MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2017
The Wilkinsons played the Watson Art Centre last night to a very appreciative audience.
The show was opened by local singer songwriter Desiree Dorion who performed songs from her latest album "Tough Street" as well as some older songs.
The Wilkinsons played a mix of classic Wilkinsons hits as well as a few from the The Small Town Pistols and some of Amanda's solo work.
HARVEY RELIEF - DONATIONS
Country singer Chris Young and Toronto rapper Drake both have soft spots for Texas. That's why they're helping financially with disaster relief after Tropical Storm Harvey. Young, who used to live in the Arlington area, has donated 100-thousand dollars. Young says in tough times, ``You turn to your friends to help those in need and that's exactly what I'm doing.'' Drake writes on Instagram he's working with his manager with local relief groups.
He says Houston ``has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years.'' Lady Antebellum called off their concert in Houston Sunday, so they're donating their profits from merchandise sales from Saturday's concert in Dallas to relief efforts. Rapper Paul Wall, a Houston native, says he's planning some relief events now. Country singer Clint Black and rapper Baby Bash, both from Houston, have said they and their families are safe. Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child sends out prayers because she says ``Houston has and always will be the city that changed my life!''
TAYLOR SWIFT - SECRET
If Jack Antonoff of Bleachers knows who Taylor Swift is dissing in her song ``Look What You Made Me Do,''
he's not telling. He co-wrote the song with her, and when asked about it point blank, Antonoff said, ``That's for her to tell you.''
He will say that he loves working with Swift and collaborating has opened up a new world for him. He says he grew up writing only songs for himself, but he's gotten to work with Lorde (LORDE) and Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen as well as Swift. He says it means a lot and he learns a lot.
``DESPACITO'' - ``ONE SWEET DAY'' - MOST WEEKS AT NUMBER ONE
Luis Fonsi says it's ``a historic day for Latin music,'' because his song ``Despacito'' featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber has tied the record for most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ``Despacito'' has been number one for
16 weeks, tying the record with ``One Sweet Day'' by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. Fonsi says he's ``feeling very blessed right now.''
While it sure looks like ``Despacito'' could set a new record next week, there's a complicating factor: Taylor Swift. Billboard predicts that based on early sales, her song ``Look What You Made Me Do'' is on track to take over the top spot.
MASTODON - ``GAME OF THRONES''
There was Mastodon again on ``Game of Thrones.'' Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds appeared as wights in the season finale Sunday. They had appeared as Wildings in season 5. Dailor also had appeared as a White Walker in the July 16th episode.
LUKE BRYAN - TRUCK GETS STUCK
Luke Bryan's tour is unlikely to be affected by an accident involving one of his production trucks that went under an overpass that was too low. Bryan's next show is not until Friday in Lexington, Kentucky. New York's Newsday reports the truck was carrying Bryan's equipment after his show at Jones Beach Theatre outside New York when it hit an overpass on a Long Island parkway.
Normally, tractor-trailers are not allowed on those parkways, but they get special permits for shows at the theatre. No one was hurt.
The back end of the truck, with Bryan's picture on it, was stuck under the low part of an arch.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST
MTV VMAS - THE TOUCHING MOMENTS
The M-T-V Video Music Awards are often about who is more shocking or who is wearing the least clothing. It had that, but also some poignant moments. Logic, Brampton, Ontario's Alessia Cara and Khalid performing ``1-800-273-8255,'' named for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. They were surrounded by suicide attempt survivors. Pink, who accepted the Video Vanguard Award, told a story about her six-year-old daughter thinking she's the ugliest girl in the class. Pink asked her if her mama ever grew out her hair or changed her body, and her daughter said no, then asked if her mama sells out arenas, and she said yes. Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars paid tribute to his friend Chester Bennington and mentioned Chris Cornell. The night also featured a descendent of Robert E. Lee speaking out about racism and the mother of Heather Heyer, the protester killed in Charlottesville, announcing a scholarship foundation.
MTV VMAS - WHO WON
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Here are the winners of last nights' MTV Video Music Awards:
Video of the year: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar
Artist of the year: Ed Sheeran
Collaboration: ``I Don't Wanna Live Forever,'' Zayn & Taylor Swift
Pop: ``Down,'' Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane
Hip hop: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar
Dance: ``Stay,'' Alessia Cara & Zedd
Rock: ``Heavydirtysoul,'' Twenty One Pilots
Fight against the system: ``Black SpiderMan,'' Logic feat. Damian Lemar Hudson; ``Immigrants (We Get the Job Done),'' The Hamilton Mixtape; ``Light,'' Big Sean; ``Scars to Your Beautiful,'' Alessia Cara; ``Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL,'' Taboo feat. Shailene Woodley; ``Surefire,'' John Legend.
Song of summer: ``XO Tour Llif3,'' Lil Uzi Vert
New artist: Khalid
Art direction: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Production Designer:
Choreography: ``Fade,'' Kanye West (Choreographers: Jae Blaze, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Teyana Taylor & Derek Watkins)
Cinematography: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Cinematographer:
Direction: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Directors: Dave Meyers, The Little Homies)
Editing: ``Wyclef Jean,'' Young Thug (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric
Visual effects: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Company: Timber/Lead:
INVICTUS GAMES - SPRINGSTEEN
The Boss has been added to the lineup for next month's Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto.
Bruce Springsteen will join Bryan Adams, Bachman and Turner, Kelly Clarkson and Coeur de pirate at the Sept. 30 showcase.
The multi-sport competition was founded by Prince Harry as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers on their paths to recovery.
The Sept. 23 opening ceremony will feature performances by Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and the Tenors.
Springsteen, who is preparing to launch a Broadway show in New York in the fall, says it will be an ``honour and a privilege'' to perform for the athletes at the Games.
There will be 550 competitors from 17 countries coming to Toronto to compete in 12 sports, including track and field, swimming and, in a first for the Invictus Games, golf.
MTV VMAS - NO TAYLOR SWIFT
Those hoping for a big moment when Taylor Swift showed up to the M-T-V Video Music Awards when Katy Perry was hosting -- well, they were disappointed. The only appearance Swift made was in her new video for ``Look What You Made Me Do.'' Swift and Perry have had a public feud over the past few years, but Perry had indicated she'd like it to end, leading to speculation that Swift might make an appearance. Swift won an award for best collaboration with Zayn for ``I Don't Wanna Live Forever.''
Jack Antonoff accepted on her behalf.
RIGHT SAID FRED - LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT'S SONG
Right Said Fred got a blind offer a little over a week ago, and saying yes to it was the equivalent of hitting the lottery. Fred Fairbrass of Right Said Fred tells Rolling Stone they were told a ``big contemporary female artist who hasn't released anything in a while'' wanted to borrow from their song ``I'm Too Sexy.'' They took a gamble on it and found out Friday it was Taylor Swift's ``Look What You Made Me Do.'' Fairbrass says they guessed it was Swift. He says the original was a cynical song and he likes ``the cynical aspect'' of ``Look What You Made Me Do.'' He also is grateful Swift asked first.
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 M-T-V Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video. Lamar's ``Humble'' won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction and visual effects on Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He also gave an explosive performance of ``Humble'' and ``D-N-A,'' backed by ninjas dancing near fire. But the V-M-A's, hosted by a forgettable Katy Perry with performances by Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran, was tamer than most years, not relying on the shock value and wild antics of past shows. Instead, touching performances and powerful speeches took centre stage.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017
SHANIA TWAIN - EXPLAINS BRAD PITT
The reason Shania Twain name-check Brad Pitt in her song ``That Don't Impress Me Much'' is because he was in the news at the time she wrote the song. The Canadian star tells Billboard magazine Playgirl had published nude photos of Pitt, and she remembers thinking, ``I don't know what all the fuss is about.''
She was writing her ``Come On Over'' album at the time, so he was on her mind. She says she wasn't picking on Pitt, but it was ``the association in that moment.''
HOUSTON CONCERTS - HURRICANE HARVEY
Lady Antebellum's concert in Houston has been called off for Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey. The concert, which also featured Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, probably will not be made up. Refunds are being offered. Coldplay is scheduled to play NRG Stadium tonight. Mary J. Blige and A Simple Plan also have shows in Houston tonight. Harvey is expected to become a major hurricane today and could make landfall tonight or early Saturday.
LUIS FONSI - ``DESPACITO''
Luis Fonsi says it would be conceited of him to assume he should be nominated or automatically win an award for ``Despacito.'' The song was a notable snub when the nominations for the M-T-V Video Music Awards came out. On Tuesday, M-T-V created a new category, ``song of summer,'' and ``Despacito'' is one of the contenders. Fonsi says with all due respect to any award, he gets more validation from the millions of people who have viewed the video or downloaded the song. The M-T-V Video Music Awards are Sunday outside Los Angeles. Kendrick Lamar and his song ``Humble'' lead the nominations with eight.
BOB SEGER - PALACE AT AUBURN HILLS
Bob Seger can blow the roof off his September 23rd concert, because the venue will close after he's done. The Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit will shut its doors after Seger plays there. It was the home of the Detroit Pistons for
29 years, but the Pistons will move to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Detroit Red Wings will play there too. What happens to the Palace has not been determined.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017
KANE BROWN - RENT STRUGGLES
Kane Brown will tell his story about his family struggling to make rent to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Brown will speak September 12th at a congressional briefing on the rental-housing crisis on behalf of the advocacy group Make Room.
Brown says as a kid, he and his mother lived in a car because they couldn't afford rent.
MICHAEL FRANTI - PEACEFUL PROTEST
Michael Franti is urging those who will join him at a protest this weekend to think peace, no matter how agitated the situation might get. Franti and Spearhead will play Saturday in San Francisco at a counter-protest to a nearby gathering of white nationalists on that same day. Franti says on Facebook people might be ``personally angry and want to punch a Nazi,'' but they should not get sucked into violence that will focus the attention away from the message of equality.
LOCKN' FESTIVAL - CHARLOTTESVILLE
Bob Weir says, ``The times really demand that we embrace each other.'' Weir will be one of the performers at the LOCKN' Festival in Arrington, Virginia, this weekend, the first big event in the Charlottesville area since the racially charged rally that left one dead on August 12th. Weir says he believes the people who attend the festival are ``all of one solid opinion in regard to what happened.'' He expects the obvious way that the artists will address the issue is through song selection. The festival also will feature Phil Lesh, John Fogerty, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists and Brandi Carlile.
DEMI LOVATO - MAYWEATHER-McGREGOR - FIGHT
Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem before the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight this weekend. It airs on Showtime pay-per-view on Saturday.
PRINCE - FILM - ``SIGN O' THE TIMES''
Showtime is hoping people who missed the Prince film ``Sign O' The Times'' will give it another go. The 1987 movie was supposed to promote sales of his double album of the same name, but it bombed. It was never released on D-V-D. Showtime will begin airing it on September 16th.
TAYLOR SWIFT - NEW ALBUM
Taylor Swift is making sure you know her latest album, ``Reputation,'' is her work. The cover shows a photo of her with newspaper articles superimposed, and every word and headline is ``Taylor Swift.'' ``Reputation'' will come out November 10th. A new single will be out tonight.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN - FILM
Carly Rae Jepsen figured she'd be hanging out with her co-stars in the new animated film ``Leap!'' She didn't realize that voice actors often never even meet each other. Jepsen says she thought they'd all be in the same room and joking around, but it doesn't work that way. Jepsen's part was recorded during a break from her tour in Montreal. She was one of the last people in the film to lay down the voice track. The film is about a poor girl who steals the identity of another girl so she can enroll in the Opera Ballet School in Paris. Jepsen plays a ballet teacher named Odette. ``Leap!'' opens tomorrow.
LORETTA LYNN'S DAUGHTER - HEALTH UPDATE
Loretta Lynn's daughter says for those who remember her mother as a strong woman, she's still a strong woman.
Patsy Lynn Russell took her mother's place during the opening of an exhibit on Lynn at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday. Lynn had a stroke in May. Russell says her mother lent her wedding rings to Russell so that a part of her would be there.
Russell says Lynn told her to say, ``I love them and I will be back to see everybody.'' The Lynn exhibit runs through next August.
BEYONCE - JAY Z - NEW HOME
If you cringe every time you pay your mortgage, at least you don't have the monthly payments that Beyonce and Jay Z have on their new house in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times estimates they're paying more than 252 thousand dollars a month. Beyonce and Jay Z bought a house there for 88 million dollars, with a 52.8 million dollar mortgage. For that kind of money, they get a two-acre property, 30 thousand square feet of living space over six structures, four outdoor pools, a full-sized basketball court and a spa. It's the sixth-largest sale of a single family home in the Los Angeles area ever. It's also a flip.
Developer Dean McKillen bought it four years ago for 15 million dollars and finished improvements this year.
BRUNO MARS - NAMESAKE
Former pro wrestling champ Bruno Sammartino jokingly gave Bruno Mars a picture of himself in his prime to show he was muscular, not chunky. Mars met Sammartino for the first time during a tour stop in Pittsburgh. Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, says he was nicknamed Bruno by his dad, who thought he was a chunky baby and reminded him of his favorite wrestler, Sammartino. Sammartino also gave Mars a replica of his championship belt from the World-Wide Wrestling Foundation. Sammartino, who is now 81, says he didn't know much about Mars but he found him ``the most humble, nicest guy.'' By the way, Mars has said he chose the name Mars to add pizazz and because girls thought he was out of this world.
``SESAME STREET'' - PARODIES
The song ``Despacito'' has made its way to ``Sesame Street,'' only instead of being a song about seduction, it's about rubber duckies. ``Sesame Street'' has released a parody featuring Ernie and Rosita performing ``El Patito,'' literally, ``duckling.'' Ernie sings about the rubber ducky being his friend while Bert says, ``Oh no, not THIS song again!''
ROD STEWART - MTV VMAS
Sunday's M-T-V Video Music Awards will feature performances by Kendrick Lamar, Fifth Harmony, Katy Perry and Rod Stewart. Rod Stewart? He will team up with D-N-C-E for a new version of his hit, ``Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?'' They will release a version of it tomorrow. The V-M-As will be live from Los Angeles, but Stewart will perform remotely from Las Vegas.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017
MYSTIKAL - ARRESTED
Mystikal has turned himself in to authorities in northwest Louisiana to face a sexual assault charge.
K-S-L-A T-V reports Mystikal entered the Caddo Correctional Center on Monday. He was wanted on a warrant for first-degree rape stemming from an incident at a Shreveport casino in October. Mystikal was released from prison in 2010 after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion.
BILLY JOEL - YELLOW STAR - CONCERT
Billy Joel's only comment on the yellow Star of David he wore on his suit Monday was to release a statement quoting Edmund Burke: ``The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'' Joel wore the star during the encore of his show at New York's Madison Square Garden but he did not say anything about it. Joel is Jewish. Joel also welcomed Patty Smyth to the stage to sing her hit with Scandal, ``Goodbye To You,'' as photos of fired officials from U-S President Donald Trump's administration appeared on a screen behind them.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - FILM
The boy from the original ``Jurassic Park''movie has been cast as Queen bassist John Deacon in the movie about the band. The Hollywood Reporter reports Joe Mazzello, who played Tim in ``Jurassic Park,'' will portray Deacon in the film ``Bohemian Rhapsody.'' Ben Hardy, who appeared in ``X-Men: Apocalypse,'' will play drummer Roger Taylor. Gwilym Lee, who has appeared in the T-V series ``Jamestown,'' will play guitarist Brian May. Rami Malek from ``Mr. Robot'' was already announced for the Freddie Mercury role.
Production on the film is due to begin this fall. The movie is aiming for a release on Christmas 2018.
CAPITAL CITIES - RICK ROSS
Capital Cities had a choice: put out a few songs about summer as an EP now, or wait for a full album but put them out in the winter. Sebu Simonian (seh-BOO' sih-MOHN'-yahn) says they opted for an E-P, ``Swimming Pool Summer,'' because the songs wouldn't make sense in the winter. One of the guest musicians on it is rapper Rick Ross. Simonian says Ross was a fan of the band even before their first album. He says they hung out, kept in touch and exchanged musical ideas, until one day Ross liked their song ``Girl Friday'' and added a verse to it.
MIKE PATTON - INJURED
Former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton is bumped and bruised but mostly okay after an accident Monday. The posting for his current band, Dead Cross, puts it this way: ``He thought he could skateboard to the show last night but he wiped out on the way.'' Patton calls it a ``bad wipeout'' but adds, ``Nothing stops this tour!'' Dead Cross called off the show Monday in Los Angeles but did a makeup show last night.
ELEANOR RIGBY - GRAVE PAPERS
The documents for the burial site of the real Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool are for sale. The Guardian reports a certificate of purchase and a receipt for the grave space will be sold at auction, along with a miniature Bible with Rigby's name in it, dated 1899. Bidding is expected to go as high as five thousand dollars. Contrary to previous reports, buying the documents does not entitle the owner to be buried in the plot. Coincidentally, the handwritten score for the Beatles song ``Eleanor Rigby,'' signed by Paul McCartney and George Martin, is being auctioned as well. It's expected to go for 25 thousand dollars. Both lots will be sold at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Warrington, England, on September 11th.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017
OBIT- SONNY BURGESS
Sonny Burgess never had the hits that his label mates at Sun Records had, but his stage show blew many of them out of the water. Bands were reluctant to follow Burgess onstage in the 1950s because his performances were so wild. Burgess was considered one of the pioneers of rockabilly and was performing well into his 80s. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2002. Burgess died Friday in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 88.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT - ``UNPEELED''
Cage The Elephant tried not to think about the fact that they were recording themselves while performing live for their ``Unpeeled'' album. Guitarist Brad Shultz says that can stifle creativity. He says the challenge was to treat it as if they were making a studio record, just with an audience. Shultz says it was a nostalgia trip to strip down those songs, because that's how most of them were written. They couldn't strip down too far, though. He says they rejected a version of their song ``Hypocrite'' because without the horn section, it was missing too much.
FOLSOM PRISON - JOHNNY CASH TRAIL
The second leg of the Johnny Cash Trail will open in Folsom, California, on October 14th. The first pat of the trail was opened in 2014. The new part adds another mile and a quarter to it. The trail is part of a project that will include a three-acre park honouring Cash's memory. Cash made the Folsom State Prison famous when he released ``Folsom Prison Blues'' in 1968.
PENNYWISE - PENNYWISER BEER
Pennywise are the latest band to create their own beer. They teamed up with Lost Coast Brewery to make Pennywiser.
It's described as an easy-drinking India pale ale with a citrus aroma and hoppy flavour. It will have a limited release next month in Southern California stores, bars and restaurants, with expanded distribution in the coming months.
Lawyers for an entertainment company and an engineer accused in a deadly 2012 stage collapse at an outdoor Radiohead concert in Toronto are asking an Ontario court to stay the charges against them. Live Nation and engineer Domenic Cugliari argued yesterday that the case has seen unreasonable delays that violate their right to a timely trial. A British drum technician who was touring with Radiohead was killed and three other workers were hurt after part of a massive outdoor structure came crashing down during setup for the June 2012 concert at Downsview Park.
HERB ALPERT - NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM
It took Herb Alpert nearly 50 years to release a second Christmas album, yet it will be his sixth album in five years. Alpert will release ``The Christmas Wish'' on September 29th.
He put out his ``Christmas Album'' in 1968, featuring a version of ``Sleigh Ride'' that's still a standard on the radio during the holidays. ``The Christmas Wish'' will feature holiday classics like ``Silent Night,'' ''Winter Wonderland`` and ''Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.`` Alpert hit the top of the jazz charts in July with ''Music Volume 1.``
PEARL JAM - FILM - SOUNDTRACK
Pearl Jam will release a documentary based on their two concerts last year at Chicago's Wrigley Field. ``Let's Play Two'' was recorded August 20th and 22nd of last year. Given that frontman Eddie Vedder is a rabid Cubs fan, the documentary also traces the team's World Series run last year. The film will have a limited theatrical release at the end of September. The soundtrack comes out September 29th, and the documentary will be out on home video on November 17th.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017
The Harvest Sun Music Festival in Kelwood had their biggest crowd ever at the multi-genre music festival.
Performers old and new took to the stage all weekend long.
The show kicked off with locals, Better Than and continued Friday night with The Rob Waddell Band, Lakes & Pines and wrapped up with the Route 10 Collective with a tribute to Eric Clapton.
Saturday's Main Stage started with Songwriters Work Shop with the Small Glories, Kayla Luky, Rob Waddell, Marc Clement and Roger Roger.
Other performers on Saturday included Swamp Gas, Carly Dow and Logan McKillop, Roger Roger, The Sturgeons, Patti Kusterok, SC Mira, The Noble Theifs, ISKWE and wrapped up with a truly amazing closing set with Ego Spank!
Sunday began with the traditional Moody Manitoba Morning Workshop with hosts Rick Neufeld and Alana Levandoski, Don Amero, Don Zeuff, Mike Peters, Carly Dow, Logan McKillip & Ego Spank.
Other performers included Seanster and the Monsters, Raine Hamilton Trio, Kayly Luky, Don Amero, William Prince and Scott Nolan.
The show came to a close with the amazing Small Glories.
Whatever you do ... don't miss this festival next year!
OBIT - JERRY LEWIS - NOT JERRY LEE LEWIS
Oops. It was Jerry Lewis who died, not Jerry LEE Lewis. C-N-N ran an obit for Jerry Lewis but put Jerry Lee Lewis in the headline. Charlie Daniels expressed his condolences for Jerry Lee Lewis before tweeting, ``My bad yall. The Killer is still alive.
It's Jerry Lewis, not Jerry Lee Lewis who passed away. Sorry bout that. Read the alert wrong.'' For the record, Jerry Lewis did have a pop hit in 1956. ``Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody'' hit number 10.
One of the best viewing spots for the solar eclipse today is Nashville, so the country music community is hyped.
Jason Aldean says he's not usually into this kind of thing and had to ask why he couldn't just wear his regular sunglasses to view it.
He now knows it's because looking at an eclipse directly can cause terrible eye damage. Brad Paisley says he's making darn sure he's got the right glasses. The members of Old Dominion will be on a plane flying into Nashville when the eclipse happens and they joke they're going to make the plane tip because they'll all be trying to look from one side. In other music eclipse news for today, Ozzy Osbourne will perform ``Bark at the Moon'' at the Moonstock festival in Carterville, Illinois, where the duration of totality is expected to be two-and-a-half minutes. Bonnie Tyler and DNCE will perform on a cruise ship in the Caribbean Sea. The Grand Ole Opry, not usually open on Mondays, will be open for an eclipse party.
TRUMP - KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
U-S President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have dropped out of appearing at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Trump acknowledges his presence will be a ``political distraction.''
Three honorees -- T-V show creator Norman Lear, dancer Carmen de Lavallade (LAH'-vah-lahd) and singer Lionel Richie -- had said they were considering or had decided to boycott. Gloria Estefan had said she intended to bend Trump's ear about immigration issues. L-L Cool J did not say what his plans are. The Kennedy Center says the show is still a go for December 3rd but the traditional meeting at the White House the day before is off. It's only the fourth time in 40 years a president did not attend the ceremony.
MEEK MILL - FREE ON BAIL
Meek Mill has been arrested for allegedly popping wheelies on a dirt bike on the streets of New York. The New York Daily News reports Mill had posted photos on the dirt bike on Wednesday, and fans had said he turned on his livestream when police detained him. The photos were deleted by Thursday. Mill's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, says Mill was singled out because he's famous. The judge ruled Mill is free without having to post bail, as long as he completes driver's school. Mill is due back in court October 11th.
LUIS FONSI - SAME AND DIFFERENT
Luis Fonsi has not changed a lot since ``Despacito'' became a global hit. He still treats people the same and he does his normal things. He just answers the phone a whole lot more. Fonsi says he's getting calls from artists from around the world who want to collaborate with him. He also is busting his reputation as just being a balladeer. Fonsi says he wants to push the envelope and surprise people within the realm of pop music.
DICK GREGORY - ``GIVE PEACE A CHANCE''
One of comedian Dick Gregory's claims to fame: he sang on ``Give Peace A Chance'' by John Lennon. Gregory wrote in his book, ``Callus on My Soul,'' he thought of Lennon as ``a beautiful person who tried to bring peace wherever he was.'' Gregory said he was right there by Lennon and Yoko Ono when they wrote ``Give Peace A Chance.'' He wrote, ``It was just like John and Yoko to put my name on the label credits when it was released.'' Gregory died Saturday in Washington after fighting a severe bacterial infection.
He was 84.
FUTURE - CHARLOTTESVILLE SHOW
Future called off his performance in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend out of respect for the victims of violence at a rally there last week. Future was supposed to perform at a back-to-school rally at the University of Virginia on Saturday. He tweets he felt it was not right to perform at this time. He also called off his show in Virginia Beach. He says Virginia is very important to him and he gives his word he's coming very soon.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017
YVONNE ELLIMAN - ARRESTED
Yvonne Elliman and her husband have been ordered to stay put in Guam after their arrests for illegal drug possession. The Pacific Daily News reports Guam customs agency dogs sniffed out methamphetamine and marijuana as the couple arrived in Guam Tuesday for a benefit concert. They have been released on 10-thousand dollars personal recognizance bonds but they can't leave Guam without court permission. They're also forbidden to go to clubs or bars. Elliman is allowed to perform as planned at the concert, which will benefit a local school. She is probably best known for the 1978 hit ``If I Can't Have You.''
KATY PERRY - TOUR
Katy Perry says parts of her stage production were not ready in time for her rehearsals, so her tour launch will be pushed back. She was supposed to begin the tour September 7th in Columbus, Ohio. Instead, she will start September 19th in Montreal.
Noah Cyrus will open for the first part of the tour. Purity Ring will do the second part. Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen opens on all dates in 2018.
JOHNNY CASH'S CHILDREN - SPEAK OUT
Johnny Cash's children say they are ``sickened by the association'' of a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi wearing a Cash T-shirt during a Fox News interview on Saturday. The man was at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent, with one woman dead. The five children say their father protested the Vietnam War, was a voice for the poor, acted as an advocate for prisoners and worked to end gun violence among children. They say even the casual use of his name of image would have horrified him.
ARETHA FRANKLIN - RETIREMENT PLANS
Aretha Franklin plans to spend a lot of her time in Detroit when she's done with touring. Franklin tells The Detroit Free Press she's renovating a house within the city limits that will be her permanent home. She's lived in the suburbs for some time.
Franklin also is planning to open a small nightclub in downtown Detroit where she can sing when she feels like it or invite some of her favourite music acts to perform. She says coming up with the name was easy. It will be called Aretha's. Franklin has already said she will stop touring after this year.
LADY ANTEBELLUM - PREGNANCIES
Lady Antebellum seem to do everything together.
They're even timing their babies. The group announced on Instagram that Dave Haywood and his wife are expecting, as is Hillary Scott and her husband. The Haywoods' baby is due in December, while Scott is due in February. They call it ``baby Bellum round 2'' and accompany it with a picture of Haywood's son Cash, who is almost three, Scott's four-year-old daughter Eisele , and Charles Kelley's 18-month-old son Ward.
MONDO COZMO - ``PLASTIC SOUL''
Mondo Cozmo got another chance to release a first album. Frontman Josh Ostrander says ``Plastic Soul'' is his first album as Mondo Cozmo, but he released albums in previous bands that failed. Ostrander says a lot of artists second-guess their work, but he feels ``Plastic Soul'' is a complete thought. The album came out two weeks ago and he's already working on the next one. Ostrander says songwriting is such second nature for him that he gets up, has a cup of coffee and starts writing every day.
FOO FIGHTERS - PBS
Foo Fighters' concert at the Acropolis in Athens is coming to P-B-S stations this fall. P-B-S will air ``Foo Fighters - Landmarks Live In Concert'' beginning November 10th. The show takes popular musicians and asks them to perform in interesting settings. Frontman Dave Grohl says they've done some crazy things over the past 20 years, but this might be the craziest thing they've ever done. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith hosts the show and conducts an interview with the band.
RALPH STANLEY - TRIBUTE CONCERT PLANNED
Dierks Bentley, Daryl Worley and Heidi Newfield of Trick Pony will sing in memory of Ralph Stanley. The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will host a Stanley tribute concert on October 19th. Other artists involve include T. Bone Burnett, T.
Graham Brown, Doug Supernaw and Cody McCarver of Confederate Railroad. Stanley died last year.
IRON MAIDEN - COMIC
Iron Maiden's video game is now being expanded into a five-issue comic book. ``Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast'' is about band mascot Eddie travelling across space and time to battle forces in an effort to regain pieces of his shattered soul. The video game of the same name came out last year. The first issue of the comic comes out October 11th.
BONNIE TYLER - ECLIPSE
You got Bonnie Tyler singing ``Total Eclipse of the Heart.'' You got DNCE doing ``Cake By The Ocean.'' Passengers on the Royal Caribbean cruise to St. Maarten Monday have their soundtrack set. Tyler and DNCE will perform on the Oasis of the Seas ship as part of the ``Total Eclipse Cruise.'' It leaves Sunday from Florida and will be on its way to St. Maarten on Monday when the solar eclipse happens. DNCE will serve as Tyler's backing band.
SHELBY LYNN - ALLISON MOORER
You'd think it would be pretty easy for sisters to make an album together. Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer never could find the time. Lynne and Moorer tried to collaborate six years ago but they didn't have time to write songs together. They tried again to make an album, only this time they decided to do cover songs. The result is the album ``Not Dark Yet,'' out today. They cover songs like ``Every Time You Leave'' by the Louvin Brothers and ``My List'' by The Killers. They did do one original, a song called ``Is It Too Much.'' Moorer calls it a love letter between them.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017
MANCHESTER ARENA - REOPENING CONCERT
Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds will headline a concert to reopen Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, the site of the deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in May. The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley will perform as well at the September 9th show. Twenty-two people were killed and more than 200 injured by a suicide bomber as Grande's concert finished at the arena on May 22nd.
MANCHESTER ARENA VICTIMS' FAMILIES - COMPENSATION
The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund will distribute 324 thousand dollars to each of the families of the 22 people killed at an Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) concert in Manchester, England, three months ago. Billboard reports fund officials announced that the payments are the result of ``the phenomenal outpouring of public support following the attack.''
Manchester councilor Sue Murphy, who is the fund's chair of trustees, says the fund will take time to figure out how to distribute the rest of the money by looking at the long-term impacts of the attack. A suicide bomber detonated a backpack full of explosives at Grande's concert on May 22nd.
TAYLOR SWIFT - WINDOW MESSAGES
Taylor Swift has sent flowers to the Denver company that used Post-It notes to quote her songs on its windows during her sexual assault trial. A spokesman for Craftsy, an online site for crafts, says they are ``absolutely thrilled'' with the flowers. Swift's note thanked them for ``brightening my day for every day I was in Denver.'' The company posted lyrics from Swift's songs, like ``Fearless,'' ``Haters gonna hate'' and ``People throw rocks at things that shine'' in its windows as a show of support.
Swift won her case that stated former radio personality David Mueller (MYOO'-ler) grabbed her up her skirt during a meet-and-greet at a Denver concert in 2013.
NILE RODGERS - FIRST SHOW
Nile Rodgers claims he has missed only one show in his life. He wasn't about to make it two. Billboard reports Rodgers missed his concert with Earth, Wind and Fire in Toronto on Sunday because of an undisclosed ailment that required a hospital stay. Rodgers tweeted on Tuesday as he was discharged from the hospital was that he felt like a new man, and ``1st thing this new man wants to do is a show.'' Rodgers was back on stage in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and it was in remission in 2014.
THOMAS RHETT - BABY GIRL
Thomas Rhett is a dad for the second time in three months. Rhett announced on Instagram his wife, Lauren, gave birth to a girl on Saturday. They have named her Ada James Akins. In May, they brought home their adopted daughter, Willa Gray Akins, who is a toddler from Uganda. The couple had announced the adoption in February at the same time they announced Lauren's pregnancy.
BILL MEDLEY - ELVIS PRESLEY
Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers became friends with Elvis Presley because they both loved motorcycles and both felt lonely. Medley says they each had millions of fans, but you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.
Medley says Presley invited him to watch one of his shows from the side of the stage and that's when Medley witnessed the transformation. Medley says Presley's intro music started playing, women started screaming and Presley looked over at him. Medley says that's when he went from Elvis his buddy to Elvis Presley the star.
CHEAT CODES - ``NO PROMISES''
If you read the online comments about the song ``No Promises'' by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, there seem to be two recurring themes. One is, ``Is that Justin Bieber singing?''
and the other is, ``Demi and Trevor should be a couple.'' As for the first one, singer Trevor Dahl says it's only on that song that people think he sounds like Bieber, but since Bieber is a big star, he takes it as a compliment. As for the second, he jokes he used to be shy with Lovato but now he feels like he can ``put the mack down and see what happens.'' Bandmate Kevi Ford told Dahl he should say, ``Demi, I love you. You're beautiful. I'm ready to marry you.''
FORMER TRAIN DRUMMER - SELLING HOME
The former drummer for Train is selling his home outside Nashville that's steeped in country music tradition.
The Nashville Tennessean reports Scott Underwood and his wife, Cheryl, is asking 4.2 million dollars for the estate known as ``First Lady Acres.'' George Jones bought the house in 1974 and he lived there with Tammy Wynette until 1979. Record label owner Gayron ``Moe'' Lytle then moved in. Later, songwriter George Richey and Earl and Randy Scruggs lived there. The Underwoods bought it last year for 2.4-million dollars. The house has nine bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a gym, a pool, a theatre, a safe room and a helicopter pad.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: WHERE'S THE DRUMMER?!
Belle and Sebastian left something important behind during a pit stop on their way to a gig in St. Paul, Minnesota: their drummer. Singer Stuart Murdoch tells KCMP-FM in St. Paul the band stopped at a Walmart in Dickinson, North Dakota, and they accidentally left drummer Richard Colburn behind.
Colburn was in his pyjamas and only had a credit card on him.
Murdoch says Colburn had left his phone and I-D on the bus, and Colburn waited four hours, thinking someone would notice. The rest of the band had fallen asleep. Murdoch says they used to have a system for accounting for everyone but abandoned it when everyone got phones. The band even tweeted to fans for help getting Colburn to the concert. Colburn was able to get on a plane, even without an I-D, and made Tuesday's show in time.
DOLLY PARTON - KIDS ALBUM
Dolly Parton is putting out her first children's album. Parton wrote and recorded all the songs for the album ``I Believe In You.'' It includes a new version of her song ``Coat of Many Colors,'' as well as Parton reading the book version of the song. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to her Imagination Library, which provides books to more than one million children. The digital version of ``I Believe In You'' comes out September 29th, with physical albums available October 13th.
``A A A A A VERY GOOD SONG'' - HOT SELLER ON ITUNES
Why would nearly ten minutes of silence be a hot seller on iTunes? It's all in the name. ``A a a a a Very Good Song'' by Samir Mezrahi is in the top 50 on i-Tunes. For a lot of smartphones that are plugged into car stereo systems, the songs play alphabetically by default. With a title like that, users get a bit of quiet for a few minutes. You'd think silence would be free, but iTunes is charging 99 cents for the track.
SHANIA TWAIN - ACTING
Shania Twain will appear in John Travolta's upcoming racing movie. Variety reports Twain has joined the cast of ``Trading Paint.'' Travolta plays a former dirt track racing legend whose son joins a competitor's racing team. The details of Twain's role were not given. The movie will also feature Michael Madsen, Kevin Dunn and Toby Sebastian from ``Game of Thrones.'' Production began this week in Alabama.
DRAKE - OFF THE HOT 100 CHART
For the first time in eight years, Drake is not on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. His songs ``Passionfruit'' and ``Signs'' were hovering near the bottom of last week's chart and fall off completely this week. It all started when his song ``Best I Ever Had'' debuted on the chart on May 23rd, 2009.
He's been on the Hot 100 every week since, either as a lead artist or as a featured act. His streak ends with 431 weeks on the chart.
The closest contender is Lil Wayne, with 326 weeks. Rihanna is third with 216 weeks.
QUEEN LATIFAH - AWARD - DIDDY'S REVOLT CONFERENCE
Diddy is giving Queen Latifah an award. Queen Latifah will receive the Icon Award during Diddy's REVOLT music conference in Miami in mid-October. She will be honoured for her accomplishments in music, film and television. Lauryn Hill, S-Z-A and Daniel Caesar will perform at the gala. Diddy started the REVOLT channel in 2013.
CMA'S - JO WALKER-MEADOR DEATH
Former Country Music Association executive director Jo Walker-Meador has died. The C-M-A says she died yesterday in Nashville at the age of 93. She was the C-M-A's office manager when it was created in 1958. She became the executive director in 1962 and held that position for 29 years. While Walker-Meador was in charge, the C-M-A launched the fundraiser to build the Country Music Hall of Fame, started the annual C-M-A Awards television show and created Fan Fair, the precursor to the C-M-A Festival. Walker-Meador admitted when she first started with C-M-A, she didn't know anything about country music.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017
ELVIS - 40TH ANNIVERSARY
For many fans of Elvis Presley, today is a day to remind themselves that it's been 40 years since the music icon died. This will also be the first year that people will have to pay for the right to take part in a procession past Presley's grave.
The trek used to be free, But now, Graceland is charging 28 dollars and 75 cents for the privilege and that isn't sitting well with some Presley fans. Graceland, for its part, says it decided to add the paid wristband to update security measures at the tourist attraction.
TAYLOR SWIFT - TRIAL
The former radio host who lost that groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift says he wanted to see the matter through even if the final decision went against him. David Mueller tells The Associated Press a friend suggested he get out of the case early. But he says he ``couldn't go on'' with his life without taking steps to clear his name. As it turned out, his name became muddier as a result of the case. Swift won a symbolic one dollar judgment after the jury ruled he groped Swift during a 2013 photo op in Denver.
PINK - VANGUARD AWARD
Pink will get one of the big awards at this year's M-T-V Video Music Awards. She will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on August 27th at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The Vanguard award honours musicians who have had an impact on pop culture with their songs, fashion and music videos. Past winners include Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. Pink will also perform at the event.
DAVID CROSBY - TED NUGENT - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Ted Nugent has gone around suggesting the reason he isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of his politics.
But fellow musician David Crosby says there's a simple reason Nugent isn't in: he ``just isn't good enough.'' Nugent most recently speculated to an Albany, New York radio station (W-Q-B-K) last week that his right-wing views have held him back. Crosby apparently disagrees. He has been inducted into the Hall twice, once for being part of The Byrds and for his role in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
MISS AMERICA JUDGES
Former ``American Idol'' winner Jordin Sparks and country star Thomas Rhett will be among the celebrity judges at this year' Miss American pageant. Sparks and Rhett will help judge the competition, which is set for Atlantic City on Sept. 10th.
ROBERT YANCY - NATALIE COLE - CHILD DIES
When Natalie Cole died on New Year's Eve of 2015, she left behind a son, Robert Yancy. Now the singer's only child has joined her in death. Yancy was found dead Monday at his home in Los Angeles after authorities were asked to make a welfare check on him. He was just 39. The L-A County Coroner's office says Yancy's death appears to have been caused by natural causes. But official word of what killed him won't be known until an autopsy is complete.
DRAKE - BILLBOARD
Drake's record-breaking reign on the Billboard charts is over. The Toronto rapper's unprecedented run of 431 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 singles chart has ended. It's the first time Drake is absent from the chart since his smash hit ``Best I Ever Had'' entered at Number 92 in 2009. The Canadian has had 157 charted titles -- the most among solo artists.
TAYLOR SWIFT - SEX ASSAULT TRIAL
The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift says he had no interest in backing away from case even though it ended up going against him. David Mueller tells The Associated Press he could have backed down but felt he couldn't go on with his life without defending himself. A jury in Denver ruled two days ago that Mueller groped Swift during a photo op before a concert in 2014. Swift's team initially tried to keep the accusation quiet by not reporting the incident to police, and instead contacting Mueller's bosses. But it became public when Mueller sued Swift for up to three million dollars, claiming her allegation cost him his 150-thousand-dollars-a-year job at country station K-Y-G-O-F-M, where he was a morning host.
TAYLOR SWIFT - POST-ITS
Taylor Swift is saying thanks to a Denver company that she says helped her get through her groping trial. The singer has sent the team at Craftsy a bouquet of flowers along with a note. The company created colourful signs featuring sticky notes of her song lyrics in its windows during her trial. And in her note, Swift thanked the company for ``brightening'' her day. A company rep says the workers are ``absolutely thrilled'' that Swift was pleased by their efforts.
(The Canadian Press)