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Katy Perry: I'll turn into Joni Mitchell

September 30th, 2013 7:15pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry says her fourth album will be inspired by Joni Mitchell.

The 28-year-old singer is getting ready to release her third studio album 'PRISM' and she thinks a natural progression for her will be leave behind the cheeky pop and dance tunes she's famous for.

Instead, the musician - who did release one self-titled LP under her real name Katy Hudson before becoming Katy Perry - plans to make an acoustic record in the style of 'Big Yellow Taxi' songwriter Joni.

Speaking to Billboard, Katy said: "I'll probably turn into more of a Joni Mitchell. As I inch towards my 30s, I think my four...
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Taylor Swift Signs On To Play Joni Mitchell?

September 24th, 2012 2:32pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has signed on to portray Joni Mitchell in the much-anticipated movie adaptation of Sheila Weller's book Girls Like Us.

The tome chronicles the lives of singer/songwriters Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King, and Swift has been linked to the project for months.

Now, Variety reports she has booked the role.

Alison Pill and Olivia Thirlby are reportedly in talks to portray King, while insiders suggest Girls star Allison Williams and Mad Men's Jessica Pare are front runners to play You're So Vain singer Simon.
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The Greatest Album Released By A Female Artist Is...

June 23rd, 2012 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" has topped a new poll to find the greatest albums released by female artists.

Franklin's 1967 breakthrough album beat out challenges from Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Dusty in Memphis" by Dusty Springfield to claim the number-one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," featuring the talents of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, also made the top five, as did Patti Smith's "Horses."

The youngest and freshest artist on the list is Adele, 24...
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Taylor Swift In Talks To Play Joni Mitchell

April 21st, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is in talks to portray iconic singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell in an upcoming film.

The hitmaker, who has previously appeared in ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" and voiced a character in Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," is being courted to star in "Girls Like Us," a big-screen adaptation of Sheila Weller's book of the same name, according to trade paper Variety.

The story follows the careers of Mitchell and her peers Carly Simon and Carole King.

Midnight in Paris actress Alison Pill has reportedly auditioned for the part of King.

John Sayles is set to direct and production...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: February

January 1st, 2011 11:00am EST
Jessica Simpson
February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson's death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner's officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray.

Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy's death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig's family c...
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Joni Mitchell Slams 'Fake' Bob Dylan

April 23rd, 2010 12:00pm EDT
Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell has criticized Bob Dylan as a "fake" and a "plagiarist" - insisting the folk legend's entire act is a "deception".

Mitchell slammed the star during an interview with the Los Angeles Times, after her decision to change her name from Roberta Joan Anderson was likened to Dylan's move to drop his birth name of Robert Zimmerman.

And the Canadian musician is adamant she is very different to the Blowin' In The Wind hit-maker.

She tells the newspaper, "Bob is not authentic at all. He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are lik...
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Carly Simon Names Who's 'So Vain'

February 26th, 2010 9:00am EST
Carly Simon
Carly Simon has ended nearly 40 years of speculation by finally naming the man who inspired her hit You're So Vain - her target was gay record label boss David Geffen.

The song, which catapulted the singer to fame in 1972, was rumored to be about one of her ex-boyfriends, which include Hollywood legend Warren Beatty and rocker Mick Jagger, but she has persistently refused to name the man behind the track.

However, Simon has now revealed who was so vain by giving fans a cryptic clue in an acoustic version of the song, which features on her upcoming album Never Been Gone. She tells Uncut ...
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Canadian Celebrities Dazzle At Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

February 13th, 2010 9:42am EST
Donald Sutherland
Canada's brightest stars including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, k.d. Lang and Joni Mitchell teamed up to help launch the Winter Olympics in the country on Friday, putting on a stellar show at the opening ceremony.

The games kicked off with a spectacular show in Vancouver and the ceremony brought together the nation's best-loved musicians to perform at the BC Place stadium.

The event was narrated by legendary actor Donald Sutherland, and opened with a duet by Adams and Furtado, who sang Bang The Drum to the crowd.

Lang, Mitchell and singer Sarah McLachlan also took to the stage durin...
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David Hasselhoff To Perform At Berlin Wall Anniversary

September 8th, 2009 12:06pm EDT
David Hasselhoff To Perform At Berlin Wall
Actor/singer David Hasselhoff is set to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with another performance - 20 years after singing at the historic event.

The Baywatch star has enjoyed a devoted fan base in Germany since belting out Looking for Freedom at a star-studded concert after the Berlin Wall was brought down in 1989. Bryan Adams, Sinead O'Connor, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison were among the performers joining Hasselhoff at the Potsdamer Platz concert - and now the 57-year-old star is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic moment with an encore perf...
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Peter Gabriel Lands Polar Prize

May 12th, 2009 4:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel has been awarded Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The star shares the honor, which is handed out by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, with Venezuelan composer Jose Antonio Abreu.

The Polar Music Prize, founded by former ABBA manager Stig Anderson, is Sweden's biggest music award and is split between pop and classical musicians. Both will receive one million kroner and be presented with their trophies by King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on August 31st.

Last year's award was shared by British rock g...
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David Crosby To Sell Inspirational Yacht

March 16th, 2009 5:30pm EDT
David Crosby
Veteran rocker David Crosby has put his beloved yacht, The Mayan, on the market. The boat, which Crosby bought in 1968, inspired him to write Crosby, Stills & Nash tunes "Wooden Ships" and "Lee Shore".

He once sailed it from Mexico to Hawaii.

The Mayan has hosted stars like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and features four luxury cabins.

Crosby admits it'll be tough to let his boat go: "She's just scrumptious."

He says, "After 40 years of sailing my Alden Schooner, and writing many of my best songs aboard her I have reached the point where I must let her go."

The Mayan...
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New Thanksgiving Traditions

November 25th, 2008 12:13pm EST
The Last Waltz
It all started with some weirdo religious fanatics making wary peace with local culture to celebrate the harvest and to pray that at least some of them will live through the winter.

The noble dreams of our forefathers live on today and as Americans we honor the shaky bonds of our ancestors with Thanksgiving. We all have our favorite holiday past times be it eating yourself into depression, watching the Lions lose or making sure grandma doesn't say anything offensive about minorities. However, like a well worn pair of jeans, some traditions can wear a hole in the seat. Every so often it's...
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Tracy Chapman Announces New Album, 'Our Bright Future,' Out Nov. 11

August 28th, 2008 5:39pm EDT
Tracy Chapman
Our Bright Future, the new album from Tracy Chapman will be released by Elektra Records on November 11, 2008. Recorded this summer in Los Angeles, the album comprises 11 new songs written by Tracy and co-produced with Larry Klein (Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux). Our Bright Future is the eighth studio album from the multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-winner and her first since 2005's acclaimed Where You Live. Beginning with the 1988 release of her eponymous debut, Tracy has created a body of work that has been as consistently compelling as it is honest and uncompromising,...
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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...
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Florida Native Hilary McRae Is A Promising Young Talent

April 15th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Hilary McRae
The good thing is good music is forever. It just needs the ears than can appreciate it. Luckily, every now and again it gets lucky. There's a girl. She's 21 and blonde. However, you might not catch her rolling around in the sand and cooing about penciled in love and how grown she is.

Her voice alone possesses many wonderful traits: beauty, seasoning, unrigged emotion, and mystery. Hilary McRae is not your everyday powdered pink soultress. She's like Wonder Woman equipped with a utility belt that can bring down a New Orleans juke joint in flames. McRae plays the piano, saxopho...
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Return of the 70's Singer-Songwriter

April 4th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Successful singer-songwriters have spanned across the decades, but no era saw them flourish like the 1970s. James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne and Neil Young (to name a few) were tearing up the airwaves. Their simple, thought-provoking melodies struck a chord with a Vietnam War-torn America and left an indelible mark on the modern music biz. Well, tune your radios and adjust your mp3 players, folks. The 70s singer-songwriter sound is back - with a whole new batch of artists.

Jackson Browne live (1978):

Carrying the Torch
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Up-And-Coming Music: Hilary McRae

March 20th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Hilary McRae
At only 21 years old, Hilary McRae is wise beyond her years. The writer/singer/pianist evokes the youth of a vibrant pop star yet her label mates include the likes of Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. As the first developing artist on Hear Music, McRae holds a very special spot on the label launched by Starbucks and Concord Music Group.

McRae began crafting much of the material on her debut album, Through These Walls, while attending Berklee School of Music on a songwriting scholarship. She soon realized she wanted to fuse her love for songwriting with performing and decided it was tim...
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Carly Simon Joins Starbucks

February 29th, 2008 10:31am EST
Carly Simon
Carly Simon has become the latest star to join the ranks of coffee chain Starbucks' record label roster. The "You're So Vain" singer has joined former lover James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Paul McCartney after announcing her new album, "This Kind Of Love," will be released by Hear Music in April.

The album features collaborations with revered songwriter Jimmy Webb and Frank Filipetti, who joined Simon for her late-1990s Film Noir album, and tracks written by the singer's children Sally and Ben.

It's Simon's first album of original material since 2000's The Bedroom Tapes.

(...
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Amy Winehouse Steals The Show With Five Grammys

February 11th, 2008 8:32am EST
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse stole the show at the 50th Grammy Awards, winning five top honors. Kanye West was nominated for eight awards and went home with four prizes, including Rap Album, Rap Performance and Rap Song; Bruce Springsteen picked up three, including Best Rock Song. The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige all won two.

But the night was dominated by Winehouse, who picked up all but one of the awards she was nominated for - Record of the Year for Rehab; Album of the Year for Back to Black; Best New Artist; Best Pop Vocal Album for Back to Black; Song of the Year for Rehab;...
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Music Spotlight: Cat Power

February 1st, 2008 10:12am EST
Cat Power
Chan Manning, the artist that also goes under the moniker Cat Power, has a silent staying power that is undeniable. As a musician, Cat Power is of elegant simplicity. Her songs and her messages are quite straightforward. Her voice is of, and in itself entirely, unique and unforgettable.

Hailing from Georgia, Cat Power has had a formidable career spanning over 13 years with eight studio recordings. As an independent artist signed to Matador, she has developed a strong and fiercely dedicated fan base over the years, contributing much to her success.

Many may not know Cat Power ...
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Fascinating Facts

January 30th, 2008 7:30pm EST
Brendan Fraser
Actor Brendan Fraser will pick up the Distinguished Decade Of Achievement In Film Award at the movie industry's ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas in March.

Simon & Garfunkel are to follow the likes of Joni Mitchell and Paul McCartney and release a new live collection through coffee chain Starbucks' music label. The new album, Live 1969, will be available in coffee shops in March.

Singer/actor Arlo Guthrie, the son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, is supporting Republican candidate Ron Paul's bid to become U.S. President later this year.

Actress Rosario Dawson is dating Los Angeles...
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Joni Mitchell Mourns The Loss Of 60s Dream

January 17th, 2008 1:21pm EST
Joni Mitchell
Folk singer Joni Mitchell is disappointed her 1960s dream of changing the world failed to inspire any real progress. The Big Yellow Taxi hitmaker applauded attitudes in the sixties but criticized the 'hippie' generation for failing to make good on their promises of world peace - giving in to material greed instead.

She says, "My generation was ready to change the world but when the baton was passed on in the seventies (the hippie movement) fell into a mass depression. We degenerated into the greediest generation - the hippie, yippie, yuppie transition from the sixties to the seventies ...
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Kenny G Brews A New Release With Starbucks

December 21st, 2007 9:22am EST
Kenny G
Saxophonist Kenny G has become the latest star to sign a deal with coffee chain Starbucks' record label offshoot. His new album, a collection of Latin love songs, will be released by the label that earlier this year snagged Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell in February.

The easy-listening star collaborated with leading Latin musicians on the album, titled Rhythm And Romance.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

November 23rd, 2007 11:00am EST
Mannheim Steamroller
Okay, as of today the holiday season is officially upon us. Traditionally known as 'Black Friday' to shoppers across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the biggest shopping day of the year in the country. There will be sales galore and alarm clocks will be ringing in the wee hours of the night to get the masses ready to hit their local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, etc., to hunt for those earlybird specials-- rewards for those who line up early to catch those 5-9am one-time-only superdeals while the rest of us are having breakfast.

As the hustle and bustle of the seaso...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 7

November 7th, 2007 3:00am EST
Christopher Knight
Happy Birthday to 7th Heaven's twins Jason and Jeremy London (1972), Brady Bunch actor and reality TV star Christopher Knight (1957), Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell (1943), Polish born chemist and physicist Marie Curie, and Spanish artist Francisco Zurbaran.
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Boney James, Peter White Release Christmas Jazz CDs

October 28th, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Boney James
-Boney James :Christmas Present

Urban Jazz sax icon Boney James follows his Top 10 R&B and #1 Contemporary Jazz album Shine with a stirring new collection of holiday classics entitled Christmas Present from Concord Records. The album finds James teaming up with fellow Grammy nominees Anthony Hamilton (on the holiday standard Silent Night) and Angie Stone (on an update of the Charles Brown chestnut Merry Christmas, Baby).

Also featured on the album are soul songstress Chanté Moore on the Eartha Kitt hit "Santa Baby" and former James collaborator, contemporary jazz trumpet sensation...
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'Ayo: Live From Monte-Carlo' Featured As PBS Fund Raising Special During December

October 28th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Ayo
Ayo "Live from Monte-Carlo" will be presented on U.S. Public Television as both a one hour special and as a 90-minute fund raising special nationwide. Like The three tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Sara Brightman, Michael Bubble, Josh Groban and many others, Ayo will be introduced to the American market on television through more than 300 PBS affiliates covering 99% of total U.S. households.

Public Television is known for having an audience that is the most educated in the United States as well as having a high level of acquisitive power. Beginning in December of 2007, The Ayo fund raising s...
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Herbie Hancock's 'River: The Joni Letters' In Stores Now

October 14th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Herbie Hancock
Depending on the day, Herbie Hancock might perform any number of roles. He's the nation's first-call jazz ambassador, a futuristic technology advocate, a dedicated educator, and of course, an American music luminary.

Most of all, like all great artists he makes things new again. He did it for us with The New Standard, when he found the swing and the meaning in pop classics. He did it with his kaleidoscopic take on Gershwin's World—and took home three Grammy® awards for it.

Yet for all Hancock's accomplishments both in and out of music, there's one thing he'd never done. "I had n...
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Joni Mitchell Talks About Each Track On New CD, 'Shine'; Listen To Two Tracks

September 17th, 2007 9:09pm EDT
Joni Mitchell
Legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell will be the next artist signed to the newly formed Hear Music label. The new CD, 'Shine,' a 10-song collection which follows Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full as the second album released on the label, will be released on September 25 in the U.S. and Canada at both traditional retailers and Starbucks Company-operated locations.

"I am thrilled to be able to work with the Hear Music label on my new CD," said Mitchell. "Starbucks and Concord Music Group are joining me in releasing a project which has enabled me to appreciate what I loved about ...
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Joni Mitchell Set To 'Shine' On Hear Music

September 17th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Joni Mitchell
LOS ANGELES - Hear Music announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell will be the next artist signed to the newly formed label. Hear Music will release "Shine," a 10-song collection which follows Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full as the second album released on the label. Starting on September 25 "Shine" will be available in the U.S. and Canada at both traditional retailers and Starbucks Company-operated locations. Other global markets will release the album the week of September 24.

"I am thrilled to be able to work with the Hear Music label on my new CD," said M...
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