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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)

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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)

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016

 

PRINCE - ESTATE

 

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. 

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FOREIGNER'S MICK JONES - BOOK

 

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. 

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RICK ASTLEY - RICKROLLING

 

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. 

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KINGS OF LEON - NUMBER ONE

 

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.'' 

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CHARLIE PUTH CANCELS REMAINDER OF TOUR

 

 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.

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VINCE NEIL - GUILTY PLEA

 

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. 

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BRIAN MAY - ILLNESS

 

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.'' 

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ZAC BROWN BAND - FATHERHOOD

 

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. 

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DJ KHALED - FATHERHOOD

 

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. 

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OBAMA - BET

 

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. 

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GARTH BROOKS - SHOOTS HOOPS

 

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. 

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NOBEL GROUP- DYLAN'S SILENCE

 

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. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016

 

BRUNO MARS  - ``24K MAGIC'' VIDEO

 

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.''' 

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KINGS OF LEON - INPUT

 

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.'' 

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JON BON JOVI - TITANS

 

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.'' 

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CHER - RECYCLING

 

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. 

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PIKO-TARO - SHORTEST SONG EVER

 

 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. 

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``NASTY'' - JANET JACKSON

 

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.'' 

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KANYE WEST - PLAY DATES

 

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. 

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ELVIS COSTELLO - ORCHESTRA STRIKE

 

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. 

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME - NOMINEES

 

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. 

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(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)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016

 

PHIL CHESS

 

The co-founder of Chess Records has died. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Phil Chess died in Tucson, Arizona, yesterday at the age of 95, according to his nephew. Chess and his brother Leonard started Chess Records in 1950. The label was home to Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. In 1951, Chess Records released what many consider to be the first rock record, ``Rocket 88'' by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, featuring Ike Turner. When asked about his contributions to music, Chess once responded, ``I didn't know what I was doing.'' Leonard Chess died in 1969. 

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MICK JAGGER

 

Mick Jagger has been ordered to shut up. Jagger is under doctor's orders to rest his voice after coming down with laryngitis. The Rolling Stones were forced to cancel last night's concert in Las Vegas. It's uncertain whether Jagger will be well enough to perform at the Stones show in Las Vegas on Saturday. 

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GARTH BROOKS

 

Garth Brooks says he decided to end his boycott of streaming services and go with Amazon because Amazon is letting him sell his music the way he wants. Brooks says Amazon told him he could sell albums instead of singles if he chooses and set his own prices. He says he loves retail outlets but he adds, ``Retail will never tell me what my stuff is worth and will never tell me how to sell it.'' Brooks says he had talked to Spotify and Apple but he liked Amazon's offer of streaming, downloads and physical albums.

Brooks had previously sold his music only through his own GhostTunes service. Amazon announced its Amazon Music Unlimited paid streaming service last week. 

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CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

 

Shania Twain was honoured last night with the artist of the lifetime award. It was part of the C-M-T Artists of the Year show in Nashville. Twain was serenaded with a medley of her songs by female artists across three genres. Meghan Trainor and Jill Scott joined Kelsea Ballerini in the tribute. Ballerini was given the breakout artist honour. Carrie Underwood was also one of the C-M-T Artists of the Year. She says, ``God is good and he has definitely been good to me.'' 

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NORAH JONES

 

Norah Jones and the piano are friends again.

Jones learned piano growing up and wrote her first songs on piano when she was in high school. She says she hated those songs because they were ``so cheesy and piano-y.'' She couldn't write music for a long time after that. Jones moved to New York and couldn't have a piano in her tiny apartment, so she got a guitar and could play four or five chords. That's when she wrote ``Come Away With Me.'' Jones recently started playing piano again and says the songs started pouring out of her. Her new piano-based jazz album, ``Day Breaks,''is out now. 

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SUZI QUATRO

 

The woman famous for the 1979 hit ``Stumblin' In'' and for playing Leather Tuscadero on ``Happy Days'' has gotten an honorary degree. Suzi Quatro was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Anglia Ruskin University in eastern England yesterday.

Why would a university give an honorary degree to a one-hit wonder?

Because Quatro is only a one-hit wonder in America, even though she's from Detroit. She's huge in Europe and Australia and has sold 50 million albums worldwide. 

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BRUNO MARS

 

Bruno Mars will open the American Music Awards. The show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on November 20th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016

 

CHUCK BERRY

 

Chuck Berry took 38 years to make another album because he wanted to be sure it would be good, according to his longtime bass player. Jimmy Marsala says Berry started working on his new album, ``Chuck,'' right after he released his ``Rock It'' album in 1979. ``Chuck'' is set for release next year. Berry's son, Charles Berry Junior, plays guitar on the record and says the songs range from ``hard-driving rockers to soulful, thought-provoking time capsules of a life's work.'' Berry spokesman Joe Edwards says Berry has pretty much retired from touring, but anything's possible. Berry turned 90 yesterday. 

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ROCK HALL NOMINATIONS

 

M-C-5 drummer Dennis Thompson says it's ``very exciting'' to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 13 years since the last time they were nominated. Thompson says late band members Rob Tyner, Michael Davis and Fred ``Sonic'' Smith would have been thrilled to know about the nomination. He says he still talks regularly with guitarist Wayne Kramer about their ``old man syndromes.'' Meanwhile, Nile Rodgers' reaction to Chic  being nominated for the 11th time for the Rock Hall was to quote Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap: ``This one goes to eleven.'' The other nominees are Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Journey, Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Chaka Khan, Joan Baez, the J. Geils Band, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, The Cars, The Zombies, Yes, Jane's Addiction, Steppenwolf and Janet Jackson. The list of inductees will be announced in December. 

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HARRY SHEARER

 

You'd think Spinal Tap would be zillionaires from songs like ``Stonehenge'' and ``Sex Farm.'' That's not the case, according to bassist Derek Smalls, A-K-A actor Harry Shearer.

He claims in a lawsuit against media conglomerate Vivendi S-A that all that Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner got for the songs from the movie ``This Is Spinal Tap'' was 98 dollars. Shearer says Vivendi told them their cut of the merchandise profits between the 1984 release of the film and 2013 was 81 dollars. Shearer is seeking 125 million dollars from Vivendi, and he wants the trademarks to the names ``Spinal Tap'' and ``Derek Smalls.'' Vivendi has declined comment on the suit. Guest, McKean and Reiner are not plaintiffs in the lawsuit. 

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PRINCE ESTATE

 

A hearing is set for Friday to determine whether a woman and a girl who say they are related to Prince should be named as heirs to his estate. Court documents made public yesterday indicate attorneys for Prince's siblings and half-siblings are arguing against including Brianna Nelson, who says she's Prince's niece, and Victoria Nelson, who says she's Prince's grandniece. They are claiming descent from Duane Nelson Senior, who the women say was Prince's half-brother. They say while Duane Nelson was not a blood relative, Prince's biological father considered him a son. 

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ROBERT ``BIG SONNY'' EDWARDS

 

Robert ``Big Sonny'' Edwards of The Intruders has died at the age of 74. Edwards died Saturday at a Philadelphia hospital after suffering a heart attack. The Intruders had a number-one R-and-B hit in 1968 with ``Cowboys to Girls.'' Their song ``I'll Always Love My Mama'' is often played on Mother's Day. Fellow Intruder Phil Terry calls Edwards ``the heartbeat of the group.'' 

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BRIAN WILSON

 

Brian Wilson still needs a pep talk before getting on a stage. Wilson says the members of his band tell him before concerts that everything's going to be O-K, and he gets over his anxiety by listening to them. Wilson discusses his mental health and other aspects of his life in his new book, ``I Am Brian Wilson.'' He says one of his favourite things in the book was discussing his relationship with his father. He says he knew people would enjoy reading about that. 

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``HAPPY TOGETHER''

 

The New York Court of Appeals is mulling over a case between The Turtles and Sirius X-M Radio over the song ``Happy Together.'' The case centres on whether copyright holders of recordings made before 1972 have a common law right to make radio stations and other entities pay for their use. Flo and Eddie of The Turtles filed the lawsuit, claiming they're entitled to royalties.

Sirius X-M argues the federal Copyright Act was changed in 1972 and it doesn't have to pay. The court heard oral arguments in the case yesterday. 

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GWEN STEFANI, BLAKE SHELTON

 

Gwen Stefani and boyfriend Blake Shelton clean up well. There were guests at the last state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House last night. The dinner honoured Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini. Stefani also entertained, opening with her hit, ``The Sweet Escape.'' 

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GWEN STEFANI, MILEY CYRUS

 

It appears Gwen Stefani rather likes working with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton. N-B-C says Stefani will return as a coach for season 12 of ``The Voice,'' which begins in February.

Shelton, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys will be the other coaches.

Miley Cyrus returns as a coach on the following season, which begins in the fall of 2017. The rest of the coaches for that season will be announced later. 

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``UPTOWN FUNK'' GETS RIAA DIAMOND AWARD

 

 ``Uptown Funk'' by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars has achieved a rare Diamond certification for a single. The Recording Industry Association of America confirms ``Uptown Funk'' is the 13th song to reach Diamond status, for sales of 10 million.

Actually, it's Diamond and then some. The song has sold 12 million copies and been streamed more than 938 million times. 

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JAMAICA CELEBRATES PETER TOSH WITH NEW MUSEUM

 

A museum dedicated to reggae legend Peter Tosh opens in Kingston, Jamaica. Among the items on display at the Peter Tosh Museum are Tosh's M-16 guitar and his unicycle. The museum's opening is meant to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Tosh's song, ``Legalize It.'' His grandson, Dre Tosh, will be among the performers at a tribute concert at the museum on Saturday. The Peter Tosh Museum is near a museum dedicated to another reggae legend, Bob Marley.

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``THE VOICE''-BATTLE ROUNDS END

 

 Blake Shelton had the last steal on ``The Voice'' last night. The Battle Rounds concluded with Team Blake picking up Bindi Liebowitz after she was dropped by Team Adam.

Shelton says we probably haven't heard her best yet and she deserves to stay in the competition. While last night's episode was broadcast, Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani were on the other side of the country. They were guests at President Barack Obama's final state dinner, honouring the Italian prime minister. Stefani also performed. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016

 

CMA AWARDS

The Country Music Association Awards is packing on more entertainment. Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves have been added to the lineup. Previously announced performers include hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris and Keith Urban. The C-M-As are November 2nd. 

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GRAHAM NASH

 

Graham Nash will be honoured this month not for his music, but his photography. Nash will be given the Double Exposure Award at the Lucie Awards in New York on Sunday. The Lucie Awards honour the best achievements in photography. Nash will be inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in St. Louis on October 28th.

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TUPAC SHAKUR, PEARL JAM LEAD ROCK HALL OF FAME BALLOT 

 

The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Nine of the 19 acts nominated are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility.

More than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials vote, with results announced in December and induction next April.

Nominations were announced Tuesday. 

Other first-time nominees are: Journey; punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-poppers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne's 1970s hit machine Electric Light Orchestra; Lollapalooza instigators Jane's Addiction; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Steppenwolf, Canadian rockers of ``Born to be Wild'' fame. 

 

BOB DYLAN NOBEL PRIZE

Will Bob Dylan show up to collect his Nobel Prize? The Nobel committee has yet to hear from him. The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, tells state radio S-R she has stopped trying to contact Dylan. She says she has called and sent emails to Dylan's closest collaborators and gotten friendly replies, but that's it. She says if Dylan doesn't want to come to the ceremony on December 10th, there will be a big party in his honour anyway. 

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MAN SHOT DEAD AFTER GUCCI MANE SHOW

 

Police are investigating a shooting death after a Gucci Mane concert in St. Louis early Sunday. Authorities say a suspect apparently targeted a 34-year-old man in the crowd.

The victim died Sunday during surgery at a hospital. His name has not been released. A 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman suffered minor injuries. 

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PHIL COLLINS

 

Phil Collins plans to tell the story of what really happened at Live Aid in 1986. Collins says he's been blamed for years for Led Zeppelin's disastrous set at Live Aid and he wants to explain his side of the story. He'll also put to rest the rumours that he informed his second wife by fax that they were divorcing.

Collins' book, ``Not Dead Yet: The Memoir,'' comes out next Tuesday.

Collins has announced he is coming out of retirement to play concerts next summer in Europe. Collins says it's simply because he changed his mind about retirement. He notes he's back with this third wife and his kids wanted him to tour again. His 15-year-old son, Nicholas, will play drums on his tour. 

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GREAT WHITE

 

The memorial to the victims of the 2003 nightclub fire during a Great White concert will not open this weekend as scheduled. The foundation working on the memorial at the site of The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, says construction will not be finished until spring. Foundation president Gina Russo, a survivor of the fire, says retaining walls, landscaping, paving, a gazebo and the gateway are not done. She says families of victims deserve the memorial to be 100 per cent ready.

The site was to open on Sunday. Great White's pyrotechnics during their first song sparked the fire, which killed 100 people. 

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TONI BRAXTON

 

Toni Braxton says her latest hospitalization is ``a minor setback'' and her tour is still on. Braxton called off her show in Cleveland on Saturday because she was in a hospital being treated for lupus. Braxton says she was out on Sunday and adds that lupus needs to be monitored constantly. She was in a hospital in Los Angeles two weeks ago for lupus. 

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AC/DC

 

Call it the ``A-C/D-C rule'' of international soccer. FIFA has banned rock concerts and other non-soccer events from being staged in World Cup stadiums for two months before the 2018 tournament in Russia. A-C/D-C played the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France, weeks before a European Championship match in June. France's coach, Didier Deschamps, called the turf a ``disaster,'' even though France beat Albania 2-0. 

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MOTOWN MUSEUM

 

The site where Motown Records was founded is about to get a massive expansion. The Motown Museum in Detroit has announced a 50 million dollar expansion that will include interactive exhibits, a performance theatre and recording studios.

An artist's rendering shows the new buildings looming behind the original ``Hitsville U-S-A'' house. A design team currently is working on the details. No word on when construction would begin. 

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MOBB DEEP'S PRODIGY

 

Prodigy of Mobb Deep says the thing he would stash in prison was Country Crock butter spread packets. He says it was against the rules to hoard them, but that was the only way he could grease pans and keep food from drying out. Prodigy tells the story of his three years in prison on a weapons possession charge by telling the story of the food in his new book, ``Commissary Kitchen:

My Infamous Prison Cookbook.'' He has sickle-cell anemia and says his biggest complaint was the lack of vegetables in prison. He says while other inmates got their families to send them Oreos, his family would send him 35 pounds of canned green vegetables a month to help him manage his diet. 

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YES DRUMMER ALAN WHITE

 

Yes drummer Alan White will return to the band for their tour of Japan next month. White was forced to sit out the Yes summer tour of North America because he had spinal surgery in July. White says he is looking forward to getting back behind the drums. Jay Schellen of the band Hurricane had handled drum duties while White recovered. 

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LUKAS GRAHAM

 

Singer Lukas Forchhammer of Lukas Graham is a dad. His representative confirms to People magazine his girlfriend, Marie-Louise ``Rillo'' Schwartz Peterson, gave birth to a girl.

Details on when and where and what the baby's name is were not given. The new mom posted an Instagram photo of baby feet peeking out of a blanket with the caption, ``Good morning.'' 

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BETTE MIDLER

 

Bette Midler recalls her debut album stressed her out because of personality conflicts. It wasn't her personality. It was her piano player, Barry Manilow, and her producer, Joel Dorn.

Midler says when she recorded ``The Divine Miss M,'' Dorn hated Manilow's arrangements of her songs and threw them all out. Manilow heard Dorn's arrangements and thought Midler sounded ``beautiful and professional and boring.'' Manilow says he begged the label to be allowed to produce some of the songs his way, and he left out the part about how he never produced an album before. Manilow says his versions were ``funny'' and ``moving,'' just like Midler herself.

``The Divine Miss M'' will be re-released as a deluxe version on Friday. Midler says it's unbelievable that 44 years have passed but she adds, ``And yet I still look fabulous.'' 

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SOUNDGARDEN

 

Soundgarden are getting their own ice cream flavour. Full Tilt Ice Cream of Seattle will produce a flavour called Black Hole Rum. It's a rum ice cream with a dark fudge swirl.

Soundgarden have given their approval. 

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LEGO - BEATLES

 

You'll soon be able to build The Beatles' Yellow Submarine in Legos. Lego has announced it's making a 553-piece Yellow Submarine kit that comes with the four Beatles as action figures, each with its own accessory. John Lennon has a telescope, Paul McCartney has a tile that says ``Love,'' George Harrison has a submarine motor and Ringo Starr has a hole. There's also a Jeremy figure, who comes with an apple. The kit will retail for 60 dollars beginning November 1st. 

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(The Associated Press)

Joe Fournier played Bruce's Firehouse last night

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016

 

ONTARIO BASED ROOTS MUSICIAN JOE FOURNIER PLAYED DAUPHIN LAST NIGHT

Ontario based roots musician Joe Fournier stopped in at Bruce's Firehouse last night to share his songs and stories after performing at a three day festival in Alberta.

Fournier's latest album is called "Home Made Sins".

(CKDM)

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RANDY TRAVIS - SINGS

 

It was one of those ``wow'' moments in music. Randy Travis _ whose life was threatened by a stroke three years ago _ sang during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The country star performed ``Amazing Grace'' at last night's ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. Being able to hear a voice many feared had been stilled by his 2013 stroke revived by years of rehabilitation and therapy _ brought a stunned crowd to tears.

Travis was inducted along with fiddler Charlie Daniels and record producer Fred Foster. 

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BOB DYLAN - SMITHSONIAN

 

The hits just keep coming for Bob Dylan. Just days after winning the Nobel Prize for literature, the singer-songwriter is being honoured by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Today, the gallery will install a portrait of Dylan in the museum's first-floor ``Celebrate'' space. The portrait will be a photograph taken of Dylan by John Cohen in 1962. Last Thursday, Dylan became the first musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel Prize to win the award for literature. 

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BOB DYLAN - STREAMING

 

His music is rooted in old-school style _ but one of the more modern ways of listening to music shows that people are still feeling Bob Dylan's music. The newly-minted Nobel Prize winner's music saw a steep upward spike on the streaming service Spotify. On Friday _ the day after Dylan's win _ streams of his music increased by more than five-hundred per cent on the site. The most listened-to song of Dylan's on Spotify: ``Like a Rolling Stone'' _ which saw a spike of 258 per cent. Dylan is the first American to win the Nobel literature prize since Tony Morrison did it in 1993. 

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DESERT TRIP - REDUX

 

The bands returned for the go-round at Desert Trip _ and so did the fans. For the second straight weekend, the music ruled at the festival in Indio, California. Performances featured Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young. The two-weekend festival features a single stage and two bands per night. 

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JIMMY EAT WORLD - MUSIC

 

To hear members of Jimmy Eat World tell it, there's no better time in history to be a music fan. And Jim Adkins says technology has a lot to do with that. He says with all the electronic tools at a musician's disposal, a recording artist can ``do exactly what'' they want. He says bands can get professional results in their own bedroom _ and once they get the sound they want, they can get their music into fans' ears easier than ever before. Adkins says music fans can get greater access to different types of music, thanks to the internet. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 14, 2016

 

WE DAY DOWNIE

Gord Downie has been added to the WE Day lineup in Toronto and will perform a song from his upcoming ``Secret Path'' solo album. 

Downie will perform twice on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre, first at the afternoon WE Day Toronto event and then at the evening We Day Family concert. 

The ``Secret Path'' album, which is accompanied by a graphic novel and animated film, is inspired by the story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ont. 

Downie's performance will be followed by a speech from his brother Mike Downie, who introduced the singer to Wenjack's story, and a healing song performed by Pearl Wenjack, sister of Chanie Wenjack. 

WE Day, launched by Canadians Craig and Mark Kielburger, is billed as ``a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities.'' 

The event has grown from its Toronto roots to include similar shows across Canada and internationally. 

(The Canadian Press)

 

GORD DOWNIE INTERVIEW

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is philosophical about his terminal brain cancer, saying in a sense that he is lucky because he can still accomplish some goals. 

He says it's better than dying outright in a traffic accident because now he can do some of the things he wanted to do. 

Downie talked about his health publicly for the first time in an interview with C-B-C's ``The National,'' which aired last night. 

Downie says he's fighting his illness so he can get more time to do some things that are important to him. 

One is ``Secret Path,'' a new solo album due out Tuesday that is inspired by the tragedy of Canada's residential school system. 

``Secret Path'' tells the story of a 12-year-old First Nations boy in Ontario named Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ont. 

He also says the Tragically Hip are working on another record, adding that ``just doing things'' brings him peace. 

Downie told host Peter Mansbridge that his memory is fading because of the brain cancer and admitted he had to write ``Peter'' on his hand so he wouldn't forget who was interviewing him. 

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(The Canadian Press)

 

BOB DYLAN - NOBEL

 

The Nobel Prize for literate has been given out for 115 years now _ but it had never before been given to a musician. Until now, anyway. Bob Dylan has broken the mould _ receiving an honour that shows he is more than just a singer _ but a poet of the highest order. The announcement came as a surprise _ but a pleasant one _ because of the respect Dylan has picked up over his

50 years of making music. President Barack Obama calls him one of his favourite poets. Dylan's reaction? There really isn't one. He rarely gives interviews _ and a rep says he had no immediate comment. 

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BOB DYLAN - CRITICS

 

While most people were happy to see Bob Dylan win the Nobel Prize for Literature _ not everyone was feeling it. Some who feel the concept of literature is confined to books ripped the choice of the Nobel committee. The writer of ``Trainspotting'' is one of them. Novelist Irvine Welsh calls the award ``an ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.'' 

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BOB DYLAN - REACTION

 

There were any number of reactions from the entertainment world on Bob Dylan's being picked for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here is a sampling of some of them: 

Congratulations Bob for getting the Nobel prize. What an achievement! _ Mick Jagger on Twitter. 

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Congratulations to one of my favourite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel _ U-S President Barack Obama. 

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Bob Dylan is the father of my country. ``Highway 61 Revisited'' and ``Bringing It All Back Home'' were not only great records, but they were the first time I can remember being exposed to a truthful vision of the place I lived. _ Bruce Springsteen, who posted this passage from his autobiography ``Born to Run.'' 

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I'm a Dylan fan, but this is an ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies _ ``Trainspotting'' novelist Irvine Welsh on Twitter. 

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Congratulations Bob Dylan. U always been the main man, our poet, & all around cool cat. Are we rolling Bob? You bet we are. Keep it going Bobby. _ Danny DeVito. 

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A poet of our time, and a sweet man every time our paths crossed _ Bill Wyman, former member of The Rolling Stones in a statement _ Bill Wyman, former member of The Rolling Stones in a statement.

 

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Congratulations Bob! You made all our lives better. Thank you for the warning about what was to come (Subterranean Homesick Blues) _ musician Stevie Van Zandt on Twitter. 

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Now I can say I've been in a music video of a Nobel Prize winner.

Congratulations Bob _ actress Molly Ringwald, who appeared in Dylan's video for ``Unbelievable,'' on Twitter. 

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BOB DYLAN - BOOKS

 

Bob Dylan may have won his Nobel Prize for literature by writing songs. But the books he has written are getting a boost as a result of the honour. His memoir, ``Chronicles:

Volume One'' and a bound compilation, ``The Lyrics: 1961-2012,''

were among two of Amazon-dot-com's fastest sellers yesterday. For example, his book of lyrics jumped from No. 73,543 on Amazon's bestseller list before the announcement _ to No. 209 afterward. The Nobel win also boosted sales of his albums on Amazon-dot-com.

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PRINCE - TRIBUTE CONCERT

 

Prince's sister says she hopes the tribute concert for the musician last night in St. Paul, Minnesota will provide a sense of closure for her brother's fans, friends and family. Fans _ many of whom wore purple _ turned out for the show at the Excel Center, during which Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and other artists performed. However, there was another last-minute opt-out.

Christina Aguilera skipped the show because of what a rep says was a ``vocal illness.'' Also missing was John Mayer, who promoters say had a change in schedule. 

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COOLIO - GUN

 

Authorities in Los Angeles say Coolio has been charged with a felony after a gun was found in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport. The rapper was charged yesterday with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The L-A District Attorney's Office says Coolio has two prior convictions in

2001 and 2009 for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and drug possession. In the most recent case, a handgun was found in the rapper's carry-on bag as Coolio tried to go through security at L-A-X last month. If convicted, Coolio could get a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. 

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ELTON JOHN - MEMOIR

 

Even Elton John describes his life as ``crazy'' _ and as much as it has been an open book, you can find out more about him by opening a book, that is his autobiography. Publishers Pan Macmillan and Henry Holt say they hold the worldwide rights for the memoir by the singer. It's due out in 2019. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016

 

GORD DOWNIE CBC INTERVIEW

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie says his memory is fading as he battles terminal brain cancer. 

Downie spoke with anchor Peter Mansbridge in an exclusive interview for CBC's ``The National,'' which was set to air Thursday night. 

In a preview clip of the interview, Downie tells Mansbridge he ``can't remember hardly anything.'' 

He admits he had to write ``Peter'' on his hand so he wouldn't forget the name of the man interviewing him, whom he's known for 25 years. 

Downie also says he's fighting his terminal illness, hoping he ``can get more time.'' 

When Mansbridge asks him if he's ``resigned to the direction this is heading,'' he says, ``Yes, I am. I really am.'' 

(The Canadian Press)

 

Roger Waters announces 2017 North American 'Us + Them' tour  By Sandy Cohen

 

Fresh off his politically charged performance at the Desert Trip music festival in California, Roger Waters says he'll launch a 51-city North American tour next year. 

The Pink Floyd co-founder says he's planning a new multimedia show and will unveil new music on the ``Us + Them'' tour beginning May 26, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. He's also wrapping up a new album that he says includes ``the first love songs I've ever written.'' 

The 73-year-old singer-songwriter dazzled audiences with his Desert Trip performance on Oct. 9 that featured custom animation on a 240-foot-long digital screen and a quadrophonic audio system built just for the event. He's set to repeat the performance on Sunday. 

Tickets for ``Us + Them'' go on sale Oct. 21.

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GWEN STEFANI - WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER

 

Talk about singing for your supper _ that's what Gwen Stefani will do next week at the White House. And not just for her supper, but that of U-S President Barack Obama and a bunch of invited guests, too. Stefani will perform at a state dinner for Italy's leader. The No Doubt singer will perform at what is likely the final state dinner for the Obama White House. 

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TANYA TUCKER - AILING

 

Tanya Tucker is in the hospital. The country star is recuperating from a respiratory infection in Nashville. The illness has forced her to postpone six of her upcoming concerts. Tucker is 58. She took ill before a concert in South Dakota. She ended up being treated by local doctors before returning to Nashville. While she convalesces, Tucker will miss shows scheduled for South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Washington state and Saskatchewan in Canada. Tucker has apologized to her fans, saying that while she feels terrible now, she'd ``get even worse'' if she didn't take time off to recover. 

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LIL WAYNE - RACISM

 

Lil Wayne says there is racism in the world, after all. And he is trying to ``rap-splain'' what he meant when he said there wasn't. The rap star says while he knows prejudice exists, when he looks out at his audiences, he sees all kinds of people enjoying his music. And he doesn't buy into the theory that all people of a certain race act the same way. Wayne says when he was a kid, his life was saved by a white police officer. He says he shot himself in the chest by accident when he was 12 _ and when police showed up, they stormed the place, looking for drugs or weapons. He says the lone white officer stopped to check on him _ and scolded the other officers for not doing so. The rapper notes the police who scrambled past him _ were all black. 

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PAISLEY PARK - TOURS

 

Looks like more people than first thought will get a look at the place that Prince called home. The city council in Chanhassen, Minnesota has approved a new temporary operating permit for the museum that's been set up at Paisley Park.

The permit means the facility will be open parts of this weekend and next weekend. City officials are still mulling over a move to rezone the area so the Paisley Park complex can accept visitors full time.

Artifacts on display include Prince's guitars, his ``Purple Rain'' motorcycle and his ashes in a decorative urn. 

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JOHN MAYER - PRINCE TRIBUTE

 

He had been counted in. But now you can count John Mayer out of a tribute concert for Prince tonight.

Concert promoter Randy Levy tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Mayer had a ``change of schedule'' and had to withdraw from the concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mayer's absence won't leave the event lacking in star power. Others performers include Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, Tori Kelly and Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia. 

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS - DRAKE

 

At this rate, it seems like the only award Drake hasn't been nominated for is the Nobel Prize. The Toronto rapper has added another rack of nominations to his credit _ capturing 12 for the Soul Train Awards. This comes on the heels of his snaring a record 13 nominations at the American Music Awards earlier this week. Runner up to Drake in the nominations category for the Soul Train honours is Beyonce with eight. Other multiple nominees include Rihanna, Kanye West, Adele and Chance the Rapper. Winners will be announced Nov. 6th in Las Vegas. The show airs on B-E-T and Centric on Nov. 27th. 

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MILEY CYRUS - ``SUPERGIRL''

 

You figure she must be onto something when Miley Cyrus calls something ``weird.'' And what caught the singer's attention is the C-W series ``Supergirl.'' Cyrus tells Variety magazine she finds it hard to believe the show has that title _ especially because it stars a woman. Cyrus also wonders if watching show might bother a boy who wants to be a girl. Entertainment Weekly reports it ran Cyrus' thoughts past the executive producer of the show. Andrew Kreisberg says he stands by the title, which is from an existing property called ``Supergirl'' _ and there was never any attention of changing it. 

(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016

Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

In making the announcement today in Stockholm, the Nobel committee cited the legendary American singer-songwriter ``for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.'' 

Dylan has recorded a vast number of albums which have had a huge impact on popular music _ many of them delving into such topics as the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love. 

Dylan is also an artist, actor and scriptwriter. 

 

(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016

 

``STAYIN' ALIVE'' HELPS SAVE ELECTROCUTED SUBWAY WORKER IN NEW YORK

 

They may say disco is dead _ but one woman is alive today because one of the era's biggest hits. In New York, a subway worker named Monique Brathwaite came into contact with the electrified third rail _ and had to be revived. The co-worker who brought her around _ David Martinez _ used a tip health authorities have suggested for some time: that they do CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees' hit, ``Stayin' Alive.'' The song has 103 beats per minute _ and health experts say that's just the right tempo for keeping someone's blood moving through their system until paramedics can arrive. Braithwaite survived but was badly burned. She says she sees Martinez as her hero. For his part, Martinez says he's ``grateful'' that his co-worker will have ``a second chance at her life.'' 

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JINGLE BALL LINEUP

 

We don't know just who will be where when _ but the names of some of the top acts making the ``Jingle Ball'' rounds this year have been announced. Among those who will be performing during the holiday shows include Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears. Others artists signed on include Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Backstreet Boys, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes and One Direction's Niall Horan. The Jingle Ball will span 12 days over a number of cities nationwide. It starts November 29th in Dallas and wraps December 18th in Miami. The lineup will vary by city _ and tickets go on sale this coming Monday. 

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PRINCE'S EX-WIFE TO BE PART OF TRIBUTE CONCERT

 

More names have been added to the mix for the upcoming Prince tribute concert. Among the latest: the musician's ex-wife Mayte Garcia, as well as former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and former Prince bandmate Andre Cymone.

Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and John Mayer. This is the event that is sanctioned by Prince's family.

It was originally to be held in Minneapolis, but has since been moved to nearby St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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ROD STEWART GETS KNIGHTED

 

The singer who did ``Tonight's The Night'' has now been knighted. Rod Stewart received the honour in London yesterday _ with the title bestowed on him by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. As a result, the singer can now call himself Sir Roderick David Stewart. Stewart rocked a pair of tartan trousers for the event _ a homage to his Scottish roots. Stewart says the one thing that put a damper on the event was that he wished his ``mum and dad had been here to see it.'' 

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``THE VOICE''

 

Team Adam scores another steal on ``The Voice.'' Last night's show continued with the Battle Rounds. In this stage of the competition, two singers go head-to-head, with their coach deciding who stays. The artist who's let go can be picked up by another team. Alicia Keys says she had a tough choice deciding between Dave Mosian and Michael Sanchez, but she went with Michael.

The other coaches teased him for looking a bit like Rick Moranis.

Adam Levine snapped up Dave. The Virginia medical device salesman says he sneaked into a Maroon 5 concert as a teenager and Levine let him hang out. 

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(The Associated Press)