1. Songwriters Hall to Induct Cyndi Lauper, Toby Keith, Jerry Garcia and Linda Perry

    February 18, 2015 12:34 PM EST Cyndi Lauper , Toby Keith and the late Jerry Garcia will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. The organization announced Wednesday that Linda Perry , country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and "Hoochie Coochie Man" writer Willie Dixon will also be inducted on June…

  2. Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST There's something slightly incestuous -- in a good way -- about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation's annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; celebrating a different theme each year,…

  3. Meet Chicano Batman: Jack White's Opening Act Talks 'Championing the Underdog'

    February 03, 2015 11:15 AM EST After a string of dates on White’s tour, the grooving Latin power band are set to play Coachella. "We're a bunch of Latinos and we're opening up for Jack White ," Chicano Batman's Bardo Martinez says with a laugh that expresses a mix of disbelief and pride. Chicano…

  4. 'Voice' Runner-Up Michelle Chamuel Talks Reality TV Arcs and Usher's Best Lessons

    February 02, 2015 5:36 AM EST In spring 2013, it was Michelle Chamuel who delivered so many of The Voice's most heartwarming moments, such as singing into a mirror on Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" or adding dramatic theatrics to Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." Under Usher's…

  5. Rod McKuen's Surprising Chart History: From Frank Sinatra to Madonna

    January 29, 2015 10:27 PM EST Rod McKuen , a prolific poet and songwriter who died at age 81 on Thursday (Jan. 29), made a name for himself in the '50s, but his surprising career stretched to not long before his death, as he worked with artists from Frank Sinatra to Madonna . McKuen won a Grammy Award for best…

  6. Who Is Katy Perry's Secret Super Bowl Guest? Vote!

    January 29, 2015 6:39 PM EST Katy Perry still has a few tricks up her multi-colored sleeve. At a press conference Thursday afternoon (Jan. 29), Perry promised sharks and lions at her Super Bowl halftime show. But more exciting than apparently getting real-life beasts to "Roar" with her is her promise that…

  7. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  8. 'Beautiful' Star Jessie Mueller Talks Carole King, Sara Bareilles & Recording an Album

    January 19, 2015 2:42 AM EST In 2011, Jessie Mueller was just another actress from the Midwest when she got cast opposite Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever . After nabbing a Tony Award nomination for the role (and her impressive scatting), she's become something of a fixture on…

  9. No Longer a 'Stepchild,' the Grammy Pretelecast Ceremony to Be Spiffed Up and Dubbed 'The Premiere'

    December 29, 2014 1:23 PM EST "You have to remember, there are... how many categories?" multiple-Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper says, attempting to describe her experience as the 2014 host of the annual Grammy pretelecast ceremony, during which the 70 or so awards not broadcast on the televised main show are…

  10. Watch Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe & Others Salute Stephen Colbert with Song

    December 19, 2014 1:22 AM EST Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Barry Manilow were on hand to give Stephen Colbert a big-time send-off Thursday night.  They were just a few in a dizzying cast of musicians, movie and media personalities, athletes and politicians who joined in for a celebratory round…

  11. 'The Wall' Turns 35: Roger Waters Revisits Pink Floyd's Enduring Rock Opus

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Pink Floyd ’s The Wall -- a dark and enduring rock masterpiece that deals with personal alienation juxtaposed against a backdrop of war and government corruption -- has been presented in many formats over the years. First came the 1979 double album (co-produced by Bob Ezrin) that spent 15…

  12. Hozier and Taylor Swift’s Mutual Admiration Society and More Insider Scoop

    November 14, 2014 4:28 PM EST What’s Cooking With Hozier And Taylor Swift? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known as Hozier , has formed quite a mutual admiration society with Taylor Swift . In early October, 24-year-old Swift shared an Instagram of herself enthusiastically air-drumming along to Hozier’s performance of …

  13. Cyndi Lauper Calls on Tony Awards to Reinstate Axed Sound Design Category

    November 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST A Tony Award committee will look into the decision earlier this year to scrap the handing out of awards for best sound design. The decision to drop the honors for Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical was made in June by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, and…

  14. Grammy Awards Pre-Televised Ceremony Gets a New Name

    November 06, 2014 4:28 PM EST It's a war on hyphens as the Recording Academy announces a name change for its pre-televised event on music's biggest night. The Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony , where the bulk of the day's statues are actually presented, is now officially the Grammy Awards Premiere…

  15. 10 Things We Learned From Cyndi Lauper's Reddit AMA

    November 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST In 1984, Cyndi Lauper used her, well, unusual style to her advantage, releasing She's So Unusual , the first debut female album to land four top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Lauper recently told Billboard the songs contained "were about empowering all us freaks. We stood up…

  16. 'Voice' Runner-Up Jacquie Lee Shares Christina Aguilera's Advice

    November 04, 2014 4:00 PM EST 'When you're on the road and meeting all of these new people, you sort of lose your sense of reality and who you can trust.' Voice runner-up Jacquie Lee is ready to compete in the post-reality show music scene, which is much more cutthroat than any televised talent…

  17. Dionne Warwick on Why Social Media Isn't Her Thing: 'I Don't Do Twitter, I Don't Do Twatter'

    November 04, 2014 12:21 PM EST Dionne Warwick , 73, has revisited her huge hit catalog many times, most recently on 2012's Now: A Celebratory 50th Anniversary Album . But for her latest dip into the past, Feels So Good (Oct. 27, Bright Music), she opted to let some famous friends do the curating, including Cyndi…

  18. Cyndi Lauper on Her Iconic 'She's So Unusual' Album: The Songs 'Were About Empowering All Us Freaks'

    October 28, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Women didn't always rule the Hot 100 . In 1984, female artists accounted for only four of the 20 songs to reach No. 1: Deniece Williams , Tina Turner , Madonna and Cyndi Lauper , a Queens-born singer with a four-octave range and a Day-Glo sense of style. Lauper's 1983 solo debut,…

  19. How Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' Influenced 'Miami Vice' Director Michael Mann -- and Lorde!

    October 27, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Michael Mann doesn't see what the big deal is. "I guess Miami Vice was a radical departure from everything else that was on TV at the time," says Mann, executive producer of the series. But the tricks Mann and others incorporated, including the prominent use of current music…

  20. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

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