The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana, R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band,Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Lou Reed will join them in the class of 2015 being inducted April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall.
It's been a roller-coaster month for Luke Bryan. At last month's American Music Awards, he was named favorite male country artist, but only a week later his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, died. Cheshire was married to Bryan's sister Kelly, who died in 2007 at age 39.
Usually, a year-end radio station concert is only as good as that year's playlists. Current-leaning stations want to highlight the latest and greatest, not necessarily last year's or worse yet, the pervious decade's stars for fearing of appearing dated.
The word "journey" was said multiple times during the final concert of Yusuf/Cat Stevens' brief U.S. tour, his first in 35 years. It was used as a metaphor and literally, with the artist speaking both about his life, the lyrics of songs from the early 1970s and his two most recent albums. Without question, this tour indicates that Stevens' interrupted journey with his fans is back on track and his power as a musician, singer and charmer undiminished.
Unlike most radio station-sponsored multi-artist concerts, Los Angeles’ KCSN’s annual benefit show is not about singles or which artists topped the charts in 2014. The public radio station, which broadcasts from the campus of California State University, Northridge, prides itself on offering “smart rock,” the sort of fare Friday evening’s artists offered in spades.
MeghanTrainor’s ode to curves, “All About That Bass,” has a fan in Beyonce Knowles, who knows about being Bootylicious.
Speaking on the red carpet at the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, Trainor revealed that she had received a private note from Beyonce requesting a meeting. “She messaged me and sent me a very nice message saying she thought I was cute and sweet and that she wants to meet me,” Trainor said.
Beyonce Knowles released an 11-minute film called Yours and Mine on Friday, in which she reflects on feminism, fame, marriage and life.
"Now that I'm famous, it's really, really difficult to do very simple things," says Beyonce, as she narrates over black-and-white footage of herself and dramatic abstract visuals. "When you're famous, no one looks at you as a human anymore. You become the property of the public."