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Bob Seger To Receive Songwriters Hall Of Fame Honor

2/22/2012 10:17am EST
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Veteran rocker Bob Seger is set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this summer.

The Grammy-winning star will join folk songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, country lyricist Don Schlitz and Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell composer Jim Steinman in the class of 2012, while men behind

The Fantasticks musical, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, will also be honored.

The stars will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a special ceremony in New York on June 14th.

Last year's honorees included Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint.

Tribeca Showcases Two Must See Music Docs: 'The Union' With Elton John & Leon Russell and Kings of Leon 'Talihina Sky'

4/22/2011 9:58am EDT
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Tribeca opened with back-to-back nights of excellent music documentaries. Wednesday night saw The Union, an incredible film featuring Elton John and music legend Leon Russell as they constructed their album of the same name. What was most fascinating about Union had more to do with Russell; here is a man who was John’s biggest idol as he himself was breaking into the music business. Russell, it can be fair to say, was one of the greatest session piano players of all time, sitting in on hits like “Do Run Run” and “Help Me Rhonda”—but most people under 40 have probably never heard of him. Ear...

Tribeca Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Premiere of Elton John Documentary

4/20/2011 2:14pm EDT
When I was a kid, my favourite time of the year, believe it or not, was the first day of school. It always baffled me why so many kids were afraid of their first day, or detested it, or simply didn’t care about. Really? I thought. I loved looking forward to the first day of school because it was the day when all the kids dressed better than any other day. There was always going to be the new cute girl in class and I need to plan—in advance—how to sit next to her. I’d work all summer at basketball or soccer so I could impress my mates. You get the idea.

As an adult, my favourite time of yea...

Drake To Be Honored By Songwriters Hall Of Fame

3/26/2011 7:30am EDT
Hip-hop sensation Drake is set to receive a top honor at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in June.

The Fancy hit-maker will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York. The prize is given to songwriters who have made a significant impact in the music industry through original songs.

Announcing the news on Thursday, Songwriting Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb says, "Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision."

Country sweetheart Taylor Swift was handed the honor last year, while Alicia Keys, ...

Elton John, Helen Mirren to Host SNL in April

3/22/2011 10:57am EDT
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Elton John and Helen Mirren will make their Saturday Night Live hosting debuts in April, NBC announced Tuesday.

John is scheduled to host April 2 and will pull double duty as he'll also perform with musical guest Leon Russell. John's only previous appearance on the sketch show came in 1982 as a musical guest. John and Russell recently released an album titled The Union.

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Neil Diamond Steals The Show At Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

3/15/2011 8:45am EDT
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Veteran crooner Neil Diamond stunned the audience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday by delivering a rambling speech as he accepted his prestigious honor.

The singer became rock royalty as part of the Class of 2011, receiving the accolade at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel alongside other stars including Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John. Speaking before the big bash, Diamond revealed he had made a dash from Australia to the U.S. to accept the honor in person - and it appeared the jetlag had caught up with him as he stepped onto the podium after being intro...

Elton John: 'I'm Not Going To Make Pop Albums Anymore'

10/19/2010 8:15am EDT
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Elton John has ruled out recording any more pop albums, insisting he wants to devote the rest of his career to tackling the blues.

The "Rocket Man" reveals working with piano legend Leon Russell on new album "The Union" has made Elton realize he's too old for the mainstream charts.

And, despite being one of the biggest pop stars of all time, he's turning his back on the genre.

Elton tells USA Today, "I've never had such a personal experience making a record (as The Union) and it's given me verification that what I should do in the future is make records like this. I might collaborate wit...

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

12/3/2008 6:00pm EST
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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...

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

4/3/2008 3:58pm EDT
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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...

Past 'American Idol' Winners: Where Are They Now?

1/14/2008 12:09pm EST
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Every Tuesday and Wednesday, avid American Idol fans are glued to their TV sets, watching in anticipation and with hope that the contestants they fell in love with are not sent home.

Every season of the singing competition brings heartache and joy, laughter and tears. And each year this popular show produces America's newest singing talent. Several have reached stardom faster than they can say "I'm the next American Idol," while others have strayed away from the spotlight.

Aside from Kelly Clarkson's and Carrie Underwood's rise to fame, what happened to those other winners w...

Will Downing's 'After Tonight' Hits Stores Oct. 30

10/15/2007 7:41pm EDT
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Will Downing is recognized as the premier male vocalist for the embodiment of his singular, sensuous blend of R&B, jazz and pop. After Tonight, Will's 13th album and first for the Peak Records label, was created and recorded while Will was coming to terms with and battling a rare and severely debilitating condition known as Polymyositis. After Tonight is more than just another album for Downing. It became a monumental reason for him to wake up on many a morning – a purpose that only his attention could bring to life. And Downing is determined for it to be far from his last.

Suffice it ...

Guitar Legends JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Unite For An Epic, Soulful CD: "The Road To Escondido"

10/27/2006 12:56pm EDT
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After years of admiring each other's musical masterworks and Clapton covers of Cale songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," guitar greats J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton have teamed up for the first time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The 14 track CD was produced and recorded by the duo in August 2005 in California. The resulting music defies being labeled into any one category, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that is unique musically, while still bearing the signature styles of Cale and Clap...