Dauphin, Canada





Luke Bryan says if he wins the Country Music Association award for entertainer of the year for a third time, it will be quite a night.  He says if he doesn't win, he still has the other two.  He says those awards are like a college diploma and no one can take that away from him.  Bryan will compete against Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks and Keith Urban for the award.  Stapleton, Maren Morris and Eric Church lead the way with five nominations each.  The C-M-As will be shown live on A-B-C tonight. 





Reba McEntire never looks forward to rehearsal so much as when she's doing it for the Country Music Association Awards.  McEntire says instead of singing the same old songs, she's doing it with her buddies and it's more fun.  She says she has not seen some of her fellow singers in person for 10 or 20 years.

Besides McEntire, the list of performers includes Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakum, Eric Church, Brooks and Dunn, Alabama, Keith Urban, Charley Pride, Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean.  Randy Travis is also listed on the performers list.  Three weeks ago, Travis performed ``Amazing Grace'' at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction, his first public performance since his stroke three years ago.  The C-M-As are tonight on A-B-C. 





Bono is the first man to make Glamour magazine's Women of the Year list.  Editor-in-chief Cindi Leive says Bono will be recognized for his work with the One campaign to help women and girls in extreme poverty.  Leive says the fact that he works on it day after day on behalf of women ``is incredibly cool and absolutely deserves applause.''  Bono says in a statement men are ``largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.''  Gwen Stefani and Zendaya are among the others who make the list.  They will be honoured at a ceremony November 14th in Los Angeles. 





Zayn is backing off his claims that he had an eating disorder while in One Direction.  Zayn writes in his self-titled autobiography, ``When I look back at the images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was.''  However, he says in an Associated Press interview he doesn't think he had an eating disorder and was never diagnosed with one.  He says the One Direction schedule was crazy and he was not eating as much as he should.  He says now he's older and wiser and is better about eating.  The book is new this week. 





A judge in Nashville has rejected Billy Corgan's attempt to take over T-N-A Wrestling.  The Nashville Tennessean reports Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled Monday that a loan agreement between Corgan and T-N-A chairwoman Dixie Carter was nonbinding under Tennessee law.  That means Corgan cannot invoke a clause that would allow him to take over Carter's majority voting rights.  Corgan tweets he is not disappointed by the ruling but grateful that the case brought forward business practices he has fought against.  An attorney for T-N-A declined comment. 





What is the song ``This Girl'' by Kungs vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners about?  Kungs says he has no idea, because it's not his song.  He found it on YouTube a year ago and played around remixing it.  He ended up creating an international hit.  He said the 2009 original version by Australian band Cookin' On 3 Burners was a slow soul track and he turned it into an electronic song.

Kungs' debut album, ``Layers,'' comes out Friday. 





Fitz and the Tantrums, Brett Eldredge, Aloe Blacc and Sarah McLachlan are among the performers for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Other performers include Kelsea Ballerini, De La Soul, Regina Spektor, Daya, Maddie and Tae, Easton Corbin and Tony Bennett.  The Muppets will kick off the parade, which will be carried live on N-B-C. 





Dan and Shay, the Goo Goo Dolls and Echosmith will play music for ice skaters in a series of upcoming specials on A-B-C. Dan and Shay will perform for the ``Musselman's Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute,'' featuring Scott Hamilton, Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie and Todd Eldredge.  That airs November 27th.  The Goo Goo Dolls will play for ``Shall We Dance On Ice'' on February 11th, with ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White as the headliners.

Echosmith will perform at the ``Colgate Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular'' on February 18th.  It will feature past Olympic ice skaters and gymnasts. 





Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd will provide the soundtrack for the ``Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'' on C-B-S. The show will film in Paris and be shown on December 5th. 


(The Associated Press)





OK Go are among the winners of the American Ingenuity Awards. The awards are given to people for revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education and social progress.  Smithsonian magazine announced OK Go and choreographer Trish Sie will be honoured for redefining music videos; specifically, for the zero-gravity video for ``Upside Down and Inside Out.'' This year's winners also include director David Lynch, comedian Aziz Ansari and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. The award ceremony is December 8th in Washington. 





Adele had postpartum depression so bad that she questioned whether she should have even had a child. Adele tells Vanity Fair magazine she thought she had made the worst decision of her life when she had her son Angelo, who is now 4.  She says she felt inadequate with Angelo and she thought she'd be considered a bad mom for wanting a moment without him. She confessed to another mom that she hated her life and the other mom burst into tears in agreement. Adele got over her depression by taking an afternoon a week without Angelo to do whatever she wants. She says she's a better mom that way. 





Justin Bieber faced arrest if he did not appear for a deposition in a lawsuit filed against him in Miami. He has now settled that lawsuit. Photographer Manuel Munoz had claimed one of Bieber's bodyguards assaulted him two years ago in Miami Beach. A judge ordered last month that Bieber should appear for the deposition after Munoz's attorney argued that Bieber should not get special treatment for being a celebrity. Terms of the settlement are confidential. Munoz was seeking unspecified damages. 





From the moment when Carrie Underwood walks the red carpet at the Country Music Association Awards tomorrow to the moment she hits the after-party, she will have changed her clothes

11 times. Underwood tells People magazine she will wear one dress for the red carpet, one for the after-party, one for her performance, one for a tribute, two other unspecified dresses, plus five dresses that pay tribute to each of the five decades of the C-M-As. Underwood is a pro at changing clothes. At the 2012 C-M-As, she changed outfits in 40 seconds. 





Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers has a new daughter. Jonas shared a photo online of his ``newest love Valentina,'' who was born on Thursday. Jonas and his wife, Danielle, are also parents to another girl, two-year-old Alena Rose.





One of the most emotional moments for Lil Wayne during his incarceration in 2010 was getting a visit from Sean ``Diddy'' Combs and Kanye West. Lil Wayne says they kept it real for him by asking how he was doing and whether his parents needed anything. Lil Wayne says it wasn't until he went back to his cell that it hit him what Combs and West had to go through to see him. He says they had to be searched and the guards didn't care who they were, only who they should be while they were there. Lil Wayne spent eight months in jail on a gun charge. His journal from those days has just been published as the book ``Gone Till November: A Journal of Rikers Island.'' 





Deftones are finally going to play Paris. They were scheduled to perform at the Bataclan concert hall last November 14th, the day after terrorists stormed the Eagles of Death Metal concert and killed 89 people. Deftones called off their European tour.  Deftones have announced a new slate of European dates and they say they are ``excited and honoured'' to play in Paris on May 2nd. 





The man who co-wrote such songs as ``He Stopped Loving Her Today'' for George Jones and ``D-I-V-O-R-C-E'' for Tammy Wynette has died. The Nashville Tennessean reports songwriter Curly Putman died Sunday at the age of 89.  Putman also wrote the country classic ``Green Green Grass of Home,'' which was covered by Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, Porter Wagoner, Roger Miller and Joan Baez.

Putman's other claim to fame is that he rented his Tennessee farm to Paul McCartney and his family in 1974.  McCartney wrote ``Junior's Farm'' about his time there. 



(The Canadian Press)




Maple Blues Award Nominations Announced


Quebec's Angel Forrest and Paul DesLauriers lead nominations!

Celebrating Canadian Blues Coast to Coast for 20 Years!




 Canadian blues artists from coast to coast have been honoured with nominations for the 20th annual Maple Blues Awards, being held on January 23rd at Koerner Hall in Toronto.


Leading the way with multiple nominations are Quebec’s The Paul DesLauriers Band and its members with five nominations, followed by Angel Forrest with four.  Ontario’s MonkeyJunk and its members also received four nominations while Toronto/Texas-based The 24th Street Wailers, British Columbia’s David Gogo and Harpdog Brown each received three nominations.


There are several first-time nominees including 17-year old newcomer Spencer MacKenzie, Andre Bisson, Blue Moon Marquee, Debra Power, and Mark Crissinger for New Artist of the Year. There are several acts from across the country that each received two nominations. A full list of nominees is below.


The nominees, selected by a panel consisting of industry professionals from across Canada, are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene.


The 20th annual Maple Blues Awards will be hosted by award-winning multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, sideman and producer Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk, and will feature performances by a half dozen nominees from all parts of Canada, all backed by the all-star Maple Blues Band led by Gary Kendall. 


Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $45 - $80 and can be purchased at The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at RCM box office (416) 408-0208 or online at http://performance.rcmusic.ca/tickets/seats/13205. TBS Members, Nominees and Blues Summit Eight Delegates can purchase best available seats for $35.


Voting will open November 1 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST). Blues fans can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 1. Register at www.mapleblues.ca.


The 20th Annual Maple Blues Award Nominees


Entertainer of the Year

Angel Forrest

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Matt Andersen


The Paul DesLauriers Band


Electric Act of the Year

David Gogo


The Paul DesLauriers Band

Steve Hill

The 24th Street Wailers


Acoustic Act of the Year

Al Lerman

Big Dave McLean

Harrison Kennedy

Jimmy Bowskill & Carlos del Junco

Tim Williams


Male Vocalist of the Year

Duane Blackburn

Harpdog Brown

Harrison Kennedy

John Mays

Matt Andersen


Female Vocalist of the Year

Angel Forrest

Dawn Tyler Watson

Samantha Martin

Shakura S'Aida

Suzie Vinnick


New Artist of the Year

Andre Bisson

Blue Moon Marquee

Debra Power

Mark Crissinger

Spencer MacKenzie


Recording/Producer of the Year

Angel Forrest - Angel's 11 (Morningstar); Producers: Angel Forrest & Denis Coulombe

David Gogo - Vicksburg Call (Cordova Bay); Producer: The Pérignon Partnership

David Vest - Devestatin' Rhythm (Ark-O-Matic); Producers: David Vest & Gary Kendall

Dawn Tyler Watson - Jawbreaker! (Self); Producers: François Thiffault

Harpdog Brown - Travelin' with the Blues (Dog House Records); Producer: Little Victor


International Artist of the Year

Beth Hart

Joe Bonamassa

Shemekia Copeland

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Mavis Staples


Guitarist of the Year

Colin James

David Gogo

Paul DesLauriers

Steve Hill

Tim Williams


Harmonica Player of the Year

Carlos del Junco

Harpdog Brown

Jerome Godboo

Roly Platt

Steve Marriner


Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year

David Vest

Duane Blackburn

Jesse O'Brien

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Michael Kaeshammer


Horn Player of the Year

Al Lerman

Chris Whiteley

Frankie Thiffault (Ben Racine Band)

Jon Wong (The 24th Street Wailers)

Mat "Moose" Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)


Drummer of the Year

Chris Nordquist

Lindsay Beaver (The 24th Street Wailers)

Matt Sobb

Sam Harrisson (The Paul DesLauriers Band)

Tom Bona


Bassist of the Year

Alan Duffy

Alec Fraser

Gary Kendall

Greg Morency (The Paul DesLauriers Band)

John Dymond (Colin Linden)


Songwriter of the Year

Angel Forrest & Denis Coulombe

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Paul Reddick & Colin Cripps

Ross Neilsen

Sugar Brown


Blues With A Feeling (lifetime achievement)

Stephen Barry
Diana Braithwaite
Danny Brooks
Michael Jerome Browne
Michael Fonfara
Alec Fraser
Tom Lavin
Ellen McIlwaine
Joe Murphy
Brent Parkin
Ken Whiteley 



The Toronto Blues Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada's national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.


Located along the Bloor Street cultural corridor, The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music performance and arts education institutions in the world. Its breathtaking Koerner Hall, "the jewel in the crown of Toronto's Cultural Renaissance," along with two other concert spaces, presents 70+ concerts annually from acclaimed classical, jazz, pop, and world music and hosts an additional 100+ concerts and events from a wide range of not for profit arts groups, charities, and corporate clients.




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Sarah French
Sarah French Publicity 
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Toronto Blues Society
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Dean Brody’s Beautiful Freakshow Tour 2017 Dates Released

In the midst of an exhilarating album launch, Dean Brody brings his brand new album, Beautiful Freakshow, coast to coast through local media appearances, and country radio listener events, culminating in a special live performance in Toronto, to kick-off the announcement of national tour dates, beginning April 2017. 

Tickets officially go on sale November 4, 2016, with pre-sale beginning November 2 and 3. VIP tickets will include premium seats, a pre-show meet and greet, photo opportunity, a pre-show acoustic performance and more.

Just one week after official release, Beautiful Freakshow is the #1 Country Album, with it’s first single, “Bush Party”, continuing to climb to the top of the charts. 

On the west coast dates, 2015 CCMA Rising Star and reigning BCCMA Female Artist of the Year, Madeline Merlo will perform in advance of Brody taking to the stage, and on the Ontario dates, newly Warner Nashville signed act High Valley will bring fans straight into the headliner. Fun loving, Top 5 Canadian country radio act, James Barker Band will be opening the action-packed show across Canada.

The past year saw Brody take home a JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year, along with 4 CCMA Awards for the top selling digital Canadian country single of all-time, “Bring Down the House”. Beautiful Freakshow isBrody’s sixth album, and it’s one that takes risks and delves outside of the comfort zone of traditional country, with songs such as the progressive title track, featuring a rap vocal from Halifax native Shevy Price, and the mellow reggae vibe invoked from “Beautiful Girl”. And yet, the record manages to simultaneously stay true to what many fans have come to love and expect from Brody, with traditional tracks destined to be classics, such as, “Time”, “8th Day” and “Blueberry Sky”, which features iconic country legend, Vince Gill on the guitar.


Please find the tour dates and details listed below:

Dean Brody with High Valley and special guest James Barker Band  

25-Apr            Hamilton Place Theatre                 Hamilton, ON

27-Apr            Budweiser Gardens                                   London, ON

28-Apr            Rogers K-Rock Centre                   Kingston, ON

29-Apr            General Motors Centre (known    Oshawa, ON

as Tribute Community Centre as

of November 1, 2016)

30-Apr            Centre in the Square                      Kitchener, ON

3-May            Sudbury Arena                                 Sudbury, ON

4-May             Memorial Centre                              Pembroke, ON

5-May             Casino Rama                                  Rama, ON

Dean Brody with special guest James Barker Band 

6-May             Peterborough Memorial Centre    Peterborough, ON

7-May             Bayshore Arena                               Owen Sound, ON

9-May             Capitol Theatre                                North Bay, ON

11-May           Community Auditorium                  Thunder Bay, ON


Dean Brody with Madeline Merlo and special guest James Barker Band 

12-May           MTS Centre                                       Winnipeg, MB

13-May           Keystone Arena                               Brandon, MB

14-May           TCU Place                                        Saskatoon, SK

16-May           Conexus Arts Centre                      Regina, SK

18-May           Lloydminster Exhibition                  Lloydminster, SK

20-May           MacDonald Island Park                  Ft. McMurray, AB

*Note: Aaron Pritchett and George Canyon added to Fort Mac one-day mini fest 

23-May           Enmax Centrium                             Red Deer, AB

25-May           Canalta Centre                                Medicine Hat, AB

26-May           Northlands Coliseum                     Edmonton, AB

27-May           EnCana Events Centre                  Dawson Creek, BC

30-May           Royal Theatre                                   Victoria, BC

1-Jun              Abbotsford Centre                           Abbotsford, BC

2-Jun              Sandman Centre                             Kamloops, BC                                

3-Jun              Stampede Corral                             Calgary, AB




The Manitoba government has named a stretch of a northern highway in honour of musician Tom Cochrane. 

The 322-kilometre section of Highway 391 leads to Cochrane's hometown of Lynn Lake, and will be called Tom Cochrane's Life Is A Highway, after one of the singer's biggest hits.

Cochrane performed the song at a ceremony at the Manitoba legislature and said he was humbled. 

Cochrane left Lynn Lake as a child, but said he has frequently gone back in the summer to spend time in the town. 

Cochrane said Manitoba has spawned some great names in pop music and he is honoured to be considered among them.




Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is doing some backtracking after he appeared to criticize Steven Tyler and Joe Perry hanging out with U-S President Barack Obama on Air Force One over the weekend. Tyler posted a photo of himself and Perry sitting on the steps of Air Force One and meeting Obama inside. Kramer had tweeted a link to the photo saying, ``This is not representative of Aerosmith,'' but then took it down. When a Twitter follower said Kramer was making his politics clear, Kramer responded, ``I didn't make anything clear! I don't support anyone speaking for me!'' White House spokesman Eric Schultz confirms Tyler and Perry met on Obama's plane while the president was in Orlando campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Aerosmith was returning from their tour of South America. 





Former Boyz II Men singer Michael McCary says the reason he dropped out of the group is because he has multiple sclerosis. McCary revealed on Saturday's episode of ``Iyanla: Fix My Life'' on the Oprah Winfrey Network he started having back spasms while he was still in the group. He says by the time he was 22 he had full symptoms. McCary says he has a nerve that's locked in place that could severe his sciatic nerve if he steps wrong. He never mentioned his M-S to the members of Boyz II Men. 





The heirs of Mississippi bluesman Bo Carter are suing Eric Clapton for giving songwriting credit to the wrong artist. The Nashville Tennessean reports a lawsuit filed by Carter's family says Clapton credited the song ``Alberta'' on his 2013 ``Unplugged'' album to Lead Belly instead of Carter. Carter's step-grandson, Miles Floyd, says Clapton actually covered Carter's song ``Corrine, Corrina,'' which was first licensed in 1929 and over time became interchangeable with ``Alberta.'' The lawsuit states Lead Belly did a song called ``Alberta'' in 1940 but that song is not musically similar to ``Corrine, Corrina.'' Clapton's representatives have not responded to the lawsuit. 





Family, friends and fans will say their last goodbyes to Bobby Vee this week. His funeral will be Wednesday at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Visitation is set for tomorrow. Vee died last week of advanced Alzheimer's disease at the age of 73. 





A Tribe Called Quest will release one more record and the late Phife Dawg will be on it. Q-Tip posted a handwritten letter online saying they were inspired to record after their appearance on ``The Tonight Show'' last November. That was their first T-V performance in 18 years. Phife Dawg died in March. Q-Tip says Phife left them with ``the blueprint of what we had to do.''

Busta Rhymes and Consequence are guest performers. The album comes out on November 11th. 




Well, that explains it. Bob Dylan says winning the Nobel Prize for Literature left him ``speechless.'' And now he has apparently recovered enough to speak _ at least long enough to accept the prestigious award. The Swedish Academy says Dylan has finally reached out to acknowledge the award. The academy's permanent secretary says Dylan placed the call Tuesday evening. What's unclear now is whether Dylan will actually go the Sweden to accept the award in December. In an interview with a British newspaper over the weekend, Dylan is quoted as saying he'd love to attend ``if it's at all possible.'' 


(The Canadian Press)





A Nashville judge will rule on Monday whether Billy Corgan is in charge of T-N-A Wrestling. The Nashville Tennessean reports Corgan and T-N-A chairwoman Dixie Carter are in court arguing over which one of them has operating control of the company. Corgan's lawyers argue he provided the cash twice to keep T-N-A working. They say Corgan had an agreement with Carter that he'd give a third loan on condition that if the company went insolvent, he would gain Carter's 92.5 per cent voting rights on the board of directors. Corgan says the company can't pay its bills.

Carter's lawyers say the company is not insolvent and such agreements are illegal in Tennessee. They argue the company is in lucrative talks to be sold. 





Glass Animals singer Dave Bayley likes to relive his conversations. Bayley says he has a terrible memory and the band meets lots of people with great stories he wants to remember, so he secretly hits the record button on his phone. He'll go back and listen to those conversations for song inspiration. Bayley says by hearing a conversation again, he's able to realize more about people based on how they tell stories, what they exaggerate, what they leave out and what that all means. 





Loretta Lynn was going to blow off the Country Music Association Awards in 1988 and wondered why Minnie Pearl kept bugging her to go. Lynn says she told Pearl she was going to the party across the street but Pearl convinced her to show up to the C-M-As. That was the year Johnny Cash surprised Lynn on stage by informing her of her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Lynn was so excited she dropped her jewelry. Even if she had known about it, she would not have planned a speech. Lynn says she never does that for awards shows and it's important just to say what she's thinking right then. The C-M-As are next Wednesday in Nashville. 




The Grand Ole Opry is heading to Times Square.

The Opry's parent company has announced plans to open a four-story entertainment complex called Opry City Stage in New York in April.

It will have a bar and restaurant, as well as simulcasts from the Opry in Nashville and a space for live performances. The fourth floor will have a listening room that will include curated performances from Nashville's famed songwriting epicenter, the Bluebird Cafe. 





The six-foot replicas of Elvis Presley's guitars are back on the streets of Tupelo, Mississippi. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the statues were reinstalled on Wednesday around Tupelo. Elementary school students painted them in 2010, but they were removed when renovations began at the Elvis Presley Birthplace. 


(The Canadian Press)




Viewers of the new film about Iggy and the Stooges may have their doubts about how it was filmed, but Iggy Pop himself likes it. The film ``Gimme Danger'' starts with the demise of the band in the 1970s and moves back and forth through time with animation, handwritten text and jumpy edits. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch says it was an ``emotional decision'' to structure the film that way because he felt history views the failure of The Stooges differently with the passage of time. Pop says he was ``shocked'' by the film but he welcomed the unique approach. The film premieres today in Detroit and New York. 


(The Associated Press)

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot is digging into the archives to give listeners his first unreleased track in 12 years.

The ``If You Could Read My Mind'' singer announced Wednesday that ``Plans of My Own'' will arrive at digital retailers and streaming music services on Nov. 18.

The song was recorded in 2001 and ``showcases Lightfoot on his signature 12 string guitar and singing at his best,'' his record label said.

Lightfoot is plowing through a number of U.S. tour dates this month before a series of Ontario shows in November. The cities include Chatham, Kitchener, Belleville and Ottawa.

He'll also continue his annual tradition of a run of shows at Toronto's Massey Hall from Nov. 23 to 26.

(The Canadian Press)


Prom Rape Song

A Prince Edward Island-based artist is hoping a song she wrote that about being raped encourages other women to tell their stories and speak out against their assailants.

Kinley Dowling says Microphone is her favourite song from her debut album Letters Never Sent because it has helped her deal with a traumatizing incident of sexual assault she has carried with her for 15 years.

Dowling, who has played violin for Newfoundland indie ensemble Hey Rosetta! for nine years, says writing a song about her experience helped her work through those difficult emotions.

She says she's already receive many messages from people who say her song inspired them to open up about their own sexual assault experiences for the first time.

Dowling said she sent the song to her teenage assailant in an email, but she has not received a response.

The unnamed perpetrator is not the only recipient of a musical letter from Dowling.

Each song on her new album is a letter to someone, or something, different.

The song Golden Days, for example, is a letter to her favourite place in Prince Edward Island: Lakeside Beach.


(The Canadian Press)


Kenny Chesney to receive Pinnacle Award at 50th CMA Awards 

Kenny Chesney will receive the Pinnacle Award during the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards, joining Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift as the only recipients.

The award, created in 2005, recognizes an artist who has achieved global prominence through performances and record sales and the highest degree of recognition. Over his career, Chesney has eight CMA awards, including four entertainer of the year awards. His new album, ``Cosmic Hallelujah,'' comes out Friday and features a hit duet ``Setting the World on Fire'' with Pink.

Chesney has 28 No. 1 country songs and has sold in excess of 30 million albums. He is considered one of music's top touring artists.

The CMA Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 2 on ABC.

(The Associated Press)







A conviction and a release for Coolio in that Los Angeles gun case. The rapper has pleaded guilty to bringing a concealed firearm into Los Angeles International Airport last month.  However, the judge sentenced him to three years of supervised probation and 35 days of community service.  Coolio was arrested September 17th when a T-S-A screener found a handgun in his carry-on bag.  It could have been worse for him -- because he was convicted in 2001 of carrying a concealed weapon. 










The Strumbellas originally had come up with a sad concept for the video for their new single, "We Don't Know."  Singer-guitarist Jon Hembrey says it just didn't work.  He suggested they recreate their favourite fighting characters from 1990s video games and "beat each other up."  Singer-guitarist Simon Ward says that song was a natural choice as a single because it's the band's favourite off their "Hope" album.  He says it's weird and fun, and it's a different sound for them. 










Justin Timberlake is urging us to vote -- but not to take any selfies while we're doing it.  Timberlake deadpans on the "Tonight Show" that he was able to quietly vote and no one noticed.  Of course, it didn't happen that way.  Timberlake flew from Los Angeles to Memphis this week to vote early in Tennessee.  He posted a selfie on Instagram.  Timberlake told Jimmy Fallon last night he thought he was doing a good thing by encouraging people to vote.  But Tennessee officials note a law took effect this year barring photos and videos inside a polling location. 










A Minnesota judge says a woman and girl who claim to be Prince's niece and grandniece will not be considered heirs of his estate.  Judge Kevin Eide (EYE'-dee) has ruled that Brianna Nelson and her niece, Victoria Nelson, are excluded as Prince's heirs as a matter of law.  The two claim that they descended from Duane Nelson Sr -- someone they say was a half-brother to Prince.  However court documents indicate Prince's father wasn't Duane Nelson's biological dad.  The link to kinship was challenged by Prince's sister and others who have a direct blood link to the musician.  The decision represents no small potatoes, either; Prince's estate is worth between 100 and 300 million dollars. 










Back when they were engaged, Ciara and football star Russell Wilson told us all they were abstaining from sex until they got married in July.  And now, they are telling us there's concrete evidence they have consummated their union.  The confirmation comes in the form of a child Ciara is now carrying.  Both the singer and Seattle Seahawks quarterback announced the pregnancy online.  Ciara just turned 31 on Tuesday.  This will be her second child overall.  She has a 2-year-old son from her relationship with the rap star, Future.  It will be Wilson's first baby. 










Pneumonia has taken its toll on Chris Isaak.  He's calling off his shows for the rest of the year while he recovers.  Isaak writes on his website he's "a pretty healthy clean living rock and roller" and it's unusual for him to cancel.  He says he's on the mend and hopes to tour again in 2017. 










Mariah Carey is blaming concert promoters for having to cancel part of her tour of South America.  Carey writes on Facebook her fans "deserve better than how some of these promoters treated them."  Shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil over the next ten days are affected.  Carey says she hopes to come back to South America "the proper way" next year. 










ABBA are promising a "new entertainment experience" involving virtual reality.  ABBA's Benny Andersson describes it as "a time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are."  Frida Lyngstad says fans have always asked them to reform and she hopes the new ABBA creation will excite them as much as it excites her.  ABBA have enlisted the help of "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller to head the project. Details will be announced next year. 










Ice Cube will play Fagin in a modern remake of "Oliver Twist."  The Hollywood Reporter reports Ice Cube and "Hamilton" director Thomas Kail are working on a musical version of the Charles Dickens story of an orphan boy who joins a gang of young pickpockets led by Fagin.  Ice Cube will also be a producer. 



( The Associated Press)

ABBA members to launch 'new digital experience' next year 

The members of ABBA are reuniting for a ``new digital experience'' next year.

The iconic Swedish pop band made the announcement Wednesday, but didn't offer much detail. They said they are teaming up with Universal Music Group and entertainment mogul Simon Fuller (``American Idol,'' Spice Girls) to ``create an original entertainment experience ... that will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel ABBA in a way previously unimagined.''

ABBA includes Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, Bjoern Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They formed in Stockholm in 1972 and last performed together 35 years ago. The four members made a rare joint appearance in January for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the ``Mamma Mia!'' musical.

ABBA's hits include ``Dancing Queen'' and ``Take a Chance on Me.''

(The Associated Press)



Gordon Lightfoot

 Gordon Lightfoot is digging into the archives to give listeners his first unreleased track in 12 years. 

The ``If You Could Read My Mind'' singer announced Wednesday that ``Plans of My Own'' will arrive at digital retailers and streaming music services on Nov. 18. 

The song was recorded in 2001 and ``showcases Lightfoot on his signature 12 string guitar and singing at his best,'' his record label said. 

Lightfoot is plowing through a number of U.S. tour dates this month before a series of Ontario shows in November. The cities include Chatham, Kitchener, Belleville and Ottawa. 

He'll also continue his annual tradition of a run of shows at Toronto's Massey Hall from Nov. 23 to 26. 

(The Canadian Press)






A Minnesota judge promises he will try to rule quickly on whether three people are considered relatives of Prince under Minnesota law. Two women and a man claim they are related to Prince through a man that Prince's father treated as a son, even though he was not a blood relative. Minnesota law is unclear on whether that would make them eligible to inherit part of Prince's estate. 





Guitarist Mick Jones will tell the story of Foreigner in a new book. ``A Foreigner's Tale'' will trace the history of Jones and the band through present day. The book will come out next year, but a specific date was not given. Foreigner will also embark on a 40th anniversary tour next year. 





Rick Astley spent his whole life explaining how life works to his daughter. Then it was her turn to do the same for him -- specifically, about Rickrolling. Astley found it puzzling that someone would randomly tack his ``Never Gonna Give You Up'' video onto a different one as a surprise. He says his daughter explained it had nothing to do with him and it was just a song chosen at random. Astley says he realized it was a good thing when he wanted to release new music because it makes him stand out from all the other pop singers. Astley's new album, ``50,'' is out now. 





Kings of Leon have earned their first number-one album. ``WALLS'' moved 77-thousand units in its first week of release, putting it at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. ``Views'' by Drake is in second place, followed by the ``Suicide Squad'' soundtrack in third. The Game debuts in fourth with ``1992.'' 




 Charlie Puth is cancelling the remainder of his tour due to illness. 

The singer said on Twitter Sunday that he has been ``extremely sick'' during the tour and hasn't taken the time he needs to recover. He says ``resting and taking time off the road'' is the only way he can get better and resume performing. 

The ``Don't Talk Tour'' began last month and had been scheduled to run through Nov. 8. 

Puth hasn't released any information on whether the remaining tour dates will be rescheduled.





Vince Neil of Motley Crue has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery in an incident caught on video showing Nicolas Cage restraining him after Neil grabbed a woman. Neil's lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, says Neil submitted a plea in writing on Thursday and did not appear in court. Neil was fined one-thousand dollars and ordered to undergo impulse control counselling and stay out of trouble for six months. Neil was accused of pulling a woman to the ground on April 7th outside a Las Vegas casino. A bystander video shows Cage trying to stop him. 





Queen guitarist Brian May has called off his appearances for the rest of the year to deal with an undisclosed health issue. May says he's been dealing with ``a persistent illness'' which is destroying his energy. He says he is turning off his phones and media and he will ``spend some time recharging in a safe place.'' 





Zac Brown Band guitarist Coy Bowles has a new lady in his life. His wife, Kylie, gave birth to a girl early Friday, according to the band's social media accounts. They've named her Hattie. She's their first child. 





D-J Khaled is now Daddy Khaled. His fiancee', Nicole Tuck, gave birth to a boy early yesterday. Khaled posted videos over a period of ten hours on Snapchat while his ``Major Key'' album played. When the baby was born, he just posted the sounds of the baby's cry. A name was not revealed. 





U-S President Barack Obama says among the things he will miss as president is Air Force One, Marine One and the music stars he was able to invite to the White House. During a taping of the B-E-T ``Love and Happiness'' concert on Friday, Obama said it was nice to ``just call up Usher and say, 'Hey, come on over.''' The concert featured Usher, Jill Scott, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Janelle Monae, De La Soul, Yolanda Adam and Michelle Williams. Obama joked there would be no twerking, but he could not speak for Usher. B-E-T plans to run the show November 15th. 





Garth Brooks took a break from his concert stop in Charleston, West Virginia, to go to his own sports camp. Brooks stopped by the Garth Brooks Teammates Basketball ProCamp to run drills and cheer on about 80 boys and girls aged 9 to 13. Members of West Virginia State's men's and women's basketball teams were the counsellors. He said the kids don't have any idea who he is, but they see the college players as their heroes. He says the camp helps out the college students as much as the kids because it teaches them the value of giving back. 




Just over a week ago, Bob Dylan was being hailed by the Nobel Prize committee as a poetry hero. But now a member of the Swedish Academy is upset that Dylan hasn't yet acknowledged his win. Per Wastberg calls Dylan's silence ``impolite and arrogant.'' But Wastberg tells a Swedish newspaper it was expected Dylan wouldn't be the type to do a victory lap after getting the honour. The award was noted on Dylan's official Twitter and Facebook accounts. But Dylan has never been one to do a lot of talking about his craft _ or the honours he has received for it along the way. 


(The Associated Press)





Bruno Mars says he thought about what the video for ``24 Karat Magic'' should look like for close to a year. Mars says he wanted to distance it from the other videos he's done and every concept he came up with was wrong. He says the song ``sounds like a party'' and he decided, ``Don't try to go against the grain.'' He says he decided the concept was to fly down his friends and turn the camera on. Mars says his idea was ``to kick the door down instead of politely say, 'Hey guys, check this out.''' 




The wives and kids of Kings of Leon have as much say in where they record and where they base their tour as the band members do. Singer Caleb Followill says they recorded their ``WALLS'' album in Los Angeles because they wanted to take them where it was warm in the winter. Drummer Nathan Followill says their wives have input on the cities that the band will use as hubs for their tour because they will spend more time there than the band will. He says all their kids are about the same ages, so they have ``a built-in buddy system.'' 





Jon Bon Jovi says he'd love to be an N-F-L owner, but he's just a musician for now. C-B-S Sports reported earlier this week that Bon Jovi and former N-F-L quarterback Peyton Manning were ``monitoring the Tennessee Titans ownership situation.'' That prompted Titans acting owner Amy Adams Strunk to say the team is not for sale. Bon Jovi tells The Associated Press he woke up to those headlines with his name on them and ``they're just not true.'' He says the team is not for sale and he wishes success to the Titans.

Bon Jovi says he did try to buy the Buffalo Bills but ``this has nothing to do with that.'' 





Cher is a recycler, even with production elements from her concerts. Cher says she will revive a scene in which she performs the song ``After All'' in a boat in the mist for her upcoming concerts in Las Vegas and outside Washington. Cher says it made the song more mysterious and poignant, but not a lot of people saw it when she did it originally in a Las Vegas show. She won't skimp on the hits, either. Cher says she hates going to concerts where the artists either don't play the songs she came to hear or they make them unrecognizable. 





 A Japanese comedian has made chart history by creating the shortest song ever to crack the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The 45-second song ``PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)'' by Piko-Taro makes its debut on the chart at number 77. Because Billboard chart data now includes streaming, Piko-Taro can thank the 5.7-million clicks he's gotten online in the past week for the chart appearance. The previous record-holder was ``Little Boxes'' by The Womenfolk at one minute two seconds, which peaked at number 83 in 1964. 





Looks like Janet Jackson may have a royalty bump to go with her baby bump. When Donald Trump tried to put down Hillary Clinton as ``such a nasty woman'' _ it meant an upward spike for Jackson's 1986 hit, ``Nasty.'' Spotify says streams of the song are up 250 per cent. The company won't release specific numbers _ but it's clear that people online made the connection between Trump's attempt at an insult and Jackson's song. One Twitter user pasted Clinton's face over an image of Jackson and added the note: ``It's Hillary. Madame President If You're Nasty.'' 





Ever spend time around a parent who obsesses over things like play dates for their kids? Chances are they may have nothing on Kanye West. The rapper is complaining that his kids haven't been able to hang out with Blue Ivy _ the daughter of Jay Z and Beyonce. And the complaint was made _ during his concert the other night in Seattle. West beefed to the audience: ``Our kids ain't never even played together.'' West also seemed upset that the working relationship between him and Jay Z has soured somewhat. West worked as a producer for Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella records before striking out on his own. 




Elvis Costello is calling off his upcoming show in Pittsburgh as a solidarity move with the striking members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Costello says he is unwilling to cross the picket line for his show November 1st at the Heinz Hall.

That's the home venue for the orchestra. The musicians have been on strike since September 30th over a 15 per cent pay cut and other concessions that management says are necessary to keep the symphony solvent. 





Jay Z is the first rapper nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other nominees include Canada's Bryan Adams, George Michael, Madonna, Vince Gill, Babyface, Kool and the Gang, Cat Stevens, Sly Stone, Chicago, Gloria Estefan and David Gates of Bread. The inductees will be announced in December. The induction ceremony is in New York in June. 


(The Associated Press)


'Secret Path' by Gord Downie among new album releases 

Here's a list of some new album releases for the week ending Oct. 22:


Amaranthe _ ``Maximalism''


American Football _ ``American Football (LP2)''


David Arkenstone _ ``Winter Fantasy''


Ryan Bingham _ ``Ryan Bingham Live''


Blind Ego _ ``Liquid''


Dean Brody _ ``Beautiful Freakshow''


Jonatha Brooke _ ``Midnight. Hallelujah''


Michael Buble _ ``Nobody But Me''


Joe Budden _ ``Rage & the Machine''


Jonathan Cain _ ``What God Wants to Hear''


Cakes da Killa _ ``Hedonism''


CIVILIAN _ ``You Wouldn't Believe What Privilege Costs''


Leonard Cohen _ ``You Want It Darker''


Communist Daughter _ ``The Cracks That Built the Wall''


The Courteeners _ ``Mapping the Rendezvous''


Crocodiles _ ``Dreamless''


David Crosby _ ``Lighthouse''


Crystal Fighters _ ``Everything is My Family''


D.R.A.M. _ ``Big Daddy D.R.A.M.''


Lauren Daigle _ ``Behold: A Christmas Collection''


The Damnit Jims _ ``Just Punk Enough''


Darke Complex _ ``Point Oblivion''


Dead Congregation _ ``Sombre Doom'' (EP)


The Dean Ween Group _ ``The Deaner Album''


Kevin Devine _ ``Instigator''


Gord Downie _ ``Secret Path''


Ronnie Dunn _ ``Tattooed Heart''


Exile _ ``Wrapped Up in Your Arms for Christmas''


FaltyDL _ ``Heaven is for Quitters''


Frustration _ ``Empires of Shame''


Gadiel _ ``Alto Rango''


Maria Gilpin _ ``Giving It All'' (EP)


Tyler Glenn _ ``Excommunication''


Goes Cube _ ``Shadows Swallowed the Flood''


Amy Grant _ ``Tennessee Christmas''


Gucci Mane _ ``Woptober''


Albert Hammond _ ``In Symphony''


Hanoi Rocks _ ``Strange Boys'' (5CD Box Set)


Hickoids _ ``The Out of Towners'' (EP)


Holy Oysters _ ``Holy Oysters'' (EP)


Holy Sons _ ``In the Garden''


Hooton Tennis Club _ ``Big Box of Chocolates''


I Prevail _ ``Lifelines''


Cris Jacobs _ ``Dust to Gold''


Jacuzzi Boys _ ``Ping Pong''


Jane's Addiction _ ``Sterling Spoon Anniversary'' (6-LP Box Set)


Jardin De La Croix _ ``Circadia''


Jimmy Eat World _ ``Integrity Blues''


Joan as Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis _ ``Let It Be You''


R. Kelly _ ``12 Nights of Christmas''


Kero Kero Bonito _ ``Bonito Generation''


Khemmis _ ``Hunted''


Kix _ ``Can't Stop the Show: The Return of Kix''


Korn _ ``The Serenity of Suffering''


Lady Gaga _ ``Joanne''


Kenny Lattimore _ ``A Kenny Lattimore Christmas''


LIZ _ ``Cross Your Heart''


Malcolm London _ ``Opia''


Lost Frequencies _ ``Less is More''


Jody McBrayer _ ``Christmastime''


Sarah McLachlan _ ``Wonderland''


Melanie C _ ``Version of Me''


Mithras _ ``On Strange Loops''


Bette Midler _ ``The Divine Miss M.'' (Deluxe Edition)


Stephen Miller _ ``In God We Trust'' (EP)


Motorama _ ``Dialogues''


Nekromantix _ ``A Symphony of Wolf Trones & Ghost Notes''


NewSong _ ``The Best Christmas Ever''


Night Riots _ ``Love Gloom''


NxWorries _ ``Yes Lawd!''


Agnes Obel _ ``Citizen of Glass''


Obituary _ ``Ten Thousand Ways to Die''


Kelly Lee Owens _ ``Oleic''


Pantera _ ``The Great Southern Trendkill: 20th Anniversary Edition''


Matthew Parker _ ``Adventure''


Pentatonix _ ``A Pentatonix Christmas''


Planes Mistaken For Stars _ ``Prey''


The Pretenders _ ``Alone''


The Pretty Reckless _ ``Who You Selling For''


The Radio Dept. _ ``Running Out of Love''


Rascal Flatts _ ``The Greatest Gift of All''


Really Big Pinecone _ ``What I Said About the Pinecone''


Matt Redman _ ``These Christmas Lights''


Riverside _ ``Eye of the Soundscape''


Saint Motel _ ``saintmotelevision''


John K. Samson _ ``Winter Wheat''


Santana _ ``Santana IV: Live at the House of Blues, Las Vegas''


Savoy Motel _ ``Savoy Motel''


Seputus _ ``Man Does Not Give''


Sia _ ``This is Acting'' (Deluxe Version)


Frank Sinatra _ ``World on a String'' (4CD Box Set)


Lance Skiiiwalker _ ``Introverted Intuition''


Spirit Club _ ``Slouch''


Stick Men _ ``Prog Noir''


Streets of Laredo _ ``Wild''


Syd Arthur _ ``Apricity''


Tanya Tagaq _ ``Retribution''


Chris Tomlin _ ``Never Lose Sight''


Trans-Siberian Orchestra _ ``The Ghosts of Christmas Eve''


Frankie Valli _ ``Tis the Seasons''


Various Artists _ ``Lazarus (Original Cast Recording)''


Various Artists _ ``The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music (Live)''


Various Artists _ ``Majesty in a Manger''


Vulfpeck _ ``The Beautiful Game''


Paul Wall _ ``The Houston Oiler''


Wardruna _ ``Runaljod Ragnarok''


Matthew West _ ``Unto Us: A Christmas Collection''


Weyes Blood _ ``Front Row Seat to Earth''


White Goblin _ ``world building''


Wovenwar _ ``Honor is Dead'' 


(The Canadian Press)