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Monday, 01 May 2017 08:21

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

 

JA RULE - BOTCHED FESTIVAL

 

Ja Rule is offering profuse apologies after a festival he helped organize in the Bahamas fell apart just as it was beginning. Ja Rule tweets he is ``heartbroken'' the Fyre Festival was cancelled at the last minute this weekend. He says, ``It was not a scam as everyone is reporting,'' and while he does apologize, he adds, ``This is NOT MY FAULT.'' Blink-182 pulled out as headliner just days before, saying they did not think they would have what they would need to give a quality performance. Other acts dropped out, saying they had not been paid. Attendees say accommodations were nothing more than leaky tents, the site was full of half-constructed plywood structures and the promised gourmet food consisted of soggy ham sandwiches. Festival co-organizer Billy McFarland is pledging full refunds, plus guests this year will get V-I-P passes to next year's festival. 

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BILLY RAY CYRUS- JUST ``CYRUS''

 

Billy Ray Cyrus is dropping the ``Billy Ray.'' He tells Rolling Stone magazine as of his birthday on Aug. 25th, he will simply be known as ``Cyrus.'' He says he always went by that and he begged Mercury Records to let him just be Cyrus. He says he's going to the hospital in Bellefonte, Kentucky, where he was born and legally changing his name. Cyrus is marking 25 years since the release of ``Achy Breaky Heart'' by doing a remake of the song with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, a Spanglish version and an electronic dance music version with Bootsy Collins. 

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BRAD PAISLEY -  ``LOVE AND WAR''

 

Brad Paisley has put out what he is billing as the first visual album in country music. His ``Love and War'' visual album came out Friday, a week after the audio version was released.So is he just copying Beyonce and her ``Lemonade'' visual album?

Hardly. Paisley says he didn't even see all of ``Lemonade,'' and he has no idea how it begins or ends. He says he's used the ``Love and War'' music as a script. He enlists the help of Mick Jagger and John Fogerty, and he finished a song Johnny Cash had started, but his favourite moment on the visual album is his little boy asking, ``So what's it all about?'' Paisley says that's the question he hopes everyone asks by the end. 

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MARY J. BLIGE - ``STRENGTH OF A WOMAN''

 

Mary J. Blige did not intend for her ``Strength of a Woman'' album to be her divorce record. She says when she started writing songs, it was when she was trying to save her marriage. When it all fell apart last August, Blige started rewriting some songs, but she decided to keep some of the more hopeful ones. Blige says she needed the light at the end of the tunnel in order to get through the darkness. Blige says she has not given up on love, but she has ``definitely given up on marriage for a while.'' ''Strength of a Woman`` is out now. 

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JEFFERSON STARSHIP - NAME DISPUTE

 

Guitarist Craig Chaquico has filed a lawsuit to stop a new version of Jefferson Starship from using that name. Chaquico says in his lawsuit that the band's members agreed to retire the Jefferson Starship name in 1985 after founding member Paul Kantner left in 1985. The band then became Starship. Chaquico's lawsuit says he allowed Kantner to use the name Jefferson Starship for several years, but that right ended when Kantner died in 2016. A representative for the new version of Jefferson Starship did not return a request for comment. Jefferson Starship formed in 1974 with members of Jefferson Airplane, which broke up in 1972. 

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SNOOP DOGG - ``COOLAID THE MOVIE''

 

Snoop Dogg has released a movie that's part autobiography, part visual album. ``Coolaid The Movie'' traces his story from his boyhood when he dreamed of being a pro football player, his troubled youth in gangs and selling drugs and then becoming a star. It also touches on his 1996 acquittal on murder charges. It features special visuals to go along with new music, including a track featuring Too Short. ``Coolaid the Movie'' is out now on iTunes. 

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THE CHAINSMOKERS - PROM

 

Huntley High School outside Chicago got a couple of surprise guests at prom on Saturday: The Chainsmokers. The Chicago Tribune reports Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall played one song for the surprised students before heading to their scheduled concert a few miles down the road. Principal Scott Rowe says a Huntley student emailed a representative for the band expressing his disappointment that he had to skip the concert for prom. Rowe says The Chainsmokers' appearance was arranged in secret. He says it was one of the hardest secrets he's ever had to keep because he knew ``the kids were going to go berserk for it.'' 

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(The Canadian Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:22
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

 

 

NICK CARTER - DENIES RAPE ALLEGATION

 

Nick Carter says he didn't do it. And he says he's ``shocked and saddened'' that someone said he did. ``It,'' in this case, is rape. And the allegation is being made by Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream. She writes in a blog post that Carter had sex with her against her will. She says Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys _ took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22. Carter says everything the two of them did _ was consensual.

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RUSSELL SIMMONS - DENIES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATION

 

Consensual _ not violent. That is how Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons describes the sexual relationship between himself and model Keri Claussen Khalighi. But the model sees things differently, accusing Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991. In a letter written to The Hollywood Reporter, he says he loathes any kind of violence _ and suggests the model's allegations may have stemmed from her feeling ashamed. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - GRAMMYS

 

A lot of people won't forget how his part in the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' nearly ruined the Super Bowl more than a decade ago. But did you know Justin Timberlake once stepped in to help save the 2009 Grammys? That was the year Chris Brown dropped out of the show hours before it was supposed to start. So Timberlake decided to get hold of veteran Grammy producer _ and they improvised a piece featuring Timberlake performing with soul legend, Al Green. 

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TRACE ADKINS - MARDI GRAS

 

Country music star Trace Adkins will serve as grand marshal for the Krewe of Centaur's 2018 Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport. Adkins is a native of Sarepta, Louisiana _ and he says he will visit with fans as he travels along the parade route.

The party takes place Saturday, Feb. 8th. 

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DIPLO - TRAVEL

 

Globe-trotting star Diplo recently checked another locale off his performance wish-list: Cuba. Back in March of last year, Diplo and his crew became one of the first American acts to take advantage of the easing of travel restrictions by U-S artists. He says he'd like to go back again _ if travel restrictions now back in place are ever loosened again. 

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(The Associated Press)

Legendary Blues Musician "Big Dave McLean" performs in Dauphin this Friday night!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:01
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" this Friday November 24th. For more info on any of the upcoming shows in Dauphin, you can call 638-6231 or go online and check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 08:46
MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

 

BUBLE - JUNO - HOST

 

Canadian crooner Michael Buble says he feels privileged to be hosting the 2018 Juno Awards, a music industry gala he describes as his ``happy place.'' The B-C native had been tapped to lead the music awards show last year before he bowed out when his eldest son, Noah, was diagnosed with cancer. The 47th annual Juno Awards will be staged at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 25, 2018. Buble, who was born in Burnaby, B-C, said earlier this month he was getting back to work next year, with events booked in Dublin and London next July. Buble is a 12-time Juno award winner and hosted the gala in Regina in 2013. 

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DAVID CASSIDY - OBIT

 

In his heyday, David Cassidy had it all: a hit T-V show, the worship of millions of teenage and pre-teen girls _ and a hit record, to boot. But through the rest of his life, it seemed Cassidy struggled between balancing his early fame as a teen idol _ and living up to the demands of an actor with limited options for career growth. Cassidy has died. He was 67 _ and a family statement gave few details of his death, other than that he had been suffering organ failure. In his post-T-V years, Cassidy struggled with substance abuse and failed marriages. But while on ``The Partridge Family,'' the hit ``I Think I Love You'' spent three weeks atop the singles chart. Other hits on the chart then included classics like James Taylor's ``Fire and Rain'' and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' ``The Tears of a Clown.'' 

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DAVID CASSIDY - HIS CAREER

 

There are likely few musicians who crafted as long of a career on the strength of such a short list of hits as David Cassidy did. He was the breakout star of the 1970's sitcom ``The Partridge Family.'' The show produced a single hit, ``I Think I Love You'' _ and Cassidy rode it to fame long after the show ended.

Cassidy had a solo hit with ``Cherish,'' a remake of the song by The Association. He also had a hit with ``I Write the Songs'' before Barry Manilow recorded a version that topped the charts. Meanwhile, Cassidy got props from George Michael, who considered himself an admirer. In fact, Michael sang backup vocals on the Cassidy song ``The Last Kiss,'' which had some success overseas. 

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NELLY - SAUDI ARABIA

 

Nelly is a pretty big name when it comes to the rap world. But to some in Saudi Arabia, he is considered persona non grata. The rapper is due to perform in Saudi Arabia next month _ but some Saudis won't welcome him. Some have gone on social media to note Nelly pleaded guilty in 2015 for pot possession. While a little weed here in the states is considered no big deal, possession of drugs is a serious crime _ and smuggling drugs is punishable by death. Others are looking side-eyed at Nelly because of a rape accusation against the rap star. Nelly was never charged in the case. 

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JOHN LENNON - ITEMS RECOVERED

 

A police spokesman in Germany perhaps put it best when he said ``this was a spectacular, unusual criminal case.'' The case involves some stuff that belonged to John Lennon. The items were swiped from his widow, Yoko Ono from her apartment in New York.

The items that were recovered in Germany include three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score. One suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the theft of the items. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SALES MARKS

 

Say what you want about Taylor Swift _ but the woman sure knows how to sell albums. Her most recent release ``reputation'' has burnished her rep as a sales monster. The album has sold more than 1.22 million copies in just its first week in stores. Swift is also the first female artist in history to have three albums sell more than a million units in their debut week. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:41
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

 

 

BEYONCE - TOP-EARNING WOMEN - MUSIC

 

She makes music. And she makes money making music _ lots of it. So much, that according to Forbes, Beyonce is the highest paid woman in music. The magazine reports Beyonce earned 105-million dollars during the year long stretch from June 2016 to June of this year. Her earnings were boosted by her ``Formation'' tour last year. Forbes says it grossed 250-million dollars _ in other words, a quarter of a billion dollars. Number two on the list of top-earning females on tour is Adele, followed by Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT

 

Taylor Swift continues to make noise with her music. Her current album, ``reputation'' has sold more than 1.22-million copies in its first week of sales. Nielsen Music and Billboard report the album is Swift's fourth release to sell more than one-million copies in a week. Swift also becomes the first artist in history to have three albums sell more than one-million units in their debut week. 

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DEMI LOVATO - VIRGINIA LAWMAKER ATTENDS AMAs

 

It is one of the oddest plus-ones at the American Music Awards ever. Demi Lovato was accompanied to Sunday's awards show by one of Virginia's newly elected lawmakers. The Washington Post reports Lovato shared an invite to Delegate-elect Danica Roem as her date to Los Angeles on Sunday. Lovato says she is ``completely inspired'' by Roem, who was a transgender ex-newspaper reporter before she was elected earlier this month. While being interviewed on the red carpet, Roem says he appreciates Lovato's music _ but is really more of a heavy-metal head. 

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VICTORIA'S SECRET - SHANGHAI

 

There were 55 models who walked the runway at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai yesterday. And they were accompanied by Harry Styles, Miguel and Leslie Odom, Jr. But much of the talk about the show centred on two people who weren't there.

Authorities say Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn't get the invite; media reports say they were denied entry visas. 

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BARBRA STREISAND - RETIREMENT?

 

Barbra Streisand isn't just trying to make you watch her upcoming Netflix special. But she does say you should watch _ because she doesn't plan to hit the stage again. The special makes its debut tomorrow night. And Streisand says ``Barbra: The Music ... The Mem'ries ... The Magic!'' is likely her swan song. She has said doing live shows are too nerve-wracking for her to do any more. 

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(The Associated Press)