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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 08:22

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

 

ARCADE FIRE

 

Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler are being recognized by Quebec's government for their roles as cultural ambassadors for the province. The vocalists are among 18 honourees set to receive this year's Companion of Quebec's Order of Arts and Letters -- a recognition for ``outstanding contributions to the diversity and vitality of Quebec culture.'' The event will be held at Montreal's Phi Centre on May 29th. Other recipients include film producer Roger Frappier and children's entertainer Kim Yaroshevskaya. 

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JANET JACKSON

 

Janet Jackson confirms she has split with her husband. Jackson says in a video posted on Twitter she and husband Wissam Al Mana ``are in court and the rest is in God's hands.'' They were married in 2012. Jackson will resume the tour she cancelled more than a year ago after she found out she was pregnant. She gave birth to a son in January. Jackson says she changed the name of the tour from ``Unbreakable'' to ``State of the World.'' She says that has nothing to do with politics but about ``people, the world, relationships and just love.'' The tour begins Sept. 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

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EMINEM - NEW ZEALAND

 

The guitarist who came up with the riff for Eminem's song ``Lose Yourself'' has testified a New Zealand political party blatantly ripped off the song for a campaign ad.

Jeff Bass told the High Court in Wellington the song ``Eminem Esque'' used in the ad was ``like 'Lose Yourself' light. It doesn't taste so good, though.'' Eminem's publishers are suing New Zealand's National Party for copyright infringement. The trial started Monday and is expected to last six days. 

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JOSH GROBAN, BETTE MIDLER GET TONY NOMINATIONS

 

Josh Groban says there are not enough words to express his ``surprise, gratitude and joy'' at getting nominated for a Tony Award. He also thanks his mother for sending him to theatre camp. Groban is up for best lead actor in a musical for his role as an unhappy husband in ``Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.'' Bette Midler is up for best actress in a musical for her role as Dolly in ``Hello, Dolly!'' Midler already has a Tony but she didn't actually win it. She was given a special Tony Award in 1974 for ``adding lustre to the Broadway season'' with her concert stand at the Palace Theatre. The Tonys are June 11 in New York. 

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THE EAGLES

 

The Eagles are suing Hotel California.

Billboard reports The Eagles have filed a lawsuit against the owners of an establishment called Hotel California on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. The Eagles acknowledge in their complaint the hotel had the name in 1950, long before their song of that name came out in 1976.

They point out the hotel has changed names and ownership several times since then. Their complaint notes the hotel plays Eagles songs, sells T-shirts that refer to the hotel as ``legendary'' and targets their advertising to Americans by implying it's the inspiration for the song. Attorneys for the hotel have not returned requests for comment. 

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JAM BAND PIONEER COL. BRUCE HAMPTON DIES IN CONCERT

 

Colonel Bruce Hampton may not be a well-known name outside the jam band scene, but his death is one to remember. He collapsed on stage during the finale of his own tribute concert and died. John Popper of Blues Traveler, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band, John Bell of Widespread Panic and the Tedeschi Trucks Band were part of Hampton's birthday tribute show in Atlanta on Monday. Hampton fell to his knees during the song ``Turn On Your Love Light.'' The audience and musicians alike thought it was part of the show. The song abruptly ended and drummer Jeff Sipe announced they had to take care of business backstage.

Hampton had turned 70 the day before. 

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DEFTONES' CHINO MORENO BREAKS FOOT

 

Singer Chino Moreno of Deftones is nursing a broken foot. The band cancelled Monday's show in Cologne, Germany. They don't say how Moreno broke his foot, only that he needs to stay off it for a day or two. Deftones did not cancel any other shows. The American leg of their tour with Rise Against begins June 9 in Chicago. 

 

 

BEYONCE OFFERS $300 ``LEMONADE'' BOXED SET

 

 

 

Just in case you didn't get all the subtleties of Beyonce's ``Lemonade'' album, she's offering a 600-page book explaining how she made it. It's part of a limited-edition boxed set called ``How To Make Lemonade.'' It comes with the audio and visual album as downloads and a double-LP vinyl version. Price tag: $300.

 

``How To Make Lemonade'' comes out this summer. 

 

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA TAKES UP ACTING

 

 

 

Christina Aguilera will have a role in an upcoming sci-fi romance film. The Hollywood Reporter reports she has signed on for the movie ``Zoe.'' It's about researchers who create technology that improves romantic relationships. Filming starts next Monday. 

 

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(The Associated Press)

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AC/DC Tribute Band to take over the McCreary Community Center this Saturday Night!

Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:01
AC/DC Tribute Band to take over the McCreary Community Center this Saturday Night!

The Burrows Trail Arts Council of McCreary 2017-2018 Concert series continues ‘Whole Lotta Angus” AC/DC Tribute show this Saturday November 25, there’s the Comedy Festival Show in January, also the Codie Prevost Country show on March 17, and the Maple Syrup Festival Supper and performance on Friday April 8.  Tickets are available for each show, or save money by purchase the entire series. Call 835-2192 for more info.

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)

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)