1. Drake to be Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    March 24, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Drake will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thurs., June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. "Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision," commented Songwriters Hall of Fame…

  2. Macy Gray Aiming to Release Two Albums in 2011

    January 29, 2011 10:29 AM EST M acy Gray isn't wasting any time getting to work on a follow-up to her 2010 album "The Sellout" -- and she plans to spend a lot more time working on new music in the future. "I want to make a lot of records this year," Gray, who's had gaps of three and four…

  3. Quincy Jones Looks Back with All-Star Tribute Album

    November 15, 2010 11:10 AM EST Reflecting on his game-changing career, industry legend Quincy Jones says there's one memento he especially treasures. It's a picture Duke Ellington signed in 1973 after Jones had wrapped his first TV production: a CBS special in tribute to the pioneering jazz pianist/composer. The…

  4. Dave Koz, "Hello Tomorrow"

    October 22, 2010 11:41 AM EDT Saxophonist Dave Koz brings the funk on "Hello Tomorrow," certainly more so than the smooth jazz poster boy has on previous efforts since the 1990s. Some of that credit goes to Koz' new production team of Marcus Miller and John Burk, who surround him with stellar rhythm…

  5. Taylor Swift Among Diverse Honorees At Songwriters Hall

    June 18, 2010 8:28 AM EDT The iconic ballad "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was so stirring that even a young Paul Simon knew he was onto something special when he composed it 40 years ago. "I thought, 'Hmm. That's better than I usually write,'" Simon recalled. "I was completely…

  6. 'Glee' Sets Off Waterworks with 'Beautiful,' 'House Is Not a Home'

    April 28, 2010 2:39 PM EDT Instead of asking its cast to pound out "Hello" covers and tributes to Madonna , last night's episode of "Glee" directed its challenge outward: How many times can viewers get misty-eyed in an hour? Between Mercedes' brief brush with an eating disorder, Finn and…

  7. Neil Young Tribute Set For Vancouver Winter Olympics

    December 02, 2009 12:02 PM EST Members of Broken Social Scene , Iron & Wine , Sun Kil Moon , Ron Sexsmith and Joan As Police Woman are among the artists confirmed to appear at a concert celebrating the music of Neil Young as part of the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics. The event will be held Feb. 18 at the city'…

  8. Unreleased Jackson 5 Tracks Discovered For New Collection

    October 06, 2009 9:50 AM EDT Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson 5 's first single with "I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters," a new collection of 12 vault recordings due out on Nov. 10. A single, "That's How Love Is," is being released today (Oct. 6) on iTunes; the…

  9. U2, Scarlett Johannson, Courtney Love Set For AIDS Charity Concert

    September 15, 2009 3:48 PM EDT U2 will take time away from its "360 Tour" to join fellow musicians Laurie Anderson , Rufus Wainwright , Antony Hegarty , Scarlett Johannson , and Courtney Love for a (RED) Campaign benefit concert on October 4 at New York's Carnegie Hall. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday,…

  10. Kid Cudi, Chrisette Michele On Tap For BET Concert Series

    July 14, 2009 3:48 PM EDT BET Networks, in conjunction with Grey Goose vodka, will debut a TV and concert series dubbed "Rising Icons" on July 27. Each 30-minute episode will offer a glimpse into the life of an emerging artist by chronicling their journeys at home and on tour. The line-up of artists featured…

  11. Kid Cudi, Chrisette Michele On Tap For Grey Goose Concerts

    July 14, 2009 12:50 PM EDT BET Networks, in conjunction with Grey Goose vodka, will debut a TV and concert series dubbed "Rising Icons" on July 27. Each 30-minute episode will offer a glimpse into the life of an emerging artist by chronicling their journeys at home and on tour. The line-up of artists featured…

  12. May 25, 2009

    May 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Reggae musician Desmond Dekker dies of a heart attack at his home in Croydon, England, at the age of 64. 2005 – Domenic Troiano of the Guess Who and Bush dies of prostate cancer in Toronto, Canada, at the age of 59. 2005 – Country singer Carrie Underwood wins Season Four of “American…

  13. Iggy Pop's French Connection

    March 26, 2009 6:11 PM EDT Iggy Pop has appeared in Paris to announce the release of a jazz-influenced album via EMI France. The Stooges singer said today (March 26) that he was inspired by the novel "The possibility of an Island," written by controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq. "I…

  14. Post-Arrest, Chris Brown Faces Uncertain Future

    February 13, 2009 11:15 AM EST As speculation continues to swirl around Chris Brown's arrest on suspicion of making a criminal threat, industry executives are wondering about the R&B singer's future. The 19-year-old Brown was booked and released Feb. 8 in Los Angeles after reports that he was allegedly…

  15. Faithfull Surrounded By Stars On New Album

    January 22, 2009 5:08 PM EST Veteran vocalist Marianne Faithfull is surrounded by top-shelf collaborators on the album "Easy Come, Easy Go," due March 17 from Decca. The Hal Willner-produced project, his first full album with Faithfull since 1987, features covers of Morrissey's "Dear God Please Help…

  16. Grateful Dead Lawyer Hal Kant Dies

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hal Kant, principal lawyer and general counsel for the Grateful Dead for more than 35 years who brought the band millions of dollars in revenue, died Oct. 19 in Reno, Nev., after a battle with pancrea Hal Kant, principal lawyer and general counsel for the Grateful Dead for more than 35 years…

  17. Celebrate Brooklyn! Turns 30 With Hayes, Orton

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series in Prospect Park will mark its 30th birthday this summer via a typically eclectic slate of performances. The Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series in Prospect Park will mark its 30th birthday this summer via a typically eclectic slate of performances. Isaac…

  18. Lou Reed Keynotes, Rocks Out At SXSW

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lou Reed lashed out at new modes of audio technology, saying that "people have got to demand a higher standard" than current MP3s during his keynote session today (March 13) at the South By Southwest Lou Reed lashed out at new modes of audio technology, saying that "people have…

  19. Grammy Performances To Celebrate Past, Present

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Longtime Grammy Awards telecast producer Ken Ehrlich likes to focus on "things you won't see elsewhere" at the annual show. And he hopes Sunday is no exception. Longtime Grammy Awards telecast producer Ken Ehrlich likes to focus on "things you won't see elsewhere"…

  20. This Day in Music

    February 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2006 - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2004 - Internet leaks of the new Janet Jackson track "Just a Little While" spur Virgin Records to digitally…

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