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FILE - Andy Fletcher of the band Depeche Mode performs in concert during their “Global Spirit Tour” at the Capital One Arena, Sept. 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Fletcher, keyboardist for British synth pop giants Depeche Mode for more than 40 years has died at age 60. Depeche Mode announced the death of founding member Fletcher on its official social media pages. A person close to the band said Fletcher died Thursday, May 26, 2022, from natural causes at his home in the U.K. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Depeche Mode founding keyboardist Andy Fletcher dies at 60

“Fletch” played for the British synth pop giants for more than 40 years

FILE - Andy Fletcher of the band Depeche Mode performs in concert during their “Global Spirit Tour” at the Capital One Arena, Sept. 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Fletcher, keyboardist for British synth pop giants Depeche Mode for more than 40 years has died at age 60. Depeche Mode announced the death of founding member Fletcher on its official social media pages. A person close to the band said Fletcher died Thursday, May 26, 2022, from natural causes at his home in the U.K. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
Jason Aldean, left, and Bryan Adams perform “Heaven” at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Adams is hitting the road in Canada with a cross-country tour set for later this summer. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Bryan Adams is heading out on a cross-Canada tour later this year

Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Kelowna dates included among 25 Canadian dates

Jason Aldean, left, and Bryan Adams perform “Heaven” at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Adams is hitting the road in Canada with a cross-country tour set for later this summer. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
FILE - A$AP Rocky, left, and Rihanna attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition in New York on Sept. 13, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Reports: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcome baby boy in LA

People magazine, citing an unnamed source, said A$AP and Rihanna are home in Los Angeles

FILE - A$AP Rocky, left, and Rihanna attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition in New York on Sept. 13, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Charlotte Cardin poses for a photograph at the media wall after winning in three different categories during the opening night of the 2022 Juno Awards at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Juno Awards celebrate Avril Lavigne, Deborah Cox and host Simu Liu’s many talents

Charlotte Cardin emerged as the biggest winner of the year with a total of four trophies

Charlotte Cardin poses for a photograph at the media wall after winning in three different categories during the opening night of the 2022 Juno Awards at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
FILE - U2 singer Bono speaks to the media after a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on July 24, 2017. Bono’s memoir “Surrender” planned for release on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

U2’s Bono to release memoir ‘Surrender’ in November

Book will have 40 chapters, each named for a U2 song

FILE - U2 singer Bono speaks to the media after a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on July 24, 2017. Bono’s memoir “Surrender” planned for release on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
Oleh Psiuk, frontman of Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra leaves after an interview with The Associated Press in Turin, Italy, Thursday May 5, 2022. Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s upbeat, melodic entry to this month’s Eurovision Song Contest was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother. But since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the song called “Stefania” has become an anthem to the country’s war-ravaged motherland. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

A song with power: Ukraine’s Eurovision entry unites nation

“Stefania” is the most-watched song on YouTube among the 35 national entries in annual competition

Oleh Psiuk, frontman of Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra leaves after an interview with The Associated Press in Turin, Italy, Thursday May 5, 2022. Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s upbeat, melodic entry to this month’s Eurovision Song Contest was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother. But since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the song called “Stefania” has become an anthem to the country’s war-ravaged motherland. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard appears before Justice Gillian Roberts as his wife Rebekah Asselstine (left) and lawyer Megan Savard (right) look on in Toronto on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in this artist’s sketch. A panel of jurors has been chosen to hear the sex assault trial of Hoggard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould

Crown alleges Hedley singer violently raped teen girl, woman in 2016 incidents

Jacob Hoggard has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference

Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard appears before Justice Gillian Roberts as his wife Rebekah Asselstine (left) and lawyer Megan Savard (right) look on in Toronto on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in this artist’s sketch. A panel of jurors has been chosen to hear the sex assault trial of Hoggard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould
FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Dolly Parton, Eminem, Richie get into Rock Hall of Fame

Honourees voted on by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals

FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
Guitarist Jerry Doucette performs at the ACT during a concert to raise money for Easter Seals in 2013. (Maple Ridge News file)

Jerry Doucette, known for hits “Mama Let Him Play” and “Nobody,” dies at 70

Montreal-born performer spent most of his professional career in B.C., final years in Delta

Guitarist Jerry Doucette performs at the ACT during a concert to raise money for Easter Seals in 2013. (Maple Ridge News file)
FILE - David Gilmour performs in the ancient roman amphitheater of the Pompeii archeological site, Italy, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Pink Floyd is releasing its first new music in almost three decades to raise money for the people of Ukraine, the band announced Thursday, April 7, 2022. “Hey Hey Rise Up” features Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Pink Floyd members reunite to record song for Ukraine

‘“Hey Hey Rise Up’ the band’s first new music since 1994

FILE - David Gilmour performs in the ancient roman amphitheater of the Pompeii archeological site, Italy, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Pink Floyd is releasing its first new music in almost three decades to raise money for the people of Ukraine, the band announced Thursday, April 7, 2022. “Hey Hey Rise Up” features Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
Dolly Parton arrives at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

Dolly Parton to Rock Hall of Fame: Thanks but no thanks

Parton says nomination inspired her to put out a rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future

Dolly Parton arrives at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Bryan Adams is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bryan Adams plays during second intermission at the NHL 100 Classic, in Ottawa on Saturday, December 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Bryan Adams to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Iconic Canadian songwriter honoured with frequent collaborator and friend, Jim Vallance

Bryan Adams is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bryan Adams plays during second intermission at the NHL 100 Classic, in Ottawa on Saturday, December 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Elton John performs during his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will bypass Canada next month due to COVID-19 restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Derick Hingle

Elton John’s farewell tour to skip Canadian dates, but still Vancouver-bound

‘COVID-19 restrictions’ cited for the cancellation of four appearances in Montreal and Toronto

Elton John performs during his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will bypass Canada next month due to COVID-19 restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Derick Hingle
FILE - Entertainer Snoop Dogg walks on the field before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. Snoop Dogg says he won’t let the big Super Bowl stage rattle his nerves. The ultra-smooth rapper said he will worry about his upcoming halftime performance after the fact. He’ll take the stage with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige during Super Bowl 56 on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

Snoop Dogg calls Super Bowl halftime show ‘dream come true’

Rapper will take the stage with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige

FILE - Entertainer Snoop Dogg walks on the field before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. Snoop Dogg says he won’t let the big Super Bowl stage rattle his nerves. The ultra-smooth rapper said he will worry about his upcoming halftime performance after the fact. He’ll take the stage with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige during Super Bowl 56 on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)
Justin Bieber is leading the Canadian nominees at the Grammy Awards with a little help from his megahit “Peaches.” Bieber attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Evan Agostini

Justin Bieber’s hit ‘Peaches’ helps pop star lead crop of Canadian Grammy nominees

Bieber’s 8 nominations topped an eclectic group that included Drake and the Weeknd

Justin Bieber is leading the Canadian nominees at the Grammy Awards with a little help from his megahit “Peaches.” Bieber attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Evan Agostini
FILE - The Weeknd performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Weeknd is nominated for six American Music Awards, including one for artist of the year. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Hitmakers BTS stamp their authority on American Music Awards

Artist of the Year also named favorite pop duo or group and got the favorite pop song award

FILE - The Weeknd performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Weeknd is nominated for six American Music Awards, including one for artist of the year. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
A vinyl record by The Verve plays on a turntable, Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Falmouth, Maine. The COVID-19 pandemic benefitted record store owners who saw a surge in sales. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Not just Adele: Surging vinyl sales amid supply squeeze derail some artists’ plans

Vinyl sales in Canada up an astounding 53 per cent, but shippers and manufacturers can’t keep up

A vinyl record by The Verve plays on a turntable, Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Falmouth, Maine. The COVID-19 pandemic benefitted record store owners who saw a surge in sales. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Taylor Swift short film has fans excited for her ‘Red’ redo

Short film going deeper into her romantic life on a fan favorite song

FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
ARCHIVO - La admiradora de Britney Spears Kiki Norberto, con el abanico, se manifiesta afuera de la corte durante una audiencia sobre la tutela de la estrella pop el 17 de marzo de 2021 en Los Ángeles. (AP Foto/Chris Pizzello, Archivo)

UPDATE: Britney freed: Judge dissolves Spears’ conservatorship

Move by Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny was expected in face of lack of opposition

ARCHIVO - La admiradora de Britney Spears Kiki Norberto, con el abanico, se manifiesta afuera de la corte durante una audiencia sobre la tutela de la estrella pop el 17 de marzo de 2021 en Los Ángeles. (AP Foto/Chris Pizzello, Archivo)
Justin Bieber holds a pack of Tim Hortons' new Timbit flavours, called Timbiebs in this undated handout photo. Tim Hortons has teamed up with pop superstar Justin Bieber to launch three new Timbit flavours called Timbiebs along with co-branded merchandise. Tim Hortons will roll out the limited-edition Timbiebs Timbits in chocolate white fudge, sour cream chocolate chip, and birthday cake waffle on Nov. 29, exclusively in Canada and the United States.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Tim Hortons *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Tim Hortons partners with Justin Bieber in effort to appeal to younger consumers

Timmy’s-loving pop star asks are you ready for some ‘Timbiebs?’

Justin Bieber holds a pack of Tim Hortons' new Timbit flavours, called Timbiebs in this undated handout photo. Tim Hortons has teamed up with pop superstar Justin Bieber to launch three new Timbit flavours called Timbiebs along with co-branded merchandise. Tim Hortons will roll out the limited-edition Timbiebs Timbits in chocolate white fudge, sour cream chocolate chip, and birthday cake waffle on Nov. 29, exclusively in Canada and the United States.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Tim Hortons *MANDATORY CREDIT*