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Tom Waits hires booking agents for first time in two decades

April 3rd, 2014 3:10am EDT
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Veteran singer/songwriter Tom Waits appears to be ready to make a return to the stage after hiring his first booking agents in 20 years.

The Hold On hitmaker has signed with talent officials at William Morris Endeavor to represent him as a musician and actor.

The news has prompted speculation the cult star is preparing to perform more concerts in the near future after making two rare appearances onstage last year (13) - he joined the Rolling Stones to sing blues classic Little Red Rooster in Oakland, California in May (13), while he played his first full show in five years in October (13)...

Tom Waits & Sinead O'Connor sign up for Kickstarter blues album

October 16th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Tom Waits
Tom Waits, Sinead O'Connor and Lucinda Williams have signed on to record tracks for a new Blind Willie Johnson tribute album - if fans fund the project online.

The Blind Boys of Alabama and Rickie Lee Jones have also agreed to perform a Johnson cover for the album following the launch of a crowdsourcing campaign on Tuesday (15Oct13).

A post on the project's new site reads, "Our mission is to shine a light and acknowledge this important and influential artist currently representing mankind in outer space.

"NASA recently confirmed that mankind has left the solar system for ...

10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't " there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...

Review: 'Seven Psychopaths' Is The Must See Film Of 2012

October 12th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Seven Psychopaths
What does one little Shih Tzu named BONNY, Seven Psychopaths and one screenwriter suffering from writer's block have in common?

Everything...At least in my favorite film of 2012 so far.

Screenwriter, Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is way past his deadline on his latest screenplay. If that's not enough to cause the poor dude major stress, his passive-aggressive girlfriend, Kaya (Abbie Cornish) is about to walk out on him.

Lucky for Marty, his BFF sometime actor/full time dognapper, Billy (Sam Rockwell, in a tour de force performance) is sticking by him; actually a little too much.

In fact...

Coldplay Back At Number One

November 3rd, 2011 4:59pm EDT
Coldplay have scored their third straight number one album in America.

The rockers' new release "Mylo Xyloto" has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 447,000 sales.

Kelly Clarkson's new release, "Stronger," also debuts high - at two - with 163,000 sales, and crooner Michael Buble completes an all-new top three with his holiday album, "Christmas."

Last week's number one, "21" by Adele, drops to four and Toby Keith debuts "Clancy's Tavern" at five.

Meanwhile, Tom Waits lands his first top 10 and highest debut on the Billboard 200 with "Bad As Me," which opens at number ...

Scarlett Johansson Records Track With Massive Attack

May 24th, 2011 12:48pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has teamed up with British music group Massive Attack to record a song for a new movie soundtrack.

The Hollywood actress has previously shown off her musical talents by releasing a 2008 album of Tom Waits covers, titled Anywhere I Lay My Head, and recently recorded a tune for a documentary called Wretches & Jabberers about two autistic friends.

It has now emerged Johansson has stepped into the studio with Massive Attack to produce a track for a new Mexican movie titled Days of Grace.

She has recorded her own version of blues classic Summertime for the film, which pr...

Neil Diamond Steals The Show At Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

March 15th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Neil Diamond
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...

Captain Beefheart Dies At 69

December 18th, 2010 9:02am EST
Captain Beefheart
American rocker and painter Captain Beefheart has died at the age of 69.

The star passed away on Friday, according to a representative for the Michael Werner Gallery in New York. His exact cause of death was unknown, although he had long been suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Born Don Van Vliet, the singer rose to fame in the 1960s with his own style of blues and rock, later influencing artists such as Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He recorded under the moniker Captain Beefheart with his pals in the Magic Band until 1982, before gradually moving away from the music ind...

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper And Tom Waits To Join Rock Hall Of Fame

December 15th, 2010 8:49am EST
Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits are among the next inductees to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 2011 class for the prestigious club was announced on Tuesday, with Darlene Love and iconic piano player Dr. John also gaining successful nominations.

And despite his stellar career, Diamond insists he was in no rush to enter the Hall, telling the Associated Press, "I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point."

Love adds, "Finally it's done. It still hasn't hit me yet. I still have that nervous stomach, and I'm still excited....

Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper And Neil Diamond Among Hall Of Fame Nominees

September 28th, 2010 2:58pm EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The stars join fellow first-time nominees Dr. John and Donovan, while Donna Summer, Tom Waits and rap acts LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys will be keeping their fingers crossed once more to be recognized as music royalty with the industry's highest honor.

The contenders for the 2010 Hall of Fame accolade were announced on Tuesday, but the artists will have to wait until December to learn if they have been selected to go down in history, and ...

Scarlett Johansson: 'I Would Love To Do Another Album'

May 5th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is enthusiastic to release more music - the actress wants to record her third album. The Lost in Translation star released a disc of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, in 2008, as well as last year's album Break Up, on which she collaborated with Pete Yorn.

And despite continuing her successful movie career, Johansson is eager to head back into the studio to record more tracks - but this time she wants to write her own songs for the record.

She tells MTV News, "I would love to do another album. The spirit has not moved me yet in that direction, but I would never...

Concert Review: Norah Jones PBS 'Soundstage' Taping At St. Ann's Warehouse

February 2nd, 2010 7:00pm EST
Norah Jones PBS Show Taping At St. Ann
On January 27, I had the pleasure of attending the taping of Norah Jones' performance for an upcoming installment of the PBS music series, "Soundstage." Even on a bitter cold and blustery New York evening, it was well worth my trip from Harlem to DUMBO's St. Ann's Warehouse, not only for the entertainment, but also for what would probably be my last chance (for a while, at least) to experience one of the most beautiful sights in the city - the view of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from Old Fulton Street. I'm moving out of state in March, so I'm just trying to breathe in as much of...

Review: 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Is A Storyteller's Tale For Gilliam, Ledger Fans

December 28th, 2009 1:26pm EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam is an interesting Hollywood director in that he's bizarre and not mainstream, and yet his films are so interesting and bizarre that they get critical acclaim and great notice. His started with the "Monty Python" gang and moved on to hits like "Brazil," "Time Bandits," "12 Monkeys," and "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." He had his fair share of failures too with the odd "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and the lukewarm critical reactions to his film "The Brothers Grimm." It was always an uphill battle for Gilliam since his movies are visually intriguing, mind bending, and n...

A Small Collection Of Christmas Music Videos

December 24th, 2009 1:41pm EST
Christmas music video
Back when MTV played music videos (remember those?), this time of year was reserved for playing the best… and worst Christmas classics that pop culture had to offer. Even though the days of Christmas tunes playing on TV until 3 am are over, the art of the Christmas music video has never gone away. To celebrate, Starpulse has put together a small collection of yuletide joy to celebrate the season. Eat that MTV.

Bob Dylan - "Must Be Santa"

Who would have guessed that Bob Dylan threw such bitching Christmas parties? The lead single off of Bob Dylan's strange new Christmas album "Christma...

Pete Yorn Stunned By Scarlett Johansson's Singing Talent

October 20th, 2009 7:04pm EDT
Pete Yorn pictures
Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn had no idea Scarlett Johansson could sing when he asked her to be part of his latest musical project - and feels like he struck gold.

Yorn confesses he dreamed up a collaboration with Johansson after listening to Serge Gainsbourg's 1960s recordings with Brigitte Bardot, and he admits he was more interested in his music partner's sexual allure than her singing abilities when he got in touch with her back in 2006.

He says, "It (her singing) wouldn't have mattered. It was more about her presence and attitude. But I got lucky that she has an amazing voice... sh...

Norah Jones' New Album, 'The Fall', Due Nov. 17

September 16th, 2009 9:51pm EDT
Norah Jones new album The Fall
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones has announced the title and release date of her upcoming album, "The Fall", her fourth studio album which will be released by EMI's Blue Note Records on November 17. Jones has also revealed the cover artwork for the album, which features a portrait by photographer Autumn de Wilde.

Jones was the surprise guest performer at Apple's "It's Only Rock n' Roll" press conference in San Francisco. Her breakout album Come Away With Me is one of the first albums to be released in the iTunes LP format, a new feature of iTunes 9 that rei...

Scarlett Johansson Facing Stage Fright On Musical Tour

September 6th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson dreads heading out on tour with her new musical collaborator Pete Yorn - because she suffers from terrible stage fright.

The actress has recorded a new album with Yorn, called "Break Up," and she fears success will lead to a series of live shows she'd rather not think about.

She says, "I have terrible stage fright. I've never had to sing in front of a live audience, other than some back-up vocals.

"It seems incredibly revealing, very different from making a red-carpet appearance, where the glitz and glamor of movie stardom... can mask any sort of insecurity." ...

Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...

Scarlett Johansson Will Write Second Album

December 16th, 2008 11:51am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has decided she wants to write her own songs for the follow-up to her album of Tom Waits covers.

The Lost In Translation star released Anywhere I Lay My Head in May this year which featured her versions of some of Waits' classic hits. However the 24-year-old is determined to have more of a creative influence on her next LP and has announced she will be producing her original compositions.

She tells, "I don't think I'd do covers, so it'd be a project that I have to dedicate myself to. I feel like that's something for the future."


'The Definitive Rod Stewart' Releases Nov. 18

October 30th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Rod Stewart
With an estimated 250 million in album and single sales, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart arguably possesses one of rock's greatest and most distinctive voices. For many years, he called Warner Bros. home, first as lead singer of the influential band the Faces and later as an internationally successful solo artist. This fall, Warner Bros. will launch a comprehensive catalog release campaign that focuses on Stewart's solo years with Warner Bros., featuring Collector's Editions of some of the artist's biggest-selling albums, a trio of boxed sets spotlighting studio, live and rare recor...

Scarlett Johansson Has Plans For Second Album

August 12th, 2008 2:51pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson is planning a follow-up to her first music record, just months after its release.

The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star released her debut album Anywhere I Lay My Head last in May - a collection of Tom Waits covers. And she admits she's eager to try her hand at music again, despite receiving disappointing reviews from critics.

She says, "It was fantastic to do that album. Not only live with that music that I love everyday, but I just worked with such wonderful musicians who are so talented."

However, Johansson admits she's not in a rush - b...

Sarah Mclachlan's Masterpiece, 'Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,' Gets 2CD/DVD Treatment

July 25th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
In 2008, twenty years after she began her recording career in 1988, Vancouver's Sarah McLachlan remains one of the most enigmatic personalities in pop. Over the course of her 14 separate album releases (which include six original studio albums), the quiet, burning passion of McLachlan's music has resulted in three Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards in her native Canada, and sales of more than 35 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.

The trajectory of Sarah McLachlan's broad popular success outside Canada began with the late-1993 release of her third album, Fumbling Towards Ec...

Ism To Release Second Album, 'Urgency,' August 5

June 7th, 2008 9:00am EDT
A lot of "isms" threaten to tear modern society apart at the seams: sexism, racism, extremism, radicalism, terrorism and more. In such an era of decay (moral, societal and otherwise), perhaps an apocalypse wouldn't be such a bad idea – at least that's how Andre Mistier sees it. The charismatic lead singer and songwriter for the New York-based quartet ism describes his band's potent blend of rock and electronica as "music for the party at the end of the world." After all, not all "isms" are bad: Altruism, activism and heroism could help make the next world a better place, and there's no re...

Scarlett Johansson's Album Bombs With Critics

May 21st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Actress-turned-singer Scarlett Johansson's debut album has received a series of scathing reviews from music critics, who have branded the star's recordings "fussy and forgettable." The Lost In Translation star released her LP Anywhere I Lay My Head, a collection of Tom Waits covers, this week.

But several reviews of the 40-minute-long disc have been lukewarm, with commentators reserving their harshest criticizm for Johansson's vocal abilities.

Rolling Stone, which gave Johansson a mediocre 2.5 stars out of five, complains, "Johansson's voice is unremarkable and her pitch sometimes...

Natasha Bedingfield Has A Girl Crush On Scarlett Johansson & Angelina Jolie

April 18th, 2008 11:57am EDT
Natasha Bedingfield
Natasha Bedingfield has confessed she harbors secret same-sex desires for Hollywood beauties Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie. Despite being happily paired up with real estate agent boyfriend Matt Robinson, Bedingfield confesses the stunning pair cause her to question her sexuality.

She says, "I have a girl crush on Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie."

And it's not just Johansson's looks the British star admires - Bedingfield's a big fan of the star's singing too, and can't wait to get her hands on the actress' forthcoming album - a collection of Tom Waits covers.


Scarlett Johansson Says She's More Than A 'Brazen Harlot'

April 18th, 2008 11:14am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson hopes her new album of dark Tom Waits covers will give her critics pause for thought because she's so much more than a "harlot" who looks good at film premieres.

The pretty actress can't understand why some people think she's just like the characters she plays in films or the roles she takes on in print ads. And she thinks Waits' moody songs - and her interpretation of them - will give her a new edge.

She tells Spin magazine, "I have platinum blonde hair, and I'm extremely curvy: I pour myself into a dress and show up and strut my stuff at premieres. Of course I...

Nonesuch Records To Drop The Black Keys' 'Attack & Release' April 1

March 30th, 2008 11:30am EDT
The Black Keys
On April 1, Nonesuch Records will release The Black Keys' fifth full-length LP, Attack & Release. The album follows their 2006 critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, which the Chicago Tribune proclaimed, "a gritty, wild, minimalist masterpiece."

Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Grey Album), Attack & Release was recorded at engineer Paul Hamann's illustrious Suma Studio outside Cleveland, Ohio. Initial collaboration began when Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) approached the band to write songs for an album he was developing with the late R&B legend I...

Eddie Vedder Surprises Film Fans With Gig

March 27th, 2008 1:15pm EDT
Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder stunned movie fans at two Into The Wild screenings in Seattle, Washington on Monday and Tuesday night when he showed up to perform for them. The rocker, who penned and recorded the soundtrack for Sean Penn's acclaimed film, performed full sets in advance of the launch of his first solo tour next week.

The Kenyon Hall dates were attended by just 150 lucky fans each night.

As well as playing songs from the film and Pearl Jam favorites, Vedder also covered Cat Stevens' "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out," Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" and "Picture I...

David Bowie Hails Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits Covers

February 25th, 2008 7:00pm EST
David Bowie
Veteran rocker David Bowie has heaped praise on actress Scarlett Johansson for her album of Tom Waits covers, branding her vocal talents "mystical." The legendary pop star provided backing vocals for two tracks on the disc, "Fannin' Street" and "Falling Down," and insists Johansson's skills behind the mic were almost perfect.

In a posting on his official website, he says, "The songs are great, really good Tom Waits stuff, and Scarlett's performances are mystical and twice cool (sic). She creates a mood that could have been summoned by someone like (novelists) Margery Latimer or Jeanett...

Scarlett Johansson To Release Debut Album In May

January 25th, 2008 8:33am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Sexy Scarlett Johansson is set to test her singing skills on the pop charts when she releases her debut album in May. The star's "Anywhere I Lay My Head" is her tribute to cult singer/songwriter Tom Waits.

The album features Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zimmer.

Johansson spent five weeks last spring recording the album in Louisiana at Dockside Studios.

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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