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The Eurythmics Among 2013 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees

October 11th, 2012 9:53am EDT
Steven Tyler, Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks are among the artists who will be competing for a place in the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tyler is joined in the list of nominees by his Aerosmith bandmate and writing partner Joe Perry, while Lennox's Eurythmics collaborator Dave Stewart is also included, along with Nicks' Fleetwood Mac co-stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

Blues legend B.B. King and The Kinks' Ray Davies are also among the nominees for the 2013 inductees.

Voting ends in December and the chosen artists will be inducted at a gala ceremony in New York City on J...

Legendary Talent Lines Up To Record Paul McCartney Tribute Album

February 10th, 2012 5:10pm EST
Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and B.B. King are hitting the studio to record Paul McCartney's greatest hits for a new tribute album.

Willie Nelson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney's back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend's 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon...

Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

November 23rd, 2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...

Happy 50th Birthday, The Edge!

August 8th, 2011 10:27am EDT
The Edge
U2 rocker The Edge has plenty of reason to celebrate - he turns the big 5-0 on Monday.

The Irish band recently wrapped up its mammoth 360 Tour and marked the end of the 25-month trek with an all night boozing session at New York hotspot The Spotted Pig last weekend.

But the party doesn't stop there for the guitar great - The Edge will no doubt be raising a toast once more as he rocks into his 50th year.

And to mark the milestone, WENN has dug deep to find 10 fascinating facts about the man born David Howell Evans.

Happy Birthday, The Edge!

- He was born in England, his family is Welsh,...

Steven Seagal: 'I Belong On Stage'

August 18th, 2010 10:56pm EDT
Steven Seagal
Action man Steven Seagal has lashed out at critics of his music, insisting blues greats like B.B. King and Albert Collins have given him reason to believe he's good at what he does.

The "Under Siege" star has been ridiculed for playing the blues but he's not planning to put down his guitar anytime soon - especially after earning praise from his musical heroes.

Seagal tells Hustler magazine, "I've played with the greatest blues masters and legends of our time. They love, respect and praise me. That should mean f--king something.

"I've shared the stage with Albert Collins, Clarence "Gatemo...

The Scorpions Get Ready For Their Last Tour… Ever (Audio)

April 14th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
The Scorpions Get Ready For Their Last Tour
Having rocked arenas in four different decades, influenced countless other hard rock bands, and become perhaps Germany’s biggest rock band of all time, The Scorpions are embarking on their final tour. Ever.

Starpulse.com’s Matthew J. Swanson had the pleasure of talking with guitar legend Matthias Jabs about his start with the band, some of his most memorable moments in The Scorps, and his thoughts about hitting the stage one last time.

We had to make sure he was saying his name right, because if you read in the English language, it’s pronounced nothing like how it’s spelled. He then di...

John Mayer, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top To Rock With Eric Clapton

February 11th, 2010 9:30pm EST
Eric Clapton
John Mayer, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top will join blues icons B.B. King and Buddy Guy at Eric Clapton's third Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, Illinois. The event, which benefits Clapton's Crossroads Center in Antigua, will also feature the guitarist's former Traffic bandmate Steve Winwood, Robert Cray and Sheryl Crow.

The star-studded concert will take place on June 26.

Clapton's last Crossroads festival took place in Chicago in 2007.

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Q&A: Snoop Dogg On 'Malice N Wonderland,' His Longevity In Music, Family And Much More (Video)

December 18th, 2009 10:19am EST
Snoop Dogg
Hip-Hop entertainer Snoop Dogg is a changed man. But then, given his longevity in the Hip-Hop game, as part of a chosen selected few an evolution would be evident in Snoop's musical journey. One thing that has remained consistent, however, is the fact that as a rapper Snoop has remained a pivotal force within the music industry since his debut in 1992.

The occasion is marked this week with the release of his tenth studio album, Malice N Wonderland. It solidifies Snoop as an entertainer who has come full circle, confident in himself as a performer and as a recognized recording enterta...

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...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

July 6th, 2009 9:36am EDT
Last week, I chose to see "Public Enemies," which is a decision I definitely do not regret. Johnny Depp is electric as John Dillinger, oozing the charm and finesse of the real life American bank robber and folk hero. Christian Bale also does a solid job as the FBI agent Melvin Purvis, a man singularly obsessed with catching Dillinger.

My main complaints are that the movie does not develop the roles of the other gangsters very well, and at points that the cinematography leaves something to be desired. There are some really shaky handheld shots, which are nauseating. Other than that, ...

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...

Five Classic 1969 Albums By Woodstock Headliners Out June 30

June 25th, 2009 7:30am EDT
The Woodstock Experience cds Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Johnny
The spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969 resonates 40 summers later, as if it were just yesterday. In 1969, five acts recorded albums for the Columbia, Epic, and RCA labels (divisions of Sony Music Entertainment) and brought their music to Max Yasgur's farm that summer. For the first time, "The Woodstock Experience" couples those albums with music from the festival, providing a pocket portrait of what each artist and band was experiencing during 1969. Available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting June 30th - in newly-designed eco-friendly 2CD packages (see deta...

Five Reasons Why Richard Marx & John Mayer Are Alike

May 11th, 2009 10:04am EDT
Though Richard Marx got his big break in the late 1980's and John Mayer got his in early 2000's (nearly 15 years later), if we were able to do a 'quantum leap,' we could easily pop each man into one another's career. John would leap into 1987 (the year of Richard's self-titled debut album), and Richard's music career would begin in 2001 when John's hit making album "Room for Squares" was released. Surely, both men would still have great success and receive just as many accolades because their musicality is that amazing.

Check out five top reasons why these two gentlemen of music can ...

'Idol' Recap: Matt Gets The Boot & Kris Could Steal The Win From Adam

April 30th, 2009 8:52am EDT
American Idol
Simon Cowell started the American Idol results show by saying how great everyone was and how wide open the competition is this year. He couldn't be more correct. That's why we saw Adam, the favorite all year, nearly exit the stage while the previously ousted Matt Giraud (who I've been calling the most talented competitor all year) got the cruelest boot.

In fact, there were two favorites in the bottom three this week. Probably the two most likely to win the entire competition had to sweat the longest last night. And at this point, it wasn't that much of surprise with the depth remai...

Jon Lovitz Launches Stand Up Venue

April 3rd, 2009 3:01pm EDT
Jon Lovitz
Funnyman Jon Lovitz is opening his own comedy club in Los Angeles.

The Stepford Wives star, who began his stand-up career in 1984, is launching The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Studios' CityWalk complex. The project is a joint venture between Lovitz and his business partner Frank Kelly.

The venue, which previously housed the B.B. King Blues Club, will have its grand opening on May 28th.

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List Of The 51st Grammy Awards Winners

February 9th, 2009 9:07am EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and his new performance partner Alison Krauss were the toast of the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after claiming a fistful of honors.

The duo picked up awards for Album of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. Coldplay were also triple w...

2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...

Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...

B.B. King Regrets Not Serving In World War II

August 29th, 2008 8:56am EDT
B.B. King
B.B. King regrets not serving his country in World War II. The guitar great was saved from full national service because he worked as a cotton picker in Mississippi at a time when plantation owners cut a deal with draft officials to keep their employees in the fields.

He tells Parade magazine, "We got only partial basic training, served a few months, and went back to work on the plantation. So, when I die, there won't be a flag on my coffin."

And King also regrets not taking his education more seriously.

Despite picking up honorary degrees from Yale and Brown universities, he...

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 ...

AARP Tour: Bands That Shouldn't Be Touring Anymore

June 24th, 2008 10:25am EDT
Steely Dan
Sometimes it seems like a band just doesn't know when to quit. Just imagine how many times you've heard some classic rock DJ try to pawn off front row tickets to Steely Dan, or how many advertisements you've seen for a free REO Speedwagon show at the naval base followed by fireworks and the Glen Hill retirement community brass band. While I'll admit that the willingness of these groups to play every major outdoor amphitheater each summer showcases their tenacity, it doesn't exactly work wonders for their dignity. After a while, playing to half-empty audiences of drunken suburbanites has to ...

'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...

John Hiatt To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

April 26th, 2008 7:00am EDT
John Hiatt
Veteran rocker John Hiatt is to be honored by the Americana Music Association (AMA) with a lifetime achievement award for his songwriting.

The Grammy-nominated star, 55, will join previous recipients of the accolade including Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell and Billy Joe Shaver, when he is presented with the award on September 18 at the Nashville, Tennessee event.

Jed Hilly, the AMA's executive director, says, "It's a privilege to honor John Hiatt. He is the essence of what the Americana songwriter award is all about - a true artist, a performer and songwriter whose work is steeped...

Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...

The Cat Empire Unveil Dancing Nuns; New Album, "So Many Nights," Out 4/22

March 31st, 2008 9:45am EDT
The Cat Empire
Getting chased around by scantily clad nuns isn't an everyday occurrence for most of us. But for Australian superstars The Cat Empire it's not necessarily out of the ordinary. Watch as said nuns herd up the guys and drop them off in the back alley of a Melbourne venue. The video culminates with the band onstage, replete with a massive crowd, horn section and - you guessed it - dancing nuns.

For the uninitiated, The Cat Empire have been lauded for their insanely fun, high-intensity live shows. After all, they've traveled across five continents and have performed over 600 gigs. In...

Elvis Still The Tops For Autograph Hunters

March 28th, 2008 8:36am EDT
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's autograph is still a top scribble, according to Autograph magazine's annual list of rock 'n' roll signatures. At prices of up to $25,000, the King's autograph is still a hot item to collectors, over 30 years after his death.

Paul McCartney's signature comes in at number two on the new Top 10 Rockin' Buys list, compiled by expert Roger Epperson, and Aerosmith combined are third.

But Autograph magazine editor Steve Cyrkin urges fans to be careful when buying the star's scribbles.

He says, "Watch out, there are forgeries abound, and not just on the internet. W...

Ricky Skaggs Receives Music Honor

March 16th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Ricky Skaggs
American country star Ricky Skaggs is "elated" after hearing he will receive an honorary doctorate from a top Boston, Massachusetts music college.

The "Country Boy" singer will be honored by Berklee College of Music on Tuesday during a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee - putting the 53-year-old in the company of luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Sting, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Loretta Lynn and Paul Simon.

He says, "I was elated. It's a really, really amazing honor because many great musicians have come out of Berklee."

(This news article provided b...

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 'Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads' Nominated For Two Grammys

January 15th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's critically acclaimed CD/DVD Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads (Warner Bros./Reprise Records) has been nominated for two 2008 Grammy Awards—"Best Traditional Blues Album" and "Best Long Form Music Video." The awards will be telecast from Los Angeles February 10 on CBS. In addition to the Recording Academy's recognition, The Blues Foundation will honor Shepherd's album and accompanying documentary with the prestigious "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for Film, Television or Video. The ceremony will take place on February 2, 2008 in Memphis, TN. The documentary is al...

Fascinating Facts

December 19th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Christina Aguilera
Brad Pitt, Katie Holmes and Christina Aguilera all celebrated their birthdays on Tuesday. The stars turned 44, 29 and 27 respectively.

Atonement director Joe Wright will be honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California next month.

Jeanne Tripplehorn and Terrence Howard will announce the nominees for the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at dawn in Hollywood on Thursday.

B.B. King's 2008 album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, will be the blues great's 150th. The disc is expected to hit stores on his 83rd birthday.


Guitarists that Time Will Never Forget Vol. 1

November 19th, 2007 3:21pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
It always puzzled me how critics could compile a Top 10 list of the greatest Guitarists of all time. Is it humanly possible to narrow it down to 10? For one thing, there are so many talented people that have each contributed something unique to the evolution of music. Their works are timeless and know no limits. So, we at Starpulse are going to give you something special. Instead of the ordinary 1-10 ranking system, 1 being the end all be all, we present a series that pays tribute to the greatest guitarists that time will never forget. Here is the first volume. Enjoy.

Les Paul (Somewhe...

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