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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 08:32

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017

 

 

PRINCE'S DRUMMER - DIES 

 

One of Prince's drummers has died. John Blackwell Junior was 43 when he died in Florida. He had played drums for the musician for more than a decade. His wife says in an Instagram post that Blackwell died ``peacefully'' with her by his side. The medical examiner's office didn't respond to a message seeking confirmation of Blackwell's death. His wife recently set up a Go Fund Me saying her husband was being tested for tumors in his brain. The fund, which was set up four months ago, had raised about 79-thousand dollars U-S. 

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A CAPITOL FOURTH

 

A large slice of American pop music with a heaping dollop of patriotism thrown on top. That was the deal in Washington D-C last night for the annual ``A Capitol Fourth''

concert. The annual Fourth of July national picnic featured music from The Beach Boys, the Four Tops and the National Symphony Orchestra. The event, hosted by actor John Stamos, aired on P-B-S. 

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DAYLONG PARTY

 

Mary J. Blige helped close out the Independence Day celebration in In Philadelphia a celebration that itself closes down a major thoroughfare in Philly. Blige as part of a daylong musical event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Hundreds of thousands attended the party, which ended with a fireworks display. 

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NYC - CELEBRATION

 

Fireworks and vocal pyrotechnics both were in full effect at New York City celebration of the Fourth of July.

Among the artists performing at last night's event were Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Jennifer Lopez. After the singing, the audience was treated to a fireworks show staged above the East River and sponsored by Macy's. Barges launched fireworks shells at the average rate of 2,400 per minute, prompting oohs and aahs from the huge crowd. Some of the shells produced colors like purple, orange and yellow. 

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CONCERT SHOOTING - LITTLE ROCK

 

Police in Little Rock say the investigation continues into a shooting last week that left 28 people injured. And they say, as part of that investigation, they have interviewed the rapper who was performing at the venue where the mass shooting took place. It wasn't hard to track down Finese2Tymes; he's being held without bail in an incident in the Arkansas town of Forrest City. Authorities say the rapper shot someone in the neck after getting into a beef with someone he felt was blocking his way. Days later, the gunplay at the rapper's show in Little Rock broke out. Authorities haven't determined whether the two incidents are related. One 9-1-1 caller says she saw rappers with guns as they arrived at the venue. 

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CELINE DION - NAKED

 

Quebec superstar singer Celine Dion has appeared naked in a photo published on Instagram by Vogue magazine. The photo shows Dion sitting on a chair with her arms covering her breasts and her right leg crossed over her left. The caption states the photo was taken between a costume change. The post discusses Dion's love of custom-made haute couture clothing, which Vogue says she has worn almost exclusively during her performances over the past five years.

Vogue quotes Dion saying -- ``The clothes follow me; I do not follow the clothes.'' 

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APOLOGY - RAPPER

 

The City of Toronto is apologizing for what it calls inappropriate content during a rapper's closing performance to the city's Canada Day festivities at Nathan Phillips Square. In a statement, the city says it expects all artists to deliver G-rated, family-friendly shows suitable for all ages, as per contracts. The city's apology comes after complaints from revellers, who also expressed their displeasure on social media, about what they said was repeated use of profanities by Belly. The Ottawa-raised Belly has been defending himself on social media, saying organizers were aware his performance would contain profanities. He has also posted various tweets denouncing censorship and promoting freedom of expression. 

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CAPITOL FOURTH EVENT

 

There was music from the Four Tops and the Beach Boys. And, of course, there were fireworks. But along with the Fourth of July picnic the nation throws for itself every Independence Day, came reminders of how the times we live in are so dangerous. As thousands streamed to the National Mall for the festivities, they had to go through security checkpoints. It was easy to spot police officers with semiautomatic rifles around their necks. And key roads were blocked by concrete barriers, military vehicles and construction equipment. Another reminder came from host John Stamos. He took time during the broadcast of ``A Capitol Fourth'' to honor special agent David Bailey of the U-S Capitol Police. He was shot while protecting members of Congress from a man who opened fire on the lawmakers during a baseball practice last month. 

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FOURTH OF JULY - NEW YORK

 

While the best-known Independence Day celebration in the country is in the nation's capital, the Big Apple made some noise of its own. And there was sure a lot of noise to be made  what with 60 thousand shells of fireworks shot into the night sky over the New York City's East River. As was the case in Washington, security in New York was tight. Police had checkpoints up check bags and items like chairs and blankets had to be left behind before people could get close to the fireworks display. Before the pyrotechnics lit up the sky, there was a treat for the ears as Jennifer Lopez, Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow performed for the crowd. 

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FOURTH OF JULY - PHILADELPHIA

 

The queen of hip hop helped cap the big Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia. Mary J. Blige was among those who performed for the hundreds of thousands of people who partied on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. That event  like the ones in D-C and New York ended with a fireworks display. 

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(The Associated 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)