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MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

 

CHRIS BROWN-FIGHT

 

Police in Florida are investigating an incident at a nightclub where a photographer said he was ``sucker punched'' by singer Chris Brown.  Tampa police say 28-year-old Bennie Vines Jr. was hired by Aja Channelside to take photos during an event hosted by Brown.  Vines told officers that while he was snapping photos early Monday, Brown punched him.  Brown was gone by the time officers arrived.  Vines refused medical treatment and told officers he wants to prosecute because of a minor lip cut.  The club confirmed the incident on its Facebook page Monday and apologized to patrons.  An email to the representative listed on Brown's website was not immediately returned. 

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RAPPER T.I. AND PUBLIC OFFICE

 

Rapper T-I has no plans to ever run for public office, but he said he wants to make a difference in underserved communities through activism and music.  The Atlanta-based artist spoke about affecting positive change in his community while backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this month in New York.  The rapper performed in honour of the late Tupac Shakur after Snoop Dogg inducted him into the Rock Hall.  Shakur was gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas at the height of his career.  If he were alive today, T-I thinks he would be more than a musician.  ``Anything could have happened with Pac, man. Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life,'' he said.  ``He may have gotten into politics by now. Who knows?'' 

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PRINCE INVESTIGATION YIELDS SOME ANSWERS, MORE QUESTIONS

 

Newly unsealed court documents reveal that Prince got a prescription for oxycodone under someone else's name.

The documents don't reveal how he got the fentanyl that led to his fatal overdose.  They show Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg prescribed oxycodone for Prince six days before Prince died, but Schulenberg put it in the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince's drummer and longtime friend.  Schulenberg said it was to protect Prince's privacy.  An official familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press that investigators have not interviewed Schulenberg or Johnson since the hours immediately after Prince's death on April 21st last year.

The affidavits also say some of the pills found in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name ``Peter Bravestrong,'' which police believe was an alias Prince used when he travelled.  The documents state Prince got vitamin B12 shots so he could ``feel better''

before shows. 

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LADY GAGA WILL FILM SCENES FOR ``A STAR IS BORN'' ON COACHELLA STAGE

 

Lady Gaga will take the stage at Coachella again today to film scenes for the remake of the movie ``A Star Is Born.''  Warner Brothers Pictures has announced Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will stage a country concert for the film.  They have asked fans to show up in denim, boots and Stetson hats, but no pink hats like Lady Gaga wears for the ``Joanne'' album.  Cell phones will be locked in pouches so they can be carried but not used.  The money raised from the 10-dollar tickets goes to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. 

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NIGHT RANGER DRUMMER HAS HEART PROCEDURE

 

Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy will take a leave of absence through May while he recovers from a heart procedure.  Keagy says in a statement he's dealt with a heart abnormality all his life and his doctors recommended he get it fixed.  Fred Coury of Cinderella will sit in on drums during Night Ranger's April shows.  Former Journey and Bad English drummer Deen Castronovo will play drums on the May dates.  Night Ranger say it will be strange being on the road without Keagy for the first time in the band's history, but they take comfort in knowing it's temporary. 

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE GETS HIGH WITH HER KIDS

 

Melissa Etheridge admits she's fired up a joint with her kids.  People magazine has an excerpt of Etheridge's interview for the Yahoo project, ``Weed and the American Family.''

Etheridge says she smokes marijuana with her 20-year-old daughter, Bailey, and 18-year-old son, Beckett, as well as with her wife, Linda Wallem.  She says it felt ``funny at first'' but they all realized it was a natural thing.  Etheridge also has ten-year-old twins and she's clear with them that marijuana is not for them.  She says she takes the naughtiness out of it but she tells them it's not for kids. 

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JANET JACKSON'S HUSBAND WRITES LOVE MESSAGE

 

Just days after Janet Jackson posted her first photo of her three-month-old baby, her husband has posted a love note to Jackson.  Wissam Al Mana posted a photo of Jackson on his website thanking her for her ``divine love,'' ''eternal support`` and for being his best friend.  He says, ''We will be together in the Great Forever.``  Some celebrity gossip sites have said Jackson and Al Mana are on the rocks.  Jackson gave birth to their son, Eissa, in January. 

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AUTOGRAPH FOUNDING DRUMMER DIES

 

Original drummer Keni Richards of the band Autograph has died.  Guitarist Steve Lynch tweets he got confirmation of Richards' death but he does not give details.

Richards was in the band from 1983 to 1988, just as the Autograph song ``Turn Up The Radio'' took off in 1984.  Lynch calls Richards ``the mighty force that was our backbone'' and says Richards will be missed greatly. 

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MOTOWN SONGWRITER SYLVIA MOY DIES

 

One of the first female songwriters and producers at Motown Records has died.  The Detroit Free Press reports Sylvia Moy died of complications from pneumonia on Saturday outside Detroit.  She was 78.  Moy and collaborator Hank Cosby wrote Stevie Wonder's hits ``Uptight (Everything's Alright),'' ''I Was Made To Love Her`` and ''My Cherie Amour.``  They also wrote the Isley Brothers song ''This Old Heart Of Mine`` and the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston song ''It Takes Two.``  Moy once said she didn't know how to write lyrics in Braille for Wonder, so Wonder recorded ''Uptight`` with her singing the lines to him in his headphones. 

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ANGALEENA PRESLEY KEEPS SINGING FOR THE GIRLS

 

Angaleena Presley had her pat answers for whenever anyone would ask her about the lack of female acts on country radio.  Presley says she would talk with hope about it being cyclical.  In her mind, she'd be thinking that wasn't true at all, because after ten years there were still only two or three women in the top ten.  Presley decided the best thing she can do is to keep going.  She says if she throws herself to the wolves, maybe she'll get some success and some little girl will dream of being a country star too.  Presley's new album, ``Wrangled,'' is out Friday. 

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DOLLY PARTON SEMINAR WILL BE TAUGHT AT UT KNOXVILLE

 

Students at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will study Dolly Parton as part of an honours history seminar.  Required reading for the seminar ``Dolly's America'' is Parton's book, ``Dolly: My Life,'' as well as other books about Appalachia.  The course description says students will ``look at how a 'hillbilly' girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation.''  Parton tweets, ``From the girl voted in high school 'least likely to succeed' this sure is a blessing!'' 

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TYLER THE CREATOR TEAMS UP WITH BILL NYE

 

Tyler the Creator has recorded the theme song for Bill Nye's new science show.  Tyler's song for the show ``Bill Nye Saves The World'' references the ``Bill Nye The Science Guy'' theme.

 Tyler says in a video posted on Nye's Twitter that he loved the original song and ``you take out that snare, it could be a house song.''  ''Bill Nye Saves The World`` premieres Friday on Netflix. 

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MONTEREY FESTIVAL WILL MARK 50 YEARS

 

Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Jack Johnson and Leon Bridges are among the acts who will help mark the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival.  The lineup also includes Eric Burdon and the Animals, Norah Jones, The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark Junior, Kurt Vile and the Violators and Regina Spektor.

Lou Adler, who was one of the producers of the 1967 festival, returns to oversee the concert.  The event will be held on June 16th-18th at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the site of the original festival. 

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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)