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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

 

A vintage 1970s guitar owned by Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn's politically charged lyric books are on display as part of a new exhibition at Calgary's National Music Centre.

Organizers of the space, which is part of Studio Bell, say they've launched a tribute to Canadian musicians who recently received honours for their contributions to music. The showcase features personal items and instruments from the latest inductees to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The National Music Centre says the exhibit continues until fall 2018. 

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TICKET SALES LAW

 

Ticket resale site StubHub says capping ticket resale prices artificially controls a global market and will lead to unintended consequences. The statement is in response to Ontario's Ticket Sales Act -- a bill passed yesterday to protect ticket buyers. The legislation bans tickets from being resold at more than

50 per cent of the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by scalper bots. It also includes a ban on scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event then resell them at a large profit. Ticketmaster has also warned that the legislation puts companies that are playing by the rules at a disadvantage.  

 

PAT DINIZIO - REMEMBERED

 

  Julian Lennon says he recently thought about reaching out to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens for a collaboration, but ``it just wasn't meant to be.'' DiNizio died Tuesday at the age of 62, but details of his death were not given. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray says DiNizio ``could craft an effortless, classic pop song.'' Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin says he'll never forget the great nights hanging with DiNizio and playing guitars. R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says he always enjoyed speaking with DiNizio and hearing him play. 

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JON BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi fans may see guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with the band for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Singer Jon Bon Jovi says Sambora is ``absolutely invited'' to participate in every aspect of Bon Jovi's induction.

Sambora says he'd be happy to accept. Sambora left the band in 2013 but he says he has no malice toward anyone. Bon Jovi says if he's interested, the band also is happy to welcome back bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994. Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues says their induction is a victory for their fans, because it ``has now validated the music they so love.'' Next year's inductees also include The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an early influence. The inductions will be April 14th in Cleveland.

 

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WALK THE MOON - DON'T SAVE THE PINATAS

 

One of the most amazing gifts Walk The Moon ever got from a fan was a pinata. Singer Nicholas Petricca says it was full of notes of appreciation from fans of the band. That spurred other fans to send pinatas to Walk The Moon. Petricca says he put one in his mom's basement and forgot about it -- until he realized it was filled with candy, not notes.

The basement became infested with rats. Petricca says a trail of wrappers led to the couch, and under it was a treasure trove of wrappers and rat droppings. As he puts it, ``Sorry, Mom.'' 

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ALICE COOPER - RECORDS HIS FIRST SONG

 

Alice Cooper has dug way back for material to record. Cooper's new single is called ``The Sound of A,'' and it's the first song he wrote entirely on his own, in 1967. Original Alice Cooper Band bassist Dennis Dunaway rediscovered it. It will be released as a single on Feb. 23rd, but Cooper released a video for it this week. 

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BJORN ULVAEUS - NO TO ABBA REUNION

 

Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA says they will never reunite for concerts because it would be a ``hassle'' and enormous pressure. He says doing ABBA concerts would be like robbing himself of two or three years of his life, when he could be paddling his surf ski off the coast of Stockholm instead. Ulvaeus made his comments at the opening of a new London exhibition about ABBA. 

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DYLAN SCOTT - BABY

 

Dylan Scott is a dad, as of Tuesday night. He posted a photo on Instagram of his wife, Blair, holding their newborn son. They've named him Beckett Scott Robinson. He's their first child. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

 

 

JOSH HOMME - TWO APOLOGIES

 

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme (HOM'-ee) has apologized for kicking a photographer while onstage. Then he apologized again. Video from the band's concert near Los Angeles Saturday shows Homme swinging his leg into a camera. Photographer Chelsea Lauren writes on Instagram the camera smashed into her face and she had to get medical treatment. Homme tweeted an apology, saying he was ``in a state of being lost in performance'' and thought he was kicking lighting equipment. He later posted a two-minute video apologizing to Lauren by name, saying he wants to be a good man but that night he failed. 

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BULLIED KID - SNOOP DOGG - JUSTIN BIEBER

 

The kid from Knoxville, Tennessee, who went online to complain about bullies who said he has no friends now can count Snoop Dogg, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Kelsea Ballerini among his friends. Keaton Jones said in his video other students called him ugly, made fun of him and poured milk on him. He questioned the point of bullying and urged others to not let it bother them. Snoop says Keaton has ``a friend for life'' in him. Bieber calls Keaton ``a legend'' for still having compassion. Among the others who have pledged to be Keaton's friend are Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Hailee Steinfeld, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Cole Swindell and Ricky Martin.

Cardi B calls out the bullies on her Instagram, saying ``That's not gangsta!'' 

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TINA TURNER - SECOND BOOK

 

Tina Turner has survived a life-threatening illness. You'll have to wait until her book comes out next year to find out the details. Turner is working on a sequel to her 1986 autobiography, ``I Tina.'' It's called ``Tina Turner: My Love Story.'' She promises she will write about finding love and an illness she never disclosed before. The book will come out in October. 

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COUNTRY - REAL-VERSUS-FAKE CHRISTMAS TREES

 

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is planning a Christmas memory this year. It's either the year he has a glorious real Christmas tree for once, or the year the tree aggravates his allergies so much that his throat closes up. Kelley says because Lady A is taking a break, he figured he could risk it. Brett Eldredge can sympathize. He got a real Christmas tree for the first time last year and had to get rid of it after two days because he was sneezing so badly. Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay thought he'd avoid the mess of a real tree by getting an artificial one. He says it made just as much of a mess when he got it out of storage because the fake snow on it kept coming off. Reba McEntire grew up with real trees but did not like having to maintain them. She says she goes fake now because with a fake tree, ``you can just sit there and look at it.'' 

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MARY J. BLIGE - GOLDEN GLOBES

 

Mary J. Blige says she had to disconnect from herself to play a sharecropper's wife in the film ``Mudbound.''

Blige says she wears a lot of wigs and weaves, but director Dee Rees wanted her hair to have ``nappy edges'' for the character of Florence. Blige says it was hard to let go of the Mary that everyone knows, but ``Florence actually liberated Mary.'' Blige got two Golden Globes nominations for her work on ``Mudbound,'' one for acting and one for co-writing the song ``Mighty River.'' Her competition for best song includes Mariah Carey, who co-wrote ``The Star'' from the film of the same name, and Nick Jonas, who co-wrote ``Home'' from ``Ferdinand.'' The other best song nominees are ``Remember Me'' from ``Coco'' and ``This Is Me'' from ``The Greatest Showman.'' Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is nominated for best score for ``Phantom Thread.'' The Golden Globes are Jan. 7th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017

 

BONO PROMISES ANSWERS ON ``PARADISE PAPERS'' INVESTIGATION

 

Bono says he plans to be as transparent as possible on his business arrangements that were named in the so-called ``Paradise Papers.'' Documents that were leaked to the media indicate Bono is one of several high-profile people with offshore tax arrangements. Bono was shown to be a stakeholder in a company in Malta that owned a shopping mall in Lithuania. It's particularly embarrassing to Bono because of his work as an anti-poverty activist. Bono tells a German newspaper (Sueddeutsche Zeitung) once the investigation into the matter is complete, he will be the first to report the details. He says fans ought to know that ``should anything fishy have happened, I would be at least as angry as they would.''

 

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U2 IS NUMBER ONE AGAIN

 

U2 has scored their eighth number-one album.

``Songs of Experience'' moved 186,000 units in its first week of release, putting it in the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. U2 is the fourth act and the only group to have number-one albums in each of the past four decades. The others are Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.

 

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ALICE COOPER IS CAST AS KING HEROD FOR ``JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR''

 

NBC has cast King Herod in its upcoming live version of ``Jesus Christ Superstar'' and it's Alice Cooper. The production has not yet announced the other roles. It will air on Easter. Show creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have had their eye on Cooper for some time. They asked Cooper to record a version of ``King Herod's Song'' from the musical for the 2000 cast album release.

 

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JANA KRAMER SUFFERS MISCARRIAGE

 

Jana Kramer decided to go public with her miscarriage because she did not want to feel alone. She writes on Instagram she wanted to shout from the rooftops when she found out she was pregnant but kept it low-key ``for reasons like this.'' She says she thought she had to suffer silently with her loss, but she decided to change that. Kramer admits she is ``knee deep in crying and trying to listen to God.'' She miscarried once before. Kramer and her husband, former Washington Redskins tight end Mike Caussin, have a 22-month-old daughter, Jolie Rae.

 

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JOHN LEGEND HEADLINES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT

 

John Legend will sing for the Nobel Peace Prize winners today in Oslo, Norway. Legend last performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2006. This year's peace prize winner is the group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Legend says becoming a father has made him think more about what the world is going to be for his children. He says he's glad this year's prize is going to a group `` dedicated to actually making the world safer for everybody.'' Zara Larsson and Lukas Graham are among the other performers at the concert.

 

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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN SHOOTING OUTSIDE NICK LACHEY'S RESTAURANT

 

A grand jury has indicted a 36-year-old man on charges he shot a bar manager at Nick Lachey's (lah-SHAYS') restaurant in Cincinnati on Thanksgiving. Police say Lavoris Hightower turned himself in Thursday night. Prosecutors say bar manager Ellie Richardson was leaving Lachey's when she was nearly hit by a van. She approached the van, and prosecutors say the driver shot her in the face. Hightower has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, having a weapon under disability and tampering with evidence. Lachey says 98 Degrees will hold a benefit concert for Richardson on Friday. 

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CHARLEY PRIDE RECALLS HIS BASEBALL CAREER

 

Charley Pride thought his path to success was going to be professional baseball, not country music. Pride says he remembers hearing about Jackie Robinson while picking cotton with his dad. He figured baseball would be his ticket out of that. Pride signed with the New York Yankees organization and bounced around the minor leagues for a while. He was with the Los Angeles Angels in

1961 but got hurt. He laughs that they sent him home ``with a tuna fish sandwich and an orange.'' Pride still has an eye toward baseball. He holds a minority stake in the Texas Rangers. 

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GOSPEL MUSIC MUSEUM IN THE WORKS IN CHICAGO

 

A museum dedicated to gospel music is planned for Chicago on the site of the church credited with being one of the first supporters of it. The National Museum of Gospel Music will be built on the site of the Pilgrim Baptist Church. The church's musical director, Thomas A. Dorsey, was a blues pianist who popularized a blend of Christian text with jazz and blues. Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland sang at the church.

The church burned down in 2006 and only the exterior walls still stand. The design for the museum calls for using the existing church walls with a glass-encased roof. Organizers hope to open the museum in 2020. 

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(The Canadian Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017

 

 

NEIL YOUNG - AUCTION

 

Neil Young fans will have the opportunity to buy his rare model trains, his Hawaiian shirts and his golf shoes.

Julien's Auctions will hold an auction of Young's possessions tomorrow in Los Angeles. Among the items for sale are prototypes and custom models of Lionel trains, five of his Hawaiian shirts and three pairs of his size 10 golf shoes. The auction also includes several ties and flannel shirts, Young's Budweiser-logo-shaped guitar and his 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse.

 

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FEIST - COOKBOOK

 

Feist is releasing a cookbook that's an accompaniment to her ``Pleasure'' album. ``Pleasures: The Meals of an Album'' is a song-by-song, day-by-day account of the meals chef Adrienne Amato prepared for Feist and her band while they recorded ``Pleasure.'' Proceeds will support the non-profit group Community Food Centres Canada. The book is available through Feist's website. 

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KEITH RICHARDS - ``On Air''

 

Keith Richards barely remembers some of the tracks that make up the new Rolling Stones album ``On Air.'' They were more than 50 years ago, after all. ``On Air'' collects songs The Rolling Stones performed in 1963 through 1965 on BBC shows like ``Saturday Club,'' ''Top Gear`` and ''The Joe Loss Pop Show.`` Richards says everything was frantic in those days, their schedule was frantic and ''the fans were particularly frantic.`` He says he was 19 at the time and ''it's all a bit of a blur, but a very pleasant one.`` The collection consists of 32 tracks that include Stones classics as well as Chuck Berry covers. It's out now. 

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KEVIN JONAS - SOCCER TRIAL

 

NEW YORK (AP) -- The trial of three South American soccer officials accused of taking bribes has included testimony from Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. He testified he had been to a Paul McCartney concert in Argentina in 2010 before his band performed in Buenos Aires. One of the defendants is accused of being bribed with tickets to McCartney's concert, but defence lawyers had refused to acknowledge the concert took place. Jonas said he did not have personal knowledge of the bribes. The officials have pleaded not guilty to bribery charges. 

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SIA - CRITICISM

 

Sia  says she is ``very protective'' of dancer Maddie Ziegler and anytime Ziegler wants to stop their collaboration, she can. Sia responded to an opinion piece in Britain's Guardian newspaper that questioned why Sia puts Ziegler, who is 15-years-old, in the spotlight while Sia won't even show her own face. Sia tweets she checks weekly with Ziegler to ``assure her if she ever wants it to stop, it stops.'' Sia says Ziegler was already famous when she discovered her, although she admits to expanding Ziegler's exposure. She says fame affects Ziegler differently than it affects her and ``if that changes, we stop.''

Ziegler has appeared in several Sia videos and performs live with Sia. 

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CHRIS STAPLETON - SONGWRITING BREAK

 

For as much of a reputation that Chris Stapleton has built as a songwriter, he has not done much of it lately. Stapleton says, ``Sometimes you have to let the well fill back up again.'' He says he may have to stop touring for a while ``for the other switch to flip.'' He was asked if he could make records for the next ten years without writing another song, and Stapleton says he could do that, but he still will write more songs.

His ``From A Room: Volume 2'' album is out now. 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017

 

 

TAYLOR SWIFT - WAITING FOR HER DOLLAR

 

Taylor Swift says she has yet to be paid the one dollar she won in the sexual assault trial against a Colorado D-J she accused of grabbing her rear end during a photo opportunity in 2013. Swift tells Time magazine, ``That act of defiance is symbolic in itself.'' Swift was one of the women pictured on the cover of Time's Person of the Year issue that featured the ``Silence Breakers'' who shared stories of sexual assault. Swift says her advice for others who find themselves victims of sexual harassment and assault is ``that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you.''

 

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TICKETMASTER - TAYLOR SWIFT TICKETS

 

Ticketmaster admits it's slowing down the process for Taylor Swift fans trying to buy tickets to her concerts.

Ticketmaster head of music David Marcus tells Billboard magazine tickets are being processed at about 18 tickets per show per minute, as opposed to the usual two-thousand per minute. He says that fights off bots and scalpers. Swift is using a Verified Fan system to sell tickets and Marcus says all fans who were verified will be able to buy tickets this week. He warns against people buying Verified Fan codes on eBay, because each code corresponds to an individual Ticketmaster account and you can't use someone else's code.

 

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NILE RODGERS - CANCER RETURNS

 Nile Rodgers of Chic reveals he was diagnosed with cancer again, and his prognosis is ``100 per cent recovery.'' Rodgers reveals on his website two different cancers within one mass were discovered on his kidney when he was being treated for an E-coli infection in August. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and it was in remission in 2014. Rodgers says with the new diagnosis, he was ``more relaxed, analytic and calm.'' He still kept his slate of international tour dates, then flew to Rochester, New York, for surgery. Rodgers says his health issues have delayed some big plans, but he promises what happens next year ``is beyond any of my wildest dreams.''

 

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JOHN MAYER - RECOVERY

 

John Mayer is thanking fans for the support after his emergency appendectomy earlier this week. Mayer tweets he woke up from surgery to ``some amazingly kind and loving tweets.'' He apologizes for failing to finish the run of shows with Dead and Company. The band put out a statement saying the concerts scheduled this week for Orlando and Sunrise, Florida, will be rescheduled in addition to the New Orleans show.

 

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GENE SIMMONS - BOOK

 

Gene Simmons' advice for becoming rich and powerful: learn English, be creative and have a lot of hustle.

Simmons says the guy who invented the pet rock is a ``billionaire.''

Simmons notes that he himself was not even born in the U-S and English is his fourth language. He recently published a book called ``On Power'' that profiles successful people like Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey. He also shares anecdotes from his own life. Simmons says it's fine to be proud of being from Serbia or Zambia or wherever, and you can speak your native language in America, but he'll always make more money because he learned ``the language of money, and that's called English.''

 

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MARTY STUART - PHOTO DISPLAY

 

The first photograph Marty Stuart took when he was 11-years-old was of Connie Smith at the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi. She's now his wife. Stuart's black-and-white photo collection is on display at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee. It's only been displayed one other time. The collection includes Stuart's photos of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Roy Acuff. The exhibit runs through February 28th.

 

BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi is a step closer to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bon Jovi won the fan vote, pulling ahead of The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars and Judas Priest. The top five fan vote winners get one extra vote in the official balloting, which is made up of industry professionals. The 2018 inductees will be announced next Wednesday.

 

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U2 - BERLIN SUBWAY RIDE

 

It was U-2 on the U-2 yesterday. Bono and The Edge took a trip on the Berlin subway line known as the U-2 from Olympic Stadium to the Deutsche Oper stop. They performed a short acoustic set on the platform. A local radio station gave out tickets for the ride and says about 120 people were on the train. 

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SUPER BOWL WEEK - PERFORMANCES

 

Ellie Goulding and D-J Kygo will join the festivities leading up to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. They will headline a show on Feb. 2nd, two days before the Super Bowl. Other acts performing as part of Super Bowl week include Florida Georgia Line, The Chainsmokers, Jennifer Lopez, Sheila E., The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time. 

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JIMI HENDRIX - LOST MUSIC

 

Recording engineer Eddie Kramer recalls the hair on his neck standing up when he heard Jimi Hendrix record in 1969.

He says the same thing happened again when he heard the tapes 48 years later. The upcoming album ``Both Sides of the Sky'' will feature 13 Hendrix tracks, ten of which have never been released.

Guest musicians include Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills. The album will come out March 9th. It's the third in the trilogy that also included ``Valleys of Neptune'' in 2010 and ``People, Hell and Angels'' in 2013. Kramer says the Hendrix estate still has some live footage of Hendrix that it plans to release.

 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018

 

ONTARIO - POET - LAUREATE - DOWNIE

 

 A bill has been introduced in the Ontario legislature that would create the province's first poet laureate position in memory of the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.

New Democrat Percy Hatfield's Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie) was introduced yesterday in the legislature.

Hatfield says Downie, who died of brain cancer earlier this year at age 53, was a poet, a singer and advocate for Indigenous issues. The poet laureate would write poetry, occasionally for use in the legislature, visit schools, present or arrange poetry readings, and assist with writing workshops or other activities. 

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RANDY TRAVIS - DASH CAM VIDEO

 

Randy Travis' management says if you see the dash cam video of his 2012 D-U-I arrest, you'll know that he was not himself. Travis' team failed to stop the release of the video and it came out Monday. Travis was naked but that's blurred. The video shows him praying, swearing and making threats. Travis' team says he was ``extremely altered'' because of a concussion and the substances in his body. They say he is deeply apologetic and he will still have his day in court over his rights being violated. 

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JOHN MAYER - APPENDECTOMY

 

John Mayer is recovering from an emergency appendectomy. His representative says Mayer was admitted to a hospital yesterday morning. He was supposed to perform with Dead and Company in New Orleans last night but the show has been postponed. 

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FRANCE - OBIT - JOHNNY HALLYDAY

 

Johnny Hallyday, the French rocker icon who packed sports stadiums and was the country's top rock star for decades, has died at 74. French President Emmanuel Macron's office announced his death in a statement early this morning, saying ``he brought a part of America into our national pantheon.'' Hallyday's glitzy stage aura was clearly fashioned around stars like Elvis Presley and his musical inspiration came from the likes of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Yet his stardom largely ended at the French-speaking world.

Canadian songstress Celine Dion was among stars sharing condolences at the news. 

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MEEK MILL - APPEAL

 

Meek Mill's lawyers are trying again to get him out of prison. His legal team has filed another appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Mill was sentenced last month to two to four years in prison for violating probation from a 2008 gun and drug case. His lawyers were unsuccessful in their appeal to the superior court last week. 

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QUEEN FILM - LOSES DIRECTOR

 

The director of the film about the band Queen has denied clashing with the actor who plays Freddie Mercury.

Director Bryan Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter he had creative differences with actor Rami Malek, but they successfully put those differences behind them. Malek had complained to Twentieth Century Fox Films about Singer's unprofessionalism on behalf of the cast.

Singer failed to show up on set several times. Singer says he asked for time off to care for a sick parent, which took a toll on his own health. He says while he would have loved to have finished the project, Fox would not accommodate him. A Fox representative says Singer is no longer directing the film. 

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GEORGE WINSTON - NOT NEW AGE

 

George Winston would never refer to himself as a new age artist. Winston says he's been dealing with misnomers since his first album and he prefers the term ``folk piano.'' He also prefers to play without shoes. Winston says he tries to eliminate the foot noise and he has better control of the pedals with no shoes. He says he doesn't think about his feet when he's playing any more than anyone else would think about their feet when they're walking. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017

 

MEEK MILL - JUDGE INVESTIGATED

 

Meek Mill's lawyers say the F-B-I was looking into the conduct of the judge on his case and that affects her impartiality. The F-B-I won't confirm or deny the investigation.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley has no comment.

Mill's legal team made the claim in a court filing but did not answer questions about it. On Friday, Brinkley denied a request to allow Mill out on bail, calling him a ``danger to the community.''

The Pennsylvania Superior Court last week ordered Brinkley to act without further delay on Mill's two-week-old request. He was sentenced last month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a gun and drug case from 2008. 

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CHRIS STAPLETON - CONGRATULATION WAKE UP

 

Chris Stapleton gets surprised by early-morning texts a lot. He says people will send him ``Congratulations'' texts and he says, ``What for?'' Stapleton says he usually doesn't know what's going on and that's how he finds out he's done something good. Last week it was for his three Grammy nominations, including best country album for ``From A Room: Volume 1.'' 

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ELLIE GOULDING - UN GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

 

Ellie Goulding was surrounded by giraffes when she accepted her new job. On Saturday, Goulding signed on as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment campaign at the Giraffe Manor outside Nairobi in Kenya.

Goulding says her focus will be on amplifying the activism of young people. She has a particular interest in air pollution, because she says she has been a lifelong sufferer of asthma and knows what it's like to struggle to breathe. 

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MONTGOMERY GENTRY - CONCERT DATES

 

For the first time, Eddie Montgomery will tour without Troy Gentry. Montgomery has announced a tour beginning Jan. 19th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He will keep the Montgomery Gentry name. He says there's a lot to celebrate, since next year is the 20th anniversary of the band. Gentry died in a helicopter accident in September. The duo's last album together, ``Here's To You,'' comes out Feb. 2nd. 

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER

 

Stone Temple Pilots want to show what their new singer can do. S-T-P will begin a tour March 2nd in Santa Clarita, California, featuring Jeff Gutt on vocals. Guitarist Dean DeLeo says they are ``thrilled to see all of you and share in the music that belongs to all of us.'' Except for the festival dates, each ticket purchase comes with a redeemable digital copy of S-T-P's new album that comes out next spring. 

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE - MARK PONTIUS

 

For a while, Foster The People drummer Mark Pontius was a homeless rock star. He says for the first year of the band's success, they were always on tour, so he just slept on friends' couches instead of maintain an apartment. He finally got a place with his sister but he didn't have a car. Pontius says his first big indulgence was buying a 1971 Chevy pickup. He says he still drives it all the time but he probably shouldn't because ``it's so old and pretty.'' He says driving adds character to it. 

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LIGHTFOOT - MASSEY HALL

 

Legendary Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot will give Toronto's Massey Hall one last hurrah before it undergoes a two-year renovation. Lightfoot will be the final artist to perform in the building before it closes its doors next year for a revitalization project that's scheduled to take until fall 2020. The 79-year-old Juno award winning singer-songwriter, who was born in Orillia, Ontario, will perform back-to-back performances on June 29th and June 30th. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday.

(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

LL COOL J, GLORIA ESTEFAN, LIONEL RICHIE GET KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

 

LL Cool J says he can think of other musicians who could have received the first Kennedy Center Honor for a rapper.

But he says he thinks he deserves it most. LL Cool J said while he's a modest guy, he doesn't want to be ``pseudo humble'' so he says when it comes to being the first rapper to get the Kennedy Center Honor, ``I'm the one!'' He, Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie all got their Kennedy Center Honors last night. The event was notable because President Donald Trump stayed away _ after some artists expressed concern about his policies and his criticism of pop culture. 

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JASON ALDEAN IS A NEW FATHER

 

Jason Aldean is a dad again. He writes on social media his wife, Brittany, gave birth to a boy on Friday. They've named him Memphis. Aldean says, ``In a year that has been a rollercoaster ride, this is what it's all about.'' Aldean has two daughters from a previous marriage. 

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KELSEA BALLERINI'S WEDDING WAS SATURDAY

 

Kelsea Ballerini is a married woman. Her representative tells People magazine Ballerini married musician Morgan Evans on a beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Saturday. They met in March, 2016 when they co-hosted the CMC Awards in Australia. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT KEEPS LEAD ON BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART

 

Taylor Swift's ``reputation'' album notches a third week at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved

131,000 units. The number-two album on the chart is one that's more than a year old: ``A Pentatonix Christmas'' by Pentatonix. It moved

70,000 units. It enjoyed a sales boost because of the group's special on NBC last week and an iTunes sale that offered the album for $6.99. Sam Smith's ``The Thrill of It All'' is third, moving 62,000 units. 

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BLEACHERS GO DARK TO MAKE MUSIC

 

Musicians who collaborate with Jack Antonoff of Bleachers often are confronted with an uncomfortable question from him: what's the worst thing ever to happen to you? Antonoff says he doesn't believe in being a hero in a song, or discussing the new pair of pants he just bought. He says it's far more interesting to discuss why he feels alone on this earth. Antonoff says people will lie to their therapists, but songwriters either have to go to that dark place or not, and they can't fake it. Antonoff says people can tell when they're not getting the truth, even if they're not sure how they know. 

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HUNTER HAYES CREATES SHOE FOR CHARITY

 

Hunter Hayes is promoting a shoe line that will benefit charity rather than himself. Hayes' ``Rescue Collection'' features two Superga sneaker designs based on the David Garibaldi paintings created in Hayes' video for ``Rescue.'' Each purchase comes with a lyric sheet autographed by Hayes. All of the proceeds from the sale of the shoes will go to North Shore Animal League America. The shoes sell for $95 a pair on Zappos.com. 

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JOSH GROBAN, KELLY CLARKSON WILL SING ON ``A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS''

 

Josh Groban will headline the annual CBS special aimed at promoting foster care. Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown also will perform for the ``A Home For The Holidays'' special. The show features the inspirational stories of foster families and the kids they took in. The special runs Dec. 19.

 (The Canadian Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017

 

 

RANDY TRAVIS - DUI FOOTAGE

 

Randy Travis' team is still hoping to stop the release of dash-cam footage from Travis' D-U-I arrest in 2012, even though a judge paved the way for its release as soon as today.

Travis' team has started a petition at Change-dot-org to keep the footage private. A federal judge denied Travis' request to stop the Texas Department of Safety from releasing the footage, which shows Travis naked and ranting. Travis' family had argued because his speech is impaired from a stroke suffered in 2013, he can't comment on or defend his actions. The judge said the case did not show a substantial likelihood of succeeding. The Texas attorney general agreed to redact portions of the footage because Travis is naked.

Travis' attorney has filed motions to get the ordered stayed while he appeals. 

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AD-ROCK - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT - FATHER

 

When Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys was forced to choose sides between his father, award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz _ and nine women accusing his dad of sexual misconduct, Ad Rock chose the women. The New York Times reports the women have accused the elder Horovitz of fondling and rape. One of the women was Ad-Rock's former high school girlfriend. Ad-Rock says in a statement to The New York Times, ``I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.'' 

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DMX - TAX FRAUD

 

D-M-X faces jail time after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Prosecutors say he dodged 1.7-million in taxes by insisting on being paid in cash and by having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of financial surrogates. Authorities say the I-R-S has been going after D-M-X since at least 2005. He faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is set for March 29th, but that date will probably be postponed while he's seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. 

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GLEN CAMPBELL - WILL

 

Glen Campbell cut three of his eight children out of his will. The Nashville Tennessean reports records filed in Davidson Probate Court in Nashville indicate Campbell stated he was ``specifically excluding'' his daughter Kelli and his sons William and Wesley from any part of his estate. The will is dated Sept. 1st, 2006, and names his wife, Kim, as executor. Campbell revealed in 2011 he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He was married four times. A hearing on the will is scheduled for Jan. 18th. Campbell's estate is estimated to be worth at least 50-million dollars. 

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MODEST MOUSE - LAWSUIT

 

Singer Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse is being sued over a traffic accident last year in Portland, Oregon. Brock fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a City of Portland pickup truck, which hit a Subaru, which hit another Subaru, which likely hit another car that left the scene. Police could not confirm intoxication, so Brock was cited for careless driving and paid a fine of 435-dollars. City employee Cassidy Kane, who was driving the pickup, is suing Brock for 865-thousand. Her lawsuit says she suffered herniated disks in her spine and she still has pain and numbness from tissue and muscle damage. 

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KELLY CLARKSON - INSTRUMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson admits she never became proficient at playing a musical instrument because she couldn't immediately be great at it. Clarkson says she tried piano but discovered she couldn't play Beethoven right away, so she quit. She says she tried guitar but found out she couldn't play Jimi Hendrix.

Clarkson says she knew if she was going to go to college, she needed to earn a vocal scholarship, so she put all her effort into that and had no patience to learn more music. She's a bit jealous of those who play instruments, though. Clarkson says if those players have the flu, they can still play, but she can't sing if she has the flu. 

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BEYONCE - SELENA GOMEZ - INSTAGRAM

 

Beyonce's photo announcing her pregnancy with twins is Instagram's most-liked photo of 2017. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo announcing the birth of his daughter is second. Selena Gomez's photo lying in the hospital next to her kidney donor, Francia Raisa , is third. Selena Gomez is the most-followed celebrity on Instagram, with more than 130-million. Ronaldo is second with 116-million, and Beyonce is third with 115-million. 

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FLORENCE WELCH - POETRY BOOK

 

Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine will publish a book of poetry next summer. ``Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry'' will feature lyrics, never-before-seen poetry and sketches. Welch writes in the preface the term ``useless magic''

comes from her feeling that songs are subconscious warnings she doesn't understand until years later, or a prediction that comes true that she couldn't stop. The book will be out July 5th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

 

 

Q-TIP - CRITICIZES GRAMMYS

 

It may be the Year of Rap with the Grammy nominations, but Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is wondering where the love is for them. Q-Tip posted an angry profane Instagram video blasting the Grammys for ignoring the final album from A Tribe Called Quest, ``We Got It From Here....Thank You 4 Your Service.''

Q-Tip points out Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix never won Grammys. He suggests the Grammy people ``come over to the Kennedy Center,'' where he is the new artistic director.

 

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JUSTIN BIEBER - IMPOSTOR SENTENCED

 

A 50-year-old man from Waterbury, Connecticut, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for pretending to be Justin Bieber and Harry Styles to get girls to do sexual things online. Federal prosecutors say John Eastman contacted girls through online chat services in 2012 and talked them into sexually explicit conduct. Prosecutors say he kept recordings on his computer. Eastman was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation. He has 31 past convictions, including sex-related crimes.

 

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JON PARDI - JOB HISTORY

 

Jon Pardi quit his first job at a grocery store because he hated the music. Pardi says he left because the music was bad and because making sure the soup cans were all facing the same way was not much fun. Pardi also worked for a Ford dealership, for an air conditioning company and for a construction company before ending up as a lifeguard. Pardi says he still does construction, only it's for himself. He says his dad is handy and his buddy is a contractor, so they work on his house.

 

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TOM MORELLO - AUDIOSLAVE

 

If Tom Morello had had his way, Audioslave would have been an even more political band than Rage Against The Machine.

Morello says he discovered that great bands have to be authentic and Audioslave was not going in that direction. As a result, Morello channeled his political activism into projects like his Nightwatchman solo project and the non-profit group Axis of Justice.

Morello says he was surprised that Rage ever took off. He says when they formed, they didn't think they'd even be able to book a club date because of the band's racial makeup, the hybrid music they played and what he calls their ``neo-Marxist politics.''

 

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BRAD DELP - MEMORABILIA AUCTION

 

The silver glitter platform shoes that once belonged to Boston singer Brad Delp and his New Hampshire driver's license will be auctioned off starting Dec. 5th. R-R Auction also is offering Delp's high school diploma and yearbook, all his backstage passes from the 1979 Boston tour of Europe, and his bank deposit book from 1967 through 1980 that is accompanied by a photo of Delp at Disney World with Goofy. The centerpiece of the auction is Delp's

1873 Chickering rosewood piano, estimated to sell for at least 50-thousand dollars. The items are from the personal collection of Delp's ex-wife, Micki Delp. Delp killed himself in 2007.

 

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``ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU'' - HOLIDAY LIST

 

Does it seem like wherever you go lately, you hear ``All I Want For Christmas Is You?'' It's the most popular holiday song for 2017, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, based on its analysis of streaming and radio airplay data. ``A Holly Jolly Christmas'' is second, followed by ``Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.''

Number four is ``Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,'' and number five is ``Last Christmas.'' The list does not include songs in the public domain, like ``Silent Night.''

 

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SARA BAREILLES - BROADWAY

 

Sara Bareilles recruited Jason Mraz to appear in the Broadway musical version of ``Waitress.'' Now she'll return to the show and they'll be in it together for two weeks. Bareilles will return to the role of Jenna beginning Jan.

16th for six weeks. Mraz is in the role of the doctor and has extended his run so they'll both perform together Jan. 16th through 28th. Bareilles wrote the score for the show.

 

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SAMANTHA FOX - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

Maybe you remember Samantha Fox as the British underage pin-up girl who had hits with songs like ``Touch Me'' and ``Naughty Girls (Need Love Too).'' A lot happened since then, like she fell in love with a woman. In 2015, she lost her manager and partner of 16 years, Myra Stratton, to an aggressive form of cancer.

Fox writes about her life in the book ``Forever,'' which is out now.

Fox describes the book as one of ``humour, glamor and heartache.''

 

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(The Associated Press)