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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

 

XXXTENTACION - SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT

A 22-year-old suspect in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion is being represented by a public defender. Dedrick Devonshay Williams appeared by video in court yesterday afternoon in Broward County, Florida. He did not speak during the hearing. Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, as well as not having a valid driver's license and a probation violation.

Authorities say XXXTentacion was ambushed by two suspects outside a motorcycle dealership on Monday. They're still searching for additional suspects. Williams is scheduled to appear before a different judge on Monday regarding the probation violation stemming from a 2014 grand theft auto case.

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SAM SMITH - TOUR ROUTINE

Sam Smith's days of partying on tour are over.

Smith says he's completely stopped drinking, cut out smoking and now travels with a personal trainer. He says he had four weeks off and ate a lot of bad food that he's had to work off. After his shows, he says he goes to bed and rests his voice. Sound like no fun? Smith says the time he's onstage is his time to have fun. The North American leg of Smith's tour begins tonight in Detroit and includes dates in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary in September.

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PAUL McCARTNEY - ``EGYPT STATION'' ALBUM

Paul McCartney envisions his new album ``Egypt Station'' as a collection of destinations. He says each song is like a station. McCartney named the album after one of his paintings and he says he likes the way ``Egypt Station'' sounds because -- quote

-- ``it reminds me of the 'album' albums we used to make.'' He's released two singles, or what he calls ``double A-sides'': ``Come On To Me'' and ``I Don't Know.'' ''Egypt Station`` comes out September 7th. It will be McCartney's 17th solo album.

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DEMI LOVATO - ``SOBER''

Just what is Demi Lovato trying to say with lyrics like ``Momma, I'm so sorry I'm not sober anymore/And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor''? Lovato sings those lines in a song called ``Sober'' released yesterday. She tweeted a link to the song with the words, ``My truth.'' Lovato has struggled with drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and self-mutilation.

Her representatives did not return a request for comment.

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

 

TRAVIS BARKER -BLOOD CLOTS

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will not be able to perform for the rest of the month because of blood clots in his arms. The band writes on social media that Barker's doctors have ordered him to refrain from any activity that may cause further damage or cause the clots to travel. Barker will be re-evaluated at the beginning of July. Blink-182 has called off their ``Kings of the Weekend'' shows in Las Vegas this weekend and plan to reschedule.

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EDDIE VEDDER - SILENCED

Eddie Vedder has lost his voice. Pearl Jam has issued a statement saying Vedder is on complete vocal rest for the next few days. They had to call off their London show on Tuesday.

The band intends to resume their tour tomorrow in Milan.

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JANET JACKSON - HAPPINESS

Janet Jackson acknowledges it took her entire life to figure out what happiness is. Jackson writes in an essay for Essence magazine that as a child, she was happy when her brothers came home from touring and when her mother lavished her with love, but she was unhappy with the way she looked. She says as a teen, she was happy when she performed, but she was pleasing others rather than herself. When she was in her 30s and at the height of her popularity, she struggled with depression, racism and sexism. Now, at age 52, she says the height of happiness is holding her baby boy.

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PAUL SIMON - FAREWELL TOUR

Paul Simon will hold the final concert of his farewell tour at the park near where he grew up. Simon will play Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York on September 22nd. He says it's more fate than coincidence that his last show will be there. He says he could have ridden his bike as a kid to the park in about 20 minutes. Simon will donate the proceeds from the show to charity.

The park has not hosted a major concert in decades.

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RORY FEEK - BOOK

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory says that most Christian bookstores are not carrying his new book, ``Once Upon A Farm.'' He writes in his blog that his guess is because one chapter is about his daughter, Hopie, coming out as a lesbian and his struggle as a Christian to accept that. Feek posted the chapter online, revealing that he will host Hopie's wedding on his farm. He says he understands that Christian bookstore owners want to stand by their beliefs, but he calls himself ``a father, just trying to love his kids.''

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DOLORES O'RIORDAN'S CHILDREN - ``ZOMBIE'' WINDFALL

The band who was collaborating with Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries on a version of ``Zombie'' has given 250-thousand dollars to her children. The band Bad Wolves presented the cheque to O'Riordan's two sons and their father during their New York concert on Tuesday. They accepted on behalf of O'Riordan's two younger daughters. O'Riordan was supposed to record vocals for the Bad Wolves' version of the song on the day she died in January. Bad Wolves released their version with the promise they would give their proceeds to O'Riordan's children. Frontman Tommy Vext says their goal was to give the children a million dollars and the fact that they're a quarter of the way there is ``beyond incredible.''

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WALKER HAYES - TOURING

Walker Hayes will resume touring after the death of his newborn daughter. Hayes tweets he will be back on tour next Thursday. Hayes took time off to be with his wife after their daughter was born and died on June 6th.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018

 

NINA SIMONE HOME GETS PROTECTION

The place singer-activist Nina Simone called home is now in position to protected. The U-S National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the run-down wooden cottage in North Carolina on a list of sites to be preserved. Last year, four African-American artists bought the home where Simone was born in 1933. Now the National Trust will try to develop and find a new use for the three-room house.

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DAVID HOGG - BOOK

One of the survivors of the Parkland mass shooting is writing a book. And if you thought David Hogg was put upon by being called a crisis actor, being criticized by the N-R-A and T-V hosts -- forget it. He is almost as tough on himself in the book. He describes himself as ``arrogant,'' ''skinny`` and goes into detail on how girls rejected him. The book also features gripping accounts of what it was like to be at Stoneman High as a gunman opened fire on February 14th, killing 17 -- and the grassroots campaign by survivors that got young people around the U-S to seek stronger gun control.

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LEE ANN WOMACK RETURNS TO EAST TEXAS TO REJUVENATE HER CAREER

Lee Ann Womack wanted that feeling she had when she was still a rising country star. That's why she went back to east Texas to record her new album, ``The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone.'' Womack says when she was growing up, she was a dreamer and a planner, but a lot of that was ``snuffed away'' during 20 years in the music business. She also incorporated the music she heard growing up there, like traditional country, Western swing, blues and spiritual music. She says she wanted to get all that on one record.

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ANDY GRAMMER, CHITA RIVERA, KYLA JADE ADDED TO ``A CAPITOL FOURTH''

 Andy Grammer, Chita Rivera and ``The Voice'' finalist Kyla Jade will join the lineup for the national Independence Day celebration in Washington. Previously announced performers include Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, CeCe Winans and The Temptations. The celebration will be carried live on P-B-S stations as ``A Capitol Fourth.''

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MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL

Michael Jackson: The Musical? It's happening. The late pop star's estate has signed off on plans for a stage musical inspired by Jackson's life, with an eye toward having it hit the boards on Broadway by 2020. The story will be written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, and will feature Jackson's vast musical catalogue. There's no word on a title or potential casting. It's the latest stage project to feature pop stars onstage with their music

-- a list that includes Donna Summer, Cher, Gloria Estefan, the Go-Gos and Huey Lewis and the News.

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FORMER 3 DOORS DOWN BASSIST JAILED

Former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has been granted bond on weapons and drug charges, but has been jailed for violating probation. Harrell was arrested Friday after authorities say they found marijuana and guns at his house while investigating a domestic dispute. The Sun Herald reports a judge in Jackson County, Mississippi, set Harrell's bond at 22-thousand-500 dollars. However, Harrell is on probation for pleading guilty in 2015 to vehicular homicide outside Nashville. He served two years in prison.

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LAWYER: XXXTENTACION WAS KILLED DURING RANDOM ROBBERY

The lawyer for XXXTentacion says police believe the rapper was fatally shot during a random robbery. Attorney David Bogenshutz says investigators told him his client visited a bank and may have withdrawn cash before going to a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on Monday. Authorities are still searching for two armed men. The rapper was shot while sitting in his luxury B-M-W electric car. The Broward County Sheriff is offering a three-thousand-dollar reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

Meanwhile, fans have left candles, teddy bears and a large sympathy card on the front porch of the newly built home in Parkland, Florida, owned by the rapper's mother.

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WILLIE NELSON TO TRUMP: LET'S MEET AT A DETENTION CENTER

Willie Nelson is offering to meet U-S President Donald Trump at one of the detention centres on the U-S-Mexico border. Nelson tweeted through his wife Annie's account that he would meet Trump at a centre -- quote -- ``to better understand what's happening there.'' Nelson's publicist confirms the music legend posted the tweet. Nelson is one of several celebrities trying to end the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border. Others who have weighed in include John Legend, Common, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Mark Hamill.

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AS I LAY DYING REUNITES WITH SINGER WHO TRIED TO HAVE HIS WIFE KILLED

 As I Lay Dying performed for the first time in five years in San Diego on Saturday. It was also the first time they appeared in public together since singer Tim Lambesis was convicted of trying to hire an undercover agent to kill his estranged wife.

Lambesis pleaded guilty and served two years of a six-year sentence.

Guitarist Nick Hipa says in a Facebook video he had ``blind hatred'' for Lambesis. Hipa says while what Lambesis did should not be forgotten, he's convinced the singer is a changed man. Lambesis says there's no defence for what he did, but he's trying to make amends where possible and put his energy into something positive.

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MICHAEL JACKSON MUSICAL IN THE WORKS

Michael Jackson's life will become a Broadway musical. His estate has authorized two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage to write the story, incorporating Jackson's songs. The goal is to premiere the musical by 2020.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

 

 

XXXTENTACION - DEATH INVESTIGATION

Investigators in Florida say they still don't have a motive and they haven't made any arrests in the death of troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion. The Broward Sheriff's Office says the 20-year-old entertainer, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was pronounced dead yesterday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital. He was shot earlier outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership. XXXTentacion was facing charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend.

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MEEK MILL - NEW TRIAL REQUEST

Rapper Meek Mill still doesn't know if he'll get a new trial for violating probation on a gun and drug conviction from 2008. Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley said yesterday she will rule on his request for a new trial in ``due time.'' Mill's attorneys argue the arresting officer had credibility issues, and a different judge has thrown out three convictions based on that officer's testimony. The Philadelphia district attorney's office supports the request for a new trial. Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Mill's request to remove Brinkley from his case, but one justice said he could try again after yesterday's hearing.

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3 DOORS DOWN - BASS PLAYER - PROBATION VIOLATION

The original bassist for 3 Doors Down is accused of violating probation from a deadly crash in Tennessee because of his arrest in Mississippi on weapons and drug charges. A judge in Jackson County, Mississippi, set bond yesterday for Todd Harrell at 22-thousand-500 dollars on three counts of possessing a firearm after a felony conviction. But because he was probation from the 2013 wreck, authorities in Tennessee had a probation hold on him.

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ELVIS PRESLEY - PLANE - AUCTION

Elvis Presley's private jet is being sold yet again. The auction site IronPlanet is selling the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar with red velvet seats, red shag carpet and no engine. Its current owner bought it last year for 430-thousand dollars and did not move it from the tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico, where it has been sitting for 36 years. An IronPlanet spokeswoman says the current owner has not made any changes to the plane. The auction runs through July 27th. Presley owned three planes, and the other two are owned by Graceland.

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POCO'S RUSTY YOUNG - GUITAR BY EMAIL

Poco guitarist Rusty Young has played on dozens of records for artists he's never met. Young offers a service called Session Cats in which he will play a guitar part for a recording and send it as an MP3 file. Young says a band will request the kind of vibe they want and he sends back three or four tracks for their use.

He says it's expensive to book session time and engineers and travel, but this way bands can afford to get a well-known guitarist to play with them. Young says he's played on garage band records and acts from Europe, as well as a lot of his friends' records.

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THE RECORD COMPANY - NAME

The Record Company came up with the name for the band after bassist Alex Stiff was taking a nap with his dog. They had recorded four or five songs and were annoyed the band didn't have a name. Stiff says he woke up in a daze and said to himself, ``You're going to get the name. You're going to get it right now.''

That's when he thought of the words ``The Record Company.'' He says it's ``so right in front of you but nobody pinpointed that that could be a band name.'' The Record Company will put out their second album, ``All of This Life,'' on Friday.

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

 

 

RORY FEEK SAYS HIS DAUGHTER'S HOMOSEXUALITY CHALLENGED HIS FAITH AND HIS LOVE FOR HER

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory admits he considered withdrawing his love when his daughter, Hope, came out to him as a lesbian. Feek tells ``C-B-S Sunday Morning'' days after his wife, Joey, died in 2016, Hope reluctantly told him that her friend Wendy was more than a friend. She said they had been dating for almost a year and she was in love. Feek says she asked him, ``Are you still going to love me?'' and Feek's initial reaction was, ``I don't think so.'' He says his conservative Christian faith had saved him and Hope's announcement challenged that ``immensely.'' Feek says he decided he could not shun his child and it's his job to love her even when it's hard.

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BEYONCE AND JAY-Z RELEASE SURPRISE ALBUM

Beyonce and Jay-Z released an album Saturday with no advance notice. It's called ``Everything is Love'' and it's billed as The Carters. It came out on the Tidal streaming service.

It's a family affair, with their daughter, Blue Ivy, giving a shout-out to her brother Sir and sister Rumi on the song ``Boss.''

Jay-Z bashes the Grammys in one song after he was the top nominee but didn't win. He also claims in another song he turned down an offer to do the Super Bowl halftime show.

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PARKLAND STUDENTS JOIN CELEBRITIES FOR CHICAGO MARCH

Jennifer Hudson, Chance The Rapper and will.i.am appeared at an antiviolence march in Chicago on Friday with survivors of the February shootings in Parkland, Florida. Hudson, whose mother, brother and nephew were shot to death, says so many people are affected by gun violence and so many people want to see it stop. She led the crowd in singing ``Amazing Grace.'' Will-i-am says he's proud to see a youth movement pushing for change. Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords also attended.

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AND BEBE REXHA REFLECT ON SUCCESS OF ``MEANT TO BE''

Bebe Rexha says one of the reasons she loved collaborating with Florida Georgia Line is that she could be herself. Rexha says instead of trying to turn her into a country artist, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley told her to just do what she does best. Hubbard says their song ``Meant To Be'' has changed the lives of everyone involved. He says F-G-L has gained so many fans globally because of Rexha. He says Rexha has ``a whole bunch more redneck fans, so that's awesome for her too.''

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NETHERLANDS FESTIVAL

 A van has run into a small group of pop fans at a music festival in the Netherlands, killing one and injuring three.

The van fled the scene and police are still looking for the vehicle.

The pre-dawn crash happened near a camping site close to the famous Pinkpop festival. The three-day concert is traditionally attended by tens of thousands of music fans and ended late last night with a performance by Bruno Mars.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

 

ELVIS DRUMMER D.J. FONTANA DIES

The way Elvis Presley's drummer, D-J Fontana, remembered it, they were hardly living in the lap of luxury when Presley was becoming a star. Fontana told reporters in 2001 that he and Presley, along with bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore, would pile into one car with all their instruments to get from one show to another. Sometimes Presley's cousins would be in the mix too. Fontana said they often felt like fighting each other, but they never did. Fontana died in his sleep in Nashville on Wednesday at the age of 87.

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D.J. FONTANA IS REMEMBERED FONDLY

Max Weinberg of The E Street Band says Elvis Presley drummer D-J Fontana was the reason he became a drummer. Weinberg says he was 5 when he saw Fontana backing Presley on ``Hound Dog'' on T-V and it just swept him away. Fontana died Wednesday night in Nashville at the age of 87. He was the last surviving member of Presley's original backup group.

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BARRY MANILOW HOSPITALIZED

Barry Manilow has come down with a bronchial infection bad enough to land him in the hospital. The singer posted a statement on social media saying, ``I can't believe this is happening.'' Manilow's opening weekend at Westgate Las Vegas was sold out. He's expected to be released in a few days.

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WAYNE NEWTON PROPERTY BURGLARIZED

Police in Las Vegas are looking for two burglars who broke into Wayne Newton's house just before midnight Wednesday.

A police spokesman says Newton and his wife were not injured, and it's unclear if anything was taken. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the burglars ran as the Newtons were coming home after his show. The Newtons moved to their current residence in 2013 after the bankruptcy sale of their 40-acre estate, which is now a tourist attraction.

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ADELE MARKS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

 Adele continues her support for the victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. She was joined by British musician Stormzy at memorial services yesterday. Seventy-two people were killed on June 14th of last year when fire ripped through the 25-storey building. Adele had taken cakes to firefighters working on the fire and offered support to many survivors.

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BEACH BOYS - NEW MIXES

Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys was in awe when he heard his vocal from ``Disney Girls'' mixed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Johnston says the new version ``brought a dream to life.'' The Beach Boys gave their approval to the orchestra remixing their classic vocals with orchestral instrumentation. Brian Wilson says in a statement he always knew the vocal arrangements he did in the 1960s would lend themselves perfectly for a symphony.

Mike Love says they did ``a great job of honouring the original vocal performances and complementing them with the orchestrations.''

``The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'' is out now.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

 

LITTLE BIG TOWN - MEMORABILIA DISPLAY

The sundress and boots that Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town wore when she married Jimi Westbrook will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

The exhibit about Little Big Town also will include Fairchild's high school cheerleader uniform, Kimberley Schlapman's recital costume and the neon signs used for the cover of the ``Pain Killer'' album.

The exhibit opens June 29th and will run for a year.

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OBIT - JOHN McELRATH - THE SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS

Keyboardist John McElrath of The Swingin' Medallions has died of Parkinson's disease. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports McElrath died Saturday at the age of 77. The Swingin' Medallions had a top-ten hit in 1966 with ``Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love).'' McElrath told the Journal-Constitution in 1992 they asked people from the street to come in and make it sound like a party was going on during the recording. McElrath had retired from performing with The Swingin' Medallions, but his two sons were in the band. The Swingin' Medallions band members and crew will be honorary escorts at McElrath's memorial service next week in Greenwood, South Carolina.

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MICHAEL JACKSON - STREET UNVEILING

The unveiling of Michael Jackson Avenue in Detroit has been called off. The Detroit Free Press reports a section of Randolph Street in the theatre district around the corner from Aretha Franklin Way was supposed to be unveiled with the new name Friday. Jackson's brothers had thought the Jackson 5 were going to be honoured. Detroit's city council passed an amendment last year forbidding ceremonial streets for organizations or groups. Stephen Grady, chief of staff for council president Brenda Jones, says naming the street for just Michael was ``a compromise.'' The unveiling ceremony has been cancelled, but the Jacksons are still scheduled to play the Detroit Music Weekend festival on Saturday.

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PAUL McCARTNEY - ``CARPOOL KARAOKE''

Paul McCartney will join James Corden for ``Carpool Karaoke.'' McCartney will take Corden on a tour of Liverpool next week as Corden takes his ``Late Late Show'' to London. Cher and Foo Fighters are also among the guests next week.

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SUGARLAND - SONG INSPIRATION

Kristian Bush of Sugarland was shaken up after reading a story about a school shooting on his way to a writing session with Jennifer Nettles. When she asked what was on his mind, he said, ``This -- but we can't write this.'' Her response was, ``Sure we can.'' They wrote the song ``Tuesday's Gone.'' Bush says it ended up being not a song about guns but one about children.

Nettles says the worst thing you can do to engage people is to yell at them and make them feel bad. She says it's better to offer a conversation that may open them up. The song appears on the new Sugarland album, ``Bigger.''

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SHAWN MENDES - PORTUGAL - WORLD CUP

For the first time, Shawn Mendes has released a song in Portuguese. He released a version of his song ``In My Blood'' in Portuguese to serve as Portugal's official song for its World Cup soccer team. The Canadian pop star's father is a Portuguese immigrant and his mother is English, so he follows the teams from Portugal and England. The World Cup starts today in Russia. Portugal's first game is tomorrow against Spain.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018

 

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A GREAT BIG WORLD - NEW LOOK - NEW NAME

You might notice something different about Ian Axel of A Great Big World: his afro is gone. Axel says about a month ago, he looked in the mirror and decided it was time for a change.

He says he's a new dad and he's making new music, so he shaved his head for a new look. His bandmate is also different -- now going by Chad King instead of Chad Vaccarino. King says he got tired of people saying and spelling his name wrong. He was inspired to change it after reading ``On The Road'' by Jack Kerouac. A Great Big World is putting the final touches on a new album. They recently released a single called ``Younger.''

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U2 - TRIBUTE TO ANTHONY BOURDAIN

U2 dedicated the song ``Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of'' to Anthony Bourdain during their Apollo Theater show in New York on Monday. Bono says a ``lot of inspiring, useful people'' have given up on their own lives in recent years. He says Bourdain had stories he could not tell us. Bono pointed out the song was written for Michael Hutchence of INXS, who died of an apparent suicide in 1997. Bourdain was found dead in France last week, also of an apparent suicide.

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OBIT- THE DOORS BIOGRAPHER - JERRY HOPKINS

The co-author of The Doors' biography ``No One Here Gets Out Alive'' has died. Music journalist Jerry Hopkins died of heart failure in Bangkok on June 3rd, according to his son. He was 82. Hopkins was an early contributor to Rolling Stone magazine.

He co-wrote ``No One Here'' with Danny Sugerman and published it in 1980. The book was the basis for the Oliver Stone movie ``The Doors'' in 1991. Hopkins also wrote books about Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.

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EDDIE VEDDER - 7-INCH SINGLES WITH CUBS TICKETS

Fans who buy tickets to the Cubs-Reds game at Chicago's Wrigley Field for July 6th will get an Eddie Vedder record as a bonus. A 7-inch red-and-blue vinyl single of Vedder's Cubs song ``All The Way'' will be the ``A'' side. Steve Goodman's 1984 song ``Go Cubs Go'' will be the ``B'' side. One record will be given with each ticket purchase.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

 

EMINEM - BONNAROO CRITICS

Eminem's management denies he uses the sound of gunshots in his shows. The Nashville Tennessean reports Eminem's team calls the effect used during his Bonnaroo set Saturday as ``a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom.'' They add that Eminem has used this effect for more than ten years, including at other festivals. Members of the Bonnaroo audience criticized the effect as too realistic after recent mass shootings.

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DAVE NAVARRO - TELLS HIS SUICIDE STORY

Dave Navarro is reaching out to anyone contemplating suicide by revealing how close he came to doing that himself _ and how it got better. Navarro writes on Instagram he himself had ``written 'the note,' had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family.'' He says he reached out to loved ones as a last-ditch effort. He got therapy and tried psychiatry, alternative medicines and even hospitalization -- and he's still here. Navarro says reach out if you find yourself in darkness and adds, ``There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you.''

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MICHAEL BIVINS - DIPLOMA

BOSTON (AP) _ Michael Bivins of New Edition and of Bell Biv DeVoe has finally collected the high school diploma he should have gotten in 1986. WHDH-TV in Boston reports Bivins walked the graduation stage at Belmont High School on Thursday. His mother, wife, children and former basketball teammate cheered him on. He arrived wearing his school letter sweater before putting on a cap and gown. Bivins left school during his sophomore year to pursue his music career. He says it's never too late to go back to fix something.

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IL DIVO - ADELE'S ``HELLO''

The pop-opera group Il Divo had no apprehensions in tackling an Adele song because they knew there's no way they can compete with her. Singer Sebastien Izambard (IH'-zam-bard) says they knew their version would be different because of how they showcase their voices. They just released their version of ``Hello,'' except as ``Hola.'' It will appear on their upcoming album, ``Timeless,'' out in August. Fellow singer Carlos Marin says they were going to do an album of movie songs but decided to do ones they felt were timeless.

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PRINCE - MUSIC ROOM DEDICATION

Prince's legacy of music will live on in a Minneapolis middle school. WCCO-TV reports Anwatin Middle School has a new music room that includes keyboards, guitars, percussion instruments and other equipment. It's a gift of the In A Perfect World Foundation, spearheaded by Prince's ex-wife Manuela Testolini and his music collaborator Andre Cymone. Cymone, who grew up near the school, says it's great to play Prince's music, but the extension of that is to give back to kids.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018

 

DANNY KIRWAN KIRWAN OF FLEETWOOD MAC DIES

 

Mick Fleetwood says former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan ``will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac.'' Fleetwood writes on Facebook Kirwan died Friday in London at the age of 68, but he did not give details. Kirwan played in the band from 1968 to 1972, when Fleetwood Mac was still a blues band.

He played on the original version of ``Oh Well'' and on ``Albatross,'' which was a number-one single in Britain. Kirwan was fired after the release of the ``Bare Trees'' album in 1972. Kirwan released three solo albums before dropping out of music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of Fleetwood Mac in 1998 but he did not attend the ceremony.

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EMINEM'S GUNSHOT SOUNDS SCARE CROWD AT BONNAROO

Eminem has not responded to criticisms over using sound effects that sounded like gunshots during his set at Bonnaroo on Saturday night. The Nashville Tennessean reports three separate deafening blasts were used during the song ``Kill You'' shortly after Eminem started his set. Fans screamed and ducked. Some were in tears. Others commented that Eminem has used that effect in live performances of that song for years.

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ONE CONFIRMED DEATH AT BONNAROO

Officials confirm a death at a Bonnaroo campground but have not revealed the name. Coffee County Sheriff officials say a body was found Friday. Foul play is not suspected.

The festival ran Thursday through Sunday. The start of yesterday's events was delayed because of severe weather. This year's lineup included Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Khalid , Bon Iver and Sheryl Crow.

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN GETS SPECIAL HONOUR

Bruce Springsteen received a special honor at last night's Tony Awards for bringing thousands of people to Broadway. Springsteen says his ``Springsteen on Broadway'' shows have been one of the most exciting things he's ever experienced.

 

Among the people he thanked were his wife, the people who put on the show and the ``wonderful audiences, who have made these shows so exciting and fulfilling.''

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NE-YO CALLS HIMSELF ``THE LOVE SONG GUY''

Ne-Yo was worried that maybe there was not any room for love anymore. Ne-Yo says the music industry has changed since his last album and he was concerned where he fits in. He says it's ``almost taboo to talk about love all of a sudden.'' He says songs seem to be ``about sex and money and how much drugs you sell.'' He acknowledges he's ``the love song guy.'' For his new album, ``Good Man,'' Ne-Yo went with what he knows. He says he ``needed every song to feel like a hug.''

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CMA FEST: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

This weekend's C-M-A Fest in Nashville was a chance for country musicians to show their stuff, and show how far they've come. Dustin Lynch says his career exploded after he played ``Small Town Boy'' at last year's festival. Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey says they did a little mash-up set last year that earned them a bigger slot this year. Lee Ann Womack says coming back to C-M-A Fest reminds her of all the past years she played there, as well as lets her showcase the new stuff she's got. Jake Owen says the beauty of C-M-A Fest is that country fans celebrate ``songs that make them feel good and hit home in some way or another.'' This year's festival included Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and a surprise appearance by Garth Brooks.

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KANYE WEST HITS NUMBER ONE AGAIN

Kanye West has notched his eighth number-one album. His latest, ``Ye,'' (YAY) moved 208,000 units in its first week. That puts it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. Post Malone is second with ``Beerbongs and Bentleys,'' followed by Ghost with ``Prequelle.'' Luke Combs is number four with ``This One's For You.'' Cardi B's ``Invasion of Privacy'' is number five.

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JOHN COLTRANE'S LOST ALBUM COMING OUT THIS MONTH

 A long-lost John Coltrane album will be released,

55 years after it was recorded. The album ``Both Directions At Once'' features his Classic Quartet -- McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones -- recorded on March 7th, 1963. They recorded several songs that were never recorded elsewhere, including ones only known as ``Untitled Original 11383'' and ``Untitled Original 11386.'' It also features Coltrane's first recording of ``Nature Boy,'' vastly different than the version he recorded in 1965. The master tape of the session was never found, but Coltrane kept a reference tape that is still in excellent condition. Coltrane must have been energized from the session, because the next day he recorded the famed ``John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'' album.

``Both Directions At Once'' comes out June 29th.

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

 

PRINCE - NEW MUSIC

 A rehearsal cassette Prince made in 1983 will be released as an album on Sept. 21st. Warner Brothers Records has announced the album ``Piano and a Microphone 1983'' will feature 9 tracks of Prince working through material at his home studio outside Minneapolis, which has since been demolished. It gives some insight into Prince's creative process. He worked on the songs ``17 Days''

and ``Purple Rain,'' which did not come out until the following year, and ``Strange Relationship,'' which came out in 1987. He also put his spin on Joni Mitchell's ``A Case of You'' and did a version of the spiritual ``Mary Don't You Weep.''

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IMAGINE DRAGONS - DAN REYNOLDS - TOUR FOOD

Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons looks at food simply as fuel while on tour. Reynolds says he does not consider food enjoyable, but ``the cleanest source of energy'' to power the concerts. He eats the same thing every day: eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, with lunch and dinner consisting of chicken, fish or lamb with brown rice, vegetables or sweet potatoes. He doesn't eat any sugar, bread or dairy. Reynolds says he eats every hour and a half until about three hours before showtime, then that's it for the day. He says it keeps him from burping onstage and then he goes to bed after the show.

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PHISH - NEW BEN AND JERRY'S FLAVOUR

Ben and Jerry's ice cream is introducing yet another flavour in honour of the band Phish. This one is called ``It's Ice...Cream,'' after the 1991 Phish song ``It's Ice.'' The flavour is one that was originally considered for the first Phish-inspired Ben and Jerry's flavour, Phish Food. It's a caramel malt ice cream with almond toffee pieces, fudge fish and a caramel swirl. A portion of the proceeds from the ice cream's sale will benefit Phish's WaterWheel Foundation. It's the third ice cream Ben and Jerry's has created in Phish's honour. Last year the company put out a limited-edition doughnut-based ice cream called Freezer Reprise to mark Phish's run of 13 shows at Madison Square Garden.

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AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION - K.D. LANG

k.d. lang will receive the trailblazer award at the Americana Honors and Awards. The Americana Music Association's Jed Hilly says lang's ``unwavering artistry has set a new standard for any musician of this current generation.'' The awards are Sept.

12th in Nashville. lang is currently on a tour celebrating 25 years since the release of her ``Ingenue'' album.

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JEWEL - ``UNDERCOVER BOSS''

Jewel had to figure out how to sing badly in order to pull off the deception for ``Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition.'' Jewel passes herself off as ``Andrea from New Jersey'' as she looks for musicians and artists to recruit for her Handmade Holiday tour. While trying to get to know two musicians, she fakes a bad singing voice at an open mic night and on a podcast. The episode airs tonight on C-B-S.

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GRANGER SMITH - ``THE BACHELORETTE''

Granger Smith will provide the musical accompaniment to a date on the June 18th episode of ``The Bachelorette.'' Becca Kufrin will take one of the men trying to win her heart on a date at a Granger concert. Granger will serenade them with his hit, ``Happens Like That,'' based on his own true-love story.

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(The Associated Press)