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ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Hard-core rap could soon be experienced by a whole new crowd. A new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur's music is in development, with an eye toward Broadway. Helmed by Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun," "Fences"), "Holler if Ya Hear Me" is being workshopped in New York and could debut during Broadway's 2013-14 season. While fueled by Shakur's songs, the production isn't a biographical drama based on the late rapper's life. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage "Holler if Ya Hear Me" is a fictional account of two childhood friends and their families facing challenges in a Midwestern industrial city during the present day. The creative team includes Tony-winning choreographer Wayne Cilento ("Wicked")
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NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
The Academy Awards haven't been kind to songs of late. The last few years, the category has been treated as an after-thought, with either one film dominating the slate of nominees or voters struggling to find five songs worthy of contention. After the nadir that was 2012, when only two songs were recognized, the academy has promised change. Five songs will be nominated for the upcoming awards, and once again the rarely showcased art of cinematic songwriting will be handled with grown-up respect.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2013 | By David Ng
"Amélie," the whimsical 2001 French film starring Audrey Tautou, will become a stage musical with songs by composer Dan Messé, who has revealed the news on the Facebook page of his band, the Brooklyn-based Hem. The musical, which has no dates attached, is being co-written with playwright Craig Lucas and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen. Messé recently wrote on Facebook: "So not the best kept secret, but still I'm happy to announce that I've been commissioned to adapt the film 'Amélie' for Broadway...  Can't wait to share it with you!"
NATIONAL
July 29, 2010 | Los Angeles Times
New Orleans musicians often write about tragedies and the BP oil spill is no exception. These are just a small sample of the jazz, bluegrass, rap and other songs New Orleans musicians wrote about the spill. Nobody knows nothin' . Written by John Boutte, Bill Lynn and Paul Sanchez. Featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Clint Maedgen and Threadhead Records artists John Boutté, Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, Craig Klein, and Margie Perez Ain't My Fault. with Mos Def', Lenny Kravitz, Trombone Shorty, Tim Robbins, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sorry Ain't Enough No More by Shamarr Allen, Dee-1, Paul Sanchez, & Bennie of Hot 8 Sportsman's Paradise by Ramblin' Letters Sweet Crude Blues by John Bagnato Hey Tony!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Jay-Z and Kanye West argued for days over the songs "Holy Grail" and "Oceans," Jay-Z said in a new interview with the BBC's Zane Lowe. "We had this whole plan when me and Kanye did [the] 'Watch the Throne' album that we would go right into our solos after that," he said in the interview, referring to the rappers' joint 2011 disc, according to Britain's NME . "Soon as I thought we had wrapped up 'Watch the Throne,' I made two records -- I had 'Holy Grail' and 'Oceans.'" But once Jay-Z played the songs for West, the latter evidently insisted they go on "Watch the Throne.
NATIONAL
July 28, 2010 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Ben Jaffe, the tuba player and creative director for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, was sitting in his Faubourg Marigny house one spring morning, drinking fresh-brewed New Orleans chicory coffee and worrying about the oil spill. He and music producer Bill Lynn had just watched oil executives blame one another for the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster, and Jaffe, who comes from a long line of jazz musicians, was sick of it. He glanced over at a glum Lynn, and as if by instinct, they started riffing on a standard New Orleans tune, "It Ain't My Fault."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1992
Pop Eye (Sept. 27) asks why Randy Travis' greatest hits were released simultaneously on two separate albums although they could easily have fit onto one CD or cassette. Travis' record company responds by claiming that the cost of publishing royalties made them do it, that "doubling the number of songs . . . would create a doubling of the price." Not true. Publishing royalties currently cost record companies a government-mandated maximum of 6 1/4 cents per normal-length song (among the world's lowest, usually split equally between writer and publisher)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bob Dylan and counterterrorism? Say what? It may sound like an odd pairing, but that's exactly what Cinemax is giving us with the new season of "Strike Back," the channel's series about a stealth counterterrorism unit crossing the globe to squelch threats. For the second season, debuting Aug. 17, two brand-new Bob Dylan songs will be featured. The first song, "Early Roman Kings," premieres Thursday on Cinemax, HBO and cinemax.com. The video for the song will feature scenes from the new season starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Rhashan Stone and Michelle Lukes.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2012 | By David Horsey
In this country that claims to value hard-working middle-class families, the wealth of those families sank by 40% in recent years, wiping out all the financial gains average Americans had made since the early 1990s. A new Federal Reserve report released Monday shows that the median U.S. family saw its net worth fall from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. Meanwhile, the rich keep getting richer. It might be enough to spark an uprising if not for the country song ethic that so many Americans live by. I was driving to the newsroom in L.A. this morning when a song by Rodney Atkins came on the radio.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The film academy has released its list of the 75 songs that will be competing for the 2014 original song Oscar. Taylor Swift, U2 and Coldplay are on it. So is "Let It Go," the pop power ballad from Disney's animated "Frozen" that every 12-year-old girl already knows by heart. "The Great Gatsby" has five songs on the list. So does "Kamasutra 3D. " "Austenland" has four, and there's ... Wait. What? There are five songs nominated from "Kamasutra 3D," a movie that, judging from its trailer , looks like a glossy mashup of "Spartacus," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a Zalman King compilation reel (not that there's anything wrong with that ... and, wow, the music must be great!
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