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R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59

When Kashif Saleem was sent the demo for a tender ballad called “You Give Good Love,” he felt it was a hit. The track had originally been destined for jazzy R&B singer Roberta Flack, whose assistant rebuffed the demo writer.  But Saleem had a different singer in mind. He had seen a young artist...

Ty Dolla Sign makes a star-studded 'Campaign' stop at the Palladium

Ty Dolla Sign was ready with an excuse in case he’d left an important name off the list of artists who’d joined him onstage at the Palladium. “If I didn’t say it,” the Los Angeles-based rapper and singer explained near the end of Sunday’s concert, “I was high.” Who could take offense after that?...

Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut

About 24 hours before taking the stage at Long Beach’s first Music Tastes Good festival on Saturday evening, locals Warpaint had performed at a very different sort of celebration —  Symbiosis Gathering, a festival with a reputation for Burning Man-level debauchery.  Clothes, the band noted, were...

Bruce Springsteen on keeping life honest, real in 'Born to Run' autobiography

Anyone who has ever experienced the uniquely soul-stirring amalgam of musical celebration, spiritual rejuvenation, intellectual provocation and physical release-to-the-point-of-exhaustion that is a concert by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will feel right at home in the 508 pages of “Born...

Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr., accordionist and leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, dies at 68

Accordionist, bandleader and New Orleans music icon Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. of Buckwheat Zydeco has died. He was 68. His death was confirmed by the band’s manager and frequent collaborator, Ted Fox, who wrote on the Buckwheat Zydeco’s Facebook page that Dural had died early Saturday morning....

Backstreet Boys to test Las Vegas residency in 2017

The Vegas Strip is about to get even more larger than life: The Backstreet Boys are set to call the city home.  More than 20 years after declaring they’ve "got it goin' on," the boy band that managed to graduate from teenage dreams to full-fledged adults without losing their shimmer will head to...

With 'Goat,' Nick Jonas guns for a piece of the box office to go with the top of the charts

When Nick Jonas turned up at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the industry cognoscenti was perplexed. What, exactly, was the youngest Jonas brother doing so far from a stage and his legion of screaming fans? Was he hoping to score a free puffy jacket from a swag suite? Shredding some powder...

'I overcooked it': Randy Newman on stripping down his complicated music for his 'Songbook' series

Randy Newman knows what it’s like to be confused. “Sometimes at the movies I’ve gotta ask my kids what the hell’s going on,” said the veteran songwriter and Oscar-winning film composer. “I’m real loud in the theater: ‘Wait, who’s that guy?’” So although he has always delighted in using his records...

Bob Mould talks death, songcraft and why Hüsker Dü's classic records won't be getting reissued anytime soon

Bob Mould, who has been making albums for three decades now, builds his records the way a carpenter builds a home. The alumnus of Minneapolis hard-core punk band Hüsker Dü refined his craft through his work with the ’90s power trio Sugar and a dozen-odd solo projects. He returned this year with...

So who is she? Mysterious R&B singer H.E.R. wants the focus to stay on the music - and the mystery

When RCA Records sent out an early stream of a new album to select music press a month ago, it came with a caveat: The identity of the artist would be kept secret.  No publicity stills or bio were offered with the seven-track project from a new R&B singer who only goes by the moniker H.E.R. “I...

Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell take top Americana Music Assn. Awards in Nashville

Kentucky-reared singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton was named artist of the year Wednesday by the Americana Music Assn. for his breakthrough with his debut solo album “Traveller.” Meanwhile, Alabama’s Jason Isbell took two other top honors — album of the year for his latest release “Something More...

More hits for the Beatles in the 'Eight Days a Week' film and 'Hollywood Bowl' album

A modestly budgeted independent film documentary about a pop culture phenomenon that played out half a century ago is out-grossing multimillion dollar major studio feature films, proving anew a time-honored music industry adage, “Never underestimate the power of the Beatles.” Ron Howard’s new documentary,...

Van Morrison returns with a new album and U.S. shows with Tom Jones

Back in 1982, Van Morrison recorded a song titled “Cleaning Windows.” It celebrated a blue-collar worker, the sort he has often identified with in his career as a musician. Morrison, over the course of a 50-plus year recording span, has certainly worked. The singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern...

Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map

Festivals come and go, but Jon Halperin and Josh Fischel will have permanent reminders of their first Music Tastes Good event. “It was in the contract that Josh and I had to get Specials tattoos,” said Halperin, the festival’s talent buyer. “I literally cried when they were confirmed.” That ink...

Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, 40, is killed in a car crash

Rapper Shawty Lo, the founder of hip-hop group D4L, died in a car crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 285 near southwest Atlanta. He was 40.  Born Carlos Walker, the rapper scored a Billboard No. 1 hit in 2006 with the D4L song “Laffy Taffy” and earned a BET Hip Hop track of the year award  for...

Call it, maybe: Why no single tune felt like 2016's song of the summer

After three of the weirdest, most discombobulating months in recent American history, summer officially ends Wednesday — though it may not feel like it given the steamy weather in Los Angeles and the fact we’re still nowhere near the end of this divisive election cycle. Yet autumn’s arrival does...

With 'Wonder Boys' and '8 Mile,' filmmaker Curtis Hanson proved to be a savvy pop music fan

Along with his lifelong passion for the art of filmmaking, writer and director Curtis Hanson also had a deep understanding and affinity for pop music. Songs took center stage during his career with his stewardship of the Eminem-starring hip-hop drama  “8 Mile” in 2002 and his midlife-crisis exploration...

Country stars amass in 'Forever Country' video for 50th CMA Awards

Half a century ago, the Country Music Assn. in Nashville handed out awards for the first time. So began a tradition that continues to grow five decades on. To mark the occasion, the CMA has assembled its own all-star video, “Forever Country,” which premiered Tuesday night on “Dancing With the Stars”...

Streaming helps push music revenue up 8% in the first half of 2016, trade group reports

Continuing growth of music streaming led an overall revenue increase of  8.1% for the music business during the first half of 2016, with subscriptions for those streaming services topping $1 billion for the first time during the first six months of the year. That’s the big news out of midyear revenue...

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