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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017

 

ALISON KRAUSS

 

Alison Krauss' new album, ``Windy City,'' came out later than expected because she was dealing with a throat condition. It's called dysphonia and it made her throat muscles close when she was stressed. Krauss describes it as ``like you're singing out of the end of a straw.'' She had an attack before a show and called her vocal coach to find out what to do. The coach told her to have a heated one-sided conversation. Krauss says she was desperate, so she went outside and screamed at a tree. 

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GRACELAND

 

Priscilla Presley says the scissors she used to cut the ribbon to open the new entertainment complex at Graceland are the same scissors she used to cut the ribbon when Graceland was first opened. A $45 million complex that features restaurants and exhibits about Elvis Presley is now open across the street from Graceland. Priscilla Presley says one of the questions she's always asked by fans is whether Elvis was really that generous. She gives an emphatic ``yes'' and adds he always wanted to share the things he was able to get.

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NEVERLAND

 

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch has a new name and a new selling price. The 2,700-acre property in Los Olivos, California, has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. It's for sale for $67 million, down from last year's asking price of $100 million. The property includes a 12,000-square-foot main residence with parquet floors imported from two French chateaus. There's also a separate building with a dance studio and a 50-seat movie theatre equipped with a stage with trap doors. There's also a lake with swans and a waterfall, a 14-foot-deep pool, a tennis court with lights and a viewing area, and a barn set up for Clydesdales. 

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LOU REED

 

The New York Public Library has acquired Lou Reed's archives. That includes about 3,600 audio recordings and 1,300 videos, as well as business papers, personal correspondence, fan gifts and Reed's large collection of photographs. His wife, Laurie Anderson, says her dream was to make Reed's work completely accessible to the public. The library will host free displays and public programs over the next two weeks to showcase Reed's life and work. 

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KESHA

Kesha knows what it's like to have an eating disorder. That's why she wants to help others get help. Kesha writes on social media she had a life-threatening eating disorder that she was afraid to confront. She says the sicker she got, the more that people would tell her how good she looked. Kesha says that's when she realized she wanted to be part of the solution. She says people can find out more and get screened at the National Eating Disorders website at www.NEDAwareness.org . 

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ANDY GRAMMER

 

Andy Grammer is going to be a father for the first time. He tells People magazine his wife, Aijia, is pregnant with a girl. She's due in July. Grammer says he's most excited about someday taking his daughter for ice cream. 

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GRACELAND

 

As if Elvis Presley devotees needed another reason to make the pilgrimage to Graceland _ the facility is now bigger than ever. The estate has a new attraction, called ``Elvis Presley's Memphis.'' Fans got to see it for the first time yesterday _ it's a 200,000 square-foot campus that rests across the street from Presley's longtime home, which has since been turned into a museum. The new complex features a Presley exhibit, complete with items he wore on stage and guitars he strummed for audiences. It also shows off some of the vehicles he owned, as well as a soundstage, theatre, two restaurants and stores. Priscilla Presley says the new exhibit gives fans ``the full gamut of who Elvis Presley was.'' The opening comes of the expansion comes just before the 40th anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16, 1977. 

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(The Associated Press)

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