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December 27, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Ultra-deluxe box sets for Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and others are priced at up to $1,200. Scanning the upper stratosphere of this year's end-of-the-year holiday-centric music releases, it's tempting to think some record company execs decided it's time to head into full kamikaze-dive mode. Despite so much news revolving around the record industry's struggles to sell 99-cent singles and $9.99 album downloads, several labels have recently cooked up ultra-deluxe box sets for Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and others priced at $200 up to $1,200.
December 24, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Expectations at RCA Records couldn't have been much lower 20 years ago when a Danish record executive suggested putting together a box set exclusively of 1950s recordings by one of the label's artists who had been dead for more than a decade. Even though the artist in question happened to be Elvis Presley, there was little hope that a significant number of people would have much interest in a set encompassing five hours of music and 140 songs ? only a small percentage of which had been hits ?
December 1, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Lisa Marie Presley has sold a ranch-style house in gated Hidden Hills for $5 million. The compound has a five-bedroom, 51/2-bathroom main house set on more than 3 acres. The master bedroom suite has a catwalk to an office and customized closet. Including a single-bedroom guesthouse, an annex/studio with a sound booth and a second-story guest unit, and a three-stall barn with bedroom and half bath, the property has a total of eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and about 8,000 square feet of living space.
October 12, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Morrell Presley and Josh Smith were suspended for UCLA's game at Oregon on Oct. 21 for "a violation of team rules," Coach Rick Neuheisel said Tuesday. The official news release said "due to federal and state student privacy laws, UCLA will have no further comment on the matter. " However, after practice Tuesday, Neuheisel said: "I'm disappointed in both kids, and for both kids, hopefully they will learn the valuable lesson. " The suspensions marked UCLA's first day of preparation to face Oregon.
September 11, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Nashville Chrome" is Rick Bass' 25th book — at this stage in the game, there's no such thing as a fresh start …and thank goodness. Pieces of the writer's previous work — landscapes, "pewter skies," endangered species (human and animal), endangered innocence, human greed, nostalgia and regret — are all here in this imagined story of three real-life siblings who formed the root stock of what we now call country music, Nashville style. Bass gives us Maxine, Bonnie and Jim Ed Brown, three of the five children of Floyd and Birdie Brown; their childhood in the backwoods of post-Depression south-central Arkansas; and their rise to fame as singers and songwriters, members of the fledgling Grand Ole Opry and contemporaries of Elvis Presley.
August 12, 2010 | By Chris Foster
If there has been one constant thought during UCLA's training camp this summer, it's that freshman Anthony Barr appears ready to play college football. Barr, 6 feet 5 and 228 pounds, has been impressive playing the F-back spot in the pistol offense. The position is similar to the type of motion receiver the Bruins used the last two seasons, only there are more opportunities as a runner and receiver. "It's not just power blocking all the time," offensive coordinator Norm Chow said.
July 16, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Hank Cochran, the esteemed country music songwriter revered for the poetic economy and power of such enduring hits as Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" and Eddy Arnold's "Make the World Go Away," died Thursday at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74. Cochran was joined Wednesday night by musicians Jamey Johnson and Billy Ray Cyrus and fellow songwriter Buddy Cannon, who sang songs with him at his bedside. In a career spanning more than half a century, Cochran wrote or co-wrote hundreds of songs recorded by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Ray Price, George Strait and numerous others.
June 10, 2010
The Elvis Presley estate has signed a deal for Hasbro Inc. and PPW Toys to release an Elvis version of Mr. Potato Head. Kevin Kern, a spokesman for Presley's Graceland estate, told the Commercial Appeal the new toy is one of 15,000 Elvis-licensed products and is one the company is excited about. The first of the Elvis potato heads will be released for Elvis Tribute Week in August. The toy will be in a jumpsuit. A second version — with the likeness dressed in black leather — will be on the market for Christmas.
May 7, 2010
A roundup of this morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Elvis Presley's doctor claims the king died from chronic constipation. Eat your fiber! (Fox News) The official site for J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" has launched. (Official site) Meanwhile, the much-buzzed-about trailer has leaked. (Movie Viral) Gustavo Dudamel pulled a neck muscle Thursday night while conducting the L.A. Philharmonic. (Los Angeles Times) The long-bickering actors unions are considering merging.
April 19, 2010 | By Chris Foster
These were the guys earmarked for the come-to- UCLA brochure that Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel longs to produce. Wide receiver Randall Carroll and tight end Morrell Presley picked UCLA over USC. While there wasn't much evidence to why there was such a recruiting tug-a-war last fall, there is this spring. Carroll, in particular, has impressed coaches. His play was a sharp contrast to others Monday. Carroll snagged everything thrown his way, while other receivers were lost on routes and dropping passes.
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