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Sunday
Apr242016

Prince Cremated in Private Ceremony; Autopsy Results May Take a Month; Springsteen Pays Tribute 

Neil Lupin/RedfernsThe body of Prince Rogers Nelson was released to his family on Friday afternoon; on Saturday, they, along with friends and colleagues, said goodbye to the legendary musician, who died suddenly Thursday at the age of 57.

A statement from Prince's rep to ABC News states, "A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye. Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private."

The statement adds, "We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends at this time.  The cause of death remains unknown and it will be at least four weeks before we receive the results of the autopsy.  An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration."

Prince's body was discovered in an elevator at Paisley Park Thursday morning after his staff couldn't reach him.

In other Prince news, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to him Saturday night at his concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. He and his band opened the show with a version of "Purple Rain."

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Sunday
Apr242016

Beyonce's "Lemonade" HBO Project Airs, New Album "Lemonade" Now on Tidal 

Parkwood/Columbia"I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."  According to Beyonce's HBO film project Lemonade, that's something her husband Jay Z's grandmother once said, and something, it appears, that she herself may have gone through.

The one-hour HBO film turned out to be an accompaniment to Bey's brand-new "visual album" Lemonade, which arrived exclusively on Tidal after the end of the film.  The 12-track album features the advance single "Formation," and guest appearances by Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar

Lemonade follows the "surprise release" concept of her self-titled 2013 album, though she'd been teasing the project for months with lemon-themed Instagram posts.

The theme of Lemonade appears to be infidelity.  The film describes the supposed stages that a person -- perhaps Beyonce herself -- goes through when faced with an unfaithful lover.  "Are you cheating on me?"  Beyonce whispers at one point.  "What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you," goes one of the song lyrics.

The stages, according to Lemonade, are Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope and Redemption.  Each represents a segment of the movie, which is accompanied by a variety of striking visual images and chunks of songs from the discs.

We see Beyonce strolling down the street with a baseball bat, smashing things left and right.  Beyonce floating above her bed in a room filled with water.  Beyonce sitting cross-legged in a square of fire. Beyonce wearing a fur coat, with her hair in cornrows, singing a profanity-laced song that features the lyric, "You know I give you life/You try that sh*t again/you're gonna lose your wife."

In between songs, Beyonce recites occasionally explicit poetry written by Warson Shire, describing her feelings when faced with the suspicion, and then the confirmation, that she is being cheated on, and then her eventual reconciliation with her lover.

Throughout the movie, we see appearances by Beyonce's parents, Matthew and Tina, as well as Serena Williams, Zendaya, Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg and Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis. In addition, Jay Z, and their daughter Blue Ivy are featured, and there are also brief appearances by the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, holding photos of the sons they have lost.

There's footage of Bey and Jay's wedding, and shots of them receiving the matching Roman numeral "IV" tattoos they both have on their ring fingers.  There are scenes of what appears to be Blue Ivy's birthday party, Jay tenderly kissing Blue and playing with her on the football field before Bey's Super Bowl performance.  There are also scenes of Bey kissing Jay's cheek, and the two looking at each other seriously.

So, did this actually happen to Beyonce and Jay?  Or is it all artistic license?  Stay tuned.

Here's the track listing for Lemonade:

1. "Pray You Catch Me"
2. "Hold Up"
3. "Don’t Hurt Yourself"
4. "Sorry"
5. "6 Inch"
6. "Daddy Lessons"
7. "Love Drought"
8. "Sandcastles"
9. "Forward"
10. "Freedom"
11. "All Night"
12. "Formation"

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Saturday
Apr232016

Prince Interview with Oprah Winfrey to Re-Air on Saturday 

Harpo Inc./George BurnsIn 1996 Prince appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and, in honor of the late singer, Winfrey's OWN network will be re-airing the episode this Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.

The episode, which originally aired on November 21, 1996, was Prince's first interview after his name change, according to the network. It features Prince taping a segment at Winfrey's West Loop studio and the media mogul visiting Prince at his Paisley Park recording studio in Minnesota, where the singer died Thursday morning at age 57. The interview is said to highlight the artist's thoughts on his musical genius, lifestyle, soul mate and future in music.

A preview of the special is currently available on OWN's website.

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Saturday
Apr232016

AXS TV Remembers Prince This Weekend

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesAXS TV will commemorate the passing of Prince this weekend with a tribute block paying respects to "The Purple One."

The cable network will kick things off 1 p.m ET Saturday with an airing of the Prince episode of AXS TV's Rock Legends. Immediately following will be the television premiere of the 2014 documentary Slave Trade: How Prince Re-Made the Music Business

The critically acclaimed documentary, airing at 2 p.m. Saturday, documents Prince's entire career, beginning with his 1978 debut album, For You, through his battle with record label, Warner Bros., re-branding himself as a symbol and his historic appearance at the 2007 Superbowl. 

You'll have another chance to view both specials again with Rock Legends: Prince airing Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. ET and Tuesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET and  Slave Trade: How Prince Re-Made the Music Business will be broadcast again on Monday, April 25 at 11 p.m. ET and Tuesday, April 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Saturday
Apr232016

The Ramones' Self-Titled Debut Album Turns 40

Rhino/Sire RecordsToday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Ramones' debut album, Ramones, which arguably has become one of the most influential rock records of all time. Made by the band that was the centerpiece of New York's punk-rock scene, Ramones features 14 songs running a total of 29 minutes, and was recorded in just one week for a reported $6,400.

The Ramones were four misfits from Queens, New York, who all changed their last names to Ramone and took on a classic uniform of black-leather jackets, T-shirts, ripped jeans and sneakers. The band's music blended elements of British Invasion acts, '60s girl groups, The Beach Boys, and proto-punk bands like The Stooges and The MC5, all delivered with adrenaline speed and featuring catchy melodies and cartoonish lyrics filled with twisted humor and themes.

The album opens with one of The Ramones' most recognizable songs, the infectious anthem "Blitzkrieg Bop," with its simple chanted chorus "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" Other memorable tunes on the record include "Beat on the Brat," "Judy Is a Punk," "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "Loudmouth" and "53rd & 3rd."

Although the album was initially a commercial failure, it made an invaluable impact on countless bands, from The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Motorhead to Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and Nirvana. Meanwhile, The Ramones' debut record pretty much served as the template for all of their subsequent albums through their breakup in 1996.

While commercial success eluded The Ramones, their mark on rock history was acknowledged when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Sadly, all four original Ramones members are no longer with us. Singer Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Hyman, died in 2001 at age 49; bassist Dee Dee Ramone, a.k.a. Doug Colvin, passed away in 2002 at age 50; guitarist Johnny Ramone, born John Cummings, died in September 2004 at age 55; and drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tamas Erdelyi, died in July 2014 at the age of 65.

Meanwhile, in June 2014, 38 years after its release, Ramones was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. In celebration of the album's 40th anniversary, an exhibit focusing on the group opened earlier this month at Queens Museum in the band members' hometown borough of Queens, New York.

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Saturday
Apr232016

Mercy! Roy Orbison Would Have Celebrated His 80th Birthday Saturday

David Redfern/RedfernsHad he lived, Roy Orbison would have turned 80 on Saturday, April 23. The singer, songwriter and guitarist brought his angelic and operatic voice to the world of rock 'n' roll, creating a unique body of work that included such memorable 1960s hits as "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Running Scared," "Crying" "Only the Lonely," "Dream Baby" and "It's Over."

The Texas-born Orbison began his music career when he was a child, singing on radio programs and at talent shows. During his teens, he played with locally successful country and rockabilly bands before he and his group The Teen Kings got signed to Memphis' Sun Records in 1956. While in the Sun stable alongside such other music legends as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Orbison enjoyed his first national hit, "Ooby Dooby."

Roy's main success, however, came after he signed to Monument Records. From 1960 to 1966, Orbison scored 22 top 40 singles, including all of the aforementioned hits.

Orbison's career then experienced a downturn, coinciding with a number of personal tragedies. In 1966, his first wife, Claudette, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1966, and two years later a house fire claimed the lives of his two oldest sons.

In the late '80s, Roy had a career resurgence. Orbison's 1963 hit "In Dreams" was reintroduced to fans when it was used in director David Lynch's 1986 cult film Blue Velvet. The following year, Roy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he also recorded the star-studded concert special Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night.

In 1988, Orbison teamed up with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne to form the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Roy was featured prominently on the group's debut album, including on the hit "Handle with Care." Later that year, he completed work on a new Lynne-produced solo album, Mystery Girl, which featured guest appearances by Petty, Harrison, Bono and many others. Orbison died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988, at the age of 52. Mystery Girl, which was released in February '89, yielded Roy's first top 10 pop hit since 1964, "You Got It."

To commemorate Orbison's 80th birthday, One of the Lonely Ones, an album of recently discovered lost tracks Roy recorded in 1969 that was released on CD and vinyl LP in December, will be made available to streaming services starting today, April 22.

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Saturday
Apr232016

Keith Urban Brews a Mean Cup of Joe

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban makes a mean cup of java, according to his wife Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-winning actress’s revelation came during her stint as cover model for the April issue of nFocus.

“Sometimes I go, ‘Gosh, I’d love to open some sort of boutique,'” she tells the magazine that covers Nashville society. “There’s this place called Bills in Australia, which is just like amazing Aussie food with toast and avocado and amazing coffee and that sort of stuff. But, I mean the chances of me doing that… Keith’s actually a pretty good barista, I have to say. So you never know,” she adds with a laugh.

This week, her superstar husband has been busy in Music City doing interviews to promote his long-awaited new album. Ripcord comes out May 6.

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Friday
Apr222016

Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons & More Featured on "Me Before You" Soundtrack

Courtesy: Interscope RecordsThe soundtrack for the upcoming romantic drama, Me Before You, rounds up songs from Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors.

The album -- which is available for pre-order today -- features Ed’s hit, “Photograph,” as well as a new song from Imagine Dragons called “Not Today” and an orchestral remix of X Ambassadors’ “Unsteady.” The “Unsteady (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)” is available as an instant grat track; the video for it is out now.

The soundtrack will be released on June 3, the same day as the film. Me Before You is based on the best-selling book by Jojo Moyes. It stars Games of ThronesEmilia Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series.

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Friday
Apr222016

System of a Down's Serj Tankian Shares Video for Track from "1915" Film Score

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesSerj Tankian has written his first film score -- for 1915, a psychological thriller that takes place on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. One of the cuts from the score, called "Ari Im Sokhag," has now been released as a music video. The song was orchestrated, produced, arranged and performed by Tankian, and also features vocals from the System of a Down frontman.

1915 is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. You can download the score via iTunes.

Last year, System of a Down staged their Wake Up the Souls tour in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman government in the region that's in present-day Turkey. The trek included the band's first ever show in Armenia.

The Turkish government has long maintained that no genocide took place, and Ottoman authorities did not systematically try to eliminate the Armenian people. All four System of a Down members are of Armenian descent.

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Friday
Apr222016

Mumford & Sons Journey to "Johannesburg" with New EP 

ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons will release a new EP, called Johannesburg, on June 17. The five-song collection was recorded in the South African city during Mumford & Sons' tour of the country earlier this year.

"Going to South Africa felt to us to be an adventure into a continent that none of us knew well," says bassist Ted Dwane in a statement. "The appetite for live music is huge and the youth culture is exploding with energy and rejuvenation."

Mumford & Sons recorded Johannesburg in collaboration with Afro-pop group The Very Best, Senegalese singer Baaba Maal and South African band Beatenberg. You can download the first single from Johannesburg, "There Will Be Time," now on iTunes.

Mumford & Sons is currently in the middle of their U.S. An Arrow Through the Heartland tour in support of their album Wilder Mind.

Here's the track list for Johannesburg:

"There Will Be Time"
"Wona"
"Fool You've Landed"
"Ngamila"
"Si Tu Veux"

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Friday
Apr222016

President Barack Obama and Former Fiancée Sheila E and Remember Prince 

Barry Brecheisen/WireImageThursday’s shocking death of Prince has left many artists recounting the legendary music icon’s impact on the world. 

Even the Leader of the free world.

President Barack Obama talked about the late chart-topping singer during a press conference in the U.K. Friday morning;  Obama said he and the first lady jammed out to Prince songs this morning.

“It so happens our ambassador has a turntable so this morning we played "Purple Rain" and "Delirious" just to get warmed up before we left the house for important bilateral meetings like this,” he said. 

Obama also recalled his last encounter with Prince, who died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

“He came to perform at the White House last year and was extraordinary and creative and original and full of energy,” he shared.

On Good Morning America, Prince’s longtime friend Sheila E extolled his legacy.

“He's done so much for, for music,” she said. “He's created music that no one has ever done before. He had his own sound, and he did it for the people. He did it for the fans. He's done everything for them.”

Prince worked closely with the California-reared musician – born Sheila Escovedo – during the 1980s on chart-topping songs “Glamorous Life,” “Love Bazaar” and songs from his Purple Rain.

A former fiancée of his, Sheila E rushed to Paisley Park upon hearing the news of his sudden death.

When probed about unconfirmed reports that Prince may have been taking painkillers for his hip problems, she said she wouldn’t have been surprised due to his athleticism.

“He's like an athlete and you know, athletes train and they get injured and you know, we know that he's had issues with his hips,” she confided. “If you look back in the days of 'Purple Rain,' when he was on top of risers and jumping down off risers in those heels, it damaged even parts of his body.”

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Friday
Apr222016

Prince's Death May Lead to His First #1 Album in 10 Years

Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesAs so often happens when a musician dies, sales of Prince's music are going through the roof -- especially since his music isn't widely available for streaming.  In fact, the late legend, who died Thursday at age 57, could very well score his first #1 album in 10 years.

Billboard reports that sales of The Very Best of Prince could top more than 150,000 in sales by the end of this week.  The 2001 compilation includes 13 of his 19 top-10 hits, like "Kiss," "Purple Rain" and "Let's Go Crazy."  If it reaches #1, it'll be Prince's first chart-topping disc since 2006, when he spent one week on top with 3121.

He's also reached #1 three previous times: in 1989 with the Batman soundtrack, in 1985 with Around the World in a Day and in 1984 with Purple Rain.  That album, according to Billboard, may also jump up the charts -- on Thursday alone, it sold 40,000 downloads.

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Friday
Apr222016

Prince Interview with Oprah Winfrey to Re-Air on Saturday 

Harpo Inc./George BurnsIn 1996 Prince appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and, in honor of the late singer, Winfrey's OWN network will be re-airing the episode this Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m.

The episode, which originally aired on November 21, 1996, was Prince's first interview after his name change, according to the network. It features Prince taping a segment at Winfrey's West Loop studio and the media mogul visiting Prince at his Paisley Park recording studio in Minnesota, where the singer died Thursday morning at age 57. The interview is said to highlight the artist's thoughts on his musical genius, lifestyle, soul mate and future in music.

A preview of the special is currently available on OWN's website.

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Friday
Apr222016

Frank Ocean Says Prince Made Him Feel Comfortable with His Sexual Identity 

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesThe shocking death of Prince Thursday has left many artists recounting on how the pop icon influenced not only their music, but their art.

Frank Ocean, was one of the musicians to offer his thoughts about the late Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member. The channel ORANGE album creator posted an intimate tribute to Prince in a Tumblr post.

Although Ocean admits he never had the opportunity to meet the legend, he explains that the Prince did influence him musically and personally.

In his post, Ocean praises Prince for giving him the courage to embrace his sexuality. He also acknowledges the "Purple Rain" singer for taking a stand against the corporate music structure and for fighting for artists' rights.

Ocean writes, "He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration - his denial of the prevailing model...his fight for his intellectual property - 'Slave' written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol... An all out rebellion against exploitation.  A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while.  I'm proud to be a Prince fan(stan) for life."

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Friday
Apr222016

Prince "Was the Greatest Pop Musician Who Ever Lived," Says John Mayer

ABC/Randy HolmesWhen Prince died suddenly Thursday at the age of 57, John Mayer was many artists who took to Instagram to salute him, calling him a "pure, enormous TALENT" and an "icon," and noting, "Guitar players (and all musicians) everywhere will be picking up a much heavier instrument today."  Tonight on ABC's 20/20, John pays further tribute to Prince, calling him the "greatest pop musician who ever lived."

"The loss that an artist feels when another artist dies is hard to explain because you don’t want to sound like you’re making more out of it than you deserve to," John says in an advance clip.  "But when it’s a guitar player and when it’s someone that you know and can hear the thousands of hours and just think about how good someone could be at their instrument -- and not just one instrument, you know, all of it."

John explains what when he was a kid growing up in the '80s and '90s, he looked up to Prince as an example of the right way to do things.

"What a great role model, as a musician, to look up to people who were so good at what they did that they could wear whatever they wanted to, they could make whatever decisions they wanted to and you trusted that it was a function of the talent," he notes. "That it had to happen, because that’s what needed to happen for the talent to also survive."

"He’s the best pop musician that ever lived," John states boldly. "And at a time where you were either an artist or an entertainer, to be both is unbelievable and very, very, very few people do it. That is a man who did it perfectly, as far as I’m concerned."

You can watch more of John's comments tonight on ABC's 20/20, airing at 10 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Apr222016

Could The Band Perry Preview New Music Next Week on the "Today" Show?

ABC/Eric GebhartWe haven’t gotten many clues as to what The Band Perry is up to since they parted ways with their longtime label, Big Machine, back in March, but we could learn more about what the sibling trio is up to music-wise next Wednesday. They’re set to play live on the Today show plaza April 27 as part of the Citi Concert Series. You can catch their performance at 7 a.m. all across the country on NBC.

Earlier this week, KimberlyNeil and Reid rocked the youth celebration WE Day in Seattle, Washington.

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Friday
Apr222016

The Ramones' Self-Titled Debut Album Turns 40

Rhino/Sire RecordsThis Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Ramones' debut album, Ramones, which arguably has become one of the most influential rock records of all time. Made by the band that was the centerpiece of New York's punk-rock scene, Ramones features 14 songs running a total of 29 minutes, and was recorded in just one week for a reported $6,400.

The Ramones were four misfits from Queens, New York, who all changed their last names to Ramone and took on a classic uniform of black-leather jackets, T-shirts, ripped jeans and sneakers. The band's music blended elements of British Invasion acts, '60s girl groups, The Beach Boys, and proto-punk bands like The Stooges and The MC5, all delivered with adrenaline speed and featuring catchy melodies and cartoonish lyrics filled with twisted humor and themes.

The album opens with one of The Ramones' most recognizable songs, the infectious anthem "Blitzkrieg Bop," with its simple chanted chorus "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" Other memorable tunes on the record include "Beat on the Brat," "Judy Is a Punk," "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "Loudmouth" and "53rd & 3rd."

Although the album was initially a commercial failure, it made an invaluable impact on countless bands, from The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Motorhead to Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and Nirvana. Meanwhile, The Ramones' debut record pretty much served as the template for all of their subsequent albums through their breakup in 1996.

While commercial success eluded The Ramones, their mark on rock history was acknowledged when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Sadly, all four original Ramones members are no longer with us. Singer Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Hyman, died in 2001 at age 49; bassist Dee Dee Ramone, a.k.a. Doug Colvin, passed away in 2002 at age 50; guitarist Johnny Ramone, born John Cummings, died in September 2004 at age 55; and drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tamas Erdelyi, died in July 2014 at the age of 65.

Meanwhile, in June 2014, 38 years after its release, Ramones was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. In celebration of the album's 40th anniversary, an exhibit focusing on the group opened earlier this month at Queens Museum in the band members' hometown borough of Queens, New York.

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Friday
Apr222016

Guitarist Lonnie Mack Dead at 74

Clayton Call/RedfernsBlues guitarist Lonnie Mack died of natural causes Friday at the age of 74.

Mack passed away at Centennial Medical Center near his home in Smithville, Tennessee, his label, Alligator Records, said in a statement.

Known for his hits, "Wham!" and an instrumental cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee" that was a top-five hit in 1964, the influential musician inspired many guitarists including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Jimmy Page

The Indiana native coined the term "whammy bar" for his use of the tremolo bar on his iconic Gibson Flying V.

In 2001, he was inducted into  the International Guitar Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Friday
Apr222016

From Hometown Hero to 90-Minute Sell-Out, Jason Aldean Is on a Hot Streak

ABC/Image Group LAOn the eve of selling out Boston’s Fenway Park in only 90 minutes, ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean returned to his hometown to give half a million dollars to charity. The more than $500,000 he raised with an intimate, acoustic performance will go to help Navicent Health, the only dedicated pediatric facility in central Georgia.

“Pretty overwhelming the amount of money that was raised by the community of Macon last night and I couldn’t be more proud to call it my hometown,” he says. “Every single penny helps an organization that means a lot to me and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping these kids. Emotions were running high seeing all those faces, familiar faces, come out to support,” he reveals.

The Thursday night benefit was only his second performance since taking home the ACM Entertainer trophy earlier this month in Las Vegas. Tickets for his September 9 show at the home of the Boston Red Sox sold out in an hour and a half Friday morning. Jason hits the road with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses May 19 for his Six String Circus trek.

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Friday
Apr222016

Sheriff: Prince's Autopsy Results Not Expected for Days or Weeks, No Sign of Trauma, Prince Last Seen Alive Wed. Night

Virginia Turbett/RedfernsWhat caused the death of Prince, who died suddenly Thursday at age 57?  We are one step closer to finding out. 

The autopsy on the late musician was completed at 1 p.m. CT on Friday; however, in a statement, the Chief Medical Examiner for the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office noted that more medical information and test results need to be gathered, which could take several days, while toxicology tests might take weeks.

Just before 4 p.m. ET, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office tweeted, "The body of Prince Rogers Nelson has left [our] office and been released to his family."

During a press conference in Minnesota Friday afternoon, Sheriff Jim Olson said that he would respect Prince's privacy in death, but did reveal a few new details.  Prince was last seen alive Wednesday night at about 8 p.m. when an "acquaintance" dropped him off at home at Paisley Park.  Thursday morning, staff members were unable to contact the singer, and went to Paisley Park to check on him. They discovered him in unresponsive in the elevator, and called 911.  The elevator was on the first floor.

CPR began when authorities arrived but it was unsuccessful, said Olson. Prince was pronounced dead about 25 minutes later.  There were no obvious signs of trauma or violence on the body.  Of note: Prince was home alone in Paisley Park; there was nobody else in the house.   The sheriff said there’s no reason to believe this was a suicide. The investigation is ongoing, and Olson said they would leave "no stone unturned."

Olson refused to reveal what, if anything, was taken from the home, and whether or not any medication was discovered.  He said that the three people who were present when officers arrived were "shook" by the discovery of Prince's body, and the mood was "somber."

Saying that he himself was a fan of Prince's, Olson praised the singer as "a very good neighbor for everybody" in the Minnesota area where Paisley Park is located.

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