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Stars Remember Late Protest Singer Pete Seeger

January 28th, 2014 4:11am EST
Stars Remember Late Protest Singer Pete Seeger
Stars including Tom Morello, Tony Bennett, Steve Martin and Billy Bragg have paid tribute to folk icon and political activist Pete Seeger, who died on Monday.

The 94-year-old musician passed away in New York City after a short illness, and his grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, subsequently revealed the star appeared to have been in good health before he fell ill last week.

After the news broke, Rage Against The Machine rocker Morello, who played at Seeger's 90th birthday gig, was one of the first to remember the star, writing on Twitter, "RIP Pete Seeger. Absolutely the best that humans ca...

Paul McCartney thrills students with afternoon school show

October 10th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Tony Bennett
Sir Paul McCartney thrilled students at a performing arts school in Queens, New York on Wednesday (09Oct13) when he showed up unannounced to play a 13-song set.

Almost 400 students crammed into the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts' auditorium to check out a billed "special guest" and were left stunned when the former Beatle and his band greeted them.

McCartney performed three tracks from his upcoming new album, titled New, and classics from his back catalogue, including the Beatles hits Eight Days a Week and Hey Jude, which opened and closed the 90-minute set.

School founder Tony Bennet...

Stevie Wonder reworking hits for new orchestral album

June 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Soul star Stevie Wonder is revamping his classic tunes for a new orchestral album he is working on with songwriting pal David Foster.

The singer is hoping to release When the World Began next year (14) after recording tracks with a symphony orchestra in London.

The project will feature revamped hits, rarities and new songs.

Wonder tells, "We got together (on) New Year's Eve and we worked out some things. I played some things in a different way and he (Foster) did some arrangements, and there's some new stuff that I wrote that never was released.

"One song that I wrote w...

Tony Bennett and John Legend feted for philanthropy

June 13th, 2013 3:10am EDT
John Legend
Veteran crooner Tony Bennett and R&B star John Legend were feted for their tireless efforts to improve the lives of children at a charity gala in New York on Tuesday (11Jun13).

Bennett was handed the Samsung Hope for Children Lifetime Ambassador Award for his work with Exploring the Arts, a nonprofit organisation founded by the singer and his wife, Susan Benedetto in 1999.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton paid tribute to Bennett via video link while his daughter Chelsea presented the award at the 12th annual Hope For Children Gala, sponsored by electronics firm Samsung.

Legend was hand...

Snoop Lion shows support for Tony Bennett's anti-violence campaign

May 28th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Tony Bennett
Rapper Snoop Lion has thrown his support behind Tony Bennett's anti-gun campaign by filming an ad for the crooner's Voices Against Violence organisation.

The singer founded the initiative to encourage Americans to use their voice for good and call on members of Congress to pass new safety laws in a bid to save lives, and Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, has now added his name to the cause in an online promotional video, in which he urges fans to contact their local leaders to make a difference.

In the clip, posted on the group's page, he says, "Now's the time for us ...

Paul McCartney Lends His Support To Voices Against Violence Campaign

April 18th, 2013 9:41pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has urged his fans to support Tony Bennett's campaign to tighten gun laws in the country.

The Beatles legend, whose band mate John Lennon was shot dead in New York in 1980, is backing Bennett's Voices Against Violence crusade, which is encouraging citizens to push for new legislation on weapons ownership.

Despite a gun-control bill losing a Congress vote on Wednesday, McCartney is urging supporters to continue lobbying politicians for change and has recorded a telephone message which will be played to everyone taking part in the campaign before they are put through to the ...

Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

March 31st, 2013 10:07am EDT
Phil Ramone
Famed music producer Phil Ramone has died at the age of 79. The producer and sound engineer, who worked with stars including Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, passed away on Saturday in New York City. 

His death comes just weeks after he was hospitalized to treat an aortic aneurysm. 

Ramone, who was born in South Africa, but grew up in the Big Apple, won 14 Grammy Awards throughout his illustrious career, including album of the year prizes for Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Billy Joel's 52nd Street and Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company.  He won his last Grammy...

Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony And Gloria Estefan Join Tony Bennett On 'Viva Duets,' Out Oct. 23

October 16th, 2012 10:08am EDT
Tony Bennett Viva Duets
Iconic crooner Tony Bennett is about to release his newest album "Viva Duets" -- which features collaborations with the biggest stars in the Latin music industry such as Marc Anthony, com, Thalia!, Chayanne and more.

Check out the video trailer for Tony Bennett's forthcoming album release, "Viva Duets". The trailer will offer a sneak peak at the legendary singer's latest project -- including footage of Tony and Chayanne performing his classic hit "The Best Is Yet To Come" as well as an audio clip of his duet with Dani Martin.

"Viva Duets" is the singer's third duets-themed project, follow...

Pete Seeger Aims To Be The Oldest Hitmaker Ever With Bob Dylan Remake

March 16th, 2012 6:45pm EDT
Pete Seeger
Folk icon Pete Seeger is aiming for the top of the world's pop charts and the chance to break Tony Bennett's six-month-old record, as the oldest person to score a hit, with an apt version of Bob Dylan's tune "Forever Young."

Seeger, 92, recorded the cover for Amnesty International's charity Dylan tribute album "Chimes of Freedom," backed by a children's choir, and now the track is to be made available as a digital single, promoted by a video featuring the folk singer in the studio with the singing kids.

The promo will be available on Monday - the exact 50th anniversary of the release of D...

Bette Midler Scores Songwriters Hall Of Fame Honor

March 8th, 2012 11:25am EST
Bette Midler
Bette Midler is to be honored for her career achievements with a special award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The veteran singer/actress will be handed the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in New York later this year to recognize her vocal talents and long-running career.

She follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Neil Diamond and Tony Bennett.

Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Jimmy Webb praised Midler for her "stylish presentation and unmistakable voice, making each song her own."

Midler will receive the honor on June 14th at a ceremony du...

2012 Must See Performance: Tony Bennett (Concert Review)

March 4th, 2012 10:01pm EST
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One of the most iconic men in music put on one of the most intimate and endearing shows we've ever been to. At 85 years old, we witnessed Tony Bennett shut the house down during his headlining tour, receiving over five standing ovations throughout an hour performance. The timeless vocalist showcased his talent with quite the range, proving he is the true definition of an artist. Bennett captured his charisma with smiles and dance moves while on stage and had every women in the room drooling. Looks like Bieber's getting a run for his money. Tony dedicated one of his oldest songs to someone h...

Justin Bieber & Mariah Carey Debut 'All I Want For Christmas' Video (Watch It!)

December 1st, 2011 10:30am EST
Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas
Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett and Neil Diamond got the holiday season off to a musical start in New York on Wednesday night when they performed festive tunes for thousands of fans gathered for the 79th lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Michael Buble celebrated taking his new album "Christmas" to the top of the charts by kicking off the celebration with a rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and New York local Bennett wowed the crowd with his version of "The Christmas Song."

But the night belonged to Bieber, who performed a new hip-hop version of "Little Drummer Boy" w...

Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

December 1st, 2011 8:24am EST
2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...

Lady Gaga Still Stunned She Got Naked In Front Of Tony Bennett

November 26th, 2011 2:00pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga still hasn't recovered from her naked encounter with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, revealing her decision to pose nude for him as he sketched her was one of her most "nerve-wracking" moments.

The "Bad Romance" singer was persuaded to disrobe for Bennett, an acclaimed artist, by photographer Annie Leibovitz for a Vanity Fair photoshoot with the pair who teamed up to record a duet.

And she admits it was a huge moment in her career - because the "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" singer is such a legend to her.

As part of her Thanksgiving Day TV special, "A Very Gaga Thanksgivin...

Scotty McCreery Is First Country Star To Debut At #1 On Billboard Chart

October 13th, 2011 9:13am EDT
Scotty McCreery
Reigning "American Idol" champion Scotty McCreery has made chart history by becoming the first country artist to debut an album at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Having just turned 18, he's also the youngest male artist to enter the countdown at the top with a debut, beating Omarion - who charted with O in 2005 - by two years.

McCreery's new album "Clear as Day" has opened with 197,000 sales, making him the first "American Idol" winner since 2003 to hit number one with their first release.

Ironically, his success comes just days after the last "Idol" winner, Lee DeWyze, was dropp...

Exclusive: Tony Bennett's Rep Confirms He Did Not Walk In On A Naked Lady Gaga

October 11th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Rumors have been surfacing this week after Lady Gaga appeared on a London based talk show revealing details on her recent nude shoot with Vanity Fair magazine at Tony Bennett’s studio. Gaga told host Jonathan Ross, “I was in Tony [Bennett’s] studio and I walked in and she [Annie Leibovitz] was like: ‘I want you to be naked,’ so I took my robe off and lay down and poor Tony was standing there looking at me like: ‘Oh this f---ing girl.’”

Various media outlets have been stating that Bennett ‘accidentally walked in’ on the pop-star fully nude during their music video shoot, but a representativ...

Check Out The Video For Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga's Duet, 'The Lady Is A Tramp'

October 9th, 2011 5:56pm EDT
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
These days, Tony Bennett is telling everyone that he thinks the world of Lady Gaga, his duet partner on the 1930's classic "The Lady Is A Tramp". And now the wait for their highly-anticipated video is over! Watch the dynamic duo's classy new video below!

-"I think she's going to become as big as Elvis Presley."

-"She's absolutely brilliant with what she does. She's a very, very magnificent performer and she does know how to sing, and she does know how to play the piano. I see great things for her."

-"My favorite is that Lady Gaga. She's the biggest. I'll tell you, I never met anyone w...

85-Year-Old Tony Bennett Breaks U.S. Album Chart Records

September 28th, 2011 10:41pm EDT
Tony Bennett
Crooner Tony Bennett has scored his first U.S. number one album at the age of 85.

The veteran's "Duets II" release has rocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, thanks in part to much-publicised collaborations with Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse, making Bennett the oldest living act to reach the top spot - beating Bob Dylan's two-year-old record.

Just last week, Bennett became the oldest living artist to score a Billboard Hot 100 hit when his "Body & Soul" duet with Winehouse debuted at 87. His album shot to number one with 179,000 sales.

The 14-time Grammy Award winner's pre...

Check Out Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's Fantastic 'The Lady Is A Tramp' Duet

September 20th, 2011 8:51pm EDT
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga joins Tony Bennett on the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart classic "The Lady Is A Tramp." The song is featured on Tony's latest release, "Tony Bennett: Duets II," out today on Columbia Records.

And the crooner has high praises for his partner on the song. "I never met a more talented person in my life, he tells Billboard Magazine. "I think she's going to become as big as Elvis Presley."

"Duets II" follows up "Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic" - the 2006 Grammy winning best selling CD which became Bennett's best selling recording to date.

The album boasts a cast of A-...

Watch Amy Winehouse's Duet With Tony Bennett, 'Body And Soul,' Her Final Studio Recording (Video)

September 16th, 2011 7:00am EDT
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse
The track and video for the long awaited Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett duet "Body and Soul" premiered in its entirety to commemorate what would have been Amy's 28th birthday. "Body and Soul" was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and is the final recording she ever made before her passing on July 23rd. The recording session was filmed by Oscar winning cinematographer Dion Beebe as part of a large documentary film on Bennett that is in the works.

All proceeds from the sale of the "Body and Soul" single and video will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation. The organization was founded by...

Amy Winehouse's Parents Invited To Attend VMAs

August 26th, 2011 4:30pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
Producers of the MTV Video Music Awards are hoping Amy Winehouse's parents accept their invitation to attend the show in Los Angeles on Sunday - for what is expected to be an emotional tribute to the late singer.

Tony Bennett will take to the VMAs stage for the first time since the early 1990s to honor the tragic Rehab hit-maker, who died last month. He will introduce a tribute to Winehouse.

And her parents, Mitch and Janis, have been invited to attend the ceremony as MTV special guests.

Executive producer Dave Sirulnick tells, "We're still working on it. Some pieces are st...

Amy Winehouse's Dad Thrilled About Tony Bennett Charity Track

August 7th, 2011 8:12am EDT
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse's father Mitch is delighted his daughter's duet with Tony Bennett will benefit a charity in her memory - because the late star was "so excited" about the collaboration.

Bennett was left devastated by Winehouse's death last month after working with her on a track, Body And Soul, for his upcoming record Duets II in March.

The 85 year old announced earlier this week that he planned to release the song in Winehouse's memory and donate all the proceeds to the Amy Winehouse Foundation - and Mitch is grateful Bennett is backing the cause.

He says, "I couldn't be happier that eve...

Tony Bennett Releasing Amy Winehouse Duet For Charity

August 3rd, 2011 4:27pm EDT
Tony Bennett
Veteran crooner Tony Bennett is releasing his new duet with tragic Amy Winehouse to help fund a charity in the singer's memory.

Bennett, who worked with the late star on a track for his upcoming record Duets II in March, was left devastated by Winehouse's sudden passing last month.

Upon hearing about her death, he said, "She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist... when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance. I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her."

After her funeral, the Rehab hit-maker's dad, Mitch Winehouse,...

Thunderstorms Wash Out Black Eyed Peas NYC Charity Gig

June 10th, 2011 12:30am EDT
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas were forced to scrap a charity concert in New York's Central Park on Thursday due to severe wet weather conditions.

The "Boom Boom Pow" hitmakers were scheduled to host a star-studded show with performances from celebrity pals including Taylor Swift, Natasha Bedingfield, LL Cool J, Debbie Harry and Tony Bennett, and appearances from Whoopi Goldberg, Zach Braff and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Sweltering temperatures caused organizers to delay the start of the Concert 4 NYC by more than two hours as a result of safety fears, but a sudden downpour, coupled with thun...

'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: The Blow-by-Blow Of Scotty McCreery's Big Win

May 26th, 2011 9:50am EDT
Scotty McCreery learns that he is the next American Idol
Last year, I wondered if, in the midst of Simon’s departure and one of the show’s worst seasons both from a quality and ratings standpoint, if the finale of this show was going to be worth the mega-diary treatment next year.

Well, it turns out it is, as ‘Idol’ came back better than anyone could have realistically expected. I couldn’t be happier, and here’s the mega-diary to prove it!

8:04 – 4 Minutes in and we still haven’t finished the introductions. But at least we got a Lori Loughlin sighting!

8:04 – Really? Scotty fans packed the RBC Center to do…nothing? They can’t even do that for ...

Hugh Martin, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' Songwriter, Dies At 96

March 13th, 2011 11:54am EDT
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"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96.

Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song."

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Billy Joel 'Live At Shea Stadium' CD/DVD Available Everywhere Now; Full Album Streaming at AOL Music

March 8th, 2011 10:19pm EST
Billy Joel
Billy Joel has just released the live concert album/film Live at Shea Stadium, which is currently streaming at AOL Music. For more information and to order a copy visit

The full-concert companion to the acclaimed Lionsgate documentary "The Last Play At Shea," Billy Joel Live At Shea Stadium features more than two hours of Billy and his band offering definitive, and often transcendent versions of hits, rarities, deep catalog, personal favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises including duets with guest artists Paul McCartney ("I Saw Her Standing There," "Let It Be"), ...

Larry King Bids Farewell To Talk Show

December 17th, 2010 8:29am EST
Larry King
Revered newsman Larry King shed a tear as he hung up his braces and stepped down from his renowned CNN talk show after 25 years on Thursday.

The 77 year old announced he was leaving his weeknight show in the summer and his finale was one to remember with former president Bill Clinton and current leader Barack Obama both appearing via video link to congratulate King on his work.

He was also joined in the studio by actor-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proclaimed Thursday 'Larry King Day'. King's final show was bought to a close by crooner Tony Bennett who sang clas...

Tony Bennett To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

June 26th, 2010 8:30am EDT
Tony Bennett
Veteran crooner Tony Bennett is to accept a lifetime achievement honor at the 2010 Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards.

The 83-year-old entertainer will be acknowledged for his 60 years in the industry at the gala event, which will benefit the music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins. Previous recipients of the prestigious accolade include Rod Stewart, U2 and Oasis.

Bennett says, "I feel I've joined a very special club. I am a great believer that music can be a powerful healing force and I applaud all the fantastic work that Nordoff-Robbins has implemented over the past 50 years."

The cer...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

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