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10 Canadian CDs that put us on the map
Grassroots source of some of decade's best songs

By Lynn Saxberg, The Ottawa Citizen
December 26, 2009

Canada continued to develop a reputation as a fertile ground for musicians in the 2000s, but it wasn't because of superstars like Céline Dion, Shania Twain or Nickelback.

Instead, most of the artists who put Canada on the map as a source of interesting music sprang from a grassroots scene. Some were barely known outside their communities. In many cases, their breakthrough came from word of mouth.

Among the dozens of Canadian acts the world discovered during the past 10 years were the Montreal-

Ottawa collective Arcade Fire, inventive singer-songwriter Feist,

Ottawa's alt-country sweetheart Kathleen Edwards and indie folk-rockers the Acorn.

Here's a look at my picks for the decade's top 10 Canadian albums, chosen for their range and influence as well as musical excellence. Artists are listed in alphabetical order.

1 Glory Hope Mountain, The Acorn (2007): Glory Hope Mountain is a concept album, the story of Gloria Esperanza Montoya, mother of the Acorn's chief singer-songwriter, Rolf Klausener. It's told in a series of gorgeous, dreamy songs layered with Latin-influenced percussion.

2 Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004): Delivered with exuberance and passion, the chamber rock of the Montreal-based band's debut album was a fresh sound that spread like wildfire through the blogosphere. An unexpected Grammy nomination drew attention to Canada's indie scene.

3 You Forgot It In People, Broken Social Scene (2002): The Toronto-based collective, anchored by Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew, was at its sprawling best on this album, thanks to an extended lineup of musician friends, including members of Metric, Stars, Apostle of Hustle and By Divine Right, as well as Leslie Feist.

4 The Reminder, Feist (2007): We got a hint of Feist's quirky musicality on Let It Die, her breakthrough effort, but she showed a more cohesive vision and better songwriting on the follow-up, The Reminder.

5 Truthfully Truthfully, Joel Plaskett Emergency (2003): The Maritime rocker and his band made a '70s-influenced rock record that was brimming with crisp hooks and great songwriting.

6 Failer, Kathleen Edwards (2002): On her full-length debut, the Ottawa gal wrapped her raspy voice around twisted tales of love that were reminiscient of Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams. The critical praise was rapturous; Edwards was on her way.

7 Joyful Rebellion, K-OS (2004): With his infectious beats and positive messages, the Toronto-based rapper made a disc that appealed to rock and pop fans, as well as hip hop afficionados.

8 Fantasies, Metric (2009): The indie-rockers fronted by Emily Haines have had a couple of successful albums, but from top to bottom, the newest is the strongest. The anthemic songwriting will make rock stars out of them yet.

9 Is it OK? Serena Ryder (2008): The emotional impact of Ryder's songwriting is amplified by her remarkable voice, which carries a force similar to Janis Joplin or Melissa Etheridge.

10 Living with War, Neil Young (2006): Instead of shuffling off to pasture after Prairie Wind, Young got mad and wrote this blistering attack. A sharp-edged, urgent manifesto for the time, it crystallized the growing dissatisfaction with George W. Bush.

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Year In Review — September and October 2009

• Sept. 2 — Shania Twain's birthday gift to her fans was a letter on her official website explaining that she is recovering nicely following the split with her husband/producer Mutt Lange.

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Pros and Cons of Living in Switzerland for Those Escaping Britain’s Taxation
Taking a no holds barred look at the pros and the cons of living in Switzerland, which is becoming a new overseas favourite nation with high net worth Britons escaping the UK’s ever increasing taxation


Mon, January 18, 2010

Multiple sources are reporting that Switzerland has become the international hotspot de jour for wealthy Britons looking for a new home overseas to escape April’s tax increase in the UK. The nation is easily accessible from Britain, the rest of Europe and beyond, it is an incredibly conservative and stable country – which can appeal to those seeking the finer things in life - and it’s rising popularity amongst Brits is making it perhaps a little less stuffy!

But Switzerland isn’t perfect, and whilst its tax rates are incredibly competitive compared to those about to become reality in the UK, anyone seriously thinking about relocating their entire life overseas needs to know the pros and the cons of living in Switzerland before they make a firm commitment to the country.

If you’re looking for a haven to relocate to where there is employment in your particular field of expertise, where you can be assured of a high living standard and a good quality of life, and you’ve heard that Switzerland is the place to be, read on to get the rundown on the good and the bad aspects of living in this particular European country…

The Good Things About Moving Abroad to Live in Switzerland
The good news is that if your company is relocating to Switzerland, as some mainly financial firms from the UK are alleged to have done, and you’re offered your ‘old’ job back, you can probably move to live and work in Switzerland relatively easily. As Switzerland is not in the EU and does not therefore have the same rules relating to ease of relocation as nations such as France and Germany have, you can’t just decide one day to move to Switzerland with no residency permit or work visa – unless you are very, very wealthy indeed!

However, as stated, if you have an offer of employment, you can get a visa and relocate. The financial services sector in Switzerland is strong and remains strong even in the face of the global economic downturn – what’s more, the tax increases in the UK and the tax on bonuses which have been a final nail in the City of London’s coffin have helped bolster the Swiss employment coffers as apparently, companies that could do so have relocated their main offices from London to the likes of Geneva and Zurich.

The highest tax rates in Switzerland are far lower than the highest tax rates in Britain, despite the fact that you have to pay tax to the Canton in which you live as well as the City and the Federal Government. Tax rates differ across the country and according to your wealth status, with the super rich able to apply to different cantons for their own unique tax status! Why else do or have famous people such as Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Roger Moore, Yoko Ono, Michael Schumacher and William Wordsworth all made Switzerland home at some point!!

Aside from the tax aspect – which many high net worth individuals assure us ‘isn’t a problem in principle,’ i.e., the majority of people don’t actually object to tax, they object to the percentages charged and the way it’s wasted – what has Switzerland got in its favour?

It is a geographically stunning nation with amazing mountains and beautiful lakes, pretty villages and highly polished cities. You can shop for diamonds in Switzerland and ski the best slopes, you can dine in the best restaurants in the world and live in a crime-free society. Your children can receive the best education and you can receive the best healthcare, (all for a price), and you can purchase or have constructed absolutely fantastic real estate.

More Britons are moving to Switzerland all the time in the lead up to April 2010 when the 50% tax rate in Britain becomes a reality, and as a result you can even find it relatively easy to integrate and make friends. There are now even British pubs such as Lady Godiva in Geneva (ladyg.ch), and the Mr Pickwick chain in the likes of Baden, Basel, Zug and Zurich (pickwick.ch); there’s even a shop selling British groceries in Zug, which is not exactly the largest town in Switzerland! So you can make a home from home in Switzerland if you have the money and the determination to do so.

Finally, points worth mentioning include the fact that the standard of living for many Brits in Switzerland is high, the nation is clean, has excellent infrastructure and functions well on all the essential levels. I.e., you won’t get a foot of snow crippling the country, you won’t get (much) disaffected youth causing trouble at all times of the day and night in all types of community, and as a result Switzerland feels like a very good place to live.

The Bad Things About Moving Abroad to Live in Switzerland
Switzerland can be an exceptionally difficult place to adjust to on every single level – for example, whilst you may relish in the fact that the trains and trams run on time all day every day, you may be rather horrified to discover that you are banned from the likes of evening ablutions in your own apartment in case you disturb your neighbours. In Germany, the other nation famed for its rules, you’re not allowed to hang your washing out on a Sunday, but in Switzerland they take it to a whole new level with some who rent apartments advising that in the communal cellar space there are washing machines for Swiss and separate washing machines for ‘Auslaender’ – i.e., ‘foreigners!’ So, the rules and a certain degree of underlying ‘alternative racial awareness’ are perhaps reasons to like Switzerland a little less.

The country is often accused of being boring – but then, is Britain exciting because it’s town and city centres are boozed up carnage every weekend? There is a balance, but perhaps parts of Switzerland are a bit too far the other way and one does occasionally wonder what goes on behind all those locked doors and window blinds of an evening!

Switzerland’s real estate is expensive, and on all levels it can hardly be called a cheap or even an affordable country. But hey, if you’re super wealthy or at least nicely affluent, you’d probably rather spend your money on yourself and your family than on even more tax in Britain! Pockets of employment for the international workforce are generally limited to the likes of Zurich and Geneva, this can restrict where you live. The finally, of course you’ll need to work on your Swiss German (and even a bit of Swiss French) in order to really settle in – or at least cope with all the bureaucracy that comes in letter format through your door every week!

If you’re seriously contemplating an escape from the UK and you’re being lured by the thought of Switzerland, it could stand you in very good stead if you plan an extended break to the nation. Travel round, get to know different areas, don’t just look at the surface charm, scratch a little deeper and see if you still like the look of the country. Speak to other expats – if not in person then on forums, and ask all the questions you need of the nation before you commit to it. It certainly has a lot of plus points, but some of the negatives are genuinely enough to drive you mad!

http://www.shelteroffshore.com/index.php/living/more/pro-con-living-switzerland-those-escaping-britain-taxation-10720

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Universal head to be inducted to Cdn Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

TORONTO — Randy Lennox of Universal Music Canada is being inducted to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.

The major label president will be honoured at an awards ceremony March 11 during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

Lennox, who is also chairman of Canada's Walk of Fame, began his career in 1978 at what was then known as MCA, becoming president in 1998 before moving on to Universal.

CMW organizers note that under Lennox's purview, Universal Music Canada has been voted record company of the year in each of the past 10 years while Lennox has been voted the Canadian music industry's executive of the year for the past six.

Universal's chart-topping artists include The Tragically Hip, Paul Anka, The Canadian Tenors, Diana Krall, Nelly Furtado, Shania Twain and Bryan Adams.

Other inductees include CHUM-FM radio personality Roger Ashby and '80s pop band Platinum Blonde.

The awards will be handed out as part of festivities planned for Canadian Music Week, set for March 10 to 14. This year's theme is "Music Business 3.0 The Next Generation.

On The Net: www.cmw.net

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All-star night

David Malachowski leads band for Albany gig
 
David Malachowski and several members of his latest band, the Woodstock Allstars, are no strangers to country superstar Shania Twain.

Malachowski, a longtime Times Union freelance music writer, led the Shania Twain Band in the mid-1990s, when Twain was scoring huge country hits such as "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under," "No One Needs to Know" and "You Win My Love."

Two members of the Allstars -- bassist Graham Maby and drummer Gary Burke -- also played in Twain's band. Joe Jackson fans will know Maby and Burke as the rhythm section of the Joe Jackson Band.

The eight-piece act, which plays a mix of blues, jazz and rock, is using its show this week as a warm-up gig for a performance at New York City's Iridium, where Les Paul used to play every Monday night. 8 p.m. Friday. $20.

-- Mike Lisi

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DAVID MALACHOWSKI AND THE WOODSTOCK ALLSTARS

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: WAMC Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave., Albany

Tickets: $20

Info: 465-5233, Ext. 4; http://www.wamcarts.org

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2011 Juno Awards Coming to Toronto

Indulge us as we make a psychic prediction: Sometime between March 21-27, 2011 Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Shania Twain and/or some other Can-Con giant will be spotted in Toronto.

The Juno Awards have been lured by the centre of the universe's gravitational pull, as the awards show's organizers announced plans to bring the show to Toronto next year.

It's been nearly a decade since the awards took place in Ontario. Since 2002, the Junos have been something of a travelling roadshow, bringing a spot of glamour across the country, touching down in cities ranging from Vancouver (2009) to Saskatoon (2007) to Halifax (2006) and more.

2011 marks the Junos' 40th anniversary, and the inaugural awards show also took place in T.O. “The Juno Awards has had such a significant impact on Canada and the Canadian music industry over the past 40 years," said Melanie Berry, president of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in a statement. "There is much to celebrate and reflect upon within four decades of accomplishments, and we can’t think of a more fitting city to host the festivities than Toronto."

But let's not get too ahead of ourselves; the 2010 Junos have yet to take place. Festivies are being held in St. John's, Nfld. this year, with the awards show being televised live on CTV Sunday, April 18.

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The 19 Worst ‘Maxim’ Cover Models of All Time

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6. Shania Twain (June 2003) - Faith Hill was hot back in the day, but we draw the line there when it comes to country musicians. Shania Twain isn’t at all bad looking, but she doesn’t belong on the cover of Maxim. Besides, she was pushing 40 by the time the magazine came to print—gasp!—and to be honest, she was always more the marrying type than ideal cover skank.

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Women Relaunched Grammy's Country Album

Posted: January 29th, 2010 at 12:01 pm  |  By: Craig Shelburne  

Mary Chapin Carpenter
and Shania Twain were the first two women to win a Grammy for country album when the category was resurrected in 1994 after nearly three decades' absence. (Formerly titled "best country and western album," the category had been dormant since Roger Miller won it twice in the mid-1960s.) Carpenter's exquisite Stones in the Road earned the top honor in early 1995, while Twain won the first of her five Grammys in early 1996 for The Woman in Me. At first glance, you might think the two women couldn't be more opposite, even though they're both accomplished singer-songwriters who never made their home in Nashville. Of course, Twain set herself apart with super-stylish outfits and an upbeat personality. Has any other musician won for a song with double exclamation points? ("Man! I Feel Like a Woman!") But although Carpenter has been endlessly described as literate and a folkie, she was quite flirtatious, too. Note her Grammy-winning songs: "Down at the Twist and Shout," "I Feel Lucky," "Passionate Kisses" and "Shut Up and Kiss Me."

Carpenter and Twain aren't the only women to conquer the category. In fact, the Dixie Chicks have won it four times. Faith Hill's Breathe earned the award in 2001; Loretta Lynn and Alison Krauss & Union Station have claimed it as well. To be fair, four men have heard their names called: Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill and George Strait. In addition, two titles from various artists have been rewarded, too: Timeless -- Hank Williams Tribute and Livin', Lovin', Losin' - Songs of the Louvin Brothers.

Who do you think will win it this year? Here are the nominees: The Foundation, Zac Brown Band; Twang, George Strait; Fearless, Taylor Swift; Defying Gravity, Keith Urban; Call Me Crazy, Lee Ann Womack.

http://blog.cmt.com/2010-01-29/women-relaunched-grammys-country-album/



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A look back at the Super Bowl Halftime Shows

BMS remembers the good, the bad, and the whatever from the past few years

Let's be honest, has anyone given much thought about the Super Bowl on Sunday? I guess we're still bitter over a very dissapointing Patriots season. However, we're still jumping on the New Orleans Saints bandwagon for the big game. Of course, as always, we're also excited to watch the halftime show as we stuff our faces with more food than a Thanksgiving Day dinner. This year, The Who have the honor of rocking out to the nation's top rated audience. So, for the good or the bad, we thought we'd take a look back at the past decade's Halftime shows.

2009: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band took a break from their marathon touring schedule to rock the Halftime with a medley of hits. We wanted The Boss to do what he does best: rock. And with set of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", "Born To Run", "Working on a Dream" and "Glory Days" that should have come easy. But when he instructed the TV crowd to drop the guacamole dip and chicken fingers at the start of the show and someone dressed up as a referee jumped on stage and threw a flag at the end , it was just plain corny. Still, the band sounded great and who could forget his slide into the camera? (Video here).

2008: Ok, we're not gonna lie, we'd prefer to erase everything about this Super Bowl from our mind. That being said, we did enjoy the performance from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a true American rock band. The set kicked off with "American Girl" and continued with "I Won't Back Down" and "Free Fallin'" (Video here) before closing with a rocking version of "Runnin' Down a Dream" thanks to axeman Mike Campbell (Video here).

2007: This performance by Prince proved to be a very pleasant surprise. From a stage in the shape of his logo at midfield, Prince delivered a memorable performance in the driving rain. Guitar solos were plentiful, a marching band gave an extra flair, and Prince's interpretations of various tunes was refreshing. The biggest surprise was a cover of Foo Fighters's "Best Of You", but delivering "Purple Rain" in a driving rain storm proved to be the most memorable moment of the show (Video here).

2006: Performing on the largest stage ever assembled for a Super Bowl Halftime Show - which combined the U2-heart stage theme from 2002 with their iconic tongue logo - the Rolling Stones performed a solid yet unmemorable performance. Working with a five-second-tape delay, the show's editors cut lyrics from two songs - "Start Me Up"; and "Rough Justice" - because they were deemed too sexually suggestive for broadcast. Mick Jagger jokingly introduced the one song that wasn't edited, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", as one that could have been played at Super Bowl I (Video here).

2005: Paul McCartney: What happens when your controversial halftime show stole more headlines than the game itself? You go family friendly! And what better way to that than with Sir Paul McCartney. Nobody can really complain about The Beatles' great when they're singing along to classics like "Live and Let Die" or "Hey Jude" (Video here and here).

2004: Does anybody even remember Jessica Simpson introducing the show or the performances by P Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock?. Of course not, all we remember is that infamous "wardrobe malfunction" (who ever used that term before?). The show was playing like a random iPod shuffle mix until Justin Timberlake joined Janet Jackson for "Rock Your Body". As everyone remembers, at the end of the duet Timberlake ripped a piece of Jackson's costume off, exposing her right breast on live television, and consequently setting off a firecracker of controversy across the world (Video here).

2003: The show kicked off with country music super-star Shania Twain delivering "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" and "Up". No Doubt followed with their staple hit, "Just A Girl" (Video here) and the show ended in memorable fashion when Gwen Stefani joined Sting for The Police classic "Message In The Bottle" (Video here).

2002: After the misery that 2001 brought, Irish rockers U2 scored in every possible way with their halftime performance. The band brought their famed Elevation tour, which boasted a catwalk around fans to form a heart, to the Superdome. "Beautiful Day" set the tone (Video here) but it was an emotionally charged "Where The Streets Have No Name" with a scrolling tribute to 9/11 victims as their backdrop that sent shivers down the spine of many viewers (Video here). As Bono sang, "I'll show you a place where there is no sorrow or pain," it was just what Americans needed to hear.

2001: Produced by MTV, the "The Kings of Rock and Pop" show was just painfully awful. A funny skit by Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and Chris Rock started the show on a good note, but it headed south from there. Old school Aerosmith fans thought the "Bad Boys of Boston" had sold out in previous years, but this was the icing on the cake. Sharing the stage with 'N Sync, both bands played two partial songs each before launching into a horrendous rendition of "Walk This Way" with the aid of Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly. It was a sickening sight (Video here).

2000: Produced by Disney, the "Tapestry of Nations" show featured Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, and an 80-person choir with narrator Edward James Olmos. This was the last of the true major productions for a halftime show. Based on the year long Millennium celebration at Walt Disney World's Epcot, the performance also featured a full symphony orchestra, massive puppets, aerial dancers, and pyrotechnics (Video here).



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Ten Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Shows
How will The Who stack up? Past big game performances ranked.

Canadian country diva Shania Twain kicked off 2003's halftime show clad in a spectacular jewel-encrusted brassiere. She sang, too ("Up!" and "Man! I Feel Like A Woman"), before being carried away by some balloons (Pixar was watching) and turning the proceedings over to pop-ska band No Doubt. Singer Gwen Stefani and her midriff unleashed a raucous version of the band's hit "Just a Girl," complete with high-flying cheerleader-dancers. Brit musician Sting then took the stage to perform the 1979 Police hit "Message In A Bottle" which morphed into a killer duet with Stefani. (Watch it here.)

http://music.ign.com/articles/106/1067258p1.html

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Firefighter's hot to trot

By Cassidy Olivier, The Province, February 7, 2010

He'll run 300-metre relay leg as torch heads home to Vancouver

The Olympic torch has hit the home stretch of its nationwide odyssey.

This week will mark the final leg of the long journey to Vancouver that kicked off last October in Victoria and will end on Friday with the official opening of the Games.

By then, the flame will have travelled more than 45,000 kilometres across Canada through more than 1,000 communities from B.C. to Newfoundland and back.

As of Monday, 36 communities and 1,096 kilometres are all that will remain of the route as the flame makes its way through the Fraser Valley, over to Bowen Island and then to B.C. Place Stadium, where an as-yet-unidentified final torchbearer will use it to light the 2010 Olympic flame.

Along the way, the 12,000 torchbearers have included country singer Shania Twain, CBC's Peter Mansbridge, NHL superstar Sidney Crosby, NBA star Steve Nash, billionaire Jimmy Pattison and a long list of former Olympians.

Last week, history was made when the torch was carried through the territory of the Four Host First Nations for the first time.

This Thursday, Brian Bogdanovich, a veteran Vancouver firefighter, will swap his regular work uniform for the official Olympic torchbearer's garb and take part in the torch relay as it makes its way down the final stretch through Vancouver.

His leg of the relay will be small -- 300 metres to be exact -- but the 53-year-old says the excitement and pride he feels at having been awarded such an honour, in his hometown, is in no way diminished by its size.

The only thing he's worried about, he joked, is not being able to remember every second of the momentous occasion once it's over.

"It's going to go quick," he said. "I think when I first applied for the torch, I didn't realize how big it was going to be.

"But now, when you start to see it get closer to Vancouver, and the whole history behind the Olympics, you really realize how big of a deal it really is."

Bogdanovich describes himself as a regular guy who's been given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Tsawwassen resident Natalie Shantz, 33, will carry the flame Thursday through a section of Burnaby.

Like Bogdanovich, the mother of two says she applied to run as a way of getting involved with the Olympic spirit.

She's practised for her moment of glory by jogging with her hand raised and weighted with some light weights.

"I hope I don't weep," she laughed. "I'm the person who cries at home when you hear the anthem playing when we win. I can't help it."

While not worried about crying, Bogdanovich admitted to feeling a tad nervous for the big day.

But more than anything, he said, he's looking forward to sharing the experience with the crowd that will include his wife, Karen, colleagues and his mom and dad.

He said he plans on high-fiving as many people as he can along the way, and is even thinking about working in a little dance routine to his run.

"I've got a few ideas which I don't want to say right now because I don't know if I'm going to do them," he said.

"I actually practised moonwalking one night -- but I'm not a very good dancer, so I don't think I've got the smoothness to do that."

colivier@theprovince.com

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Justin Bieber’s 10 Lucky Ladies

 

Justin Bieber and Rihanna

 

Justin Bieber may not even have his driver’s license yet, but that’s not stopping the 15-year-old singing sensation from winning the hearts of music’s most famous women. From asking Rihanna out on a date to trying to steal Beyoncé from Jay at the Grammys, Bieber fever is sweeping through Hollywood. Here’s just a sampling of Bieber’s lucky ladies. Who will be next?

 

Beyoncé and Justin Bieber

 

“Beyoncé’s just always on my mind, I’m sorry Jay,” Justin confessed to Mr. Carter about his celebrity crush at the Grammys.

 

Fergie and Justin Bieber

 

Josh Duhamel isn’t the only one head over heels for Fergie’s lovely lady lumps.

 

Justin Bieber and Sheryl Crow

 

Age ain’t nothing but a number to Justin Bieber, who made a lasting impression on Sheryl Crow.

 

Gladys Knight and Justin Bieber

 

Even 65-year-old R&B legend Gladys Knight fell victim to Justin’s charm. Watch out, Toni. You’re next.

 

Jordin Sparks and Justin Bieber

 

Justin made sweet music with “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks.

 

Ke$ha and Justin Bieber

 

Usher’s protégé likes bad girls like Ke$ha too. Too bad she only falls for guys that look like Mick Jagger.

 

Nicole Scherzinger and Justin Bieber

 

“It was hard to take my eyes off her, she’s so gorgeous,” Justin gushed about Nicole Scherzinger while recording “We Are the World” with the Pussycat Doll.

 

Shania Twain and Justin Bieber

 

J.B. has a soft spot for his fellow Canadian Shania Twain too.

 

Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber

 

Taylor Swift may have won four Grammys, but first Justin Bieber won the country singer’s heart when he toured with her last year.

http://www.rap-up.com/2010/02/09/justin-biebers-10-lucky-ladies/



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The 19 Worst ‘Maxim’ Cover Models of All Time

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6. Shania Twain (June 2003) - Faith Hill was hot back in the day, but we draw the line there when it comes to country musicians. Shania Twain isn’t at all bad looking, but she doesn’t belong on the cover of Maxim. Besides, she was pushing 40 by the time the magazine came to print—gasp!—and to be honest, she was always more the marrying type than ideal cover skank.

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11 Things You Must Know About Canada

Lists: Frank Bures offers a primer for anyone headed to Vancouver for the Olympics. It's mordant!

I went to Canada for the same reason explorers have always sought the horizon: It was an unknown, a land of mystery. I grew up in a border state but I couldn’t tell you which province is directly overhead. Sure, I laughed when George W. Bush was stuck for the Canadian Prime Minister’s name. But now that W is gone, I can say what I secretly thought then: “Glad that wasn’t me!” I know more about Mexico than I do about Canada, and I’m not sure why. It’s like there’s a long black hole stretched across the 49th parallel.

Among the few things I did know about Canada before my recent trip: It’s cold. It’s inhabited by a morally upright people. They like syrup and hockey. Their beer is even worse than ours. These things, I can now report, are all true. But there’s more! Canada, I discovered, is nothing like Jack London made it out to be. And Vancouver, the city where I stayed, is a lovely place with cars and electric lights, which is good, since the Winter Olympics will take place there shortly.

So, if you’re planning to attend, or go north for any other reason, here are a few more things to know before crossing the border:

1) Canada is not a U.S. state. It’s a state of mind.

2) Ambient temperatures have no discernible effect on the customer service, which is quite good.

3) Canadians that have made great contributions to American culture include Frank Gehry, Kim Cattrall and Tommy Chong.

4) Bryan Adams? Celine Dion? Shania Twain? Blame Canada.

5) Like us, Canadians love guns. But unlike us, they are too polite to use them at work.

6) If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Canadian national animal, the majestic ... beaver.

7) Hockey was invented in Canada as a way to make use of that last inch of beer in one’s can, after it freezes.

In Canada, there’s a French/English dictionary on every bag of chips: “Mordant” = ZESTY. Munch and learn.

9) Canada has the fourth-lowest density of exciting things happening in the world.

10) Most of that excitement is concentrated in an alley in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

11) For a brief time this winter, it will move several blocks south to the Olympic Village. Then, probably, it will move back.

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Probably not right place to post this but when Shania took over as the host for that talk show she interviewed a rapper. I found it very interesting in her question,his answer and her response. She asked him if he worried about how people interpreted his lyrics. Especially if they took it to mean something he had not intended. His reponse was that he saw his lyrics and songs as gifts to his fans and they had the right to take it and interpret it anyway they wanted. I think this must have been very liberating for Shania. She probably worried about what her fans would think if she wrote new love songs, songs of cheating, hurt etc. Now if she writes this and experienced it ,it can be a gift to her fans to interpret according to their lives. I think that is one of the things that has attracted us to her music in the first place. I hope she returns soon!!!

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"You know, I loved my job. I had no reason to leave," said Reagan, who worked as University of Washington's director of trademarks and licensing for decades. But he's done more than design the new UW logo. Oprah Winfrey commissioned him to draw a portrait of her father. Shania Twain gave him three of her own guitars after he drew the singer. He's also been commission to draw the portraits of six U.S. presidents and other heads of state.

But a call from a woman in Boise, Idaho convinced Reagan to leave all that behind.

Cherice Johnson asked Reagan to draw a portrait of her husband, Michael Johnson, who had been killed in Iraq.

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A great Canadian journey

By Jack Knox, The Victoria Times-Colonist
February 22, 2010

Every time Wayne Gretzky gave a red-mittened wave from the back of that pickup truck, Tony Parks put his hand on the Great One's back. Couldn't have the king of hockey taking a header while carrying the Olympic torch, not with a worldwide television audience of bazillions tuned in to the opening ceremonies.

Crouching behind Gretzky in that truck marked the end of a 106-day journey for Parks. The Victoria police sergeant was one of just five officers to accompany the torch across Canada, riding, running and cycling the 45,000-kilometre relay route.

Listening to him describe the experience -- the rush, the unending parade of Canadians bursting with excitement -- is a reminder of what a magical, inspiring and unifying force the Games can be when people refuse to surrender the Olympic ideal to the political and corporate forces that would exploit it as their own.

The days spent riding and running with the torchbearers were the best, says Parks. On foot, he loped alongside the ultra-wired runners, kept them pointed in the right direction, calmed them to the point they no longer needed to throw up in the ditch. On the bike, he would dash ahead and get to spend a couple of minutes with the runners as they awaited the flame -- maybe 180 new friends, new stories on a given day. "It's almost like speed dating every 300 metres." Fifteen years as a triathlete helped prepare for maybe 40 days on foot, another 20 on the bike.

But right from Day One, when the torch landed in British Columbia on Oct. 30, it was intense. "Victoria was one of the most challenging days I've had as a police officer in 20 years." Organizers expected big crowds downtown, but not the sea of humanity that lined the whole route. No one expected the relay motorhome to break down, either, with about 20 military personnel jumping up to push it up the hill from a Canadian Forces base.

Day Two was when Parks got what the relay was all about. A girl with Down syndrome was cheered wildly as she ran the torch. Her tearful father told Parks the attention is usually on the girl's brother, the basketball star, but that moment was hers. "I said, 'OK, I'm in, it's not about the corporate stuff.'"

After that, the relay was a blur of memories. It quickly became apparent that security would be less of an issue than keeping excited spectators safe.

Prairie towns shut down for the day, the residents trying to drag Parks home for supper. He ran two kilometres in Alert, Nunavut, the northernmost inhabited place in the world, so cold that the gas in the torches was turning to liquid. In Resolute Bay, a snowmobile-riding ranger kept polar bears at bay with rubber bullets. "There was one that was stalking us on the ice."

Parks says he learned a lot, particularly from kids in native settlements, where the relay and what it represents was embraced. "My relationship with the aboriginal community is much different now."

Still stark is the memory of Sioux Valley, Man., -25 C as the sun rose, 28 natives on horseback riding around a bonfire amid a raucous, whooping crowd. "The excitement, the pride, blew me away."

On one of the few days when protesters were disruptive, staff at Toronto's Sick Kids hospital feared a stop there would be derailed. It wasn't. In the hospital atrium, Parks looked up and saw six storeys worth of ailing children, all bald heads and IV tubes, singing and cheering. "It was so powerful."

In Timmins, he turned on Shania Twain's torch (which is, frankly, something many of us have dreamed of doing). "She was lovely, very kind and courteous."

Met other celebrities, too. "Walter Gretzky introduced himself to me as Mario Lemieux's dad."

In Vancouver, the roaring, deafening crowd was 15 deep on each side, spectators reaching out as he rode by. "It was as close as I'm going to get to the Tour de France," he says. "It was crazy, but it was good crazy."

Then there was that pickup ride with Gretzky. It was only supposed to be eight minutes long, the route a secret, but obviously word leaked out. Parks just tried to keep spectators out of the truck and Gretzky in, then parted the crowd for him at the end. Got back to the truck and found it crawling -- hood, roof, box -- with people belting out O Canada. Nice singing, he told them, but I need the truck back.

And now it's all over. Nice to be back with wife Paula and children Sophie, 11, and Clara, 7, though. He missed his family, only had a four-day break in January.

But what great memories. "I got to see Canada at seven kilometres an hour."

Jack Knox writes for the Victoria Times-Colonist.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/great+Canadian+journey/2595679/story.html


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Before Shania Twain, there was Anne Murray

Associated Press - February 22, 2010 11:45 PM PST


Anne Murray reflects on blazing a trail for other female Canadian singers throughout her 41-year career, what she had to give up to get there and what she considers her greatest career moment. (Feb. 22) (02:00) watch video »

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Errors in emergency call

4:00 AM Thursday Feb 25, 2010

The person who took an emergency call about a man who died during a mountain bike race through singer Shania Twain's high-country station in Central Otago last year made several errors and delays, a coroner's court was told yesterday.

Jacob Schriek, 55, a Riversdale police officer, died after suffering chest pains on the Golspie Burn track during the 50km race from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka to Arrowtown, on March 14.

Inspector Warren Peter Kemp said the police communications call taker took too long to verify the location, waited seven minutes before entering it into the system, failed to ask the condition of the patient and was unsure of what information to ask.

Coroner David Crerar reserved his findings and recommendations.

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David Nail At Wednesday's UMG Luncheon
CRS-2010 is officially in the history books after a successful week of music, panel discussions and workshops. The convention was held in NASHVILLE last WEDNESDAY (02/24) through FRIDAY (02/26) at the NASHVILLE CONVENTION CENTER. While official numbers have not been released yet by the COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS (CRB), word is that attendance was up between 3-4% from 2009.
From the opening keynote speech from financial guru/syndicated talk-show host DAVE RAMSEY on WEDNESDAY morning, to the NEW FACES SHOW on FRIDAY night, this year’s seminar, with its paired down AGENDA, was referred to as one of the best in many years. Music highlights included the UMG luncheon on WEDNESDAY at the RYMAN AUDITORIUM, where every MERCURY and MCA act except for GEORGE STRAIT and SHANIA TWAIN each performed. One of the highlights was DAVID NAIL’s performance of “Turning Home.” Other standouts included SUGARLAND, LEE ANN WOMACK, and JULIANNE HOUGH.
CAPITOL group LADY ANTEBELLUM brought down the house with their show on WEDNESDAY night to a packed house at the HARD ROCK CAFÉ. On THURSDAY at the SONY luncheon, BROOKS & DUNN made their big announcement about their last tour stop on their "Last Rodeo Tour" being in NASHVILLE on AUGUST 10th, with all proceeds from that show will benefit the COUNTRY HALL OF FAME.
The tradition of the THURSDAY night SONY boat ride on the GENERAL JACKSON continued this year, with the highlight of the night being a tribute to former S VP/Promotion BUTCH WAUGH, and a surprise performance at the end of the night from BRYAN ADAMS. BROOKS & DUNN and ADAMS nailed the ADAMS hit “Summer of 69," which caused a lot a buzz.
Standout panel discussions included “The Great Playlist Debate: Can Passive be Passionate?” “So You Think You Know How to Interview-You’re Wrong!” and The Ball of Truth Town Hall discussion.
For more information about CRS visit www.crb.org.


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O, Canada – We’re Taking You Over

So to our Canadian friends:  Savor (or is it “savour?”) the week.  You won the battles, but we’re going to win the war.

Because sooner or later, we’re taking you over. (Or is it “oveur?”)

Yeah, you heard me.

Ninety percent of you live within 100 miles of our border anyway.  And you have three things the US desperately needs … and I’m not talking nationwide gay marriage, universal health care and inflatable moose.

The first is a singable national anthem.  Never has a song been belted out more lustily than O Canada was by that inconceivably cute ice-dancing pair.  (Tessa Virtue?  You gotta be kidding.  What is she, straight out of an Ian Fleming novel?  Why not name her “Truly Scrumptious?”)  Not to mention the hockey team plus a seeming bazillion of their red-shirted, conquest-drunk fans.

As part of the annexation, we’ll definitely take your catchy tune over our crazy Star Spangled Banner, which spans an insane octave and a half, to which two-thirds of Americans admit they don’t know the words, and which commemorates a victory most of us are clueless about in a war off our historical radar screen.  (Coincidentally, the only war we fought against Canada, including two abortive invasions).  The music was a drinking song before ol’ Frankie “Blue Eyes” Keys adopted it, and no wonder – the only way to get close to mastering it, unless you’re an opera singer or a eunuch, is to be half-blind blasted.

The second thing we need is a tap into Canada’s mind-boggling 20 percent of the world’s fresh-water supply, covering nearly 10 percent of their area.  With the way we’re sucking down our aquifers and building out the arid Southwest, if we want to sprinkle our lawns and fill our designer water bottles post-2050, we’ll need to start on that Hudson Bay to Phoenix pipeline.

The third thing? Shania Twain.  I know, I’m happily married.  But still, enough said.

Unfortunately, to get the song, the H20 and Shania, we’ll have to take the rest of you, too. I say “unfortunately” because of  your testy attitude and understandable insecurity rooted in 2.5 centuries with a front-row seat to American exceptionalism, plus your annoying tendency to begin every other sentence with the word “eh.”

So, you might ask, what do you Canadians get out of the deal, given that our defense umbrella already covers you and you can already import American TV shows to your hearts’ content?

(Hint:  it’s not Barack Obama.)

First of all, think what a truly kick-rears hockey team we’ll have when, as long-delayed destiny will have it, we’re finally one country.  (Sadly for you Canadians, the future of the sport is south of the border where, as here in our burg of Ashburn, VA, youngsters who once played baseball are now suiting up for local ice-rink time at 3 a.m. even on the fourth of July.)

But second, we have people.  Hey, you dudes and dudettes in the “True North” may have set the record for gold medals, but we grabbed the standard for total hardware because, very simply, there are 10 times more of us.  And the gap is only going to grow – the US is close to a replacement fertility rate at around 2.05, whereas you Canadians are slowly disappearing with a sorry 1.68.

Quit whining up there.  You’ve had your two weeks of fantasy.  It’s time to get back to the real world now.  America’s still your daddy – and will one day be your Daddy-land.

O America? Got a ring to it.

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Jay Leno Returns To The Tonight Show - His First Scheduled Guests Are Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Stewart, and Deepika Padukone

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HOLLYWOOD - Well after a month, or actually 17 days, the XXI Winter Olympic games have ended. And the city of Vancouver must now find a discreet way to send 48 tons of garbage, rubbish, condoms, broken ice skates, and Jack-In-The-Box wrappers over to Calgary.

Meanwhile back in Tinsel Town, Jay "The Chinmaster" Leno prepares to host his very first "Tonight Show - Part II."

Leno was asked if he watched the Olympics. He replied that he hadn't except for the discus toss. He quickly caught himself and remarked, "Oh, you're talking about the Win-ter Olympics."

He said that he did catch the closing ceremonies and was impressed with Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young member Neil Young.

Neil, who wore a Spanish bolero hat in honor of Spain, a Carnaby Street shirt in honor of England, and a Cherokee loin cloth in honor of America sang his big hit Heart of Gold in the key of G in honor of Greece.

Young who is famous for his one string leads, off-key vocals, and personality that makes a stop sign appear hyper sang in 17 different languages including the very impressive Swahili.

Jay, who is still one of the most hated men in America for the way he helped to kick Conan O'Brien's skinny little *** out the NBC door, proudly boasted that he initially had scheduled to have the gold medal winning American ice hockey team, but the team did not win the gold medal, they were beaten by the Canadians.

Leno offered the invitation to the Canadian hockey team who declined saying that they did not like the way that their fellow Canadian Conan O'Brien was treated by Leno and the NBC 'suits.'

When the Canadians were told by Leno that Conan is not Canadian, they shook their heads and replied that they did not believe him and that they would be staying in Canada to soak up the tons and tons of adulation, praise, and Canadian Whiskey that was going to be hurled on them.

Leno became very upset. He told them that just because of that he will never have Canadians Celine Dion, William Shatner, Steve Nash, Neil Young, Shania Twain, or Cross Canadian Ragweed on his show. Ever!

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Cross Canadian Ragweed is actually from Oklahoma.]

Jay sent an email to the Canadian goalie and told him that he had gotten a pretty good trio of ladies to replace them; Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Stewart, and Deepika Padukone.

The goalie emailed him back, "Bite me Mr. Potato Head."

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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Fashion in Full Bloom

Celebrity florist Robert Gonzalez flexes his flower power


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Robert Gonzalez enjoys smelling the sweet roses of success.

Life as he knew it changed when he was asked to create weekly floral pieces for Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Studio offices. Now a bona fide celebrity florist, Gonzalez has done arrangements for the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Barbara Walters, Shania Twain and even President Barack Obama.

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur,” reflects the young man from Venezuela. “At 14, I started my own party business, planning and initiating birthday parties. At the same time, I would spend afternoons in the flower shop behind my house. That’s where I learned about flowers. When I moved to the United States, I decided I would apply my entrepreneurial skills to a new career in floral design.”

What sets Gonzalez apart from other florists is his vision. It goes way beyond bunching roses together in a bouquet or planting a Lillie in a pot. Gonzalez began his career in floral gifting and event design long before the industry gained notoriety through reality TV wedding shows. “Now every florist thinks they can design weddings,” he says. “The industry has become overcrowded.”

He still does the occasional gala, but his main interest is now in fashion. He has become the go-to florist for fashion designers who want to add exotic flowers to their campaign shoots and runway shows. However, he admits this wasn’t exactly his idea.

“It began when a popular fashion photographer asked me to create floral head pieces for his photo shoot with Vanessa Williams,” he remembers. “The shoot later became a fashion story in a major women’s magazine and the calls started pouring in from other photographers and designers. Before I knew it, I was on a new and exciting path in floral design.”

It’s an intricate process from bloom to zoom. “I first sketch the design. Then I need to pick the right flowers that will hold up under the hot studio lights,” he explains. “They are then individually wired, taped and assembled to the desired shape.”

Gonzalez collaborates with the hair stylist to work it properly into the model’s head. “From the moment I pick the right bloom to the time that is spent placing the piece on the model’s head usually takes between two to three days.”

The process requires discipline and dedication, both of which Gonzalez knows a thing or two about. In addition to the art of horticulture, Gonzalez enjoys the work of art that is his own body.

“Clients are always shocked when they meet me,” he says with a laugh. “There is a misperception about how male florists should look, and I guess I don’t fit the mold. I like to compare myself to a sunflower with a bold, strong look yet delicate petals.”

Athletic from an early age, Gonzalez started going to the gym at 14 years old. “I couldn’t afford a trainer so I would work out close to the other trainers while they were training their clients so that I could hear what they were teaching.”

He entered his first body building show at 30 years old and is currently training for his next show in early 2010.

“My biggest challenge is keeping the weight on. I’m not a big eater so I literally have to force myself to eat.”

He admits that the muscles haven’t exactly hurt his career—especially when it comes to women and gay male clients. But looks only help open the door. “The floral industry is more competitive than most people realize,” he says. “To succeed, you have to fight to be the best.”

Gonzalez says he missed the boat with the reality wedding TV shows. It’s a mistake he won’t make again. In fact, he’s currently in discussions for his own reality show that will go behind the scenes of his celebrity floral fashion shoots and teach viewers the fine art of horticulture design.

He pauses and then says with a laugh, “I aim to give new definition to the words ‘flower power.’

To find out more about Robert Gonzalez click here.

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Anne Murray Talks of Paving the Way in New Book
International crossover star Anne Murray reflects on her trailblazing music career in book

By CAITLIN R. KING Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 4, 2010 (AP)

Before there was Shania Twain, Celine Dion, or Avril Lavigne, there was Anne Murray — a pop-country international crossover star who paved the way for female singers to emerge out of Canada.

"The odds were against me, coming from Nova Scotia," Murray, 64, said in an interview. "When I was a kid, it was just a wild dream to think that I would've had a career like this, and I really didn't think that was possible. But things just kind of started to roll, and I was caught up in it, and I went with it."

In her autobiography, "All of Me," released last year, Murray reflects on her 41-year career in music. She was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts and also the first to earn a gold record for "Snowbird" in 1970. Murray was also the first woman and the first Canadian to win "Album of the Year" at the Country Music Association Awards, for her 1984 album "A Little Good News." Her albums have sold over 54 million copies. She might be best known for her ballad, "You Needed Me."

"The year that I won the Grammy for best pop vocalist (in 1978) was probably a highlight in my career, because it really said something for me that I was crossing over all of those lines and that people saw that," she said.

"A lot of people want to put you in a slot. They want to categorize you," she added. "So I fought that, because I liked all different kinds of music. If I heard a good country song, like 'Could I Have This Dance,' or 'Somebody's Always Saying Goodbye,' I wanted to sing it, a great song like that. Whether or not I considered myself a country singer, when I sang a country song, I was as good as anybody."

But success did not come without sacrifice. Touring and various appearances in the United States forced her to be away from her children, Dawn and William Langstroth, for long periods of time.

"I started to take them on the road with me, but both of my children developed ear problems. I couldn't take them. They had to have tubes in their ears. They couldn't fly," she said. "So it was hard for me to leave them behind, and I did. And both of them felt it. I felt terrible guilt at having to leave them. So my son really resented the business, and resented the fact that it did take his mother from him."

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Having an affair is so unfair

While plenty of wives have stood by their men after being cheated on, some have not, such as Elizabeth Edwards, Shania Twain and Uma Thurmon. (Ethan Hawke you're a total babe, but your children's nanny? Such a cliche.)

When a woman learns her husband has been cheating hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

My friend is successful, beautiful and smart. She learned that the sweet, read conniving, young receptionist at her husband's office wasn't trying to make it on her own. She was trying to make it with my friend's husband. And succeeding!

When my friend found out she stewed, sought revenge, wanted blood. Unable to sleep she walked to the kitchen, retrieved what she needed and returned to their bedroom. Then she sat atop her husband, placed the tip of the sharp knife under his carotid artery and told him to wake up -- he was about to take his last breath.

A large man, he easily swatted the blade away. "What were you thinking?" I asked. "That I was going to kill the *#!?!!!" I pointed out that had she been successful we would now be talking into phones attached to walls. Prison walls. "Three squares, playing poker all day and losing weight because I wouldn't eat that hideous food, it would've been worth it," she said. The two are still together but he now hides anything with a point, including why he had the affair.

Another friend upon learning of her husband's infidelities, ran after him with a fireplace poker. Ever see one of those old, rusted things? Positively medieval.

Someone I know actually beat up her husband. He weaved and bobbed but never struck back. To his credit he felt remorse and said he deserved the pummeling. Today they are trying to restore trust and rebuild their relationship.

It's easy to see why perfectly rational, accomplished, attractive women go off the deep end when betrayed by their husbands. The foundation of their union has been fractured. The vow they took not to cheat has been undone. There's a reason Elin went swinging after Tiger with one of his golf clubs. She whe was going for a hole in one.

To be fair, it's not just men who cheat. Women do, too. I remember having dinner at Left Bank with a friend whom I had not seen in years. As I was about to enjoy my salad, she gleefully spoke of her affair, causing me to actually gasp. Her husband is the nicest guy, they have a beautiful family as well as the perfect marriage. That's why she cheated: she was bored and knew her husband would never leave her, much less believe that she would ever betray him. The arrogance!

What is amazing about the state of affairs today is the sheer number of people having them and getting away with this marital crime. Equally shocking is the number of men and women who get caught and are put on marriage probation. Is having an affair worth the penalty? Look at almost president John Edwards who is now in societal solitary confinement. Duplicitous, deceitful, as well as borderline, okay over the line, sociopath, Edwards could end up in actual prison. I wonder -- Hello National Enquirer! -- was New Age fright case Rielle Hunter his only affair?

Writing Mamas Words of Wisdom: Infidelity is a subject that is pandemic. It's affair as fast food. When you mention celebrities, because they are America's royalty, you are certain to gain readers' attention. Balance is provided in this piece by including cheating by men and women, and considering both scum. Using your own experiences when you write will make your words personal and textured. Plus, it's always nice to have a moral to your story even if the tale being told is, well, immoral.

Posted By: Dawn Yun (Email) | March 04 2010 at 09:34 AM

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I always wondered if Shania and Mutt ever had a Tiger Woods moment.But instead of a golf club maybe a guitar.LOL

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Kate Jordan and Soul Venture to perform at local church

Written by Chris Schwarzkopf | | star@toledofreepress.com

Kate Jordan grew up listening to so many types of music it’s natural she eventually wanted to cultivate a musical career of her own.

“You could enter our home on any given day and hear a wide range of styles being played on stereos or on the piano,” she said. “My early musical influences were Amy Grant, Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Natalie Grant and JoDee Messina.”

Jordan said her parents’ tastes in music were also an inspiration.

“They’re fond of Motown soul music, James Taylor and 70’s classic rock,” she said.

At 23, Jordan is the main vocal talent behind contemporary Christian group, Soul Venture, and has performed shows throughout Ohio and Michigan and across the country.

Formed in 2007, the group has released two studio albums, “Hope & Pray” and “Mighty River”.

The group’s next show will be March 14 at Eastminster Presbyterian church on Navarre Avenue in Toledo, OH.

Jordan said she remembers watching her father, Tim Jordan, perform with his group, Mirror Image, which toured from 1989-1995.

“I was in pre-school and early elementary school during those years, but I knew every note and every lyric of every song,” she said.

Mr. Jordan stays active in the Christian music scene as manager for his daughter and as a member of Soul Venture.

“Singing with Kate on stage, playing keyboard for her and watching her use her God-given talent to help others is very fulfilling and rewarding,” he said.

Mr. Jordan said nothing is better than watching his daughter develop into a successful, caring and productive young adult.

“I feel very lucky to be able to make music with my kids while at the same time helping people improve their spiritual health,” he said.

His son, Jeff, works as a sound technician for the group and occasionally sings with them on stage.

Jordan has traveled extensively in pursuit of her dream as a professional singer.

She was part of two high school mission trips to Monclova, Mexico where she performed solos during church services and taught local children American Christian songs translated into Spanish.

As a junior, she won the Miss Talented Teen contest and represented Ohio at a competition in the Virgin Islands. One of the judges was Whitney Houston’s mother.

“After the judging, Whitney Houston’s mom approached my parents and encouraged them to do something with my vocal talent,” Jordan said.

As a senior, she won the grand prize in a talent contest sponsored by the local Fox affiliate and received a 5-day, all expense paid trip to Chicago to compete for a spot on American Idol.

“I thought we were going to sing in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges,” she said. “But before we could do that, we had to pass through four rounds of preliminary judging.”

Jordan said she and 60 contest winners from across the country ended up performing for American Idol staff under plastic tents on Soldier Field in rainy, 40-degree weather.

“Everyone was wet, freezing, teeth chattering,” she said. “It was brutal.”

Three contestants got through the preliminary rounds. Jordan was not one of them.

“It was a great experience for me, however,” she said. “Lots of fun.”

While pursuing a bachelor’s of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University she toured the United States and Europe with the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale.

Jordan said she never felt her faith was being tested while traveling.

“More than anything, it was a test of my endurance,” she said. “It was very challenging carrying a full academic load at IWU along with traveling with the IWU Chorale.”

Jordan said she made a point then, and still makes a point now, to work out regularly, eat right and get as much sleep as possible.

“What helps is keeping priorities straight,” she said. Without God’s strength and direction in my life, I would never be where I am today.”

To learn more about Soul Venture, visit www.katiejordanmusic.com, or contact Tim Jordan at (419) 841-3680, or tjordan@bex.net.

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Even Lady Gaga is a Shania fan.

Deconstructing Lady Gaga's 'Telephone'

A by-the-numbers guide to the record-setting, controversial music video

Lady Gaga's 'Telephone'

Shortly after Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' music video hit YouTube Thursday, the blogosphere literally couldn't shut up about the controversial telecommunications-themed short. (Watch the video below.) While some debated whether MTV might ban it from airwaves (no), more wonkish types engaged in deep analysis over the Technicolor extravaganza's potential meaning and its pop-cultural references. Here, a by-the-numbers look at the 'Telephone' phenomenon:


Length of the "spectacle," in minutes

9
Number of product placement moments in 'Telephone," including: HeartBeats headphones (1:34), Virgin Mobile cell phones (2:07), Chanel sunglasses (2:17) Diet Coke (2:22) dating website PlentyOfFish.com (4:27) Hewlett-Packard (4:24), Polaroid (5:45) Wonder Bread (6:35) and Miracle Whip (6:38).
 
2
Number of Gaga family members present or invoked: Sister, Natali, 17, appears as the Gaga's "true persona," Stefani Germanotta (2:37); When Gaga uses Diet Coke cans as curlers (2:22), she's referencing a trick her mother employed when "there were no rollers in the house."
 
10
Number of costume changes Gaga undergoes. Outfits include: A padlock-draped swimsuit (worn with sunglasses seemingly fabricated from lit cigarettes), a scanty number consisting entirely of crime scene tape, a leopard catsuit (reportedly, a nod to Shania Twain), and a diaphanous burka-inspired dress.
 
45
Number of pop culture allusions, according to Entertainment Weekly's "Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Video: Pop Culture Cheat Sheet" (Parts I and II), including: Captain America and Wonder Woman, "pop-art trailblazer" Andy Warhol, pop superstars Michael Jackson and Madonna, and blockbuster movies "Natural Born Killers" and "Thelma and Louise."
 
1
Reference to real-world rumors that Gaga might be a hermaphrodite. One prison guard comments to another that Gaga's character is a physically normal woman.
 
18,015,338 (and counting)
Number of views the official Gaga YouTube video received since it debuted late on March 11. Her co-star Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video, considered a smash hit, has received only 15,423,559 views since hitting airwaves in October 2008.)



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Country Mix hopes outsourcing deal will quadruple agency ad sales

NICHE radio player Country Mix is hoping to quadruple its big brand advertising after outsourcing all its agency dealings to local radio sales-house IRS.

The deal comes amid a recent flurry of activity that has seen Country Mix launch its first branded news bulletins as well as a tailored iPhone app.

IRS's status as Country Mix's sole agent for big brand sales marks a turnaround of the position a year ago, when Country Mix wasn't even included on the list of stations IRS was handling on an non-exclusive basis.

"In the past we'd have wanted to engage with IRS, but it never really happened," says Sean Ashmore, who heads up the East Coast and Country Mix radio group. "Now there's been a change in management and we can do business."

Exclusivity

Most stations who sell through IRS also handle some agency sales in-house, but the radio boss says giving IRS exclusivity makes sense given Country Mix's circumstances.

"A station like East Coast that's been established for 20 years would be well-established with the agencies, so there's a value in having an in-house sales manager handle some agency sales," says Mr Ashmore.

"Country Mix is a much younger, smaller station, so it wouldn't be as high up the pecking order for agencies."

Country Mix gets just 10pc of its advertising from agencies, compared with 30pc to 40pc of agency advertising on East Coast. "Realistically, we'd be hoping for 40pc to 50pc agency now we have IRS," says Mr Ashmore.

The battle for more agency sales comes as the radio industry emerges from a "tough" first quarter, with Mr Ashmore predicting most stations have seen revenues slide another 10pc, putting them more than 30pc below their 2008 levels.

Country Mix, which merged with East Coast last summer, has also begun airing its first branded news bulletins after signing a deal with Newstalk.

The agreement sees Newstalk produce bespoke bulletins for the country station between 10am and 5pm every weekday, replacing the INN-branded bulletins.

Country Mix is also kicking off 2010 with an advertising splash -- most notably a new TV campaign featuring country music greats such as Shania Twain and Christy Moore -- which runs until March 24.

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They are most likely just using part of a music video or something.

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Stories in still life: Artist specializes in equine subjects

Friday, March 19, 2010
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For more than 35 years, artist Billie Nipper has captured the classic beauty of Tennessee walking horses on canvas.
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You don't have to have thousands and thousands of dollars to take home a beautiful Tennessee walking horse from the Walking Horse Trainers' Association's annual show. Just stop by Billie Nipper's booth on the mezzanine at Calsonic Arena and see what she has to offer.

A native of Cleveland, Tenn., Billie's artwork has been a favorite of walking horse fans -- as well as other breeds -- for close to 40 years now. It has traveled around the world and now resides in England, South America and other faraway places. Her paintings have been owned by celebrities such as Ronald Reagan and Shania Twain.

She has won numerous awards and much acclaim for her work, whether it's the impressionistic stylings of her early years or her landscapes or the detailed equine portraiture that has made her a favorite here.

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Riders prepare for their classes in the warm-up ring by Calsonic Arena. The National Trainers' Show continues through Saturday, kicking off the show season.
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And it all started with a gift.

"I married into a walking horse family," she said. "My husband's father was a trainer and my husband rode in amateur classes. Then he became a trainer, and now my son is a trainer."

In fact, her 7-year-old great-granddaughter Skyler is the fifth generation of Nippers to ride into the show ring.

Billie enjoyed painting since her school days, but didn't really begin to stretch her wings until her husband's job moved them to that other Cleveland, the one in Ohio.

"There was a little art store nearby and I bought myself a starter kit," she said. "I did a lot of little paintings but I didn't like them and hid them away. My husband kept getting them out and showing them to people."

For Christmas one year, Billie decided to use her gift to create a gift -- a painting of her father-in-law's horse.

"His customers liked it and kept asking me to do their horses," she said. "I started to run out of paint and realized I'd better start charging -- enough to buy more paint, anyway!"

In the mid-70s, her talent was becoming well known in the walking horse industry and she began to get commissions to paint the World Grand Champions. For a few years, she did it under the auspices of the Tennessee Walking horse Breeders' Association, but soon went back out on her own.

"You know us artists, we like our independence," said Billie.

Several things separate her work from that of other equine artists. Billie goes out and takes photographs of the subject herself.

"Especially head shots," she said. "I like to get the eyes -- that's where you see the personality. A lot of people think a horse is a horse, but that's not true, Each one has its own personality and that's what I want to capture."

She works for hours to get the proportions just right, so it looks like a walker, not just any old horse with a leg lifted high in the air.

But above all, she tells a story.

"When I painted Pride's Generator, I asked Claude Crowley if I could do a montage," said Billie. "He said, 'I don't know what that is, but why not?"

Soon instead of a simple portrait, which could be captured by any camera, she created a story with different scenes from the horse's show career. The style caught on and now most of her work, especially those paintings of the World Grand Champions, are done in the same style.

It was also in the mid-70s when she began having prints made of her oil paintings and pastels as well.

"A lot of people would tell me they couldn't afford an original, would I make prints, so I did," she said, Since then, she has expanded and her artwork is now printed on lamp shades, collector plates, and even purses.

Billie gets to know the horses as she works on their paintings, a process that can take three to four months.

She once painted a head shot of The Whole Nine Yards long before he was a World Grand Champion. She surrounded the then-2-year-old's head with roses. Years later, after he did claim the top honors at the Celebration, the owner of the portrait told Billie she'd almost sent it back.

"She told me he hadn't won anything yet at that time. I told her I knew what was coming," said Billie. "I love that horse. I bred my mare to him."

But ask her which one is her favorite, and she'll tell you -- "The next one I'm working on!"

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Miley Cyrus finds love while filming "The Last Song"

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Unlike Shania Twain who sang "that don't impress me much," it didn't take much to impress Miley Cyrus.

Cyrus says when she first met Liam Hemsworth at his audition for "The Last Song," he was a gentleman and opened the door for her. That made a big impression.

Cyrus jokingly told the director of "The Last Song" to hire Hemsworth as her love interest, saying "that was good. He's got the part."

Being a gentleman wasn't quite what the director needed to prove Hemsworth was right for the part and made him audition.

Cyrus also thanks the author of "The Last Song," Nicholas Sparks, for writing the relationship between her character and Hemsworth's.

It's a love relationship that became real. Cyrus says "it worked out fine" and she owes the writer "big-time." "The Last Song" will be in theaters Wednesday, March 31.

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Art in Paradise: Get On Your Boots

Girl Howdy and the vintage country scene
By James Heflin

Some CDs just sound right on the old vacuum tube-driven stereo cabinet in the basement. It mellows sharp edges, warms high notes in a retro sort of way, glowing a soft yellow all the while. That doesn't matter too much most of the time, but when it comes to Girl Howdy's Honky Tonk Hair, the vibe is just right.

The more I listen to the disc, the more certain I am of the notion that old-school country has suffered undeserved dismissal. Country music has always floated, at best, on the margins of respectability. It's the music of hillbillies, goat-ropers, and, as my self-professed "broken-down Arkansas hillbilly" father says, "gully jumpers." It's never been music for wine tastings.

From its rough-hewn hillbilly beginnings, country has turned to something nearly indistinguishable from any other hyper-produced, stadium-filling genre. The modern popular version of country mostly deserves rafts of scorn, landing as it does between soulless over-production and recycled pop-rock with boots on. It's a shame, though, that the current lackluster incarnations of the form carry the potential to eclipse, especially for new fans, the humble and soulful music they sprang from. Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney are only vaguely descendants of Hank Williams, Sr. and Patsy Cline.

Girl Howdy represents something entirely different from modern country glitz. Like few other bands in the Valley, it offers dedication to the kind of country that calls for matching shirts, and it brings to its two-stepping fans an exquisitely played, virtuosic retro country without smoke machines, choreography or pitch correction. Put with that lyrics like, "Well, Tammy Faye says with a knowing nod/ the higher the hair the closer to God/ and all I know is that if that's true/ I'm already in heaven and enjoyin' the view," and you've got a recipe for honky tonk paradise circa 1957.

The women (and two men) of Girl Howdy play music that caters to the kind of fan who's prone to dig deeply into genre, to buy box sets of obscure, banjo-toting country progenitors and to know who delivers quality lap steel playing two states away.

As a Texan who grew up around old-fashioned sounds, I thought I was fully stocked with knowledge of the hillbilly musical universe. But in talking music with Girl Howdy's steel player, Rose Sinclair, I've found out just how wide the world of old and new players of vintage sounds remains, and that plenty of gems lie undiscovered.

It's the same with the many subgenres and regional scenes that percolate in the Valley. They may not be as front and center as the Northampton-centric purveyors of original pop, but scratch the surface, and you discover whole networks of players and listeners devoted to specialized sounds.

Conversing with Sinclair led me to one of the Valley's major devotees of old country: Saturdays at 1 p.m. on Springfield Technical Community College station WTCC (90.7 FM), you can listen to Dave Helman's Country Corner, a show focusing on vintage country and bluegrass music. The show's selections mostly stop in the early '60s, Helman explained last week, because after that, "country went uptown."

He's the kind of guy who can pull off wearing refined cowboy duds (that wonderfully Western brand of jacket, for instance, with panelled shoulders and stitched black lines), and he's crafting his own lap steel. Clearly, he knows his stuff.

At his countrycornermusic.com, you'll find information about the kind of events that regularly take place off the beaten path: Helman books a coffeehouse series at the South Hadley Falls Congregational Church aimed at providing an outlet for country and bluegrass fans deprived of summer festivals, both locals and those who arrive from Maine, New York and Connecticut. "It is one of the longest-running strictly old-time country and bluegrass coffee houses in the region," Helman says.

March 20 saw Acoustic Blue take the stage, and the next show on the schedule for certain is May 8, with the Spinney Brothers coming all the way from Nova Scotia to make a little noise.

Fans of vintage country sounds may not have grand expectations of replacing Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney with the likes of Girl Howdy, but it's one of the Valley's best features that scenes like theirs just keep right on, regardless of the dictates of musical fashion.

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Which star would you like to take on Spring Break?

Gerard Bulter?  Shania Twain?  People.com's intern Aaron asks folks in Fort Worth, TX who would make the best vacation buddy.

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From Poverty To Power: Celebrities Who Started With Nothing

Canadian Songstress - Shania Twain
Another Canadian songstress that grew up with nothing in the rugged wilderness was Shania Twain (born Eilleen Regina Edwards). The recently separated Twain grew up in Timmins, Ontario in a household that was too poor to pay for heat, and at times couldn't afford to buy food. By the age of eight, Twain was honing her craft in bars in order to provide an extra $20 for her family.

Twain continued her singing career into high school and was soon on her way to becoming the highest-selling female musician of all time. Her net worth is estimated at around $450 million.

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Mariah Carey Scraps Album, Starts From Scratch

By JEREMY HELLIGAR

Either Mariah Carey has been reading my True/Slant blog, or she came to her senses all on her own. Whichever it was, it’s the end result that matters most: After reshuffling the release date numerous times (the most recent one was March 30), she’s scrapped Angel’s Advocate, the planned remixed and repackaged version of her 2009 flop album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.

The official word is that she’s decided to return to the studio to record a proper album. But I suspect it had something to do with the dismal chart performance of the first single, “Up Out My Face,” featuring Barbie doll rapper Nicki Minaj, which only managed to scale Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 100. That’s a long way from the 14 weeks spent at No. 1 by “We Belong Together,” the Grammy-winning smash that was released exactly five years ago tomorrow.

Carey has risen from the career ashes before, but something tells me she might have to come to terms with the fact that her days of easy No. 1’s may be behind her. She had an excellent run — 18 No. 1 singles in 15 years and a truckload of platinum certifications — but at 41 (or 40, depending on which source you believe — the Long Island DMV insists on the former), she’s entering that difficult period for female entertainers. Although stars like Cher, Tina Turner and Madonna have managed to score hits well into their cougar years, Carey’s fellow fortysomething ’90s superstars like Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani, the long-lost Shania Twain and the soon-to-return Sarah McLachlan may find the going tough from here on out.

I, for one, hope Carey continues to keep trying (and that McLachlan beats the odds). I find her more recent music to be the most interesting stuff she’s ever done, and although I never thought Angel’s Advocate was a particularly bright idea, I do hope those Timbaland collaborations and the version of “It’s a Wrap” featuring Mary J. Blige eventually see the light of a commercial release.

My advice to Carey would be to take off a year or two, kiss and make up with Eminem, record a banging duet with him, and come back with a new sound (time to ditch the mid-tempo R&B and start singing again), a new look (get a new stylist, girl) and maybe an Oscar — or at least a Golden Globe — in hand.

It worked for Cher in late 1980s and Madonna in the late ’90s, and it could for Carey, too. With her 11-years-younger husband (Nick Cannon) she’s already rocking the cougar thing. Now all she needs to do is wish on a lucky star (or a ray of light) and believe in life after not going platinum.

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Which stars from the 90s and the 00s deserve induction into the Rock Hall of Fame?


Originally published March 29, 2010 at 8:41 a.m., updated March 29, 2010 at 9:42 a.m.

By Jon Bream

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You winced - didn't you? - when ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. Or were you cringing when the Hollies were welcomed into the hall?

We all have our opinions about who should be in the Hall of Fame. Here are mine about some of today's big stars - those from the '90s and '00s who have released at least three albums - who have a shot at being inducted someday. (An act is eligible 25 years after the release of its first record.)

For starters, there's no debate about Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day and Radiohead. They are first-ballot shoo-ins.

Here's an evaluation of others, in alphabetical order, rated from 0 to 100.

Backstreet Boys. This boy band was more popular than pivotal. 40

Beck. Inventive, adventurous, hip, even commercially successful. 88

Beyonce. Bedazzling onstage, on record and just about everywhere else. 95

Black Eyed Peas. The ABBA of hip-hop. Mindless fun. 58

Mary J. Blige. The Hall needs more women, especially ones who break new ground, like the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. 92

Mariah Carey. Big numbers don't guarantee induction. 62

Kelly Clarkson. The first "American Idol" had a big voice but no musical significance. 20

Coldplay. Second-tier but solid onstage and in the studio. 82

Creed. So they sold a lot of records by sounding like Pearl Jam. 22

Dave Matthews Band. The most popular live band of its generation also made some records that mattered. 87

Dixie Chicks. Broke ground with their music, feminism and politics. 92

Eminem. He seized the moment with button-pushing provocation and fabulous flow. 94

Flaming Lips. Clever, creative cult heroes. 65

Foo Fighters. They showed how to rock in post-grunge era. 80

Hole. One great album does not a Hall of Famer make. 40

Jay-Z. Made his mark as a rapper, businessman, executive and all-around cultural force. 100

Norah Jones. Defined a new brand of adult pop. 78

R. Kelly. R&B's sexy and oversexed superstar. 60

Alicia Keys. Modernized old-school soul. 75

Lenny Kravitz. Visually, the prototypical rock star. Musically, hopelessly derivative. 15

Lil Wayne. Ubiquitous on the radio, he was the first rapper to become a true rock star. 80

Marilyn Manson. Alice Cooper deserves induction before he does. 35

Matchbox 20. Too bland, too commercial. 25

John Mayer. Bona fide guitar hero, certified narcissist. 64

Alanis Morissette. Liberating female rocker, despite a diminishing career. 85

OutKast. Two landmark albums is enough for induction. 80

Nickelback. Aggressively mainstream, unarguably boring. 28

Nine Inch Nails. A compelling mix of danger, theater and industrial catharsis. 62

N Sync. A cut above Backstreet Boys, mostly thanks to Justin Timberlake. 50

Pavement. Beloved princes of indie rock were sloppy and inconsistent. 55

P. Diddy. More significant as mogul/producer than rapper. 60

Phish. Cult-loved live, but they never made an essential album. 50

Smashing Pumpkins. Self-important and important in the modern-rock world. 88

Britney Spears. Tremendous cultural impact, minor musical impact. 65

Stone Temple Pilots. Seattle sound-alikes don't mean much in retrospect. 25

Tool. Led Zeppelin for Gen X and Y, but do other generations care? 58

Shania Twain. She revolutionized country and struck platinum in pop as well. 62

Usher. Great dancer, great abs, not enough great songs. 40

Kanye West. This wonderfully creative auteur pushed the envelope for intelligent hip-hop and self-indulgent obnoxiousness. 95

White Stripes. Self-consciously quirky and inventive, but always exciting. 94

Wilco. Gods to their generation, Wilco is terrific live but less impressive on disc. 80

Lucinda Williams. The Queen of Americana is another woman the Hall needs. 96

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Marco Island Canal In Florida Swallowing Up Yachts, And The County Can't Afford Evacuations

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Down in Collier County, Florida, there lies the Marco Island canal.

And what a canal it is! Swallowing yachts up whole as it becomes more and more crowded with abandoned ships and vessels from over the years. Those ships will continue to rot there, as Collier County doesn't have the funds to extract them.

A little background on Marco Island: it's the largest island that's a part of Florida. Super nice beaches and oceans, temperatures in the high 80s - that sort of thing. According to the 2000 Census via Wikipedia, the island is 98% caucasian, holds 12,879 residents and has 7,134 households. Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl and singer Shania Twain are residents.

Unfortunately for the island and Collier county, time is not on their side according to Naples News:

The difference in cost for removing a partially-submerged boat compared with a fully-sunken boat can be tens of thousands of dollars. Additionally, the environmental and navigational hazards increase as the boat sinks deeper.

Last year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation partnered with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to remove derelict vessels from the waterways with state grant money. In the past two years, Collier County has received approximately $161,000 in grant funds from the FWC, assisting in the removal of 44 vessels from county waters.

To add insult to a sunken boat, owners who do not pay back the government for removing their vessels can be charged with a crime and blacklisted from registering a ship in their name again. Essentially, everyone is screwed; the government, the boatowner, the wildlife conservation, the police - all these forces will be drained in one way or another for every boat that ends up sinking in the canal.

Seems like it's best to just not sail near Marco Island. It can be hazardous to your wallet.

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5) Shania Twain is nice to look at but that does not mean I want to be in her company.

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Junos return to the start of the journey  
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Eight years ago, the Juno Awards went from "a show that happens on Sunday night" to a movable music feast.

That's how Junos impresario John Brunton sums up what has happened since 2002, when the Junos moved from CBC to CTV and left town.

An event that had for years been held in and around Toronto (with occasional sojourns to Vancouver) invaded St. John's, N.L.

The show was set in Mile One Centre, on several stages, with the best seats filled with fans. Barenaked Ladies hosted, and Great Big Sea opened the show.

"We had problems leading up to the program," Brunton recalls. "With the pyro on that show, we set on fire a bunch of equipment in rehearsal with Nickelback.

"So they almost burned the arena down."

This year, after stops in eight provinces and every region but Quebec, the 2010 Juno Awards show comes back to Mile One Centre on Sunday, April 18. CTV will broadcast it live.

"We're going back to the scene of the crime," Brunton says. "In part, it's because the city and the province wanted us back so badly. Like relationships, you go back to the person who loves you, and they had such an exceptionally great experience the last time around."

The show has come full circle in an eight-year odyssey that saw it touch down in Ottawa in 2003, followed by Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver.

"It's been an incredible adventure," Brunton says. "In many ways, the success of that first show set the tone for the adventure that was to cross the country."

And in those eight years, there have been some very memorable moments.

In 2003, there was Shania Twain hosting in Ottawa in a series of NHL-themed gowns she designed herself.

"There was a time -- this was 20 years ago -- where it was impossible to convince people to host the show," Brunton says. "And for the biggest star, not just in Canada but in the world at the time, Shania Twain, to say, 'I'd love to host the show.'

"And not only does she host the show, but she designs all those gowns, and she completely has fun with it."

As Brunton points out, Twain is also responsible for what is probably the funniest double entendre in awards show history: "I think I just sat on a Swollen Member."


In a similar vein, Alanis Morissette lampooned Janet Jackson's Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction."

In 2004, in Edmonton, she hosted the show in a body stocking -- with fake nipples and pubic hair, which she removed and tossed into the crowd.

"The next thing you know, there's a picture of Alanis in every newspaper in the world," Brunton says.

This year, the show will be handled by a rotating group of emcees, and scheduled performers include Metric, Blue Rodeo, Michael Buble, Billy Talent, Justin Bieber and Drake.

And for the first time, there will be a street party, with festivities spilling onto the city's famous George Street.

"There's nowhere else in Canada like George Street," Brunton says. "There's something like 57 bars in a block and a half. In so many ways, it's representative of St. John's but mostly of their love of music.

"So we're going to create a monster party on the street, and have some performances, and do some of the hosting among the 8,000 or 9,000 people on the street."

The street party is a logical progression, when you consider that over the past eight years, the Junos have evolved into what Brunton describes as "a long Grey Cup weekend."

"Musicians from all over Canada, from the Wednesday to the Sunday, take over bars all over the city."

The style of the show has varied with the styles of the hosts, ranging from the unflappable Brent Butt to bombshell Pamela Anderson to comic Russell Peters, who said he knew nothing about music but hosted for two years anyway, in 2008-09.

But what was perhaps the most dramatic moment came in 2005, at Butt's show in Winnipeg, when the focus was to be Neil Young's return to a city where he spent much of his youth.

Just days before the show, Young collapsed on a street in New York with a ruptured artery in his thigh -- two days after having had brain surgery. He was rushed back into the hospital near death and had to cancel.

"Neil ended up watching the show at the consulate house in New York," Brunton says. "And we talked to Neil's camp about us doing a bit of a tribute to Neil. And k.d. lang stepped up and sang 'Helpless' -- 'There is a town in North Ontario.'

"It was really, really sad to not have Neil there. But the upside was that k.d. lang tipped her hat to Neil and brought the house down."

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Shania Twain Had a Brain Fart

Shania Twain, perplexed by her lack of education and comparing her wealthy lifestyle to the improvised lifestyles of scientist living across the the world, decided to write a song to boost her ego and degrade those that have scarified their valuable time and lives to advance the nations they live in.

In her 1997 song "That Don't Impress Me Much" from her album "Come on Over", she says, "You think you're a genius, you drive me up the wall", "You're a regular original, a "knowitall", "Ok, so you're a rocket scientist..." "Ohwooh, you think you're special".

Henry Johnson, a retired rocket scientist and now an employee for "Harker Pharmaceuticals", who developed the anti-yeast cream "Smell Away", said he was personally offended by the song Mrs. Twain is singing. Johnson said, "She wants to compensate her lack of desire for learning by attacking those who had no other choice but to learn so they can earn a meager living in this world."

The "Smell Away" product which Johnson developed has helped millions of women cure their yeast infections by removing the discomfort and pain attributed to the rot caused by the microbe "Candia albicans". Johnson who is a top scientist for "Harker Pharmaceuticals" has also developed other medications that have cured a variety of female diseases.

Looking impressive, with her face full of wrinkles and her flesh soft and aging, she did an interview with the magazine, "Celebrity News Media", where she explained, like a simpleton, her purpose for singing the song by saying, "The reason I sang the song was because I was more impressed by my lawyers who bilked me out of millions of dollars, than by educated scientist who work in dead end jobs all their lives."

Shania Twain further said that her song was a feminist expression she had created when she got caught up in the feminist movement in 1997 after she became a singer and was inundated with letters by radical feminist who were pleading with her to do something for the feminist movement.

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A Saline Solution
Shania Twain clears her pipes with a little salt

Shinan Govani, National Post 
Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010

All sugar and spice ... and salt. That's our Shania Twain.

With the superstar Elizabeth Gilbert-ing her way through life these days -- new man, check; new Oprahblessed reality show, check -- she's also taking care of business, lungs-wise. To that end, you see, she was in New York City, just a couple of weekends back, where she visited a wellness centre specializing in ... well, yes, salt.

According to a source, the Canadian cover girl popped into the newly hatched Halo/ Air Salt rooms, on West 22nd Street, where she "told the receptionist that she wanted to go to cleanse her throat, as she has been sick/breathing poor recently, and had heard breathing in salt particles could benefit singers."

Apparently, it was an hour-long session and, apparently, Shania, like Schwarzenegger, said she'd be back. Salt inhalation, which has been around since the Greeks and long acted as a boon to those with respiratory problems, is inspired here by the "natural conditions found in caves in Eastern Europe," according to a recent piece in The New York Times.

"Man, I feel like a woman!" was what she screamed when she emerged from her Salt Room. Actually, she did not. But that would have been great, no?

What the toe-tapper did do, our spy further reports, is breathe in salt particles while catching up on her favourite TV shows. (Because, well -- hypothetically speaking -- what goes down better with 30 Rock than a nostril-full of salt?)

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Justin Bieber: "I'm Dating Kim Kardashian, Celine Dion and Shania Twain"

Justin Bieber is playing the field. After speaking to take40.com this morning, Justin told us all the secrets of his very active love life.

Last time we spoke to Justin he told us he was dating Kylie Minogue, but apparently it's over between them.

"Actually now I'm dating Celine Dion and Shania Twain. I'm dating both of them."

Justin recently admitted that he also has a thing for celebrity sex tape star Kim Kardashian, but Kim shot that down the other day when she was in Australia, saying Justin is too young for her.

Or not.

"She's just saying that in the media. Me and her have been hanging out. On the DL -- me and Kim."

Ha-ha Justin. Very funny!

Click here to watch our FULL interview with Justin Bieber!

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Edwards holds no illusions about his importance

Comedian plays three shows in New Brunswick over the next week



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By JEFF DUCHARME


SAINT JOHN - Country music star Shania Twain may have a museum in her hometown of Timmins, Ont., but when you're a comedian, the best you can hope for is perhaps a garden shed.

"That would be fine with me," Derek Edwards said.

Edwards also grew up in the northern Ontario mining town, and if Twain is its favourite daughter, Edwards might be able to lay claim to being its somewhat tolerated son.

"With my unimportance in the world, I can't imagine how desolate that would be," he said of his proposed tiny museum. "It would be a good place to test explosives and grenades and stuff," he said, adding that his mom might visit from time to time.

"Shania's museum, albeit a wonderful tribute, is not packed constantly," Edwards said over the phone recently in his slightly maniacal drawl. "There is a lot of room for a few games of tennis to go on in that parking lot."

Organizers of the Twain museum have diversified, he said.

"You also get a mine tour as well and I think they've tacked on a brewery tour to try and busy up the museum."

Having long since moved to the centre of the universe - Toronto - in search of fame and fortune, Edwards is somewhat of a rarity: a Canadian comic who makes a living at stand-up.

"I like to use the word eke," he said.

Summer comedy festivals have popped up across the North America allowing starving comics to make it through the dog days of summer. Corporate shows, he said, also help pay the bills.

At a show in Arkansas, he was taught the fine art of frog gigging. The popular dating activity, he said, involves couples going into the swamp armed with a hammer and nails.

"Once they've accumulated enough, they have some sort of fricassee."

Sickened and amazed, he made the twisted frog hunt part of his show.

"He's just a confused Canadian that doesn't understand that frogs, hammers and nails go together," he said of the Arkansas crowd's reaction.

Edwards, 52, has had his share of praise and awards for his quirky observations of daily life.

In fact, the Ontario Marina Association referred to him as the next Jim Carrey, except better.

"What a marvelous thing for someone to say," Edwards said.

Edwards doubts Carrey feels threatened by the pronouncement.

"He might have to go into one of the rooms at his mansion and count his money for a couple of days just to get over the insult."

Edwards brings his latest show, It's A Blunderful Life, to the Imperial Theatre on Friday. On Sunday, he plays the Fredericton Playhouse and on May 3 he hits the Moncton Capitol Theatre.

New Brunswick, he said, isn't much different than his Northern Ontario home: rocks, trees and moose.

"This is dead on like Northern Ontario," he said of the scenery lining the highways. "This is spooky. The fact that I'm 2,000 miles away and it's the same thing. It's shocking."

For Edwards, a break from the lights of the big city is welcome.

"If you're from a small town and you get stuck in Toronto for any length of time, eventually you get a little squirrely."

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April 27: Shania Twain, The HD Hottie

The singer stars tonight on American Idol.
By Allison Moore
 
Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2010) -- Following our extremely popular contest, 'HD Hottie Hysteria,' we've started a new feature in which we will highlight a top female star every day. The gorgeous female will come from a program that can be seen in gorgeous high-def that very day.

Today's 'HD Hottie' is Shania Twain, who stars tonight on
American Idol
at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

The 44-year-old country/western singer, who was born in Canada, bounced around the Nashville music scene for eight years before cutting her debut album in 1993. The LP was a mild hit, but led to her breakout (and breakthrough) album in 1995, The Woman In Me. The CW singer crossed over to mainstream audiences with a collection of catchy tunes such as Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under and the title song.

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Today We’re Loving: Halo/Air Salt Rooms!
May 14th, 2010 11:47 am / Author: Mary Beth Quirk

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Need a unique pick-me-up? Halo Air is the new hot spot in NYC frequented by celebrities such as Shania Twain. Indulge yourself and benefit from an atmosphere made completely out of salt. It is the first and only spa of its kind in the U.S. Who would have thought that breathing in and absorbing salt would be amazing for your health?

Just ask Dr. Richard Leinhardt, a New York City Plastic Surgeon who also serves as the spa’s Medical Director.

“Medical Science has long recognized the benefits of saline (salt water) therapy for respiratory conditions,” he explains. “It is exciting to finally have a facility like Halo Air in the US dedicated to reversing some of the damage caused to our respiratory tract by our polluted environment, by using a controlled climate of inhaled pure micro particles of Rock salt. All natural organic compounds to promote wellness as well as anti-aging just by sitting and breathing!”

One 60-minute treatment at HALO/AIR Salt Rooms is $100. For more information, check out haloair.com.

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Discovery Communications Chooses ole to Handle Publishing Administration
   
Thursday, 27 May 2010

ole
, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, has been chosen by Discovery Communications Inc., the world's number one non-fiction media company to handle its music publishing administration for Canada. Discovery Studios Music Services is the operational unit of the company working with ole to maximize revenues from the company's publishing catalog.

In announcing the deal, Robert Ott, ole Chairman & CEO, commented: "ole is very pleased to have been chosen by Discovery as Discovery's music publishing administrator and we look forward to providing excellent service for this important client."

Says Peter McKelvy, VP Footage and Music Services "ole was a great choice for us as Discovery realizes our strategy of working with the best independents in each territory to maximize the value of our music catalog"

David Weitzman, ole Director of Business Development in Los Angeles, who developed the relationship with Discovery, stated: "Discovery is a global media company with a growing world class publishing catalog, so it's only fitting that they are represented by a forward-thinking 21st century music publisher like ole." 

About ole:

ole is one of the world's leading independent music publishers founded in 2004 the company has offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles and is focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration. ole has been named the Canadian Country Music Association Music Publishing Company of the Year for 2007, 2008 and 2009; and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse", penned by Taylor Swift & Liz Rose.

Additional recent ole awards include: SESAC #1 Most Performed Song: "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" (Brett Beavers/James Beavers); 2009 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Beautiful Life" by Doc Walker; 2009 SOCAN News & Sports Television Programming Music Award for CBC News: Today by composer Jack Lenz; 2008 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Picture To Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2008 ASCAP Most Performed Song: "Me and God" (Josh Turner); 2008 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for Franklin; 2008 SOCAN Domestic Animated Television Series Music Award for 6Teen; 2008 SESAC Recurrent Country Performance Activity: "Teardrops on My Guitar" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); and 2008 SESAC Country Performance Activity: "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift).

The ole catalog includes over 40,000 songs and 35,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $90MM USD in acquisitions over the past five years, including purchases of music catalogs: Jody Williams Music (Taylor Swift), Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, CCI, Arthur, Amberwood Entertainment's, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, Rollbots, and sci-fi cult series, Lexx.

ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers.
Notable ole copyrights include Taylor Swift hits "White Horse", "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn" and the iTunes No. 1 Selling Country Song of 2007 "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Kelly Clarkson's Billboard #1 single, "Miss Independent"; "Can't Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" (2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year); "Shoes" by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives); Sean Paul's "Change the Game"; Trace Adkins' "High"; "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner and "It Was Me" by George Strait. Recent ole cuts include "I'm Already There" and "Leaving" by Westlife; "Once In A While" by Akon; "Runnin" performed by Doman + "S.O.S (Let The Music Play)" performed by Jordin Sparks and co-written by David Kopatz; "Dancing in Circles" performed by Love and Theft and co-written by Roger Springer; and finally, "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and "Don't Blink", both #1 tracks by Kenny Chesney.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.


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