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  1. Free Buffett Beach Show Draws Crowd On Oil Coast

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tens of thousands of people dressed in Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats sang and danced on a broad beach at a free Jimmy Buffett concert meant to show not all the tourists are covered in oil on the Gulf Coast. The July 11 show, which was telecast l ...

  2. Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul With Special Club Gig

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeff Beck honored his late friend and mentor, Les Paul , with an intimate performance at his favorite haunt, the Iridium Jazz Club. The legendary Paul played there every Monday night until his death last August, so it was an appropriate place for ...

  3. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's H ...

  4. Rachel Portman, Terence Blanchard Honored by BMI

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rachel Portman was honored with the Richard Kirk Award and Terence Blanchard received the Classic Contribution Award at BMI's annual Film/TV Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 19. The Richard Kirk Award is given to composers wh ...

  5. Music Fans Brave Storm For Gulf Aid Concert

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music fans braved a torrential rainstorm in New Orleans for a benefit concert raising money for fishermen affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, Ani DiFranco, Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , wit ...

  6. Portman, Blanchard To Be Honored At BMI Film & TV Awards

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rachel Portman will receive BMI's Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement and Terence Blanchard will receive the Classic Contribution Award at the performing right organization's annual Film & Television Awards on May 1 ...

  7. Country Briefs: EMI, CRB, Mark Chesnutt, Marty Stuart and more

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - EMI Records Nashville added three staffers: Chuck Swaney (director of promotion, mid/southwest), Trudie Daniell (director of promotion, southeast) and Ron Bradley (director of promotion, West Coast). They will report to both senior VP of promoti ...

  8. Alex Chilton's Life, Music Honored At SXSW

    March 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southwest -- with words and, most importantly, with music. Following a warmly reverent and nostalgic afternoon panel at the Austin Convention Center ...

  9. Coolest. Congressman. Ever.

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Box Tops and Big Star leader Alex Chilton died on Wednesday, there came, amidst the expected tributes from admiring musicians and writers, a most unexpected shout-out from, of all places, the floor of the House of Representatives. Congressman ...

  10. @SXSW: Alex Chilton Memorial Gig To Feature M. Ward, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Big Star's Jody Stephens said he felt "a little numb" in the wake of the death of bandmate Alex Chilton but said the show -- and panel discussion -- should go on at this week's South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference. &q ...

  11. Influential Big Star Member Alex Chilton Dies

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer and guitarist Alex Chilton, known for his influential work with bands the Box Tops and Big Star, has died. He was 59. Chilton's longtime friend John Fry says that Chilton died Wednesday (March 17) at a hospital in New Orleans after exp ...

  12. Oscar-nominated Song Performances Cut From Show

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some of Oscar's most memorable moments have come during performances of nominated songs. Among them: rap group Three 6 Mafia surrounded by streetwalkers as they performed "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & ...

  13. Drake Announces North American Solo Tour

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Drake will headline "The Away From Home Tour," his first North American solo trek, which runs from Apr. 6 through May 8. The 25-city jaunt follows his participation in the "Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Fest ...

  14. Briefs: Faith Evans Signs With E1, Drake To Tour

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Faith Evans has signed on with E1 Television and E1 Music for a new studio album and reality series. E1 Television, in partnership with Faith Evans and Ten2One Entertainment, has developed a new reality series, "It's All About Faith,& ...

  15. Oscars: Nominees React

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Randy Newman leads the nominees in the music categories for the 82nd annual Academy Awards, thanks to his two nominees in the original song category for his contributions to the soundtrack for Disney's "The Princess and the Frog." N ...

  16. Double Oscar Nomination For Randy Newman

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Randy Newman has been nominated twice for an Academy Award in the category for music (original song). Newman is nominated for "Almost There" and "Down In New Orleans," both of which he wrote for the animated Walt Disney feature ...

  17. Stars Remake 'We Are The World' For Haiti Victims

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Star-struck singers, rappers and actors, including Barbra Streisand, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, checked their egos at the door to record a new version of "We Are The World" for Haiti earthquake victims, 25 years after the song raised aw ...

  18. The Big Game Goes for a Record

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the Super Bowl's go time less than a week away (Feb. 7, CBS), analysts and researchers are asking if this year's game will be the most-watched ever. Some believe the mix of this year's huge, post-season NFL ratings coupled with ...

  19. Rapper Mystikal Released From Jail After Serving Six Years

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST After serving a six-year prison term for sexual battery and extortion, New Orleans rapper Mystikal, best known for hits like "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger (Been So Long)," was released from jail last week. "My feet back on th ...

  20. R&B Briefs: Whitney Houston, Kandi Burruss, Jazz In The Gardens

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST -Arista Records/Legacy Recordings will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Whitney Houston’s career-establishing debut album, “Whitney Houston,” with a special CD/DVD package (“Whitney Houston – 25th Anniversary Edition,” Jan. 26). In addition to a ...

  21. Songwriter Bobby Charles Dies At 71

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bobby Charles, the Louisiana singer-songwriter who penned such hits as Fats Domino's "Walking to New Orleans" and "See You Later Alligator" by Bill Haley and the Comets, has died. He was 71. His longtime publicist Karen Jo ...

  22. U.S. Songwriter Bobby Charles Dies At 71

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bobby Charles, the Louisiana singer-songwriter who penned such hits as Fats Domino's "Walking to New Orleans" and "See You Later Alligator" by Bill Haley and the Comets, has died. He was 71. His longtime publicist Karen Jo ...

  23. Lil Wayne Has Hometown Farewell Show Before Jail

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lil Wayne emerged as a top-selling musician known for his clever wordplay and risque lyrics, but like rappers before him, he's staring down a year behind bars at the peak of his career. The artist returned to his hometown of New Orleans for a ...

  24. 63 Songs Make Oscar Short List

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sixty-three songs have made the short list for the original song category at the Oscars, including five from "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and four from "The Princess and the Frog." On January 12, the Academy's Music Branch ...

  25. Carrie Underwood Tour To Kick Off In March

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Carrie Underwood will hit the road next March for a 45-date headlining tour that kicks off Mar. 11 in Reading, Pa. and wraps May 30 in Spokane, Wash. Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan and sibling trio Sons of Sylvia will open for Underwood's ...

  26. Jay-Z Reveals Additional North American Tour Dates

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second leg of Jay-Z's North American tour will begin on Feb. 22 in Houston and will make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Boston before ending on March 26 in Los Angeles' Staple Center. Jay-Z will be joined by former Def Jam ...

  27. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel), Elvis Cos ...

  28. Live Nation Expands Promotion Offers To Clubs

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is expanding its already huge 2009 promotion schedule to its club venues, with the Live Nation Club Passport program. For $49.99 (all-in and no fees) purchasers can see every show at Live Nation clubs in their city for the rest of the ...

  29. Will Kanye West's VMAs Outburst Hurt His Upcoming Tour?

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After crashing the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and numerous apologies for his outburst - stating he would "take some time off" to reflect - Kanye West will instead join La ...

  30. Lenny Kravitz To Bring 'Let Love Rule' Tour To U.S.

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his "Let Love Rule" album with a U.S. tour, the singer announced today (Sept. 8). Dubbed "LLR 20 (09)", the road trip kicks off Oct. 11 with a five-night stand at ...

  31. Playboy Stages 31st Annual Jazz Festival

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whether you like your jazz straight ahead, New Orleans, funky or Latin style, there was something for everyone at the 31st annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14 at the Hollywood Bowl). Comedian Bill Cosby was back again as host of the two-day e ...

  32. Saxophonist Sam Butera Dies At 81

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sam Butera, 81, a saxophonist who played with jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Bellson, and led the band of Louis Prima for 21 years, died June 3 in Las Vegas after battling Alzheimer’s disease. A native of New Orleans, Butera was natura ...

  33. New Orleans Jazz Fest 40th Year Riffs On Old, New

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music fans old enough to have attended the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 40 years ago boogied alongside those who weren't yet born when the celebration of music, food and the culture of Louisiana began. Sunday's Jazz Fest ...

  34. Sugar Ray Returns With 'Music For Cougars'

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sugar Ray, the band formed in Newport Beach, Calif., and fronted by singer Mark McGrath that was responsible for a string of breezy, reggae-tinged mid-1990s radio hits including the ubiquitous "Fly," will release its first full album of ...

  35. The-Dream, Keyshia Cole Plan Tour

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter The-Dream and R&B artist Keyshia Cole will start a 21-city tour on May 13 at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati and will conclude at the Pearl in Las Vegas on June 21. The-Dream will be touring in support of his sophomore album ...

  36. Creed To Reunite For Tour, Album

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Creed has announced all four of the original band members - Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall - will reunite for a summer tour and new album. The tour, the band's first in seven years, begins Aug. 6 in Pittsburgh. ...

  37. Chapman, Heath, Casting Crowns Net Doves

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nashville veteran Steven Curtis Chapman, newcomer Brandon Heath and perennial favorites Casting Crowns topped the list of artists taking home honors at the Gospel Music Association's 40th annual GMA Dove Awards last night (April 23) at the Gr ...

  38. John Legend Plans Summer Tour

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT John Legend will embark on a 50 city U.S. tour this summer in support of his latest album, "Evolver." The trek begins June 27 in Muskegon, Mi., and caps off in Berkeley, Calif., on Labor Day. India.arie is scheduled to open select shows. ...

  39. Green Day Announces Summer Tour

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day has announced a slate of 38 summer dates that begins July 3 in Seattle and marks the chart-topping rock band's first full North American tour in more than three years. The summer trek, which will support the trio's May 15 album ...

  40. Beyonce Unveils Summer Tour Dates

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyoncé and her all-female band will kickoff a 22-date North American tour at New York's Madison Square Garden in June and will wrap with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2. Winners of her "Single Ladies& ...

  41. Music Execs To Stage Benefit Show For Deb Flanagan

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A number of music industry executives and artist are putting together a benefit for Deb Flanagan, a long-time music industry executive who has been diagnosed with ALS, which is more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig's Disease.” A live performance ...

  42. Music Execs To Stage Benefit Show For Deb Flanagan

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A number of music industry executives and artist are putting together a benefit for Deb Flanagan, a long-time music industry executive who has been diagnosed with ALS, which is more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig's Disease.” A live performance ...

  43. Iggy Pop's French Connection For New Album

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM 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 ...

  44. R&B Briefs: Ray J, Essence Music Festival

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Ray J’s Knockout Entertainment and E1 Music (formerly Koch Records) have joined forces on a soundtrack album for the singer’s VH1 reality show, “For the Love of Ray J.” The show’s theme song, “Sexy Ladies,” doubles as the first single from the CD ...

  45. Jonas Brothers Roll Out Tour Plans

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two weeks after the premiere of Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" film, the siblings have unveiled dates to their upcoming world tour. The 44-date North American leg begins June 20 at the Dallas Cowboys New Stadium i ...

  46. Bonnaroo Producers Ready For New Investors?

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Is Superfly Productions, the innovative, independent co-producers of Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., ready to listen to new investors? Comments today at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium indicate that may be the case. "We're havin ...

  47. Spears Returns In First Concert Tour In Five Years

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dressed as a sexy ringmaster and directing a colorful cast that included jugglers, acrobats and martial arts dancers, Britney Spears delivered a tightly choreographed, if perfunctory performance Tuesday night (March 3) as she kicked off her first ...

  48. R&B Legends Give Voice to Time Life ‘Worship’ CD

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Regina Belle, Teddy Pendergrass and Peabo Bryson are among the soul veterans raising their voices on “Songs 4 Worship Soul.” The 14-track CD (March 3) is the latest entry in Time Life and partner Integrity Music’s popular “Songs 4 Worship” series. ...

  49. Neil Young Added to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Neil Young will join a slew of other first-time performers at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a bittersweet announcement given that the "Queen of Soul" canceled her coveted appearance. Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis sa ...

  50. 2009 Grammy Award Winners

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Below, the full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in L.A. For full coverage of this year's Grammys click here . The winners: Record Of The Year - "Please Read The Letter" Robert Pla ...

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