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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(The Associated Press)
'True Sadness' by The Avett Brothers among new album releases
Here's a list of some new album releases for the week ending June 25
The Aggrovators _ ``Dubbing at King Tubby's''
Anderson/Stolt _ ``Invention of Knowledge''
ApologetiX _ ``Minor League''
The Avett Brothers _ ``True Sadness''
Iggy Azalea _ ``Digital Distortion''
Alice Bag _ ``Alice Bag''
J Balvin _ ``Energia''
The Bangles: ``Ladies and Gentlemen.... The Bangles!''
Be'lakor _ ``Vessels''
Broods _ ``Conscious''
The Browning _ ``Isolation''
Sam Bush _ ``Storyman''
Bun E. Carlos _ ``Greetings from Bunezuela!''
Cash Cash _ ``Blood, Sweat & 3 Years''
CB Murdoc _ ``Here Be Dragons''
Colder _ ``Goodbye/The Rain''
Deerhoof _ ``The Magic''
Delorean _ ``Muzik''
Kat DeLuna _ ``Loading''
Demrick _ ``Collect Call''
Dentist _ ``Ceilings''
DJ Shadow _ ``The Mountain Will Fall''
Doro _ ``Strong and Proud: 30 Years of Rock & Roll Metal''
Dorothy _ ``ROCKISDEAD''
Drowners _ ``On Desire''
Eggs Over Easy _ ``Good 'n' Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story''
The Explorers Club _ ``Together''
Joel Fausto _ ``Hello''
The Felice Brothers _ ``Life in the Dark''
Christian Fennesz & Jim O'Rourke _ ``It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry''
Foghat _ ``Under the Influence''
Forteresse _ ``Themes pour la Rebellion''
Four Tet _ ``Randoms''
Hannah Georgas _ ``For Evelyn''
Steve Hackett _ ``The Total Experience Live in Liverpool''
Mick Harvey _ ``Delirium Tremens''
High Bar Gang _ ``Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind''
Marian Hill _ ``Act One''
Marquis Hill _ ``The Way We Play''
Holychild _ ``America Oil Lamb''
Hot Hot Hot _ ``Hot Hot Hot''
The Interrupters _ ``Say It Out Loud''
Kayo Dot _ ``Plastic House on Base of Sky''
Kings Kaleidoscope _ ``Beyond Control''
Agustin Lira _ ``Songs of Struggle & Hope''
Lizards _ ``Frontier/Coming In''
Mala _ ``Mirrors''
Cliff Martinez _ ``The Neon Demon'' Soundtrack
Math and Physics Club _ ``In This Together: EPs, B-Sides, Rarities, and Unreleased''
Kate & Anna McGarrigle _ ``Toronto, May '82''
MGT _ ``Volumes''
Mindless Behavior _ ``#OfficialMBMusic''
MJ12 (featuring Brand X bass legend Percy Jones) _ ``MJ12''
Joseph Patrick Moore _ ``Decade II: 2006-2015''
William Murphy _ ``Demonstrate''
My Jerusalem _ ``A Little Death''
The Mystery Lights _ ``The Mystery Lights''
Jeff Parker _ ``The New Breed''
Ruby Friedman Orchestra _ ``Gem''
Rudy Parris _ ``Makin' My Way''
Lisa Prank _ ``Adult Teen''
Aaron Pritchett _ ``The Score''
Puro Instinct _ ``Autodrama''
Kyle Riabko _ ``Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined (The Original London Cast Recording)''
Richards/Crane _ ``World Stands Still''
RIFF RAFF _ ``Peach Panther''
The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman _ ``True Stories''
The Robert Bensick Band _ ``French Pictures in London''
Rich Robinson _ ``Flux''
SEE _ ``Ties'' (digital EP)
The Silver Lake Chorus _ ``Remixes''
SonnyJim _ ``Mud in my Malbec''
Kandace Springs _ ``Soul Eyes''
River Tiber _ ``Indigo''
Ugly Heroes _ ``Everything in Between''
Steve Vai _ ``Modern Primitive/Passion & Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition)''
Various Artists _ ``Vans Warped Tour '16''
Waxen _ ``Weihung Auf Satan''
Whitechapel _ ``Mark of the Blade''
Neil Young + Promise of the Real _ ``Earth'' (physical CD)
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016
LED ZEPPELIN - JURORS DELIBERATE
The case of whether the introduction to ``Stairway to Heaven'' is a rip-off is now in the hands of a jury.
In closing arguments yesterday, the attorney for the trust of Spirit guitarist Randy California said the members of Led Zeppelin had selective memories and convenient truths about where the opening riff came from. Lawyers for Led Zeppelin argued California should have brought the case 40 years ago when he was still alive and the chord sequence in question has been around for hundreds of years.
Led Zeppelin is accused of stealing the introduction for ``Stairway to Heaven'' from the Spirit song ``Taurus.''
CHRISTINA GRIMMIE - GUNMAN OBSESSED
The man who says he was the only friend of the gunman who shot singer Christina Grimmie of ``The Voice'' describes him as obsessed with her. Cory Dennington told detectives he worked with the gunman, Kevin Loibl, at Best Buy near St. Petersburg, Florida. He said he saw Loibl watching Grimmie's YouTube videos at work. He said Loibl had lost weight, gotten eye surgery and had hair implants to improve his appearance for her. Dennington says Loibl also constantly monitored Grimmie's social media accounts. Police say Loibl fatally shot Grimmie on June 11 as she signed autographs outside her concert in Orlando.
OBIT - BRIAN RADING - FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND
The bassist for the band that brought us the 1970s hit ``Signs'' has died. The Ottawa Citizen reports Brian Rading of Five Man Electrical Band died June 8th at the age of 69. He had been battling throat cancer for the past few years. ``Signs'' hit number three in 1971, and the follow-up single, ``Absolutely Right,'' was number 26, but the band had no other U-S hits. Rading played in various bands through the years and supplemented his income by doing painting and drywall work and becoming a landlord. Friends said he would drive a Cadillac with both musical instruments and paint cans in the trunk.
OBIT - WAYNE JACKSON - MEMPHIS HORNS
The trumpet player for the Memphis Horns has died. Wayne Jackson died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday at a hospital in Memphis, according to his wife. He was 74. Jackson teamed up with tenor sax player Andrew Love as part of the Mar-Keys to back artists signed to the Stax label. They later formed the Memphis Horns. Among the songs they played on include Otis Redding's ``Dock of the Bay,'' Franklin's ``Respect,'' Neil Diamond's ``Sweet Caroline,'' Al Green's ``Let's Stay Together,'' Steve Winwood's ``Roll With It,'' Peter Gabriel's ``Sledgehammer,'' and U2's ``Angel of Harlem.'' Jackson and Love played on 52 number-one records. Love died in 2012.
TOM DELONGE BLINK-182 - EXTRATERRESTRIALS
It is true that Tom DeLonge is not playing music currently with Blink-182 and it is true he is interested in U-F-Os, but he denies he quit the band to search for U-F-Os. DeLonge writes on social media that reports to that effect are not true. He says he never quit Blink-182 and he's been talking with drummer Travis Barker lately. He says he is working with people in the government, including the U-S Department of Defence and the intelligence community. He says people should wait for his upcoming documentary before ``considering ridiculous headlines.''
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT - ALBUMS
Calling Arrested Development an alternative hip-hop act is a slap in the face to frontman Speech. He says it was disheartening especially to hear from members of the hip-hop community that they were not considered hip-hop. He says they may cover subject matter that's an alternative to gangster rap, but it's just another viewpoint. Speech says Arrested Development are contributing to the conversation with two albums released this year.
The first is a free download called ``Changing the Narrative,'' and the other, ``This Was Never Home,'' is available for purchase.
PRINCE - DNA RESULTS
Remember the Colorado prison inmate who claimed he was Prince's son _ and by extension, the sole heir to the musician's fortune? Forget it. Looks like Carlin Q. Williams is no more of a kin to Prince than you or I are. A person who had access to sealed documents on the matter tells the A-P that D-N-A tests prove Williams is not Prince's son. Williams, through his attorney, claimed that his mother had a one-night stand with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri hotel in 1976. But the D-N-A findings show otherwise. And that means, under Minnesota law, Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings and perhaps others stand to inherit shares of the estate of Prince, who is believed to have died without a will.
PRINCE - JUDGE
The judge handling Prince's estate is trying to keep a lot of the back-and-forth about paternity issues out of the public eye. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide says reporters won't be allowed to record video or audio in the courtroom. He also says he might boot the media from parts of the hearing _ if the subject matter deals with paternity questions involving specific people. Several news organizations plan to challenge the media restrictions.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016
LED ZEPPELIN - LAWSUIT
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant does not recall hanging out with the members of the band Spirit 40 years ago.
Plant testified yesterday he and his wife were in a bad car wreck the night Spirit played in Birmingham, England, and he has no memory of the night. Spirit's bass player had testified he partied with Plant after that show. Plant does remember creating ``Stairway to Heaven,'' though. He says he was sitting by a fire when guitarist Jimmy Page played the opening riff for him and Plant suggested words that became the first line of the song. He says from there, the song came ``rolling pretty fast.'' The estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California is suing Plant and Page, saying ``Stairway to Heaven'' is a rip-off of the Spirit song ``Taurus.'' Closing arguments will begin today.
ROLLING STONES - EXHIBITIONISM
A big exhibit of Rolling Stones memorabilia currently running in London will come to New York in November. The items on display in ``Exhibitionism'' include the toy drum kit Charlie Watts used on ``Street Fighting Man,'' a recreation of the band's 1962 apartment and the cassette player Keith Richard used to record his idea for ``Satisfaction'' before falling asleep. The exhibit also includes stage clothes, cherished instruments, handwritten lyrics and personal diaries.
FARM AID - LINEUP
Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Jamey Johnson are among the acts who will perform at this year's Farm Aid. The lineup also includes the four Farm Aid board members: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Farm Aid will be held September 17th in Bristow, Virginia.
Nelson says Farm Aid is a day for family farmers who ``bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country.''
KRIS ALLEN - FATHERHOOD
Kris Allen jokes he's got to learn how to braid hair now for the next 13 years. Allen announced on Instagram the birth of his daughter, Rosie, on Saturday. Allen and his wife, Katy, also have a son, Oliver, who is almost 3.
BORNS - ADVICE
Borns' advice for musicians: write songs you love, because you will hear them a lot. Borns says his test for any song he writes is, ``Am I going to want to play this every night?'' He says artists should enjoy the art that they're making, because they will have to perform it over and over and talk about it in interviews.
PRINCE - FLIGHT
A singer who was travelling with Prince the week before he died says she was ``very freaked out'' over the medical scare that landed the musician in the hospital on his way home from a concert. Judith Hill says she was talking with Prince during the flight -- when his eyes became fixed and he nodded off. She says she shook Prince and called his name as the plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. Hill says once Prince was treated and taken to a hospital, he was back to normal. She says Prince never gave any indication he was in pain while she was with him -- and that he was always ``quick on his feet.''
PRINCE - ESTATE
So, who are the people claiming a share of Prince's fortune? You won't be finding out from the court that's handing the musician's estate. The judge overseeing the estate process has sealed the affidavits that have been filed from would-be heirs. Also being kept secret: the responses from the firm handling the claims to kinship. There are more than a dozen people believed to have a shot at some of Prince's inheritance. Attorneys for some of those have asked the judge to close a hearing set for next week to hear out some of those claims.
FRANK OCEAN - ORLANDO
Frank Ocean says the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida has made something clear to him _ something he finds distressing. The gay singer writes in a Tumblr post that ``many hate us and wish we didn't exist.'' And, he says, it seems too many people are hung up on things like gay marriage and which bathrooms transgender people can use. Ocean's comments online come more than a week after 49 people were shot to death at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Ocean came out about his sexual orientation in 2012.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, 21, 2016
LITTLE BIG TOWN
Little Big Town have been added to the lineup for the ``Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular'' that will run on Independence Day on CBS. Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra also will perform. The special will be shown live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.
Rihanna and Coldplay will headline Jay Z's ``Made In America'' festival this year. Other performers include 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Martin Garrix , Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gary Clark Junior and ASAP Ferg. The two-day festival will be held Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. The festival will be live-streamed on Jay Z's Tidal service.
IGGY AZALEA BREAKS IT OFF WITH NICK YOUNG
Iggy Azalea and Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young have split for good. Azalea writes on Instagram she loves Young but she has been unable to rebuild her trust in him. She says, ``Futures can be rewritten and as of today mine is a blank page.''
Young simple tweets, ``Single.'' A video that surfaced in March shot by Lakers player D'Angelo Russell appears to show Young bragging about being with other women.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD SINGS NEW SONG FOR ``SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL''
The new theme song for ``Sunday Night Football'' will still feature Carrie Underwood but a new tune. Underwood will sing ``Oh, Sunday Night'' beginning with the September 11th game between the Patriots and the Cardinals. The song is based on ``Somethin' Bad,'' her 2014 duet with Miranda Lambert, but with new lyrics. Underwood says she felt the song has a great ``stomp-clap''
quality to it, so she played around with the words. She teamed with the original songwriters and they came up with what Underwood calls a high energy song that starts quiet and builds to a peak.
USHER CELEBRATES HIS TEAM
In the midst of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrating their N-B-A title, you might have spotted Usher among the revelers on the floor. It's because Usher is a part owner of the team. He bought a small stake in the Cavaliers in 2005. Usher posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding the trophy with the caption, ``Wins everywhere.''
GUCCI MANE WILL PLAY ATLANTA TO MARK EARLY RELEASE FROM JAIL
Gucci Mane is planning a homecoming concert to celebrate his release from jail. Mane will perform in Atlanta on July 22nd and he's promising surprise guests. Gucci celebrated his release last month by releasing a track called ``First Day Out Tha Feds.'' He had been serving time for a firearms charge and was not expected to be released until September, but he got credit for previous time served.
TICKETMASTER SETTLEMENT MEANS POTENTIAL FREEBIES FOR TICKET BUYERS
Americans who went to a concert between 1999 and 2013 might be eligible for free tickets as part of a settlement from Ticketmaster. About 50 million people are eligible to apply for vouchers for free tickets or discounts at selected events. The vouchers are the result of a class-action lawsuit over ticket fees and other charges. The eligible time period is between October 21, 1999, and February 27, 2013. A lot of people seem to be trying to use their vouchers, because Ticketmaster's site has been experiencing technical difficulties.
LED ZEPPELIN-COPYRIGHT SUIT
Led Zeppelin's lawyers are asking a judge to throw out a case accusing the band of ripping off a riff for ``Stairway to Heaven.'' The estate of Randy California has sued, saying ``Stairway'' copied the 1968 Spirit song ``Taurus.'' Led Zeppelin's lawyers contend the case against them hasn't been proven in court. The judge is expected hear arguments on the motion when the trial resumes this morning.
DAVID BOWIE'S HAIR IS FOR SALE
A lock of David Bowie's hair could be yours for the right price. Heritage Auctions is selling a snippet of Bowie's hair cut in 1983 by a wig maker who worked for Madame Tussauds (too-SOHS') museum in London. Her job was to copy the colour of Bowie's hair for a wig to adorn a wax figure of him. She kept the hair all these years. The hair will be auctioned Saturday outside Los Angeles. It's expected to sell for at least four-thousand dollars.
CRAIG WAYNE BOYD
``The Voice'' season seven winner Craig Wayne Boyd used to buy musical instruments at garage sales to see if he could play them. Boyd says he saved up his lawn-mowing money when he was in seventh or eighth grade and bought a saxophone from a neighbour's garage sale. He played around with it until he figured out what he was doing. By the time he got into high school, he was able to make first chair on saxophone without ever having a lesson.
Boyd will announce plans for a new album in the coming weeks, and he's contributed his life story to the motivational book series ``The Change.'' He'll also perform Saturday in Nashville in a public concert as part of the National Association of Music Merchants convention.
Don McLean and his wife have finalized their divorce. A spokesman for the ``American Pie'' singer and songwriter says McLean has agreed to a 10-million dollar settlement. McLean's wife Patrisha filed for divorce, citing ``adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences.'' McLean is still facing charges that include domestic violence, stemming from a January arrest. He's pleaded innocent.
TV SERIES ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON IS IN THE WORKS
The man who made the last ``Star Wars'' movie will now tackle Michael Jackson. Filmmaker J-J Abrams will team up with T-V and radio host Tavis Smiley to create a T-V series based on Jackson's life just before he died. It will be based on Smiley's book, ``Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days,'' which comes out today. Abrams and Smiley have not announced when the series will run or on which network.
IMAGINE DRAGONS, NATE RUESS PLAY ORLANDO BENEFIT
Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess will headline a concert to benefit the victims and survivors of the Orlando nightclub shooting. The concert is set for tomorrow in Orlando. Proceeds will benefit the OneOrlando Fund, which will distribute money directly to families and survivors.
ZZ TOP PLAN LIVE ALBUM
Z-Z Top are putting out their first live record. ``Greatest Hits Live'' is not one complete concert, but tracks recorded in 13 different cities. Guitarist Billy Gibbons says they spend most of every year playing live, or in his words, ``Whippin' wire, poundin' skin, and rockin' it way up.'' ''Greatest Hits Live`` comes out August 12th.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016
OBIT - PM DAWN'S PRINCE
Prince Be of P.M. Dawn has died. His representative confirms Prince Be died Saturday at the age of 46.
People magazine reports he had been suffering from renal kidney disease. Prince Be, whose real name was Attrell Cordes, formed P.M. Dawn with his brother Jarrett, known as D-J Minutemix. Their biggest hits were ``Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,'' ''Looking Through Patient Eyes`` and ''I'd Die Without You.``
DEEP PURPLE - IAN PAICE - MINI-STROKE
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice is recovering from a mini-stroke suffered while the band was on tour in Scandinavia last week. Paice writes on the band's website he woke up Tuesday with the right side of his body feeling numb, so he went to a hospital right away. Paice says currently the right side of his face is slightly numb and his fingers tingle, but no serious damage. He expects to have enough dexterity to return to touring next month. He says his one good finger is getting sore from typing thank-yous to all the well-wishers.
RADIOHEAD - LISTENING PARTY - ATTACK
Radiohead are offering their love and support after violence broke out during a listening party for their new album in Istanbul. On Friday, a mob of men carrying sticks and bottles attacked Radiohead fans who had gathered at a record store to listen to Radiohead's new album, ``A Moon Shaped Pool.'' Video posted online suggests the attackers were angry that the fans were drinking alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. On Saturday, Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of people who protested the attack. Radiohead say they hope someday they will be able ``to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past.''
JOHN PAUL JONES - ``STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'' - TRIAL
The trial over whether Led Zeppelin stole a riff from the song ``Stairway To Heaven'' from the Spirit song ``Taurus'' continues. In Friday's testimony, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones testified he never met the members of Spirit, even though Led Zeppelin opened for Spirit in 1968. Jones said they sometimes played the Spirit song ``Fresh Garbage,'' but he did not know who created it or what the song was. He said he just thought it was catchy. The estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California is suing Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement. Jones was dropped as a defendant.
BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART - DRAKE
Nick Jonas tried to give Toronto rapper Drake a run for his money, but Drake still dominates. Jonas' new album, ``Last Year Was Complicated,'' makes its debut in second place on the Billboard 200 album chart. Drake's ``Views'' stays in the number-one spot for a seventh straight week. The original Broadway cast recording of ``Hamilton'' shoots to third place after its big wins last week at the Tonys. It's only the third cast recording in the past 50 years to make the top 10 of the chart. The other two were ``The Book of Mormon'' in 2011 and ``Hair'' in 1969.
MAREN MORRIS - CONNECTIONS
Maren Morris believes the hardest part of making music is getting people to fall in love with it. Morris says she longs for the day when an audience knows every one of her songs. She says if she sees someone in the audience who has clearly never heard of her, she sings directly to that person. Morris says even if that person walks away hating her music, at least she got an acknowledgement.
JOEY FEEK - FILM
A documentary about the last two years of the life of Joey Feek of Joey and Rory will be coming to theatres. Rory Feek writes on his ``This Life I Live'' blog they spontaneously decided to start filming their lives right before the birth of their daughter, Indiana, in 2014. He says they didn't know they would also capture his wife's fight against cancer and her death in March. Rory Feek gave the footage to some filmmaker friends, who turned it into the movie ``To Joey, With Love.'' It will be shown in theatres for one night, September 20th.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016
TRAGICALLY HIP BROADCAST
The CBC will broadcast live the final stop of The Tragically Hip's upcoming tour, which ends in Kingston, Ont.
CBC television, radio and online platforms will carry the concert on Aug. 20, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The public broadcaster announced the program as the band released its 14th studio album, ``Man Machine Poem,'' on Friday.
The tour is expected to be the final one for the iconic Canadian band, given lead singer Gord Downie's battle with incurable brain cancer.
Downie's medical condition was revealed by the band on May 24, and The Hip's tour was announced the next day.
Tickets for the band's tour have sold out for 15 shows across Canada and Ticketmaster told The Canadian Press that roughly 1.3 million fans tried buy tickets during the public sale.
(The Canadian Press)
MEAT LOAF - COLLAPSES
A publicist for Meat Loaf say the singer's vital signs are ``stable and normal'' after he collapsed near the end of a performance in Edmonton.
Jeremy Westby with Webster Public Relations says in a news release that Meat Loaf is responsive and ``recovering well'' after being admitted to hospital on Thursday night.
Westby says the performer collapsed due to severe dehydration.
A video of the show at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium shows Meat Loaf bending over, then knocking over his microphone stand and falling to the floor.
Audience members said he had been singing his classic ``I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That).''
Westby says news on any Meat Loaf concerts that need to be postponed will be announced later.
(The Canadian Press)
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - TRIAL
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page cracked a smile in court yesterday when asked to compare ``Stairway to Heaven'' to ``Chim Chim Cher-ee'' from ``Mary Poppins.'' Page testified he was familiar with the song but it was not the inspiration for ``Stairway to Heaven.'' He says the two songs have a similar chord sequence that has ``been around forever.'' Page and singer Robert Plant spent this week in a Los Angeles court in a copyright infringement case in which they are accused of stealing the riff from ``Stairway to Heaven'' from the song ``Taurus'' by the band Spirit.
FETTY WAP - BOARD OF EDUCATION
Fetty Wap (WOP) has apologized to the Paterson, New Jersey, Board of Education for filming a racy video at his old high school that resulted in the suspension of the principal. Billboard reports Fetty told the board he was sorry if he disrespected anyone, but he also says he's a product of his environment. The video for ``Wake Up'' contains drug references and Fetty admiring a stripper dancing around a pole in a classroom at Eastside High School. Principal Zatiti Moody was put on paid leave after the video was released. The video was shot during after-school hours and did not show any students.
RECORDING ACADEMY - RULES
The Grammy Awards have changed the rules so music released only on streaming services can be considered for Grammys.
For example, Chance The Rapper released ``Coloring Book'' exclusively on Apple Music, and Prince and Beyonce debuted music on Tidal. The best new artist award has been revamped too. Old rules stated an act had to release an album to qualify. Now an artist has to release at least five singles to qualify. An act doesn't even have to be new to win best new artist. Acts can qualify for that award until they release three albums or 30 singles. The best rap/sung collaboration award has been changed to best rap/sung performance. The best blues album award is now split into best traditional blues album and best contemporary blues album.
CLIFF RICHARD - CHARGES DROPPED
Cliff Richard has gotten a police apology after prosecutors dropped their investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against him in the U-K Richard says he's ``obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close.'' He says he co-operated fully with the investigation, which had been going on for nearly two years.
Richard was accused of abuse stemming back to the 1980s but was never arrested or charged. Prosecutors say there is not enough evidence to prosecute Richard.
THE CHAINSMOKERS - CONCERTS VERSUS HIGH SCHOOL
Being in front of an audience of 10-thousand is not as scary for The Chainsmokers as high school was. Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers says he was class president and he had to speak every morning. He says he had to give ``horrible news about the day'' to his classmates, and that was way scarier than being on a stage. He says everyone who comes to see The Chainsmokers is looking to have fun. Bandmate Alex Pall says once they got comfortable with their set, performing became an adrenaline rush.
BASSNECTAR - SKIN CANCER
Bassnectar says he has a new appreciation for life after a skin cancer scare. He writes on his website he had surgery this week to remove a growth about a two-centimetres under his left eye. He says it was scary because it was uncertain how deep it was and whether it would get too close to his eye. Bassnectar says he is not a thrill-seeker or a partier but one of his joys in life is basking in the sun, even though he does it maybe ten days a year. He says his medical issue is a renewed call for him to be grateful for what he has and ``to wear tons of sunscreen.''
PRINCE- ESTATE - DEVELOPMENTS
The entertainment assets of Prince's estate will be managed by two key figures in his career. The court-approved special administrator has picked L. Londell McMillan, the artist's longtime attorney, manager and friend, and business executive Charles A. Koppelman. The decision was first reported by the music magazine The Source, which is owned by McMillan.
NBC - INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL - LINEUP
Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer and Meghan Trainor will celebrate the nation's birthday in New York. They will be the performers for the ``Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular'' that will air on N-B-C.
TREY ANASTASIO - DRUG COURT GRADUATES
Phish frontman Trey Anastasio says he thought his arrest on drug charges in 2008 was the worst thing that ever happened to him, but today he realizes it's the best thing that ever happened to him. Anastasio told graduates of the Washington County Felony Drug Court in upstate New York it put him on the road to sobriety, according to The Post-Star of Glen Falls. Anastasio says before that, he couldn't go ten minutes before taking something. He says sobriety gets easier as you go and he doesn't think about drinking and taking drugs any more.
(The Associated Press)
'Man Machine Poem' by The Tragically Hip among new album releases
Here's a list of some new album releases for the week ending June 18
Jay Arner _ ``Jay II''
Frans Bak _ ``Sound of North''
Bassnectar _ ``Unlimited''
Luke Bell _ ``Luke Bell''
Bella Union _ ``Hermitage''
Claudia Boleyn _ ``Celestia'' (EP)
Jake Bugg _ ``On My One''
Bullet Ghost _ ``Comme dans un reve''
Will Butler _ ``Friday Night''
case/lang/veirs _ ``case/lang/veirs''
Caveman _ ``Otero War''
Chicago _ ``Chicago Quadio Box'' (9-Disc Blu-Ray Audio Set)
Elizabeth Cook _ ``Exodus of Venus''
Anthony D'Amato _ ``Cold Snap''
DJX _ ``Respect''
Fawnn _ ``Ultimate Oceans''
James Ferraro _ ``Human Story 3''
Floorplan _ ``Victorious''
The Game _ ``Streets of Compton''
Keith & Kristyn Getty _ ``Facing a Task Unfinished''
Margaret Glaspy _ ``Emotions and Math''
Gojira _ ``Magma''
Jason Gray _ ``Where the Light Gets In''
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers _ ``Rehab Reunion''
The Hot Sardines _ ``French Fries & Champagne''
I See Stars _ ``Treehouse''
Intocable _ ``Highway''
Sarah Jarosz _ ``Undercurrent''
Soren Juul _ ``This Moment''
The Kingbees _ ``The Big Rock'' (Deluxe Reissue)
Deon Kipping _ ``Something to Talk About''
Chantal Kreviazuk _ ``Hard Sail''
Kris Kristofferson _ ``The Cedar Creek Sessions''
LoCash _ ``The Fighters''
Night Lovell _ ``Red Teenage Melody''
The Low Anthem _ ``Eyeland''
Misfits _ ``Friday The 13th'' (EP)
Mitski _ ``Puberty 2''
Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg _ ``Johannesburg''
Laura Mvula _ ``The Dreaming Room''
NAILS _ ``You Will Never Be One of Us''
Jon Pardi _ ``California Sunrise''
PAWS _ ``No Grace''
Radiohead _ ``A Moon Shaped Pool'' (physical CD release)
Red Hot Chili Peppers _ ``The Getaway''
Red Sleeping Beauty _ ``Kristina''
Reik _ ``Des/Amor''
Rick Redbeard _ ``Awake Unto''
The Rubyz _ ``I'll Follow You''
S-Crew _ ``Destins Lies''
Sherwood _ ``Some Things Never Leave You''
Sasha Siem _ ``Bird Burning''
Snak the Ripper _ ``From the Dirt''
Snow Tha Product _ ``Half Way There Pt. 1'' (EP)
Son Lux _ ``Stranger Forms'' (EP)
Spook the Herd _ ``The Small Win'' (EP)
Starflyer 59 _ ``SLOW''
Stitched Up Heart _ ``Never Alone''
Swans _ ``The Glowing Man''
Tender Central _ ``Wake Me Up''
Terra Tenebrosa _ ``The Reverses''
Ian Thomas _ ``A Life in Song (Orchestra Sessions)''
Thousand Foot Krutch _ ``Exhale''
The Tragically Hip _ ``Man Machine Poem''
Twin River _ ``Passing Shade''
The Union of Sinners and Saints _ ``The Union of Sinners and Saints''
Unlocking The Truth _ ``Chaos''
Waxahatchee _ ``Early Recordings''
Weaves _ ``Weaves''
With Confidence _ ``Better Weather''
YG _ ``Still Brazy'' (Deluxe Edition)
Neil Young + Promise of the Real _ ``Earth'' (Pono digital release; CD on June 24)
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016
POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE
Canada's biggest pop stars _ Justin Bieber, Drake and the Weeknd _ joined a roster of old favourites and newcomers on the Polaris Music Prize long list.
Chart-topping albums like Bieber's ``Purpose,'' Drake's ``Views'' and the Weeknd's ``Beauty Behind the Madness'' were the marquee names on the 40-title list, which will be whittled down in the coming weeks.
Albums from other big names also made the list, like Carly Rae Jepsen, Peaches, the Strumbellas and City and Colour.
Lesser-known indie acts like Black Mountain, Jean-Michel Blais, Basia Bulat and Suuns will also vie for the crown.
The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the artist who created the best Canadian album of the previous year irrespective of genre or sales, as chosen by a large team of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.
The long list was selected from 183 albums that made the first ballots. It will be narrowed to a shorter list on July 14.
(The Canadian Press)
LIL WAYNE - PERFORMS AGAIN
The word from Lil Wayne's publicist is that he's ``all good.'' Lil Wayne left a hospital in Omaha yesterday after he had suffered two minor seizures on his private jet Monday.
Yesterday afternoon he was back on stage, performing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. He plans to perform with 2 Chainz in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday.
``STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'' - TRIAL CONTINUES
Jimmy Page was on the witness stand yesterday, in the copyright suit over Led Zeppelin's ``Stairway to Heaven.''
Page said he never heard the Spirit song ``Taurus'' until a few years ago. Earlier, the former bassist for Spirit testified that not only did Spirit play a show with Led Zeppelin, he partied with Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant back in the day. Mark Andes told a Los Angeles court yesterday Spirit played the song ``Taurus'' at a show in Denver in 1968 where Zeppelin was the opening act. The testimony came in a trial over whether Led Zeppelin copied the 1968 Spirit song ``Taurus'' for their 1971 song ``Stairway to Heaven.''
ORLANDO SHOOTINGS - MELISSA ETHERIDGE
Melissa Etheridge is trying to make sense of the mass shooting in Orlando through music. Etheridge tells Rolling Stone when she heard about the shootings at the nightclub Pulse, she sat down and almost immediately came up with a song called ``Pulse.'' Etheridge says songwriters are mirrors of society and they want to help people cope. She's already recorded it and it can be heard on Rolling Stone's website. Etheridge says the song will be available for purchase soon, with proceeds going to an L-G-B-T charity.
ORLANDO SHOOTINGS - BENEFIT SINGLE
The stars of Broadway have come together to record a benefit song in response to the shootings at an Orlando nightclub. Proceeds from the remake of the song ``What The World Needs Now Is Love'' will go to the L-G-B-T Center of Central Florida. Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Wayne Brady, Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs), Kristen Bell, Gloria Estefan, Megan Hilty, Rosie O'Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sutton Foster, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters and Whoopi Goldberg are among those who will participate. The song will be available for download on iTunes and at the Broadway Records website for 1.99 beginning Monday.
NEIL YOUNG - ``EARTH''
Canadian music legend Neil Young is surprised at how well the animal kingdom can keep a tune. Young recorded sounds of birds, crickets, frogs, bees and whales for his new album, ``Earth.'' Young says one bird sounds like somebody scratching vinyl, and other animal sounds were perfectly in time with the music. Young says it took a long time to do but it was a labour of love. ``Earth'' comes out next Friday.
(The Associated Press)
2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List Is Here
The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List has been announced.
Presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, the 40 Long List albums were unveiled on Wednesday at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon in association with the Yukon Film & Sound Commission and the assistance of Music Yukon.
The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List:
- Art Bergmann – The Apostate
- Justin Bieber – Purpose
- Black Mountain – IV
- Jean-Michel Blais – II
- Basia Bulat – Good Advice
- Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim's Paradise
- Tanika Charles – Soul Run
- City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You
- Coeur de pirate – Roses
- Dead Obies – Gesamtkunstwerk
- Destroyer – Poison Season
- Dilly Dally – Sore
- Drake – VIEWS
- Essaie pas – Demain est une autre nuit
- Fred Fortin – Ultramarr
- FOXTROTT – A Taller Us
- Grimes – Art Angels
- Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On
- Veda Hille – Love Waves
- Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia
- Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
- Junior Boys – Big Black Coat
- Kaytranada – 99.90%
- Jessy Lanza – Oh No
- Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan
- Michelle McAdorey – Into Her Future
- Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale
- Safia Nolin – Limoilou
- Operators – Blue Wave
- Peaches – Rub
- PUP – The Dream Is Over
- Daniel Romano – Mosey
- Andy Shauf – The Party
- The Strumbellas – HOPE
- Suuns – Hold/Still
- U.S. Girls – Half Free
- Un Blonde – Good Will Come To You
- The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
- White Lung – Paradise
- Donovan Woods – Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled
In total 183 titles made the first ballots of the 192 member jury.
This year’s Long List features 19 returning and 21 new nominees. With their newest nominations Basia Bulat (2008, 2010, 2014, 2016) and Drake (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) now join The New Pornographers, Joel Plaskett and Patrick Watson as the only acts who've ever been Polaris nominated on four separate occasions. This is the third time Black Mountain, Coeur de pirate, Destroyer, Junior Boys, Daniel Romano and The Weeknd have had Polaris nominated albums.
The Whitehorse reveal event was hosted by CBC Calgary’s Katherine Duncan and featured the Honourable Stacey Hassard (Yukon Economic Development Minister), Teslin, Yukon performing artist Melaina Sheldon and Polaris jurors Ben Rayner (Toronto Star) and Sandra Sperounes (Postmedia’s Edmonton Journal) as presenters. Additionally, surprise guest Jean-Michel Blais was on hand to perform music from his 2016 Long-Listed album II.
CBC Radio 2 will feature a special hour-long broadcast celebrating the Polaris Music Prize Long List on Drive with Peter Morey at 6 p.m. (6:30 p.m. NT) today. Local CBC Radio 2 frequencies can be found at cbc.ca/frequency or the broadcast can be streamed online at CBC Music.
The eligibility period for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people are selected from the larger jury pool to serve on the Grand Jury and they will convene the night of the Polaris Gala to select the 2016 Polaris Music Prize winner. The Polaris Music Prize will award $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.
The 10 album Short List will be announced on July 14 at The Carlu in Toronto. The Polaris Gala will be held on September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto and will be streamed live by CBC Music and AUX.tv.
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016
Jurors in a Los Angeles courtroom have listened to the opening to Led Zeppelin's ``Stairway to Heaven.'' A lawyer for the estate of the late Randy California told jurors Led Zeppelin lifted the instrumental from a song called ``Taurus''
recorded by California and his band Spirit. An attorney for Jimmy Page and Robert Plant said the chord progression was found in songs dating back to the 1600s. Page, Plant and bandmate John Paul Jones are all expected to testify at the trial.
Lil Wayne is in good spirits and stable condition after suffering two minor seizures, according to his publicist. A supervisor at Omaha's Eppley Airfield says a plane took off Monday afternoon and landed due to a medical emergency, but treatment was refused. The plane was just taking off when the pilot declared another medical emergency. Lil Wayne's publicist says he's under the care of his own doctors and he thanks fans for their support. Lil Wayne has had hospital stays in recent years for seizures and severe migraines.
Paul McCartney says former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough (mih-KUL'-uh) was ``a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humour.'' McCullough died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 72, according to his agent. McCullough did the guitar solo on the Wings song ``My Love'' in a single take, and McCartney says McCullough made it up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. McCullough also played on the single ``Live and Let Die.'' He quit Wings in 1973 after clashing with McCartney but they made up in later years. McCullough also has another claim to fame: he's the voice that says, ``I don't know, I was really drunk at the time,'' at the end of the Pink Floyd song ``Money.''
DAVID ALLAN COE
The I-R-S is cracking down on David Allan Coe.
Federal prosecutors say Coe has been ordered to pay more than 980-thousand dollars in restitution. Coe pleaded guilty last year to one count of obstructing the tax agency. Court documents say Coe earned money from at least 100 concerts annually from 2008 to 2013 and either did not file tax returns or pay taxes when he did file.
Prosecutors say Coe owed for prior years as well. Coe's attorney, Michael Stengel, says the judge noted that Coe has already been repaying the IRS.
The Foo Fighters are suing their insurance company for failing to pay up when the unexpected happened. The Foo Fighters have filed a lawsuit against underwriters with Lloyd's of London and loss adjuster Robertson Taylor. The band say they were forced to call off their shows in Turin, Italy; Paris and Lyon in France and Barcelona immediately after the November 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 dead. The band say the website www.foofighterstours2015.com had been hacked the day after the attacks to show an I-SIL flag, an automatic weapon and the threat, ``Be prepared.'' The Foo Fighters also are suing the insurers for not paying for three shows cancelled after singer Dave Grohl hurt his leg falling from a stage in Sweden last June.
Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 and of Angels and Airwaves is not surprised that his singing accent is one of the most distinctive ones in music. DeLonge says a linguistic professor studied his singing and found that DeLonge is the prime example of the pop-punk accent. DeLonge has had to deal with that for years. He says when he first started playing guitar around seventh or eighth grade, he'd call up girls he liked to serenade them. They knew instantly it was him as soon as he started singing. DeLonge says it's pretty funny but he's just ``a garage punk at heart.''
Beyonce fans are helping out Flint, Michigan, as the city continues to deal with a water crisis. The Detroit News reports Beyonce's management company presented the United Way of Genessee County with a cheque for more than 82-thousand dollars on Monday. The money came from Beyonce fans who chose to contribute to the Flint fund when they bought tickets to her Formation tour.
Beyonce also is giving 14 Detroit-area high school students money for college. Flint has been dealing with lead in its water supply since April 2014.
Iggy Azalea will be joining the judges' panel on the Australian version of ``The X Factor.'' What that means for American fans is that she will push back the release of her second album, ``Digital Distortion.'' It was due to come out June 24th and she says she doesn't know when the new release date will be.
Azalea's new job with ``The X Factor'' begins with auditions in Sydney on June 29th.
Gwen Stefani says the shooting death a woman who had been a contestant on ``The Voice'' makes her ``feel totally vulnerable.'' Stefani says she and her fellow coaches on the NBC show are ``shaken'' and shocked that Christina Grimmie was shot to death as she signed autographs after a show in Orlando.
The man who shot her killed himself after being tackled by Grimmie's brother. Authorities say there seemed to be no connection between the two before the suspect pulled the trigger.
Funeral services for ``The Voice'' star Christina Grimmie are being made final now. The viewing for the 22-year-old singer will be held Friday at a church in Medford, New Jersey. And a memorial will be held later that evening. Grimmie lived in Evesham Township, a small community located about 20 miles from Philadelphia. She moved to Los Angeles about four years ago.
(The Associated Press)