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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017

 

Keith Urban records song inspired by Harvey Weinstein  By Kristin M. Hall

 

NASHVILLE - Country star Keith Urban will debut a new song on the Country Music Association Awards tonight inspired by the allegations of sexual assault and harassment hurled against Harvey Weinstein.

BMI country songwriter of the year Ross Copperman said that the widening sexual harassment crisis that has developed after multiple women accused the top producer and film executive inspired him to write a song and record it with Urban. 

``We actually wrote a song three weeks ago called 'Female,'''

Copperman said during the red carpet Tuesday for the annual BMI Country Awards. ``It's from the Weinstein announcement. We're in a room and we're like, 'What can we do about this?' And that's the one thing we can do is write songs.'' 

Urban, who was honoured by BMI for his philanthropy, said the song was so important that he immediately recorded it. 

``I think it's just time for a recalibrating of the past, you know? Things have been a certain way for a long, long time, and I think you're seeing a turning of the tide for that,'' Urban said.

``This song just spoke to me. I just wanted to get in and record it right away.'' 

Urban, who is married to actress Nicole Kidman, said as a father and a husband, the topic has struck him. 

``I am surrounded by females in my life. I grew up in a house with boys, no sisters. Now I am in a house that's all girls. So this song speaks to me on a lot of levels,'' he said. 

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Follow Kristin M. Hall at Twitter.com/kmhall

 

(The Associated Press)

 

``CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS'' - LINEUP

 

Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town will join the lineup for ``C-M-A Country Christmas.'' Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, Brett Eldredge, Dan and Shay, Lady Antebellum, Dustin Lynch, Alan Jackson and CeCe Winans also will participate. Reba McEntire will host. The show will tape Nov. 14th at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and air Nov. 27th on A-B-C. 

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LAS VEGAS - BENEFIT

 

The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Boyz II Men will hold a benefit concert for the shooting victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last month. The bill also includes magicians David Copperfield and Penn and Teller, as well as Cirque du Soleil performers. The concert will be Dec. 1st in Las Vegas.

Proceeds will benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 injured when a gunman opened fire on the festival on Oct. 1st. 

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METALLICA - WILDFIRE BENEFIT SHOW - ONLINE

 

Metallica's benefit concert for victims of recent California wildfires will be streamed live. The Band Together Bay Area concert will be streamed at Metallica-dot-com, Metallica's YouTube Channel and their Facebook page. Metallica will be the last act, following G-Eazy, Rancid, Dave Matthews, Dead and Company and Raphael Saadiq. The concert begins at 5:45 p-m Pacific tomorrow. 

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BRET MICHAELS - HOLIDAY MUSIC

 

Bret Michaels of Poison is feeling festive. On Nov. 17th, he's going to release his first holiday song ever: his take on ``Jingle Bells.'' Michaels says it was such an awesome experience that he plans to release a full holiday album next year. 

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GARTH BROOKS - CMA AWARDS - PREVIEW

 

Garth Brooks has won the Country Music Association award for entertainer of the year five times. Why would he care to win it again? Brooks says it's for all his crew members who work ten times harder than he does. He says he's the last one on the stage and the first one off, and he'd love to hand that award to the people who make him look good. Brooks also jokes that people think that winning awards gets old, when really, ``the older you get, the more rare it becomes to win one.'' Brooks' competition for entertainer of the year is Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with five.

The C-M-A's will be broadcast live from Nashville tonight on A-B-C. 

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SEAN COMBS - JOKE

 

Sean Combs now says that he was joking about changing his name to Brother Love. Combs says in an Instagram video he has ``come to the conclusion that you cannot play around with the Internet.'' He adds there was ``overwhelming response from the media'' and a lot of confusion. He says he didn't really change his name, and it's just part of one of his alter egos. He says people can address him by any of his older names ``but if you still want to call me Love, you can call me Love, baby.'' 

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BRUCE DICKINSON - BULLIED

 

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was once the target of bullying. He writes about being bullied as a student in boarding school in his new book, ``What Does This Button Do?''

Dickinson says a really nasty bullying experience ``leaves a permanent mark on your insides.'' He says it can manifest differently in different people. For him, it makes him very angry to see someone else being bullied. Dickinson says, ``It's a bit like Hulk. You don't want to see me when I'm angry.'' ''What Does This Button Do?`` is out now. 

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SIA - TWEETS NUDE PHOTO

 

Sia fans are applauding her decision to tweet a nude photo of herself that a member of the paparazzi is trying to sell. The blurry photo shows her naked from behind. Sia says someone is trying to sell naked photos of her and adds, ``Save your money. Here it is for free.'' The photo appears to be a preview offered to interested parties with the promise that it will be unblurred if purchased and it will come with 14 more photos. 

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SAMMY HAGAR - HOUSE SALE

 

Sammy Hagar is selling his Hawaiian home for 3.3-million. The Los Angeles Times reports Hagar's estate sits on 9.8 acres on a cliff in Waipio Bay. The main house has three bedrooms and an upgraded kitchen to accommodate Hagar's love for cooking. The garage has 1,000 square feet and there's also a one-bedroom guesthouse. The property also has a pool with an island in it, a tiki bar, coconut and banana trees, a tilapia pond and a well that produces water that Hagar swears will heal you. Hagar came up with the songs ``Mas Tequila'' and ``Halfway To Memphis'' while living there. Hagar lived there for 22 years. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - FUNNY CAR

 

Taylor Swift's face will be speeding by at 531-kilometres-per-hour this weekend in Pomona, California. The album cover for Swift's new album ``reputation'' will be featured on the side of driver Courtney Force's Number 6 Big Machine Records funny car. Force will drive the car at the Auto Club N-H-R-A Finals.

The album comes out Friday. 

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GARTH BROOKS - CMA AWARDS - PREVIEW

 

Garth Brooks has won the Country Music Association award for entertainer of the year five times. Why would he care to win it again? Brooks says it's for all his crew members who work ten times harder than he does. He says he's the last one on the stage and the first one off, and he'd love to hand that award to the people who make him look good. Brooks also jokes that people think that winning awards gets old, when really, ``the older you get, the more rare it becomes to win one.'' Brooks' competition for entertainer of the year is Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with five.

The C-M-A's will be broadcast live from Nashville tonight on A-B-C. 

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( The Associated Press)

 

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Country Music Night Community Fundraiser in Ochre River!

Sunday, 19 November 2017 09:01
Country Music Night Community Fundraiser in Ochre River!

Enjoy a night of Country Western Music with Adele McQuarrie and friends at the Ochre River Hall on Saturday November 25, from 7pm to 10pm. Admission is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under only $5. There will be a 50/50 draw and refreshments provided. All proceeds will be donated to the Bridge Youth Drop in Center. 

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)