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Kenny Rogers and Cowboy Jack Clement inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

October 28th, 2013 4:10am EDT
Kenny Rogers
Veteran singers Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were the toast of Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (27Oct13) as they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Barry Gibb, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris were among the stars who gathered at the venue to salute the three honourees, with Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker joining forces to celebrate Rogers' career.

Speaking during the ceremony, Brooks hailed The Gambler hitmaker as a master, saying, "If there was an entertainer university, when it comes to Entertainer 101, I can vouch firstha...
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Taylor Swift To Perform With Vince Gill And Alison Krauss At CMA Awards

October 21st, 2013 9:16pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is set to team up with fellow country stars Vince Gill and Alison Krauss for a performance at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on November 6.

The group will team up for a one-off performance of Swift's hit single "Red". Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken will also play on the song.

Swift, who is nominated for six awards, including Entertainer of the Year, is keeping quiet about the rest of the details for the performance.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the show for the sixth year in a row. Performers include Blake Shelton, Geor...
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The Eagles To Be Honored By Berklee College

March 30th, 2012 11:46am EDT
Eagles
Iconic rockers The Eagles are to receive honorary degrees from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music.

The music school, based in Boston, Massachusetts, has awarded honorary doctorates to influential musical figures for over 40 years, with past recipients including Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, David Bowie and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

This year's honorees are the Hotel California stars, as well as bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke.

They will receive their degrees at a ceremony on May 12th at Boston University's Agganis Arena.
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2012 Grammy Awards Fashion: Some Wore Colors While Most Wore Black On A Bittersweet Evening

February 13th, 2012 12:54pm EST
2012 Grammy Awards
The 2012 Grammy Awards will forever be remembered for one reason: the event took place the night after the music industry lost one of their biggest stars in an untimely fashion: Whitney Houston.

Despite the somber undertones of host LL Cool J's opening prayer for the late singer and a rousing performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson; the night was about the music and the attitude that the show must go on.

As always with award shows, the night is also about the fashion. While many stars wore black - perhaps in honor of the late Houston - many stars let the c...
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Q&A: Gabe Dixon Forges A Solo Identity

January 23rd, 2012 11:00am EST
Gabe Dixon
In our recent interview, Jon McLaughlin referred to Gabe Dixon as "a huge influence on me and he's somebody who I think everybody should know."

I took his recommendation and went looking. It didn't take me long to discover why McLaughlin would speak so highly of Dixon: like McLaughlin, he's just a good guy trying to make good music in the world.

After a decade fronting The Gabe Dixon Band (last heard in 2008), he's now trying to establish himself as a solo artist. His debut solo album, One Spark, was released in the fall and I caught up with Dixon in between stops on his subsequent tour w...
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The Zac Brown Band & Jason Aldean Lead American Country Awards Nominations

October 13th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean
Singer Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band are set to dominate the second annual American Country Awards after scoring eight nominations apiece.

Both acts will battle it out for the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year honors at the Las Vegas ceremony in December.

Taylor Swift is also tipped for the Artist Of The Year prize, as are Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum.

Duo Thompson Square will be an act to beat after scoring seven nominations, while country sweetheart Swift is tipped in six categories, including Artist of the Year: Female. She'll go head-to-head with Sara Evans, Alison ...
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Heart Releases 'Night At Sky Church' On DVD & Blu-ray; Check Out Their Classic 'Crazy On You'

March 9th, 2011 10:33am EST
Heart
Legacy Recordings released, Night At Sky Church, a new full-length concert film from the ground-breaking Seattle-based rock band Heart, available everywhere on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Lensed in glorious Red Cam HD during Heart's triumphant hometown gig last March at the Experience Music Project, Seattle's Rock & Roll History Museum, Night At Sky Church showcases a stunning career-spanning selection of warm, revelatory and electrifying performances.

Night At Sky Church includes definitive interpretations of Heart's biggest hits, some of the most anthemic tunes in the entire classic rock cano...
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2009 Music Quiz!

January 2nd, 2010 10:11am EST
Rihanna
2009 was the year of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, the Black Eyed Peas, Susan Boyle - and Rihanna's punch up with Chris Brown. And, as we embark on a bright, shiny New Year, here's your chance to look back at the past 12 months and test your memory at the same time.

Are you a music mastermind or a tone deaf dimwit? Turn off your iPod, put down your MP3 player and give the ultimate 2009 pop, rock and rap quiz your full attention.

Have fun...(answers on the last page!)

1. Which rapper infuriated Mariah Carey and her husband with 2009 lyrical claims he romanced her nine years ago?
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Steve Martin A Double Winner At Bluegrass Awards

October 2nd, 2009 2:58pm EDT
Steve Martin Winner At Bluegrass Awards
Funnyman Steve Martin has scooped two prizes at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

The actor-turned-musician released his first album of banjo tunes, The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo, earlier this year, and the CD became a critical and commercial smash in America. And Martin was hailed for his musical efforts on Thursday when he landed the awards for Best Liner Notes and Best Graphic Design - two of the six categories he was nominated for - at the 20th annual ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

However, the night belonged to O Brother, Where Art Thou so...
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Steve Martin Nominated For Six Bluegrass Awards

August 15th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
Steve Martin Nominated For Six Bluegrass Awards
Funnyman Steve Martin has landed six nominations for the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. The Pink Panther 2 star's first album of banjo tunes, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo", has been a critical and commercial hit, and is currently atop Billboard's bluegrass chart.

In the nominations, handed out on Thursday, Martin was named among the best banjo players and the album will compete for the Best Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack star Dan Tyminski led all nominations, with nine. Tyminski, a membe...
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Photo Slideshow: Weekly Happenings...Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez & More

July 22nd, 2009 11:50am EDT
Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler pimping his new film "Funny People" was only one of many celeb happenings this week. Take a look at some other events that occurred...

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Jordin Sparks Handprint Ceremony to Promote Her New Album "Battlefield" at Plane...
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Universal Music Group And Elvis Costello Team Up For A Great Cause

June 13th, 2009 1:45pm EDT
Elvis Costello
On the UniversalMusicStore.com they are auctioning off a signed Elvis Costello guitar where 100% of the proceeds go to City of Hope. The City of Hope is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer as well as other life-threatening diseases. The auction will run until Monday, June 15th.

Elvis Costello has a brand a new record out, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" that was released on 6/2/09. This amazing new signed acoustic guitar is a must have for any Costello fan!

Elvis Costello's new album 'Secret, Profane & Sugarcane' was released by Hear Music on June 2nd.

The record was produced by T...
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Vince Gill & Amy Grant To Host Star-Studded Charity Concert

May 19th, 2009 11:54am EDT
Amy Grant
Country couple Vince Gill and Amy Grant are planning to raise awareness of the plight of wounded soldiers - by hosting a star-studded musical extravaganza.

Singers including Alison Krauss, Darius Rucker and Melinda Doolittle will take to the stage in Washington, D.C. on June 8th to launch Challenge America, a national initiative to connect existing programs for disabled veterans.

Grant tells People.com, "It's going to be a very relaxed, comfortable evening. We're going to sit in a semi-circle and go around the circle taking turns doing songs. It'll feel like sitting in a living ...
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Kevin Costner Rules At Country Music Festival

April 27th, 2009 8:30am EDT
Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner and his band Modern West were unlikely tent fillers during the first day of the Stagecoach country music festival in California on Saturday by rocking fans with tunes and heartfelt messages to the struggling and unemployed.

The Oscar winner dedicated one track, Five Minutes From America, to the people of Louisiana, where he was filming when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Costner won applause from the crowd when he recalled the decision he made to continue filming, rather than relocate: "These people had lost their homes; they didn't need to lose their jobs too." His wif...
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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Return To Studio For Second Album

February 15th, 2009 3:52pm EST
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have returned to the studio to record the follow up to their multi-Grammy-winning album Raising Sand. The couple picked up five Grammys on Sunday, including Album of the Year and Raising Sand is poised to hit the top of the U.S. album charts next week, despite the fact it wasn't even in the top 200 two weeks ago.

The duo has re-teamed with producer T. Bone Burnett, who tells Rolling Stone magazine, "The one thing we certainly can’t do is try and repeat Raising Sand. That was a moment in time and a beautiful moment, so to try and do that sort of thing agai...
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Slideshow: Alison Krauss - Hot Or Not?

February 9th, 2009 3:41pm EST
Alison Krauss pics
Alison Krauss' five Grammy wins last night brought her career total up to 26, making her the most successful female artist in Grammy history. But is she hot or not? Click through the photos of the 37-year-old fiddler and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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Chris Brown-Rihanna Drama, Kanye West Mullet, And Old People Rule This Year's Grammys

February 9th, 2009 10:51am EST
Neil Diamond
For the 2009 Grammy Awards, Starpulse.com contributing writer Simbarashe keeps a blog as everything happens live! Time for this year's Grammys. Since I'm doing this live I'll have no choice but to post only my initial gut-reactions as things happen, so hopefully this will be to your reading benefit. If someone is hot, I'll let you know. If someone is not, I'll let you know that too. I'm just wondering if anything I blog can or would be used against me.

8:00pm - I'm excited! The Grammys have started!

8:00pm - U2 kick things off with their new single "Get On Your Boots". It's like ZooT...
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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...
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Robert Plant Won't Reunite A Bonham-Less Led Zeppelin

February 4th, 2009 2:58pm EST
Robert Plant
Robert Plant has finally divulged the real reason why he opted out of a full Led Zeppelin reunion - because it would be inappropriate without their late drummer John Bonham.

Bonham died in 1980 at the age of 32, effectively ending the band's career - the three remaining members, Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, disbanded the group three months after he passed away. The legendary rockers returned for a one-off gig in London in December 2007, with Bonham's son Jason filling in for his father on percussion.

The Kashmir hit-makers subsequently announced plans for a possible w...
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2009 Grammy Award Predictions

January 30th, 2009 12:05pm EST
My Morning Jacket
What can I say? I'm a sucker for the Grammys and the Oscars, and after a few years of real yawners, the Grammys in particular are back with a vengeance! The performances lineup is Coachella-esque impressive, with U2 and Coldplay joining the likes of Jonas Brothers, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne(!), Paul McCartney(!!) and Radiohead(!!!). But just as important as the performers are the award winners, and if you're in an office pool somewhere or on your way to Vegas and need a little help predicting the winners, you've come to the right place! (Well actually, if you're on your way to Vegas you ...
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Jimmy Page's Manager Says Led Zeppelin Is Over

January 11th, 2009 8:30am EST
Jimmy Page
Plans for Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to hit the road as Led Zeppelin in 2009 have been scrapped - because the rockers can't find a singer to replace Robert Plant.

Just a day after Peter Mensch, a spokesman for Page's management firm, defended the rock duo's plans to tour without their famous frontman, he is now attempting to end the speculation about a semi-reunion by telling Music Radar Led Zeppelin is "completely over."

Mensch says, "Led Zeppelin are over! If you didn't see them in 2007, you missed them. It's done. I can't be any clearer than that... There are absolutely no ...
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Robert Plant Honored By The Queen

December 31st, 2008 9:01am EST
Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the British New Year Honors list.

The legendary singer has been awarded the status by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music and the entertainment industry after a hugely successful career spanning 40 years. Led Zeppelin split in 1980 after becoming one of the biggest rock bands in the world with album sales of more than 200 million.

Plant has since gone on to enjoy success as a solo artist and was recently praised for a collaboration with U.S. singer Alison Krauss.

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Collateral Damage From Robert Plant's Decision To Nix Zep Reunion

December 25th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Since the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed last December for a one-off show to pay tribute to late Atlantic Records founder and legend Ahmet Ertegun, the man who discovered and brought us some of the most talented artists of all-time (seriously, we really could use another Ahmet right about now-- but since the almighty dollar overshadows the need for actual talent we can forget that) and gave a handful of folks in England the greatest holiday gift ever, there has been a weekly story about the band going on tour. And not going on tour. But wanting to tour. And not wanting to tour. ...
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Robert Plant Denies Led Zeppelin Rift

December 22nd, 2008 9:48am EST
Robert Plant
Robert Plant has denied falling out with his former Led Zeppelin band mates - insisting there is no rift over his decision not to join them for a reunion world tour.

The singer reunited with his band mates for a one-off gig in London in December 2007, but has opted out of a planned comeback tour, leaving the other rockers to search for a replacement vocalist. Plant admits he couldn't bring himself to go back to Led Zeppelin because he is working on such different music in his solo collaborations with Alison Krauss.

However the star insists he is still good friends with guitarist...
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Get In The Mood With A Little Holiday Music

December 22nd, 2008 9:47am EST
Harry Connick, Jr. What a Night! A Christmas Album
Some old, some new, there's no other way to spice up the holidays with a little music. Check out a few of our December favorites below, and let us know some of your season picks!

Faith Hill - Joy To The World

Given the longevity of her career, Joy To The World is Faith Hill's debut holiday release. Hill covers holiday standards with a very disciplined approach. Her vocal talent, orchestral backdrops, and singing choir are highlights.

Keith Sweat - A Christmas Of Love

Keith Sweat provides a groovilicious holiday with the funky smooth sounds of...
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Jeff Beck To Led Zeppelin: 'Stop Now'

December 7th, 2008 10:12am EST
Jeff Beck
British rocker Jeff Beck has slammed Led Zeppelin's comeback plans - insisting it will be pointless without former lead singer Robert Plant.

The 64-year-old legend - who played in cult British act The Yardbirds with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page - praised the band's huge one-off concert at London's O2 Arena last December.

But Beck argues plans for a full-blown tour should be shelved without Plant, who has repeatedly refused to join his old band mates full-time.

He says, "I really don't think it's a good idea, not if Robert doesn't want to. I was there at the one-off...
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Robert Plant And Alison Krauss Win Top Americana Awards

September 20th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Robert Plant
Rock legend Robert Plant scooped the top gong at this year's Americana Music Association Awards, according to reports. The Led Zeppelin singer and country star Alison Krauss won Duo-Group of the Year and Album of the Year for their LP Raising Sand at the 7th Annual honors and Awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Thursday.

Although the results are yet to be made public, online reports claim the pair accepted the award in person before Plant joined the show's bandleader Buddy Miller onstage to sing a new song due to be released on Miller's upcoming album.

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Jimmy Page Denies Led Zeppelin Are Recording

September 8th, 2008 12:45pm EDT
Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page has denied the legendary band are back in the recording studio - and insists rumors of a new album are just "speculation".

The Kashmir hit-makers have been dogged by rumors of a full-on reunion since they reformed for a one-off gig in London last year. And recently drummer Jason Bonham - son of original member John Bonham who died in 1980 - admitted he had been "jamming in the studio" with Page and bassist John Paul Jones.

However guitarist Page is adamant that reports the band is working on new material are completely untrue. He tells Blabbermouth....
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The Gabe Dixon Band To Release Self-Titled Album Aug. 26

August 7th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
The Gabe Dixon Band
Who turns down a personal offer to play keyboard on Paul McCartney's world tour? Gabe Dixon did, and it was probably the best decision of his life. Dixon respectfully turned McCartney down to focus his energies on his band's then-yet-to-be-released album.

The first incarnation of The Gabe Dixon Band was born nine years ago as a jam band with heavy jazz influences, but after a bout of cutbacks and regime changes at their original label, the band members had a collective epiphany and decided to reinvent themselves as a song-based trio. A reviewer for The Nashville Tennessean, Dixon's hom...
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Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...
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