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Tinashe's dance heavy 'Company' is the first must-see music video of 2017

Tinashe’s journey from underground mix tapes to commercial pop artist has been a bumpy one, but the alternative-R&B singer is starting 2017 off by releasing the year’s first must-see visual with “Company.” Nearly four months after releasing the single, which was written and produced by R&B savant...

Ed Sheeran is 'absolutely buzzing' to be back: Listen to his two new songs

Words of hard-earned wisdom from Ed Sheeran: “The club isn’t the best place to find a lover.” That’s how the young British singer-songwriter begins his new song “Shape of You,” in which he cleverly goes to a bar instead to flirt with a woman whose “love was handmade for somebody like me.” Built...

Annual Elvis tribute show is set for Sunday in Burbank

Like the honoree himself, the annual Elvis Birthday Bash has seen its ups and downs over the last 31 years, from humble beginnings in tiny clubs of L.A. to the 1,000-seat House of Blues in West Hollywood during its peak. More recently, it’s been back to more modest surroundings, such as the Pickwick...

Billy Joel to play Dodger Stadium this spring

The Piano Man is coming to Dodger Stadium.  Billy Joel will perform at the baseball park on May 13, Live Nation announced on Thursday — a first for him. Although Joel cut his teeth as a piano player and lounger singer at the Executive Room in L.A. during the ’70s (he performed as Bill Martin then)...

Move over, Coachella: Kendall Jenner is getting into the festival business

As any Coachella regular knows, the Kardashian family has established a reliable presence at the annual desert music festival in Indio. In 2015, for instance, Kendall Jenner made headlines when she and Tyler, the Creator got into a spat during his Coachella performance (which no one remembers as...

Golden Globes: How Ryan Tedder tapped Stevie Wonder's DNA for the uplifting 'Faith'

Stevie Wonder isn’t in the habit of making songs for movies — but when he gets around to it, the song makes an impact. In 1985 he won an Academy Award for “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” from the Gene Wilder comedy “The Woman in Red.” In 1991 his soundtrack for Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” topped...

L.A.'s 'Day of the Doors' marks 50th anniversary of debut album

It’s the “Day of the Doors” on Wednesday in Los Angeles, the 50th anniversary of the release of the rock quartet’s debut album, “The Doors.” The work instantly put the band on the map nationally thanks to the breakthrough hit “Light My Fire.” The band’s surviving members, guitarist Robby Krieger...

Commentary: Was 2016 the worst year ever?

On Dec. 23, as fellow airline passengers began tweeting that Carrie Fisher, suffering a health crisis on a flight from London to Los Angeles, appeared unresponsive when paramedics took her from a plane, many quickly people blamed 2016. It was a year that had already claimed a number of beloved...

A throwback no more: Coachella is finally laying off the reunions

Coachella is going back to the future. After years of tapping old-school rock bands and marquee reunions, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Tuesday unveiled a remarkably forward-looking lineup for its 2017 edition, set to take place April 14-16 and again April 21-23 at the Empire...

Coachella's 2017 lineup reflects America and refracts its troubles

The lineup for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was surely booked months ago. But there’s a prescience in its choice of headliners: Two radical, inventive black artists at the peak of their powers and influence, as well as an English rock band devoted to re-invention and melancholy....

Beyonce, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar top 2017 Coachella lineup

Beyonce, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will headline the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which is slated for April 14 to 16 and April 21 to 23 in Indio, festival organizers announced Tuesday. Among nearly 150 other acts booked this year are Lorde, xx, Travis Scott, Bon Iver, Future,...

Gospel singer Kim Burrell calls homosexuals 'perverted,' Pharrell Williams and stars from 'Hidden Figures' condemn 'hateful comments'

Gospel singer Kim Burrell labeled homosexuality "perverted" in a sermon she gave in her other life as a Pentecostal preacher, quickly eliciting responses from both Pharrell Williams, with whom she sings on the "Hidden Figures" soundtrack, and two stars from that film, Octavia Spencer and Janelle...

Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé post top-grossing tours of 2016

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band navigated “The River” 35th anniversary tour all the way to the bank in 2016, pulling in $268.3 million globally to score the top-grossing concert trek of the year worldwide, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication. Beyoncé nipped close...

McCabe's concert booker, Grammy-winning producer John Chelew, dies at 65

It began as a musical version of fantasy baseball. But for singer/songwriter John Hiatt, it turned into a career-rejuvenating project, and all of it was because of a dare put forth by concert promoter John Chelew. “One time between shows we started talking about making some kind of record,” Hiatt...

X marks 40th anniversary with Roxy shows, while John Doe bids for a Grammy

Long an underdog, punk-rock hero John Doe has an opportunity to triumph come Grammy Awards day on Feb. 12. If the statuette in the spoken-word album category goes to the nominated audiobook edition of “Under the Big Black Sun:  A Personal History of L.A. Punk,” co-author Doe has a quick two-word...

Artist Alberto Lescay didn't just create Cuba's largest sculpture, he's teaching a new generation

Cruising along Avenida Raul Pujol, weathered brown hands on the wheel of his late-model Hyundai economy car, Cuban artist Alberto Lescay smiles and points toward El Parque Zoologico, which sits about a mile down the road from his private workshop in the stately Vista Alegre neighborhood. More than...

George Michael always knew he was a serious artist. Then he went on to convince the world

In November 1998, George Michael appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” to promote his new greatest-hits collection — and to publicly address his arrest earlier that year for lewd conduct in a Beverly Hills restroom. The English pop star, pressed to explain what happened at Will Rogers Memorial...

Hacker group denies responsibility for Britney Spears death hoax

On Monday morning, the endless avalanche of untimely 2016 celebrity deaths appeared to have claimed another victim: 35-year-old pop star Britney Spears. Except it wasn’t true. A tweet posted to Sony Music Global’s Twitter account (@SonyMusicGlobal) just after 8 a.m. on Monday morning read: “Britney...

When George Michael visited TV's 'Eli Stone' it wasn't just a hallucination

Pop superstar George Michael, who passed away Sunday at the age of 53, was known and beloved for his hit records and phenomenal live performances. But in 2008, he also proved game to be part of an endearingly quirky ABC series called “Eli Stone.” Created by Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters,”...

George Michael dies: The world reacts to the loss of a legend

The Internet was in shock Sunday as it learned of the sudden passing of pop music legend George Michael.  Michael passed peacefully at home over the Christmas holiday, the singer's publicist said in a statement. As fans of the musician worked through their grief on social media, many expressed...

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