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Beatle wants music back

Paul McCartney says he wants his music to get back to where it once belonged.

McCartney filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday against Sony/ATV over copyright ownership of the many hit songs he wrote with John Lennon as part of The Beatles.

The copyrights were famously bought by Michael Jackson in 1985 and then fully sold over to Sony/ATV following his death. McCartney has long wanted the copyrights, and the filing says he has sent notice to Sony/ATV saying that he will claim them back under a provision of U.S. copyright law that makes that possible after a certain time.

The first song eligible to be claimed back is "Love Me Do," in October 2018. The rest of the catalogue would follow in years after, ending in 2026.

McCartney wants a ruling to say his claiming them doesn't represent a legal breach of any contract or publishing agreement that Sony/ATV could use against him.

"Defendants have attempted to reserve their rights to challenge Paul McCartney's exercise of his termination rights on contractual ground," the filing says.

It adds, "A judicial declaration is necessary and appropriate at this time so that Paul McCartney can rely on quiet, unclouded title to his rights."

Alanis manager admits theft

The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $7 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds, prosecutors said.

Schwartz admitted stealing nearly $5 million from Morissette between May 2010 and January 2014. He used the money personally and falsely listed the cash withdrawals as "sundry/personal expenses" to cover up the crime.

When confronted about the theft, Schwartz lied and said he invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business, prosecutors said.

Schwartz also admitted to stealing $2.3 million from five other clients who were not named in court documents or disclosed by attorneys in the case.

Defence lawyer Nathan Hochman said Schwartz had fully co-operated with investigators and accepted responsibility.

His plea deal calls for a sentence between four and six years in federal prison, though a judge could sentence him up to 23 years on the charges.

Schwartz had offered financial guidance to some of the biggest stars while working at GSO Business Management, a firm that touts its relationship on its website with entertainers such as Katy Perry, 50 Cent and Tom Petty.

GSO has since repaid all the money he stole from clients. The firm's pending lawsuit against Schwartz said he used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle that included a $50,000 trip to Bora Bora and a $75,000 debt at a Bahamas casino.

The Wild! playing Kelowna

Kelowna, BC band, The Wild! will be playing the Kelowna Community Theatre on Saturday, February 18th to celebrate release of their new album Wild At Heart, which will be released via eOne Music on February 17th. The album is now available for pre-order via iTunes.

Produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Airbourne, Aerosmith) at Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Wild At Heart will serve as the follow-up to their debut EP GxDxWxB, which stands for "God Damn Wild Boys," that was released in 2015. Wild At Heart will be their first full-length for Entertainment One (eOne).

The Wild! just wrapped up supporting tours with both Airbourne, Sebastian Bach and Buckcherry, and will be announcing more tour dates soon.

Full listings will be added to The Wild!’s website, TheWildRocknRoll.com. 

Cory Weeds Quartet

The Cory Weeds Quartet featuring Harold Mabern will be playing  St Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St. Kamloops on Tuesday February 7th at 7:30pm.

Cory Weeds is a respected saxophonist who has released ten critically acclaimed albums under his own name including As Of Now with Harold Mabern. His latest release This Happy Madness with The Jeff Hamilton Trio graced the Jazz Week Charts for 17 weeks including 2 weeks at #1.

The charming piano master Harold Mabern is an unforgettable performer. He turns every performance into an informal master class regaling audiences with his first-hand account of jazz history and some of the best piano playing you will ever hear. His music is marked with deep insight into a wide range of repertoire from the Great American Songbook to his own soulful originals. He has played and recorded with a who's who of jazz including Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean and Wes Montgomery to name a few.

Tickes are $22 including GST and ticket fees and are available at Kamloops Live Box Office www.kamloopslive.com or by calling 250-374-5483.

More information at www.EntertainmentManagement.ca

The King, A musical Tribute

Okanagan Concert Promoter Mike Schell, brings Vegas to Kelowna!

"The King" will take you back to the beginning of Elvis' career in the 1950's and the spark of the rock n roll revolution. Relive the  moments of the Memphis Flash with hits like “Hound Dog”, “Don't Be Cruel”, “Love Me Tender” and “All Shook Up”. Then travel into the 60's with the hits “It's Now or Never” and “Viva Las Vegas” to Elvis' astonishing climatic concerts of the 1970's with hit songs and performances of “Burning Love”, “My Way”, “American Trilogy” and “Suspicious Minds”. Donny Edwards performance is so authentic you'll feel as if you're watching the King himself. With Edwards' looks, moves and voice backed by the fabulous Cadillac Kings band it's a performance not to be missed! 

Donny Edwards is an Internationally known, multi award winning veteran entertainer, performing his tribute to The King of Rock n Roll to sold out audiences, worldwide. He is a Las Vegas casino headliner act and is the only Tribute Artist ever to perform on the estate grounds of Graceland, Elvis' home in Memphis Tennessee. At that show, he was also made an honorary Tennessean by the Governor of Tennessee.

Edwards has performed for celebrities such as Marie Osmond, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Tony Stewart to name a few. He has also portrayed The King in commercials world wide and TV shows such as “The Young and the Restless” and several documentaries about Elvis Presley. Edwards has performed with many of Elvis' legendary band members such as The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, Millie Kirkham, DJ Fontana and bassist Bob Moore.

Donny Edwards tribute is all about honoring the memory of Elvis Presley in the most authentic way possible. 

Donny will be touring with Kelowna's own  Elvis Tribute Band "The Cadillac Kings  featuring the Uptown Hornz". The Cadillac Kings are also the official band for the Penticton Elvis Festival.

This tour is Presented by Schell Shock Ent Inc. and TCB Rock and Roll Legends

Ring of Fire in Vernon

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Western Canada Theatre and Chemainus Theatre’s production ofRing of Fire on Monday, March 6 2017 at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Ring of Fire is the third performance of five in the Society’s 2016/17 Theatre series.

Western Canada Theatre and Chemainus Theatre Festival is proud to co-produce the ultimate tribute to the iconic Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire. This adaption from the Broadway show, tells the story of finding love, success, faith and redemption. Performed by a multi-talented cast, this production includes all of Cash’s classic hits, including "I Walk the Line," “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune. A powerful tribute to the Man in Black, an endlessly entertaining journey that will leave you cheering for more!

Tickets for Ring of Fire are $45 for adults, $42 for Seniors and $40 for Students. Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to www.ticketseller.ca for tickets and more information.

Buble pulls out of the Brits

Michael Buble has reportedly pulled out of hosting next month's Brit Awards so he can focus on his young son's cancer battle.

The singer's three-year-old boy Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer last year, and his worried dad put his career on hold to care for the sick kid.

Now the 41-year-old has told Brit Awards bosses he won't be able to commit to hosting the U.K. prizegiving.

A source tells The Sun newspaper, Michael made the "difficult" call to show producers on Monday night (16Jan17).

"Out of respect for Michael the producers gave him as much time as he needed to make the decision, which they completely understood," the insider told the publication.

Brits bosses are now on the hunt for potential replacements ahead of the ceremony at London's O2 Arena on 22 February.

Buble's cancer-stricken son reportedly underwent surgery at the end of December.

The singer and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, confirmed the sad news of their tot's diagnosis in November, after it was first reported in the La Nacion publication in the model's native Argentina.

Luisana's sister Daniela subsequently revealed the boy is battling liver cancer and Noah began chemotherapy treatment in the U.S. in a bid to shrink the tumor.

Michael and Luisana have not commented on Noah's condition since announcing their eldest son's health crisis and asking for privacy: "At this difficult time, we ask only for your prayers and respect for our privacy," they wrote in a statement posted online in November. "We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing."

Buble also pulled out of a performance at the BBC Music Awards in London after the sad news was made public.

He is still scheduled to host the Juno Awards in his native Canada in April.

Lohan 'educating herself'

Lindsay Lohan's friends have denied reports she has converted to Islam, but revealed the actress is "educating herself" about the religion.

The actress sparked claims she may have had a religious awakening when she deleted all her posts on Instagram and used Arabic greeting "Alaikum salam" (sic), which translates as "and unto you peace", for her profile on the photo-sharing site.

However, friends of the Mean Girls star have now revealed she has yet to officially convert, but is exploring the Muslim faith as part of a wider education.

"Lindsay is educating herself on different cultures and their practices to be able to better understand the people and communicate," a friend of the actress and humanitarian told New York Post's gossip column Page Six.

Following Lindsay's Instagram cull, many took it as confirmation she had embraced Islam, with one woman writing on Twitter: "Im so happy that lindsay lohan found Islam. may Allah guide her and bless her." Another added: "I heard that Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam? If its true, alhamdulillah. God has shown her the right path to now follow."

It's not the first time that Lindsay has sparked speculation of converting to Islam - she was previously photographed holding a copy of the Quran, the central religious text of Islam, while doing community service in Brooklyn, New York, back in 2015.

But the actress' mother Dina Lohan added to Page Six that she has "raised my children to be compassionate and to educate themselves on a global level - to learn about different cultures and their practices and to respect them!"

After the pictures emerged of Lindsay holding the Quran in 2015, she appeared on Turkish talk show Haber Turk later that year and said the book was a present from friends.

"My very close friends, who have been there for me a lot, in London are Saudi and they gave me the Quran and I brought it to New York because I was learning," she said. "It opened doors for me to experience spiritually, to find another true meaning. This is who I am."

When she was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 2014, following her sixth stint in rehab, Lindsay told the host she is interested in a number of religions.

"I'm a very spiritual person and I've become more spiritual as time has gone on," she said. "I'm really in touch, whether it's prayer or meditation... there are so many powers greater than me in the world. I've been blessed and lucky enough to have been given a gift to share with other people."

Dunham directs doc

Lena Dunham has teamed up with actresses Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence for a new animated documentary promoting women's health organization Planned Parenthood.

The Girls star co-directed the animated short 100 Years, about the history of the organization and the battle for reproductive rights in the U.S.

Mindy Kaling, America Ferrera, and Constance Wu also serve as narrators alongside Meryl and Jennifer, while Dunham's boyfriend Jack Antonoff and director J.J. Abrams worked together on the music for the film.

The project has been released via Lena's Lenny Letter blog and the NowThisHer organization days before controversial U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office on Friday (20Jan17).

"The spirit behind this video will hopefully take us into the Women's March on Washington this weekend, where we will be showing our new president that we're not going to allow a hundred years of progress to disappear overnight," Dunham says.

The 30-year-old has been a vocal supporter of women's rights in America, but last month (Dec16) she came under fire when she said she wished she had the personal experience of going through an abortion so she could use her celebrity platform to beat the stigma surrounding it.

During her Women of the Hour podcast, Lena said, "Now I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had."

Following the backlash, she took to Instagram and wrote a lengthy apology, telling fans she never meant to trivialize abortion.

She wrote, "My words were spoken from a sort of 'delusional girl' persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance... and it didn't translate. That's my fault..."

Sheeran has built secret pub

Ed Sheeran spent the first two months of his 2016 hiatus building a secret pub on the grounds of his Suffolk estate.

The singer/songwriter spent much of last year traveling, but before he hit the open road he spent a couple of months at home, cycling around the towns and villages of rural England.

And he also turned a building on his estate into a proper pub with all kinds of ale, so he had a party pad.

"I've built a pub...," he told Apple Music DJ Zane Lowe. "There's an underground tunnel to get there you can close off, so if I have a party everyone goes in the pub and then no one can get in... You have to go underground to get to the pub...

"It was going to be Peter Jackson's house and he's just got loads of secret passageways and underground tunnels..."

And Sheeran admits the pub idea came from his longing to become a dad: "I think it's great, because the problem with my house at the moment is when I have a house party it's all in the house, and if I have kids, I still wanna have mates round and have beers and that."

The Lego House hitmaker told Lowe he started to think seriously about starting a family while he was traveling, adding, "I wanted to be a dad last year. I'm ready. Let's go. I wanna load of tour bus babies."

And he has even planned his future around parenthood, revealing he'll take his kids on the road with him until they start school and then he'll take and "extended break" and work on producing other artists' music from a home studio.

"I think Springsteen took an extended break when his kids went to school," he said. "I think that's gonna be me."

Meanwhile, there's one purchase Sheeran made last year he regrets - a black Aston Martin sportscar.

"I just feel like a t*t in it...," he laughed. "I was watching James Bond and my mates were like, 'You should get one of them', and I was like, 'Maybe I will...'"

Sheen apologizes to Rihanna

Charlie Sheen has offered to buy Rihanna a drink to make amends for criticizing the pop superstar and reigniting their 2014 feud in a recent TV interview.

The former Two and a Half Men star originally took aim at the singer after she reportedly snubbed a meet and greet with his former fiancee Brett Rossi, while they were were celebrating her birthday at a restaurant in Santa Monica, California three years ago.

After the incident, Charlie took to Twitter and put Rihanna on full blast, making it clear he was not happy with her decision to reject their request for a quick meeting.

The Umbrella hitmaker fired back by changing her Twitter header to a photo of her signing an autograph for a fan with Charlie's head superimposed on the devotee.

The stars subsequently made up, but during an appearance on talk show Watch What Happens Live! last week (ends13Jan17), he suggested he was still upset at the initial exchange, referring to Rihanna as "that b**ch" and adding, "She abandoned common courtesy and common sense."

Now Charlie again appears to have had a change of heart about his feelings towards the singer and has offered to make peace once more.

"dear @rihanna, pardon my inane self indulgence," he wrote on Twitter. "let's have a drink someday (on me)".

Rihanna yet to respond to the invitation.

After their initial fall-out in 2014, Charlie slammed the Bajan beauty for her reportedly rude behavior.

At the time, the angry star tweeted, "Nice impression you left behind, Bday (birthday) or not. Sorry we're not KOOL (sic) enough to warrant a blessing from the Princess. (or in this case the Village idiot)..."

"See ya (sic) on the way down, (we always do) and actually, it was a pleasure NOT meeting you," Charlie continued. "clearly we have NOTHING in common when it comes to respect for those who've gone before you. I'm guessing you needed those precious 84 seconds to situate that bad wig before you left the restaurant."

KAG collection available

881 works of art … 166 artists … 1 new website. With the Kelowna Art Gallery’s 40th year in 2017, we are launching the art collection online. Yes, the Gallery’s permanent collection is now available 24/7 for residents and visitors across the globe to explore … online. So whether you’re simply curious to see what is in the collection, or you are looking for more information on a particular artist or work of art, it is all just a few clicks away via the Gallery’s website at www.kelownaartgallery.com.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to open the doors to our collection through this new online database,” says Executive Director Nataley Nagy. “The permanent collection is one of the cornerstones of the institution and all of the works of art are held in trust by the City of Kelowna for its citizens.”
At the time of this release, the collection contains 881 pieces by 166 different artists in a wide variety of media, ranging from acrylic paintings to hand-woven wicker sculpture and even to a vintage hockey helmet with honeycomb attached.
Browsers of the online collection will discover works by artists who include Jack Shadbolt, Ann Kipling, Tony Scherman, Gordon Smith, Alan Wood, Toni Onley, Ellen Vaughan Grayson, B.C. Binning, John Hartman, Christos Dikeakos, and Ken Lum, to name just a few.
The majority of pieces in the collection are by contemporary Canadian artists, with a small number of historical Canadian pieces. Most of the works came to us as gifts, but there has been some modest purchasing over the years, assisted by donations of monies from community members and grants.
An upcoming exhibition entitled The Big Picture that runs from April 29 until June 25, 2017, will share a selection of works from the collection with visitors. It will include some of the BIGGEST works in the collection and will contain pieces by thirteen contemporary artists.
The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Kelowna. For hours of operation, more information about programs available, or current exhibitions, visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.

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