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 Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson will bring to life the last poem their friend Johnny Cash ever wrote.

Kristofferson recites the poem ``Forever/I Still Miss Someone'' as Nelson plays guitar for the opening track of the upcoming album, ``Johnny Cash: Forever Words.'' Kacey Musgraves and her husband, Ruston Kelly, recorded ``To June This Morning,'' a letter Cash wrote to his wife, June Carter Cash. Chris Cornell did one of his last recordings by interpreting Cash's poem ``You Never Knew My Mind.''

Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter each interpret a poem. Other contributors include John Mellencamp, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson and Elvis Costello. ``Johnny Cash: Forever Words'' comes out April 6th.



Bob Weir says Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow looked at life's difficult moments as challenges and therefore adventures. Weir says Barlow will live on in the songs they wrote together. Barlow died Wednesday in his sleep at the age of 70, according to the digital-rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. Barlow co-founded the foundation in 1990 to champion free expression and privacy online. Barlow wrote the words to the Dead songs ``Hell in a Bucket,'' ''Cassidy,`` ''I Need A Miracle`` and ''Mexicali Blues,`` among many others.



The family of former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts is suing a doctor for allegedly overprescribing opioids that fueled Roberts' addiction and led to his death. The Roberts family lawsuit says Dr. Richard Snellgrove began prescribing high levels of opioids to Roberts in 2006 and it continued until the days before Roberts' overdose death in 2016. Snellgrove's attorney says Roberts died from abuse of drugs that were not part of his prescriptions.

Snellgrove is facing a separate criminal case surrounding Roberts' death.



Melissa Manchester has Dionne Warwick to thank for launching her career, and it was because of a song Warwick did not even get to consider recording. Manchester says she wrote the song ``Midnight Blue'' with songwriter Carole Bayer Sager after a conversation about their young marriages. Manchester says they were discussing how to get their husbands to communicate better. They sent the song to Warwick's producer for her to record, but the producer liked the singer on the demo better. It was Manchester, and ``Midnight Blue'' was her first hit.




Dierks  Bentley is introducing a clothing line called Desert Son through the men's brand Flag and Anthem. The first products for the spring line will include T-shirts, hoodies and hats for men, with a few T-shirts for women. Items coming this summer and fall will include button-down shirts, knit shirts, denim and jackets. The clothes are available through the Flag and Anthem website and at select retailers.



Yoko Ono has given her approval to a company that will make 12-inch-tall figurines of John Lennon. The figurine made by Molecule 8 comes with two pairs of glasses and three outfits: a black long-sleeved t-shirt, a blue shirt and velvet jacket and an Army coat. It even comes with two different heads, feet with boots or with sandals, and interchangeable hands. It will sell for three-hundred dollars beginning in April.


(The Associated Press)





Chicago police are looking into allegations that Temptations singer Dennis Edwards was abused before his death last week. The Chicago Tribune reports an adult protective services investigator filed court documents alleging Edwards' wife, Brenda Edwards, tried to suffocate her husband and took his hearing aids away. The documents say Dennis Edwards was ``bedbound and immobile.'' An emergency protective order barring Brenda Edwards contact with him was granted January 18th.  A hearing for her to respond to the allegations was set for last Friday but cancelled because Dennis Edwards died the day before. Brenda Edwards says in a statement she loved her husband of 18 years and would have never done anything to harm him.



Saturday will be Cliff Burton Day in Alameda County, California. The board of supervisors made the proclamation to honour Metallica's late bassist on behalf of Robert Souza of Castro Valley, who led a petition drive. Burton grew up in the area, and Saturday would have been his 56th birthday. Burton died in 1986. Metallica thank fans who continue to honour Burton in their own ways and they ``love that he remains so revered.''



Kanye West's childhood home in Chicago is going to be ``heart-bombed'' for Valentine's Day. The preservation group Skyline Council and the charity Donda's House will cover the house in paper hearts. It's meant as a show of affection to local landmarks and historic sites and to draw attention to the potential of an underused site. Donda's House, named after West's mother, bought the house two years ago and discovered that while it's rough around the edges, the house is in pretty good shape. The charity hopes to turn the house into a space for young people to explore the arts.



Former M-C-5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is writing his life story. It's called ``The Hard Stuff'' and it will be out June 12th. It will cover the rise and fall of The M-C-5, his struggles with addiction, his time in prison and why the 1960s were not all peace and love.



 Actor and former Bob Dylan drummer Mickey Jones has died. His publicist says Jones died early yesterday after a long illness at the age of 76. As an actor, Jones played Pete on ``Home Improvement'' and Rodney ``Hot Rod'' Dunham on ``Justified.''

Before he got into acting, Jones was a drummer for Trini Lopez, First Edition and Dylan. Jones recalled in a 2002 Associated Press interview how fans turned on Dylan after Dylan went electric in 1966. Jones said by the time they got to the infamous Manchester, England, concert, it was the ``rudest'' and ``hardest'' audience they had ever played for.

(The Associated Press)





How does Montgomery Gentry carry on with a live show when Troy Gentry is gone? Eddie Montgomery struggled with that issue until he came up with an idea. He realized that fans know the band as much as they knew Troy and him. He says he'll sing a line and then let the band do a line or a verse. He says the band members miss Gentry as much as he does, and fans ``will understand it totally.'' Gentry died in a helicopter accident in September.

Gentry's last recordings are on the Montgomery Gentry album ``Here's To You,'' which came out last week.



 Willie Nelson is postponing his concerts for February while he continues to recover from the flu. A statement from Nelson's management says he is ``up and about and looks as healthy as ever,'' but his doctor has determined Nelson's voice needs more rest. Nelson plans to resume his tour March 5th in Greenville, South Carolina.



Drake has thanked a Miami high school for the use of its baseball field with a check and a fashion offer. The Miami Herald reports Drake filmed a video for ``God's Plan'' at Miami Senior High School on Monday. He donated 25-thousand dollars to the school and offered to help design new school uniforms. Drake also gave a surprise concert at the University of Miami. He awarded a 50-thousand dollar scholarship to a student.



 Alan Jackson says he started writing songs because someone told him he needed original material. He says he never studied how to do it. Now he's getting inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. John Mellencamp, Bill Anderson, Kool and the Gang and Jermaine Dupri also will be inducted. So will Allee Willis, who wrote ``September,'' ''Boogie Wonderland`` and the theme to the TV show ''Friends,`` and Steve Dorff, who wrote ''Every Which Way But Loose`` for Eddie Rabbitt and ''Through the Years`` for Kenny Rogers. The inductions are June 14th in New York.


(The Associated Press)



Album of the Year

“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire
“Revival”, Johnny Reid
“Nobody But Me”, Michael Buble
“Safe Haven”, Ruth B
“Now”, Shania Twain

Artist of the Year

Daniel Caeser
Gord Downie
Ruth B
Shania Twain

Juno Fan Choice

Alessia Cara
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
Shawn Hook
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Walk off the Earth

Single of the Year

“How Far I’ll Go”, Alessia Cara
“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire
“Knocking at the Door”, Arkells
“I Feel It Coming”, The Weeknd
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, Shawn Mendes

Group of the Year

A Tribe Called Red
Arcade Fire
Broken Social Scene

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Allan Rayman
Charlotte Cardin
Jessie Reyez
Virginia to Vegas

Breakthrough Group of the Year

James Barker Band
The Beaches
The Dead South
The Franklin Electric
The Jerry Cans

Songwriter of the Year

Amelia Curran
Charlotte Cardin
Gord Downie and Kevin Drew
Rose Cousins
Scott Helman

Country Album of the Year

“Game On”, James Barker Band
“Past the Past”, Jess Moskaluke
“Shake These Walls”, Tim Hicks
“Beautiful Freakshow”, Dean Brody
“Dear Life”, High Valley

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

“Twin Solitude”, Leif Vollebekk
“New Mistakes”, Terra Lightfoot
“Sincerely, Future Pollution”, Timber Timbre
“Panther in the Dollhouse”, Whitehorse
“Introduce Yerself”, Gord Downie

Alternative Album of the Year

“Life After Youth”, Land of Talk
“Retribution” Tanya Tagaq
“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire
“Open”, Weaves Wide
“Antisocialites”, Alvvays

Pop Album of the Year

“Skin & Earth”, Lights
“My Love”, Ria Mae
“Safe Haven”, Ruth B
“Hotel de Ville”, Scott Helman
“Cageless”, Hedley

Rock Album of the Year

“Feed the Machine”, Nickelback
“Young Beauties and Fools”, The Glorious Sons
“Wake Up Call”, Theory
“Grace Street”, Big Wreck
“Outrage! Is Now”, Death from Above

International Album of the Year

“DAMN.”, Kendrick Lamar
“Stoney”, Post Malone
“Reputation”, Taylor Swift
“24K Magic”, Bruno Mars
“÷”, Ed Sheeran

Electronic Album of the Year

“Music to Draw to: Satellite”, Kid Koala
“Manipulation”, Rezz Mass
“Tenderness”, Blue Hawaii
“Someone Else”, Cri
“Two Hearts”, Dabin

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

“II: Vanishing”, Longhouse
“Strange Peace”, Metz
“Striker”, Striker
“Voice of the Void”, Anciients
“Relentless Mutation”, Archspire

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

“Revival”, Johnny Reid
“Nobody But Me”, Michael Buble
“The Grand Hustle”, Nuela Charles
“Christmas Together”, The Tenors
“Rooted”, Alysha Brilla

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

“Come On”, Kellylee Evans
“Old School Yule!”, Matt Dusk
“No Filter”, Michael Kaeshammer
“With a Twist”, Bria Skonberg
“Turn Up the Quiet”, Diana Krall

Jazz Album of the Year (Solo)

“Contumbao”, Hilario Duran
“Root Structure”, Mike Downes
“Ralph Bowen”, Ralph Bowen
“The Tide Turns”, Brad Cheeseman
“Rich in Symbols”, Chet Doxas

Jazz Album of the Year (Group)

“Otterville”, Andrew Downing’s Otterville
“Murphy”, Carn Davidson 9
“The North”, David Braid, Mike Murley, Anders Morgensen & Johnny Aman
“Infinitude”, Christine Jensen & Ingrid Jensen
“Rev”, Ernesto Cervini’s Turbopop

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

“Watershed”, Amelia Curran
“Bone on Bone”, Bruce Cockburn
“Medicine Songs”, Buffy Sainte-Marie
“Innusiq”, The Jerry Cans
“The Weather Station”, The Weather Station

Traditional Roots Album of the Year

“Jayme Stone’s Folklife”, Jayme Stone
“What We Leave Behind”, The East Pointers
“Illusion & Doubt”, The Dead South
“The Willow Connection”, Cassie and Maggie
“Rove”, Coig

Blues Album of the Year

“Time to Roll”, MonkeyJunk
“No Time Like Now”, Steve Strongman
“Big City, Back Country Blues”, Williams, Wayne & Isaak
“Better the Devil You Know”, Big Dave McLean
“Something I’ve Done”, Downchild

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

“We Are Free”, Jon Neufeld
“These Are the Days”, Love & the Outcome
“Stones”, Manafest
“Echoes”, Matt Maher
“First Day of My Life”, The Color

World Music Album of the Year

“A New Tradition Vol. 2: Return of the KUISi”, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition
“Where the Galleon Sank”, Kobo Town
“Meter”, Autorickshaw
“La Migra”, Battle of Santiago
“Femme”, Briga

Indigenous Music Album of the Year

“Here & Now”, Indian City
“The Fight Within”, Iskwe
“Sedna”, Kelly Fraser
“Medicine Songs”, Buffy Sainte-Marie

Classic Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral)

“Crazy Girl Crazy”, Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra
“The Tree of Life”, Daniel Taylor with The Trinity Choir
“In the Stream of Life: Songs by Sibelius”, Gerald Finley with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
“Mother of Light: Armenian Hymns & Chants in Praise of Mary”, Isabel Bayrakdarian with Coro Vox Aeterna
“Schubert Sessions: Lieder with Guitar”, Philippe Sly and John Charles Britton

Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)

“Beethoven & Schubert: Violin Concerto”, James Ehnes with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
“Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra”, Jan Lisiecki with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
“Elgar & Tchaikovsky”, Johannes Moser with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
“The Shaman & Arctic Symphony”, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers
“Rebelles Baroques”, Arion Orchestre Baroque

Classical Composition of the Year

“Phi, Caelestis”, Andrew Staniland
“Breathe”, James Rolfe
“My Name is Amanda Todd”, Jocelyn Morlock
“The Shaman”, Vincent Ho
“Cœur a Cœur”, Alice Ping Yee Ho

Francophone Album of the Year

“L’etoile thoracique”, Klo Pelgag
“La science du coeur”, Pierre Lapointe
“Almanach”, Patrice Michaud
“Nos Eldorados”, Alex Nevsky
“Paloma”, Daniel Bélanger

Instrumental Album of the Year

“Stubborn Persistent Illusion”, Do Make Say Think
“Sweat”, Five Alarm Funk
“Cuphead”, Kristofer Maddigan
“Oktopus”, Hapax
“Peregrine Falls”, Peregrine Falls

Comedy Album of the Year

“I Wanted to Be a Dinosaur”, Ivan Decker
“Sorry! (A Canadian Album)”, K. Trevor Wilson
“In Living Kohler”, Rebecca Kohler
“Fatherhood”, Charlie Demers
“[Indistinct Chatter]”, DJ Demers

Children’s Album of the Year

“The Moblees (Songs from the Hit TV Show)”, The Moblees
“Kisses and Hugs”, Splash’N Boots Love,
“Greatest Hits, Vol. 3”, Big Block Singsong
“Blue Skies”, Bobs & LoLo
“Hear the Music”, Fred Penner

Dance Recording of the Year

“Not Going Home”, DVBBS ft. Gia Koka and CMC$
“Get What You Give”, Felix Cartal
“Deeper”, Kapri
“Closer”, Nick Fiorucci” ft. Laurell
“Almost Home”, Sultan + Shepard ft. Nadia Ali and Iro

Rap Recording of the Year

“Coach Fresh”, Maestro Fresh Wes
“001: Experiments”, Lou Phelps
“Shooters”, Tory Lanez
“Mumble Rap”, Belly
“Lil Mont from the Ave”, Clairmont the Second

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

“Foreign Water”, Jahkoy
“Kiddo”, Jessie Reyez
“Human” Jhyve
“Unbound 01” Keshia Chante
“Freudian” Daniel Caesar

Reggae Recording of the Year

“Greater”, Kirk Diamon
“Love How You Whine”, Kreesha Turner & K’Coneil
“The Light”, Ammoye
“Hold Up Slow Down”, Blessed
“Neva Judge”, Eyesus

Album Artwork of the Year

“Coconut Christmas”, The Lost Fingers
“Mechanics of Dominion”, Esmerine
“Freudian”, Daniel Caesar
“Stubborn Persistent Illusions”, Do Make Say Think
“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett (“Get You ft. Kali Uchis”, “We Find Love” – “Freudian” by Daniel Caesar)
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter (“PDA” – “Hotel de Ville” by Scott Helman, “Electric Love” [co-producer Mike Wise] – “Utopia” by Serena Ryder)
Brian Howes and Jason Van Poederooyen (“Better Days” [co-producer Jacob Hoggard] – “Cageless” by Hedley, “The Drugs” [co-producer Ryan Guldemond] – “No Culture” by Mother Mother)
Felix Cartal (“Get What You Give” – “Get What You Give” by Felix Cartal, “Drifting Away” – “Drifting Away” by Felix Cartal)
Diana Krall (“L-O-V-E”, “Night and Day” [co-producer Tommy Lipuma] – “Turn Up the Quiet” by Diana Krall)

Recording Engineer of the Year

Riley Bell
Shawn Everett
Ben Kaplan
Eric Ratz
Gus van Go

Video of the Year

“Leaving the Table”, Leonard Cohen (Christopher Mills)
“The Drugs”, Mother Mother (Emma Higgins)
“Venus Fly”, Grimes (Grimes)
“Gatekeeper”, Jessie Reyez (Peter Huang)
“Knocking at the Door”, Arkells (Shane Cunningham & Mark Myers)

The JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC on Sunday, March 25. 





MUSIC Juno Nominations

By David Friend

The 2018 Juno Awards nominees will be unveiled this morning as the music industry grapples with questions about a lack of female representation.

Canada's biggest music bash will likely shine a spotlight on superstars Drake, Shania Twain and the late Gord Downie in the top categories.

But many will be closely watching the number of female artists who earn recognition in the wake of the MeToo and Time's Up movements.

The Junos were criticized last year for a poor showing of women across the nominees, even though some felt there were plenty of worthy contenders.

Numerous album categories _ including country, francophone, rap, R&B/soul and reggae _ only had one female nominee each. Both the engineer and producer categories didn't generate a single female nominee.

Conversations over representation escalated after last month after Brampton, Ont., singer Alessia Cara was the only woman to be awarded on the televized portion of the Grammys.


Paul Simon says his decision to stop touring after one last tour is because the time away from his family detracts from his joy of playing. He also cites the death of longtime guitarist Vincent Nguini (n-GEE'-nee), who died in December. Simon's ``Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour'' - will begin May 16th in Vancouver and run through July 15th in London.

Simon, who is 76, says he still plans to do occasional concerts after the tour to raise money for ecological charities.




G-Eazy and Halsey had intended to spend two days off together wandering around New York to celebrate Halsey's birthday. Instead, they shot the video for ``Him and I.'' G-Eazy says they had shot a different video a week prior and they both hated it. They have friends who are videographers, so G-Eazy and Halsey invited them to follow them with cameras on their days off.

G-Eazy says he and Halsey both love ``Romeo and Juliet'' stories. He says that song is about ``two people who are young and crazy in love.''



Kelly Clarkson says she would rather perform on the Grammys than win a Grammy. Clarkson says winning an award is ``awesome, because your art is validated,'' but she always likes the performances. She says Pink did not win an award but ``she slayed that stage.'' Clarkson says Pink was memorable because she had ``the best vocal, hands down, of the night.'' Clarkson says it was ``weird'' that Lorde (LORD) was up for album of the year but did not get a performance spot.



One of the items for sale at an upcoming auction of Prince memorabilia is a letter he wrote in purple ink to his former wife, Mayte Garcia, apologizing for director Lisa Bonet not choosing her for his ``Walk Don't Run'' video.

It's expected to sell for at least four-thousand dollars.  The 2002 white Schecter ``cloud'' guitar is expected to sell for 10-thousand to 20-thousand dollars. Several outfits and shoes are for sale, many with his ``love'' symbol used in the design. Julien's Auctions will sell the items online and live in New York on May 18th and 19th.



Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott is revealing details of her twin girls, born last week. She writes on social media the girls' names are Betsy Mack and Emory JoAnn. Scott says her twins' favourite place to be, other than on her, is ``nose to nose and cheek to cheek.''



 Common is trying to hide a black eye. Then he showed everyone pictures of how he got it. Common wore glasses to the Oscar Nominees Luncheon outside Los Angeles yesterday to disguise a bruise he got while playing basketball last weekend.

However, he was quick to pull out photos of how his face looked after he was hit. He jokes he might have gotten a mild concussion.

Common is nominated with Diane Warren for best original song for writing ``Stand Up For Something'' from the movie ``Marshall.''



The man who laid down the beat for Michael Jackson's song ``Billie Jean'' has died. Rolling Stone magazine reports drummer Leon ``Ndugu'' Chancler died Saturday at the age of 65, according to his wife. A cause of death was not given. Chancler also played on Jackson's songs ``P.Y.T.'' and ``I Just Can't Stop Loving You.'' He was also a co-writer of ``Let It Whip'' by the Dazz Band. Chancler got his start as a jazz drummer, and in later years, he taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.



Luis Fonsi will be honoured at the B-M-I Latin Awards for his body of work and for his charitable endeavours. Fonsi will be presented with the B-M-I President's Award on March 20th outside Los Angeles. B-M-I says it's honouring Fonsi for ``Despacito'' and all his other hits from the past two decades, as well as his efforts to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria last year.



(The Associated Press)


Hotwire is a service of The Canadian Press


Justin Timberlake had a laugh at everyone's expense during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday. He performed his song ``Rock Your Body'' but stopped short of the line, ``Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song.'' That was the line he sang with Janet Jackson right before the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' during their Super Bowl halftime performance 14 years ago. Despite speculation, Jackson was not part of yesterday's show.

Neither was 'N Sync. However, Prince was Timberlake's duet partner projected on a giant screen, singing ``I Would Die 4 U,'' in a nod to the Super Bowl being in Minneapolis. Timberlake ended his performance singing ``Can't Stop The Feeling'' by going into the stands and taking selfies.



Just in case you were wondering: it wasn't gum Pink took out of her mouth before singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl last night. Pink tweets it was a throat lozenge. She had been battling the flu the past few days. Her voice was so bad at her concert on Friday that she had to skip singing ``Beautiful Trauma'' because her range wasn't there. Leslie Odom Junior also was part of the Super Bowl pre-show entertainment, singing ``America the Beautiful'' with a children's choir.



Smokey Robinson says he is sad that ``another Motown soldier is gone'' with the death of Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Edwards died in Chicago after a long illness on Thursday, two days before his 75th birthday, according to his booking agent. Otis Williams of The Temptations, who engaged in a legal battle with Edwards over the Temptations name in the 1990s, says Edwards made ``extraordinary contributions to The Temptations legacy.'' The Pointer Sisters send their love and condolences.

Edwards was briefly married to Ruth Pointer.



Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley is taking a break from the band. Tinsley writes on social media he needs the break to focus on his health and his family. He says he is ``somewhat worn out'' and needs to bring more balance to his life.

The rest of the band says Tinsley has been a member of the family since the beginning and they support his decision to get better.



Lady Gaga's chronic pain condition has sidelined her again. She has called off ten concerts in Europe over the next few weeks because of severe pain. Lady Gaga writes on social media her medical team supports her decision to recover at home. Last September, she was forced to postpone her European concerts because of pain. Lady Gaga has said she's been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition.



 A 43-year-old man from Riverview, Florida, has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kidnap Lana Del Rey.

Orlando Police say in a statement Michael Shawn Hunt was arrested Friday night outside the concert hall where Del Rey was performing.

Police acting on a tip arrested Hunt carrying a ticket to the concert and a knife. He has been jailed without bail on charges of attempted kidnapping with a weapon and aggravated stalking with a credible threat.



Snoop Dogg usually has no problem getting up on stage -- until he sang gospel music. Snoop headlined B-E-T's Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Thursday in Minneapolis. He acknowledges being nervous because gospel purists ``would shoot you down if your game ain't together.'' He adds, ``They would throw the Bible at you.'' Snoop knew he did O-K when gospel great Donnie McClurkin complimented him. Snoop says McClurkin told him, ``If you weren't rapping, brother, you'd be preaching!'' Snoop will put out his first gospel album, called ``Bible of Love,'' on March 16th.


(The Canadian Press)




Justin Timberlake says Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, 'N Sync or Chris Stapleton will not be special guests for his Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday. Timberlake says his only special guests will be his band, The Tennessee Kids. Timberlake says he brought his almost-three-year-old son, Silas, to rehearsals on Wednesday and ``was shocked at how quickly he could cover 100 yards.''



Justin Timberlake had nothing but wonderful things to say about Prince during the Super Bowl press conference in Minneapolis yesterday. Timberlake calls Prince a huge influence and ``the greatest all-around musician I can think of in popular culture.'' Timberlake came under fire from Prince fans for his decision to hold a listening party at Prince's Paisley Park last night. Timberlake and Prince had a history of dissing each other in 2006. Timberlake says the times he spent talking about music with Prince are memories he'll take with him forever.



Brothers Osborne guitarist John Osborne says people yell ``Rocky Top!'' at their concerts like they're the first ones to think of it. He says it was funny the first 500 times.

Brothers Osborne finally decided to learn it, as a tip of the hat to the Osborne Brothers, who made that song a hit in 1967. Singer T-J Osborne says they discovered that they like playing ``Rocky Top,'' but they have to be careful where they play it, because the Tennessee Volunteers adopted it for sporting events. He says they can't play it in Georgia or Alabama. And if some smarty-pants yells out ``Free Bird!'' at their shows, they're ready too. John Osborne says they worked up a 45-second version of that song.



 A defence lawyer for Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight has been allowed back on Knight's murder case after being arrested himself last week. Knight agreed in a Los Angeles court yesterday to allow Thaddeus Culpepper to represent him, in spite of a possible conflict of interest.

Culpepper was arrested last week on suspicion of being an accessory after murder. No charges were filed. Culpepper says he was never told why he was arrested. Prosecutors filed court papers last week that said Culpepper had tried to get a sheriff's department informant to testify he witnessed events that would help Knight's case. Knight is charged with murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Los Angeles burger stand in 2015, killing one of them.



Jonathan Cain of Journey will tell his life story. He will publish an autobiography called ``Don't Stop Believin': The Man, The Band and The Song That Inspired Generations.'' As a child, Cain survived a fire at his school in Chicago that killed 92 children and three nuns. As an adult, he suffered setbacks in his music career before winding up in Journey.

The book also details Cain's Christian faith and is published by Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. The book comes out May 1st.


(The Associated Press)





The Denver radio D-J who was fired for groping Taylor Swift has a new job at a radio station in Greenwood, Mississippi. The New York Daily News reports David Mueller co-hosts the morning show ``Jackson and Jonbob'' under the name Stonewall Jackson on KIX 92.7. Mueller sued Swift last year for getting him fired after she accused him of groping her. She countersued and won damages of one dollar. Station owner Larry Fuss says he believes Mueller's story and ``he's either the world's best liar, or he's telling the truth.'' Fuss says the station's Facebook page has been deleting negative comments from Swift fans from out of state.



 An Israeli legal rights group is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing Lorde (LORD) to call off her Tel Aviv concert. The group Shurat HaDin is suing Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab under a 2011 Israeli law that allows lawsuits against anyone calling for a boycott against Israel. The group says the New Zealanders, one Jewish and one Palestinian, wrote an open letter to Lorde last year urging her to ``join the artistic boycott of Israel.'' Lorde responded with, ``Noted! Been speaking (with) many people and considering all options. Thank u for educating me. I am learning all the time too.'' She called off the show a few days later. Sachs says she is unaware of any lawsuit.



 Lorde has taken out a full-page ad in a New Zealand newspaper to thank fans in her native country for supporting her. Lorde hand-wrote a letter that appeared yesterday in The New Zealand Herald. Lorde thanks people for supporting her ``Melodrama'' album and ``believing in female musicians.'' The ad also includes Lorde's doodles, like ``SZA''  with a crown over it and comments like ``Jay-Z's hands are really soft.''



Lorde (LORD) has earned a rare Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America, the people who hand out gold and platinum records. Lorde's song ``Royals'' was certified for 10 million sales, which earns the Diamond Award. She's only the fifth woman to have achieved that, along with Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor and Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen.



If going to a Sir Sly concert ends up being a religious experience for you, they can empathize. Singer Landon Jacobs and drummer Hayden Coplen used to perform in a megachurch.

Coplen says every now and then during a show, he'll close his eyes and feel the same electricity he did back in church. Jacobs says he does too, only it's sweeter now because it's electricity he earned rather than inherited.



Carrie Underwood is absolutely fine with giving up her house-husband back to the ice after just a few months of retirement. Her husband, Peterborough, Ontario native Mike Fisher, is returning to the Nashville Predators for his 18th season in the N-H-L. The 37-year-old announced his retirement in August. Underwood tweets, ``This is happening! Fish is back! So proud of you, baby! We want the cup!!!''



Marty Stuart has unveiled plans for a museum complex in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. Stuart showed off artist renderings of what he's calling the Congress of Country Music during a visit at the Mississippi state capitol in Jackson yesterday. Stuart says ``congress'' means ``gathering place'' and that's what he intends to create. It will include a museum, concert venue and education centre. Stuart plans to showcase his collection of 20-thousand country music artifacts, which include handwritten Hank Williams lyrics, Johnny Cash's black suit and Patsy Cline's boots. Stuart hopes to open the complex within three years.



Here's something you may not know about Paul McCartney: he's a huge fan of ``Family Feud.'' A fan asked on his website for his favourite American T-V shows and McCartney says he loves ``Family Feud'' -- but he used the British name for it, ``Family Fortunes.'' McCartney says he almost always has it on in the dressing room because ``you don't have to think too hard and it's not depressing.'' He plays along, too. His other favourite American shows are ``Breaking Bad'' and ``Veep.''



 A court has determined that the civil rights anthem ``We Shall Overcome'' is in the public domain. Song publisher Ludlow Music had claimed ownership of the song based on a copyright filed in 1960. Ludlow Music agreed in a New York federal court last week to back down on its copyright claim after losing a summary judgment in the case. The origins of the songs are unclear, but a similar song called ``We Will Overcome'' was used by striking tobacco workers in South Carolina around 1945. Peter Seeger popularized it in the late 1940s. The lawsuit was filed by the We Shall Overcome Foundation, a group that wanted to make a documentary about the song, and Butler Films, which made the 2013 film ``The Butler.''



Calvin Harris' beard only took him so far in awards season. Harris tweets he grew a beard to be taken seriously as a producer for Grammy consideration. He was nominated for producer of the year, but he says, ``Unfortunately this weekend I learned that even a new beard has its limitations.'' He lost to Greg Kurstin, who has produced music for Adele, Sia, Beck and Pink.

Harris has gotten rid of the beard and declares ``the experiment completed.''




 A judge has jailed D-M-X for being a flight risk.

U-S District Judge Jed Rakoff  says DMX must stay behind bars while he waits for his sentencing for tax evasion, set for March. Rakoff says he was told D-M-X tested positive last week for cocaine, opiates and Oxycodone. Rakoff also says D-M-X traveled to St. Louis without a drug counselor. Defense lawyer Murray Richman says D-M-X took drugs to cope with his one-year-old daughter being hospitalized with a 104-degree fever for several days. D-M-X pleaded guilty in November to tax fraud. He faces up to five years in prison.



Recording Academy President Neil Portnow admits ``step up'' was not the right choice of words to use regarding women in the music industry. Portnow says his comments made after Sunday's Grammys were taken out of context and did not convey the point he was trying to make. When asked after the Grammys why so few women were shown accepting awards, Portnow had said, ``It has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and their souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on an executive level, to step up.'' Now he says the music industry must ``encourage women to live their dreams and express their passion and creativity through music'' through mentoring and empowerment.



To the Alessia Cara haters: no matter how awful you think she is, she thought it first.

Cara writes on Instagram she will not let everything she's worked for be diminished by people telling her she stinks. She says she's been thinking she's not good enough since she was old enough to know what it was like to think she's not good enough. She says there's a backlash to her winning the best new artist Grammy, but she had no control over that. In Cara's words, ``I'm not going to be upset about something I've wanted since I was a kid, not to mention have worked really hard for.''



Guess it was a good thing Hilary Scott did not attend the Grammys Sunday with the rest of Lady Antebellum. Her twin girls arrived in the early hours of Monday. Scott has posted a photo of baby hats with the letters ``A'' and ``B'' on them. She did not reveal the names. Scott writes, ``Thank you to everyone who prayed and prayed for these little ladies, and thank you Lord for healthy babies.'' Scott and her husband, Chris Tyrell, also have a four-year-old daughter, Eisele (EYES'-lee).



NEW YORK (AP) _ Childish Gambino has changed his Twitter name to Donald Glover and deleted his Tweet history. Glover said after the Grammys on Sunday he stands by his decision to retire the Childish Gambino name, even though he's had success as a musician. He says he's still working on a project but he believes endings are important. He says the world would have fewer problems if ``a lot of things had death clauses.''



When it comes to his Super Bowl appearance Sunday, a watchdog group is asking Justin Timberlake not to bring sexy back. Basically, the Parents Television Council is imploring Timberlake not to treat viewers to another ``wardrobe function''

like the last time he performed at the Super Bowl. That was 2004 when he ripped away Janet Jackson's costume to reveal her right breast. Timberlake has promised no repeat of what became known as ``Nipplegate'' but the T-V council says it hopes Timberlake will make sure the halftime show this year is ``safe for the children watching.''


(The Associated Press)



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The Grammys are coming under fire and this time, it isn't about who won or lost awards Sunday night. Many music fans and critics are questioning whether the Recording Academy is as serious as it says it is in putting women in the forefront. During Sunday's broadcast, there were only two female winners on stage. And Lorde (LORD) -- the only woman nominated for album of the year -- wasn't invited to perform. Academy president Neil Portnow didn't help matters when he tried to explain what many saw as an oversight.

He seemed to indicate that Lorde wasn't compelling enough as a performer to merit air time. Lorde herself clapped back at the Grammy chief, saying if anyone doubts whether she can slay it on stage, they should come see her perform.



Sheryl Crow says it's time for the Grammys to go back to their previous ways and award male and female artists separately. She says it's hard for young girls to be inspired to pick up a guitar when they tune into the Grammys and see nearly category filled with men. She also ripped comments by Grammy head Neil Portnow who said women need to ``step up'' to get more attention from the academy. There were no women up for record of the year honors this year. Meanwhile only one male was nominated for best pop solo performance. And he Ed Sheeran ended up winning.



If there were people dismayed that Ed Sheeran for solo pop performance of the year after being the only male nominated in the category, one can only imagine how they might have had their fur ruffled by the fact that he didn't attend Sunday's ceremony.

Sheeran did acknowledge the win by posting a note of thanks yesterday on his Instagram account. He said he and his cat were celebrating the win together. Sheeran beat out stars like Lady Gaga, Kesha and Pink for Grammy for the best pop performance.



 People can't seem to agree on the reason. But there's no disputing the fact: Grammy viewership is down again. The Nielsen ratings say Sunday's ceremony drew about 19 million people.

That's off 24 per cent from last year and is the lowest total in nine years. Some have said the Grammys are seeing the same drop in viewership as other awards shows have in recent years. Others feel this year's emphasis on rap acts may have cooled enthusiasm for the show in the nation's heartland. And at least on conservative news commentator says people were turned off because they expected the event would become an excuse to bash President Trump.


(The Associated Press)




The Weeknd's ``Starboy'' has picked up a Grammy for best urban contemporary album.

It's the third career Grammy for the global superstar from Toronto.

He's among a group of Canadians who scored golden gramophones in a pre-telecast ceremony where most of the awards are handed out.

Leonard Cohen's song ``You Want It Darker'' won a Grammy for best rock performance. The track appears on the Montreal singer-songwriter's final album of the same name.

Nova Scotia soprano Barbara Hannigan's ``Crazy Girl Crazy''

picked up a Grammy in the best classical solo vocal album category.

It's the first Grammy win for the contemporary opera singer.

Charles Moniz of Burlington, Ont. shared a Grammy win earlier in the ceremony for ``24K Magic'' by Bruno Mars, which scored best engineered album, non-classical.


Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar have much to celebrate after last night's Grammys. Mars swept every category in which he was nominated, for a total of six. He won album of the year for ``24 Karat Magic'' and song and record of the year for ``That's What I Like.'' Mars says he made the album with love and with the goal of getting everyone dancing. Lamar won five, including best album. Jay-Z led the nominations with eight but did not win anything. Ed Sheeran, who was considered a snub for nominations in the major categories, won two pop awards. He did not attend.




 The Grammys hardly shied away from social movements, starting with the white roses many artists wore in support of the Time's Up movement. Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a performance of ``XXX'' that ended with people dressed in red falling to the sound of gunshots. Janelle Monae called for an end of abuse of power and sexual harassment and inequality in the music industry. Kesha (KESH'-ah) performed her song ``Praying,'' which she has said is about suicidal thoughts. She performed with Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels and Andra Day.

Kesha broke down in tears at the end. Cabello made a plea for immigrants, pointing out how hard she worked as a Cuban-Mexican brought to the U-S as a child. She introduced U2 performing ``Get Out Of Your Own Way'' with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.

Logic, Brampton, Ontario's Alessia Cara and Khalid performed ``1-800-273-8255,'' the song named for the suicide prevention hotline. Logic ended with a call for personal strength, racial and gender harmony and praise for international cultures.



Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church paid tribute at the Grammys to music fans who lost their lives in the past year. Madison Square Garden went silent as the three acts performed Eric Clapton's ``Tears In Heaven.'' It was a tribute to those who died in the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October and at the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, in May.The Grammys also paid tribute to music acts who died in the past year. Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris performed Tom Petty's ``Wildflowers'' for the ``in memoriam'' segment. Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Junior did a tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.



Portugal. The Man bassist Zach Carothers says growing up in a small town in Alaska, they never dreamed of winning a Grammy. He says all their heroes were dog-mushers. Portugal. The Man won the pop group Grammy for ``Feel It Still.'' Mastodon won the metal Grammy for ``Sultan's Curse.'' The War On Drugs picked up the rock album Grammy for ``A Deeper Understanding.'' The National won the alternative album Grammy for ``Sleep Well Beast.'' Foo Fighters won the rock song Grammy for ``Run.'' Randy Putin picked up an arrangement award for his song ``Putin.'' The Rolling Stones won the traditional blues Grammy for ``Blue and Lonesome,'' which is only their third Grammy ever. Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' won the contemporary blues album.



Jason Isbell has his wife to thank for one of the two Americana Grammys he won yesterday. Isbell says he was watching reality T-V and his wife said, ``Anybody can sit on the bed and watch reality television. You should be writing a song.'' Isbell wrote ``If We Were Vampires,'' which won the American roots song Grammy. Among the people Lisa Loeb thanked when she won the children's album Grammy for ``Feel What U Feel'' were her babysitters. ``Tony Bennett Celebrates 90'' won the traditional pop album Grammy. Alabama Shakes took home the American roots performance Grammy for ``Killer Diller Blues.'' Aimee Mann snagged the folk Grammy for ``Mental Illness.'' Lin-Manuel Miranda won the visual media song Grammy for ``How Far I'll Go'' from ``Moana (moh-AH'-nah).''



Reba McEntire nearly broke down in tears talking about how much she loves her job while accepting the roots gospel Grammy for ``Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.'' She says, ``Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts.'' Chris Stapleton, who won three country Grammys, says he was honoured to win for his song ``Either Way'' because it's just him and a guitar.

Little Big Town won the country group Grammy for ``Better Man.'' The Infamous Stringdusters and Rhonda Vincent And The Rage both won the bluegrass album Grammy in a tie.


(The Canadian Press)






Is there any chance Elton John is doing a farewell tour because he's in ill health? Not according to him. John says he would not engage on a 300-date tour lasting three years because of ill health. He says he's ``in great health.'' He acknowledges he was sick for seven weeks after picking up an infection in South America last year. He says, ``It knocked me sideways, but I still did 96 shows last year.'' John's farewell tour will begin Sept. 8th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He says it's because he has children now and his family is his priority.






Enrique Iglesias is going to court over how much money he's making for streaming. Iglesias filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, saying he is paid far less than the 50 per cent royalty rate required under his contract for streamed music. He is seeking unspecified damages. Universal did not respond to requests for comment.






Jack White is telling fans to put their phones away for his shows and he'll provide the photos and video. Live Nation has issued a statement saying White is having a ``phone-free,

100 per cent human experience'' with his upcoming tour. Phones will be collected at the beginning of the shows and secured in a special pouch that will be unlocked at the end. An official tour photographer will take pictures and video, and fans are free to repost them as much as they like. White's tour begins April 19th in Detroit.






Nashville's Bridgestone Arena has a new mural, courtesy of Brad Paisley and artist Rob Hendon. The spray-painted graffiti-style mural shows the Nashville Predators logo, a guitar, a cowboy hat, a catfish and the word ``Smashville.'' Paisley will play the arena on April 6th.






Cyndi Lauper has sold her house in Stamford, Connecticut, after living there for more than three decades. The nearly 3,900-square-foot home sold for just over 800-thousand dollars. She had listed it in May for 1.25-million.

Lauper bought the home in 1986.






Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons decided to make the film ``Believer'' because he was shocked to see rising suicide rates in Utah. The film follows Reynolds -- a Mormon

-- and Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn -- a former Mormon -- as they planned the LoveLoud Festival in Utah last summer to raise money to support organizations that help at-risk L-G-B-T youth. Reynolds says his goal is to show leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that opposition to same-sex relationships is harming young people. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week and will air on H-B-O this summer.






(The Canadian Press)