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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

 

SNOOP DOGG POSTS RESPONSE TO TRUMP'S TWEET

 

Snoop Dogg's response to President Donald Trump's criticism of his ``Lavender'' video is to use Trump's own words.

Snoop posted an Instagram video of Trump from ``The Apprentice''

saying things like, ``Snoop Dogg, he's the greatest,'' ''one of the nation's bestselling hip-hop artists, and that's our man, Snoop Dogg`` and ''he's a very very smart, tough businessman, in addition to being a great musician.`` ''Lavender`` shows Snoop shooting a toy gun that sends out a flag that says ''bang`` at a clown version of Trump. Trump had tweeted, ''Can you imagine what the outcry would be if ?SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!`` 

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RAY DAVIES IS A KNIGHT

 

Ray Davies of The Kinks is now Sir Ray Davies.

Prince Charles knighted Davies at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Davies posted a photo on his Facebook page of Prince Charles touching his shoulder with a sword. 

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NILE RODGERS SAYS CHIC WILL NOT PLAY AT ROCK HALL INDUCTIONS

 

The word Nile Rodgers keeps using about his acknowledgement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ``weird.''

His band Chic (SHEEK) has been nominated for induction 11 times and never made the cut, but this year the hall will give Rodgers an ``Award of Musical Excellence'' during the induction ceremony.

Rodgers tells Billboard magazine he still feels ``weird and ambivalent'' about it because he's being honoured instead Chic.

Rodgers says Chic will not perform at the Rock Hall ceremony because it doesn't make sense that they're good enough to play but not be inducted. Rodgers says he's fine that he's being recognized for his other achievements but ``it's still...weird.'' 

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TREY SONGZ SET FOR TRIAL IN SEPTEMBER

 

Trey Songz is set to go on trial in the fall for a felony assault charge unless he can reach a deal with prosecutors. A trial for Songz is set for September 12th in Detroit. He's charged with aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer during a concert in Detroit on December 28th. Authorities say Songz got angry when his stage time was up and his microphone was cut. Songz's lawyers tell The Detroit News there's a 50-50 chance that the case will be resolved before the trial. 

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DEPECHE MODE RELEASE ``SPIRIT''

 

Depeche Mode tackle political uncertainty and disillusionment in their new album ``Spirit,'' or as Martin Gore jokes, ``First and foremost, we wanted to make a fun album.'' Gore says he wrote the songs for ``Spirit'' before Brexit or Trump but they're still timely. The band chose the word ``Spirit'' because it has lots of connotations. Bandmate Andy Fletcher says the connotation for him: ``Whiskey!'' ''Spirit`` is out today. 

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VICTORIA BECKHAM REVEALS CLOTHING COLLECTION FOR TARGET

 

Generally, if you want a Victoria Beckham designer dress, it will cost you upwards of $2,000. Starting next month, you can get one for about $70. Beckham has unveiled the items from her limited-edition clothing line that will go on sale at Target beginning April 9. The items include tops, pants, dresses and matching children's items, including coloring books. They sell for six-dollars to 70-dollars. Beckham says she wants to offer a collection of clothes ``to women who either couldn't afford designer prices or didn't want to pay designer prices.'' 

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PRINCE'S NEW POWER GENERATION WILL PLAY SHOWS

 

Prince's backing group the New Power Generation is reuniting for concerts. Billboard reports the band will play at Prince's Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis on the anniversary of his death next month, then do a series of shows in the U-S and Europe. N-P-G music director Morris Hayes says because the group had a fluid lineup, members will come in and out to play shows as their schedules permit. Prince's other band, The Revolution, has also reunited for concerts. 

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COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME OPENS ``AMERICAN CURRENTS'' EXHIBIT

 

When Shane McAnally saw his clothes on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, he thought the same thing he thinks when he sees other country singers' outfits: boy, they're short. McAnally says he saw his own outfits on display and thought, ``Am I really that small?'' McAnally is part of an exhibit called ``American Currents'' that focuses on contemporary country musicians. Margo Price says she's proud to have contributed a family heirloom with country history: a 1956 Gibson that her great uncle, songwriter Bobby Fischer, gave her. 

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DEMI LOVATO MARKS FIFTH YEAR OF SOBRIETY

 

Demi Lovato has been five years sober. She marked the occasion with an Instagram post Wednesday, saying ``it's been quite a journey.'' She adds, ``So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession.'' Lovato, who is 24, has struggled with drugs and alcohol, as well as an eating disorder and self-mutilation. 

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ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE GETS ROCK HALL EXHIBIT

 

Among the items that will be on display in the Rolling Stone magazine exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are the letters to the editor written by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Charles Manson. The magazine is celebrating 50 years this year, and founder Jann Wenner is on the Rock Hall Foundation's board. The exhibit also will include the iconic covers, rarely heard stories, original manuscripts and what the magazine called a ``handy little device'' given to early subscribers: a roach clip. The exhibit opens May 5th and runs through November. 

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BILLY GILMAN Honoured IN RHODE ISLAND

 

The Rhode Island House of Representatives have passed a resolution honouring Billy Gilman. Democratic Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy introduced the resolution because he's a big fan of ``The Voice.'' Gilman was a runner-up on the show last year. Gilman sang the national anthem to open yesterday's legislative session. He says he loves Rhode Island and he's glad he could use his voice to make the state proud. 

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``THE VOICE'' CONTESTANT GETS HONOR FROM HOME-STATE LAWMAKERS

 

To the victor goes the spoils. But sometimes the runner-ups make out O-K, too. Just ask Billy Gilman _ who was the runner-up on the 11th season of ``The Voice.'' Gilman was invited to Providence, Rhode Island to sing the national anthem before the state's House of Representatives. The invite came from representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, who is a fan of the N-B-C singing competition. Gilman told lawmakers he loves Rhode Island _ and is happy to use his singing voice to make the state proud. 

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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)