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No Panic As Panic At The Disco Loses Two Members

July 6th, 2009 9:47pm EDT
Panic At The Disco Loses Two Members
Cult indie rockers Panic At the Disco have urged fans not to panic after losing two group members. Guitarist Ryan Ross and bass player Jon Walker have announced they're leaving the band to form their own group, but founding members Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith have promised fans they'll honor all upcoming commitments, including an August 8 date with No Doubt in San Diego, California.

A statement from Ross and Walker reads, "Though the four of us have made music together in the past, we've creatively evolved in different directions which has compromised what each of us want to personall...

Lionel Richie Confirms Commodores Reunion By The End Of The Year

May 19th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
Lionel Richie
The original line-up of Lionel Richie's soul supergroup The Commodores is to reunite before the end of the year, according to the "All Night Long" singer himself. Richie admits he's always being asked about reunion plans and rumors never seem to go away - and so he has decided to embrace the idea.

He says, "Before the end of the year, for sure, you'll hear a rumble. I think now might be the proper time (to do this)."

The group signed to Motown after finding acclaim as The Jackson 5's support act. Richie quit the band in the early 1980s and embarked on a very successful solo career...

Motown Records Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Podcasts & More

January 23rd, 2009 5:00pm EST
Smokey Robinson
A special series of online podcasts featuring rare and intimate conversations with the label's legends, producers, songwriters and singers, are now available at The podcasts are also available on iTunes.

These exclusive podcasts are just part of a year-long celebration of Motown's 50th and its lasting legacy, which included the Dec. 9 release of Motown: The Complete No. 1's, a 10-CD box set in the shape of the label's famed "Hitsville U.S.A." birthplace in Detroit, featuring more than 200 classic songs from 50 Motown artists that topped charts around the world, ...

Justin Timberlake Retires 'Sexyback' At Charity Show

October 19th, 2008 11:30am EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has turned his back on his Sexyback after promising fans his performance of the smash-hit at his charity show in Las Vegas on Friday night was the last time he'll sing the song live.

The pop superstar hosted a star-studded benefit show at the Planet Hollywood Theater as part of his inaugural Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament week, and stunned fans with the news he's retiring his signature tune. The sell-out crowd gasped as Timberlake made the announcement before performing the song one last time.

That might have been the low point of his show...

Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...

Chart Topping Hits Of Soul Heard Decade By Decade In Four New 'Soul Number 1's' Collections

April 30th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul is at the heart of hip-hop, providing the inspiration for today's chart-topping hip-hop tracks. Now four new compilations present the best of soul--a total of 67 recordings, every track a #1 (nearly all on the R&B chart)--from the '60s to the '90s. Each of the Hip-O/UMe Soul Number 1's albums in the new UMe Number 1's series is released April 3 and packaged in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable.

In the '60s, soul was cool. '60s Soul Number...

You'll Keep That Lovin' Feeling With 18 New Pop Number 1's Compilations; Win Them All!

April 11th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Number 1
Great pop songs are ones you not only remember forever but remind you of the feelings you had when they shot up the charts. On three decade by decade--the '60s through the '80s--Hip-O/UMe Pop Number 1's albums in the new and ongoing UMe Number 1's series, those #1 songs and the feelings they recall are back. Love Songs Number 1's, also released April 3, 2007, brings together the ultimate love songs that topped the charts. All titles will be released in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) w...

Casey Kasem's "Long Distance Dedications" Are Spotlight Feature On New CD

January 12th, 2007 3:54pm EST
Casey Kasem
Legendary DJ and radio personality Casey Kasem will release a new CD featuring 20 of the most popular songs from his signature radio feature The Long Distance Dedications on January 23. The disc, Casey Kasem Presents: The Long Distance Dedications spans multiple genres and includes some of the biggest names in music: Elton John, Whitney Houston, Cher, Lionel Richie, Louis Armstrong, The Righteous Brothers, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah McLachlan, Phil Collins, Commodores, Chicago and many others. It arrives in stores on January 23, 2007, (Top Sail Productions/WEA) and is the...

Father Thought Nicole Richie's 'Simple Life' Would Ruin Family Name

October 9th, 2006 9:15am EDT
Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie ruined her family's name with her reality TV appearances on The Simple Life alongside ex-pal Paris Hilton, according to her dad Lionel. The soul singer came in for some harsh words from his own father when he expressed his desire to start the Commodores, and he repeated them to Nicole when she and Hilton told him about their show.

He says, "I was not thrilled. You wouldn't be able to print what my father said when I wanted to play in the Commodores and I said the same words to my daughter when she explained that she was going to ruin the family name with a TV show.


"What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977)" Spotlights Funk's Foundation; Listen Here

September 26th, 2006 4:37pm EDT
What It Is
Right on. Right on. Nothing puts a dip in your hip and a glide in your stride quite like a gritty funk groove that hits the beat hard on the one. The polyrhythmic kissing cousin of classic soul and R&B, funk's sinuous slap-bass lines and booming kick drums from its heyday in the late '60s through the late '70s went on to inspire a generation of hip-hop heads. Rhino rocks funk's foundation with a four-disc collection of rump-shaking beats and hard-to-find pimpalicious jams that don't fake the funk. What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) will be available October 3.

This com...

Solar Records Celebrates 30 Years With 'Hits' Discs From Shalamar, Midnight Star and Lakeside; Listen

August 8th, 2006 1:24pm EDT

Shalamar’s fans didn’t just want to buy their albums. They wanted to BE them – traveling the globe, singing, dancing, closing down clubs, shopping, even stopping to ride some dolphins along the way. It takes one-of-a-kind chemistry to effect that kind of ardor, and it can’t be manufactured (as the beginning and end of their story proves). Effervescent but never bubblegum, Shalamar had the priceless ability to make absolutely anyone feel young at heart.

Don Cornelius plucked dancers Jody Watley (Chicago) and Jeffrey Daniel ( Los Angeles ) straight outta "The Soul Train Line" ...

Commodores Keyboardist Dies of Cancer

July 11th, 2006 9:34am EDT
The Commodores
The Commodores founder Milan Williams has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 58. The soul man, who played keyboards for the “Three Times A Lady” hitmakers, died in a Houston, Texas, hospital on Sunday.

Williams penned "Machine Gun," the Commodores' first hit for Motown in 1974 and enjoyed the band's heyday throughout the 1970s. The keyboard player stayed with the group when frontman Lionel Richie quit to follow a solo career in the early 1980s.

A memorial service for Williams is being planned in Los Angeles next month.

(This news article provided by World Entertainme...

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