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  1. Juanes, Bose, Betancourt Call For Freedom At Paris Concert

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt took the stage and shook her hips to a Colombian superstar's guitar riffs, leading the crowd in chants of "Freedom for all!" at a concert Sunday dedicated to captives held by Colombia's FARC reb ...

  2. Jimi Hendrix To Land On ‘Guitar Hero’

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimi Hendrix is coming to "Guitar Hero." The Seattle-based company Experience Hendrix, which controls the rock icon's musical legacy, is providing Hendrix's music and likeness for the latest "Guitar Hero" video game, ...

  3. Bon Jovi Performs For Thousands In Central Park

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi rocked Central Park, New Jersey style. The rock group gave a free concert Saturday night on the park's Great Lawn, delighting tens of thousands of fans who sang along with the lyrics on a glorious summer evening. The band opened with ...

  4. Jones' Guitar To Be Returned

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country legend George Jones and his 1957 Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar will be reunited after 46 years of separation on June 14. The guitar was stolen by two boys in 1962 while Jones performed in Fort Worth, Texas. A short time after stealing the ...

  5. T-Pain Leads BET Award Nods

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain's status as urban music's most frequent collaborator helped him nab a leading five BET Award nominations. Kanye West and Keyshia Cole received three nominations, while Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and newcomer Flo Rida received a pa ...

  6. Phil Spector Recording Engineer Larry Levine Dies

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Larry Levine, the recording engineer who helped Phil Spector re-invent rock 'n' roll music with his "Wall of Sound" technique and won a Grammy for his work with Herb Alpert, died on his 80th birthday, his family said Tuesday. L ...

  7. Chinese Orchestra To Make Landmark Vatican Performance

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The conductor leading the China Philharmonic Orchestra in a landmark concert Wednesday at the Vatican said he feels honored to perform for the pope, saying music breaks down cultural barriers. Ties between the Vatican and China's communist go ...

  8. R. Kelly Pornography Trial Set To Begin In Chicago

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It seemed for a while as if R. Kelly's day in court might never come. But after six years of repeated delays, jury selection is set to begin Friday in the Grammy-winning R&B singer's trial on child pornography charges, prompted by a ...

  9. Diddy Announces Himself In Hollywood

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When the one-man, publicity-generating whirlwind that is Diddy met the well-oiled hype machine of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, sparks were bound to fly. Sean Combs is getting a star Friday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an event most honoree ...

  10. Mya Breaks Foot, Postpones Broadway Debut

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mya, who was to have made her Broadway debut next month as Velma Kelly in "Chicago," has broken her left foot and will postpone her engagement in the show, producer Barry Weissler announced Tuesday. "In the theater industry, we are ...

  11. Songwriter Davis Dead At 60

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul Davis, a singer and songwriter whose soft rock hit "I Go Crazy" stayed at the top of the charts for weeks after its release in 1977, has died at a Mississippi hospital. Davis died Tuesday at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, the ...

  12. Matchbox Twenty Cancels Cheyenne Frontier Days Gig

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pop rockers Matchbox Twenty have canceled plans to perform during this summer's Cheyenne Frontier Days, and an animal rights group opposed to rodeo says it played a role in that decision. Frontier Days bills itself as the world's largest ...

  13. Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to Bob Dylan, rock 'n roll has finally broken through the Pulitzer wall. Dylan, the most acclaimed and influential songwriter of the past half century, who more than anyone brought rock from the streets to the lecture hall, received an ...

  14. ABBA Drummer Ola Brunkert Dies At 62

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former ABBA drummer Ola Brunkert was found dead with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Police said today (March 17) an autopsy showed it was an accident. A neighbor found the body of 62-year-old Brunker ...

  15. Jackson Lawyer: Neverland Ranch Saved

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month. Jackson attorney L. Londell McMillan told The Associated Press on Thursday that the pop star ...

  16. Remy Ma's NYC Assault Trial Opens In Manhattan

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Remy Ma went on trial for assault Monday, with a prosecutor claiming the rapper shot and almost killed a friend because she thought the woman had stolen money from her. But a lawyer for the singer, whose real name is Remy Smith, said the July 14 s ...

  17. 'American Idol' Whittles Down To Final 12

    March 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top 12 "American Idol" finalists include an actress, a "Star Search" champion, an Australian, a male stripper and someone who already recorded a debut album. The popular Fox singing contest cut four contestants from the c ...

  18. Ike Turner's Death Tied To Cocaine

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ike Turner's death last month at age 76 was caused by a cocaine overdose, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday. "We are listing that he abused cocaine, and that's what re ...

  19. Oscar Peterson Mourned By Jazz Colleagues

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generation ...

  20. Ticketmaster Parent IAC To Spin Off Five Companies

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster parent company IAC/InterActiveCorp plans to split into five publicly traded companies. The New York-based conglomerate said it would spin off its ticketing service Ticketmaster, cable shopping network HSN, vacation and time-share busi ...

  21. Country Star Porter Wagoner, 80, Dies

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Porter Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad Grand Ole Opry star who helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner, died Sunday. He was 80. Wagoner, who had survived an abdominal aneurysm in 2006, was hospitalized again this mo ...

  22. Diddy Inks Ciroc Vodka Deal

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just five years ago, Sean "Diddy" Combs asked Busta Rhymes to "pass the Courvoisier." These days, it's all about the vodka. The 37-year-old hip-hop mogul has inked a multiyear deal to develop the Ciroc vodka brand - one of ...

  23. Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally. The interference, which The Associated Pr ...

  24. Jay-Z Loses Stadium Name Bid

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's bid to name The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority after his clothing company, Rocawear, was declined, reports the Associated Press. Instead, the venue decided to award naming rights to clothing maker ...

  25. Jay-Z, L.A. Reid Weigh In On Kanye/50 Sales Battle

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) having trumped 50 Cent's "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope) in debut week sales, Def Jam honchos Antonio "L.A." Reid and Jay-Z are celebrating. But they acknowledge West� ...

  26. Racy Timberlake 'Box' Video Wins Emmy

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An off-color "Saturday Night Live" video featuring Justin Timberlake and strategically placed gift boxes was honored at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. "(Blank) in a Box," last December's fake music video performed by Timbe ...

  27. Imus Settles With CBS Radio

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CBS Radio and ousted on-air personality Don Imus have reached at settlement for his outstanding contract. The terms of the deal were not revealed. Just before his dismissal from sports WFAN/New York on April 12 for making racist remarks about the ...

  28. NY Philharmonic Names New Music Director

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The New York Philharmonic has chosen a native son - 40-year-old Alan Gilbert - to become its music director. He will lead an ensemble that includes his mother. Gilbert becomes the first native New Yorker in the position, ending years of speculatio ...

  29. Sax Player Boots Randolph Dead At 80

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Boots Randolph, a saxophone player best known for the 1963 hit "Yakety Sax," died Tuesday. He was 80. Randolph suffered a cerebral hemorrhage June 25 and had been hospitalized in a coma. He was taken off a respirator earlier Tuesday, sai ...

  30. Salsa Singer Gomez Dies

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Legendary salsa singer Tito Gomez died June 11 of a heart attack in a hospital in Cali, Colombia. He was 59. Gomez, recorded seven albums under Musical Productions, most recently 2004's "Comenzando en Cero." His hits include "L ...

  31. Akon Apologizes For Dirty Dance Onstage

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Akon, under fire for doing a sexually explicit dance onstage with a 14-year-old girl, has offered an apology to the teen and anyone else who was offended by the display. Akon, whose hits include "Don't Matter," "I Wanna Love Yo ...

  32. Midler To Replace Dion In Las Vegas

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bette Midler will replace Celine Dion as the headliner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, officials announced today (May 3), answering the lingering question of who would be chosen to step into some big shoes and the 4,100-seat Colosseum, which Dion ...

  33. Univision Agrees to Record FCC Fine

    February 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster has agreed to a record $24 million fine for failing to meet government rules for educational children's programming, a Federal Communications Commission official said Saturday (Feb. 24). ...

  34. Singer Frankie Laine Dies At 93

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Frankie Laine, the big-voiced singer whose string of hits made him one of the most popular entertainers of the 1950s, died Tuesday. He was 93. Laine died of heart failure at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Jimmy Marino, Laine's producer ...

  35. Grand Ole Opry Star Del Reeves Dies

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Del Reeves, a Grand Ole Opry star who sprinkled his performances with humor and hit No. 1 on the country charts in 1965 with the song "Girl on the Billboard," has died. He was 74. Reeves died Monday, New Year's Day, after an extende ...

  36. Fans Line Up In Harlem To Pay Respects To Brown

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fans of the late "Godfather of Soul" began lining up outside Harlem's Apollo Theater early this morning (Dec. 28) to pay their last respects as James Brown's body was driven from Georgia for his last date on the historic stage. ...

  37. Brown's Partner Fights For Access To Estate

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Brown's lawyer says the late singer and his partner weren't legally married and that she was locked out of his South Carolina home for estate legal reasons. The partner, one of Brown's backup singers, says the couple was marri ...

  38. 'Godfather Of Soul' James Brown Dies At 73

    December 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early today (Dec. 25), his agent said. He was 73. Brown was hospitalized ...

  39. Hicks Sues To Prevent Sale Of Early Tracks

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Songs showed up for sale on iTunes. A federal judge in Birmingham, Ala., has temporarily barred a producer from selling songs recorded by "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks when he was still just a gray-haired bar crooner from Alabama. ...

  40. Google, MTV Team For Video Deal

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In a further reach for online video, Google Inc will begin distributing clips from MTV Networks' shows to other Web sites through its budding video service in a model that offers content creators a ne In a further reach for online video, Goog ...

  41. France Poised To Soften iTunes Bill

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Leading lawmakers have agreed to water down a draft law that could have threatened the future of the iPod in France. Leading lawmakers have agreed to water down a draft law that could have threatened the future of the iPod in France. The National ...

  42. Latin Jazz Pianist Hilton Ruiz In Coma

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Injured in fall on morning of May 19. Latin jazz pianist, arranger and composer Hilton Ruiz remains in a coma due to injuries sustained after a fall in New Orleans. Ruiz, of Teaneck, New Jersey, had flown to New Orleans on May 18 with Marco Matute ...

  43. CBS, Howard Stern Close To Settlement

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers on both sides confirm. Lawyers on both sides of the CBS Corp. and Howard Stern breach of contract lawsuit said Wednesday they are close to a settlement. CBS lawyer Irvin Nathan told Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman, "We have an ...

  44. Michael Jackson Restructures Finances

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT No terms of the deal disclosed. Michael Jackson has restructured his finances in a deal with Sony Corp, which shares ownership of his valuable music catalog that includes the Beatles' hits, attorneys said in a statement. No terms of the deal ...

  45. Janet Tunes Leaked

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music two years old. That new Janet Jackson music making the rounds on the Internet is apparently not as new as you might think... The pop superstar, who is working on a new album, says someone has leaked songs she recorded at least two years ago ...

  46. 'Hee Haw' Country Star Buck Owens Dies At 76

    March 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Had more than 20 No. 1 records. Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music with hits like "Act Naturally" and brought the genre to TV on the long-running "Hee Haw," has died at age 76. ...

  47. Abernathy To Depart FCC

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the White House that she will leave the post on Dec. 9. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the ...

  48. House OKs Budget Plan Setting '09 DTV Date

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. government moved one step closer to shutting down the TV broadcast system that the nation has used to beam programming into people's homes since the medium was dominated by Lucille Ball, Sid WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. government mo ...

  49. Beach Boys' Love Sues Former Bandmate Wilson

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mike Love is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson, but Love's attorney hopes the suit won't mar their good vibrations. (AP) -- Mike Love is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson, but Love� ...

  50. Beach Boys Singer Mike Love Sues Brian Wilson

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Seeks 'millions of dollars in illicit profits.' Mike Love is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson, but Love's lawyer hopes the lawsuit won't mar their good vibrations. Love filed the lawsuit in federal c ...

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