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January 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Kris Kristofferson has been one of country music's most esteemed songwriters since he hung up his janitor's broom and turned to his guitar full time in the late 1960s, creating a treasure trove of literate and insightful songs including "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "For the Good Times. " But if there's anything constituting a sure bet in 2013, it's that, Kristofferson's legacy or not, mainstream radio programmers won't come within a country mile of his new album, "Feeling Mortal.
April 10, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
For some of us, one of the more satisfying moments in recent country music history came 2 years ago during the Academy of Country Music Awards show. There the members of Alabama sat in aisle seats, smug looks on faces, sporting sequined Admirals' uniforms and other suitably respectful attire, waiting to snork up their yearly pile of awards. And there they continued to wait, as new-traditionalists such as Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam walked by with all the trophies. Maybe it was cruel to enjoy their discomfiture but it can't be any more cruel than what Alabama continues to do to country music, evidenced most recently by the group's deposit of treacly effluvium Friday evening at the Pacific Amphitheatre.
April 2, 2009 | Todd Martens
A new album from "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus fell short of No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts in its first week of release, raising the question: Are the tween star's fans ready for her to go a little bit country? Only a year ago, Cyrus' 3-D concert film set records, and scalpers were charging thousands for tickets to her live concerts. Her last three major releases debuted at the top of the charts. But the new record's sales were a fraction of her previous studio albums' first-week sales.
April 9, 2013
Roll over, Hank Williams, and tell Patsy Cline the news: Nashville has a new top music awards show. Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards show on CBS drew 15.4 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen (final ratings won't be published until Tuesday). It was the first time since at least 1987 that the ACMs beat the same season's airing of its rival, the Country Music Assn. awards telecast on ABC. Last November, the CMAs crooned for 13.7 million viewers. This was also the largest audience for the academy show in 15 years.
March 3, 2010
HBO lures Hoffman HBO continues to develop aggressively, with a new pilot starring Dustin Hoffman and a series pickup based on a line of bestselling fantasy novels. The pay cable outlet announced Tuesday that it had committed to a pilot plus nine episodes of "Game of Thrones," adapted from the "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy epic by screenwriter and novelist George R.R. Martin. The story concerns a violent civil war that racks a fictional land called Westeros. The cast includes Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean.
August 26, 2011 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
With the huge rise in popularity of young female country stars such as Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood taking home Grammys and other awards and climbing to No. 1 on Billboard charts, it's difficult to imagine a time when the women of country music did not appeal to such a wide audience. But before Swift, Underwood and Miranda Lambert, there were a handful of women like Dolly Parton paving the way for female country stars. "Dolly created a very powerful and realistic role model picture of artist and songwriter for aspiring young female country artists.
The music rolling out of the speakers is classic country, a song about pouring one more drink. Out in the recording studio proper, Vince Gill is standing at a microphone adding a layer of high tenor harmony to George Jones' growling lead. The song itself--"Just One More"--dates back to 1955, and it's country the old way, the kind of country music that finally allowed Gill to break through to superstardom with "When I Call Your Name" in 1990. So the singer from Norman, Okla.
March 9, 1999 | SHAUNA SNOW
MOVIES 'Mulan' Cells Rake It In: A weekend sale of artwork from Disney's "Mulan" fetched $507,000 at Sotheby's New York, sailing past pre-sale estimates. Buyers cheered as an animated image of the villain Shan Yu and his falcon sold for $43,700 to a private collector from Texas--far eclipsing its estimated price tag of $1,200. Other highlights included a cell (estimated at $2,000) of Mulan and her love interest, Captain Shang, which went for a whopping $39,100.
March 21, 2013
Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is no longer just the rock album that has logged more weeks than any other on Billboard's national album chart nor merely the one that acid heads favored for syncing up as a twisted soundtrack for "The Wizard of Oz. " It's also now going into the 2012 National Recording Registry. "Dark Side of the Moon" is one of 25 recordings over the last century singled out by the Library of Congress for their "cultural, artistic and historical importance to the nation's aural legacy.
January 27, 2012
The ballet world is spinning after one of the art's brightest stars walked away from Britain's Royal Ballet without explanation, days before he was due to take the lead in a new production. Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin announced this week that he is quitting immediately. He had been due to open as Oberon in "The Dream" next week. The 21-year-old studied dance in Kiev before attending the Royal Ballet School in London from the age of 13. He has thrilled audiences since he became the company's youngest-ever male principal dancer at the age of 19. His poise, muscularity and gravity-defying leaps have brought comparisons with the young Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
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