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  • 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead of Apparent Suicide

    'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead of Apparent Suicide | ARTICLE

    Don Cornelius, who created the long-running R&B and dance-music showcase Soul Train, was found dead in his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., early this morning. He was 75. Law enforcement officials suspect suicide; the body was...

    February 1, 2012 10:15 AM ET
  • Bandleader Johnny Otis, 'Godfather of R&B,' Dead at 90

    Bandleader Johnny Otis, 'Godfather of R&B,' Dead at 90 | ARTICLE

    Johnny Otis, the bandleader, talent scout and songwriter who was often called the "Godfather of R&B," died on Tuesday at his suburban Los Angeles home. He was 90. Otis, whose best-known song is "Willie and the Hand...

    January 19, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • Merle Haggard Hospitalized

    Merle Haggard Hospitalized | ARTICLE

    Country music great Merle Haggard has been admitted to a hospital in Macon, Georgia, suffering from a reported respiratory illness. The 74-year-old singer – best known for songs including "Mama Tried," "Okie from Muskogee" and...

    January 18, 2012 1:45 PM ET
  • Obama Campaign Wish List Includes Jay-Z, Adam Levine

    Obama Campaign Wish List Includes Jay-Z, Adam Levine | ARTICLE

    President Obama has sent campaign donors a long wish list of celebrity supporters, including Jay-Z, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Vampire Weekend, Janelle Monáe and many more. According...

    January 17, 2012 5:35 PM ET
  • Raconteurs' Brendan Benson Launching Record Label

    Raconteurs' Brendan Benson Launching Record Label | ARTICLE

    Brendan Benson, the power-pop songwriter who co-founded the Raconteurs with Jack White, is set to launch his own record label in April with his own next solo album. The Nashville-based company, Readymade, will release Benson's...

    January 5, 2012 2:55 PM ET
  • Sales of Louis C.K.'s Standup Download Top $1 Million

    Sales of Louis C.K.'s Standup Download Top $1 Million | ARTICLE

    Comedian Louis C.K. has earned more than $1 million on sales of his latest comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater, which he made available just 10 days ago as a $5 download on his website....

    December 22, 2011 11:20 AM ET
  • Louis C.K. to Perform at Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner

    Louis C.K. to Perform at Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner | ARTICLE

    Louis C.K. has been tapped to entertain at the next Radio and TV Congressional Correspondents' dinner in June. The comedian, fresh off the success of his latest comedy special, which he made available as a download...

    December 20, 2011 5:30 PM ET
  • Long-Shelved Captain Beefheart Album Set for January Release

    Long-Shelved Captain Beefheart Album Set for January Release | ARTICLE

    A long-shelved Captain Beefheart album is set for release January 15th, on what would have been the 70th birthday of the outre bandleader (born Don Van Vliet). Bat Chain Puller was scheduled for...

    December 20, 2011 4:15 PM ET
  • Judge Caps Expenses for Etta James

    Judge Caps Expenses for Etta James | ARTICLE

    The husband and sons of terminally ill singer Etta James have reached an agreement on the singer's estate and medical care. James, 73, was reported near death last week of complications from leukemia and chronic...

    December 20, 2011 3:40 PM ET
  • How a Revolutionary Czech Rock Band Inspired Vaclav Havel

    How a Revolutionary Czech Rock Band Inspired Vaclav Havel | ARTICLE

    It took a Czechoslovakian rock band that worshipped Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground to make Vaclav Havel realize the true power of rebellion. Havel, the Czech playwright, humanitarian and political revolutionary...

    December 19, 2011 3:20 PM ET
  • Paul McCartney: New Album in February

    Paul McCartney: New Album in February | ARTICLE

    Paul McCartney is set to release a new album of covers on February 7th. The as-yet untitled record will feature versions of Tin Pan Alley songs McCartney first heard as a boy. With guest appearances...

    December 19, 2011 10:20 AM ET
  • Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Set for January Release

    Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Set for January Release | ARTICLE

    A memoir by Gil Scott-Heron, the influential soul-jazz and spoken-word songwriter who recorded "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," will be published on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2012. The timing and title for...

    December 16, 2011 10:25 AM ET
  • Russell Brand Coming to Late-Night TV

    Russell Brand Coming to Late-Night TV | ARTICLE

    Russell Brand is set to join the crowded late-night field on American television with an unscripted series on FX beginning in the spring. The network has ordered an initial run of six episodes of the half-hour...

    December 15, 2011 1:10 PM ET
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce 2012 Tour

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce 2012 Tour | ARTICLE

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have booked a major tour of North America and Europe for 2012, including a headlining set during the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late...

    December 14, 2011 11:30 AM ET
  • New Orleans Greats Salute Studio Owner Who Helped Create Rock & Roll

    New Orleans Greats Salute Studio Owner Who Helped Create Rock & Roll | ARTICLE

    The cramped New Orleans space that once housed the original J&M Studio later became a laundromat. When owner Cosimo Matassa moved his studio to other locations around the French Quarter, he never bothered to...

    December 13, 2011 1:00 PM ET
  • Longtime Eric Clapton Band Member Dick Sims Dies

    Longtime Eric Clapton Band Member Dick Sims Dies | ARTICLE

    Dick Sims, a keyboardist who played in Eric Clapton's band for almost a decade, died on December 8th after battling cancer. He was 60. Sims, a native of Tulsa, OK, formed the Tulsa County Band with...

    December 12, 2011 12:20 PM ET
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Will Pay Hubert Sumlin's Funeral Expenses

    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Will Pay Hubert Sumlin's Funeral Expenses | ARTICLE

    The funeral for Chicago blues great Hubert Sumlin, the longtime guitar player for Howlin' Wolf who died Sunday at age 80, will be paid for by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones....

    December 8, 2011 3:50 PM ET
  • Sinead O'Connor Getting Married for Fourth Time

    Sinead O'Connor Getting Married for Fourth Time | ARTICLE

    Sinead O'Connor will be married in a private ceremony Thursday, the singer's 45th birthday. She'll wed boyfriend Barry Herridge "in my absolute dream wedding ceremony," she wrote on her blog.  O'Connor, who has four children, has...

    December 7, 2011 2:10 PM ET
  • Barbara Orbison, Roy's Widow, Dead at 60

    Barbara Orbison, Roy's Widow, Dead at 60 | ARTICLE

    Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison's widow, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. She was 60. Her death came on the 23rd anniversary of her husband's death; singer Roy Orbison was 52 when he died of a sudden...

    December 7, 2011 12:35 PM ET
  • Exclusive Stream: Jonsi's 'We Bought a Zoo' Soundtrack

    Exclusive Stream: Jonsi's 'We Bought a Zoo' Soundtrack | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to 'We Bought a Zoo (Motion Picture Soundtrack)' Director Cameron Crowe featured three Sigur Rós songs in Vanilla Sky way back in...

    December 7, 2011 11:00 AM ET
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