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Norah Jones headlines Stones Fest tribute show

May 24th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Norah Jones
Norah Jones, Jakob Dylan and Perry Farrell were among the stars who paid tribute to the Rolling Stones in New York on Wednesday night (22May13).

The trio joined the likes of the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Har Mar Superstar, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Regina Spektor at the Bowery Ballroom for the annual Stones Fest.

The tribute show, which was full of Stones classics, took place just one day after the real thing wrapped up its California dates on the current 50 & Counting anniversary tour, which began at the beginning of the month (May13).

Highlights of Sto...

Norah Jones Collects Ravi Shankar's Posthumous Grammy Award

February 10th, 2013 11:48am EST
Norah Jones
Singer Norah Jones stepped up to accept a special posthumous Grammy Award on behalf of her late father Ravi Shankar at a special ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The celebrated sitar player was publicly announced as the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement honor just hours after his death at the age of 92 in December, and the prize was given out ahead of the main show on Sunday.

The musician's daughters, Jones and Anoushka Shankar, stepped up to accept the trophy on their father's behalf during the pre-Grammy Awards ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Jones, who has won ...

Norah Jones Breaks Her Silence On Her Father Ravi Shankar's Death

December 12th, 2012 3:19pm EST
Norah Jones
Jazz singer Norah Jones has broken her silence following her father Ravi Shankar's death on Tuesday, insisting the celebrated sitar player will be "greatly missed."

The Indian musician passed away in San Diego, California at the age of 92, and his wife of 23 years, Sukanya, and music composer daughter, Anoushka Shankar, have already taken to his official website to mourn their loss.

A post reads, "We were at his side when he passed away. We know that you all feel our loss with us, and we thank you for all of your prayers and good wishes through this difficult time. Although it is a time...

Disturbing Testimony At Ex-Cake Drummer's Child Molestation Trial

April 26th, 2012 11:32am EDT
Former Cake drummer Peter McNeal was accused of sexually abusing a child during a Thanksgiving party in 2009 in shocking testimony at his trial this week.

McNeal is currently on trial in Los Angeles after he was arrested on one felony count of oral copulation and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 10 last December.

A woman, whose identity was withheld to protect the alleged victim, took the stand on Tuesday to give a harrowing account of what allegedly happened to her then three-year-old daughter at a Thanksgiving party in 2009.

She said that after leaving the bash, her da...

Norah Jones Had The Top-Selling Album Of The Last Decade

March 21st, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Norah Jones
Norah Jones' record "Come Away With Me" has topped the best-selling Billboard Albums chart of the past decade.

Jones' debut record has sold nearly 11 million copies since it was released in 2002. Eminem's "The Eminem Show" and Usher's "Confessions" were second and third after selling 10 million and more than nine million respectively.

Adele's album "21" is fourth in the list, which is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The British singer's sophomore album has sold more than eight million copies and is the best-selling record of the last 10 years by an artist outside the U.S.

50 Cent's "Get R...

Music Talk: Get To Know Elisa Grace

December 20th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Elisa Grace
For Illinois native Elisa Grace, music was something that just sort of happened, and she's going to follow inspiration wherever it takes her.

"In 2005, I was just sort of self-assessing where I was at, and all of a sudden I just started hearing songs," says the artist who hails from Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. "It was crazy because I had no sort of training. So I taught myself guitar and piano and took some classes, and up to now, I've had forty, fifty songs just sort of come through me."

While she always sang, making a career of it wasn't necessarily in Elisa's plans. She graduated ...

Alicia Keys' Charity Ball Raises $3 Million

November 4th, 2011 4:31pm EDT
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys' eighth annual Black Ball has raised $3 million for children's charity Keep A Child Alive.

The cash was raised during her high-profile gala in New York on Thursday and will help fund AIDS treatment and care in Africa and India.

Keys, who was joined onstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom by Usher, and Norah Jones, among others, says, "I am overwhelmed by the kindness I witnessed last night ...

"I am forever grateful to all of our supporters whose generosity will provide AIDS treatment and care for so many in desperate need."

The event honored the late George Harriso...

Cyndi Lauper To Stage Christmas Benefit Concert In NYC

October 28th, 2011 8:34am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Singer Cyndi Lauper is to perform a star-studded pre-Christmas benefit concert to raise money for homeless gay youth.

Norah Jones, Debbie Harry, Chely Wright, Vanessa Carlton and Amy Lee will be among the acts taking to the stage at Lauper's Home For the Holidays show at New York City's Beacon Theatre on December 4th.

Lauper, a longtime advocate for gay rights, will donate all proceeds from the show to her True Colors Fund, which helps young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people suffering tough times.

She says, "When I first learned that up to 40 per cent of all homeless youth...

Coldplay Honored To Perform At Steve Jobs' Memorial Service

October 21st, 2011 5:12pm EDT
Rockers Coldplay jumped at the chance to perform at Wednesday's memorial service for late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs - because his inventions did much to help up-and-coming musicians.

Jobs, the brains behind iTunes and the iPod, passed away earlier this month after a long battle with pancreatic cancer and related illness and the Yellow hit-makers were invited to pay tribute to the Apple visionary during the company's in-house memorial in Cupertino, California.

Drummer Will Champion says, "He (Jobs) was a pioneer and someone that helped us an awful lot. As we were coming up, he was...

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sells 1.1 Million Copies In First Week

June 1st, 2011 11:50pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga's new release "Born This Way" has smashed digital album sales records by scoring first-week figures of 662,000.

The album has crashed into the top of the charts, as expected, with 1.1 million copies sold - and more than half of all sales were from online downloads.

"Born This Way" becomes only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. It's the highest sales week for an album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" in 2005.

Gaga becomes the first artist to top a million sales since Taylor Swift debuted "Speak Now" with just over a milli...

EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

April 26th, 2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...

Katy Perry's Cupcake Trampoline Sells For Thousands At Auction

April 21st, 2011 8:30pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry's cupcake trampoline has helped swell the funds of the Japanese relief effort after it sold for thousands at an online auction.

Bosses at record company EMI raided their storage vaults and asked all artists to donate items for the 10-day sale, which ended on Thursday.

French electronic duo Daft Punk offered up their black Ferrari used in the film Electroma, and the sports car went under the hammer for $40,960, while Perry's colorful cupcake trampoline prop - currently in use as a setpiece on her California Dreams tour - fetched $4,966.

But the winning bidder for the p...

Global Music Effort Launches "Songs For Japan" Album On iTunes to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

March 25th, 2011 4:08pm EDT
Songs For Japan
Proceeds from Star-Studded Album to Support Disaster Relief Efforts of Japanese Red Cross

In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting today ( Proceeds from the album's sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cros...

Hot Legs: Norah Jones To Perform On 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Tonight

October 25th, 2010 10:30pm EDT
Norah Jones
Sultry singer Norah Jones is set to appear on "The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon"; but we want to know when she got so hot!

Tune in to NBC Monday, October 25 to see Norah Jones performing her single "Chasing Pirates" from her CD "The Fall" with Jimmy's house band, The Roots. They'll also perform several songs from her forthcoming album "…Featuring."

On November 16, Blue Note Records will release "…Featuring," a star-studded collection of the multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy Award winning singer Norah Jones's musical collaborations from the past decade.

The 18 songs on the album include...

Norah Jones Releasing Star-Studded Duets Album

September 15th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Norah Jones
Singer Norah Jones is releasing a star-studded duets album featuring collaborations with artists including the Foo Fighters, Dolly Parton and Outkast.

The Come Away With Me hit-maker has recorded the new disc, titled ...Featuring, which includes duets on several tracks from the last ten years. Jones also teams up with Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and indie rockers Belle & Sebastian on the album.

She says, "It's so exciting and flattering and fun when I get asked to sing with somebody that I admire. It takes you a little bit out of your comfort zone when you're doing something with another...

Lilith Fair A Big Success Despite Canceled Shows

August 23rd, 2010 10:45pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
The summer's Lilith '10 tour has been ruled a charity success, despite the cancellation of dates - the roving all-women concert has raised more than $500,000 for North American organizations.

The tour had a shaky start as acts like Norah Jones and Kelly Clarkson pulled out amid poor ticket sales, but organizers refused to give up on Lilith - and now charity officials are saluting the efforts of co-founder Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, the Indigo Girls and their tourmates.

Lilith '10 recently wrapped up its 23-city run and now there are plans in motion to take the concept to Australia la...

Concert Review: Norah Jones PBS 'Soundstage' Taping At St. Ann's Warehouse

February 2nd, 2010 7:00pm EST
Norah Jones PBS Show Taping At St. Ann
On January 27, I had the pleasure of attending the taping of Norah Jones' performance for an upcoming installment of the PBS music series, "Soundstage." Even on a bitter cold and blustery New York evening, it was well worth my trip from Harlem to DUMBO's St. Ann's Warehouse, not only for the entertainment, but also for what would probably be my last chance (for a while, at least) to experience one of the most beautiful sights in the city - the view of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from Old Fulton Street. I'm moving out of state in March, so I'm just trying to breathe in as much of...

Ten Greatest Albums Of The Decade

December 16th, 2009 10:06am EST
Ten Greatest Albums of the Decade
So far, we've brought you the Greatest TV Shows and Greatest Songs of the decade. Now it's time to look at what may be a dying breed. With the advent of the ability to download singles off the Internet individually, and the massive popularity of the iPod - it's no longer necessary to buy an entire album in order to hear the one or two songs you'd really like to own. Because of that, it may no longer be necessary for artists to create albums, or even sign record deals. This could be the last decade the album is a dominant artform. With that in mind - here are the Ten Greatest Albums of t...

Eminem Is The Best-Selling Artist Of The Decade

December 9th, 2009 12:26pm EST
Eminem Is The Best-Selling Artist Of The Decade
Eminem has been crowned champion of the charts - the rapper has beaten the Beatles to be named America's best-selling artist of the decade.

Figures released by Nielsen SoundScan, the company which compiles the Billboard charts, have revealed the top 10 best-selling albums since 2000. And even though the Beatles landed the number one spot by shifting more than 11 million copies of their hit record 1, Eminem scored two albums in the top 10 - handing him the title of best-selling artist.

The decade's second biggest seller was No Strings Attached by Justin Timberlake's now-defunct boy-b...

Norah Jones Says Jude Law 'Licking Her Face' Was 'Surreal'

November 16th, 2009 11:59am EST
Norah Jones
"Having Jude Law licking my face for three days solid was a surreal experience. He kissed me about 90 times. There are worse ways to spend your day." Norah Jones on filming a smooch scene with her My Blueberry Nights co-star Jude Law.

Norah's fourth studio album will be released by EMI's Blue Note Records on November 17. She has taken a new direction on the "The Fall", experimenting with different sounds and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer. Since coming on the scene in 2002, Jones' has sold a collective 36 million albums worldwide.


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...

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...

Spotlight On Talented, Grammy-Winning Musicians

June 19th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Mariah Carey
And the winner is...Many actors and singers dream of having their names called as the winner of an Oscar, Grammy or Emmy. Award shows can be unpredictable. Just when you think you know who the winner is, you're surprised and shocked when another actor or singer wins.

Awards shows wouldn't be as exciting if were no surprises.

Here's a look back at some of the most talented Grammy award winners who walked away with the coveted prize:

Grammy Winners

From Carrie Underwood to Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys, many of today's hottest and most talented singers have w...

Blueberries Meet Luscious Taste Buds in 'My Blueberry Nights' With Jude Law, Rachel Weisz

April 18th, 2008 11:59am EDT
My Blueberry Nights
( – We see sensual close-up shots of blueberry pie overflow with aqueducts of vanilla ice cream in Wong Kar-Wai's opening sequence of "My Blueberry Nights". This dreamy scene sets the tone of the latest film from the famous Chinese director as he confronts the West with his unique cinematic style.

Split into three separate stories, the film begins in a bohemian New York café owned by Jeremy (Jude Law) where Elizabeth (Norah Jones) discovers that her boyfriend has left her for another woman.

Distraught, she leaves her keys with sympathetic Jeremy and hopes her ...

Norah Jones: 'Kissing Jude Law Was Weird'

April 14th, 2008 11:58am EDT
Norah Jones
Singer-turned-actress Norah Jones was overwhelmed after sharing love scenes with Jude Law in her movie debut My Blueberry Nights - because the on screen couple had to kiss over 90 times. Jones, 29, and the Alfie star lock lips twice in the film - and the first of their embraces took three days to film.

She says, "It was an interesting situation and it was just plain weird. I had to kiss Jude about 90 times and I didn't want to laugh, but it seemed so ridiculous. What in the world am I doing kissing Jude Law? He's Jude... and I'm... me."

"We laughed a lot between takes. It was ac...

Harvey Weinstein Searches For Musical For Norah Jones

April 4th, 2008 3:06pm EDT
Norah Jones
Movie boss Harvey Weinstein wants to turn jazz singer Norah Jones into a movie star, and is desperately searching for a musical project they can create together. Weinstein was impressed with Jones' acting debut in new movie My Blueberry Nights, and is convinced she has a big screen future.

He says, "Norah's a natural. She has a great career ahead of her, if she wants it. I want to find a musical project to put her in. I don't have anything specific, but I'll find something."

-Check out Norah Jones' Filmography

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Norah Jones: 'It Would Be Fun To Do A Zombie Movie'

March 31st, 2008 1:04pm EDT
Norah Jones
Norah Jones has been bitten by the acting bug after making her movie debut in My Blueberry Nights - she now wants to star in a zombie film. Jones insists she won't be quitting her jazz career and moving to Tinseltown just yet, but she'd love to slap on some fake blood for a horror film - and she'd even sing on the soundtrack.

The 29-year-old says, "I'm not out to conquer Hollywood. I would act again if it was something appropriate or something that sounded like fun.

"It would be fun to do a zombie movie. I would probably not want to do a song for the zombie soundtrack - but mayb...

Amy Winehouse Wins Spot On Top Selling Albums Of 21st Century List

March 12th, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
Soul star Amy Winehouse's multiple Grammy nods have boosted sales of her sophomore album Back to Black - winning her a place in the U.K.'s Top Ten best-selling albums of the 21st century.

The LP has sold more than 2.4 million copies in Winehouse's native country since its October 2006 release, with over 318,000 of those having been sold in the last 10 weeks.

Back To Black replaces Norah Jones' Come Away With Me in the countdown, but James Blunt's Back To Bedlam is still the most popular album in the U.K. - it's sold in excess of 3.1 million copies to date since hitting store shelv...

Barack Obama To Appear In Q-Tip Album

March 10th, 2008 12:26pm EDT
Barack Obama
Rapper Q-Tip has recruited U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama to lay down vocals on a politically motivated track for his latest LP.

The Breathe And Stop star, who uses Democrat Obama's inspirational voice over hip-hop music on his new album The Renaissance, has also collaborated with soul singer Norah Jones and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee on the political project.

The 37-year-old tells the New York Post's Page Six, "I've got Norah Jones on there, but Barack is the big one. You'll see what happens, I can't reveal too much."

The hip-hop hitmaker joins former Batman M...

Defining Greatness: The One-Hit Wonder Scale

February 26th, 2008 11:14am EST
Vanilla Ice
Probably the most underrated term in the music industry is the "One Hit Wonder." Popularized in the 80s, one hit wonders are either regarded as artists with one hit (like Deee-Lite’s "Groove is in the Heart"), or artists who produced a song that everybody knows (like "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors).

However, the truth of the matter is that one hit wonders actually come in many shapes and sizes. There are hits that are huge one day and laughable the next, there are hits that are mildly spectacular at first but ultimately propel the careers of the artists who recorded them, and there a...

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