MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016
Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris and Keith Urban, as well as hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, will perform at the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards show. The show is set for November 2nd in Nashville _ and will air on A-B-C. As far as nominations go, Church and Morris have five nominations apiece, and both are vying for single and song of the year.
GERI HALLIWELL - EXPECTING
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has announced she is expecting her second child. The woman who used to perform as Ginger Spice announced the pending arrival the way most celebrities do things these days _ in an online post. She went on Instagram to announce the news _ and it was later confirmed by her publicist.
Halliwell is 44 _ and already has a 10-year-old daughter.
DRAKE CANCELING SUMMER TOUR DUE TO INJURY
Drake is cancelling the rest of his summer tour because of an ongoing ankle injury. A rep for Drake says his doctors are advising him to scrap the final three dates of his Summer Sixteen Tour. The rep says the time off will ``allow him time to recuperate his ankle injury.'' The cancellations affect this past weekend's date in Toronto, as well as one on Thursday in Philadelphia and this weekend in Newark, New Jersey. Drake missed three other shows during the tour because of the ankle injury.
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS OUT
Not even Drake will go around saying he's the new Michael Jackson. But he has busted a record that Michael Jackson has held for more than 20 years. Jackson had long held the record for the most American Music Awards nominations in a year _ with 11.
Drake has broken the mark by picking up at total of 13 this year.
What made Jackson's mark so unique is that he earned the nods on the strength of his ``Thriller'' album, arguably one of the best that was ever made. Other multiple nominees include Rihanna with seven nominations, Adele and Justin Bieber tied with five each _ and Beyonce and The Chainsmokers with four nominations each. Winners will be announced Nov. 20 at a live show from Los Angeles.
ROGER WATERS - DONALD TRUMP
Roger Waters left little doubt how he feels about Donald Trump. The singer and songwriter put an image of Trump's face up on a video board during his set at the Desert Trip music festival Sunday night _ with the word ``Charade'' written across it. It also showed Trump sporting a Ku Klux Klan hood. As if that wasn't clear enough, there were large balloons shaped like a pig floating above the audience _ the pigs had Trump's face painted on the side with the words ``Ignorant, lying, racist, sexist pig.''
Waters also spoke out in favour of the Black Lives Matter movement _ even as he performed before an overwhelmingly white audience. One sign said ``White silence is violence.''
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
FETTY WAP - CASH FINES
Fetty Wap made no secret that he was going to pay his fines at a municipal building in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, on Wednesday. He had wads of cash sticking out of his pockets. Fetty says he brought about 165-thousand in cash with him.
He paid 360-dollars in fines. He admitted to driving with tinted windows and a suspended license, failure to replace lost license plates and a false burglar alarm that was triggered more than once at his home. Fetty's attorney says he's applied for a medical exemption for the tinted windows because of the blindness in Fetty's eye.
LADY GAGA - NASHVILLE
Lady Gaga's first ``dive bar'' stop was Nashville's 5 Spot. She played for about a hundred people Wednesday night as part of a mini-tour of small venues to promote her upcoming album, ``Joanne.'' She introduced herself as Lady Gaga from New York City, but asked the crowd to call her Joanne for the night. She played just four songs: ``Sinner's Prayer,'' ''A-Yo,`` ''Million Reasons`` and ''Perfect Illusion.`` Fans who did not get into the show but waited outside were rewarded. A random drawing was held to fill the audience for Lady Gaga's second show. She will play two more ''dive bar`` concerts on October 20th and on October 27th in undisclosed locations.
DESERT TRIP FESTIVAL - THIS WEEKEND
The generation that once screamed along with The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan on anthems about rebellion will now enjoy those anthems while eating gourmet meals after yoga class. The Desert Trip music festival kicks off today in Indio, California, featuring the Stones and Dylan tonight, Paul McCartney and Neil Young tomorrow and Roger Waters and The Who on Sunday. Among the amenities for attendees are 10-thousand dollar air-conditioned tents, morning yoga and Pilates classes, gourmet meals paired with wine, places to charge smartphones and an organic farmers market. The Desert Trip site notes that typical concert food will be available for those who just want a hot dog.
ROLLING STONES - ALBUM
The Rolling Stone cranked out their upcoming album ``Blue and Lonesome'' in just three days. The album will feature their renditions of blues songs by Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Slim, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Magic Sam, Eddie Taylor and Jimmy Reed.
Eric Clapton is a guest musician on two tracks because he happened to be in the next studio recording his own album. ``Blue and Lonesome'' will be out December 2nd.
ICE CUBE - ``MAFIA 3'' GAME
The new video game ``Mafia 3'' features a new song by Ice Cube. He says he created the song ``Nobody Wants to Die''
after seeing a story line for the demo. Cube isn't much of a gamer but he took on the project when his sons got excited by the copy of ``Mafia 3'' he brought home. Cube calls the game an ``intelligent piece of work'' and he appreciates that the developers chose ``one of the originators'' to make music for it rather than a new artist.
``Mafia 3'' is out today.
ALESSIA CARA - RECOGNIZED
Brampton, Ontario's Alessia Cara did not think she was anybody until a stranger got in her way and started gushing about her music. Cara says she was in downtown Toronto when someone literally jumped in front of her and said her song was amazing. Cara says up to that point, her song ``Scars to Your Beautiful'' was more recognizable than she was, and that was the first time someone knew her just from her face. She says it was a ``crazy'' incident.
JAY Z - DOCUMENTARY
Jay Z is producing a documentary about a young man who spent three years behind bars without trial for allegedly stealing a backpack. ``TIME: The Kalief Browder Story''
tells the story of Browder, who was sent to jail when he was 16. His lawyer says Browder was in solitary confinement for 800 days and beaten by inmates and guards. Jay Z says he had read about Browder and got to meet him to give words of encouragement. Browder killed himself last year. Jay Z says solitary confinement for a 16-year-old is ``inhumane'' and he hopes telling Browder's story will lead to reform. The six-part series will air on Spike TV in January.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BOOK
His fans sure know what Bruce Springsteen does for a living. But he says when his kids were growing up, he tried to make sure they didn't. He says if you looked around his house, you wouldn't see any of his awards and memorabilia on display. The Boss says while there were a few guitars and a piano at home, that was about it. Springsteen says until they were into their teens, his kids were ``relatively unfamiliar'' with his body of work. As he put it, he ``wasn't out there looking for three more fans.'' He says as a parent, he saw his job as ``to be their audience'' _ not the other way around. He made his comments at a session in San Francisco to promote his new autobiography.
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG - ``AMERICAN IDIOT''
Billy Joe Armstrong says a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical based on Green Day's ``American Idiot'' album is well underway. Armstrong tells New Music Express he will take the role of St. Jimmy. Armstrong says H-B-O is backing the project and the script is currently going through rewrites. He's not sure when shooting begins but he says, ``It's definitely all systems go.'' In the meantime, the Green Day album ``Revolution Radio'' comes out today. Armstrong stars in the film ``Ordinary World,'' out next week.
CLIFF RICHARD - LAWSUIT
Cliff Richard has filed a lawsuit against British police and the B-B-C over sexual assault allegations. Richard was cleared after a two-year police investigation into the accusations of four men claiming Richard assaulted them stemming back to the 1980s. Richard was never arrested or charged. The B-B-C broadcast footage of police searching his home. In June, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
JENNIFER LOPEZ - MARC ANTHONY - ALBUM
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony see no reason why they can't work together professionally even though they don't get along romantically. Anthony will be the executive producer of Lopez's next record. It will be a Spanish-language album, with a single coming out next month. The album will come out next year.
Both Lopez and Anthony have issued a statement saying they're excited about working with each other but they make no reference to their failed marriage.
BRIAN WILSON - DEAFNESS
Brian Wilson is setting the record straight on why he's deaf in one ear. While many sources say it's because his father boxed his ears as a teenager, Wilson writes in his new memoir, ``I Am Brian Wilson,'' it's because a neighbourhood kid hit him in the head with a lead pipe. Wilson said he didn't notice his hearing was gone until the next day. He says a doctor told him a nerve in his head was severed. To this day, Wilson will lose his place while performing because of that hearing loss. He writes that he must have a monitor at precisely the correct position to his left or all he hears is noise. ``I Am Brian Wilson'' is out Tuesday.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
THE ROCKIN' HIGHLINERS
Jump Blues band, The Rockin' Highliners (with former Dauphinite Rob Tycholis) return to Dauphin to play the WAC this Friday night. The doors open at 7:30 PM and the show begins at 8 pm. Ontario singer songwriter David Leask will open the show. Tickets are available from Dauphin Music & Electronics, the Dauphin Coffee Company and at the Watson Art Centre between noon and 5 pm. For more info: https://therockinhighliners.bandcamp.com/track/old-friends
THE CURE - LOL TOLHURST - AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Cure's original drummer, Lol Tolhurst, believes his greatest achievement is his sobriety.
Tolhurst says his alcoholism was a private struggle when he was still in the band, but now he's happy to share the details. Tolhurst says he would not be ashamed if he had cancer, and he has no shame in being an alcoholic. He says it's just a condition and he has had to deal with. Tolhurst tells his life story in the book ``Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys,'' in stores on Tuesday.
TIM McGRAW - FAITH HILL - TOUR
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are taking their act on the road again. They have announced a 65-city tour beginning April 7th in New Orleans. It's the first tour that Hill has done in nine years. McGraw and Hill also will be advisers on the T-V show ``The Voice'' during the knockout rounds this month.
MOBY - ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
Moby will receive special recognition for his environmental activism. The Environmental Media Association will present Moby with its Missions in Music Award at its annual awards ceremony October 22nd outside Los Angeles. E-M-A president Debbie Levin calls Moby ``a leader and a crusader'' for environmental causes.
KID CUDI - REHAB
Kid Cudi has gone into rehab. He writes on Facebook he needs treatment for ``depression and suicidal urges'' and says he has not been at peace as long as anyone has known him.
He calls himself ``a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions every day of my life.'' He says he feels ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while living a lie. He promises an album is still on the way and hopes to be ready to meet fans at the pop culture festival ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, in November.
DEMI LOVATO - HIATUS
Demi Lovato is taking a hiatus from show business just as she's facing criticism for negative comments about Taylor Swift. Lovato tweets she is excited about 2017 because she will take a break from ``music and the spotlight.'' She adds she is ``not meant for this business and the media,'' and adds a waving-hand emoticon. Lovato recently told Glamour magazine after being asked about Swift and feminism that ``certain people could be doing more if they're going to claim that as part of their brand.'' She also referenced Swift's ``girl squad'' and noted, ``I don't see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body.''
PRINCE'S ASHES - PAISLEY PARK TOUR
Prince himself will be on display as his Paisley Park estate opens to the public for the first time today. An attorney for Prince's half-brother, Alfred Jackson, says an urn containing Prince's ashes is on display. Visitors interested in seeing Prince's clothes will be thrilled, because he kept nearly everything he ever wore in concert. He had about six-thousand custom-made stage outfits and one-thousand pairs of shoes. The Oscar he won for best original song for ``Purple Rain'' and the motorcycle he rode in that movie are also on display. Prince's private living quarters are off-limits. Paisley Park will be open for tours only for three days under a temporary permit while local lawmakers figure out zoning issues.
ROD TEMPERTON - OBIT
LONDON (AP) _ Songwriter and former Heatwave keyboardist Rod Temperton has died. His music publisher says Temperton died of cancer last week in London at the age of 66. Temperton wrote the hits ``Always and Forever'' and ``Boogie Nights'' for Heatwave. He also wrote ``Thriller,'' ''Off The Wall`` and ''Rock With You`` for Michael Jackson as part of his work with producer Quincy Jones.
Temperton's hits don't stop there. He also wrote ''Give Me The Night`` for George Benson, ''Sweet Freedom`` for Michael McDonald, ''Baby, Come To Me`` for Patti Austin and James Ingram, and ''Yah Mo Be There`` for McDonald and Ingram.
CONCERTS CANCELLED - HURRICANE
Hurricane Matthew is forcing the postponement or cancellation of several music events in the southeastern U-S Luke Bryan called off the opening concert for his ``Farm Tour'' at Culler Farms in Gaston, South Carolina, last night. George Thorogood is postponing his show tonight in Jacksonville, Florida. Garth Brooks has moved his Orlando show tonight to Sunday. Henry Rollins in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is postponed tonight. The Chainsmokers, Daya and Zara Larsson will play November 4th instead of tonight in Miami.
The Beach Town Music Festival in Vero Beach, Florida, featuring Jake Owen, Bret Michaels and Gin Blossoms this weekend has been put off.
JANA KRAMER - ABUSE
Jana Kramer reveals her first husband went to jail for trying to kill her. Kramer tells People magazine she met Michael Gambino when she was 19 and he was 36 at a coffee shop in Los Angeles. She says he was ``very charming'' and they got married on a whim after dating two weeks. That's when things got ugly.
Kramer says Gambino got jealous easily and would throw her out of bed at 3 a-m and start hitting. The next day, he'd act like nothing happened. Kramer says he once sent her a picture of her dogs on the freeway and threatened to let them go if she left. Kramer says the breaking point was when he choked her unconscious and left her bleeding outside their home. Gambino served six years in prison for attempted murder and was released in 2010. He committed suicide in 2012
(The Associated Press)
Canada Walk of Fame
By Lauren La Rose
Homegrown stars from the worlds of sports, stage and screen will be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto later today.
The late stage and screen icon Al Waxman is among six honourees in the 2016 class.
Joining Waxman is NHL Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler, who played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings.
Award-winning singer-songwriter Corey Hart, actor-director Jason Priestley, filmmaker Deepa Mehta and veteran fashion entrepreneur and journalist Jeanne Beker will also be honoured.
Country star Brett Kissel will be the recipient of the Allan Slaight Honour, which is presented annually to a young Canadian making a positive impact in the music industry.
The newest inductees will be honoured at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, and the event is slated to be televised Dec. 18 on Global.
(The Canadian Press)
NEW MUSIC OUT FRIDAY
Archive _ ``The False Foundation''
Audrey Assad _ ``Inheritance'' (Deluxe Edition)
Rick Astley _ ``50''
Balance and Composure _ ``Light We Made''
Paul Baloche _ ``Your Mercy''
Tucker Beathard _ ``Fight Like Hell''
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings _ ``Kings & Kings''
Jackie Bristow _ ``Shot of Gold''
BROOKZILL! _ ``Throwback to the Future''
Colbie Caillat _ ``The Malibu Sessions''
Brent Cobb _ ``Shine on Rainy Day''
Dance Gavin Dance _ ``Mothership''
Daya _ ``Sit Still, Look Pretty''
The Devil Wears Prada _ ``Transit Blues''
Dreamarcher _ ``Dreamarcher''
Electric Six _ ``Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres''
Hazel English _ ``Never Going Home'' (EP)
Melissa Etheridge _ ``MEmphis Rock and Soul''
Percy Faith _ ``The Definitive Collection''
Feeder _ ``All Bright Electric''
Fit for a King _ ``Death Grip''
Gatecreeper _ ``Sonoran Depravation''
Barry Gibb _ ``In the Now''
Goat _ ``Requiem''
Green Day _ ``Revolution Radio''
GTA _ ``Good Times Ahead''
Luke Haines _ ``Smash the System''
Hiss Golden Messenger _ ``Heart Like a Levee''
Hollywood Monsters _ ``Capture the Sun''
Julia Jacklin _ ``Don't Let the Kids Win''
Mahalia Jackson _ ``Mahalia Jackson Sings: The Great Television Performances''
Eric Johnson _ ``EJ''
Jones _ ``New Skin''
Norah Jones _ ``Day Breaks''
Kaiser Chiefs _ ``Stay Together''
Evelyn Champagne King _ ``The Complete RCA Hits and More''
Matt Kivel - ``Fires on the Plain''
Sebastian Kole _ ``Soup''
Takuya Kuroda _ ``Zigzagger''
Kyng _ ``Breathe in the Water''
Lewis Del Mar _ ``Lewis Del Mar''
Lido _ ``Everything''
Lizzo _ ``Coconut Oil''
Lisa Loeb _ ``Feel What U Feel''
Lushlife _ ``No Dead Language''
Loretta Lynn _ ``White Christmas Blue''
Joyce Manor _ ``Cody''
The Marcus King Band _ ``The Marcus King Band''
Megadeth _ ``Way Back When''
Meshuggah _ ``The Violent Sleep of Reason''
Eddie Money _ ``The Complete Hits and More!''
Ennio Morricone _ ``Morricone 60''
Mouth of the Architect _ ``Path of Eight''
Britt Nicole _ ``Britt Nicole''
NOFX _ ``First Ditch Effort''
Oasis _ ``Be Here Now'' (Deluxe Edition)
OneRepublic _ ``Oh My My''
Phantogram _ ``Three''
Glen Phillips _ ``Swallowed by the New''
Phish _ ``Big Boat''
Mo Pitney _ ``Behind This Guitar''
Placebo _ ``Life's What You Make It'' (EP)
Placebo _ ``A Place for Us to Dream''
Popa Chubby _ ``The Catfish''
Otis Redding _ ``Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul'' (50th Anniversary Edition)
Lou Reed _ ``The RCA and Arista Albums Collection''
Rend Collective _ ``Campfire II: Simplicity''
Georgia Ruth _ ``Fossil Scale''
Saxon _ ``Let Me Feel Your Power''
Seasick Steve _ ``Keepin' the Horse Between Me and the Ground''
Set It Off _ ``Upside Down''
Dylan Shea _ ``Broken Roads & Sleepless Nights''
SHINee _ ``1 of 1''
Shovels & Rope _ ``Little Seeds''
Todd Snider _ ``Eastside Bulldog''
Sonata Arctica _ ``The Ninth Hour''
Springtime Carnivore _ ``Midnight Room''
Strangejuice _ ``Black Honey''
Sum 41 _ ``13 Voices''
Sylvia _ ``It's All in the Family''
Kate Tempest _ ``Let Them Eat Chaos''
Third Eye Blind _ ``We Are Drugs''
Dwight Twilley _ ``The Best of Twilley: The Tulsa Years 1999-2016''
Various Artist _ ``Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults: The New Lost Classics of Resonance, Vol. 1''
Various Artists _ ``The Time is Now!''
White Lies _ ``Friends''
Lori Williams _ ``Behind the Smiles''
Xylouris White _ ``Black Peak''
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
SHANIA TWAIN AWARD
Canadian country superstar Shania Twain will be the first woman to receive CMT's Artist of a Lifetime award.
Past recipients include legendary artists Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.
Twain will be honoured at the seventh annual ``CMT Artists of the Year'' celebration airing Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET. on CMT.
She was chosen for her ``indelible impact and achievements in country music.''
The five-time Grammy winner has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, and remains the top-selling female country artist of all time.
The 90-minute special will be taped live at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will celebrate five acts selected by CMT as the top artists of the year: Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett.
(The Canadian Press)
PAISLEY PARK NOT READY TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Regular tours of Prince's estate might not start until near the end of the year. But Paisley Park will open to the public tomorrow, Saturday and next Thursday, under a temporary permit. The move is a compromise after the city council in Chanhassen, Minnesota, indefinitely postponed voting on a rezoning request. The council debated more than three hours on a proposal to zone the property as a museum before tabling the issue. Traffic and safety were among the concerns cited. The council says it will vote by December 20th.
TONI BRAXTON RECOVERING AFTER HOSPITAL STAY
Toni Braxton's sister Tamar has posted a video of Braxton in her hospital bed. The video appears to be Braxton giving hugs to her sons and joking they have gotten tall eating macaroni and cheese at Tamar's house. Braxton's spokeswoman says Braxton is home after spending several days in a Los Angeles hospital for treatment for lupus. Braxton is expected to be well enough to start rehearsals this week for an upcoming tour.
JERRY HELLER DEAD
The future of a defamation lawsuit filed by former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller against the producers of the film ``Straight Outta Compton'' is uncertain after Heller's death last month. The Hollywood Reporter reports Heller was supposed to be deposed in August but his lawyers cancelled the day before, citing an unspecified conflict of interest. Defence attorneys disputed that, but Heller died before the issue could be resolved. A court filing Monday indicates the lawsuit may not proceed without a plaintiff. Heller's attorney, Michael Shapiro, has asked for a stay until October 20 to continue the lawsuit in the name of a successor-in-interest. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the widow of Eazy-E were among the defendants in the lawsuit.
THIRD EYE BLIND
Third Eye Blind are flipping the order of how they release music. Frontman Stephan Jenkins says rather than put out an album and then a single, they're going to put out songs as they create them and then eventually collect them into an L-P.
Jenkins says they made the decision to do it that way after the release of last year's ``Dopamine'' album. He says they measure their wealth in terms of happiness and they feel happier increasing the tempo of exchange with their fans. Third Eye Blind's new album, ``We Are Drugs,'' comes out Friday.
Simmons says he can appreciate his former ``Celebrity Apprentice'' mentor Donald Trump for being ``a true animal'' on the campaign trail. Simmons says Trump will say whatever he wants. Simmons says if he were Trump, he'd hold back more, but that's Trump's decision. That does not mean Simmons is telling people to vote for Trump. Simmons says everyone should vote their conscience and remember there's a curtain when you vote. He says people should not care about what George Clooney or Gene Simmons or Chubby Checker have to say about who they're voting for.
The street in front of the school where The Ramones attended will be named after them. ``Ramones Way'' will be at the intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street in Queens, New York, in front of the main entrance to Forest Hills High School. The renaming ceremony will be October 23rd.
MACKLEMORE - U-S PRESIDENT OBAMA
If the idea of Macklemore and U-S President Barack Obama sitting around talking about their drug pasts makes you think, ``I'd watch that,'' the good news is, you can. M-T-V will run a one-hour special featuring Macklemore and Obama called ``Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis.''
Macklemore is a recovering addict and says the documentary shines a light on things that need to be done to address the opioid epidemic.
Macklemore is one of the executive producers of the show.
``Prescription for Change'' airs October 11th on M-T-V.
R. KELLY PLANS HOLIDAY RECORD
R. Kelly is putting his own spin on the holidays.
He will release his first Christmas album, ``12 Nights of Christmas,'' on October 21st. No Christmas classics here: all 12 songs are new ones.
PLAIN WHITE T'S
The next video from Plain White T's will be directed by a winner of a contest sponsored by the same people behind the ``Project Greenlight'' T-V series. Six finalists in a contest started in August were given 2,000 dollars to create a concept video based on their original pitches for the Plain White T's song ``Land of the Living.'' Melanie D'Andrea came up with the winning video. She gets 3,000 dollars for herself and a 25,000 dollar budget to make the full video. It's the first time Project Greenlight Digital Studios has done a music video.
Dolly Parton will get special recognition at the Country Music Association Awards. She will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on November 2. The show will be broadcast live on A-B-C.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
The focus of the investigation into Prince's death has narrowed to two main questions. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation says it comes down to whether doctors illegally prescribed opioids to Prince, and whether the deadly dose of fentanyl came from a black-market source. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to speak about the case. The official gave no other details. Prince died April 21st of a drug overdose.
GARTH BROOKS PLANS FREE NASHVILLE SHOW
The state of Tennessee will sponsor a free Garth Brooks concert to celebrate his seven Diamond Awards from the Recording Industry Association of America. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named Brooks a Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill in honour of the achievement. Brooks will play for free on October 24th in Nashville. Brooks is the first act to earn seven Diamond Awards. A Diamond Award is equal to 10 million in sales or equivalents in streaming units.
John Legend will perform at the dedication of an Ohio theatre named in his honour. The Springfield News-Sun reports Legend will help break in the John Legend Theater on Sunday at the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome. Legend graduated from Springfield North High School. The school board says without Legend's 500-thousand dollar donation, it probably could not have completed the 2-point-5 dollar million renovation to the theatre. Teachers, students, staff members and community partners will make up the audience.
PITBULL FINALLY DRIVES
Pitbull is behind the wheel of the race car in the video for his new song ``Greenlight,'' but he's not actually driving it. He says that's probably for the best. He does drive one of the old-school Chevys, though, or what he calls ``verts.'' Pitbull says he has not driven in six or seven years, so it was a joy to jump into a car like that. He even got to drive through one of his old neighbourhoods in Miami. Pitbull's album, ``Climate Change,'' comes out October 28.
Sharon Jones was unable to perform at the White House yesterday with the Dap-Kings because she was too sick to travel. Jones writes on her Facebook page she's at home in Augusta, Georgia, recovering from pneumonia. The Dap-Kings still performed at the South By South Lawn concert with Binky Griptite and Shaun and Starr covering for Jones. She has battled pancreatic cancer in the past few years.
Kanye West is shuffling his concert schedule, after his wife Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in Paris.
Promoter LiveNation says tonight's show in Philadelphia and Thursday's concert in the Detroit area are being bumped back to December. West's tour is set to resume Friday in Chicago. The statement from LiveNation cites ``family concerns'' as the reason for the postponements.
Elle King is so excited about being engaged that she's conducting weddings on stage. King will bring one couple on stage at each of her tour stops and she will officiate their wedding or renew their vows. King says she's an ordained minister.
Interested couples can apply through a link on King's Facebook page.
King's ``Ministry Tour'' begins October 21st in Salt Lake City. King plans to marry her boyfriend, Fergie, next year.
LEWIS DEL MAR
When you travel the country in a Volvo station wagon, you better be sure you like the person you're with. That's the case with singer Danny Miller and drummer Max Harwood of Lewis Del Mar. Harwood says they've known each other since they were 9 and they spent a lot of time together driving to gigs in that station wagon. Harwood jokes they're basically a married couple at this point, and as with marriage, communication is the key. He says the reason they've stayed together musically is because they're open to each other's ideas. Lewis Del Mar's self-titled debut album is out Friday.
Shawn Mendes has earned his second number-one album. ``Illuminate'' tops the Billboard 200 album chart this week, moving 145-thousand units. He's only one of five artists to score two number-one albums by the age of 18. The other acts are Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and LeAnn Rimes.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
ROSS NEILSEN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE IN DAUPHIN TONIGHT
New Brunswick raised Roots/Blues singer guitarist Ross Neilsen is in town tonight at Bruce's Firehouse in Dauphin. Ross has just released a new album, "Elemental". The Firehouse is located at 238 - 3rd Ave. N.E. in Dauphin. Admission is only $20. Show starts at 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
LADY GAGA - SUPER BOWL HALFTIME
Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. The N-F-L and Pepsi made the announcement yesterday. The game will be played at N-R-G Stadium in Houston on February 5th and broadcast on Fox. The N-F-L says the last Super Bowl halftime show was watched by more than 116-million people, when Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Coldplay were the headliners.
Lady Gaga is no stranger to the big game. She sang the national anthem at Super Bowl 50.
HALSEY THE ASSASSIN - KLUTZ
The reason Halsey is a performer is because nobody will realize what a klutz she is. Halsey says when she gets on stage, she's like ``an assassin.'' She wears black leather, stomps around in big boots and gets in everyone's face. She says off the stage, she trips over her own shoelaces and has to go back into shops to explain that she just dumped the coffee she just bought.
Halsey says performing also helps her get out all her pent-up frustration. She says if she couldn't do that night after night, she ``would actually explode.''
NENA - HISTORY LESSON
The ``99 Red Balloons'' video was never supposed to be a video. Nena says her band shot the German version at a Dutch military testing site as a segment for Dutch television. She says M-T-V grabbed the segment and made it into a video. Nena says the band knew the explosions were coming, but they were a lot louder than they expected. That's why the band members are holding onto each other. The American version of the video has Nena dancing around in leather pants, and she says 33 years later, she can still rock those pants. Nena will do her first American tour beginning today in San Francisco.
MARIO WINANS - TAX EVASION
Mario Winans has pleaded guilty to failing to pay federal income taxes for several years. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Winans faces two years in prison and a 200-thousand dollar fine for wilfully failing to file tax returns from 2008 to 2012. Prosecutors say Winans earned more than 2.8-million in that period and owes more than 400-thousand. Winans will be sentenced in January. Winans' attorney says he understands he made a mistake and wants to make things right. Winans is probably best known for the 2004 hit ``I Don't Wanna Know.''
ROY ORBISON - MOVIE
A film covering the life of Roy Orbison is in the works. Roy's three surviving children are overseeing the project, called ``The Big O: Roy Orbison.'' Orbison's life was full of tragedy. His first wife was killed in a motorcycle accident, and his two eldest sons were killed in a house fire. Orbison died in
1988 at the age of 52, just as his career was taking off again. The film is expected to be released in 2018.
DARRYL WORLEY - SANTA TRAIN
Darryl Worley will be the celebrity guest on this year's Santa Train through Appalachia. Worley says he could not pass up the chance to give back and to be part of a 74-year tradition. The Santa Train will make 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee to deliver toys, food and winter clothing to hundreds of underprivileged children and families. The Santa Train will make its run on November 19th.
COLOMBIAN SINGER - RINGO STARR
Ringo Starr asked Colombian singer-songwriter Fonseca to write and record a verse in Spanish for a new version of Starr peace anthem ``Now The Time Has Come.'' Starr gave Fonseca all of one day to do it. Fonseca says Starr's team contacted him Wednesday and he cranked it out. The song is out today in honour of the newly reached Colombian peace treaty that ends five decades of conflict. Fonseca says his part is about how achieving peace is not easy but it will help the generations to come.
HILLARY CLINTON - MARY J. BLIGE
Mary J. Blige says no more singing for her _ at least not to people she's supposed to be interviewing. The queen of hip-hop drew fire when she sang the Bruce Springsteen song ``American Skin'' to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Blige says she did it so Clinton could feel and understand what blacks feel when they consider cases of police brutality. The clips were posted online _ and Blige was criticized. She later explained what she was doing during a session with journalists in which she discussed the chat with Clinton.
JANET JACKSON - BABY BUMP
Janet Jackson announced in April that she was dropping out of her tour _ because she was planning a family.
Apparently those plans are working out. She has been seen in public sporting a baby bump _ and leaving a store in London that sells baby furniture. The images were posted on the Entertainment Tonight site.
Jackson is 50 _ and this would be her first baby. She said when she took time off from touring that she was under doctor's orders to rest up.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
GREENBANK TRIO PLAYED DAUPHIN LAST NIGHT
Thunder Bay musicians, the Greenbank Trio, played to a rather enthusiastic audience at a local house concert on River Avenue.
The trio shared their original compositions as well as their amazing harmonies. They also tossed in a few cool covers as well.
KATY PERRY - MADONNA - DISROBE
New celebrity trend alert: getting naked to get out the vote. Katy Perry did a video for the Funny or Die website in which she says it doesn't matter what you wear to the polls. The video ends with her taking off her clothes and getting arrested.
Madonna was so inspired by the video she has posted a tastefully cropped but naked photo of herself on Facebook with the caption, ``Im voting naked with Katy Perry!! Vote for Hillary. She's the Best we got!''
IDINA MENZEL - ALBUM ``IDINA''
Idina Menzel was experiencing the highest highs of her career at exactly the same time she had the lowest of lows in her personal life. Menzel says as her career took off with the success of the movie ``Frozen,'' her marriage to Taye Diggs collapsed. Menzel says she was singing at the Oscars right as she was dealing with mediation and visitation agreements for their son.
She says she went into the studio expecting to record angry music, but the songs kept coming out hopeful. She calls her new album, ``idina,'' an end to one era of her life and her attempt to start again. The album is out now.
DJ KHALED - BOOK
D-J Khaled is sharing his take on life. Publisher Crown Archetype has announced D-J Khaled will publish a book called ``The Keys'' on November 22nd. It will be a collection of personal stories, his philosophy for success and the stories behind his catch phrases like ``special cloth alert'' and ``bless up.''
GRAHAM NASH - PHOTOS AND MUSIC
Graham Nash can hear photographs and see music.
Nash, who is a longtime photographer, says he can hear cellos and double basses when he looks at a photo with contrasting tones and hear violas in pictures of clouds. He says when working with orchestras, he might ask for a chord to have more purple. He says the change of one note can turn an entire piece of music into colours.
MUSIC PRODUCER - OBIT
Singer, songwriter and producer Kashif Saleem has died. His representative says Saleem died Sunday of undetermined causes at his home in California at the age of 59. No other details were given. Saleem produced Whitney Houston's first hit, ``You Give Good Love,'' and was her duet partner on the track ``Thinking About You'' off her self-titled debut album. He also wrote and produced the Evelyn ``Champagne'' King hit ``I'm in Love'' and ``Love Come Down.'' Kashif also was one of the first producers to use synthesizers in R-and-B music.
JEAN SHEPARD - FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Details of the memorial services for Jean Shepard have been announced. The Henderson Funeral Home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, will host visitation today and tomorrow.
A celebration of life will be held at the funeral home's chapel also on Friday. The public is welcomed to attend. Shepard died Sunday at the age of 82.
TOM PETTY - MUSICARES
The Recording Academy has chosen Tom Petty as its MusiCares person of the Year. Petty was chosen for his contributions to music and to charitable causes. Petty will be the subject of a tribute concert on February 10th, two days before the Grammys.
Performers will be announced later.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
DVD OF ROLLING STONES' CUBAN CONCERT OUT NOVEMBER 11
The Rolling Stones' historic concert in Cuba in March will be released on D-V-D in November. ``Havana Moon'' captures their free outdoor concert in Havana from this past March.
U-S President Barack Obama became the first American president to visit Cuba in 88 years that same week. ``Havana Moon'' is out November 11th.
MARTY ROBBINS BOULEVARD
City officials in Glendale have named a street after late country star Marty Robbins. He was born in the Phoenix suburb in 1925. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers helped unveil the new sign near 58th Avenue on Monday, which would have been Robbins' 91st birthday. He died in December 1982 at age 57 in Nashville, after suffering a heart attack.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN RELEASES LIFE STORY
Fans camped out overnight in Bruce Springsteen's hometown to be the first to buy his new autobiography from Springsteen himself. Springsteen made an appearance yesterday at the Barnes and Noble in Freehold, New Jersey, to promote his book, ``Born To Run.'' Fans stood at least three hours in line to spend about 15 seconds each with Springsteen. Barnes and Noble says 2,000 copies were sold that day.
DRONE SMACKS FLESH-N-BONE IN FACE
Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony appears to be OK after being nailed in the face with a drone while on stage. The group was performing in Victorville, California, on Sunday when the drone hit him. Flesh-N-Bone winced and grabbed his head, but he did not stop the song. It's not certain who was operating the drone.
PRINCE MEMORIALS REMOVED AT PAISLEY PARK
The memorials to Prince that fans have put outside his Paisley Park estate are going away. W-C-C-O-T-V in Minneapolis reports Paisley Park staffers have removed items like artwork and flowers that have been outside the estate since Prince died in April. The city of Chanhassen, Minnesota, and Paisley Park management say the memorials are creating traffic problems and risks to pedestrians. They have asked for fans not to put anything new near the fence. Paisley Park will open for tours next week.
JASON ALDEAN WONDERS WHY HE WAS SHUT OUT OF CMAS
Jason Aldean admits he likes to win. That's why he's confused he didn't get a single nomination for this year's Country Music Association Awards. His new album, ``They Don't Know,'' was not eligible this year, but he could have been nominated for entertainer of the year or male vocalist. Aldean says it's weird he could be named the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year but get shut out of the C-M-As. Aldean says any nominee feels like he or she has a shot at winning, but if he can't get enough votes for a nomination, he's definitely not going to win anyway.
BASTILLE GET KELLY LEBROCK'S HELP ON ``GOOD GRIEF''
Even if you have never seen ``Weird Science,''
Bastille feel that Kelly LeBrock brings a sense of familiarity to their song ``Good Grief.'' LeBrock quickly gave permission for Bastille to sample her for the song ``Good Grief.'' Singer Dan Smith says LeBrock even offered to come perform the song with them at some point. Smith says he'd love to take her up on that but ``she seems to have changed her number since she said yes.''
GARTH BROOKS CELEBRATES SEVEN DIAMOND AWARDS
Garth Brooks' celebration for his latest milestone looked like a sports team celebrating a championship win.
Brooks and his crew sprayed champagne on each other backstage after his show last weekend in Fresno, California, to mark Brooks' seventh diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America. A diamond award is equal to ten times platinum. Brooks is the first act to earn seven diamond awards. Brooks and his crew wore safety goggles and were drenched in champagne. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, got a cream pie to the face. The video is on Brooks' website.
ADELE GETS DIAMOND FOR ``25''
It took less than a year for Adele to get a diamond award for her ``25'' album. Adele received her award Monday night after her New York concert. The Recording Industry Association of America grants diamond awards to recordings that reach ten times platinum. That used to mean sales of 10-million but now includes streaming data. Technically, ``25'' has only sold nine-million copies in the U-S, according to Nielsen Music, but streaming equivalents are calculated in the 10-million count.
SELENA GOMEZ GETS 100-MILLIONTH INSTAGRAM FOLLOWER
Selena Gomez is the first person to get 100 million followers on Instagram. Her nearest competition is Taylor Swift, with 91-point-4 million followers, and Beyonce, with 85.3 million. It's not like Gomez has been a prolific poster lately, either. Her last posting was a photo of her onstage six weeks ago.
Gomez said last month she was taking a break to deal with issues related to her lupus.
STYX WILL SING ANTHEM BEFORE ``SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL''
Styx will perform the national anthem on Sunday before the Steelers-Chiefs game. The game will be carried live on N-B-C's ``Sunday Night Football.''
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
ED SHEERAN CLOTHES
Lots of people give their old clothes to charity.
Ed Sheeran is no different. Sheeran donated 13 bags of his clothes to The St. Elizabeth Hospice Shop in Framlingham, England. The shop made 3,200 dollars on Saturday by selling Sheeran's old T-shirts, hoodies, shoes and other apparel. The shop pulled in 15-hundred dollars in the first 30 minutes. Some of the higher-profile items are for sale now on eBay. They include the shirt Sheeran wore in the film ``Bridget Jones's Baby,'' the leather jacket and the two-piece suit he wore to the 2013 Grammys, his Gucci sneakers and his t-shirt that says ``Justice for Gingers.''
DRAKE RELEASES ``PLEASE FORGIVE ME'' FILM
Drake has released a 23-minute film that uses the music from his ``Views'' album. ``Please Forgive Me'' has a plot similar to ``Indecent Proposal,'' except way more violent by the end. The film was released yesterday as an exclusive on Apple Music.
OAK RIDGE BOYS CREATE LINE OF PICKLED JALAPENOS
The Oak Ridge Boys are coming out with their own line of pickled peppers, and it will take almost a full breath to ask for them by name. They're called The Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapenos. Here's singer Joe Bonsall's hearty endorsement: ``With this stuff I can make the best burrito in the world... and I mean the world.'' The peppers are available at Cracker Barrel restaurants.
DOLLY PARTON RECALLS LINDA RONSTADT'S HARDCORE CRAFTING
Remember the video for ``To Know Him Is To Love Him,'' featuring Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris cutting valentines? That was Ronstadt's idea and she was completely focused about it. Parton says she was cutting just for show, but Ronstadt was so into it, she wouldn't hear the director's instructions. Parton says Ronstadt will sit for hours doing crafts like that. Their Trio collaborations from 1984 and 1999 have been re-released with bonus tracks as ``The Complete Trio Collection.''
DOLLY PARTON WINS AGAIN WITH ``I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU''
For the third time, Dolly Parton has taken ``I Will Always Love You'' to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The ``Forever Country'' medley, which features 30 country acts performing ``Take Me Home, Country Roads,'' ''On The Road Again`` and ''I Will Always Love You,`` tops the chart this week.
Parton had a number-one hit on the country chart with the original in 1974. She did it again with a rerecording in 1982. The version featuring Parton and Vince Gill only reached number 15 on the country singles chart in 1995.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT ENJOY SIMPLE LUXURIES
Cage The Elephant's big rock star indulgence: paint. Singer Matt Shultz says he will allow himself to buy art supplies when he wants them, now that the band has made a bit of money. His brother, guitarist Brad Shultz, says it was a big deal for him when they could afford houses. He says they grew up in Section 8 apartments and never had a house growing up. He says he realized they were a success when he was able to buy one.
KENNY LOGGINS CREATES CHILDREN'S BOOK BASED ON ``FOOTLOOSE''
Kenny Loggins has turned his song ``Footloose'' into a story about animals cutting loose. The children's book ``Footloose'' tells the story of a zookeeper named Jack who joins in the all-night dance party held by the animals. Loggins also recorded a C-D with new recordings, including a rendition of ``Footloose'' with new lyrics that reflect the story. The book and C-D come out October 11th.
ROBBIE ROBERTSON WILL PUBLISH LIFE STORY
Robbie Robertson of The Band is marking the 40th anniversary of ``The Last Waltz'' concert by putting out his autobiography. He will cover his early days growing up on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the streets of Toronto, through his time with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks and with The Band, and his unexpected ties to the Sicilian Mafia. The book, called ``Testimony,'' comes out November 15.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
J. GEILS - CHARGES
The lawyer for guitarist J. Geils says his client plans to ``vigorously defend himself'' against drunk driving charges. Philip W. Summers tells the Boston Globe that Geils disputes the facts of the case. Police say Geils rear-ended a car in Concord, Massachusetts, on Tuesday afternoon. Geils was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop at a sign. No one was hurt. Geils was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment Wednesday.
TOBY KEITH SHOW - POSTPONED
Toby Keith called off his concert in Florence, South Carolina, last night because of the gas shortages that have hit the region. Keith has rescheduled his concert at the Florence Civic Center to March 9th. A gasoline pipeline in Alabama had a major leak that was discovered September 9th. The pipeline was restarted on Wednesday. The shutdown led to dry pumps at gas stations in Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Florence Civic Center general manager Kendall Wall says it would be ``unfair and unrealistic'' for fans to travel an hour or two for the show, given the scarcity of gas.
ADAM LEVINE - FATHERHOOD
Adam Levine is a dad. His spokeswoman confirms Levine's wife, model Behati Prinsloo, gave birth to a girl they have named Dusty Rose Levine. No other details were given. She is their first child.
OBIT - JOHN D. LOUDERMILK
The man who wrote ``Indian Reservation'' for Paul Revere and the Raiders and ``Tobacco Road'' for the Nashville Teens has died. The Nashville Tennessean reports John D. Loudermilk has died at the age of 82. Details of his death were not given.
Loudermilk cracked the top 40 only once as a singer, with ``Language of Love'' in 1961. He had more success writing for other people. His songs include ``A Rose and a Baby Ruth'' and ``Abilene'' for George Hamilton IV (the fourth), ``Ebony Eyes'' for the Everly Brothers, ``Norman'' for Sue Thompson and ``Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye'' by The Casinos.
GILLETTE STADIUM - SPRINGSTEEN SHOW - FINE
Officials at Gillette Stadium did not even wait for the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, to complain about Bruce Springsteen running past curfew last month. They simply wrote the check for the fine. Foxborough extended its weeknight concert curfew from 11:15 p-m to 11:30 p-m specifically for Springsteen's show September 14th. The show ended at 11:54 p-m. Town manager Bill Keegan tells The Sun Chronicle the stadium's owners sent the town a check for 22,429-dollars to cover the fine for running long, and they did it without being asked. Keegan says there was only one noise complaint, and it came early in the show.
BARNS COURTNEY - VIDEO
The video for Barns Courtney's song ``Fire'' was supposed to be completely different. Courtney says it was supposed to look like a Western B-movie, but once he and the crew got out to the Salton Sea in California, none of their equipment would work.
Courtney says one of the directors nearly had a nervous breakdown.
Courtney suggested they just mount a camera on the back of a car and he'd walk behind it singing, but he couldn't hear the song from the car. He says he had to shove an iPhone down the back of his jacket so he could lip-sync correctly.
INGRID MICHAELSON - FILM DEBUT
Ingrid Michaelson will make her feature film debut as the love interest of Jemaine Clement of ``Flight of the Conchords.'' Michaelson tells Billboard magazine she will have a part in the film ``Humor Me.'' Clement plays a down-on-his-luck writer who is working out his relationship with his father, played by Elliott Gould. Michaelson says she does not have a lead role, but she had a lot of fun with her part. Michaelson will kick off a tour October 6th in Cincinnati.
TREE LIGHTING - PERFORMERS
Chance The Rapper is going to light up the White House this holiday season. He will be one of the performers at the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse in Washington.
Kelly Clarkson and Yolanda Adams will perform as well. The lighting will be on December 1st. The Hallmark Channel will broadcast the event on December 2nd.
BRAD PAISLEY - EXHIBIT
The doodles that Brad Paisley made as a kid will soon be museum pieces. Paisley's childhood drawings will be among the items on display for an exhibit about him at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, beginning November 18th. Stage costumes, musical instruments and other mementos from Paisley's life will be part of the exhibit. The Sears Danelectro Silvertone guitar he got as an eight-year-old for Christmas is already on display at the museum.
EXILE - HOLIDAY RECORD
Exile are finally getting around to making a Christmas album. Keyboardist Marlon Hargis says they've been talking about doing it for 50 years. It's called ``Wrapped Up In Your Arms For Christmas'' and it includes three original songs. It comes out October 21st. Exile will do a ``Holiday and Hits'' tour in December.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
CLIFF WILLIAMS - AC/DC
Angus Young is the last one standing after the AC/DC ``Rock or Bust'' tour. As the tour wound up in Philadelphia on Tuesday, bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement. Williams says it has nothing to do with the other band members leaving. The 66-year-old says he just doesn't want to tour anymore and he wants to spend time with his family. Singer Brian Johnson sat out the tour because of hearing issues. Guitarist Malcolm Young dropped out in 2014 to seek treatment for dementia.
Drummer Phil Rudd left after being charged with drug offences stemming from incidents in 2014.
OBIT - SHAWTY LO
Ludacris says ``R.I.P. to a real one'' after hearing of the death of Shawty Lo. Future tweets, ``Legends never die...Shawty Lo Forever.'' Authorities say Shawty Lo was driving a 2016 Audi outside Atlanta early yesterday when he hit a couple of trees and overturned. Shawty Lo was thrown from the car and killed as the car burst into flames. He was 40. Two female passengers were able to get out of the car. Their injuries are not life-threatening.
DOLLY PARTON - INTIMIDATES
The man in charge of wrangling 30 country acts to record the ``Forever Country'' single was intimidated by only one of them. Music producer Shane McAnally says he was nervous to meet Dolly Parton, and she threw him for a loop. He says Parton is notoriously early, so he showed up 20 minutes for an 8 A.M. recording session. Parton had already been there for 15 minutes. McAnally says he then had the unenviable task of telling Parton how to sing her own song. McAnally says he told her, ``I don't know how I'm supposed to direct you singing 'I Will Always Love You,' but I am going to do my best.'' Among the other acts who sing on the song include Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, George Strait, Darius Rucker, Charley Pride, Miranda Lambert and Willie Nelson.
KILLER MIKE - MEET DRILLER MIKE
The tunnel-boring machine that will give the city of Atlanta the ability to store a month's supply of water will be named after rapper Killer Mike. City officials announced the machine will be known as Driller Mike after more than seven-hundred names were suggested. The other two finalists were ``Peach Beast'' and ``Scarlett.'' Killer Mike says he laughed hysterically when he heard the name. He says he's always wanted a street named after him, but ``this is a great midlife goal.'' The project to expand the city's water supply is expected to be finished in December 2018.
DANISH ELVIS FAN - LAWSUIT
The company that owns the trademark to Graceland has won a lawsuit against a Danish fan who opened an Elvis Presley museum and called it Graceland. A Danish court has ordered Henrik Knudsen to pay GL SPE LLC of Memphis 75-thousand dollars for using the name for his museum in Randers, Denmark. Knudsen has since changed the name to Memphis Mansion. His museum is twice the size of Graceland and houses his private collection of Presley memorabilia, a diner and a souvenir shop. Last year it attracted more than 130-thousand visitors.
Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell won album of the year and song of the year at the 2016 Americana Awards. Chris Stapleton won artist of the year. The awards were presented last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Five artists have four nominations each going into the Latin Grammy Awards. Julio Reyes Copello, Djavan, Fonseca, Ricardo Lopez Lalinde and Jesse and Joy lead the way with four each.
The Latin Grammys will be in Las Vegas on November 17th and air live on Univision.
Three of the owners of Tidal will perform a concert in New York to boost Tidal's profile. Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj will perform at the ``Tidal X: 1015'' concert on October 15th. The event will also include Lauryn Hill, Common, Robin Thicke, DNCE, T.I. and Prince Royce. The event will be streamed live on Tidal. Proceeds will benefit Tidal-supported non-profit groups.
The city of Glendale, Arizona, is naming a street after Marty Robbins. A one-mile stretch of Glendale Avenue that runs through the city's downtown will be renamed Marty Robbins Boulevard on Monday, what would have been Robbins' 91st birthday.
The event is free and open to the public.
RAY LaMONTAGNE CANCELS SHOW OVER TEXAS HANDGUN LAW
Ray LaMontagne was to perform at the University of Texas tomorrow. But he won't. And he says it's because of a new Texas law that lets people with concealed handgun licenses bring their guns into public college buildings. Under terms of the law, those with concealed carry permits could bring their guns into Bass Concert Hall, where LaMontagne was to perform. In a statement the singer-songwriter says he considers himself ``very open minded'' _ but says he can't support the idea of guns on college campuses. He adds: ``There are a lot of things this country needs more of, but guns aren't one of them.'' A university statement says the school regrets the cancellation _ but respects LaMontagne's decision.
MARILYN MANSON - POLITICS
Looking for someone to hang out with on Election Day? Check with Marilyn Manson _ he says he won't be voting that day. The singer says he plans to sit this election out, declining to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in November. He tells Rolling Stone magazine he doesn't find either candidate to his liking _ so he won't bother going to the polls.
Manson says he ``doesn't want to be a part of this piece of history.'' He supported President Barack Obama when he was elected in 2008 _ and says that was his first time voting for president.
NEIL YOUNG - PIPELINE PROTEST
Neil Young is joining in the protest against the Dakota Access pipeline. He has done a song called ``Indian Givers'' _ and the music video for it shows clips of recent protests against the pipeline, including footage of a man who chained himself to construction equipment last week. There have been ongoing protests the past several weeks against the construction of the four-state, 3-point-8 billion dollar pipeline. It isn't the first time Young has spoken out against a pipeline. He advocated against the Keystone X-L pipeline in 2014.
HIP-HOP FESTIVAL LINEUP
Rick Ross, Bun B and Bone Thugs N' Harmony will be among the acts who will headline a hip-hop festival in Atlanta next month. The 12th annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival will be big _ with more than 1,000 rappers spitting rhymes on 75 different stages during the five-day event. On top of the performances, there will be panel discussions, film screenings _ and an art show. Other featured performers include Cam'ron, Silkk The Shocker, Too $hort, and Redman with Erick Sermon & Keith Murray.
THE SHIRES - HITTING THE BUS
Ben Earle of The Shires says it hasn't been so bad for him to juggle the responsibilities of parenting and touring. He says scheduling helps. Earle notes that he and Crissie Rhodes are ``either at home loads or we're away.'' But he says when he is home for a stretch, he ``can just play with'' his son. He says he'd rather have his son River see his dad was doing what he loves _ though it takes him away for a while _ than to see the child all the time and have his dad be miserable.
(The Associated Press)