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Stevie Wonder performs classic 1976 album in full at charity gig

December 23rd, 2013 3:10am EST
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder turned his annual holiday benefit into a star-studded affair on Saturday (21Dec13) as he performed his classic double album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety, with a little help from the likes of John Mayer and Herbie Hancock.

The Superstition legend delighted guests at the House Full of Toys gala by revisiting the 37-year-old album with many of the same bandmembers who had played on the original 1976 release.

Opening the show, he told the crowd, "Truly, I wanted to do this for years... but it felt like it was meant to be right now."

He was joined by a slew of musici...

Herbie Hancock To Release His Memoir

April 11th, 2012 8:21am EDT
Herbie Hancock
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock is set to give fans an insight into his life by releasing his memoir.

The veteran musician has enjoyed a stellar career as one of the pioneers of jazz, scooping a staggering 14 Grammy Awards and even picking up an Oscar.

He has now signed a publishing deal with bosses at Viking Press to tell all about his five decades in the spotlight.

A statement from the publishing house reads, "There are few artists in any genre who have had a career as rich and influential as Mr. Hancock's, and his memoir promises to be not only the record of a remarkable life and career...

Herbie Hancock To Launch International Jazz Day

March 20th, 2012 10:46am EDT
Herbie Hancock
Veteran musician Herbie Hancock is set to launch a new initiative to celebrate jazz across the globe with a star-studded concert series featuring Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas.

The legendary pianist, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will establish the new annual International Jazz Day on April 30th as part of Jazz Appreciation Month.

This year's inaugural event, organized by UNESCO, will include concerts in New York, Paris in France, and New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as celebrations in...

Q&A: Meet 'Gone' Star Sam Upton

February 25th, 2012 10:00am EST
Sam Upton
If you catch the new Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone this weekend, you'll catch another interesting actor: Sam Upton. Who is he? An incredibly versatile player.

In Gone, Upton plays McKay, one of the police officers that Jill (Seyfried) turns to in order to catch the serial killer who once came after her and has now targeted her sister. The flick has a cast of names that TV buffs will adore, from Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter to Justified boss Nick Searcy, but don't overlook the affable Upton, who recently chatted with me about the film and the many other interests he has.

Let's start at t...

Tom Hanks, Jay-Z & Other Stars Join Obama For 50th Birthday Bash

August 6th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks, rapper Jay-Z and comedian Chris Rock were among the special guests invited to the White House on Thursday to celebrate President Barack Obama's 50th birthday.

The leader marked the milestone with a big bash attended by a host of top politicians, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, while stars from the worlds of music, Hollywood and sport also joined in the fun.

Guests were treated to performances by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, soul superstar Stevie Wonder and R&B singer Ledisi, reports TheWrap.com.

Rock took to his Twitter.com b...

'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

February 14th, 2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...

Sade, Willow Smith, Tyler Perry & More Land NAACP Image Award Nominations

January 13th, 2011 9:01am EST
Sade is the toast of the music world again after landing four nominations for the 2011 NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday.

The sultry British singer will compete for Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Song and Outstanding Music Video, while her "Soldier of Love" will fight for Outstanding Album alongside releases from Kanye West and Usher, who each earned two nominations.

Will Smith's daughter Willow has nabbed her first major award nomination, landing a nod for Best New Artist and Outstanding Music Video for her debut hit "Whip My Hair."

Other multiple nominees include Herbie Hancock, ...

Katy Perry Kicks Off Grammy Awards Concert; Eminem Scores 10 Nominations (See List)

December 2nd, 2010 8:35am EST
Katy Perry
Eminem is set to dominate the 53rd Grammy Awards in February after landing a massive 10 nominations.

The rapper is up for a string of top nods including Album Of The Year for Recovery and Best Record and Song for Love the Way You Lie, his collaboration with Rihanna. In the album category, he'll be fighting it out against Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, while his competition for Song of the Year includes Miranda Lambert and Cee Lo Green.

However, despite his 10 nods, Eminem can only scoop a maximum of nine trophies - in the Best Rap Song category, Love The Way You...

Mark Salling Releasing A Rock Album

August 6th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Mark Salling
Actor Mark Salling is following in the musical footsteps of his Glee co-star Matthew Morrison by releasing his own album.

The 27 year old plays bad boy football player Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on the hit TV comedy, about a high school show choir, and regularly shows off his vocals on the program.

However, Salling is set to return to his roots as a trained musician for a new solo record and he will be taking inspiration from his favorite artists in rock and jazz.

He tells Teen Vogue magazine, "I love nineties stuff like Alice in Chains and Nine Inch Nails...
I also love jazz greats lik...

Grammy Winner Corinne Bailey Rae's 'The Sea' Set For Jan. 26 Release

December 9th, 2009 7:56pm EST
Corinne Bailey Rae
"I'd Do It All Again," the first single from Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae's forthcoming album, "The Sea", goes to radio this week and will be available at all digital retailers in early January. A sweeping, defiant declaration of love and faith, the song is one of many highlights on "The Sea", set for January 26th release on EMI's Capitol Records.

"Rae has undergone a tidal shift towards a raw, less manicured sound," said The Times of one of her recent London performances. "'Are You Here' was a spiraling elegy in which she eschewed lyrical enunciation in favor of elemental anguish… ...

DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...

Prince Brings Montreux Jazz Festival To A Close

July 20th, 2009 3:39pm EDT
Prince Montreux Jazz Festival
Soul superstar Prince drew a record number of fans to the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland this weekend after selling out his two shows in minutes earlier this month.

Eager fans snapped up more than 7,000 tickets for the singer's headlining gigs at the 43rd annual event in just seven minutes and 58 seconds when they went on sale on July 4th. The quick sale broke Prince's own festival record, set in 2007, when he sold out 4,500 tickets in 10 minutes.

The Purple Rain star didn't fail to delight - he rocked crowds with his catalogue of hits in a pair of shows on Saturday as h...

Prince Concerts Sell Out In Minutes

July 6th, 2009 8:36am EDT
Prince Concerts Sell Out
Soul superstar Prince proved he can still draw a crowd after selling out two upcoming concerts in less than eight minutes when tickets went on sale on Saturday.

Eager fans snapped up more than 7,000 tickets for the singer's headlining gigs at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland later this month in just seven minutes and 58 seconds.

The Purple Rain hit-maker will close the event with two consecutive shows on July 18th. In 2007, Prince set a record after selling more than 4,500 concert tickets for the Swiss event in just 10 minutes.

Artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Ste...

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

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
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,...

Sheryl Crow And Others Demand Radio Royalties For Songs They Didn't Write

February 25th, 2009 2:17pm EST
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow and Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am have joined calls for musicians to be paid radioplay royalties - even if they didn't write the songs themselves.

Broadcasting regulations currently dictate that - unlike in television - AM and FM radio chiefs must only pay royalties to songwriters, not performers.

It means artists who record versions of other acts' songs which feature heavily on radio stations' playlists receive no extra money.

But a host of stars including Dionne Warwick and veteran jazz pianist Herbie Hancock are demanding a change in the rules, insisting their...

The Best And Worst Music Videos Supporting Barack Obama

October 13th, 2008 12:37pm EDT
Barack Obama
Why does Barack Obama attract enough attention from musicians that they wish to create a song for him? Is it the fact that this is the point in history where a man of color has a chance to lead the free world? Perhaps it is as simple as the idea that widely-known musicians generally lean to the left on the political spectrum.

Today, musicians have a new medium to release their work on: the Internet - or, more specifically, YouTube. However, since it doesn't cost any money to publish on YouTube, it opens the door to amateur (that's putting it lightly) attempts. Here are the three best ...

Sonya Kitchell To Tour With The Slip; New CD Out Tuesday

August 31st, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Sonya Kitchell
Early raves have begun to roll in for Sonya Kitchell's latest This Storm, out Tuesday, September 2nd on Decca/Velour.

Kitchell is preparing to launch a headlining tour backed by indie-rockers The Slip. The 31-date tour kicks off September 24 in Burlington, VT. The tour comes on the heels of a globe-trotting trek as a featured vocalist in Herbie Hancock's band. You can see Sonya's beautiful photos documenting the tour at http://www.sonyakitchell.blogspot.com.

"For Every Drop" Video: Windows Media | Quicktime

Sonya Kitchell Tour Dates:

9/24 Burlington, VT @ H...

Tracy Chapman Announces New Album, 'Our Bright Future,' Out Nov. 11

August 28th, 2008 5:39pm EDT
Tracy Chapman
Our Bright Future, the new album from Tracy Chapman will be released by Elektra Records on November 11, 2008. Recorded this summer in Los Angeles, the album comprises 11 new songs written by Tracy and co-produced with Larry Klein (Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux). Our Bright Future is the eighth studio album from the multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-winner and her first since 2005's acclaimed Where You Live. Beginning with the 1988 release of her eponymous debut, Tracy has created a body of work that has been as consistently compelling as it is honest and uncompromising,...

Tonight's 'Live From Abbey Road' Features Black Keys, Manu Chao

July 24th, 2008 5:31pm EDT
The Black Keys
Live From Abbey Road, the Sundance original music series, reaches its halfway point in episode 6 of the twelve part series.

The episode begins by featuring British self-described "Odd Pop" band, The Hoosiers. After recording their first album, The Trick To Life and securing two top ten hits on the UK charts, The Hoosiers are currently touring. They stop by the legendary recording studio Abbey Road to perform their hits "Goodbye Mr. A" and "Run Rabbit Run" off of their debut album along with Billy Joel's classic hit "We Didn't Start the Fire".

Blues-rock duo The Black Keys will al...

Sonya Kitchell Tours With Herbie Hancock Again; 'This Storm' Due Sept. 2

July 5th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Sonya Kitchell
Imagine the sonic equivalent of seeing your older sister's best friend again after she went away to college for a few years. As beautiful and poised as she was before, you simply can't believe the cute teenager you once knew has turned into such a smart and sexy adult. This Storm, the strikingly confident second album from singer, guitarist, and songwriter Sonya Kitchell, is an immediate and visceral album, dealing with serious issues and reflecting such remarkable growth that you can barely believe it's the same artist.

Kitchell's debut, Words Came Back To Me, recorded when she was on...

'Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles' Drops July 1

June 20th, 2008 7:00am EDT
John Mayer
On July 1st a brand new 2CD, DVD & Blu-Ray package hits stores entitled Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles filmed last December at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and directed by Danny Clinch. The special Columbia Records release includes three distinct sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a Continuum set featuring Mayer's full-band. Where The Light Is will be the first new release since Continuum became available in September 2006 and incorporates each of the elements the five-time Grammy-w...

Notes & Quotes

February 22nd, 2008 8:00pm EST
George Clooney
George Clooney has been depicted in a new portrait made entirely of jellybeans. The creation, by the Jelly Bell Gourmet Jelly Beans company, will go on display at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for Sunday's Oscars ceremony and will be donated to a charity of the actor's choice after the event.

"The problem is, I just don't think anything is funny. Once in a while I'll see something that makes me laugh. Borat, that really made me laugh. But, before that, it was so long before I had seen anything that I was like, 'Yes, this is great.'" Jack Black is concerned about a lack of...

Jack Johnson Stays On Top As Grammy Stars Surge

February 21st, 2008 2:25pm EST
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson has scored a second week at the top of the U.S. albums chart - just managing to steal the number one spot from a surging Amy Winehouse. The British soul singer's success at the Grammy Awards led to an increase in sales of her 2006 album Back To Black, which jumped from number 24 to a new chart high at two.

But 180,000 sales of Jackson's Sleep Through The Static was enough to keep the surf-rocker on top.

Album Of The Year Grammy winner Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters also storms up the chart from 159 to five, with 54,000 sales.

Grammy performer Alicia K...

Amy Winehouse Steals The Show With Five Grammys

February 11th, 2008 8:32am EST
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse stole the show at the 50th Grammy Awards, winning five top honors. Kanye West was nominated for eight awards and went home with four prizes, including Rap Album, Rap Performance and Rap Song; Bruce Springsteen picked up three, including Best Rock Song. The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige all won two.

But the night was dominated by Winehouse, who picked up all but one of the awards she was nominated for - Record of the Year for Rehab; Album of the Year for Back to Black; Best New Artist; Best Pop Vocal Album for Back to Black; Song of the Year for Rehab;...

Overheard At The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

February 10th, 2008 11:18pm EST
Vince Gill
Quotes from the Grammy Awards:

''I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye? ... Just kidding.'' - Vince Gill, accepting the award for best country album from Ringo Starr.


''I appreciate everything and I know you are really proud of me right now and I know you wouldn't want me to stop and you'd want me to be the No. 1 artist in the world. And Mamma, all I'm gonna do is keep making you proud.'' - Kanye West, speaking about his late mother as he accepted the award for rap album.


''It's a pity Amy isn't here, but oh well, God ble...

Faith Hill Forced To Withdraw From Areth Franklin Tribute

February 10th, 2008 5:30pm EST
Faith Hill
Country singer Faith Hill was forced to cancel her performance at a tribute to soul legend Aretha Franklin after contracting a bronchial infection.

The 40-year-old was scheduled to join American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Caesar, The Blues Brothers and Bill Cosby on Friday to honor the "Respect" hitmaker as 2008's Person of the Year award, as named by MusiCares, a Recording Academy charity supporting music education.

Hill says, "I am devastated and deeply disappointed. I have been looking forward to being part of this event for months, and ...

Will.i.am Makes Barack Obama Music Video

February 4th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has publicly backed U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama by making a music video based on one of his speeches. Scarlett Johansson and jazz pianist/composer Herbie Hancock appear in the footage titled Yes We Can.

The video was shot by Jesse Dylan, son of singer Bob Dylan, and takes its inspiration from a speech Obama made following his New Hampshire primary win.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

15th Edition Of Grammy Nominees CD Released Jan. 29

January 25th, 2008 3:30pm EST
Grammy Nominees CD
What do Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake, and Feist have in common? Besides having an incredibly successful 2007, each artist has been nominated for a Grammy and has secured a spot on the 2008 Grammy Nominees CD.

The 15th edition of the best-selling compilation includes 21 tracks nominated across the spectrum of categories this year. Over 15 million Grammy Nominees CDs have been sold worldwide!

Click here to win a copy and other Grammy prizes!

(contest end Feb. 2, 2008)

1. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around… Comes Around (Interlude)

Record of the Year

2. Amy Wineho...

Randy Jackson Drafts All-Star Team Of Artists For 'Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1'

January 25th, 2008 8:33am EST
Randy Jackson
Grammy-winning producer, virtuoso musician, hit songwriter, legendary A&R executive and, of course, lovable American Idol judge - Randy Jackson has called upon every aspect of his staggering career to produce Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, his first solo album, which is due March 11, 2008, on his new label, Dream Merchant 21, and released through the Concord Music Group.

The album includes a stellar ensemble of artists and features the return of fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul who's track "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" is her first release of new music in over a decade. Other g...

Herbie Hancock's 'River: The Joni Letters' In Stores Now

October 14th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Herbie Hancock
Depending on the day, Herbie Hancock might perform any number of roles. He's the nation's first-call jazz ambassador, a futuristic technology advocate, a dedicated educator, and of course, an American music luminary.

Most of all, like all great artists he makes things new again. He did it for us with The New Standard, when he found the swing and the meaning in pop classics. He did it with his kaleidoscopic take on Gershwin's World—and took home three Grammy® awards for it.

Yet for all Hancock's accomplishments both in and out of music, there's one thing he'd never done. "I had n...

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