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Neil Young Makes Music History On 'The Tonight Show'

May 13th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Neil Young Makes Music History On 'The Tonight Show'
Last night, Neil Young did something no one else has before when he performed, recorded, and pressed a vinyl of a song during an episode of The Tonight Show.

Young and Jack White appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show to promote Young's A Letter Home, which was recorded entirely in a 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth. White had been searching for such a machine for years and finally found one and renovated it for his Third Man Records.

Young stepped into the booth to give it a spin (no word if he had to pay the 35 cents required to run it) and recorded a cover of Willie Nelson's Crazy. The so...
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9 Music Videos Once Considered Controversial

April 17th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Fiona Apple
Entertainment boundaries change all the time and while musicians have always been provocateurs, some of their music videos end up laughably formulaic after a few years. Here are 9 music videos once considered controversial.

Criminal - Fiona Apple. The song that made Fiona a hit in 1997 was attached to a dim music video that seemed to follow heroin addicts. The frail singer drapes herself across furniture and in bathtubs in various states of undress. When it was released, critics saw it as an advertisement for drug use and even child porn thanks to Apple's slight stature.

Dirrty - Ch...
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Neil Young Brings New PonoMusic Service & Music Player To South By Southwest

March 12th, 2014 1:04pm EDT
Neil Young
Neil Young officially introduced his new Hi-Fi Pono music player and online music service called PonoMusic at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday.

The rocker told the crowd that he would "b*tch and moan" about the quality of MP3s, saying that when they came along "that's when the recording industry really went into duress."

But with Pono (which means "righteous" in Hawaiian) people will be able to hear a lossless digital recording the way it was meant to be heard.

"Every part of my body is getting hit with this," Young described the sound to a crowd at SXS...
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Neil Young Announces The Launch Of Hi-Fi Music Service PonoMusic

March 10th, 2014 3:34pm EDT
Neil Young
Rocker Neil Young has announced the the quality of digital music is about to get a lot better.

Young has been very vocal about his dislike for the way digital music sounds, and he is now set to bring the best-sounding music to the digital age through new online music service PonoMusic.

"It's about the music, real music," Young said in a statement. "We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market."

PonoMusic will involve an online store, desktop media management program and a physical p...
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Phish, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule Play Tributes For Lou Reed

October 29th, 2013 12:47am EDT
Trey Anastasio
The song may have been in the band's repertoire since Halloween of 1998, but on Sunday night Phish opened their show at Hartford, Connecticut's XL Center with a bittersweet, yet rousing rendition of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" in tribute to late music legend Lou Reed.

Reed passed away earlier in the day due to complications stemming from a liver transplant he had back in May.

Following the eleven-and-a-half-minute epic, frontman Trey Anastasio asked the crowd for a moment of silence for "one of the greatest artists who's ever lived."

Prior to the show Anastasio posted a tribut...
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Neil Young To Be Honored By The Recording Academy

October 18th, 2013 3:05pm EDT
Neil Young
Legendary musician Neil Young is set to be feted by officials at the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing.

Next January, the revered singer will follow in the footsteps of previous honorees Jimmy Iovine and Quincy Jones, when he is celebrated for his "commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music."

A statement from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow reads, "It is with great honor that we pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who ...
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Beyonce, One Direction, Kanye West & More Stars Join Global Citizens Ticket Initiative

May 2nd, 2013 4:19pm EDT
Beyonce
Several high-profile music acts have joined a new initiative that rewards fans for social activism. Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Usher, Ke$ha, Foo Fighters and Neil Young are among those who signed up for the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative.

The campaign allows fans to accumulate points when they help further change by signing petitions, contacting government representatives, or raising money for charity. Points can be used towards a lottery to win free concert tickets.

Over the next three years, each of the acts involved will give away one pa...
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Neil Young To Quit Touring?

April 21st, 2013 10:33am EDT
Neil Young
Neil Young's current tour may be his last, according to Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. Sampedro, who has played with the rocker since 1975 as part of Crazy Horse - thinks he could be ready to quit after a 40 year touring career.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: "My gut tells me this is really the last tour. We're playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us."

Explaining how Neil, 67, and other members of the band have been suffering health issues, he added: "Neil's wrist bugs him, and he has to tape it when he plays. I already had an op...
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Neil Young Gives Up Drugs And Alcohol

September 20th, 2012 3:28pm EDT
Neil Young
Legendary rocker Neil Young has given up drugs and booze for good after puffing marijuana and knocking back alcohol for years.

The Harvest Moon hit-maker retired both his bad habits last year and is now celebrating his sobriety.

He tells the New York Times, "I did it for 40 years. Now I want to see what it's like to not do it. It's just a different perspective."

However, the 66 year old insists it has been no easy feat - in his upcoming memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, he writes, "The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself."

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Adele At Number One Again, 68 Weeks After Release Of '21'

June 14th, 2012 8:32am EDT
Adele
Adele is back on top again, securing the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with sophomore album "21." She released the album 68 weeks ago but regained momentum, beating competition such as Neil Young, The Beach Boys and Alan Jackson.

The album has remained on the top 10 list since its release in February. Adele sold 75,000 copies last week, much of which is likely due to the NBC special "Adele Live In London, which aired on June 2.

Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West" was expected to debut at number one, but it sold 2,000 fewier copies, landing it at number two. The Beach B...
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Willie Nelson Receives Planet Defender Award

April 25th, 2012 11:21am EDT
Willie Nelson
Country music icon Willie Nelson has been hailed a green hero after picking up a Planet Defender award for his environmental work.

Nelson was honored at Rock The Earth's Seventh Annual Planet Defender Awards on Monday. The prize is given out to those who have made a difference protecting the planet.

The singer's philanthropic work first began in 1985, when he set up the Farm Aid charity concert series with fellow rockers Neil Young and John Mellencamp, while his other charitable ventures include building two sustainable biodiesel plants and organizing several fundraisers.

Nelson says...
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Neil Young's New Crazy Horse Album Features England's National Anthem

March 20th, 2012 9:12pm EDT
Neil Young
Neil Young's reunion album with his longtime backing band Crazy Horse will feature new versions of folk classic "This Land Is Your Land" and the English National Anthem "God Save The Queen".

The rocker's much-anticipated new album "Americana" will be released on June 5 and will also feature folk standards "Clementine", "Tom Dooley", "Get A Job" and "Oh Susannah".

But it's England's National Anthem that may surprise many fans.

A statement announcing the album's tracklisting reads: "'God Save The Queen'... became the de facto national anthem of sorts before the establishment of The Union a...
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Paul McCartney's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Unveiling Ceremony (Photos)

February 10th, 2012 10:30am EST
Paul McCartney Hollywood Walk of Fame
Paul McCartney became the last solo Beatle to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

McCartney unveiled the star outside the Capitol Records building on Vine Street, where he was rehearsing for a free live iTunes streaming performance of his new album Kisses on the Bottom.

Elvis Costello, Neil Young, and McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell were among the familiar faces who joined hundreds of fans for the brief ceremony, but former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr was a no-show.

During his speech, McCartney explained that Starr was "under the weather" and too ill to attend, but he i...
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Neil Young Announces New Album With Crazy Horse

January 24th, 2012 11:20am EST
Neil Young
Rock icon Neil Young is recording a new album with his longtime backing band Crazy Horse - their first studio collaboration in almost a decade.

Young announced the news to fans during an appearance at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah over the weekend.

The rocker first worked with the members of Crazy Horse in the late 1960s and they last worked together on 2003's Greendale. They last played together in 2004, according to RollingStone.com.

It's not the only reunion Young is working on - he reteamed with his Buffalo Springfield bandmates last year for a handful of festival sh...
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Michael Buble Blames Auto-Tune For 'Ruining' Music

December 15th, 2011 8:51am EST
Michael Buble
Singer Michael Buble is convinced voice-enhancing technology is ruining music because fans don't want to hear completely perfect performances.

The Canadian crooner argues that a song doesn't have to be totally mistake-free to be memorable, and claims his hero Frank Sinatra didn't always deliver a flawless vocal - but still managed to make an impression on fans.

He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "We've been ruined by Auto-Tune. Our ears have become far more sensitive to pitch and to perfection. It's weird. I can go and listen to my favorite Sinatra records and he's human: he's not alwa...
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Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

October 10th, 2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...
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Buffalo Springfield Tour Pushed To 2012

July 2nd, 2011 12:15pm EDT
Neil Young
Reunited rockers Buffalo Springfield have postponed their comeback tour to 2012.

Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Rick Furay reformed for their first performance in 43 years earlier this year as a warm-up for their headlining spot at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee earlier this month, and guitarist Furay made it clear there would be an official tour later this year.

But now, in a post on his Facebook page, the rocker-turned-pastor writes, "For those of you getting excited about the Buffalo Springfield fall tour, word has just come to me that it has been moved to the first of next year.

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Fan Dies At Bonnaroo Music Festival

June 12th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Robert Plant
Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been marred by the death of a female concertgoer, who was found dead outside her tent on Thursday.

The 32-year-old woman's body was discovered on the grounds in Manchester on the first night of the annual four-day event. Her name has been withheld until her family is notified.

Officials say her death may have been caused by heat, drugs or a combination of both factors.

The Nashville medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, according to Reuters.

Fans at the event - which includes a line-up of Eminem, Robert ...
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Bob Geldof Wins Groupies' Choice Award

March 21st, 2011 8:22am EDT
Bob Geldof
Rocker Bob Geldof was handed a quirky honor at the South by Southwest festival this weekend - the Groupies' Choice Award.

The former Boomtown Rats singer was presented with the trophy by Austin Music Awards director Margaret Moser at the annual event in Texas.

Geldof - who was at the festival as the keynote speaker and showcase performer - joked during his acceptance speech, "I am overwhelmed. I have received many honors in my life but without a doubt this is the one of which I am most proud."

"I have worked hard for many years to achieve this moment and I would like to thank the coun...
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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...
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'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

February 14th, 2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...
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Drake Scores Six JUNO Awards Nomminations

February 1st, 2011 4:31pm EST
Drake
Rap sensation Drake looks set to dominate his native Canada's 2011 JUNO Awards after landing six leading nominations.

The Forever hit-maker is in the running for Songwriter of the Year, while his debut disc Thank Me Later will battle against Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs for Album of the Year. Teenage pop star Bieber will also go head-to-head with Drake for the Artist of the Year and JUNO Fan Choice honors.

Meanwhile, Drake is nominated for Single of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year for the track Find Your Love.

Other multiple nominees include rockers A...
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Neil Young To Be Honored At Juno Awards

January 27th, 2011 8:58pm EST
Neil Young
Rocker Neil Young is to be honored in his native Canada for his humanitarian efforts.

The singer/songwriter has been named the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at this year's Juno Awards.

The honor is given to prominent musicians who give time, money and energy to charitable causes.

Young was selected for the honor primarily because of his work in co-founding the Farm Aid concert series in 1985, and founding the Bridge School for kids with severe speech and physical impairments.

A five-Juno winner in the past, Young will collect his latest honor at the ceremony on March ...
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Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

January 4th, 2011 9:56am EST
Pamela_Des_Barres
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...
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Cee Lo Green's R-Rated Hit Tops Spin Magazine's 2010 Pop Poll

December 9th, 2010 9:51pm EST
Cee-Lo Green
Cee-Lo Green's naughty hit "F--- You" has topped music magazine Spin's poll of 2010 hits.

The quirky tune beat out Arcade Fire's Ready To Start and Power by Kanye West in the first definitive end-of-year pop poll.

Rapper West's Runaway also makes the top 10, as does LCD Soundsystem's All I Want and Helicopter by Deerhunter.

The top 10 is:

1. "F--- You" by Cee Lo Green
2. "Ready To Start" by Arcade Fire
3. "Power" by Kanye West
4. "All I Want" by LCD Soundsystem
5. "Hitchhiker" by Neil Young
6. "Helicopter" by Deerhunter
7. "Runaway" by Kanye West
8. "Cry When You Get Older" by Robyn
9. ...
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Katy Perry Kicks Off Grammy Awards Concert; Eminem Scores 10 Nominations (See List)

December 2nd, 2010 8:35am EST
Katy Perry
Eminem is set to dominate the 53rd Grammy Awards in February after landing a massive 10 nominations.

The rapper is up for a string of top nods including Album Of The Year for Recovery and Best Record and Song for Love the Way You Lie, his collaboration with Rihanna. In the album category, he'll be fighting it out against Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, while his competition for Song of the Year includes Miranda Lambert and Cee Lo Green.

However, despite his 10 nods, Eminem can only scoop a maximum of nine trophies - in the Best Rap Song category, Love The Way You...
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Jimmy Fallon And Bruce Springsteen Cover 'Whip My Hair'

November 18th, 2010 1:00pm EST
Bruce Springsteen Jimmy Fallon
There were several great moments when Bruce Springsteen made a rare talk show appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but only one is still making waves on the internet: a cover of Willow Smith's Whip My Hair performed by Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and Bruce (as a 1970s version of himself). Watch it below.

Bruce Springsteen was on the show to promote his new Darkness on the Edge of Town box set, and also performed "Because the Night" and "Save My Love" with Jimmy's house band The Roots. He was featured for the entirety of the show, including an extended interview.

The Darkness on ...
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'Human Error,' Not Hybrid Car, Caused Neil Young's Warehouse Fire

November 17th, 2010 8:45am EST
Neil Young
Neil Young has broken his silence about a warehouse fire that destroyed valuable memorabilia, insisting human error was to blame for the blaze.

In a statement released on Tuesday the "Heart of Gold" rocker thanked fire service officials who raced to the scene and minimalised the damage, but insisted reports suggesting the fire was caused by a fault in a classic car he was working on are incorrect.

The statement reads, "We are thankful that no one was hurt in the fire at our warehouse last week. My wife Pegi and I would like to thank the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Dept for doing such an exemp...
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Neil Young's Warehouse Fire Caused By Converted Hybrid Car

November 16th, 2010 5:34pm EST
Neil Young
The fire that destroyed personal memorabilia belonging to Neil Young started in one of his prized vintage cars.

The veteran rocker lost a number of items earlier this month when a warehouse in San Francisco Bay, California went up in flames. Young stored a collection of paintings and musical instruments in the space, along with six classic cars. Staff members were able to salvage 70 per cent of the items.

However, it was his 1959 Lincoln Continental that sparked the blaze, according to Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi.

He claims the singer had had the vehicle converted into...
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Grassroots Campaign Wants 'Psych' Stars On 'SNL'

October 27th, 2010 10:35am EDT
Psych
If one show has impassioned, loyal fans to be reckoned with, it's "Psych."

They call themselves "Psych-Os," and in just a couple of weeks, nearly 30,000 of them have united in an online effort to nab leads James Roday and Dulé Hill a dual hosting gig on NBC's long-running, live sketch show.

The grassroots campaign appeared about a week before the official "Psych" Facebook page cracked the 1 million member milestone on October 20. Dubbed "Psych Out SNL," the movement's own Facebook group states that the writers of USA's quirkily funny police procedural have given the undertaking their o...
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