERSITY IN COUNTRY MUSIC

Donovan Woods says country music has a ways to go when it comes to being more inclusive. The folk singer-songwriter is out with a song titled ``Burn That Bridge.'' And in the video, the concept of falling in and out of love with each other _ is represented by a gay couple. Woods says when it comes to embracing diversity, the country music industry is ``not doing well at all.''

He says he's ``shocked again and again'' at how slowly things have developed. Woods tells Billboard there are a lot of artists ``whose public persona still doesn't match their private feelings about a lot of things.'' He says it would be better if artists weren't ``afraid to sort of express their real opinions outwardly for fear of losing fans.'' ''Burn that Bridge`` is on Woods' album, titled ''Both Ways,`` due out April 20th.

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``DESPACITO'' AND THE OLYMPICS

 If, by chance, you decided to tune into the Winter Olympics to escape hearing the song ``Despacito'' _ too bad.

The song that dominated last year's sales chart is also making its presence felt at the games in North Korea. Billboard reports that during the short program of the ice dancing competition show on T-V on Sunday _ no fewer than three separate pairs performed to the Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee song. Don't blame the skaters, though.

Competitors were required to include a Latin rhythm into their routine _ so many decided to go with ``Despacito.''

 

(The Associated Press)

 

FANTASIA - CANCELS CONCERTS

Fantasia has been forced to call off concerts while she deals with an injury and a personal tragedy. Her management issued a statement saying she called off Saturday's show in Atlantic City, New Jersey and this coming Saturday's show in Reading (RED'-ing), Pennsylvania. Fantasia's doctor told her she needed more rest after suffering a knee injury. Fantasia's oldest nephew recently died as well.

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WILLIE NELSON - NEW ALBUM

Just a year after Willie Nelson released a full studio album, he's ready to release another one. Nelson will put out ``Last Man Standing'' on April 29th, his 85th birthday. It contains

11 new songs Nelson wrote with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon.

Nelson put out the album ``God's Problem Child'' last April 28th.

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AMERICA - WIDOW - DONATES GUITAR

 A college student whose guitar was destroyed in a dormitory fire now has a replacement, thanks to the widow of bassist David Dickey of the band America. Officials with Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater say Maggie Dickey donated an Epiphone electric guitar to Isaiah Ornelaz. She calls it one of her husband's favourites. Orenelaz was one of more than two dozen students who lost their possessions in a fire in their dorm earlier this month. No one was hurt. A college employee posted a plea on Facebook to get another guitar for Ornelaz, an automotive technology student who is also an aspiring musician. David Dickey died in 2016.

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GARRISON KEILLOR - ACCUSER DISCLOSED

It looks like the person who blew the whistle on Garrison Keillor wasn't a woman _ but a man. A report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune says the informant was Dan Rowles, who had been tight with Keillor during his 16 years on the show. He was fired last summer, according to the newspaper report _ and spoke up after he left. His complaint led to an investigation by Minnesota Public Radio that concluded Keillor had engaged in dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over the years involving a longtime female writer for the show, whose name hasn't been made public. The Star Tribune reports the women didn't tell M-P-R her account until two months after Rowles came forward.

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BALLET LEADER - CLEARED OF ALLEGATIONS

A two-month investigation has found no verifiable sexual harassment or physical abuse by former New York City Ballet leader Peter Martins. Word of the results of the probe is in The New York Times. Martins says he is ``gratified'' by the findings, which forced his retirement in January. Not so much so are two female dancers who made the accusations; they denounced the findings of the investigation.

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HARRY CONNICK JR.  - TV SHOW CANCELLED

Apparently T-V viewers were not so wild about this particular ``Harry.'' And because of that, the show hosted by Harry Connick Jr. is going off the air. N-B-C-Universal says the show will wrap once its second season is done _ which means it will tape through September before disappearing from the airwaves, cable boxes and satellite dishes. The talk and variety show had trouble drawing the kind of audiences that shows like the one hosted by Ellen DeGeneres did. In a statement, Connick says he was proud of the show and grateful for the chance to have one.

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(The Canadian Press)

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HEDLEY

 

The members of the embattled rock band Hedley say they have withdrawn from consideration for three awards at this year's Junos and plan to ``talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it.''

Last week, the pop-rockers were dropped by their management team and blacklisted by scores of radio stations in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that had been circulated by anonymous social media users.

In a statement released today, the band says it won't be cancelling 23 shows it has booked through March 23 because ``the easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide.''

The statement adds the band intends ``to start making positive changes, starting right now.''

The former MuchMusic darlings _ fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison _ released a statement last Wednesday calling the allegations involving young fans ``unsubstantiated'' but acknowledged they ``engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock 'n' roll cliches.''

The two acts who were booked as openers for Hedley's current tour _ Neon Dreams and Shawn Hook _ both announced Friday that they were backing out of the rest of the shows.

(The Canadian Press)