MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 31, 2017
MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE TOP-EARNING DEAD CELEBRITY
Even in death, Michael Jackson is raking in the cash. Forbes estimates Jackson's estate earned 75-million dollars million in the past year. That puts Jackson on top of the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities for a fifth year in a row.
Jackson's earnings come from a new greatest hits album, a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and a stake in the E-M-I music publishing catalogue. In second place is golfer Arnold Palmer, with 40-million dollars. His earnings come from big sales of his clothing line in Asia and from Arizona Beverages selling his lemonade-and-ice tea blend. Charles Shultz is third with 38-million dollars. Elvis Presley is number four with 35-million dollars, and Bob Marley is fifth with 23-million dollars.
JOHN McEUEN LEAVES NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen has parted ways with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the band he co-founded 50 years ago. McEuen writes on Facebook he was informed two years ago he was voted out of the company that the band formed and he was considered an employee. He says he still did the 50th anniversary shows for the fans. McEuen will do his first show since his departure on Friday in Plymouth, New Hampshire. His band includes former Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members Les Thompson and John Cable.
KELLY CLARKSON EXPLAINS HER ``KILL MYSELF'' COMMENT
When Kelly Clarkson said she wanted to kill herself during the darkest parts of her career, she meant that metaphorically. Clarkson had told the British magazine Attitude, ``When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself.'' Clarkson says what she meant is that it was ironic that people thought she was the picture of health because she was thin, when really she was sick all the time. Clarkson says she didn't take care of herself because she was worried about people depending on her. Clarkson says no matter what people say about her weight or her hair or her singing, she doesn't let it get to her. She jokes, ``I don't know if it's a bad thing, but I have a really really good level of self-confidence going.'' Clarkson just released a new album called ``Meaning of Life.''
GLAMOUR MAGAZINE HONORS SOLANGE KNOWLES
Solange Knowles is one of Glamour magazine's women of the year. She tells the magazine her goal with her ``A Seat at the Table'' album was to reclaim and change her own narrative.
Other honorees include actress Nicole Kidman, comedian Samantha Bee, supermodel Gigi Hadid and ``Wonder Woman'' director Patty Jenkins.
The honorees will be featured in Glamour magazine and will attend a November 13th gala in New York.
THREE PRINCE HEIRS ASK COURT TO REMOVE ESTATE EXECUTOR
Three of Prince's half-siblings want a judge to remove the company that manages his estate because they say master tapes of unreleased music were taken without permission.
Sharon, Norrine and John R. Nelson have filed a motion to remove Comerica Bank and Trust as estate executor. The three say Comerica removed the contents of Prince's vault, including the tapes, from his Paisley Park home outside Minneapolis and shipped them to California. Comerica says it did discuss the move with the heirs.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
SHOTS FIRED - JASON ALDEAN CONCERT
A 22-year-old man from Walls, Mississippi, will have a court appearance today for firing shots after a Jason Aldean concert in Tupelo on Friday. Steven Michael Hulbert is charged with aggravated assault after police say he shot an unidentified man in the chest. Police were already on the scene as security for the concert. Witnesses say a small group of men argued in the parking lot after the show and Hulbert allegedly fired four to six shots. Police say the shots hit the victim and several vehicles. People still inside the arena were kept inside until police determined they could safely leave. Less than a month ago, Aldean was on stage when 58 people were killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
VEGAS GUNMAN - BRAIN EXAMINED
A scientist at Stanford University plans to examine the brain of the gunman responsible for killing 58 people during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st.
Dr. Hannes Vogel of Stanford's neuropathy department tells The New York Times the chances are slim of finding anything that might explain why Stephen Paddock opened fire. However, he says Las Vegas authorities told him to spare no expense in examining Paddock's brain. The exam is expected to take place this week.
JAM MASTER JAY - MURDER
Fifteen years after Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC was shot to death, New York police are no closer to finding his killers. His cousin, Ryan Thompson, says potential witnesses may not come forward because they could be jailed as accomplices. On October 30th, 2002, Jay was in a studio in Queens when two armed men were buzzed in. Some reports say Jay hugged one of the men before he was shot in the head. Thompson, who once worked security at the studio, says the security camera was broken. Some speculated Jay's death was a result of unpaid debts. Police had identified a convicted armed robber as a suspect but the man was never charged.
OFFSET CARDI B - PROPOSAL
Cardi B is doing some heavy lifting these days. Her engagement ring supposedly weighs eight carats. Cardi B got engaged to Offset of Migos when he dropped to one knee on stage and proposed during a concert in Philadelphia on Friday. Cardi B showed off the ring on Instagram.
JACKSONS - FAMILY HOME
Janet Jackson admits when she saw the old family house in Gary, Indiana, she started crying. The Northwest Indiana Times reports Jackson and her brother Randy Jackson visited the house on Friday, then answered questions for students at Roosevelt High School, where their siblings Jackie and Rebbie attended. Janet Jackson says the family moved when she was a preschooler and she hasn't been back in Gary since she was eight-years-old. Randy Jackson says when they left, all they had was ``love and a dream.'' One student asked about Janet's baby, and she says every doctor told her it wasn't possible but she has ``a beautiful, healthy son.''
LINKIN PARK - TRIBUTE
Linkin Park brought on some big talent for the tribute concert to late singer Chester Bennington in Los Angeles on Saturday, including surprise guests Alanis Morissette, Bebe Rexha and Gavin Rossdale. However, one of the most uplifting moments was when Linkin Park performed their song ``Numb'' as an instrumental and let the crowd of 17-thousand provide the vocals. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda debuted an unfinished song written in response to Bennington's death. Other performers include Machine Gun Kelly, Steve Aoki, Sydney Sierota of Echosmith, Jonathan Davis of Korn, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Sum 41 and members of System Of A Down and No Doubt.
TRUMP - WRONG GREENWOOD - BIRTHDAY
U-S President Donald Trump sent birthday greetings by accident to a New York lawyer rather than the singer of ``God Bless The USA.'' Trump tweeted, ``Happy birthday to the great (at)leegreenwood83. You and your beautiful song have made such a difference. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!'' The Twitter handle for Lee Greenwood the singer is (at)TheLeeGreenwood. The other Lee Greenwood says, ``I get this a fair amount, but certainly not at this level.''
Trump later corrected the tweet.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017
DRAKE DID NOT SUBMIT MUSIC TO GRAMMYS
Drake's ``More Life'' album has no shot at winning a Grammy. He did not enter it for consideration. A person close to the nomination process speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity says Drake did not submit the album or any of its songs for Grammy consideration. Representatives for Drake and for the Recording Academy did not return requests for comment. Drake could still win a Grammy if a song that features him is submitted.
The Grammy nominations will be announced November 28th. The Grammys are January 28th.
FLORIDA'S HIGHEST COURT RULES AGAINST THE TURTLES
The Turtles have suffered another blow in their quest to be paid for oldies airplay. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled Sirius XM Radio does not need to pay them to play songs like ``Happy Together.'' The Turtles' Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan had claimed their rights were violated when Sirius XM played their songs without permission or compensation. Sirius XM argued it did not need permission to play songs made before 1972, when federal copyright rules were changed. The Turtles lost a similar case in New York last year.
KENNY ROGERS SAYS GOODBYE TO CONCERTS
Dolly Parton jokes she has no advice for Kenny Rogers because he already knows everything, but she might have a little information for him. Parton was one of the singers who joined Rogers in Nashville on Wednesday for his farewell concert. Parton says it was the last time they'll do ``Islands in the Stream'' together onstage. The Judds reunited for the show, and Lionel Richie sang ``Lady,'' the song he wrote for Rogers. The lineup also included Reba McEntire, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore and Little Big Town, as well as some unusual acts who Rogers influenced: Elle King and The Flaming Lips.
LIONEL RICHIE TELLS THE STORY OF ``LADY''
Lionel Richie can adjust on the fly if it means getting another musician to pick up his song. Richie says he was pitching a song called ``Baby'' to Kenny Rogers years ago. Rogers kept talking about his new bride and what a lady she was. When Rogers asked the name of the song, Richie thought fast and said, ``'Lady.''' Richie did not even have the song finished, because he never finishes a song for another artist unless they like the first verse. Richie says Rogers liked ``Lady'' enough that he told Richie he had only a few days to finish it before Rogers was going to record it. ``Lady'' became one of Rogers' biggest hits. Richie sang it at Rogers' farewell concert in Nashville on Wednesday.
TWIGGY RAMIREZ RESPONDS TO RAPE ALLEGATIONS
Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez says he has only recently been made aware of rape allegations against him.
Ramirez says in a statement to Pitchfork he does not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. He says he will take some time to be with his family and focus on his sobriety. He says if he has caused anyone pain, he apologizes and truly regrets it. He does not mention his former girlfriend, singer Jessicka Addams of Jack Off Jill. She had written on Facebook earlier this month that Ramirez abused and raped her.
JOHN LEGEND AMONG WINNERS OF SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN INGENUITY AWARDS
John Legend is being honoured as an innovative artist. He's been named a winner of Smithsonian magazine's American Ingenuity Award for performing arts. Other winners include ``Selma''
director Ana DuVernay, the creators of the Broadway musical ``Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,'' and ``Sesame Street'' for creating an autistic Muppet. They will be honoured at a ceremony in Washington on Nov. 29. Their accomplishments will be explored in the December issue of Smithsonian.
LADY GAGA, JOE BIDEN RECORD PSA FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS
Lady Gaga and former Vice-President Joe Biden are advocating for sexual assault survivors. Lady Gaga has tweeted a video of her and Biden in support of the non-profit group It's On Us. Lady Gaga discusses how as a sexual assault victim, she knows it's ``terrifying waking up every day feeling unsafe in your own body.'' Biden says Lady Gaga has shown great courage and it's on everyone to intervene when they see abuse or hear about it.
PRINCE'S PERSONAL ITEMS GO ON DISPLAY IN LONDON
Prince's sister says he was always picky about the details when it came to his stage clothes. Tyka Nelson says Prince would tell his clothing designers to make the blue a little bluer or add more buttons. She says he saved all his stuff with the intention of showcasing it for his fans. Paisley Park has been open for tours for about a year, but now his personal belongings are on tour. Nelson says a ``miniature Paisley Park'' has been created inside London's O2 Arena to show off items from Prince's estate. The exhibit runs through January 7th.
AARON TIPPIN CREATES ANOTHER SIGNATURE WINE
Aaron Tippin doesn't just slap his name on a wine bottle and claim it's his. He says he was hands-on for the entire process of making his Aaron Tippin ``Kiss This'' Sweet Cherry Wine. He selected the juice, did the blending and worked on the processing with Stonehaus Winery of Crossville, Tennessee. The winery and select liquor stores will start selling Tippin's wine on Nov. ember 17. Tippin worked with Stonehaus Winery on another wine, Aaron Tippin ``Country Jam'' blackberry wine, in 2015.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017
PAT BOONE MOURNS FATS DOMINO
Pat Boone says Fats Domino would introduce his song ``Ain't That A Shame'' by pointing to his piano-shaped diamond ring and saying, ``Pat Boone bought me this ring with this song.''
Boone writes on Facebook he always credited Domino every time he did the song. Boone made his name early in his career covering songs by black musicians and ``Ain't That A Shame'' was Boone's first number-one hit. Boone says Domino was ``a legend, an original, and we both knew we were very instrumental in each other's success.''
Domino died Tuesday at the age of 89.
LITTLE RICHARD: FATS DOMINO WAS ``ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS''
Little Richard calls Fats Domino ``one of my greatest inspirations.'' Richard says, ``God was tops, but earthly, Fats was it.'' Richard says Domino was ``one of the greatest entertainers that I've ever known.'' They were both in the first class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Domino died Tuesday at the age of 89.
BOB SEGER HAS SURGERY
Bob Seger's surgery for his vertebra ``couldn't have gone better,'' according to his doctors. Seger posts on social media he had surgery on Friday to address the medical issue that forced him to postpone his tour. Seger had announced three weeks ago the problem was ``urgent'' but he did not give details. Rescheduled dates have not yet been announced.
METALLICA, DAVE MATTHEWS, G-EAZY PLAN WILDFIRES BENEFIT CONCERT
Metallica bassist Kirk Hammett says the recent wildfires in northern California literally stopped at his front gate. He tells the San Francisco Chronicle some of his neighbours were not so lucky. Metallica, along with Dave Matthews and G-Eazy will do a benefit concert for victims of the fires on Nov. 11 in San Francisco's AT&T Park. G-Eazy says the Bay Area is forever his home, and ``it hurts to see so many people lose everything.'' The fires killed at least 40 people and caused one-billion dollars in damage.
TWIGGY RAMIREZ LEAVES MARILYN MANSON'S BAND
Marilyn Manson has ``decided to part ways'' with bassist Twiggy Ramirez. Manson simply says he will replace Ramirez for his upcoming tour and he wishes him well. Ramirez's former girlfriend, singer Jessicka Addams, recently wrote on Facebook Ramirez mentally and physically abused her as well as raped her.
Ramirez has not commented on the accusations or his parting with Manson.
LUKE COMBS: THE TRAPPINGS OF SUCCESS
Luke Combs dreamed of stardom, and now that's he's got it, he's nostalgic for those good ol' days as a nobody.
Combs says for a couple of years, he and his band travelled in a 15-passenger bus to gigs in college towns, trying to make names for themselves. He says back then, they couldn't wait to have enough money to travel in tour buses, and now that they can, he misses the van. Combs says it was a blast hanging with his boys, doing the ``us-against-the-world kind of thing.''
``MICHAEL JACKSON'S HALLOWEEN'' AIRS FRIDAY
Michael Jackson will star as the Man in the Moon in an animated Halloween special featuring his music. Also, he will appear as a mad-scientist cat, a bat and a dancing jack-o'-lantern.
Executive producer John Branca says Jackson loved Halloween and the special is ``just for fun.'' It's about two teenagers who go to a haunted mansion on Halloween, but it's not too scary for little kids to watch. ``Michael Jackson's Halloween'' airs Friday on C-B-S.
BOB DYLAN'S GUITAR IS FOR SALE
The guitar Bob Dylan played at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh is for sale. Heritage Auctions estimates the 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar will sell for more than 300-thousand dollars during an auction November 11th in Dallas.
Dylan sold it in 1977 for $500 to Larry Cragg, his guitar repairman.
Cragg kept it in a humidity-controlled environment all this time.
Dylan also played the guitar during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour of the mid-1970s and at several other concerts.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 25,
Canadian musician Alice Glass has posted a lengthy online message to fans alleging abuse at the hands of her former Crystal Castles bandmate. Glass alleged on her website that her former Crystal Castles partner Ethan Kath (whose birth name is Claudio Palmieri) abused her dating back to when she was 15 and he was 25. She alleges he was manipulative and controlling during a relationship that included non-consensual sex and physical and emotional abuse. In a statement provided by his lawyer, Kath said he was -- quote -- ``outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,'' adding her story is pure fiction. (The Canadian Press)
EMINEM COPYRIGHT CASE
Eminem's publisher has won out against New Zealand's main conservative political party. A judge says the party breached copyright by using a song similar to the rapper's ``Lose Yourself'' in its campaign ads and now has to pay 415-thousand dollars, plus interest. The National Party ran a television ad that used the song ``Eminem Esque'' 186 times during its successful 2014 election. Publisher Eight Mile Style sued, saying the track ripped off the rapper's acclaimed 2002 hit. The case could have broader implications for other organizations that use so-called ``sound-alike'' tracks sold by commercial operators.
BILLY JOEL IS A DAD
It's another girl for Billy Joel. His wife, Alexis, gave birth to Joel's third daughter on Sunday at New York University hospital. They've named her Remy Anne Joel. The Joels also have a 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose. Joel's eldest daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, was with her father and stepmother during the delivery. Billy is 68, Alexis is 35, and Alexa Ray is 31.
KID ROCK ANNOUNCES ALBUM, TOUR AND NO SENATE RUN
Kid Rock's new album, ``Sweet Southern Sugar,''
comes out Nov. 3, and his tour starts Jan. 19 in Nashville. His campaign to be the U.S. Senator from Michigan starts...never, and he's laughing if you believed it. Rock tells Howard Stern's Sirius XM show he knew all along there wouldn't be a campaign, but since he was hoping to drum up attention for the album and tour, he went with it.
LUDACRIS HOSTS SERIES THAT PAIRS UNKNOWN MUSICIANS WITH STARS
Ludacris says it would have been a dream of his as a kid to do an LL Cool J song and have him notice. Ludacris hopes to give that chance to some aspiring musician. Ludacris is the host of the YouTube show ``Best.Cover.Ever.'' Musicians like Demi Lovato and Flo Rida (RY'-dah) pick two acts who best covered one of their songs and invite them to Los Angeles for duets with them. Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, the Backstreet Boys, Nicky Jam, DNCE and Bebe Rexha are also part of the series. Ludacris warns there are a lot of tears, because ``some of the best moments are the ones where you don't realize how hard people have been working.'' The series debuts Nov. 20.
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
JANET JACKSON IS QUIET ABOUT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S SUPER BOWL GIG
Lots of people are talking about the N-F-L's announcement that Justin Timberlake will do the Super Bowl halftime show. Janet Jackson is not one of them. Jackson has not commented publicly on the decision for Timberlake to headline the show February 4th in Minneapolis. Timberlake and Jackson were the stars of the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' Super Bowl halftime show of 2004. Billboard quotes an N-F-L rep denying that Jackson was banned from N-F-L activities after that. When asked about the wardrobe malfunction during ``Sunday Night Football,'' Timberlake promised, ``That won't happen this time.''
GEORGE YOUNG OF THE EASYBEATS DIES
Easybeats guitarist George Young, the older brother of Malcolm and Angus Young of AC/DC, has died. Billboard reports George Young died Sunday at the age of 70. Details of his death were not given. He co-wrote the Easybeats hit ``Friday on My Mind'' with guitarist Harry Vanda. The two also wrote the song ``Love Is In The Air,'' a hit in 1977 for John Paul Young -- no relation. George Young and Vanda later became producers and worked on AC/DC recordings. AC/DC say in a statement George Young was a dedicated musician and they could not have asked for a finer brother. They add, ``Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.''
PHARMACISTS CITED FOR TRYING TO ACCESS PRINCE'S DRUG HISTORY
Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded for trying to access Prince's medical records in the days after his death last year. The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has imposed penalties on Katrina A. Kalb in Indianapolis, Kimberly M.
Henson in Selma and Michael Eltzroth in Crown Point. Officials say the three separately entered Prince's legal name and date of birth into a database that allows pharmacists and physicians to check drug histories of patients. None of the pharmacists had treated Prince.
They have been ordered to ethics training, and Henson and Eltzroth were fined.
EUROPE: ``THE FINAL COUNTDOWN'' SURPRISED US, TOO
The band Europe thought ``The Final Countdown'' was a throwaway song. Singer Joey Tempest says they considered it an album track, albeit one that would be great to do live. Tempest says when it became a pop smash, the band was booked for pop festivals and TV shows that clashed with their hard-rock roots. Tempest says in 2012, when Europe was recording their ``Bag of Bones'' album, they had a pretend funeral for their 1980s sound. He says the synthesizers felt wrong, so they felt it was proper to say goodbye.
Europe's latest album, ``Walk The Earth,'' is out now.
SCOTT IAN SPILLS HIS ROCK STORIES IN NEW BOOK
You want crazy stories about being a rock star?
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is telling all, in a new book called ``Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life.'' The chapter called ``Everybody Hurts'' is about him punching Michael Stipe at a David Lee Roth party. The one called ``Married With Children''
answers the often-asked question, ``Did you have sex with Kelly Bundy?'' The one called ``The Most Boring Tour Story'' is about his underpants. And the one called ``Your Hero Should Never Wear Daisy Dukes'' is about Lemmy from Motorhead. ``Access All Areas'' comes out December 12th. Ian also wrote the 2015 memoir, ``I'm The Man.''
MAN FINED FOR SINGING C+C MUSIC FACTORY
A Canadian man is fighting a 149-dollar ticket from Montreal police who seem to have issues with his singing.
Taoufik Moalla says he's appealing a ticket he was given in September after Montreal police pulled him over. When he was asked if he was screaming, Moalla replied he was just singing to the C+C Music Factory song ``Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).''
Police cited him for screaming in a public place. Moalla denies he was singing as loudly as police claim.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Country star Alan Jackson, the late guitarist and singer Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Loretta Lynn returned to the Hall of Fame for the first time since she suffered a stroke in May to formally induct Jackson. Lynn said Jackson was the only person that could make her leave her house. George Strait, Alison Krauss and Lee Ann Womack each performed one of Jackson's songs in his honour. Jerry Reed died at age 71 in 2008. His daughters accepted on his behalf. And Schlitzhad some advice to his grandchildren seated in the audience. He said ``No one does this alone. In your life, be a part of something bigger than yourself.''
VERUCA SALT'S LOUISE POST SAYS DIRECTOR JAMES TOBACK VICTIMIZED HER
Louise Post of Veruca Salt says when the Harvey Weinstein scandal hit, she cried over her own sexual harassment experience 30 years ago. It wasn't Weinstein, though.
Post is one of 38 women who agreed to talk to The Los Angeles Times about being harassed or assaulted by writer and director James Toback, who wrote the film ``Bugsy.'' Post was a student at Barnard College when she met Toback in 1987. Post says going to his apartment has been a source of shame for her for 30 years because she allowed herself to be ``so gullible.''
Post says she cried recently for ``the 20-year-old woman who lost something vital that day -- her innocence.'' Toback denies the allegations.
LADY GAGA AND FIVE FORMER PRESIDENTS APPEAR AT HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT
Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the One America Appeal concert near Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
The show-stopper, though, was the five living former presidents taking the stage together: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W.
Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. President Donald Trump sent video remarks. The concert was a fundraiser for victims of recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The concert also featured Lyle Lovett, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Cassadee Pope, Lee Greenwood, Yolanda Adams and Alabama.
SOLANGE KNOWLES GETS APOLOGY FROM NEWSPAPER THAT AIRBRUSHED HER BRAIDS
As Solange Knowles reminded Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, ``Don't Touch My Hair.'' The newspaper has apologized for digitally altering a photo of Knowles' elaborate braids. The original photo of Knowles shows her hair braided in a circle that extends at least a foot above the top of her head. The cover photo took that out. The magazine says it altered the photo for ``layout purposes.'' It adds, ``Plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.'' The article quotes Knowles as saying she considers braiding an art form and recalls her experiences in her mother's salon as a child.
Knowles posted the original photo on Instagram with the caption, ``DTMH.''
JASON ALDEAN RELEASES ``I WON'T BACK DOWN''
Jason Aldean's version of Tom Petty's song ``I Won't Back Down'' is for sale, with proceeds going to victims of the Las Vegas shootings. Aldean performed the song on ``Saturday Night Live'' five days after a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Aldean was on stage when the shooting began.
Proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to the Direct Impact Fund.
MGM RESORTS WILL NOT RENT OUT GUNMAN'S LAS VEGAS SUITE
The hotel suite from which a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1 will not be rented, according to MGM Resorts. A judge also has approved a temporary order for the hotel to preserve photos, surveillance video and gambling records of gunman Stephen Paddock.
Lawyers for a California woman critically wounded at the festival asked for the order. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas tourism bureau has put on hold its slogan, ``What happens here, stays here,'' which it has used since 2002.
VAMPIRES CELEBRATE TOM PETTY'S BIRTHDAY
The vampires of Los Angeles paid tribute to Tom Petty on his birthday Thursday. LA Weekly reports the Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk took place on Ventura Boulevard in reference to his song ``Free Fallin'.'' Petty sang, ``And all the vampires walking through the Valley/Move west down Ventura Boulevard.''
Organizer Mary Soracco expected maybe 10 or 15 people, but dozens of people showed up in goth costumes and Petty shirts. Musicians led the crowd in a sing-along of ``Free Fallin'.''
CHARLIE DANIELS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARLIE DANIEL
Charlie Daniels says he's been dealing with bureaucratic flubs since the first day of his life. Daniels tells Billboard magazine his name is supposed to be Charlie Daniel. He says when he was born in 1936, everything was written longhand in pen and an ``S'' was added to his name. He says he's the only person in his family with an ``S'' at the end of his name. Daniels tells his life story in his new book, ``Never Look At The Empty Seats,'' out tomorrow.
BEACH BOYS CONCERT HIT BY TORNADO
Mike Love of the Beach Boys notes that before their Saturday show in Norman, Oklahoma, they were visited by Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin -- and a tornado. Love writes on Facebook the band cut short their meet-and-greet after a tornado sent water pouring through the roof.
He says the concert was not cancelled. Fallin tells KWTV she was evacuated from the Riverwind Casino twice that day. Part of the casino's roof was ripped off. Most of the severe storms that swept through Oklahoma this weekend hit rural areas.
DAN AND SHAY'S SHAY MOONEY GETS MARRIED
Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay and his new bride are off on what they're calling their ``Honeymooney.'' His representative tells People magazine Mooney married former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley on Friday between two oak trees on the Mooney family property in Arkansas. Their wedding party included the couple's 9-month old son, Asher, as well as bandmate Dan Smyers and band guitarist Justin Richards. Mooney choked up at the reception while performing an original song on acoustic guitar he wrote for Billingsley.
JAKE OWEN'S HOUSE IS FOR SALE
A house owned by two country music stars is on the market. The Nashville Tennessean reports Jake Owen is selling his three-bedroom house outside Nashville for $1.5 million. He bought it from Loretta Lynn. The house sits on seven acres and includes a chef's kitchen, a recording studio and a beach area complete with a tiki bar.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
A doctor in Toronto is comparing Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie to another Canadian icon -- Terry Fox.
Dr. Arjun Sahgal of Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital says Downie's openness about his diagnosis with terminal brain cancer will leave a lasting legacy.
The Tragically Hip frontman died Tuesday night at age 53.
In the 24 hours after his death was announced, donations to a research fund named in his honour increased notably.
As of yesterday afternoon, donations for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research had reached 1.8 million dollars, up about 100-thousand dollars from the previous day.
The fund will support the Gord Downie Fellowship in Brain Oncology and construction of the G. Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre.
Downie's determination to embark on a cross-country tour, release various music projects, and press politicians on Indigenous issues throughout his treatment has also inspired other cancer patients.
LAS VEGAS SHOOTING - CONCERT
A concert Thursday benefiting victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U-S history brought out a crowd -- including many who had been present Oct. 1st when 58 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded. Jason Aldean was on stage at the time. Aldean says security for this latest concert was a concern, as it will be for other concerts going forward. He said ``I would like for a bad guy to look up and see snipers.'' The tickets for the concert were free and all were taken. Organizers accepted donations and profit from food and beverage sales go to a victims'fund.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - GRAMMYS
Chance The Rapper has offered a glimpse into the actual moment he got his Grammys. The ceremony in February is when everyone saw him win, but prop trophies are handed out and the real ones are mailed later. Chance tweeted a video of the unboxing of his three Grammys with the help of his two-year-old daughter, Kensli. He took the opportunity to test Kensli on her numbers as they counted 1-2-3. His Grammys are for best rap album, best rap performance and best new artist.
LUKE BRYAN - ``AMERICAN IDOL'' JUDGE
In the words of Luke Bryan, ``No big feuds yet.'' Bryan says the new version of ``American Idol'' has visited only two cities so far, but he's loving it. Bryan says there's ``lots of cutting up'' with fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Bryan says Carrie Underwood set the benchmark for future ``Idols,'' and he feels their role is to find someone who can make a difference in music.
THE ECLIPSE - WALK THE MOON VIDEO
Walk The Moon had an unintended special effect in the video for ``One Foot'': the solar eclipse in August. Singer Nicholas Petricca (peh-TREE'-kah) says it was coincidence that they scheduled the video shoot for that day in Joshua Tree National Park.
Petricca says the part of the video when he's dancing on the mountain is when the eclipse is behind him. Bassist Kevin Ray says Joshua Tree is such a surreal place anyway, with weird trees that are hundreds of years old in a barren wasteland. He says the eclipse on top of that was inspiring. Walk The Moon's ``What If Nothing'' album comes out November 10th.
PETER WOLF - ``DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT''
Had things been slightly different, ``Don't Do Me Like That'' could have been a hit for the J. Geils Band instead of Tom Petty. J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf tells Rolling Stone magazine he had been friends with Petty since they toured together in the 1970s. Wolf got a cassette from Petty with the song on it, saying, ``I think this would be a cool song for you.'' Wolf says Petty was not so sure of himself in those days. Wolf says he loved the song but the J. Geils Band just did not get to it. Wolf says in the last conversation he had with Petty, they talked about that song. Petty thanked Wolf for not recording it and instead giving him one of his biggest hits.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
GORD DOWNIE - MOURNED
Rush says of the death of Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, ``It's a sad, sad day for Canada and Canadian music.''
Nickelback tweets, ``Thank you for inspiring so many with a well-lived life,'' while k.d. Lang says, ``Swift rebirth Gord Downie.'' Downie was such a beloved figure in Canada, the NBA's Toronto Raptors, the NHL Players' Association and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all sent condolences. Downie died Tuesday night after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 53.
What began as a subdued memorial for Gord Downie organized by city officials in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario grew into an improvised candlelight vigil last night.
Fans paid tribute to the Tragically Hip frontman who died Tuesday at the age of 53 with sing-alongs, breakout dance parties and, in one case, by broadcasting classic Hip concerts from a flatscreen T-V in the back of a van.
The evening began with a couple hundred people gathered around same city square where thousands gathered just over a year ago to watch a public screening of the band's sold-out final concert.
But as Downie's voice echoed over the speakers, the crowd's energy shifted and a heavy sadness that weighed over Kingston began to lift.
It started when ``Ahead By a Century'' started playing, then one man pulled out his guitar and led the crowd in a sing-along that picked up steam with every verse.
Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson earlier laid a wreath dedicated to Downie at city hall, which was illuminated in red and white in the evening.
The town of Bobcaygeon in Ontario's cottage country felt a special warmth for Gord Downie.
A Tragically Hip song named after the town from the Hip's 1998 album ``Phantom Power'' earned a Juno Award for best single in 2000.
About 50 people gathered near the water last night in to commemorate Downie, who died Tuesday at age 53.
Candles were placed on the ground and illuminated local musician Richard Kyle, who strummed along to famous Hip songs ``Wheat Kings,'' ``Ahead by a Century,'' and of course, ``Bobcaygeon,'' on his black acoustic guitar.
Kyle said he planned on playing a few Hip songs in dedication to Downie regardless of whether anyone would show up.
Residents of Bobcaygeon remembered Downie for putting them on the map by writing the hit song about their town.
Local business owner Sacha Douglas said residents ``feel a great connection'' to Downie and always have.
In the final months of his life, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie became an outspoken advocate on Indigenous issues, notably as part of his ``Secret Path'' project.
It honoured 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ont.
Proceeds from the album and graphic novel are being donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says Downie often said he was struck by that story and ``couldn't let go of it.''
He says Downie wanted to make it his mission to share that story with the rest of the country.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde added that it was almost as if Wenjack's spirit connected to Downie.
Bellegarde said Canada can now take up Downie's challenge of building a better country.
As Canadian musicians tearfully reflected on the legacy of Gord Downie, many used a word the late Tragically Hip frontman himself belted out onstage in his signature howl: ``Courage.''
His peers agreed that Downie's advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and his fundraising efforts during his fight with terminal brain cancer were incredibly brave and galvanized a nation in a way that will be felt for decades.
Rush frontman Geddy Lee called Downie a national hero who tried to do as much good with the time he had left.
Former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page said Downie's ``great and lasting contribution'' was his commitment to raising awareness about Indigenous issues.
Sean McCann, singer and former Great Big Sea guitarist, said he was also awed by Downie's political activism in his final year, saying he was a man who did so much more than politicians who've spent 30-year careers avoiding issues.
In a statement, Dan Aykroyd called Downie's death ``the end of an era.''
There was an uncommon slowness in Justin Trudeau's step as he walked toward the weekly Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill, his thoughts weighed heavily with the news that Gord Downie had died.
With voice cracking with emotion and tears streaming down his face, Trudeau said simply that ``it hurts.''
Trudeau added that Canada was less of a country for having lost Downie.
There was a personal connection between the prime minister and the musician that was only seen publicly on a few occasions.
As his band ended a 15-stop farewell tour in Kingston in the summer of 2016, Downie called out to Trudeau, who was in the audience, urging him to take action on behalf of Canada's Indigenous peoples, to make their lives better.
Trudeau commended Downie yesterday for his love of country, his profound ability to use words to create landscapes and his dedication to the plight of Indigenous Canadians.
(Roundup by The Canadian Press)
(The Canadian Press)
CMA - ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Singer Jason Aldean and other stars honoured victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the C-M-T Artists of the Year show last night. The format of the show pivoted to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of sombre tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony. Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1st, stood side-by-side with the night's other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some chose to perform or other musicians performed in their honour.
CMAS - FIRST PERFORMERS
Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert have signed up to perform at the Country Music Association Awards.
Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett also will perform. Carrie Underwood will perform and co-host with Brad Paisley. The awards will air live from Nashville on ABC on Nov. 8th.
JON PARDI - ON NAMES,
Jon Pardi seemed destined to be a country singer from the time he was a kid. Pardi says when he was asked his name in preschool, he'd say it was Randy Travis -- or Merle Haggard, or George Strait. Then he grew up, moved to Nashville and got into disagreements about cowboy hats. Pardi says he got into a lot of arguments with his management and his label about wearing a cowboy hat for his ``California Sunrise'' album. He says he can't help but point out that's his first album that went to number one.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS - ONCE SUICIDAL
At the height of fame for Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams wanted out so badly she considered ending her life. Williams revealed on the C-B-S show ``The Talk'' yesterday she suffered from depression from the time she was a teen, and she was suicidal in her 20s. She went to manager Mathew Knowles about it and he said, ``You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You're about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?'' She says that's not a dig on Knowles as much as he just didn't understand her problem. Williams says she wants to normalize the conversation about mental health.
PROPHETS OF RAGE - HOW CAME TO BE
There was the very real possibility that Prophets of Rage would fail miserably, according to Tom Morello. He says it looks good on paper to bring together members of Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, but they practiced in secret to see if they had any chemistry. D-J Lord says they started out riffing their parts verbally and shouting, ``Record that!'' Chuck D says the key to any art is to be fearless and he quotes Morello as saying, ``This will be worked out in the mosh pit.'' The self-titled Prophets of Rage album is out now.
ELVIS' BOYHOOD HOME - FOR SALE
A house billed as the home where Elvis Presley lived as a child in Tupelo, Mississippi, is for sale. GWS Auctions estimates the house and the 16 acres surrounding it could sell for as much as 2.5-million at auction Nov. 11th. It's not the Elvis Presley Birthplace, which is a museum nearby. G-W-S Auctions says the house is one of several Presley's father, Vernon, built for family members in the 1920s and 1930s. A Presley family member says Elvis and his mother lived there and Elvis played on the land.
Presley Birthplace officials say they can't confirm the Presleys lived in that house. Other Elvis items for sale include a boat named ``Hound Dog,'' a two-bedroom mobile home from his Circle G ranch and a T-V that Elvis had shot but was repaired.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
CHRIS YOUNG - OPRY MEMBER
Chris Young joined the Grand Ole Opry last night and he's still kicking himself for not seeing the invitation coming.
Vince Gill had surprised him onstage at the Opry a few weeks ago by inviting him personally. Young says he prides himself on not getting surprised but Gill pulled a fast one. At 32, Young is the youngest current member of the Opry. He's also got a new album out on Friday called ``Losing Sleep.''
BIG AND RICH - LAS VEGAS
Big and Rich will return to Las Vegas to help with the healing process after the Oct. 1st shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Big and Rich will join Cam for the concert ``Vegas Strong - A Night of Healing'' in Las Vegas tomorrow. Tickets were free and have already been distributed. Donations will be collected to benefit victims of the shootings. Big and Rich had played the Route 91 Harvest Festival just hours the shooting began.
LOPEZ - A-ROD - PUERTO RICAN RELIEF
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have raised 26-million dollars for Puerto Rico disaster relief, with another nine-million raised by a benefit show. The two hosted ``One Voice:
Somos Live!'' on Saturday with Marc Anthony. The benefit show included performances by Demi Lovato, Ricky Martin, Mary J. Blige and Gwen Stefani.
ZZ TOP - SUSPENDS TOUR
ZZ Top is postponing its tour dates for the rest of this year because, according to the official band statement, bassist Dusty Hill ``is addressing a tummy ailment.'' The statement says Hill has been directed to lay low for the next few weeks.
Details of Hill's medical issue were not given. ZZ Top intends to resume touring next year. ZZ Top postponed concerts last year after Hill tripped on a step and fractured his shoulder.
``WEIRD AL'' YANKOVIC - NO-PARODY CONCERT TOUR
``Weird Al'' Yankovic says his next concert tour will consist mainly of songs you barely remember. He's calling it ``The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.''
Yankovic writes on Facebook he will do obscure tracks and only a few parodies, with no props, costumes or video screens. Yankovic says it will not be the kind of show that appeals to everyone and he'll go back to concerts featuring fat suits and Segways on another tour.
Yankovic says he's not trying to talk people out of buying tickets, but they should be aware that these shows will be ``loose, unpredictable, and maybe a little sloppy.'' The tour begins Feb.
27th in Poughkeepsie, New York.
REBA McENTIRE'S FORMER HOME - EVENTS VENUE
Can you imagine getting married where Reba McEntire once lived? The Nashville Tennessean reports a potential unnamed buyer for McEntire's former home outside Nashville wants to turn it into an events venue for weddings and corporate retreats.
Wilson County planning director Tom Brashear says the proposal will be considered at a zoning meeting on Friday. McEntire's property reportedly sold for five-million dollars in July to a developer who plans to build 15 homes on the land. However, the parcel of land with the house on it has been put back on the market.
RICKY SKAGGS - THE SANTA TRAIN
Ricky Skaggs will be the celebrity guest on this year's Santa Train. Railroad operator C-S-X has run the Santa Train through Appalachia every year since 1942, distributing toys, food and winter clothes to families. Skaggs grew up in Cordell, Kentucky.
He says he loves the children of Appalachia and he loves Christmas, so riding the train is going to be a great thing for his heart. This year's train will run Nov. ember 18th from Shelby, Kentucky, to Kingsport, Tennessee.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS - NOMINEES
Solange could be the big force at the Soul Train Awards. She leads the nominations with seven, including album of the year for ``A Seat At The Table.'' She will compete against her sister, Beyonce, for video of the year. Bruno Mars has six nominations. Toni Braxton and SWV will each get career achievement awards. The Soul Train Awards will air on B-E-T Nov. 26th.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
ED SHEERAN INJURES ARM
Ed Sheeran says he's had ``a bit of a bicycle accident.'' He posted an Instagram photo of his bandaged right arm.
He says it may affect some of his upcoming shows and he's awaiting medical advice. Sheeran's Asian tour begins Sunday in Taipei, Taiwan.
IRON MAIDEN'S EDDIE WILL APPEAR IN ``ANGRY BIRDS''
Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot, is entering the realm of ``Angry Birds.'' Eddie the Bird will be a playable character in the game ``Angry Birds Revolution,'' out tomorrow. He will be available for two weeks, and players who successfully recruit Eddie the Bird to their teams will keep him forever. He will have four evolutions that represent different Iron Maiden albums.
JOE JONAS IS GETTING MARRIED
Joe Jonas of D-N-C-E is engaged to ``Game of Thrones'' actress Sophie Turner. They both shared the same Instagram photo of her hand wearing a diamond ring. Jonas' caption was, ``She said yes,'' while Turner's was, ``I said yes.''
LINDSAY ELL RECREATES JOHN MAYER AS HOMEWORK
Kristian Bush of Sugarland gave Lindsay Ell an education in musicianship by making her get inside the head of another musician. Ell says Bush asked what her favourite record is, and she said ``Continuum'' by John Mayer. Bush challenged her to recreate it in her own studio, playing all the instruments herself, and she had two weeks to do it. Ell took the challenge. She says she learned so much about Mayer's guitar playing and her own, but more importantly, she learned how she wanted a band in the studio to sound. Her debut album, ``The Project,'' is out now.
NF HAS NUMBER-ONE ALBUM
The artist with the number-one album in the country this week has never had a song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rapper N-F debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 album with ``Perception,'' moving 55,000 units. It beats out Tom Petty's ``Greatest Hits,'' which moved 47,000. The only other act this year to have a number-one album without a song on the Hot 100 is alternative band Brand New. Their ``Science Fiction'' album topped the chart last month.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN IS NUMBER-FOUR BROADWAY DRAW
Bruce Springsteen is a Broadway smash. The Broadway League reports Springsteen's concerts at New York's Walter Kerr Theatre raked in 1-point-9 million dollars in the first week.
His debut was Thursday. That puts him in fourth place for the week as far as Broadway shows go. ``Hamilton'' is in the lead with
2-point-9 million dollars, followed by ``Hello, Dolly!'' and ``The Lion King.''
(The Associated Press)