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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

 

YOUNG THUG - ARRESTED

 

Young Thug has been arrested on drug and gun charges outside Atlanta. Police in Brookhaven, Georgia, say an officer pulled over a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Maybach carrying three men because they thought the window tint was too dark. Young Thug and the two men with him were arrested. DeKalb County Jail records show all three were released on bond. Young Thug's attorney, Brian Steel, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the allegations against his client are false.

 

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DADDY YANKEE - PUERTO RICANS

 

Daddy Yankee has pledged one-million dollars to help his native Puerto Rico after the devastation of hurricane Maria.

Daddy Yankee stills lives in Puerto Rico and says he felt the call to help. He says his long-term goal is to ``ensure that the largest number of families on the island have a safe roof.'' His donation will be split among the charities Feeding America, the American Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity and local organizations. His fans have donated 10 truckloads of supplies at his concerts.

 

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LADY ANTEBELLUM - PUERTO RICO

 

Singer Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum says the band is ``heartbroken'' to see the damage Puerto Rico has suffered after hurricane Maria because they were just there filming a video.

Lady Antebellum shot the video for ``Heart Break'' in San Juan earlier this year. They have released the video and pledged 200-thousand dollars to the charities MusiCares and United For Puerto Rico to help hurricane relief efforts. Band mate Dave Haywood says they feel personally connected to helping those affected by the hurricane. 

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NANCY WILSON - HEART

 

To use guitarist Nancy Wilson's words, ``The molecules of Heart may never amass once again, but it remains to be seen.'' She's estranged from her sister, singer Ann Wilson, after Ann's husband was arrested for assaulting Nancy's teenage sons last year. Nancy says both she and Ann felt like victims in very different ways. She says just opening up a conversation has been really difficult. In the meantime, Nancy has teamed up with former New Power Generation singer Liv Warfield for a new project called Roadcase Royale. Their debut album, ``First Things First,'' is out now.

 

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JASON MRAZ - ``WAITRESS''

 

Jason Mraz will play the doctor in the Broadway version of ``Waitress'' and it's all because of Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs). She says she personally reached out to Mraz to take the part. Bareilles wrote the music for ``Waitress.'' Mraz knows the music already. He recorded ``Bad Idea'' and ``You Matter To Me'' for Bareilles' version of the show's soundtrack. It will be Mraz's Broadway debut and he says he hopes he lives up to the hype. He will do a ten-week run with ``Waitress'' beginning Nov. 3rd.

 

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CHER - MUSICAL

 

The musical based on Cher's life will open on Broadway next fall after a run in Chicago next summer. ``The Cher Show'' will debut at Chicago's Oriental Theatre beginning June 12th.

The exact dates of the Broadway run have not been confirmed. The show has not yet been cast, but three actresses will portray Cher at different parts in her life.

 

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NIKKI SIXX - BOY GEORGE - ALESSIA CARA - ``THE LAUNCH''

 

TORONTO (AP) _ Nikki Sixx, Boy George and Brampton, Ontario's Alessia Cara have been added as mentors on the music competition show ``The Launch.'' Jennifer Nettles and Julia Michaels have also been added as mentors. Previously announced mentors are Canadian superstar Shania Twain, Fergie and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Big Machine Records founder and former ``American Idol'' adviser Scott Borchetta is producing the show. It will pit teams of unsigned musicians against each other to write and record a song in two days. Details on when and where it will air have not yet been announced.

 

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MACKLEMORE - AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL ISSUE

 

As Australia conducts a nationwide ballot to gauge public opinion on gay marriage, Macklemore is jumping into the debate with a single song. Macklemore will headline the pre-game show at the National Rugby League Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday, sort of the Australian equivalent of the Super Bowl. He's already announced that his song ``Same Love'' will be in his set.

Macklemore tells a Los Angeles radio station he's ``getting a lot of tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia.'' The results of Australia's mail-in poll will be announced Nov. 15th. If a majority supports gay marriage, Australia's Parliament will consider a bill to legalize it within a month.

 

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MEGHAN TRAINOR - ``BROKEN RECORD''

 

Meghan Trainor will write music for a drama about a girl group that will run on A-B-C. The Hollywood Reporter reports the show ``Broken Record'' will be about a group called The Candies who reunite nine years after their breakup because of a tragedy. Trainor also will be the show's executive producer. No word on when the show will debut.

 

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PLAYBOY - COVER

 

What do Farrah Fawcett, Madonna, Sharon Stone and Robin Givens have in common? If you guessed that they all graced the cover of Playboy magazine, you're right. They were among the biggest female stars on the planet photographed for the magazine, whose founder, Hugh Hefner has died. Others getting the cover treatment include Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Jenny McCarthy, Naomi Campbell and Anna Nicole Smith. B-C born actress Pamela Anderson has the record for most Playboy covers, scoring features in 13 issues.

The first to do a Playboy cover? Marilyn Monroe, for the magazine's 1953 debut issue. It sold out.

 

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PLAYBOY MANSION - FUTURE

 

It became synonymous with Hugh Hefner and his lifestyle. And now that Hefner has died, the Playboy Mansion will see an end to the numerous parties and social events at the Holmby Hills, California estate. A neighbour bought the property for 100-million dollars last year _ with the stipulation that Hefner could live out the rest of his years there. The new owner says he plans to connect the mansion to his own two-acre digs next door. The homes were originally built in the 1920s as a single estate.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

 

 

STEVEN TYLER REQUIRES - MEDICAL CARE

 

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler says he does not have a life-threatening condition, but it's something urgent enough for Aerosmith to call off the last four shows of their South American tour. Tyler flew from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to the U-S on Monday night to seek immediate care for ``unexpected medical issues,'' according to a band statement. Tyler says he needed to deal with it right away to ``sustain and maintain'' his future performances. 

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TONY ORLANDO - LOSES FINGERTIP

 

Tony Orlando has lost the tip of his middle finger because of what he calls ``a stupid accident with my garage door'' in Branson, Missouri. Orlando tells The New York Daily News he tore the part from the tip to the nail bed and doctors cannot reattach it. Orlando is a longtime supporter of military veterans and he says compared to his military buddies, his injury is ``a bee sting.'' He jokes that he now has to sing his song ``Knock Three Times'' as ``knock two-and-a-half times.'' 

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PIXIES SHOW - FIRE ALARM

 

So far, all The Pixies are saying about their smoke-filled concert in Portland, Maine, is a photo from early in the show and the words ``thank you.'' The Portland Press Herald reports theatrical smoke released during the band's encore set off a smoke alarm, forcing an evacuation of the Maine State Theater Tuesday night. It was a sold-out show for a theatre that holds at least 16-hundred people. One concertgoer says there was never a sense of panic. 

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GARTH BROOKS - ANTHOLOGY SERIES

 

Garth Brooks is planning a massive multimedia retrospective of his career. He will put out a 240-page book accompanied with 52 songs on five C-Ds -- and that's just part one of five. ``The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years'' will be on sale November 14th. The music will include the alternate take of ``That Summer'' and a track featuring Trisha Yearwood on a Brooks song before Brooks had put out his first record. It's Brooks' first time as an author. 

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KELSEA BALLERINI - ``LEGENDS''

 

Kelsea Ballerini wrote the song ``Legends'' about two years ago after a breakup and she wasn't sure it should be her next single. Ballerini says she didn't want to look back on the relationship with anger or bitterness but with love, so that's what the song it about. At least, that's what it was then. Ballerini says she's in a different place now and she wasn't sure if it still reflected who she is. She decided even though the song has changed meaning for her, it can be interpreted as being in a loving relationship or looking back on one. ``Legends'' will appear on her upcoming album, ``Unapologetically,'' out Nov. 3rd. 

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DORIS DAY - HONOURED

 

Part of Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati has been given the honourary name of Doris Day Way. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city council voted Tuesday to make the change.

Yesterday was also Doris Day Day in Cincinnati. Day, who is from there, now lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She's 95 and could not make the trip back home, but she sends her thanks. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

 

 

STEVEN TYLER

 

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler says he has returned to the United States for medical care and the band is cancelling the last four shows of its tour in South America. Tyler said on social media Tuesday that he flew back to the U.S. on Monday night after a show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He says he is ``not in a life threatening condition'' but needs to deal with a medical issue ``immediately''

to maintain future scheduled performances. The band has cancelled two shows this month, in Curitiba, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, and two shows next month, in Rosario, Argentina, and Monterrey, Mexico.

Tyler says he expects to make a full recovery. 

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STOCK IN EMINEM ROYALTIES

 

You will soon be able to buy a share in Eminem's royalties. The company Royalty Flow is offering stakes in Eminem's recordings from 1999 to 2013 through an initial public offering of stock starting in October. The company says royalties from the catalog grew 43 per cent between 2015 and 2016, even though Eminem had no new music out. Royalty Flow was founded by Jeff and Mark Bass, who produced much of Eminem's music. Stock shares will be 15 dollars apiece, with a minimum stock purchase requirement of 2,250 dollars.

 

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T-BOZ SUFFERS NECK INJURY

 

T-L-C is calling off the European leg of their tour because T-Boz is in a lot of pain. A statement on T-L-C's Facebook page says T-Boz is suffering from an injury that's compressing a nerve in her neck. Her surgeon recommended the postponement. The European tour was supposed to begin October 16th in Hamburg, Germany, and run through mid-November. T-L-C has no concerts scheduled after that.

 

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BRYAN ADAMS HELPS BRING ``PRETTY WOMAN'' TO STAGE

 

Canada's Bryan Adams and longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance have written the music for a new musical based on the film ``Pretty Woman.'' The production will do a five-week engagement in Chicago in March before moving to Broadway in the fall of 2018. Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 2012 film version of ``Les Miserables ,'' will star as Vivian.

Tony-winning actor Steve Kazee will star as Edward.

 

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SCOTTY McCREERY IS GETTING MARRIED

 

Scotty McCreery is engaged to a woman who once doodled ``Mrs. Gabi McCreery'' in her diary as a child. McCreery proposed to Gabi Dugal at the top of a mountain in North Carolina.

They met in kindergarten and they have been dating for six years.

She's a pediatric cardiac nurse but has appeared in several of McCreery's videos. The wedding is planned for next year.

 

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE - REMASTERING

 

Foster The People have a ritual when they finish an album: they pour a few drinks and listen to it together. However, keyboardist Isom (EYE'-som) Innis says when they listened to their ``Sacred Hearts Club,'' they all felt uneasy. Singer Mark Foster finally said what they were all thinking: ``It's not done.'' So they remastered it. Then they did it again. Then they did it again, and again. Innis says they remastered the album five times before they got it right. He says they did some different arrangements and took out other parts until they had an album that flowed continuously.

 

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DEMI LOVATO: CHARTS DON'T MATTER

 

Demi Lovato does not keep track of how she's doing on the charts. She says these days, there are too many charts, so her song might be number one on one chart and number 10 on another. As she puts it, ``If it doesn't beat `Despacito,' it's not the end of the world.'' Lovato will release a new album, ``Tell Me You Love Me,'' on Friday. YouTube will release a documentary about the album called ``Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated'' on October 17th.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

 


MEGHAN LINSEY - TAKE A KNEE

 

Meghan Linsey defends her decision to take a knee after singing the national anthem before Sunday's Seahawks-Titans game to protest racism. Linsey tells Newsweek as a ``white, blonde, privileged woman in the music industry,'' she knew what that move would carry. She says she knelt ``out of love'' for the U-S rather than a demonstration against anyone. Linsey says a lot of country musicians are scared to express their opinions, and she's gotten a lot of negative comments, but she's also had people say they're now fans of hers. Her guitarist, Tyler Cain, says they had agreed beforehand they would both take a knee.

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TAMAR BRAXTON PLANS TO STOP RECORDING

 

Tamar Braxton says her upcoming album will be her last one because she needs to focus on her family. Braxton tells ``Entertainment Tonight'' that ``whatever I can do to eliminate all of the stress and problems off of my relationship, I would rather do that.'' She's married to music executive Vince Herbert. They have a four-year-old son, Logan. Braxton says she'll still write songs for other artists and maybe do television again. Her ``Bluebird of Happiness'' album comes out Friday. 

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SNOOP DOGG - DON RICKLES

 

You got Snoop Dogg comparing Don Rickles to a freestyle rapper and Rickles comparing Snoop to Frank Sinatra. Then they talk about pot and which comedians Rickles found annoying. The A-A-R-P has launched a 13-episode show called ``Dinner with Don,''

which features interviews Rickles did with several celebrities before Rickles died in April. Besides Snoop, Rickles talked with Jimmy Kimmel, Robert De Niro, Sarah Silverman and Marisa Tomei'). 

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STYX'S JAMES YOUNG WAS ALMOST A SPACE GUY

 

Styx guitarist James Young considered aerospace engineering as his fallback plan. Young says he has a degree in aerospace engineering because he was avoiding the Vietnam draft and he promised his dad he wouldn't pursue music until he was done with college. All these years later, Styx has released an album called ``The Mission,'' a concept album about a trip to Mars. Young says it's actually singer Tommy Shaw's concept, not his. He says if he had suggested it, everyone would think he can only come up with space ideas. He did sneak one into a Styx hit, though. He says he convinced former singer Dennis DeYoung to turn the ship in ``Come Sail Away'' into a spaceship at the end. ``The Mission'' is out now. 

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CHEAP TRICK COVERS ``SNL'' SKIT SONG

 

Among the songs that Cheap Trick covers for their first-ever holiday album is a song that started out as a joke on ``Saturday Night Live.'' Cheap Trick will put their own spin on the song ``I Wish It Was Christmas Today,'' written by Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz. They'll also do their versions of ``Father Christmas'' by The Kinks, ``Merry Xmas Everybody'' by Slade and ``Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)'' by The Ramones.

Cheap Trick also wrote three new holiday songs for the album, which is called ``Christmas Christmas.'' It comes out October 20th. 

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ED SHEERAN, MIGOS WILL PERFORM ON ``TRL'' REVIVAL

 

Ed Sheeran and Migos will be the first guests on M-T-V reboot of ``Total Request Live.'' The show will premiere October 2nd from the same studio overlooking Times Square where the original show aired. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

 

Legendary artists Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on Saturday.

 

The live concert and ceremony was held at Toronto's Massey Hall. 

The 71-year old Young told the crowd he was ``terribly proud to be Canadian,'' as he was inducted. 

Cockburn, who's 72, thanked his long-time manager Bernie Finkelstein, saying ``In a world increasingly defined its by fakery, we together have pulled off the greatest trick ever -- we spread truth.'' 

Among the highlights of the night was singer k.d. lang whose heart-wrenching take on Young's ``Helpless'' earned her a standing ovation. 

Quebecois inductees were Beau Dommage, a group formed in the early 1970s that became known for writing popular French folk staples. 

Rounding out the group was Expo '67 theme writer Stephane Venne whose songwriting career was launched when he penned the winning song.  

 

JASON ISBELL -  DELAYS SHOWS

 

Jason Isbell is postponing his shows this week because of a death in the family of bassist Jimbo Hart. Isbell asked fans on social media to send their ``good vibes'' to Hart. Isbell will resume touring Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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MARY J. BLIGE - PERFORM CALLED OFF

 

Mary J. Blige's concert in Louisville was cancelled, but no one is saying why. Neither the venue nor Blige's representative has said why Saturday's show was called off. Refunds are being given. Blige has no more tour dates scheduled. 

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CHRIS STAPLETON - PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL

 

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton reunited on stage for Timberlake's Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, on Saturday. They did three songs together, including ``Tennessee Whiskey.'' That was the song they did together at the

2015 Country Music Association Awards show that sent Stapleton's career skyrocketing. Timberlake, a Tennessee native, joked to the crowd he was nervous because he might be related to half of them.

The festival also included Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Walk The Moon and Mavis Staples. 

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CHARLES BRADLEY - OBIT

 

Soul singer Charles Bradley is being remembered for his electric performances and his hugs. Bradley died Saturday at the age of 68. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and later received a clean bill of health, but the cancer had spread to his liver. Bradley was not known for radio hits, although he grabbed attention with his soulful reinterpretation of the Black Sabbath song ``Changes.'' Busta Rhymes and Jay Z sampled his songs.

Bradley cited James Brown as an influence and even had worked as a Brown impersonator. He would close shows by giving hugs to the audience members. 

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CHIEF KEEF - DRUG TRIAL

 

Chief Keef has pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanour drug charges. He was arrested June 12th at the airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Officials say they found marijuana in Chief Keef's carry-on bag. The Argus Leader reports Chief Keef returned to Sioux Falls last week to plead not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 27th. He faces up to five years in prison and a 10-thousand dollar fine. 

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DEMI LOVATO - MENTAL HEALTH

 

Demi Lovato has been a strong advocate for mental health issues _ in part because she's had struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse and being bipolar. Now she is looking to help kids displaced by conflicts in places like Iraq to keep strong emotionally. She's pushing for the expansion of an international program to help young people in conflict-ridden areas. Lovato performed at a United Nations concert in Central Park over the weekend. 

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MEGHAN MARKLE - PRINCE HARRY

 

Prince Harry's girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, was on hand to support her bae at an event in Toronto over the weekend. Markle was in the stands for Saturday's opening ceremony of the Invictus Games for wounded veterans. Markle lives in Toronto, but hadn't appeared with Harry since he arrived in the city. She recently told Vanity Fair they're in love. 

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JIMMY TINGLE - PUBLIC OFFICE

 

No joke. Comedian Jimmy Tingle seems serious about making a run at politics. He's filed paperwork indicating he plans to run for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat in 2018. Tingle has been a longtime social and political humorist. He tells The Boston Globe running for office would be a way to, as he put it, ``take it to the next level.'' 

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The Launch

Five more music industry heavyweights have joined CTV's upcoming music competition series ``The Launch.'' 

Bell Media says Culture Club alumnus Boy George, Canadian pop star Alessia Cara and M?tley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx have signed on as mentors for the inaugural season of the show, which is now in production. 

The other new arrivals to the show are songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles. 

Previously announced mentors include Canadian country star Shania Twain, Fergie, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and music mogul Scott Borchetta. 

In each episode of the Canadian series, five homegrown singers will perform a rendition of a new tune penned by a songwriter. The four mentors then pick two finalists to work with a renowned producer and perform the song again, with the winner becoming the official singer of the track. 

Bell Media says the show is ``being readied for an upcoming international rollout.'' 

 

MUSICIANS - SUPPORT PRO ATHLETES BY KNEELING ON STAGE

 

Stevie Wonder and former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey showed their solidarity for pro athletes who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism in America. During the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, Wonder said, ``Tonight, I take a knee for America. Both knees!'' Then he knelt on the stage. Linsey sang the national anthem before the Seahawks-Titans game yesterday and took a knee as she finished. So did the guitarist who accompanied her. U-S President Donald Trump recently said that N-F-L players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired and N-F-L Commissioner Roger Goodell should order them to stand. 

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT - PROTEST CONCERT

 

Thousands of people have packed a stadium in Charlottesville for a concert intended to raise money for charity and promote unity in the aftermath of this summer's white nationalist rallies. Dave Matthews, whose band got its start in the Virginia college town, hosted the show last night and thanked the attendees and performers for coming together on short notice. He introduced Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a driver slammed into a crowd protesting white nationalists on Aug. 12th. Bro told the crowd the concert was a ``powerful and peaceful'' way to come together and turn anger into action and understanding. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay made a surprise appearance. Other performers included Cage the Elephant, Pharrell Williams and The Roots. 

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PETE TOWNSHEND - MARRIED

 

Pete Townshend is confirming what he's been occasionally mentioning from the stage: he's got a wife. Townshend writes on Facebook he quietly married his girlfriend, musician Rachel Fuller, about a year ago. They had been dating for 20 years.

Townshend says they did it at the local register's office outside London with just two witnesses: his security man and his personal assistant. Townshend says they kept it quiet because they're selfish. He describes Fuller as a ``genius,'' ''beautiful`` and ''smart.`` 

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AARON CARTER - REHAB

 

Aaron Carter says he is ``disappearing for a while to work on myself.'' Carter's representative confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Carter has checked into rehab. Carter was arrested in July for driving under the influence and possessing marijuana. Carter tweets his ``stressors have not subsided with family'' and he needs time off. He also says, ``MY FAMILY has nothing to do with this. I've actually had to cut them all off unfortunately and it's gonna stay that way.'' Carter had a public argument on Twitter with his brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Aaron Carter says he's quitting Twitter for a while but he will be back with new music. 

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PUERTO RICO - HELP

 

NEW YORK (AP) _ Musicians with Puerto Rican roots are urging support for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday to announce an aid package to Puerto Rico. Lopez pledged one-million of her own money. Marc Anthony and Luis Fonsi are asking fans to join the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello, in a campaign for donations at UnitedForPuertoRico-dot-com. Ricky Martin started a crowdfunded campaign to gather donations for hurricane victims. Daddy Yankee fans answered his call for donations of diapers, bottled water, mosquito repellent and flashlight batteries. Daddy Yankee says he's sure that ``God blesses the happy giver.''

 

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KENNY CHESNEY - FALSE CHARITIES

 

Kenny Chesney is urging fans to be careful of anyone who uses his name to raise money for hurricane relief.

Chesney says the only charity he is working with is Love For Love City, which is helping rebuild the Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Chesney's vacation home there was damaged, but his concern is for the residents who lost everything. Chesney has sent planes of supplies to the islands and transported people and pets to the mainland. Chesney says he's been vetting local and national organizations to make sure any donations get to the right people. 

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LADY GAGA  - ON FAME

 

Lady Gaga says the most touching thing about her new documentary, ``Gaga: Five Foot Two,'' is that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. She writes on Instagram that the film shows fame is lonely, isolating and psychologically challenging. Lady Gaga says being famous is ``unnatural'' but ``complicated'' because she knows she's destined to be a performer. She says she went through a range of emotions seeing it, knowing she could not be objective about herself. However, she believes director Chris Moukarbel made an authentic film.

``Gaga: Five Foot Two'' is on Netflix now.

 

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CAGE THE ELEPHANT: THE NEXT GENERATION

 

Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz has been producing other acts in his spare time, including his little brother's band. Shultz says his brother, Dan, is in a band called Dan Luke and the Raid. Shultz says his brother isn't running from the family connections but Dan definitely wants his music to stand on its own. Shultz says his brother is 15 years younger than him, so he jokes that Dan probably doesn't care that much for Cage The Elephant. 

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(The Canadian Press)

 

ACE FREHLEY - GENE SIMMONS

 

The Kiss Army is beside itself after Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunited for their first performance together in 16 years. The Star Tribune reports Frehley came out about three-quarters of the way through Simmons' set during the Children Matter benefit concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday. Frehley played on ``Parasite,'' ''Cold Gin,`` ''Shock Me`` and ''Rock and Roll All Nite.`` He said he decided just a week ago he wanted to be there. The concert also featured Cheap Trick, Don Felder and The Jayhawks.

 

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YOKO ONO - IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT

 

Yoko Ono's lawyers have quashed a Polish lemonade company's attempt to sell a fizzy product called John Lemon. The Guardian newspaper reports the Mr. Lemonade Alternative Drinks company has agreed to rebrand it as On Lemon. It's sold throughout Europe. The legal action referenced a Facebook posting with the brand's logo that showed John Lennon holding lemons, and other advertising that showed a picture of round glasses and the words ``Let It Be.'' A company lawyer says his client agreed to change the name rather than have the product banned.

 

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SHANIA TWAIN - ``NOW''

 

Shania Twain says for a while, she sounded like ``a dying cow'' while trying to regain her voice. Twain nearly was unable to sing again after contracting Lyme disease. She says she feels ``triumphant'' that she's able to release an album, ``Now,''

her first in 17 years. Twain calls it ``a small miracle.'' So much has changed since her last album, ``Up!'' that she feels it's an evolution. She says that's why she called the album ``Now,'' because this is her now. It will come out next Friday.

 

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JASON DERULO - ``MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL''

 

Jason Derulo says performing on the ``Monday Night Football'' theme is ``one of those pinch-yourself moments.''

Derulo sings on the song with Florida Georgia Line and Hank Williams Junior. Derulo says he went from eating dinner and watching ``Monday Night Football'' with his family to being part of an American staple. When asked if he considered Williams' comments comparing former U-S President Barack Obama to Hitler in 2011 before taking the job, Derulo says that didn't come into play and it was a decision just between himself and the N-F-L. When asked how he felt about the controversy surrounding quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk), Derulo's response is, ``I applaud anyone who takes a stand peacefully.''

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

 

MARCO CASTILLO BRINGS HOME ROUTES SHOW TO DAUPHIN

 

Enjoy anther Home Routes Concert in Dauphin at 419 River Avenue tonight, featuring Marco Castillo. 

Doors open at 7pm, admission is $20 per person.

Bring your own beverage and refreshments, kids under 12 are free.

 

RODNEY CROWELL - HEALTH

 

Rodney Crowell is calling off his concerts for the rest of the year. He writes on Facebook a team of doctors have confirmed he needs complete rest to deal with the root cause of his health issues. Crowell says he will quietly encourage his body to return to its natural state. He does not specify what his health problems are. Crowell's next scheduled performance is in January on the Outlaw Country Cruise leaving from New Orleans for Costa Maya, Mexico. 

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BENEFIT SHOWS - HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

 

The music community continues to band together to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Don Henley, Lyle Lovett and Clint Black will hold a benefit concert November 28th in Fort Worth, Texas. Proceeds will benefit the North Texas Community Foundation. Meanwhile, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Lovett will play the ``Harvey Can't Mess With Texas'' concert in Austin on Friday. Funds raised from that show will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. Last night in Atlanta, Kelly Price headlined a benefit concert that also features Slick Rick, Trina, 112, Case and Big Freedia. Also last night, Contemporary Christian acts like TobyMac, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and For King and Country held a benefit in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

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DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - CHARLOTTESVILLE

 

The Dave Matthews Band will headline a concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, in an attempt to bring the community together following deadly violence at a white nationalist rally there last month. Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande , The Roots, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Cage The Elephant also will perform. The show is set for Sunday at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium. It's free for U-V-A students and members of the Charlottesville community. The musicians are asking for donations for the Heal Charlottesville Fund. The concert will be livestreamed at musicandunity-dot-tumblr-dot-com. 

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LUKE COMBS - NEW SINGLE

 

Is Luke Combs obsessed with the weather or what?

His first single was ``Hurricane'' and his current one is ``When It Rains It Pours.'' Combs says he's only ever written two songs about weather and they just happened to be his first two singles. He calls it ``luck of the draw, really.'' 

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B.B. KING - LICENSE PLATES

 

Mississippi residents will still be able to get license plates with B-B King's guitar Lucille on them because the state legislature failed to allocate funds to change them. The Biloxi Sun Herald reports the Mississippi Department of Revenue releases new plates every five years. Officials say the legislature did not set aside funds for the new plates. The Lucille plates will stick around for at least another year. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

 

 

ECHOSMITH - ALBUM RELEASE - TOUR

 

Echosmith is pushing back its album release and tour because, in their words, they are ``overrun with inspiration.''

They were planning to release their ``Inside a Dream'' album on September 29th, but instead they have cut it to a seven-song E-P.

The full album will come out in the spring. Echosmith is delaying the tour to coincide with the album. It will start April 4th in San Francisco. 

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LEE BRICE - CHARITY

 

Lee Brice sponsored two recent events that raised 100-thousand dollars for a veterans charity. He held a guitar pull in Nashville on Sunday that included Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Farr, Lucas Hoge and Charles Esten from the T-V show ``Nashville.''

On Monday, he led a clay shoot that include Hoge, Esten, Craig Campbell and members of 3 Doors Down. The money will go to Folds Of Honor, a group that provides scholarships to families of wounded and killed members of the American military. 

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MILKY CHANCE - SONGS

 

It was an easy decision for Milky Chance to record in English rather than their native German. D-J Philipp Dausch says their favorite records are in English. He says there's a lot of good German music as well, but Milky Chance songs don't sound good in German. When it came time to make their ``Blossom''

album, however, they wanted to bring it back home. Dausch says it was important for them to record ``Blossom'' in Germany because that's where they were the most comfortable. 

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ANDREA BOCELLI - ROBOT CONDUCTOR

 

Andrea Bocelli gives his approval to a robot conductor. The YuMi robot, designed by Swiss company A-B-B for factory assembly lines, led Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra Tuesday night in Pisa, Italy. They performed Verdi's ``La Donna e Mobile .'' Bocelli, who is blind, can sense the variabilities of different conductors. He says YuMi was ``programmed well.'' Regular conductor Andrea Colombini says YuMi is good but can't adjust if the orchestra makes a mistake. 

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APPLE - EMMA BLACKERY

 

Not a whole lot of people were familiar with British indie musician Emma Blackery. Then Apple used her album cover artwork during its demonstration for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X and her life has been turned upside down. Blackery had a respectable following on YouTube for her music before Tuesday's event. She had no idea the art for her self-released E-P would be used in the Apple presentation. Her reaction on Twitter was, ``What just happened,''

only with two expletives. Since then, Blackery has become a media star in Britain, Paris Hilton is following her on Twitter and Blackery jokes to the ``good record labels'' she's open to talk. She calls it ``one of the best nights of my life.'' 

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REBA McENTIRE - HOST ``CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS''

 

Reba McEntire will take over hosting duties for the ``C-M-A Country Christmas'' from Jennifer Nettles. Nettles had hosted the show for seven years. The show will tape November 14th in Nashville. The lineup has not yet been announced. A-B-C will run the special on November 27th. 

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TITO JACKSON'S EX-WIFE - OBIT- ``20/20''

 

The 40th season of the A-B-C News show ``20/20'' will focus on the family of Tito Jackson. The show takes a look at the death of Jackson's ex-wife, Dee Dee, who drowned in a swimming pool in 1994. The owner of the house, Los Angeles businessman Don Bohana, was sentenced to prison for her murder. Bohana's family says he was wrongfully convicted. The episode airs Friday. 

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NTSB: MECHANICAL ISSUES - TROY GENTRY

 

The National Transportation Safety Board says engine problems caused the helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and a pilot on Friday. A preliminary report says pilot James Evan Robinson reported mechanical problems shortly after takeoff at the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey. The pilot discussed the problems with experts on the ground before stopping the engine and performing an autorotation that would glide the helicopter down to a runway. However, the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near the airport. The report also says Gentry was on the helicopter for a pleasure ride. 

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WILLIE NELSON, PAUL SIMON HEADLINE ``HARVEY CAN'T MESS WITH TEXAS'' BENEFIT

 

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will lead a benefit concert for residents of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The ``Harvey Can't Mess With Texas''

concert will also feature Lyle Lovett, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and Ryan Bingham. The house band will be Asleep At The Wheel. The concert will be in Austin on Sept. 22nd. It will be broadcast statewide on 11 T-V stations and streamed live on YouTube. Proceeds will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. 

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AMERICANA AWARDS

 

Americana artists spanning generations and backgrounds were honored last night in Nashville. Folk singer songwriter John Prine was awarded the artist of the year, while one of his proteges, country singer Sturgill Simpson, took home album of the year. Prine, who is 70 years old, delighted the audience with a couple of performances and received standing ovations throughout the night. He joked: ``I've been waiting for this award for a while.''

Lifetime achievement honors went to Van Morrison and Graham Nash of the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Rodney Crowell won song of the year for ``It Ain't Over Yet,'' featuring Rosanne Cash and John Paul White. And Amanda Shires won emerging artist of the year. 

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NYC RADIO HOST QUITS JOB

 

It was highly unlikely he could keep it, given the circumstances. But New York City sports radio personality Craig Carton has quit what he calls his ``dream job.'' He leaves W-F-A-N less than a week after his arrest on federal charges that he cheated investors to pay off massive gambling debts. Carton co-hosted ``Boomer and Carton'' with former N-F-L quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Carton says he's leaving so he won't be a distraction to listeners.

But he hints he might return to radio to tell his side of the story someday. 

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(The Associated Press)

COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 CCMA AWARD WINNERS
#CCMAawards


2017 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

ARTIST INDUCTEE
Paul Brandt

STAN KLEES BUILDER AWARD – BUILDER INDUCTEE
L. Harvey Gold

CCMA AWARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT

SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Country 105 Caring For Kids Radiothon
 
LEONARD T. RAMBEAU INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Franck Boucheraud


ARTIST AWARDS

APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Dean Brody

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
The Road Hammers

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR presented by ole
Dean Brody
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)

ROOTS GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel

SIRIUSXM RISING STAR
Meghan Patrick

CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD presented by Country 107.3
Kalsey Kulyk


MUSICIAN AWARDS
 
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Travis Switzer

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Ben Bradley

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shane Guse

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR presented by Cithara Guitars
Matt McKay

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bart McKay

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Denis Dufresne – Banjo

STEEL GUITER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mitch Jay
 
*This is Shane Guse’s fifth win in the Fiddle Player of the Year category. As such, he is now entered into the Musician Awards Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is reserved for musicians who have been awarded the same CCMA Musician Award five (5) or more times. Upon achieving their fifth award, their name is entered into the Hall in celebration of their great contribution to Canadian country music.


RADIO AWARDS
 
MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
Amanda Kingsland – CKBY FM – Ottawa, ON
 
MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)
Paul Ferguson – CHCQ FM – Belleville, ON
 
ON-AIR PERSONALITIES OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
Chris Scheetz, Jacqueline Sweeney, Matt DeBeurs (CISN in the Mornings with Chris, Jack & Matt)
103.9 Country – CISN-FM – Edmonton, AB

ON-AIR PERSONALITY(IES) OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)
Casey Clarke and Roo Phelps (The Casey Clarke Show with Roo Phelps)
New Country 100.7 – CIGV-FM – Kelowna, B.C.
 
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
CKRY-FM – Calgary, AB
 
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)
CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON
 

INDUSTRY AWARDS
 
BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
Invictus Entertainment Group

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR
Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR
Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel – Home Movie – Corus Entertainment

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Invictus Entertainment Group

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
ole

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Warner Music Canada

RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Mike Denney – MDM Recordings Inc.

RECORD PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR
Chris Baseford, Vince Gill, Jeff Johnson, Chad Kroeger, Carly McKillip, Justin Niebank
Album: Grace & Grit (Artist: Meghan Patrick)
 
RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Design Team: Mitchell Nevins; Photography: Phil Crozier (Artist: Dean Brody)
Album: Beautiful Freakshow

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK
 
RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Apple Canada

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group

TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ripcord – Keith Urban

TOP SELLING CANADIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Music Canada
Side Effects – Dallas Smith
 
TOP SELLING CANADIAN SINGLE OF THE YEAR presented by ACTRA RACS
Bush Party – Dean Brody

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephano Barberis
Video: I Hate You For It (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: One Little Kiss (Artist: Dallas Smith),
Video: Red Dress (Artist: JoJo Mason), Video: Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Summer Girl (Artist: Bucko & Toad), Video: Time (Artist: Dean Brody)

 

 

730 CKDM has learned that Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry was killed in a crash involving a helicopter.  At this point in time there isn't a lot of information available.

 

730 CKDM has also heard that the legendary Gentle Giant Don Williams, who was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has also past away at the age of 78 after a brief illness.  

Williams had a wealth of radio hits including "Tulsa Time" and " It Must Be Love".

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 2017

 

 

JANET JACKSON - HOUSTON TONIGHT 

Janet Jackson says she is bringing music _ and more _ to the people of Houston tonight. She says she will keep her commitment to play the concert _ but doesn't want to just hit the stage, do the show and hop back on the tour bus. She says she plans to visit some of the victims of the massive storm _ and let people know she cares about their plight. Jackson laid out her plans in a video she posted online to address talk that she was going to skip the Houston gig.

 

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GEORGE MICHAEL - NEW SINGLE

George Michael died last Christmas Day. And now, fans are getting a chance to hear some new music from the pop star.

The tune is called ``Fantasy'' _ and it was first recorded in the late 1980s. It has been reworked by producer Nile Rodgers _ and is now getting its first radio airplay. Michael's publicist says the song was to be on Michael's 1990 album ``Listen Without Prejudice''

but got ``lost in the ether.'' Before he died, Michael asked Rodgers to rework the song as a single for the reissue of the album next month. 

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DEMI LOVATO - ``DREAMERS''

 

Demi Lovato says she's been moved to political action after U-S President Donald Trump moved to rescind DACA. The singer says she opposes the move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals _ because it hurts people whose only goal in life is to become Americans. She says she's frustrated _ but will try to channel her emotions toward urging lawmakers to help young immigrants, who were brought to America as kids, to stay here. 

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KID ROCK - RACE

 

It's hard to tell how serious he is.

But Kid Rock continues to act like someone who wants a career in politics. He has doubled down on his criticism of N-F-L quarterback Colin Kaepernick _ for kneeling during the national anthem before games. Even though his initial criticism of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has drawn calls for a boycott, Kid Rock repeated his rant during a show on Wednesday night. During his speech, he stood before a podium bearing a fake federal seal that read ``United States of 'Merica'' _ and denounced those who have branded him a racist. 

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GAVIN ROSSDALE - SUCCESS

 

Gavin Rossdale says the formula for success in the music business today isn't much different than it was when he and his band Bush were first starting out in the mid-1990s.

He says it basically boils down to three things: good music, a great team _ and ``a lot of luck.'' Rossdale will be looking for that combination as part of his new gig. He is working on a new talent competition called ``Next 2 Rock.'' It's aimed at finding and promoting undiscovered rock artists throughout the country. Artists will be picked based on their performances of original songs _ and will be rated by fans who tune in.

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(The Associated Press)