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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017

 

GORD DOWNIE - CHART

 

Gord Downie's deeply personal final album ``Introduce Yerself'' climbed to the top of the Canadian charts in its first week. Driven largely by listeners buying copies as opposed to streaming it, the project sold ten-thousand equivalent album units on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart for the week that ended November 2nd. Downie's 23-track album arrived in stores the week after the musician died of brain cancer at 53. Nearly all of its sales came from physical and digital copies. Only about a thousand units were digital equivalent albums, an industry standard that equates the number of times the album's songs are streamed on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music to the sale of an actual copy. 

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CMAS - GARTH BROOKS

 

Garth Brooks says every musician in the room can agree that it's the band and crew who are the most important people on the road. Brooks won entertainer of the year for the sixth time at the Country Music Association Awards. Miranda Lambert, in collecting female vocalist of the year for the seventh time, says she's never felt more of a family with country music than this year and ``country music is winning right now.'' Male vocalist of the year Chris Stapleton says he owes his career to every one of the other guys nominated in that category. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, the vocal group of the year, says country musicians have to take care of each other, because they're all about harmony. 

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CMAS - RECENT TRAGEDIES

 

The Country Music Association Awards started with a sombre note that turned uplifting. Eric Church sang ``Amazing Grace'' a cappella, followed by Darius Rucker and Keith Urban singing ``Hold My Hand.'' They were soon joined by most of Nashville's biggest stars: Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Brooks and Dunn, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Thomas Rhett. Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood acknowledged the victims of recent tragedies and natural disasters and said the best way they could honour fans was to play their music loud and proud. 

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CMAS - TRIBUTES

 

Glen Campbell, Don Williams and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry each got their spotlight moments at the Country Music Awards last night. Little Big Town was accompanied by Jimmy Webb for a performance of ``Wichita Lineman'' in honour of Campbell, who died in August. Brothers Osborne performed ``Tulsa Time'' for Williams, who died in September. Dierks Bentley and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performed ``My Town'' for Gentry, who died in September. They were joined by surprise guest Eddie Montgomery.

Carrie Underwood sang the hymn ``Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling'' for an ``in memoriam'' segment while the audience held candles. It ended with photos of the victims of the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1st. 

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CMAS - BRAD AND CARRIE

 

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were not about to let a recent controversy with the media and the Country Music Association pass by without poking fun at it at the C-M-A Awards.

The C-M-A had told media covering the show they could not ask musicians political questions, a decision that was reversed after an uproar from reporters and artists. Paisley and Underwood joked about the parody songs they could not do under the rules, like ``Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders'' and ``Stand By Your Manafort.'' They rewrote one of Underwood's hits to be about President Donald Trump, ``Before He Tweets.'' 

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CMAS - LIGHTER MOMENTS

 

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town says she's grateful bandmate Phillip Sweet checked his email. That's because he doesn't always do it and the one time he did, he got a song from Taylor Swift. It was ``Better Man.'' Last night it won song of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. T-J Osborne of Brothers Osborne says they get asked what it's like to win a C-M-A Award. His answer is that for one thing, they made a lot more money since they won. Jon Pardi, winner of new artist of the year, says he wanted to his thank his early fans: friends and family who watched him perform in backyards and in dive bars while he was in high school. 

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CMAS - THE WINNERS LIST

 

Here's the complete list of winners from the Country Music Association Awards:

 

Entertainer of the Year _ Garth Brooks.

 

Female vocalist of the year _ Miranda Lambert.

 

Male vocalist of the year _ Chris Stapleton.

 

Album of the Year _ ``From A Room: Volume 1,'' Chris Stapleton.

 

Song of the Year _ ``Better Man,'' Taylor Swift.

 

Single of the Year _ ``Blue Ain't Your Color,'' Keith Urban

 

Vocal group of the year _ Little Big Town.

 

Vocal duo of the year _ Brothers Osborne.

 

New artist of the year _ Jon Pardi.

 

Musical event of the Year _ ``Funny How Time Slips Away,'' Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson

 

Music video of the Year _ ``It Ain't My Fault,'' Brothers Osborne.

 

Musician of the Year _ Mac McAnally (guitar).

 

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BARRY GIBB - BEE GEES MUSICAL

 

A musical based on the lives of The Bee Gees is in the works. Rolling Stone reports singer Barry Gibb will be the show's executive producer. The widow of Maurice (MOHR'-ihs) Gibb and the estate of Robin Gibb have given their blessings. Barry Gibb says in a statement, ``It's another adventure for us and a chance to throw the spotlight on all my brothers and finally the real story of us will be told.'' Details were not given on a production team or when or where the musical will debut. 

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SHAKIRA - VOCAL STRAIN

 

Shakira had to miss the first date of her own tour. Shakira writes on her website she strained her vocal cords during rehearsals and her doctors ordered her to rest her voice. She called off last night's show in Koln, Germany. Shakira hopes to be well enough to keep the next date on her tour, tomorrow in Paris. 

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CARNIE WILSON -  FAT-SHAMED

 

Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips says Howard Stern once tricked her onto a scale so he could fat-shame her on his E! show. Wilson tells the C-B-S show ``The Talk'' it was in 1999 and just weeks after she had had gastric bypass surgery. Wilson says a producer told her to ``step over here and wait for Howard.'' She says she looked up and saw big red numbers that said ``233 pounds.''

Wilson says Stern went on to question her then-fiance', Rob Bonfiglio, why he'd want to be with someone that big. Wilson says she was tough and gave it right back to Stern, but then went back to her hotel and cried. She calls it ``one of the worst experiences''

she ever had. Stern hasn't commented on the story. 

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NICKI MINAJ - BROTHERS RAPE CASE

 

A jury is deliberating child rape allegations against the brother of Nicki Minaj. Jelani Maraj faces up to life in prison if convicted of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his home in Baldwin, New York. Maraj's lawyers said during the trial that the rape allegations were made up to get Minaj to pay the family 25-million dollars to stay quiet.

Prosecutors call that claim absurd and say DNA evidence linked to Maraj was found on the girl's pyjamas. A civil attorney who once represented the girl's mother testified he did demand 25-million from Maraj to settle a potential civil lawsuit, but did so without the mother's knowledge. The mother later fired him. 

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JOSH GROBAN - NETFLIX SERIES

 

Groban will join the cast of the Netflix series ``The Good Cop.'' He will play a straight-laced New York detective opposite Tony Danza, who plays a disgraced police officer who is also his father. The 10-episode series is described as a comedy-drama. A release date was not announced. 

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MARY J. BLIGE - NEW FOX SHOW

 

Mary J. Blige will team up with choreographer Laurieann Gibson to create a drama for Fox. The Hollywood Reporter reports the series ``8 Count'' is inspired by Gibson's life. It will be about a young choreographer with a damaged reputation who teams up with an up-and-coming singer to take a chance at making it big.

Blige and Gibson will be the show's executive producer, and Blige will be the music adviser. Gibson has choreographed several videos for Lady Gaga, as well as ones for Katy Perry, Brandy and JoJo. A target air date for ``8 Count'' was not given. 

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(The Associated Press)

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Adrienne Gaudry Band to headline the Sifton Fall Supper and Dance!

Friday, 17 November 2017 14:01
Adrienne Gaudry Band to headline the Sifton Fall Supper and Dance!

Enjoy the Sifton Fall Supper and dance at the Community Center this Saturday November 18, supper is at 5:30, dance is at 8:30 featuring the Adrienne Gaudry Band. Adults $25, 7-15 years of age, $15, 6 and under are free. Get your advance tickets in Sifton from the Mercantile Store, in Dauphin from Hair Essentials, Rocky Mountain Equipment, and from Sifton Hall Board Members.

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)