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Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:22

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017

 

Lighthouse co founder and drummer Skip Prokop dead at 74 

Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74. 

Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital. 

She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. 

Prokop had been unable to perform with the Juno Award-winning band since 2014 so his son, Jamie, had stepped in to take his place. 

Founded in 1968, Lighthouse was distinguished for its fusion of rock and jazz, with infectious tracks like ``You Girl,'' ``One Fine Morning'' and ``Sunny Days. 

Lighthouse won Junos for group of the year in 1974, vocal instrumental group of the year in 1973, and outstanding performance of the year in 1972. 

Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra. 

(The Canadian Press) 

 

HOUSTON - BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun are working on a benefit concert for the people of Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Who will play has yet to be determined. Bun B's representative says he's actively working on the talent and logistics for the concert, scheduled for Sept. 12th. It's tentatively set to air on four national networks. Bun B and Braun have big-name connections. Bun B is from Houston and has worked with fellow Houston native Beyonce and fan-of-the-city Drake. He's also worked with OutKast, Jay Z, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz. Braun manages Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Braun also organized Grande's benefit concert in Manchester, England, in June. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BROADWAY

 

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's concerts on Broadway are so hot, he's already planning to do more. Tickets for the initial run of October 3rd through November 26th sold out instantly yesterday. He's now extended the run until February 3rd.

Springsteen plans to do five shows a week, with some time off during the holidays. In an effort to thwart scalpers, fans registered for the chance to buy tickets. Yesterday, Ticketmaster randomly sent out text messages with codes just hours before tickets went on sale. So much for their efforts. Resale sites have the tickets listed already for as much as 10-thousand dollars U-S. 

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QUEEN - FILM

 

Queen guitarist Brian May believes the actor who will play singer Freddie Mercury in a movie about the band is going to convince people he really is Mercury. May says actor Rami Malek (RAH'-mee MAL'-ihk) is ``going to suspend everybody's disbelief.'' May says Malek has Mercury's presence. The movie is scheduled to come out Christmas of 2018. 

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KID ROCK - RESTAURANT BUSINESS

 

Kid Rock plans to open a restaurant in the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Kid Rock's Made In Detroit restaurant will be part of Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It will be open year-round for lunch and dinner.

The menu will feature classic Detroit and Southern-influenced food as well as traditional bar fare. Rock's memorabilia will be part of the decor. The space will have a stage to showcase emerging talent with a focus on local artists. 

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CHRIS YOUNG - GRAND OLE OPRY

 

Chris Young was suspicious when Vince Gill asked him to go on before him at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, but Gill blamed it on a scratchy throat. It was a ruse so Gill could come out during Young's performance and invite him to join the Opry. Young was so excited he picked Gill up off the floor in a bear hug. Young has played the Opry 78 times since his debut in 2006. He will have his formal induction October 17th, three days before he releases his ``Losing Sleep'' album.

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HARVEY - CONCERT

 

One way celebrities often respond to disasters is to put on a benefit concert. And plans are already afoot to do one for Hurricane Harvey victims. Houston native Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun are working together on a show to help those affected by Harvey. A rep for Bun B says the rapper is working with Braun, who manages Justin Bieber. Braun also did the benefit concert Ariana Grande did in Manchester, England in June. It helped the city rebound from the terror attack on her show there the month before. Bun B's rep says the Harvey benefit concert is scheduled to air on four national networks on September 12th and talent for the show is being rounded up. 

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(The Associated 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)