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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

 

THE BEATLES - FOUGHT DISCRIMINATION

 

The Beatles were musicians. But Paul McCartney says that, in their own way, they were also civil rights activists back in the day. He says the group had always played with black musicians and had mixed race audiences when they performed in England. But when they got to the U-S they were told that when they performed in Jacksonville, Florida, blacks and whites would have to sit separately because of segregation laws in effect at the time.

McCartney said the group insisted that the audience be integrated _ and authorities relented. He says the group included a non-segregation clause in the contracts they signed for many of their U-S shows _ before segregation was made illegal by the 1965 Civil Rights Act. McCartney and the other surviving member of the Fab Four, Ringo Starr, are featured in a Ron Howard documentary about The Beatles touring days. 

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LIL WAYNE - RACISM

 

Hey, relax, everyone. Lil Wayne says he has cured racism. In fact, he insists that there is ``no such thing as racism.'' The rapper made the declaration based on his reaction to a show he did recently outside of New York City. Most of the audience was white. And he says that's ``a perfect example'' that racism doesn't exist. And he seems to feel he has succeeded where others have failed because audiences at his shows _ quoting here _ ``has always been everybody.'' Lil Wayne spoke on the new Fox Sports' show ``Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.'' 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - BRITNEY SPEARS

 

They aren't getting back together as boyfriend and girlfriend. But there is a chance for a musical reunion between Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Spears is holding out the possibility of a collaboration down the road with her ex-boyfriend.

Asked last month if she'd like to work with Timberlake, Spears says Timberlake ``is very good.'' And yesterday, Timberlake says he'd ``be open to talking about'' doing some music with Spears. He says them teaming up musically ``could be something fun.'' Spears and Timberlake were both on the 1990s version of the ``Mickey Mouse Club.'' They dated for three years before breaking up in 2002. 

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AUDRA McDONALD - NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS

 

A major honour for a big-name singer on Broadway. Audra McDonald is one of those who have been named recipients of the U-S National Medal of Arts. The White House says she will receive the honour next week along with actor-director Mel Brooks and actor Morgan Freeman. U-SPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the Sept. 22nd ceremony. 

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MEAT LOAF - SENSE OF HUMOUR

 

Meat Loaf says people don't get his sense of humour. And the singer says that's because the things he finds funny are ``really silly.'' For example, take his song, ``Bat out of Hell.'' He says he gets a kick out of people not getting that song's lyrics are supposed to be fun. He says he probably has something to do with that. Meat Loaf says when he performs the song, he puts his all into it so he can stay in character. But he says that doesn't always come across to audiences. 

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``AMERICA'S GOT TALENT'' - FINALE

 

She's the girl Simon Cowell predicts will be the next Taylor Swift. Twelve-year-old Grace VanderWaal is the winner of season 11 of ``America's Got Talent.'' She's been a viral video sensation all season. Early on, Cowell, who joined the judges'

panel this season, predicted she'd go all the way. Grace sings her own songs and plays the ukulele. Now, Grace wins the million-dollar grand prize and will headline a show in Las Vegas. Austrian mentalists The Clairvoyants are the runner-ups. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

 

CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

 

 A big deal for some big country stars.

C-M-T has named Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett as their 2016 artists of the year.

The T-V network also says Kelsea Ballerini will receive an award for breakout artist of the year. It's the first time Stapleton and Rhett have snared the artist of the year award. However, Stapleton did win the breakout artist award last year. The artists will be honoured at an event in Nashville, Tennessee on October 20th. 

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

Flea says he has always been a fan of the Los Angeles Rams _ even when they weren't in Los Angeles. Now he is getting his team back and his band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be helping to welcome them home. The group will perform at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before the Rams take on the Seattle Seahawks. The game will be the first N-F-L game in Los Angeles in 22 years. The Rams returned to Los Angeles this season after moving to St. Louis in 1994. 

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BEYONCE - ENGAGEMENT

 

For a while, the Formation tour became the engagement tour. Beyonce has helped the boyfriend of one of her backup dancers ``put a ring on it.'' The singer paused in her performance of her song ``Single Ladies'' during Saturday's tour stop in St. Louis to bring out her choreographer John Silver. He was the boyfriend of dancer Ashley Everett. That was, at least, until Silver takes the mic from Bey _ and asks Everett to marry him. After Everett said yes, Beyonce offered her congratulations before finishing the song. In an Instagram post, Everett says she was ``totally shocked and surprised'' _ and that it was the best night of her life. 

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MIGUEL FEATURED IN TRAILER FOR ``FIFTY SHADES'' SEQUEL

 

You've probably heard just about everyone do a take of Beyonce's ``Crazy in Love.'' But you probably won't get the same feeling as you will when you hear the one featuring Miguel.

That's because it's used over footage from the upcoming movie ``Fifth Shades Darker'' _ the sequel to the steamy saga ``Fifty Shades of Grey.'' The trailer for the movie _ just released by Universal Pictures _ features Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in scenes from the movie. It comes out February 10th _ in time for Valentine's Day, just like the original movie was. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

 

DOLLY PARTON - WINNIPEG

 

70 year old larger than life living legend Dolly Parton took to the stage in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre last night to the delight of all in attendance.  In the early part of the show she and her stripped down band focused on some of the classics and stories that went with them.  After a brief intermission, she returned with a number of her more pop oriented hits!

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BOOK TOUR

 

Bruce Springsteen will be ending his concert tour tomorrow night with a show in Foxborough, Massachusetts. But he won't be sitting still for long. Two weeks from today, he'll be launching another tour _ this one a book tour.

He will be hitting the road in support of his memoir, ``Born to Run.'' The first event is set for September 27th -- the day the book is released. And the signing will be held in Freehold, New Jersey where he grew up. Tickets are being sold for the book events and each person who buys one will get a signed copy of the book. Other stops include New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Cambridge, Massachusetts and Portland, Oregon. 

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``DANCING WITH THE STARS''-SEASON DEBUT

 

The musicians on ``Dancing With the Stars'' had more to think about than their footwork last night. The live season debut was disrupted when a pair of protesters rushed U-S Olympic swimmer Ryan Locthe. The camera was focused on judge Carrie Ann Inaba (ee-NAH'-bah) as she was about to critique Lochte's routine. She yelled, ``Hey, back off.'' Host Tom Bergeron quickly went to commercials as security hustled the protesters off stage.

Police say they were busted on suspicion of criminal trespassing. 

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BOOKER T. JONES - PRINCE TRIBUTE

 

It was another in what has been a continuous series of musical tributes to Prince. This one was by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Booker T. Jones during his performance over the weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. Jones abandoned his usual weapon of choice, the Hammond organ, and played guitar for the tribute. He sang a solemn version of ``Purple Rain'' in honour of Prince, who died in April at age 57. During the show Jones also played his hits like ``Green Onions'' and ``Time is Tight'' as well as classic R&B hits like ``Knock On Wood,'' ''Try a Little Tenderness,`` and ''Hold On, I'm Comin.'`` 

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PRINCE ESTATE SUED

 

Prince's estate is being sued over a show that didn't go on. A Minneapolis theatre is suing the estate because it had to cancel a gala that had been set for May -- just a few weeks after Prince died at his Paisley Park complex.

Mixed Blood Theater says it was first told the event could go on.

But it says later Bremer Trust said it had to keep Paisley Park closed to preserve Prince's legacy. The theatre is suing for nearly 350-thousand dollars. 

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TOP FALL TOURS

 

 

 

Adele is looking like the artist to beat when it comes to ticket sales this fall. The StubHub people are out with a list of the top tours _ and Adele is at the top of the list.

 

Number two is Drake, followed by Beyonce, Maroon 5 and Kanye West.

 

In the bottom five of the top-10 list: Carrie Underwood, Temple of the Dog, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. The rankings are based on overall ticket sales on the site. 

 

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(The Associated Press)

Savage put on a display of guitar glory

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 

 

ONTARIO'S TOM SAVAGE ROCKED THE OLD FIRE HALL AT THE WAC LAST NIGHT

 

Ontario based singer-songwriter Tom Savage impressed an enthusiastic crowd at the Old Fire Hall last night in Dauphin.  

He played tracks from his previous recordings as well as many new songs that are expected to end up on his next recording sometime next year.

His guitar work was simply explosive and exceptionally executed.

From here Savage is heading to Alberta prior to making his way back home to Ontario.

 

MEAT LOAF SAYS HIS ONSTAGE COLLAPSE WAS OVERHYPED

 

Meat Loaf had no idea his collapse on stage in Edmonton, Alberta, in June would be that big of a deal. He says he figured it would make the news in Edmonton, but he did interviews with reporters in Japan and in Thailand and that was the first question. He says there are much bigger things to report than that.

If Meat Loaf ever does die on stage, his band is ready. He says he's instructed his band to play ``When The Saints Go Marching In,'' then ``Take Me Out To The Ball Game.'' He says if it's too morbid to leave his body on stage, they can remove him and then play the songs. Meat Loaf's new album, ``Braver Than We Are,'' is out Friday. 

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DIANE WARREN WINS EMMY FOR ``'TIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU''

 

Diane Warren finally has a trophy for writing the song ``'Til It Happens To You'' from the documentary ``The Hunting Ground.'' The song won a Creative Arts Emmy over the weekend for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. ``'Til It Happens To You'' had been nominated for a Grammy and for an Oscar but lost both times. Warren says after the loss at the Oscars, she didn't get her hopes too high to win for the Emmys, so she's blown away that it did win. It's her first Emmy. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SAYS HE HAD DAMAGED DISKS IN HIS NECK THREE YEARS AGO

 

Bruce Springsteen has revealed he had numbness on his left side three years ago that was so bad he had to have surgery. Springsteen tells Vanity Fair magazine he had damaged disks in his neck that affected his ability to work the fretboard of his guitar. A surgeon cut open Springsteen's throat, tied his vocal cords aside temporarily and replaced the disks. That meant Springsteen could not sing for three months. He says it was ``a little nerve-racking'' but it's been a success. 

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DUNGEON FAMILY REUNITES

 

Big Boi of OutKast says getting the Dungeon Family music collective back together was ``like getting nine cooks in the Waffle House trying to fry an egg.'' He says getting everyone together was a mess but once they got into rehearsals, it all came together. The Dungeon Family headlined the One Musicfest in Atlanta on Saturday. Performers included OutKast, CeeLo, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike and production trio Organized Noise. Witchdoctor of Goodie Mob says the Dungeon Family hopes to make more music and maybe take the show on tour. 

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SKA MUSICIAN PRINCE BUSTER DIES

 

One of the pioneers of the ska movement has died. Prince Buster died Thursday at a Miami hospital after suffering heart problems and several years after a massive stroke. He was 78. Prince Buster recorded thousands of records, including ``Al Capone,'' ''Judge Dread`` and ''Madness,`` which inspired the name for the British ska revival group Madness. In fact, the Madness hit ''One Step Beyond`` was a Prince Buster song.

The English Beat and The Specials credit Prince Buster as an influence. 

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HARRY CONNICK JUNIOR PREPARES FOR TALK SHOW LAUNCH

 

Harry Connick Junior is not just planning for mistakes to happen on his new talk show -- he's hoping for them.

Connick says some of the best performers are thoroughly rehearsed, but he's the opposite. One of his guests got caught in traffic, but Connick started taping the show anyway and turned it into a running gag on whether that guest would show up. A woman was sitting where Connick normally enters the stage, so he brought her on stage with him and they sang ``Happy Birthday'' to her kids at home. Connick's show begins today in syndication with Sandra Bullock as the first guest. 

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DEMI LOVATO BUYS INTO HER REHAB FACILITY

 

Demi Lovato is so grateful for her time in rehab that she's now one of the facility's owners. Lovato has become a business owner in CAST Centers of Los Angeles. Lovato got help for bulimia and depression at CAST in 2011. Lovato also will act as a guest speaker on behalf of CAST at wellness conferences. 

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DESIIGNER FREED

 

Desiigner is out of jail and the gun charge against him has been dropped. The New York Daily News reports Desiigner appeared in court Saturday on menacing and drug possession charges. His lawyer says Desiigner was released without bail because no weapon was found. New York City police say Desiigner was pulled over Thursday night after he allegedly waved a handgun at another driver in a road rage incident. Upon leaving court, Desiigner said when ``you're doing right ... keeping it positive, they can't lock you down.''  

 

(The Associated Press)

GORD DOWNIE TO RELEASE GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ALBUM

 

Just weeks after his last scheduled live performance, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is preparing to release a new album accompanied by a graphic novel that delves into the tragedy of the residential school system. 

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

Downie says he learned the story of Chanie Wenjack, who was misnamed Charlie by his teachers, from a 1967 Maclean's magazine article entitled ``The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.'' 

Downie recounts in a news release how the boy died beside railroad tracks trying to escape the school and trying to walk to his home 400 miles away. 

Proceeds from the album and graphic novel will go to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Winnipeg. 

Downie revealed in May that he suffers from an incurable form of brain cancer (glioblastoma) and last month completed the emotional ``Man Machine Poem'' Canadian tour with the Tragically Hip in his hometown of Kingston, Ont. 

``Chanie haunts me,'' said Downie in the news release. 

``His story is Canada's story. This is about Canada. We are not the country we thought we were.'' 

Downie began ``Secret Path'' as 10 poems that were fleshed into the 10 songs for the album, which was recorded over two sessions near Kingston in November and December 2013. 

The album and 88-page graphic novel published by Simon & Schuster Canada will be released on Oct. 18, 2016.  

 

(The Canadian Press)

 

SUSPECT IN DRAKE THEFT IS HOMELESS

 

The man accused of stealing a briefcase of jewelry from Drake's tour bus is a homeless man who works as a janitor.

Court documents indicate Travion Lamar King lives at a shelter and works for a company that cleans large facilities. He's charged with burglary and theft and has been released on his own recognizance.

Phoenix police say King stole the briefcase from the bus while Drake was onstage at Talking Stick Resort Arena Tuesday night. Police had said initially the jewelry was worth three-million dollars, but court documents say the victim estimates the value at 400-thousand dollars. The jewelry has been recovered. King was identified from surveillance footage and was already in jail for trespassing in Tempe. 

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MOBY RECALLS 9-11

 

One day in 2001, Moby had planned to work on music, then go out with friends for his birthday. His birthday happens to be September 11th and he was living in lower Manhattan at the time. Moby says he woke up to the plane hitting the first tower at the World Trade Center. He says his lasting impression of 9-11 is a ``provincial one,'' because while it was a huge catastrophic event for the country, it was in his back yard. Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9-11. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BREAKS CONCERT LENGTH RECORD AGAIN

 

For those of you keeping a stopwatch on Bruce Springsteen, he keeps flirting with breaking his concert record.

Wednesday's show in Philadelphia clocked in at four hours, four minutes and 46 seconds, according to Philadelphia Daily News sports statistician Bob Vetrone Junior. That marks the longest show Springsteen has played in the U.S., breaking a record he set just last week. Springsteen's longest show was four hours and six minutes in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012. Springsteen has two concerts left:

Pittsburgh on Sunday and Foxborough, Massachusetts, next Wednesday.

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``PURE IMAGINATION'' GETS BOOST AFTER GENE WILDER'S DEATH

 

Gene Wilder's death caused a lot of people to rediscover the song ``Pure Imagination'' from ``Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.'' Billboard reports Wilder's rendition of the song was streamed 239-thousand times in the week following his death. Even cover versions saw a boost. Versions of ``Pure Imagination'' by Josh Groban, Fiona Apple and the cast of ``Glee'' saw significant jumps as well. 

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LAUREN ALAINA ADMITS SHE WAS BULIMIC

 

Lauren Alaina is going public with her struggle with bulimia, what she calls her ``deepest, darkest secret.'' Alaina tells the Nashville Tennessean she Googled herself while she was a 16-year-old contestant on ``American Idol'' in 2011 and found a blogger who put a pig nose and ears on her in every post. She got so obsessed with her weight that she ate 500 calories a day and took injections to lose weight while on the ``American Idol'' tour.

Alaina admitted her illness when she saw a doctor about polyps on her vocal cords that she had since she was young. The doctor told her if she didn't quit throwing up, she'd never sing again. Her mom and friends helped her overcome her bulimia. Now she has a chef and a trainer to help her. Alaina's struggles inspired her new single, ``Road Less Travelled.''

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RIOTFEST ACTS MADE INTO GARBAGE PAIL KIDS CARDS

 

Andrew W-K and NO-F-X have been made into Garbage Pail Kids cards. ``Awesome Andrew'' has blood spurting out of his nose, and the NO-F-X card plays up Fat Mike in an obvious way. GWAR and Taking Back Sunday are also part of the limited-run series that will be sold at Riot Fest in Chicago next weekend.

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT DISCUSS THE WEATHER

 

Frightened Rabbit have found that one thing that can have a surprising impact on their sound during an outdoor show is which way the wind blows. Drummer Grant Hutchison says it may appear to the audience that the sound keeps cutting out, but it's the wind. Frightened Rabbit are from Scotland and the weather can be a real factor in their concerts. Hutchison says Scotland has a lot of rain and cold, but a show on a sunny day with a cup of beer can be ``brilliant.'' 

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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will be the next inductees into Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame. The medallions in their honour will be unveiled in a ceremony on October 5. 

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BARBRA STREISAND WILL SERVE AS CHAIR FOR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

Barbra Streisand will lead the efforts to create a performing arts centre at the World Trade Center in New York. She will be the chair of the proposed Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, named for the billionaire businessman who donated 75-million dollars for the project. The centre's design calls for three theatres. The Tribeca Film Festival eventually will be moved there.

The centre is set to open in 2020.  

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

 

LORETTA LYNN

 

Loretta Lynn will have minor surgery after suffering a fall over Labour Day Weekend at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.  Lynn's website reports her injuries are not serious, but her doctors have advised her to stay off the road following surgery until she makes a full recovery.  Lynn, who is 84, will postpone her shows for the next ten days.  Her next scheduled concert is September 23rd in New Braunfels, Texas. 

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DRAKE-BUS-THEFT

 

The bling is back.  Police in Phoenix report three-million dollars worth of jewelry stolen from a tour bus for Drake and his D-J, Future The Prince has been recovered.  Police Sergeant Vince Lewis says a suspect entered the bus Tuesday night between 10 p-m and 10:15 p-m and took a briefcase containing the jewelry while the two men were performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.  Lewis says police do not disclose the identities of burglary victims but he did say it was not Drake's jewelry.  Authorities report they were able to I-D suspect Travion King from surveillance video.  He was already jailed on an unrelated charge. 

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BILLBOARD NAMES DRAKE'S ``ONE DANCE'' AS THE SONG OF THE SUMMER

 

The soundtrack for the summer of 2016 was anchored by ``One Dance'' by Drake.  Billboard magazine has declared ``One Dance'' the song of the summer, based on cumulative performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day to Labour Day.  It was the top song every week this summer.  ``One Dance'' also was the most-played song on radio this summer. It was played 2 billion times.  Justin Timberlake's ``Can't Stop This Feeling!'' is the number-two song of the summer.  ``Don't Let Me Down'' by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya was third.  ``Cheap Thrills'' by Sia (SEE'-ah) featuring Sean Paul came in fourth, and ``This Is What You Came For'' by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna was number five. 

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MADONNA AND GUY RITCHIE'S CUSTODY BATTLE IS OVER

 

Madonna and Guy Ritchie have settled their custody dispute over their 16-year-old son, Rocco.  A court spokesman in New York confirms a settlement was reached but does not give details.  Ritchie's lawyer says Rocco will continue to live with his father in London.  Madonna's attorney declined comment.

Madonna and Ritchie divorced in 2008.  Madonna had wanted Rocco to live with her in New York. 

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BRITNEY SPEARS AND PARENTS SETTLE SUIT WITH SAM LUTFI

 

Britney Spears' parents and the man who once said he was her manager have settled a lawsuit that's been going on since Spears' public meltdown in 2008.  Spears' conservator is her father, Jamie, who filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday that announced a settlement with Sam Lutfi.  Lutfi sued Spears and her parents in 2009.  He claimed Spears' father hit him and that Spears' mother libeled him in a memoir.  The filing does not provide details of the settlement.  A judge had thrown out Lutfi's claims in 2012, but an appeals court restored the lawsuit.

A trial was set to begin in October. 

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LOL TOLHURST OF THE CURE ONCE URINATED ON BILLY IDOL

 

One of the claims to fame of original Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst is that he once peed on Billy Idol.

Tolhurst says it was an early gig as the opening act for Idol and he blames it on a combination of free beer, a dark restroom and his own ``electric bladder.''  Tolhurst says Idol was in the men's room with a young lady and Tolhurst was drunk and couldn't see.  Tolhurst says The Cure were ``unceremoniously dumped from the tour'' the next day, but he doubts it's because of that.  He says he ran into Idol several years later and Idol seemed unperturbed.  Tolhurst has an autobiography called ``Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys'' coming out October 11th. 

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DAVE GROHL'S MOTHER TALKS TO OTHER ROCK MOMS

 

Dave Grohl's mom has written a book about rock and roll from the mother's perspective.  Virginia Grohl, who is a teacher, spent two years interviewing the mothers of other musicians for the book ``From Cradle to Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.''  Among the people she interviewed are the mothers of Michael Stipe, Amy Winehouse, Dr Dre, Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Adam Levine.  Dave Grohl wrote the foreword.

``From Cradle To Stage'' comes out April 25th. 

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MACON CELEBRATES OTIS REDDING

 

The family of Otis Redding will celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday this weekend with music, exhibits and beer.  The Redding family is sponsoring several events in Macon, Georgia, including art displays and screenings of movies about Redding.  St Paul and the Broken Bones, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd and guitarist Steve Cropper will perform at a tribute concert on Sunday.  The Macon Beer Company has created a commemorative beer called Macon Dreams in Redding's honour. 

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RIHANNA LAUNCHES CLOTHING LINE

 

Rihanna describes the clothing line she's created for Puma as, ``If the Addams Family was working out, this is what they would be wearing.''  The Fenty Puma by Rihanna line includes sweaters, oversized pants, maxi dresses, shoes and slippers.  Rihanna says it was inspired by Japanese street culture, which she could see was inspired by hip-hop.  Rihanna says she loved Japan but the worst part was she could not get shoes there.  She says, ``I have big feet and they don't.'' 

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PUBLIC ENEMY, THE ROOTS WILL PLAY AT OPENING OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM

 

Public Enemy, The Roots and Living Colour will help celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.  They will play at a three-day festival that begins on September 23rd.  Other performers include Meshell Ndegeocello , Robert Randolph, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and Sweet Honey In The Rock. 

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BOB DYLAN CREATES IRON PORTAL FOR CASINO

 

Visitors to the M-G-M National Harbor casino in suburban Washington will walk through a metal gate designed by Bob Dylan.  He created a 26-foot by 15-foot iron archway titled ``Portal'' that will be used as the casino's west entrance.  It's Dylan's first permanent work of art for a public space.  Dylan has been making art by welding found objects like farm equipment, toys, kitchen utensils, chains and cogs for 30 years.  He did not start displaying it until 2013. 

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``BAT OUT OF HELL'' WILL BE STAGED IN U.K.

 

Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman is turning Meat Loaf's 1977 ``Bat Out Of Hell'' album into a musical.

Billboard reports Steinman will use songs from that album and from ``Bat Out Of Hell 2'' to tell the story of young love and rebellion in a post-cataclysmic city.  Previews begin February 17th in Manchester, England.  Meat Loaf is not involved in the production but he says he loves Steinman and it's incredible to see Steinman's dream of over 50 years finally come to fruition. 

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FRANKIE VALLI AND JEFF BECK DO A CHRISTMAS SONG TOGETHER

 

Frankie Valli has chosen an odd collaborator for his upcoming Christmas album: Jeff Beck.  They do a blues version of ``Merry Christmas, Baby'' for Valli's holiday record, ``'Tis the Seasons.''  Valli says he's wanted to make a Christmas album ever since he made one with The Four Seasons in 1966.  Valli puts his spin on holiday standards like ``The Christmas Song,''

''Winter Wonderland,`` ''Blue Christmas`` and ''Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.``  '''Tis The Seasons`` comes out October 14th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

 

GREGG ALLMAN GETS ALL-CLEAR FROM DOCTORS

 

Gregg Allman's doctors have given him a clean bill of health.  Allman fell ill early last month with unspecified health problems and called off all his shows.  Allman will return to the stage September 25th in Denver as part of his Laid Back Festival.  Allman says he's been going stir crazy the past few weeks because he feels his best when he's playing and travelling. 

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BRET MICHAELS' PHONE STOLEN DURING CONCERT

 

Bret Michaels of Poison says his cellphone was stolen while he was onstage at a concert in Hampton, New Hampshire, last Thursday.  Michaels writes on his Facebook page the phone and other personal effects were taken from his dressing room.

He posted a photo of two men who may be involved.  Michaels initially said there would be no questions asked if the items were returned by Saturday, but since he got no response, he says it's now a criminal case.  Police say Michaels has not filed a formal complaint. 

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PRINCE'S PAISLEY PARK NEEDS WORKERS

 

Help wanted: Paisley Park.  The company that is overseeing the tours at Prince's estate outside Minneapolis is looking for employees when the place opens for public tours in a month.  Graceland Holdings has openings for general manager, tour operations, security, sales and marketing, as well as tour guides and ``ecology associate.''  Applicants will have a background check and drug screening.  Applications are being accepted at www.OfficialPaisleyPark.com.  Graceland Holdings will conduct a job fair in suburban Minneapolis tomorrow and Friday. 

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ZAYN MALIK HELPS CREATE TV SHOW ABOUT BOY BAND

 

Zayn Malik is teaming up with the guy who created the ``Law and Order'' TV series.  The Hollywood Reporter reports Malik will collaborate with T-V producer Dick Wolf to create an hour-long drama about a boy band called ``Boys.''  The show will incorporate music into the stories.  The series will air on N-B-C. 

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AJ McLEAN IS GOING TO BE A DAD AGAIN

 

A-J McLean of the Backstreet Boys is expanding his family.  McLean posted a photo on Facebook of four shoes in different sizes.  He writes, ``The McLean family will be expecting a new addition to the family next spring!''  He adds the hashtags ``AvaIsGonnaBeABigSister'' and ``baby2.''  McLean and his wife, Rochelle, have a three-year-old daughter, Ava Jaymes. 

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ELLE KING PLANS FOR HER OPENING SLOT ON DIXIE CHICKS TOUR

 

Elle King has to remind herself that she's cool.

King says she gets intimidated to play banjo around serious musicians.  She says she's been watching videos of The Dixie Chicks with her mouth open and thinking, ``They SHRED.''  King says she tells herself she should just play it her way and ``pray that they're not paying attention.''  King will open for The Dixie Chicks on their upcoming tour and calls them ``insane musicians.''  The Dixie Chicks tour begins tomorrow in Tulsa. 

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Q-TIP AND MICHELLE OBAMA WELCOME STUDENT POETS TO WHITE HOUSE

 

Q-Tip will make a trip to the White House tomorrow to help First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate young poets.

They will honour five high school students chosen from around the country as part of the National Student Poets Program.  Q-Tip will be serving in his role as the Kennedy Center's Artistic Director of Hip-Hop Culture. 

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KIX BROOKS MAKES DONATION TO HELP LOUISIANA MUSIC PROGRAMS

 

Kix Brooks will donate 30-thousand dollars to help music programs in his home state of Louisiana that were affected from recent floods.  The money will be donated to Music Rising, the charity co-founded by The Edge of U-2 to help musicians after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

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GLORIA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN WILL APPEAR ON ``JANE THE VIRGIN''

 

Gloria and Emilio Estefan will play themselves on an upcoming episode of ``Jane The Virgin.''

Entertainment Weekly reports Rogelio asks the Estefans for help in adapting a telenovela for American audiences.  The Estefans' episode will be the third one of the new season.  ``Jane The Virgin'' will premiere October 17th. 

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BAT OUT OF HELL

 

Get ready for ``Bat Out of Hell: The Musical.''

 It's the first live theatre production from a new joint venture between Canadian producer Michael Cohl and Bell Media.  The co-production with Cohl's Iconic Entertainment Studios, known for ``Spamalot,'' ``Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark'' celebrates the 40th anniversary of the album ``Bat Out of Hell'' and its two sequels, featuring artist Meat Loaf.  Composer Jim Steinman's workshop of a 1974 theatre piece laid the foundation for the 1977 album, which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and earned platinum album status 14 times. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

 

FREDDIE MERCURY GETS ASTEROID AND HISTORIC PLAQUE IN SAME WEEK

 

It's been quite a birthday week for Freddie Mercury of Queen.  He got an asteroid named for him and his former home was named a historic place.  Queen guitarist Brian May announced that the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre will now refer to an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.  It's about three-and-a-half kilometres long and reflects only about 30 per cent of the light that hits it, or what May describes as ``like a cinder in space.''  On Thursday, May and Mercury's sister, Kashmira, unveiled an English Heritage Blue Plaque outside the house in West London that Mercury's family bought in 1964.  Mercury would have turned 70 yesterday. 

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THE REVOLUTION HOLD TRIBUTE CONCERT TO PRINCE

 

Guitarist Wendy Melvoin of The Revolution opened a Prince tribute concert in Minneapolis last week with the words, ``Take every one of these songs and make them your own.''

Melvoin and bassist Mark Brown handled vocals for the first part of the show before bringing out singer Bilal.  Guitarist Dez Dickerson wore his trademark Japan flag headband, and keyboardist Dr Fink wore scrubs.  Apollonia, Prince's family members and his two ex-wives attended. 

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BEYONCE POSTPONES CONCERT

 

Beyonce is postponing her New York area show set for tomorrow night.  According to a statement, she's under doctor's orders for vocal rest.  The MetLife Stadium stop on her Formation World Tour is now set for October 7th.  Beyonce turned 35 on Sunday and went to the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia with her husband and festival founder Jay-Z. 

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JESSIE J WINS COPYRIGHT APPEAL

 

An appeals court has held up a ruling that states Jessie J did not steal the song ``Domino'' from a California indie band.  Billboard reports songwriter Will Loomis of the band Loomis and the Lust sued Jessie J and Universal Music in 2012, claiming that ``Domino'' copies two measures of his song ``Bright Red Chords.''  A court found in 2013 that Loomis did not offer enough evidence to support his claim that Jessie J ever heard the song.  Loomis appealed.  One of his theories was that former guitarist Casey Hooper worked with Katy Perry, who worked with producer Dr Luke, who produced ``Domino.''  The court said that was speculation. 

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GLASS ANIMALS FRONTMAN ALMOST BECAME A DOCTOR

 

Glass Animals singer Dave Bayley had a backup plan in case his music career did not pan out.  He was a pre-med student.

Bayley says he's forgotten a lot about what he's learned but he helps when he can.  Bayley has a box of medical supplies he takes with him on tour, which can come in handy.  Drummer Joe Seaward says he got drunk and badly cut his finger, but Bayley was there to help him out.  He jokes Bayley told him to hold it above his head, then he wrapped it up and gave Seaward more alcohol. 

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BRAD PAISLEY IS FIRST ARTIST FEATURED ON ``LANDMARKS LIVE IN CONCERT''

 

Brad Paisley's concert on Friday will be taped for a new concert and travel series.  Paisley's concert at West Virginia University will be the first one featured on the series ``Landmarks Live In Concert.''  Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will host the series and conduct interviews with musicians.

The series is scheduled to premiere this fall on a channel yet to be named.  Paisley's concert will be released as a D-V-D and live C-D before the end of the year. 

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE LEADS DISCUSSION ON MEDICINAL MARIJUANA

 

Melissa Etheridge will moderate a panel about athletes, injuries and marijuana at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition.  Etheridge will be the moderator for a discussion called ``C-T-E, Concussion and C-B-D'' on Thursday at the convention in Los Angeles.  Etheridge, who is a cancer survivor, says she will lead the panel because she believes in the medicinal applications of cannabis.  Former N-F-L and N-H-L players will be part of the panel. 

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RUTHLESS RECORDS CO-FOUNDER JERRY HELLER DIES

 

The former manager for N-W-A has died.  Jerry Heller died Friday night at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, after suffering a heart attack earlier that day, according to his cousin, Gary Ballen.  Heller was 75.  Heller co-founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E and helped launch N-W-A's career.  The family of Eazy-E says in a statement that Heller ``gave the world Eazy-E and N-W-A, and for that, we are forever grateful.''  Michel'le (mee-shel-LAY'), who was signed to Ruthless Records, tweets a photo of Heller and adds, ``Rest in Peace, my friend.  Thank you for all that you did for us.''  Actor Paul Giamatti portrayed Heller in the ``Straight Outta Compton'' movie. 

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FRED HELLERMAN OF THE WEAVERS DIES

 

The last surviving founding member of The Weavers has died.  Fred Hellerman died Thursday at his home in Weston, Connecticut, after a lengthy illness, according to his son.

Hellerman was 89.  Hellerman formed The Weavers in 1948 with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert.  Their recordings of ``Goodnight Irene'' and ``On Top of Old Smoky'' helped inspire the popularity of folk music in the 1950s and '60s. Hellerman also produced the Arlo Guthrie record ``Alice's Restaurant.'' 

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JOEY FEEK'S GRAVE DOES NOT HAVE A GRAVESTONE

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory still does not have a headstone for the grave of his wife, Joey.  Feek tells ``C-B-S Sunday Morning'' he just can't bring himself to order a stone yet.

She died in March.  Feek says it might be because he feels the simple wooden cross on her grave is what she would like.  He says maybe another part of it is that a headstone is permanent.  Feek put a bench next to Joey's grave and says they still have coffee together almost every day. 

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CHRIS BROWN'S ATTORNEY SAYS NO DRUGS OR GUNS FOUND AT HIS HOUSE

 

The lawyer for Chris Brown says Brown did not engage in a ``standoff'' with police last week.  Attorney Mark Geragos says Brown simply waited for investigators to get a search warrant for his house and did not do anything until then.  Model Baylee Curran told reporters Brown pointed a gun at her face after she admired another man's diamond necklace.  Geragos says the piece of jewelry in question has not been found at Brown's house, nor have any guns or drugs been found.  Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and released on 250-thousand dollar bail. 

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THE FRAY GET WRITING CREDIT FOR THE CHAINSMOKERS' ``CLOSER''

 

Two members of The Fray have been given credit for co-writing The Chainsmokers' song ``Closer'' featuring Halsey.

When that song came out, many people noticed the similarities to The Fray song ``Over My Head (Cable Car).''  The performance rights organization ASCAP now gives credit to Fray singer Isaac Slade and guitarist Joe King, as well as Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers, Halsey and songwriters Shaun Frank and Frederic Kennett. 

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JUSTIN BIEBER SAND SCULPTURE DEFACED

 

Someone really does not like Justin Bieber.

New York State Police say they are looking for a vandal who defaced a sand sculpture of Bieber Thursday night at the New York State Fair.  The Syracuse Post-Standard reports Bieber's likeness was part of a 200-ton sand sculpture depicting artists who have performed at the fair's old grandstand.  The sand versions of Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride and Steve Martin were left intact. 

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PAUL VAN DYK'S SOCIAL MEDIA HACKED

 

D-J Paul van Dyk says he's been hacked.  Van Dyk's website and Twitter account posted racist messages on Thursday, but he says he didn't do it.  A statement from his representative says the messages were ``deeply offensive and contrary to everything Paul has stood for in his decades-long career.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

 

Meghan Trainor Concert

As many as 11,000 people packed a field in a small Cape Breton community to hear pop star Meghan Trainor perform at a free concert. 

Fans gathered at the Port Hawkesbury recreation grounds Thursday to see the Grammy Award winning artist belt out some of her hit songs, ``All About That Bass,'' ``No'' and ``Lips Are Movin.'' 

The town won the right to host the concert after beating out other Canadian communities in the Air Miles' online Detour contest. 

The singer-songwriter took to the stage at about 9 p.m. and wrapped up the show more than an hour later. 

It's believed it was the biggest event to be held in the town of about 3,500 people, but police say there were no major incidents or delays. 

People in the area said hotels filled up quickly soon after 6,000 tickets became available for the outdoor concert. 

(CIGO)

 

Selena Gomez Concert

A group of Newfoundland musicians is stepping in to raise money for lupus after Selena Gomez cancelled her performance in the province due to her own struggles with the illness. 

Gomez announced earlier this week that she would be cancelling her show to deal with her lupus diagnosis. 

That's when some local musicians in St. John's decided to use the opportunity to raise money for the disease. 

Matt Dines is organizing the event tonight at The Rockhouse. 

He says it's a simple gesture and the musicians will give all the money raised at the door to the non-profit group Lupus N-L. 

Gomez had been scheduled to play in Paradise, Newfoundland, tomorrow and Moncton, New Brunswick, the following day. 

Some critics panned her decision to put off the tour, saying she should just ``suck it up'' and do the Paradise show despite her illness. 

(VOCM) 

 

PEPSI GULF COAST JAM CANCELED

 

This weekend's Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam featuring Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Jake Owen has been called off as Hurricane Hermine hits Florida. The three-day festival was supposed to start today in Panama City Beach.

Organizers cancelled after last night's forecasts of heavy rain and high winds. They say even though the storm is expected to be out of the way in time for the weekend, they don't have enough time to reconstruct the stage and tents. The lineup was also supposed to include Brett Eldredge, The Band Perry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sara Evans, Tyler Farr, Neal McCoy and Mark Chestnutt. 

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HERMINE AFFECTING SHOWS IN VIRGINIA

 

Hurricane Hermine is forcing some changes in the concert scene in Virginia. U-B-40, The Wallflowers and Cracker will play inside instead of outdoors at the American Music Festival in Virginia Beach tomorrow. The acts on the other stages are cancelled. Bruce Springsteen will play Virginia Beach tomorrow at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, which is partially outdoors. Concert promoter Live Nation did not respond to an email asking about the show's status. 

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ANN WILSON'S HUSBAND CHARGED

 

The husband of Heart singer Ann Wilson has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking two teenage relatives during a Heart show outside Seattle last Friday. The Seattle Times reports Dean Stuart Wetter is free on 10-thousand dollars bail after being charged with two counts of assault. Court records say the teens left a backstage area where they were watching the show to take a look inside Wilson's new tour bus. Court documents say Wetter yelled at them when they left the door open, punched one of the boys in the head and grabbed both boys by the throats. 

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CURFEW EXTENDED IN FOXBOROUGH FOR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

 

If the Boss wants to go long, Foxborough, Massachusetts, is ready. The Sun Chronicle reports the Foxborough board of selectmen voted to extend the town curfew from

11:15 to 11:30 p-m on September 14th, the day Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the last stop on their tour. They have been playing up to four-hour shows on this tour. The show is scheduled to start at 7:30. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN REVEALS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT WRITING HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

Bruce Springsteen has no problem writing about the past. It's the present that's a problem. Springsteen talks about the writing of his autobiography in a video on his website. He says the hardest part about the book was writing about his current life ``because it's all people you're living with in your life today.''

He says he had more freedom writing about the past. Springsteen says he started writing the book after he did the Super Bowl halftime show in 2009. The book, called ``Born to Run,'' comes out September 27th. 

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MIKE LOVE REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN CHARLES MANSON SEX PARTY

 

An orgy involving Charles Manson and his followers was too much for Beach Boy Mike Love. People magazine has published an excerpt from Love's upcoming autobiography, ``Good Vibrations,'' in which Love discusses Manson moving into the house of his cousin and bandmate Dennis Wilson. Love says he and bandmate Bruce Johnston were at Wilson's house when Manson handed out L-S-D and was ``orchestrating sex partners.'' Love writes he loves the female form, ``but this was too much.'' He left to take a shower but Lynette ``Squeaky'' Fromme followed him, then Manson himself. Manson confronted Love, looked him in the eye and said, ``You can't leave the group.'' Love says he made an excuse that he and Johnston had to go back to the studio and left. 

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JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF BEYONCE IN ``LEMONADE'' COPYRIGHT CASE

 

A judge in New York has disagreed with a filmmaker's claim that Beyonce's visual album ``Lemonade'' is a rip-off. Federal judge Jed Rakoff threw out Matthew Fulks' copyright infringement lawsuit on Wednesday. Rakoff says he will explain his reasoning later. Fulks had sued Beyonce, her management and her record label, saying ``Lemonade'' copied his 2014 short film ``Palinoia.'' He said ``Lemonade'' was produced months after an executive at Columbia had been sent a link to his film. 

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BEYONCE'S ``SORRY'' VIDEO MAKES SERENA WILLIAMS SORE

 

What would give tender muscles to a world-class athlete like Serena Williams? Beyonce's ``Sorry'' video. Williams has a cameo in that video and says she was ``super sore'' after all that twerking. Williams says she learned a lot about body movement from Beyonce's choreographers. Williams was inspired enough from the experience to release a video on YouTube of herself dancing in a variety of styles. 

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CHRIS BROWN RELEASES SONG

 

Is Chris Brown saying something about his arrest with his new song, or is it just a song? Brown released a track called ``What Would You Do?'' less than 24 hours after his arrest Tuesday for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at his home in Los Angeles. The song has lines like ``What do you do, fighting for your life when no one's on your side?'' His label says it's not an official release. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MIIKE SNOW GIVE BACKGROUND ON ``MY TRIGGER''

 

The first piece of the Miike Snow song ``My Trigger'' they came up with is the first line of the song: ``I saw you licking a dollar bill.'' Singer Andrew Wyatt says that set up an image that inspired the rest of the song. He says they were also inspired by J Dilla instrumentals. Bandmate Pontus Winnberg says sometimes one of them will come into the studio with an idea, but most of their songs come from jam sessions. He says that's when they come up with ``lucky mistakes.'' 

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SISTER OF OK GO'S DAMIAN KULASH WILL DIRECT ``PITCH PERFECT 3''

 

The woman who came up with the treadmill video for O-K Go's ``Here It Goes Again'' and choreographed their ``A Million Ways'' video will direct the next ``Pitch Perfect'' movie.

Trish Sie, the sister of O-K Go singer Damian Kulash, will direct ``Pitch Perfect 3.'' Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will reprise their roles. The movie is set to come out December 2017. 

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MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

 

CHRIS BROWN OUT ON BAIL

 

Chris Brown's arraignment is tentatively set for September 20. Brown was arrested Tuesday after a 14-hour standoff with police at his home in Los Angeles. Model Baylee Curran tells The Los Angeles Times Brown pointed a gun at her face after Brown and another man got angry when she admired the man's jewelry.

Brown is free on $250,000 bail. Brown completed his probation only last year from his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. His other run-ins with the law include a misdemeanour assault charge for striking a man outside his tour bus in Washington in 2013 and an accusation of throwing a brick at his mother's car after a counselling session. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND SET ANOTHER CONCERT RECORD

 

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band keep breaking their own record. Tuesday's show in East Rutherford, New Jersey, clocked in at four hours. That's a record for their longest U-S show. Their previous record was 3 hours and 59 minutes, set at the same venue last Thursday. Their longest show ever was in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012, at four hours and six minutes. 

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MORRIS, CHURCH, STAPLETON LEAD CMA NOMINATIONS

 

Maren Morris says she is humbled at getting five nominations for the Country Music Association Awards. She tweets, ``Fight for your art and the rest follows suit.'' Eric Church and Chris Stapleton also have five nominations each. Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are up for entertainer of the year. New artist of the year nominees are Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and Cole Swindell. The CMAs will be November 2 in Nashville. 

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DEMI LOVATO GOES UNDERCOVER AS A LYFT DRIVER

 

Some young women who took the Lyft ridesharing service in Denver got a real surprise when their driver ended up being Demi Lovato. Lovato wore a hat and sunglasses and posed as ``Samantha'' as she drove undercover during a stop in her tour with Nick Jonas. She told one rider she wanted to be a singer and was travelling the country with her ex-boyfriend's brother. Lovato got another rider to sing a song from ``Camp Rock.'' Lovato tried to encourage criticism by making fun of her own chin and saying that Eric Church was a better concert than Lovato and Jonas. After Lovato's big reveal, one passenger confessed, ``I just insulted the hell out of you.'' You can see the video ``Undercover Lyft with Demi Lovato'' on YouTube.

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POKEMON GO IS NOT A THING WITH COUNTRY SINGERS

 

The nation may be gripped in a Pokemon Go craze, but country singers, not so much. When Justin Moore was asked if he plays, he said, ``Is this something like back in the day like Pogs or something?'' Chris Lane says he doesn't even know what Pokemon Go is. He says he did not grow up playing video games and he's terrible at them. Drake White says he refuses to play Pokemon Go. He says his album is about trying to get people to disconnect from their phones. 

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JOHNNY WINTER AUCTION SET FOR LATER THIS MONTH

 

Among the things for sale at a Johnny Winter auction is a piece of Winter himself. Guernsey's auction house says a clump of Winter's beard from 1980 is one of the items up for bidding. The ukulele that was the first instrument Winter owned when he was 10 years old is for sale. His 1962 Beaumont High School class ring is for sale, along with Winter's signature black cowboy hat decorated in feathers and fur. Other items for sale include Winter's

1970 health insurance card, his feather boas and the folding chair he sat in for his last concert, complete with his autograph. The auction will run September 30 to October 1 in New York. 

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AVICII DOES LAST SHOW

 

Avicii says last Sunday was his last show, but far from his last day of making music. Avicii writes on Instagram he has met many great people and seen many amazing places on tour. He announced in April he was going to retire from touring. He did his final performance Sunday in Spain. Avicii says he knows his decision may seem odd, but everyone is different and it was the right decision for him. 

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LOS ANGELES DECLARES FRIDAY TO BE DONOVAN DAY

 

Tomorrow is Donovan Day in Los Angeles. City leaders will make a proclamation at L-A City Hall. Donovan will do a brief acoustic performance. Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Donovan's song ``Sunshine Superman'' hitting number one on the Billboard pop chart. Donovan will launch a tour to mark the anniversary beginning Monday in Fairfield, Iowa. 

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SELENA FIGURE REVEALED AT MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD

 

The wax figure of Selena unveiled at Madame Tussauds Hollywood is so good, her family was speechless when it was revealed Tuesday. Selena's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, says it left them all quiet to see it. In case you were wondering, yes, they got Selena's rear end right.

Quintanilla says her sister's behind was one of the things that they worked on first and then they moved on to the rest of her body.

Selena died at the hands of her fan club president in 1995. 

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KIEFER SUTHERLAND REFLECTS ON HIS MUSIC CAREER

 

Kiefer Sutherland had no idea how tough it was to be a touring musician until he did it himself. Sutherland toured behind his ``Down In A Hole'' album and calls that life ``a grind.'' He had 11 people on a 12-person bus. He says they really had to take care of themselves because the bus was ``a floating petri dish.'' Sutherland says he's heard how touring can make people crazy, like the story about Who drummer Keith Moon throwing a T-V out of a hotel room. He says ``We didn't have the budget for that, nor did we have the time.'' Sutherland will return to acting this fall in the A-B-C series ``Designated Survivor.'' 

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BLACK EYED PEAS REUNITE FOR CHARITY

 

 

 

Black Eyed Peas are reuniting for a new version of their song ``Where Is The Love?'' -- aimed at ending gun violence. will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie were joined by Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake and Jaden Smith, among others for the song. A statement says the song and video ``calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost.'' Proceeds will go to the foundation i.am.angel. 

 

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(The Associated Press)

DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

PRESENTED BY NITTO

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

GRANGER SMITH

CHRIS LANE

 

NOVEMBER 4TH

MTS CENTRE

WINNIPEG, MB

 

Doors:  6:00PM          Show:  7:00PM

 

Tickets (incl. GST) $49.50, $75.50

(Plus Service charges)

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