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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018

 

Artists & Media from Manitoba Bring Home Hardware at 2018 Indigenous Music Awards

The envelopes were opened and the hardware was handed out at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards on May 18. Recognizing the accomplishments of Indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the globe, this year's winners were revealed at a gala event at Winnipeg's Club Regent Event Centre. Artists and media from Manitoba picked up three IMAs at the celebration.
 
Singer/songwriter Desiree Dorion brought home the award for Best Country Album for her latest release, Tough Street. JUNO-nominated pop rock outfit Indian City won for Best Pop Album for its new album, Here & Now. NCI FM's Indigenous Music Countdown landed the Best Radio Station Program Promotion Indigenous Music award. 
 
Other nominated artists from Manitoba included Vince Fontaine, Richard Farrow, Tom Dutiaume, Billy Joe Green, Malcolm Campbell, and more. Read more about the nominees from Manitoba
 
Presented by Manito Ahbee Festival and hosted by Beatrice Deer and CBC Music's Jarrett Martineau, this year's event featured performances by several nominees and acclaimed artists, including hometown Indian City.
 
Many of this year’s Manitoba-based nominees and winners have participated in Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Development Program, as well as professional and market development programs during their careers, accessing assistance to showcase in new markets and in making critical business contacts. Manitoba Music's programs and services are made possible by the generous support of the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters, Manitoba Film & Music,The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, The SOCAN Foundation, and members of the music industry of Manitoba.
 
For a complete list of 2018 IMA winners, please visit indigenousmusicawards.com
 

 

ASHLEY McBRYDE - TATTOOS

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Ashley McBryde is recognized more for her tattoos than her face. McBryde says after she does her set, she puts on sleeves so she can go into the audience and watch other acts anonymously. McBryde says she got a tattoo when she moved to Nashville and has gotten other ones to mark milestones in her career, using the same artist every time. McBryde says after she made her Grand Ole Opry debut, a hater said she had too many tattoos for country music. McBryde's sarcastic response was, ``You know what, you're right, I totally hear that in the song.'' She does have one tattoo she regrets: a fat baby devil ``tramp stamp'' that was her first one. She's tried to get it covered but every tattoo artist she's asked will look at it and say, ``No, it's fine.''

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FATS DOMINO'S DRUMMER - CHARGES DROPPED

Prosecutors say they don't have enough evidence to pursue charges against Fats Domino's drummer, who was accused of stealing rare coins and a passport from Domino. The New Orleans Advocate reports charges have been dropped against 65-year-old Ernest ``Box'' Fontenot. Domino's daughter reported her father's silver coins stolen last July. She said she suspected Fontenot, who had been caring for Domino before Domino's death in October. A detective found Fontenot had sold more than 200 silver coins and Domino's 1986 passport to an antiques firm in 2016.

Fontenot's attorney says the items were gifts from Domino.

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HARRY STYLES - SITCOM

C-B-S has announced a new sitcom about a huge pop star who hides out in the suburbs with a boring accountant and his wife as hilarity ensues. Before you dismiss it as too far-fetched, it's loosely based on what happened to Harry Styles.

Damon Wayans Junior and Amber Stevens West play the couple and Australian actor Felix Mallard plays the pop star in the comedy ``Happy Together,'' debuting this fall. Styles lived in the attic of T-V producer Ben Winston for nearly two years as One Direction was taking off. Styles and Winston are two of the show's executive producers.

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  1. R. KELLY - LAWSUIT

R. Kelly's management is declining comment on a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims Kelly abused her and gave her herpes. Faith Rodgers says in her lawsuit she met Kelly when she was

19 after a concert in San Antonio about a year ago. She says Kelly ``mentally, sexually and verbally'' abused her and locked her in rooms for punishment. Rodgers tells ``C-B-S This Morning'' Kelly told her to call him ``daddy'' and intimidated her into having sex, even though she said she wasn't ready for that. She says he filmed it without her consent. She says she kept going back to him because he was not always ``devious'' and would paint himself as a victim.

Kelly's managers had denied Rodgers' claim after she filed a police report in Dallas.

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AVICII - FUNERAL

 Avicii's funeral will be so private that his family will not even say when it is. Avicii's family says in a statement the funeral will include people who were closest to him. They say no more information about the funeral will be given. Avicii was found dead last month in Muscat, Oman.

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ARIANA GRANDE - CONCERT BOMBING - ANNIVERSARY

 Ariana Grande says she was thinking of the people of Manchester, England, yesterday on the anniversary of the suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester which killed 22 people and injured more than 800. Grande tweeted she was sending ``all of the light and warmth'' on ``this challenging day.'' The entire country observed a moment of silence at 2:30 p-m. A remembrance service was held at Manchester Cathedral that featured 22 candles made from the wax of thousands of candles left in St.

Ann's Square in the days after the attack. Thousands gathered on the square last night for a concert and sing-along.

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3 DOORS DOWN GUITARIST DEATH - DOCTOR

The doctor who was accused of prescribing the drugs that killed former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts has been acquitted. A jury in Mobile, Alabama, returned a not guilty verdict for 13 counts of unlawful distribution of drugs and health care fraud for Dr. Richard Snellgrove. Prosecutors say Snellgrove prescribed drugs to Roberts, even though he knew Roberts struggled with addiction. Snellgrove's lawyer argued text messages showed that Roberts was trying to get illegal drugs in addition to the medications he got from Snellgrove. Roberts was found dead of an overdose in a hotel in West Bend, Wisconsin, in 2016.

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CAMILA CABELLO - SICK

Camila Cabello called off her performance with Taylor Swift last night in Seattle because Cabello is fighting off dehydration and a low-grade fever. Cabello tweeted Monday she was feeling sick after her appearance on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. She says she's fine but she's under doctor's orders to rest. Her next scheduled appearance is Friday in Denver.

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(The Associated Press)

Congratulations to Dauphin’s Desiree Dorion on winning Best Country Album for "Tough Street," at the Indigenous Music Awards, this past May long weekend, in Winnipeg.

 

 

  1. Desire Dorion Award
  2. Congratulations to Dauphin’s Desiree Dorion on winning Best Country Album for "Tough Street," at the Indigenous Music Awards, this past May long weekend, in Winnipeg.

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AFROMAN SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH WOMAN HE PUNCHED

The man behind the 2001 song ``Because I Got High'' will settle a lawsuit this week filed by a woman he punched during a 2015 concert in Biloxi, Mississippi. WLOX-TV reports Afroman had pleaded guilty to assault charges for punching Haley Byrd after she got on stage during his show. Byrd sued Afroman for damages from her injuries, and she claimed he defamed her by writing a song about the assault called ``Stay Off The Stage.'' Byrd's lawyer, Tim Holleman, says details of the settlement will not be released until all parties have signed.

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BILLY IDOL TEASES FANS DURING ROYAL WEDDING

Billy Idol fans nearly lost their minds over his tweet on the day of the British royal wedding. Idol had written, ``Looks like a lovely day in U-K for Harry and Meghan's wedding.''

One fan replied, ``It's right there -- say it!'' while another said, ``Billy you've missed an open goal here.'' Idol finally obliged with a follow-up tweet that said, ``So it looked like 'It was a nice day for a white wedding' in the UK for Meghan and Harry.''

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TORI KELLY IS A BRIDE

 Meghan Markle was not the only bride this past weekend. Tori Kelly got married, too. Kelly married German basketball player Andre Murillo over the weekend. They both posted the same photo of themselves, but neither gave details on the wedding. Kelly calls it ``the most magical day ever'' and adds, ``I'm floating.''

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BEASTIE BOYS FINISH LIFE STORY

 The Beastie Boys' autobiography is going to be a lot more than the usual stories about the band and rare photos.

``Beastie Boys Book'' will come with a New York map of significant spots in the band's history, mixtape playlists, a graphic novel and a cookbook by chef Roy Choi. Ad-Rock and Mike D tell the band's story, with contributions from comedian Amy Poehler, writers Luc Sante and Colson Whitehead and filmmakers Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson. ``Beastie Boys Book'' will sell for about 50-dollars starting October 30th.

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DEF LEPPARD OFFERS SIGNATURE BEER ON TOUR

If you go see Def Leppard this summer, you can try their beer. The band has teamed with Elysian Brewing to create Def Leppard Pale, a combination of British malt and Pacific Northwest hops. It will be available at most stops as Def Leppard tours with Journey beginning tomorrow in Albany, New York. The beer also will be sold in select restaurants and bars near the concert venues.

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BRETT DENNEN HELPS 80-YEAR-OLD WITH HER DREAM DAY

An 80-year-old woman finished her bucket list, thanks to Brett Dennen. He chose Vera Taylor to star in the video for ``Already Gone'' after he did a casting call for someone who dreamed of a perfect day, if only there was the time to do it.

Dennen says he chose Taylor because she had ``the craziest, most fun-sounding ideas,'' and the only thing holding her back was household chores. Dennen swept floors, changed sheets, did laundry and cleaned toilets. Taylor surfed, broke a board with her fist, gave away all the inventory of an ice cream truck, ran naked down a beach and jumped in a pool in a wedding gown. Taylor says her favourite part was skydiving.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

 

 

T.I. ARREST - SECURITY GUARD'S CALL

 A security guard said he felt threatened during an argument with T.I. that led to the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist's arrest outside his gated community near Atlanta. In a 10-minute phone call, the guard at Eagles Landing Country Club told a 9-1-1 dispatcher early Wednesday that a resident kept asking for his name and knocking on the guard shack door. The security guard said during the call he didn't recognize the resident. T.I. had lost his key and the guard initially wouldn't let him into the neighbourhood, said Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland. The rapper was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault and then released on bail. The rapper's attorney, Steve Sadow, issued a statement saying his client had been ``wrongfully arrested.'' Sadow said the guard was asleep when T.I.arrived and it took ``some time to wake up the sleeping guard.''

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WHITNEY HOUSTON - MOLESTATION CLAIM

Representatives for Dionne Warwick have not returned messages about a claim coming out of a new documentary about Whitney Houston. Friends of the late pop star allege the singer was molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick _ Dionne Warwick's sister. Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones tells filmmaker Kevin Macdonald the late singer told her Dee Dee Warwick molested her at a young age. Jones claims that made Houston question her own sexuality _ and contributed to her drug problems.

Dee Dee Warwick, who was 18- years-older than Houston, died in 2008.

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3 DOORS DOWN GUITARIST - TRIAL

 A pain specialist is faulting prescriptions by an Alabama physician charged with federal crimes in the 2016 drug overdose death of a former guitarist for rock band 3 Doors Down. Dr.

Richard Snellgrove is charged of unlawful distribution of drugs and health care fraud in a case tied to the death of Matthew Roberts.

The physician faces up to 240 years in prison and up to 2.8-million dollars in fines if convicted. Al-dot-com reports Dr. Rahul Vohra testified that Snellgrove's records don't justify the painkillers he was prescribing, especially because he knew Roberts struggled with addiction. Vohra said a doctor has the responsibility to act when a patient shows signs of addiction.

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BACKSTREET BOYS - NEW SINGLE

The Backstreet Boys have a new single. They released ``Don't Go Breaking My Heart'' yesterday, along with a video that shows the foursome dancing in sync. Singer Nick Carter tweeted thanks to fans for 25 years of support. Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, A-J McLean and Howie Dorough will resume a 21-show Las Vegas residency in July.

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MICHAEL JACKSON - STREET NAMED

Michael Jackson is getting his own street name in Motown, which first launched him into superstardom. A section of downtown Detroit will be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue during a June 15th ceremony. The announcement came earlier this week, in advance of next month's Detroit Music Weekend. Four of Jackson's brothers _ Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon _ are scheduled to perform during the festival. They also will receive a key to the city. The Gary, Indiana, brothers signed in 1968 with Detroit's Motown and had hits that included ``I Want You Back'' and ``A-B-C.''

Michael later would leave Motown and in 1984 recorded ``Thriller'' which became the bestselling album of all time.

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THE WEEKND - TIME MAGAZINE

Canadian R&B superstar the Weeknd is among the celebrities gracing the cover of Time magazine's ``Next Generation Leaders'' edition. The singer, born Abel Tesfaye, joins a list of 10 activists, artists and athletes who the publication chose as influential cultural figures. Tesfaye spoke with a Time journalist less than a week after his headlining spot at Coachella, saying that he felt he worked his entire life for a gig at the high-profile music festival. Other ``Next Generation Leaders'' given their own Time magazine covers this year include American pop singer Ariana Grande and British fashion model Adwoa Aboah.

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DESPACITO - SUBWAY

Two accordion players who have entertained -- and annoyed -- Toronto subway riders with their performances of the hit song ``Despacito'' have learned a new tune. However, the city's transit agency says the men are still breaking the law. The pair, whose performances on subway cars have circulated online in recent weeks, had been warned to stop or risk being fined as busking on trains isn't allowed. A video posted online this week now shows them playing a different song on the subway. The men have been issued one ticket with a set fine of 235-dollars and two summonses compelling them to appear before a justice of the peace for a penalty.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018

 

Burton Cummings Crash

Canadian music icon Burton Cummings says he is recovering from several injuries he suffered in a car crash last Sunday in Los Angeles.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the Winnipeg rocker and former frontman for The Guess Who writes that he was struck by a driver who ran a red light and that there were five people in the other car, including a baby.

Cummings said he suffered a concussion due to his head cracking the windshield in addition to cuts and ``serious bruising on both arms,'' a very painful left leg and intense back pain.

He wrote that he's in a ``lot of physical pain'' and needs some ``serious healing time,'' adding he's ``trying to focus on just how lucky'' he is not to have been killed or crippled.

Cummings said the worst thing is that his mind has been ``reliving the crash ? that sound and fear and unexpected horror.''

``I know I'm going to have to get some help getting over the shock. That's the worst part right now ? trying to keep telling myself that I'm okay.''

(The Canadian Press)

 

KURT COBAIN - DEATH PHOTOS

The Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that photographs from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's death will not be released publicly. KING5-TV reports the court ruled yesterday that the photographs are exempt from Washington state's Public Records Act and releasing them would ``violate the Cobain family's due process rights under the 14th Amendment.''

Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and his daughter _ a toddler at the time of her dad's death _ filed testimonies to keep the photos from being made public. The ruling comes after Seattle journalist Richard Lee appealed the case's dismissal. Lee has pursued the release of 55 photos in an attempt to prove Cobain didn't die from suicide in 1994, but rather was killed.

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DJ KHALED - BET AWARD NOMINATIONS

D-J Khaled has reason to be grateful.

He's been nominated for a leading six trophies for the B-E-T Awards.

The nominations for next month's ceremony were announced last night.

Among the awards Khaled was nominated for are album of the year for ``Grateful'' and video of the year for ``Wild Thoughts,'' featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Other top nominees include Migos and SZA (SIH'-zah), both of whom were nominated for four awards. Toronto's Drake, Bruno Mars,  Beyonce, Jay-Z, Cardi B, and Chris Brown are also up for key awards. The B-E-T Awards will air live on June 24th from Los Angeles.

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JAY-Z - THE SEC

Jay-Z has spent a long day yesterday at the New York offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rapper-businessman was there to answer questions from S-E-C investigators as part of their probe of the Iconix Brand Group.

Iconix bought assets of Jay-Z's Rocawear apparel brand in 2007. The S-E-C had to go to court to get Jay-Z to answer questions in the matter. A federal judge ordered the rapper to give a deposition last week. Lawyers for Jay-Z, say they don't think the rapper he had any relevant information to share with S-E-C investigators.

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STEVIE WONDER - VEGAS SHOWS

Musician and singer Stevie Wonder will perform a series of shows in Las Vegas in August. Casino giant M-G-M Resorts International and entertainment company Live Nation Las Vegas say Wonder will do five shows at the Park Theater starting Aug. 3rd. The 5,300-seat venue is located at the Park M-G-M casino-resort, which recently hosted the residencies of Cher and Ricky Martin. Tickets start at 69-dollars and go on sale May 21st. Wonder, who is 68, announced last week he'd be playing a series of shows in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the coming months that celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times.

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U2 - APOLLO THEATRE

U2 will put on a special one-night show at New York's historic Apollo Theatre. But don't go looking for tickets.

It's an invitation-only event for SiriusXM subscribers. The company says U2 will play songs from its ``Songs of Experience'' album along with classics from its career. Bono calls it a bucket-list moment and says it's ``an incredible honour'' to play on the same stage in Harlem that has hosted the legends of soul. SiriusXM subscribers can win tickets to the June 11th performance through an invitation sent by email.

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SAD MUSIC STUDY

A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at 500-thousand songs released in the U-K between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood. ``'Happiness' is going down, 'brightness' is going down, 'sadness' is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more 'danceable' and more 'party-like,''' co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.

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AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION - NOMINEES

Jason Isbell leads the nominees for the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards with nominations in four categories. Other nominations announced yesterday are for country singer Margo Price and folk singer Brandi Carlile. Each got nods for artist, song and album of the year. The 17th annual Americana Music Association Awards are Sept. 12th in Nashville.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018

 

RIHANNA - BREAK-IN

 Authorities say a man who broke into Rihanna's Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time. Los Angeles County prosecutors say 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton was charged Monday with felony counts of stalking, burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanour count of resisting arrest. He appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Leon is accused of climbing over a fence and breaking into the house on May 9th. Authorities say Rihanna's assistant found him and called police.

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DRAKE - TOUR

Drake is going on tour. The 31-year-old announced the ``Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour'' on Monday. Drake will be joined by ``Walk It Talk It'' collaborators Migos and special guests on the North American leg through the summer and fall. The 41-date tour starts July 26 in Salt Lake City. The Toronto rapper has released the singles ``God's Plan'' and ``Nice For What'' ahead of his anticipated fifth studio album ``Scorpion.''

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PETE WENTZ - BABY

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz had a special Mother's Day announcement. The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Sunday to announce the birth of his daughter with partner Meagan Camper. He wrote he's grateful Marvel Jane Wentz is here and she's ``ready to takeover the world.'' Marvel is Wentz's third child and first daughter. The couple has a son, and Wentz had a boy with his ex, Ashlee Simpson.

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MUSICAL AUCTIONS

Music fans looking for a piece of history are going to get a chance to own guitars, outfits and other memorabilia from the likes of Prince, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and others.

Julien's Auctions is hosting two days of auctions focused on musical artists at the Hard Rock Cafe New York and online. A public preview of the items opened yesterday. The auction days are Friday and Saturday. The first auction day is dedicated to Prince, the musical legend who died in April 2016. The items include a guitar the artist had commissioned, as well as a number of outfits he wore at different performances, and handwritten lyrics. The second day's items include guitars played by Bob Dylan and George Harrison, as well as costumes and jewelry.

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(The Associated Press)

  1. R. KELLY - CONCERT PROTESTS

Critics of R. Kelly are targeting his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, tomorrow. Brandi Collins-Calhoun of the YWCA of Greensboro wrote a letter to the Greensboro Coliseum threatening a protest with community leaders if the show is not cancelled. Collins-Calhoun says the venue is ``hosting a repeat offender.'' A Coliseum spokesman declined comment on the letter. Several women have accused Kelly of sexual and physical abuse. Kelly denies the charges. His appearance at a concert in Chicago last weekend was abruptly cancelled. Kelly had said that show was called off because of ``rumours.''

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KATY PERRY - TAYLOR SWIFT

 Taylor Swift says the gift Katy Perry sent her means so much to her. Swift posted a video that shows a box with an olive branch that Perry had sent to Swift's dressing room for the opening night of Swift's tour in Glendale, Arizona, on Tuesday.

Perry sent a note that says she's ``deeply sorry'' and wants to clear the air. Swift and Perry had been feuding since 2014, when Swift told Rolling Stone magazine another singer had taken one of her dancers.

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3 DOORS DOWN - TRIAL

The trial begins tomorrow for a Fairhope, Alabama, physician charged with improperly prescribing the drugs that killed former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matthew Roberts. Dr. Richard Snellgrove faces a 13-count federal indictment, including unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud. He's accused of prescribing fentanyl and other drugs to Roberts, who died of an overdose in August, 2016 near Milwaukee.

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THE EAGLES - LIFE BEYOND GLENN FREY

Glenn Frey's widow says The Eagles' concerts without him are emotionally wrenching. Cindy Frey says it's still hard to get past her husband's death in 2016, but ``somehow we're holding him even closer in some sort of strange weird way.'' Glenn and Cindy Frey's 24-year-old son, Deacon Frey, has been playing with The Eagles on tour. He says he practices more for that than any other show he's ever done. He calls it ``really scary and really exciting.'' A Glenn Frey boxed set, ``Above the Clouds,'' comes out tomorrow.

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GRAMMYS - DIVERSITY TASK FORCE

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Cam, Common and Sheryl Crow are part of the task force formed by the Recording Academy to address why women are underrepresented in the music industry and in the academy itself. Andra Day, Jimmy Jam and a number of industry professionals will be part of the academy's 16-member task force on diversity and inclusion. One of its first jobs is to ask the public for suggestions. You can add your input at grammy-dot-com/taskforcefeedback. The Recording Academy came under fire when a recent University of Southern California study found that between 2012 and 2017, more than 90 per cent of Grammy nominees in the top five categories were male.

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SCOTT HUTCHISON - MISSING

Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison is missing. The band wrote on their website yesterday they're worried that Hutchison has been ``missing for a little while now.'' They have filed a missing-persons report. They warn that Hutchison ``may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now.'' Scotland Police say Hutchison was spotted on a surveillance video leaving a hotel early yesterday outside Edinburgh  Frightened Rabbit is known in the U-S for their 2016 Triple-A hit ``Get Out.''

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CAMILA CABELLO - WRITING PROCESS

Camila Cabello had a list of song titles. Her producer, Frank Dukes, had a bunch of beats. Putting them together is how they wrote her ``Camila'' album. Cabello says she'd come to Dukes with ideas, and some of them he liked and some he didn't. When they hit on something that seemed to work, they'd put together a whole song. Cabello admits she has a flair for the dramatic and credits her upbringing for that. Cabello says Hispanics are very passionate and she listened to dramatic Latin love songs from a very young age.

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JASON ALDEAN - NASHVILLE RESTAURANT

Jason Aldean says he hopes everyone coming to Nashville for C-M-A Fest will help him break in his new bar. Jason Aldean's Kitchen and Roof Top Bar will open in June with live music on two floors every day. A classic '52 Chevy pickup truck will be suspended above the eating area. A 1961 John Deere tractor will be inside, as a nod to Aldean's song ``Big Green Tractor.'' Aldean's mother's homemade peach cobbler is on the menu, as is cotton candy.

The menu consists of steaks, burgers and entrees with a Southern flavour.

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MUSK - GRIMES - RELATIONSHIP

Since appearing side by side on the red carpet this week, Tesla C-E-O Elon Musk and Canadian musician Grimes have been pegged as an unlikely romantic pair. However, an intimacy expert says flirty online banter is a common way to find a match.

Toronto-born sex educator Shan Boodram believes the two may have been able to bridge their apparent divides with a form of long-distance courtship -- the social media romance. Musk shared a video on social media of him twirling a darkly dolled-up Grimes in his arms under the stony gaze of statues at the Met Gala in New York. The 46-year-old Musk has been gushing about the 30-year-old synth-pop star on Twitter since their public debut together at a fashion event on Monday.

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SMASHING PUMPKINS - CANADIAN DATES ADDED

Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins bandmates are putting more faith in Canada, adding three more stops north of the border for its ``Shiny and Oh So Bright'' tour over the summer.

The Smashing Pumpkins will now play London, Ontario, Calgary and Edmonton, on top of previously announced dates in Montreal and Toronto. Toronto band Metric will perform as opening act for most shows on the North American tour. It marks the first time in nearly 20 years the Pumpkins have featured Corgan alongside founding members Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. The band's former bassist D'Arcy Wretzky won't be part of the reunion.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MAY 9, 2018

 

ACM HONOURS - PREVIEW

Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker are among the musicians who will get special awards during the Academy of Country Music Honours. Jackson will be recognized for being a multi-faceted artist who has advanced the popularity of country music. Bentley will get the Merle Haggard Spirit Award, given to an artist who blazes his or her own path like Haggard did.

Rucker will get an award for his philanthropy. Sam Hunt and Rhett Akins will be honoured as well. The A-C-M Honours are set for Aug.22nd in Nashville.

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LIFETIME - R. KELLY ALLEGATIONS

Lifetime Television is working on a documentary series and movie about the allegations of abuse against R. Kelly. One of the producers, Joel Karsberg, says they've been working for more than a year on bringing forth the stories of the women impacted by Kelly. Air dates were not announced.

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NYC FILM SET FIRE - EXPLAINED

NEW YORK (AP) _ Authorities in New York City say they now know what caused a fatal fire last month at a Harlem building being used as a film set. Officials say a boiler is to blame. The heat from the boiler ignited nearby materials in the building's cellar, triggering the blaze. It was able to spread as quickly as it did because the building's sprinkler system was shut off. A firefighter died. The building was used to film ``Motherless Brooklyn,'' starring Ed Norton and Bruce Willis.

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IAN ANDERSON - JETHRO TULL

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson would rather hang out with his books and cats than party with rock stars. Anderson says he finds it ``spiritually uplifting'' to take a cat for a walk in his garden. He says they are two solitary creatures who come together for a bonding experience. He says after about 10 or 15 minutes, he and the cat say, ``See ya. I've got something more important to do.''

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JAY-Z -TESTIMONY

Jay-Z's lawyers went to court yesterday to say he's too busy getting ready for a tour to answer questions from the U-S Securities and Exchange Commission, and his answers aren't needed anyway. A New York Judge says, too bad. U-S District Judge Paul Gardephe says Jay-Z cannot dodge giving a deposition to the SEC anymore after Jay-Z fought two subpoenas. The S-E-C is investigating Iconix Brand Group, which bought Jay-Z's Rocawear apparel brand a decade ago. Gardephe says the S-E-C has shown Jay-Z's participation in communications about the sale is relevant to the probe into Iconix. Jay-Z is required to give a deposition on Tuesday.

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OBIT - BIG T

The rapper who sang the hook for the Lil' Troy hit ``Wanna Be A Baller'' has died. Big T -- A-K-A Terence Prejean -- died Monday at a hospital in Houston at the age of 52, according to a spokeswoman with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

An official cause of death is pending, but longtime friend Tony Williams says Big T may have had a heart attack. Big T was nicknamed the ``Million Dollar Hook Man.'' Lil Flip, who also collaborated with Big T, writes on Instagram they were about to do an album together and ``Big T always came thru 4 me.''

CARDI B - POLICE

Police say they want to question several members of Cardi B's entourage suspected of attacking an autograph seeker outside a Manhattan hotel following the Met Gala. Police say it happened at about 2 a-m yesterday. Video posted on T-M-Z shows the victim standing across from a black S-U-V complaining the rapper won't give him an autograph. One man gets out of the S-U-V to join another man as they pummel the man. A third man stomps on the fan before fleeing. The S-U-V then speeds off. The man seeking the autograph was hospitalized in stable condition. The man's attorney calls the beating an ``unjustified ambush.''

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DOLLY PARTON - SURPRISES SENIORS

Dolly Parton was a surprise guest at a senior centre outside Knoxville on Monday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Parton took part in an exercise class as well as ones for quilting, wood-carving and wood-burning. Parton came for a dedication ceremony to rename the facility the My People Senior Activity Center, in honour of her parents. Parton, who is 72, says her secret for staying young is to keep busy, make friends and get involved.

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CMT MUSIC AWARDS - NOMINATION PROCESS

Ludacris could win a country music award. His featured performance on Carrie Underwood's ``The Champion'' is up for video of the year at the C-M-T Music Awards. Meanwhile, C-M-T has changed the rules so that pop acts can win the top award as long as a country musician is featured. That's how ``Say Something'' by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton got nominated for video of the year, as did ``Meant To Be'' by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line. Nine other videos are up for that award, including ones by Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean. Fans can vote at CMT-dot-com. The final five nominees for video of the year will be announced the morning of June 6th, which is the day the awards will be handed out.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018

 

JAY-Z - SEC TESTIMONY

Jay-Z's lawyers say the U-S Securities and Exchange Commission is more obsessed with famous people than it is with regulating business. Jay-Z's attorneys submitted paperwork in Manhattan federal court that says they are concerned that the S-E-C is ``driven more by governmental fascination with celebrities and headlines than by any proper investigative purpose.'' A judge last week ruled Jay-Z must appear before the S-E-C in Washington beginning Friday for a deposition of unlimited duration unless he can explain why not. Jay-Z's lawyers say he will appear, but just for one day. The S-E-C is looking into possible securities fraud by Iconix Brand Group, which purchased Jay-Z's Rocawear apparel brand more than a decade ago.

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HUEY LEWIS - HEARING DISORDER

Huey Lewis says he knew something was wrong when he hit the stage in Dallas a few months ago and it sounded like a jet engine. Lewis tells N-B-C's ``Today'' show he's still coming to grips with the idea he may never sing again. Lewis cancelled concerts after he was diagnosed with Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear. Lewis says he can hold conversations and talk on the phone, but he can't sing because he hears music as distorted. Lewis says the only way to treat it right now is through a low-salt, no-caffeine diet and hope for the best. He's trying some experimental therapies as well.

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THE ZEN OF SUPERORGANISM

Superorganism has no idea why it's possible that how they operate as a band can work, but it's the only thing they know. The eight-piece band met online and live on different continents. They make music by file sharing. Guitarist Christopher ``Harry'' Young says the beauty of the internet is that people don't have to be together to make music. Backup singer Soul jokes that it's quicker to send files over the internet even if you're next door. Superorganism does live shows, which creates challenges for onstage chemistry when they aren't around each other much. Soul says the best way is to be relaxed and ``a little bit of zen goes a long way.''

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JANET JACKSON - BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Janet Jackson will make her return to television on the Billboard Music Awards. She will do her first T-V performance in nine years during the ceremony on May 20th in Las Vegas. Jackson also will be presented with the Billboard Icon Award for her contributions to music. The awards will air live on N-B-C.

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``AMERICAN IDOL'' - MENTORS

The contestants on ``American Idol'' will get some pointers from two people who know how to win the competition:

Carrie Underwood and Kris Allen. Underwood will be a guest mentor on Sunday's episode. The top five contestants will sing her songs.

Allen will be a guest performer on the ``American Idol Live'' tour, featuring the top seven contestants. The tour begins July 11th in Redding, California.

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY MAY 7, 2018

 

(ECMA-Sunday)

A 16-year-old girl walked away with an East Coast Music Award Sunday night, making her one of the youngest winners in the event's 30-year history. Makayla Lynn of Elmsdale, N.S., nabbed Country Recording of the Year for her fourth album, ``On A Dare and a Prayer.'' She accepted the award at Sunday's 2018 East Coast Music and Industry Awards celebration, which marked the end of this year's event. Sunday's other winners include Halifax singer-songwriters Mo Kenney, who won Solo Recording of the Year, and Rose Cousins, who took Folk Recording of the Year for her album ``Natural Conclusion.'' Awards were also handed out to people in the East Coast music industry who work to promote and produce for musicians.

The 2019 East Coast Music Awards will be held in Charlottetown, P.E.I.  (The Canadian Press)

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  1. R. KELLY - UNAUTHORIZED STATEMENT

R. Kelly's management is disavowing a statement that defends him. Katie Thompson, on behalf of R. Kelly Tours, sent out a statement early Friday morning that says Kelly is ``heartbroken'' that the media is trying to distort his legacy by reporting allegations that he sexually mistreats women. Kelly's management tells The Associated Press the statement was not authorized. Thompson's relationship to Kelly is not clear, and his management says it's possible she may work for Kelly. Last week, the organization Time's Up joined the social media movement #MuteRKelly demanding an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly.

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SPRINGSTEEN - STEVEN VAN ZANDT - N.J. HALL OF FAME

Bruce Springsteen has inducted Steven Van Zandt into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The man known as The Boss made a surprise appearance last night to introduce his longtime guitarist. Springsteen was a member of the Jersey Hall of Fame's inaugural class 10 years ago. The two of them closed out the induction ceremony performing ``I Don't Want To Go Home'' _ and invited all of the inductees onstage as the song wound down.

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JORDIN SPARKS - BABY BOY

Jordin Sparks is a mom. She tells People magazine her son, Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., was born Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Sparks and her husband, Dana Isaiah, plan to call him D-J. Sparks and Isaiah had secretly gotten married last July. They found out six weeks later they were expecting.

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JOHNNY CASH BOYHOOD HOME

Johnny Cash's boyhood home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Cash lived in the five-room farmhouse in the small Arkansas town of Dyess (DYS) from the age of three through high school. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Arkansas State University owns the house and spent 575-thousand dollars to restore the property. According to the paperwork submitted to the national register, the Cash family was selected in 1935 as one of 500 farming families for the newly established Dyess Colony. The paperwork says the house had indoor toilet and bath facilities but the plumbing was never operational while the Cash family lived there.

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SURPRISE VISIT

Taylor Swift surprised an eight-year-old fan recovering from a burn accident with a hospital visit. The Arizona Republic reports she showed up unannounced Saturday at the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix to see Isabella McCune. She is recovering from third-degree burns on over 65 per cent of her body from a bonfire accident on St. Patrick's Day. The girl's family had made a video asking Swift to visit because McCune could not go to Swift's concert. Swift brought shirts and sweatshirts from her tour, signed autographs and stayed for about 20 minutes. McCune says hugs sometimes hurt but she asked for one from Swift, who happily obliged. McCune's family agreed not to tell anyone about Swift's visit until she had left the burn unit.

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LADY ANTEBELLUM - APOLOGY

In the words of Lady Antebellum, ``Welp. We're human too, y'all.'' Lady A got tripped up on the words of the national anthem while performing before the Nashville Predators-Winnipeg Jets game on Saturday. Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott were singing different lines at the same time. Lady A posted an Instagram photo that appears to show Scott comforting Kelley while he hides his face and Dave Haywood shrugs. Kelley tweets from his own account: ``Sang the anthem a thousand times, sorry for messing up one of the lines. Prob won't sleep tonight now.''

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

 

HUMBOLDT-TRIBUTE

Organizers behind the Humboldt Broncos tribute concert say they've raised nearly half-a-million dollars for families affected by the tragic bus crash. The Country Thunder Music Festival in Saskatoon last week brought in more than 588-thousand dollars from tickets, raffles and other fundraising efforts. About 428-thouand will be divided between the 29 families affected by the collision after covering expenses related to venue staff and production. The tribute featured country singers Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Chad Brownlee, Gord Bamford, Jess Moskaluke and the Hunter Brothers. The show drew some controversy over racial jokes made by its American comedy hosts Bruce Williams and Terry Ree, who later apologized for offending some audience members.

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JAY-Z ORDERED TO ANSWER SUBPOENA

 A judge has ordered Jay-Z to explain why he's avoiding a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The federal judge says Jay-Z must show up to court on Tuesday to say why he's ignoring the subpoena issued in February regarding the sale of his Rocawear clothing line to Iconix for 204-million dollars a decade ago. If he doesn't have a reasonable excuse, he must appear before the S-E-C in Washington next Friday. The S-E-C says in court papers it's investigating whether federal securities laws were violated when Iconix reported financial results, including some related to Rocawear. The S-E-C says Iconix and Jay-Z continued to do business. Jay-Z's representative says he's not involved in this matter.

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MEEK MILL

Meek Mill says he knows the errors of the criminal justice system because he's tangled with it since he was 18. Mill joined Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf yesterday in Philadelphia to call on state lawmakers to enact criminal justice reforms. Mill says he's committed to speaking for the voiceless.

Mill was released from prison last week after a court ordered that he get a new trial on his probation violation because of credibility questions about the arresting officer. Variety reports Mill also will do a six-part documentary for Amazon about his situation. The documentary is set to premiere in 2019.

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RIC OCASEK AND PAULINA PORIZKOVA SEPARATE

So far, Ric Ocasek has not commented on the breakup of his marriage to model Paulina Porizkova . She posted on Instagram they've been ``peaceably separated'' for about a year, although she did show up to The Cars'

induction into the Rock Hall last month. Porizkova says they still are a happy family, but they just aren't a couple anymore. They had been married for 28 years and have two children.

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MARC ANTHONY IS HANGING IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Marc Anthony's portrait is on display in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington after winning an online vote. The photo by Puerto Rican photographer Adal shows Anthony with his shirt open and arms raised to the sky. The gallery invited visitors to its social media pages to vote on one of three portraits of celebrities turning 50 this year to mark the gallery's 50th anniversary. The portrait of Anthony beat out ones of actor Daniel Dae Kim and actress Molly Ringwald. The photo is now hanging on the gallery's ``Recognize'' wall, created to display portraits of popular interest.

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JAMES BAY GOES FOR A NEW LOOK WITH NEW ALBUM

James Bay without the hat and with shorter hair is still James Bay. He says he spent the past year exploring artistic ideas and he decided that it was better to move forward than to stand still. He says people can read into what his haircut means all they want, but they'll learn more about him from his songs. As for the hats, Bay says they're in a cupboard. He says he hasn't touched them as ``an artistic choice.'' Bay's new album, ``Electric Light,'' comes out May 18th.

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GEORGE HARRISON'S GUITAR IS FOR SALE

George Harrison's first electric guitar is up for auction. Harrison's Hofner Club 40 is expected to sell for as much as 400-thouand dollars when it's sold May 19th in New York, according to Julien's Auctions. Harrison traded his acoustic guitar to get the Hofner from Ray Ennis of The Swinging Blue Jeans. Ennis says in those days they used to swap guitars a lot because they'd get fed up with the ones they had. He doesn't have Harrison's acoustic anymore because he had no idea The Beatles would become anything.

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PAUL McCARTNEY DONATES PHOTOS TO LONDON MUSEUM

Some of the photographs that Linda McCartney took have never been seen publicly, but they will go on display in London on October 12th. Paul McCartney donated 63 of his late wife's photos to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The photos include nature shots as well as portraits of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. The McCartney family's vacation photos also are part of the collection.

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CELINE-DION-DEADPOOL

Celine Dion has released a new song and music video for the ``Deadpool 2'' soundtrack that combines heart and humour. ``Ashes'' starts off with the Quebec native singing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas about dreams going up in smoke. She's seen onstage at The Colosseum in a flowing light-blue gown as images from the superhero comedy flash onscreen. At the end, ``Deadpool'' star and fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds appears in the theatre in character, and at first he praises her singing. He then tells her in typical ``Deadpool'' deadpan humour that her performance was too good for the film.

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BRAD PAISLEY JOINS ``THE GONG SHOW''

We know how Brad Paisley is with a guitar.

Let's see how he handles a gong. Paisley will be one of the judges on the return of ``The Gong Show'' on A-B-C. Other celebrity judges include Jimmy Kimmel, Alyson Hannigan, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong and Will Arnett. The show premieres June 21st.

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LEONA LEWIS, CHARLES ESTEN SIGN ON FOR MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

Leona Lewis and singer-actor Charles Esten of the TV show ``Nashville'' will headline the Memorial Day concert in Washington. Other performers include Broadway stars Megan Hilty, Cynthia Erivo and Alfie Boe, as well as Gary Sinise (suh-NEES') and the Lieutenant Dan Band. Sinise and Joe Mantegna will host. The concert will air live on PBS on May 27th.

 

Female singer songwriters reign at East Coast Music Awards gala

Female singer-songwriters reigned at this year's East Coast Music Awards gala Thursday, including a P.E.I. artist rewarded for an intimate music video detailing her heartbreaking story of adolescent rape.

KINLEY picked up the Rising Star Recording of the Year for her debut solo album ``Letters Never Sent,'' and also took home the Fan Choice Video of the Year for her song ``Microphone.''

Island-born, Halifax-based artist Rose Cousins captured the coveted Album of the Year for her melancholic heartbreak record ``Natural Conclusion,'' and also won Song of the Year for ``Grace.''

Meanwhile, Halifax's Jenn Grant nabbed Pop Recording of the Year for her album ``Paradise,'' which weaves folk music with ambient pop.

Sloan, one of Halifax's most acclaimed alternative rock exports, received an honourary award and also performed at the gala event in downtown Halifax.

Hosted by actor Jonathan Torrens, the 30th annual East Coast Music Awards show also featured performances from Cape Breton's Port Cities, rapper Classified of Enfield, N.S., Halifax electronic pop group Neon Dreams and Cape Breton darlings The Barra MacNeils.

(The Canadian Press)