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 MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018

 

DOLORES O'RIORDAN - CAUSE OF DEATH

 

 A coroner will determine the cause of death for Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan after police have ruled it non-suspicious. O'Riordan was found dead Monday morning in a London hotel. O'Riordan had said in interviews she suffered from depression and bipolar disorder, and a Cranberries tour last year was cut short because of her back issues. O'Riordan gave no indication that anything was amiss in the days before her death. She was in London to record vocals for a remake of ``Zombie'' by the Los Angeles rock band Bad Wolves. Dan Waite of the music label Eleven Seven said O'Riordan had left him a voice message early Monday saying she was looking forward to the recording. He says she ``sounded full of life'' and was excited to see him and his wife this week.

 

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KANYE WEST - BABY BOY

 

Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, are parents to a baby girl. Kardashian West announced yesterday that the baby was born early Monday through a surrogate. The couple did not reveal a name. They are parents to a girl, North, and a boy, Saint.

Kardashian West suffered complications for her first two pregnancies.

 

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MICKEY GILLEY - SEAT BELT PSA

 

Mickey Gilley has made a public service announcement for seat belts after one saved his life. Gilley recorded the announcement for the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

Two weeks ago, Gilley and his son were travelling through Texas to Branson, Missouri, when a Cadillac hit their car, causing it to roll over three times and land on its roof. Gilley says, ``I was saved by the belt!'' He's recovering from a fractured ankle, fractured shoulder, cracked sternum and a cracked rib, but he's back to performing concerts.

 

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BTO - LINDSAY ELL

 

Canadian Lindsay Ell's guitar playing has elements of bluegrass because of her father and influences of blues and jazz because of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Ell says she started playing country guitar when she was eight. When she was 13, she met B-T-O guitarist Randy Bachman, who took her under his wing. She recalls being amazed at seeing him play blues and jazz chords. She says he got her listening to guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks and Robben Ford. Ell says moving to Nashville eight years ago brought her back to her country roots, but her bluesy influences still come through.

 

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(The Associated Press)