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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(The Associated Press)