'Black' by Dierks Bentley among new album releases
Here's a list of some new album releases for the week ending May 28:
ABC _ ``The Lexicon of Love II''
Nick Allbrook _ ``Pure Gardiya''
Architects UK _ ``All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us''
Band of Skulls _ ``By Default''
Jon Bap _ ``Let It Happen''
Arthur Beatrice _ ``Keeping the Peace''
Olga Bell _ ``Tempo''
Dierks Bentley _ ``Black''
Big Thief _ ``Masterpiece''
Bonnie Bishop _ ``Ain't Who I Was''
BOYFRNDZ _ ``Impulse''
Brenda's Friend _ ``House Down''
BRONCHO _ ``Double Vanity''
Cana's Voice _ ``This Changes Everything''
Catfish and The Bottlemen _ ``The Ride''
Clique _ ``Burden Piece''
Darenots _ ``The Now is Truth''
Miles Davis & Robert Glasper _ ``Everything's Beautiful''
Death Angel _ ``The Evil Divide''
Death in Vegas _ ``Transmission''
Danny Elfman _ ``Alice Through the Looking Glass'' Soundtrack
Fifth Harmony _ ``7/27''
50 Foot Wave _ ``Bath White'' (EP)
JC Flowers _ ``Driving Excitement and the Pleasure of Ownership''
Flume _ ``Skin''
Gold Panda _ ``Good Luck and Do Your Best''
Hesitation Wounds _ ``Awake for Everything''
Holy F**k _ ``Congrats''
The Hotelier _ ``Goodness''
The Jelly Jam _ ``Profit''
Michael Kiwanuka _ ``Love & Hate''
Kristin Kontrol _ ``X-Communicate''
Mark Kozelek _ ``Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites''
Lacuna Coil _ ``Delirium''
Klara Lewis _ ``Too''
Lone _ ``Levitate''
Zack Lopez _ ``Bloodlines''
Clare Maguire _ ``Stranger Things Have Happened''
MARi _ ``Treasure''
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell _ ``Bright Star (Original Broadway Cast Recording)''
Megafauna _ ``Welcome Home''
Malcolm Middleton _ ``Summer of '13''
Mistah F.A.B. _ ``Son of a Pimp, Pt. 2''
Moby _ ``Mucis from Porcelain''
The Monkees _ ``Good Times''
Mortillery _ ``Shapeshifter''
Motorhead _ ``Clean Your Clock (Live in Munich 2015)''
Muscle and Marrow _ ``Love''
My Morning Jacket _ ``It Still Moves'' (Deluxe Edition)
Christian Naujoks _ ``Wave''
NAVVI _ ``Omni''
The Order of Israfel _ ``Red Robes''
Beth Orton _ ``Kidsticks''
Outer Spaces _ ``A Shedding Snake''
PUP _ ``The Dream is Over''
Seth & Nirva Ready _ ``Never Alone''
Real Friends _ ``The Home Inside My Head''
Daniel Romano _ ``Mosey''
Sonny & the Sunsets _ ``Moods Baby Moods''
Space Dimension Controller _ ``Orange Melamine''
Suicidal Angels _ ``Division of Blood''
Sulfur City _ ``Talking Loud''
Summer Cannibals _ ``Full of It''
Suns of Thyme _ ``Cascades''
Szun Waves _ ``At Sacred Walls''
Sebastien Tellier _ ``La Ritournelle _ The Remixes''
Thrice _ ``To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere''
Various Artists _ ``A Tribute to Pet Sounds''
Tony Joe White _ ``Rain Crow''
Kip Winger _ ``Conversations with Nijinsky''
Withered _ ``Grief Relic''
Frank Zappa _ ``Lumpy Money Project/Object''
Frank Zappa _ ``Road Tapes, Venue No. 1''
Frank Zappa _ ``Road Tapes, Venue No. 2''
Frank Zappa _ ``Road Tapes, Venue No. 3''
Yumi Zouma _ ``Yoncalla''
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
CONCERT SHOOTING - T.I. PERFORMANCE
NEW YORK (AP) _ One person is dead and three others wounded in a shooting inside a New York City concert hall where rapper T.I. was to perform. The shooting took place last night in the green room area of Irving Plaza, located in Manhattan. Police say one man was shot in the chest, another hit in the midsection. One of the two died at a hospital; police did not say which of the two men that was. A woman was shot in the leg and a fourth person walked into a hospital on their own to be treated. T.I. wasn't on stage when the shooting happened. And it's unclear if he was in the green room area where the gunplay occurred. Reps for T.I. haven't commented, referring all questions about the shooting to police.
KIMMEL - THE WEEKND - BELLY
Two Oscar-nominated recording acts had been booked to play on ``Jimmy Kimmel Live!'' last night. But both The Weeknd and Belly un-booked themselves _ because the other guest on the show was Donald Trump. Belly said he cancelled because he has beef with the G-O-P candidate's views and beliefs. Toronto's The Weeknd and Belly were replaced by Gregory Porter. Kimmel didn't mention the change in musical acts during last night's show.
TWISTA - CHARGES DROPPED
Twista is off the hook for marijuana possession. The Times of Munster, Indiana, reports prosecutors have dropped charges against Twista and two others. They had been arrested on their way to a show in South Haven, Indiana, in March.
Police say a half-ounce of pot was found hidden in a fake can inside the vehicle. Prosecutors say the vehicle's driver admitted it was his marijuana and has pleaded guilty.
MOBY - MEMOIR
Well before Moby became a star, he was paying security guards 50-dollars to look the other way so he could live in an old factory in a crack neighbourhood. Moby says he had no running water, he'd use a bottle for a toilet and shower once a week. Yet, he had a girlfriend. Moby says he wouldn't see her that often, but she had a shower so that's how he'd get clean. What was in it for her? Moby says she thought it was romantic to have a stinky boyfriend who was artist living in an abandoned factory. Moby tells this story and many others in his new memoir, ``Porcelain.'' He also has released a companion retrospective album called ``Music from Porcelain.''
ROBERT PLANT - COURT DATE
Robert Plant is calling off his appearance at a charity event in London because he has to appear in court in Los Angeles regarding the Led Zeppelin song ``Stairway to Heaven.''
Plant has issued a statement saying he is dropping out of the Meltdown Festival in June because he's a defendant in a court case.
The estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California claims that ``Stairway to Heaven'' rips off the Spirit song ``Taurus.'' Jimmy Page is also a defendant in the case. The court hearing is scheduled for June 14th.
MIKE NESMITH - THE MONKEES
Peter Tork says Mike Nesmith requested that Tork and Micky Dolenz not be present when he laid down the vocals for the new Monkees album, ``Good Times.'' Tork tells Rolling Stone magazine he suspects Nesmith was nervous he would not be able to be free vocally with them in the room. Tork says it was worth it, because he's never heard Nesmith sound ``so vigorous and full of energy.''
Dolenz says there was really no reason for the three of them to be in the same room at the same time, because the days of singing harmony into one microphone are gone. Nesmith is working on a book and probably won't appear at a Monkees show until October, but he says fans should know he will be out there at some point.
(The Associated Press)
Today in Music History for May 26:
In 735, Bede the Venerable, known as the father of English church history, Benedictine monk, priest, writer, hymn writer, died at about age 62. He was educated at Jarrow and spent the rest of his life in the monastery in Northumberland, in the north of England.
In 1811, American Methodist clergyman William Hunter was born.
The author of three collections of hymns, published during his lifetime, Hunter is best remembered for the hymn ``The Great Physician Now is Near.''
In 1920, soulful singing legend Peggy Lee was born. Lee is best known for her rendition of ``Fever'' and in 1969 she won a Grammy award for best contemporary female vocal performance for the hit ``Is That All There Is?'' She died of a heart attack on Jan. 21, 2002, at her Bel Air, Calif., home.
In 1926, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was born in Alton, Ill. In the more than 45 years following his breakthrough with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra in 1944, Davis brought about a number of radical changes in jazz. Davis died of pneumonia, respiratory failure and a stroke on Sept. 28, 1991.
In 1932, Frank LoVecchio, later to become famous as singer Frankie Laine, and his partner Ruth Smith began their all-time marathon dance record in Atlantic City, N.J. The marathon ended Oct.
18. For dancing for 3,501 hours on 145 consecutive days, the couple made a grand total of $500.
In 1933, Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, died of tuberculosis in New York City at age 35, just two days after making his final recording. He was so ill during his final recording sessions that he had to rest between takes on a cot set up in the studio. Rodgers recorded his first million-seller ``T for Texas,'' also known as ``Blue Yodel,'' in 1927, becoming country music's first superstar. He never appeared on any major radio show or played the Grand Ole Opry. But he, along with Hank Williams and songwriter and music publisher Fred Rose, was the first to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.
In 1940, Levon Helm, drummer and singer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group ``The Band,'' was born in Elaine, Ark. He and his bandmates -- Canadians Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel -- went from being Bob Dylan's backup group into one of rock's most legendary acts. Helm brought an urgent beat and a genuine Arkansas twang to some of the group's best-known songs. The group's 1968 debut, ``Music From the Big Pink,'' and its follow up, ``The Band,'' remain landmark albums of the era, and songs such as ``The Weight,'' ''The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down`` and ''Up on Cripple Creek`` have become rock standards. He died of throat cancer on April 19, 2012.
In 1948, Stevie Nicks, vocalist with ``Fleetwood Mac,'' was born in Phoenix. Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined the group in 1975 after singer-guitarist Bob Welch departed. Nick's debut album with ``Fleetwood Mac'' sold four million copies, and the follow-up, ``Rumours,'' sold 40 million copies worldwide. Stevie Nicks recorded her first solo LP, ``Belladonna,'' in 1980. The album hit No. 1 on the charts, and spawned two top-10 singles. In 1997, ``The Dance,''
a live album by the reunited ``Fleetwood Mac,'' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The group got back together, minus Christine McVie, in the spring of 2003, and made a new album, ``Say You Will,'' the first project with all-new material since 1987.
In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis played the third and last show of what was supposed to have been a 37-date British tour. News of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin prompted demands that he be deported. That night, he was booed off the stage.
In 1962, the original version of ``Twist and Shout,'' by ``The Isley Brothers,'' was released. The song was revived two years later by ``The Beatles,'' whose version gained a new lease on life in 1986 after it was included on two film soundtracks -- ``Ferris Bueller's Day Off'' and ``Back to School.''
In 1964, rocker Lenny Kravitz was born in New York City. Kravitz taught himself bass, piano, guitar and drums, and learned to stretch his voice with the Metropolitan Opera. An accomplished songwriter, Kravitz also plays most of the instruments on his studio recordings.
Kravitz debuted in 1989 with ``Let Love Rule'' but really hit the charts with his follow-up ``Mama Said.'' 1993's hard-rocking ``Are You Gonna Go My Way'' was a mainstay on MTV and MuchMusic. Starting in 1998, Kravitz won the Grammy award for best male rock performance four years in a row with songs from ``5'' and ``Greatest Hits.''
In 1965, ``The Rolling Stones'' appeared on ``Shindig!'' along with Jackie DeShannon and ``Sonny and Cher.''
In 1966, Bob Dylan and ``The Hawks'' -- later called -- ``The Band,'' ended a British tour by playing two days at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The tour, marking Dylan's transformation from folk singer to rock star, was generally not well received. Among the celebrities in the audience for the Albert Hall shows were ``The Beatles,'' ``The Rolling Stones'' and Prince Charles.
In 1968, R&B singer Little Willie John died of pneumonia in the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. John, only 30 years old, was serving a sentence for manslaughter after stabbing a man during a brawl in Seattle. During the 1950s, he had such hits as ``All Around the World,'' ``Sleep'' and ``Fever,'' also a big success for Peggy Lee.
In 1969, John and Yoko Lennon resumed their ``bed-in for peace''
on the 19th floor of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. The bed-in had begun in March at the Amsterdam Hilton in Holland, and they attempted to resume it in May in the U.S. But John and Yoko were not allowed into the U.S. because of their arrest on drug charges in October, 1968, so the protest was moved to Montreal. In their hotel suite, they recorded ``Give Peace a Chance.'' Background chanters included drug guru Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers and a group of Hare Krishnas.
In 1974, 14-year-old Bernadette Wheeler suffered a fatal heart attack during a concert by David Cassidy at London's White City athletic stadium. Four other fans were taken to hospital and 100 others required medical treatment. Cassidy began toning down his teen idol image soon after, and quit ``The Partridge Family'' TV series which made him a star.
In 1977, William Powell of ``The O'Jays,'' one of the most popular black vocal groups of the 1970s, died of cancer in Canton, Ohio. He was 35. Powell had been with the group for 16 years. Sammy Strain, a member of ``Little Anthony and the Imperials'' for 12 years, was Powell's replacement. ``The O'Jays'' biggest hit was ``Love Train,'' a No. 1 record in 1973.
In 1987, pianist, arranger and record producer Art Snider died in Toronto of cancer at age 60. Snider established and operated the Chateau record label from 1956-61, which released Gordon Lightfoot's first recordings. Snider also managed Lightfoot's career for a short time. Snider operated another record label, Periwinkle, beginning in 1973.
In 1993, the Canadian production of ``Miss Saigon'' opened in Toronto. The musical, which premiered in London in 1989, tells of a tragic romance between a Vietnamese bar girl and a U.S. soldier. The producers of the Canadian version, Ed and David Mirvish, spent $22 million to build the 2,000-seat Princess of Wales Theatre to house the show. Advance ticket sales were reported to be $30 million. The top ticket price was $91.
In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were secretly married in the Dominican Republic. But the prince of pop and the daughter of ``The King'' did not confirm the marriage until Aug. 1.
They later divorced.
In 1995, ``The Rolling Stones'' surprised fans in Amsterdam by playing two shows in a small nightclub as a prelude to the European leg of their ``Voodoo Lounge'' tour. The club concerts were recorded for an album released later that year.
In 1995, Flavor Flav of the rap group ``Public Enemy'' was sentenced to three months in jail for firing a gun at a neighbour in his New York apartment building. They had been arguing over the rapper's girlfriend.
In 2001, Tom DeLonge of ``Blink-182'' married Jennifer Jenkins at Coronado Island, Calif. ``Jimmy Eat World'' played at the wedding.
In 2004, Fantasia Barrino was named winner of the third edition of ``American Idol,'' beating out Diana DeGarmo.
In 2008, composer Earle H. Hagen, who wrote the themes for ``The Andy Griffith Show,'' ``I Spy,'' ``The Mod Squad'' and other TV shows, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 88.
In 2009, a South Carolina judge approved a settlement for the estate of late soul singer James Brown. It gave nearly half of the estate to Brown's charitable trust, about a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to Brown's adult children. The value of Brown's assets has not been made public since his death in 2006. (In 2013, the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned the settlement citing Brown's wishes to have most of his estate go to charity. The court sent the estate back to a lower court to be reconsidered.)
In 2009, rapper T.I. reported to a minimum security prison in Arkansas to serve his sentence of one year and one day. In 2008, he pleaded guilty of trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercover federal agents in 2007.
In 2009, Bob Dylan became the oldest musician to have a No. 1 album in England with his album ``Together Through Life.'' At 68, he beat Neil Diamond, who was 67 years and 4 months old when his album, ``Home After Dark,'' hit No. 1 in 2008.
In 2010, shy paint store clerk Lee DeWyze triumphed over Crystal Bowersox to win the ninth season of ``American Idol.'' The finale also marked the last appearance as judge for Simon Cowell, the music industry veteran whose authoritative and mostly on target criticisms propelled the singing contest into a pop-culture force that dominated TV. He moved on to produce and judge ``The X Factor,'' a Fox version of his popular British talent contest.
In 2010, ``Bon Jovi'' played the first inside concert at New Jersey's new US$1.6 billion New Meadowlands football stadium. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, lead guitarist Richie Sambora and keyboardist David Bryan are New Jersey natives.
In 2011, for the first time in 30 years, legendary rocker Alice Cooper had to cancel a concert. His show in Santiago, Chile, was canceled due to food poisoning but he was OK for his next show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 28.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016
GORD DOWNIE OF TRAGICALLY HIP HAS INCURABLE BRAIN CANCER
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, and the band will do one last tour. The band says Downie suffered a seizure while walking down the street in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario, in December. He went to an emergency room, where a brain scan revealed the tumour. His neuro-oncologist, Dr. James Perry, says Downie has undergone surgery to remove the bulk of it and has had chemotherapy and radiation. Perry says it's too early to say how long Downie has to live, but he's doing well enough that it's safe for him to tour. The band's managers say Tragically Hip will only tour Canada, and dates will be announced today. Tragically Hip will also release an album called "Man Machine Poem" on June 17th.
MUSICIAN SUES KANYE WEST OVER SAMPLE FROM HUNGARIAN POP SONG
A Hungarian musician says Kanye West sampled his song without permission for West's song "New Slaves" off the "Yeezus" album. Gabor Presser is suing West, saying a third of "New Slaves" includes a Hungarian pop song he wrote in 1969 when he was in the band Omega. He is seeking 2.5 million dollars. His lawsuit claims West's lawyers acknowledged the sampling when they sent Presser a 10-thousand-dollar cheque. Presser did not cash the check because he was concerned about the agreement. A West spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.
POSSIBLE PRINCE HEIRS SAY THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO UNDERGO GENETIC TESTING
Two people who are claiming to be heirs to Prince's estate are objecting to having genetic tests to prove it. Brianna Nelson says her father was Prince's half-brother, Duane Nelson Senior. Jeannine Halloran says her daughter, who is a minor and identified in court documents as V.N., is Duane Nelson's granddaughter. They have filed a joint claim against the estate, saying they have offered proof of their relationship to Duane Nelson and his relationship to Prince. They say that's enough under Minnesota law.
LITTLE BIG TOWN TEAM WITH PHARRELL WILLIAMS FOR "WANDERLUST" ALBUM
Pharrell Williams and Little Big Town had a writing session a few months ago and they hit it off. Singer Karen Fairchild says they have "an incredible friendship and chemistry" with Williams that resulted in several writing sessions and eventually a whole album. Fairchild says the music is "meant to be danced to, sung along with and turned up loud." Williams produced the album, called "Wanderlust." It comes out June 10th. The first single, "One of Those Days," is out now.
JENNIFER NETTLES SPEAKS SPANISH!
Jennifer Nettles not only duets with Jennifer Lopez on the song "My House," but they can talk to each other in English or in Spanish. Nettles says people are surprised to learn she speaks Spanish fluently. She studied Spanish in college and lived in Mexico for a spell. Nettles was talking with Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta about projects he's doing in Spanish-speaking markets and she mentioned she'd love to do something in Spanish or even a collaboration. He asked who she'd like to work with and Nettles said J-Lo. The song "My House" appears on Nettles' new album, "Playing With Fire."
ALL-STAR TALENT SIGN UP FOR "RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL"
Celine Dion, Ludacris and Bono will put on red noses to help children in need. They will participate in the "Red Nose Day Special" tomorrow on N-B-C. It will also include Elton John, Blake Shelton, Mandy Moore, Tyler Perry, Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Key and Peele, Will Ferrell and the cast of "The Walking Dead." The special will feature music and comedy sketches. Money raised will fund projects in some of the neediest communities in the U-S and around the world.
EMINEM SELLS CHUNKS OF HIS FORMER HOUSE
Fans are snapping up pieces of Eminem's childhood home. Through his website, Eminem has been selling bricks from his former house in Detroit. The house was knocked down in 2013. The bricks are autographed and come with a reissue of "The Marshall Mathers LP" that features the house on the cover -- but they're already sold out. You can still buy reissues of the album that come with a dog tag made from the wood from the house. Proceeds go to The Marshall Mathers Foundation to help with the rebuilding of Detroit.
(The Associated Press)
Tragically Hip's Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal cancer
The Tragically Hip says lead singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
The Canadian band made the announcement on its website and Facebook page Tuesday.
A message posted on the sites says Downie was diagnosed with the condition in December. It says ``he's endured a lot of difficult times, and has been fighting hard.''
The band says in the note that it plans to tour this summer, because it ``feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.'' The message says dates and details for the tour will be coming this week.
The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 and has garnered more than a dozen Juno awards in Canada.
AUCTION - RAMONES - TUPAC SHAKUR
Johnny Ramone's widow has bought back a guitar he traded to a friend more than three decades ago. R-R Auction in Boston says the Hamer guitar that was designed specifically for Ramone's playing style was sold to his widow, Linda, for more than 55-thousand dollars last week. She plans to have it added to the Ramones exhibit at the Grammy Museum. A Hummer once owned by Tupac Shakur sold for more than 337-thousand dollars. It was expected to go for 100-thousand. Shakur bought the vehicle about a month before he died in 1996.
DEAD AND COMPANY - FREE SHOW
The Grateful Dead offshoot Dead and Company will play a free show tonight in San Francisco and all they want in return is a good deed. The band, consisting of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and John Mayer, gave away tickets for tonight's show at the Fillmore. Their asking price was for fans to ``pay it forward'' somehow and let the band and the cosmos know how they did it.
BALLET - BOWIE - METALLICA
The Music Hall in Detroit has commissioned a ballet that will feature the music of David Bowie and Metallica.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet will debut the ballet on June 18th in a rock opera-style production. Bowie is getting a lot of tributes in Michigan. The Detroit Symphony will do ``The Music of Davie Bowie'' on July 10th, and the Grand Rapids Symphony will do a tribute August 2nd.
AEROSMITH - RUMOURS
Aerosmith touring without Steven Tyler just isn't happening, according to Aerosmith themselves. Guitarist Joe Perry has issued a statement saying any rumour about Aerosmith looking for another singer is completely untrue. He says all five of them were just on the phone together talking about how excited they were to go to South America and Mexico City in the fall.
BEYONCE'S - COUNTRY MUSIC
It's not unusual to hear a song about guns and the Second Amendment and the Bible on country radio. It is unusual to hear Beyonce singing about that on country radio. Her song ``Daddy Lessons'' references her Texas roots and is getting love from the country music community. Dierks Bentley says ``Daddy Lessons'' is ``a real story that she tells about what's going in her life growing up.'' Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town says it would be a perfect song for Beyonce and Miranda Lambert to duet on, but if that happens, Fairchild wants in on it too. If the song cracks the top 50 of the Billboard country singles chart, it would even be eligible for the Country Music Association Awards song or single of the year.
AUCTION - ELVIS - LADY GAGA
The guitar that Elvis Presley's father built for him was a hot item at auction, but Lady Gaga's childhood piano was a dud. Julien's Auctions says the 1969 Gibson Dove guitar that Presley's father made for him sold for 334-thousand dollars over the weekend. The piano upon which Lady Gaga wrote her first song at the age of five was expected to sell for at least 100-thousand dollars but it failed to meet its reserve price. The auction house did not say what the reserve price was.
HANK AZARIA - COMMENCEMENT
Some people give a commencement address. In Hank Azaria's case, it was a commencement performance. The actor and voice star trotted out several of his well-known characters in addressing graduates of Tufts University. But in his own voice, he reminded the grads at his alma mater that they should trust their instincts - and follow their leanings.
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - KESHA
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ For all the fuss that was made about Kesha's performance at the Billboard Music Awards, she kept it low-key. Kesha performed ``It Ain't Me, Babe,'' accompanied by Ben Folds on the piano during last night's show. She got a standing ovation. Kesha's performance had been cancelled after reports came out that she was going to reference her legal problems with music producer Dr. Luke. He and his record label refused permission for her to perform, then granted it again when she promised she would not talk about their fight.
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - CELINE DION
Celine Dion couldn't hold back the tears at last night's Billboard Music Awards. Dion was given the Icon Award by a surprise presenter, her son, Rene-Charles. Dion performed her new single, ``The Show Must Go On.'' She lost both her husband and her brother in the same week in January. Dion apologized for crying because she wanted to be strong for her family. She says she knows her husband ``will continue to watch over me from above.''
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - WINNERS
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber says he's not much of a talker, but he had to thank everyone who believed in him when he won the male artist award at last night's Billboard Music Awards. Toronto's The Weeknd won eight awards and dedicated his win for top hot 100 artist to Prince for being an inspiration. Adele was another big winner of the night, winning for artist of the year, female artist, top songs sales artist, top Billboard 200 album for ``25,'' and top hot 100 song, top radio song and top-selling song for ``Hello.'' Rihanna won the chart achievement award, which was voted on by fans. Thomas Rhett won top country song for ``Die A Happy Man.'' Fetty Wap (WOP) won top new artist. One Direction won the group award. Madonna performed a tribute to Prince by singing ``Nothing Compares 2 U'' and brought out Stevie Wonder as a surprise guest for ``Purple Rain.''
CALVIN HARRIS - INJURED
Calvin Harris is recovering from minor injuries suffered in a car accident in Los Angeles Friday. His publicist says Harris was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck. He was treated at a hospital and released. Further details were not given. Harris called off shows in Las Vegas and in Gulf Shores, Alabama, over the weekend.
OBIT - FORMER MEGADETH DRUMMER
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says, ``Shocked, devastated, and saddened don't begin to describe'' his feelings upon hearing of the death of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza. A family spokesman says Menza died Saturday night after collapsing on stage during a concert for his progressive jazz trio OHM at a Los Angeles-area club. He was 51. The family says it appears Menza suffered a massive heart attack. Menza was Megadeth's drummer from 1989 to 1998. He performed on the albums ``Rust in Peace,'' ``Countdown to Extinction,'' ``Youthanasia'' and ``Cryptic Writings.'' After leaving the band, he pursued jazz music and woodworking. He nearly lost an arm in a 2007 accident with a power saw. Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman writes on Facebook Menza was ``a trustworthy friend, a hilarious bandmate, as well as a very loving dad.''
OBIT - JOHN BERRY
You may have heard that John Berry has died.
That's the guitarist who was an original member of the Beastie Boys, not the country singer who sang ``Your Love Amazes Me.'' Berry the country singer says he's alive and well, and he's offering his condolences to the family of the other Berry. Berry the guitarist was part of the pre-Beasties group Young Aborigines that featured M-C-A, Mike D and future Luscious Jackson drummer Kate Schellenbach.
He's credited with coming up with the name Beastie Boys. He left the band in 1982 and was replaced by Ad-Rock.
BAD BOY - REUNION TOUR
It didn't take much for the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour to come together. Puff Daddy says everyone thinks because they called it a reunion tour, there was some kind of problem. He says it's just that everyone was doing their own thing, like raising families or finding God. He says it was one of the smoothest tours to put together because everyone said yes immediately. The tour kicked off over the weekend in New York featuring Puffy, Lil Kim, French Montana, Mase, 112, The Lox, Total and Faith Evans. Guest performers included Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Nas , Usher, Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes.
JUSTIN BIEBER - ARGENTINIAN RALLY
Hundreds of Justin Bieber fans marched in Argentina's capital to push authorities to let him perform there. The fans marched in central Buenos Aires on Saturday carrying signs that said ``Argentina Needs Justin'' and ``Right To Music.'' The Canadian pop star has said he will not perform in Argentina until ``legal conditions change there.'' Bieber is charged with sending his bodyguards to attack a photographer outside a Buenos Aires nightclub in 2013.
(The Associated Press)
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - CANADA
It was quite a night for Canadians at the Billboard Music Awards.
While Britain's Adele claimed the most coveted Top Artist title, The Weeknd was certainly the most prolific winner with eight awards in all, including Top Hot 100 Artist and Top R&B Artist.
The Toronto-bred sensation dedicated one award to Prince, saying that while he didn't know him, he would always be inspired by the music icon who died last month.
Madonna was among the many others who paid homage, at one point sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder to sing the Prince classic ``Purple Rain.''
Justin Bieber, who won Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist, also performed last night, singing his hits ``Company'' and ``Sorry,'' while fellow Canadian, Drake, was honoured with the Top Rap Artist award.
And it was an especially emotional evening for Celine Dion, who lost both her husband Rene Angelil and her brother in January.
Dion performed a stirring rendition of Queen's ``The Show Must Go On,'' and afterward was presented with the Billboard icon award by her son Rene-Charles Angelil.
A tearful Dion apologized for crying, and said her late husband would -- as she put it -- ``continue to watch over me from up above.''
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016
KESHA - BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Kesha will perform at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards after all. Kemosabe Records, the record label of music producer Dr. Luke, says it had suspended permission for Kesha to perform when it heard reports that Kesha was going to use her performance as a platform to discuss her legal fight against him. Kesha took to Instagram to deny that's what she had planned. Kemosabe Records says it is granting Kesha permission as long as she promises not to reference the dispute. She intends to perform ``It Ain't Me Babe.'' Kesha has accused Dr. Luke of drugging and raping her. He denies that and says she's trying to get out of her contract.
IGGY POP - ACID, THEN AND NOW
Iggy Pop admits that there are ``more than several'' film clips of him on acid in the upcoming Stooges documentary ``Gimme Danger.'' He says rather than the hippie peace-and-love reaction to acid, the effect on him was to be very aggressive for five seconds and then break out laughing. He doesn't do that stuff anymore, and drinks only occasionally. Pop says he goes to bed early when he's not working and adds, ``I've seemed to be able to so far to regenerate from the various things that I have put into myself.'' ''Gimme Danger`` is playing the Cannes (CAN) Film Festival now, with a U-S release expected later this year.
AFI - BLAQK AUDIO - ALBUM
A-F-I singer Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget recently released an album called ``Material'' as Blaqk Audio, but they'd rather you don't call it a side project. Havok says he takes both bands very seriously, but A-F-I happens to be the better-known entity. He says while A-F-I is a rock band, Blaqk Audio is an electronica outlet. It's a different approach to the music, too. Havok says not only does he sing differently for Blaqk Audio, but when they're on stage, they have a whole lot more room for him to prance around because it's just two people.
SNOOP DOGG - FLINT
Snoop Dogg and former Toronto Raptors player Morris Peterson will host a celebrity basketball game this weekend to help Flint, Michigan, during its water crisis. The ``Hoop 4 Water'' event will take place Saturday with surprise celebrity guests. Peterson tells The Flint Journal Snoop is doing it from his heart and is not asking for a dime. Proceeds will go to the Morris Peterson Junior Foundation for water relief efforts. The people of Flint were exposed to lead in their water for months after a switch to the Flint River as a water provider.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - RNC
Lynyrd Skynyrd will greet the delegates showing up for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will play the ``Welcome to Ohio Late Night'' concert on July 17th, the day before the convention begins.
CMT AWARDS - PERFORMERS
Blake Shelton will team up with the Oak Ridge Boys at the C-M-T Music Awards. They will perform Shelton's new single, ``Doin' It To A Country Song.'' Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris will perform together as well. Other performers include Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. The C-M-T Music Awards will be June 8th in Nashville.
ADELE - SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting awards have named Adele its songwriter of the year. She won for her ``25'' album. She had also won it in 2012 for her ``21'' album.
Bryan Adams won an international award for his influence on the British music industry. Damon Albarn of Blur won a lifetime achievement award. Happy Mondays were given the inspiration award.
BILLY BRAGG - JOE HENRY - ALBUM
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry went above and beyond in recording an album of railroad songs. They did it while travelling by rail across the United States. Bragg and Henry boarded a train in Chicago this past March and recorded songs like ``Midnight Special'' and ``Railroad Bill'' at station stops.
Sometimes it was in the passenger waiting rooms, and sometimes it was next to the tracks. It took them four days to go more than four-thousand kilometres, and they recorded their 13th song when the train arrived at Union Station in Los Angeles. Bragg says they did it because he was surprised to learn how few Americans see rail as means of transport. The album is called ``Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad.'' It comes out September 23rd.
PRINCE - FRIEND
One of Prince's longtime pals says he wants to be left alone with his thoughts. Kirk Johnson is one of the three people who discovered Prince's body on his Paisley Park estate a month ago. And while he has been interviewed by authorities, he says he doesn't have much to say about his friend publicly. Johnson has released a statement through his attorney saying he has nothing more to say. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has been reporting it was Johnson who recommended the doctor who was seeing Prince in the weeks before he died _ quoting a person with knowledge of the Prince investigation as its source.
PRINCE - LEGISLATION
A Minnesota state lawmaker is backing off plans to push through a law that would make it easier for artists' heirs to control the commercial use of their names, likenesses and images after death. Republican Joe Hoppe introduced the bill after seeing people selling T-shirts with Prince's image after his death.
Hoppe says he still supports the idea. But he says he wants to take time to consider any unintended consequences to the measure. Hoppe's district includes Prince's Paisley Park estate.
(The Associated Press)
Here's a list of some new album releases for the week ending May 21:
18+ _ ``Collect''
The Abrams _ ``The Abrams'' (EP)
Mike Adams at His Honest Weight _ ``Casino Drone''
Adult Jazz _ ``Earrings Off!''
Against the Current _ ``In Our Bones''
Alborosie _ ``Freedom & Fyah''
AM _ ``Precious Life''
Angel Du$t _ ``Rock the F**k on Forever''
Richard Ashcroft _ ``These People''
Assassin _ ``Combat Cathedral''
Baby Animals _ ``BA25'' (25th Anniversary reissue)
Barenaked Ladies _ ``BNL Rocks Red Rocks''
Billy _ ``I'm Not OK'' (EP)
Bird of Youth _ ``Get Off''
David Bowie _ ``Changesonebowie'' (40th Anniversary edition)
Boys Noize _ ``Mayday''
Braids _ ``Companion'' (EP)
Car Seat Headrest _ ``Teens of Denial''
Cat Be Damned _ ``Daydreams in a Roach Motel''
Cyrus Chestnut _ ``Natural Essence''
Eric Clapton _ ``I Still Do''
Cosmic Machine _ ``Cosmic Machine: The Sequel''
Latice Crawford _ ``Diary of a Church Girl''
Dawn of Ashes _ ``Theophany''
Debo Band _ ``Ere Gobez''
Brett Dennen _ ``Por Favor''
Die Antwoord _ ``Suck on This''
DJ Kirk _ ``Awakening''
Doxa Theo _ ``Future Glory''
Bob Dylan _ ``Fallen Angels''
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty _ ``Live on Air: Radio Broadcast 1986''
First Fragment _ ``Dasein''
Flotsam and Jetsam _ ``Flotsam and Jetsam''
Kyle Forester _ ``Kyle Forester''
William Ryan Fritch _ ``New Words tor Old Wounds''
Kany Garcia _ ``Limonada''
Gemma Ray _ ``The Exodus Suite''
Allen Ginsberg _ ``The Last Word on First Blues'' (Expanded
Ariana Grande _ ``Dangerous Woman''
Groove Armada _ ``Fabriclive 87''
Gruesome _ ``Dimensions of Horror'' (EP)
Havoc & The Alchemist _ ``The Silent Partner''
Tim Heidecker _ ``In Glendale''
Helen Love _ ``Smash Hits''
Highasakite _ ``Camp Echo''
The Highwaymen _ ``Live: American Outlaws''
Reuben Hollebon _ ``Terminal Nostalgia''
Hollowtapes _ ``Tall'' (EP)
Hostile _ ``Hypnotic Regression'' (EP)
In Mourning _ ``Afterglow''
Issues _ ``Headspace''
Kate Jackson _ ``British Road Movies''
Katatonia _ ``The Fall of Hearts'' (Bonus Track Edition)
Tippa Lee _ ``Cultural Ambassador''
Lonely the Brave _ ``Things Will Matter''
Lords of Acid _ ``Smoking Hot''
Luvplanet _ ``Rivertown''
Ziggy Marley _ ``Ziggy Marley''
Misha _ ``All We Will Become''
Mock Orange _ ``Put the Kid on the Sleepy Horse''
Christy Moore _ ``Lily''
Mrs Magician _ ``Bermuda''
Mudcrutch _ ``2''
Mutual Benefit _ ``Skip a Sinking Stone''
Marissa Nadler _ ``Strangers''
onDeadWaves _ ``onDeadWaves''
Oscar G. _ ``Beep My Boom''
Pantha du Prince _ ``The Triad''
Sylvie Paquette _ ``Terre originelle''
Pennywise _ ``Nineteen Eighty Eight''
Perihelion _ ``Hold'' (EP)
Ana Popovic _ ``Trilogy''
The Posies _ ``Solid States''
Punky Meadows _ ``Fallen Angel''
The Quaker City Night Hawks _ ``El Astronauta''
The Sachal Ensemble _ ``Song of Lahore''
Rachael Sage _ ``Choreographic''
Randolph's Leap _ ``Cowardly Deeds''
Paul Reddick _ ``Ride the One''
Jimmy Reed _ ``Blues Legends Back to Back, Vol. 3''
Terry Reid _ ``Other Side of the River''
The Sachal Ensemble _ ``Song of Lahore''
Sanzu _ ``Heavy Over the Home''
Saosin _ ``Along the Shadow''
Satyricon _ ``Nemesis Divina''
Andy Shauf _ ``The Party''
Blake Shelton _ ``If I'm Honest''
Sick Puppies _ ``Fury''
The So So Glos _ ``Kamikaze''
Micah Stampley _ ``To the King... Vertical Worship _ Live''
Stonewall Noise Orchestra _ ``The Machine, The Devil & The Dope''
Suidakra _ ``Realms of Odoric''
Thin Lips _ ``Riff Hard''
Throes + The Shine _ ``Wanga''
Tiger Army _ ``V''
The Underachievers _ ``It Happened in Flatbush''
Various Artists _ ``Day of the Dead''
Vortex _ ``The Asylum''
Webbie _ ``Savage Life V''
Weekend Nachos _ ``Apology''
Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties _ ``Bittersweet''
Wo Fat _ ``Midnight Cometh''
Wolf Parade _ ``EP 4''
Wolf Prize _ ``Desired Things''
Yuna _ ``Chapters''
Zo! _ ``SkyBreak''
Zodiac Mprint _ ``Ride the Stars''
The Zombies _ ``The BBC Radio Sessions''
John Zorn _ ``The Mockingbird''
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016
BILLBOARD AWARDS - KESHA
Kesha denies she was ever going to refer to her legal problems with music producer Dr. Luke in her Billboard Music Awards performance that has now been cancelled.
Kesha writes on Instagram she intended to do a version of Bob Dylan's song ``It Ain't Me Babe.'' She says it was about honouring one of her favourite songwriters and she never planned to use Dr.
Luke's picture or allude to her legal situation. T-M-Z had reported Kesha's performance would address her legal battle against Dr. Luke and possibly use his photo. Dick Clark Productions, who will produce Sunday's awards, said Kesha was dropped from the lineup after Dr.
Luke's record label rescinded permission for her to perform. Kesha has accused Dr. Luke of rape. He denies that and says she's trying to get out of her contract.
BILLBOARD AWARDS - MADONNA - PRINCE TRIBUTE
The executive producer of Sunday's Billboard Music Awards says Madonna's tribute to Prince will be ``very, very intimate and very respectful.'' Online critics say Madonna should not do the tribute or should do it with other artists. There is even a Change-dot-org petition that has seven-thousand signatures.
Producer Mark Bracco says everyone is entitled to an opinion but he is honoured that Madonna will pay respect to her friend and colleague. Bracco says Madonna's representatives contacted his team first and they've had many conversations about the creative direction of the tribute.
JASON DERULO - LUKE BRYAN - ``CMT CROSSROADS''
After hanging out in preparation for their ``C-M-T Crossroads'' episode together, maybe it's no surprise that Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan are starting to rub off on each other.
Derulo says Bryan picked up his falsetto, which Bryan says he used to only do in the shower. Bryan says he tried one of Derulo's dance moves and tweaked a knee. Bryan and Derulo will sing each other's songs on the episode, and they agree that they've learned something about their own music in hearing the other one do it. Derulo says it's been ``a cool little revelation of some other routes you can take.'' Their ``C-M-T Crossroads'' airs Saturday.
BLACK SABBATH - GEEZER BUTLER - DEPRESSION
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler admits he used to be a cutter. Butler tells Classic Rock magazine he would cut his arms or stick pins in his fingers as a way to deal with depression.
He says it was the only thing that could bring him out of it. He says if Black Sabbath had not been a success, he would have killed himself. The Sabbath song ``Paranoid'' is about his battle with depression.
TRAVIS - VIDEOS
Travis hate having to stop what they're doing to make a video every time they release a new single. To cover all their bases on their new ``Everything at Once'' album, they made a video for every song. Singer Fran Healy says he always wanted to make a movie, and making 10 videos at the same time came pretty close. He cold-called his favourite film industry professionals to get them to help. Healy was an art-school student who left in his second year, and he says he'd happily put the videos up as his final exam piece. Bassist Dougie Payne says he's pretty sure Healy would pass. ``Everything at Once'' will be out next week.
CORINNE BAILEY - ALBUM
Corinne Bailey Rae has a new album out, and that's an accomplishment in itself. Rae did not think she even wanted to continue being a musician after her husband, Jason, died of an accidental overdose in 2008. Rae said she asked herself a lot of questions about what she wanted out of life. She built her own studio and made music without intending to do anything with it. Rae has since remarried and says the passage of time has helped her heal from tragedy. Her first album in six years, ``The Heart Speaks in Whispers,'' is out now.
BRITNEY SPEARS - MOBILE GAME
Britney Spears is hoping to match the success that Kim Kardashian had with a mobile game. Players of ``Britney Spears: American Dream'' pretend they are budding pop stars who must amass a fan base in order to duet with Spears. It's new this week and it's made by Glu, the same company that created the successful mobile game ``Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.'' Glu president and C-E-O Niccolo de Masi says the Spears game has more music than its other games. The company is also working on games featuring Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. A Katy Perry game bombed.
BLINK-182 - 15-SECOND SONG
Blink-182 are offering two ways to listen to their new song, ``Built This Pool,'' on YouTube. You can listen to the 15-second version, because that's all there is to it. Or, you can listen to the 15-second version on a loop for ten straight hours.
The new Blink-182 album ``California'' comes out July 1st.
SWIMMING LESSONS - LUDACRIS
Ludacris and Keri Hilson are teaching kids a lesson that could save their lives: how to swim. Ludacris and Hilson have teamed with the U-S-A Swimming Foundation to help kids with swimming lessons. Ludacris' mother made sure he learned how to swim, and he did the same for his kids. Hilson swam competitively as a kid and represented Georgia in the junior national championships at age 14. Ludacris and Hilson taught kids swimming lessons at a clinic in Atlanta recently, along with Blake Michael from the Disney Channel and Olympic medallist Cullen Jones.
GNR - OPENING ACTS
Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz will each be opening acts on the Guns N' Roses reunion tour. Alice In Chains will open from June 23rd to July 3rd. Lenny Kravitz will open July 19th-24th. The rest of the shows on the tour have no announced opening act yet.
JAZZ HALL OF FAME
Saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Ben Webster and trombonist J.J. Johnson will be inducted into the Jazz at Lincoln Center's jazz hall of fame. They will each be celebrated and inducted July 12th-14th in New York.
ZAKK WYLDE - EMOJIS
You never know when you might need an emoji of Zakk Wylde crying or blowing kisses. Wylde is the latest musician and one of the first metal musicians to have a set of emojis available for download on the Emoji Fame app. The set includes the usual emojis, like sleeping and laughing, but also Wylde throwing up the devil horns and one of him giving an obscene gesture. Emoji Fame co-founder Gavin Rhodes says many emoji fans are ``secretly guitar nerds,'' and his company is beyond thrilled to have Wylde as part of the set. It's available now for free.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016
SONGWRITER GUY CLARK DIES
Ricky Skaggs says he loved songwriter Guy Clark for his heart, humour and country wisdom, and for giving him a number-one hit. Skaggs says his version of Clark's song ``Heartbroke'' is still one of his most-requested songs. Clark died yesterday at his home in Nashville at the age of 74. A cause of death was not given. Clark also wrote the number-one country songs ``She's Crazy For Leavin''' with Rodney Crowell and ``Baby I'm Yours'' for Steve Wariner. Other Clark songs include ``L-A Freeway'' and ``Desperados Waiting For A Train.''
Suburban Chicago police say they found Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor after she went missing earlier this week staying at a hotel.
Wilmette police spokesman Eric Peterson said Tuesday that 10 departments helped canvass area hotels. He said finding O'Connor safe Monday afternoon was ``a wonderful outcome.''
He declined to provide other details, including about where exactly O'Connor was found, her condition or where she is now.
A rambling message posted Monday evening on O'Connor's official Facebook page referred to emotional trauma she had been through over the years.
O'Connor scored an international hit in 1990 with her rendition of Prince's ballad ``Nothing Compares 2 U.''
``I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING'' WRITER DIES
The ad executive who co-wrote ``I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)'' as a Coca-Cola jingle that turned into a pop hit has died. The New York Times reports Bill Backer died Friday in Warrenton, Virginia, at the age of 89.
Backer was inspired to write the jingle when his flight to England was diverted and he saw people who previously had been angry on the plane laughing together in the airport over coffee and Coke. The jingle was such a hit in 1971 that people called radio stations requesting it. The New Seekers recorded a version without the Coca-Cola references and took it to number 7 in 1972. The Hillside Singers had a version that went to number 13 the same year.
TEJANO/COUNTRY MUSICIAN EMILIO NAVAIRA DIES
Emilio Navaira , the Tejano musician who crossed over into country music, has died.
Police in New Braunfels, Texas, say preliminary results indicate Navaira died of natural causes Monday night after he was found unresponsive in his home. He was 53. Navaira was one of the most popular creators of Tejano music in the 1990s. He had a top-30 country hit in 2005 with ``It's Not The End of the World'' and a hit country album with ``Life Is Good.'' He was critically injured in 2008 when he was thrown through the window of his tour bus while driving.
JUSTIN BIEBER SAYS ``SORRY'' TO ARGENTINA
Justin Bieber is apologizing to his fans in Argentina for not bringing his world tour there, but he's got a pretty good excuse: he faces jail time if he goes there. Bieber tweets he would love to perform there but he adds, ``Until the legal conditions change there I can't.'' He says Argentina is one of his favourite places to tour but ``my lawyers say it is what it is.''
Bieber is charged with allegedly telling his bodyguards to attack a photographer in 2013. A warrant for his arrest was issued when he failed to show up in court. The warrant was dropped but the charges still stand.
KESHA DENIED PERMISSION TO PERFORM AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Music producer Dr Luke has blocked Kesha's participation in the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Kesha was supposed to perform on Sunday's show and had to get written approval from Dr Luke's Kemosabe Records to do it. Dick Clark Productions, which is putting on the show, has issued a statement saying Kemosabe rescinded the approval following a media report from last Wednesday. It did not give details on the report.
However, last Wednesday celebrity gossip site T-M-Z quoted unnamed sources as saying Kesha was planning to reference her ongoing legal battle with Dr Luke in the performance. Representatives for Kesha and for Dr Luke could not be reached for comment.
ERIC CLAPTON SAYS HIS MYSTERY GUEST IS NOT GEORGE HARRISON
Eric Clapton swears he did not bring George Harrison back from the dead for his new album, ``I Still Do.'' A musician credited as ``Angelo Mysterioso'' contributed guitar and vocals to the record. Harrison used that pseudonym when playing on a previous Clapton album and could not be credited under his own name for legal reasons. Clapton says it's ``really sweet'' that people think it's Harrison, but he says it is not. Clapton says he brought back that name because the real artist's record company does not want him associated with Clapton. Clapton says he gave his word that he will not reveal who it is. ``I Still Do'' is in stores on Friday.
ELTON JOHN CRITICIZES NORTH CAROLINA'S LGBT LAW
Elton John is jumping into the debate over North Carolina's law limiting L-G-B-T antidiscrimination policies.
John writes in The Hill blog North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory needs a lesson in compassion. John says the state is wasting millions of dollars defending the law and he wants his two children to grow up in a world free of hateful legislation.
JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN UNITE
Yes fans will remember the late 1980s offshoot band Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. Now say hello to Anderson Rabin and Wakeman, or A-R-W. Original Yes singer Jon Anderson is teaming with guitarist Trevor Rabin and keyboardist Rick Wakeman for new music to be released later this year and a tour that begins October 4th in Orlando. They have not played together since the 1990 Yes ``Union'' tour that featured members of the band from both the progressive years and the pop years. Wakeman calls A-R-W ``the holy trinity of Yes.''
``OZZY AND JACK'S WORLD DETOUR'' COMING TO HISTORY CHANNEL
Ozzy Osbourne's road trip with his son Jack is coming to T-V this summer. ``Ozzy and Jack's World Detour'' will run as ten episodes on the History Channel beginning July 27th.
Their itinerary is simply historic places they've always wanted to see, like Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge, the Alamo and a Cold War missile silo.
(The Associated Press)
Drake and Alessia Cara are leading the pack heading into the iHeartRadio Canada MuchMusic Video Awards next month.
The Toronto rapper and the Brampton, Ont., pop sensation are tied with seven nominations apiece, including nods for video of the year for Drake's ``Hotline Bling'' and Cara's ``Here.''
Cara is also nominated in the newly created best new Canadian artist category, alongside Coleman Hell, Dan Talevski, Jazz Cartier and Ria Mae.
Last year's four-time winner the Weeknd will have the chance to add to his trophy haul.
The Toronto R&B hitmaker _ whose real name is Abel Tesfaye _ is tied with singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes for six nominations apiece.
First time nominees include former One Direction member turned solo star Zayn, DJ duo The Chainsmokers, Haitian-Canadian musician Kaytranada and indie rock group The Strumbellas.
American supermodel Gigi Hadid will be hosting this year's telecast on June 19 alongside Much personalities Liz Trinnear and Tyrone Edwards.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016
UNIVERSITY WILL HONOR ANNE MURRAY
Anne Murray will receive an honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The singer will receive the degree during Friday's convocation ceremony.
POLICE LOCATE SINEAD O'CONNOR
Sinead O'Connor has been found safe after she took off for a bike ride and did not come back. Police in Wilmette, Illinois, say they were called for a well-being check after O'Connor left on a bike early Sunday morning and failed to return. Police said she was found safe yesterday but they did not say where or give details on her condition. About two hours after O'Connor left, a rambling message was posted on her Facebook page about a child custody dispute and a court hearing. She had posted an open letter on Friday to her 12-year-old son, Shane, encouraging him to bring his own case against a child welfare agency in Ireland.
O'Connor was not on tour and it was uncertain why she was in the Chicago area.
AGAINST ME! FRONTWOMAN BURNS BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN NORTH CAROLINA
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! can no longer present her birth certificate that shows she was born a boy.
She burned it onstage during the band's show in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday to protest the state's recent law limiting L-G-B-T protections. Grace posted a photo on Instagram showing her setting her birth certificate on fire with the caption, ``BURN GENDER BURN! GENDER INFERNO!'' Grace is transgender and was born Tom Gabel.
BARBRA STREISAND PLANS TOUR AND ALBUM
Barbra Streisand will do a nine-city tour this summer. She will play New York; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; San Jose, California; Chicago; Boston; Philadelphia; Toronto; and Washington. Streisand will release a duets album called ``Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway'' later this year.
BAD BOY REUNION TOUR LAUNCHES THIS SUMMER
The Bad Boy Records reunion concert is now expanding to a tour. Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, The Lox, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, Mario Winans and French Montana will take part in the tour. It begins August 25th in Columbus, Ohio.
Puff Daddy says the concerts will be ``a celebration of the hits and the Bad Boy lifestyle.'' The Bad Boy roster of acts will perform two concerts this week in New York.
BEATLES PUBLICIST TONY BARROW DIES
Paul McCartney confirms the death of longtime Beatles publicist Tony Barrow. McCartney says Barrow was ``super professional but always ready for a laugh.'' Barrow died Saturday in England at the age of 80. Barrow is the man who coined the phrase ``Fab Four'' in an early press release and would often ghost-write articles for The Beatles in their fan club newsletter.
Barrow wrote the liner notes for the first three Beatles albums. He also came up with the idea for The Beatles to send out Christmas greetings to their fans each year. Barrow later did publicity for The Kinks, the Bay City Rollers and the Jackson Five.
ROCK HALL OPENS EXHIBIT ON POLITICS
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister will help open an exhibit on politics and music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Snider will perform an acoustic version of ``We're Not Gonna Take It'' for Thursday's opening of ``Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics.'' Snider's memorabilia is part of the exhibit.
He was one of the musicians to testify before the Senate in 1985 about music labeling, and presidential candidate Donald Trump has adopted ``We're Not Gonna Take It'' for a campaign song. The exhibit also includes John Lennon's guitar from his ``Bed-Ins for Peace,'' letters between F-B-I and Priority Records regarding Public Enemy's ``Fight The Power'' and original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan's song ``The Times They Are A-Changin''' and Green Day's ``American Idiot.'' The exhibit runs through November.
TRISHA YEARWOOD AND GARTH BROOKS THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS
Just as the weather is getting warmer, Trisha Yearwood has snow on her mind. Yearwood is working on a duets Christmas album with her husband, Garth Brooks. In order to have it ready for the holidays, they have to work on it now. Yearwood says they have a fireplace in their studio that they light even in the summer because the air conditioning can get too intense. She says it will feel like fall in there and then they walk outside and it's warm. Yearwood says she has a few vocals to finish and they hope to have the album out this year.
MOTORHEAD STAMPS ISSUED IN GERMANY
Germany is honouring Motorhead frontman Lemmy with a limited run of postage stamps. Motorhead's Facebook site reports the stamps are close-ups of Lemmy and will only be printed through June 17th.
JULIUS LA ROSA DIES
Classic pop singer Julius La Rosa has died. La Rosa's daughter confirms her father died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Crivitz, Wisconsin. He was 86. La Rosa had a string of top-20 hits in the mid-1950s including ``Domani'' and ``Lipstick and Candy and Rubbersole Shoes.'' La Rosa was discovered by Arthur Godfrey and became a star on Godfrey's show in the early 1950s.
Godfrey fired him live on the air in 1953, later saying La Rosa lacked humility and because he hired an agent. The move actually boosted La Rosa's career. He was a fill-in for Perry Como on his T-V show and later got his own T-V show. He also took a role on ``Another World'' and won a Daytime Emmy.
MARIA SCHNEIDER DOMINATES JAZZ AWARDS
Maria Schneider has become the first artist to sweep five categories at the Jazz Awards. She won musician of the year and best album for ``The Thompson Fields,'' as well as awards for composer, arranger and best large ensemble. Saxophonist Kamasi Washington won up-and-coming artist of the year. Henry Threadgill was given a lifetime achievement award.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
PRINCE - MEMORIAL
A large crowd was on hand as Prince's spiritual family attended a memorial for the musician. Police believe as many as 500 people were on hand at for the service, held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
The service featured two songs -- ``He Will Call'' and ``See Yourself When All Is New'' -- as well as a Bible discussion about the singer and his beliefs. There was also an interview with bassist Larry Graham, who introduced Prince to the faith.
PRINCE - ESTATE
There could be another heir to Prince's estate. In documents filed this past Friday, attorney Michael Padden says a man said to be Prince's half brother had a son. And the filing says Duane Nelson had a son who in turn had a child.
While Nelson and his son are dead, Nelson's grandson could be an heir. The filing asked the court to appoint a legal representative to look after the child's interests -- if the child's mother doesn't do so herself. Last week, the attorney for a prison inmate in Colorado asked for genetic testing to prove a claim that the inmate is Prince's son.
PRINCE - GUITAR
The owner of a Prince guitar who is putting the instrument up for auction says he knows it's ``morbid'' that when people die, their items become more valuable. But he says he is selling the guitar because it would be ``too risky'' to keep it.
The guitar is bright yellow -- and was one of the ``yellow cloud'' guitars Prince used in the 1980s and 1990s. The guitar goes up for bids by Heritage Auctions starting June 24th with an opening bid of 30-thousand dollars.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - KIEDIS
Lead singer Anthony Kiedis has been hospitalized with intestinal flu. And that means The Red Hot Chili Peppers have had to cancel a pair of appearances. The band canned a concert by a California radio station in Irvine, California on Saturday. And they will be unable to appear at an iHeart Radio show tomorrow night. A band spokesman says Kiedis is expected to make a full recovery.
MARIAH CAREY - GLAAD
Mariah Carey has received a bunch of awards over the years. But she says the one she got Saturday is different.
She picked up the GLAAD Ally Award at an event in Los Angeles. It was presented to her by ``Empire'' co-creator Lee Daniels -- who is gay. He declared, ``Mariah is one of us.'' Carey says the award is special because most of the ones she's gotten before were for ``statistics and things like that'' -- but she says this one is about ``something a little more real.''
MACKLEMORE - PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
It's unusual to see a president and a rap artist appear together in the same video -- even rarer in a video released by the White House. But there was Macklemore, making a cameo in President Barack Obama's weekly address to talk about opioid addiction. Macklemore noted that he had abused prescription painkillers before -- and called for more efforts to provide rehab for those who are addicted. He says he knows ``recovery works'' -- because it saved his life.
GREGG ALLMAN - FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
Jimmy Carter says he might not have become president if it hadn't been for an endorsement from the Allman Brothers Band. The former president says once the band ``adopted'' him, it showed people he ``must be qualified to be president.''
Carter spoke at the ceremony Saturday where Gregg Allman got an honorary degree. The group's longtime singer and keyboard player got a doctorate of humanities from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia -- where the band spent its early years.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK - LGBT RIGHTS
They didn't cancel their appearances in North Carolina. But the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock used music to protest the state's law on L-G-B-T rights and bathroom use by transgender people. Group member Carol Maillard said the group ``gave a shout-out to everyone and performed a civil rights medley.'' Maillard said the group never considered cancelling its North Carolina shows in protest, saying they thought it would be better show up and express their support for what the L-G-B-T community is fighting for.
ABBA - EUROVISION
ABBA is one of the few acts to win the Eurovision Song Contest and move on to become big recording stars afterward. And one of the former band's members says he thinks ABBA could still win the contest today with ``Waterloo,'' the tune that won the 1974 competition. But Bj?rn Ulvaeus says the group would need a more modern look -- as in no platform shoes -- and a more modern stage act. The 2016 version of Eurovision wrapped up this past Saturday.
DIONNE WARWICK - BIOPIC
So, what's the deal with plans for a movie about Dionne Warwick's life? Depends on who you ask. The singer announced plans for the movie about herself at the Cannes Film Festival, and said it would star original Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett as Warwick and Lady Gaga as the late British singer Cilla Black. But shortly after Warwick trumpeted the news, a rep for Gaga denied she was involved. It's the second time recently that AMBI Pictures made an announcement about a film that ended up being shot down.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016
PRINCE - AUTOPSY
Since Prince died a little over three weeks ago, there have been lots of questions. And even as we're learning about some of what happened before he was found dead at his Paisley Park residence, the full picture of what Prince was like is likely to come from the autopsy report being prepared. There's no word on when the report will be released. But a pathologist says it's likely we will get the basic questions about Prince's health answered. Dr Bruce Levy, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, says basic blood tests can determine whether Prince died of an overdose of prescription drugs -- as had been speculated. But he says only detailed study of the musician's tissue can determine whether he may have been addicted to those drugs, or whether the overdose was a one-off kind of deal.
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA - ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Afrika Bambaataa is denying allegations that he sexually abused teenage boys. The hip-hop pioneer is responding to news reports quoting two men as saying that they were abused by Bambaataa when they were teens -- and he was at the peak of his career in the 1980s. Three others have made similar allegations, but did so anonymously. Bambaataa says in an interview this week on a New York T-V station (WNYW-TV), ``I never abused nobody.''
Bambaataa is 59 -- and says it ``sounds crazy'' for people to be coming forward with molestation claims against him.
CONCERT CLOSES INVICTUS GAMES
It was an event featuring inspirational athletic performances. But the end of the Invictus Games will also be remembered for the monster concert that closed out the event in Orlando, Florida. Among those taking part in the closing show were Flo Rida, Rascal Flatts, ``American Idol'' winner Phillip Phillips and Jordan Smith, who won season nine of ``The Voice.'' The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style event for wounded and sick military members and veterans.
DEF LEPPARD - DEAF LEOPARDS
It was a meeting that was destined to happen. The Arkansas School for the Deaf has a school mascot -- a leopard. So once members of Def Leppard got wind of an online petition to meet the deaf Leopards, the visit was arranged.
The rock band posed for photos holding a replica of the school's scoreboard and in front of a banner with the band's name. The meeting took place before a show the British band performed near Little Rock.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL ARENA
It wasn't even high on the list of top music venues in Los Angeles -- what with the Staples Center and the Forum getting most of the attention. But if you ask Bruce Springsteen, his favourite place to play in L-A is the L- Memorial Sports Arena.
Make that used to be --ecause it's being torn down. A closing ceremony was held yesterday. When he played the venue for the 35th and last time in March, Springsteen declared it ``a great place to play rock 'n' roll.'' The Boss called the place ``the dump that jumps'' and ``the joint that don't disappoint.''
RUSSELL SIMMONS - COMPENSATION FOR RUSHCARD USERS
Remember last year when people who had the RushCard found that their money went funny? They're getting compensation now. The prepaid debit card company owned by hip-hop chieftain Russell Simmons, agreed to pay at least 19-million dollars to make it up to users affected by the outage. Tens of thousands of RushCard users were unable to get at their money for as long as two weeks. It especially was troublesome because many RushCard users were largely poor and minorities.
(The Associated Press)