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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

 

LED ZEPPELIN

 

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. 

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LIL WAYNE

 

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. 

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HENRY McCULLOUGH

 

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.'' 

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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. 

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FOO FIGHTERS

 

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. 

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TOM DELONGE

 

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.'' 

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BEYONCE

 

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. 

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IGGY AZALEA

 

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. 

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GWEN STEFANI

 

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. 

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CHISTINA GRIMMIE

 

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. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

 

TRAGICALLY HIP TICKETS

Tragically Hip fans will have another chance to grab seats for this summer's hottest ticket. 

The band posted a message on its Facebook page saying that changes to the stage design have provided more audience space, allowing organizers to let additional concert-goers attend the sold-out shows. 

They say tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time for each concert venue. 

Each customer will only be allowed to purchase two tickets. 

(The Canadian Press) 

 

GARTH BROOKS GUITAR

 

 

Two Saskatchewan kids who were at their first concert on the weekend have one heck of a souvenir to show off. 

 

Curren Wintonyk-Pilot, who is 12, and his nine-year-old brother Jayce were with their parents at a Garth Brooks concert in Saskatoon on Friday night. 

 

The boys decided to send a message to the country singer and held up a sign from the sixth row that said: ``My first concert.'' 

 

Brooks acknowledged the sign during the show and during his encore gave each boy a guitar pick. 

 

But that wasn't all. 

 

Another moment later he handed over the instrument to Curren. 

 

(CKOM)

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TRIAL BEGINS OVER AUTHORSHIP OF LED ZEPPELIN'S ``STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN''

 

``Stairway to Heaven'' goes on trial today in Los Angeles. The issue in question is whether Led Zeppelin ripped off the 1968 song ``Taurus'' by the band Spirit when creating ``Stairway to Heaven,'' released in 1971. ``Taurus'' was written by late Spirit guitarist Randy California, and his estate is suing for copyright infringement. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are expected to attend the trial. Because of the statute of limitations, any damages would be limited to sales from the past three years, as well as future sales. 

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CHRISTINA GRIMMIE'S FUNERAL EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED BY ADAM LEVINE

 Adam Levine has offered to pay for the funeral for Christina Grimmie, the former contestant on ``The Voice'' who was shot and killed after a concert Friday in Orlando.

Grimmie's brother Marcus writes on Facebook Levine had called his mother personally. Levine spokeswoman Carleen Donovan confirms that Levine made the offer. Grimmie was on Team Adam on ``The Voice'' two years ago and came in third.  Authorities say the man who shot Grimmie appeared to have no personal connection to her. He shot himself after Grimmie's brother tackled him. 

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RINGO STARR URGES PEACE AND LOVE

 

Ringo Starr thinks the world is in need of peace and love more than ever. Every day on his birthday, July 7th, he asks for people to stop at noon local time to take a moment to ask for peace and love. Starr says he can't understand the mindset behind the shootings in Orlando on Sunday. He says he doesn't get how a guy could wake up and decide to cause a lot of hurt. John Lennon was gunned down in 1980 and George Harrison died of cancer in 2001, but for Starr, it was like losing his brothers. Starr says Harrison's illness was a bad way to go, but not as violent as ``the guy standing outside John's apartment block.'' 

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CAGE THE ELEPHANT GIVE THE STORY OF ``TROUBLE''

 

Cage The Elephant threw in the line, ``The wicked get no rest,'' in their latest single, ``Trouble,'' just to see if you're paying attention. Singer Matt Shultz says he's always been a fan of writers who reference earlier work. ``Ain't No Rest For The Wicked'' was Cage The Elephant's first hit. Shultz says he wanted a rootsy rock feel for ``Trouble,'' which is why he came up with that ``woo-oo'' part of the song. Guitarist Brad Shultz says that part gives a communal feel and he knew right away that it would be a great singalong element. 

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NEW FOUND GLORY BASE BOOK ON THEIR POSTERS

 

New Found Glory are creating a coffee-table book about themselves. The 128-page book ``Stories of a Different Kind'' will tell their history through flyers, posters and short stories.

The band say when they first started, they would advertise their shows with a ``messy photocopied piece of paper.'' They say the book will tell a story that predates social media. The book comes out July 5th. 

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HEART, METALLICA AND NE-YO MAKE FOR UNEXPECTED COLLABORATORS

 

Metallica and Ne-Yo both had a hand in Heart's new album, ``Beautiful Broken.'' Metallica frontman James Hetfield contributes vocals and new lyrics to the title track, which is a remake of a bonus track from Heart's last album, ``Fanatic.'' Ne-Yo contributed the song ``Two'' to the album after Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson heard a demo of it used in a TV show that her husband was working on. She begged Ne-Yo to let Heart record it and Ne-Yo is a fan of the band. Heart remade several of their own songs on ``Beautiful Broken'' that they felt could be produced better or recorded in a different key. ``Beautiful Broken'' comes out July 8th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

 

CHRISTINA GRIMMIE - ``THE VOICE'' - REACTION

 

Adam Levine says he is ``sad, shocked and confused'' upon hearing of the death of Christina Grimmie, who was on Team Adam on the sixth season of ``The Voice.'' Police say Grimmie was signing autographs after a show in Orlando Friday when a gunman shot her and then himself. She was 22. Fellow judge Blake Shelton says he's ``stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl.'' Josh Kaufman, who won ``The Voice''

the season Grimmie finished third, sends his deepest condolences to Grimmie's family. Selena Gomez, who was friends with Grimmie, tweets a photo of the two of them and says, ``My heart is absolutely broken.'' Country singer RaeLynn, who competed on season two of ``The Voice,'' tweets, ``Now I'm scared to do meet and greets.'' 

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CHRISTINA GRIMMIE - PANTERA - REACTION

 

It may not be immediately clear why Pantera would react so strongly to the death of ``The Voice'' contestant Christina Grimmie -- except that they too lost someone to a gunman. Pantera write on their Facebook page they are saddened to hear the news that Grimmie ``was gunned down the same way that Dimebag Darrell was.''

Dime was shot onstage during a concert with his band DamagePlan in Columbus, Ohio, in 2004. Pantera says after Dime's murder, they prayed that the music industry would do more to protect artists from ``gun wielding fanatics.'' They add in all caps, ``SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE.'' 

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CHRISTINA GRIMMIE - CONCERT VENUE

 

The concert venue where former ``The Voice'' contestant Christina Grimmie was shot and killed is putting everything on hold while police conduct their investigation. All events at The Plaza Live in Orlando have been suspended until further notice. Grimmie had performed with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live on Friday when police say a gunman shot her before shooting himself. A tribute band was scheduled to play at The Plaza Live on Thursday, with Buckcherry set for June 23rd. 

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ERIC CLAPTON - HEALTH

 

Eric Clapton has been living the past year in pain.

Clapton tells Classic Rock magazine he was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, which can result in tingling in hands and feet, loss of balance and muscle weakness. He says it started with lower back pain about 12 months ago and now he feels like he has electric shocks going down his legs. Clapton, who is 71, says given his history of drug abuse and alcoholism, he feels lucky to be alive. He just released an album called ``I Still Do.'' 

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ROD STEWART - KNIGHTHOOD

 

Rod Stewart has been knighted. Queen Elizabeth granted him the honour Friday in her annual Birthday Honours List ``for services to music and charity.'' Stewart says he's led a wonderful life and had a tremendous career thanks to the British public. He says this ``monumental honour'' has topped it off.

Stewart will now be able to refer to himself as ``Sir Roderick David Stewart.'' 

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ZAYN MALIK - ANXIETY

 

Zayn Malik had to blow off a concert in the U-K because he's suffering from what he calls the worst anxiety of his career. Malik writes on social media he dropped out of the Capital Summertime Ball in London on Saturday because the anxiety that has haunted him for most of his career got the better of him.

He says he cannot apologize enough and he promises to make it up to fans. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016

 

SUM 41 - PLANS

 

Canadian rock band Sum 41's frontman Deryck Whibley says their new album saved his life. Whibley writes on Facebook the music on ``13 Voices'' represents his journey as they've made the record. Whibley suffered liver and kidney failure brought on by heavy drinking in 2014. Whibley says he had ``to fall in order to rise, and nothing feels better than to have something you love that you had to really fight for.'' A release date has not yet been announced. 

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BLACK SABBATH - FINAL DATES

 

If you want to see Black Sabbath in the U-S, see them before November 12th or you lose out. Black Sabbath have added three American dates to ``The End'' tour. They're set for Tulsa on November 8th, Houston on November 10th and San Antonio on November 12th. From there, they go to Mexico and South America.

Their last scheduled show for now is December 4th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The lone Canadian date is August 29th in Toronto. 

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PAUL McCARTNEY - THE MEANING OF LIFE

 

Paul McCartney once figured out the secret to the universe, but he couldn't figure out what it meant the next day.

McCartney tells a story in the ``Pure McCartney V-R'' documentary series on his website about going to a party with Bob Dylan.

McCartney says he suddenly felt like he was going up a spiral walkway. He yelled to Beatles assistant Mal Evans to get him some paper because he had to write down something important. McCartney says he told Evans not to lose the paper because ``this is the meaning of life.'' Evans gave it back to him the next day and it said, ``There are seven levels.'' McCartney's anthology, ``Pure McCartney,'' comes out today. 

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

 

Elvis Costello, the late Marvin Gaye and Tom Petty are now in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The induction and awards dinner was held last night in New York. The class of 2016 also includes the songwriting team Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards and ``Wild Thing'' songwriter Chip Taylor. The night included live performances by Jennifer Hudson and the B-52's, among others. 

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BELLY THE BAND - BELLY THE RAPPER

 

There's Belly, and then there's Belly. Belly the alternative band has been around since 1991 and recently announced a reunion tour. The Canadian rapper Belly is the one who collaborated with Toronto's The Weeknd on ``Might Not.'' Singer Tanya Donelly of the band Belly says the rapper wasn't on their radar and they clearly weren't on his. She doesn't plan to pursue legal action because she considers them two different entities. She says she and the band are laughing about it. Donelly says when her band started selling out shows for their upcoming tour, she did wonder whether ticket-buyers think they're going to see the rapper. 

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BOBBY BROWN - MEMOIR

 

One of the claims in Bobby Brown's new memoir is that Whitney Houston smoked pot with their teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina. The allegation comes from LaPrincia Brown, his daughter with Kim Ward. She says in her father's memoir, ``Every Little Step,'' she was riding in a car with Houston, Bobbi Kristina and her boyfriend Nick Gordon when the three smoked pot together. Bobby Brown also says Houston did her ``share of cheating'' and among her lovers was Tupac Shakur (TOO'-pahk shah-KOOR). Bobby Brown was no angel himself. He claims among his conquests were Janet Jackson and Madonna. 

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BRIAN MAY - TRUMP

 

Brian May of Queen says Donald Trump neither sought permission to use ``We Are The Champions'' nor did they give it. Trump played the song at a rally after sweeping Tuesday's primaries. May writes on his website he's gotten ``an avalanche of complaints'' about Trump using the song. May says the band is seeking advice to ensure it does not continue. May says regardless of Trump's views, it's against Queen's policy for their music to be used as a political campaigning tool. 

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SNOOP DOGG - BASEBALL

 

Snoop Dogg appears to have been taking pitching lessons from 50 Cent. Snoop threw out the first pitch at the Padres-Braves game on Wednesday and threw it so far outside he nearly beaned a photographer. Snoop appeared to laugh it off. He has not commented on his throw, but he did post an Instagram video titled ``Padres at Braves at Petco Park'' in which he appears to be smoking an unknown substance. 

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DOLLY PARTON - CHILDREN'S BOOK

 

Dolly Parton's ``Coat of Many Colors'' continues to have a life of its own. Publishers Grosset and Dunlap plan to make the song into a children's book, out October 18th. It will come with a downloadable song Parton recorded called ``Making Fun Ain't Funny.'' The song was turned into a T-V movie in December. Parton says she gets letters all the time from teachers who say they use ``Coat of Many Colors'' to illustrate being proud of who you are and the consequences of bullying. Parton says she's always been honoured that her ``little song'' has been used that way. 

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RAPPERS MOURN - MUHAMMAD ALI

 

Muhammad Ali is being remembered in the rap community not just for his strength as a boxer and a person, but for the way he could string words together. Nas (NAHS) says Ali wasn't a rapper but he was ``the first rap superstar.'' Nas says, ``Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee was bigger than all rap hits combined.'' Sean ``Diddy'' Combs says Ali was ``the first great M-C.'' M-C Lyte says she loved hearing Ali scat. Eminem says Ali was ``a constant source of inspiration and a heroic figure.'' Jay Z says Ali ``is literally my hero.'' 

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``AMERICA'S GOT TALENT'' - CONTESTANT

 

If John Hetlinger doesn't get anywhere on ``America's Got Talent,'' Drowning Pool will still welcome him to their stage. Hetlinger, who's an 82-year-old retired aerospace engineer who loves Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, shocked the judges and the audience by singing the Drowning Pool song ``Bodies'' on Tuesday's show. Drowning Pool guitarist C-J Pierce says they'd love to have Hetlinger come on stage and sing a song with them.

Pierce says he loves space and aliens and he'd also want to get Hetlinger ``to open up one of these 'X-Files.''' 

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(The Associated Press)

Jann Arden & Paul Brandt will be Calgary Stampede Parade Marshalls

 

Singers Jann Arden and Paul Brandt have been named as marshals to lead this year's Calgary Stampede parade. 

Arden and Brandt say they are excited to be taking part and remember sitting on street curbs as children to watch the parade. 

Arden, who recently hosted the Juno Awards, added her voice in 2014 to a coalition opposed to the capture of wild horses in Alberta. 

Brandt is listed as the most-awarded male Canadian Country Music artist in history and has been a stage headliner at the Stampede before. 

Parade organizers say a special entry this year will recognize firefighters and others who helped Fort McMurray residents after a wildfire destroyed 2,400 homes and buildings. 

The parade kicks off the 10-day Stampede on July 8. 

(The Canadian Press)

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AXL ROSE - GOOGLE

 

Axl Rose wants Google to scrub the Internet of the ``Fat Axl'' meme. Harvard University's Lumen Database lists at least 11 requests made on Rose's behalf since May 31st that cite copyright violations. The memes use unflattering pictures of Rose with captions like, ``Welcome to the bakery, we've got pies and cakes,'' ''Oh, sweet pie of mine`` or ''Used to love her, but I had to eat her.`` Rose appears to have used the British company Web Sheriff to make the requests. Neither Rose nor Web Sheriff responded to requests for comment. 

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DOLLY PARTON - HUSBAND

 

Dolly Parton just had a vow renewal ceremony with her camera-shy husband and she's selling the photos for charity. Parton and Carl Dean married on May 30, 1966. They celebrated their 50th anniversary by renewing their vows in Nashville in a private ceremony. Dean has agreed to let Parton conduct his first interview, based on questions submitted by fans.

Parton plans to sell the interview and the photos to the highest bidder, with proceeds going to children's charities. Parton says the only way she could get Dean to agree to any of this was convincing him it was a great opportunity to raise money for good causes. 

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ED SHEERAN - LAWSUIT

 

Two songwriters who wrote a song for the winner of ``The X Factor'' are suing Ed Sheeran over his song ``Photograph.'' Billboard reports songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard claim ``Photograph'' rips off their song ``Amazing.''

Matt Cardle, who won ``The X Factor'' in Britain in 2010, released it as a single. Harrington and Leonard are seeking 20-million dollars. They are represented by Richard Busch, the same lawyer who successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams for copying the Marvin Gaye song ``Got To Give It Up'' for Thicke's song ``Blurred Lines.'' 

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS - THE GRAND OLE OPRY

 

Visitors to the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday saw the debut of an act they probably never expected: Pharrell Williams. He joined Little Big Town as they performed songs from their collaborative album, ``Wanderlust.'' Williams says when Little Big Town sing, ``It's like listening to a rainbow.'' He says while ``Wanderlust'' may not be a traditional country record, it's definitely a Southern one. He's from Virginia. Little Big Town singer Karen Fairchild says they were just noodling around in the studio and they made music so good, they were all singing along and dancing. ``Wanderlust'' is out tomorrow. 

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BILLY RAY CYRUS - ``STILL THE KING''

 

Billy Ray Cyrus was walking his dog along the Gulf Coast when inspiration hit. He saw a dilapidated Pentecostal church near a site where Elvis Presley performed on the ``Louisiana Hayride.'' That's how he came up with the idea for the show ``Still the King.'' Cyrus plays a washed-up Elvis impersonator who pretends to be a preacher. Cyrus says it may not be obvious, but everything he does on the show is a tip of the hat to Elvis. ``Still the King'' premieres Sunday on C-M-T. 

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RANDY TRAVIS - ``STILL THE KING''

 

Viewers who tune in to the premiere of the new Billy Ray Cyrus show ``Still the King'' might be amazed to see Randy Travis in a speaking role. Travis shot the pilot before his stroke in 2013. Darius Rucker will make a cameo on the series as Jesus.

``Still the King'' premieres Sunday on C-M-T. 

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LORETTA LYNN - GRANDSON DIES

 

Loretta Lynn is calling off her weekend shows to mourn the death of her grandson. A statement on her Facebook page says Lynn's oldest grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn, died unexpectedly at the age of 47 on Monday. Details of the death were not given. He worked on Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Loretta Lynn was scheduled to play Friday in Miami, Oklahoma, and Saturday in Hinton, Oklahoma. She will postpone those dates so she can be with her family. 

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PRINCE - ESTATE

 

Looks like the company overseeing Prince's estate will be able to get some outside help. A Minnesota judge has authorized Bremer Trust to hire entertainment industry experts to decide how to deal with things like Prince's music catalogue. In other Prince estate news, the judge handling the case has rejected a request from a Colorado prison inmate who claims to be the deceased musician's son. The request was aimed at giving the man more time to establish his claim to heirship. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016

 

BOBBY BROWN: WHITNEY HOUSTON DID COCAINE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY

 

Bobby Brown says the first time he saw Whitney Houston do hard drugs was on their wedding day. Brown tells A-B-C News he broke with tradition and saw Houston before their 1992 wedding. That's when he found her doing cocaine. He says she offered him a hit but he said no. He says it made him ``want to protect her more.'' He says he did not start Houston's drug habit but he accepts that he was part of it. He says they never let their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, see them do hard drugs. Brown's autobiography, ``Every Little Step,'' comes out Monday. 

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KRIS KRISTOFFERSON FINDS OUT THE REAL CAUSE OF HIS BAD MEMORY

 

Kris Kristofferson's doctors told him for years his memory loss was due either to Alzheimer's disease or dementia brought on by blows to the head playing sports as a young man. Turns out he was misdiagnosed. Rolling Stone reports earlier this year Kristofferson tested positive for Lyme disease. His wife, Lisa, believes he was bit by a tick while filming the 2006 movie ``Disappearances'' in Vermont. She says he went through three weeks of Lyme disease treatments and ``all of the sudden he was back.''

She says he still has bad days but sometimes it's easy to forget he's battling anything. Kristofferson will put out a boxed set called ``The Complete Monument and Columbia Album Collection'' on Friday. 

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ABBA REUNITE FOR PRIVATE PARTY

 

The people who showed up to an ABBA party in Sweden on Sunday were treated to an incredibly rare event: all four members performing together. The B-B-C reports the private party was to celebrate the 50-year songwriting partnership between ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. Bandmates Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad got up to sing the ABBA song ``The Way Old Friends Do.'' Ulvaeus and Andersson joined them at the end of the song. ABBA have not performed together publicly in 30 years. 

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BLAKE SHELTON RECALLS HIS ``HAT ACT'' DAYS

 

If you look of pictures of Blake Shelton when he first hit the country music scene, you'll find a guy with long hair in a cowboy hat. Shelton says that's how he dressed at home. Then he was labeled a ``hat act,'' and he's still not sure what that means.

He says he's not defined by his hat. He cut his hair and doesn't wear a cowboy hat much anymore, so he says that must mean he is no longer a ``hat act.'' He is, however, a museum piece. An exhibit on Shelton will run at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville through November 6. 

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BOY GEORGE DISCUSSES ATTITUDE ABOUT NEW MUSIC AT SHOWS

 

If you find the most boring part of a concert to be when the act plays new songs, Boy George feels for you. He says he's probably more open-minded because he's a musician, but when he goes to shows, he likes to hear the songs he knows too. He believes a good performer can strike a balance and it's all about the attitude. He says if a musician begrudgingly plays the hits, the audience is not going to be open to hearing anything new. Culture Club is finishing ``Tribes,'' their first album of new music in more than 15 years. 

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TOM PETTY MAKES JEFF LYNNE LAUGH WITH ``FREE FALLIN'''

 

Tom Petty wasn't trying to write a hit when he wrote ``Free Fallin'.'' He was just trying to make Jeff Lynne laugh.

Petty tells Billboard magazine he was noodling around on a keyboard and came up with a riff, but Lynne told him there was one chord too many. Petty got rid of a chord and starting singing what became the first verse, and Lynne busted out laughing. Lynne leaned over and said, ``Free falling.'' Petty tried to sing it but couldn't get it all out, so he sang, ``Free...Free fallin'.'' Petty finished the song that night and recorded it the next day. While it was being mixed, he and Lynne went into another room and wrote ``I Won't Back Down.'' 

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HOUSE WHERE JANIS JOPLIN LIVED IS ON THE MARKET

 

Janis Joplin's childhood home is for sale. The 1,500-square-foot house in Port Arthur, Texas, is on the market for 500-thousand dollars. Tax records appraise it at 52-thousand-500 dollars. It has a Texas Historical Commission marker confirming Joplin lived there. She was a preschooler when her family moved in. The house was offered to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, but it declined to buy it. The seller has not been made public. 

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LIL WAYNE CREATES MOBILE SKATEBOARDING GAME

 

Lil Wayne is putting his passion for skateboarding into a new mobile game, but you can hardly call it a lifelong passion. He says he didn't start skateboarding until he was 29, barely four years ago. He says he took it up because it looks cool and he wanted to inspire kids to go out and play. The game is called ``Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up.'' It's a throwback arcade-style game that takes players through Lil Wayne's hometown of New Orleans. It's available for Apple and Android platforms beginning Friday. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016

 

ALBERTA WILD FIRE CONCERT

Canadian tenor John McDermott, Glass Tiger frontman Alan Frew and classical guitarist Liona Boyd will perform at a Toronto benefit concert in support of Fort McMurray residents affected by a devastating wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes. 

The musical trio will join previously announced talent including singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy at the #BackFortMac show at Roy Thomson Hall on June 27. 

Other scheduled performers include comedic couple Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath, opera star Measha Brueggergosman, country duo the Lovelocks, stage and screen star Jackie Richardson and jazz singer Matt Dusk. 

Organizers say 90 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, supporting families and individuals impacted by the wildfires. 

The remaining funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross disaster readiness program. 

Cuddy and his band Blue Rodeo will also perform at the June 29 Fire Aid benefit concert in Edmonton, along with Nickelback, Corb Lund and Ian Tyson. 

(The Canadian Press)

 

SUPREME COURT - TOM SCHOLZ

 

Boston guitarist Tom Scholz has hit a brick wall with the Supreme Court. The justices have declined to revive his defamation lawsuits filed against the Boston Herald and the ex-wife of singer Brad Delp. The justices let stand a lower court ruling that dismissed Scholz's lawsuits over articles that quoted Delp's ex, Micki Delp, as blaming Scholz for the singer's suicide.

Massachusetts's highest court ruled last year that Micki Delp's statements were opinions that could not form the basis of a defamation claim. 

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LUKAS GRAHAM

 

Lukas Graham frontman Lukas Forchhammer is going to be a dad. He tells People magazine his girlfriend, Marie-Louise ``Rillo'' Schwartz Peterson, is expecting their first child. She's due in September, right when Lukas Graham is on tour. Forchhammer says he will take two months off in the fall to focus on his new family. 

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PRINCE ESTATE

 

It will soon be time to put up or shut up for those claiming kinship with Prince. A Minnesota judge has approved a move by the executors of the musician's estate to accelerate the process of determining who has the right to claim they are in line for a chunk of his fortune. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide yesterday signed off on a set of guidelines put forward by the trust company overseeing Prince's affairs. Those who wish to make a claim against the estate have until Friday to file sworn statements to support their claim. Some of those making claims will have to support their statements through D-N-A testing. 

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IT'S PRINCE DAY IN MINNESOTA

 

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared today to be ``Prince Day'' in Minnesota. Today would have been Prince's 58th birthday. The proclamations urge Minnesota residents to wear purple in honour of Prince. The irony is that Prince would not have even celebrated his birthday. He was one of Jehovah's Witness - and didn't observe birthdays. 

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PROPHETS OF RAGE TARGET THE RNC

 

The first stop on tour for the new politically-minded supergroup Prophets of Rage is the Republican National Convention. The group consists of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy. They will play Cleveland on July 19th, the day after the R-N-C begins in Cleveland. The tour will continue to 34 other cities. A portion of the proceeds from each show will benefit a local homeless charity. 

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HILLARY CLINTON - CELEBRITIES

 

Hillary Clinton has been joined by a bunch of her musical buds as she continues to raise money for her presidential campaign. She was joined at an event last night by John Legend, Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder at a fundraiser held at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. During the event, Clinton did not mention the Associated Press report that she has reached enough delegates to clinch the nomination, instead focusing her comments on likely Republican nominee Trump. 

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RICK ASTLEY

 

We have not heard from Rick Astley in a while because he thought no one wanted to hear from him. Astley is releasing a new album called ``50'' on Friday that's his first album in 10 years. Astley says he felt that he was not relevant enough to make new music. He says fans seemed content to come to his shows and hear the old hits -- or so he thought. Astley says enough people asked him over social media when he was going to make a new record that he got the confidence to make one. He named the album ``50'' because he turned 50 in February. 

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WHITNEY HOUSTON ITEMS ARE UP FOR AUCTION

 

The wedding gown Whitney Houston wore when she married Bobby Brown is for sale. Heritage Auctions expects the ivory satin gown and floor-length veil will sell for at least seven-thousand dollars.  Two passports, including her first one issued in 1985, are also for sale. So is her California driver's license, two credit cards, her personal script for ``Waiting to Exhale,'' the Emmy she won for performing on the Grammys in 1986 and a Disney coloring book that she'd sign when she finished a page. The auction is currently taking bids online and will end June 25th. 

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DUNGEON FAMILY REUNITES FOR ATLANTA'S ONE MUSICFEST

 

The music collective the Dungeon Family will reunite on stage for the first time in ten years at One Musicfest in Atlanta. Outkast, Cee Lo, Goodie Mob, Future and Big Gipp are among those who will perform. The lineup also includes Ice Cube, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Gary Clark Junior, Andra Day, A$AP Ferg and Jazmine Sullivan. One Musicfest is September 10. 

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MARK MOTHERSBAUGH IS ON DISPLAY AT TWO MUSEUMS

 

The art of Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo is being showcased in two museums. The Akron Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland are simultaneously running the exhibit ``Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia'' through August 28. It's a collection of Mothersbaugh's drawings, films, sculpture, music and paintings.

They include Mothersbaugh's early sketchbooks and documentation of Devo's first performances. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

 

FORMER CANADIAN TEEN IDOL BOBBY CURTOLA HAS DIED

 

Former Canadian teen idol and singer Bobby Curtola has died. He was 73. 

His death was announced in a statement from his children, who called Curtola ``an amazing man who did so much for the people in this world.'' 

A teen idol in Canada during the early '60s, Curtola also made his mark internationally in 1962 with the singles ``Fortune Teller'' and ``Aladdin.'' 

Curtola, who was born in what is now Thunder Bay, Ont., was named to the Order of Canada in 1997. 

He was also known for his charity work, particularly for children. 

In a statement issued through Curtola's Facebook and Twitter pages, Chris Curtola and Michael Curtola said their father loved his fans. 

(The Canadian Press) 

 

PAUL McCARTNEY - MUHAMMAD ALI

 

Paul McCartney says Muhammad Ali was great from the first time The Beatles met him in Miami in 1964. McCartney says Ali was ``a beautiful, gentle man'' who often would carry a pack of cards so he could do a trick for you. When Ali was still a young boxer known as Cassius Clay, he met The Beatles, who were just breaking in America. The New York Times sent photographer Robert Lipsyte to the heavyweight boxing title fight between Sonny Liston and Clay, and Lipsyte wanted to set up a photo between The Beatles and the boxers. Liston refused, and The Beatles whined because Clay kept them waiting. They hit it off when they met, though. Their photos included Ali pretending to knock out The Beatles like dominoes in a row and Ali picking up Ringo Starr like he was a little girl. Later, Ali asked Lipsyte, ``Who were those little sissies?'' 

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MUHAMMAD ALI - RECORDING CAREER

 

As if Muhammad Ali did not have enough accolades in his life: he also had a Grammy-nominated recording career. Ali, as Cassius Clay, put out a spoken-word album in 1963 six months before knocking out Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship.

It was called ``I Am The Greatest.'' The title track was released as a single and nominated for a Grammy for best comedy performance. It lost out to Allan Sherman's ``Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.'' Ali was nominated again for a Grammy in 1976 for best children's recording for ``The Adventures of Ali and His Gang Versus Tooth Decay.'' 

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MUHAMMAD ALI - IMPACT ON MUSIC

 

``The Greatest Love Of All'' was one of Whitney Houston's signature songs, but did you know it was inspired by Muhammad Ali? Michael Masser and Linda Creed wrote it for a 1977 movie about Ali called ``The Greatest.'' George Benson recorded it first. Ali inspired many a track. Johnny Wakelin wrote the 1975 hit ``Black Superman'' about Ali. The Beach Boys had a 1964 comedy track called ``'Cassius' Love vs. 'Sonny' Wilson,'' during which Mike Love and Brian Wilson insulted each other for three and a half minutes.

Will Smith references Ali in ``Gettin' Jiggy Wit It.'' So does Sugarhill Gang in ``Rapper's Delight.'' Nipsey Hussle, Kanye West, Jay Z, T.I., Master P and Nas (NAHS) are among the acts who mention Ali in their music. 

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GOVERNORS BALL FESTIVAL - CANCELLED

 

The Governors Ball music festival in New York was called off yesterday because of bad weather. Kanye West, Death Cab For Cutie, Eagles Of Death Metal and Courtney Barnett were among the acts scheduled to play. Organizers say severe weather and a high likelihood of lightning in the area made it unsafe for concert-goers. Refunds will be given. 

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KANYE WEST- CONCERT CHAOS

 

What was supposed to be a surprise Kanye West show in New York City quickly turned to chaos as thousands of fans descended on the venue. More than four-thousand people swarmed Webster Hall, which only holds 15-hundred, early this morning for the pop-up show. They climbed on top of cars, dumpsters and scaffolding and hung out of windows hoping to get a better view. The New York Daily News reports West hinted on social media that he was going to do the show after the Governor's Ball on Sunday was cancelled due to the weather. West had been scheduled to perform.

The secret show was hinted to start at 2 a-m, and according to West's Twitter page was sold out by 1 a-m Shortly before 2 a-m, Wester Hall tweeted that there would be no show. 

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CONCERT- ROWDY CROWD

 

A fight has broken out at a hip-hop concert in New Jersey, delaying a show that already was starting late due to bad weather. Organizers cancelled an outdoor pre-show for Hot 97 Summer Jam scheduled for Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford as strong storms moved through the area.

The main show was still on, but delayed. NJ-dot-com reports the weather wasn't the only thing to put a damper on the event. A fight broke out in the floors seats after the show's billed Terror Squad reunion featuring Fat Joe and Remy Ma and folding chairs went flying. State police say they're investigating. There's no word on any arrests. Last year, 61 people were arrested and 10 state troopers were injured during a clash outside Summer Jam. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC Tragically Hip


By David Friend

Many Tragically Hip fans were left empty handed this morning as tickets for some of the band's upcoming summer concerts sold out almost immediately.

Within minutes of the start of today's public sale, it appeared that all available tickets for three arena shows at Toronto's Air Canada Centre had been snapped up, along with shows in Hamilton and the band's final stop in Kingston, Ont.

Disappointed fans took to social media to express their suspicion that many of the tickets were bought by resellers hoping to capitalize on the intense interest in these shows.

This tour is widely expected to be the final one for the iconic Canadian band, given lead singer Gord Downie's battle with incurable brain cancer.

Less than half an hour after the public sale began for the Toronto shows, more than 2,500 tickets were listed for marked up prices on StubHub.

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MORE HIP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is paying tribute to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie _ and leaving the door open to looking at the issue of fairness in ticket sales.

Trudeau was asked whether he plans to attend one of the Hip's upcoming shows, which were announced along with news that Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Trudeau says he's been lucky enough to see the band perform at many concerts, and has met Downie several times.

He says Downie is a cultural force to be reckoned with and an iconic Canadian figure, ``but mostly, he's just a great guy.''

Trudeau was also asked whether the federal government could take steps to address fairness in concert ticket sales, given the controversy over how many Hip tickets have been snapped up for overpriced resale.

He says the music and ticket industries ought to be able to police themselves, but that the government would be willing to followup on the issue.

 

Alta Wildfire Concert


Canadian tenor John McDermott, Glass Tiger frontman Alan Frew and classical guitarist Liona Boyd will perform at a Toronto benefit concert in support of Fort McMurray residents affected by a devastating wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes.

The musical trio will join previously announced talent including singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy at the #BackFortMac show at Roy Thomson Hall on June 27.

Other scheduled performers include comedic couple Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath, opera star Measha Brueggergosman, country duo the Lovelocks, stage and screen star Jackie Richardson and jazz singer Matt Dusk.

Organizers say 90 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, supporting families and individuals impacted by the wildfires.

The remaining funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross disaster readiness program.

Cuddy and his band Blue Rodeo will also perform at the June 29 Fire Aid benefit concert in Edmonton, along with Nickelback, Corb Lund and Ian Tyson.

(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016

 

RAPPER CHARGED IN T.I. CONCERT SHOOTING APPEARS IN COURT

 

Rapper Troy Ave appeared in court in a wheelchair yesterday in connection with a fatal shooting last week at a T.I. concert in New York. Ave is being held without bail on an attempted murder charge. Ave's bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, was killed, and two others besides Ave were injured. Ave's attorney says McPhatter ``died a hero'' trying to protect Ave. 

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RONNIE WOOD IS FATHER TO TWINS

 

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood turns 69 today. Two days ago, he became a father for the fifth and sixth time. Wood's wife, Sally Humphreys, gave birth to twin girls Monday night: Gracie Jane and Alice Rose. Wood's publicist says the babies ``are doing brilliantly.'' 

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ADELE CALLS OUT FAN FILMING HER IN CONCERT

 

Be warned: if you try to film Adele in concert, she will not only call you out, but the video will go viral. A fan posted a video on Twitter of Adele singling out a woman at a concert in Verona, Italy. Adele tells the woman, ``Could you stop filming me with that video camera? Because I'm really here in real life. You can enjoy it in real life rather than through your camera.'' Adele says she wants the people in the crowd to enjoy the show ``because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in.'' 

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MARTINA McBRIDE FINDS SATISFACTION IN HER DAUGHTER'S TEARS

 

Martina McBride made her daughter cry and she felt good about it. It's because McBride played the song ``Just Around the Corner'' for her daughter Emma, and Emma got so emotional she got tears in her eyes. McBride says she took that as a good sign. She says her three daughters often hear songs ranging from the demo stage to the finished record and McBride values their feedback. 

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KENNY CHESNEY TO HEADLINE CONCERT AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

Kenny Chesney will headline a concert at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 9th, the night before the speedway hosts the Tennessee-Virginia Tech game. The concert is being billed as ``Bristol's Tailgate Party.'' The concert also will feature The Band Perry and Old Dominion. Tennessee and Virginia Tech are facing each other September 10th at the speedway. Promoters expect the matchup to draw the highest single-game attendance in NCAA football history. 

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GERMANY'S TOP COURT RULES AGAINST KRAFTWERK

 

Kraftwerk have suffered a legal setback in Germany over a two-second sample from their 1977 song ``Metall auf Metall.''

German music producer Moses Pelham used a beat from that song without permission or payment. He had argued that restricting the use of even short sequences would limit his artistic freedom because rap relies heavily on sampling. Germany's constitutional court agreed with Pelham but left open the possibility that Germany's parliament could change the laws about payments for samples there. 

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JACK WHITE CONTRIBUTES THEME TO ``MAYA AND MARTY''

 

Jack White has written the theme song for the new variety show ``Maya and Marty,'' starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. It's the first time White has written music for T-V.

He also plays drums on the track. ``Maya and Marty'' premiered last night on N-B-C. 

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(The Associated Press)