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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

 

Downie Donations

A doctor in Toronto is comparing Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie to another Canadian icon -- Terry Fox. 

Dr. Arjun Sahgal of Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital says Downie's openness about his diagnosis with terminal brain cancer will leave a lasting legacy. 

The Tragically Hip frontman died Tuesday night at age 53. 

In the 24 hours after his death was announced, donations to a research fund named in his honour increased notably.

 As of yesterday afternoon, donations for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research had reached 1.8 million dollars, up about 100-thousand dollars from the previous day. 

The fund will support the Gord Downie Fellowship in Brain Oncology and construction of the G. Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre. 

Downie's determination to embark on a cross-country tour, release various music projects, and press politicians on Indigenous issues throughout his treatment has also inspired other cancer patients. 

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LAS VEGAS SHOOTING - CONCERT

 

A concert Thursday benefiting victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U-S history brought out a crowd -- including many who had been present Oct. 1st when 58 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded. Jason Aldean was on stage at the time. Aldean says security for this latest concert was a concern, as it will be for other concerts going forward. He said ``I would like for a bad guy to look up and see snipers.'' The tickets for the concert were free and all were taken. Organizers accepted donations and profit from food and beverage sales go to a victims'fund. 

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CHANCE THE RAPPER - GRAMMYS

 

Chance The Rapper has offered a glimpse into the actual moment he got his Grammys. The ceremony in February is when everyone saw him win, but prop trophies are handed out and the real ones are mailed later. Chance tweeted a video of the unboxing of his three Grammys with the help of his two-year-old daughter, Kensli. He took the opportunity to test Kensli on her numbers as they counted 1-2-3. His Grammys are for best rap album, best rap performance and best new artist. 

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LUKE BRYAN - ``AMERICAN IDOL'' JUDGE

 

In the words of Luke Bryan, ``No big feuds yet.'' Bryan says the new version of ``American Idol'' has visited only two cities so far, but he's loving it. Bryan says there's ``lots of cutting up'' with fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Bryan says Carrie Underwood set the benchmark for future ``Idols,'' and he feels their role is to find someone who can make a difference in music. 

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THE ECLIPSE - WALK THE MOON VIDEO

 

Walk The Moon had an unintended special effect in the video for ``One Foot'': the solar eclipse in August. Singer Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE'-kah) says it was coincidence that they scheduled the video shoot for that day in Joshua Tree National Park.

Petricca says the part of the video when he's dancing on the mountain is when the eclipse is behind him. Bassist Kevin Ray says Joshua Tree is such a surreal place anyway, with weird trees that are hundreds of years old in a barren wasteland. He says the eclipse on top of that was inspiring. Walk The Moon's ``What If Nothing'' album comes out November 10th. 

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PETER WOLF - ``DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT''

 

Had things been slightly different, ``Don't Do Me Like That'' could have been a hit for the J. Geils Band instead of Tom Petty. J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf tells Rolling Stone magazine he had been friends with Petty since they toured together in the 1970s. Wolf got a cassette from Petty with the song on it, saying, ``I think this would be a cool song for you.'' Wolf says Petty was not so sure of himself in those days. Wolf says he loved the song but the J. Geils Band just did not get to it. Wolf says in the last conversation he had with Petty, they talked about that song. Petty thanked Wolf for not recording it and instead giving him one of his biggest hits. 

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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!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 09:01
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: 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)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017 08:26
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017

 

MEL TILLIS DIES

 

Pam Tillis is ``deeply saddened'' at the death of her father, Mel Tillis, over the weekend. Pam Tillis calls her father's passing ``sudden and unexpected.'' She says in a statement on Facebook her father was ``a master songwriter, brilliant comedian and beloved father.'' Mel Tillis died early yesterday at a hospital in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85. He dealt with intestinal issues since last year, but the suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. His publicist says the Tillis family will release information about funeral services in Florida and Nashville. 

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MEL TILLIS TURNED HIS STUTTER TO HIS ADVANTAGE

 

Mel Tillis once joked as an Air Force flight leader, he marched his airmen into a wall because he couldn't get out the word ``halt.'' Tillis was famous for a stutter that disappeared when he sang. Tillis poked fun at it and would work it into his show because he said it was his trademark. His stutter kept him from getting a record deal early in his career, so he turned to songwriting. He wrote ``Detroit City'' for Bobby Bare, ``Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town,'' for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition and ``Thoughts of a Fool'' for George Strait. Tillis had more than 30 top ten country hits as a singer, including ``I Ain't Never,'' ''Good Woman Blues`` and ''Coca Cola Cowboy.`` Tillis died early yesterday at the age of 85. 

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COUNTRY SINGERS REACT TO MEL TILLIS' DEATH

 

Bobby Bare says he would not have had a career if it weren't for Mel Tillis. Tillis wrote ``Detroit City'' for Bare, and Bare says he's lost a brother. Randy Travis calls Tillis ``a special friend, great artist and constant inspiration.'' John Rich says he and Tillis were ``laughin' buddies.'' Tim Rushlow says Tillis was ``humble, kind, gracious and funny.'' Blake Shelton says Tillis was ``a funny, funny guy'' and helped Shelton keep is head on straight. Naomi Judd says, ``There are standup comedians and then there's Mel Tillis.''

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AC/DC GUITARIST MALCOLM YOUNG DIES

 

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young said as long as the songs kept coming, AC/DC would be there to play them. Young said in an Associated Press interview from September, 2000 he didn't want to tour as a nostalgic act, but as long as there was still good music coming through, he wanted to continue. Young had to drop out of daily activities with the band three years ago while he dealt with dementia. AC/DC confirms Young died peacefully but details of his death were not given. Young was 64. It's been a tough month for the Young family lately. Their older brother, guitarist George Young of The Easybeats, died less than a month ago. 

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MUSICIANS MOURN MALCOLM YOUNG

 

Paul Stanley of Kiss calls AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young ``the driving engine'' of the band and ``a sometimes unsung icon.'' Eddie Van Halen says he had some of the best times of his life with Young on their 1984 tour of Europe. Lars Ulrich says Young was an integral part to the soundtrack of his life. Tom Morello calls Young the ``number one greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll.'' Scott Ian of Anthrax posted a photo of his tattoo of Young and says what Young means to him is ``unquantifiable.'' Disturbed tweet, ``No words. Just tears.'' Young died at the age of 64, but AC/DC did not give details of his death. 

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DOCTORS LOOKING FOR NEW LIVER FOR DAVID CASSIDY

 

David Cassidy's publicist says there is nothing ``imminent'' about his condition, but he remains hospitalized with liver and kidney failure near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. JoAnn Geffen says Cassidy, who is 67, is in a private room and conscious. She says doctors are hoping to find another liver for him. Cassidy was taken to the hospital on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Cassidy said he was ending his career because he's dealing with dementia that runs in his family. 

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BUSINESSWOMAN MUST PAY KATY PERRY FOR INTERFERING WITH CONVENT SALE

 

A jury has found a businesswoman interfered with Katy Perry's attempt to buy a convent sitting on a hilltop in Los Angeles. On Friday, a jury decided Dana Hollister should pay the archdiocese of Los Angeles $3.47 million and Perry $1.57 million for forcing them to pay huge lawyer fees and other costs. Perry wanted to buy the 8-acre property, and the sale was approved by the archbishop of Los Angeles. Hollister tried to buy the property from two nuns who live there. A judge voided that sale, saying the nuns did not have the authority to sell. While the archdiocese has approved the sale to Perry, the Vatican still needs to finalize it. 

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AMAS: LINKIN PARK ACCEPTS AWARD ON BEHALF OF CHESTER BENNINGTON

 

It was no surprise that Linkin Park won the American Music Award for favourite alternative artist last night, but it was a surprise that they were there to accept it. The band has kept a low profile since the suicide of singer Chester Bennington in July. Singer Mike Shinoda says they dedicate the award to Bennington's talent and joy. He urged everyone, whether a fan or an artist, to take a moment to appreciate what they've got and make Bennington proud. 

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AMAS: DIANA ROSS ACCEPTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, FANNY PACK

 

What's up with Diana Ross accepting a fanny pack on stage at the American Music Awards? It's because she grabbed attention last week for losing one. Ross had tweeted gushy thank-yous to whoever had returned the fanny pack she lost while shopping at a Marshall's in Los Angeles. Ross won the lifetime achievement award at the AMAs last night. She sang a medley of her hits and brought on stage the members of her family, as well as Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. She was nearly upstaged by her grandson busting a move behind her as she sang. 

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AMAS: THE POSITIVE MESSAGE

 

Winners and performers at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles last night tried to push a message of optimism. Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, who won the pop/rock group award, says the nation needs to progress to love and equality. Lady Gaga, who won for favourite pop/rock female, says those who feel different or misunderstood should fight for what they believe in. Pink and Kelly Clarkson opened the show with a rendition of ``Everybody Hurts'' as a tribute to first responders in a year full of tragedies and disasters. Demi Lovato introduced her song ``Sorry Not Sorry'' by urging people to rise above hate and never being sorry for who they are. 

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AMAS: THE WINNERS

 

Here are the winners at last night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles:

 

_ Artist of the year: Bruno Mars.

 

_ New artist of the year: Niall Horan.

 

_ Collaboration of the year: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, ``Despacito.''

 

_ Video of the year: Bruno Mars, ``That's What I Like.''

 

_ Tour of the year: Coldplay.

 

_ Favorite pop/rock male artist: Bruno Mars.

 

_ Favorite pop/rock female artist: Lady Gaga.

 

_ Favorite pop/rock duo or group: Imagine Dragons.

 

_ Favourite country male artist: Keith Urban.

 

_ Favorite country female artist: Carrie Underwood.

 

_ Favourite country duo or group: Little Big Town.

 

_ Favorite rap/hip-hop artist: Drake.

 

_ Favorite soul/R&B male artist: Bruno Mars.

 

_ Favorite soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce.

 

_ Favorite alternative rock artist: Linkin Park.

 

_ Favorite adult contemporary artist: Shawn Mendes.

 

_ Favorite Latin artist: Shakira.

 

_ Favorite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle.

 

_ Favorite electronic dance music artist: The Chainsmokers.

 

_ Top soundtrack: ``Moana.''

 

_ Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross.

 

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LIZ PHAIR GETS TWO-BOOK DEAL

 

Liz Phair is working on two books. Random House has announced Phair will write a memoir called ``Horror Stories''

that will be about fame, parenthood and love. A release date was not given _ and there are no details on the second book. Phair says the stories come from the deepest part of her and she's been immersed in writing. 

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CARPENTERS ALBUMS RE-MASTERED ON VINYL

 

Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters rarely listens to his own music. He says with a laugh, ``I've heard our stuff plenty.'' He says friends look at the records on his jukebox and say, ``Where are yours?'' Twelve of The Carpenters' albums have been re-mastered and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl. They were released Friday. Carpenter says he had to listen to his own music to approve the re-masters, and the thing that struck him was ``how marvelously talented'' his sister, Karen, was.

Carpenter says she was ``an honest-to-God singer, before any Auto-tuning, or anything else.'' 

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GARTH BROOKS CONSIDERS THAT MAYBE HIS STORIES ARE NOT QUITE RIGHT

 

 One of Garth Brooks' biggest fears while telling his life story is that maybe he's been telling it wrong. Brooks just released the multimedia package ``Garth Brooks: The Anthology Part 1

- The First Five Years,'' part one of five about his life. Brooks says he's been telling stories his whole career and he was scared to go back to find out maybe things did not happen exactly as he's been telling them. Brooks says if he could tell anything to the Brooks of 1989, he'd tell himself he's full of baloney. 

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GREEN DAY RELEASES ``GREATEST HITS''

 

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong says their latest retrospective is not a bookend, but ``a book of short stories.'' ''Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band`` covers 30 years of Green Day songs and Armstrong says it's the perfect time to release it. He says they're young enough that they still have another lifetime in front of them. He calls it the perfect soundtrack for the ''age of outrage.`` The collection is out now. 

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NICK CAVE MAKES ``PRINCIPLED STAND'' TO PLAY ISRAEL

 

Nick Cave says he is going to play Israel because he loves the Israeli people and because he wants to make a ``principled stand'' against ``anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians.'' Cave said in a news conference in Jerusalem yesterday the anti-Israel boycott movement is trying to bully musicians. He says music producer Brian Eno asked him three years ago to sign a boycott list but, in Cave's words, ``There was something that stunk to me about that list.'' Roger Waters is one of the highest-profile musicians to boycott playing Israel. Cave played Tel Aviv last night and will do so again tonight. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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)