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Paul Simon And Yo-Yo Ma To Share 2012 Polar Music Prize

May 8th, 2012 12:41pm EDT
Paul Simon
Music icon Paul Simon has been chosen to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The singer will share the honor with cellist Yo-Yo Ma after they were selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Hailing Simon's career, a college spokesman said, "Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of 'world-class songwriter'. For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by rejoining the world's continents with his music. Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations."

The ceremony will...
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Stars Pay Tribute To Meryl Streep At The Kennedy Center Honors

December 5th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Meryl Streep
Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt all took to the stage to pay tribute to Meryl Streep at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday.

The Oscar-winning actress received an accolade at the 34th annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. along with Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

A number of guests spoke on behalf of the honorees and Streep enjoyed tributes from some of Hollywood's biggest names.

After a series of clips showing her stellar big screen career, Streep's The Deer Hunter co-star De Niro joked, "My first thought was, I was am...
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Neil Diamond & Meryl Streep To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

September 7th, 2011 11:15pm EDT
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond and Meryl Streep are to be rewarded for their cultural contributions to the arts as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

"Sweet Caroline" singer Diamond and the veteran actress will pick up the accolades at the 34th annual ceremony before President Barack Obama on December 4.

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway star Barbara Cook and saxophonist/composer Sonny Rollins were among the others chosen for their lifetime of work.

The five stars will join a long list of talented past honorees; among them director Steven Spielberg, country singer Dolly Parton, Diamon...
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Concord Records To Release Expanded 'Indiana Jones' Soundtracks Feb. 17

January 30th, 2009 5:13pm EST
Raiders of the Lost Ark
On February 17, 2009 Concord Records will release individually the soundtracks to the original three Indiana Jones films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Originally Available as Part of Last Year's Limited-Edition Boxed Set, These Expanded and Remastered Soundtracks Feature Previously Unreleased Music From The First Three Films!

All three feature Oscar-winning composer John Williams' soundtracks digitally remastered from the original tapes, plus unreleased music from each respective film. Previously available only as pa...
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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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James Taylor To Perform On Good Morning America Tomorrow

September 14th, 2008 8:30am EDT
James Taylor
Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor will perform live on Good Morning America on Monday, September 15. Taylor's performance kicks off the unprecedented "50 States in 50 Days" initiative that will take ABC News and USA Today reporters to every state in the union in the days leading up to the Presidential election in November. GMA's "Whistle Stop '08" tour begins with James Taylor's performance in his home state of Massachusetts on the porch of the historic Red Lion Inn. Taylor will perform material from his forthcoming release Covers, which will be available on Hear Music on Septembe...
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Soundtrack Of 'The War, A Ken Burns Film' Inspires Three Companion CDs; Box Set

October 8th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
The War
In addition to The War soundtrack album - an eclectic mix of vintage era jazz, pop singers of the time, contemporary classical recordings, plus three previously unreleased performances by Wynton Marsalis and a previously unreleased performance by Norah Jones - Legacy will also issue three companion collections:

-Sentimental Journey: Hits From The Second World War: 20 tracks starring Frank Sinatra, the Mills Brothers, and the orchestras of Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, and others, with vo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 7

October 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Simon Cowell
Happy Birthday to Notebook star Rachel McAdams (1976), singer Toni Braxton (1968), American Idol nice-guy Simon Cowell (1959), Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith (1957), Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (1956), cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1955), singer/songwriter John Cougar Mellencamp (1951).
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 7

October 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Simon Cowell
Happy Birthday to Notebook star Rachel McAdams (1976), singer Toni Braxton (1968), American Idol nice-guy Simon Cowell (1959), Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith (1957), Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (1956), cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1955), singer/songwriter John Cougar Mellencamp (1951).
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Film and TV Stars Give Extraordinary Performances on Lullabye Compilation

April 24th, 2006 10:00pm EDT
Elton John
Who wouldn't want Hollywood's biggest stars to sing them to sleep? Some of the most surprising voices in Hollywood, accompanied by musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, lend their talents to a new album, "Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars," to be released by Rhino Records on April 25. It's the perfect soundtrack for quiet evenings at home, with your children…or without them.

The CD features 14 spellbinding tunes by composers including Elton John, Billy Joel, Sade, Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney, beautifully sung and lushly orchestrated. A portion of the proceeds will be...
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Salma Hayek To Host Nobel Peace Prize Concert

November 29th, 2005 1:29pm EST
Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek will be the master of ceremonies for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in honor of laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency he leads. The Dec. 11 concert in Oslo, Norway, will include performers such as the Sugababes, Duran Duran, Katie Melua, Gladys Knight, Westlife, Yo-Yo Ma, Damien Rice, Katherine Jenkins, Madrugada, Ane Brun, Ska Cubano, and Martin Yates.

The Nobel Prize is the first international award given yearly since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. In 1968, the Sveriges Riksba...
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