MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY JULY 27, 2016
MTV VMAS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Kanye West's infamous video for ``Famous'' is up for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards. It's up against Adele's ``Hello,'' Beyonce's ``Formation,'' Justin Bieber's ``Sorry'' and Drake's ``Hotline Bling.'' Beyonce leads the nominations with 11, and Adele has 8. David Bowie's ``Lazarus''
video, which shows him as he was dying, is up for four awards. Other nominees include Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Fergie and Calvin Harris. The MTV VMAs will be August 28 in New York.
WILLIE NELSON ANNOUNCES OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL, NEW ALBUM
Another sign that Willie Nelson is not ready for the rocking chair at the age of 83: he's putting on a music festival and releasing an album. Nelson, Neil Young and Sheryl Crow will headline the Outlaw Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on September 18. Lee Ann Womack, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Brothers Osborne will also play. Nelson will put out a record called ``For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price'' on September 16. The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill are his backing band on six tracks.
DR. DRE CITED FOR ALLEGEDLY BRANDISHING A FIREARM
Dr. Dre has been cited after a man outside his house accused him of pulling a gun. The man told the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department he was parked outside Dre's home in Malibu, California, when Dre ordered him to leave and showed a gun.
Dre told sheriff's deputies he did not have a gun and the man was blocking his driveway. He says the man moved his car but parked nearby and did not drive off until Dre recorded a video of him.
Deputies say the man initiated a citizen's arrest for misdemeanour brandishing a firearm. Dre was briefly handcuffed during the investigation. A representative for Dre did not return a request for comment.
INSANE CLOWN POSSE WILL MARCH TO PROTEST FBI LABEL
Insane Clown Posse are planning a march on Washington next year. ICP's Violent J has announced they and their fans will march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument on September 16, 2017. The Detroit News reports it's to protest the FBI characterizing fans of the group, called Juggalos, as a ``loosely organized hybrid gang'' in 2011. ICP will also perform a free concert that weekend. Violent J says it's possible only 25 people could show up for the march and ``we could totally embarrass ourselves.''
MICHAEL KIWANUKA REFLECTS ON ``LOVE AND HATE''
Michael Kiwanuka took so long to make a second album because he fell into a rut. Kiwanuka says he wanted a different sound but it took him a while to figure out how to do it. Artists who put out second albums sometimes feel pressure because of the success of the first, but Kiwanuka says he created the pressure himself to make it sound good. He says it's difficult for him to enjoy his own music and no matter how hard he works, he will never sound as good as the people who inspire him. Kiwanuka's new album, ``Love and Hate,'' is out now.
JOY WILLIAMS RETURNS TO ACOUSTIC
Former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams is back to basics with her music. She has released a seven-song record called ``Venus (Acoustic).'' It's a response to last year's ``Venus'' album that puzzled fans because she went electronic. Williams says she's not placating people by going back to an acoustic sound, but it was something she really missed. Williams also currently appears in the Showtime series ``Roadies'' in the non-musical role of Janine.
Williams says she relates to the character because she's ``trying to find her own voice and trying to stand up for herself.''
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HEADLINERS
Rihanna, Metallica, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and Selena Gomez are part of the lineup for the Global Citizen Festival. It's a free concert in New York on September 24, but to get tickets, fans must earn them by promoting the importance of education. Details are on the Global Citizen Festival website. This year's concert will also feature Chris Martin of Coldplay, Usher, Eddie Vedder, Ellie Goulding and Cat Stevens. MSNBC will broadcast it live.
EXTREME JUSTIN BIEBER LOOK-ALIKE DIED OF DRUG OVERDOSE
Authorities have determined a man who spent more than $100,000 to look like Justin Bieber died of an accidental drug overdose. An autopsy report released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office shows 35-year-old Tobias Strebel had Valium, Xanax, alcohol and various opiates in his system when he died. He was found dead in a Los Angeles motel in August. Strebel's transformation was highlighted on reality shows like ``Botched'' and ``My Strange Addiction.''
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
TRAGICALLY HIP SUITS
Gord Downie has always been a flamboyant showman.
For the Tragically Hip's latest tour, he's wearing that style on his sleeve.
Downie has been sporting a collection of brightly coloured metallic leather suits during the band's Man Machine Poem Tour, which kicked off in Victoria on Friday.
Izzy Camilleri, a Toronto-based clothing designer, worked on the bold creations with Downie, which include hot pink, turquoise, silver and gold suits.
Camilleri says she and Downie started collaborating on the look last September, before he learned he had terminal brain cancer.
Camilleri says Downie kept his wardrobe plans secret from his bandmates.
He only revealed his wild look at the tour's kickoff in Victoria on Friday, when he strode onto the stage in the hot pink suit.
She says Downie wears the suits well and is having a lot of fun with the look.
(The Canadian Press)
GUNS N' ROSES SHOW - ARRESTS
At least 30 people were arrested during the Guns N' Roses concert outside New York on Saturday, including one woman accused of assaulting police. Investigators say 30-year-old Kimberly Goodman was charged with aggravated assault against two state troopers. They received minor injuries. Other arrests include solicitation without a permit, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, simple assault, drug offences, harassment and open lewdness.
RORY FEEK - MEMOIR
Now that enough people know who Rory Feek of Joey and Rory is, he will publish his life story. He writes on his ``This Life I Live'' blog he always wanted to write a book and even met with some agents. He was told Joey and Rory were not famous enough.
He says the sad part is that it took Joey's death and his chronicles of her struggle with cancer to make them famous enough for agents to care. Feek says his book will be about ``a man so lost, it's a miracle that he was ever found.'' He describes himself as a ``corrupt person'' until Joey came along. The book is scheduled to come out on Valentine's Day.
PASSENGER - BUSKING MOMENT
Michael David Rosenberg, A-K-A Passenger, owes a lot of what he does onstage to being a street musician. Rosenberg says it was such a thrill as a busker to draw a crowd. Sometimes an audience member stood out. Rosenberg says one wet day when no one would listen to his music, an old woman stopped and slowly ate a muffin in front of him. After a while, she put the half-eaten muffin into his guitar case and moved on. Rosenberg says he has no idea if that meant she liked him or she didn't. He says it was straight out of a David Lynch movie.
PAUL McCARTNEY DEMO - AUCTION
A long-lost demo that Paul McCartney recorded for Cilla Black is expected to sell at auction for as much as 26-thousand dollars. Black turned the Lennon-McCartney song ``It's For You'' into a Top-10 UK hit in 1964. The demo was lost for 52 years until Black's family found it among her things after her death last year. The family assumed it was just a copy of her single and took it to a Beatles expert Stephen Bailey to value. Bailey says he was ``shaking with excitement and speechless'' after realizing it was McCartney singing, not Black. The Beatles Liverpool Auction will sell the demo on August 27th. You can hear 20 seconds of it at their website at beatlesauction-dot-co-dot-uk.
JACK WHITE - RECORD IN SPACE
Jack White will celebrate the seventh anniversary of his Third Man Records by trying to play a phonographic record in space. A custom-made turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon will be launched at an undetermined time, and the results revealed on Saturday. The record will be a gold-plated 12-inch master of ``A Glorious Dawn'' by Carl Sagan, culled from Sagan's ``Cosmos'' series. It was one of the first records Third Man released.
SHARON JONES - FILM
Sharon Jones will give it all onstage and then she needs her down time, perhaps more than any other performer.
Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and it went into remission, only to recur last year. Jones says she does chemotherapy to prepare her for touring. She says she has ``to worry about the shows and getting up there and having the energy and the strength to get through those.'' Jones, who is 60, could just rest, but she says she doesn't want to be laid up, wishing she had done that gig. A documentary about her struggle called ``Miss Sharon Jones!'' will be in limited release this week.
LOLLAPALOOZA - HOSPITALS PREP
A Chicago hospital just over two-kilometres from where Lollapalooza will be staged is ready for the weekend. The Chicago Tribune reports Lurie Children's Hospital held a simulation last week to prepare for its busiest weekend of the year for alcohol-related visits. Dr. Karen Mangold says they're expecting more patients than usual because Lollapalooza has extended to four days. Last year, Chicago emergency rooms treated 88 intoxicated teenagers during Lollapalooza. The festival starts Thursday.
MICHAEL HUTCHENCE - FILM
The man who directed the ``What You Need'' video for INXS will make a documentary about late frontman Michael Hutchence. Billboard reports Australian filmmaker Richard Lowenstein has been working on the film for years.
Lowenstein says he wants to get into the heart and soul of ``this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man.'' The film is expected to be released at the end of 2017.
OBIT - MARNI NIXON
She was the voice of ``West Side Story,'' ''The King and I`` and ''My Fair Lady.`` Actress Marni Nixon has died. It was her voice that was dubbed into the singing scenes of some of Hollywood's classic movie musicals. She subbed for the likes of Natalie Wood, Deborah Kerr and Audrey Hepburn. Nixon had a wide-ranging music and theatre career. But her biggest audiences of the 1950s and '60s never saw her face. Her talent agency says Nixon died Sunday in New York. She was 86.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016
DNC - EMAIL LEAK - ARIANA GRANDE
It appears Ariana Grande's doughnut-licking incident last year cost her a gig at the White House. More than 19-thousand emails between Democratic Party officials were posted on Wikileaks. One exchange expressed concern over whether to let Grande perform at a Democratic Party event right after a video surfaced showing her licking doughnuts at a bakery in California without buying them. D-N-C officials were worried about her comment at the time, ``I hate America.'' Grande later apologized. According to the emails, a White House official responded to the Grande concert idea by saying, ``Nope, sorry.''
RNC - MUSIC USE
The Rolling Stones, Paul Rodgers and the estate of George Harrison are complaining about the use of their music during the Republican National Convention. The Rolling Stones tweeted they do not endorse candidate Donald Trump and did not give permission for the party to use ``You Can't Always Get What You Want'' to close the convention. Rodgers writes on Facebook permission to use ``All Right Now'' as Trump ended his speech was neither sought nor granted and his lawyer is dealing with the matter. Trump's daughter Ivanka walked out to The Beatles' song ``Here Comes The Sun.'' Harrison's family tweeted the song use was not authorized and they consider it ``offensive.''
DON McLEAN - ASSAULT CASE
Don McLean will avoid jail time by admitting to domestic violence. McLean pleaded guilty during a court hearing Thursday in Camden, Maine, to assaulting his wife, Patrisha. She filed for divorce earlier this year after 30 years of marriage and cited abusive treatment as one of her reasons. McLean was arrested in January and initially pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says McLean will be fined three-thousand dollars if he stays out of trouble for a year.
THE TREMELOES - ASSAULT ACCUSATIONS
Two members of The Tremeloes have been found innocent of indecently assaulting a teenage girl after a show 48 years ago. A British judge has ordered Leonard Hawkes and Richard Westwood be found not guilty after prosecutors say there was no evidence to introduce. Westwood released a statement saying his reputation and career have been tarnished by bogus charges that never should have been brought. The Tremeloes are best known for the 1967 hits ``Here Comes My Baby'' and ``Silence Is Golden.''
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - GARY ROSSINGTON
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is home recovering from heart surgery. The band say on their website Rossington had blockage in his arteries. Skynyrd have called off or rescheduled their tour dates for the next two weeks. They called off concerts last week because Rossington suffered chest pains. Skynyrd plan to resume their tour August 4th in Woodlands, Texas.
ERIC CLAPTON - GUITAR AUCTION
The sale of Eric Clapton's guitar will help to pay the medical bills of the late wife of Johnny Nicholas of Asleep At The Wheel. Heritage Auctions in Dallas says a 2014 Fender Stratocaster played by Clapton at the ``Slowhand at 70'' concert in London last year sold for 45-thousand dollars on Saturday. The auction house says the bidder requested anonymity and the winning bid was more than twice what was expected. Money from the sale will help Nicholas cover the bills incurred for his wife's leukemia treatment and to support leukemia research.
JOE WALSH - MILITARY DOCUMENTARY
Joe Walsh says too many military veterans are coming home from service missing arms or legs and are confused why the government isn't taking care of them. Walsh wrote the song ``No Man's Land'' for a new veterans documentary called ``Citizen Soldier.'' It follows a group of soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Walsh says he hopes the movie is a slap in the face because it's a forgotten war and he's not okay with that.
``Citizen Soldier'' comes out August 5th in limited release.
RIHANNA - ``BATES MOTEL''
Rihanna will play the role made famous by Janet Leigh in the T-V version of ``Psycho.'' The cast and crew of the T-V show ``Bates Motel'' announced at Comic-Con over the weekend that Rihanna will play the role of Marion Crane, the woman who embezzles from her employer and ends up taking a shower at the motel.
Executive producer Carlton Cuse says he heard Rihanna was a fan of the show and calls her casting the ``perfect collision of creativity and fate.''
SIA - ``MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE''
One of the ponies in the upcoming ``My Little Pony: The Movie'' will sing, wear a big bow and have a blonde mane so long it covers her face. The Hollywood Reporter reports Sia will voice the pony pop star Songbird Serenade. Sia tweeted a picture of the pony version of herself. She will contribute two songs to the soundtrack. ``My Little Pony: The Movie'' comes out in October.
LIAM PAYNE - SOLO DEAL
Even as One Direction celebrates their six-year anniversary, it looks like the group is poised to splinter for good.
The band has been on hiatus since their fifth album. Liam Payne announced Thursday he's signed a solo deal with Capitol Records.
Harry Styles already has a solo deal, and Zayn Malik (MAL'-ihk) quit the group last year. The four band members posted a video to Twitter on Saturday thanking fans for sticking with them for six years.
SUGE KNIGHT - WITNESSES INFO
A Los Angeles judge has ruled the lawyers for Death Row Records co-founder Suge (SHUG) Knight cannot have the addresses of key witnesses in his murder trial. The decision was made after prosecutors cited allegations that Knight has intimidated witnesses. However, Judge Ronald Coen says some of the information will need to be disclosed shortly before Knight goes to trial.
Knight's lawyers had wanted details about people who saw Knight drive over two men in a restaurant parking lot in January, killing one of them. One of the witnesses is the man who survived and who repeatedly punched Knight right before the incident. Prosecutors say they will arrange interviews with the witnesses for Knight's lawyers.
OBIT - BOOKER T. AND THE MG'S - BASSIST
The man who played bass on the most famous song by Booker T. and the M-G's has died. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports bassist Lewie Steinberg died of cancer Thursday at the age of 82. Steinberg played bass on the 1965 song ``Green Onions.'' Steinberg's daughter Ida says her father originally proposed that ``Green Onions'' be called ``Funky Onions,'' but Stax Records founder Estelle Axton thought the title was ``too out there.'' Steinberg was later replaced by Donald ``Duck'' Dunn.
REBA - CRACKER BARREL
A lamp shade inspired by the saddle of Reba McEntire's father and a carved Bible box that her grandmother would love are among the items McEntire will present in a line of home goods coming next week. ``Rockin' R by Reba'' include items like Aztec-inspired ponchos, Western jewelry, rocking chairs and distressed metal clocks. McEntire also created karaoke microphones, toy guitars and stuffed rocking horses so her grandchildren would have toys to enjoy. The items will be available at Cracker Barrel stores and through the company's website beginning August 4th.
McEntire also will release a holiday album called ``My Kind of Christmas'' through Cracker Barrel on September 2nd.
High Times says it is ``awaiting an explanation'' from Lil Wayne's reps after a performance at the Cannabis Cup in Southern California. The magazine says in a statement that Wayne was ``contractually committed to performing for an hour'' at the Medical Cannabis Concentrates Cup on Saturday night. But High Times says Lil Wayne left the stage after just four songs, ``in total disregard for his fans.''
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016
One of Canada's most iconic musical groups will launch its final tour this evening.
The Tragically Hip will take to the stage in Victoria to kick off the first of 15 cross-Canada concerts.
The opening performance comes mere months after lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
The band formed in 1984 while its members were still in high school.
Over its 32 years, the group produced such famous pieces as ``New Orleans is Sinking, ''Bobcaygeon,`` ''At the Hundredth Meridian`` and ''Wheat Kings,`` which is about wrongly convicted David Milgaard.
Along the way, the Hip nabbed 14 Junos, secured a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, made it into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and is featured on a Canada Post stamp.
The Hip's final performance of their farewell tour -- to be broadcast live on C-B-C -- will be August 20th in the band's hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
CRAIG MORGAN - SON'S DEATH
Craig Morgan says the death of his 19-year-old son is ``the hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family.''
Morgan writes on Facebook his son, Jerry Greer, ``may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day, but his spirit will live on in our hearts.'' Greer was found dead in a northwestern Tennessee lake after a boating accident Monday. Greer's high school has established a scholarship in his name.
RNC - MUSIC - CHRIS JANSON
Chris Janson is fine with the U-S Republican National Convention using his music. The O'Jays and the family of Luciano Pavarotti are not. Janson, who wrote the Tim McGraw hit ``Truck Yeah,'' sang the song as ``Trump Yeah'' with the house band at the R-N-C on Tuesday. The O'Jays say they did not give permission for their song ``Love Train'' to be rewritten as ``Trump Train'' and used as part of the campaign. Group member Walter Williams, who has multiple sclerosis, says he especially takes issue with Donald Trump's disparagement of people with disabilities. The O'Jays say they were asked to play the R-N-C but turned it down. Their song ``For The Love Of Money'' was used as the theme song for Trump's T-V show ``The Apprentice.'' The Gazetta di Modena in Pavarotti's Italian hometown quotes his widow, Nicoletta, as objecting to the R-N-C using Pavarotti's version of ``Nessun Dorma.'' They say Trump's world vision goes against Pavarotti's ``values of brotherhood and solidarity.''
BARBRA STREISAND - FEARS
Barbra Streisand still deals with stage fright. However, she doesn't think that's unusual. Streisand says she doesn't know how many performers don't have stage fright. She says it's hard to face people, knowing that her voice might not be there or the audience might not like the songs she's chosen. While all those eyes on her make her scared, they also are a source of comfort. Streisand says she considers the audience her friends and she'll be O-K if she admits she's nervous. Streisand will do a nine-city tour beginning August 2nd in Los Angeles. The final show is August 23rd in Toronto - her only Canadian date.
ZAC BROWN BAND - REMINISCE
One of Zac Brown Band's favourite things in the new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit about them is the photo of the head of guitarist Clay Cook on a stick. Guitarist Coy Bowles says Cook joined the band too late to be included when the group won the best new artist Grammy, so they carried that stick around that night so he'd be in the pictures. Other items on display are the skeleton suits the band wore on stage, a stuffed coyote and the 15-foot dragon costume they used during their Jekyll and Hyde tour.
The exhibit in Nashville opens today and runs through next July.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - NOT REUNITING
My Chemical Romance fans were thrown into a tizzy when the band released a 34-second video with a waving cross flag and the intro to ``Welcome to the Black Parade'' with the date 9/23/16. Turns out the band is simply releasing a 10th-anniversary edition of their album ``The Black Parade.'' The band say they have been ``really touched and blown away by the response to the teaser trailer,'' but they are not planning a reunion or a tour.
JOE PERRY HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - TOUR
Alice Cooper says Joe Perry will be back on the Hollywood Vampires tour beginning tonight outside Santa Rosa, California. Perry fell ill while performing with the group July 10th in New York. The group includes Cooper, Perry and actor Johnny Depp.
THIRD EYE BLIND - CLEVELAND CONCERT
Third Eye Blind are clarifying their stance on their recent concert in Cleveland. The band was booed during a charity concert on Tuesday after singer Stephan Jenkins berated the Republican Party and spoke out about gay rights. Third Eye Blind have released a statement noting they did not play a Republican National Convention event, but they suspected a lot of convention attendees would come to their show. They say made it clear they were supporting the charity Musicians On Call, but they ``repudiate every last stitch of the R-N-C platform.''
GUCCI MANE - CLEAN
Gucci Mane says it felt like death when he decided to kick his addictions. Mane tells The New York Times he was ``rude,'' ''toxic`` and felt like his stomach was being torn up. He estimates he had been high or drunk for the past 17 years. He tried rehab once but it didn't work. He finally got it together while he was serving time in federal prison on a weapons charge. He's now on house arrest and expects to have his sentence completed in September. Mane not only cleaned up his act, but reshaped his body.
He dropped weight and turned his paunch into a six-pack, to the point where fans have joked he's actually a clone. Mane's album, ''Everybody's Looking,`` is out today.
(The Associated Press)
THIRD EYE BLIND PLAY CONTROVERSIAL SHOW IN CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Third Eye Blind were booed in Cleveland and they don't care. Fan footage from Third Eye Blind's benefit show for the charity Musicians On Call on Tuesday shows singer Stephan Jenkins speaking about gay rights and being critical of the Republican party. Jenkins then tells off audience members who booed him. The band later replied to a Twitter user who said she was disappointed with the show by saying, ``good.'' Fans blasted Third Eye Blind for getting political at a charity show, but the band tweeted the charity was ``aware of who we are and our take on things (like science and rights!).''
TEMPLE OF THE DOG REUNITE
Temple Of The Dog will finally tour, 25 years after the fact. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, along with drummer Matt Cameron of both bands, will tour as Temple Of The Dog for the first time ever. Right now, they plan to do five dates in November:
Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Universal Music will reissue their self-titled album as a 25th anniversary edition on September 30. Cornell wrote the songs for the record as a tribute to Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, who died of a drug overdose. Temple Of The Dog enlisted a then-unknown singer named Eddie Vedder to sing on three songs, including the hit ``Hunger Strike.'' Vedder is not listed as part of the reunion.
BRYAN ADAMS IS WORKING ON ``PRETTY WOMAN'' MUSICAL
Bryan Adams and songwriting partner Jim Vallance have written about 14 of the two dozen songs needed for a stage musical version of the film ``Pretty Woman.'' Adams tells Billboard magazine they have to be finished by December. None of the songs that were used in the movie are in the musical. Adams spoke to Billboard before Tuesday's death of Garry Marshall, who made the film. Adams says Marshall was ``just brilliant to work with'' and ``what a sweetheart.''
MUSE CANCEL TURKEY SHOW
Muse have called off their concert in Turkey after a failed military coup there last week. Muse write on their website they have cancelled Tuesday's concert in Istanbul ``in light of recent capricious events.'' They are offering refunds, and they apologize to their fans.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S TYLER HUBBARD TAKES HIATUS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line has had it with social media. He writes on his social media sites he's taking a break from them indefinitely. He says he found himself spending too much valuable time worrying about his next post or how many comments or likes he got. He promises fans he will not be gone forever, but he's going to focus on things that matter, like his family, his music and his faith. Hubbard says maybe he'll even ``learn a new instrument instead of learning how to Snapchat.''
ELLE KING EXPLAINS ``AMERICA'S SWEETHEART''
Elle King promises she is not swearing in the song ``America's Sweetheart.'' King sings, ``I'm too loud/For this town,'' but she says people think she's saying a different ``F'' word instead of ``for.'' King says she was taping a TV show when a producer pointed that out and she was appalled. The note is so high, she can't always squeak out ``for.'' King says fans were getting into the idea of telling off their towns, but she intended no such thing. She says she does the song a full step lower in concert so she can hit that note properly.
KID CUDI LANDS ROLE ON ``EMPIRE''
Kid Cudi will join the cast of ``Empire.''
Entertainment Weekly reports Cudi, who goes by Scott Muscudi as an actor, will play a rapper named Gram who is a rival to Hakeem and is dating Hakeem's ex, Tiana. Taye Diggs and French Montana have already signed on for the next season. ``Empire'' premieres September 21 on Fox.
SHERYL CROW JOINS ``MATCH GAME''
Sheryl Crow will be one of the celebrity panelists on Sunday's edition of ``Match Game'' on ABC. The other panelists are Cheryl Hines, David Alan Grier, Ellie Kemper, Jack McBrayer, Jason Alexander and Niecy Nash.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016
TAYLOR SWIFT - KANYE WEST
They are two rivals, both with long-term beef against each other, each vying for a lofty post. And as the summer heats up, so is the war of words. And no, this isn't a story about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It's about what, for some, has become an even more important battle: the one between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. The latest spark to re-ignite the feud is the weekend release of a tape in which West is heard discussing with Swift his move to use a line about her in his song ``Famous.'' The tape seems to suggest Swift lied when she said she didn't know about or approve the line in which he suggests the two might have sex someday. But an online commentator disagrees. Bonnie Fuller of Hollywood Life-dot-com sees the latest dustup as what she calls a ``blip'' on Swift's radar.
TAYLOR SWIFT - RECENT HITS
Taylor Swift's latest hits aren't on the charts, but the ones she has taken to her reputation. Over the weekend, it got worse when Kim Kardashian released a tape that indicates her husband, Kanye West called Swift to ask about name-checking her in his song ``Famous.'' Swift had claimed she had no idea West was using her name. This comes days after Swift's latest ex, Calvin Harris, went off on her online _ after Swift claimed a co-writer's credit on Harris' new hit, ``This is what You Came For.'' Harris complained Swift is trying to sabotage his career. Swift has also received unkind reviews about her new romance with actor Tom Hiddleston. Some suggest that all this has allowed Swift to do something for West that he can't do for himself: make him appear to be a sympathetic figure.
MADONNA - MALAWI
Madonna is continuing to put in the work in Malawi _ homeland of two of her adopted kids. The singer was in the African nation Sunday to check out the construction of a new children's wing for a hospital in the Malawian city of Blantyre. The add-on to the facility is funded by Madonna's charitable organization, Raising Malawi, which the music icon has worked with since 2006. The new wing will include the nation's first pediatric intensive care unit, three operating theatres dedicated to children's surgery, a day clinic and a 50-bed ward.
PROPHETS OF RAGE - CLEVELAND
They had been promising to ``cause a ruckus'' in Cleveland as the Republican National Convention takes place. And so far, the band Prophets of Rage is trying to make good on that pledge. The group performed a free pop-up show yesterday as part of a rally to end poverty. Prophets of Rage is a supergroup made up of members from Rage against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. The band says it's non-partisan and their anti-establishment message is aimed at both political parties.
COLDPLAY - MICHAEL J. FOX
Michael J. Fox and Coldplay? That was part of the price of admission when the British band performed near New York City on Sunday night. The actor teamed up with the group to rekindle the memory of the 1985 movie, ``Back to the Future.'' In the movie, Fox plays guitar on two rock classics: ``Earth Angel'' and ``Johnny B. Goode.'' And he repeated the performance alongside Coldplay at the show, held at MetLife stadium.
Band leader Chris Martin called the moment a ``dream come true.''
ALAN VEGA - OBIT
One of the pioneers of punk has died. Alan Vega was 78 when he died in his sleep Saturday night. His death was announced by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, releasing what he described as a statement approved by Vega's family. Vega and Martin Rev teamed in the early 1970s to form the duo Suicide. The band never gained mass popularity, but is widely regarded as a forerunner of punk and electronic music. Bruce Springsteen calls Vega ``one of the great revolutionary voices in rock and roll.'' And Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tweets that Vega was ``a great innovator.''
(The Associated Press)
PRODUCTION AND STAGING FINALIZED FOR 2016 CCMA AWARDS SHOW ADDITIONAL TICKETS RELEASED TO PUBLIC
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is releasing additional tickets to the public for the 2016 CCMA Awards Show – Canadian country music’s biggest night – being held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. With production and staging now finalized for this nationally broadcast production, a new block of tickets are available today for country music fans to purchase.
“The support that country music fans in and around London have shown the CCMA already is simply amazing,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “We knew as we pieced together the production assets of the 2016 CCMA Awards Show that we had to do everything we could to optimize seating for the fans, and make this event accessible to as many ticketholders as we can. I think everyone attending the 2016 CCMA Awards Show will be happy with the intimate and engaging stage set-up we’ve created.”
Tickets can be purchased online at budweisergardens.com, by calling 1-866-455-2849, or by visiting the Budweiser Gardens Box Office (99 Dundas Street, London, ON). Prices are $79.50 and $99.50 including HST (facility fees and service charges extra). Tickets are for all ages, reserved seating. Obstructed view seats are also available at a ticket price of $69.50 each.
“The countdown is on to Country Music Week! The excitement in London is palpable, and so is the sense of pride that’s radiating from the city as we gear up to host this national event,” said Chris Campbell, Chair of the 2016 London Host Committee. “We’ve certainly proven ourselves as a community passionate about country music. I encourage everyone to purchase their tickets to the CCMA Awards Show and other Country Music Week events early, to ensure you’re part of history in the making in London.”
Ticket buyers will be prompted for a promotional code before making their purchase, as a means of deterring electronic ticket buyers. The promotional code is: LONDON
Performers and presenters for the 2016 CCMA Awards Show will be announced throughout the month of August.
Country music fans can get more information on the 2016 CCMA Awards Show, Country Music Week and the latest updates on their favourite Canadian country artists by visiting ccma.org, or following the CCMA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
GWYNETH PALTROW - CHRIS MARTIN - DIVORCED
The couple that helped introduce us to the term ``conscious uncoupling'' is finally no longer a couple. A judge in Los Angeles has officially signed off on the papers sealing the divorce of Gwyneth Paltrow from Chris Martin. The couple announced in March of 2014 that they were splitting _ and the actress filed for divorce from Coldplay's lead singer the following month, citing irreconcilable differences. They have two children together, ages 12 and 10.
BONNIE BROWN - OBIT
She was one of the Browns _ a trio of singers who influenced musicians ranging from the Beatles to Lady Antebellum. Bonnie Brown has passed away. She was 77 and her publicist says she died in Little Rock, Arkansas of complications from lung cancer. She teamed up with her older siblings Jim Ed Brown and Maxine Brown to help define the Nashville sound of the 1950s and 1960s.
SOULJA BOY - ``POKEMON GO''
If you aren't so intent looking for Pikachu and his electronic pals, you might be able to spot Soulja Boy or some other celebrities rooting about for the pocket monsters. He's among the stars who say they have joined millions of others in getting hooked on the game, in which players scoot around following electronic clues to collect Pokemon. The game's popularity has led some law enforcement officials to warn players about trespassing in an effort to track down the electronic tokens.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016
EMMYS - MUSIC
They usually do battle with each other on the sales charts and at the Grammys. But the latest matchup between Beyonce and Adele will be for an Emmy. Beyonce has scored two Emmy nods _ as an executive producer and co-director of H-B-O's ``Lemonade.'' Meanwhile, Adele has snared a nod for her work as executive producer on her own music special, N-B-C's ``Adele Live In New York City.'' Both of the specials picked up a total of four nominations each. The Emmys will be given out on Sept. 18th in Los Angeles.
EMMYS - LADY GAGA
Earlier this year, Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe for her work on the series ``American Horror Story: Hotel'' _ and got generally good reviews for her work as an actress. As a result, she was considered a potential nominee for the Emmys. That potential died yesterday _ when she was shut out in the nominations.
MICK JAGGER - EXPECTING
They may not gather much moss. But the Rolling Stones sure know how to make babies well into their senior years.
Mick Jagger is expecting his eighth child. A rep for the group's lead singer says his girlfriend is pregnant. The mom is Melanie Hamrick _ and she's 29. Jagger is 72 and has seven children ranging in age from 45 to 17. He's also a grandfather of two. He isn't the only Stone still rocking in more ways than one. In May, Ron Wood became a father again at age 68.
DAVID BOWIE - ART DISPLAY
You knew him as a musician, innovator and fashion icon. But David Bowie was also quite the art collector. During his life he amassed a large array of both contemporary and modern art _ and served on the editorial board of Modern Painters magazine. Now, more than 200 pieces from his collection will be going on display before being sold this fall by Sotheby's. The exhibitions began this week and will run through November, when the auction will be held.
TEJANO SINGER'S DEATH - NATURAL CAUSES
Authorities in Texas have completed their investigation into the death of Tejano star Emilio Navaira. And they say it was due to natural causes; no foul play was involved. Navaira died in May. Police were sent to his home in New Braunfels after relatives found him unconscious and not breathing. A coroner report says he died of cardiovascular disease and police have closed their investigation into the matter.
(The Associated Press)
Polaris Prize Short List
Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen and electronic songstress Grimes are among the artists vying for the Polaris Music Prize.
The short list for best album of the year from a Canadian artist was whittled down from 40 potential contenders, which were revealed a month ago.
Both Jepsen's ``Emotion'' and Grimes' ``Art Angels'' were among the high-profile contenders.
The other albums on the short list are: Black Mountain's ``IV''; Basia Bulat's ``Good Advice''; Kaytranada's ``99.9%''; Jessy Lanza's ``Oh No''; Pup's ``The Dream Is Over''; Andy Shauf's ``The Party''; U.S. Girls' ``Half Free''; and White Lung' ``Paradise.''
Some of the biggest sellers of the year didn't make the cut _ Justin Bieber, Drake and the Weeknd had all made the long list.
The winner will be awarded $50,000 on Sept. 19 at a gala presentation held at Toronto's Carlu. A webcast will be hosted by CBC Music and Aux.tv.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016
TAYLOR SWIFT - CALVIN HARRIS
Calvin Harris has a question for Taylor Swift: if you're so happy with your new guy, why are you focusing so much effort on making MY life miserable? Harris is upset because Swift came out with the news that she co-wrote Harris' latest hit song.
She says she used an alias to co-write ``This is What You Came For'' _ a song Harris did featuring Rihanna. Harris lit into Swift on Twitter, saying she broke a promise to keep the collaboration secret. Harris and Swift announced last month that they'd broken up.
And now, Harris says Swift is trying to ``bury'' him like she did Katy Perry. It's believed Swift's hit ``Bad Blood'' is about the falling out between the two musicians.
ALICIA KEYS, BONO, BEYONCE, RIHANNA APPEAR IN ``23 WAYS''
So much for those who say musicians don't get as involved in social issues as they did back in the day. Some of today's top recording stars are in a video that is as stark as it is serious. It features musicians like Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Bono, Common, Adam Levine and Janelle Monae reciting a list of things black people have done that led to their deaths, in most cases at the hands of police. The black-and-white clip ``23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America'' has become a hot topic online after it was released on Mic.com. Keys says she was inspired after seeing the list online _ and had no trouble getting fellow celebrities to appear in a video version of ``23 ways.''
PRINCE - ESTATE
It probably isn't a will. But A Minnesota law firm may have information that may help sort out Prince's estate.
And the attorneys have been given permission to share that information with the company handling the estate. One probate expert says what a judge calls the ``potentially relevant'' information likely isn't a will _ because if it were known about before now, it should have been presented to the court. The judge's order to have the information shared with the firm handling Prince's estate doesn't say what the new material might be.
GOP CONVENTION MAY BE LACKING MUSICAL STAR POWER
When it comes to the battle for musicians, the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be a landslide. The Republicans hold their convention next week. And it appears few celebrities who back Trump will be in Cleveland to back him up. One of Trump's biggest musical supporters is Ted Nugent. But he's on the road and won't attend. Country legend Loretta Lynn backs Trump, but her rep says she hasn't been invited to the convention.
Other acts who have performed for the GOP before say they won't be around this year, either. Meanwhile, when Clinton claims the nomination in Philadelphia, among the musicians who will stand up for her include Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and Cyndi Lauper.
(The Associated Press)
If you missed yesterday's CCMA Announcement ...
2016 CCMA AWARD NOMINEES
CONGRATULATIONS TO DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST FOR ONCE AGAIN BEING NOMINATED IN THE COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR CATEGORY
Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB
Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON
Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
Cavendish Beach Music Festival – Cavendish, PE
Dauphin’s Countryfest – Dauphin, MB
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Edge Of The Storm – Wes Mack
Hearts On Fire – Chad Brownlee
I Got This – George Canyon
Tin Roof – Gord Bamford
Tougher Than Love – Bobby Wills
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Cold Creek County
The Road Hammers
The Washboard Union
ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union
The Western Swing Authority
Cold Creek County
River Town Saints
The Washboard Union
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Airwaves – Brett Kissel
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
Cheap Seats – Dallas Smith
Don’t Let Her Be Gone – Gord Bamford
Won’t You Be Mine – Bobby Wills
VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Presented by Coors Banquet
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
Hearts On Fire – Chad Brownlee
Kiss Me Quiet – Jess Moskaluke
Maybe It’s The Moonshine – The Washboard Union
Our Town – Cold Creek County
What Love Is All About – Johnny Reid
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR – Presented by olé
Chad Kroeger, Meghan Patrick
Song: Bow Chicka Wow Wow (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)
Song: Bring Down The House (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman
Song: Came Here To Forget (Performed By: Blake Shelton)
Gord Bamford, Wade Kirby, Phil O’Donnell
Song: Heard You In A Song (Performed By: Gord Bamford)
Matt Johnson, Michael Pyle, Bobby Wills
Song: Won’t You Be Mine (Performed By: Bobby Wills)
INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dave Barber – Banjo
Denis Dufresne – Mandolin
Shane Guse – Mandolin
Robin Pelletier – Mandolin
Tyler Vollrath – Mandolin
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald