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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

 

THE ROLLING STONES - CUBA

 

Mick Jagger told a concert crowd in Havana on Friday, ``We are sure that this night is going to be an unforgettable night, for you and for us.'' It was the first time the Rolling Stones had played in Cuba, and the biggest-name act ever to play in Cuba. Rock and roll was forbidden for decades in Cuba under Fidel Castro's rule. The Stones ripped through a two-hour set that started with ``Jumpin' Jack Flash'' and ended with ``Satisfaction.''

One 62-year-old Cuban man said after seeing the Rolling Stones, he can die happy. It wasn't just ordinary Cubans at the show. Jimmy Buffett, Richard Gere and Naomi Campbell were in the V-I-P section. 

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JUSTIN MOORE - HIS TAKE ON ``YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK''

 

Justin Moore believes there are some songs that you want to hear based on the title alone. That's how he feels about his song, ``You Look Like I Need a Drink.'' Moore did not write the song but he immediately formed an opinion of where he thought it would go. He says the song ended up being the antithesis of that. He says it could have been really cheesy, but he's hoping people think it's ``really cool and different and vibey.'' 

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GUNS N' ROSES -  TEASE TOUR

 

Why would Guns N' Roses release a list of North American cities if they were not intending to tour? G-N-R has put out a video listing 21 cities with the song ``Patience'' playing over it and the words ``Coming Summer 2016.'' G-N-R featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan are playing a handful of shows this spring, including Coachella next month. 

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TOWN TRIBUTE - HANK WILLIAMS

 

The city of Oak Hill, West Virginia, has unveiled a memorial plaque in honour of Hank Williams. The marker was revealed in a ceremony on Thursday. Williams' daughter, Jett Williams, was in attendance. Williams was found dead in Oak Hill while being driven to a concert in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1953. A movie about Williams' life called ``I Saw The Light'' is out now in limited release. 

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FAKE RIHANNA PHOTO - ZIMBABWE TRIAL

 

Lots of people would love for their Facebook friends to think they were cuddling up with Rihanna. A school headmaster in Zimbabwe could get a year in jail for posting a mash-up photo of Rihanna with Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe wearing hip-hop gear. A screenshot of the image is a key piece of evidence in the trial of Edson Chuwe, who posted the photo on Facebook. Zimbabwe has a law that forbids insulting the president. The charge sheet against Chuwe says the picture of Mugabe and Rihanna shows them ``in a position suggesting that they were in love.'' If getting arrested for posting a fake photo sounds harsh, an employee at Chuwe's school was arrested for clicking ``like'' on Facebook in response to the image.

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ROB ZOMBIE'S - ``31'' -RELEASE DATE

 

Rob Zombie's latest horror film has finally gotten a release date. His movie ``31'' will come out September 16th. The film is about carnival workers who are kidnapped by sadistic clowns and are forced to play a violent game. Zombie's latest album, ``The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser,'' comes out April 29th. 

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TWISTA - POT CHARGE

 

Twista says police should focus on more serious crimes than busting him for marijuana possession. Twista says his arrest is like being arrested for jaywalking. Authorities in South Haven, Indiana, arrested Twista Thursday night after the Rolls Royce he was riding in was pulled over for following an S-U-V too closely. Officers said they smelled marijuana, and the driver admitted the group had been smoking pot. A police spokesman says officers found a half ounce of marijuana in a fake can. Twista's arrest forced the cancellation of a concert. He was released on 500-dollar bond. 

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ADELE FAN - HURT

 

Adele has apologized after a fan at a show in Scotland got hit with a piece of the production set. A woman in the audience at the Glasgow show on Friday was injured when a chain fell from the production rigging. She was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital as a precaution. Adele tweeted, ``I'm so sorry to hear that someone got hurt at my show tonight. It's being investigated to ensure it won't happen again.'' 

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MARIAH CAREY - BRUSSELS

 

Mariah Carey canceled yesterday's show in Brussels over security concerns. A message on Carey's Twitter account said the concert was called off for security concerns.

Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels left at least 31 people dead. The tweets said Carey hoped to see her Belgian fans soon but she did not mention a rescheduled concert. 

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JAMES IHA - SMASHING PUMPKINS

 

Fans who went to see Smashing Pumpkins in Los Angeles on Saturday could not believe their eyes: guitarist James Iha was playing with them. Rolling Stone reports Iha joined the band onstage for the first time in 16 years. He played seven songs with the band. Original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin plays with the current Pumpkins lineup. No word on the whereabouts of former bassist D'arcy Wretzky. 

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SNOOP DOGG - NATURE VIDEOS

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ videos on his website. Snoop did a parody of the ``Planet Earth'' documentary series during which he offered his own commentary to wildlife videos. More than 75-thousand people signed an online petition asking for Snoop to narrate the whole season of ``Planet Earth.'' Snoop now offers his commentary on videos for his ``Planet Snoop'' section of his Merry Jane website.

In one video, he bets on a snake as it takes on a squirrel but then changes his tune when the squirrel puts up a fight. 

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MILEY CYRUS - ALICIA KEYS - ``THE VOICE''

 

``The Voice'' is getting some girl power. N-B-C says Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will join the show as judges next September. The arrival of the two pop stars will mark the first time the judging panel will have two women on it at the same time. Cyrus and Keys join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in the coaches' jobs.

Both women know the drill on ``The Voice.'' Cyrus is an adviser this season and Keys mentored contestants before. 

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STEVE MARTIN - EDIE BRICKELL - BROADWAY

 

It was a curtain call with a twist for some Broadway fans last week. After the cast of the new musical ``Bright Star'' had taken their bows Thursday night, part of the set swiveled around _ and on it were Stevie Martin and Edie Brickell, the pair that wrote the musical. After the ovation, Martin and Brickell turned in a surprise performance, with Martin playing the banjo and Brickell singing. They have written two albums together _ but ``Bright Star'' is their first musical. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016

 

GARTH BROOKS - REFUGEES

 

An influx of Garth Brooks fans to Hamilton is temporarily pushing some Syrian refugee families out. 

Various media reports say more than 200 Syrian refugees were bumped from their accommodations at downtown Hamilton hotels to make way for thousands of Brooks fans who already booked rooms. 

The country music legend is playing a series of concerts in the city Thursday through Sunday night. 

Reports say the refugees were shuttled to St. Catharines _ about 55 kilometres away _ to stay at another hotel for the duration of the shows. 

Wesley Urban Ministries handles the reception of government-assisted refugees, helping them find places to stay as they search for permanent housing in the region. 

Emails for comment late Wednesday were not immediately returned, while both the office of Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger and management for Brooks were also not available for comment. 

(David Friend/The Canadian Press)

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LOLLAPALOOZA ANNOUNCES LINEUP

 

Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem will headline this year's Lollapalooza. Founder Perry Farrell's band, Jane's Addiction, is also on the list of performers.

The festival has added a fourth day and will include more than 170 acts. Among the other artists set to perform are J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Future, Major Lazer, The 1975, Chris Stapleton and X Ambassadors. Lollapalooza is set for July 28-31 in Chicago.

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DEMI LOVATO AND JOE JONAS ANNOUNCE TOUR

 

Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas already know they get along as friends. They figured now was the time to test that by going on tour together. They will kick off the ``Future Now'' tour on June 24 in Sunrise, Florida. Lovato says they've been friends for ten years and they're also business partners, so they have a strong trust. Jonas says they're still working out the aspects of the show, so he doesn't know yet if they will be on stage together or if they'll do separate sets. 

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MUSIC-PRINCE-TORONTO

 

Prince will take the stage in Toronto on Friday for two newly announced shows.  A post on Prince's official Twitter account revealed that the pop superstar would perform at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday.  The shows are slated to take place at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time and are part of Prince's ``Piano and a Microphone'' tour.  Concert attendees will receive a copy of Prince's new album while leaving the venue.  Tickets for the Toronto shows will go on sale this morning. 

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PHIFE DAWG REMEMBERED

 

Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest by getting an audience of 18,000 in Sydney, Australia, to chant Phife's name. Phife died of complications from diabetes yesterday at the age of 45. Talib Kweli tweeted, ``Today is a dark day in hiphop.'' Questlove writes on Instagram when he first heard ``Scenario'' he knew he wanted to make that type of music.

Jill Scott says Phife was ``pure and smart, musical and fun.''

Macklemore says Phife was ``a key ingredient to one of the greatest groups ever.'' 

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DURAN DURAN START THE ENGINES FOR NEW TOUR

 

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor would rather not relive the 1980s. Taylor says the band was cruising at ``a very high altitude,'' particularly in the early '80s. He says they were quite young when fame hit and he wasn't ready for it. He says it's like being given your first car and it's a Ferrari. He says now they're in a Buick. He adds it's ``a very sedate Buick, but it gets around to all the sightseeing trips.'' Duran Duran will kick off their ``Paper Gods'' tour tomorrow in Niagara Falls. 

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JARS OF CLAY GUITARIST OPENS BARBERSHOP

 

Jars of Clay are not making a whole lot of music these days, but the guitar player can give you a pretty good haircut. The Nashville Tennessean reports Jars of Clay guitarist Stephen Mason has opened his own barbershop called The Handsomizer in Nashville. It's tiny, with room just for a barber chair and three seats in the waiting area. Mason himself does the cutting. He went to barber school two years ago. 

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JUSTIN BIEBER CALLS OFF MEETINGS WITH FANS

 

Justin Bieber will no longer do meet-and-greets with fans. Bieber writes on Instagram he loves meeting people but he ends up feeling drained and unhappy to the point of depression. He says he never wants to disappoint people but he'd rather channel his energy into his shows and his albums. 

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CHRIS STAPLETON GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

 

Chris Stapleton is going back to his old school for a free concert. The ACM Lifting Lives charity says Stapleton will perform at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky, today. He'll also do a sold-out performance for the community later today. 

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CHRIS STAPLETON AMONG EARLY ACMS WINNERS

 

Chris Stapleton will go to the Academy of Country Music Awards knowing he's already a winner. The ACMs announced early awards and Stapleton has won new male artist of the year. Kelsea Ballerini won new female artist of the year, and Old Dominion won new duo or group of the year. Stapleton has six other nominations going into the ACMs. Ballerini and Old Dominion are contenders for other awards, too. The ACMs will air live from Las Vegas on CBS on April 3. 

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SCORPIONS SINGER HAS THROAT INFLAMMATION

 

Singer Klaus Meine of Scorpions has been ordered off the stage for medical reasons. The band's website reports Meine is suffering from an inflammation of the larynx and trachea and is under doctor's orders to rest. Scorpions were 30 minutes into their concert in Hamburg, Germany, on Monday when Meine was unable to continue. Scorpions will postpone their tour of Germany to November. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

 

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

 

Julie London's ``Cry Me A River'' and Metallica's ``Master of Puppets'' are among the recordings the Library of Congress have determined are worth keeping for the ages.

The National Recording Registry preserves recordings of cultural or historical significance. This year's batch includes ``Mama Tried'' by Merle Haggard, ``Where Did Our Love Go'' by The Supremes, ``I Will Survive'' by Gloria Gaynor, ``Piano Man'' by Billy Joel and both the Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin versions of ``Mack the Knife.'' It also includes the albums ``A Love Supreme'' by John Coltrane, ``It's My Way'' by Buffy Sainte-Marie and ``Abraxas'' by Santana. 

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IRON MAIDEN'S TOURING PLANE IS REPAIRED

 

Ed Force One is back in the skies. The Boeing 747 that Iron Maiden uses as its touring plane was damaged in a ground accident in Santiago, Chile, on March 12. Both left side engines needed replacing and new ones were flown in from Germany.

That was no easy feat, given that each one weighs more than 11,000 pounds. Everything was put in place, including the decals featuring the Iron Maiden mascot, Eddie. Ed Force One met up with the band in Brazil and will transport Iron Maiden, their tour personnel and 20 tons of equipment to New York for their show at Madison Square Garden next week. 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD ENLISTS MUSIC FRIENDS TO MARK MIKE FISHER'S 1,000th GAME

 

Carrie Underwood called in some favors to help her husband, Nashville Predators star Mike Fisher, celebrate his 1,000th game. Underwood starred in a congratulatory video that was played for Fisher during the Predators game against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Brad Paisley also appeared in the video, congratulating Fisher for his hockey career and adding, ``There's definitely a special place in heaven for you for also putting up with that wife of yours.'' Bono sang a version of The Proclaimers' song ``500 Miles'' to reflect Fisher's 1,000 games. Rascal Flatts congratulate him for being a good curler and for having ``a hot wife.'' Others who offer their best wishes include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Michael W. Smith, Vince Gill and fellow NHL players. 

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BOBBY RYDELL PLANS MEMOIR

 

Bobby Rydell plans to tell what really happens in the life of a pop star. Rydell will put out an autobiography called ``Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances'' on May 4. Rydell will detail his rise to fame with songs like ``Volare'' and ``Wild One.'' He'll also discuss some unpleasant aspects of his life, like the death of his first wife, his alcohol abuse and his double-transplant surgery that saved his life. 

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JAMES FORTUNE STARTS SERVING JAIL TIME

 

 James Fortune is in a Texas jail serving five days for assaulting his wife. Court records show that Fortune turned himself in on Monday night to a jail in Richmond, Texas.

Fortune entered a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to assault on a family member stemming from an incident in 2014. He must also serve five years of probation, do community service and avoid contact with his estranged wife. Fortune has had a string of gospel hits including ``I Believe,'' ``Hold On'' and ``I Trust You.'' 

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'THE VOICE'

 

Team Xtina gets the last steal of the Battle Rounds on ``The Voice.'' The Battle Rounds wrapped up last night, with Christina Aguilera picking up Trey O'Dell, a college student from Arkansas. He was dropped by Team Blake. Next week, The Voice moves a step closer to the live broadcasts. The remaining contestants will face off in the Knockouts, with their coaches deciding who gets to stay on for the live rounds. 

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MUSIC TELEVISION

 

Back in the day, when people thought of music and television, the image was of music videos, concerts and the occasional reality show or appearance as a judge on a singing competition. But lately, the trend has been toward having artists tell their stories through their own lenses. For example. Mariah Carey wears the producer's hat on ``Mariah's World,'' a documentary-series that will chase her around on tour and as she plans her wedding to an Australian businessman. Nicki Minaj is producing a comedy based on her childhood. 50 Cent is doing a variety show in which he will also serve as host. And Christina Aguilera is doing a music-based game show called ``Trackers,'' which is being developed for Spike TV. 

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LOLLAPALOOZA 

 

Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem are among the acts that will play in Chicago for the 25th anniversary of the Lollapalooza music festival.

The lineup was released early Wednesday on Lollapalooza's website. It also includes Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell's band Jane's Addiction. 

The festival will start Thursday, July 28, and run through Sunday, July 31. Organizers added a fourth day this year to mark the anniversary. There will be more than 170 musical performances. 

Farrell started Lollapalooza in 1991, which was a tour until 1997. It was on hiatus from 1998 to 2003, and the 2004 event was cancelled because of poor ticket sales. In 2005, it found a home in Chicago's Grant Park.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016

 

MADONNA

A London judge is telling Madonna and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie that it would be a tragedy if the final days of their son's childhood were taken up by a custody dispute. Judge Alistair MacDonald says it would be best if 15-year-old Rocco could spend time with both parents. MacDonald urged them for a second time to find an amicable resolution. Rocco currently lives with Ritchie in London, but Madonna wants him returned to her custody in the U.S.

She launched legal action both in the U.S. and in Britain. MacDonald has agreed to Madonna's request to halt the British proceedings. A New York judge also has urged Madonna and Ritchie to work out an agreement. 

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THE GO-GO'S

 

The Go-Go's will spend the summer saying goodbye.

Rolling Stone reports The Go-Go's will embark on a one-month farewell tour beginning August 2 in Clearwater, Florida. It will include four of the five original members, but not bassist Kathy Valentine. She settled a lawsuit against the group two years ago.

The band say they can't wait to get on the road and give people what they want, ``Some loud, fast music and a great party!'' 

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WYNONNA

 

For Wynonna, using vintage instruments to make a record was like getting a makeover. Wynonna says she never sounded so vulnerable or so sassy as when she sang into a vintage microphone for her ``Wynonna and the Big Noise'' album. She says after singing next to a stand-up bass, she wanted a cigarette, even though she doesn't even smoke. She says fans can hear her breathing on the record and they love it because it's like she's talking to them. 

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LAURA JANE GRACE

 

Singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will tell her story of drug addiction, depression and her transition from male to female. Her upcoming autobiography is called ``Tranny:

Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.'' It will be based on Grace's journal entries going back to her childhood. The book comes out November 15. 

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STUDENT DIES AT ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

 

 A University of Miami student has died while attending the Ultra Music Festival over the weekend in Miami. Police say 21-year-old Adam Levine -- not the Maroon 5 singer -- died after being taken to a hospital on Friday. Ultra's chief of security says guards noticed a man in distress and called paramedics. A cause of death has not been released. The Ultra Music Festival featured David Guetta, Zedd, Prodigy, Deadmau5 and Kaskade.

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DOLLY PARTON-KATY PERRY

 

Dolly Parton and Katy Perry will team up for a performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards. It will be the first time they've ever performed live together. Parton will also get an award for her TV special ``Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors'' for promoting country music through movies. The ACMS will be April 3 in Las Vegas and shown live on CBS. 

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SNOOP DOGG TEAMS WITH ADIDAS FOR FOOTBALL CLEAT

 

Snoop Dogg wants your feet on the football field to scream ``money.'' He's designed a football cleat for Adidas that features a gold-colored sole and the digitally printed image of a 100-dollar bill on the upper. The Adizero 5-Star 5.0 Snoop Cleats retail for 120-dollars. 

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``NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!'' GOES BROADWAY

 

The ``Now That's What I Call Music!'' compilation series has branched off into power ballads, country songs and even Halloween music. Now it's doing a Broadway edition. It will includes songs like ``Tomorrow'' from ``Annie,'' ''Seasons of Love`` from ''Rent`` and ''Defying Gravity`` from ''Wicked.`` Other songs will be from the shows ''Cats,`` ''Chicago,`` ''The Phantom of the Opera,`` ''A Chorus Line,`` ''The Lion King`` and ''Jersey Boys.`` It comes out April 29th. 

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TINA FEY, ANGELA BASSETT, JADA PINKETT SMITH TO BE HONORED

 

You know them from seeing them on movies and TV. But people like Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cynthia Nixon and Kathie Lee Gifford are also getting recognition for their work on the other side of the camera. The five will be honoured by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with its 41st annual Gracie Awards. The head of the foundation says their success is a boost to future generations of women who want careers in the media. 

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``THE VOICE''

 

Lacy Mandigo from ``The Voice'' is 2-for-2 _ on her dreams. She says she dreamed Christina Aguilera would turn her chair around during the blind auditions. She did. Last night, Lacy was up against former kid star Alisan Porter from ``Curly Sue''

in a Battle Round. Lacy was dropped by Team Xtina. But Lacy says she dreamt she'd be saved by Team Blake _ and she was. Both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton wanted her but Lacy decided to go with Team Blake.

Tonight, more Battle Rounds on The Voice. 

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(The Associated Press)

Amy Metcalfe shared her music with us!

730 CKDM hosts former Manitoban Amy Metcalfe, who dropped into the 730 CKDM Studios to chat with Alex DeVries and Bruce Leperre. She also sang her successful single, "The Whiskey Won't Fix Me".

Her new single is "Fairyfail".

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

 

LORETTA LYNN - HIGHEST-CHARTING ALBUM

 

At the age of 83, Loretta Lynn has achieved her highest-charting album ever. Her ``Full Circle'' album debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Her highest-charting album before this was ``Van Lear Rose,'' which hit number 24 in 2004. 

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BAD COMPANY - TOURING GUITARIST

 

Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson will be the guest guitarist on Bad Company's next tour. Guitarist Mick Ralphs says he's just not feeling up to the travel of touring this time, and he's glad the band found Robinson to fill in for him. Robinson says it's an honour to be able to play with the band. Bad Company will co-headline a tour with Joe Walsh beginning May 12th in Dallas. 

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WILD FEATHERS - LIKE FAMILY

 

You'd think after spending nearly every day together for six years in a van, the members of Wild Feathers would put some space between each other when they have a break. On the

contrary: they still hang out when they're at home. Singer-guitarist Ricky Young says they really do love each other and really like each other, which he calls ``bizarre.'' He says even their wives question why they still seek each other out when they're on a tour break.

Bandmate Joel King says nobody knows the troubles they've seen so nobody else can relate. Wild Feathers have a new album out called ``Lonely is a Lifetime.'' 

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MICHAEL JACKSON - BUBBLES - MOVIE

 

A film is in the works based on Michael Jackson's chimp, Bubbles. The Hollywood Reporter reports the film ``Bubbles'' will tell Jackson's story from the chimp's perspective.

It will be made using stop-motion animation. A release date was not announced. 

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SMOKEY ROBINSON - AWARD

 

Smokey Robinson is getting recognized for his charitable efforts. The MusiCares MAP Fund, which helps musicians with addiction recovery, will give Robinson an award on May 19th in Los Angeles. CeeLo Green, Babyface, El DeBarge and Kem will perform in Robinson's honour. Robinson also will perform. Cedric the Entertainer will host. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SURPRISES PATIENTS

 

 

 

``American Idol'' host Ryan Seacrest had a surprise guest when he unveiled a new broadcast studio at a Nashville hospital on Friday: Taylor Swift. The studio at Monroe Carell Junior Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University is the tenth one Seacrest has built at a hospital. Swift says the studio will help kids find their creativity, whether they want to make a radio show or record their own music. She says the fact that it's in Nashville means there's a wonderful opportunity for musicians to stop by and help. Seacrest says the studio broadcasts to patients' rooms, so the ones who can't get out of bed can still call the studio and talk to any visiting celebrities. 

 

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BLAKE SHELTON - LAWSUIT

 

 

 

Blake Shelton denies he went to rehab or that Miranda Lambert ever videotaped him drunk and showed him the tape the next day. The Nashville Tennessean reports Shelton filed a document last week in support of his two-million dollar lawsuit against the publisher of In Touch magazine over a story published in September saying he was an out-of-control drunk. Shelton says he has never been to rehab, nor has he urinated on a mailbox, nor did he start drinking at the age of 14. He says he jokes about drinking on Twitter to amuse his fans and they get the jokes. He argues that the In Touch story hurt his business dealings.

 

 

 

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PRINCE - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

 

 

Prince is telling his life story, from his first memory to his Super Bowl performance. Prince told an audience in New York on Friday that publishing house Spiegel and Grau made him an offer he can't refuse. He says the working title is ``The Beautiful Ones.'' He says his brother Dan is helping him with it because he's a good critic and not a ``yes'' man. The book will come out in the fall of 2017.

 

 

 

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SNOOP DOGG - TOURISM - ROMANIA

 

 

 

Snoop Dogg's spelling mistake is the biggest thing to happen to a small Romanian village. Snoop posted a selfie on Instagram while on tour in Bogota (boh-goh-TAH'), Colombia, but he misspelled ``Bogota'' as B-O-G-A-T-A, which is a town in Transylvania of about two-thousand people. Bogata mayor Laszlo Barta says it was a mistake but it's been good advertising for the town. A tourist website VisitBogata-dot-com is playing up the mistake, saying the village is the ``best place for chillin' in Romania.'' It also advises bringing a sleeping bag because there are no hotels in Bogata. 

 

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GWEN STEFANI - LINKEDIN

 

 

 

Even Gwen Stefani understands the importance of connections in business. She's joined LinkedIn. She lists herself as a singer/songwriter, coach on ``The Voice,'' fashion designer and entrepreneur. She has posted an essay entitled, ``The Key to Creativity -- and Success -- Is Truth.'' Stefani says three constants in whatever she does are, ``I remain real to myself, pure about the project and true to my whole esthetic.'' Stefani just released a new album called ``This Is What The Truth Feels Like.''

 

 

 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - TARDY NOTE

 

 

 

It was an excuse note -- signed by The Boss himself. Fourth-grader Xabi Glovsky and his dad Scott went to the sold-out Bruce Springsteen show in Los Angeles last Tuesday night. Xabi held up a homemade sign saying: ``Bruce, I will be late to school tomorrow. Please sign my note.'' After the show, Springsteen invited the pair backstage where they posed for photos. And Bruce scribbled a note for the boy's teacher. The note said: ``Dear Ms. Jackson, Xabi has been out very late rocking & rolling. Please excuse him if he is tardy.'' 

 

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(The Associated Press)

 

 

WEEK OF March 21, 2016

730 CKDM TOP TWENTY 

MUSIC DIRECTOR:  BRUCE LEPERRE 

The Parkland's Best Music ... 730 CKDM

 

 

  TW  LW   WO         TITLE/ARTIST/LABEL                                                        WEEKS @ #1

 

1

2

10

 

Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)

1

2

3

14

 

Beautiful Drug – Zac Brown Band (SouthrnGrnd/Varvatos/BMLG)

 

3

6

5

 

You Should Be Here – Cole Swindell (Warner Bros./WMN)

 

4

5

9

 

Drunk On Your Love – Brett Eldredge (Atlantic/WMN)

 

5

1

10

 

We Went – Randy Houser (Stoney Creek)

1

6

8

10

 

Confessions – Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville)

 

7

7

11

 

Little Bit Of You – Chase Bryant (Red Bow)

 

8

11

12

 

I Like The Sound Of That – Rascal Flatts (Big Machine)

 

9

9

6

 

Hearts On Fire – Chad Brownlee* (MDM)

 

10

10

3

 

I Got This – George Canyon* (Big Star)

 

11

13

6

 

Snapback – Old Dominion (RCA Nashville)

 

12

14

8

 

Nobody to Blame – Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville)

 

13

15

5

 

My Church – Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville)

 

14

16

4

 

Mind Reader – Dustin Lynch (Broken Bow)

 

15

18

3

 

Heard You In A Song – Gord Bamford* (Cache/Sony Music Canada)

 

16

20

2

 

Think Of You–Chris Young & Cassadee Pope (RCA/Republic Nashville)

 

17

17

5

 

That Doesn't Sound Like You – Lee Brice (Curb)

 

18

19

3

 

Somewhere On A Beach – Dierks Bentley (Capitol Nashville)

 

19

1

 

Humble & Kind – Tim McGraw (Big Machine)

 

20

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Maybe It's The Moonshine – Washboard Union* (Waner Music Canada)

 

 

This Week’s Adds: Came Here to Forget - Blake Shelton (WB/Warner)(HIT PICK)

 

Huntin, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day – Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville/Universal)

Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt (MCA Nashville/Universal)
Be You - High Valley* (Open Road)

Bad Blood - Jesse Mast* (Cache/Sony)

Lonely Girl – David James* (MDM)

Dirt Road in ‘Em – Aaron Pritchett* (Big Star/Universal)

Bow & Arrow – Nicole Rayy* (Indie)

Found – Dan Davidson* (Sharp 9)

Fallin’ For You – Kira Lynn* (Indie)

 

 

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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

 

DAVID GILMOUR - POMPEII

 

Maybe this time people will show up when David Gilmour plays Pompeii. Gilmour has announced he will play the Pompeii Amphitheatre in Italy on July 7th and 8th. Pink Floyd shot their ``Live at Pompeii'' film at the amphitheatre in 1972. It's notable because the band played live but there was no audience. 

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KURT COBAIN - GUN PHOTOS

 

Police in Seattle are releasing photos of the shotgun Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain used to kill himself decades ago. A Seattle police cold case detective is shown holding Cobain's gun at different angles in five photos posted to the department's website. The photos were taken in June 2015 and added to the city of Seattle's computer system earlier this month. It's not clear why they took the photos last year or why they're releasing them to the public. Cobain was 27th when he died in 1994. 

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50 CENT - VARIETY SHOW

 

50 Cent says he grew up watching variety shows, and now he'll star in one of his own. He will produce and host a series called ``50 Cent Presents'' for the A-and-E Network. It will include comedy sketches, standup, reality experiments, music, magic, dance numbers and celebrity guests. 50 Cent plans to bring on his A-list friends and have them show off some of their lesser-known skills. An air date was not announced. 

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TIM McGRAW - BOOK

 

Tim McGraw is turning his song ``Humble and Kind'' into a book. Hachette Books has announced the book version will include lyrics, illustrations and an introduction by McGraw.

The song was inspired by his daughter leaving for college. The book comes out May 17th, just in time to give as a graduation gift.

McGraw will donate the proceeds to charity. 

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MADONNA - BRISBANE CONCERT

 

Madonna fans in Brisbane, Australia, were angry they had to decide whether to stay for the end of her show or take the last train home. Madonna was supposed to go on stage at 9 p-m Wednesday but did not show up until 11:22 p-m.

Hundreds of fans had left by then and demanded refunds at the ticket office. When Madonna finally did make it to the stage, she joked, ``You were here too early. You should have taken your time doing your hair and makeup. Then I wouldn't have been late.'' The last train left at 12:15 a-m, but Madonna did not wrap up the show until about an hour later. 

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MAN PLEADS CASE - ADELE SONG 

 

A man facing sentencing figured he had nothing to lose by singing his own version of Adele's song ``Hello'' to the judge. The Ann Arbor News reports 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor sang to Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O'Brien on March 10th. He sang, ``Hello there, your honour'' and changed the words to, ``I want to say I'm sorry for the things I've done and I'll try and be stronger in this life I chose, but I want you to know, that door, I closed. And your honour I'm sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.'' O'Brien says Taylor is ``obviously a talented young man.'' Still, she sentenced him to two years in prison on a concealed weapon charge and 18 months to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment. 

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ROLF HARRIS FACES NEW INDECENT ASSAULT CHARGES

 

``Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport'' singer Rolf Harris answered more indecent assault charges in a London court yesterday.

Harris, who is 85, is already serving a six-year sentence for sex offences against four girls. The new charges are related to assaults allegedly committed between 1971 and 2004, including three victims under the age of 14. Harris appeared by video link from prison yesterday and denied all charges. 

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SHAKIRA RECALLS - EARLY SETBACK

 

Imagine you're ten years old and your music teacher rejects you for the choir and your classmates think you sing like a goat. That's what happened to Shakira. She says the teacher thought she sounded too dissonant and her friends didn't like her vibrato. Shakira says her father told her not to give up and someday people would hear that vibrato on the radio and know it was her. As she puts it, ``Here I am with my vibrato!'' Shakira says family support is so important and she would have abandoned music if it weren't for her family standing behind her. 

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STRYPER'S MICHAEL SWEET - TED CRUZ COMPARISON

 

Stryper singer Michael Sweet is not secretly running for president as Senator Ted Cruz. Sweet has been the subject of an online joke recently that claims he and Cruz are the same person, based on photo comparisons. At first, Sweet played along, tweeting that he was going to cancel Stryper's next tour so he could focus on his campaign. Now he's tweeted an apology to Cruz over ``the silly blow up'' about them being the same person. 

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BATACLAN - REENACTMENT

 

You'd think no one would want to relive the night of November 13th in Paris at the Bataclan night club. However, French lawmakers are hoping to learn from a reenactment of that night.

Eighty-nine people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan when three gunmen opened fire. Yesterday, lawmakers and first responders returned to the venue to hold an exercise aimed at avoiding a repeat of the tragedy. Some families of the victims are criticizing the move as needlessly painful. 

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'AMERICAN IDOL'

 

Jennifer Lopez was weepy at the judge's desk on ``American Idol'' last night. She had tears in her eyes after Trent Hamron performed ``Simple Man.'' Later, J-Lo was sobbing when La'Porsha Renae did Mary J. Blige's ``No More Drama.'' La'Porsha was crying too, as J-Lo said how she was moved by La'Porsha's powerful performance. Last night, the judges exercised their last save of Idol's final season. That goes to Sonika Vaid, who gets to come back next week. She was in the bottom-two with Tristan McIntosh, who now goes home. 

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50 CENT - TV SERIES

 

Heeeerre's Fiddy? Looks like 50 Cent is trying to take his place among people like Jay Leno, Johnny Carson and David Letterman. He is planning to a variety T-V show for A&E. The network says its drawing up a series called ``50 Cent Presents'' _ and it will feature sketch comedy and music. The rapper says he grew up watching variety shows on T-V _ and wants to bring his own take on the genre to the table. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016

 

MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE SELLS MUSIC CATALOG

 

The Beatles music catalogue will no longer be in the possession of Michael Jackson's estate. Sony will buy Jackson's stake of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue for 750 million dollars. It includes works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eminem and Taylor Swift, but it does not include Jackson's master recordings or publishing. Jackson bought his stake in the A-T-V portion of the catalogue in 1985 for 41.5 million dollars and later merged it with Sony. It was the asset that made him the most money at the time of his death in 2009, but Jackson was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt by then. 

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TRISHA YEARWOOD IS NERVOUS AHEAD OF SUNDAY'S AIRING OF ``THE PASSION''

 

Trisha Yearwood is hoping for divine inspiration as she portrays Mary in a T-V retelling of the story of Jesus' death. Yearwood says she's out of her element with ``The Passion'' because it's live T-V and she has five songs to sing. She says she has seriously asked her friends to pray for her.

``Telenova'' star Jencarlos Canela will portray Jesus, Chris Daughtry plays Judas, Seal will be Pontius Pilate and Prince Royce plays Peter. The program will use songs like Hoobastank's ``The Reason,'' Tina Turner's ``We Don't Need Another Hero'' and Imagine Dragons' ``Demons.'' Daughtry says the basis of the story is universal: ``love, compassion, acceptance and forgiving.'' ''The Passion`` airs live on Fox on Sunday. 

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PRODUCER PONDERING WHETHER TO INCLUDE DR. LUKE IN MINISERIES ABOUT POP MUSIC

 

The maker of an upcoming miniseries about the modernization of pop music is reconsidering using an interview with producer Dr. Luke. Jeff Dupre, the producer of the P-B-S series ``Soundbreaking,'' says he's discussed the issue with his colleagues over the last couple of weeks and they haven't made a decision. The miniseries is being screened this week at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Kesha and Dr. Luke are involved in a legal battle. She says he raped her a decade ago and he says she's making it up to get out of her contract. 

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ESPERANZA SPALDING RELEASES ``EMILY'S D + EVOLUTION''

 

You can credit the new album ``Emily's D + Evolution'' to Esperanza Spalding, but she credits it to Emily.

That's the alter ego she channels for the new direction of her music. Emily also happens to be her middle name. Spalding calls Emily a name for a process ``when you sense that there's something pent up that you haven't been developing.'' Spalding says the rock group Cream and Joni Mitchell's ``Hejira'' album are her latest inspirations. Spalding also looks a bit different these days.

Instead of an afro, she wears braids and big glasses. She says it's part of her desire to get in touch with ``that fundamental ground floor of my expression.'' 

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MADONNA SAYS SHE DOESN'T PERFORM DRUNK

 

Once again, Madonna is defending herself against rumours that she was in an altered state on stage. She plays a character who does a shot onstage during her current world tour.

Madonna wrote on Instagram on Tuesday she would never perform high or drunk. She says it's ``too bad people don't know the art of acting and playing a character.'' She calls the accusations that she was drunk ``sexist.'' In January, Madonna wrote on Instagram she never drinks and performs, and no one would make those accusations of a man. She said at the time she made a joke about doing a comedy act dressed as a clown and being able to drink alcohol. 

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HOZIER'S ``ARSONIST'S LULLABYE'' SEES BOOST AFTER ``WALKING DEAD''

 

It was a good career move for Hozier to allow his song ``Arsonist's Lullabye'' to be used in the March 6th episode of ``The Walking Dead.'' Billboard reports the song had a three-thousand-per-cent gain in sales the week after the episode ran. It also set a record on the music-identifying app Shazam for the most tags on a single song, with 195-thousand. ``Arsonist's Lullabye'' was used in the trailer for season 6 last summer. 

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DOLLY PARTON DISCUSSES REISSUE OF ``TRIO'' ALBUM

 

New tracks from the ``Trio'' sessions featuring Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt will be released, but it's unlikely we'll see a reunion of the three to do the songs live. Ronstadt has Parkinson's disease and is unable to sing. Parton says it's ``just the saddest thing in the world'' that Ronstadt can't sing anymore. She says they hope that perhaps Ronstadt will be able to appear with her and Harris and just speak, but they haven't confirmed that. As for the new ``Trio'' music, Parton says they had recorded several tracks that had not been released, then recorded more songs that became the original ``Trio'' record. The previously unreleased tracks will come out with reissues of ``Trio'' and ``Trio 2'' in September.

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA CREATES GAME SHOW

 

Christina Aguilera is the mastermind behind a new music game show that will run on Spike T-V. The Hollywood Reporter reports the show ``Tracks'' will feature contestants trying to guess songs after hearing only one instrument track, like just the bass or guitar. Surprise celebrity music guests will appear to play songs that may or may not be their own. Aguilera will be an executive producer. The show is scheduled to air later this year. 

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``THE VOICE''

 

One of the kids on ``The Voice'' this season is getting a second chance. Fifteen-year-old Shalya Fearing was dropped by Christina Aguilera during last night's ``Battle Rounds.''

But she was picked by Pharrell Williams in a steal. Williams says Shalya was so talented she deserves to be on the show. Each of the coaches get two so-called steals during this stage of the competition. That's when they pick up a performer dropped by another coach. Next week, the Battle Rounds continue on The Voice. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016

 

MIRANDA LAMBERT CREATES LINE OF DOG TOYS AND ACCESSORIES

 

Miranda Lambert hopes that outfitting your dog will help other dogs find homes. Lambert has teamed with Petmate to create a line of dog toys, collars, bedding and other items.

Proceeds will benefit her MuttNation Foundation, which funds dog adoption programs. The items for sale include a bandanna collar, beds with cow print patterns and tambourine and guitar chewie toys.

Don't have a dog? Lambert's collection also includes six plush toy puppies that are based on real-life rescue dogs. 

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RANDY HOUSER TALKS ABOUT GETTING FIRED UP AND RELEASING ``FIRED UP''

 

Randy Houser admits he was a little freaked out the first time he stood in front of a crowd of 50-thousand people.

Houser says he never played for audiences that big until he toured recently with Luke Bryan, and his adrenaline just went nuts. Houser says sometimes he pretends it's his back yard and he's just hanging out with friends. Houser just released a new album called ``Fired Up.'' He calls it ``a good representation of where I have been, where I am and where I am going.'' 

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GOGI GRANT DIES

 

The woman who took the song ``The Wayward Wind'' to number one in 1956 has died. Billboard reports Gogi Grant died Thursday at the age of 91. ``The Wayward Wind'' was the song that knocked ``Heartbreak Hotel'' by Elvis Presley off the top spot after an eight-week run. Grant was also used as actress Ann Blyth's singing voice in the 1957 movie, ``The Helen Morgan Story.'' Grant took two decades off to raise her family but returned to singing in 1987. She performed into her late 80's. 

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ERNESTINE ANDERSON DIES

 

Jazz singer Ernestine Anderson has died at the age of 87. The Seattle Times quotes the King County Medical Examiner's Office as saying it received a report that Anderson died of natural causes at a nursing home on Thursday. Anderson's 1958 album ``Hot Cargo!'' received rave reviews and hit number 15 on the Billboard

200 chart. She quit singing in 1966 and returned to music in the 1970's. Her ``Now and Then'' album was a hit on the jazz charts in 1993. Her childhood friend, producer Quincy Jones, once described her voice as the sound of ``honey at dusk.'' 

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SONY BUYS MICHAEL JACKSON'S STAKE IN MUSIC CATALOG

 

Michael Jackson's stake in a massive music catalogue has been sold to Sony for 750 million dollars. Sony and Jackson's estate announced the sale in a joint press release yesterday. Jackson's estate owned a half share of the catalogue, which includes The Beatles and Bob Dylan. But the sale doesn't transfer to Sony ownership of Jackson's master recordings or rights to the songs he wrote. 

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RACHEL PLATTEN HAS HER DOUBTS

 

Not everything Rachel Platten sings is about conquering the world. Platten says when she feels inspired and empowered, she will write songs about that. She says she also writes songs when she has demons in her head and she doubts herself.

Platten says it's important for her as an artist to share who she is, and honesty is what helps her connect. She says both kinds of songs feel just as good to sing. 

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MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERTS

 

Motion City Soundtrack will embark on a farewell tour this spring. It will begin May 5th in Portland, Oregon. The tour ends in their hometown of Minneapolis on June 24th, and they have a one-off show in Sayreville, New Jersey, on August 6th. The band says in a statement they've been having conversations about the future of the band, but they have concluded, ``For now we are done.'' They say if you have been touched by their music, come out and sing with them one last time. 

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JACK ANTONOFF GETS FIRST BAND BACK TOGETHER FOR FESTIVAL

 

Jack Antonoff's first band will reunite for his ``Shadow of the City'' music festival this summer. Antonoff will get back together with Steel Train at the festival set for June 18th in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The 1975 will headline, and other performers include Carly Rae Jepsen and BORNS. Antonoff staged the first ``Shadow of the City'' festival last year. He says year two gives him so much joy because it makes him feel like he can really keep doing it. 

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GOOD CHARLOTTE REUNITE FOR NEW RECORD

 

You can thank 5 Seconds Of Summer for giving Good Charlotte the boost they needed to get back together. Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden says writing with 5 Seconds Of Summer made them nostalgic for Good Charlotte again. They will release an as-yet-untitled album this summer. Guitarist Benji Madden says they took a break after their ``Cardiology'' album in 2010 because they needed to find out who they were outside of the band. 

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BET HONORS RIHANNA, GLADYS KNIGHT

 

Rihanna and Gladys Knight will be honoured at BET's ``Black Girls Rock!'' awards. Other honorees include T-V producer Shonda Rhimes, ``Walking Dead'' star Danai Gurira and actress Amandla Stenberg. ``Black Girls Rock!'' will tape April 1st in Newark, New Jersey. It will air on B-E-T on April 5th. 

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(The Associated Press) 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016

 

KEITH EMERSON - APPARENT SUICIDE

 

Police are investigating the death of Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer as a suicide. Authorities say Emerson had what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 71. His longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, called police to Emerson's condo in Santa Monica, California, early Friday morning. She says he could have died anytime between Thursday evening and Friday morning. Emerson was a musical prodigy who was playing in clubs as a teenager. He was part of The Nice before joining Lake and Palmer in 1970. Their hits included ``Karn Evil 9,'' ''Lucky Man`` and ''From the Beginning.`` Kawaguchi says Emerson hated being called a rock star and always wanted to be known as a composer. Emerson was supposed to begin a tour of Japan on April 14th. 

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KEITH EMERSON - TRIBUTE

 

Singer Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer says he spent some of the best years of his life with keyboardist Keith Emerson. He says for as sad and tragic as Emerson's death is, he wants people to remember Emerson's ``remarkable talent as a musician and composer.'' Emerson died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head last week. Drummer Carl Palmer says Emerson was ``a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.'' 

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EAGLES OF DEATH METAL - APOLOGY

 

Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes is apologizing for hinting that some security guards at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris had advance knowledge of the November 13th attack. Hughes had told the Fox Business Network that six guards did not show up at the Bataclan that night and ``it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.'' Eighty-nine people were killed in a terrorist attack at the concert. Hughes has issued a statement asking forgiveness for ``the absurd accusations'' he made.

Hughes says he has had non-stop nightmares since the attack and he has not been himself, but he says there is no excuse for his words. 

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JOEY FEEK - FUNERAL

 

Joey Feek of Joey and Rory has been laid to rest in a family plot on her farm in Tennessee. Her husband, Rory Feek, writes on his ``This Life I Live'' blog that family and friends attended the funeral last Tuesday. A team of mules pulling a wagon from the 1800s carried his wife's simple wooden box to the grave.

Rory Feek says after everyone was gone, he took their daughter, Indiana, to see her one more time. Joey Feek died of cancer on March 4th. 

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IRON MAIDEN - TOUR AIRPLANE DAMAGED

 

Ed Force One has been damaged in an accident. Iron Maiden say the accident to their airplane happened while it was tethered to a tow truck in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. It was being taken for refuelling and a steering pin fell out. The plane tried to make a turn, but it ran into the truck. Two ground workers were injured and the undercarriage and engines of the plane were severely damaged. The band, crew and equipment still made it to Cordoba, Argentina, for their next show. Iron Maiden's management say they are looking for a replacement Ed Force One ``while our current beauty is healed.'' 

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DON HENLEY - THE EAGLES - DONE

 

Don Henley says The Eagles are likely done after the death of Glenn Frey. Henley tells B-B-C's Radio 2 it was ``very difficult and very emotional'' to do ``Take It Easy'' in Frey's memory at the Grammys last month. He says they nearly didn't do it but the Recording Academy was insistent. Henley says, ``I don't think you'll see us performing again. I think that was probably it.'' He calls it ``an appropriate farewell.'' 

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CHRIS CORNELL - ADVICE - ROLLING STONES

 

Chris Cornell is glad to see that the Rolling Stones are picking up where Audioslave left off. Cornell says he thought a lot more bands would have played Cuba after Audioslave did it in 2005. The Rolling Stones will play a free show in Havana on March 25th. The Audioslave concert was a logistical tangle that cost the band one-million dollars. Cornell says Fidel Castro's people reviewed their music beforehand, and the band was told their rooms would probably be bugged. His advice for the Stones is, ``They should just use up every second that they're there and not sleep and just be there with the Cuban people.'' 

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PEARL JAM - EAR PLUGS

 

Pearl Jam wants fans to be able to hear them for years to come. The band has teamed up with MusiCares to offer limited-edition Pearl Jam earplugs at their concerts. They come in a case with the Pearl Jam logo. Fans can get them for a donation to MusiCares, which assists musicians who fall on hard times. Bassist Jeff Ament says fans should wear hearing protection ``or you'll end up with a 1.5k ring in both ears every night.'' Ament says he can't enjoy the serene quiet of an empty desert or a forest without his ears ringing. 

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HARRY STYLES - MOVIE

 

Harry Styles will make his feature movie debut in a film about World War II. Variety reports Styles will act in the film ``Dunkirk.'' It's about the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940. Shooting begins in May. 

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OBIT - SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST - CO-FOUNDER DIES

 

Just as the South By Southwest music festival started this past weekend, news broke that co-founder Louis Meyers had died. Colleague Aengus Finnan says Meyers died Friday in Austin, Texas, at the age of 60. The cause of death was not immediately known. Meyers helped start South By Southwest in 1987 to bring more exposure to Austin musicians. He left the management of the festival in the mid-1990s. This year's South By Southwest featured acts like The Avett Brothers, Bleachers, The Roots, Ryan Adams, DNCE, Nas (NAHS) and hundreds of other musical acts. U-S President Barack Obama was the first sitting president to speak at the festival when he did so on Friday. 

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KESHA - FANS - PETITION

 

A group of Kesha fans rallied outside Sony's New York headquarters to demand she be released from her contract with Sony. About 35 fans delivered a petition with more than 411-thousand signatures asking for Sony to let Kesha out of her contract and to drop producer Dr. Luke. Kesha and Dr. Luke are involved in a legal fight. She says he drugged and raped her a decade ago. He says she's making it up to get out of her contract.

Dr. Luke has not been charged with a crime. Sony did not respond to requests for comment. 

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(The Associated Press)