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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017

 

FACEBOOK - MUSIC

 

Facebook fans who are also fans of music stars like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber have reason to rejoice. Universal Music Group has signed a deal that will let those on the social networking site share those artist' videos. Until now, if a Facebook user were to upload a video featuring Universal's music _ the posts would be taken down. But under terms of the deal, that won't happen anymore. It's unclear when users will be able to post Universal artists' work on Facebook or any sites owned by the social network behemoth.

 

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FUNK MUSEUM - DAYTON, OHIO

 

Bring in the funk? Sure, says the operators of a new museum based in Dayton, Ohio. The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center is ready to open its doors. Officials say the centre has received final approvals from the city and is now taking reservations for private tours and events. If you're wondering how Dayton landed a museum dedicated to funk, we'll school you. Dayton was known as the Land of Funk in the 1970s and 1980s because of groups like the Ohio Players, Zapp, Heatwave, Slave and Lakeside.

 

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NELLY - ASSAULT CLAIM

 

So far, it hasn't happened. But Nelly is expected to file a countersuit against a woman who claims that he sexually assaulted her. The woman, Monique Green, claims the rap star assaulted her on his tour bus near Seattle, Washington back in October. Police arrested the rapper and investigated _ but prosecutors said they wouldn't charge him because Green wouldn't co-operate with the case. She has since sued Nelly in civil court, claiming that he assaulted her and that damaged her reputation by challenging her account publicly. That prompted Nelly's attorney to call the civil action financially motivated and to say his client was suing, too.

 

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ELVIS PRESLEY - AUCTION

 

Imagine - owning the rocking chair from Elvis Presley's famed Jungle Room at Graceland. That imagination _ coupled with about 15-thousand dollars _ could make it yours. The wood and maroon rocking chair is among the items associated with Presley being offered for sale by Graceland. The chair and a couple hundred other items will be put up for bids on Graceland's website on Jan. 6th.

 

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PUSSY RIOT MEMBER - SENTENCED

 

An activist from the punk collective Pussy Riot has been sentenced to 40 hours of community service for a protest. A Moscow court ruled yesterday that group member Maria Alekhina violated the law by taking part in unsanctioned picketing outside the headquarters of Russia's top domestic security agency. It isn't the first time she has run afoul of the law; she and another Pussy Riot member spent nearly two years in prison for a 2012 protest against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

 

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(The Associated Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017

 

NELLY - LAWSUIT

 

She wouldn't co-operate with a criminal rape case against Nelly. But now a woman is suing the rap star, claiming he sexually assaulted her. The Seattle Times reports Monique Green's lawsuit against Nelly seeks unspecified damages. She says the rapper also damaged her reputation by saying she made up her story about what happened on Nelly's tour bus in October. Prosecutors looked into the case _ but said last week they weren't going to charge Nelly because the woman won't co-operate with the case. Attorneys for the rapper say the lawsuit is an attempt to get money from Nelly _ and that the rapper plans to file a countersuit. 

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XXXTENTACION - RELEASED FROM JAIL

 

XXXTentacion is going to be a free man _ sort of.

The Florida-based rap star is to be released from jail today _ and put under house arrest. In the meantime, he will be awaiting trial on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend last year _ then tried to bribe her by offering her money if she agreed to drop the charges. XXXTentacion has had nine songs on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this year, including ``Jocelyn Flores'' which peaked at No. 31.

 

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MICHAEL RAY - ARREST

 

At last word, country music star Michael Ray was being held on bond _ after an incident early yesterday in which he ran his car into one ahead of him at a Florida McDonald's drive-thru. Police say it happened in the town of Eustis. An arrest report says Ray told investigators his foot slipped off the brake pedal of his 2012 Jeep. The report also says Ray had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech _ and a glass bottle with brown liquid in his vehicle. Asked what was in the bottle, Ray replied: ``weed oil.'' He faces D-U-I and drug charges.

 

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PHIL COLLINS - GREETING CARDS

 

If you get a Christmas card from Phil Collins, you're getting more than just a holiday greeting _ you're getting a work of art. Just ask Patrick Wilson who says Collins is his favourite celebrity card sender. Collins paints _ and Wilson says the painted cards the musician sends ``were pretty awesome.'' While Wilson is lavish in his praise of Collins' cards, he wonders if he has fallen out of favour him. Wilson says he hasn't gotten a card from Collins in a few years _ and hopes to be back on the list this year because those cards were ``pretty great.''

 

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BILLY JOEL - HIGH SCHOOL NAMED FOR MOM

 

Billy Joel did something nice for a high school in Long Island on the verge of closing. And now, the school has done something nice in return. Last year Joel, a Long Island native, gave money to help save the performing arts program at the Long Island High School for the Arts' campus in Syosset, New York. On Tuesday, the school rededicated the conservatory and renamed it for Joel's mom, Rosalind, who died in 2014. The Newsday reports Joel attended the ceremony and spent time chatting with students. Joel says it was his mom who stoked his interest in music by taking him to concerts and paying for his piano lessons.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017

 

WALKER HAYES

 

Walker Hayes is hoping to make a bigger name for himself in country music. And since dropping his latest album ``boom,'' there's a good chance that will happen. His first single, ``You Broke Up with Me,'' is in the top 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Hayes writes music that reflects his life.

He's a dad with six kids _ and another on the way. He has done songs about taking his kids to shop at the dollar store.

 

 

KENDRICK LAMAR - COLLEGE FOOTBALL TITLE GAME

 

Kendrick Lamar will be performing the halftime show for the College Football Playoff national championship game next month. But he won't be performing at the College Football Playoff national championship game. Let us clear up the confusion.

Lamar is, indeed, doing the halftime show in Atlanta. But the show won't be at the same stadium where the game is being played. The game will be at Mercedes Benz Stadium, while the halftime show will be at Centennial Olympic Park. Lamar's latest album ``Damn'' is up for seven Grammys. 

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LADY GAGA - LAS VEGAS

 

Lady Gaga says it has been her ``life-long dream'' to perform in Las Vegas. She will get to realize that dream, when she kicks off a two-year residency in Vegas. She joins a list of stars like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to play Vegas. Gaga will be at the Park Theater at the M-G-M Resorts International. It used to be known as the Monte Carlo and was home to acts like Cher and Ricky Martin. No word on specific dates for the shows, which will begin next December. 

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INSANE CLOWN POSSE - FANS

 

The Juggalos have lost another court battle. Fans of the rap-metal music group Insane Clown Posse have failed in an appeal to have an F-B-I report purged of language that brands them gang-bangers. An appeals court in Michigan has ruled the ``gang''

language doesn't need to be removed because it carries no legal weight. Insane Clown Posse fans say ever since the report came out in 2011, they've been hassled by the police. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017

 

Gord Downie is Canada's Newsmaker of the Year for 2017. 

The late Tragically Hip frontman was chosen for the second consecutive year in a Canadian Press survey of news editors and broadcasters across the country.

He collected 53 per cent of the votes. 

It puts him among a short list of prime ministers and athletes who have been selected more than once. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was second this year, garnering 13 per cent of the votes, while new NDP leader Jagmeet Singh finished third with 11 per cent. 

Downie died of brain cancer in October, but he used every opportunity in his final months to speak out in support of Indigenous people in Canada. 

He established the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to provide small grants to, in part, promote Indigenous education in schools.   

(The Canadian Press)

 

DAVE GROHL - SNL SKETCH

 

You may have caught Foo Fighters playing music on ``Saturday Night Live'' on T-V over the weekend. But unless you checked online, you didn't see Dave Grohl as an actor on the show.

That's because his 30-second cameo a wolf man in a sketch didn't make it to air. It was cut out due to time constraints. Billboard reports the New Year's Eve-themed short can be found in all its glory on YouTube. 

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LUKE BRYAN - TOPS CHARTS

 

For the fourth time in his career, Luke Bryan has scored a No. 1 album. His latest release, ``What Makes You Country,'' has hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The country superstar's album sold 108-thousand units in its first week of sales. Billboard reports that of that number, 99-thousand of the sales were as traditional albums. Bryan's album is the fourth by a country act this year to top the Billboard chart. The others to do that are Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain and Thomas Rhett. 

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PRINCE - ESTATE

 

Prince has been dead for close to two years now. And the efforts to legally sort out his vast estate continue. A Minnesota judge has rejected a move by three of Prince's six heirs to fire the company handling the estate's business. The three wanted Comerica Bank & Trust cut loose because the company moved recordings from Prince's estate in Paisley Park to a secure facility in California. The three other heirs opposed the removal of the trust company. 

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K-POP STAR DEAD - POSSIBLE SUICIDE

 

A stunner in the world of K-Pop. The lead singer of the South Korean boy band SHINee is dead. Police say Kim Jong-hyun _ who performed as Jonghyun _ was found unconscious at a residence hotel in Seoul yesterday. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The death is being investigated as a possible suicide. Police say Jonghyun's sister told them the singer sent her texts suggesting he was despondent. And news reports say authorities found burned coal briquettes, which produce carbon monoxide, in the room where he was found unconscious. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

GENE SIMMONS - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

 

Add Gene Simmons to the list of stars accused of sexual misconduct. Billboard reports that the bass player for Kiss is being sued by a radio and T-V broadcaster who says he groped her and made ``unwanted'' and ``unwarranted'' sexual advances toward her. Unlike many of the allegations made against celebrities these days, this happened recently. The broadcaster says it happened November 1st when she interviewed Simmons and Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley at their restaurant in Highland, California. The suit claims, among other things, that during a post-interview photo, Simmons touched the woman's buttocks. An attorney for the woman says her client is ``embarrassed and humiliated'' by the experience. 

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NELLY - RAPE CHARGES DROPPED

 

An attorney for Nelly says his client is the victim of a ``deceitful allegation devoid of credibility.''

Authorities in Washington state say they won't file rape charges against the rapper, because the accuser isn't cooperating. The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October outside Seattle.

Nelly was arrested and booked before being released. Shortly after the arrest, the woman told prosecutors she wanted the investigation stopped. Prosecutors say without the woman's help, they can't investigate to see whether the allegation has any merit. 

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EMINEM - MOM'S SPAGHETTI

 

If you remember the Eminem song ``Lose Yourself,'' you no doubt remember the line about him being so nervous he barfs up ``mom's spaghetti'' before performing. Over the weekend, some people in Detroit got the chance to see what that pasta takes like of course, before he got ill. The rapper had one of those pop-up restaurants and ``mom's spaghetti'' was on the menu. It's all part of the buildup to his new album. 

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JEEZY - EVOLUTION

 

Jeezy says he was like a lump of coal in a darkened mine but came out like a diamond. The rapper says he can remember many struggles he faced as a kid like being so poor, he had to shoo cockroaches off his food before eating. He says the tough times inspired him do better and now, he wants to help others do the same. He sketches out his journey in his new album, ``Pressure.'' It features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, J. Cole and 2 Chainz.

 

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TONY BENNETT MEMORIAL PERFORMANCE

 

He wasn't there in person. But Tony Bennett was very much a part of the public memorial for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. A taped performance of the veteran crooner was part of the service held yesterday in the rotunda of San Francisco's city hall.

Lee was the city's first Asian-American Mayor. He died last week.

 

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KEELY SMITH - OBIT

 

Singer Keely Smith has died. She was big back in the day, best-known as a pop and jazz singer who both recorded standards and had a longtime musical partnership with Louis Prima. Smith was 89 when she died of apparent heart failure over the weekend in Palm Springs, California. 

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(The Canadian Press)

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

 

 

RUSSELL SIMMONS - RAPE ALLEGATIONS

 

Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons says he will defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Simmons writes on Instagram he will prove without any doubt he is innocent of all rape charges. The New York Times published a story earlier this week in which three women claimed Simmons raped them in the 1980s and '90s. Two other women have said Simmons had sex with them against their will. Simmons used the hashtag ``NotMe,'' which he says is not trying to diminish the ``MeToo'' movement, but to hold his accusers accountable.

 

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SZA - HABITS

 

Giving SZA a compliment is liable to send her into overdrive. SZA says she feels she has to do that compliment a service and she'll keep thinking about one more component that will make her worthy. She acknowledges she's a little nervous and awkward, which may be because she's a creature of habit.

She says the same four people who live with her are the people who helped make her ``Ctrl'' (control) album. SZA says it was only recent she came out of what she calls her ``four year cave.''

 

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ZAC BROWN BAND - ANTHEM PERFORMANCE

 

 Zac Brown Band will perform the national anthem before the college football national championship. They will be accompanied by a gospel choir and 12-year-old Carly Ortega, a student at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf who will sign the anthem.

 

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MISSY ELLIOTT - ESSENCE MAGAZINE

 

  Missy Elliott will be the guest of honour at the ``Black Women in Music'' event put on by Essence magazine next year.

Essence calls Elliott ``a consummate visionary whose creativity knows no limits.'' The event will be held in New York on Jan. 25th, three days before the Grammys.

 

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BEBE REXHA - ``A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE''

 

Bebe Rexha will perform a new song called ``Count on Christmas'' to open the live musical version of ``A Christmas Story'' that will run on Fox on Sunday. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the song specifically for the live show.

They also wrote the musical. 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST

 

Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Portugal. The Man and Hailee Steinfeld have been added to the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C on Dec. 31st. They join Ontario home grown stars Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara , along with Zedd, G-Eazy, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Marshmello and Charlie Puth.

The East Coast party will feature Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland in New York's Times Square. Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon will headline the Central Time Zone party from New Orleans.

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

 

A vintage 1970s guitar owned by Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn's politically charged lyric books are on display as part of a new exhibition at Calgary's National Music Centre.

Organizers of the space, which is part of Studio Bell, say they've launched a tribute to Canadian musicians who recently received honours for their contributions to music. The showcase features personal items and instruments from the latest inductees to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The National Music Centre says the exhibit continues until fall 2018. 

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TICKET SALES LAW

 

Ticket resale site StubHub says capping ticket resale prices artificially controls a global market and will lead to unintended consequences. The statement is in response to Ontario's Ticket Sales Act -- a bill passed yesterday to protect ticket buyers. The legislation bans tickets from being resold at more than

50 per cent of the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by scalper bots. It also includes a ban on scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event then resell them at a large profit. Ticketmaster has also warned that the legislation puts companies that are playing by the rules at a disadvantage.  

 

PAT DINIZIO - REMEMBERED

 

  Julian Lennon says he recently thought about reaching out to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens for a collaboration, but ``it just wasn't meant to be.'' DiNizio died Tuesday at the age of 62, but details of his death were not given. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray says DiNizio ``could craft an effortless, classic pop song.'' Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin says he'll never forget the great nights hanging with DiNizio and playing guitars. R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says he always enjoyed speaking with DiNizio and hearing him play. 

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JON BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi fans may see guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with the band for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Singer Jon Bon Jovi says Sambora is ``absolutely invited'' to participate in every aspect of Bon Jovi's induction.

Sambora says he'd be happy to accept. Sambora left the band in 2013 but he says he has no malice toward anyone. Bon Jovi says if he's interested, the band also is happy to welcome back bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994. Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues says their induction is a victory for their fans, because it ``has now validated the music they so love.'' Next year's inductees also include The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an early influence. The inductions will be April 14th in Cleveland.

 

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WALK THE MOON - DON'T SAVE THE PINATAS

 

One of the most amazing gifts Walk The Moon ever got from a fan was a pinata. Singer Nicholas Petricca says it was full of notes of appreciation from fans of the band. That spurred other fans to send pinatas to Walk The Moon. Petricca says he put one in his mom's basement and forgot about it -- until he realized it was filled with candy, not notes.

The basement became infested with rats. Petricca says a trail of wrappers led to the couch, and under it was a treasure trove of wrappers and rat droppings. As he puts it, ``Sorry, Mom.'' 

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ALICE COOPER - RECORDS HIS FIRST SONG

 

Alice Cooper has dug way back for material to record. Cooper's new single is called ``The Sound of A,'' and it's the first song he wrote entirely on his own, in 1967. Original Alice Cooper Band bassist Dennis Dunaway rediscovered it. It will be released as a single on Feb. 23rd, but Cooper released a video for it this week. 

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BJORN ULVAEUS - NO TO ABBA REUNION

 

Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA says they will never reunite for concerts because it would be a ``hassle'' and enormous pressure. He says doing ABBA concerts would be like robbing himself of two or three years of his life, when he could be paddling his surf ski off the coast of Stockholm instead. Ulvaeus made his comments at the opening of a new London exhibition about ABBA. 

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DYLAN SCOTT - BABY

 

Dylan Scott is a dad, as of Tuesday night. He posted a photo on Instagram of his wife, Blair, holding their newborn son. They've named him Beckett Scott Robinson. He's their first child. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

 

 

JOSH HOMME - TWO APOLOGIES

 

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme (HOM'-ee) has apologized for kicking a photographer while onstage. Then he apologized again. Video from the band's concert near Los Angeles Saturday shows Homme swinging his leg into a camera. Photographer Chelsea Lauren writes on Instagram the camera smashed into her face and she had to get medical treatment. Homme tweeted an apology, saying he was ``in a state of being lost in performance'' and thought he was kicking lighting equipment. He later posted a two-minute video apologizing to Lauren by name, saying he wants to be a good man but that night he failed. 

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BULLIED KID - SNOOP DOGG - JUSTIN BIEBER

 

The kid from Knoxville, Tennessee, who went online to complain about bullies who said he has no friends now can count Snoop Dogg, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Kelsea Ballerini among his friends. Keaton Jones said in his video other students called him ugly, made fun of him and poured milk on him. He questioned the point of bullying and urged others to not let it bother them. Snoop says Keaton has ``a friend for life'' in him. Bieber calls Keaton ``a legend'' for still having compassion. Among the others who have pledged to be Keaton's friend are Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Hailee Steinfeld, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Cole Swindell and Ricky Martin.

Cardi B calls out the bullies on her Instagram, saying ``That's not gangsta!'' 

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TINA TURNER - SECOND BOOK

 

Tina Turner has survived a life-threatening illness. You'll have to wait until her book comes out next year to find out the details. Turner is working on a sequel to her 1986 autobiography, ``I Tina.'' It's called ``Tina Turner: My Love Story.'' She promises she will write about finding love and an illness she never disclosed before. The book will come out in October. 

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COUNTRY - REAL-VERSUS-FAKE CHRISTMAS TREES

 

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is planning a Christmas memory this year. It's either the year he has a glorious real Christmas tree for once, or the year the tree aggravates his allergies so much that his throat closes up. Kelley says because Lady A is taking a break, he figured he could risk it. Brett Eldredge can sympathize. He got a real Christmas tree for the first time last year and had to get rid of it after two days because he was sneezing so badly. Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay thought he'd avoid the mess of a real tree by getting an artificial one. He says it made just as much of a mess when he got it out of storage because the fake snow on it kept coming off. Reba McEntire grew up with real trees but did not like having to maintain them. She says she goes fake now because with a fake tree, ``you can just sit there and look at it.'' 

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MARY J. BLIGE - GOLDEN GLOBES

 

Mary J. Blige says she had to disconnect from herself to play a sharecropper's wife in the film ``Mudbound.''

Blige says she wears a lot of wigs and weaves, but director Dee Rees wanted her hair to have ``nappy edges'' for the character of Florence. Blige says it was hard to let go of the Mary that everyone knows, but ``Florence actually liberated Mary.'' Blige got two Golden Globes nominations for her work on ``Mudbound,'' one for acting and one for co-writing the song ``Mighty River.'' Her competition for best song includes Mariah Carey, who co-wrote ``The Star'' from the film of the same name, and Nick Jonas, who co-wrote ``Home'' from ``Ferdinand.'' The other best song nominees are ``Remember Me'' from ``Coco'' and ``This Is Me'' from ``The Greatest Showman.'' Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is nominated for best score for ``Phantom Thread.'' The Golden Globes are Jan. 7th. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017

 

BONO PROMISES ANSWERS ON ``PARADISE PAPERS'' INVESTIGATION

 

Bono says he plans to be as transparent as possible on his business arrangements that were named in the so-called ``Paradise Papers.'' Documents that were leaked to the media indicate Bono is one of several high-profile people with offshore tax arrangements. Bono was shown to be a stakeholder in a company in Malta that owned a shopping mall in Lithuania. It's particularly embarrassing to Bono because of his work as an anti-poverty activist. Bono tells a German newspaper (Sueddeutsche Zeitung) once the investigation into the matter is complete, he will be the first to report the details. He says fans ought to know that ``should anything fishy have happened, I would be at least as angry as they would.''

 

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U2 IS NUMBER ONE AGAIN

 

U2 has scored their eighth number-one album.

``Songs of Experience'' moved 186,000 units in its first week of release, putting it in the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. U2 is the fourth act and the only group to have number-one albums in each of the past four decades. The others are Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.

 

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ALICE COOPER IS CAST AS KING HEROD FOR ``JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR''

 

NBC has cast King Herod in its upcoming live version of ``Jesus Christ Superstar'' and it's Alice Cooper. The production has not yet announced the other roles. It will air on Easter. Show creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have had their eye on Cooper for some time. They asked Cooper to record a version of ``King Herod's Song'' from the musical for the 2000 cast album release.

 

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JANA KRAMER SUFFERS MISCARRIAGE

 

Jana Kramer decided to go public with her miscarriage because she did not want to feel alone. She writes on Instagram she wanted to shout from the rooftops when she found out she was pregnant but kept it low-key ``for reasons like this.'' She says she thought she had to suffer silently with her loss, but she decided to change that. Kramer admits she is ``knee deep in crying and trying to listen to God.'' She miscarried once before. Kramer and her husband, former Washington Redskins tight end Mike Caussin, have a 22-month-old daughter, Jolie Rae.

 

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JOHN LEGEND HEADLINES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT

 

John Legend will sing for the Nobel Peace Prize winners today in Oslo, Norway. Legend last performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2006. This year's peace prize winner is the group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Legend says becoming a father has made him think more about what the world is going to be for his children. He says he's glad this year's prize is going to a group `` dedicated to actually making the world safer for everybody.'' Zara Larsson and Lukas Graham are among the other performers at the concert.

 

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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN SHOOTING OUTSIDE NICK LACHEY'S RESTAURANT

 

A grand jury has indicted a 36-year-old man on charges he shot a bar manager at Nick Lachey's (lah-SHAYS') restaurant in Cincinnati on Thanksgiving. Police say Lavoris Hightower turned himself in Thursday night. Prosecutors say bar manager Ellie Richardson was leaving Lachey's when she was nearly hit by a van. She approached the van, and prosecutors say the driver shot her in the face. Hightower has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, having a weapon under disability and tampering with evidence. Lachey says 98 Degrees will hold a benefit concert for Richardson on Friday. 

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CHARLEY PRIDE RECALLS HIS BASEBALL CAREER

 

Charley Pride thought his path to success was going to be professional baseball, not country music. Pride says he remembers hearing about Jackie Robinson while picking cotton with his dad. He figured baseball would be his ticket out of that. Pride signed with the New York Yankees organization and bounced around the minor leagues for a while. He was with the Los Angeles Angels in

1961 but got hurt. He laughs that they sent him home ``with a tuna fish sandwich and an orange.'' Pride still has an eye toward baseball. He holds a minority stake in the Texas Rangers. 

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GOSPEL MUSIC MUSEUM IN THE WORKS IN CHICAGO

 

A museum dedicated to gospel music is planned for Chicago on the site of the church credited with being one of the first supporters of it. The National Museum of Gospel Music will be built on the site of the Pilgrim Baptist Church. The church's musical director, Thomas A. Dorsey, was a blues pianist who popularized a blend of Christian text with jazz and blues. Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland sang at the church.

The church burned down in 2006 and only the exterior walls still stand. The design for the museum calls for using the existing church walls with a glass-encased roof. Organizers hope to open the museum in 2020. 

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(The Canadian Press)

 

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017

 

 

NEIL YOUNG - AUCTION

 

Neil Young fans will have the opportunity to buy his rare model trains, his Hawaiian shirts and his golf shoes.

Julien's Auctions will hold an auction of Young's possessions tomorrow in Los Angeles. Among the items for sale are prototypes and custom models of Lionel trains, five of his Hawaiian shirts and three pairs of his size 10 golf shoes. The auction also includes several ties and flannel shirts, Young's Budweiser-logo-shaped guitar and his 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse.

 

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FEIST - COOKBOOK

 

Feist is releasing a cookbook that's an accompaniment to her ``Pleasure'' album. ``Pleasures: The Meals of an Album'' is a song-by-song, day-by-day account of the meals chef Adrienne Amato prepared for Feist and her band while they recorded ``Pleasure.'' Proceeds will support the non-profit group Community Food Centres Canada. The book is available through Feist's website. 

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KEITH RICHARDS - ``On Air''

 

Keith Richards barely remembers some of the tracks that make up the new Rolling Stones album ``On Air.'' They were more than 50 years ago, after all. ``On Air'' collects songs The Rolling Stones performed in 1963 through 1965 on BBC shows like ``Saturday Club,'' ''Top Gear`` and ''The Joe Loss Pop Show.`` Richards says everything was frantic in those days, their schedule was frantic and ''the fans were particularly frantic.`` He says he was 19 at the time and ''it's all a bit of a blur, but a very pleasant one.`` The collection consists of 32 tracks that include Stones classics as well as Chuck Berry covers. It's out now. 

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KEVIN JONAS - SOCCER TRIAL

 

NEW YORK (AP) -- The trial of three South American soccer officials accused of taking bribes has included testimony from Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. He testified he had been to a Paul McCartney concert in Argentina in 2010 before his band performed in Buenos Aires. One of the defendants is accused of being bribed with tickets to McCartney's concert, but defence lawyers had refused to acknowledge the concert took place. Jonas said he did not have personal knowledge of the bribes. The officials have pleaded not guilty to bribery charges. 

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SIA - CRITICISM

 

Sia  says she is ``very protective'' of dancer Maddie Ziegler and anytime Ziegler wants to stop their collaboration, she can. Sia responded to an opinion piece in Britain's Guardian newspaper that questioned why Sia puts Ziegler, who is 15-years-old, in the spotlight while Sia won't even show her own face. Sia tweets she checks weekly with Ziegler to ``assure her if she ever wants it to stop, it stops.'' Sia says Ziegler was already famous when she discovered her, although she admits to expanding Ziegler's exposure. She says fame affects Ziegler differently than it affects her and ``if that changes, we stop.''

Ziegler has appeared in several Sia videos and performs live with Sia. 

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CHRIS STAPLETON - SONGWRITING BREAK

 

For as much of a reputation that Chris Stapleton has built as a songwriter, he has not done much of it lately. Stapleton says, ``Sometimes you have to let the well fill back up again.'' He says he may have to stop touring for a while ``for the other switch to flip.'' He was asked if he could make records for the next ten years without writing another song, and Stapleton says he could do that, but he still will write more songs.

His ``From A Room: Volume 2'' album is out now. 

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(The Canadian Press)