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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:33

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

 

FEIST

Canadian singer-songwriter Feist says ``Pleasure,'' her first studio album in nearly six years, will be released on April 28. 

It's the first time Feist has released an album of new material since 2011's ``Metals,'' which won the Polaris Music Prize. 

She reunited with longtime collaborators Mocky and Renaud Letang for her fifth studio album. They both contributed to ``The Reminder,'' the 2007 release that launched her career into the mainstream with hits like ``1234'' and ``I Feel It All.'' 

The singer, born Leslie Feist, is also lined up to appear on Broken Social Scene's newest album, expected later this year. 

``Pleasure'' is being released ahead of a series of North American tour dates, including Toronto's Field Trip Festival in June and the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July. 

(The Canadian Press)

 

BROTHERS OSBORNE, MAREN MORRIS AND JOHN PARDI EARN ACM AWARDS EARLY

Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi are early winners at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. 

The ACMs announced on Tuesday the winners of their new artist categories, including Brothers Osborne securing new vocal duo or group of the year honours, Morris snagging the new female vocalist of the year award, and Pardi getting the new male vocalist of the year trophy. 

The new artist winners will get to perform on the 52nd ACM Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, on CBS. 

Brothers Osborne are also nominated for vocal duo of the year, while Morris is in the running for an additional five nominations, including album of the year, single record of the year and female vocalist of the year. 

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Online: http://www.acmcountry.com

GREGG ALLMAN CANCELS ALL DATES

Gregg Allman has cancelled all of his scheduled tour dates for the year. 

The 69-year-old rocker posted Monday on his website that ``it has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017.'' In November, Allman said he was taking several months off from touring so he can ``focus on his health,'' but still had plans to tour. 

The new statement said that fans who bought tickets for concerts in June should ``contact the ticket outlet from where you purchased the tickets for a refund.'' 

More details about why Allman has cancelled all of his 2017 shows were not available. He has faced multiple health issues, including contracting hepatitis C and having a 2010 liver transplant. 

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Online: http://www.greggallman.com/news 

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THE WHO MOVES TO VEGAS FOR THE SUMMER

 

The Who is taking up residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this summer. 

Caesars Entertainment announced Monday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will become the first rock band to take up residence at the hotel-casino's Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003. 

The first run opens July 29 with six shows through Aug. 11.Tickets go on Friday at prices from $76 to $501. 

The Who have sold more than 100 million records since forming in 1964. Their hit albums include ``My Generation,'' ''Tommy`` and ''Quadrophenia.``

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HANSON PLANS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

Wrap your mind around this: in five years, Hanson will be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hanson is celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band and the 20th anniversary of their first release, ``Middle of Nowhere.'' This year they will release ``Middle of Everywhere - The Greatest Hits.'' They will kick off a 25th anniversary tour beginning with their own Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 21st. After some concerts, Taylor Hanson will D-J the ``Dance Like You Don't Care'' after-party. Guitarist Isaac Hanson says this year marks not just two decades of recorded music, but ``an incredible community of fans.'' 

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JAMES DURBIN - QUIET RIOT

 

Quiet Riot is scrapping the album they did with former singer Seann Nicols to remake it with new singer James Durbin. The group says in a statement the ``Road Rage'' album that was supposed to come out next month will now be delayed until the summer. Durbin was a finalist on the 2011 season of ``American Idol.'' Quiet Riot will continue their planned tour, which stops in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday. 

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BOSTON'S TOM SCHOLZ - RECOGNITION

 

The city of Boston has sent greetings to guitarist Tom Scholz of the band Boston in honour of his 70th birthday. The Boston band Facebook page has a photo of the proclamation from Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The proclamation thanks Scholz for his service as an engineer, musician and philanthropist and for ``dedicating your life to serving others and making the world a better place.'' 

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ED SHEERAN - ``GAME OF THRONES''

 

Ed Sheeran tweets, ``Guess the cat's out of the bag.'' The producers of ``Game of Thrones'' confirm Sheeran will have a role in the upcoming season. Details on his role were not given. Producer David Benioff said during a panel discussion at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday that he's been trying to get Sheeran on the show for years. He says he wanted to surprise actress Maisie Williams, who's a huge Sheeran fan. The last season of ``Game of Thrones'' premieres July 16th on H-B-O. 

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OBIT - Y&T GUITARIST

 

Original guitarist Joey Alves of Y&T has died.

Frontman Dave Meniketti writes on Facebook that Alves died Sunday morning of ulcerative colitis and other complications. He was 63.

Meniketti calls Alves ``a fun guy who always played with attitude and conviction.'' Y&T's biggest hit was ``Summertime Girls'' in 1985. Alves left the band in the late 1980s. 

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DAN AND SHAY - ``OBSESSED''

 

Dan and Shay named their current album ``Obsessed'' because that's a word they kept seeing their fans use online. Dan Smyers says fans say things like, ``I'm so obsessed with this song,'' or ``I'm obsessed with pizza.'' Dan and Shay ended up writing a song called ``Obsessed.'' Smyers says their fans have been so much a part of their success that Dan and Shay decided that should be the name of the album. He says because so many people use the word ``obsessed,'' he's hoping that maybe subconsciously they will also think about checking out the album. 

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THE WHO - LAS VEGAS

 

A lot of acts have taken up residencies at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. But never a rock band. Until now, anyway. The Who will become the first rock band to play an extended stay the hotel-casino's Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003.

Caesars says the Who will begin its run July 27th through August 11th. The group has sold more than 100-million records since forming in 1964. 

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TODD RUNDGREN - LIONEL RICHIE - LUCINDA WILLIAMS - DOCTORATES

 

Todd Rundgren will bestow his wisdom upon the graduates of the Berklee College of Music. He will be the speaker during commencement on May 13th in Boston. Rundgren also will be given an honourary doctorate of music. Lionel Richie, Lucinda Williams, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow and South Korean musician Shin Joong Hyun also will be given honourary doctorates of music. Berklee's tradition is for students to play the music of the doctorate recipients at a private concert the night before graduation. 

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(The Associated Press)

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Country Music Night Community Fundraiser in Ochre River!

Sunday, 19 November 2017 09:01
Country Music Night Community Fundraiser in Ochre River!

Enjoy a night of Country Western Music with Adele McQuarrie and friends at the Ochre River Hall on Saturday November 25, from 7pm to 10pm. Admission is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under only $5. There will be a 50/50 draw and refreshments provided. All proceeds will be donated to the Bridge Youth Drop in Center. 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017 08:29
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

 

NEIL YOUNG - MUSIC ARCHIVE

 

Neil Young promises to open his music archive for free on Dec. 1st. Young writes on Facebook that fans will be able to ``visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow.'' It dates back to his first single released in Canada in 1963. Young's new album, ``The Visitor,'' will be released that same day.

 

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FIVE FOR FIGHTING - CHRISTMAS SONG

 

Five For Fighting singer John Ondrasik was talking with musician Jim Brickman about how they didn't want to ``just want to regurgitate another Christmas song.''

They both had done work for military causes, so they decided to write a holiday song for them called ``Christmas Where You Are.''

Ondrasik says his work with the military has been rewarding, but people are surprised to learn he has no family connection to the military. He says after 9-11, he got letters from soldiers in Iraq telling him how much his song ``Superman'' meant to them and that sparked his interest in helping them. ``Christmas Where You Are'' is on Brickman's new album, ``A Joyful Christmas.'' 

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - PREVIEW

 

Kelly Clarkson and Pink will open the American Music Awards on Sunday. Other performers include Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid , Imagine Dragons and Demi Lovato.

Diana Ross also will perform and get a lifetime achievement award.

Whoever wins artist of the year will win it for the first time. The contenders are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Toronto rapper Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Mars leads the nominations with eight. A-B-C will carry the awards live from Los Angeles. 

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BONO - LITHUANIA INVITE

 

The mayor of a town in Lithuania where Bono supposedly owns a shopping mall has invited Bono to visit it.

Alvydas Katinas, the mayor of Utena in northeastern Lithuania, says he wrote to Bono to invite him to see the Ausra shopping centre.

Bono was named in the so-called Paradise Papers, documents that detail tax dodging by multinationals and wealthy individuals.

According to the documents, Bono is a part owner of the mall due to low-tax investments in Malta. Katinas says Bono has never visited Lithuania and he could help promote the town. 

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``THOR: RAGNORAK'' - ``IMMIGRANT SONG'' SALES

 

Led Zeppelin's ``Immigrant Song'' is seeing a sales boost, thanks to the new ``Thor'' movie. Billboard reports 18-thousand downloads of the song were sold in the week after ``Thor: Ragnorak '' opened two weeks ago, compared to the previous week's sales of about two-thousand. The song is featured in the movie. ``Immigrant Song'' was featured in the movie's trailer that came out in April and it sold seven-thousand copies that week. 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME

 

Carrie Underwood's broken wrist has cost her a home-state honour. The Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports Underwood was not inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last night because she was unable to attend. Hall of Fame officials say Underwood will be eligible to be nominated again and will be considered for a future class. Underwood injured herself in a fall at her home in Nashville last Friday. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SETS SALES MARK

 

In just four days, Taylor Swift's new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.

Billboard reports ``reputation,'' moved 1.05-million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release. Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran's ``Divide'' was the year's bestselling album, with 919-thousand units sold. Number three is Kendrick Lamar's ``Damn.'' It has sold 842-thousand units. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SURPRISE

 

Right on the heels of Billboard's report that her ``reputation'' album moved more than one-million copies in its first four days, we get word of a surprise she gave some fans in Tennessee. The Nashville Tennessean reports the superstar singer chronicled a run she made through a local Target store. She stopped by to pick up a few things, including that new album. She says she has a tradition of visiting the store to buy her album when a new one comes out. 

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``DESPACITO'' - LATIN GRAMMYS

 

The global hit ``Despacito'' was the big winner at the Latin Grammy Awards. It made good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year.

Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi dedicated his awards to his native Puerto Rico, as did several other artists throughout the three-hour show, which opened with a moment of silence for the storm-ravaged island. 

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MEEK MILL - APPEAL

 

Among the arguments Meek Mills' lawyers are offering in their plea to get him out of prison is the fact that neither his probation officer nor a prosecutor thought he should go back to prison. His lawyers have filed an appeal asking for Mill's probation to be terminated. Last week, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill to two to four years in prison for violating probation in a gun and drug case. Brinkley cited a failed drug test, failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two other unrelated arrests. Because Mill is a celebrity, he's in protective custody in state prison, but the only housing for protective custody there is solitary confinement, according to the motion. On Tuesday, Mill's lawyers asked Brinkley to recuse herself from the case, saying she's overstepped her bounds as a judge. They say among other things, Brinkley asked Mill to remake the Boyz II Men song ``On Bended Knee'' and mention her in it. 

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES - SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS

 

Nothing But Thieves says they ``100 per cent deny'' allegations of sexual assault. The band says in a statement they were advised not to address false allegations that have circulated on social media, but they say they could not idly sit by.

They say the past week has been one of the most difficult of their career and add that ``being demonized and subject to so much hate over things that are false is incredibly upsetting.'' They are considering legal action. A Nothing But Thieves concert sponsored by the British magazine New Music Express was called off this week in response to the allegations. 

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HALSEY - CALLS OFF SHOW

 

Halsey says she needs to take a few days from her tour to gain her composure, but she's not saying what's wrong.

Billboard magazine reports Halsey stopped her concert in Calgary, mid-set, and the rest was cancelled. Wednesday's show in Edmonton was called off. Halsey apologizes on Instagram and says very few things in the world would make her stop a show. She promises to make it up to her Canadian fans. Halsey intends to be good to go for the Minneapolis concert tomorrow. 

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MARIAH CAREY - CANCELS CONCERTS

 

Mariah Carey is calling off the first few shows of her ``All I Want For Christmas'' tour because she's sick. She writes on social media she had the flu last week and now has an upper respiratory infection. The tour was supposed to begin tonight in Windsor, Ontario. While Carey does not state which dates are affected, her website indicates her next scheduled date is Nov. 27th in New York. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

 

SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:33
SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

 

 

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Richard InmanWinnipeg, Manitoba

Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a rich baritone voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem.

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:26
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

 

 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE - GUILTY PLEA

 

Melissa Etheridge has been fined 750-dollars and ordered to serve unsupervised probation for a misdemeanour charge of possessing marijuana. Etheridge's lawyer entered a guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday in Bowbells, North Dakota. She was arrested in August when her tour bus crossed from Canada into the U-S and investigators found marijuana on board.

KMOT-TV reports Etheridge's attorney says she intended to apply for a medical marijuana license in North Dakota. She has used marijuana to treat her breast cancer.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER

 

After Stone Temple Pilots got more than 15-thousand online applications to be their new lead singer, they went with a guy who did not apply that way. Jeff Gutt (GOOT) will be the new S-T-P singer. He's a veteran of the Detroit music scene and was the runner-up on the third season of ``The X Factor.'' Bassist Robert DeLeo heard about Gutt after playing a show with Hollywood Vampires and asked Gutt to try out. S-T-P auditioned more than 30 singers. Gutt says no one can fill the shoes of late singer Scott Weiland and he's not even going to try. He says S-T-P's songs deserve to be performed and he's honoured the band chose him to help. The new version of S-T-P will release an album early next year. Their first single, ``Meadow,'' is out now. 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - SURGERY

 

Carrie Underwood says she's ``doing great'' after having surgery on her wrist Tuesday. Underwood tweets all went well, even though she will ``be setting off airport metal detectors from now on.'' She gives a shout-out to the medical personnel, family and friends who she says have been taking great care of her. Underwood broke her wrist in a fall at her home in Nashville on Friday night. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SHOPPING

 

Shoppers at Target in Nashville ran into a familiar face Tuesday night: Taylor Swift. She has a tradition of going to Target to buy her latest album. She chronicled the night of signing autographs and taking selfies on Instagram Stories. One man said he lives across the street and just came in to get pasta sauce and he ran into Swift. Another fan was near tears as she told a friend on the phone, ``I love Taylor Swift. Yeah, she's just out here shopping!'' Swift's album, ``reputation,'' came out last week. 

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS - ``100 YEARS''

 

Pharrell Williams has released a song that will not be heard again for a century, assuming the earth is still around. Williams debuted a new song called ``100 Years'' has been engraved on vinyl made out of clay in Shanghai this week. It will be locked in a safe that's vulnerable to water damage. If rising tides caused by global warming don't destroy the vinyl, it will be released in 2117. Williams says if humans as a species don't do something about climate change, ``We lose the track but we also lose the planet.'' What's the song about? Williams says it's a sarcastic postcard to climate change deniers. 

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EDDIE MONTGOMERY - REMEMBERS TROY GENTRY

 

Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry says a little piece of his soul was lost the day of bandmate Troy Gentry's death. Montgomery tells People magazine the September helicopter crash that killed Gentry was ``horrific'' and he will never get over it. Montgomery says years ago, they actually talked about what they'd do if one of them died, and they agreed to keep Montgomery Gentry going. Montgomery says he always thought he'd be the one to go first. 

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LINKIN PARK - LIVE ALBUM

 

Linkin Park fans will be able to get a listen to the concert the band never got to perform in the U-S Linkin Park will release the ``One More Light Live'' album on Dec. 15th. It was recorded during their run of shows in early summer in South America and Europe. The surviving band members say in a statement the shows were ``extraordinary'' and singer Chester Bennington said they were the best shows they had ever done. Bennington hanged himself July 20th, the day before the American leg of the tour was supposed to begin. 

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(The Associated Press)