Rapper Iggy Azalea leads American Music Award nominations

Rapper Iggy Azalea leads American Music Award nominations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australian rapper Iggy Azalea scored the most American Music Award nominations with six nods, including the coveted artist of the year and favorite single and hip hop album, according to an announcement on Monday. Singers John Legend and Pharrell Williams and pop star Katy Perry were not far behind with five nominations, followed by New Zealand's Lorde with four. English pop star Charli XCX and singer Jason Derulo announced the nominations in five categories on the ABC early news show “Good Morning America. …
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Review: Music player learns your tastes over time

NEW YORK (AP) — Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this “smart” music player I've been using on and off for a few months.
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Almanac: Tom Stoppard on biography

Almanac: Tom Stoppard on biography

“The Collected Poems was a lovely surprise and I’m sure the Collected Letters will be splendid, but biography is the worst possible excuse for getting people wrong.” Tom Stoppard, Indian Ink
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Just because: Frank Sinatra sings a song from On the Town

Frank Sinatra sings “Lonely Town” on The Frank Sinatra Show in 1958. The song, by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, is from On the Town. The arrangement, by Gordon Jenkins, was originally recorded in 1957 and released on Sinatra’s album Where Are You? A revival of On the Town opens on Broadway this […]
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Lucinda Williams doubles up on the music

Lucinda Williams doubles up on the music

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label.
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Music producer convicted of investment fraud in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — A music producer who worked with stars including Tom Cruise and Whitney Houston has been convicted of ripping off investors in gold and diamonds.
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Pop go the highbrows

Pop go the highbrows

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I take a look at the Library of America, and speculate on how some (if not all) of its recent volumes reflect a growing trend in American culture. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Virgil Thomson’s “Music Chronicles 1940-1954,” one of the latest titles from the Library of […]
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Almanac: David Thomson on the expressive moment in Hollywood films

“There was once an ease and good nature and a lyrical expression of behavior in American films that shrugged off all the stupid orthodoxies about ‘happy endings.’ It knew not to wait for endings, but to trust to the moment.” David Thomson, The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood
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Lucinda Williams puts her father's poem to music

Lucinda Williams puts her father's poem to music

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry.
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Lost in (inner) space

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review two Broadway openings, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and It’s Only a Play. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Asperger Syndrome is a very real and at times devastatingly serious mental disorder, but it also has a parallel life as what can […]
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Snapshot: Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall in 1959

Snapshot: Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall in 1959

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 plays John Lewis’ “Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West” on Italian TV in 1959. Jim Hall is the guitarist, Buddy Clark the bassist. The introduction (in Italian) is by Norman Granz: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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Almanac: Hugo Friedhofer on Raymond Chandler

“His whole depiction of Los Angeles, the city—you can practically smell the dry rot and hear the termites gnawing away at the timbers, and the bums on skid row putting down their muscatel bottles, and the whole thing.” Hugo Friedhofer (quoted in Linda Danly, Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life)
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Jimmy Fallon & Will.i.am Team Up For 'Ew!' Music Video

Jimmy Fallon & Will.i.am Team Up For 'Ew!' Music Video

 
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Almanac: Hugo Friedhofer on Hollywood and the genius

“I have seen two authentic geniuses in this industry, Orson Welles and Marlon Brando. And this town, not knowing what to do with genius, destroys it.” Hugo Friedhofer (quoted in Gene Lees’ epilogue to Linda Danly, Hugo Friedhofer: The Best Years of His Life)
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Lookback: how Brideshead Revisited got revised

Lookback: how Brideshead Revisited got revised

From 2004: Here’s something you probably don’t know: Evelyn Waugh revised several of his novels, some quite extensively, when preparing the uniform edition of his books that was published in England in the early Sixties. Don’t be embarrassed–many of Waugh’s most ardent American fans are unaware of these revisions. The reason for their ignorance is […]
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Almanac: Patrick Kurp on what goes into writing

“Writing has a long gestation because the writer never knows what might prove useful. If he is, as Henry James suggests he ought to be, ‘one of those on whom nothing is lost,’ he has no spare time, no ‘down time,’ no time to kill. A hastily written pen-for-hire piece of journalism may have decades-old […]
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Watch Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am's Music Video for "Ew!"

Watch Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am's Music Video for "Ew!"

Jimmy Fallon combined two of his favorite things — his “Ew!” sketch and music — for the first time on  The Tonight Show. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Jimmy Fallon Will.I.Am The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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The persistence of memory

I was recently interviewed for an upcoming HBO documentary about Frank Sinatra, during which I had occasion to recall the moment that I first started taking Sinatra seriously. It happened in 1973, when he resumed performing in public after an abortive “retirement” two years earlier. Among his first appearances was an NBC special called Ol’ […]
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'Better Call Saul': Junior Brown Performs Music Video (Watch)

'Better Call Saul': Junior Brown Performs Music Video (Watch)

If you've ever tossed and turned at night wishing someone would make a music video about “Breaking Bad's” Saul Goodman, you are in so much luck right now!
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Duke wins a prize

Since the paperback edition of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, my most recent book, will be coming out on November 4, it gives me special pleasure to pass along the news that Duke has just won an ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for “outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.” According […]
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