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Monday, 24 April 2017 08:24

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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

 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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``THE VOICE'' - G-EAZY

 

G-Eazy will be a guest musician on ``The Voice'' tomorrow. He will perform his new song, ``Good Life.'' 

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(The Canadian Press)

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Legendary Blues Musician "Big Dave McLean" performs in Dauphin on November 24th!

Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:01
Legendary Blues Musician

The Watson Art Center in Dauphin continues to host some great singer / songwriters and extremely talented musicians, don't miss Blues Legend "Big Dave McLean" on Friday November 24th. For more info on any of this upcoming show in Dauphin, you can call 638-6231 or go online and check out www.watsonartcentre.com

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)