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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

 

 

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

 

Country star Alan Jackson, the late guitarist and singer Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Loretta Lynn returned to the Hall of Fame for the first time since she suffered a stroke in May to formally induct Jackson. Lynn said Jackson was the only person that could make her leave her house. George Strait, Alison Krauss and Lee Ann Womack each performed one of Jackson's songs in his honour. Jerry Reed died at age 71 in 2008. His daughters accepted on his behalf. And Schlitzhad some advice to his grandchildren seated in the audience. He said ``No one does this alone. In your life, be a part of something bigger than yourself.'' 

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VERUCA SALT'S LOUISE POST SAYS DIRECTOR JAMES TOBACK VICTIMIZED HER

 

Louise Post of Veruca Salt says when the Harvey Weinstein scandal hit, she cried over her own sexual harassment experience 30 years ago. It wasn't Weinstein, though.

Post is one of 38 women who agreed to talk to The Los Angeles Times about being harassed or assaulted by writer and director James Toback, who wrote the film ``Bugsy.'' Post was a student at Barnard College when she met Toback in 1987. Post says going to his apartment has been a source of shame for her for 30 years because she allowed herself to be ``so gullible.'' 

Post says she cried recently for ``the 20-year-old woman who lost something vital that day -- her innocence.'' Toback denies the allegations.

  

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LADY GAGA AND FIVE FORMER PRESIDENTS APPEAR AT HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT

 

Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the One America Appeal concert near Austin, Texas, on Saturday.

The show-stopper, though, was the five living former presidents taking the stage together: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W.

Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. President Donald Trump sent video remarks. The concert was a fundraiser for victims of recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The concert also featured Lyle Lovett, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Cassadee Pope, Lee Greenwood, Yolanda Adams and Alabama. 

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SOLANGE KNOWLES GETS APOLOGY FROM NEWSPAPER THAT AIRBRUSHED HER BRAIDS

 

As Solange Knowles reminded Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, ``Don't Touch My Hair.'' The newspaper has apologized for digitally altering a photo of Knowles' elaborate braids. The original photo of Knowles shows her hair braided in a circle that extends at least a foot above the top of her head. The cover photo took that out. The magazine says it altered the photo for ``layout purposes.'' It adds, ``Plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.'' The article quotes Knowles as saying she considers braiding an art form and recalls her experiences in her mother's salon as a child.

Knowles posted the original photo on Instagram with the caption, ``DTMH.'' 

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JASON ALDEAN RELEASES ``I WON'T BACK DOWN''

 

Jason Aldean's version of Tom Petty's song ``I Won't Back Down'' is for sale, with proceeds going to victims of the Las Vegas shootings. Aldean performed the song on ``Saturday Night Live'' five days after a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Aldean was on stage when the shooting began.

Proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to the Direct Impact Fund. 

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MGM RESORTS WILL NOT RENT OUT GUNMAN'S LAS VEGAS SUITE

 

The hotel suite from which a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1 will not be rented, according to MGM Resorts. A judge also has approved a temporary order for the hotel to preserve photos, surveillance video and gambling records of gunman Stephen Paddock.

Lawyers for a California woman critically wounded at the festival asked for the order. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas tourism bureau has put on hold its slogan, ``What happens here, stays here,'' which it has used since 2002. 

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VAMPIRES CELEBRATE TOM PETTY'S BIRTHDAY

 

The vampires of Los Angeles paid tribute to Tom Petty on his birthday Thursday. LA Weekly reports the Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk took place on Ventura Boulevard in reference to his song ``Free Fallin'.'' Petty sang, ``And all the vampires walking through the Valley/Move west down Ventura Boulevard.''

Organizer Mary Soracco expected maybe 10 or 15 people, but dozens of people showed up in goth costumes and Petty shirts. Musicians led the crowd in a sing-along of ``Free Fallin'.'' 

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CHARLIE DANIELS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARLIE DANIEL

 

Charlie Daniels says he's been dealing with bureaucratic flubs since the first day of his life. Daniels tells Billboard magazine his name is supposed to be Charlie Daniel. He says when he was born in 1936, everything was written longhand in pen and an ``S'' was added to his name. He says he's the only person in his family with an ``S'' at the end of his name. Daniels tells his life story in his new book, ``Never Look At The Empty Seats,'' out tomorrow.

 

 

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BEACH BOYS CONCERT HIT BY TORNADO

 

Mike Love of the Beach Boys notes that before their Saturday show in Norman, Oklahoma, they were visited by Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin -- and a tornado. Love writes on Facebook the band cut short their meet-and-greet after a tornado sent water pouring through the roof.

He says the concert was not cancelled. Fallin tells KWTV she was evacuated from the Riverwind Casino twice that day. Part of the casino's roof was ripped off. Most of the severe storms that swept through Oklahoma this weekend hit rural areas.

 

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DAN AND SHAY'S SHAY MOONEY GETS MARRIED

 

Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay and his new bride are off on what they're calling their ``Honeymooney.'' His representative tells People magazine Mooney married former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley on Friday between two oak trees on the Mooney family property in Arkansas. Their wedding party included the couple's 9-month old son, Asher, as well as bandmate Dan Smyers and band guitarist Justin Richards. Mooney choked up at the reception while performing an original song on acoustic guitar he wrote for Billingsley.

 

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JAKE OWEN'S HOUSE IS FOR SALE

 

A house owned by two country music stars is on the market. The Nashville Tennessean reports Jake Owen is selling his three-bedroom house outside Nashville for $1.5 million. He bought it from Loretta Lynn. The house sits on seven acres and includes a chef's kitchen, a recording studio and a beach area complete with a tiki bar. 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

 

Downie Donations

A doctor in Toronto is comparing Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie to another Canadian icon -- Terry Fox. 

Dr. Arjun Sahgal of Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital says Downie's openness about his diagnosis with terminal brain cancer will leave a lasting legacy. 

The Tragically Hip frontman died Tuesday night at age 53. 

In the 24 hours after his death was announced, donations to a research fund named in his honour increased notably.

 As of yesterday afternoon, donations for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research had reached 1.8 million dollars, up about 100-thousand dollars from the previous day. 

The fund will support the Gord Downie Fellowship in Brain Oncology and construction of the G. Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre. 

Downie's determination to embark on a cross-country tour, release various music projects, and press politicians on Indigenous issues throughout his treatment has also inspired other cancer patients. 

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LAS VEGAS SHOOTING - CONCERT

 

A concert Thursday benefiting victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U-S history brought out a crowd -- including many who had been present Oct. 1st when 58 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded. Jason Aldean was on stage at the time. Aldean says security for this latest concert was a concern, as it will be for other concerts going forward. He said ``I would like for a bad guy to look up and see snipers.'' The tickets for the concert were free and all were taken. Organizers accepted donations and profit from food and beverage sales go to a victims'fund. 

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CHANCE THE RAPPER - GRAMMYS

 

Chance The Rapper has offered a glimpse into the actual moment he got his Grammys. The ceremony in February is when everyone saw him win, but prop trophies are handed out and the real ones are mailed later. Chance tweeted a video of the unboxing of his three Grammys with the help of his two-year-old daughter, Kensli. He took the opportunity to test Kensli on her numbers as they counted 1-2-3. His Grammys are for best rap album, best rap performance and best new artist. 

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LUKE BRYAN - ``AMERICAN IDOL'' JUDGE

 

In the words of Luke Bryan, ``No big feuds yet.'' Bryan says the new version of ``American Idol'' has visited only two cities so far, but he's loving it. Bryan says there's ``lots of cutting up'' with fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Bryan says Carrie Underwood set the benchmark for future ``Idols,'' and he feels their role is to find someone who can make a difference in music. 

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THE ECLIPSE - WALK THE MOON VIDEO

 

Walk The Moon had an unintended special effect in the video for ``One Foot'': the solar eclipse in August. Singer Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE'-kah) says it was coincidence that they scheduled the video shoot for that day in Joshua Tree National Park.

Petricca says the part of the video when he's dancing on the mountain is when the eclipse is behind him. Bassist Kevin Ray says Joshua Tree is such a surreal place anyway, with weird trees that are hundreds of years old in a barren wasteland. He says the eclipse on top of that was inspiring. Walk The Moon's ``What If Nothing'' album comes out November 10th. 

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PETER WOLF - ``DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT''

 

Had things been slightly different, ``Don't Do Me Like That'' could have been a hit for the J. Geils Band instead of Tom Petty. J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf tells Rolling Stone magazine he had been friends with Petty since they toured together in the 1970s. Wolf got a cassette from Petty with the song on it, saying, ``I think this would be a cool song for you.'' Wolf says Petty was not so sure of himself in those days. Wolf says he loved the song but the J. Geils Band just did not get to it. Wolf says in the last conversation he had with Petty, they talked about that song. Petty thanked Wolf for not recording it and instead giving him one of his biggest hits. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

 

 

GORD DOWNIE - MOURNED

 

Rush says of the death of Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, ``It's a sad, sad day for Canada and Canadian music.''

Nickelback tweets, ``Thank you for inspiring so many with a well-lived life,'' while k.d. Lang says, ``Swift rebirth Gord Downie.'' Downie was such a beloved figure in Canada, the NBA's Toronto Raptors, the NHL Players' Association and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all sent condolences. Downie died Tuesday night after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 53. 

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(Kingston-Memorial)

 

What began as a subdued memorial for Gord Downie organized by city officials in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario grew into an improvised candlelight vigil last night. 

Fans paid tribute to the Tragically Hip frontman who died Tuesday at the age of 53 with sing-alongs, breakout dance parties and, in one case, by broadcasting classic Hip concerts from a flatscreen T-V in the back of a van. 

The evening began with a couple hundred people gathered around same city square where thousands gathered just over a year ago to watch a public screening of the band's sold-out final concert. 

But as Downie's voice echoed over the speakers, the crowd's energy shifted and a heavy sadness that weighed over Kingston began to lift. 

It started when ``Ahead By a Century'' started playing, then one man pulled out his guitar and led the crowd in a sing-along that picked up steam with every verse. 

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson earlier laid a wreath dedicated to Downie at city hall, which was illuminated in red and white in the evening. 

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(Bobcaygeon)

 

The town of Bobcaygeon in Ontario's cottage country felt a special warmth for Gord Downie. 

A Tragically Hip song named after the town from the Hip's 1998 album ``Phantom Power'' earned a Juno Award for best single in 2000. 

About 50 people gathered near the water last night in to commemorate Downie, who died Tuesday at age 53. 

Candles were placed on the ground and illuminated local musician Richard Kyle, who strummed along to famous Hip songs ``Wheat Kings,'' ``Ahead by a Century,'' and of course, ``Bobcaygeon,'' on his black acoustic guitar. 

Kyle said he planned on playing a few Hip songs in dedication to Downie regardless of whether anyone would show up. 

Residents of Bobcaygeon remembered Downie for putting them on the map by writing the hit song about their town. 

Local business owner Sacha Douglas said residents ``feel a great connection'' to Downie and always have. 

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(Indigenous)

 

In the final months of his life, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie became an outspoken advocate on Indigenous issues, notably as part of his ``Secret Path'' project. 

It honoured 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ont. 

Proceeds from the album and graphic novel are being donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says Downie often said he was struck by that story and ``couldn't let go of it.'' 

He says Downie wanted to make it his mission to share that story with the rest of the country. 

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde added that it was almost as if Wenjack's spirit connected to Downie. 

Bellegarde said Canada can now take up Downie's challenge of building a better country. 

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(Tributes)

 

As Canadian musicians tearfully reflected on the legacy of Gord Downie, many used a word the late Tragically Hip frontman himself belted out onstage in his signature howl: ``Courage.'' 

His peers agreed that Downie's advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and his fundraising efforts during his fight with terminal brain cancer were incredibly brave and galvanized a nation in a way that will be felt for decades. 

Rush frontman Geddy Lee called Downie a national hero who tried to do as much good with the time he had left. 

Former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page said Downie's ``great and lasting contribution'' was his commitment to raising awareness about Indigenous issues. 

Sean McCann, singer and former Great Big Sea guitarist, said he was also awed by Downie's political activism in his final year, saying he was a man who did so much more than politicians who've spent 30-year careers avoiding issues. 

In a statement, Dan Aykroyd called Downie's death ``the end of an era.'' 

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(Trudeau)

 

There was an uncommon slowness in Justin Trudeau's step as he walked toward the weekly Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill, his thoughts weighed heavily with the news that Gord Downie had died. 

With voice cracking with emotion and tears streaming down his face, Trudeau said simply that ``it hurts.'' 

Trudeau added that Canada was less of a country for having lost Downie. 

There was a personal connection between the prime minister and the musician that was only seen publicly on a few occasions. 

As his band ended a 15-stop farewell tour in Kingston in the summer of 2016, Downie called out to Trudeau, who was in the audience, urging him to take action on behalf of Canada's Indigenous peoples, to make their lives better. 

Trudeau commended Downie yesterday for his love of country, his profound ability to use words to create landscapes and his dedication to the plight of Indigenous Canadians. 

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(Roundup by The Canadian Press) 

 

(The Canadian Press)

 

CMA - ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

 

Singer Jason Aldean and other stars honoured victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the C-M-T Artists of the Year show last night. The format of the show pivoted to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of sombre tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony. Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1st, stood side-by-side with the night's other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some chose to perform or other musicians performed in their honour. 

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CMAS - FIRST PERFORMERS

 

Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert have signed up to perform at the Country Music Association Awards.

Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett also will perform. Carrie Underwood will perform and co-host with Brad Paisley. The awards will air live from Nashville on ABC on Nov. 8th. 

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JON PARDI - ON NAMES,

 

Jon Pardi seemed destined to be a country singer from the time he was a kid. Pardi says when he was asked his name in preschool, he'd say it was Randy Travis -- or Merle Haggard, or George Strait. Then he grew up, moved to Nashville and got into disagreements about cowboy hats. Pardi says he got into a lot of arguments with his management and his label about wearing a cowboy hat for his ``California Sunrise'' album. He says he can't help but point out that's his first album that went to number one. 

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS - ONCE SUICIDAL

 

At the height of fame for Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams wanted out so badly she considered ending her life. Williams revealed on the C-B-S show ``The Talk'' yesterday she suffered from depression from the time she was a teen, and she was suicidal in her 20s. She went to manager Mathew Knowles about it and he said, ``You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You're about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?'' She says that's not a dig on Knowles as much as he just didn't understand her problem. Williams says she wants to normalize the conversation about mental health. 

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PROPHETS OF RAGE - HOW CAME TO BE

 

There was the very real possibility that Prophets of Rage would fail miserably, according to Tom Morello. He says it looks good on paper to bring together members of Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, but they practiced in secret to see if they had any chemistry. D-J Lord says they started out riffing their parts verbally and shouting, ``Record that!'' Chuck D says the key to any art is to be fearless and he quotes Morello as saying, ``This will be worked out in the mosh pit.'' The self-titled Prophets of Rage album is out now. 

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ELVIS' BOYHOOD HOME - FOR SALE

 

A house billed as the home where Elvis Presley lived as a child in Tupelo, Mississippi, is for sale. GWS Auctions estimates the house and the 16 acres surrounding it could sell for as much as 2.5-million at auction Nov. 11th. It's not the Elvis Presley Birthplace, which is a museum nearby. G-W-S Auctions says the house is one of several Presley's father, Vernon, built for family members in the 1920s and 1930s. A Presley family member says Elvis and his mother lived there and Elvis played on the land.

Presley Birthplace officials say they can't confirm the Presleys lived in that house. Other Elvis items for sale include a boat named ``Hound Dog,'' a two-bedroom mobile home from his Circle G ranch and a T-V that Elvis had shot but was repaired. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

 

 

CHRIS YOUNG - OPRY MEMBER

 

Chris Young joined the Grand Ole Opry last night and he's still kicking himself for not seeing the invitation coming.

Vince Gill had surprised him onstage at the Opry a few weeks ago by inviting him personally. Young says he prides himself on not getting surprised but Gill pulled a fast one. At 32, Young is the youngest current member of the Opry. He's also got a new album out on Friday called ``Losing Sleep.''

 

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BIG AND RICH - LAS VEGAS

 

Big and Rich will return to Las Vegas to help with the healing process after the Oct. 1st shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Big and Rich will join Cam for the concert ``Vegas Strong - A Night of Healing'' in Las Vegas tomorrow. Tickets were free and have already been distributed. Donations will be collected to benefit victims of the shootings. Big and Rich had played the Route 91 Harvest Festival just hours the shooting began.

 

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LOPEZ -  A-ROD - PUERTO RICAN RELIEF

 

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have raised 26-million dollars for Puerto Rico disaster relief, with another nine-million raised by a benefit show. The two hosted ``One Voice:

Somos Live!'' on Saturday with Marc Anthony. The benefit show included performances by Demi Lovato, Ricky Martin, Mary J. Blige and Gwen Stefani.

 

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ZZ TOP - SUSPENDS TOUR

 

ZZ Top is postponing its tour dates for the rest of this year because, according to the official band statement, bassist Dusty Hill ``is addressing a tummy ailment.'' The statement says Hill has been directed to lay low for the next few weeks.

Details of Hill's medical issue were not given. ZZ Top intends to resume touring next year. ZZ Top postponed concerts last year after Hill tripped on a step and fractured his shoulder. 

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``WEIRD AL'' YANKOVIC - NO-PARODY CONCERT TOUR

 

 ``Weird Al'' Yankovic says his next concert tour will consist mainly of songs you barely remember. He's calling it ``The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.''

Yankovic writes on Facebook he will do obscure tracks and only a few parodies, with no props, costumes or video screens. Yankovic says it will not be the kind of show that appeals to everyone and he'll go back to concerts featuring fat suits and Segways on another tour.

Yankovic says he's not trying to talk people out of buying tickets, but they should be aware that these shows will be ``loose, unpredictable, and maybe a little sloppy.'' The tour begins Feb.

27th in Poughkeepsie, New York. 

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REBA McENTIRE'S FORMER HOME - EVENTS VENUE

 

Can you imagine getting married where Reba McEntire once lived? The Nashville Tennessean reports a potential unnamed buyer for McEntire's former home outside Nashville wants to turn it into an events venue for weddings and corporate retreats.

Wilson County planning director Tom Brashear says the proposal will be considered at a zoning meeting on Friday. McEntire's property reportedly sold for five-million dollars in July to a developer who plans to build 15 homes on the land. However, the parcel of land with the house on it has been put back on the market. 

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RICKY SKAGGS - THE SANTA TRAIN

 

Ricky Skaggs will be the celebrity guest on this year's Santa Train. Railroad operator C-S-X has run the Santa Train through Appalachia every year since 1942, distributing toys, food and winter clothes to families. Skaggs grew up in Cordell, Kentucky.

He says he loves the children of Appalachia and he loves Christmas, so riding the train is going to be a great thing for his heart. This year's train will run Nov. ember 18th from Shelby, Kentucky, to Kingsport, Tennessee. 

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS - NOMINEES

 

Solange could be the big force at the Soul Train Awards. She leads the nominations with seven, including album of the year for ``A Seat At The Table.'' She will compete against her sister, Beyonce, for video of the year. Bruno Mars has six nominations. Toni Braxton and SWV will each get career achievement awards. The Soul Train Awards will air on B-E-T Nov. 26th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

 

ED SHEERAN INJURES ARM

 

Ed Sheeran says he's had ``a bit of a bicycle accident.'' He posted an Instagram photo of his bandaged right arm.

He says it may affect some of his upcoming shows and he's awaiting medical advice. Sheeran's Asian tour begins Sunday in Taipei, Taiwan. 

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IRON MAIDEN'S EDDIE WILL APPEAR IN ``ANGRY BIRDS''

 

Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot, is entering the realm of ``Angry Birds.'' Eddie the Bird will be a playable character in the game ``Angry Birds Revolution,'' out tomorrow. He will be available for two weeks, and players who successfully recruit Eddie the Bird to their teams will keep him forever. He will have four evolutions that represent different Iron Maiden albums.

 

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JOE JONAS IS GETTING MARRIED

 

Joe Jonas of D-N-C-E  is engaged to ``Game of Thrones'' actress Sophie Turner. They both shared the same Instagram photo of her hand wearing a diamond ring. Jonas' caption was, ``She said yes,'' while Turner's was, ``I said yes.'' 

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LINDSAY ELL RECREATES JOHN MAYER AS HOMEWORK

 

Kristian Bush of Sugarland gave Lindsay Ell an education in musicianship by making her get inside the head of another musician. Ell says Bush asked what her favourite record is, and she said ``Continuum'' by John Mayer. Bush challenged her to recreate it in her own studio, playing all the instruments herself, and she had two weeks to do it. Ell took the challenge. She says she learned so much about Mayer's guitar playing and her own, but more importantly, she learned how she wanted a band in the studio to sound. Her debut album, ``The Project,'' is out now. 

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NF HAS NUMBER-ONE ALBUM

 

The artist with the number-one album in the country this week has never had a song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rapper N-F debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 album with ``Perception,'' moving 55,000 units. It beats out Tom Petty's ``Greatest Hits,'' which moved 47,000. The only other act this year to have a number-one album without a song on the Hot 100 is alternative band Brand New. Their ``Science Fiction'' album topped the chart last month. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN IS NUMBER-FOUR BROADWAY DRAW

 

Bruce Springsteen is a Broadway smash. The Broadway League reports Springsteen's concerts at New York's Walter Kerr Theatre raked in 1-point-9 million dollars in the first week.

His debut was Thursday. That puts him in fourth place for the week as far as Broadway shows go. ``Hamilton'' is in the lead with

2-point-9 million dollars, followed by ``Hello, Dolly!'' and ``The Lion King.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

 

 

NELLY - ACCUSER REVERSES COURSE

 

A woman who accused Nelly of rape is dropping her claim against him. Lawyer Karen Koehler said in a statement Friday her client wants to stop the investigation and will refuse to testify in court. The woman had accused Nelly of raping her on his tour bus outside of Seattle last weekend. Nelly was never charged. 

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BJORK - CLAIMS HARASSMENT

 

Bjork says she was sexually harassed as an actress by a ``Danish director'' she does not name. Bjork writes on Facebook she discovered the hard way ``a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it.'' She says she turned down the director's advances repeatedly and she was framed as the difficult one. She says the director's staff ``enabled and encouraged it.'' Bjork says she believes the director had a better relationship with actresses after she confronted him, but she also believes the next film he made was about his experience with her. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BROADWAY RUN

 

Bruce Springsteen has come out publicly to admit he's a fraud. During his Broadway show debut on Thursday, Springsteen said he never held an honest job in his life, never has done hard labour and never has worked nine to five. He adds, ``And yet, that is all that I've ever written about.'' Springsteen runs through 15 of his songs in the 130-minute performance, telling stories of the songs and sometimes reading from his autobiography, ``Born to Run.'' Springsteen says he wrote about escaping the ``death trap'' of New Jersey and he jokes, ``I live ten minutes from my hometown.'' 

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KACEY MUSGRAVES - MARRIED

 

Kacey Musgraves is married. Her wedding to Ruston Kelly was Saturday in Tennessee. Yesterday, Musgraves posted an Instagram photo of a wedding bouquet and a beer bottle in a sink with the caption, ``The sweet morning after the most unbelievably magical night.''

 

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LADY GAGA - HEALTH UPDATE

 

Lady Gaga calls herself a ``tough girl on the mend.'' She has posted a series of fashion shots on Instagram and notes that she's back in the studio. She also announced she will resume her tour by announcing new concert dates for Europe starting in January. They are makeup dates for the concerts she cancelled last month because of severe physical pain.

 

 

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JONNY CLEGG

 

Within the next few months, Johnny Clegg will do a series of concerts, release a live album and a studio album, finish the first draft of his autobiography and compose music with other musicians. Within the next two years, Clegg expects he will die. He is in remission from pancreatic cancer, but he says his body is damaged from the chemotherapy. He's currently on a farewell tour of the U-S Clegg says he's feeling good and even though he has pain in his hands and feet, he still finds the will to dance on stage.

Clegg says he could sit in his room quietly and hope to live an extra year, or he could go out and do the things he loves. 

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DOLLY PARTON - KIDS HOSPITAL VISIT

 

Dolly Parton celebrated the release of her new children's album by spending time with sick kids. Parton visited patients at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital in Nashville on Friday. Parton says her niece was treated there for leukemia and now is a healthy young woman. She says she tries to give hope to the young patients by singing to them and kidding with them. Parton has pledged one-million dollars to the hospital. Her children's album, ``I Believe In You,'' is out now. 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017

 

 

JASON ALDEAN - ON STAGE

 

Country star Jason Aldean brought the party back yesterday, but the fun was tempered. Three songs into his show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he launched into a five-minute speech honouring the 58 killed including four Canadians and nearly 500 hurt when a gunman opened fire in Las Vegas as he was performing on stage.

Aldean took a defiant tone as he in telling concertgoers to resist living in fear, and he called for more of the national unity he's seen since the attack. Fans pumped their fists and held up American flags as Aldean continued. Aldean cancelled shows in California last week to mourn those killed Oct. 1st at the outdoor Route 91 festival. 

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CMT - ``ARTISTS OF THE YEAR''

 

One of the C-M-T Artists of the Year says the right song at the right moment can bring everyone together, even when things are their darkest. Chris Stapleton says the tragedy of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas nearly two weeks ago is still fresh, but musicians need to keep making music and he can't let fear win. The ``Artists of the Year'' special is changing its format this year to focus on hope and healing, rather than the achievements of the artists. Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line were already announced as honourees. They all agreed to the program changes. The show will air live from Nashville next Wednesday. 

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DEMI LOVATO - ``SIMPLY COMPLICATED''

 

Demi Lovato has been honest about her personal demons. She still was not prepared to see herself dealing with them in the film ``Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.'' Lovato says she opens up about struggles that she still deals with today and it was hard to watch herself so vulnerable. The film chronicles the making of her ``Tell Me You Love Me'' album. Lovato says the cool part is fans can see her triumphs as well as her weaknesses. The film premieres on YouTube on Tuesday. 

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``DESPACITO'' - YOUTUBE VIEWS

 

Remember in August when the video for ``Despacito'' hit the unheard-of milestone of three-billion YouTube views? It just added another one-billion more. The Luis Fonsi-Daddy Yankee version of the video crossed the four-billion mark this week.

That does not include views of the Justin Bieber remix video, which has 548-million views. Fonsi writes on Instagram instead of celebrating, they are focusing on rebuilding the place where it all started. The video was shot in Puerto Rico, which is rebuilding after being devastated by hurricane Maria. 

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PRINCE'S SISTERS - MASTER TAPES

 

Two of Prince's sisters are angry that one of the most valuable assets he left behind has been moved from his Paisley Park studio outside Minneapolis. Sharon and Norrine Nelson say they want the master tapes of his unreleased music to be returned. They say Comerica, the executor of the estate, did not tell them why the music was taken or where, but they believe the tapes are in California. Comerica says an entertainment storage and archive company, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, was chosen to preserve the tapes. Comerica says it discussed the issues with Prince's heirs four separate times. 

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AMAS - NOMINATIONS

 

Bruno Mars says he woke up yesterday ``feelin like a pop/rock/adult contemporary/RnB/soul...superstar!'' Mars leads the nominations for the American Music Awards with eight and his nominations cover all those genres. He'll compete for artist of the year against The Chainsmokers, Canadian rap artist Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. None of them have ever won that award. The A-M-A's will be Nov. 19th in Los Angeles and shown live on A-B-C. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

 

 

FOREIGNER-MUSICAL

 

It's been 40 years since Foreigner released its first album and now the songs of the legendary rock group are being made into a musical. ``Jukebox Hero'' will tell the story of the hard-hit town of Blaydon, Pennsylvania that is saved with the emergence of a rock group that helps bring in new industry. Speaking in Calgary yesterday, Mick Jones, the founder of Foreigner, said he ran into singer Diana Ross 20 years ago and she suggested to him that the song ``Jukebox Hero'' should be made into a musical. He said it's been on his mind ever since. Jones said about a dozen of the group's songs will be in the musical, including ``I Want To Know What Love Is,'' ``Waiting For A Girl Like You,'' ``Hot Blooded.''

``Urgent'' and of course, ``Jukebox Hero.'' 

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UNIVERSITY-ARCHIVE

 

The largest music archive in Canada is being preserved at the University of Calgary and contains compilations from some of this country's most well-known artists that have never been heard before. E-M-I Music Canada gave the university more than 55-hundred boxes full of music and artifacts that document its history from 1949 to 2012 and a two-million dollar grant will help the team to preserve the rare collection. E-M-I brought a number of the world's most famous artists to Canada including The Beatles and Pink Floyd and a cover by Tom Cochrane, which has never been heard before, was found among the thousands of recordings in the diverse collection. 

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TRUMP SILENT ON EMINEM RAP ``THE STORM''

 

President Donald Trump has not responded to Eminem's freestyle rap ``The Storm'' that rips Trump apart. The video for ``The Storm'' shows Eminem in a parking garage referring to Trump as a ``racist 94-year-old grandpa.'' In four and a half minutes, Eminem berates Trump for the N-F-L anthem protests, his plan to build a wall to keep out immigrants, double standards on the military and lack of action on Puerto Rico hurricane relief and reforms on gun laws. Eminem says he's drawing a line in the sand for his fans who support Trump, and if they're split on which side to stand, he'll profanely tell them where to go. 

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RHIANNON GIDDENS: ``BIIIIG PLANS AFOOT!''

 

Rhiannon Giddens says she's proud to be among the 23 other ``fine folks'' who have been named MacArthur Fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the so-called genius grants to people who show exceptional creativity in their work. The grants are each for 625-thousand dollars over five years and may be spent however the winner chooses. Giddens says she's not saying yet how she'll spend her grant but ``biiiig plans afoot!'' There is no application process for the grants and winners are nominated by an anonymous pool. 

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U2 - SOCCER GAME

 

As if U-2 wasn't already beloved in Argentina: the band postponed their concert so fans could watch Argentina's World Cup qualifying game. U-2 confirm they delayed the start of their Buenos Aires concert to accommodate viewing of the Argentina versus Ecuador game on Tuesday. U-2 even put the game on the big screens inside the stadium. Once the whistle blew to signal the end of the game, the lights came down and the band began playing. Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1. 

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PHISH'S JON FISHMAN - LEAD POISONING SCARE

 

Phish drummer Jon Fishman is urging awareness of lead poisoning in older homes after his young son had elevated levels of lead in his system. The Bangor Daily News reports Fishman and his wife, Briar, found out two years ago their son, then a toddler, had high lead levels in his blood. The Fishmans say a contractor had tested their 200-year-old farmhouse in Lincolnville, Maine, for lead in 2006 and assured them it was fine. Briar Fishman says they have spent 30-thousand dollars get rid of surfaces with lead paint, and they still missed some spots. Lead exposure can cause cognitive disabilities in children, but the Fishmans say their son has not shown symptoms of that. 

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ROGER DALTREY PLANS BOOK

 

Roger Daltrey is writing his autobiography and so far he does not have a title. The book is scheduled to come out next August. According to publisher Henry Holt and Company, Daltrey will not just write his life story, but observations on how Britain has changed in his lifetime.

 

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PETE TOWNSHEND - MUSICAL

 

Pete Townshend will take an acting and singing role in a musical called ``The Seeker,'' written by his wife, Rachel Fuller. He will portray The Ferryman, a character that Townshend describes as ``an old bloke with a boat.'' No word on when or where Townshend will appear. The musical includes a few songs Townshend wrote. The story is based on the Herman Hesse book ``Siddhartha.''

An album of songs from ``The Seeker'' will be released next year, with Townshend as The Ferryman and music by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

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CHRIS KIRKPATRICK IS A DAD

 

Chris Kirkpatrick of `N Sync and his wife, Carly, are new parents. Kirkpatrick writes on social media his wife gave birth to their first child, a boy, on Tuesday. They've named him Nash Dylan Kirkpatrick. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017

 

BANANARAMA - REUNION TOUR

 

The members of Bananarama were dancing together when it struck them that they should reunite. Singer Keren Woodward says they were dancing in Siobhan Fahey's kitchen and Woodward mentioned it was ``a crying shame'' that Woodward never toured with them. Woodward had quit to form Shakespears Sister in 1988. Bananarama did not tour until 1989. They will play reunion concerts in Europe beginning next month before the American leg begins in Los Angeles in February. Fahey says she had to familiarize herself with the group's body of work again. She says it's ``really something to celebrate.''

 

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DICKEY BETTS' WIFE GOES TO JAIL

 

The wife of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has reported to jail to serve a sentence for pointing a rifle at members of a rowing team. Donna Betts will serve 30 days in jail in Sarasota, Florida. She had pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. She had been charged with 18 counts. In March, a 9-1-1 caller said Donna Betts was standing on the dock behind her home with a rifle pointed at about 100 teens and coaches, threatening to shoot. Dickey and Donna Betts have a home next to the practice facility of the Sarasota Crew rowing team. 

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BONO PRESSURES ARGENTINA'S PRESIDENT

 

Bono put Argentina's president on the spot regarding an activist who disappeared two months ago during a protest. Bono says he spoke to President Mauricio Macri on Monday in Buenos Aires about Santiago Maldonado. He disappeared during a protest demanding that the clothing company Benetton return lands it owns to an indigenous people. Witnesses say police detained Maldonado after he was part of a group who blocked a road.

Authorities deny wrongdoing. His disappearance has become a social and political movement in Argentina. Macri's office says in a statement that Macri told Bono that all efforts are being made to find Maldonado. 

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QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY - ``I WANT TO BREAK FREE'' VIDEO

 

The 1984 Queen song ``I Want To Break Free'' might have been a bigger hit in the U-S if Americans had understood the video. Guitarist Brian May says they dressed up as female characters from the British soap opera ``Coronation Street.''

Americans just saw the band in women's clothing at a time when questions were flying about singer Freddie Mercury's sexuality.

M-T-V banned the video. May says Brits got the joke right away, but when May did a promotional tour with the video in the U-S, in his words, ``They killed me.'' May says ``I Want To Break Free,'' along with ``Bohemian Rhapsody,'' are his favorite Queen videos. 

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``ROAD LESS TRAVELED'' - MOVIE

 

Lauren Alaina will star in a T-V movie based on her song ``Road Less Traveled.'' Alaina will star in the romantic comedy as a young woman who is trying to maintain a career while planning a wedding in her rural hometown, where she runs into her first love. The movie will sample several of Alaina's songs. The ``Road Less Traveled'' movie will air on C-M-T on November 10th. 

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THE LAST ALBUM SHARON JONES MADE - RELEASE

 

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings had intended to make a record that was mostly ballads with lots of strings. When it became apparent that Jones did not have long to live, they decided to let her rip with the up-tempo stuff that made her famous. Jones'

final album, ``Soul of a Woman,'' will come out November 17th.

Bassist Bosco Mann, who produced the album, says the first side contains the raw, live songs, while side two is more moody and orchestrated. Jones died last year of pancreatic cancer. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017

 

JASON ALDEAN VISITS LAS VEGAS

 

A hospital in Las Vegas is thanking Jason Aldean for visiting with survivors from the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival a week earlier. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada posted a photo of Aldean in front of the hospital.

The caption thanks Aldean for helping to ``heal hearts and cheer those who were wounded.'' Aldean's wife, Brittany, posted an Instagram photo of the two of them looking at the Mandalay Bay resort, where gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire. She writes that it felt ``surreal'' to be back, but meeting with the survivors helped begin the healing process. Fifty-eight people were killed, including four Canadians, and more than 500 injured. 

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LEONARD COHEN BOOK WILL BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK

 

Leonard Cohen's last book of poetry is coming out next week. Cohen had finished the book ``The Flame'' just months before he died in November, 2016. The book will be out next Monday.

On November 6th in Montreal, a Leonard Cohen tribute concert will be held, featuring Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, k-d lang, Philip Glass, The Lumineers, Damien Rice and Sting. 

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THE SKYLINERS' JIMMY BEAUMONT DIES

 

The funeral for singer Jimmy Beaumont of The Skyliners will be Friday in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where he had a home. Beaumont's family says he died in his sleep at home at the age of 76. The Skyliners' biggest hit was ``Since I Don't Have You,'' which hit number 12 in 1959. Beaumont was 18 when he wrote the music for lyrics written by manager Joe Rock about his girlfriend leaving for flight attendant school in another state. The Skyliners also had top-40 hits with ``Pennies From Heaven'' and ``This I Swear.'' Beaumont toured with a version of The Skyliners as late as last month. 

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``DESPACITO'' VIDEO - HURRICANE MARIA

 

A slum in Puerto Rico was seeing a revival thanks to the video for ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Then hurricane Maria hit. La Perla was a violent neighborhood known for drug dealer turf wars and a sign that said, ``Not open to visitors. Do not enter.'' Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, who are Puerto Rican, chose to set the ``Despacito'' video there.

Restaurants and other shops started popping up to cater to the tourists who came because of the video. Hurricane Maria devastated La Perla, along with many other parts of Puerto Rico. Fonsi has visited La Perla to distribute aid and promises to help with reconstruction. 

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PLACIDO DOMINGO FUNDS RELIEF EFFORTS

 

Placido Domingo is financially supporting relief efforts following an earthquake in Mexico and recent hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. Domingo says he has donated 200-thousand dollars to Mexican businessman Carlos Slim's foundation, which matched that amount on a five-to-one basis.

Domingo says he's giving 50-thousand dollars to the Placido and Marta Domingo Foundation to fund efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico.He'll donate proceeds from his concert next Wednesday in San Antonio to the American Red Cross for hurricane victims. 

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MELISSA MANCHESTER: THE STORY OF ``DON'T CRY OUT LOUD''

 

Melissa Manchester had a very different vision for the song ``Don't Cry Out Loud'' than the one that came out on record. Manchester says songwriter Peter Allen's version was quiet, almost a lullaby, and she loved that. When Manchester got to the studio, she walked into a gigantic orchestral version, so she sang with rage and frustration. Manchester could not figure out why the song took off. She says all her songs up to that point were about empowerment, but this one was about ``don't.'' She says she finally figured out it was about everyone's personal method of coping. The song is on the new Manchester compilation, ``Through the Eyes of Love: The Complete Arista 7'' Singles.''

 

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(The Associated Press)

 

DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST ANNOUNCED SOME OF THEIR HEADLINERS FOR COUNTRYFEST 2018

Announcements were made in Winnipeg yesterday regarding some of the artists who will perform at Countryfest 2018.  

Dauphin's Countryfest announced some of their feature performers for 2018!

The incredible line-up what an incredible line up for July Long weekend!  Joining Florida Georgia Line, will be Eric Church, The Road Hammers, James Barker Band, Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett, Luke Combs, Aaron Goodvin, High Valley, Paul Brandt, Emerson Drive and more to come! For more information check out www.countryfest.ca 

 

 

LAS VEGAS GUNMAN - FESTIVALS

 

The gunman who fired on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday may have considered other major concerts. A law enforcement official says Stephen Paddock booked a room at a hotel in Chicago that overlooked Lollapalooza in August.

The official says there was no evidence Paddock ever came to Chicago that weekend. Authorities also say Paddock rented a high-rise condo in a building that overlooked the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas the weekend of Sept. 22nd. Lollapalooza and Life Is Beautiful featured similar lineups: Chance The Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182. Boston police say the investigation into Paddock came across a mention of Fenway Park, but they gave no details. 

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TOM PETTY - SALES

 

Interest in Tom Petty music surged after his death on Monday. In the two days before his death, Petty sold about one-thousand albums digitally and two-thousand digital songs.

Billboard reports in the two days following his death, Petty's album sales jumped to 55-thousand album downloads and 163-thousand song downloads. His ``Greatest Hits'' album was the biggest seller, with 32-thousand sales, and ``Free Fallin''' was the most-downloaded song, with 21-thousand. Petty also had a 1,149-per cent jump in on-demand audio streams and a 351 percent jump in radio airplay. 

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FLORIDA GATORS - CELEBRATE TOM PETTY

 

The University of Florida will pay tribute to Tom Petty, who once worked as a groundskeeper there. The Gators will play Petty's song ``I Won't Back Down'' at the end of the third quarter as they host L-S-U tomorrow in Gainesville.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says they want to celebrate what Petty meant to music and to Gainesville. 

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SHANIA TWAIN - VOICE CHANGED

 

Listeners of Shania Twain's new album ``Now'' may notice something different about her voice. Twain has not released an album in 15 years, and in that time she suffered a vocal injury so bad she thought she may never sing again. Twain says some people say her voice is now warmer or has more character. She attributes part of that to aging and part to the injury. 

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ROCK HALL - NOMINATIONS

 

The Moody Blues say they are honoured to be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They say they know it means a lot to their fans, as well as to the band.

The Zombies sum up their feelings in their hashtags:

``#TheZombiesRRHOF #3rdTimesTheCharm #ThisWillBeOurYear #RockHall2018.'' Wayne Kramer of The MC5 tells Billboard magazine their nomination is ``awkward'' because ``the people that kicked the

MC5 out of the music business are some of the same people that run the Rock Hall.'' Sixteen other acts are nominated: Bon Jovi, Eurythmics, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, The J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, The Meters, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Link Wray, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Judas Priest and gospel guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The fan vote is open at the Rock Hall's website. The list of who makes the cut will be announced in December. The inductions are April 14th in Cleveland. 

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(The Associated Press)