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  1. Ray Chew Directs Music For 'Neighborhood Inaugural Ball'

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Having served as musical director for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, veteran musician, composer and producer Ray Chew will step it up a notch on Jan. 20 as he handles the same duties for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. Newly installed P ...

  2. Jay Leno Takes His Act To Prime-Time TV

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Comedian Jay Leno will host a new prime-time television talk show five nights a week in 2009 on struggling network NBC after his planned retirement from his popular late-night program "The Tonight Show," NBC said on Tuesday. The new one- ...

  3. Latin Briefs: Kudai, Live Nation, Jose Feliciano

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Chilean pop group Kudai has begun a series of trips to indigenous communities in Latin America under the auspices of UNICEF. The group's visits, which will be filmed for an MTV Latin America special to be shown next year, began this month i ...

  4. Exclusive: The Fray Debuting Single On ABC

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two-and-a-half years after a key placement on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" helped turn the Fray into platinum stars, the band is utilizing another high-profile TV partnership to introduce its new single, "You Found Me," Bil ...

  5. Pros Share 'Secrets Behind TV Music'

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Song placements on TV shows are key for new or established artists looking to grow their fan base. But artists, record labels and managers should approach music supervisors with caution. Before pitching music for a show, "be informed, sensiti ...

  6. Strait, Paisley, Chesney, Sugarland, Underwood Take Top CMA Honors

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite standout performances by the Eagles and Kid Rock (with Lil Wayne in tow), the night belonged to traditionalists as George Strait and Brad Paisley came away the big winners at the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards, held tonight ( ...

  7. Kidman, Jackman Join CMA Line-up

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman will present an award together during the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards, which airs live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC. The two internationally kno ...

  8. 'Ugly Betty' Strikes A 'Pose'

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Daddy Yankee's "Pose" will air on ABC's "Ugly Betty" this Thursday. It will play during a Mode magazine party scene, according to label Universal. Written by the artist (aka Raymond Ayala), the song is at No. 17 on Bi ...

  9. Miley, Billy Ray To Appear On “Good Morning America,” CMA Awards

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Miley Cyrus, star of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana," and her father, television co-star and duet partner Billy Ray Cyrus, will perform on ABC’s "Good Morning America” on Wednesday, Nov. 12. They are also scheduled to present ...

  10. Chris Brown Promotes Dance Focused Video Game

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B vocalist Chris Brown is the star of a new advertising campaign for Hasbro's U-Dance, a motion sensing dance video game. As part of the promotion visitors to the site udancegame.com can see extra footage of Brown dancing and enter a co ...

  11. Four Tops Vocalist Levi Stubbs Dies At 72

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today (Oct. 17) at his home in Detroit after a long series of illnesses -- including cancer and a stroke -- that forc ...

  12. Eagles, Kid Rock, Wailers Added To CMA Lineup

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Anyone who still refers to the genre as "country and western" will get a surprise when they tune in to the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 12. The Eagles, Kid Rock, the Wailers, Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum join the ...

  13. Alicia Keys Leads AMA Nominations

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys leads the nominees for the 2008 American Music Awards with five nominations, including artist of the year. Following up in the nominations tally are Coldplay and the Eagles with four nominations each. Coldplay was nominated for artist ...

  14. Copyright Battle Over Eighties Hit 'Down Under'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Men At Work's iconic Eighties hit "Down Under" is at center stage of a copyright row in Australia. Sydney-based music publishing firm Larrikin Music has lodged a statement of claim, noting that the international smash carries an unl ...

  15. Cokell Reaches Top At U.K's Pinnacle

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Joe Cokell has been named as the new managing director of leading U.K. independent distributor, Pinnacle Entertainment, reporting to company chairman, Sean Sullivan. He takes the reins from Chris Maskery, effective immediately. Formerly managing d ...

  16. Naughty By Nature Reunite For New Album

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's turning into a good year for Naughty By Nature. In addition to being one of the five honorees on VH1's recent "Hip Hop Honors" special, the hip-hop trio has reunited to record a new album set for first quarter 2009. The gr ...

  17. Kimmel Returns To Host AMAs

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Kimmel will return for the fifth time as host of the American Music Awards, to be held Nov. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The show will be aired live on ABC. Among the performers announced today (Oct. 6) were Pink and the Jonas Bro ...

  18. Clothing Line To Feature Classic Song Lyrics

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing will license lyrics from classic songs in its more than 1.3 million song catalog to a clothing line operated by the 545-unit UK-based retailer Sainsbury. The merchant's Tu Clothing division, which is featured in 281 of th ...

  19. Paisley, Underwood To Co-Host CMA Awards

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reigning Country Music Association male and female vocalists of the year Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 12. In addition to their hosting duties, Paisley and Underwood will also perform. Previously ...

  20. Chesney, Strait, Sugarland Among CMA Performers

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are the first performers announced for the the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, which will be held Nov. 12 in Nash ...

  21. Swift Scores 'Grey's' Song

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rising star Taylor Swift's "White Horse," a song from her forthcoming sophomore album, "Fearless," will be featured in the two hour season premier of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which will air Sept. 25 at 9 ...

  22. Silverman Hails Jimmy Kimmel Emmy Win

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Yeah, the FCC decency folks are crying themselves to sleep tonight: "I'm F*cking Matt Damon" from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" won for outstanding original music and lyrics at Saturday's ceremony for the 2008 Primetime Creativ ...

  23. Josh Groban To Perform At Emmys

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Josh Groban will perform a medley of 25 TV theme songs during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held Sept. 21 in Los Angeles. Among the themes Groban will perform selections from are "Friends," "The Simpsons" and &q ...

  24. Chesney, Strait, Sugarland Lead CMA Noms

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney leads all finalists with seven nominations for the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, while George Strait and duo Sugarland each nabbed five nominations with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles picking up a sixth for song of ...

  25. Leona Lewis Distances Herself From Old Demo

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SyCo Entertainment has publicly distanced itself from "Times have Changed," the remixed version of a demo recording by reality-TV sensation Leona Lewis long before she was famous. Lewis, currently signed to SyCo Music, which is part of S ...

  26. Jessica Simpson To Make Opry Debut

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pop star turned country hopeful Jessica Simpson will make her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, Sept. 6. The segment, which will also include performances from legend Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless and newcomer Crystal Shawanda, will be televised on ...

  27. Universal Australia Scores Classical Chart Record

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia has set a chart record on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Classical album listing by taking every place in the Top 20 with its own labels or distributed product. Dutch violin player Andre Rieu occupie ...

  28. Fourth Judge Added To 'American Idol'

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grammy nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi will join "American Idol" as a judge for its eighth season in January 2009. DioGuardi, whose work includes Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away," Christina Aguilera's "Ain't ...

  29. Bass, Braxton Set For 'Dancing With The Stars'

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On Monday, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" revealed its latest lineup of celebrity dancers and named two musicians - Lance Bass and Toni Braxton - as contestants. The show, which begins its seventh season on September 22, usually has ...

  30. Female Stars Team For Cancer Charity Tune

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What would it sound like if 15 of the hottest female singers joined voices? The answer will be revealed Sept. 2. That's when "Just Stand Up" hits airwaves and iTunes. The song features Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, ...

  31. Rascal Flatts, Swift To Announce CMA Nominees

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift will announce final nominees for the 2008 CMA Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from ABC's "Good Morning America" studios in New York. Meanwhile, rising stars Lady Antebellum and James Otto will join CMT& ...

  32. Carey Kicks Off Krush

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, Mariah Carey helped launch the second annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush last night (July 31) with a five-song set at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Portions of Carey's brief c ...

  33. PlayPhone Bolsters Spanish Mobile Offering

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a bid to reach the Latin marketplace, mobile aggregator/distributor PlayPhone has launched an all Spanish language site, playphone.com/espanol , dedicated to mobile content for mobile phones. The offering features translated content from PlayPh ...

  34. 'Matt Damon,' 'Conchords,' Disney Earn Emmy Nods

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning, with the Disney Channel's "Phineas and Ferb" taking home two nominations in outstanding original main title theme music and outstanding original mus ...

  35. Carey, Rimes, Nas Bolster Samsung Outing

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Gavin Rossdale, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly and Nas, among others, will perform as part of the second annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight Samsung's music-centric BlackJack II mobile ph ...

  36. New Franz Ferdinand Track Leads 'Madden' Soundtrack

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last month , a new Franz Ferdinand song, "Lucid Dreams," leads the in-game soundtrack to the EA Sports video game "Madden 09," which his stores Aug. 12. The cut is also expected to appear on the Scottish rock act ...

  37. Disney Already Developing 'Camp Rock' Sequel

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After the big debut of "Camp Rock" during the weekend, Disney Channel is wasting no time working on a sequel to the Jonas Brothers movie musical. The network hopes to go into production on a sequel in late spring or summer 2009, pending ...

  38. TV/Film Briefs: Jonas Bros., Hannah Montana

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The video for "Burnin' Up," the first single from the upcoming Jonas Brothers album "A Little Bit Longer," will premiere on the Disney Channel at 9:55 p.m. on June 20, immediately following the conclusion of "Camp R ...

  39. 'High School Musical' Winner To Receive Disney Deal

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The winner of the ABC summer reality series "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" will receive a recording contract for two singles with Walt Disney Records. One of those singles will be a version of the song from the artist's w ...

  40. Swift, Pickler, Hough To Host CMA Special

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rising star Taylor Swift, "American Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler and two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Julianne Hough will host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" when it airs on ABC this fal ...

  41. Nas Pushes Back Release Date

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nas has announced July 15 is his untitled LP’s new release date via Def Jam. The disc was previously slated for July 1. Last month, the rapper dropped the disc’s original title, “N*gger,” and reclassified the album as an untitled project. This pro ...

  42. CMA Music Fest Daily Attendance Up In 2008

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 2008 CMA Music Festival, held June 5-8 in Nashville, notched record numbers, with its average daily attendance of about 52,000 -- up 9% over last year. A total of 180 acts performed more than 34 hours of concerts at a wide range of venues, inc ...

  43. Rapper Prodigy Releases Spanish Video, Future Spanish Album

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Prodigy will release a Spanish-language video for his single, “The Life,” using Voxonic’s Voice Conversion Technology, a software that converts recorded voice samples into different languages in the original voice. The Spanish version is se ...

  44. 'Star Trek' Composer Courage Dies At 88

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alexander "Sandy" Courage, the composer of the original "Star Trek" theme, died May 15 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 88. Besides creating the fanfare for the Starship Enterprise, Courage won an Emmy in 1988 as the princip ...

  45. Thieves Steal 'Grey's Anatomy' Synch

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Say you're currently an unsigned band looking for a big break - how about getting a song in the "Grey's Anatomy" season finale that aired Thursday night on ABC? Publisher Spirit Music Group landed the placement for the New York ...

  46. Alicia Keys Ushers In WNBA Season

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will help usher in the new WNBA season via a promotional spot featuring her performing "Superwoman" from "As I Am" (MBK/J). The video, which was shot live at a concert in Anaheim, Calif. earlier this month, will air ...

  47. Jonas Bros.' 'Camp Rock' To Debut On Three Channels

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Disney Channel's made-for-TV movie "Camp Rock" will get a multi-platform release the weekend of June 20 on three channels: the Disney Channel, ABC, and ABC Family. "Camp Rock" stars the Jonas Brothers and is being styl ...

  48. Coldplay To Help ESPN Market European Soccer

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay and ESPN are teaming up on a soccer marketing campaign. The rock band's music will be featured in promotions for ESPN's coverage next month of the European Championship soccer tournament, the sports network announced Wednesday. ...

  49. 'High School Musical' Reality Show Prize Revealed

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The winner of ABC's summer reality show based on "High School Musical" will appear in a music video that is shown over the end credits of the theatrical release of "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." The announcement of ...

  50. Mail On Sunday Hopes Sir Paul Will Emulate Prince

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Mail on Sunday (MoS), one of the U.K.'s best-selling national Sunday newspapers, claims it has established itself as a music distribution brand-leader with its controversial CD "cover-mounts" campaign which this month sees it gi ...

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