MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017
ECMA Halifax Pop
Halifax artists are turning up the volume with pop-music earworms that are topping charts and putting East Coast music on the map.
The city will be well-represented at the East Coast Music Awards gala this week, with Halifax artists leading the pack for nominations.
Ria Mae, who's up for seven E-C-M-A awards, says Halifax has become an incubator for emerging musicians.
Mae says the city's tight-knit music scene fosters collaboration rather than competition, allowing for unlikely blends of folk, rap and electro-style pop.
She says her hometown musical family includes singer-songwriter Dave Sampson, Corey LeRue of electronic dance music band Neon Dreams and Juno-winning rapper Classified.
Waye Mason, a city councillor who founded the Halifax Pop Explosion Association in 2001, says the East Coast has always been a hub for musical innovation, but has lately been gaining commercial success.
The E-C-M-A awards will be handed out in Saint John, New Brunswick, on Thursday.
The gala will feature Classified and David Myles, Mae, Lisa LeBlanc, Jason Benoit, and many others.
COACHELLA - THEFTS
Police in Indio, California, have arrested five people for stealing cellphones, cash and credit cards from attendees at Coachella. The Indio Desert Sun reports two separate groups of suspects who had multiple phones found on them were arrested Friday. It's not known if the two teams knew about each other. The phones were placed in Coachella's lost and found.
ELVIS PRESLEY - HOUSE FIRE
The home Elvis Presley bought as he started his rise to fame has been damaged by fire. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the electrical fire started in the wall between the living room and dining room of the Memphis house Presley bought in 1956. No one was in the home at the time. The house was undergoing renovations and most of the Presley memorabilia had been removed.
Fire officials do not have a damage estimate. Presley lived in the house for a year before moving to Graceland. The house is currently owned by music industry veteran Mike Curb.
BILLBOARD HOT 100 TOP TEN - WOMAN ABSENT
There's a curious phenomenon on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week: there are no women in the top ten.
That hasn't happened in 33 years. Ed Sheeran's ``Shape of You'' is number one, followed by ``That's What I Like'' by Bruno Mars, ``Humble'' by Kendrick Lamar, ``Sign of the Times'' by Harry Styles and ``Something Like This'' by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay.
Rounding out the top ten this week is ``iSpy'' by KYLE featuring Lil Yachty, ``Mask Off'' by Future, ``XO TOUR LLif3'' by Lil Uzi Vert, ``Body Like A Back Road'' by Sam Hunt and ``Paris'' by The Chainsmokers. Emily Warren does sing on ``Paris'' but she is not credited. The no-women thing hasn't happened since February 11th, 1984.
Here are the songs that were on the top ten that week:
1. ``Karma Chameleon,'' Culture Club
2. ``Joanna,'' Kool & the Gang
3. ``Talking in Your Sleep,'' The Romantics
4. ``Owner of a Lonely Heart,'' Yes
5. ``Jump,'' Van Halen
6. ``That's All,'' Genesis
7. ``Running With the Night,'' Lionel Richie
8. ``Pink Houses,'' John Mellencamp
9. ``Think of Laura,'' Christopher Cross
10. ``I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues,'' Elton John
KENDRICK LAMAR - NUMBER ONE
Kendrick Lamar had a huge debut week for his new album, ``DAMN.'' It moved 603-thousand units in its first week of release, the biggest so far for 2017. That puts it on top of the Billboard 200 album chart. It's Lamar's third number-one album, along with ``Untitled Unmastered'' and ``To Pimp A Butterfly.''
CHRIS SHIFLETT - TRIES COUNTRY
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett admits he took the long way to developing a feel for country music. Shiflett says he wasn't into country when he was growing up in California but he always liked rockabilly. He says it finally dawned on him that some of the great country records were made in California, like ones by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Shiflett says when he tried playing country music for the first time, he was hitting all the right chords but couldn't figure out why it sounded so bad. He says a lot of country music is in your head. He just released his third solo album, ``West Coast Town,'' which is a country record.
OBIT - BANNER THOMAS - MOLLY HATCHET
Former Molly Hatchet bassist Banner Thomas has died. The Molly Hatchet Facebook page reports Thomas died April 10th but does not give details. Thomas was 63. He played on the first four Molly Hatchet albums, including on their 1979 hit, ``Flirtin' With Disaster.''
FILM FESTIVAL - SPRINGSTEEN
The Asbury Park Music and Film Festival showed a film about the history of the local music scene and three of the primary players in that showed up to jam. Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Southside Johnny jammed for two hours Friday, along with some child musicians, after the premiere of the film ``Just Before The Dawn.'' Springsteen says it's great to see the ``old guys still cranking it out.''
IVAN MOODY - FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - CONFUSION
The singer for Five Finger Death Punch says he's not leaving the band. He's just interested in a solo project.
Ivan Moody says he's had to clarify his comments after his words about doing music outside the band were misinterpreted. Moody says he's hoping the Five Finger Death Punch album will come out this year. The band has been locked in lawsuits with its label, Prospect Park, and Moody was in rehab last year.
``THE VOICE'' - G-EAZY
G-Eazy will be a guest musician on ``The Voice'' tomorrow. He will perform his new song, ``Good Life.''
(The Canadian Press)