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Apr032013

"The Voice" Recap: Houston Teen Shines in Latest Blind Auditions

NBCThe blind auditions continued on The Voice Tuesday night, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher each adding two contestants to their respective teams.

Shakira now has nine artists on her squad. Adam and Usher have eight, and Blake has seven.

Here's a rundown of Tuesday night's auditions:

The personable Audrey Karrasch, 20, sang the Jessie J hit "Price Tag." Usher and Blake both turned around their chairs for her. Audrey asked Usher specifically what he liked about her performance. After he said he could identify with it, Audrey blurted out, "OK, let's do it," leaving a rejected Blake stunned.

Long-haired Brandon Roush belted out the Joe Cocker version of The Beatles song "With a Little Help from My Friends." Adam joked that the 19-year-old Kentucky native looked like he belonged in the heavy metal band Megadeth. Brandon joined Team Shakira.

Betsy Barta, who performs on the streets of Minneapolis, tried her best with Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain." None of the judges pressed their buttons. Afterward, Blake suggested that the song choice was overambitious. A teary-eyed Betsy was consoled with a hug from Adam.

Sporting dreadlocks, Patrick Dodd of Memphis paid homage to his city with Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis." Shakira and Adam both turned around, saying the 35-year-old brought soul to the stage. Patrick went with Adam.

Wedding singer Orlando Dixon tackled Ne-Yo's "So Sick." Usher was the only coach to support him. Clearly elated, Orlando called Usher his idol and said he wanted to buy his mother a new home one day.

Savannah Berry, a 17-year-old from Houston, once duetted with Sugarland for an Academy of Country Music Awards promotional segment. She sang Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars' single "Safe & Sound," from The Hunger Games soundtrack. All of the coaches except for Usher pressed their buttons. After Savannah cited Miranda Lambert as one of her inspirations, Blake repeatedly reminded her that he's married to Miranda. His powers of persuasion worked: Savannah picked Blake.

The final week of blind auditions begins next Monday on NBC.

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Wednesday
Apr032013

Dr. Conrad Murray Is “Extremely Sorry” About Michael Jackson’s Death

David McNew -- Pool/Getty ImagesConrad Murray, the doctor who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering a fatal dose of propofol to Michael Jackson prior to the King of Pop’s death at age 50 in June 2009, says he’s “extremely sorry” the singer is no longer with us.

Murray, who is serving a four-year sentence, called CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 from prison Tuesday night. While maintaining his innocence, Murray said he misses Jackson. “I am extremely sorry that Michael has passed on. It's a tremendous loss for me. It's a burden I have been carrying for the longest while and it's a burden I will carry for an indefinite period of time,” Murray told Cooper.

Murray, who is in the process of appealing his conviction, told Cooper that Jackson was already using the powerful anesthetic propofol when he became his doctor and he tried to wean the singer off of it. “Given the situation at the time, it was my approach to try to get him off of it. But, Michael Jackson was not the kind of person you can just say put it down and he's going to do that,” Murray said.

Murray said he reluctantly agreed to give Jackson an injection of propofol. “It was such a painful condition to see this man that was about to lose his entire potential with his fortune and empire, I agreed that I'd give him a 25 milligram slow injection, that was it,” Murray told Cooper.

Murray said he stayed with Jackson for a while after administering the injection, and left his bedside only after he was “absolutely comfortable that propofol was no longer a factor, done.”

Jury selection began Tuesday in Los Angeles in a trial stemming from a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother against concert promoter AEG Live.

Katherine Jackson is suing the company, which was behind the King of Pop's aborted This Is It tour, for 40 billion dollars. She claims AEG contributed to her son's death by hiring Dr. Conrad Murray.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Eddie Van Halen Says Working with LL Cool J Was "a Breath of Fresh Air"

Image Courtesy Eddie Van Halen via TwitterEddie Van Halen is among the many guest musicians featured on LL Cool J's upcoming album, Authentic, which hits stores on April 30.  As previously reported, the guitar legend lends his talents to a pair of tunes on the rap star's record, "We're the Greatest" and "Not Leaving You Tonight," with the latter track also featuring indie-pop act Fitz and the Tantrums.

Van Halen says he initially was unsure about working with the hip-hop veteran, but quickly embraced the idea after meeting LL Cool J, with whom he quickly became friends.

"The thought of me playing guitar to hip-hop was definitely left of center, but I was intrigued and I agreed to meet and listen to what he had," explains Eddie.  "I was not only inspired by the songs I heard, but LL's enthusiasm, his down-to-earth personality [and] the freedom he gave me to co-create."

Van Halen adds that his experience in the studio with LL "was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual."

The guitar whiz had further praise for Authentic itself, noting that "The diversity of the songs on this album and the other artists [LL Cool J] has collaborated with is outstanding, appealing to multiple genres of music and maybe even creating a few of our own."

The rapper has plenty of mutual admiration for Van Halen.  Explaining why he asked the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to play on Authentic, he says, "This album was born out of my true love for music and I knew Eddie shared that same vision for authentic music."

Regarding the sessions, LL declares, "I was humbled to watch a genius at work and collaborate with such a legendary and visionary artist as Eddie Van Halen, and to bring our two worlds together was an exciting opportunity."

Authentic is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com and iTunes.  Other guest artists featured on the album include Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Earth, Wind & Fire, legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins, rap superstar Snoop Dogg, Seal, country great Brad Paisley and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Watch Elton John Dedicate Song to Late Phil Ramone at Recent Mississippi Concert

Photo: Robert GuayJust few hours after renowned producer Phil Ramone's death on Saturday, Elton John delivered a special tribute to his friend and collaborator while on stage at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.  The pop star said a few heartfelt words about Ramone before dedicating a rendition of his hit 1974 ballad "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to him.

"Sadly, one of the greatest producers in the record industry died today.  His name was Phil Ramone," said Elton.  "You may not know him but he produced all the great, great Billy Joel records, Ray Charles, he worked on my musical of Aida and he's a legend."

John added, "And, in fact, it was [in] his studio that I recorded [the live album] 11-17-70 way back in 1970.  Phil, you were a lovely, kind, brilliant man.  This song is for you."

Video of the introduction to John's homage has been posted on Elton's official website and YouTube channel.

Among the other projects on which John and Ramone collaborated were Elton's 2000 concert album Live at Madison Square Garden and the Rocket Man's Las Vegas show The Red Piano.  Ramone passed away Saturday at age 79 following hospitalization for an aortic aneurysm.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Ticket Details for Celine's "One Night Only" Quebec Show Announced

CelineDion.comIf you’re planning to trek to Quebec this summer to catch Celine Dion in her only announced appearance outside of Las Vegas, details on ticketing for the show have now been announced.

As previously reported, Celine will return to her roots for a one-night-only concert at Quebec's famous Plains of Abraham battlefield on July 27 at 8 p.m. ET.  Canada's CTV reports 60,000 concert tickets in all will be available for purchase, and according to Celine's website, fans who are members of her online fanclub, TeamCeline, will be able to purchase advance tickets beginning April 4 at 10 a.m. ET by logging onto the "My Account" page on their user accounts.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 6 at 10 a.m. ET.  Including services and fees, ticket prices will range from $69 to $299 Canadian.

Dubbed "Celine... Une Seule Fois," or "Celine... One Night Only," the show will highlight the diva as she sings her biggest hits, but be aware: she'll be singing mostly French; about 20 percent of her performance will be in English.

As previously reported, the concert marks the first time Celine has performed at Plains of Abraham since her 2008 show when she celebrated Quebec City's 400th anniversary on the site of where the British and French battled in 1759.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Tamar Braxton, Ciara Among Special Guests for NewNowNext Awards

we TVLogo's NewNowNext Awards show is quickly approaching, and now there's word on which celebs will be appearing during this year's show.  Tamar Braxton, who is nominated for "Most Addictive Reality Star," will be dropping in on the ceremony.  Ciara is also expected to attend.

The NewNowNext Awards will be taped April 13 in Hollywood for airing on the Logo cable channel on April 15.  Along with Tamar, the nominees also include Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Solange, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

The Lumineers Announce Additional North American Tour Dates

TheLumineers.comThe Lumineers have added a number of new dates to their headlining North American tour, which will include stops at a variety of big music festivals.

Newly added shows include performances on June 13  in Cary, NC and June 14 in Charleston, SC.  Pre-sale tickets for members who sign for the group's e-mail list go on sale April 10, while tickets go on sale to the general public April 12.

The group has a full festival slate scheduled this spring and summer.  They will be appearing at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA later this month and at the Sasquatch Music Festival in George, Washington on  May 27, but those festivals are already sold out.  However tickets are still available for the Lumineers' appearances at other fests including the Hunter Mountain Jam and Governor's Ball in New York,  the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee and the group's first festival headline performance at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta in Atlanta.

More information about on-sale dates is available at TheLumineers.com.  Here's a list of The Lumineers' upcoming North American tour dates:

4/14 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Music Festival
4/19 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theater
4/21 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Music Festival
4/24 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
4/25 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Ampitheater
4/26 -- Austin, TX, The Tower Ampitheater
4/30 -- Hamilton, ON, Copps Coliseum
5/01 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
5/02 -- Toronto, ON, The Sound Academy
5/03 -- Toronto, ON, The Sound Academy
5/05 -- Atlanta, GA, Shaky Knee Music Festival
5/27 -- George, WA, Sasquatch Music Festival
5/30 -- Lancaster, NE, Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
5/31 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
6/01 -- Kansas City, MO, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
6/04 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/06 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/07 -- Canandaugia, NY, CMAC
6/08 -- Mountain Hunter, NY, Mountain Jam Festival
6/09 -- New York, NY Governor's Ball
6/12 -- Portsmouth, VA, nTelos Wireless Pavilion
6/13 -- Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheater
6/14 -- Charleston, SC, Family Circle Pavilion
6/15 -- Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Music Festival

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Stream Entire New Album, "Mosquito", on Wednesday Afternoon

Interscope RecordsWhile Yeah Yeah Yeah’s fourth studio album, Mosquito, won’t be released until April 16, the band is giving us something to tide us over until then.  Noisey.com will be offering a stream of every song from the upcoming release on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

Frontwoman Karen O has said that the band explores some new creative avenues on Mosquito.  “This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record -- which doesn't mean easy listening -- it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy,” said the singer in a statement.

Here's the track list for Mosquito:

"Sacrilege"
"Subway"
"Mosquito"
"Under the Earth"
"Slave"
"These Paths"
"Area 52"
"Buried Alive" (Featuring Dr. Octagon)
"Always"
"Despair"
"Wedding Song"

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington to Be Honored at MusiCares Benefit Concert

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCLinkin Park frontman Chester Bennington will be honored at a Los Angeles benefit concert at Club Nokia on May 30 that will support the MusiCares MAP Fund.  The fund provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery resources, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses and medical expenses.  Bennington will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his commitment to helping addicts with their recovery process.

"MusiCares MAP Fund is an amazing program that takes care of their own, and actually saves lives," said Bennington in a statement. "It's been so rewarding to support them and see firsthand what they've accomplished for so many artists."

Legendary skateboarder, surfer and musician Tony Alva will also be honored that evening, receiving the From the Heart Award.

For more information, visit MusiCares.org.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Ashanti Delivers New Single "Never Should Have"

eOne MusicAshanti has announced the release of "Never Should Have," the latest single from her long-awaited album Braveheart.  A music video for the emotional ballad was recently shot in Santa Barbara, California, and will premiere soon.

"You were all that I wanted/I fell in love with/you 'cuz, you loved me/and I thought that you were ready," Ashanti sings on the track. 

"Never Should Have" is available now on iTunes, and fans can also hear snippets of the single in promos for this season's Army Wives.  The show stars Ashanti as Latasha Montclair, a mother of three who is raising her kids while her husband is deployed overseas.

Braveheart arrives in stores on June 11.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

James Taylor Headlining Annual Greenwich Town Party Event in Connecticut Next Month

Photo: Rob FortunatoJames Taylor will headline a special event this Memorial Day weekend that will bring together the people of Greenwich, Connecticut, to celebrate their community.  The third annual Greenwich Town Party is scheduled to take place on May 25 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, and will feature a variety of musical performances, a family festival and food concessions.

Taylor is joined on the entertainment lineup by Blues Traveler, Michael Franti & Spearhead, the Harlem Gospel Choir and other acts.  Tickets for the event can only be purchased by Greenwich residents and business owners, as well as people who work in the town.  Non-residents are welcome to attend as guests.

Among the stars who have performed at the previous Greenwich Town Party events are Paul Simon, The Temptations, Buddy Guy, Little Feat, The Wailers and Tedeschi Trucks Band.

For Taylor, his Greenwich performance is one of only three concert appearances he has lined up for 2013.  The folk-rock great also will be playing a pair of shows in Hawaii next week, on April 12 in Kahului and on April 13 in Honolulu.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Mötley Crüe Announces Second Las Vegas Residency

Motley.comIf you missed your chance to see Mötley Crüe during the band's Las Vegas residency last year, you're getting another chance this fall.  The glam-metal mavens have just announced their return to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for an exclusive 12-show engagement, which kicks off on September 18.

"We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can't wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand-new show that will be unlike anything you've ever seen Mötley Crüe do before," says bassist Nikki Sixx in a statement.

The performances run from September 18 through October 6.  Here are all the dates:

September: 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29
October: 2, 4, 5, 6

Tickets for the upcoming gigs start at $49.50 and will go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. PT at the Hard Rock Hotel box office and at Ticketmaster.com.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Report: Chances Unlikely that Justin Bieber Will Be Charged with Battery

Facebook.com/JustinBieberFinally, some good news for Justin Bieber: the Los Angeles Times reports that it's unlikely the singer will be charged with battery in connection with that run-in with his neighbor last month.

According to the newspaper, L.A. County sheriff's detectives are investigating Justin's neighbor's complaint -- the man claims the singer threatened him and spat on him -- but they won't be recommending any specific charges.  According to the Los Angeles Times, what usually happens in cases like this, where neighbors are fighting, is that a judge orders a "conflict-resolution meeting," where people simply talk about their disagreement.

Justin and his team maintain that he did not threaten or spit on the neighbor, but detectives are also investigating whether Justin or his crew drove through their Calabasas, California neighborhood at unsafe speeds.  According to TMZ, the neighbor claims that it was his concerns about Justin's high-speed driving that led to the argument in the first place.

In other Justin news, he's apparently using his songwriting talents to help other artists.  His manager Scooter Braun tweeted, "so wrote a smash for . damn. ."  As most Beliebers know, Braun also manages The Wanted, and the British group plans to release new music later this year.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Report: Lady Gaga Turned Down $1 Million to Perform at Republican National Convention

Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterLady Gaga is one of President Obama's most vocal supporters, so it's hard to believe that she'd be interested in performing at a Republican event.  Yet apparently, someone decided it would be a good idea to offer her a million bucks to perform at the Republican National Convention.

According to the Washington Examiner,  this bit of information is contained in a lawsuit filed by American Action Network, a powerful Republican nonprofit fundraising organization.  The AAN is suing a vendor who was hired to arrange entertainment for the Republican National Convention in August.

An email sent by AAN's director of development, Pete Meachum, to an event production company reads, "See what it would take to get Gaga instead of [country music legend] Dolly [Parton]," and adds that the star should be told the booking would be an event "honoring women who run for public office."

Meachum wanted Gaga to perform on Monday, August 27, the night of the first official day of the convention.  He added in his email, as a way of making the offer more attractive to Gaga's camp, "Also, tell them that $150,000 will go towards a domestic violence shelter."  Obviously, Gaga did not take them up on their offer.

In addition to Gaga, the document shows that that Dolly Parton and Pitbull were also approached about performing, but said no.  In January, Gaga performed at the White House for Obama campaign staffers.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Brad Paisley's New Album, "Wheelhouse," Now Streaming on iTunes

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley's new album, Wheelhouse, doesn't come out until April 9, but you can listen to the entire project now streaming on iTunes.  While listening, fans can pre-order the album along with Brad's first interactive book, Building a Wheelhouse, which tells the story of how Brad created the new project.

Wheelhouse features Brad's #1 hit "Southern Comfort Zone" and "Beat This Summer" as well as collaborations with LL Cool J, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and Charlie Daniels.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Rascal Flatts to Premiere "Changed' Video on "Good Morning America" Wednesday

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts will premiere a portion of their new video for "Changed" on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday morning during the 8 a.m. hour. The storyline of the emotional song is acted out in the video by actor Charles Esten, who also plays Deacon Claybourne on ABC's country music drama, Nashville.

Charles, who also goes by Chip, has become a friend of the band, and Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus says, "We thought it would be a long shot to get him now that he's on the huge television show Nashville but in the end, after we blackmailed him, he agreed to do it."

In all seriousness, Jay adds, "Chip is the consummate pro.  He believed in the song and the message and wanted to be a part of it."

Fans can watch the "Changed" video in its entirety on ABCNews.com after it appears on Good Morning America.  It will also go up on Vevo.com starting at 12 p.m. Eastern Wednesday.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Vampire Weekend to Stream Live, Steve Buscemi-Directed Performance from New York

XL RecordingsVampire Weekend will be the next artist to participate in the American Express-sponsored concert series, Unstaged. The April 28 performance will be live-streamed from Roseland Ballroom in New York City at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at YouTube.com/AmericanExpressMusic.

If you want to check it out, you can join the audience online, or via YouTube and VEVO apps for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. The show takes place about two weeks before Vampire Weekend's new album, Modern Vampires of the City, arrives in stores on May 14.

Directing the event will be Boardwalk Empire actor Steve Buscemi, who palled around with the band during New York City’s annual Easter Parade on Sunday.  "We're thrilled to be working with a wonderful actor, great director, and NYC legend," said frontman Ezra Koenig in a statement. "We couldn't have picked a better guy to man the cameras."

Buscemi adds, "I'm really excited to collaborate with Vampire Weekend to bring their vision to life for this live streaming event."

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Wynonna's Husband Cactus Moser Walks on His Own for the First Time Since Losing Leg

ABCWynonna's husband and drummer Cactus Moser began walking on his own this week for the first time since losing one of his legs in a motorcycle accident last August.  The couple has been waiting eight months for this moment, and Wynonna tells People, "It freaked me out because I've seen him in a wheelchair and using a walker, and he just walked towards me and I was like, 'Wow.'  I was so stunned.  I saw the wreck, I saw him lose the leg." 

Wynonna is now competing on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and her fellow contestant and reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump was one of the first people to walk with Cactus.

Wy says of her husband, "He's so positive.  I call him Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky.  It's really irritating, because sometimes I just want to complain or act tired about dancing, and he'll say, 'But you're moving and you're looking so great.'"

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Stream Stone Sour’s New Album, "House of Gold and Bones Part 2", in Its Entirety

Roadrunner RecordsCan't wait to hear the second part of the Stone Sour's concept double album, House of Gold and Bones?  No worries.  The guys have posted a stream of every song from the second installment, House of Gold and Bones Part 2, at their website.

House of Gold and Bones Part 2 features 12 new tracks and will arrive in stores on April 9.  In addition, starting April 17, fans will be able to get their hands on the first issue of a comic book mini-series based on the album.

Stone Sour is currently trekking across North America promoting House of Gold and BonesIn This Moment and Hell or Highwater are supporting the band on select dates.  Visit StoneSour.com for the full itinerary.

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Tuesday
Apr022013

Elton John & Bernie Taupin to Receive Highest Honor from Songwriters Hall of Fame

Kevin Mazur/WireImageIt's a little bit funny that they haven't received it already, but this June, Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin will be presented with the Songwriters Hall of Fame's highest honor: The Johnny Mercer Award.

The Johnny Mercer Award is given to a songwriter or songwriting team already in the hall of fame, but whose body of work is of such high quality and impact that it upholds the legacy of Mercer,  the guy who wrote "Moon River," "Hooray for Hollywood," "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Summer Wind," "Satin Doll" and many others.

In a statement, Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb said of John and Taupin's amazing track record, "It's just not that easy to write 40 Top-10 records.  It's kind of like swimming the English Channel with your hands tied behind your back." 

He added, "Elton's readily identifiable melodic piano style has proven to be a perfect accompaniment to Bernie's razor sharp lyrics about relationships and living on the edge of life both in good and bad times."

John and Taupin, who've created more than 30 albums together, will receive their honor at the 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction gala, which will take place June 13 in New York City.  As previously reported, this year's inductees include Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Eagles collaborator JD Souther, among others.

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