MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
KENNY ROGERS - DOLLY PARTON - LAST SHOW
In 1983, Kenny Rogers had sung ``Islands in the Stream'' for four days in the studio before he turned to producer Barry Gibb and said, ``I don't even like this song anymore.'' Gibb's response was, ``We need Dolly Parton.'' Coincidentally, she was downstairs at the time. Rogers says she marched in that room and changed that song forever. Rogers and Parton will perform that song for the last time live at his farewell concert Oct. 25th in Nashville. Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Flaming Lips also are on the bill.
ZAC BROWN - INJURED FAN
Zac Brown paid a visit to an injured fan who missed his Philadelphia concert over the weekend. Seventeen-year-old Thomas Shoettle (SHET'-el) suffered a neck injury that left him paralyzed after he dove into a pool last month. A family friend wrote about Shoettle's accident on Facebook, and Brown heard about it. Brown visited Schoettle at a rehab facility outside Philadelphia Sunday and gave him tickets to next year's show. Schoettle says they just talked. Brown autographed several items for Schoettle and visited with hospital staff.
ED SHEERAN - TWITTER
Ed Sheeran appears to be cleaning house on Twitter. He took his account offline this week, but now it's online again. However, all his tweets since April 2015 have been removed.
He used to have 19-million followers but now he's got a few thousand. Sheeran had told Britain's Sun tabloid earlier this month he was not using Twitter aside from using it to point to his Instagram account because Twitter was a platform for ``saying mean things.''
ED SHEERAN - ``THE SIMPSONS''
Ed Sheeran will be a guest voice on ``The Simpsons'' in an episode inspired by ``La La Land.'' Entertainment Weekly reports Sheeran will play a musician named Brendan who catches Lisa's attention. Producer Mike Scully says they heard Sheeran is a fan of the show and they recorded his part over the phone from England. ``A fan of the show'' is an understatement.
Sheeran has a tattoo of one of ``The Simpsons''' infamous three-eyed fish. His episode will air in late fall.
JOHN MAYER - INSPIRATION
John Mayer's first thought after seeing Toronto rapper Drake in concert was ``wow,'' then an expletive. Mayer says that gave him the kick to step up his live show. Mayer began his tour last night in Albuquerque and is touring with an L.E.D. wall and floor. He's touring in support of his ``The Search For Everything'' album and the album would have come out sooner if Dead and Company had not come knocking. Mayer says he never thought about pressing pause on his solo career before, but now he's getting a ``degree from Grateful Dead University.''
JOE WALSH - HELPING VETERANS
Joe Walsh has created a charity to help military veterans and he's scheduled the first benefit concert. Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban and Gary Clark Junior will join Walsh outside Washington on September 20th for a show to benefit his charity, VetsAid. Walsh was not even two years old when his father died on active duty while stationed at Okinawa. Walsh says he lost his father before he could even form a memory of him. He says he stopped counting the number of friends he lost in the Vietnam War or who came home physically or emotionally scarred. Walsh says he wants to do something to help vets and rock and roll is what he does best.
THE BEACH BOYS - SONG REMAKE
Mike Love, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and John Stamos did more than just perform on the National Mall in Washington on July 4th. They also filmed a video for their remake of The Beach Boys song ``Do It Again.'' Love tells Billboard magazine calls the song a ``reincarnation'' and says they had such a good time doing it that he'd consider remaking some other Beach Boys songs. The video includes classic footage of Love performing that song, which he finds both historical and embarrassing. Love says he thinks the vintage film adds breadth to the song, but he also cringes to see himself running around without a shirt or ``with a beard as long as Z-Z Top's.''
(The Associated Press)
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced this morning that the Dallas Smith, James Barker Band and international guest Blake Shelton will all take to the stage to perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards Show. Taking place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10, the show will broadcast at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) that night on CBC. Already announced to perform are Dean Brody, Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke.
JUNO Award winning, platinum-selling Country star and multiple 2017 CCMA Award nominee Dallas Smith “has blazed a path across genres in Canadian music” (CBC Music) for nearly two decades. Flourishing on the edge of global superstardom, Smith celebrated his third career #1 and second consecutive chart topper at Country radio this year. Appealing to audiences far beyond the boundaries with a stadium sized voice, Smith not only claimed his third #1 single at Country radio in Canada, but became the first Canadian male Country artist in the BDS era (post 1995), to have three #1 songs and only Canadian male Country artist to have two consecutive #1 singles. Smith is also the first Canadian Country artist to have back to back #1 singles since Shania Twain in 1998.
Formed in 2013, the James Barker Band consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin and Connor Stephen. The band has had a busy year, their singles, “Lawn Chair Lazy”, “Just Saying”, and “Chills” all debuted in the top 10 at Canadian Country radio, with “Chills” securing them a #1 spot at radio – giving the guys the title of the first ever Canadian country act to achieve a #1 off their debut album. The videos for their three singles also went to #1 on the CMT Canada’s “Chevy Top 20 Countdown”. Their EP, Game On (via Universal Music Canada), was released in April, and debuted at #2 at iTunes during release week.
The Country Music Association’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year and five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. His most recent album, If I’m Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart, and was the best-selling country album release of 2016. He just notched his 24th #1 single with “Every Time I Hear That Song”, which followed chart-topping smash hits “Came Here To Forget” and “A Guy With A Girl”. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, which most recently include Top Country Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. In 2017 he became the first country artist to win Favorite Album at the People’s Choice Awards in addition to his win for Favorite Male Country Artist. He also took home the trophy for Favorite Country Male Artist at the American Music Awards as well as the first-ever Male Artist of the Year. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show, The Voice, Shelton is a five-time champion, most recently with his contestant Sundance Head.
The 2017 CCMA Awards Show will see eight CCMA Awards presented, will highlight a number of special performances and will include appearances by a collection of Canadian personalities and country music acts. Additional CCMA Award Show performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show are still available, with more seats added in all price categories today. Tickets can be purchased online HERE, by calling 1-800-970-7328, or by visiting the SaskTel Centre Box Office (3515 Thatcher Ave., Saskatoon, SK).
For more information on the 2017 CCMA Awards Show or PotashCorp Country Music Week, visit ccma.org.
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017
JOHN MELLENCAMP - SONS IN TROUBLE
John Mellencamp's sons were involved in a fight early Sunday in Bloomington, Indiana, that resulted in one of them getting arrested. Police say 22-year-old Speck Mellencamp was arrested for public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.
Police say he was ``very belligerent and unco-operative.''
Twenty-three-year-old Hud Mellencamp told police a man attacked him.
The brothers were involved in a fight at a party in 2013 and both were charged with felony battery. Speck Mellencamp ended up serving
96 hours in jail.
BRAD WILK - ``SETH MEYERS''
Drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine and now of Prophets of Rage will sit in with the house band on ``Late Night With Seth Meyers'' all next week. Prophets of Rage, which also includes Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Chuck D, B-Real and D-J Lord, will put out an album on Sept. 15th. Wilk also is working on a project with his girlfriend, Juliette Lewis.
ED SHEERAN - ``GAME OF THRONES''
Producers of ``Game of Thrones'' made good on a promise made to one of the series' stars _ by bringing Ed Sheeran into the mix. Turns out Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the H-B-O fantasy drama, is a big Sheeran fan. And producers promised in the spring that they'd try to get him into the series somehow.
Mission accomplished: Sheeran played a Lannister soldier leading a group in song in Sunday's season premiere. Sheeran posted images of himself with Williams and other cast members on his Instagram account yesterday.
AARON CARTER - PROFILED
Aaron Carter is slamming both authorities in Georgia and his own brother following his arrest on marijuana charges over the weekend. Carter released a statement saying he was targeted for his celebrity and he has a license for medical marijuana for ``long standing anxiety.'' Captain Floyd Canup of the Habersham County Sheriff's Department says Georgia law does not allow for the kind of marijuana Carter had on him. Canup says it wasn't ``the green leafy type.'' Canup also says Carter was driving all over the road, and the deputy's report describes Carter's eyes as bloodshot, watery and glazed. Meanwhile, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys offered his support to his brother on Twitter.
Aaron's response is that if Nick truly cared, he would have called directly instead of making it about himself in a public forum.
``GAME OF THRONES'' - CELEBRITY APPEARANCES
If you're a ``Game of Thrones'' fans who likes pop music, you were excited to see Ed Sheeran's cameo in Sunday's episode. If you're a ``Game of Thrones'' fan who follows rock music, it was the appearance by Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor that caught your eye. Sheeran appeared as a Lannister soldier leading a group in song. He posted a screen shot of himself on Instagram, as well as another photo with show star Maisie Williams. Dailor was a White Walker in the scene with the fog rolling in. The rest of Mastodon will likely appear in an upcoming episode. Mastodon appeared as wildlings in season five of ``Game of Thrones.''
GARTH BROOKS - HONEYMOON COUPLE
A Dallas-area man decided to propose to his girlfriend at a Garth Brooks concert and Brooks was the first to offer a wedding gift. WFAA-TV reports Drew Bargsley proposed to Chelsea Townsend as Brooks performed ``Unanswered Prayers'' during his Oklahoma City concert Saturday. Brooks noticed and stopped the song to offer his congratulations. Brooks also offered to pay for their honeymoon, if they choose to go to Hawaii. He ran it past his wife, Trisha Yearwood, who approved and added, ``Nobody else can get engaged tonight.''
DAN AUERBACH - NASHVILLE
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys says building a studio in Nashville was like ``Field of Dreams.'' He says he just wanted to have a studio among the ones that made some of his favourite records. He built it, and they came. Auerbach says now he makes music with the top players in Nashville who have grown up playing songs and have dedicated their lives to making records. He says he's lucky to be able to tap into such a talent pool.
BRITNEY SPEARS - 22nd PERFUME
Britney Spears tells People magazine each of her fragrances reflect a different side of her personality and her passions. She sure has a lot of them. She just launched her 22nd fragrance, V-I-P Private Show -- not to be confused with Private Show, which was last summer's perfume from Spears. V-I-P Private Show is described as smelling like ``blood orange, apple, mango nectar, violet leaf, orange blossom, magnolia, raspberry wood, golden amber and velvet.''
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
AARON CARTER - ARRESTED
Aaron Carter's Twitter account says he missed his Kansas City show on Saturday because of ``transportation issues.''
Authorities in Georgia say it's because Carter and his girlfriend were arrested on marijuana charges. The Habersham County Sheriff's Office says Carter and Madison Parker were arrested Saturday about
80 miles northeast of Atlanta. They were charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and drug-related objects. Parker also was charged with obstruction of law enforcement. Carter was released on bail yesterday. A sheriff's spokesman says Parker is eligible for bail but is still in jail for ``unknown reasons.''
QUEEN - FILM
The members of Queen say pre-production on a film based on the band will begin this week in the U.K. and filming could start as soon as mid-September. Rami Malek of the USA Network show ``Mr. Robot'' will star as singer Freddie Mercury. The actors who will play the rest of the band have not been announced. Director Bryan Singer, who made the ``X-Men'' films and ``The Usual Suspects,'' will direct. The film has been in discussions for at least a decade and for a while, Sacha Baron Cohen was supposed to play Mercury.
ADRENALINE MOB BASSIST - FATAL CRASH
Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando says they've ``literally experienced hell on earth'' with the death of bassist David Zablidowsky in a three-car accident Friday. The Florida Highway Patrol says the band's R-V had pulled over to fix a flat tire when a tractor-trailer veered off the highway. Zablidowsky was 36. Authorities say one other person is in critical condition and six others have serious injuries. Orlando calls Zablidowsky ``one of the sweetest souls'' he's ever known. Drummer Jordan Cannata says they are devastated and will need some time to recover physically and mentally.
JAY-Z - TOPS ALBUM CHART
Jay-Z has notched his 14th number-one album with ``4:44.'' It moved 262 thousand units in its first week of release, putting it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart.
Jay-Z maintains his lead as the solo act with the most number-one albums. Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand are tied for second with 11 each. The only act with more number-one albums is The Beatles, with 19.
CHARLEY PRIDE - MERLE HAGGARD
Charley Pride got a lesson in kindness from Merle Haggard back when nobody knew who Pride was. Pride says his first big concert was opening for Haggard in Detroit for about ten thousand people. He showed up to the gig and the promoter told him he had five minutes until he went on. Pride had not rehearsed, and the promoter was reluctant to book Pride in the first place and was looking for an out. Pride says he told the promoter as long as the band played country music, he'd be ready to go on in two minutes.
Pride says Haggard's band made him sound good and he promised himself he'd always do the same for opening acts when he made it big. Pride's album, ``Music In My Heart,'' is out now.
POCO'S RUSTY YOUNG - SOLO
You'd think Poco singer Rusty Young would have made a solo record to work with people outside of Poco. Instead, he got all his bandmates to play on it. ``Waitin' For The Sun''
features the current lineup of Poco -- Jack Sundred, Michael Webb and Rick Lonow -- because Young says they are the best musicians he knows. He got former Poco members Richie Furay and Timothy B.
Schmidt to play on a song called ``My Friend'' because the song is about them. ``Waitin' For The Sun'' comes out September 15th. Young plans to tour to support the record, as well as do some concerts with Poco to mark their 50th anniversary.
THE WHITE STRIPES - FIRST SHOW
The White Stripes are marking their 20th anniversary as a band by letting you hear what they sounded like at their very first public performance. Jack White's Third Man Records has released ``The First Show: Live on Bastille Day'' to digital and streaming services. It was previously only available on vinyl. The White Stripes debuted at The Gold Dollar Detroit's open mic night on July 14th, 1997. They did three songs, including ``Love Potion Number 9.''
QUINCY JONES - JAZZ SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO SERVICES
Quincy Jones is launching a subscription video-on-demand service dedicated to jazz. Qwest T-V will feature concerts, documentaries, interviews and archival footage of artists including Billie Holliday, Sun Ra, Esperanza Spalding and Bill Evans. Jones has secured permission for 400 titles and plans to get the rights to 600 more within the first three years. Qwest T-V will launch in the fall for a 7.49 dollars monthly fee.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017
SHANIA TWAIN - US OPEN
Shania Twain will be the headliner for the opening ceremony of the U-S Open. Twain will perform Aug. 28th at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Twain will release an album called ``Now'' on Sept. 29th.
DMX - ARREST
The tax man is trying to get paid _ and get paid from D-M-X. The rapper has been arrested in New York on federal tax fraud charges. Prosecutors say the rapper owes 1.7-million dollars in taxes _ and has also engaged in a multi-year scheme to hide millions in income from the I-R-S. He's due in court to answer to the charges today.
HIP-HOP PODCASTER - CHARGED
A hip-hop podcaster has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting at a popular New York concert venue before a T-I performance. The suspect, Daryl Campbell, pleaded not guilty yesterday in New York State Supreme Court _ and his attorney says he will fight the charges. The May, 2016 shooting at Irving Plaza happened just before T-I was to perform. The man who was killed was a bodyguard of rapper Troy Ave. The rapper was also wounded in the shooting.
CASSADEE POPE - RIAN DAWSON - SPLIT
Cassadee Pope and All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson have called off their engagement. Their representative tells People magazine Pope and Dawson have amicably ended their relationship and remain friends. The couple had dated for seven years. Dawson proposed in February.
SEBASTIAN BACH - SURGERY
Sebastian Bach has had some kind of surgery yesterday, but he's vague on what kind it was. Bach wrote before the surgery it was ``singing related'' but it had nothing to do with his voice or his throat. He says rock and roll has taken its toll on a part of his body and he's getting it fixed.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
LORETTA LYNN - HOME
Loretta Lynn jokes Willie Nelson is not dead yet and neither is she. Lynn has returned to her home in Tennessee after a stay in a rehabilitation facility following a stroke in May, according to her record label. Lynn, who is 85, says in a statement she's getting stronger every day and she's focusing on making a full recovery. She has cancelled all tour dates and pushed back the release of her album, ``Wouldn't It Be Great,'' from August to next year.
ARIANA GRANDE - HONORARY CITIZENSHIP
Officials in Manchester, England, are making Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) an honorary citizen of the city. City council leader Richard Leese says it would have been understandable if Grande never wanted to see Manchester again. Leese says Grande ``brought comfort to thousands and raised millions.'' Twenty-two people were killed in a suicide bombing at Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22nd. Less than two weeks later, Grande headlined an all-star concert to raise money for a victims' emergency fund.
Lawmakers voted yesterday to approve honorary citizenship for Grande.
OBIT - ``GRACELAND'' GUITARIST
Paul Simon is remembering South African musician Ray Phiri as ``a beautiful, masterful guitarist and an inventive musician,'' as well as ``a patriot who used his music to fight apartheid.'' Phiri died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 70. He's probably best known in the U-S as a guitarist and arranger on Simon's ``Graceland'' album. Phiri also performed on the ``Graceland'' tour. He was a big celebrity in South Africa through his band Stimela (STEE'-meh-lah). His death has been met with nationwide tributes there.
CHRIS CORNELL - DEATH REPORT
The crime scene investigation report about the death of Chris Cornell indicates he had a ``well defined ligature mark present in the neck/throat area.'' Detroit police released the report after a Freedom of Information Act request. Cornell's bodyguard kicked in a hotel door May 18 and found Cornell unresponsive. A resistance band was around Cornell's neck and the other end was attached to a clip over the top of the bathroom door.
His death was ruled a hanging. An autopsy determined Cornell had sedatives and an anti-anxiety drug in his system but they did not contribute to his death.
3 DOORS DOWN - TRUMP'S INAUGURATION
Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down says the backlash to the band playing U-S President Donald Trump's inauguration lasted ``for a minute.'' He says they got messages from haters saying their careers were over, but then there was a wave of support from people who were proud the band stood up for what they wanted to do. Arnold says 3 Doors Down was not just asked to play, but the band offered to play. They had met Trump years ago when they were both booked on ``Regis and Kelly.'' Arnold says he was nervous playing for an audience that big, but he was more nervous that if he messed up, his bandmates would never let him hear the end of it.
DJ KHALED - CHARITY
D-J Khaled is selling items from his closet to support education. He's unloading items through online reseller Poshmark to benefit the non-profit group GetSchooled. Among the items still for sale are the matching light blue sateen suits he and his infant son wear on the cover of the ``Grateful'' album, a custom white leather sweatsuit and a blue velour tracksuit. Items that have already been snapped up include some jackets, a pair of grey sweat shorts that look like bandanas and a black pair of sweat shorts with an ink blot pattern.
QUEEN - 3-D BOOK
Queen guitarist Brian May is telling the story of the band in a way where they will be practically jumping out at you. He will publish a coffee table book in August called ``Queen in 3-D.'' May has been a longtime fan of stereoscopic images and he's been travelling with a 3-D camera since he was a child. He took 3-D photos of the band all through their time together. The book comes with a 3-D viewer that May designed himself. It's the first book about Queen published by a member of the band.
LL COOL J - MAIA CAMPBELL
L-L Cool J offered his help to his former co-star on the show ``In The House'' but she's not interested. L-L Cool J reached out to his social media followers for help in finding Maia Campbell after a video surfaced that appears to show her asking a man at an Atlanta gas station for drugs. Campbell posted her own video saying, ``I don't need help. I just need a benefit concert for mental health.'' While Campbell has struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorder in the past, she says now she's doing ``good.''
L-L Cool J tweets, ``You can't help someone who doesn't want your help.''
(The Associated Press)
Country favourite Dean Brody and newcomer Meghan Patrick are among the best album nominees for this year's Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
British Columbia's Brody, who has won 13 CCMA Awards over his career, is vying for the prize with his sixth album ``Beautiful Freakshow'' alongside ``Grace & Grit,'' the rollicking debut from Patrick, a native of Belleville, Ont.
Other nominees in the album of the year category are High Valley, James Barker Band and Dallas Smith.
Single of the year nominees are Smith's ``Autograph,'' Brett Kissel's ``Cool With That,'' James Barker Band's ``Lawn Chair Lazy,'' Jess Moskaluke's ``Take Me Home'' and Brody for ``Time.''
Best male artist nominees are Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, Kissel, Aaron Pritchett and Smith.
In the best female artist category are singer Alee, Lindsay Ell, Madeline Merlo, Moskaluke and Patrick.
The CCMA Awards will take place in Saskatoon on Sept. 10 and will be broadcast on the CBC.
(The Canadian Press)
APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Cast your vote here! This year, there is no limit to the amount of votes you can submit, so get to voting! Want to vote by listening to your favourite artist?! Stream their songs on Apple Music’s2017 CCMA Fans’ Choice Nominees playlist – each play of over 30 seconds counts as a vote!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Dean Brody – Beautiful Freakshow
High Valley – Dear Life
Dallas Smith – Side Effects
Meghan Patrick – Grace & Grit
James Barker Band – Game On
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Cold Creek County
James Barker Band
The Road Hammers
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union
James Barker Band
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith
Cool With That – Brett Kissel
Lawn Chair Lazy – James Barker Band
Take Me Home – Jess Moskaluke
Time – Dean Brody
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel – I Didn’t Fall in Love With Your Hair
James Barker Band – Chills
Chris Buck Band feat. Kira Isabella – That’s When You Know
Dean Brody – Time
Aaron Pritchett – When A Momma’s Boy Meets A Daddy’s Girl
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR presented by ole
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods
Song: Chills (Performed By: James Barker Band)
Ted Hewitt, Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnell
Song: Cool With That (Performed By: Brett Kissel)
Clayton Bellamy, Dan Davidson
Song: Found (Performed By: Dan Davidson)
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell, David Thomson
Song: Workin’ On Whiskey (Performed By: Jessica Mitchell)
INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
MADONNA - MALAWI HOSPITAL WING
Madonna says she never imagined that one day she would build a hospital that would help children in Malawi.
Yesterday, Madonna officially opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, Malawi. The wing is named for her 11-year-old daughter, Mercy James, one of four children Madonna has adopted from Malawi. Madonna says she grew up without a mother and she wanted to give the best to children in Malawi.
MAREN MORRIS - ENGAGED
Maren Morris has had quite a week: she's got her first number-one country radio hit and she got engaged. Morris sends her thanks to Thomas Rhett for her first number-one song ever for their collaboration of ``Craving You.'' Morris has also posted a photo of her sitting on the lap of her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, showing a diamond ring on her hand. The caption is, ``Yes,'' with an emoji of a ring.
WIZ KHALIFA - CHARLIE PUTH - YOUTUBE
Charlie Puth says when he joined YouTube in 2007, he was hoping to make a video that would get 10-thousand views. ``See You Again,'' his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, just became the most-viewed YouTube video ever. YouTube says the video hit 2.896 billion views yesterday. That's about two-million more than the record-holder for the past five years, ``Gangnam Style'' by Psy (SY). Khalifa says he's happy the song has been able to ``inspire and impact so many lives.''
GARTH BROOKS - TOP-EARNING COUNTRY STAR
Garth Brooks is still the one to beat in country music. Forbes magazine estimates Brooks earned 60-million in the past year, mostly from touring. That puts him at the top of the magazine's list of top-earning country artists. Kenny Chesney is second, earning 42.5- million, with Luke Bryan a close third at 42-million. Dolly Parton is a surprise entry at number four. She's brought in 37-million from touring, publishing and her Dollywood theme park. Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line are tied at fifth with 34.5-million.
LADY GAGA - TOUR DELAYED
It appears Lady Gaga is not ready for her tour yet. She has postponed the first stop of her Dive Bar tour that was supposed to start tomorrow in Las Vegas. She says in a statement she is ``deep in rehearsals for her world tour'' and will reschedule the date. The Dive Bar tour was supposed to hit smaller venues before her arena tour begins Aug. 1st in Vancouver. It's certainly not a dive bar, but Lady Gaga will play the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 11th.
CHUCK NEGRON - SOLO ALBUM - THREE DOG NIGHT
Fans of Three Dog Night will get to hear lost music from the band on the new solo album by former singer Chuck Negron. His ``Negron Generations'' album contains three songs the band recorded in the mid-1970s that were never released. They were almost lost forever. Negron says the masters were lost in a fire, but he happened to have copies because he was working on the album.
As for the other songs, Negron says the album does not break any new ground and what fans are expecting from him is what they're going to get. His two daughters are guest vocalists. ``Negron Generations'' is out now.
POLICE - INSANE CLOWN POSSE - FAN
Police in Medford, Massachusetts, say a man will undergo a psychiatric evaluation after engaging in a three-hour standoff at a radio station demanding it play the Insane Clown Posse song ``My Axe.'' Witnesses and station employees at Kiss 108 say the 38-year-old man made his demand while wielding an axe Monday afternoon. Officers say the man tossed sharp-edged weapons out of his car during the standoff. Police unsuccessfully used a stun gun on him. The man surrendered. By the way, the station did not play the song.
WU-TANG CLAN ADVISER - BOOK
If you want the details of how the Wu-Tang Clan sold the only copy of their album ``Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'' for two-million to ``Pharma Bro'' Martin Shkreli, a new book out this week will spell it all out. ``Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Enemy Number One'' was written by Cyrus Bozorgmehr, a senior adviser for the album. The original plan was for Wu-Tang Clan to sell the album with the stipulation that the music could not be released commercially for 88 years. Shkreli bought the album as he was making headlines for raising the price of a life-saving drug from 13.50 to 750-dollars per pill. He has played snippets of the album online.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
JAY-Z - TOUR
Jay-Z is picking up his music and taking it on the road. The rap star says he will be launching a U-S tour in support of his new album ``4:44'' which was released last week. The tour will begin October 27th in Anaheim, California and is to end December 21st at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In all, there are 31 dates and the stops will include New York, Nashville, Dallas, Atlanta and Washington D.C. As was the case with the album release, those aligned with Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service have the hookup.
A presale for Tidal subscribers started yesterday -- four days before tickets for the general public go on sale.
ARIANA GRANDE - COSTA RICA - THREAT
Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested a man they say threatened to attack a concert by pop star Ariana Grande. The threat comes more than a month after 22 people were killed at a Grande concert in Manchester, England. Costa Rican prosecutors say the suspect is a Colombian man who made the threats online and wrote them in Arabic. The show was set for this past Sunday (in the city of Alajuela) and went off without incident.
HARRY STYLES - ACTOR
Harry Styles says he didn't think how big a deal making a movie could be until he saw what was going on while working on ``Dunkirk.'' The former One Direction singer plays a British soldier in the movie about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers from Dunkirk, France. Styles says being on the set was ``overwhelming'' because the size of the production was much bigger than he expected. He says the number of boats, planes and bodies on the set ``was pretty amazing.'' The movie makes its debut on July 21st.
LITTLE ROCK - SHOOTING
There's a new development in that shooting at a rap concert in Little Rock, Arkansas earlier this month. The club where the gunplay occurred will be without a liquor license a while longer. The license was pulled soon after the July 1st shooting that left 28 people injured. And now authorities say the license remains suspended until investigators finish a probe of possible violations. The shooting came during a show by Finese2Tymes. The rapper was arrested about 24 hours later in Alabama. That bust came on outstanding charges of aggravated assault with a gun involving a situation in Arkansas. That case is not related to the Little Rock shooting, which is still being investigated.
ALL-STAR GAME - MUSIC
The major league baseball All-Star Game is tonight.
And before the first pitch is thrown, there will be some voices thrown about at Marlins Park -- in the form of the national anthems for both the U-S and Canada. Bebe Rexha will sing ``The Star-Spangled Banner'' while Calgary native Jocelyn Alice will sing ``O Canada.'' Other artists who have done events as part of the run-up to the All-Star Game include Pitbull, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Lil Jon and Flo Rida.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
DADDY YANKEE - SPOTIFY
Daddy Yankee has made a bit of online music history. The singer has become number one on Spotify becoming the first Latino artist to ever get to the top spot on the music streaming platform. The Puerto Rican reggaeton star Singer Daddy Yankee ousted Ed Sheeran from the No. 1 spot on Spotify to become the first Latino artist to lead the music platform. Spotify acknowledged the milestone in an email to The Associated Press noting that he has surpassed 44,735,586 monthly listeners to reach the first global spot. The moment wasn't lost on Daddy Yankee, who says in an emailed statement that being the first Latin artist to reach No. 1 on Spotify ``marks a precedent'' not just for his career, but for the music industry in general.
PITBULL - ALL-STAR HOME RUN DERBY
Maybe it's a law: that if there's a big event taking place in Miami, Pitbull must appear. The area native and tireless promoter of the Florida city will be making the scene tonight with a performance during the All-Star Game's annual Home Run Derby.
Pitbull is just one of several non-baseball stars performing for major league events this week. Bebe Rexha will sing ``The Star-Spangled Banner'' Tuesday night before the All-Star Game at Marlins Park and Jocelyn Alice will sing ``O Canada.'' Jennifer Hudson was on the bill to perform at an event last night. And Lenny Kravitz performs tonight at a party thrown by the MLB Players Association in Miami. Other celebrities that were to appear over the weekend include Lil Jon and Flo Rida.
PHOTOGRAPHER LAWSUIT - JENNER GIRLS
First Kendall and Kylie Jenner were criticized for marketing ``vintage'' T-shirts featuring a series of music icons. Now's they're being sued. A commercial photographer, Michael Miler, has gone to court to accuse the Jenner sisters of using two images of Tupac Shakur without permission. In a statement, the Jenner girls' fashion label says it only sold two T-shirts with images of Tupac on them. The shirts also featured images of Notorious B-I-G and Ozzy Osbourne. The sale of the shirts was roundly criticized on social media especially after Osbourne's wife Sharon and the mother of Biggie Smalls complained.
ARREST - GRANDE CONCERT BOMBING
In the days after the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, authorities have arrested 22 people on suspicion of terrorism offenses. But so far, all of them have been released without being charged. That arrest figure is now 23 after British police arrested as 19-year-old man in connection with the May 22nd blast. The suspect was picked up Friday at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool. He was being held on suspicion of terrorism offenses. Still awaiting word on whether he will face charges in the Grande bombing, which killed 22 people.
RIHANNA - MOVIE
Rihanna as a burlesque dancer? In a sci-fi movie, no less? Yep, that's how she will be appearing in Luc Besson's movie ``Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.'' And as you might imagine, it was kind of a tough sell at first to get her on board. Rihanna's manager was a fan of Besson's films. But it took a while for the rest of the singer's inner circle to get on board with the project. Besson says Rihanna's crew was ``very protective of her'' so there were a lot of questions to make sure that she came off looking good. You can find out next Friday if they pulled that off. The movie opens July 21th.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
If things keep up the way they have so far, 2017 will prove to be a huge year for both Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran.
Nielsen is out with its mid-year music report and it says those two artists have the top albums so far this year. Lamar's ``DAMN.'' is setting the pace, with close to 1.8-million sales -- based on a combination of physical sales, song sales and audio streams. By that same measure, Sheeran's ``Divide'' is second, but by a narrow margin. Rounding out the top five for the first six months of the year are Drake with ``More Life,'' Bruno Mars with ``24K Magic'' and ``Culture'' by Migos. Each of those albums has reached the one-million mark in combined sales so far.
The man who used to head up security at the big venue in Atlanta says the people who ran the place discriminated against black artists. And Samuel R. Hayes III says when he called out officials at Philips Arena about that he ended up being canned.
In a lawsuit filed this week, Hayes says artists like Diddy, Kanye West and others were denied special parking or exemptions for security protocols like having to go through metal detectors before going inside. But the suit claims artists like Adele and Axl Rose were allowed to skip such screening. Hayes claimed when he beefed about the disparity, he was told ``hip hop acts draw a different crowd and the white acts being in more money.'' For their part, officials for the firm that runs Philips Arena deny any bias and say Hayes was fired for not doing his job properly.
A club that helped Madonna get her start in the music industry is in the news. Turns out people who used to hang out at the club Danceteria created a time capsule in 1985. That was when Madonna used to perform there and was even shown in the movie ``Desperately Seeking Susan'' dancing in the club. The capsule has turned up unearthed by a construction company digging on the site of the now defunct club. When construction crews found the canister, police had to be called in because it appeared to be an unexploded bomb from the second World War. But police quickly determined that it was of more recent vintage and harmless.
Madonna says the children's wing at a hospital in Malawi she has been building for two years did its first surgery last week. And now, the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open next week. The hospital is the first of its kind in the African nation, where Madonna has adopted four children. Her charity, Raising Malawi, has built schools in the country and has funded the new pediatric unit. She says it's all part of her commitment to do what she can to help Malawi.
It isn't exactly a purple reign, but Prince music has found itself in a familiar spot -- near the top of the charts. The remastered version of ``Purple Rain'' is now in the top five on the Billboard top 200 albums chart. Warner Bros says the re-release -- in its various forms -- has moved 52-thousand units since it hit the streets again. Prince died a year ago in April of an accidental drug overdose.
Here's a sentence you haven't heard in a while -- Kesha (KESH'-ah) has some new music out. The single ``Praying'' is the first track from the album ``Rainbow,'' which is due out August 11th. It's her first album since 2012, when she dropped ``Warrior.''
Since then, she has been in warrior mode, waging a very public legal battle in which she accuses producer Dr. Luke of sexual assault and harassment. Dr. Luke has denied the allegations against him. Until now, the dispute kept Kesha from being able to record or release new tracks.
(The Associated Press)