MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Junos Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire have been added as performers to next month's Juno Awards broadcast.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says it will also give the Montreal indie rockers an international achievement award.
The news comes after embattled pop-rockers Hedley were dropped from the show following sexual misconduct allegations from anonymous social media users.
Hedley also withdrew themselves from consideration in three Junos categories they had been nominated in _ group of the year, pop album of the year and the fan choice award.
The band's members have called the allegations involving young fans ``unsubstantiated'' but acknowledged that in the past they ``engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock 'n' roll cliches.''
Arcade Fire is a leading nominee with four nods _ for best group, single, album and alternative album.
(The Canadian Press)
AARON CARTER - PTSD
Aaron Carter swears he has never even touched hard drugs. Carter tells People magazine it's ``defaming'' when people claim he was doing hard drugs when he dropped to 52-kilograms and was arrested for D-U-I last year. Carter went to a treatment centre in Malibu, California. He says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the sudden deaths of his father and his sister Leslie. Carter says he still has random moments when he wants to cry, but he's seen a huge change in himself.
CAMILA CABELLO - SONGWRITING
Camila Cabello felt pretty good about her songwriting skills, until she got in the presence of professional songwriters. Cabello says she's written songs for the past four years, but by herself. She doubted her abilities when she started working with pros for her ``Camila'' album. What helped her along was practice. Cabello says the more she did it, the more her confidence grew.
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA - BEFORE AND AFTER
Singer Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra likes to prepare for a show by saying a little prayer of gratitude. That _ and having a bit of bourbon. Guitarist Robert McDowell says he tries not to psych himself up before a show because it raises expectations too much. He prefers to maintain a sense of calm before stepping onto the stage. Afterward, they don't party. They dissect how they did. Hull says they go over what went right and how to improve what went wrong. He says they used to party, but both their shows and their bodies suffered for it.
CHRIS JANSON - GRAND OLE OPRY INDUCTION
Chris Janson's induction as a member of the Grand Ole Opry is set for March 20th. Janson says he is ``unbelievably honoured, thankful and thrilled.'' Keith Urban surprised Janson with an invitation during Janson's Opry appearance on Feb. 5th.
STEVIE WONDER - CONCERT SCAM
First, he pleaded guilty. Now he isn't. A North Carolina man who had acknowledged his role in a scam over a Stevie Wonder concert is now trying to take back his guilty plea in the case. Mark Hubbard was to be scheduled this week in federal court in Honolulu _ but the request to change his plea is likely to delay that. Hubbard is accused of defrauding the University of Hawaii of 200-thousand by lying about being to pull together a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert. The school paid a 200-thousand deposit _ and began selling tickets _ before learning that neither Wonder nor his management had authorized a show.