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Katy Perry's Wild 'This Is How We Do' Vid

July 31, 2014

Katy Perry enters a hyper-stylized, pastel-soaked pleasure dome in the wild new clip for "This Is How We Do," the latest from the pop star's 2013 LP, Prism. The clip opens with a old man staring at a portrait of Perry in profile before zooming in on the...

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Aretha Franklin Stages a Low-Key Return at Radio City Music Hall

June 16, 2014

At 72, the Queen of Soul has been a royal mostly in repose, laying low over the past decade; canceled shows and reports of ill health haven't been encouraging. But with news of a major LP nearing completion, Aretha Franklin's two-night run at Radio City...

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Aretha Franklin Receives Harvard Honorary Degree

May 30, 2014

Aretha Franklin has racked up more than a few superlatives in her incredible career: The Queen of Soul, Rolling Stone's Greatest Singer of All Time, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Kennedy Center honoree. Now add...

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Aretha Franklin Files $10 Million Suit Over Patti LaBelle Fight Story

April 17, 2014

Patti LaBelle did not punch Aretha Franklin, and the latter soul diva wants the website that wrote a fake story "for entertainment purposes" to pay up for spreading the rumor. Franklin has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the humor site the News Nerd,...

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Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson to Perform at BET Honors

February 6, 2014

Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson will take the stage at this year's BET Honors, set to air on the network February 24th at 9 p.m., Billboard reports. This year's honorees include Aretha Franklin, Ice Cube, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American...

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Aretha Franklin Gushes About 10 Songs She Loves

May 13, 2014

The Queen of Soul makes only one kind of playlist: songs she loves. "You couldn't cite all my favorites," she says with a laugh. "But I'll give you some of them." The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time: Aretha Franklin 1. "You Send Me" (Sam Cooke, 1957)...

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Aretha Franklin Details Andre 3000 Collab

March 24, 2014

"What a party!," Aretha Franklin said Saturday night, seated on a couch in the Ritz Carlton’s appropriately-named Star Lounge, looking elegant in pearls and a sparkly lime green skirt suit. "Just tremendous. What a night!" 100 Greatest Singers:...

2013

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Beats Electronics Revives Muscle Shoals Studios

November 26, 2013

Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics will help renovate and revive the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and FAME Recording Studio. The deal is part of the company's new partnership with the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation. The two Northern Alabama studios...

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Aretha Franklin to Be Honored By Major League Baseball

July 26, 2013

Aretha Franklin will be honored at the 2013 Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon next month alongside former baseball (and football) star Bo Jackson. The singer will be recognized in Chicago on August 24th before the MLB's annual Civil Rights...

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Aretha Franklin Clears June Schedule

May 22, 2013

Aretha Franklin is taking off the month of June after canceling a pair of performances last week due to health issues, The Associated Press reports.  Franklin, 71, pulled out of performances on May 20th in Chicago and May 26th at Foxwoods Casino...

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Aretha Franklin Cancels Shows for 'Medical Reasons'

May 14, 2013

Aretha Franklin has canceled a pair of upcoming performances over health concerns: the soul singer has pulled out of concerts May 20th in Chicago and May 26th at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Franklin, 71, had been scheduled to perform with the Chicago...

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Aretha Franklin Cancels Michigan Concert for Medical Treatment

July 13, 2013

Aretha Franklin has canceled an upcoming concert near Detroit as she recovers from ongoing health issues. Franklin has not disclosed the nature of her illness, but she was forced to clear her tour schedule in June in order to undergo medical treatment. According...

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Janelle Monae and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Rock the Windy City

May 21, 2013

Many huge mainstream artists have been backed in concert by full orchestral accompaniment. Jay-Z mixed hip-hop with strings at Carnegie Hall last spring, and Phish's Trey Anastasio noodled on his guitar alongside several metropolitan city orchestras on...

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Steven Van Zandt Calls Rock & Roll High School Into Session

April 24, 2013

Music education is paramount to Steven Van Zandt, and he continues to prove it. Today, the famed guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band announced that his Rock & Roll Forever Foundation will partner with the Grammy Museum to launch "Rock &...

2012

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Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68

August 7, 2012

Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, whose work included scores for the Broadway musical A Chorus Line and films as varied as Three Men and a Baby and The Way We Were, has died in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. He was 68.  Hamlisch...

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Charlie Sheen Interested in Becoming Next 'American Idol' Judge

July 17, 2012

With Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler both leaving the judges' table on American Idol, the search is on for their replacements – and now, add Charlie Sheen to the list of interested candidates. Calling into On Air with Ryan Seacrest today, Sheen...

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D'Angelo to Perform First U.S. Show in 10 Years

May 3, 2012

R&B singer D'Angelo will perform in the United States for the first time in 10 years on the opening night of this year's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, according to CBS.  The festival runs from July 6th to July 8th and will also feature...

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Mariah Carey Joins 'Idol' As New Judge

July 23, 2012

Mariah Carey will join American Idol as a new judge, it was announced today in a statement distributed at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. "As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help...

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Report: Aretha Franklin Wants to be a Judge on 'American Idol'

July 15, 2012

American Idol has had a tough week, with star hosts Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez both announcing that they're leaving the show within days of each other. But the enterprise could now finally see a change in its fortunes, thanks to the Queen of...

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