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Los Angeles judge refuses to grant bail or release for singer Chris Brown as he awaits trial

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A judge in Los Angeles has denied a request to release R&B singer Chris Brown from custody while he awaits trial on an assault charge in Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge Victor Greenberg denied a request Wednesday by Brown's lawyer to release the Grammy-winner from
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Avril Lavigne video for 'Hello Kitty' pulled after broad criticism

TORONTO - Avril Lavigne's brightly coloured music video for "Hello Kitty" has been removed from YouTube after being broadly criticized as insipid and, in some cases, offensive. The video, still viewable on Lavigne's website as of Wednesday afternoon, features the Canuck pop-punk princess...
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Music Review: Hans Zimmer, Pharrell offer full emotional journey on 'Spider-Man 2' soundtrack

Various Artists, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack" (Columbia Records/Madison Gate Records) Even Oscar-winning composers can use a little help once in a while. So it makes sense that Hans Zimmer created his own band of superhero hitmakers, including white-hot Pharrell, to work on "The
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Pop star Chris Brown's trial in DC assault case delayed for months; no immunity for bodyguard

WASHINGTON - Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington has been delayed for months. Lawyers returned to court Wednesday for what had been set as the start of Brown's trial. But prosecutors have told a judge they won't grant Brown bodyguard Christopher Hollosy immunity to testify at
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Music Review: Raw final installment punctuates Death's epic punk trilogy

Death, "III" (Drag City) Feverish and socially conscious, the final set of Death's 1970s recordings affirms why they rose from the ashes and gained an audience after debuting in 2009. "III," the Detroit-based sibling trio's third album, is their grooviest collection yet. It comes after the
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Poetry meets music on WECC stage in May

Winnipeg musicians and city slam poets will share the West End Cultural Centre stage for Folk 'N' Word, an evening that will showcase the two different artistic styles, on May 30. Six poets -- Steve Locke, Mona Faith Mousa, Aaron Simm, Rob Malo (a.k.a. Tibert le Voyageur), Chimwemwe Undi and
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Prolific comedian acts, writes, podcasts...

Everything is coming up Dan St. Germain. The rising-star comedian is a regular on VH1's Best Week Ever. He's the creator/star of his own web series, Kicking Dan Out, and the animated series In Security on Comedy Central Sudios. His debut comedy album, Bad at the Good Times, is coming out on June...
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Bon Jovi helps open JBJ Soul Homes for low-income and formerly homeless residents in Philly

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:40
PHILADELPHIA - Jon Bon Jovi's hit tune "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" took on new meaning Tuesday as the rock star cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless in Philadelphia. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes opened in the Francisville
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NY policeman pleads guilty for head-banging as Cousin Sleaze frontman while on disability

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:56
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A former police officer accused of rocking out on stage as the lead singer of a metal band called Cousin Sleaze while he claimed he couldn't work because of an arm injury pleaded guilty to fraud on Tuesday. Christopher Inserra entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn. He
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Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:19
The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 14, to Sunday April 20: UNITED STATES 1. John Legend, "All of Me" (Columbia Records) 2. Katy Perry, "Dark Horse" (Capitol Records) 3. Jason Derulo, "Talk Dirty - feat. 2 Chainz" (Warner Bros. Records) 4.
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Stephen Schwartz, others stand with Dramatists Guild in fight against sheet music piracy

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:25
NEW YORK, N.Y. - By now, some young musical theatre fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter. The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, "Wicked," wants people to know
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This week's top selling songs and albums on Apple's iTunes

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:25
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014: Top Songs 1Happy (From "Despicable Me 2"), Pharrell Williams 2Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz), Jason Derulo 3All of Me, John Legend 4Let It Go, Idina Menzel 5West Coast, Lana Del Rey 6Turn Down For What, DJ Snake, Lil Jon 7Dark
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Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam, Skrillex to headline Austin City Limits in October

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:08
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Eminem and Outkast are headlining another music festival. The rap acts will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October in Austin, Texas. Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Beck and Lorde will also take the stage at the 13th annual festival in Zilker Park. Lana Del Rey,
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Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:01
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman and the late Hank Cochran are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The 2014 induction class was introduced by Kix Brooks during a news conference Tuesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The trio will be inducted later
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Poets, musicians take stage together at WECC

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:58
Winnipeg musicians and city slam poets will share the West End Cultural Centre stage for Folk ‘N’ Word, an evening that will showcase the two different artistic styles, on May 30. Six poets — Steve Locke, Mona Faith Mousa, Aaron Simm, Rob Malo (a.k.a. Tibert le Voyageur),
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How 'Sail' sold: Story of Awolnation's Aaron Bruno and 2nd longest-running song on Billboard

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:31
NEW YORK, N.Y. - He has the second longest-running song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. You've likely heard the song — but not the name of the man who created it. Aaron Bruno is the musician behind "Sail," the sleeper hit from his band Awolnation. "Sail" became a success
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'The Trews' among new CD releases for the week of April 22

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:14
Here's a list of some new CD releases for the week of April 22: The Apache Relay _ "The Apache Relay" Augustana _ "Life Imitating Life" Iggy Azalea _ "The New Classic" Sebastian Bach _ "Give 'Em Hell" Francesca Battistelli _ "If We're Honest" Drake Bell _ "Ready Steady Go!" Black Prairie
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'Frozen' Soundtrack top album on iTunes in Canada

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:28
iTunes in Canada top 10 for the week ending April 20. ALBUMS 1 "Frozen" Soundtrack _ Various Artists 2 G I R L _ Pharrell Williams 3 Rivers in the Wasteland _ NEEDTOBREATHE 4 Lights Out _ Ingrid Michaelson 5 Le poids des confettis _ Les soeurs Boulay 6 Wild Life _ Hedley 7 X...
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Stephen Schwartz, others stand with Dramatists Guild in fight against sheet music piracy

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:39
NEW YORK, N.Y. - By now, some young musical theatre fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter. The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, "Wicked," wants people to know
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Zac Brown band headlines all-day country fest at stadium

Music news from the Winnipeg Free Press - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 02:12
Add another music festival to your summer calendar. Prairie Jam, a daylong outdoor country music festival, will take over Investors Group Field on Aug. 10. Tickets start at $69.50 plus fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25. Grammy winners Zac Brown Band will headline a lineup that
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