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November 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Actress Katey Sagal can be heard crooning regularly on the soundtrack of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy," but the acting has really been a long detour from her first love, singing. And to remind people of that, she's releasing her first album in nine years, titled "Covered. " Back in her pre-"Married ... With Children" days, Sagal had a budding singing career, performing as a backup performer with Tanya Tucker and Bob Dylan, according to Billboard. She released her first album, "Moon Over Brooklyn," in 1976.
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March 21, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
There's a clear hierarchy to the sex songs -- the songs, that is, with the word “sex” in their titles -- on Kylie Minogue's new album, “Kiss Me Once.” The finest is “Sexy Love,” an irresistible disco-soul number with onamatopoeiac slap bass, followed by “Les Sex,” in which the veteran Australian singer makes what sounds an awful lot like a reference to Viagra: “Take two of these and meet me in the shadows,” she suggests over...
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February 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The Tribeca Film Festival is getting “Illmatic,” opening its annual springtime confab with “Time Is Illmatic,” a look at the influence of the classic Nas album 20 years after its release. Directed by artist One9 and written by Erik Parker, the film “traces Nas's influences and the insurmountable odds he faced in creating the greatest work of music from hip-hop's second golden era,” Tribeca organizers said in a statement. Nas said that he and other filmmakers “wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.”  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen The rapper will perform the entire album after the world-premiere screening on April 16. Tribeca organizers said.
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March 21, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Merle Haggard is on the receiving end of a couple of new tributes, as the 2014 recipient of the Academy of Country Music's Crystal Milestone Award and as the subject of a new multi-artist tribute album highlighting his songs. Haggard will be presented with the ACM's Crystal Milestone Award, given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement, on April 6 at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Previous recipients include Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Jennifer Nettles.
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February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
Steve Lawrence loved to talk music with Frank Sinatra. During one of their chats, the Chairman of the Board asked Lawrence to name his favorite song. "I said, there are a lot of wonderful songs out there," Lawrence, 78, recalled in a recent interview. "He said, 'Name one.' I said OK, 'Moonlight in Vermont.' He said 'Why?' I said well to be honest it's the only American popular song I can think of that doesn't have a rhyme. " Sinatra was taken aback. "He said, 'Really? I recorded that song.' And he starts to sing it to me across the table.
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December 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
OK, Beyoncé's overnight surprise album drop isn't news only to fans -- it's news to other celebs too. Because that's how Sasha Fierce rolls. Queen Bey dropped her "visual album, " "Beyoncé," which features 14 songs and 17 videos, late Thursday, disrupting quite a few fans and much of the Internet. "I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans," she said in the album announcement.
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July 13, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
New York rapper Nas releases his highly anticipated new album, "Life Is Good," this week, and the buzz is loud, mostly because the 38-year-old lyricist's recent guest verses and singles have been some of the most searing of his illustrious career. The album is full of revealing moments not only about his history rising in the NYC rap scene, but also of personal moments relating to his split from wife Kelis and his observations on raising children.  Below are a few notable rhymes from the album (with explicit language excised)
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December 23, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
This month, Beyonce's new self-titled “visual album” all but broke the Internet, moving more than 828,000 copies internationally in its first three days on iTunes with no prior promotion. But despite its media-shattering debut and glowing reviews, Slate's Matt Capetola argued that the album left something to be desired: “Beyonce” ignored its gay audience. “It dawned on me, though, after I drooled over the album's 17 videos for about the fourth time, that it featured not a single unambiguous nod to LGBTQ rights,” Capetola writes.
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February 2, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. A two-decade wait for a new album by My Bloody Valentine may be about to end. "We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening," the influential band wrote on its Facebook page late Saturday . "We will make an announcement as soon as its up. " After revealing in December that the album -- My Bloody Valentine's first since "Loveless" in 1991 -- had been...
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August 19, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Area theme parks haven't even completed their Halloween makeovers yet, but the pop music world is already looking ahead to Christmas. Singer Kelly Clarkson on Monday unveiled details on her first holiday-themed collection, "Wrapped in Red," due Oct. 29.  The lead-off single will be the original "Underneath the Tree. " The song again sees Clarkson working with local producer Greg Kurstin, one half of indie-pop act Bird and the Bee and a songwriter/producer on  Clarkson's smash "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
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March 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Not long ago, Barbara and Ethan Gruska - the fresh-faced siblings at the core of L.A.'s Belle Brigade - were deep in a rehearsal with their two bandmates. The goal that afternoon was reworking the songs on the Belle Brigade's self-titled 2011 debut so that they fit alongside tunes from the group's just-finished follow-up. It took some doing. A sunny blast of retro West Coast folk-pop, "The Belle Brigade" pulled deeply (and openly) from crowd-pleasing forebears such as the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. The new album, by contrast, begins with a digitally processed train whistle laid atop a booming drumbeat.
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March 10, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
U2 is still on track to issue a new album this year, despite claims that the band has pushed the project and subsequent tour back to 2015. In December,  band members indicated to The Times that they were targeting a new album for an April release. However, last week, Billboard reported that the album the Irish quartet was crafting alongside producer Danger Mouse wouldn't be ready until next year. The band also reportedly booked additional recording sessions with hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, though Danger Mouse remains the core producer of the project.
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March 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. Please see note below for details. You might have thought everything was building toward a new U2 album and tour this year after the group's performances at the Academy Awards and on the first episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” its Super Bowl commercial and other recent high-profile appearances. But now Billboard reports that the new album with which U2 has been working with producer Danger Mouse won't be ready until 2015, and therefore touring plans are also being pushed back.
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March 8, 2014 | By August Brown
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future. The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon. FOR THE RECORD: Echo Park's NO: In the March 8 Calendar section, a profile of the Echo Park band NO said that its record label, Arts & Crafts Records, is based in Montreal.
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March 7, 2014 | By August Brown
It's been five years since Morrissey's last solo album, but that hasn't mellowed his acerbic wit by any means. The famously cantankerous singer has announced a title and release date for his new album. It's called "World Peace Is None of Your Business," according to Pitchfork and the authoritative Moz fansite True to You . The site reports that the album is expected out sometime early this summer, on Harvest Records, the recently revived Capitol imprint that signed Morrissey in January.
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March 5, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
A Top Dawg is on top of the Billboard 200. Schoolboy Q, part of the Black Hippy rap crew signed to L.A.'s Top Dawg Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on Wednesday with "Oxymoron," the first of his three albums to be released by TDE in partnership with Interscope Records. The disc sold 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough to score Top Dawg its first No. 1 album. In 2012, Schoolboy Q's Black Hippy bandmate Kendrick Lamar debuted at No. 2 with "good kid, m.A.A.d city," which went on to sell 1.2 million copies and earned a Grammy nomination for album of the year.
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November 5, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
TLC is plotting a comeback. The surviving members of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time are planning their first new album in 10 years, according to the BBC. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins announced their potential return at the 2012 Mobo Awards in Liverpool on Saturday. They were there to accept the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The new  album would be the first since 2002's “3D,” which was released six months after the group's third member, spitfire Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras.
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January 24, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Clive Davis typically has many irons in many fires. So even though he's holed up in an elegant Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow he's had at his disposal "forever" - fielding phone calls, e-mails and, yes, even faxes while organizing the annual pre-Grammy Awards bash he's again hosting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - the veteran producer and record executive makes a point of talking about a project especially close to his heart: a Whitney Houston live album....
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March 4, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
It's been a few days since John Travolta's "Adele Dazeem" flub, but the Internet, celebrity news outlets and late-night television couldn't seem to get enough of it. On Tuesday, the actor finallly copped to the blunder. Of course, we're speaking of the actor's epic butchering of Tony-winning singer Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars when he introduced the performance of "Frozen's" Oscar-winning song "Let It Go. " The 60-year-old seemed to start the introduction with such conviction too, calling her the "wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem.
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March 3, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
As per its title, Pharrell Williams' first album in eight years is singularly focused on girls. No women or ladies appear through the 10 songs that make up the album, let alone any other men. (There is one queen, but she's from outer space.) Best known these days for his falsetto voice heard on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," singer-producer Pharrell doubles down on his pursuit of mainstream superstardom on "Girl," but in the process reveals his weaknesses as well.
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