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Elvis Costello & Marcus Mumford turn lost Dylan lyrics into new album

March 26th, 2014 4:00am EDT
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Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford have signed up to help music producer T Bone Burnett turn lost Bob Dylan lyrics into songs for a new tribute album.

My Morning Jacket star Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops have also joined the project.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.

The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
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Elvis Costello picks up honorary doctorate

October 27th, 2013 7:00pm EDT
Elvis Costello
Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the oldest independent school of music in the U.S.

The Oliver's Army hitmaker picked up his diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, at a special ceremony on Friday (25Oct13), following in the footsteps of music icons Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones.

Costello took part in a 90-minute career retrospective, where he took questions from the audience and discussed his collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, his latest album Wise Up Ghost and modern music devices including the ...
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Elvis Costello still not sure about retirement

September 23rd, 2013 3:00am EDT
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello may have recorded his last album - he is contemplating retirement once his new project with The Roots is released.

The Oliver's Army singer admits he has been thinking about stepping out of the spotlight to spend more time with his family for a few years and he has yet to decide if that time has come.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I have a responsibility to my and my family's well-being.

"I just lost my father (in 2011) and just as romantic disaster governs your younger life, mortality affects the way you do things when you're older. If you're going to leave home to to...
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Elvis Costello defends his anti-Thatcher song

July 14th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Elvis Costello
British singer Elvis Costello has defended his decision to perform a controversial song about late U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during his televised set at Glastonbury festival.

The star first released his protest song, Tramp The Dirt Down, in 1989 but he has revived it since Thatcher's death in April (13) and he performed it during his recent show at Britain's iconic music festival.

The decision to resurrect the track has prompted a backlash, with critics accusing Costello of insensitivity towards Thatcher's grieving relatives as the tune includes the line, "I'll stand on your g...
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Sting, Elvis Costello and will.i.am record poverty protest songs

June 11th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Elvis Costello
Sting, Elvis Costello and will.i.am are among the stars who have recorded new versions of celebrated protest songs to highlight the issue of global poverty.

The superstars are joining forces with dozens of other acts, including British singer Ed Sheeran, folk band Mumford & Sons and rockers Green Day, for the agit8 campaign, which aims to prompt world leaders to focus on poverty ahead of the G8 summit, taking place in Northern Ireland later this month (17-18Jun13).

The mission has been backed by the One Campaign - co-founded by U2 frontman Bono - with videos of the protest songs being sho...
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2012 Grammy Awards Fashion: Some Wore Colors While Most Wore Black On A Bittersweet Evening

February 13th, 2012 12:54pm EST
2012 Grammy Awards
The 2012 Grammy Awards will forever be remembered for one reason: the event took place the night after the music industry lost one of their biggest stars in an untimely fashion: Whitney Houston.

Despite the somber undertones of host LL Cool J's opening prayer for the late singer and a rousing performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson; the night was about the music and the attitude that the show must go on.

As always with award shows, the night is also about the fashion. While many stars wore black - perhaps in honor of the late Houston - many stars let the c...
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Lady Gaga Leads 2012 Oscars Song Nominees

December 20th, 2011 3:47pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is in the running for an Oscar after she was named among the nominees for the coveted Best Song prize.

The pop superstar's duet with Elton John, Hello Hello, from the Rocket Man's Gnomeo & Juliet movie, has been included in a long list of 39 songs in competition for gold at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Mary J. Blige's track Living Proof, from The Help, is also on the list, along with will.i.am's Hot Wings, from Rio, and Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley's duet Collision of Worlds, from Cars 2.

Other artists in consideration for the prize include Chris Cornell (The Keeper, from Ma...
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Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.

POP

U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...
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Fans Convince Macy Gray Not To Cancel Israel Gigs

January 20th, 2011 4:30pm EST
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Macy Gray feels so tormented about agreeing to perform concerts in Israel next month, she has taken the unusual step of asking her fans whether she should cancel the gigs or not.

The I Try hitmaker is scheduled to play a series of shows in Tel Aviv, but she has come under pressure from activists to axe the concerts as part of a boycott over the lengthy Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gray took to the internet on Monday to ask for advice, writing in a post on Facebook.com, "I'm getting a lot of letters from activists urging/begging me to boycott by NOT performing...

"What the Israeli govern...
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Elton John Plays Defiant Show In Tel Aviv

June 19th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
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Elton John showed his support for the people of Israel during a performance in Tel Aviv on Thursday when he took aim at artists who had pulled shows in the country in protest of the government's alleged treatment of Palestinians.

The Rocket Man star refused to bow to pressure and follow in the footsteps of musicians like The Pixies and Elvis Costello and scrap his concert in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine over the Gaza strip.

In May, rocker Costello cancelled two planned gigs in Tel Aviv on June 30 and July 1, insisting it was "a matter of instinct and consc...
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Paul McCartney To Be Honored At The White House

May 25th, 2010 11:30am EDT
Paul McCartney
The details of Paul McCartney's big White House showdown have been revealed a week after the former Beatles star hinted about a presidential concert in a web chat.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld will be part of an all-star line-up that will honor McCartney when he receives the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress in the White House's East Room. Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also be part of the festivities on June 2nd. Paul Simon and Wonder are past Gershwin Prize winners.

McCartney treated ...
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Elvis Costello Cancels Israel Gigs In Political Protest

May 18th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello has pulled out of two planned concerts in Israel this summer in protest at the government's alleged treatment of Palestinians.

The rocker was slated to play gigs in Tel Aviv on June 30th and July 1st, but has axed the shows as "a matter of instinct and conscience" due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine over the Gaza strip.

On his blog, he writes, "It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and the 1st of July. I must believe that ...
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Long Time Hall & Oates Bassist Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk Dies

March 1st, 2010 11:32pm EST
Tom T-Bone Wolk
Revered bassist Tom Wolk died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday night, just days before he was scheduled to join longtime pals Daryl Hall and John Oates on late-night TV.

Wolk, 58, played bass for Hall & Oates for almost 30 years and was due to join the duo for an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday.

He recorded with Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello and Billy Joel and also played bass on Kurtis Blow's rap classic "These Are the Breaks", according to Billboard.com.
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Most Memorable Grammy Performances (Videos)

February 3rd, 2010 10:45am EST
Pink
Last Sunday, Pink's "Glitter in the Air" joined a list of many memorable Grammy performances since the award show's conception. Here are some of the great Grammy musical performances, from the simplicity of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to the flashy collaboration between Madonna and the Gorillaz.

Michael Jackson, 1988

Clash Tribute, 2003 (Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Steve Van Zandt and Elvis Costello)

Eminem and Elton John, 2001

Madonna and Gorillaz, 2006

Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Lil Kim, 2002

Linkin Park, Jay-Z, Paul McCartney,...
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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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'(500) Days Of Summer' & Other Films With Great Impromptu Music Scenes

December 21st, 2009 10:15pm EST
500 Days of Summer
(500) Days of Summer was one of the best movies of the year. The Golden Globe nominated film will be released on DVD on December 22nd

, and for those who haven't seen it - we recommend you check it out.

We especially love the musical scene where Joseph Gordon-Levitt charms the audience with his dance moves to Hall & Oates "You Make My Dreams Come True." His character, Tom, falls head over heels in love with Zooey Deschanel's character, Summer, and what better way to express his love than in song? When he thinks about her he wants to sing and dance and everyone else is as happy as he is...
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Just Jinjer Talks Touring, 'What He Means' & Celebrity Fans

October 25th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Just Jinjer interview, Just Jinjer U.S. Tour
Just Jinjer is the most successful rock act in South African history and recently made their way back home after recording and touring overseas. The band has had two double-platinum albums, six #1 hits, and 10 Top-10 hits in their native land; and they've shared the stage with some huge names, the likes of U2, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Spice Girls. They recently hit London for some shows before heading home again after a stay in the U.S.

We recently caught up with bassist Denholm Harding, and he spoke about the band returning home and some unlikely celebrity fans...

How is...
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Check Out '30 Rock' Season 3 On DVD Sept. 22

September 20th, 2009 7:48am EDT
30 Rock
On the third season of "30 Rock," Liz Lemon tries to avoid jury duty by dressing as Princess Leia, Jenna stars in a biopic about Janis Joplin, and Steve Martin plays a fabulously wealthy agoraphobe. Liz increasingly yearns for a normal life while she navigates two doomed relationships, one with a little person, whom she initially mistakes for a child, and the other with a neighbor, who doesn't realize people have allowed him to skate through life because of his impossibly good looks.

"30 Rock" stars Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, show runner of the fictional variety series “TGS with Tracy Jordan...
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Norah Jones' New Album, 'The Fall', Due Nov. 17

September 16th, 2009 9:51pm EDT
Norah Jones new album The Fall
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones has announced the title and release date of her upcoming album, "The Fall", her fourth studio album which will be released by EMI's Blue Note Records on November 17. Jones has also revealed the cover artwork for the album, which features a portrait by photographer Autumn de Wilde.

Jones was the surprise guest performer at Apple's "It's Only Rock n' Roll" press conference in San Francisco. Her breakout album Come Away With Me is one of the first albums to be released in the iTunes LP format, a new feature of iTunes 9 that rei...
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Sugarland To Air TV Special & Release Live Album

July 4th, 2009 12:59pm EDT
Sugarland To Air TV Special & Release Live Album
As the two time consecutive reigning Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year launches their follow-up combo CD/DVD, "Live on the Inside," to hit stores August 4, the night before Sugarland will send viewers a cinematic postcard from their tour in their first network TV special. The one hour special will capture the shimmer and shine of their live high energy performances and the intimacy and love of their songs which informs their music and their millions of fans only know too well. "Sugarland: Live on the Inside" airs Monday, August 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Netw...
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Clean-Up Crew Finds Dead Body At Bonnaroo Site

June 18th, 2009 6:05pm EDT
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The success of the weekend's Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee has been marred by news the event's clean-up crew found a dead body on site on Tuesday.

Reports suggest the 20-something male died of a drug-related issue or from natural causes on Monday.

An autopsy is underway to determine the exact cause of death.

The man was last seen alive on Monday afternoon.

Reunited jam-band Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys, Jimmy Buffett and Elvis Costello were among this year's performers.

The death is the seventh in Bonnaroo's eight-year history.

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Have The Jonas Brothers Lost Their Luster?

June 16th, 2009 9:34am EDT
Jonas Brothers
Recent rumblings in the press seem to suggest that the Jonas Brothers are not the hot commodity they once were. Consider, for example, the release of their recent 3D film project "The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience." It pulled in just a little over $12 million. Yes, they are still a million dollar music act, but the millions that they are now generating is deemed under par for a top selling act of today. However, this scenario perhaps had more to do with the fact that parents weren't on board to shelling out the $20 price tag that came with the flick.

Is the trio to suf...
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Universal Music Group And Elvis Costello Team Up For A Great Cause

June 13th, 2009 1:45pm EDT
Elvis Costello
On the UniversalMusicStore.com they are auctioning off a signed Elvis Costello guitar where 100% of the proceeds go to City of Hope. The City of Hope is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer as well as other life-threatening diseases. The auction will run until Monday, June 15th.

Elvis Costello has a brand a new record out, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" that was released on 6/2/09. This amazing new signed acoustic guitar is a must have for any Costello fan!

Elvis Costello's new album 'Secret, Profane & Sugarcane' was released by Hear Music on June 2nd.

The record was produced by T...
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2009 TV Finales: In Case You Missed It

June 1st, 2009 11:46am EDT
Lost
Though television, particularly on cable, is crawling towards the idea of a year-round schedule, May remains Sweeps Month, that time of year when dozens of shows leave you hanging for the summer. Here's all you need to know from some of this year's season finales, in case you missed them. WARNING: SPOILERS.

30 Rock - "Kidney Now!": Jack hosts a telethon to get his long-lost father (Alan Alda) a new kidney, and bribes and/or blackmails Sheryl Crow, Clay Aiken, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, and many more into performing. Liz gets crazy after a sketch she wrote turns her into a rela...
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'30 Rock' Finale Recap: 'Kidney Now'

May 15th, 2009 1:00am EDT
30 Rock
In the season finale of 30 Rock, we pick up last week's kidney cliffhanger with Jack feeling some sort of obligation to help the man he admits he does not even know for sure is his dad. He goes to Liz to ask her opinion, stating that the kind of hopes he's not even a match. Well, if anyone can fudge results of a compatability test, it should be Dr. Leo Spaceman, who mixed up the forms and documented that Jack would be giving his professor dad the kidney. Hell, he probably won't even need to fudge anything; I'm sure he makes lab mistakes all the time.

Thanks to the success of the Tim...
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Eminem Returns With Hilarious Spoof Video (Watch It Here!)

April 9th, 2009 3:04pm EDT
Eminem
Prankster Eminem is back at his best in his comeback video "We Made You", spoofing rocker-turned-reality TV star Bret Michaels, Star Trek's Mr. Spock, John Mayer, Elvis and even Amy Winehouse's estranged husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

Look-a-likes of Lindsay Lohan and her ex Samantha Ronson, Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears also appear in the hilarious new promo - as well as a drunk, lipstick-smeared Winehouse, who turns rap pal and video co-star Dr. Dre's stomach as she reenacts a sex scene behind bars with her soon-to-be ex.

The video also features a cameo from porn star L...
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Diana Krall's Latest, 'Quiet Nights', Out March 31

March 29th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
Diana Krall
Some music is intended to paint a romantic scene - a candlelit dinner, a walk along a moonlit beach. Quiet Nights - Diana Krall's twelfth album - ain't about that. Using Brazil as a musical point of reference, the award-winning pianist and singer is not suggesting a night out; she means to stay in.

"It's not coy. It's not 'peel me a grape,' little girl stuff. I feel this album's very womanly - like you're lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in their ear."

She's not kidding. From Krall's refreshing version of "Where or When," to an utterly soul-stilling rendition of "Yo...
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Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
Radiohead
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...
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The Wilson Sisters To Be Honored

February 27th, 2009 9:57am EST
Heart
Veteran Heart rockers Ann and Nancy Wilson are to be honored with a lifetime achievement award from a prestigious songwriters' group.

The sisters, the only constant members of the group, will receive the Founders Award during publishing rights group ASCAP's annual pop music awards in Hollywood on April 22nd. Singer Ann Wilson, 58, and guitarist Nancy, 54, found fame in the 1970s with hits such as Crazy On You and Magic Man.

ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman says, "Their success and influence helped pave the way for other female artists, and they continue to build their musical leg...
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Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

January 27th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...
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