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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. 

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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.

 

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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.'' 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

 

 

NELLY - ACCUSER REVERSES COURSE

 

A woman who accused Nelly of rape is dropping her claim against him. Lawyer Karen Koehler said in a statement Friday her client wants to stop the investigation and will refuse to testify in court. The woman had accused Nelly of raping her on his tour bus outside of Seattle last weekend. Nelly was never charged. 

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BJORK - CLAIMS HARASSMENT

 

Bjork says she was sexually harassed as an actress by a ``Danish director'' she does not name. Bjork writes on Facebook she discovered the hard way ``a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it.'' She says she turned down the director's advances repeatedly and she was framed as the difficult one. She says the director's staff ``enabled and encouraged it.'' Bjork says she believes the director had a better relationship with actresses after she confronted him, but she also believes the next film he made was about his experience with her. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BROADWAY RUN

 

Bruce Springsteen has come out publicly to admit he's a fraud. During his Broadway show debut on Thursday, Springsteen said he never held an honest job in his life, never has done hard labour and never has worked nine to five. He adds, ``And yet, that is all that I've ever written about.'' Springsteen runs through 15 of his songs in the 130-minute performance, telling stories of the songs and sometimes reading from his autobiography, ``Born to Run.'' Springsteen says he wrote about escaping the ``death trap'' of New Jersey and he jokes, ``I live ten minutes from my hometown.'' 

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KACEY MUSGRAVES - MARRIED

 

Kacey Musgraves is married. Her wedding to Ruston Kelly was Saturday in Tennessee. Yesterday, Musgraves posted an Instagram photo of a wedding bouquet and a beer bottle in a sink with the caption, ``The sweet morning after the most unbelievably magical night.''

 

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LADY GAGA - HEALTH UPDATE

 

Lady Gaga calls herself a ``tough girl on the mend.'' She has posted a series of fashion shots on Instagram and notes that she's back in the studio. She also announced she will resume her tour by announcing new concert dates for Europe starting in January. They are makeup dates for the concerts she cancelled last month because of severe physical pain.

 

 

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JONNY CLEGG

 

Within the next few months, Johnny Clegg will do a series of concerts, release a live album and a studio album, finish the first draft of his autobiography and compose music with other musicians. Within the next two years, Clegg expects he will die. He is in remission from pancreatic cancer, but he says his body is damaged from the chemotherapy. He's currently on a farewell tour of the U-S Clegg says he's feeling good and even though he has pain in his hands and feet, he still finds the will to dance on stage.

Clegg says he could sit in his room quietly and hope to live an extra year, or he could go out and do the things he loves. 

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DOLLY PARTON - KIDS HOSPITAL VISIT

 

Dolly Parton celebrated the release of her new children's album by spending time with sick kids. Parton visited patients at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital in Nashville on Friday. Parton says her niece was treated there for leukemia and now is a healthy young woman. She says she tries to give hope to the young patients by singing to them and kidding with them. Parton has pledged one-million dollars to the hospital. Her children's album, ``I Believe In You,'' is out now. 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017

 

 

JASON ALDEAN - ON STAGE

 

Country star Jason Aldean brought the party back yesterday, but the fun was tempered. Three songs into his show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he launched into a five-minute speech honouring the 58 killed including four Canadians and nearly 500 hurt when a gunman opened fire in Las Vegas as he was performing on stage.

Aldean took a defiant tone as he in telling concertgoers to resist living in fear, and he called for more of the national unity he's seen since the attack. Fans pumped their fists and held up American flags as Aldean continued. Aldean cancelled shows in California last week to mourn those killed Oct. 1st at the outdoor Route 91 festival. 

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CMT - ``ARTISTS OF THE YEAR''

 

One of the C-M-T Artists of the Year says the right song at the right moment can bring everyone together, even when things are their darkest. Chris Stapleton says the tragedy of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas nearly two weeks ago is still fresh, but musicians need to keep making music and he can't let fear win. The ``Artists of the Year'' special is changing its format this year to focus on hope and healing, rather than the achievements of the artists. Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line were already announced as honourees. They all agreed to the program changes. The show will air live from Nashville next Wednesday. 

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DEMI LOVATO - ``SIMPLY COMPLICATED''

 

Demi Lovato has been honest about her personal demons. She still was not prepared to see herself dealing with them in the film ``Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.'' Lovato says she opens up about struggles that she still deals with today and it was hard to watch herself so vulnerable. The film chronicles the making of her ``Tell Me You Love Me'' album. Lovato says the cool part is fans can see her triumphs as well as her weaknesses. The film premieres on YouTube on Tuesday. 

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``DESPACITO'' - YOUTUBE VIEWS

 

Remember in August when the video for ``Despacito'' hit the unheard-of milestone of three-billion YouTube views? It just added another one-billion more. The Luis Fonsi-Daddy Yankee version of the video crossed the four-billion mark this week.

That does not include views of the Justin Bieber remix video, which has 548-million views. Fonsi writes on Instagram instead of celebrating, they are focusing on rebuilding the place where it all started. The video was shot in Puerto Rico, which is rebuilding after being devastated by hurricane Maria. 

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PRINCE'S SISTERS - MASTER TAPES

 

Two of Prince's sisters are angry that one of the most valuable assets he left behind has been moved from his Paisley Park studio outside Minneapolis. Sharon and Norrine Nelson say they want the master tapes of his unreleased music to be returned. They say Comerica, the executor of the estate, did not tell them why the music was taken or where, but they believe the tapes are in California. Comerica says an entertainment storage and archive company, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, was chosen to preserve the tapes. Comerica says it discussed the issues with Prince's heirs four separate times. 

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AMAS - NOMINATIONS

 

Bruno Mars says he woke up yesterday ``feelin like a pop/rock/adult contemporary/RnB/soul...superstar!'' Mars leads the nominations for the American Music Awards with eight and his nominations cover all those genres. He'll compete for artist of the year against The Chainsmokers, Canadian rap artist Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. None of them have ever won that award. The A-M-A's will be Nov. 19th in Los Angeles and shown live on A-B-C. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

 

 

FOREIGNER-MUSICAL

 

It's been 40 years since Foreigner released its first album and now the songs of the legendary rock group are being made into a musical. ``Jukebox Hero'' will tell the story of the hard-hit town of Blaydon, Pennsylvania that is saved with the emergence of a rock group that helps bring in new industry. Speaking in Calgary yesterday, Mick Jones, the founder of Foreigner, said he ran into singer Diana Ross 20 years ago and she suggested to him that the song ``Jukebox Hero'' should be made into a musical. He said it's been on his mind ever since. Jones said about a dozen of the group's songs will be in the musical, including ``I Want To Know What Love Is,'' ``Waiting For A Girl Like You,'' ``Hot Blooded.''

``Urgent'' and of course, ``Jukebox Hero.'' 

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UNIVERSITY-ARCHIVE

 

The largest music archive in Canada is being preserved at the University of Calgary and contains compilations from some of this country's most well-known artists that have never been heard before. E-M-I Music Canada gave the university more than 55-hundred boxes full of music and artifacts that document its history from 1949 to 2012 and a two-million dollar grant will help the team to preserve the rare collection. E-M-I brought a number of the world's most famous artists to Canada including The Beatles and Pink Floyd and a cover by Tom Cochrane, which has never been heard before, was found among the thousands of recordings in the diverse collection. 

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TRUMP SILENT ON EMINEM RAP ``THE STORM''

 

President Donald Trump has not responded to Eminem's freestyle rap ``The Storm'' that rips Trump apart. The video for ``The Storm'' shows Eminem in a parking garage referring to Trump as a ``racist 94-year-old grandpa.'' In four and a half minutes, Eminem berates Trump for the N-F-L anthem protests, his plan to build a wall to keep out immigrants, double standards on the military and lack of action on Puerto Rico hurricane relief and reforms on gun laws. Eminem says he's drawing a line in the sand for his fans who support Trump, and if they're split on which side to stand, he'll profanely tell them where to go. 

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RHIANNON GIDDENS: ``BIIIIG PLANS AFOOT!''

 

Rhiannon Giddens says she's proud to be among the 23 other ``fine folks'' who have been named MacArthur Fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the so-called genius grants to people who show exceptional creativity in their work. The grants are each for 625-thousand dollars over five years and may be spent however the winner chooses. Giddens says she's not saying yet how she'll spend her grant but ``biiiig plans afoot!'' There is no application process for the grants and winners are nominated by an anonymous pool. 

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U2 - SOCCER GAME

 

As if U-2 wasn't already beloved in Argentina: the band postponed their concert so fans could watch Argentina's World Cup qualifying game. U-2 confirm they delayed the start of their Buenos Aires concert to accommodate viewing of the Argentina versus Ecuador game on Tuesday. U-2 even put the game on the big screens inside the stadium. Once the whistle blew to signal the end of the game, the lights came down and the band began playing. Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1. 

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PHISH'S JON FISHMAN - LEAD POISONING SCARE

 

Phish drummer Jon Fishman is urging awareness of lead poisoning in older homes after his young son had elevated levels of lead in his system. The Bangor Daily News reports Fishman and his wife, Briar, found out two years ago their son, then a toddler, had high lead levels in his blood. The Fishmans say a contractor had tested their 200-year-old farmhouse in Lincolnville, Maine, for lead in 2006 and assured them it was fine. Briar Fishman says they have spent 30-thousand dollars get rid of surfaces with lead paint, and they still missed some spots. Lead exposure can cause cognitive disabilities in children, but the Fishmans say their son has not shown symptoms of that. 

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ROGER DALTREY PLANS BOOK

 

Roger Daltrey is writing his autobiography and so far he does not have a title. The book is scheduled to come out next August. According to publisher Henry Holt and Company, Daltrey will not just write his life story, but observations on how Britain has changed in his lifetime.

 

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PETE TOWNSHEND - MUSICAL

 

Pete Townshend will take an acting and singing role in a musical called ``The Seeker,'' written by his wife, Rachel Fuller. He will portray The Ferryman, a character that Townshend describes as ``an old bloke with a boat.'' No word on when or where Townshend will appear. The musical includes a few songs Townshend wrote. The story is based on the Herman Hesse book ``Siddhartha.''

An album of songs from ``The Seeker'' will be released next year, with Townshend as The Ferryman and music by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

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CHRIS KIRKPATRICK IS A DAD

 

Chris Kirkpatrick of `N Sync and his wife, Carly, are new parents. Kirkpatrick writes on social media his wife gave birth to their first child, a boy, on Tuesday. They've named him Nash Dylan Kirkpatrick. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017

 

BANANARAMA - REUNION TOUR

 

The members of Bananarama were dancing together when it struck them that they should reunite. Singer Keren Woodward says they were dancing in Siobhan Fahey's kitchen and Woodward mentioned it was ``a crying shame'' that Woodward never toured with them. Woodward had quit to form Shakespears Sister in 1988. Bananarama did not tour until 1989. They will play reunion concerts in Europe beginning next month before the American leg begins in Los Angeles in February. Fahey says she had to familiarize herself with the group's body of work again. She says it's ``really something to celebrate.''

 

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DICKEY BETTS' WIFE GOES TO JAIL

 

The wife of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has reported to jail to serve a sentence for pointing a rifle at members of a rowing team. Donna Betts will serve 30 days in jail in Sarasota, Florida. She had pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. She had been charged with 18 counts. In March, a 9-1-1 caller said Donna Betts was standing on the dock behind her home with a rifle pointed at about 100 teens and coaches, threatening to shoot. Dickey and Donna Betts have a home next to the practice facility of the Sarasota Crew rowing team. 

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BONO PRESSURES ARGENTINA'S PRESIDENT

 

Bono put Argentina's president on the spot regarding an activist who disappeared two months ago during a protest. Bono says he spoke to President Mauricio Macri on Monday in Buenos Aires about Santiago Maldonado. He disappeared during a protest demanding that the clothing company Benetton return lands it owns to an indigenous people. Witnesses say police detained Maldonado after he was part of a group who blocked a road.

Authorities deny wrongdoing. His disappearance has become a social and political movement in Argentina. Macri's office says in a statement that Macri told Bono that all efforts are being made to find Maldonado. 

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QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY - ``I WANT TO BREAK FREE'' VIDEO

 

The 1984 Queen song ``I Want To Break Free'' might have been a bigger hit in the U-S if Americans had understood the video. Guitarist Brian May says they dressed up as female characters from the British soap opera ``Coronation Street.''

Americans just saw the band in women's clothing at a time when questions were flying about singer Freddie Mercury's sexuality.

M-T-V banned the video. May says Brits got the joke right away, but when May did a promotional tour with the video in the U-S, in his words, ``They killed me.'' May says ``I Want To Break Free,'' along with ``Bohemian Rhapsody,'' are his favorite Queen videos. 

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``ROAD LESS TRAVELED'' - MOVIE

 

Lauren Alaina will star in a T-V movie based on her song ``Road Less Traveled.'' Alaina will star in the romantic comedy as a young woman who is trying to maintain a career while planning a wedding in her rural hometown, where she runs into her first love. The movie will sample several of Alaina's songs. The ``Road Less Traveled'' movie will air on C-M-T on November 10th. 

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THE LAST ALBUM SHARON JONES MADE - RELEASE

 

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings had intended to make a record that was mostly ballads with lots of strings. When it became apparent that Jones did not have long to live, they decided to let her rip with the up-tempo stuff that made her famous. Jones'

final album, ``Soul of a Woman,'' will come out November 17th.

Bassist Bosco Mann, who produced the album, says the first side contains the raw, live songs, while side two is more moody and orchestrated. Jones died last year of pancreatic cancer. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017

 

JASON ALDEAN VISITS LAS VEGAS

 

A hospital in Las Vegas is thanking Jason Aldean for visiting with survivors from the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival a week earlier. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada posted a photo of Aldean in front of the hospital.

The caption thanks Aldean for helping to ``heal hearts and cheer those who were wounded.'' Aldean's wife, Brittany, posted an Instagram photo of the two of them looking at the Mandalay Bay resort, where gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire. She writes that it felt ``surreal'' to be back, but meeting with the survivors helped begin the healing process. Fifty-eight people were killed, including four Canadians, and more than 500 injured. 

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LEONARD COHEN BOOK WILL BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK

 

Leonard Cohen's last book of poetry is coming out next week. Cohen had finished the book ``The Flame'' just months before he died in November, 2016. The book will be out next Monday.

On November 6th in Montreal, a Leonard Cohen tribute concert will be held, featuring Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, k-d lang, Philip Glass, The Lumineers, Damien Rice and Sting. 

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THE SKYLINERS' JIMMY BEAUMONT DIES

 

The funeral for singer Jimmy Beaumont of The Skyliners will be Friday in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where he had a home. Beaumont's family says he died in his sleep at home at the age of 76. The Skyliners' biggest hit was ``Since I Don't Have You,'' which hit number 12 in 1959. Beaumont was 18 when he wrote the music for lyrics written by manager Joe Rock about his girlfriend leaving for flight attendant school in another state. The Skyliners also had top-40 hits with ``Pennies From Heaven'' and ``This I Swear.'' Beaumont toured with a version of The Skyliners as late as last month. 

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``DESPACITO'' VIDEO - HURRICANE MARIA

 

A slum in Puerto Rico was seeing a revival thanks to the video for ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Then hurricane Maria hit. La Perla was a violent neighborhood known for drug dealer turf wars and a sign that said, ``Not open to visitors. Do not enter.'' Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, who are Puerto Rican, chose to set the ``Despacito'' video there.

Restaurants and other shops started popping up to cater to the tourists who came because of the video. Hurricane Maria devastated La Perla, along with many other parts of Puerto Rico. Fonsi has visited La Perla to distribute aid and promises to help with reconstruction. 

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PLACIDO DOMINGO FUNDS RELIEF EFFORTS

 

Placido Domingo is financially supporting relief efforts following an earthquake in Mexico and recent hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. Domingo says he has donated 200-thousand dollars to Mexican businessman Carlos Slim's foundation, which matched that amount on a five-to-one basis.

Domingo says he's giving 50-thousand dollars to the Placido and Marta Domingo Foundation to fund efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico.He'll donate proceeds from his concert next Wednesday in San Antonio to the American Red Cross for hurricane victims. 

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MELISSA MANCHESTER: THE STORY OF ``DON'T CRY OUT LOUD''

 

Melissa Manchester had a very different vision for the song ``Don't Cry Out Loud'' than the one that came out on record. Manchester says songwriter Peter Allen's version was quiet, almost a lullaby, and she loved that. When Manchester got to the studio, she walked into a gigantic orchestral version, so she sang with rage and frustration. Manchester could not figure out why the song took off. She says all her songs up to that point were about empowerment, but this one was about ``don't.'' She says she finally figured out it was about everyone's personal method of coping. The song is on the new Manchester compilation, ``Through the Eyes of Love: The Complete Arista 7'' Singles.''

 

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(The Associated Press)

 

DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST ANNOUNCED SOME OF THEIR HEADLINERS FOR COUNTRYFEST 2018

Announcements were made in Winnipeg yesterday regarding some of the artists who will perform at Countryfest 2018.  

Dauphin's Countryfest announced some of their feature performers for 2018!

The incredible line-up what an incredible line up for July Long weekend!  Joining Florida Georgia Line, will be Eric Church, The Road Hammers, James Barker Band, Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett, Luke Combs, Aaron Goodvin, High Valley, Paul Brandt, Emerson Drive and more to come! For more information check out www.countryfest.ca 

 

 

LAS VEGAS GUNMAN - FESTIVALS

 

The gunman who fired on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday may have considered other major concerts. A law enforcement official says Stephen Paddock booked a room at a hotel in Chicago that overlooked Lollapalooza in August.

The official says there was no evidence Paddock ever came to Chicago that weekend. Authorities also say Paddock rented a high-rise condo in a building that overlooked the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas the weekend of Sept. 22nd. Lollapalooza and Life Is Beautiful featured similar lineups: Chance The Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182. Boston police say the investigation into Paddock came across a mention of Fenway Park, but they gave no details. 

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TOM PETTY - SALES

 

Interest in Tom Petty music surged after his death on Monday. In the two days before his death, Petty sold about one-thousand albums digitally and two-thousand digital songs.

Billboard reports in the two days following his death, Petty's album sales jumped to 55-thousand album downloads and 163-thousand song downloads. His ``Greatest Hits'' album was the biggest seller, with 32-thousand sales, and ``Free Fallin''' was the most-downloaded song, with 21-thousand. Petty also had a 1,149-per cent jump in on-demand audio streams and a 351 percent jump in radio airplay. 

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FLORIDA GATORS - CELEBRATE TOM PETTY

 

The University of Florida will pay tribute to Tom Petty, who once worked as a groundskeeper there. The Gators will play Petty's song ``I Won't Back Down'' at the end of the third quarter as they host L-S-U tomorrow in Gainesville.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says they want to celebrate what Petty meant to music and to Gainesville. 

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SHANIA TWAIN - VOICE CHANGED

 

Listeners of Shania Twain's new album ``Now'' may notice something different about her voice. Twain has not released an album in 15 years, and in that time she suffered a vocal injury so bad she thought she may never sing again. Twain says some people say her voice is now warmer or has more character. She attributes part of that to aging and part to the injury. 

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ROCK HALL - NOMINATIONS

 

The Moody Blues say they are honoured to be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They say they know it means a lot to their fans, as well as to the band.

The Zombies sum up their feelings in their hashtags:

``#TheZombiesRRHOF #3rdTimesTheCharm #ThisWillBeOurYear #RockHall2018.'' Wayne Kramer of The MC5 tells Billboard magazine their nomination is ``awkward'' because ``the people that kicked the

MC5 out of the music business are some of the same people that run the Rock Hall.'' Sixteen other acts are nominated: Bon Jovi, Eurythmics, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, The J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, The Meters, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Link Wray, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Judas Priest and gospel guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The fan vote is open at the Rock Hall's website. The list of who makes the cut will be announced in December. The inductions are April 14th in Cleveland. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

 

 

TOM PETTY - AUTOPSY

 

The Los Angeles County coroner's department is investigating Tom Petty's death, but not necessarily because of anything suspicious. Petty died Monday at a hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. Department spokesman Ed Winter says an autopsy was conducted Tuesday. He says the coroner looks into all deaths when the deceased has not seen a doctor in six months. Results of a toxicology screening could take several weeks. 

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TOM PETTY - HEALTHY CONSCIOUS

 

Tom Petty probably never imagined cardiac arrest was in his immediate future, according to what's believed to be his last interview. Petty talked to The Los Angeles Times two days after he and the Heartbreakers finished their 40th anniversary tour and five days before he died. He said he rarely missed a concert and admitted to being spooked when he came down with laryngitis in August. He said his doctor checked his records and said Petty had not been sick in 17 years. Petty had planned to take some time off but he had projects in mind. He said being in the band kept them all young. Petty died earlier this week at the age of 66. 

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE - ``PUMPED UP KICKS'' - DROPPED

 

Foster The People declined to perform their biggest hit during their show Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Singer Mark Foster told the crowd they would not play ``Pumped Up Kicks'' after the shootings in Las Vegas on Sunday. He said it felt ``irreverent, even though that song is about gun violence and stopping that.'' Instead, the band performed ``Love'' by John Lennon. Foster posted a video of ``Love'' on Facebook and wrote, ``Our hearts are open. And broken. Love is all we have to cling to in times like this.'' 

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CELINE DION -  LAS VEGAS AUDIENCE

 

Celine Dion thanked her audience in Las Vegas for making the decision to be entertained. The Canadian singer addressed the audience before her show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to talk about the shootings at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday that left 58 people dead, including four Canadians.  Dion said she knows plenty of people questioned whether they should still go to see her. Dion herself questioned whether she should do the show just two days after what she calls ``the nightmare.'' She assured the audience they made the right choice to attend, because it wasn't just about singing, but love and support. Dion donated her proceeds from the show to a fund to help shooting victims. 

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``JIMI HENDRIX WAY'' - NEW YORK

 

Residents of West Eighth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York are hoping to add some spark to the neighbourhood by getting the street named for Jimi Hendrix. The New York Times reports organizers of the effort to co-name the street ``Jimi Hendrix Way'' are hoping to attract visitors and shoppers.

Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios is on that block, and one of the petition's organizers lives in a house next door where he claims Hendrix once lived. The petitioners must make a proposal to the local community board _ then take it to the New York City Council for a vote. 

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STEVE AOKI - EARLY DAYS

 

Steve Aoki, one of the highest-paid DJs in the world, knows what it's like to eat from the garbage can. Aoki says before he was even a D-J, he'd tour with three or four other sweaty guys, sleep on dirty floors, eat bagels from trash bins _ all so he could earn 20-dollars. He'd promptly spend it on gas to get to the next gig. Aoki says he did it with a smile on his face because he got to do music, which is what he loves. He says very few music acts are making any serious money, and the rest are doing it because they love it. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017

 

 

JASON ALDEAN - CANCELS SHOWS

 

Jason Aldean says, ``This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in.'' Aldean writes on Instagram he's gone through a range of emotions since he was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. A gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 as Aldean was closing out the festival. Aldean says it's time to stand together as Americans to make the country better. Meantime, he is skipping three shows set for southern California this weekend. He says he wants to take time to grieve for those who were hurt or killed and to spend time with his family and friends. Jennifer Lopez has announced she won't be performing three dates in Vegas this week out of respect for victims of Sunday's shooting. She is playing Vegas as part of a residency stay at Planet Hollywood. 

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS - TICKET REFUNDS

 

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is offering refunds to anyone who might feel uncomfortable about being at a big outdoor concert less than a week after a mass shooting at a country festival in Las Vegas. The Austin City Limits festival is expected to bring about 75-thousand people each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival features Jay Z, Martin Garrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Run The Jewels and Gorillaz. Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley says law enforcement will have a high presence at the festival. A gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. 

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TOM PETTY - TRIBUTE

 

Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne are remembering Tom Petty, their fallen brother in The Traveling Wilburys. Dylan tells Rolling Stone magazine Petty's death was ``shocking, crushing news.'' He calls Petty ``a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him.'' Lynne tweets, ``Tom Petty was the coolest guy I ever knew.'' Petty was known as Charlie T. Wilbury Junior, Dylan was Lucky Wilbury and Lynne was Otis Wilbury. George Harrison and Roy Orbison were also in the Wilburys. Petty died Monday at the age of 66. 

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DON FELDER - FORMER STUDENT - TOM PETTY

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder says he feels like he's lost a little brother with the death of Tom Petty.

Felder gave guitar lessons to Petty in their native Gainesville, Florida, before either of them was famous. Felder writes on Facebook seeing one of his students blossom into a gifted musician and songwriter has been one of his most fulfilling experiences in life.

Felder says it was obvious early in Petty's career that his talent, magnetism and charisma were special gifts. Petty died Monday at the age of 66

 

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CONFUSION - TOM PETTY'S DEATH

 

The news of Tom Petty's death came out before he had even died. C-B-S News had published Petty's obituary Monday afternoon after tweeting that the Los Angeles Police Department had confirmed his death. Variety cited an unnamed source for its obituary. The L-A-P-D issued a statement saying initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources and the department did not have information on Petty's condition. A spokeswoman confirmed Petty died Monday night.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 3, 2017

 

TOM PETTY - OBIT

 

One of the last remaining old-school rock stars has died. Tom Petty died last night at U-C-L-A Medical Center in Los Angeles. His death came the day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. Perry was 66 and was an active musician until the last. He and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour one that he hinted would be his last. Among Petty's biggest hits were ``Free Fallin,' ``Refugee'' and ``American Girl.''

 

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COUNTRY FESTIVAL DEATH TOLL RISES

 

The death toll from the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday is now 58. At least 515 people are injured. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself in his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Jason Aldean was performing his song ``When She Says Baby'' close to the end of his set before a crowd of more than 22-thousand people when the shooting started. Aldean calls the night ``beyond horrific'' and adds, ``It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.'' Aldean has not said whether he will continue with his tour. The next stop is set for Friday in Los Angeles.

 

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COUNTRY ARTISTS REACT TO SHOOTINGS

 

Jake Owen describes the mass shooting during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas as ``like a movie that you feel like you've seen before that's not real life.'' Owen was watching Aldean's set from the side of the stage when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring 515. Owen tells N-B-C's ``Today'' show he wasn't even sure he was hearing gunshots. Luke Combs, who played earlier that night at the festival, says he and his crew are safe but he hurts ``for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel.'' Kane Brown, who also performed Sunday, tweets his prayers and says, ``This world is sick.'' Maren Morris played the festival Saturday.

She says she's ``in shock over this unfair, senseless tragedy and heartbroken for the lives taken too soon.'' Lauren Alaina also played Vegas Saturday and tweets it was one of her best crowds all year. She calls the news ``devastating.''

 

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NASHVILLE - VIGIL FOR SHOOTING VICTIMS

 

Although the shootings at a country music festival on Sunday were in Las Vegas, the city of Nashville, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, the County Music Association and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation paid their own tribute to the victims. A gunman opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday during Jason Aldean's set and killed 58 people and wounded 515.

 

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ARIANA GRANDE REACTS TO LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS

 

Ariana Grande says her ``heart is breaking for Las Vegas.'' Grande tweets, ``We need love, unity, peace, gun control and for people to look at this and call this what it is terrorism.'' Fifty-eight people were killed when a gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. Barely four months ago in Manchester, England, Grande's concert was hit by a suicide bomber that killed 22 people. 

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TICKET REFUNDS - LIL WAYNE

 

The arena where Lil Wayne refused to pass through a security check and missed his own concert has promised refunds. The concert promoter says refunds will not be offered. Lil Wayne was to perform with Cardi B, 2 Chainz and Tory Lanes at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday. He would not submit to the security check, and arena officials refused to make an exception for him. Promoters Ben Hated L-L-C and Victory Promotions told arena officials they had decided not to give refunds. Arena officials say they're negotiating with the promoters.

 

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MIDLAND - ``DRINKIN' PROBLEM''

 

Midland believes they could not have gotten away with the song ``Drinkin' Problem'' two years ago. Bassist Cameron Duddy says they wrote that song two years ago and sat on it until this year. He says when he saw Chris Stapleton win during the 2015 Country Music Association Awards, he knew there was a change happening. Guitarist Jess Carson says they thought it was a lofty idea that ``Drinkin' Problem'' would even get on the radio. Singer Mark Wystrach says the fact that it went number one is ``a great indicator that there is ``a thirst for modern traditional or neo-traditional or however they are calling our music.''

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY. OCTOBER 2, 2017

 

DAMIAN MARLEY SHOW - BABY

 

How old were you when you went to your first concert? A baby in Seattle can claim she was born at a Damian Marley concert. The Seattle Fire Department says a concert-goer at Marley's concert in Seattle gave birth to a girl in a bathroom stall at about

9:20 P-M Wednesday. A fire spokeswoman says the baby arrived shortly before firefighters did. The mother and baby were taken to a local hospital, and firefighters say the baby's condition is good. The sister of the mother tells KOMO-TV she was with the mother in the bathroom, but by the time she took off her rings to help, the baby was in her mother's arms. 

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``AMERICAN IDOL'' - LIONEL RICHIE - LUKE BRYAN

 

Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will join Katy Perry as judges for the new version of ``American Idol.'' The three judges will appear on ``Good Morning America'' on Wednesday. A-B-C has not yet announced when ``American Idol'' will debut. 

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THE KILLERS - NUMBER ONE

 

  The Killers have their first number-one album.

``Wonderful Wonderful'' tops the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 118-thousand units its first week. Macklemore is second with ``Gemini,'' which moved 51-thousand units. Lil Uzi Vert is third with ``Luv Is Rage 2.''

 

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BLUEGRASS AWARDS

 

Earls of Leicester were named entertainer of the year for the third year running at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. Balsam Range won album of the year for ``Mountain Voodoo.'' Volume Five won emerging artist of the year and song of the year for ``I Am A Drifter.'' Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper won instrumental group of the year for the fourth time. Flatt Lonesome won the vocal group award. Brooke Aldridge won the female vocalist award and Shawn Camp won for male vocalist.

 

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COUNTRY STARS - HURRICANE BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Some of the biggest stars in Nashville will hold a concert to support victims of recent hurricanes. Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will play the Country Rising concert in Nashville on Nov. 12th. Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and George Strait. The concert will be a benefit for The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which will help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.

 

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MARILYN MANSON - ACCIDENT

 

Marilyn Manson is postponing the next two weeks' worth of shows after he was injured during his New York concert on Saturday. Manson was performing a version of ``Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)'' as he climbed a stage prop shaped like two giant guns that started to wobble. He fell backward and the prop fell on him. The house and stage lights went off for several minutes, then an announcer said the show was over ``due to injury.'' At Friday's show in Pittsburgh, Manson jumped into the crowd and crawled back onto the stage, claiming he had broken an ankle. Manson will recuperate at his home in Los Angeles. The extent of his injuries was not revealed. 

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LIL WAYNE - REFUSES SECURITY CHECK

 

Lil Wayne opted to skip his own show rather than walk through a security check. Managers of the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, say Lil Wayne refused to submit to the venue's standard safety procedures. The arena's management declined to make an exception just because Lil Wayne was the headliner, calling it a safety issue. The rest of the show went on, featuring 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez and Cardi B. Lil Wayne's representatives did not return requests for comment. Ticketholders are being offered refunds beginning today.

 

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STEVEN TYLER - HEALTH

 

Steven Tyler denies he cut the Aerosmith tour short because of a seizure or a heart attack. Tyler tweeted a statement that says he had to have a procedure that only his doctor in the U-S could perform. He doesn't give any details on his condition. Last week, Aerosmith cancelled the last four shows of the South American tour because Tyler was rushed back to the U-S for ``unexpected medical issues.''

 

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MEGHAN LINSEY - THREATS

 

Meghan Linsey says she's gotten death threats since she took a knee after singing the national anthem at the Titans-Seahawks game last week to protest racism. Linsey writes in a guest column in the Washington Post some critics said she should have been executed on the field and she's had cancer wished upon her ``by the same people who claim to be great patriots.'' She says it's all because ``someone who looks like me would act up against racism.'' Linsey says she's not afraid because God will protect her.

She says she ``can't think of anything more un-American than threatening someone for an act of free speech.'' 

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ANDREW McMAHON - CUSTOM PIANOS

 

Andrew McMahon's pianos are practically Frankensteins. McMahon has two pianos that he takes on tour. He says he's replaced their legs with metal ones, drilled holes in them and done other modifications to make them stand up to the rigours of touring. McMahon says they're ``road warrior instruments'' but they've been ``faithful.'' He says sometimes he will rent a piano if taking one of his own is not practical, but he says he prefers his own because he can beat on it more when it belongs to him. 

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MILEY CYRUS - ALBUM PREMIERE

 

Billy Ray Cyrus was a guest performer as his daughter, Miley Cyrus, held a party for the release of her new album, ``Younger Now,'' in Nashville on Friday. Billy Ray told Miley she should learn from his mistakes by not doing what he did. Miley's response, ``Don't grow a mullet, basically.'' Miley says her father inspired the album quite a bit. She says the song ``Inspired'' is about him and Hillary Clinton. Miley also revealed that her duet with Dolly Parton on ``Rainbowland'' was literally written by fax.

Miley says Parton is so old school, she still uses a typewriter. 

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CONNIE FRANCIS - AUCTION

 

Connie Francis considers her personal life a bust, but with one exception, she'd do it all over again. Francis has four failed marriages, an estranged son and a brutal rape in her past, but she says the only thing she wishes she could undo is her brother's murder. Francis says she would not give up the fame she had because there are not many people who have had the moments of exhilaration that she's had. Francis auctioned off some of her personal items outside Los Angeles over the weekend. She says a fan once told her she saved a Styrofoam cup that had Francis' lipstick on it, so Francis decided she wanted to give her things to fans while she's still alive.

 

(The Canadian Press)