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October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
If you're a music fan who woke up today expecting a Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones collaborative album of Everly Brothers songs, we'd like to buy you a drink and get some advice for betting on the ponies.  The Green Day frontman and jazz-folk chanteuse indeed have a new album, "Foreverly," devoted to the classic vocal group. It's a full cover of the Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. " Armstrong told Stereogum that the brisk nine-day studio collaboration was "kinda like a blind date" that started with a cold call to Jones.
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October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
If you're a music fan who woke up today expecting a Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones collaborative album of Everly Brothers songs, we'd like to buy you a drink and get some advice for betting on the ponies.  The Green Day frontman and jazz-folk chanteuse indeed have a new album, "Foreverly," devoted to the classic vocal group. It's a full cover of the Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. " Armstrong told Stereogum that the brisk nine-day studio collaboration was "kinda like a blind date" that started with a cold call to Jones.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- With its elaborate network of traditions and signifiers, country music provides great cover for moonlighters eager to escape into a ready-made sideline. Quite a few part-timers are on the bill at Stagecoach this year, including the pop-jazz superstar Norah Jones, Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters) and the actors Jeff Bridges and John C. Reilly. And on Sunday night, the main stage will feature Darius Rucker, who's a full-time country act these days but reached Nashville only after scaling the pop chart with Hootie & the Blowfish.
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April 29, 2013 | By Mikael Wood and Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
"I don't think I've ever seen so many hats in an audience before," said Norah Jones to a crowd taking in her performance Friday night at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. The sight of tens of thousands of cowboy hats may have given the three-day hoedown a certain visual uniformity, but the 48 acts it featured across several stages were anything but unified in their approach toward country music. The festival, which took place on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club where the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival had been earlier in the month, featured everything from Lady Antebellum's polished balladry to the bumptious honky-tonk of Hank Williams Jr. to the roots music of Justin Townes Earle.
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August 12, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Since the birth of recorded music, America has known and adored its share of popular female voices, the kind we refer to on a first-name basis. Bessie, Billie, Ella, Aretha, Barbra, Nina, Diana and Cassandra . . . All have tapped into a river of inspiration nearly as old as the country. Norah Jones is the most recent version, a singer who has internalized the building blocks of the country's sounds - blues, jazz, country and western, Tin Pan Alley, popular song and rhythm & blues - to present her embodiment of an American musical archetype.
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March 20, 2003 | Robert Hilburn
New York rapper 50 Cent's major-label debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," and Norah Jones' Grammy-winning "Come Away With Me" continue to dominate the nation's pop album sales chart. They were the only two CDs last week to top the 200,000 sales figure. 50 Cent's collection held on to the No. 1 position by selling 279,000 copies, to bring his six-week total to almost 3.3 million. Jones' stylish pop package sold 243,000, pushing its total to 4.8 million.
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January 12, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Radio programmers -- along with a good chunk of the pop music audience -- have been Jonesing for Norah, and now she's back. Her new album, "Feels Like Home," won't be out until Feb. 10, but the first single, "Sunrise," has been sent to radio and this week we'll get the first indicators on how it will be received.
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June 5, 2003 | Steve Hochman
Norah Jones' follow-up to her Grammy-dominating debut "Come Away With Me" isn't expected until early 2004 from Blue Note Records, but a new Jones release will be in stores next month. A collection of six songs she recorded two years ago with jazz guitarist Peter Malick will be released by KOCH Records on July 8. Jones is said to be unhappy that her name and image will be highlighted on the CD, credited to the Peter Malick Group featuring Norah Jones.
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March 6, 2003 | Robert Hilburn
Enjoying an historic post-Grammy bounce, Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" soared back to the top of the nation's pop album charts by selling 621,000 copies last week -- up 477,000 copies from the week before the Feb. 23 telecast. A spokeswoman for Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday that the Jones album enjoyed the biggest Grammy boost since the company began monitoring U.S. record sales in 1991 -- and is believed to be the biggest post-Grammy sales increase ever.
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June 15, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Guitarist-songwriter Peter Malick was looking for a singer to fill out his band back in 2000 when he wandered into New York's Living Room club and heard the voice he wanted. He approached the singer and invited her to join his group, and in the next few months they performed and recorded together for what was planned to be an album. Then the singer got an offer for a solo recording contract from Blue Note Records and took it, leaving the project not quite finished.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- With its elaborate network of traditions and signifiers, country music provides great cover for moonlighters eager to escape into a ready-made sideline. Quite a few part-timers are on the bill at Stagecoach this year, including the pop-jazz superstar Norah Jones, Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters) and the actors Jeff Bridges and John C. Reilly. And on Sunday night, the main stage will feature Darius Rucker, who's a full-time country act these days but reached Nashville only after scaling the pop chart with Hootie & the Blowfish.
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March 28, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Smokey Robinson is getting in on the duets album action. Following his appearance Wednesday night on "American Idol," the R&B legend announced Thursday that he's to release a set of all-star duets this fall through the Verve Music Group. The album will join a rash of such collections, including recent efforts from Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie. Paul Anka has one due out next month, while John Fogerty will unveil his in May. But wait! "Unlike any other duet-themed project produced to date," a statement insists, "this unique album will include all hits written by Robinson," and that certainly seems true enough: Pop & Hiss can't recall another duets record filled only with Robinson's songs.
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February 20, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced that three Academy Award-winning actors--Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls"), Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago") and Russell  Crowe ("Gladiator"), who is currently in "Les Misérables - will be performing Sunday at the ceremony in a celebration honoring movie musicals of the last decade. The three will be joining the stars of "Les Misérables," Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, along with Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tviet, Samantha Banks and Helena Bonham Carter in the tribute to "Les Misérables, "Dreamgirls" and "Chicago," which was the last musical to win the best picture Oscar.
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August 13, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
John Legend is busy putting the finishing touches on his fourth album, “Love in the Future,” the nine-time Grammy winner's first solo album in nearly four years. To preview the upcoming record, the soul crooner announced Monday that he would set out on a fall U.S. tour. The trek, which kicks off Oct. 16 in Clearwater, Fla., will hit more than 20 cities including a Nov. 18 stop in Los Angeles at the Wiltern. Joining Legend are two fresh faces: soul singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe (she's penned tracks for Britney Spears, Melanie Fiona, Estelle and Brandy)
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August 12, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Since the birth of recorded music, America has known and adored its share of popular female voices, the kind we refer to on a first-name basis. Bessie, Billie, Ella, Aretha, Barbra, Nina, Diana and Cassandra . . . All have tapped into a river of inspiration nearly as old as the country. Norah Jones is the most recent version, a singer who has internalized the building blocks of the country's sounds - blues, jazz, country and western, Tin Pan Alley, popular song and rhythm & blues - to present her embodiment of an American musical archetype.
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May 6, 2012 | Chris Barton
Mention that Norah Jones has a new record and most likely an aural picture emerges. Maybe it's a hazard of success or having such a recognizable, lightly sanded voice, but after she took home five Grammys for the nearly inescapable "Come Away With Me" in 2003, Norah Jones' particular brand of song craft became synonymous with an understated, ballad-friendly sound that was always tasteful but sometimes a bit unobtrusive. "If there was no Adele or Norah, what would they play in coffee shops and hotels?"
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February 23, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
The Grammys, the record industry's annual funfest, is normally a joyful celebration that seduces us with lavishly choreographed numbers by some of the most celebrated acts of the day -- a contingent led tonight by such figures as Bruce Springsteen, Eminem and Norah Jones. The show also teases us with the suspense of wondering who will win the Grammys in myriad categories, from pop and rock to hip-hop and jazz (and who will be embarrassingly overlooked).
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December 8, 2004 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
Alicia KEYS and Norah Jones, whose debut albums swept the Grammy Awards in recent years, proved impervious to the "sophomore jinx" on Tuesday. Keys, the 23-year-old R&B-based singer-songwriter, captured eight nominations, including album of the year for her bestselling "The Diary of Alicia Keys," and Jones, the 25-year-old jazz-flavored vocalist, finished with five, including record of the year for her duet with Ray Charles on "Here We Go Again."
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March 18, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Ravi Shankar, 91, India's most famous classical musician in the West since his collaborations with Beatle George Harrison and violinist Yehudi Menuhin in the 1960s, makes an infrequent concert appearance when he performs at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach on March 25. Tell me about your upcoming concert. What do you have planned? I do my usual performance, the Indian classical music, playing on my sitar. And I have the usual accompaniment of drums and a drone instrument.
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March 18, 2012 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ravi Shankar, 91, India's most famous classical musician in the West since his collaborations with Beatle George Harrison and violinist Yehudi Menuhin in the 1960s, makes an infrequent concert appearance when he performs at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach on March 25. Tell me about your upcoming concert. What do you have planned? I do my usual performance, the Indian classical music, playing on my sitar. And I have the usual accompaniment of drums and a drone instrument.
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