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Lionel Richie to Receive “Billboard’s” “Legend of Live” Award

Friday, July 25th, 2014 by

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Paul Drinkwater/NBCLionel Richie, currently touring the U.S. with his hit-packed show, will be honored for his skills as a live performer at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards.

Lionel will receive the Billboard “Legend of Live” award at the event, which takes place November 20 in New York City.  The “Legend of Live” award is given to artists who’ve made “significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring industry.”  It also recognizes “professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and reaching fans through the concert experience.”

That certainly describes Lionel, who’s been thrilling audiences around the globe for decades, first as part of the Commodores, and then as a solo artist. His current tour, with special guest Cee Lo Green, wraps up August 2 in Bethel, NY.

In a statement, Ray Waddell [wah-DELL], Billboard’s executive director for touring and live entertainment, says, “Mr. Richie is an international superstar whose talent transcends musical trends. His fans span generations, and he is committed to making his live shows the best possible experience, and, as such, he personifies a Legend of Live.”


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Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by

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AEG LivePhiladelphia isn’t far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love.  Now, he’ll be getting an award for it.

This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera.  The award is presented annually to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause.”  Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.

Jon’s charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country. 

In a statement, Jon said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia…and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the ‘power of WE,’ we can end homelessness and hunger.”

Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina C.Tinari said in a statement, “This year, we wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia….We also wanted to highlight the impact of an individual who is in the forefront of artists who have made the choice to help change the world for the better.”

Continuing his humanitarian efforts, on July 30, Jon and his solo band, the Kings of Suburbia, will play a fundraising show in Red Bank, New Jersey, to benefit a local health center.


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Stevie Nicks to Release New Album “24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” in October

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by

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Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day.  Now, she’s making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is due October 7.

According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995.  “Each song is a lifetime.  Each song has a soul.  Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story,” she says in a statement. “They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories — the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you.”

The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.

24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5.  That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she’ll begin previewing snippets of the music.

In addition, a limited edition double vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault will come out September 29.  Also available will be a Deluxe Photobook CD, which will include two bonus tracks, as well as 48 pages of exclusive photos from Stevie’s personal collection.

Stevie and Fleetwood Mac will hit the road for their On with the Show tour — featuring the return of Christine McVie — starting September 30 in Minneapolis.



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Billy Joel Is the Most Long Island Person Ever

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by

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Credit: Myrna SuarezEven people who’ve never stepped foot in New York State — or the U.S. — probably know that Billy Joel is from Long Island, New York.   Maybe that’s why the residents of that area have just crowned him the winner of the “That’s SO Long Island” contest.

Local paper Newsday has been running the contest for several weeks, asking readers to vote on who or what best exemplifies the area, which is essentially a suburb of New York City.  Thanks to over 520,000 reader votes, Billy beat out 63 other local celebrities, attractions and activities to be declared the most “Long Island” of them all.   Among the fellow Long Island celebrities he beat: Billy Crystal, Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel, Debbie Gibson, Natalie Portman, Rosie O’Donnell, Ralph Macchio and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

As for why he won the contest, it probably has something to do with the fact that Billy still lives in Long Island, donates plenty of time and money to local causes, and has sung about the place numerous times.  The title of his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, is a town in Long Island.  He’s also name-checked other local locations such as Oyster Bay and the Miracle Mile, while “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” was inspired by the plight of Long Island fishermen.


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Elton John Not Retiring, Despite Reports

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by

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ABC/Randy HolmesIs Elton John hanging up his glasses and getting out of the music biz for good?  Thankfully, despite reports, the answer is no.

During a performance on Tuesday at a festival in France, Elton reportedly told the crowd that he plans to retire from the music business to spend more time with his family.  Elton allegedly announced, “No more shows, no more music, no more songs.” 

That seems like an odd pronouncement, however, given that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has shows booked through the end of the year, and has talked about future recording projects in various interviews.

A rep for the Rocket Man told ABC News Radio that the music legend isn’t quite ready to put the piano in mothballs. 

“He’s not retiring,” she said.

Elton has spoken about cutting back on touring once his two sons are in school, but that won’t be for a couple of years.


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George Michael Named in British Tax Shelter Scheme

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by

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Caroline True/Island RecordsGeorge Michael hasn’t had a big hit single in the U.S. for quite some time, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have plenty of cash.  Unfortunately, his attempts to shelter his millions has led him to be implicated in a tax avoidance scheme in his native U.K.

According to the Times of London, George is one of several celebrities who invested in something called the Liberty tax strategy, described by the paper as “one of Britain’s most aggressive tax avoidance schemes.”  It was legal at the time, but is now being investigated by U.K.’s tax collecting agency, HM Revenue and Customs. Apparently, Liberty would generate huge artificial losses, and then investors would write those losses off to avoid the tax on their income.

The paper reports that George, who had complained publicly about Britain’s high tax rate, paid nearly $760,000 in fees so he could shelter more than 10 million bucks in record sales and tour income.  The singer’s rep told the paper that his busy schedule meant he couldn’t comment on the matter.

A hearing is scheduled for March of 2015. Before then, George and other investors are likely to be forced to pay hefty back taxes on all the money they sheltered, and they’ll only get the money back if HMRC fails in its prosecution of the scheme.


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Watch Rare Bon Jovi Documentary on Band’s Website Wednesday

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by

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Credit: David BergmanBack in 1990, Bon Jovi released a video documentary called Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey, which offered fans a behind-the-scenes look at the band’s epic New Jersey tour.  If you’ve never seen it, it’s no surprise, since it’s only ever been available on VHS…but you can see it on Wednesday if you’ve got a computer.

A DVD version of the documentary was made available as part of the Super Deluxe Edition of Bon Jovi’s recently re-reissued version of the New Jersey album.  But if you don’t want to shell out for that, you can watch the documentary at BonJovi.com.  You can catch it at either 2 p.m ET/11 a.m. PT or 9 p.m ET/6 pm PT, and relive those days when Jon Bon Jovi‘s hair was longer than your girlfriends’…and had more product in it, too.


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Phil Collins’ Son Arrested on Drug Charges

Monday, July 7th, 2014 by

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Will Ireland/Prog Magazine/TeamRock via Getty ImagesIn his long career as a rock star, Phil Collins never really got into trouble with the law — at least, not that we know of — but the same can’t be said for his eldest son.

People magazine reports that Phil’s son Simon Collins, who’s 37, was arrested over the weekend in Wiltshire, England for the possession and supply of illegal narcotics.  Simon, a musician whose mother is Phil’s first wife, Andrea Bertorelli, is currently out on bail.  A spokesperson for Phil told People that he is unwilling to comment on Simon’s arrest.

Phil has had five children with three separate women.  In addition to Simon, he also had a daughter, Joely, with Andrea.  With his second wife Jill Tavelman, he had daughter Lily, an actress.  With his third wife, Orianne Cevey, he had two boys, Nicholas and Matthew.



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Madonna Posts Lyrics to New Song, “Messiah”; Serves Jury Duty in NYC

Monday, July 7th, 2014 by

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Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS photo via ABCLast week, Madonna posted the sheet music for a new song called “Messiah,” as well as a brief video of a group of classical musicians performing a snippet of the tune.  Now, she’s posted a selection of lyrics from the song.

“I am the promise that you cannot keep/reep [sic] what you sow/find what you seek,” go the lyrics to one verse.  “I am the sorceress down in the deep/I am the earth under your feet/I am the moon with no light of my own/You are the sun guarding the throne.”

The rest of the lyrics: “I heard the angels whisper to me/look for the signs/he is the one/I’ll light a candle here in the dark/making your way to my heart.”

Madonna captioned the lyrics, “Salvation through Art! #heart#messiah#livingforlove.”  There’s no word on when we might hear this new music, though.

In other Madonna news, she reported for jury duty in New York City on Monday after postponing twice: once after Memorial Day weekend, and then again on June 30.  ABC News has confirmed that she was allowed to arrive an hour late so as not to cause a distraction, and was escorted to a private room to meet with the county clerk. 

“We’re delighted she showed up,” court spokesman David Bookstaver told ABC News.  “It goes to show that if you get a summons you have to serve.  Her showing up says that jury duty is a civic responsibility and it’s not as onerous as it was 15 to 20 years ago.”

Madonna posted a photo of the doorknob of the county courthouse on Instagram, and added the caption, “Serving my country! Reporting to jury selection! #itshotinhere.”


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Sting Talks Afrojack Collaboration and New Musical “The Last Ship” on “GMA”

Friday, June 27th, 2014 by

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ABC/Fred LeeSting teamed up with superstar electronic dance music deejay and producer Afrojack to perform as part of the Summer Concert Series on Friday’s Good Morning America. After performing their single, “Catch Tomorrow,” Sting told ABC’s Robin Roberts why he collaborated with the Dutch deejay.

“Afrojack makes great music but makes people happy all over the world, thousands and thousands of people. You can’t argue with that,” the 16-time Grammy Award winner said.

How did the two come to work together?  Afrojack, born Nick van de Wall, tells ABC News Radio that after he and his collaborators wrote the song “Catch Tomorrow,” someone suggested that Sting should sing on it. Afrojack scoffed at the idea of persuading someone that famous and iconic to sing on the tune.  But one of his friends, a top music executive, contacted Sting and played him the track.  He loved it, so Afrojack ended up flying to New York to record with the rock legend.  He tells ABC News Radio that Sting “killed it…he sounds perfect.”

Sting released his fourteenth solo album, The Last Ship, last year: the songs on it are also featured in an upcoming Broadway musical of the same name. Sting said he was inspired to create the musical after some soul-searching. “My soul is where I find inspiration,” he said.

“It’s set in my hometown in the Northeast of England, which is a shipyard town,” he explained of his production. “And it’s about the closing of the shipyard.”

Now showing in Chicago until July 13, The Last Ship then heads to Broadway for previews, beginning September 30, ahead of an October 26 official opening.


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