January 7, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details Elvis Presley would have turned 78 on Jan. 8, and even though he's been gone for 35 years, the birthday celebrations continue. Here in Los Angeles, a grand tradition returns Tuesday night at the Echo in Echo Park, where the annual Elvis Birthday Bash will play out, as usual, with “all fun, no impersonators,” promises longtime co-organizer Art Fein. This year's lineup includes rockabilly veterans Ray Campi, Jimmy Angel and Rip Masters, alt-rock singer-songwriter Syd Straw and next-generation roots rockers including singer Karling Abbeygate.
August 9, 2012 |
As Whitney Houston's February death is revisited on the pop titan's birthday (she would have been 49 on Thursday), the late singer's label, RCA Records, is prepping a greatest hits package. A source at the label told Pop & Hiss that the catalog release was expected to come out this fall. Houston's first and sole stateside retrospective, 2000's “Whitney: The Greatest Hits,” has proved to be a lasting smash. To date, the two-disc set has sold 2.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and shifted a staggering 836,000 copies in the wake of her death, making it the fourth bestselling disc of the year.
August 22, 2011 |
Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy has signed a record deal with RCA Records, Pop & Hiss confirmed Monday. The deal, a joint venture between RCA and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records, returns the singer to the Sony Music Entertainment fold. She previously called Epic Records home, but severed ties with the label in 2009 after the commercial disappointment of her only album for the label, 2008's "Human. " "Throughout her career, Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone's favorite female vocalist," Peter Edge, chief executive of RCA Music Group, said in a statement.
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October 9, 2009 |
Shelby Singleton, a maverick country music mogul and talent scout who launched the careers of Roger Miller and Ray Stevens before resuscitating the fabled Sun Records label to give new life to recordings by 1950s Sun discoveries including Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, has died. He was 77. Singleton died Wednesday in Nashville following a battle with brain cancer. He had been admitted to St. Thomas Hospital a week earlier after suffering a seizure, his longtime friend and associate Jerry Kennedy said Thursday.
February 28, 2009 |
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted RCA Records 1/2 The fourth album from pop's most sympathetic rebel girl, Kelly Clarkson, has nearly as many mandates attached to it as a certain economic stimulus plan. The record label execs who objected to the emotionally loaded, tough-sell hard rock of 2007's "My December" are hoping for a massive, industry-saving hit. The critics who love her spunk but question her sensibility desire artful pop with a little bit of red meat. The "Idol" watchers and Top 40 listeners who made her a star in the first place want the perfect blend of sincerity and catchiness to lift their spirits during a year when nobody needs another breakup album.
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June 14, 2008
Danny Davis, 83, a bandleader and record producer who founded the Nashville Brass, died Thursday at a Nashville hospital after suffering a heart attack, according to his publicist, Betty Hofer. A resident of Nashville, Davis began his music career as a trumpeter, playing in the brass sections of bands led by Les Brown, Gene Krupa and others in the 1940s. Davis became a record producer for MGM in New York City, where he produced a number of hit singles with singer Connie Francis.