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7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

6/24/2014 10:00am EDT
7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, featured some of the more highly anticipated albums of the year, including new releases from Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence) and Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour).

This week, with many albums being released ‘off-cycle’ on Monday, June 23 the album releases are a bit more ‘down to earth.’ Still, a highly anticipated sophomore effort from Ed Sheeran leads a list of 7 albums to check out.

1) X: Ed Sheeran

(Atlantic) The red-headed British singer/songwriter follows-up 2012 debut album +, which was led by Grammy-nominated hit "The A Team." Sheeran easily racks up the m...

Peter Frampton Suffering From Whiplash After Minor Car Crash

7/31/2012 8:59pm EDT
Peter Frampton
Rock veteran Peter Frampton has suffered minor injuries after he was involved in a car accident on Tuesday.

The "Baby, I Love Your Way" hitmaker claims he was sitting in traffic on a West Coast highway when a female driver allegedly rear-ended his car because she was paying more attention to her cell phone than the road.

In a series of posts, he writes, "Texting woman driver just ran into back of me while I was stationary in traffic 101 freeway. Can u say whiplash? People put the phones down!"

However, Frampton, 62, decided to put off seeking medical attention until after a t...

The Motels Sue Over Digital Royalties

4/3/2012 5:34pm EDT
The Motels
The lead singer of new wave stars The Motels has launched legal action against the band's former record label executives over allegations of unpaid royalties from digital sales.

The group, fronted by Martha Davis, signed with EMI's Capitol Records in 1979 and rose to fame with hits like Only the Lonely and Suddenly Last Summer in the early '80s.

However, Davis claims she is entitled to a cut of profits from digital downloads and ringtone sales as they should be considered as tracks that have been "licensed" instead of "sold".

Her argument for the classification follows on the heels of...

'Weird Al' Yankovic Launches Royalties Lawsuit

4/2/2012 8:26am EDT
Weird Al Yankovic
Pop parodist 'Weird Al' Yankovic is suing executives at Sony Music Entertainment over royalties from online record sales.

The Eat It hit-maker claims he's owed millions of dollars in unpaid royalties stemming from downloads and ringtones, according to a federal lawsuit filed in New York on Friday.

He's also demanding profits linked to the viewer hits racked up by his music videos on

Yankovic is suing for compensatory damages in excess of $5 million.

His suit follows similar complaints lodged by artists including Tower of Power, Sister Sledge and Peter Frampton in a bid ...

Sister Sledge Fight For Digital Royalties

2/3/2012 5:54pm EST
Sister Sledge
R&B group Sister Sledge have launched a court battle in a bid to secure lost revenue from their digital music sales.

The We Are Family hit-makers have joined with Oscar-nominated actress/songwriter Ronee Blakely to sue Warner Music Group, claiming they're owed millions of dollars in unpaid royalties.

In their lawsuit, filed on Thursday, the artists claim they have lost revenue due to calculations based on "sales" rather than "licenses".

The stars' complaint states, "Rather than paying its recording artists and producers the percentage of net receipts it received - and continues to rec...

Fans Find Peter Frampton's Lost Guitar After 30 Years

1/3/2012 9:50pm EST
Peter Frampton
A beloved guitar Peter Frampton thought he'd lost forever following a plane crash in the Caribbean 30 years ago has been returned to the rocker.

His prized Gibson Les Paul Custom, which he played on his landmark Frampton Comes Alive album was onboard a cargo plane that crashed en route to Panama in 1980, and the guitar great felt sure he'd never see the axe again.

But following an exhaustive search, two fans stumbled across the instrument on the Dutch island of Curacao, confirmed its authenticity and teamed up with local tourism bosses to get the guitar back to Frampton.

The rocker recei...

Peter Frampton Sues Record Company Over Unpaid Royalties

12/29/2011 8:31am EST
Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton is suing bosses at A&M Records for unpaid royalties.

The singer claims he's owed a small fortune from the digital sales of his songs and he's alleging breach of contract and unfair competition in legal papers filed by his attorney Richard Busch, who previously represented Eminem and The Knack's Bruce Gary in similar cases.

The lawyer helped Eminem win a 2010 appeals court decision against Universal and Aftermath Records, which landed him a 50 per cent deal on all digital sales of his tracks.

Frampton's new suit is reportedly similar to that of the rapper's and Busch expect...

Peter Frampton Became U.S. Citizen After 9/11

9/11/2011 7:15pm EDT
Peter Frampton
British-born singer Peter Frampton has credited the events of 9/11 with inspiring him to apply for U.S. citizenship, insisting he felt "very patriotic" after the tragedy.

The "Baby, I Love Your Way" hitmaker moved to the U.S. in the 1970s but admits it was only after seeing the country unite in the aftermath of the terror attacks that he felt compelled to become a citizen.

He tells Parade magazine, "I have lived virtually as an American since 1975 - I had a green card, and I've paid taxes. I was starting to become a little more politically aware, and I meant to do it earlier.

"When 9/11 ...

Peter Frampton To Divorce

6/24/2011 8:41am EDT
Peter Frampton
Rocker Peter Frampton has filed papers to end his 15 year marriage to wife Christina Elfers.

The hitmaker has submitted divorce papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, according to

Frampton is asking for joint legal custody of the couple's minor daughter, but wants Elfers to be awarded primary physical custody.

This will be the rock legend's third divorce; he split from Mary Lovett after two years of marriage in the 1970s and ended his 10-year union with Barbara Gold in 1993. Frampton wed Elfers in 1996.

Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

1/27/2009 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...

Celebrity Horoscope: Taurus

4/21/2008 8:00am EDT
Renee Zellweger
People who inhabit the Taurus sign (April 20-May 20) have a great work ethic and are reliable, honest, and determined. They don't take any unnecessary risks and are not easily distracted. In other words, they're taskmasters.

Take Cher, for example. She's been working since she was 17 - that's 45 years in the business and one heck of a work ethic. Although she "officially retired" following her 2005 farewell tour, she is contracted to perform over 200 shows over the next three years.

Those born under the bull sign also like to live comfortably. That's not a difficult thi...

Tesla Says "Thank You" To Their Rock & Roll Heroes With The Release Of 'Real To Reel'; Summer Tour

5/2/2007 9:00pm EDT
Tesla--Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar)-has always been revered as a bluesy, no-frills, '70s-style hard rock band, concentrating on solid musicianship more than the trends of modern music. Now, after selling over 16 million albums worldwide since bursting onto the scene in 1986, they're paying homage to their hard rock heroes on their sixth studio album, Real To Reel, due out June 5 on their own independent label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).

The first single, Le...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 22

4/22/2007 3:00am EDT
Peter Frampton
Happy Birthday To British musician Peter Frampton (1950), American film writer/director John Waters (1946), prolific actor Jack Nicholson (1937), singer/songwriter Glen Campbell (1936), jazz bassist Paul Chambers (1935; d. 1969), "The Facts of Life" actress Charlotte Rae (1926), TV producer Aaron Spelling (1923), pinup model Bettie Page (1923), musician Charles Mingus (1922; d. 1979), and "Green Acres" star Eddie Albert (1906; d. 2005).

Shannon Moore's 'Evaporate' Is 10 Spot Label's Debut Release

3/19/2007 5:30pm EDT
Shannon Moore
While i-Tunes set the standard by offering tracks for just $.99 each, the 10 Spot label has been launched with the digital download customer in mind. Believing in the mantra "10 Tracks, 10 Bucks, Every Time" 10 Spot stands firm with their new price point.

"10 Spot gives the consumer ten good reasons to buy physical product. Offering ten tracks for ten dollars while getting the benefit of the CD package, the look, the feel, liner notes, artwork and artist information, it's like a free gift with purchase!" states Brad Pressman, President of The Water Music Records Group of labels.


Dixie Chicks Win Most Grammy Awards; Full Winners List

2/12/2007 10:37am EST
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at the Grammy Awards, scooping five awards. The country band fought off stiff competition from the likes of Justin Timberlake, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mary J. Blige to win the prizes for album, song and record of the year as well as best country album and best group country performance. Full Winners List Below!

Lead singer, Natalie Maines, said: "I, for the first time in my life, am speechless."

Mary J. Blige, who received eight nominations cried as she accepted her award for best R'n'B album for Breakthrough. She said: "This is the fir...

Peter Frampton Releases First Instrumental CD; Feat. Members Of Pearl Jam, Stones, And Others

11/7/2006 12:56pm EST
Peter Frampton
As a boy growing up in England, Peter Frampton adored the music of instrumental bands like the Shadows and the Ventures, as well as a potpourri of the popular jazz, blues and classical guitarists that were vital to youth at the time. Before long, he set out on an influential career in music of his own, eventually selling out arenas and garnering multi-platinum sales. Frampton returns to his roots with Fingerprints, finally culminating his lifelong dream of recording an instrumental album in the spirit of his first musical heroes.

In a career full of accolades, Frampton is particularly ...

Peter Frampton's Latest, "Fingerprints," Hits Stores Sept. 12

9/5/2006 11:40am EDT
Peter Frampton
"This is the album I've been waiting my entire life to make," says Peter Frampton of his remarkable new CD, Fingerprints. It's an impressive 14-tune collection of guitar mastery that crosses several musical borders, from funked-up R&B to razor-edged rockers to rootsy blues to country-flamed beauties to jazzy Django swing to reflective impressionism. And, on the disc, in what may come as a surprise to longtime fans, Frampton begs off singing to focus exclusively on the six-string.

"I've never done a complete collection of instrumentals," the Britain-born, Cincinnati-based Frampton says....

Top Musicians Participate In "Wear Your Music" Campaign; Guitar String Bracelets Benefit Charities

8/30/2006 12:11pm EDT
John Mayer
Relix, the magazine for music, announced that top artists John Mayer, Keith Richards and Anna Nalick have been added to the list of musicians participating in its "Wear Your Music" campaign. Created by noted designer Hannah Gasner of AZU Studio, Relix President/Publisher Steve Bernstein and sponsored by DR Handmade Strings, the Relix Band is a fashionable accessory created by previously played strings from top artists. The bracelets are available at

"I think this is a terrific idea and I'm more than happy to be a part of it," said Carlos Santana. "The chari...

Fox Reveals the Stars of 'Celebrity Duets'

8/15/2006 3:11pm EDT
Hal Sparks
WWE World Champion Chris Jericho, actress Lucy Lawless, actor Cheech Marin, 2004 Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Carly Patterson, actor/director Alfonso Ribeiro, pop culture guru Jai Rodriguez, actor/comedian Hal Sparks and actress Lea Thompson are the eight celebrities who will compete weekly on "Celebrity Duets" premiering Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Wayne Brady will host the show.

Each week, the celebrity competitors as long as they remain in the competition will be paired with a different recording superstar among Grammy Award-winning and No. 1 artists Clint ...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 22

4/22/2006 3:00am EDT
Peter Frampton
Happy Birthday To British musician Peter Frampton (1950), American film writer/director John Waters (1946), prolific actor Jack Nicholson (1937), singer/songwriter Glen Campbell (1936), jazz bassist Paul Chambers (1935; d. 1969), "The Facts of Life" actress Charlotte Rae (1926), TV producer Aaron Spelling (1923), pinup model Bettie Page (1923), musician Charles Mingus (1922; d. 1979), and "Green Acres" star Eddie Albert (1906; d. 2005).

MusiCares Charity Auction Features A-List Items

12/2/2005 11:40am EST
Jennifer Lopez
The MusiCares Foundation is currently holding their GRAMMY Charity Holiday Auction. This public sale features music and entertainment memorabilia from popular artists, as well as special VIP experiences, and raises funds for the charity. Among the memorabilia/merchandise up for bid are items from popular artists including: Cher, the Eagles, Jennifer Lopez, B.B. King, Tim McGraw, Dave Navarro, Ozzy Osbourne, Ringo Starr, U2, Slash, and Scott Weiland.

Additionally, special features include such VIP experiences as the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Wednesday...

2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

11/28/2005 12:45pm EST
Black Sabbath
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation today announced its 2006 Inductees. This year's class includes Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. The Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, March 13th 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Here's some more info on this year's inductees...

Black Sabbath – (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward) Formed in Birmingham, England in 1968, Black Sabbath stands as the premier purveyors of heavy met...