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MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

 

PAUL BRANDT - KENNEY SONG USE

Alberta country music star Paul Brandt says he wants to see more of Tory leadership candidate Jason Kenney's policies after the politician used his well-known song ``Alberta Bound'' without asking the singer first. 

The song was played as Kenney was introduced last week for his leadership announcement. 

Brandt says no one from the Kenney campaign reached out to him asking if they could use the song. 

Politicians don't have to get artists permission to use their music at campaign events, as long as the venue has a licence from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, or SOCAN. 

An official from the Kenney camp said they have every reason to believe the song use was handled appropriately, as the venue has a licence. 

Brandt said he also looks at someone using his music for a cause as a compliment. 

(CFFR)

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JOE PERRY - HOSPITALIZED

 

Joe Perry is said to be ``doing well'' after being taken to a hospital last night. The guitarist for Aerosmith walked off the stage at a performance in New York _ and headed to a hospital for tests. An official with Coney Island Hospital confirms Perry was tested there _ but didn't provide details. A rep for the group says he's fine and resting _ and appreciates the good wishes.

Perry was performing with the group Hollywood Vampires, which also featured Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper. Joe Perry is 65. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - FORBES LIST

 

Taylor Swift is the tops when it comes to getting paid. She tops the annual Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities _ with 170-million dollars. Her performance at the bank dwarfs that of other musicians. Adele checks in at No. 9 on the list with 80.5-million, Rihanna with 75-million and Katy Perry at 63 with 41-million. 

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HIP-HOP AWARDS - SHOOTINGS

 

They were there to give props to hip-hop. But some of the artists who attended an event last night in New York also spoke about the need for people to come together to squash the racial strife in this country. Leanne 'Lelee' Lyons of S-W-V says the events of the past week mean ``we've got a lot of cleaning up to do.'' Fellow S-W-V singer Cheryl 'Coko' Gamble agrees _ and it says it will take both blacks and whites to accomplish the goal together.

She says it the solution is a simple one: ``We have to unite. Stop promoting hate and let's promote love.'' 

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B.B. KING - LAWSUIT

 

Any photographer would be thrilled to have nice photos of B.B. King _ and have them used on his albums. But, to borrow a line from one of the late blues artist's hits, the thrill would be gone _ if those images were used without permission. And that's what a New York photographer is claiming. Glen Craig has filed suit against King's estate and Universal Music Group for copyright infringement. Craig says his photos of King have been used on his albums for more than 40 years _ and he hasn't been paid. He's seeking damages and a jury trial. 

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``I CAN'T BREATHE'' - SONG LYRIC

 

It became known as the dying words of a New York man who died after being put in a chokehold by police. And now, the words ``I can't breathe'' have become part of the lyrics of a new song. The song is being released by the siblings of Eric Garner _ on the second anniversary of his death. Garner repeated the words ``I can't breathe'' almost a dozen times as police pinned him down on a New York street where he was accused of illegally selling loose cigarettes. The song is currently streaming on SoundCloud and will be available from iTunes and other digital outlets. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

 

JOE PERRY - COLLAPSES

 

Joe Perry is described as stable and resting, after being taken to a hospital. The Aerosmith guitarist became ill last night while performing with Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper in his side band, the Hollywood Vampires. An administrator at Coney Island Hospital confirmed the 65-year-old Perry was undergoing tests. A Hollywood Vampires record label rep said Perry was stable and resting. Cooper tweets ``our brother'' is stable and with family. 

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PROFESSOR GRIFF - DALLAS SHOOTER

 

Professor Griff of Public Enemy is denying any association with the suspect who shot five police officers in Dallas last week. The Dallas Police Department says the Facebook account of 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson includes information on Griff, who the police say ``embraces a radical form of Afrocentrism.'' A photo of Johnson shaking hands with Griff has surfaced. Griff says he does not advocate killing cops and he does not know the shooter. 

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MUSICIANS - SONGS IN RESPONSE TO KILLINGS

 

Musicians have been responding to recent events involving killings and police in the way they best know how: with song. Chris Brown has released a song called ``My Friend.'' He writes on Instagram it's for ``anybody dealing with injustice or struggle in their lives.'' Jay Z released a song called ``spiritual'' and says, ``I trust God and know everything that happens is for our greatest good, but man...it's tough right now.''

Florida Georgia Line have posted a new song called ``Music Is Healing'' on their Instagram account. The song plays over a photo of a black police officer and a white police officer, each of whom wrote on his hand ``His life matters'' and an arrow pointing to the other. Maren Morris has released a demo for a song she calls ``Dear Hate,'' in which she tells hate that love will always win. 

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DAVID GILMOUR - POMPEII

 

David Gilmour has returned to Pompeii. On Thursday and Friday, Gilmour played for about two-thousand people in the ancient amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy. It was 45 years after Pink Floyd filmed a concert there for an audience of nobody. Gilmour says he likes playing in places that are interesting and beautiful.

He says they may be hard to stage or not make much money, but he would rather do something that people think for years, ``Wow, that was fantastic.'' The concert was filmed for a documentary. 

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KENNY CHESNEY - ALBUM TITLE

 

Kenny Chesney is not just delaying the release of his next album. He's changed the name. Chesney has announced he's dropping the title ``Some Town Somewhere'' in favour of ``Cosmic Hallelujah.'' Chesney says ``Some Town Somewhere'' is a great title, but he felt ``Cosmic Hallelujah'' continues with what he was trying to accomplish with ``The Big Revival'' album. ``Some Town Somewhere'' was supposed to come out Friday. It will now come out with the new title on October 28th. Chesney delayed the release so he could include a duet with Pink. 

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FRANZ FERDINAND - GUITARIST

 

Guitarist Nick McCarthy will not be on the next Franz Ferdinand album nor will he tour with them. The band say in a statement McCarthy has a young family and does not want to be away from them for the year and a half it takes to work on an album. They say McCarthy's departure is not a permanent solution. McCarthy says he's going to concentrate on writing and producing completely different things for a bit and ``we can all look forward to hearing the new Franz Ferdinand album.'' 

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CHAKA KHAN - REHAB 

 

Chaka Khan says Prince's death has pushed her to get help. Khan says in a statement she is battling an addiction to the same medication that led to Prince's death. An autopsy found Prince had died of an overdose to the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Khan has entered rehab with her sister, Yvonne Stevens, also known as Taka Boom. Khan says they agreed they would take the journey together and support each other through recovery.

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ALANIS MORISSETTE  -  BABY

 

It's a girl for Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette. She's posted photos of her daughter on social media, noting the baby was born June 23rd. Morissette and her husband, Souleye, have named her Onyx Solace Morissette-Treadway. They also have a five-year-old boy named Ever. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016

 

CELINE DION STREAM 

Celine Dion is taking her show online Saturday with a live-stream from the last stop on her European tour. 

The ``My Heart Will Go On'' songstress will offer up a four-song performance from Paris. 

Organizers say the live-stream will begin at 2:45 p.m. ET on Dion's Facebook page. 

Dion will be heading back to Canada for a 10-show run at Montreal's Bell Centre starting July 31 before hitting up Quebec City and Trois-Rivieres, Que. 

The singer has endured a difficult year after her husband Rene Angelil and her brother Daniel both died of cancer within days of each other in January. 

Since then, Dion released a cover of Queen's ``The Show Must Go On'' in tribute to her husband, and is working on a new English-language album. 

(The Canadian Press)

 

STEVEN ADLER - GUNS N' ROSES

 

The Guns N' Roses reunion just got a bit more reunited. Drummer Steven Adler joined the band onstage at the Cincinnati show Wednesday. Singer Axl Rose introduced him before the songs ``Out Ta Get Me'' and ``My Michelle.'' Adler and Rose have not performed together in more than 25 years. Adler was fired from G-N-R in 1990 for drug use. 

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JON BON JOVI - WEDDING SINGER

 

Jon Bon Jovi had just planned on being a wedding guest. A wedding singer goaded him into singing ``Livin' on a Prayer.'' A video posted on YouTube shows singer Lourdes Valentin singing the song while Bon Jovi watched appreciatively. He shook off her invitation to join in but finally caved. Aside from one little girl, no one was dancing, but the room was full of cameras capturing the moment. Valentin says she knew Bon Jovi would be at the wedding and it was ``a thrill to sing with such an amazing artist.'' 

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SHOOTINGS - MUSICIANS REACT

 

Beyonce called for a moment of silence at her show in Glasgow, Scotland, while a screen showed dozens of names of people killed by police. Two black men were killed by police in separate incidents in Louisiana and in Minnesota in the past few days. Chris Brown says on an Instagram video, ``Something's gotta give, bro. It just has to....We're getting killed every day.''

Macklemore writes on social media, ``The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it.'' 

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES - SUCCESS

 

Nothing But Thieves would hardly say they had overnight success. Guitarist Dominic Craik says they'd sometimes play for just the bartenders and their sound guy and sometimes the bartenders would leave. Now they play for thousands of people and it sometimes seems like a sea of humanity. Craik says the worst is looking at the crowd and seeing his mother waving at him. He says he's trying to look cool and he gets distracted into wondering whether she's done his laundry yet. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE  - WOODY ALLEN FILM

 

Justin Timberlake has been cast in Woody Allen's next movie. The as-yet-untitled film is a drama set in the 1950s and will also star Kate Winslet and Jim Belushi. Shooting begins in the fall in New York. 

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NORAH JONES - BABY

 

Norah Jones is a mom for the second time and it's a...baby! Her representative confirms the news to People magazine, but the baby's gender, name and date of birth were not given. Jones is notoriously private about her personal life. She also has a two-year-old son. 

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(The Associated Press)

Drummer Steven Adler rejoins Guns N' Roses on summer tour!

 

Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N' Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century. 

Video of the Wednesday night concert shows Rose introducing Adler before performing ``Out Ta Get Me'' and ``My Michelle'' from the band's 1987 debut album ``Appetite for Destruction.'' 

Adler was thrown out of the band near the height of its popularity in 1990 due to drug use. He played with guitarists Slash and Duff McKagan at the band's 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, but Rose didn't take part. 

The band is currently on a summer tour featuring Rose, Slash and McKagan performing together for the first time in more than 20 years.

 

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016

 

IRON MAIDEN RELEASE MOBILE GAME

 

Iron Maiden fans can now help band mascot Eddie find the pieces of his shattered soul. That's the premise behind the new free-to-play mobile game ``Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast.'' Eddie and his allies go on a quest inspired by Iron Maiden's music and art. Bassist Steve Harris says the worlds and character designs do the band proud and the music ties it all together. ``Legacy of the Beast'' is available now for iOS and Android devices. 

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QUEEN HAS Bestselling BRITISH ALBUM EVER

 

The British love their Queen. The Official Charts Company, the British equivalent of the Billboard charts, is marking its 60th anniversary with the 60 biggest-selling albums of all time.

The number-one bestselling album in Britain is ``Queen's Greatest Hits.'' When hearing of the news, Brian May of Queen said, ``Well, I always thought the band showed promise, but this is beyond our boyhood dreams! Thanks folks!'' ''ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits`` is number two, followed by The Beatles and ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.`` Adele's ''21`` is number four, and ''(What's The Story) Morning Glory?`` by Oasis is fifth. 

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THE BAND PERRY RESCHEDULE CONCERT AFTER THREATS

 

Authorities say a man arrested for making a threat that forced the postponement of a concert by The Band Perry had suggested he would jump a fence with a gun. Police say 35-year-old Dzmitry Papou and another man asked at the Americana Bayside Welcome Center about getting tickets for the concert a few blocks away. An employee said it was sold out. One of the men allegedly said, ``What if we jump the fence?'' and the employee said they'd be kicked out and possibly arrested. The affidavit says Papou then said, ``What if we jump the fence with guns?'' Papou told authorities one of the men made a comment about jumping the fence but denies that either said anything about guns. Papou surrendered yesterday after hearing about the story on the news. The other man has been identified but not arrested. The Band Perry rescheduled the show for August 17. 

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MUMFORD AND SONS CONDEMN FESTIVAL AFTER REPORTS OF ATTACKS ON WOMEN

 

Mumford and Sons are refusing to play a Swedish festival again after reports of several women reported being raped or groped last weekend. Police say there were five cases of alleged rape and more than a dozen suspected sexual assaults at the Bravalla Festival outside Stockholm. Mumford and Sons say they are ``gutted by these hideous reports'' after playing the festival. They say they will not play there again until they have assurances from police and organizers that they're doing something to combat ``a disgustingly high rate of reported sexual violence.'' Police say they received 32 reports of attacks on women at another Swedish festival over the weekend. 

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KANYE WEST BEWILDERS NASHVILLE

 

Nashville apparently doesn't know what to think about Kanye West's controversial video for ``Famous.'' The Nashville Tennessean reports West's team gave an hour's notice that the video would be screened in downtown Nashville Sunday night. The 10-minute video portrays West in bed with several lifelike figures of naked celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump. While other showings sometimes resulted in boos, the crowd in Nashville was silent. The music intentionally drops out in the middle of the video, and some people left. When the video ended, the crowd dispersed without applauding. 

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SMOKEY ROBINSON WINS GERSHWIN PRIZE

 

The Library of Congress will bestow a special honour on Smokey Robinson. He will be given the library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao calls Robinson's melodies ``works of art'' and adds that Robinson ``is a master at crafting lyrics that speak to the heart and soul.''

Robinson will get the prize during a ceremony in Washington in November. 

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NEIL YOUNG GOES ELECTRIC

 

Neil Young looked at his 1959 Lincoln Continental and thought, why CAN'T it be electric? Young says his intent was never to sell it, but to prove it could be done. He says he doesn't like polluting, nor does he like car companies making the same car over and over and considering it progressive. He gets 55 miles to the gallon on his car. He drives it all the time, too.

Young says he's got 55,000 miles on it. 

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MICHAEL FRANTI WILL PLAY MLB YOGA EVENT

 

Three very different elements are coming together for one event: Michael Franti of Spearhead, Major League Baseball and yoga. Franti will perform between sessions of the Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga event in San Diego on Saturday, one of the events that's part of the All-Star festivities. Franti says baseball and yoga may not seem like an obvious pairing, but ``it's a lot like the seventh-inning stretch.'' 

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PETE WENTZ IN LINEUP FOR CELEBRITY ALL-STAR SOFTBALL GAME

 

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy will show off his skills as part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. Other players include Jamie Foxx, Andy Cohen, Terry Crews, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former soccer player Landon Donovan. The game will air on ESPN immediately after the Home Run Derby on Monday. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016

 

KATY PERRY SETS TWITTER RECORD

 

Katy Perry has more Twitter followers than anyone else ever. Twitter reports Perry has reached 90 million followers.

Her response to the news: ``Dang this is tight.'' 

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CHRIS YOUNG IS MAKING A HOLIDAY RECORD

 

While the rest of the country was thinking about fireworks and barbecues this weekend, Chris Young was thinking about snow and jingle bells. Young announced through a video on his Facebook page he is working on a Christmas album. He showed the studio where one of his associates was dressed in a Will Smith Christmas sweater and two others dressed as Santa and an elf. Young says it's been tough to narrow down the songs he wants to do and he's excited his fans will have an entire Christmas album this year. 

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PRIMUS DRUMMER TIM ``HERB'' ALEXANDER HAS ANOTHER HEART ATTACK

 

Drummer Tim ``Herb'' Alexander of Primus says he is taking it easy at home after suffering a second heart attack over the weekend. Alexander writes on Instagram he didn't think he'd have another one because he had triple bypass surgery two years ago immediately after his first one. Alexander says the heart attack made him sad, not because he could die, but because he would have to say goodbye to his family. He urges fans to ``tell the people in your life you love them'' and ``enjoy the days you have with them.'' 

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PRIMUS' LES CLAYPOOL CREATES SEAPOP

 

Primus frontman Les Claypool has created his own beverage, and get it out of your head right now: it does not come in ``Pork Soda'' flavour. SeaPop contains ginger, chamomile and other traditional calming herbs. Its taste is described as ``a ginger-snap dipped in vanilla ice cream.'' Claypool created SeaPop to combat the motion sickness he suffered after rupturing his inner ear while scuba diving last year. Currently it's only being sold in five retail outlets in Northern California, but an online store is in the works. 

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PITTSBURGH AUTHORITIES EXPLAIN HOW THEY DEALT WITH KENNY CHESNEY CROWDS

 

Pittsburgh officials were able to avoid trouble at the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday by providing more toilets, handing out free trash bags and turning away anyone who was visibly drunk. Pittsburgh chief operations officer Guy Costa says ``major, major improvements'' have been made since the last time Chesney has played Pittsburgh. A 2013 concert resulted in 73 arrests and more than 30 tons of trash left behind. This time around, seven arrests were made. Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay says his officers witnessed an ``incredible'' amount of alcohol consumed between noon and 8 p-m the day of the concert, but officers broke up fewer fights than in the past. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT-CELEBRATES THE FOURTH

 

Taylor Swift has been celebrating the July Fourth weekend with her famous friends. The New York Daily News reports the Swift squad was partying at her seaside mansion in Rhode Island. Her new main squeeze Tom Hiddleston was there, along with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, and models Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. 

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DMC OF RUN-DMC CREDITS SARAH McLACHLAN FOR SAVING HIM

 

When Darryl ``D-M-C'' McDaniels of Run-D-M-C was on the brink of ending it all, it was Sarah McLachlan who pulled him from the abyss. In an excerpt from his memoir, ``Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide,'' published in People magazine, McDaniels says he was at his suicidal worst during a two-week tour of Japan in 1997.

He says McLachlan's song ``Angel'' was what gave him hope. He writes, ``I cannot overemphasize how important that song was to me in the midst of my depression.'' Later that year, he met McLachlan at a party and told her what that song meant to him. He says she thanked him and said, ``That's what music is supposed to do.'' ''Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide`` comes out today. 

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SOUNDGARDEN WELCOME THE SOUNDGUARDIAN

 

A research vessel that will be used to monitor the water in Puget Sound in Washington state has been named after Soundgarden. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks has named its new almost 15-metre twin-hull vessel the SoundGuardian, based on a public vote. Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden helped christen the boat on the Seattle Ship Canal last week. 

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CORINNE BAILEY RAE WORKS THROUGH THE PAIN OF LOSS

 

Corinne Bailey Rae's advice for anyone who has suffered a great pain -- give it time and don't be afraid to talk about it. Rae's husband, Jason, died of an accidental overdose in 2008. Rae says she felt like she was repeating herself constantly in trying to solve the events that led to his death, as if she could figure out a way to have prevented him from dying. She says after enough time has passed, the pain may not be any better, but life has grown around it so it doesn't throw her off balance anymore. Rae's first album since Jason's death recently came out. It's called ``The Heart Speaks in Whispers.'' 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 30,2016

 

FORT MCMURRAY BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Organizers say a benefit concert to raise money for victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire has hit its goal of raising $2 million. 

Officials with Fire Aid sent out a tweet after the show Wednesday night, saying the money from the ``unforgettable concert'' would be going to the United Way in the northern Alberta city. 

Alberta honky tonker Corb Lund co-hosted the event at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium with Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle. 

Others who performed included Blue Rodeo, Ian Tyson, Randy Bachman and Nickelback, whose members hail from Hanna, Alta. 

The money was raised from the sale of more than 30,000 tickets, corporate sponsorships and donations. 

It was nowhere near a sell-out, however, as the seating capacity at the football stadium is about 60,000. 

(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)

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BRAD PAISLEY, BILLY RAY CYRUS AMONG THOSE HELPING WITH WEST VIRGINIA FLOOD RELIEF

 

Brad Paisley has started a crowdfunding site to raise money for flood victims in West Virginia and he's kicked in 100-thousand dollars of his own money.  Paisley hopes to bring in 1-million dollars with a GoFundMe account.  He was born in Glen Dale.  Meanwhile, Billy Ray Cyrus and ``America's Got Talent'' winner Landau Eugene Murphy Junior will be part of a ``Rebuild West Virginia'' telethon to be held tomorrow in Bluefield.  W-V-V-A-T-V will broadcast it statewide, and it will be carried online.  At least 23 people were killed in floods in West Virginia last week. 

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SCOTTY MOORE FUNERAL WILL BE PRIVATE

 

No public service is planned for longtime Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore.  He died Tuesday at his home in Nashville at the age of 84.  Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla, says Elvis loved Moore dearly and ``treasured those amazing years together.'' 

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RALPH STANLEY FUNERAL HELD IN HIS HOMETOWN

 

Hundreds of bluegrass fans turned up to say a last goodbye to Ralph Stanley.  He was laid to rest Tuesday night in his hometown of McClure, Virginia.  Ricky Skaggs and Jim Lauderdale were among the speakers.  Larry Sparks, Judy Marshall and Dan Marshall sang Stanley Brothers songs.  Stanley died last week at the age of 89 after battling skin cancer. 

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KELSEA BALLERINI GETS NERVOUS HOSTING FOR THE FIRST TIME

 

Kelsea Ballerini had all kinds of jitters when she showed up to co-host the six-episode A-B-C show ``Greatest Hits.''  Then the producers asked if she wanted to perform and she was instantly relieved.  Ballerini says she got to sing a song by Shania Twain, who's a big influence, and one by Britney Spears, who was her first concert.  The premise of the show is that heritage acts and new singers will perform the biggest hits of the past 35 years.  Tonight's premiere will feature Pitbull, R-E-O Speedwagon, Ray Parker Junior, Jason Derulo, Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, Rick Springfield and Kool and The Gang.  Ballerini co-hosts with Arsenio Hall. 

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MUSICIANS INVITED TO JOIN FILM ACADEMY

 

 Mary J. Blige, RZA  and Sia are among the 683 new invitees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Raphael Saadiq, will i am (will-eye-am, and Marcus Miller also have been extended invitations.  Ice Cube has been invited as both an actor and as a writer and must choose which branch he would join.  Among the actors who have been invited include Idris Elba, Eva Mendes, Kate Beckinsale, America Ferrera and Anika Noni Rose. 

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METALLICA POSE FOR MENSWEAR ADS

 

Metallica are the new faces of luxury menswear.

The band write on their website they are ``beyond thrilled'' to be used in the ad campaign for men's suit and tuxedo maker Brioni.  The black-and-white photos were taken in San Francisco last month and are based on Queen's ``Bohemian Rhapsody'' video. 

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KANYE WEST SIGNS DEAL WITH ADIDAS

 

Adidas calls its new deal with Kanye West one of its most significant with a non-athlete.  West has expanded his agreement with Adidas with sportswear and streetwear designs.  The products will be carried in Adidas stores as well as newly created retail hubs specifically for the brand.  West launched his Yeezy Boost shoe line for Adidas in February 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

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STEWART COPELAND SHOWS OFF BALI FOR ``ISLAND FEVER''

 

Police drummer Stewart Copeland is surfing in Bali, drinking the local moonshine and jamming with a Bali drum group -- all in the interest of education, of course.  Copeland will host a special called ``Island Fever'' on the Travel Channel on July 9th.  He will go through a purification ceremony at an ancient temple and participate in a traditional monkey chant and fire dance.

 On the music front, Copeland is working on an album in Milan. 

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NBC'S ``FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR'' ADDS MORE ENTERTAINERS

 

 Sara Bareilles, D-N-C-E and Pitbull have been added to the lineup for N-B-C's Independence Day celebration.  Other performers for the ``Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular'' include Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Meghan Trainor. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY 29, 2016

 

ALBERTA WILDFIRE CONCERT

 

A benefit concert for more than 80-thousand residents who had to flee from a wildfire in northeastern Alberta fire is set for tonight in Edmonton. 

Proceeds from Fire Aid are to go to the Fort McMurray United Way to support the city's rebuilding efforts. 

The entire city's population was forced to leave on May 3rd due to a massive forest fire that spread through the oilsands capital. 

About 24-hundred homes and buildings were destroyed. 

Artists taking the stage at Commonwealth Stadium include Blue Rodeo, Dean Brody, Randy Bachman and Nickelback. 

Alberta honky tonker Corb Lund is co-hosting the event along with Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle. 

Lund says he was determined to help Fort McMurray in the one way he can -- by playing music. 

He says raising funds is great, but it's even more important to show residents affected by the fire that people care about them. 

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(The Canadian Press)

 

 

 

LUDACRIS WILL PLAY GUANTANAMO

 

Ludacris will mark Independence Day with a free show at Guantanamo.  The Miami Herald reports Ludacris will perform for U-S Navy staffers and their families at the base in Cuba after the fireworks on July 4th.  The concert will be performed inside a restricted military zone, so the public cannot attend.  It also will be far enough away that the 89 war-on-terror detainees will not be able to hear the music. 

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SONGWRITER SIR MACK RICE DIES

 

The man who wrote the songs ``Mustang Sally'' and ``Respect Yourself'' has died.  Sir Mack Rice died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Monday in Detroit at the age of 82, according to his wife.  Rice's original title for ``Mustang Sally'' was ``Mustang Mama,'' but Aretha Franklin, who played keyboards on the demo, suggested the name change.  Wilson Pickett made the song a hit in 1966.  The Staple Singers turned ``Respect Yourself'' into a hit in 1971, then Bruce Willis did it again in 1987.  Rice also wrote ``Cheaper to Keep Her'' for Johnnie Taylor and ``Do The Funky Penguin Part 1'' for Rufus Thomas.  Rice also was a member of The Falcons, who had a number-17 hit in 1959 with ``You're So Fine.'' 

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SUGE KNIGHT'S FIANCEE, LAWYERS PLAN TO SHOW SOFTER SIDE FOR HIS MURDER TRIAL

 

The fiancee of Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight says there's a public perception that he wakes up looking for trouble.  Toi-Lin Kelly says that's not true.  She says his nickname, ``Sugar Bear,'' really describes him well, because he's a big guy who fights for what he loves.  Knight is currently in jail awaiting trial for running over two men with his pickup truck last year, killing one of them.  His attorney, Jeremy Lessem, says Knight was not expecting trouble that day and went into an ambush.

He says Knight turned himself in to authorities to explain what happened. 

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OBIT-SCOTTY MOORE

 

Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist, has died.  Moore played on ``Hound Dog'' and other early Elvis hits.  Moore was 84.  Biographer and friend James L Dickerson says Moore passed away Tuesday morning in his house in Nashville.

Dickerson spoke with a family member of Moore's longtime companion, Gail Pollock, who had been staying in the house with Moore.  Pollock died in November 2015.  Moore's slashing guitar style and Bill Black's hard-slapping work on a standup bass gave Presley the foundation on which he developed his sound.  Sun records producer Sam Phillips paired Presley with Moore and Black in 1954. 

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OZZY OSBOURNE WISHES ``THE END'' COULD GO ON

 

Ozzy Osbourne doesn't want the Black Sabbath farewell party to stop.  Osbourne tells Billboard magazine he would not mind extending their ``The End'' tour for another few gigs, but guitarist Tony Iommi only wants to do 80 shows.  Iommi has been battling lymphoma.  Osbourne says he's having a blast with the concerts and the emotional aspect probably won't kick in until the last five shows.  He points out he's not the one who wants to retire, but Black Sabbath does.  The band recently announced eight more dates in the U-K, which means the tour will wind up February 4th in Birmingham, England, the band's hometown. 

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AEROSMITH'S JOEY KRAMER PREPARES TO OPEN COFFEE SHOP

 

A coffee shop owned by Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer will open this week.  Joey Kramer's Rockin' and Roastin' Cafe will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.  The shop will feature drinks based on Kramer's Rockin' and Roastin' coffee.  His drum kit will be in a glass case visible from the road. 

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JOEY FATONE OPENS FAT ONE'S

 

For everyone who ever referred to Joey Fatone of 'N Sync as ``Fat One,'' he's decided to try to make some money off that.  Fatone has announced he will open a restaurant called Fat One's Hot Dogs and Italian Ice.  It will open in Orlando in August. 

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LAWYERS IN PRINCE CASE HAVE TWO WEEKS TO GIVE INPUT ON GENETIC TESTING

 

The Minnesota judge overseeing the legal proceedings for Prince's estate is giving attorneys two weeks to give their input on how to conduct genetic testing.  In an order made public yesterday, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide says lawyers have until July 8 to weigh in on the DNA testing protocols.  Prince left no known will.  Prince's sister and five half-siblings are in line to inherit an estimated 300 -million dollar estate.  Several others have claimed to be relatives of Prince. 

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GRETCHEN WILSON PUTS HOUSE ON THE MARKET

 

Gretchen Wilson is selling her house outside Nashville for 1.7-million dollars.  It's got four bedrooms, five and a half baths, two garages and a recording studio where A-list musicians have performed.  Wilson plans to take the recording equipment with her but she may part with it if the price is right. 

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LISA MARIE PRESLEY FILES FOR DIVORCE

 

Lisa Marie Presley's fourth marriage is falling apart.  Court records show Presley filed for divorce from guitarist Michael Lockwood on Friday after 10-years of marriage.

She cites irreconcilable differences.  They have 7-year-old twin daughters together. 

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FIRST BEACH BOYS RECORDINGS WILL BE RELEASED

 

What was it like when The Beach Boys first recorded themselves?  You can find out August 26th when ``Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite and Dorinda Morgan Sessions'' is released.  It's everything they recorded at the Morgans' house between September 1961 and 1962 that survived the decades.  It's every take, false start, studio banter and master take, for a total of 62 tracks.  It includes the demo, master recording and eight takes of their first single, ``Surfin','' as well as the surviving takes of ``Surfin' Surfari'' and ``Surfer Girl.''  The Beach Boys recorded nine songs in the sessions before signing with Capital Records in 1962. 

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BARRY GIBB PLANS STUDIO RELEASE

 

Barry Gibb is about to release his first new music in 15-years.  Gibb will put out an album called ``In The Now'' this fall, featuring songs he wrote with his two sons.  It's only Gibb's second solo record and the first one he's made since the last Bee Gees album, ``This Is Where I Came In,'' in 2001. 

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YELLOWCARD ANNOUNCE THE END

 

Yellowcard will put out one more album and do one more tour and then it's over.  Yellowcard write on their website they went into the studio to make a self-titled album with the knowledge that it would be their last time recording together.  They call it ``a fitting final creative piece.''  They don't say what they plan to do after the last Yellowcard show, except to say they all will be heading in new directions.  The album comes out September 30th.  The tour begins today in Nashville. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

 

SUGE KNIGHT SUES CHRIS BROWN

 

Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is suing Chris Brown for failing to provide adequate security at a party in 2014 during which Knight was shot. Knight's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, accuses Brown and the nightclub 1 Oak of allowing at least one armed person into the venue. Knight was shot in the abdomen, chest and forearm. He says complications from those injuries caused such fear in him that five months later he drove into two men who attacked him in a Los Angeles restaurant parking lot. One of the men died. Knight is currently in jail awaiting trial for that incident. Knight is asking for the defendants to pay past and future medical expenses. Brown's attorney has not responded to requests for comment. 1 Oak's owners declined comment. 

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MAN SWINDLES DISABLED WOMAN BY POSING AS JASON ALDEAN

 

Authorities in Fargo, Florida, say a man pretended to be Jason Aldean to convince a mentally disabled woman to give him money and have sex with him. Police tell WFLA-TV that 27-year-old Daniel Michael Farris of St. Petersburg posed as Aldean and as a friend of Aldean on Facebook. According to an affidavit, Farris convinced the woman to give him 230-dollars and engage in sexual intercourse. Farris was booked last week on charges of grand theft and scheme to defraud. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FACES TWITTER BLAST AFTER JESSE WILLIAMS SPEECH

 

Justin Timberlake tweeted that he was ``inspired'' after hearing actor-activist Jesse Williams' acceptance speech at the BET Awards Sunday, and that launched a firestorm of criticism. Williams spoke about racism and social injustice while accepting a humanitarian award. One Twitter user tweeted to Timberlake, ``Does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture?'' Timberlake responded, ``Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.'' That inspired more flak toward Timberlake for being insensitive. Timberlake said he felt ``misunderstood,'' then ended with, ``I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.'' 

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JUDGE IN PRINCE ESTATE PLANS TO PROCEED CAREFULLY

 

The judge overseeing the legal affairs of Prince's estate says he's not going to rush things. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide (EYE'-dee) says he wants to do the case right because it's important to a lot of people. He does not plan to make a ruling about who will inherit the estate for at least two weeks. Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings are in line to inherit and are pushing for a quick resolution. One woman claims Prince had a different father and she is Prince's sister.

Bremer Trust officials, who are the special administrators of the estate, say they've gone through thousands of boxes and did not find a will. 

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MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN SCOTTY McCREERY ROBBERY

 

A man has pleaded guilty to robbing Scotty McCreery and his friends two years ago. WTVD-TV in Durham, North Carolina, reports 21-year-old Mikkail Shaw pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery with a dangerous weapon. Police say three armed people burst into an apartment in Raleigh in May 2014 where McCreery was with friends. Police say the men were armed with two pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle and demanded wallets, cash and electronics. They forced McCreery and his friends into a closet and told them to count to 100 before coming out. The warrant says Shaw was identified through forensic evidence. 

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RALPH STANLEY FUNERAL SET FOR TODAY

 

Ralph Stanley fans are welcome to come to his funeral today in McClure, Virginia. Stanley died last week at the age of 89. His Facebook page says visitation and a service will be at the Hills of Home Park, where Stanley used to hold a bluegrass festival for years. Fans who attend are asked to bring their own chairs.

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MAGIC! FEEL THE HEAT ON ``PRIMARY COLORS''

 

Magic! tried to laugh it off when people asked if they felt pressure when making their second album. The problem is that singer Nasri Atweh is a worrier. He says he inherited the ``worry bone'' from his mother. He says the band doesn't want the fun to stop and the songs keep coming, so they keep enjoying the writing process. He says their new album, ``Primary Colors,'' still has that reggae sound they're known for, but also a bit of an '80s vibe too. ``Primary Colors'' is out Friday. 

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ARTIMUS PYLE WILL CREATE FILM ABOUT LYNYRD SKYNYRD PLANE CRASH

 

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle has signed a deal to make a movie about the 1977 plane crash that killed six people, including singer Ronnie Van Zant. Pyle survived the plane crash and helped pull other survivors out of the wreckage.

Pyle will co-write and co-produce the movie with Cleopatra Films.

Pyle says it's not just the story of the crash, but his personal relationship with ``the genius that was Ronnie Van Zant.'' Filming begins this summer. 

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PRINCE - ESTATE

 

Easy does it. That seems to be the approach a Minnesota judge is taking when it comes to unraveling the mystery of Prince's estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide  says the process is likely to be a drawn-out affair. In fact, the judge says once he rules on the case, he might send it to an appeals court for immediate review, which will make the procedure last even longer. Prince died without a known will or surviving children. He has one sister, Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings _ and all are in line to share part of his fortune.

Attorneys for Tyka Nelson want the judge to move more quickly so the musician's heirs can be sure Prince's interests don't suffer. 

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HOZIER CRANKS OUT TUNE FOR ``THE LEGEND OF TARZAN''

 

Hozier normally just lets the songs come at their own pace. It was different when he was asked to write a song for the soundtrack to the upcoming film ``The Legend of Tarzan.'' Hozier had three weeks to write, record, mix and master an original song.

Hozier calls it ``a super challenge'' because he had never written that way before. He says the song ``Better Love'' felt natural and came from his own voice. He jokes that it helps that he has similar hair to Tarzan. ``The Legend of Tarzan'' opens Friday. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY-COPYRIGHT

 

``Happy Birthday to You.'' It's one of the world's best known songs -- and now it's in the public domain.

That's the result of a judge's ruling in Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge George King approved the agreement yesterday. It ends the ownership claims of Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song for years.

The company has agreed to pay back $14 million to those who have paid licensing fees. Last year, King ruled that the company didn't own the lyrics to Happy Birthday and had no right to charge for the song's use. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

 

BET AWARDS-PRINCE

 

You could have called it ``The Prince Tribute Show.'' Last night's BET Awards featured many performances and emotional tributes to the late Purple One. Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson joined in on ``Purple Rain.'' Prince's one-time fiancee Sheila E. closed the show with a medley of Prince tunes.

Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia danced alongside the background dancers throughout the set. They ended by raising a purple guitar in the air as the audience cheered. 

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BET AWARDS

 

Beyonce kicked off the BET Awards with a surprise performance of ``Freedom,'' featuring Kendrick Lamar.

Beyonce won video of the year and the viewers' choice award for ``Formation.'' Her mom Tina, accepted the awards and said Beyonce had to quickly leave the show for a concert in London. Newcomer Bryson Tiller was a surprise winner for best male R&B/pop artist, beating Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Tyrese and Jeremih. Tiller also won best new artist. Drake, who wasn't there, was the top contender with nine nominations. He won best male hip hop artist and best group with rapper-singer-producer Future. 

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50 CENT DETAINED

 

50 Cent is in trouble for his language. He and a member of his entourage were detained in St.Kitts and Nevis for using ``indecent language'' during a performance at a music festival. A police statement says 50 Cent was arrested and charged after a Saturday night performance in Caribbean nation.

His spokesman says the rapper paid a fine and was on his way home yesterday. 

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DALAI LAMA, LADY GAGA TALK OF KINDNESS

 

It's not easy to upstage Lady Gaga. But yesterday she joined the Dalai Lama on a panel at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Tibetan Buddhism leader gave the keynote address on the importance of being kind in a violent world. Later he was joined by Lady Gaga and others for a panel discussion on issues that divide society. The Indianapolis Star reports Lady Gaga told the group that trying to fight fire with fire only makes more fire. 

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KENNY CHESNEY CALLS COP

 

Country star Kenny Chesney has an apology. He called a Philadelphia-area cop to say he's sorry for saying the officer had died. Officer Christopher Dorman was shot several times Friday, but is recovering. At a concert Saturday night, Chesney told the south Philly crowd not to forget the slain police officer.

Chesney confirms on his Twitter page that he talked with Dorman and says the officer is ``doing great.'' Chesney says he wants to take Officer Dorman to an Eagles game and ``get some beers.'' 

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MINNESOTA JUDGE TO HOLD 2ND HEARING IN PRINCE ESTATE CASE

 

The Prince estate case is headed back to a Minnesota courtroom today. A judge will hold a hearing on the procedures for determining who stands to inherit part of Prince's fortune. It's the second hearing since Prince died in April of an accidental drug overdose. No will has been found. 

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PRINCE GUITAR SOLD AT AUCTION

 

Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar has been sold at auction. And the person who bought it _ is the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Jim Irsay paid $137,500 for the instrument at an auction in Beverly Hills, California over the weekend. Prince used the guitar in numerous concerts _ and Heritage, the company that conducted the auction, says the guitar was one of Prince's favourites favourites from late 1980s to the '90s. The auction also featured other Prince-related items.  Irsay also has instruments once owned by Jerry Garcia, John Lennon, Ringo Star, and Bob Dylan. 

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WHITNEY HOUSTON AUCTION EARNS MORE THAN $500,000

 

Whitney Houston's Emmy wasn't part of the auction. But the sell-off of loads of her stuff still took in quite a haul. Heritage Auctions says the auction of the late singer's memorabilia has earned more than a half million dollars. The highest bid came for a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers given to Houston by the retired NBA star. They fetched $20,000. Last week, a federal judge blocked the auction house from selling Houston's 1986 Emmy.

The company returned the trophy to Houston's family. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

 

RALPH STANLEY - OBIT

 

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley has died.

The Appalachian music patriarch helped to expand and popularize the bluegrass sound. He was 89. His publicist says Stanley died yesterday. Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia. He and brother Carter formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. The brothers fused Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk of groups such as the Carter Family, and added a distinctive three-part harmony. Carter Stanley died of liver disease in 1966. Ralph Stanley's ``O Death'' from the ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' movie soundtrack introduced him to a new generation of fans in 2000. He won a Grammy for best male country vocal performance in 2002. 

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KENNEDY CENTER HONORS - THE EAGLES

 

The Eagles will get the Kennedy Center Honors that they were supposed to get last year. They had to drop out of last year's ceremony because of Glenn Frey's health. He died about a month after the gala. The band say they will accept the honour in Frey's memory. Frey's widow, Cindy, will sit with The Eagles during the ceremony. Mavis Staples' reaction to being named as a recipient was this: ``I'm just an unknown gospel singer. And they're honouring me at the Kennedy Center? Lord have mercy.'' James Taylor says he is ``deeply moved to be included in such august company.'' The other honourees this year are Al Pacino and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich. The awards will be given during a gala December 3rd and shown on C-B-S on December 27th. 

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RORY FEEK - WASHINGTON

 

Rory Feek of Joey and Rory took his wife's story to Capitol Hill. The Washington Post reports Feek showed the trailer to the upcoming documentary, ``To Joey With Love'' in a Senate hearing room Wednesday before a screening of the P-B-S film ``Being Mortal.'' The event was hosted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Joey Feek died of cervical cancer in March, and ``To Joey With Love'' is about her final months. Rory Feek says instead of being a complete wreck after his wife died, he's been encouraged, because she died the way she wanted to die. 

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ROB ZOMBIE - WIFE

 

Rob Zombie treats all the actors in his movies the same. However, there's one who has to hear him gripe: his wife, actress Shari Moon Zombie. He says while the other actors go home, she gets an earful about all the drama behind the scenes. He says she has to hear about it at home, driving to the set and driving from the set. Zombie says his wife ``has more information than she would probably like to have about what's going on.'' Shari Moon Zombie is one of the actors in his upcoming film, ``31,'' out in September. 

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ADELE'S ``25'' - STREAMING

 

Adele finally is allowing her ``25'' album to be streamed. As of midnight, the entire ``25'' album is available on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. Previously, only the songs ``Hello,'' ''Send My Love (To Your New Lover)`` and ''When We Were Young`` were available for streaming. The ''25`` album came out seven months ago. 

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CHICAGO POLICE - SINEAD O'CONNOR

 

Chicago police are on the lookout for Sinead O'Connor. Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney says authorities have received reports the Irish singer-songwriter threatened to jump from a bridge. But Sweeney says there isn't an active police search for O'Connor. He says Irish authorities reported O'Connor contacted her family, saying she was suicidal. Last month, suburban Chicago police put out a well-being check for O'Connor after she reportedly went on a bike ride Sunday morning and didn't return. She was later found safe at a hotel. Her representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. 

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STRYPER - YELLOW AND BLACK

 

Stryper are bringing back the yellow-and-black costumes they wore in the mid-1980s for the 30th anniversary tour celebrating their ``To Hell With The Devil'' album. The band still plays with all four original members. The dates have not yet been announced, but the tour begins in the fall. 

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GLADYS KNIGHT - SON

 

The son of Gladys Knight has been released from jail after the restaurants that bear her name were raided this week.

Jail records in Clayton County, Georgia, show Shanga Hankerson was released Wednesday and charged with two counts of felony theft by taking. Hankerson owns the three Atlanta-area locations of Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles, which have been closed since the raids. Knight is not facing criminal charges. The Georgia Department of Revenue says Hankerson is accused of taking 650-thousand dollars in state sales and withholding taxes and using it for personal expenses. 

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STEVIE WONDER - PRINCE TRIBUTE

 

Stevie Wonder will be part of the Prince Tribute at the BET Awards on Sunday. He will join Sheila E., D'Angelo, The Roots and Janelle Monae. Other performers include Erykah Badu, Jennifer Hudson, Fat Joe, French Montana, Usher, Alicia Keys and Future. 

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(The Associated Press)