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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)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

 

 

TOM PETTY - AUTOPSY

 

The Los Angeles County coroner's department is investigating Tom Petty's death, but not necessarily because of anything suspicious. Petty died Monday at a hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. Department spokesman Ed Winter says an autopsy was conducted Tuesday. He says the coroner looks into all deaths when the deceased has not seen a doctor in six months. Results of a toxicology screening could take several weeks. 

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TOM PETTY - HEALTHY CONSCIOUS

 

Tom Petty probably never imagined cardiac arrest was in his immediate future, according to what's believed to be his last interview. Petty talked to The Los Angeles Times two days after he and the Heartbreakers finished their 40th anniversary tour and five days before he died. He said he rarely missed a concert and admitted to being spooked when he came down with laryngitis in August. He said his doctor checked his records and said Petty had not been sick in 17 years. Petty had planned to take some time off but he had projects in mind. He said being in the band kept them all young. Petty died earlier this week at the age of 66. 

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE - ``PUMPED UP KICKS'' - DROPPED

 

Foster The People declined to perform their biggest hit during their show Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Singer Mark Foster told the crowd they would not play ``Pumped Up Kicks'' after the shootings in Las Vegas on Sunday. He said it felt ``irreverent, even though that song is about gun violence and stopping that.'' Instead, the band performed ``Love'' by John Lennon. Foster posted a video of ``Love'' on Facebook and wrote, ``Our hearts are open. And broken. Love is all we have to cling to in times like this.'' 

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CELINE DION -  LAS VEGAS AUDIENCE

 

Celine Dion thanked her audience in Las Vegas for making the decision to be entertained. The Canadian singer addressed the audience before her show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to talk about the shootings at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday that left 58 people dead, including four Canadians.  Dion said she knows plenty of people questioned whether they should still go to see her. Dion herself questioned whether she should do the show just two days after what she calls ``the nightmare.'' She assured the audience they made the right choice to attend, because it wasn't just about singing, but love and support. Dion donated her proceeds from the show to a fund to help shooting victims. 

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``JIMI HENDRIX WAY'' - NEW YORK

 

Residents of West Eighth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York are hoping to add some spark to the neighbourhood by getting the street named for Jimi Hendrix. The New York Times reports organizers of the effort to co-name the street ``Jimi Hendrix Way'' are hoping to attract visitors and shoppers.

Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios is on that block, and one of the petition's organizers lives in a house next door where he claims Hendrix once lived. The petitioners must make a proposal to the local community board _ then take it to the New York City Council for a vote. 

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STEVE AOKI - EARLY DAYS

 

Steve Aoki, one of the highest-paid DJs in the world, knows what it's like to eat from the garbage can. Aoki says before he was even a D-J, he'd tour with three or four other sweaty guys, sleep on dirty floors, eat bagels from trash bins _ all so he could earn 20-dollars. He'd promptly spend it on gas to get to the next gig. Aoki says he did it with a smile on his face because he got to do music, which is what he loves. He says very few music acts are making any serious money, and the rest are doing it because they love it. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017

 

 

JASON ALDEAN - CANCELS SHOWS

 

Jason Aldean says, ``This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in.'' Aldean writes on Instagram he's gone through a range of emotions since he was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. A gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 as Aldean was closing out the festival. Aldean says it's time to stand together as Americans to make the country better. Meantime, he is skipping three shows set for southern California this weekend. He says he wants to take time to grieve for those who were hurt or killed and to spend time with his family and friends. Jennifer Lopez has announced she won't be performing three dates in Vegas this week out of respect for victims of Sunday's shooting. She is playing Vegas as part of a residency stay at Planet Hollywood. 

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS - TICKET REFUNDS

 

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is offering refunds to anyone who might feel uncomfortable about being at a big outdoor concert less than a week after a mass shooting at a country festival in Las Vegas. The Austin City Limits festival is expected to bring about 75-thousand people each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival features Jay Z, Martin Garrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Run The Jewels and Gorillaz. Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley says law enforcement will have a high presence at the festival. A gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. 

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TOM PETTY - TRIBUTE

 

Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne are remembering Tom Petty, their fallen brother in The Traveling Wilburys. Dylan tells Rolling Stone magazine Petty's death was ``shocking, crushing news.'' He calls Petty ``a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him.'' Lynne tweets, ``Tom Petty was the coolest guy I ever knew.'' Petty was known as Charlie T. Wilbury Junior, Dylan was Lucky Wilbury and Lynne was Otis Wilbury. George Harrison and Roy Orbison were also in the Wilburys. Petty died Monday at the age of 66. 

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DON FELDER - FORMER STUDENT - TOM PETTY

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder says he feels like he's lost a little brother with the death of Tom Petty.

Felder gave guitar lessons to Petty in their native Gainesville, Florida, before either of them was famous. Felder writes on Facebook seeing one of his students blossom into a gifted musician and songwriter has been one of his most fulfilling experiences in life.

Felder says it was obvious early in Petty's career that his talent, magnetism and charisma were special gifts. Petty died Monday at the age of 66

 

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CONFUSION - TOM PETTY'S DEATH

 

The news of Tom Petty's death came out before he had even died. C-B-S News had published Petty's obituary Monday afternoon after tweeting that the Los Angeles Police Department had confirmed his death. Variety cited an unnamed source for its obituary. The L-A-P-D issued a statement saying initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources and the department did not have information on Petty's condition. A spokeswoman confirmed Petty died Monday night.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 3, 2017

 

TOM PETTY - OBIT

 

One of the last remaining old-school rock stars has died. Tom Petty died last night at U-C-L-A Medical Center in Los Angeles. His death came the day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. Perry was 66 and was an active musician until the last. He and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour one that he hinted would be his last. Among Petty's biggest hits were ``Free Fallin,' ``Refugee'' and ``American Girl.''

 

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COUNTRY FESTIVAL DEATH TOLL RISES

 

The death toll from the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday is now 58. At least 515 people are injured. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself in his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Jason Aldean was performing his song ``When She Says Baby'' close to the end of his set before a crowd of more than 22-thousand people when the shooting started. Aldean calls the night ``beyond horrific'' and adds, ``It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.'' Aldean has not said whether he will continue with his tour. The next stop is set for Friday in Los Angeles.

 

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COUNTRY ARTISTS REACT TO SHOOTINGS

 

Jake Owen describes the mass shooting during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas as ``like a movie that you feel like you've seen before that's not real life.'' Owen was watching Aldean's set from the side of the stage when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring 515. Owen tells N-B-C's ``Today'' show he wasn't even sure he was hearing gunshots. Luke Combs, who played earlier that night at the festival, says he and his crew are safe but he hurts ``for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel.'' Kane Brown, who also performed Sunday, tweets his prayers and says, ``This world is sick.'' Maren Morris played the festival Saturday.

She says she's ``in shock over this unfair, senseless tragedy and heartbroken for the lives taken too soon.'' Lauren Alaina also played Vegas Saturday and tweets it was one of her best crowds all year. She calls the news ``devastating.''

 

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NASHVILLE - VIGIL FOR SHOOTING VICTIMS

 

Although the shootings at a country music festival on Sunday were in Las Vegas, the city of Nashville, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, the County Music Association and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation paid their own tribute to the victims. A gunman opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday during Jason Aldean's set and killed 58 people and wounded 515.

 

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ARIANA GRANDE REACTS TO LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS

 

Ariana Grande says her ``heart is breaking for Las Vegas.'' Grande tweets, ``We need love, unity, peace, gun control and for people to look at this and call this what it is terrorism.'' Fifty-eight people were killed when a gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. Barely four months ago in Manchester, England, Grande's concert was hit by a suicide bomber that killed 22 people. 

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TICKET REFUNDS - LIL WAYNE

 

The arena where Lil Wayne refused to pass through a security check and missed his own concert has promised refunds. The concert promoter says refunds will not be offered. Lil Wayne was to perform with Cardi B, 2 Chainz and Tory Lanes at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday. He would not submit to the security check, and arena officials refused to make an exception for him. Promoters Ben Hated L-L-C and Victory Promotions told arena officials they had decided not to give refunds. Arena officials say they're negotiating with the promoters.

 

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MIDLAND - ``DRINKIN' PROBLEM''

 

Midland believes they could not have gotten away with the song ``Drinkin' Problem'' two years ago. Bassist Cameron Duddy says they wrote that song two years ago and sat on it until this year. He says when he saw Chris Stapleton win during the 2015 Country Music Association Awards, he knew there was a change happening. Guitarist Jess Carson says they thought it was a lofty idea that ``Drinkin' Problem'' would even get on the radio. Singer Mark Wystrach says the fact that it went number one is ``a great indicator that there is ``a thirst for modern traditional or neo-traditional or however they are calling our music.''

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY. OCTOBER 2, 2017

 

DAMIAN MARLEY SHOW - BABY

 

How old were you when you went to your first concert? A baby in Seattle can claim she was born at a Damian Marley concert. The Seattle Fire Department says a concert-goer at Marley's concert in Seattle gave birth to a girl in a bathroom stall at about

9:20 P-M Wednesday. A fire spokeswoman says the baby arrived shortly before firefighters did. The mother and baby were taken to a local hospital, and firefighters say the baby's condition is good. The sister of the mother tells KOMO-TV she was with the mother in the bathroom, but by the time she took off her rings to help, the baby was in her mother's arms. 

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``AMERICAN IDOL'' - LIONEL RICHIE - LUKE BRYAN

 

Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will join Katy Perry as judges for the new version of ``American Idol.'' The three judges will appear on ``Good Morning America'' on Wednesday. A-B-C has not yet announced when ``American Idol'' will debut. 

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THE KILLERS - NUMBER ONE

 

  The Killers have their first number-one album.

``Wonderful Wonderful'' tops the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 118-thousand units its first week. Macklemore is second with ``Gemini,'' which moved 51-thousand units. Lil Uzi Vert is third with ``Luv Is Rage 2.''

 

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BLUEGRASS AWARDS

 

Earls of Leicester were named entertainer of the year for the third year running at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. Balsam Range won album of the year for ``Mountain Voodoo.'' Volume Five won emerging artist of the year and song of the year for ``I Am A Drifter.'' Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper won instrumental group of the year for the fourth time. Flatt Lonesome won the vocal group award. Brooke Aldridge won the female vocalist award and Shawn Camp won for male vocalist.

 

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COUNTRY STARS - HURRICANE BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Some of the biggest stars in Nashville will hold a concert to support victims of recent hurricanes. Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will play the Country Rising concert in Nashville on Nov. 12th. Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and George Strait. The concert will be a benefit for The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which will help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.

 

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MARILYN MANSON - ACCIDENT

 

Marilyn Manson is postponing the next two weeks' worth of shows after he was injured during his New York concert on Saturday. Manson was performing a version of ``Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)'' as he climbed a stage prop shaped like two giant guns that started to wobble. He fell backward and the prop fell on him. The house and stage lights went off for several minutes, then an announcer said the show was over ``due to injury.'' At Friday's show in Pittsburgh, Manson jumped into the crowd and crawled back onto the stage, claiming he had broken an ankle. Manson will recuperate at his home in Los Angeles. The extent of his injuries was not revealed. 

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LIL WAYNE - REFUSES SECURITY CHECK

 

Lil Wayne opted to skip his own show rather than walk through a security check. Managers of the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, say Lil Wayne refused to submit to the venue's standard safety procedures. The arena's management declined to make an exception just because Lil Wayne was the headliner, calling it a safety issue. The rest of the show went on, featuring 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez and Cardi B. Lil Wayne's representatives did not return requests for comment. Ticketholders are being offered refunds beginning today.

 

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STEVEN TYLER - HEALTH

 

Steven Tyler denies he cut the Aerosmith tour short because of a seizure or a heart attack. Tyler tweeted a statement that says he had to have a procedure that only his doctor in the U-S could perform. He doesn't give any details on his condition. Last week, Aerosmith cancelled the last four shows of the South American tour because Tyler was rushed back to the U-S for ``unexpected medical issues.''

 

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MEGHAN LINSEY - THREATS

 

Meghan Linsey says she's gotten death threats since she took a knee after singing the national anthem at the Titans-Seahawks game last week to protest racism. Linsey writes in a guest column in the Washington Post some critics said she should have been executed on the field and she's had cancer wished upon her ``by the same people who claim to be great patriots.'' She says it's all because ``someone who looks like me would act up against racism.'' Linsey says she's not afraid because God will protect her.

She says she ``can't think of anything more un-American than threatening someone for an act of free speech.'' 

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ANDREW McMAHON - CUSTOM PIANOS

 

Andrew McMahon's pianos are practically Frankensteins. McMahon has two pianos that he takes on tour. He says he's replaced their legs with metal ones, drilled holes in them and done other modifications to make them stand up to the rigours of touring. McMahon says they're ``road warrior instruments'' but they've been ``faithful.'' He says sometimes he will rent a piano if taking one of his own is not practical, but he says he prefers his own because he can beat on it more when it belongs to him. 

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MILEY CYRUS - ALBUM PREMIERE

 

Billy Ray Cyrus was a guest performer as his daughter, Miley Cyrus, held a party for the release of her new album, ``Younger Now,'' in Nashville on Friday. Billy Ray told Miley she should learn from his mistakes by not doing what he did. Miley's response, ``Don't grow a mullet, basically.'' Miley says her father inspired the album quite a bit. She says the song ``Inspired'' is about him and Hillary Clinton. Miley also revealed that her duet with Dolly Parton on ``Rainbowland'' was literally written by fax.

Miley says Parton is so old school, she still uses a typewriter. 

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CONNIE FRANCIS - AUCTION

 

Connie Francis considers her personal life a bust, but with one exception, she'd do it all over again. Francis has four failed marriages, an estranged son and a brutal rape in her past, but she says the only thing she wishes she could undo is her brother's murder. Francis says she would not give up the fame she had because there are not many people who have had the moments of exhilaration that she's had. Francis auctioned off some of her personal items outside Los Angeles over the weekend. She says a fan once told her she saved a Styrofoam cup that had Francis' lipstick on it, so Francis decided she wanted to give her things to fans while she's still alive.

 

(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

 

YOUNG THUG - ARRESTED

 

Young Thug has been arrested on drug and gun charges outside Atlanta. Police in Brookhaven, Georgia, say an officer pulled over a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Maybach carrying three men because they thought the window tint was too dark. Young Thug and the two men with him were arrested. DeKalb County Jail records show all three were released on bond. Young Thug's attorney, Brian Steel, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the allegations against his client are false.

 

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DADDY YANKEE - PUERTO RICANS

 

Daddy Yankee has pledged one-million dollars to help his native Puerto Rico after the devastation of hurricane Maria.

Daddy Yankee stills lives in Puerto Rico and says he felt the call to help. He says his long-term goal is to ``ensure that the largest number of families on the island have a safe roof.'' His donation will be split among the charities Feeding America, the American Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity and local organizations. His fans have donated 10 truckloads of supplies at his concerts.

 

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LADY ANTEBELLUM - PUERTO RICO

 

Singer Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says the band is ``heartbroken'' to see the damage Puerto Rico has suffered after hurricane Maria because they were just there filming a video.

Lady Antebellum shot the video for ``Heart Break'' in San Juan earlier this year. They have released the video and pledged 200-thousand dollars to the charities MusiCares and United For Puerto Rico to help hurricane relief efforts. Band mate Dave Haywood says they feel personally connected to helping those affected by the hurricane. 

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NANCY WILSON - HEART

 

To use guitarist Nancy Wilson's words, ``The molecules of Heart may never amass once again, but it remains to be seen.'' She's estranged from her sister, singer Ann Wilson, after Ann's husband was arrested for assaulting Nancy's teenage sons last year. Nancy says both she and Ann felt like victims in very different ways. She says just opening up a conversation has been really difficult. In the meantime, Nancy has teamed up with former New Power Generation singer Liv Warfield for a new project called Roadcase Royale. Their debut album, ``First Things First,'' is out now.

 

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JASON MRAZ - ``WAITRESS''

 

Jason Mraz will play the doctor in the Broadway version of ``Waitress'' and it's all because of Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs). She says she personally reached out to Mraz to take the part. Bareilles wrote the music for ``Waitress.'' Mraz knows the music already. He recorded ``Bad Idea'' and ``You Matter To Me'' for Bareilles' version of the show's soundtrack. It will be Mraz's Broadway debut and he says he hopes he lives up to the hype. He will do a ten-week run with ``Waitress'' beginning Nov. 3rd.

 

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CHER - MUSICAL

 

The musical based on Cher's life will open on Broadway next fall after a run in Chicago next summer. ``The Cher Show'' will debut at Chicago's Oriental Theatre beginning June 12th.

The exact dates of the Broadway run have not been confirmed. The show has not yet been cast, but three actresses will portray Cher at different parts in her life.

 

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NIKKI SIXX - BOY GEORGE - ALESSIA CARA - ``THE LAUNCH''

 

TORONTO (AP) _ Nikki Sixx, Boy George and Brampton, Ontario's Alessia Cara have been added as mentors on the music competition show ``The Launch.'' Jennifer Nettles and Julia Michaels have also been added as mentors. Previously announced mentors are Canadian superstar Shania Twain, Fergie and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Big Machine Records founder and former ``American Idol'' adviser Scott Borchetta is producing the show. It will pit teams of unsigned musicians against each other to write and record a song in two days. Details on when and where it will air have not yet been announced.

 

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MACKLEMORE - AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL ISSUE

 

As Australia conducts a nationwide ballot to gauge public opinion on gay marriage, Macklemore is jumping into the debate with a single song. Macklemore will headline the pre-game show at the National Rugby League Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday, sort of the Australian equivalent of the Super Bowl. He's already announced that his song ``Same Love'' will be in his set.

Macklemore tells a Los Angeles radio station he's ``getting a lot of tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia.'' The results of Australia's mail-in poll will be announced Nov. 15th. If a majority supports gay marriage, Australia's Parliament will consider a bill to legalize it within a month.

 

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MEGHAN TRAINOR - ``BROKEN RECORD''

 

Meghan Trainor will write music for a drama about a girl group that will run on A-B-C. The Hollywood Reporter reports the show ``Broken Record'' will be about a group called The Candies who reunite nine years after their breakup because of a tragedy. Trainor also will be the show's executive producer. No word on when the show will debut.

 

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PLAYBOY - COVER

 

What do Farrah Fawcett, Madonna, Sharon Stone and Robin Givens have in common? If you guessed that they all graced the cover of Playboy magazine, you're right. They were among the biggest female stars on the planet photographed for the magazine, whose founder, Hugh Hefner has died. Others getting the cover treatment include Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Jenny McCarthy, Naomi Campbell and Anna Nicole Smith. B-C born actress Pamela Anderson has the record for most Playboy covers, scoring features in 13 issues.

The first to do a Playboy cover? Marilyn Monroe, for the magazine's 1953 debut issue. It sold out.

 

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PLAYBOY MANSION - FUTURE

 

It became synonymous with Hugh Hefner and his lifestyle. And now that Hefner has died, the Playboy Mansion will see an end to the numerous parties and social events at the Holmby Hills, California estate. A neighbour bought the property for 100-million dollars last year _ with the stipulation that Hefner could live out the rest of his years there. The new owner says he plans to connect the mansion to his own two-acre digs next door. The homes were originally built in the 1920s as a single estate.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

 

 

STEVEN TYLER REQUIRES - MEDICAL CARE

 

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler says he does not have a life-threatening condition, but it's something urgent enough for Aerosmith to call off the last four shows of their South American tour. Tyler flew from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to the U-S on Monday night to seek immediate care for ``unexpected medical issues,'' according to a band statement. Tyler says he needed to deal with it right away to ``sustain and maintain'' his future performances. 

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TONY ORLANDO - LOSES FINGERTIP

 

Tony Orlando has lost the tip of his middle finger because of what he calls ``a stupid accident with my garage door'' in Branson, Missouri. Orlando tells The New York Daily News he tore the part from the tip to the nail bed and doctors cannot reattach it. Orlando is a longtime supporter of military veterans and he says compared to his military buddies, his injury is ``a bee sting.'' He jokes that he now has to sing his song ``Knock Three Times'' as ``knock two-and-a-half times.'' 

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PIXIES SHOW - FIRE ALARM

 

So far, all The Pixies are saying about their smoke-filled concert in Portland, Maine, is a photo from early in the show and the words ``thank you.'' The Portland Press Herald reports theatrical smoke released during the band's encore set off a smoke alarm, forcing an evacuation of the Maine State Theater Tuesday night. It was a sold-out show for a theatre that holds at least 16-hundred people. One concertgoer says there was never a sense of panic. 

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GARTH BROOKS - ANTHOLOGY SERIES

 

Garth Brooks is planning a massive multimedia retrospective of his career. He will put out a 240-page book accompanied with 52 songs on five C-Ds -- and that's just part one of five. ``The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years'' will be on sale November 14th. The music will include the alternate take of ``That Summer'' and a track featuring Trisha Yearwood on a Brooks song before Brooks had put out his first record. It's Brooks' first time as an author. 

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KELSEA BALLERINI - ``LEGENDS''

 

Kelsea Ballerini wrote the song ``Legends'' about two years ago after a breakup and she wasn't sure it should be her next single. Ballerini says she didn't want to look back on the relationship with anger or bitterness but with love, so that's what the song it about. At least, that's what it was then. Ballerini says she's in a different place now and she wasn't sure if it still reflected who she is. She decided even though the song has changed meaning for her, it can be interpreted as being in a loving relationship or looking back on one. ``Legends'' will appear on her upcoming album, ``Unapologetically,'' out Nov. 3rd. 

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DORIS DAY - HONOURED

 

Part of Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati has been given the honourary name of Doris Day Way. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city council voted Tuesday to make the change.

Yesterday was also Doris Day Day in Cincinnati. Day, who is from there, now lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She's 95 and could not make the trip back home, but she sends her thanks. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

 

 

STEVEN TYLER

 

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler says he has returned to the United States for medical care and the band is cancelling the last four shows of its tour in South America. Tyler said on social media Tuesday that he flew back to the U.S. on Monday night after a show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He says he is ``not in a life threatening condition'' but needs to deal with a medical issue ``immediately''

to maintain future scheduled performances. The band has cancelled two shows this month, in Curitiba, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, and two shows next month, in Rosario, Argentina, and Monterrey, Mexico.

Tyler says he expects to make a full recovery. 

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STOCK IN EMINEM ROYALTIES

 

You will soon be able to buy a share in Eminem's royalties. The company Royalty Flow is offering stakes in Eminem's recordings from 1999 to 2013 through an initial public offering of stock starting in October. The company says royalties from the catalog grew 43 per cent between 2015 and 2016, even though Eminem had no new music out. Royalty Flow was founded by Jeff and Mark Bass, who produced much of Eminem's music. Stock shares will be 15 dollars apiece, with a minimum stock purchase requirement of 2,250 dollars.

 

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T-BOZ SUFFERS NECK INJURY

 

T-L-C is calling off the European leg of their tour because T-Boz is in a lot of pain. A statement on T-L-C's Facebook page says T-Boz is suffering from an injury that's compressing a nerve in her neck. Her surgeon recommended the postponement. The European tour was supposed to begin October 16th in Hamburg, Germany, and run through mid-November. T-L-C has no concerts scheduled after that.

 

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BRYAN ADAMS HELPS BRING ``PRETTY WOMAN'' TO STAGE

 

Canada's Bryan Adams and longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance have written the music for a new musical based on the film ``Pretty Woman.'' The production will do a five-week engagement in Chicago in March before moving to Broadway in the fall of 2018. Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 2012 film version of ``Les Miserables ,'' will star as Vivian.

Tony-winning actor Steve Kazee will star as Edward.

 

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SCOTTY McCREERY IS GETTING MARRIED

 

Scotty McCreery is engaged to a woman who once doodled ``Mrs. Gabi McCreery'' in her diary as a child. McCreery proposed to Gabi Dugal at the top of a mountain in North Carolina.

They met in kindergarten and they have been dating for six years.

She's a pediatric cardiac nurse but has appeared in several of McCreery's videos. The wedding is planned for next year.

 

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE - REMASTERING

 

Foster The People have a ritual when they finish an album: they pour a few drinks and listen to it together. However, keyboardist Isom (EYE'-som) Innis says when they listened to their ``Sacred Hearts Club,'' they all felt uneasy. Singer Mark Foster finally said what they were all thinking: ``It's not done.'' So they remastered it. Then they did it again. Then they did it again, and again. Innis says they remastered the album five times before they got it right. He says they did some different arrangements and took out other parts until they had an album that flowed continuously.

 

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DEMI LOVATO: CHARTS DON'T MATTER

 

Demi Lovato does not keep track of how she's doing on the charts. She says these days, there are too many charts, so her song might be number one on one chart and number 10 on another. As she puts it, ``If it doesn't beat `Despacito,' it's not the end of the world.'' Lovato will release a new album, ``Tell Me You Love Me,'' on Friday. YouTube will release a documentary about the album called ``Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated'' on October 17th.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

 


MEGHAN LINSEY - TAKE A KNEE

 

Meghan Linsey defends her decision to take a knee after singing the national anthem before Sunday's Seahawks-Titans game to protest racism. Linsey tells Newsweek as a ``white, blonde, privileged woman in the music industry,'' she knew what that move would carry. She says she knelt ``out of love'' for the U-S rather than a demonstration against anyone. Linsey says a lot of country musicians are scared to express their opinions, and she's gotten a lot of negative comments, but she's also had people say they're now fans of hers. Her guitarist, Tyler Cain, says they had agreed beforehand they would both take a knee.

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TAMAR BRAXTON PLANS TO STOP RECORDING

 

Tamar Braxton says her upcoming album will be her last one because she needs to focus on her family. Braxton tells ``Entertainment Tonight'' that ``whatever I can do to eliminate all of the stress and problems off of my relationship, I would rather do that.'' She's married to music executive Vince Herbert. They have a four-year-old son, Logan. Braxton says she'll still write songs for other artists and maybe do television again. Her ``Bluebird of Happiness'' album comes out Friday. 

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SNOOP DOGG - DON RICKLES

 

You got Snoop Dogg comparing Don Rickles to a freestyle rapper and Rickles comparing Snoop to Frank Sinatra. Then they talk about pot and which comedians Rickles found annoying. The A-A-R-P has launched a 13-episode show called ``Dinner with Don,''

which features interviews Rickles did with several celebrities before Rickles died in April. Besides Snoop, Rickles talked with Jimmy Kimmel, Robert De Niro, Sarah Silverman and Marisa Tomei'). 

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STYX'S JAMES YOUNG WAS ALMOST A SPACE GUY

 

Styx guitarist James Young considered aerospace engineering as his fallback plan. Young says he has a degree in aerospace engineering because he was avoiding the Vietnam draft and he promised his dad he wouldn't pursue music until he was done with college. All these years later, Styx has released an album called ``The Mission,'' a concept album about a trip to Mars. Young says it's actually singer Tommy Shaw's concept, not his. He says if he had suggested it, everyone would think he can only come up with space ideas. He did sneak one into a Styx hit, though. He says he convinced former singer Dennis DeYoung to turn the ship in ``Come Sail Away'' into a spaceship at the end. ``The Mission'' is out now. 

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CHEAP TRICK COVERS ``SNL'' SKIT SONG

 

Among the songs that Cheap Trick covers for their first-ever holiday album is a song that started out as a joke on ``Saturday Night Live.'' Cheap Trick will put their own spin on the song ``I Wish It Was Christmas Today,'' written by Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz. They'll also do their versions of ``Father Christmas'' by The Kinks, ``Merry Xmas Everybody'' by Slade and ``Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)'' by The Ramones.

Cheap Trick also wrote three new holiday songs for the album, which is called ``Christmas Christmas.'' It comes out October 20th. 

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ED SHEERAN, MIGOS WILL PERFORM ON ``TRL'' REVIVAL

 

Ed Sheeran and Migos will be the first guests on M-T-V reboot of ``Total Request Live.'' The show will premiere October 2nd from the same studio overlooking Times Square where the original show aired. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

 

Legendary artists Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on Saturday.

 

The live concert and ceremony was held at Toronto's Massey Hall. 

The 71-year old Young told the crowd he was ``terribly proud to be Canadian,'' as he was inducted. 

Cockburn, who's 72, thanked his long-time manager Bernie Finkelstein, saying ``In a world increasingly defined its by fakery, we together have pulled off the greatest trick ever -- we spread truth.'' 

Among the highlights of the night was singer k.d. lang whose heart-wrenching take on Young's ``Helpless'' earned her a standing ovation. 

Quebecois inductees were Beau Dommage, a group formed in the early 1970s that became known for writing popular French folk staples. 

Rounding out the group was Expo '67 theme writer Stephane Venne whose songwriting career was launched when he penned the winning song.  

 

JASON ISBELL -  DELAYS SHOWS

 

Jason Isbell is postponing his shows this week because of a death in the family of bassist Jimbo Hart. Isbell asked fans on social media to send their ``good vibes'' to Hart. Isbell will resume touring Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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MARY J. BLIGE - PERFORM CALLED OFF

 

Mary J. Blige's concert in Louisville was cancelled, but no one is saying why. Neither the venue nor Blige's representative has said why Saturday's show was called off. Refunds are being given. Blige has no more tour dates scheduled. 

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CHRIS STAPLETON - PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL

 

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton reunited on stage for Timberlake's Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, on Saturday. They did three songs together, including ``Tennessee Whiskey.'' That was the song they did together at the

2015 Country Music Association Awards show that sent Stapleton's career skyrocketing. Timberlake, a Tennessee native, joked to the crowd he was nervous because he might be related to half of them.

The festival also included Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Walk The Moon and Mavis Staples. 

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CHARLES BRADLEY - OBIT

 

Soul singer Charles Bradley is being remembered for his electric performances and his hugs. Bradley died Saturday at the age of 68. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and later received a clean bill of health, but the cancer had spread to his liver. Bradley was not known for radio hits, although he grabbed attention with his soulful reinterpretation of the Black Sabbath song ``Changes.'' Busta Rhymes and Jay Z sampled his songs.

Bradley cited James Brown as an influence and even had worked as a Brown impersonator. He would close shows by giving hugs to the audience members. 

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CHIEF KEEF - DRUG TRIAL

 

Chief Keef has pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanour drug charges. He was arrested June 12th at the airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Officials say they found marijuana in Chief Keef's carry-on bag. The Argus Leader reports Chief Keef returned to Sioux Falls last week to plead not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 27th. He faces up to five years in prison and a 10-thousand dollar fine. 

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DEMI LOVATO - MENTAL HEALTH

 

Demi Lovato has been a strong advocate for mental health issues _ in part because she's had struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse and being bipolar. Now she is looking to help kids displaced by conflicts in places like Iraq to keep strong emotionally. She's pushing for the expansion of an international program to help young people in conflict-ridden areas. Lovato performed at a United Nations concert in Central Park over the weekend. 

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MEGHAN MARKLE - PRINCE HARRY

 

Prince Harry's girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, was on hand to support her bae at an event in Toronto over the weekend. Markle was in the stands for Saturday's opening ceremony of the Invictus Games for wounded veterans. Markle lives in Toronto, but hadn't appeared with Harry since he arrived in the city. She recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. 

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JIMMY TINGLE - PUBLIC OFFICE

 

No joke. Comedian Jimmy Tingle seems serious about making a run at politics. He's filed paperwork indicating he plans to run for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat in 2018. Tingle has been a longtime social and political humorist. He tells The Boston Globe running for office would be a way to, as he put it, ``take it to the next level.'' 

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The Launch

Five more music industry heavyweights have joined CTV's upcoming music competition series ``The Launch.'' 

Bell Media says Culture Club alumnus Boy George, Canadian pop star Alessia Cara and M?tley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx have signed on as mentors for the inaugural season of the show, which is now in production. 

The other new arrivals to the show are songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles. 

Previously announced mentors include Canadian country star Shania Twain, Fergie, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and music mogul Scott Borchetta. 

In each episode of the Canadian series, five homegrown singers will perform a rendition of a new tune penned by a songwriter. The four mentors then pick two finalists to work with a renowned producer and perform the song again, with the winner becoming the official singer of the track. 

Bell Media says the show is ``being readied for an upcoming international rollout.'' 

 

MUSICIANS - SUPPORT PRO ATHLETES BY KNEELING ON STAGE

 

Stevie Wonder and former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey showed their solidarity for pro athletes who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism in America. During the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, Wonder said, ``Tonight, I take a knee for America. Both knees!'' Then he knelt on the stage. Linsey sang the national anthem before the Seahawks-Titans game yesterday and took a knee as she finished. So did the guitarist who accompanied her. U-S President Donald Trump recently said that N-F-L players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired and N-F-L Commissioner Roger Goodell should order them to stand. 

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT - PROTEST CONCERT

 

Thousands of people have packed a stadium in Charlottesville for a concert intended to raise money for charity and promote unity in the aftermath of this summer's white nationalist rallies. Dave Matthews, whose band got its start in the Virginia college town, hosted the show last night and thanked the attendees and performers for coming together on short notice. He introduced Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a driver slammed into a crowd protesting white nationalists on Aug. 12th. Bro told the crowd the concert was a ``powerful and peaceful'' way to come together and turn anger into action and understanding. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay made a surprise appearance. Other performers included Cage the Elephant, Pharrell Williams and The Roots. 

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PETE TOWNSHEND - MARRIED

 

Pete Townshend is confirming what he's been occasionally mentioning from the stage: he's got a wife. Townshend writes on Facebook he quietly married his girlfriend, musician Rachel Fuller, about a year ago. They had been dating for 20 years.

Townshend says they did it at the local register's office outside London with just two witnesses: his security man and his personal assistant. Townshend says they kept it quiet because they're selfish. He describes Fuller as a ``genius,'' ''beautiful`` and ''smart.`` 

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AARON CARTER - REHAB

 

Aaron Carter says he is ``disappearing for a while to work on myself.'' Carter's representative confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Carter has checked into rehab. Carter was arrested in July for driving under the influence and possessing marijuana. Carter tweets his ``stressors have not subsided with family'' and he needs time off. He also says, ``MY FAMILY has nothing to do with this. I've actually had to cut them all off unfortunately and it's gonna stay that way.'' Carter had a public argument on Twitter with his brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Aaron Carter says he's quitting Twitter for a while but he will be back with new music. 

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PUERTO RICO - HELP

 

NEW YORK (AP) _ Musicians with Puerto Rican roots are urging support for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday to announce an aid package to Puerto Rico. Lopez pledged one-million of her own money. Marc Anthony and Luis Fonsi are asking fans to join the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello, in a campaign for donations at UnitedForPuertoRico-dot-com. Ricky Martin started a crowdfunded campaign to gather donations for hurricane victims. Daddy Yankee fans answered his call for donations of diapers, bottled water, mosquito repellent and flashlight batteries. Daddy Yankee says he's sure that ``God blesses the happy giver.''

 

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KENNY CHESNEY - FALSE CHARITIES

 

Kenny Chesney is urging fans to be careful of anyone who uses his name to raise money for hurricane relief.

Chesney says the only charity he is working with is Love For Love City, which is helping rebuild the Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Chesney's vacation home there was damaged, but his concern is for the residents who lost everything. Chesney has sent planes of supplies to the islands and transported people and pets to the mainland. Chesney says he's been vetting local and national organizations to make sure any donations get to the right people. 

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LADY GAGA  - ON FAME

 

Lady Gaga says the most touching thing about her new documentary, ``Gaga: Five Foot Two,'' is that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. She writes on Instagram that the film shows fame is lonely, isolating and psychologically challenging. Lady Gaga says being famous is ``unnatural'' but ``complicated'' because she knows she's destined to be a performer. She says she went through a range of emotions seeing it, knowing she could not be objective about herself. However, she believes director Chris Moukarbel made an authentic film.

``Gaga: Five Foot Two'' is on Netflix now.

 

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CAGE THE ELEPHANT: THE NEXT GENERATION

 

Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz has been producing other acts in his spare time, including his little brother's band. Shultz says his brother, Dan, is in a band called Dan Luke and the Raid. Shultz says his brother isn't running from the family connections but Dan definitely wants his music to stand on its own. Shultz says his brother is 15 years younger than him, so he jokes that Dan probably doesn't care that much for Cage The Elephant. 

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(The Canadian Press)