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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

August 19th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa’s third album could be one to make...
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Dr. John To Team Up With The Black Keys At The Grammys

February 10th, 2013 3:11pm EST
Dr. John
Jazz great Dr. John will join The Black Keys onstage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The two acts will be joined by New Orleans' beloved Preservation Hall Jazz Band during their performance segment.

The Black Keys are up for five awards, including the coveted Album of the Year, while Dr. John is nominated for the Best Blues Album trophy for Locked Down, which Black Keys star Dan Auerbach produced.

Other collaborations planned for music's big night include one featuring drummer Travis Barker, Tom Morello, Chuck D and LL Cool J, while Elton John will perform with Ed Sheeran, Dierks Bentley...
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Neil Diamond Steals The Show At Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

March 15th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Neil Diamond
Veteran crooner Neil Diamond stunned the audience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday by delivering a rambling speech as he accepted his prestigious honor.

The singer became rock royalty as part of the Class of 2011, receiving the accolade at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel alongside other stars including Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John. Speaking before the big bash, Diamond revealed he had made a dash from Australia to the U.S. to accept the honor in person - and it appeared the jetlag had caught up with him as he stepped onto the podium after being intro...
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Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper And Tom Waits To Join Rock Hall Of Fame

December 15th, 2010 8:49am EST
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits are among the next inductees to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 2011 class for the prestigious club was announced on Tuesday, with Darlene Love and iconic piano player Dr. John also gaining successful nominations.

And despite his stellar career, Diamond insists he was in no rush to enter the Hall, telling the Associated Press, "I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point."

Love adds, "Finally it's done. It still hasn't hit me yet. I still have that nervous stomach, and I'm still excited....
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Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper And Neil Diamond Among Hall Of Fame Nominees

September 28th, 2010 2:58pm EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The stars join fellow first-time nominees Dr. John and Donovan, while Donna Summer, Tom Waits and rap acts LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys will be keeping their fingers crossed once more to be recognized as music royalty with the industry's highest honor.

The contenders for the 2010 Hall of Fame accolade were announced on Tuesday, but the artists will have to wait until December to learn if they have been selected to go down in history, and ...
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Kat De Luna Tops Worst National Anthem Performance Poll

July 2nd, 2010 11:30am EDT
Kat De Luna
Kat De Luna's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner has topped a new online list of the most awful National Anthem performances ever.

The singer hit the low notes when she belted out America's patriotic tune at a 2008 Dallas Cowboys football game - and now her take on Francis Scott Key's poem put to music has been named the Worst National Anthem Performance by Billboard.com.

The poll was compiled to coincide with the Independence Day weekend. Editors call the Dominican star's attempt at the anthem "a spectacular failure."

They write, "She tries too hard to hit the notes that only a ra...
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Disney's 'The Princess And The Frog' Soundtrack Out Now; Listen To It Here!

November 23rd, 2009 8:15am EST
The Princess and the Frog soundtrack
Multi-platinum, 3-time Grammy Award-winning Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo adds two new credits to his long list of successes over the last three years, starting with the announcement that his new song, "Never Knew I Needed", will be the featured end credit song in Walt Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" animated motion picture event. The single was blasted out to Urban, Urban AC and Rhythmic radio on October 14th. The soundtrack album will be available November 23rd, and the movie, whose action takes place in New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, will open in theatres on December 11th.

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The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Beatles
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...
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B.B. King To Release 'One Kind Favor' Aug. 26

July 23rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
B.B. King
The King of the Blues is set to release a new album featuring covers of old blues songs from B.B. King's early influences. With production by T. Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello) the set revisits the music that influenced B.B. in the 1950s, the beginning of King's extraordinary professional journey that, literally, changed the texture of modern blues playing. One Kind Favor will be released on Geffen Records August 26th.

Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA One Kind Favor is meant to sound like an album recorded in the 50s. To get ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 21

November 21st, 2007 3:00am EST
Bjork
Happy Birthday to actress Jena Malone (1984), Major League Baseball slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman (1966), Icelandic singer and former Sugarcube Bjork (1965), Desperate Housewife Nicolette Sheridan (1963), singer Steven Curtis Chapman (1962), comedic actress Goldie Hawn (1945), actor/director Harold Ramis (1944), bluesman Dr. John (1940), "That Girl" Marlo Thomas (1938), baseball hall-of-famer Stan Musial (1920), Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte (1898), and French philosopher Voltaire (1694)
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Voodoo Music Experience Gets New Site Within New Orleans City Park

October 2nd, 2007 4:35pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
This year's Voodoo Music Experience--set for October 26, 27 and 28--has a new location within its New Orleans City Park home. Adjacent to the site utilized in 2006, the new location is situated closer to Tad Gormley Stadium where the Voodoo Music Experience was born in 1999.

After festival-goers enter the grounds in front of the New Orleans Museum Of Art (NOMA), they'll walk by the 200, newly planted 6 foot Crepe Myrtle and Oak trees. These new trees are part of the ongoing efforts outlined in the park's master plan to "preserve and improve park spaces for recreational, educational, ...
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Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

September 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...
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Voodoo Music Experience Expands To 3 Days In New Orleans' City Park, October 26, 27, 28

September 10th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine, The Smashing Pumpkins and Dr. John are among the more than 110 acts confirmed for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, which expands this year to three days to accommodate the number of artists who comprise the diverse talent line-up.

Set for Halloween weekend in City Park, New Orleans' signature fall music event encompasses three full days of music--October 26, 27 and 28--with performances from Wilco, Tiesto in Concert, Kings of Leon, Sinead O'Connor, Common, Ben Harper and Galactic, among others (full list below). These acts will appear in the Voodoo Music E...
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Grateful Dead, The Doors, Joan Baez & More To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 20th, 2006 4:03pm EST
Grateful Dead
Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most re...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 21

November 21st, 2006 3:00am EST
Bjork
Happy Birthday to actress Jena Malone (1984), Major League Baseball slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman (1966), Icelandic singer and former Sugarcube Bjork (1965), Desperate Housewife Nicolette Sheridan (1963), singer Steven Curtis Chapman (1962), comedic actress Goldie Hawn (1945), actor/director Harold Ramis (1944), bluesman Dr. John (1940), "That Girl" Marlo Thomas (1938), baseball hall-of-famer Stan Musial (1920), Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte (1898), and French philosopher Voltaire (1694)
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"James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute" DVD To Be Released On October 3

September 28th, 2006 11:52am EDT
James Taylor
During the 2006 Grammy week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts. The amazing lineup featured Taylor's friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening - from The Dixie Chicks performing "Shower the People" and Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow jo...
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"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...
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'New Orleans Social Club' Album Due

February 8th, 2006 9:36pm EST
The Meters
Six weeks after Hurricane Katrina, a parade of Crescent City legends united to celebrate the indomitable spirit and culture of their native city. Scattered around the country, they gathered in Austin as a loose-knit collective dubbed The New Orleans Social Club. Over the course of seven magical days and nights, they recorded 'Sing Me Back Home', which will be released April 4 on Burgundy Records/Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group/Honey Darling Records.

Grammy-nominated producer Leo Sacks and multiple Grammy-winning producer/engineer Ray Bardani assembled a dream team: Ivan Neville on o...
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Grammy Awards To Honor New Orleans

February 8th, 2006 11:19am EST
Dr. John
Organizers of tonight's Grammy Awards are planning a tribute to devastated New Orleans by inviting locals Allen Toussaint and Dr. John to jam with Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen. Bonnie Raitt, U2's The Edge and soul legend Sam Moore will complete the one-off supergroup, which will perform at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says, "The ceremony wouldn't be complete if we didn't take this unique opportunity to pay homage to a region with such rich musical history and culture."

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Ciara & Kelly Clarkson Added To Gra...
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Dr. John To Release Johnny Mercer Album

February 5th, 2006 4:32pm EST
Dr. John
Dr. John, the revered American musician known equally over the last half a century as an inimitable interpreter, a matchless piano player and a top notch songwriter, has completed Mercernary: The Songs of Johnny Mercer, a Johnny Mercer songbook, to be released May 23 on Blue Note. Featuring 13 tracks with his band the Lower 911, Dr. John masterfully reworks Mercer staples such as "Beautiful Baby, " "Blues in the Night," "Personality," "Moon River" and "Tangerine." The Mercer catalog is one that Dr. John has discovered throughout his life, from his early touring days in the 50's, through 200...
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Initial 2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival Line-Up Includes Radiohead, Beck, Phil Lesh & More

February 1st, 2006 10:59am EST
Beck
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2006 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The fifth annual three-day camping and music festival will be held on June 16-18, 2006, on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Major acts this year include Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty and Phil Lesh. A list of confirmed acts follows, with more to be announced in the weeks ahead to round out the festival's 80-plus acts.

Radiohead

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Phil Lesh & Friends

Beck

Elvis Costello & the Impo...
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James Taylor To Be Honored As Person of the Year

January 23rd, 2006 2:53pm EST
James Taylor
An exceptional group of legendary music talents will honor multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter James Taylor as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year in a gala tribute on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The evening will laud Taylor for his extraordinary musical achievements and his philanthropic commitment to arts, environmental and humanitarian causes, and will feature a special concert by music luminaries including: India.Arie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, The Dixie Chicks, Dr. John, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Sim...
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Medeski, Martin & Wood Bassist Finds Brotherly Love

December 1st, 2005 12:36pm EST
Medeski, Martin & Wood
After intermittent musical collaboration that dates back to their childhood, brothers Oliver and Chris Wood (Medeski Martin and Wood bassist) have created 'Ways Not To Lose' (due March 7 on Blue Note Records), a stunningly spare and raw debut album of original songs.

The saying that artists have their entire lives to make a debut album has never been more true than with The Wood Brothers. Growing up in Boulder, CO, Oliver and Chris were encouraged to play music from an early age by their father Bill Wood, an alumnus of the storied Cambridge, MA folk scene of the late 1950s. Oliver reca...
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New CDs This Week (Nov. 22)

November 22nd, 2005 11:15am EST
System of a Down
This week is a big one for CD releases with a number of new albums coming out in time for the holiday shoppping blitz. Some of the notable discs include new ones from System of a Down, Jamie Foxx, Chamillionaire, Enya and Juelz Santana; live albums from John Mayer, John Legend, Michael Buble, Bouncing Souls and Queens Of The Stone Age; some interesting collections from Notorious B.I.G., Britney Spears and Big Boi; and whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 22nd...

Alexisonfire/Moneen - Split EP

Ana Bárbara - Dos en Uno

Bee Gees - Love Songs...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 21

November 21st, 2005 3:00am EST
Bjork
Happy Birthday to actress Jena Malone (1984), Blur bassist Alex James (1968), Major League Baseball slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), NFL star quarterback Troy Aikman (1966), Icelandic singer and former Sugarcube Bjork (1965), Desperate Housewife Nicolette Sheridan (1963), singer Steven Curtis Chapman (1962), comedic actress Goldie Hawn (1945), actor/director Harold Ramis (1944), bluesman Dr. John (1940), "That Girl" Marlo Thomas (1938), baseball hall-of-famer Stan Musial (1920), Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte (1898), and French philosopher Voltaire (1694)
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Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

November 15th, 2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...
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