NBC to air Blake Shelton's benefit for Oklahomans
2013-05-25 05:16:05 UTC
NBC and sister networks will air Blake Shelton's concert to help his fellow Oklahomans affected by this week's storms in their home state.
Shelton's "Healing in the Heartland" benefit will be broadcast live as a telethon by NBC on May 29, at 9 p.m. EDT. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.
Joining Shelton in performing will be Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill. Additional guests will be announced shortly, NBC said Friday. The concert will originate from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
This week's disaster devastated Moo...
Obama honors Carole King at White House concert
2013-05-23 04:41:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, saluting Carole King's five decades as an award-winning singer-songwriter, said Wednesday that music often is a place where people seek comfort and inspiration during trying times.
Two days after much of Moore, Okla., was flattened by a powerful tornado that killed 24 people, Obama pledged anew that the nation will assist with the town's recovery and rebuilding for as long as it takes.
"Eventually, life will go on and new memories will be made. New laughter will come. New songs will be sung," he said during a tribute concert for King in the East Room of the White House. "And that's of...
'Apple of my Eye' star turns to first love: music
2013-05-21 04:39:03 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — Fans know her as the sweet schoolgirl in the 2011 blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye." Now, they can take a closer look at Michelle Chen through her first love: music.
After she graduated from the University of Southern California and returned home to Taiwan, her initial attempts to break into the island's music scene hit a brick wall. But trying acting at the advice of a talent manager, she landed a few film and television roles, then shot to stardom with "You Are the Apple of My Eye."
The 29-year-old actress said she poured her heart and soul into her first studio album, "Me Myself and I."
"It is rea...
Founding member of The Doors dies at 74
2013-05-21 04:37:36 UTC
Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock's most enduring songs, has died. He was 74.
Manzarek died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family, said publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. She said the musician's manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed Manzarek died after being stricken with bile duct cancer.
The Doors' original lineup, which also included drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger, was only together for a few years and they only made six studio albu...
Leader of Toots and the Maytals injured at concert
2013-05-20 04:23:58 UTC
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials say the leader of the reggae band Toots and the Maytals was injured when a 19-year-old man threw a bottle and hit the singer during a concert in Richmond.
Police said Sunday the man has been charged with aggravated assault. Authorities have not identified him.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that (http://bit.ly/17PhlkD ) Frederick "Toots" Hibbert was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head and released.
Hibbert was hit by a glass bottle thrown from the crowd Saturday night as the band was performing at the Dominion Riverrock outdoor sports and music festival. The band stopped playing after ...
Taylor Swift wins 8 trophies at Billboard Awards
2013-05-20 04:19:30 UTC
Another day, another domination for Taylor Swift: She was the red hot winner at the Billboard Music Awards.
Swift won eight awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for "Red." She told the crowd: "You are the longest and best relationship I ever had."
Justin Bieber had three wins. When accepting the milestone award, he alluded to the tumultuous weeks he's had in the public eye. He told the crowd, "I'm 19 years old I think I'm doing a pretty good job ... This is not gimmick."
R&B singer Miguel seemed to kick a fan when he jumped over the crowd during a performance of his hit "Adorn." He seemed to have landed p...
Ex-Groupon CEO working 9 to 5 on business album
2013-05-18 16:22:09 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is diving into several new ventures, including indulging his inner rock star with an album of "motivational business music."
Mason said Thursday on his blog that he recently spent a week in Los Angeles and recorded a collection of seven songs called "Hardly Workin'."
Mason said he wants to present business wisdom to younger people and that the songs will help them understand ideas that are critical to becoming productive and effective employees. He said many of Groupon's employees are young and many didn't have much familiarity with business, and didn't want to read books on th...
Obama to host concert honoring Carole King
2013-05-17 17:39:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singer-songwriter Carole King.
She is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.
The White House says Obama will present the award to King during a concert Wednesday. The program will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.
King's hits during five decades of songwriting include "You've Got a Friend," ''So Far Away" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
Wednesday's concert will be the late...
Bieber will have to pay for German monkey business
2013-05-17 17:31:44 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Justin Bieber will face a bill for thousands of euros (dollars) for his pet monkey's two-month stay at an animal shelter since it was seized by German customs, officials said Friday as a deadline expired for him to reclaim the animal.
A spokesman for Munich's customs office said the teenage singer had until midnight Friday to contact them, otherwise capuchin monkey Mally will be transferred to a permanent home at a zoo or animal park elsewhere in Germany.
"If no further documents arrive then the seizure order comes into effect and the animal becomes the property of the German state," customs spokesman Thomas Mei...
George Michael injured in another car crash
2013-05-17 16:45:05 UTC
LONDON (AP) — George Michael was being treated at a hospital Friday for what his publicist called minor injuries after being a passenger in a car crash near London.
A statement released Friday said the singer was in an accident on Thursday night and suffered "superficial cuts and bruises."
The statement from publicist Connie Filippello said no other vehicle was involved in the crash. She declined to provide details about where Michael is hospitalized or when he will be released.
Sky News reported that the crash happened Thursday evening on the crowded M1 motorway just northwest of London. It said a different man in the crash had...
Boy band One Direction: World tour next year
2013-05-17 04:44:59 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Hit boy band One Direction has announced plans for an ambitious world tour in 2014.
Plans call for the youthful chart-toppers to play major stadiums in Latin America, Britain and Ireland during the first leg of the mega-tour that begins in April.
U.S. dates are expected to be announced later.
The band announced the "Where We Are Tour" at London's Wembley Stadium, one of five venues they will play at in the U.K. and Ireland once the tour starts.
Band member Harry Styles said the idea of playing at Wembley "is incredible" and that the group is "very excited."
The U.K.-based band had for several days been droppi...
Google unveils maps, photo, music features
2013-05-16 04:47:59 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's sixth annual conference for software developers opened Wednesday with a chance for the company to showcase its latest services. Announcements included new features for online games, maps and search, a new music-streaming service and enhancements to its Google Plus social network, including tools for editing and sharing photos.
The audience of about 6,000 people at "Google I/O" included engineers and entrepreneurs who develop applications and other features that can make smartphones and tablets more appealing. Reporters from around the world were also on hand, giving Google a chance to generate more ho...
Astronaut exits space station with music video
2013-05-13 18:28:19 UTC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a high-flying, perfectly pitched first, an astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with a musical video: his own custom version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
It's believed to be the first music video made in space, according to NASA.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's personalized rendition of "Space Oddity" was posted on YouTube on Sunday, one day before his departure from the orbiting lab. He's wrapping up a five-month mission that began last December.
His return aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule, along with American Thomas Marshburn and Russian Roman Ro...
Rosanne Cash's new project takes her out of NYC
2013-05-12 04:50:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Rosanne Cash has been a New Yorker for two decades, but her latest project is taking her out of the city.
The 57-year-old singer is preparing a new album of songs about the American South, and did a lot of traveling with husband John Leventhal to get ideas.
Cash performed a smoldering version of Bobbie Gentry's 1967 hit, "Ode to Billie Joe," at a gala Thursday night benefiting New York radio station WFUV.
One of her travel stops in Mississippi was the Tallahatchie Bridge, where, in the song's lyrics, a young man jumped to his death. No, Cash said, she threw nothing from the bridge into the muddy wa...
Slayer: Guitarist Hanneman died of cirrhosis
2013-05-11 04:57:08 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of Slayer say Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis.
The guitarist died last week at a hospital in Hemet, Calif., at age 49. It was initially theorized that Hanneman's death might have had something to do with a suspected spider bite that led to a case of necrotizing fasciitis, nearly costing him his arm.
The band disclosed Hanneman's cause of death on its website Thursday, and a publicist said Friday the determination was made by his attending physician. She did not know the doctor's name.
The statement says Hanneman was not aware of the extent of damage to his liver until his last day...
Nevada high school choir will back Rolling Stones
2013-05-10 17:47:37 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — You can't always get what you want. Unless, perhaps, you're a member of the Green Valley High School choir and you want a chance to sing on stage with the Rolling Stones.
The Henderson school's choir will join the Stones at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night for the encore performance of their hit song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
Choir director Kim Ritzer said she thought it was a joke when she first got a message on Facebook from someone she didn't know inviting them to sing backup for the famous rockers. She later learned a friend who teaches music at the University of Souther...
1969 Hendrix telegram: Can Paul come to play?
2013-05-10 17:36:25 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970.
But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying to recruit: Paul McCartney, who was busy with another band at the time.
This tantalizing detail about the super group that never was — jazz standout Tony Williams would have been on drums — is contained in an oft-overlooked telegram that Hendrix sent to McCartney at The Beatles' Apple Records in London on Oct. 21, 1969.
Rihanna booed in Boston, cheered on in Brooklyn
2013-05-09 04:55:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna was booed for turning up late at a concert in Boston, but the audience in New York cheered her on even though she didn't start on time the following night.
Boston.com reported that fans at the TD Garden on Monday booed the singer for starting her concert at 10:30 p.m. EDT instead of her scheduled 9 p.m., and without opening act A$AP Rocky. Doors had opened at 7:30 p.m.
A representative for Rihanna didn't respond to an email about the singer's lateness.
On Tuesday, Rihanna hit the stage at 10:15 p.m. to cheers at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where A$AP Rocky also performed. She sang a numbe...
Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes
2013-05-07 06:18:22 UTC
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill stood in federal court Monday and compared her experience in the music business to the slavery her ancestors endured before a judge sentenced her to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.
"I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them," Hill said before U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo. "I had an economic system imposed on me."
Hill, who started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," pleaded guilty last ...
Mamma Mia!: ABBA The Museum opens in Stockholm
2013-05-09 07:04:31 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — You can thank ABBA for the music. And so much more.
A museum devoted to the pop superstars opening in Stockholm on Tuesday will celebrate the band's long list of hits. But it will also show off paraphernalia, including the helicopter featured on the cover of its "Arrival" album, a star-shaped guitar and dozens of glitzy costumes the Swedish band wore at the height of its 1970s fame.
Some gear is definitely not on show. With a smirk on his face, band member Bjorn Ulvaeus says certain items are "mysteriously ... forever lost," conceding only that among them are "embarrassing" tight costumes he wore when he was "slightl...
Justin Bieber faces copyright lawsuit in Va.
2013-05-06 18:29:14 UTC
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia songwriters are suing Justin Bieber and Usher for $10 million for copyright infringement.
Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim Bieber's song "Somebody to Love" contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to the song they wrote in 2008 by the same name.
The duo filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Norfolk, Va., claiming that numerous producers conspired to copy their song. A message left Monday with a law firm representing Bieber was not immediately returned.
The lawsuit says Copeland and Overton provided a copy of their song to musical promoters, who in turn provided it to rep...
Trombone Shorty, Aaron Neville close Jazz Fest
2013-05-06 04:41:27 UTC
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than two decades, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has closed with a performance by the city's own Neville Brothers.
On Sunday, that tradition changed. Aaron Neville performed on a stage with his new band while young brass band frontman Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews closed the festival's biggest stage — where the Neville Brothers once held court the last day.
Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, entertained a jam-packed crowd as the festival ended its 2013 run. A sea of faces stretched to the track's back fence.
Neville said he views the closing lineup change as kind of a "passing of...
PepsiCo cuts ties with Lil Wayne over crude lyrics
2013-05-04 05:36:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties to Lil Wayne over the rapper's crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a song.
Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company's Mountain Dew soda.
Earlier this week, PepsiCo also pulled an online ad for the neon-colored soda that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. That ad was developed by rapper Tyler, the Creator.
On Friday, PepsiCo said in a statement that Wayne's "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon doe...
Jay-Z joins pitch to redevelop suburban NY arena
2013-05-03 05:34:53 UTC
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Jay-Z is part of a group trying to renovate Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum outside New York City.
The rapper and music mogul attended a meeting Thursday on Long Island, where the media was briefed on four proposals to renovate the arena and surrounding property.
Nassau County officials have been trying to come up with a plan to redevelop the 40-year-old arena for many years. The New York Islanders are its primary tenant, and they are moving to Brooklyn in 2015.
Jay-Z's Roc Nation is part of a group that built the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn and is bidding for the Long Island project.
He took photos...
Keith Richards: I don't own an iPod
2013-05-01 15:57:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — He's rock royalty and likes to keep it old-school: Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod.
The Rolling Stones guitarist says he isn't a fan of the ultra-popular music device.
"I don't have an iPod. ... I still use CDs or records actually. Sometimes cassettes. It has much better sound; a much better sound than digital," he said in a recent interview.
The 69-year-old believes music lovers are "all being shortchanged" with the sound that comes out of an iPod, launched in 2001.
"My old lady's got one. My kids have got them. I say, 'Look me up this.' Or, 'Oh I like that. Check me that,'" he said. "I know ...