Dauphin, Canada

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)

 Tickets on Sale Friday, September 9th at 10 AM!

www.livenation.com

Venue Box Office : 1.855.985.5000

 

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016

 

SEARCH WARRANT SERVED AT CHRIS BROWN'S HOUSE

 

A standoff at Chris Brown's house in Los Angeles yesterday ended peacefully. A police spokesman says several people were escorted from the house after a search warrant was served. Brown was later busted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. A woman had called police around 3 a-m yesterday asking for assistance. The spokesman says she was not inside the house when she called but he did not say who she was or what kind of assistance she needed. Brown had posted videos to social media saying he was innocent. Model Baylee Curran tells the Los Angeles Times that Brown pointed a gun at her face. She said Brown and another man became angry with her when she admired the man's diamond necklace. 

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EMINEM HELPS GET SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO STUDENTS IN FLINT

 

All five-thousand-500 public school students in Flint, Michigan, are getting backpacks full of school supplies thanks to a partnership with Eminem's charity. The Marshall Mathers Foundation teamed up with the Kids In Need Foundation to provide the backpacks. The first ones were given out at Freeman Elementary School yesterday. Kids In Need director Dave Smith says Flint was economically challenged even before the 2014 water crisis. He says the backpacks are one way of getting school supplies to kids so they don't have to worry about that. 

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5 SECONDS OF SUMMER PROMPTED GOOD CHARLOTTE REUNION

 

Good Charlotte may not have made another record if it weren't for 5 Seconds Of Summer. Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden says when he and his brother Joel started working with 5 Seconds Of Summer, they realized they had something to say that they couldn't pass along in a song to a younger band. Madden says within one day back in the studio, Good Charlotte had written the song ``Life Changes'' on their ``Youth Authority'' album. The songs came quickly after that. Joel Madden says they wrote 16 songs and 13 ended up on the album. 

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VANILLA ICE, BABYFACE, JANA KRAMER JOIN ``DANCING WITH THE STARS''

 

Vanilla Ice says his involvement in the next season of ``Dancing With The Stars'' is going to be ``epic.'' He will be paired with professional dancer Witney Carson. Babyface will dance with Allison Holker, and Jana Kramer will dance with Gleb Savchenko. Their competition includes Marilu Henner, Maureen McCormick, Olympians Laurie Hernandez and Ryan Lochte, former Texas governor Rick Perry and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, AKA Megatron.

The new season of ``Dancing With The Stars'' begins September 12th on A-B-C. 

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JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF DR. DRE IN APPLE SALE LAWSUIT

 

 A judge has decided that Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine did not dupe one of the early investors in Beats Electronics before selling the company to Apple for three-billion dollars two years ago. A summary judgment issued late Monday finds that Dre and Iovine acted within the contract they had with former partner Noel Lee of video and audio cable maker Monster. Lee once held a five per cent stake in Beats. He claimed that Dre and Iovine came up with a sham deal with another company that led him to sell his shares early. Lee's original stake would have earned him about 150-million dollars in the Apple deal.

(The Associated Press)

The Tragically Hip are back on the charts

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By David Friend

 

Canada's insatiable appetite for the Tragically Hip sent the rock band's entire discography back onto the Billboard charts last week. 

All 17 Hip albums, ranging from their debut EP to their most recent ``Man Machine Poem,'' found spots on the Billboard Canadian Albums in the wake of the much-anticipated national broadcast of their final tour stop in Kingston, Ont. 

Topping the list was the band's 2005 release ``Yer Favourites,''

a greatest hits compilation that was chosen by their fans through a vote on the band's website. The album saw its total consumption rise

238 per cent, pushing it up a spot from second place a week earlier.

Also finding positions in the Top 10 were this year's ``Man Machine Poem,'' holding steady at No. 6, 1992's ``Fully Completely,'' which climbed to eight from 39, and 1989's ``Up To Here,'' which shifted to ninth place from 28 last week. 

The Hip's other albums, which include a number of live concert recordings, also found spots on the chart. 

Billboard's Canadian album chart is tallied by Nielsen Music and based on album sales, digital song sales and audio on-demand streams. 

(The Canadian Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2016

 

TAYLOR SWIFT REPORTS FOR JURY DUTY

 

So that's why Taylor Swift was not at Sunday's M-T-V Video Music Awards -- she had jury duty in the morning. Swift showed up yesterday in Nashville as a potential juror in a case involving aggravated rape and kidnapping. A spokesman for the Davidson County District Attorney's office says Swift told the judge she was concerned about serving because she's involved in a trial in Denver regarding allegations that she was groped by a fan at a meet-and-greet. Swift said she was willing to serve on a jury in any other case. The judge thanked her and let her leave. Other potential jurors tweeted selfies taken with Swift while in the waiting area outside the courtroom. 

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NO PAROLE FOR MARK DAVID CHAPMAN

 

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time. The Board of Parole for New York state announced Mark David Chapman will stay behind bars. He is serving a sentence of 20 years to life in Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. The board noted that Chapman describes Lennon's 1980 murder as ``selfish and evil.'' The board wrote his release would be ``incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate that seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.''

Chapman was last denied parole in 2014. He can try again in 2018. 

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VICTIM AT YOUNG JEEZY PARTY IDENTIFIED

 

Police have identified the man shot to death during a party hosted by Young Jeezy. Police say 34-year-old Demetrius McCloud of Norfolk, Virginia, was shot and killed during the party early Saturday at a nightclub in Virginia Beach. They have no suspects and no leads. 

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KURT VILE BALANCES ROCK STARDOM WITH FAMILY

 

It's not easy being a family man in a touring band, but Kurt Vile of Kurt Vile and the Violators does it because he's a family man. Vile says he needs to support his family and he never could be a 9-to-5 guy. However, he says it would be insane to tour for a year straight, so he makes sure he builds time off into his touring schedule. Sometimes the tour can double as a vacation.

Vile says his family met him at the end of a tour in New Zealand and they got to hang out with wallabies. 

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JUSTIN BIEBER IS BACK ON INSTAGRAM AND BACK OFF INSTAGRAM

 

Oops. Justin Bieber did not mean to reactivate his Instagram account. Bieber's Instagram briefly returned to public view yesterday but there was nothing new on it. However, he turned it off again and said on Twitter it was an accident. Bieber shut down his Instagram two weeks ago after Selena Gomez fans blasted him for posting photos with Sofia Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie and sister of Nicole Richie. 

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND FATHER CREATE COOKING PRODUCTS

 

Pharrell Williams and his dad want to teach you how to cook like they do. Williams and his father, Pharaoh, have teamed with Dean and Deluca for a line of specialty products based on the Williams family recipes. Williams says his family is addicted to his dad's cooking and everyone hangs out to talk and eat in the kitchen. The product line will be called ``The Williams Family Kitchen.'' It will be out in the spring. 

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MIRANDA LAMBERT WILL GET MERLE HAGGARD SPIRIT AWARD

 

The Academy of Country Music has decided Miranda Lambert has the same feistiness as Merle Haggard. Lambert will be the first recipient of the new A-C-M Merle Haggard Spirit Award during the A-C-M Honors. The award was created to honour artists who are as uncompromising as Haggard was. Lambert is one of the performers for the A-C-M Honors, along with Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Toby Keith, Alicia Keys, Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell , Keith Urban, Chris Young, Dan and Shay, The Band Perry and hosts Lady Antebellum. The A-C-M Honors will tape tonight in Nashville and run on CBS on September 9th. 

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HUSBAND OF HEART SINGER ANN WILSON ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

 

Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, has been busted. The Seattle Times reports the arrest was in connection with an incident involving the 16-year-old twin sons of her sister, Nancy Wilson. Court documents say Curtis and William Crowe _ the sons of film director Cameron Crowe _ were watching their mother and aunt perform Friday and wanted to look inside Ann Wilson's tour bus. The documents say Wetter started yelling after they left the door open.

He's accused of grabbing the throats of the teens. Wetter is scheduled to appear in court again tomorrow. 

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KELLY CLARKSON NAMES GRAND MARSHAL FOR NASHVILLE PARADE

 

While the rest of the country is thinking to the beginning of school, Kelly Clarkson is thinking about the beginning of the holiday season. Clarkson has been named the grand marshal for the Nashville Christmas Parade. She says she could not be more proud. The parade is set for December 3rd. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016

 

SONGWRITERS SERIES KICKS OFF TONIGHT AT THE OLD FIRE HALL AT THE WAC


Desiree Dorion, Fernande " Roxy" McNabb and Emma Peterson will perform Tonight at the Old Fire Hall at the Watson Art Centre in Dauphin.  Admission is only $10 and the show starts at 7pm.  Get there early to get a good seat.  

Chris Barker Band lead vocalist Clifton Flett will host the licensed event.  All ages welcome.

(730 CKDM)

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BRITNEY SPEARS - LIFETIME MOVIE

 

Lifetime T-V is making a movie about Britney Spears. Filming will begin next month in Vancouver. The two-hour movie is tentatively called ``Britney'' and will premiere next year on Lifetime. 

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KISS - TORNADO

 

There isn't much that can stop Kiss, but yeah, a tornado in the area might do it. Gene Simmons tweeted the Kiss concert in Toledo, Ohio, was stopped briefly Wednesday night because of a tornado warning. He says some people came into the arena to seek shelter until the storm passed. No tornadoes touched down in Toledo. However, the storms left a long line of damage from Kokomo, Indiana, up into the northwestern part of Ohio and through the Windsor, Ontario area. 

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THE WAILERS - LAWSUIT

 

Former members of Bob Marley's band The Wailers are going to court over the use of the band's name. Bassist and arranger Aston ``Family Man'' Barrett and other former members say in court documents that the current version of The Wailers is a sham because it has no original members. Their petition says Barrett recently left the group, but the band continues to use his name and likeness in advertising. Wailers manager Michael Jones says he has not read the filing, but he adds that dozens of musicians have played under the Wailers name. 

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UNDERGROUND - LOCATION CHANGE

 

Fans of W-G-N America's ``Underground'' series may notice a chance of locale. Filming has moved to Savannah, Georgia for the second season of the show. The first season, which delved into the perils for slaves during their journey through the Underground Railroad, was shot in Louisiana. The network also announced that Aisha Hinds will portray Harriett Tubman, who helped other slaves escape during the Civil War. 

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``TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE'' - COPYRIGHT

 

Composer Hans Zimmer has received an apology over a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against him because of the music from the movie ``12 Years a Slave.'' Fellow composer Richard Friedman says the lawsuit was a mistake, based on the wrong opinion from a music expert. Friedman sent a letter to Zimmer saying he deeply regrets taking legal action. The case was dismissed in court this week. 

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MTV VMAS - PREVIEW

 

Suffering from Olympics withdrawal? You can get a quick boost by watching Sunday's M-T-V Video Music Awards. American swimmer Michael Phelps and the women's gymnastics team will be presenters. Beyonce leads the nominations with 11. Adele is second with 8. They're both up for Video of the Year: Beyonce for ``Formation'' and Adele for ``Hello.'' Their competition is Drake's ``Hotline Bling,'' Justin Bieber's ``Sorry'' and Kanye West's ``Famous.'' Performers include Britney Spears, The Chainsmokers with Halsey, Nicki Minaj with Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day), Future and Rihanna. 

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JASON ALDEAN - STREAMING SERVICES

 

If you want to listen to Jason Aldean's new album, ``They Don't Know,'' when it first comes out on September 9th, you're going to have to buy it. Aldean tells Billboard magazine he will keep the album off streaming services for the first month.

Aldean says, ``If you want something that's brand new, you're willing to pay the price for it. And then, after it's been out for a while, you may get it at a discount. That's just business 101.'' The album will not even be available for the first month on Tidal, and Aldean is one of Tidal's owners. 

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - RECORD SHOW

 

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed their longest U-S show ever. They played 3 hours and 52 minutes at Tuesday's show in East Rutherford, New Jersey, according to the Springsteen fan site Backstreets-dot-com. They played 35 songs. Springsteen's longest show was in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012, clocking in at 4 hours and 6 minutes. 

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BANKS AND STEELZ - ``ANYTHING BUT WORDS''

 

It may seem odd to pair rapper RZA with Interpol guitarist Paul Banks, but they promise you'll like what they did. They collaborated as Banks and Steelz for an album called ``Anything But Words,'' out today. RZA says in his hip-hop prime, he was not into rock, and R-and-B made him ``nauseous.'' He had a realization about ten years ago that in order to grow as a musician, he had to embrace other types of music. However, he refuses to put Banks and Steelz into any one genre of music. RZA says rapping over a beat doesn't make it hip-hop and a guitar solo doesn't make it rock, and the record even has elements of classical in it. 

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KIX BROOKS - COOKBOOK

 

Kix Brooks says if he can cook, anybody can.

Brooks will release a cookbook on Tuesday called ``Cookin' It With Kix.'' He says he never considered himself a chef, but he realized after years of hunting and fishing, he was at least a cook. Brooks says guys in particular should pick up his book, because ladies love a man who can cook. He says learn a little bit about wine and throw in a guitar, and ``even a dork like me can get a date.'' 

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HERB ALPERT - DONATION

 

It's going to be hard to match Herb Alpert's generosity toward music students. His foundation is donating 10.1-million dollars to the music education program at Los Angeles City College. The gift will allow all music majors to attend tuition-free, plus they can take private lessons and have financial aid for other parts of their educations. Alpert says the college has helped many low-income students who have financial challenges. 

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PAISLEY PARK - LIKE GRACELAND

 

Fans say they're glad to hear the news that Prince's former home and studio will become a museum where people can tour. Some of those gathered outside Paisley Park say they'd love the chance to get inside and see where Prince lived and worked. According to Prince's sister, the estate, near Minneapolis, will offer daily public tours beginning Oct. 6th, and she says that's something that he always wanted to happen. Prince died in April from a drug overdose. 

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JANA KRAMER - SEPARATED

 

Country singer and actress Jana Kramer has separated from her husband, former N-F-L tight end Mike Caussin. The couple tied the knot in 2015 and welcomed a daughter earlier this year. Kramer - known for songs like ``Why Ya Wanna'' and ``Circles'' - was also on the T-V series ``One Tree Hill'' and ``Friday Night Lights.'' She has been married twice before. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016

 

BURT BACHARACH- INJURY

 

Burt Bacharach has a broken arm. Publicist Tina Brausam says Bacharach will call off two concerts in September while he recovers. She did not know how or when Bacharach broke his arm. Bacharach, who is 88, will resume his tour in October. 

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NENA - US TOUR

 

The reason Nena never toured America in the three decades since ``99 Red Balloons'' came out: she never got around to it. Nena says she has always been patient with what life gives her and it was never the right time, but now it is.

She's been to America before and she has Americans in her band. Her children are in her band, too, and Nena says she's not just a proud mother, but a happy grandmother. Nena says she's sold 25-million records worldwide, but in America, she's still thought of as ``the balloon chick.'' She also says most Americans say her name wrong.

While Americans say NEE'-nah, she says NAY'-nah. She plays a three-date tour beginning with San Francisco on September 30th. 

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HARRY BELAFONTE - RIVERS TO CROSS FESTIVAL

 

Harry Belafonte is assembling some big talent to get America on the right track of morality. The lineup for Belafonte's Many Rivers To Cross Festival includes Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, Public Enemy, Macklemore, Aloe Blacc, Dianne Reeves, Estelle, John Legend, Common and Sweet Honey In The Rock. The festival will be a combination of music and speakers Oct. 1st-2nd in Fairburn, Georgia. Belafonte says America has lost its moral compass. He says the concert will be about correcting injustices instead of ``just shaking the booty and making happy sexual noises.'' 

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REBA McENTIRE - TENNESSEE PROPERTY LISTED

 

Reba McEntire's house in Lebanon, Tennessee, is for sale. The Nashville Tennessean reports McEntire's 83-acre lakefront property, known as Starstruck Farm, is on the market for 7.9-million. The nearly 13-thousand-square-foot house includes seven bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths. The property also has an eight-car garage, a pool, a tennis court and an equestrian facility. McEntire recently sold her mansion in Beverly Hills, California, for 22.25-million. 

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RICK ASTLEY - RICKROLLING IS GOOD!

 

Rick Astley is all in favour of Rickrolling.

Astley tells Rolling Stone he has no problem with the practice of surprising someone with his ``Never Gonna Give You Up'' video. He says if the footage had been manipulated to make him look stupid, he'd be mad, but it's a cheesy 1980s video and he looks stupid anyway. He says he showed up for that video shoot in his own clothes because he had not made any money yet. The raincoat he wore for it is long gone, though. Astley says someone in a crowd in Northern Ireland stole it from him. 

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LOU PEARLMAN - HEART INFECTION

 

The man who created The Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync died of an infection of the inner lining of the heart. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner report on Lou Pearlman says he got the infection after he had a heart valve replaced. Pearlman died Friday at the age of 62 while serving a 25-year sentence for a 300-million dollar Ponzi scheme. Pearlman had recruited singers to create The Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync in the 1990s. 

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PRINCE - PAISLEY PARK TOURS

 

Prince's sister says it's what her brother wanted all along: for people to be able to come into his home and recording complex to see where he worked. And now, that vision is coming to pass. The company handling the musician's estate has announced that the Paisley Park estate will soon be opening for public tours. The first tickets are being sold today _ with the first day for tours set for October 6th. Prince lived, worked -- and died -- at the 65-thousand square-foot complex located near Minneapolis. Prince's sister Tyka says while only a few hundred people had the rare opportunity to see the inside of Paisley Park, the opening of the estate to tours will mean ``fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time.'' ---

 

``BLURRED LINES'' - APPEAL

 

The performers who lost a copyright infringement trial over the 2013 song ``Blurred Lines'' are looking for another shot at the justice system. Attorneys for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are asking an appellate court to either overturn the verdict against them _ or at least grant them a new trial. Thicke and Williams were found by a Los Angeles jury to have improperly borrowed from the Marvin Gaye hit ``Got To Give It Up'' _ and were ordered to give more than seven-million dollars to Gaye's family. The jury award was later trimmed to 5.3-million. The attorneys in their appeal have argued that the case should have never gone to trial to begin with. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016

 

SONGWRITERS SERIES KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE OLD FIRE HALL AT THE WAC


Desiree Dorion, Fernande " Roxy" McNabb and Emma Peterson will perform this Friday night at the Old Fire Hall at the Watson Art Centre in Dauphin.  Admission is only $10 and the show starts at 7pm.  Get there early to get a good seat.  

Chris Barker Band lead vocalist Clifton Flett will host the licensed event.  All ages welcome.

(730 CKDM)

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BILLY GILMAN - ``THE VOICE''

 

Billy Gilman is finally spilling his secret: he tried out for ``The Voice.'' Gilman writes on Facebook it's ``one of the most exciting and crazy things'' he's ever done. He says it's been a hard journey proving he's more than a child star, and he's hoping to stake his claim with ``The Voice.'' Gilman can't say how he did, but his audition will air on the September 19th show.

Gilman, who is 28, was just 11 when his song ``One Voice'' became a country hit. 

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ALAN JACKSON- GOOD TIME BAR

 

Alan Jackson will open another bar in Nashville.

The Nashville Tennessean reports Jackson bought a three-story building on Lower Broadway and plans to open later this year as A-J's Good Time Bar. Jackson also co-owns Acme Feed and Seed, a nearby bar and concert space. Country fans eventually will be able to bar-hop from Jackson's bars to Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row and John Rich's Redneck Riviera in the same neighbourhood. 

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MINNESOTA WILD - GOAL CELEBRATION SONG

 

The new song to celebrate Minnesota Wild goals will be ``Let's Go Crazy'' by Prince. The Wild announced the change after a survey of season ticket holders. The Wild used to play Joe Satriani's song ``Crowd Chant'' after goals. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - MUSIC FESTIVAL

 

Justin Timberlake is joining Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra as a partner on the music festival in Franklin, Tennessee, that Griffin co-founded. Timberlake will be a partner and producer for the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival as it marks its second year. Timberlake, who lives in Franklin, calls it ``an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community.'' Griffin says Timberlake is ``a perfect fit'' for the festival. This year's lineup includes Beck, Hall and Oates and Kacey Musgraves. Timberlake will not perform, but Better Than Ezra will. 

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MONICA - ``SO GONE''

 

Monica says if Chance the Rapper can take the ``So Gone'' challenge, so can she. It is her song, after all. ``So Gone'' has seen a resurgence because celebrities and ordinary people alike have been creating their own versions. Chance did a version about his pregnant girlfriend. Monica says Missy Elliott, who produced the original, called her when the movement started taking off. Monica posted her version last week about how she's the same girl she always was, just grown up. She says it's ``a humbling experience'' that people who weren't born when the original song came out are now creating their own feelings with it. 

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BARBRA STREISAND - DUETS

 

 

 

The people who duet with Barbra Streisand on her new album are not ones you usually think of as singers. Among Streisand's guests on ``Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway'' are Daisy Ridley, Chris Pine and Bradley Cooper. Alec Baldwin wasn't going to do it but Streisand told him if it was terrible, she wouldn't use it. He made it onto the album. Melissa McCarthy told Streisand she can't sing, and Streisand admits McCarthy is ``a little bit tone deaf.'' However, Streisand says McCarthy compensates with personality and laughter, and occasionally she nails it. Others who appear on the album are Seth MacFarlane, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and Huge Jackman. ``Encore'' comes out Friday. 

 

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KANYE - FRENCH FRY POEM

 

 

 

The french fries are onto you, Kanye.

 

McDonald's corporate Twitter account sent out a tweet to Kanye West with an emoji of french fries and eyes, implying ``we're watching you.'' West wrote a poem about McDonald's fries, conspiracies and jealousy from other food for Frank Ocean's Boys Don't Cry magazine that accompanies Ocean's ``Blonde'' album. McDonald's main Twitter account says it's ``lovin' the love'' for its fries and apple pie and it loves its fans' creativity. 

 

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FETTY WAP - VIDEO

 

 

 

An investigation into Fetty Wap's video at his old high school in Paterson, New Jersey, has determined the principal should be disciplined. Fetty filmed a video for ``Wake Up'' at Eastside High School that features drug references and a scantily-clad woman swinging around a stripper pole. NJ-dot-com obtained a copy of a report made by a law firm called to investigate the matter. The investigation found principal Zatiti Moody was solely responsible and did not follow all the requirements of the school board's regulations. The report recommended Moody face ``appropriate discipline.'' He has been on administrative leave since June. His lawyer declined comment. 

 

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THE FOALS - TWO SONG IDEAS

 

 

 

The Foals song ``What Went Down'' was supposed to be two songs. Guitarist Jimmy Smith says it was two pieces they had for a while and they decided to glue them together. Drummer Jack Bevan says it went so well, they used the first take they recorded.

 

Foals will be dropping off the scene for a while but it's for their own good. Bevan says after some time off, they'll be excited to get together with fresh ideas. It's not like they're going their separate ways, though, because they're all good friends. Bevan says he lives five minutes from singer Yannis Philippakis, so they're bound to run into each other. 

 

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USHER - SUGAR RAY LEONARD ROLE

 

 

 

What Usher knows about working a stage came in handy in working a boxing ring. Usher plays Sugar Ray Leonard in the new movie, ``Hands of Stone.'' The film is about boxer Roberto Duran and his fights against Leonard in the 1980s. Usher says the easy part was translating his dance moves into Leonard's boxing moves.

 

The hard part: losing the weight to look like Leonard. Usher studied with Leonard himself and Leonard was impressed. He says he never would blink his eyes when he fought and Usher pulled off that intensity. ``Hands of Stone'' opens Friday. 

 

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BRITNEY SPEARS - RAFFLE

 

 

 

Whatever Britney Spears wears to the M-T-V Video Music Awards could be yours. Spears will raffle off her V-M-A outfit to raise money to help victims of flooding in her home state of Louisiana. She's also raffling off a trip to New York to see her in person at Sunday's show. Thirteen people have been killed in the flooding, and 60-thousand homes have been damaged. Raffle tickets are 10-dollars each and are available at crowdrise-dot-com/britneyforlouisiana. 

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016

 

JONI MITCHELL - CHICK COREA

 

Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell has made a rare public appearance since she fell ill with a brain aneurysm. Her website posted a photo of Mitchell attending a Chick Corea concert in Los Angeles on Saturday. Mitchell suffered the aneurysm in March 2015. 

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NEIL YOUNG - ``THE BIG INTERVIEW''

 

Canadian Neil Young will be the first guest on Dan Rather's new AXS T-V show, ``The Big Interview.'' Young will appear on the September 13th episode. Meat Loaf, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, and Canadian crooner Michael Buble' also will be guests this fall. 

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JUSTIN MOORE - CONGRATULATORY WAFFLES

 

When you do a good job at work, does your boss thank you with waffles? Justin Moore's boss did. Moore's ``Kinda Don't Care'' album just hit number one on the Billboard country albums chart. After Moore's show in Indianapolis on Friday, Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta greeted him at Waffle House with waffles in the shape of a number one. Borchetta even sprung for whipped cream and chocolate chips. 

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NENA - US TOUR

 

Thirty-three years after ``99 Luftballons'' was released, Nena finally is touring America. Nena will play three dates for her first-ever American tour. She will do San Francisco on September 30th, Los Angeles on October 2nd and New York on October 4th. ``99 Luftballons'' came out in 1983 and was a rare North American hit that was not in English. What has Nena been doing all this time? She never stopped. She's been making hit albums in her native Germany, including several children's albums. 

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ARETHA FRANKLIN - REST

 

Aretha Franklin is cancelling some upcoming concerts in order to rest. Franklin says in a statement she is under doctor's orders to call off her shows for the next month. The concerts affected are Friday's show outside Washington and a New York show on September 23rd. It also means Franklin is dropping out of the ``Tony Bennett Celebrates 90'' show on September 15th that's being taped in New York for a T-V special in December. She called off a show in Las Vegas last year because of exhaustion. 

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OBIT - TOOTS THIELEMANS

 

Jazzman Toots Thielemans once said harmonica was ``not a good instrument but I blow my brains out on it.'' Thielemans died in his sleep yesterday in a Belgian hospital.

He was 94. Thielemans was the first to propel harmonica to the forefront of jazz and could create complex bebop lines with it. His

1962 hit ``Bluesette'' highlighted his guitar playing and whistling ability. However, even those who don't know jazz probably know Thielemans' work. He played harmonica on Billy Joel's song ``Leave A Tender Moment Alone'' and on the original closing theme song for ``Sesame Street.'' He also was the whistler heard on the Old Spice aftershave commercials. 

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DAVID BOWIE - MEMORIAL - BERLIN

 

The city of Berlin has unveiled a plaque to commemorate David Bowie's time there. Mayor Michael Mueller revealed the plaque outside the building where Bowie lived from 1976 to 1978.

Bowie made the ``Low'' and ``Heroes'' albums while he was there. The plaque quotes from the song ``Heroes'': ``We can be heroes, just for one day.'' 

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LEWIS DEL MAR - HIT SONG

 

Max Harwood and Danny Miller of Lewis Del Mar tried to create a song they knew would never get played on the radio, and they ended up with a radio hit. Harwood says they were tinkering around with sounds like spoken word and crazy rhythms, and they ended up with the song ``Loud(y).'' Miller calls it ``a commentary on coming of age in an over saturated society.'' He says it took on a life of its own and it's the reason for their early success. Lewis Del Mar will put out their debut album on September 30th. 

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PRINCE - DRUGS

 

It's looking more and more like the investigation into Prince's drug overdose death will become a criminal probe. Former prosecutors and defence attorneys who are familiar with drug investigations say the fact that some of the pills found at Paisley Park were counterfeit and falsely labeled is the key. A source close to the investigation has told The Associated Press some of the pills found at Prince's compound were falsely labeled as a common generic painkiller _ but actually contained fentanyl, the stuff Prince overdosed on. Phil Turner is a former federal prosecutor in Chicago who is now in private practice. He says now that it appears counterfeit drugs are involved, authorities ``will not say it was just Prince's fault and let it go at that.''

It's unclear how Prince got the drugs. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016

 

TRAGICALLY HIP RATINGS

CBC's broadcast of Saturday night's Tragically Hip concert averaged just over four million viewers, according to the network. 

CBC says an average of 4.04 million people tuned in on TV or via livestreaming. 

The Kingston, Ont., concert is expected to be the last one for the band after frontman Gord Downie revealed earlier this year he has terminal brain cancer. 

In addition to those watching at home, many fans held viewing parties across Canada. 

Some 11.7 million Canadians tuned in on television, radio and digital at some point during the nearly three-hour broadcast, CBC said in a release Sunday night, citing Numeris. 

The men's gold-medal hockey game at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics is considered to be the most-watched broadcast ever in Canada. 

(The Canadian Press) 

 

OBIT - GUITARIST OF 3 DOORS

 

Original 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts has been found dead in West Bend, Wisconsin. West Bend police say a man was reported unconscious around 7 a-m Saturday in a hotel hallway. Police say there were no signs of trauma and a cause of death was not immediately known. Roberts was 38. Singer Brad Arnold, bassist Todd Harrell and Roberts founded the band in 1994 in Escatawpa, Mississippi. Their biggest hit was ``Kryptonite'' in 2000, followed by hits like ``When I'm Gone'' and ``Here Without You.'' Roberts left 3 Doors Down in 2012 for health reasons. 

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OBIT - IMPRESARIO LOU PEARLMAN

 

Lance Bass of 'N Sync says Lou Pearlman ``might not have been a stand up businessman, but I wouldn't be doing what I love today without his influence.'' Pearlman was the man who created 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and O-Town. The Orlando Sentinel reports a federal inmate database indicates Pearlman died Friday in custody at the age of 62. The cause of death was not immediately known. Pearlman was convicted of fraud in 2008 after a 300-million dollar Ponzi scheme was uncovered. The Backstreet Boys were among the hundreds of people who sued him. Ashley Parker Angel of O-Town tweets, ``Love him or hate him, Lou gave many of us our start. It's a shame he let greed get in his way.'' A-J McLean of the Backstreet Boys tweets, ``Many emotions at the news of Lou's passing. Without Lou I wouldn't have met my four brothers or had the opportunity of a lifetime. R-I-P.'' 

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``THE SIX'' - DRAKE

 

How many people actually call Toronto ``the 6,'' like Toronto rapper Drake does? Not many, according to The Toronto Star. Forum Research conducted a poll of 864 Toronto residents to find out whether they refer to the city as ``Toronto,'' ''T.O.`` or ''the Six.`` Seventy-five per cent say ''Toronto,`` ten per cent prefer ''T.O.,`` seven per cent say ''the Six`` and eight per cent have some other name they use. Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff says people between ages 18 to 34 were more likely to say ''the Six`` than those over 55. He says his company will redo the survey in a year to see if ''the Six`` is still relevant. Drake has said ''the Six`` is a reference to the six areas of Toronto and to the area code 416. 

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KANYE WEST - INSPIRES BEER

 

Remember how Kanye West used to be? There's a beer for that. The Baltimore Sun reports brewer Stillwater Artisanal has created a craft beer called I Miss The Old Kanye porter. It's described as a deconstructed Dr. Pepper-inspired imperial porter with 8-per cent alcohol. The label repeats the name over and over, like ``The Life of Pablo'' album cover. Earlier this year, Stillwater released a beer inspired by Kendrick Lamar called Money Trees and one inspired by Drake called Hopvine Bling. 

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FRANK OCEAN - ``BLONDE''

 

Frank Ocean finally put out that album.

``Blonde'' came out Saturday on Apple Music, a day after Ocean released a 45-minute ``visual album.'' Ocean has been teasing the album for weeks and many fans thought it would come out two weeks ago. It's the follow-up to his debut album, ``Channel Orange.''

Ocean marked the release of ``Blonde'' with pop-up stores in Los Angeles, New York, London and Chicago. 

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PRINCE - AUTOPSY

 

We're finding out more about what caused Prince to die of a drug overdose. An official close to the investigation says some of the pills taken from the musician's estate were counterfeit drugs that contained fentanyl. The substance is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more power than heroin. The official _ who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity _ says there were nearly two dozen pills found in an Aleve bottle that were falsely labeled ``Watson 385.'' According to Drugs-dot-com, the stamp is supposed to identify pills that contain a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. But the official says at least one of those pills tested positive for fentanyl. Autopsy results released in June show Prince died April 21st of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. The official who spoke to the AP says records indicate Prince had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died. 

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MIKE NESMITH - THE MONKEES

 

Mike Nesmith will rejoin the surviving Monkees for one more show. Then he says he will ``step off, sit down and shut up.'' Nesmith writes on The Monkees' Facebook page he will perform with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork in Los Angeles on Sept. 16th, what he calls almost a perfect match for the 50-year anniversary of the T-V show. Dolenz and Tork will take the tour overseas, while Nesmith plans to do solo concerts and a tour to support his book, ``Infinite Tuesday.'' 

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(The Associated Press)