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Hanson Takes 'The Walk' On The Road

7/31/2007 5:30pm EDT
Multi-Grammy nominees Hanson are going on tour in support of their fourth studio album, The Walk, which was released on their own 3CG label on July 24. Co-produced with legendary producer Danny Kortchmar (Billy Joel, James Taylor, The Eagles), The Walk was inspired, in part, by Hanson's recent trip to South Africa and Mozambique, where they recruited children from the local orphanage to form a choir, who are featured on two songs on the new album.

Hanson has been ubiquitous in the media lately, with appearances on the Howard Stern Show, Fox's Your World With Neil Cavuto, as well as a ...

Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds Returns With 11th Album, 'Playlist,' In Stores September 18

7/29/2007 9:00am EDT
(New York, NY) 10-time Grammy award-winning megastar Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, an icon figure of live performance, songwriting, and production whose work on his own music and others' has resulted in more than 100 million career sales, has completed his 11th album, Playlist, which will arrive in stores September 18th as the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group and David Massey, President, Mercury Records.

Playlist will be Babyface's first album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of...

Hanson Offer Fans A Custom Tune Written About Them As Part Of Online Album Presale Of 'The Walk'

6/23/2007 11:26pm EDT
LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2007—Multi-Grammy nominees Hanson, who have collectively sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and been dubbed by the Village Voice as "the finest straight-up rock band in America," will release their fourth studio album, The Walk, on their own 3CG Records, July 24.

On Friday June 8, the band launched the presale of The Walk on their website,, where they offer an immediate non-DRM digital download of the album with each presale purchase. Exclusive to the band's site, visitors can choose between pre-ordering the album alone, or the exclusive CD+DVD ...

Prince, Bjork, Elvis Costello And More Honor Joni Mitchell On New Tribute CD

5/10/2007 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...

Tyrone Wells Tour Dates

4/2/2007 10:00pm EDT
Tyrone Wells
Tyrone Wells just sold out LA's El Rey theater for the third time in the past year. His new CD "Hold On" was just released and he'll be out on tour the rest of the year supporting the new disc. Leigh Nash (former lead singer of Sixpence None The Richer) will open on all dates beginning April 11.

Sounding like the spawn of Joss Stone, Alicia Keys & James Taylor, Lenny Kravitz and Prince… Tyrone is a voice to be reckoned with. And, the guy can even Yodel. Seriously!

4/11 Schuba's Tavern Chicago, IL

4/14 William Jewell College Kansas City, MO

4/15 Duck Room St. L...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 12

3/12/2007 3:00am EDT
Aaron Eckhart
Happy Birthday to British singer Pete Doherty (1979), English musician Graham Coxon (1969), "Erin Brockovich" actor Aaron Eckhart (1968), baseball notoriety Darryl Strawberry (1962), Jackson 5 singer Marlon Jackson (1957), Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris (1957), folk singer James Taylor (1948), singer/actress Liza Minnelli (1946), "Get Smart" actress Barbara Feldon (1941), singer Al Jarreau (1940), and beat writer Jack Kerouac (1922; d. 1969).

Rounder Records To Release Alison Krauss Collection

3/7/2007 7:16pm EST
Alison Krauss
On April 3, Rounder Records will release Alison Krauss’ A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, an album that encompasses her diverse career as a master vocalist, instrumentalist, collaborator and producer.

A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection is comprised of 16 tracks, highlighting Krauss’ career outside of her traditional releases with long time band Union Station. The album features Krauss’ collaboration with John Waite on the single, “Missing You,” which also appears on Waite’s recent Rounder release Downtown....Journey of a Heart. A Hundred Miles or More also features Krauss’ cont...

Newcomer Lisa Palleschi Releases Her Debut Album, "Released"

11/24/2006 10:00am EST
Lisa Palleschi
"I think this album has two personalities," Lisa Palleschi says of her debut, Released. "Half the songs are really pretty ballads, love songs, and the other half are more in-your-face, rock songs."

Indeed, Released is chock full of humanity: Its songs map the extreme ups and downs that every person experiences. It's full of love (the sensuous, lush cover of The Cure's classic "Just Like Heaven") and heartbreak (the scornful "I Wanna See You Cry"). And the big-voiced Long Island, N.Y. born siren wouldn't have it any other way.

Ranging from the sweeping to the sweet, the beautifully...

Green Day Get Environmental

11/20/2006 8:11am EST
Green Day
Punk rockers Green Day and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today announced a major new campaign, Move America Beyond Oil, to mobilize and empower music fans to demand clean, renewable energy solutions that break our dangerous dependence on oil -- a fuel that threatens both our security and our environment. The pairing unites one of the world's most popular and socially conscious rock groups with one of the nation's most effective environmental action groups.

"This campaign is about channeling the power of millions into something positive and powerful. People are sick of ou...

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

11/5/2006 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)...

"James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute" DVD To Be Released On October 3

9/28/2006 11:52am EDT
James Taylor
During the 2006 Grammy week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts. The amazing lineup featured Taylor's friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening - from The Dixie Chicks performing "Shower the People" and Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow jo...

'James Taylor At Christmas' Hits Stores October 10

9/28/2006 10:58am EDT
Combine the most beloved, classic songs of the holiday season with the warm baritone of one of the most recognized voices in popular music, and this Fall will give fans reason to celebrate with "James Taylor At Christmas." The 12-song collection of traditional and contemporary seasonal songs is set for release on Tuesday, October 10, on Columbia Records.

"James Taylor At Christmas," includes Taylor's heart-warming version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," from the 1944 film Meet Me In St. Louis, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," as well as the premiere of a new recording of J...

Jerry Douglas Band To Open For Paul Simon

6/20/2006 3:00am EDT
Jerry Douglas
The Jerry Douglas Band has been confirmed for the opening position on the Paul Simon 2006 summer tour. Dates include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center. Jerry Douglas' newest CD on KOCH Records, "The Best Kept Secret," is in stores now.

Jerry Douglas, widely regarded as the world's best dobro player, was recently recognized again as Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association, his second such honor, adding to a long list of awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He has also received 12 G...

India.Arie Returns June 27 With "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship;" Listen To First Single Right Here

4/6/2006 11:06am EDT
Nominated 11 times for Grammys within two short years, India.Arie came onto the national music scene in 2001 with her Motown Records debut Acoustic Soul and then followed up in 2002 with her sophomore CD Voyage To India. Both CDs have sold over 6 million copies worldwide and have helped Ms. Arie garner numerous awards including 2 Grammys and 3 NAACP Image Awards, along with awards from BET, Billboard Music, Radio Music, MTV, VH1 Vogue Fashion, Essence Magazine and others.

She has received critical acclaim from USA Today to VIBE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly to People Magazine. A voice...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 12

3/12/2006 3:00am EST
Liza Minnelli
Happy Birthday to British singer Pete Doherty (1979), English musician Graham Coxon (1969), "Erin Brockovich" actor Aaron Eckhart (1968), baseball notoriety Darryl Strawberry (1962), Jackson 5 singer Marlon Jackson (1957), Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris (1957), folk singer James Taylor (1948), singer/actress Liza Minnelli (1946), "Get Smart" actress Barbara Feldon (1941), singer Al Jarreau (1940), and beat writer Jack Kerouac (1922; d. 1969).

Ciara & Kelly Clarkson Added To Grammy Performers; More Presenters

2/2/2006 11:09am EST
Ciara and Kelly Clarkson have been added to the lineup of performers for the previously announced tribute to Sly And The Family Stone at the Grammys. Newly announced Grammy presenters include Destiny's Child, Teri Hatcher, Jenna Elfman, Chris Brown and James Taylor. Hosting the Grammy Pre-Telecast ceremony are revered rock guitarist Steve Vai and TV personality Giselle Fernandez; presenters for the Pre-Telecast include nominees Jars Of Clay, Shirley Caesar, Nnenna Freelon, Delbert McClinton; and K-Mozart radio personality and conductor/composer John Santana.

Kelly Clarkson is vying for...

James Taylor To Be Honored As Person of the Year

1/23/2006 2:53pm EST
James Taylor
An exceptional group of legendary music talents will honor multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter James Taylor as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year in a gala tribute on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The evening will laud Taylor for his extraordinary musical achievements and his philanthropic commitment to arts, environmental and humanitarian causes, and will feature a special concert by music luminaries including: India.Arie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, The Dixie Chicks, Dr. John, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Sim...

Jesse Harris Readies New Album 'Mineral'

11/23/2005 1:25pm EST
Jesse Harris
On February 21, 2006, Jesse Harris will release 'Mineral,' a strikingly elemental, intimate recording that heralds many firsts for the New York-based Grammy winner. Not only is it the debut release on his own independent label, Secret Sun Recordings, but after five albums with his beloved band The Ferdinandos, 'Mineral' marks Harris' first recording in a trio setting; backed by organ/piano master Larry Goldings (John Scofield, Maceo Parker, James Taylor), and long-time Harris collaborator Kenny Wollesen on drums, marimba and various percussion.

'Mineral' marks a stark departure from Ha...