David Foster & Friends (CD/DVD)David Foster has been named to the top post at Verve Records. A historic jazz label, it is expected that Foster will move the roster to more adult contemporary pop sounds. Already recording for Verve are Diana Krall, Ledisi and Herbie Hancock.
Stevie Wonder was a surprise guest during Drake"s set at the rappers second annual OVO Fest in Toronto on Sunday night. Playing for a full half hour, Wonder served up Sir Duke, I Wish, My Cherie Amour, Ribbon in the Sky, Signed Sealed Delivered and Superstition.
Aretha Franklin has said she is "extremely disappointed" that her longtime songwriting partner, Norman West, has filed suit against Franklin"s publishing company over the use of the song Put it Back Together Again on the singer"s latest album, A Woman Falling Out of Love. West says that he has repeatedly tried to get the company to sign an agreement for the song but has hit a brick wall. The suit also contends copyright infringement over another song, Watch Your Back.
A statement from Franklin says that West has "unmitigated gall" and that she"s "personally assisted and advised him over the past fifteen years."
The statue of Chuck Berry which was mired in controversy was finally unveiled and dedicated last Friday in St. Louis. A group of local citizens tried to block the honor, saying that Berry was a "felon and not a fan of women."
Berry told Rolling Stone before the ceremony that it was "glorious – I do appreciate it to the highest, no doubt about that. That sort of honor is seldom given out. But I don"t deserve it."
Messages of congratulations were sent by Elvis Costello, Little Richard, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Merle Haggard, Michael McDonald and more.
Past episodes of Daryl Hall"s Live at Daryl"s House are going into syndication as half-hour shows to be shown weekends on Tribune Broadcasting stations (WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles, WGN Chicago, KDAF Dallas, KIAH Houston, KCPQ-KZJO Seattle, KRCW Portland). The move was made after a two-hour compilation of clips from the show was a ratings blockbuster New Year"s Eve on Chicago"s WGN.
Britain"s The Telegraph is reporting that Paul McCartney will not only play the Olympic"s, but he will kick off the opening ceremonies on July 27, 2012. Don"t be looking for the rumored reunion with Ringo Starr, though. He will be touring America at that time.
Meat Loaf issued a video message through TMZ saying that he did NOT pass out after a show in New Jersey this past weekend. He says the combination of a heat index of 106 degrees and his asthma, which was "bothering me a little bit" required that he breathe some oxygen. He added "The brilliant thing is Pedialyte...Pedialyte will get you through anything."
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