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May 09

Little Richard, founding father of rock ‘n roll, dead at 87

J. Shearer/WireImage Little Richard, the flamboyant, envelope-pushing musician whose wild performance style and appearance helped set the blueprint for rock and roll, has died, ABC News has confirmed via his agent. He was 87. Rolling Stone was the first to report the death, via Richard’s son, Danny Penniman.  No cause of death was given. His …

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May 09

Report: Little Richard, founding father of rock ‘n roll, dead at 87

J. Shearer/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Little Richard, the flamboyant, envelope-pushing musician whose wild performance style and appearance helped set the blueprint for rock and roll, has died, Rolling Stone reports.  He was 87.  His son, Danny Penniman, confirmed his death to the publication.  No cause of death was given. His string of hits, starting with 1956’s …

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Apr 07

John Prine, influential singer-songwriter, dead at 73 due to COVID-19 complications

Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesInfluential Grammy-winning singer/songerwriter John Prine has died at 73.  Known for folk/country songs that often featured humor and social commentary, Prine influenced giants like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.  His family confirmed the news to Rolling Stone and said the cause of death was complications due to COVID-19. In late March, …

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Mar 31

Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and others raise nearly $8 million on Fox’s ‘Living Room Concert for America’

FOX Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis. …

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Mar 25

Kenny Rogers streams surge in the days following his death

Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty ImagesAfter hearing the sad news that Kenny Rogers had passed away on Saturday, fans turned to streaming and other music outlets in huge numbers to remember the country icon.  According to Nielsen Music/MRC initial reports, Billboard explains, streams of Kenny’s music jumped 1,687% from the previous two days on March 21 and 22. The singer’s …

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Mar 21

Kenny Rogers passes away at 81

Kenny Rogers in 1982; Luciano Viti/Getty ImagesKenny Rogers, perhaps best known for his 1978 hit “The Gambler,” has passed away. “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 PM at the age of 81,” reads a statement from the country music legend’s family.  “Rogers passed away peacefully …

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Mar 12

Report: Concert promoter Live Nation to pause all concert tours worldwide through end of March

iStock/Cesare FerrariFor several weeks, artists have been announcing concert tour cancellations.  But now, all the tours are being canceled for all the artists.  Well — almost all artists. Live Nation, one of the world’s biggest concert promoters, plans to press pause on all of the tours it’s currently promoting, both foreign and domestic, through the …

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Mar 06

South by Southwest officially canceled

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesAfter a number of high-profile drop-outs due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, the annual South by Southwest music, film and culture festival in Austin, Texas, has been officially canceled. “The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU,” reads a statement from the festival. “SXSW will faithfully …

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Mar 03

Recording Academy fires suspended CEO Deborah Dugan

John Lamparski/WireImageDeborah Dugan, who was placed on administrative leave from her post as president/CEO of the Recording Academy in January following allegations of misconduct by a senior female Academy member, has been terminated, the organization announced in a letter to its members on Tuesday. “After weighing all of the evidence from two independent investigations, the …

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Feb 25

The Voice 18 recap: Nick Jonas parachutes in and fights John Legend over contestant everyone wants

Trae Patton/NBC It may be a new season of The Voice, but there’s a brand new face sitting in one of the judge’s chair this year — Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers. The young singer proved to be a formidable opponent when battling it out with the other judges over competitors, too. Jonas knew how to keep his fellow judges guessing …

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