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George Lucas to be honoured by Obama with America's top arts accolade

July 3rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
George Lucas
Movie mogul George Lucas will receive the U.S. government's highest arts honour from President Barack Obama later this month (Jul13).

The Star Wars creator will be presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House on 12 July (13).

A statement from the President's office reads, “By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time."

Other luminaries to be honoured at the same ceremony include record label boss Herb Alpert, playwrig...
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Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, Others Perform At Boston Strong Benefit Concert

May 31st, 2013 5:11pm EDT
Aerosmith
Aerosmith, Carole King, New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys, and many more took the stage Thursday night to raise money to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration event at a sold-out TD Garden in Boston lasted an astonishing 5 1/2 hours, starting at the national anthem and ending with a group rendition of the Beatles' "Come Together" and Boston anthem "Dirty Water."

Joey McIntyre shared his story from the Boston Marathon - the New Kids on the Block star had finished the race 10 minutes before the bombs went off. He s...
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Aerosmith And NKOTB To Headline Boston Strong Benefit Concert

May 3rd, 2013 11:27pm EDT
Aerosmith
Aerosmith and New Kids On The Block are set to headline a special benefit concert to raise money for victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombing.

The Massachusetts heroes will be joined by Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Carole King, country singer Jason Aldean, rockers Godsmack and The J. Geils Band at Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration.

The event will boost funds for The One Fund Boston, which was set up in the wake of the tragedy by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help those affected by the bombings.

The concert will be particula...
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James Taylor To Receive France's Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

August 30th, 2012 1:18pm EDT
James Taylor
James Taylor has landed one of France's top cultural awards in honor of his lengthy music career.

Officials in the country have told the singer/songwriter he has been named as the latest recipient of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, which recognizes individuals who have contributed to the arts.

A post on Taylor's website reads, "James has received word that the French government has conferred on him the distinguished honor of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters."

"The announcement will be followed by a private medal ceremony at a later date at the French Embassy i...
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Happy 50th Birthday, Garth Brooks!

February 7th, 2012 8:30am EST
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks will be partying with "Friends In Low Places" on Tuesday - the country superstar turns 50 today!

Since his debut in 1989, Oklahoma-born Troyal Garth Brooks has won a haul of trophies including two Grammys and 24 Billboard Music Awards, wooed and wed country star Trisha Yearwood, and been named one of the top selling solo artists of the 20th century - second only to Elvis Presley.

Credited with helping turn country music into a worldwide phenomenon, Brooks shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to draw thousands of fans to the Las Vegas strip every week for his sold-o...
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Taylor Swift Rocks Madison Square Garden With Some Help From Johnny Rzeznik, Selena Gomez & James Taylor (Watch!)

November 23rd, 2011 2:00pm EST
Taylor Swift and Johnny Rzeznik
Taylor Swift loves to perform cover songs during her concerts, and she had a little help during Monday and Tuesday night's shows at New York City's fabled Madison Square Garden.

During Monday night's show it came time for her to play her regular cover of the Goo Goo Dolls' hit "Iris" and she surprised the crowd with the Dolls' lead singer Johnny Rzeznik.

"What would you say, New York City, if Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls was here to sing that song for you tonight?" she asked the crowd before the spotlight lit up Rzeznik and the two belted out a rousing duet of the song (video bel...
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Fashion At The 2011 Academy Of Country Music Awards

April 4th, 2011 8:41am EDT
Academy of Country Music Awards
Miranda Lambert dominated last night's Academy of Country Music Awards after taking home four trophies (check out all the winners here), but did she dominate the red carpet?

Carrie Underwood looked resplendent in a grape-colored gown with sequin embellishment, while Taylor Swift opted for a more subtle look in a yellow dress.

Miranda Lambert looked like Aphrodite in a white, Goddess-like gown and later changed into a short strapless hot pink frock.

Julianne Hough dazzled in a sleeveless peach dress with a turqouise and gold bracelet.

Check them out in the photos below, and tell us who y...
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Miranda Lambert Dominates At Academy Of Country Music Awards

April 4th, 2011 8:26am EDT
Miranda Lambert
The 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards belonged to Miranda Lambert after she scooped four trophies at the ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The country star was crowned Female Vocalist of The Year, while her track The House That Built Me received honors for Song of The Year, Single Record of The Year and Video of The Year.

Brad Paisley took home the Male Vocalist of The Year trophy and trio Lady Antebellum accepted awards for Top Vocal Group and Album of The Year for Need You Know.

Picking up their prize, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley joked, "Thank you, Miranda Lambert, for winnin...
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James Taylor Breaks Leg While Skiing In Utah

March 16th, 2011 8:41am EDT
James Taylor
Singer/songwriter James Taylor has broken his leg in a skiing accident.

The "Sweet Baby James" star was vacationing in Utah on Monday when he took a tumble.

An assistant has confirmed the news, telling the Boston Globe newspaper that Taylor fractured his leg on the first day of a family vacation.
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Allison Janney Goes From Political Heavyweight to Politically Incorrect on Mr. Sunshine

February 9th, 2011 10:15am EST
Allison Janney | Photo Credits: Adam Larkey/ABC
According to Allison Janney, it only took one line of dialogue to convince her to return to series television after a four-year absence.

"'Have you seen a small white pill with some Spanish written on it?'" she said, quoting her Mr. Sunshine character. "I read the first line that Crystal said and I knew I was going to play it."

After playing White House press secretary (and later Chief of Staff) C.J. Cregg on The West Wing for six seasons, the 51-year-old actress says she was looking for a role as far from the morally upright C.J. as possible. Crystal is the pill-popping, narcissistic ow...
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Elton John Buys His Baby An iPod

January 31st, 2011 12:55pm EST
Elton John
Elton John is determined his baby son becomes a music fan before he's a toddler - the tot has his own miniature iPod. The Rocket Man and his partner David Furnish welcomed little Zachary via a surrogate mother at Christmas, and they are reveling in their new roles as parents.

The singer is eager for his child to have great taste in tunes, so he has downloaded his favorite songs onto an MP3 music player for the baby - and the selection includes some of his own classic hits.

He tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "It's a teen-tiny little thing, so small you can hardly believe it even is an i...
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Carly Simon Holds Music Video Competition

February 15th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Carly Simon Holds Music Video Competition
Carly Simon is appealing to fans and wannabe filmmakers to submit footage to make a music video for her smash hit You're So Vain - 38 years after it was first released. The song, which is rumored to take aim at one of Simon's former lovers, catapulted the singer to fame in 1972 but she never shot a promo to accompany it.

An acoustic version of the track was released last year and Simon wants her devotees to come up with creative ideas for its first official video in a new competition. She says, "People ask me all the time why is there no video of this song. I think it's that people were...
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Mick Jagger Joins U2 On Stage

November 1st, 2009 3:19pm EST
Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger made a surprise appearance on stage with U2 on Friday during the second night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York City.

The first show on Thursday night saw acts including Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Beck, Sting and James Taylor take to the stage at Madison Square Garden.

Friday's show opened with Jerry Lee Lewis singing Great Balls of Fire, and went on to host a number of big name collaborations including Jeff Beck with Sting and U2 with the Black Eyed Peas.

The night built up to a climatic finale with Jagger, Fergie and Will.i.am all join...
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James Taylor Takes Home Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award

February 3rd, 2009 11:40am EST
James Taylor
Singer/songwriter James Taylor has been honored with a lifetime achievement gong at BBC Radio 2's annual folk music awards.

The You've Got a Friend musician received the honor from the British broadcaster at a ceremony in East London on Monday, where folk legend Judy Collins was also recognized with the same award.

And Taylor was ecstatic to be recognized at a U.K. prize giving - because he started his career as the first non-British artist to sign to The Beatles' Apple Label in the 1960s.

He told the crowd, "It (Britain) seemed like the center of the universe, it was all hap...
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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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Paris Hilton's Jewelry Thief Arrested

January 23rd, 2009 11:05am EST
Paris Hilton
A man suspected of involvement in a jewelry raid on Paris Hilton's home has been arrested and charged with two burglaries.

Troy Thomas, 45, is alleged to have masterminded more than 150 thefts in three years in the Los Angeles area, targeting celebrities including Hilton, Duran Duran guitarist James Taylor, and several movie studio bosses.

The Simple Life star's Sherwood Oaks home was hit last month and an intruder made off with an estimated $2 million worth of gems.

Rocker Taylor's L.A. property was raided in April 2007 and a safe was taken from the home.

Thomas denies ...
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James Taylor Stitched Up For Pre-Inaugural Gig

January 21st, 2009 1:04pm EST
James Taylor
Singer/songwriter James Taylor was admitted to the hospital and given 50 stitches before he stepped on stage for a concert celebrating the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama - after falling at a rehearsal.

The You've Got a Friend hit-maker wore a hat and sunglasses during his performance at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Sunday.

A spokesperson for Taylor explains the cover-up to the New York Post, "(Taylor) fell during rehearsal and cut his forehead on a guitar."

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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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It's Not Over at 40 For All Musicians

October 27th, 2008 2:15pm EDT
Madonna
The early 90's pop hit "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" is perhaps the same sentiment the keeps some musicians in the music industry from packing it all in to keep on truckin'. While many leave to live normal lives, there are others who still have some impact on today's music scene. Check out our 40/40+ club of musicians who's careers are still rockin'. Should musicians over the age of forty give it a break? Let us know what you think!

Metallica / 40+

Since the band's inception in the 1980's, with a career spanning nearly three decades, Metallica are still magnetic as far ...
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T.I. Scores Big With Paper Trail

October 9th, 2008 7:03pm EDT
T.I.
Rapper T.I. has doubled up at the top of the U.S. charts after scoring his third successive number one album. With his "Whatever You Like" enjoying a fifth week atop the Billboard singles chart, Paper Trail has earned him his biggest sales week on the Hot 100 album chart.

T.I. has sold 568,000 copies in the U.S., giving his record label Atlantic it's biggest sales week since chart tracking began in 1991.

And it appears, the rapper will be celebrating again on Thursday when he breaks his own chart jump record with Rihanna.

The duo's "Live Your Life" has rocketed up 79 chart sp...
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Bob Dylan Donates Ticket Money To Charity

September 24th, 2008 1:32pm EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is to give the proceeds from his upcoming Canadian concerts to charity.

The singer will hand over a portion of the profits from his seven dates in the North American country to the Raise a Reader campaign, which aims to improve literacy. Dylan joins Michael Buble, Anne Murray and James Taylor in donating to the organization.

His North American tour kicks off in October.

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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20-Year Heroin Addiction Killed James Taylor Five Times

September 23rd, 2008 10:46am EDT
James Taylor
Singer/songwriter James Taylor has pledged to live a healthy life after dying five times. The "Sweet Baby James" singer admits his wild ways brought him close to death on many occasions - and he actually passed away five times during his 20 years of heroin addiction.

So, to thank the powers that be for giving him a little borrowed time, Taylor has vowed to get fit and stay fit.

He says, "By some stroke of luck, I didn't end up with any of the diseases that my behaviour should've given me.

"I should've died about five times. So I've used up all my chances. I have to take it easy ...
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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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Patrick Swayze Shows Up For Cancer Telethon

September 6th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze made his first public appearance since his pancreatic cancer diagnosis to provide a big surprise at the start of "Stand Up 2 Cancer" telethon on Friday night.

The star stepped out from behind a screen at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to a standing ovation.

Looking thin, but healthy, the ailing actor said, "I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light. I dream that everyone diagnosed will be fortunate enough to have hope, that every human being lost to cancer isn't gone, but is standin...
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Check Out Singer/Songwriter Jason Reeves

August 7th, 2008 7:00am EDT
Jason Reeves
From the uplifting opening track "Someone Somewhere" through reflective closer "The End," singer/songwriter Jason Reeves' forthcoming album "The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (and Other Frightening Tales)" takes listeners on a contemplative journey of love, hope, heartbreak and renewal.

Originally only available online and at his shows, the album's beauty and raw honesty connected with listeners and earned a "Top Folk Album of 2007" distinction from iTunes, which also named Reeves one of the Top Indie Singer-Songwriters of that year. Now signed to Warner Bros. Records, which wil...
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Artie Traum Passes Away

July 22nd, 2008 12:29pm EDT
Artie Traum
Folk legend Artie Traum has died of liver cancer. He was 65. The veteran musician died on Sunday in his Woodstock, New York home.

Traum enjoyed a long and successful career as a songwriter and guitarist in New York's famed Greenwich Village music scene during the 1960s.

The Bronx-born folk star recorded a series of solo albums in the 1990s with some of the biggest names in folk, rock and jazz, including James Taylor, Pete Seeger and his brother, Happy Traum.

Traum is survived by his wife, Beverly.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Sting And Wife Defend Rainforest Charity

May 5th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Sting
Sting's wife Trudie Styler has defended the rocker's rainforest charity, after it was accused of hoarding money raised at a 2006 concert. Newspaper reports claimed only 41 per cent of the funds raised at a stars-tudded concert at New York's Carnegie Hall were spent on saving trees.

The New York Post also claimed the Rainforest Foundation was rated one of the worst causes by watchdog Charity Navigator.

But Styler has hit back at the reports, claiming the figures are misleading.

She says, "The Rainforest Foundation is celebrating its 20th year. We wouldn't still be in business ...
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Vocalists Team Up For Burt Bacharach Tribute

April 16th, 2008 11:10am EDT
Burt Bacharach
Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick and James Taylor have teamed up with celebrated crooner Steve Tyrell for a tribute to songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Tyrell, who has a long history with Bacharach and David, has recorded an album of their tunes - and his famous pals feature on the classic "What the World Needs Now."

The track will appear on Tyrell's Back to Bacharach, which is released in June and also features collaborations with Patti Austin and Bacharach himself.

The all-star recording is for a worthy cause - all proceeds will go to the National Colorectal Cancer Research ...
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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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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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