Billboard Music Awards

Billboard Music Awards

Billboard Music Awards The Billboard Music Awards honors the hottest names in music today based on key fan interactions with their music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its…

Iconic Texas Songwriter Guy Clark Dies

GuyClark.com

Along with Townes Van Zandt, one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the Texas troubadour school. –Allmusic.com Associated Press | May 17, 2016 9:39 am NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Guy Clark, who wrote hits like “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” has died. He was 74. Clark died Tuesday at his…

Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Russia’s Sergey Lazarev

The 61st edition of Eurovision Song Contest Contest ends tonight! [May 14 2016]  26 songs will compete, and after 3,5 hours of music, performances, entertainment and excitement, the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be announced! The show starts at 21:00 CEST, live from Globen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Hosts are Måns Zelmerlöw and…

Hugh Masekela: great musician, composer, arranger and activist.

Hugh Masekela: great musician, composer and arranger… and activist. As the brutality of the Apartheid state increased, Hugh finally left the country with the help of [Archbishop] Trevor Huddleston and his friends Yehudi Menuhin and Johnny Dankworth who got him admitted into London’s Guildhall School of music. Miriam Makeba who was already enjoying major success in…

You’ll Never Walk Alone

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is such an internationally famous song and yet most people don’t know its origins. A likely guess that it was a Broadway show tune would be correct. But there’s more to the history of the song. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote what has now become an uplifting “standard” for their 1945…

Music in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Generations of youngsters have grown up with and been comforted by Mr. Rogers. “Fred McFeely Rogers, better known to millions of American children as Mr. Rogers, [was] the creator and executive producer of the longest-running children’s program on public television, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. While commercial television most often offers children animated cartoons and many educational…

Clay Walker Announces 7th Annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert

Country music star Clay Walker is set to host his 7th Annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert during this summer’s CMA Music Festival. The “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” singer announced the news today, revealing the show will take place Wednesday, June 8 at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley. The concert is sponsored by TEVA and Pinnacle Financial…

This Is Already The Saddest Year In Music History

A shockwave was felt throughout the world on Thursday as news of Prince’s death spread across the globe. The music icon — widely regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time — was only 57. Prince’s talent was singular, but it’s hard not to reflect on the mounting number of losses the music industry…

Rolling Stones ask Trump to stop using their songs at campaign events

Band released a statement asking the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to cease all use immediately after Trump played two of their songs The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events. In a statement on Wednesday, the rock band said they have not given…

Dr. Hook on The Cover of The Rolling Stone (Thanks Shel Silverstein!)

Shel Silverstein

By Drew Reid Dr. Hook personified the high living, highflying fun aspects of the 70’s, and Shel [Silverstein] provided the soundtrack. Shel himself says, “We worked that rock star thing pretty hard, and loved every minute of it.” The band went on to a long and lucrative career, morphing, oddly enough into a smooth sounding…

Who Wrote Smile Though Your Heart is Aching?

Charlie Chaplin Smile

The Genius of Charlie Chaplin Most people are surprised to learn that the music to this favorite was written by the legendary silent film star Charlie Chaplin, whose “Little Tramp” character is perhaps the most enduring of all figures of the silent film era. Chaplin composed the song to be used as the theme to…

It’s Sweet Caroline At Fenway Park

Neil Diamond Sings Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park

“Good times never seemed so good.” Over the years there has been a lot of good-natured controversy and speculation about WHY Neil Diamond’s 1969 hit (peaked at #4) “Sweet Caroline” is raucously sung by the Fenway Faithful in the 8th inning of each Boston Red Sox home game. But it’s not because Neil’s last name is “Diamond”…

Who Wrote “My Old Kentucky Home”?

My Old Kentucky Home sheet music

The singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” at the fantabulous annual Kentucky Derby is almost as big a deal as the Derby itself. In fact, it may last longer and certainly has more participants! What a tradition, what a beautiful tradition…and a beautiful song as well. But who wrote “My Old Kentucky Home”? That would be the…

Great New Stories about the LA Punk Scene 1977-1982

Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe (of X) and Tom DeSavia   Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk The book’s geographical home is LA and the famous Hollywood music club, The Whisky (Whisky A Go Go), where many iconic rock bands made…

Get Down with James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4

Get Down with James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4

Beginning in 1963, James Brown recorded and released three albums recorded at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. But it turns out that there was actually there a fourth, comprised of recordings made on Sept. 13 and 14, 1972.  that has been buried ever since… until now: Get Down with James Brown: Live At The Apollo…

Nitanee Paris’ Super Sweet Soiree April 30 2016 Los Angeles

Nitanee Paris' Super Sweet Soiree

Nitanee Paris’ Super Sweet Soiree April 30 2016 Los Angeles Are you in Los Angeles for the ASCAP I Create Music Expo? YES? Then don’t miss this incredible post-event Party and Showcase hosted by the amazingly talented and lovely Nitanee Paris to benefit the fabulous “Rock Against Trafficking” charitable organization. Where: Dave & Buster’s 6801 Hollywood…

And Whammy, Lonnie Mack is Gone Too

Lonnie Mack Memphis Wham

It’s weird how one thing leads to another…and all of a sudden you realize, “wow, that’s weird…that’s deep.” On the heels of Prince’s shocking death, music fans, musicians and historians have been additionally stunned and saddened by the death of Lonnie Mack, in a Nashville hospital, April 21, 2016. Lonnie was a MAJOR innovator himself and influenced every…

Prince the Agent for Change

In the sad wake of Prince’s untimely death there is also a wonderful revealing of just how impactful Prince was on the entire music spectrum. It seems ironic that the grand-daddy of music industry publications, Billboard, in launching a new look and feel to their storied tabloid in 2013, chose Prince to grace the cover…to…

The Great Prince Silenced

So shocking, so unexpected, even given his recent “flu-like” symptoms and show cancellations: Pop/Rock/Soul/Funk icon Prince passed away in his Minnesota home today, April 21 2016. He was Hendrix, Michael, James Brown, Bob Marley…and more…all rolled into one. The term “genius” is often thrown around loosely when speaking of artists but Prince truly was a mind…

Prince Makes Some Noise

Prince

Pop and R&B superstar Prince made some noise last week [Friday, April 15th] when his private airliner made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, where the singer was rushed to a nearby hospital. Prince had canceled two shows due to illness previously in the week while on his current “Piano and…

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