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Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

Rhiannon Giddens: A Folk Star’s Breakout Moment

April 30, 2015


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By Jon Bream Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) She is named after a Welsh mythological spirit. She calls a guy named T Bone her “fairy godfather.” And she just led a singalong at the White House with Barack and Michelle. Rhiannon Giddens has been on a roll since hip producer T Bone Burnett ca...

Kurt Cobain Documentary Gets Emotional Reception In Seattle

Kurt Cobain Documentary Gets Emotional Reception In Seattle

April 28, 2015


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SEATTLE — Director Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture,” “Crossfire Hurricane”) brought his new documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” to Seattle recently. The HBO film makes use of home movies from Cobain’s childhood, his time with his wife, Courtney Love, and later...

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

Spotify’s Loss, Jay Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ Is Tidal’s Gain

April 7, 2015


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By August Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) When Jay Z described his goals for Tidal, he stressed that “as we grow along to become a bigger company ... by time the size of the pizza is growing ... everybody’s sharing in that upside.” Now Jay Z is taking one very significant slice of that pie away f...

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

Joni Mitchell ‘Doing Fine’ After Fainting, Is Still In Hospital

April 2, 2015


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By August Brown and Devon Maloney Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES—Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell fainted Tuesday and is still hospitalized, but she is “doing fine,” her spokeswoman said. A 911 call was made after Mitchell lost consciousness, her representative told the Los Angeles Times on ...

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Is Dense, Difficult, Grandiose

March 19, 2015


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By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) So soon after its unexpected issue late Sunday, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” the new record by Compton-raised rapper and lyricist Kendrick Lamar, is still settling in, less a voluminous whole than a germinal swirl of phrases, grooves, bass lines and themes bot...

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

Music Review: ‘Empire’ Soundtrack Falls Short Of Show

March 17, 2015


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By Glenn Gamboa Newsday (TNS) The problem with “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1” (20th Century Fox/ Columbia) is one most soundtracks have: The focus isn’t on the music. These songs generally have to drive story lines, not album sales, so they may be great in the show, but not as...

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Pharrell Williams Denies ‘Blurred Lines’ Copied Marvin Gaye Song

March 5, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Producer Pharrell Williams testified Wednesday that he may have been channeling the “feel” of Marvin Gaye and the late 70s, but he did not specifically discuss or have the late musician in mind when he wrote the hit 2013 song “Blurred L...

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

Robin Thicke Dances, Plays Piano In Court Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

February 26, 2015


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By Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The stage was a witness box barely 3 feet wide, but Robin Thicke sang, played the piano and even danced a little in his seat during his testimony Wednesday for his copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s children. Thicke took the stand in a...

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

Town Paid Garth Brooks $1 million To Open Tour

February 24, 2015


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By Stacy St. Clair Chicago Tribune (TNS)  CHICAGO — The town of Rosemont, Ill., paid country superstar Garth Brooks more than $1 million to launch his comeback tour last year at its Allstate Arena, records show, but officials say the village made twice that much. According to an agreement bet...

Garth Brooks: The Comeback Of The Century So Far

Garth Brooks: The Comeback Of The Century So Far

February 5, 2015


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By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) PITTSBURGH — There’s always a chance that Led Zeppelin will go back in the studio or Jim Morrison will return out of the blue, but we can probably go ahead and declare the return of Garth Brooks “the comeback of the century” so far. The countr...

In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

February 3, 2015


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By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Common has already lighted up the awards season with his powerful perseverance anthem “Glory.” Taken from the historical drama “Selma,” the single he created with R&B singer John Legend that connects past injustice with present unrest has taken the ...

Phillip Phillips Calls His 19 Entertainment Contract ‘Oppressive’

Phillip Phillips Calls His 19 Entertainment Contract ‘Oppressive’

January 27, 2015


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By Rodney Ho The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS) Phillip Phillips was his own man even while competing on a cheesy show like “American Idol” season 11. He was polite but politely chafed against some of the “Idol” conventions such as the silly group sings. He admitted to not even liking...

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