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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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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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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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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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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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Herbie Hancock Aims To 'Court & Spark' Joni Mitchell Fans, With A Little Help

September 11th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Herbie Hancock
September 4, 2007 - With the end of summer comes different weather, different colors, and the need to unwind, relax and do things a little differently. Herbie Hancock (www.herbiehancock.com), a master of doing things differently, will release his latest album, River: The Joni Letters on September 25.

The disc showcases a very different take on the music of folk-rock poet Joni Mitchell. Hancock teams with chanteuse Norah Jones for a rendition of Mitchell's beloved Court & Spark, offering a perfect soundtrack for settling into the fall.

While 'River' exemplifies Hancock's inspira...
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Luciana Souza Releases Seventh Album, 'The New Bossa Nova'

August 29th, 2007 6:45pm EDT
Luciana Souza
"I wanted to make a record that would be accessible yet truthful," Luciana Souza says of The New Bossa Nova, her seventh album and her Verve debut. "The world is so loud and noisy and overwhelming now that it can be a challenge to get people to sit and listen to something that's quiet. But I have faith that they will."

The New Bossa Nova marks an exciting new chapter for the Brazilian-born vocalist and three-time Grammy® nominee, who's already widely acknowledged as one of jazz's most respected and accomplished vocalists. The 11-song album finds the artist crafting a fresh and highl...
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Brandi Shearer Releases 'Close To Dark'

August 29th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Brandi Shearer
Imbued with Brandi Shearer's smoky voice and classic, blues-inflected songwriting, Close to Dark is by turns languid and lively, an excursion into dreamy worlds simmering with understated sexuality. The restrained arrangements and deft production by Larry Klein (Madeleine Peyroux, Joni Mitchell) add a delicious tension to the songs and compliment perfectly Shearer's less-is-more vocal style.

For these sessions, Shearer assembled well known players from the Brooklyn roots music scene and augmented the roster with a cast of crack LA musicians. Most of the tunes were captured in a single ...
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Chaka Khan: 'Funk This' In Stores September 25

July 31st, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Chaka Khan
Say the name "Chaka" and most folks in the know instantly think of a woman who has made an indelible and lasting impression on the music scene of the past three decades. First, as the lead singer of the massively successful R&B, funk and pop band Rufus, then as a solo artist in her own right who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists (think Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Maysa among others). Like Aretha, like Joni, like Tina, a first name will do. For there's only one Chaka, woman of fire, possessed of a powerhouse, unforgettably distinctive trademark vocal style who ...
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Mandy Moore's New Album Wild Hope Hits Stores Today

June 19th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Mandy Moore
Singer, actress and superstar Mandy Moore will release her new, highly anticipated album, Wild Hope, on June 19 via the innovative partnership between The Firm Music and EMI Distribution.

Recorded at Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NY and produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Liz Phair), Wild Hope epitomizes a labor of love and showcases Moore's foray into songwriting. In collaboration with a slew of critically acclaimed singer-songwriters such as Rachael Yamagata, The Weepies, Lori McKenna, among others, the result of this two year endeavor is an organic, folk album with p...
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Prince, Bjork, Elvis Costello And More Honor Joni Mitchell On New Tribute CD

May 10th, 2007 8:15pm EDT
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
A Tribute to Joni Mitchell, the first major US tribute album to the legendary artist, was released April 24. Musicians from many genres are represented on the 12 tracks of both rare and quintessential songs from the revered and influential singer/songwriter's expansive career.

Each performer's distinct takes on A Tribute to Joni Mitchell are true to their own artistry, proving Mitchell's universal appeal and versatility as a songwriter. Mitchell becomes the thread linking together these otherwise very different musical styles into a cohesive and brilliant creation.

Executive pro...
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Mandy Moore's New Album 'Wild Hope' Marks Songwriting Debut

April 20th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Mandy Moore
Singer, actress and superstar Mandy Moore will release her new, highly anticipated album, Wild Hope, on June 19 via the innovative partnership between The Firm Music and EMI Distribution.

Recorded at Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NY and produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Liz Phair), Wild Hope epitomizes a labor of love and showcases Moore's foray into songwriting. In collaboration with a slew of critically acclaimed singer-songwriters such as Rachael Yamagata, The Weepies, Lori McKenna, among others, the result of this two year endeavor is an organic, folk album with p...
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Leonard Cohen's 40th Anniversary As A Columbia Artist Celebrated In 2007

March 20th, 2007 12:37pm EDT
Leonard Cohen
"Cohen, who was born in Montreal in 1934, was 33 years old when Songs of Leonard Cohen came out, old enough to embrace the creative momentum of the '60s counterculture without falling prey to its more naïve aspects. He had also been a published poet for more than ten years, and a novelist as well." - from the new liner notes written by Anthony DeCurtis

Like the ancient scriptures themselves, whose parables and lessons have always inspired the poetry and songwriting of 72-year old Leonard Cohen, the verses and cadences of his first trilogy of Columbia albums recorded between 1967 and ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 7

November 7th, 2006 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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New Holiday Releases From Chris Botti, Bette Midler, James Taylor and Mary Mary In Stores Now

November 5th, 2006 8:00pm EST
Chris Botti
-Special 2006 Edition of Classic Holiday Collection Premieres Four Newly-Recorded Never-Heard-Before Chris Botti Yuletide Tracks

Columbia Records released a new edition -- featuring four newly-recorded tracks and two brand-new songs -- of Chris Botti's best-selling seasonal album, December, on Tuesday, October 10.

Produced by Bobby Colomby, the yuletide 2006 edition of December premieres two new songs: a breathtaking interpretation of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," featuring the Choir of St. John's, Smith's Square, and "I Don't Really Want Much For Christmas" (featuring Eric Benét)...
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