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Michael Jackson Voted 'The Greatest Singer Of All Time'

6/22/2011 11:00am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has been named the "Greatest Singer Of All Time" in a new poll, just days ahead of the second anniversary of his death.

The "Thriller" hitmaker passed away on June 25, 2009, after suffering a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol, and fans have honored the late star by voting him into top place in a new poll.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury came a close second, while Elvis Presley placed third.

Guns N' Roses star Axl Rose came in fourth and John Lennon rounded out the top five.

David Bowie, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and...

Stevie Wonder Inducted Into Apollo Theater Hall Of Fame

6/14/2011 11:59pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Soul legend Stevie Wonder has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at New York's fabled Apollo Theater.

The "Isn't She Lovely?" hitmaker was honored at the Apollo's spring gala event on Monday night, with veteran crooner Tony Bennett on hand to present him with a special award.

The induction is a significant one for Wonder - he started his career at the Apollo in 1962 when he was just 12 years old.

Speaking at the gala in his honor, the blind icon says, "It's a moment to cherish and remember, relishing in the memories of the times that I've been at the Apollo, as well as this night, the g...

Sean 'Diddy' Combs To Receive ASCAP Award

5/26/2011 8:23am EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Sean 'Diddy' Combs will be honored with a special prize from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) next month.

The hip-hop star will be feted for his songwriting skills at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles on June 24th.

Combs will be handed the Founders Award, following in the footsteps of other famous recipients including Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson and Paul McCartney.

The rapper admits he is delighted with the honor, telling in a statement, "To be recognized for my contributions to mu...

Chaka Khan Honored With Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star (See Photos)

5/20/2011 8:48am EDT
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan burst into an impromptu performance with Stevie Wonder as she unveiled her Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Thursday.

The I'm Every Woman hit-maker was given the 2,440th plaque on a section of the Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, and her proud family was on hand to see the singer accept the honor.

Stevie Wonder also attended the ceremony and teamed up with his pal to treat the crowds to a rendition of her 1974 hit Tell Me Something Good. Speaking about the legendary singer, Wonder said, "We're all very excited for Chaka."

Khan also spoke of her pride at landing a star, de...

40th Anniversary Tributes And Releases For Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' Planned

5/12/2011 11:30pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul legend Marvin Gaye's groundbreaking "What's Going On?" album is set for a 40th anniversary celebration featuring re-releases, rare cuts and celebrity tributes.

The classic hit stores on May 21, 1971 and quickly became one of the most important albums ever released, featuring a reflective Gaye musing on the troubles of the day.

The album spawned the hits "What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)."

To celebrate the anniversary, record label Motown is releasing "What's Going On" - Super Deluxe Edition, which features two CDs and one vi...

George Michael Announces His Comeback Tour

5/6/2011 11:34am EDT
George Michael
George Michael is set to hit the road for a new tour, just three years after he quit performing live.

The Faith hit-maker played two London concerts, dubbed The Final Two, in 2008 and announced the shows would mark the end of his career on the stage.

He recently released a new track called True Faith, as well as recording a cover of Stevie Wonder's You & I in honor of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's wedding last month - and now he's preparing to sing the songs to his fans during a string of arena shows.

In a series of posts on his page on Friday, he wr...

'American Idol' Recap: Casey Gets Saved + Power Rankings

3/25/2011 9:23am EDT
American Idol - Casey Abrams Gets Saved
I knew it was coming, but it still twisted my stomach when it did.

Last night, I thought my ‘Idol’ nightmare was over. I thought we were rid of the overrated self-indulgence factory that is Casey Abrams. I thought I wouldn’t have to see why having a beard makes you an artist, why being herky-jerky gives you credibility and why not picking pop songs gives you a sense of musical depth that would make James Murphy jealous. I thought I wouldn’t have to write a single word about that any longer, but I couldn’t help but think that as he sat in the bottom three that the judges would save him no m...

Elizabeth Taylor Honored For Her AIDS Charity Work

2/10/2011 8:47am EST
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor was honored for her longstanding AIDS charity work at a star-studded gala in New York on Wednesday.

The Hollywood legend is the founding international chairman of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and also created the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF).

She devotes much of her time to fundraising, and amfAR bosses celebrated her achievements at a party in the Big Apple to mark the organization's 25th anniversary.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg were also among the honorees.

Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie W...

Stevie Wonder To Be Inducted Into Apollo Theater's Hall Of Fame

2/3/2011 8:47am EST
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is the latest legend to be inducted into the Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame in New York.

The Isn't She Lovely? hit-maker will be named an Apollo icon in a ceremony in the Big Apple on June 13th.

The honor will be a significant one for Wonder - he started his career at the Apollo in 1962 when he was just 12 years old, when he performed as a multi-instrumentalist and was dubbed the Wonder Child.

The veteran performer will join a stellar list of former inductees, including Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

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Rachel Uchitel Is An A-List Celeb Now?

10/25/2010 9:00pm EDT
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Former Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel attended the 32nd Annual Carousel Of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills on Saturday night, but we can't figure out exactly why.

The $1,000 per-plate gala was attended by numerous A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony, Jane Fonda, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Akon, Don Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Paris Hilton, Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin and Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez. But if we recall correctly, having sex with a professional golfer behind his wife's back does not an A-lister make.

The professional mistress wore a long silver beaded gow...

Denzel Washington, Vanessa Hudgens & Tons Of Stars Stand Up 2 Cancer

9/11/2010 9:15am EDT
Vanessa Hudgens
Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond tugged at the heartstrings of TV viewers during the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon on Friday night with special dedications to loved ones who had lost battles with the disease.

They were part of the all-star line-up of presenters, performers and phone operators who gave up their time to help raise funds for cancer research charities and awareness about the killer disease.

Among those who took part in the TV special were Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Diane Lane, Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Denzel Washington, while celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, Marg Helgenberg...

Alan Jackson To Receive Top ASCAP Honor

8/9/2010 5:30pm EDT
Alan Jackson
Country music star Alan Jackson is set to be honored with the prestigious Founders Award at the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Country Music Awards next month.

The I'll Try hit-maker will be feted at the organization's 48th annual ceremony, held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on September 14th. The event will honor songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1st, 2009 through March 31st, 2010.

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP's top prizes, handed to stars who have "made pioneering contributions to...

Gorillaz Replace U2 At Glastonbury (Video)

5/26/2010 12:35pm EDT
Damon Albarn is preparing to headline Glastonbury for the second year in a row - his virtual band Gorillaz has stepped in to replace U2 at the legendary British music festival.

The Irish rockers were forced to pull out of their headlining slot at next month's event, as well as the next leg of their world tour, after frontman Bono was admitted to the hospital on Friday for emergency back surgery.

Rumors were rife over who would take U2's place at Glastonbury, with online reports suggesting Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC or even Led Zeppelin could step in to the coveted slot.


Paul McCartney To Be Honored At The White House

5/25/2010 11:30am EDT
Paul McCartney
The details of Paul McCartney's big White House showdown have been revealed a week after the former Beatles star hinted about a presidential concert in a web chat.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld will be part of an all-star line-up that will honor McCartney when he receives the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress in the White House's East Room. Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also be part of the festivities on June 2nd. Paul Simon and Wonder are past Gershwin Prize winners.

McCartney treated ...

Lady Gaga's Mentor Suing Her For Millions

3/18/2010 10:53pm EDT
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A producer who helped launch Lady Gaga's career is suing the pop star for $35 million over allegations she dumped him as soon as she hit the big time.

Rob Fusari signed a production deal with the singer in 2006, and claims to have come up with her stage moniker. He also maintains he was instrumental in landing her a deal with record label Interscope.

The hitmaker, who has also worked with Destiny's Child and Will Smith, produced several tracks on Gaga's debut album, "The Fame" - including the hit "Paparazzi" - but Fusari reveals his working relationship with the star soured after she alle...

30 Days of Christmas: Week Five - Modern Classics

12/26/2009 5:30pm EST
The Nightmare Before Christmas
One holiday. One month. One woman. Thirty individual movies. Readers ready? Go!

Day Twenty-Five: December 20, 2009 - Love Actually

"Love Actually" is a long one, as far as holiday movies go. Some would assume it is too long for a genre that is notoriously known for cheesy carols and over-the-top design. However, what is at the core here are some very sweet (and often intertwining) stories about young love. From the racy movie stand-ins who come together (no pun intended), bonding even in awkward situations, to the elementary aged boy who is convinced he has found his true love, to the...

Celebrity Weekend In Photos: Bruce Crowd Surfs, Brooke's NBA Game & More

11/23/2009 4:15pm EST
Will Ferrell & Brooke Shields
Will Ferrell and Brooke Shields talk on the sidelines during an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, Sunday, Nov. 22, in New York. Check out what other celebs did this weekend.

Bruce Springsteen surfs the crowd while performing with the E Street Band, Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in Baltimore.

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Kid Rock and Stevie Wonder sing a duet during Motown Records 50th anniversary gala on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Detroit.

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Just Jinjer Talks Touring, 'What He Means' & Celebrity Fans

10/25/2009 11:00am EDT
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Just Jinjer is the most successful rock act in South African history and recently made their way back home after recording and touring overseas. The band has had two double-platinum albums, six #1 hits, and 10 Top-10 hits in their native land; and they've shared the stage with some huge names, the likes of U2, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Spice Girls. They recently hit London for some shows before heading home again after a stay in the U.S.

We recently caught up with bassist Denholm Harding, and he spoke about the band returning home and some unlikely celebrity fans...

How is...

Scott Porter Discusses 'Bandslam,' His Duet With Hugh Grant & More

8/11/2009 9:57am EDT
Scott Porter
Scott Porter, who stars in the upcoming film "Bandslam" (opening Friday, August 14) joins us to discuss his character, Ben Wheatly, whose musical inspiration seems to stem from a slight misinterpretation of Bruce Springsteen songs. We also catch up on what Jason Street -- Scott's character from "Friday Night Lights" -- is up to these days (not to mention we discover, in a pretty traumatic way, Scott knows a thing or two about football himself), the story behind his duet with Hugh Grant in the "Pop Goes My Heart" video from "Music and Lyrics" and why every character he plays seems to wind up...

Rob Thomas Ready To Rock With Second Solo Album, Out June 30

4/29/2009 2:37pm EDT
Rob Thomas
Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced the forthcoming release of his second solo album, titled Cradlesong. Due on June 30th, the album features the first single, "Her Diamonds," which hit radio and video outlets in mid-April. Once again produced by Matt Serletic, Cradlesong is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Thomas' 2005 solo debut - the #1, RIAA platinum …Something To Be.

"I like musical hybrids," says Thomas about the musical direction of the new album. "Like, 'What would it sound like if we took Prince's drummer and mixed him with really amazing Nashville...

Just Jinjer: Huge In South Africa, Ready For The U.S.

4/9/2009 5:00pm EDT
Just Jinjer
Just Jinjer is the top selling artist in South Africa and the most successful rock act in South African history, selling an amazing two Double Platinum albums and one Gold album. Now the band has hit L.A. and is getting poised for their US debut. They've toured with U2 and Counting Crows; and their first US single, "Can I Have More", was released on April 7th.

YouTube user SiriusBackspin made an AMV (Anime Music Video) using the band's song "Can I Have More" with the Anime "Requiem From The Darkness". Check it out:

Can I Have More

A brief bio in the ...

Theatrics Enhance Adam's Performance On 'Idol,' Lil Rounds Probably Out

4/8/2009 8:42am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for American Idol to Start:

-No weird WWE-style judge introduction tonight. Finally!

-Hey, it's the bald guy from "Fringe"! Here's a guarantee: 95% of the audience had no idea why they showed that guy, kind of like the 99% who didn't understand why he was on the sidelines during NFL playoff games.

-Do people actually get embarrassed by their baby photos? Isn't that the biggest faux-humiliation moment ever? I mean, you're a baby! The fashions were different and your parents dressed you to look like their version of cute. How insecure does so...

'American Idol' Power Rankings: Week 2

3/27/2009 8:17am EDT
American Idol
This week it was revealed that the American Idol wannabes lip-synch their group numbers. I'd never really noticed that before, but tonight it was all I could think about as they sang a Motown medley and looked like fleeing civilians in a "Godzilla" movie. How did it take us this long to unmask this conspiracy?

Of course, there was also a lot of real singing this evening. First it was Ruben Studdard who looked like a bathroom attendant at a five star restaurant and sang a song that I'm pretty sure is called "Every R&B Song Ever Written". At least he gave Jimmy Fallon solace in knowi...

Sax Legend David Sanborn Participates In Save The Music eBay Auction

1/23/2009 6:30pm EST
David Sanborn
Maverick saxophonist David Sanborn, who has performed alongside such heavyweights as James Brown, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and innumerable others is stepping up in support of young musicians across the country and participating in an exclusive auction to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which donates instruments for public school music programs.

The auction is closing on January 26th on The auction boasts a private saxophone lesson with David Sanborn in New York City, a copy of Sanborn's acclaimed new CD Here and G...

Motown Records Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Podcasts & More

1/23/2009 5:00pm EST
Smokey Robinson
A special series of online podcasts featuring rare and intimate conversations with the label's legends, producers, songwriters and singers, are now available at The podcasts are also available on iTunes.

These exclusive podcasts are just part of a year-long celebration of Motown's 50th and its lasting legacy, which included the Dec. 9 release of Motown: The Complete No. 1's, a 10-CD box set in the shape of the label's famed "Hitsville U.S.A." birthplace in Detroit, featuring more than 200 classic songs from 50 Motown artists that topped charts around the world, ...

Stevie Wonder's A Musical Genius In... Today's Links

12/16/2008 7:00pm EST
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Underrated & Overrated Movie Songs

11/7/2008 1:13pm EST
Neil Young
We all know the real reason we go to the movies. It isn't the thrills or the chills, the laughs or the gaffes, the drama or Lorenzo Lamas, no; we all hit the theater to hear the music. That is, we love to hear the one big song associated with any film.

The marriage of music and movies has long been exceptional. Whether it's "Theme From a Summer's Place" or "Blame Canada", nothing raises a film's enjoyment factor quite like a good tune.

Problem is, most songs simply aren't that good. A lot of these film tunes come from a great movie and are thusly mistaken as great music when i...

Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

10/15/2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...

Overrated & Underrated Pop Duets

10/3/2008 10:11am EDT
Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder
Sometimes one just ain't enough.

That's a line, okay an amended line, from the rarest of rock treats - the duet. Everyone loves when two pop icons team up for a single. It's just like those rare occasions when two solo wrestlers join forces for a super tag-team.

Just like its brethren in the WWE the results for pop duets are often much less than the sum of their parts. Still, each duet holds a special spot, or two, in the minds of music fans.

So it's easy to say that all duets are overrated isn't it? Well, that would be the case if it weren't for the fact that so many gr...

Jem Comes 'Down To Earth' On September 16 With New Album

8/15/2008 8:12am EDT
Welsh recording artist Jem will release her sophomore album, Down To Earth, on September 16 on ATO Records. The follow-up to her acclaimed 2004 debut, Down To Earth is a collection of twelve infectious new songs that feature Jem's ethereal vocals, hip-shaking beats, bright melodies and introspective lyrics. "It's Amazing," the first single off the album, is featured on the original soundtrack to the highly anticipated feature film version of the beloved HBO television series Sex And The City.

Jem co-wrote Down To Earth with cohorts old and new including hip-hop producer Jeff Bass, one...