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High School Musical 2 Claims Third Week On Top

September 6th, 2007 6:15pm EDT
High School Musical 2
The High School Musical 2 soundtrack has claimed a third week at number one on the U.S. albums chart.

The album has become the first disc to spend three weeks at the top of the Billboard charts since country trio Rascal Flatts claimed the number one spot for the same period 18 months ago.

Christian band Casting Crowns claim the week's highest debut at number two with The Altar And The Door, while rapper Yung Joc's Hustlenomics enters the new countdown at three.

Rockers Atreyu crash in at eight with Lead Sails Paper Anchor, and singer/songwriter Ben Harper scores a second top...
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Fantasy Records To Release 'Light Your Light,' The New Album From Toots & The Maytals

August 28th, 2007 7:07pm EDT
Toots & The Maytals
New York, NY - On August 28, 2007 Fantasy Records will release Light Your Light, the latest album from Toots & The Maytals. On the heels of his Grammy triumph for 2004's True Love, Toots comes roaring back with an equally powerful collection of standards and instant classics on his Fantasy Records debut, Light Your Light.

Produced by the masterful Richard Feldman, Light Your Light revisits some of Toots' favorite compositions, shining a modern light on hits such as "Johnny Coolman," which features an appearance by guitarist Derek Trucks, and "Pain in My Heart", an homage to Otis Reddi...
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Vedder Kicks Off Lollapalooza

August 4th, 2007 10:49am EDT
Eddie Vedder
A surprise appearance by Pearl Jam legend Eddie Vedder kicked off the Lollapalooza music festival on Friday when he appeared on stage with Ben Harper at Chicago's Grant Park.

The rock veteran was introduced by "special friend" Harper at the three-day American festival, before performing a special sit-down set with the ecstatic audience.

Texas-based symphonic rockers The Polyphonic Spree also wowed the crowd with a choral rendition of Nirvana's Lithium in a performance complete with tapdancers, while British band The Fratellis, M.I.A., The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem also took to t...
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Errors Fail To Spoil The Police Festival Show

June 18th, 2007 8:53am EDT
The Police
Reformed rockers The Police brought Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival to a standstill last night when almost every visitor to the four-day event checked out the group's show on the main stage. Vendors even temporarily closed food stalls at the Manchester festival - after realizing no one would be visiting them during the much-anticipated The Police set - and joined the fans.

However, although the site of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland thrilled many, a handful of mistakes left the die-hards upset. One fan said, "They were good and it was great to see them at a festival, but it st...
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Artists Donate Tracks To "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur," Out June 12

May 17th, 2007 8:10pm EDT
Instant Karma
In an historic effort to mobilize activism around the human rights atrocities occurring in Darfur, Sudan, more than 50 international recording artists and over 30 record labels have united behind "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur." The collection features iconic songs by legendary musician and peace activist John Lennon recorded by an array of best-selling artists and will be available for purchase both on CD and as digital downloads via online retailers.

In keeping with its long tradition of activism powered by music, Amnesty International, the world's...
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The Wailers Embark On A World Tour And Introduce Their Newest Member, Yvad

May 8th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
The Wailers
The Wailers are the most celebrated reggae outfit of all time having sold over 250 millions records worldwide. No other reggae group has so many well-known hits to draw upon, whilst their reputation as a live act is unchallenged after performing to an estimated 24 million people around the world.

The Wailers have now unearthed a major talent in the shape of Yvad. A gifted singer/songwriter from Jamaica, whose youthful good looks and memorable songs complement the Wailers' own timeless material to striking effect. Inspired by musicians like Bob Marley and the Wailers, he embraces Ras...
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Lollapalooza 2007 Lineup Announced

April 12th, 2007 12:13pm EDT
Pearl Jam
Tickets are now officially on sale for Lollapalooza 2007, August 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Among the 120-plus artists are behemoths Pearl Jam — in their sole U.S. show this year — as well as Daft Punk, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Muse, Iggy and the Stooges, Interpol, Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, Snow Patrol, The Roots, Paolo Nutini, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, and many more.

The 2006 edition of Lollapalooza filled Grant Park with more than 166,000 attendees of every stripe—figuratively and literally—...
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Stephen Marley To Release Debut Album, 'Mind Control,' March 20

March 7th, 2007 2:57pm EST
Stephen Marley
There's an old black and white photo of Stephen Marley; it's a portrait of the lion as a young man. He's standing against a wall of bamboo rocking short hair and an '80s-style I-Threes t-shirt—puffed up and proud the way only a rebel youth can be. But there's something else in the image—something about the intensity and focus in Stephen's face even as a teen—that shows in an instant that having the last name "Marley" has nothing to do with being the son of a musical icon or an heir to a throne. It does, however, have everything to do with being an individual with a purpose.

Stephen ham...
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Heath Ledger Teams Up With Ben Harper To Launch New Record Label

February 14th, 2007 9:00pm EST
Heath Ledger
Movie hunk Heath Ledger has teamed up with singer/songwriter Ben Harper to start new music label Masses Music Co.

Ledger unveiled the label's first act, Australian teen Grace Woodroofe, at the February 9 opening of Los Angeles lounge Edison.

A source tells American publication US Weekly the Brokeback Mountain star personally signed Woodroofe to his new label, after he "fell in love with" her voice.

Ledger is taking a hands-on approach with his new signing, and even shot her new music video.

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Announces Initial 2007 Lineup

February 14th, 2007 12:38pm EST
Police
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The sixth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 14-17 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.

A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2007 lineup will total over 100 bands and 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through bonnaroo.com on Friday, February 23 at 12:00 PM ...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 1)

December 31st, 2006 12:00pm EST
Arctic Monkeys
From Arctic Monkeys to Zutons to Britney's divorce to the most overplayed song of the year (hint: it's not James Blunt's You're Beautiful), 2006 was unmatched in musical diversity. There were albums we didn't even realize came out and artists we didn't even realize were still around. There were reunions and breakups too. Here's a brief summary of 2006: The Year in Music...

The new year kicked off somewhat quietly; however, it was the debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, from the Arctic Monkeys, the band that U.S. critics bashed despite storming to the top of the...
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Green Day Get Environmental

November 20th, 2006 8:11am EST
Green Day
Punk rockers Green Day and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today announced a major new campaign, Move America Beyond Oil, to mobilize and empower music fans to demand clean, renewable energy solutions that break our dangerous dependence on oil -- a fuel that threatens both our security and our environment. The pairing unites one of the world's most popular and socially conscious rock groups with one of the nation's most effective environmental action groups.

"This campaign is about channeling the power of millions into something positive and powerful. People are sick of ou...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 28

October 28th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Happy Birthday to actor Joaquin Phoenix (1974), Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis (1972), singer/songwriter Ben Harper (1968), Pretty Woman Julia Roberts (1967), software tycoon Bill Gates (1955), Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner (1949), NYPD Blue actor Dennis Franz (1944), southern rock fiddler, Charlie Daniels (1937), and discoverer of the polio vaccine Dr. Jonas Salk (1914).
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Top Musicians Participate In "Wear Your Music" Campaign; Guitar String Bracelets Benefit Charities

August 30th, 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 www.relix.com/wearyourmusic.

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

July 2nd, 2006 9:00am EDT
Laura Dern
Laura Dern is so desperate to spend time with new husband Ben Harper, she is packing up the family and joining him on his world tour. The star decided to take the couple's four-year-old son Ellery and one-year-old daughter Jaya along to see their father in action.

Harper has a string of dates planned in the United States to promote his double album Both Sides Of The Gun, before jetting off around the globe. She explains, "We're going to visit him in Europe. Then I'm working in LA. That's the extent of our summer - everybody's working."

The couple married in December after five y...
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Bruce Willis To Tour With Allman Brothers Band

May 23rd, 2006 8:32am EDT
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis is returning to his singing roots this summer as a guest on the Allman Brothers Band tour. The star, who scored a string of hits in the 1980s, will join the likes of Ben Harper, Robert Randolph and Peter Frampton as an onstage guest of the rockers.

The tour is set to be one of the biggest in America this summer after the Allman Brothers Band recently concluded a sold out, 14-night stint at New York's Beacon Theatre. The 26-date tour will kick off in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 26.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Ben Harper On Both Sides Of The Gun

January 24th, 2006 8:19pm EST
Ben Harper
Ben Harper would like to clear up any misconceptions about his upcoming album. 'Both Sides Of The Gun' is a two disc set that will retail for the price of a single album since Ben want to make it clear it isn't a double album, just side A and B. "I'd appreciate your help deciding which is which 'cause for me it depends on the time and place", says Ben.

"It's only just over an hour's worth of music, so it's not a case of not editing my work or mid-career megalomania," he points out. "One half is as raw and loose as anything I've ever done and the other half is as introspective and inti...
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Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson & Ben Harper To Play Earth Day Fest In Hawaii

January 23rd, 2006 10:07pm EST
Jack Johnson
Hawaii's own, Grammy nominated musician Jack Johnson is proud to host the Third Annual Kokua Festival on Earth Day - April 22nd, 2006 at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to the Oahu show, the Kokua Festival is again coming to Maui on April 19th, 2006 to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) at the A&B Amphitheater in Kahului, Maui.

Jack Johnson will be joined on stage by country music legend Willie Nelson with his Maui based jam partners, the Planetary Bandits, soulful folk musician Ben Harper, local ambassador of aloha Henry Kapono, new Hawaiian reggae talent Paul...
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2006 Langerado Music Festival Initial Line-Up Announced

November 30th, 2005 12:46pm EST
Ben Harper
Music festival season begins early in South Florida, and the Langerado Music Festival is the destination of choice for traveling music lovers ready to start the journey. The festival, now in its fourth year, is preparing to host a slew of fans from colder climates: music lovers, college spring-breakers and sun seekers who are aching for festival season to begin. For 2006 Langerado announces its biggest and best line-up ever:

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Meters, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Keller Williams, Burning Spear, G. L...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 28

October 28th, 2005 3:00am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Happy Birthday to actor Joaquin Phoenix (1974), Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis (1972), singer/songwriter Ben Harper (1968), Pretty Woman Julia Roberts (1967), software tycoon Bill Gates (1955), Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner (1949), NYPD Blue actor Dennis Franz (1944), southern rock fiddler, Charlie Daniels (1937), and discoverer of the polio vaccine Dr. Jonas Salk (1914).
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