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Flashback: Elvis Presley Embraces the Fade-Out, Releases ‘Suspicious Minds’

Flashback: Elvis Presley Embraces the Fade-Out, Releases ‘Suspicious Minds’
In mid-January 1969, Elvis Presley and his entourage arrived at American Sound Studios in Memphis for a scheduled 10-day recording session with studio producer Chips Moman and Presley’s longtime RCA producer Felton Jarvis. These would be the first sessions Presley had done outside of Nashville or Hollywood since his last Sun Records sessions in 1955 and would take place just weeks after Presley’s triumphant 1968 comeback special. Aired on NBC during the Christmas season, the special fueled a renewed interest in Presley to shift his focus in the studio from movie-soundtrack
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Clydie King, Unsung Backup Singer for Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, Dead at 75

Clydie King, Unsung Backup Singer for Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, Dead at 75
Clydie King, whose earthy, gospel-rooted voice was heard on dozens of rock classics, including the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” died on Monday at 75. Her friend Rudy Calvo confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Along with Merry Clayton, Venetta Fields and Shirley Matthews, King was one of the most in-demand backup and session singers of her time. “I don’t remember all the people who I sung for,” she said in a 1971 interview in
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The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ semifinal will have double the dances and a case of deja vu

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The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ semifinal will have double the dances and a case of deja vu
It’s the second-to-last week on “Dancing with the Stars,” which means two times the dances. The six semifinalists will tackle two individual routines this week: one unlearned dance and a judges’ pick of a style to redo from earlier in the season. The judges’ pick do-over is usually reserved for the finale, but nothing about this season makes sense, like the fact that there will be a one-night finale.

Since the finale is now one night, it’s unclear if there will be a double elimination at the end of the semifinal, which would give us a final four instead of an unprecedented final five. Originally, the second double elimination would’ve occurred on Night 1 of the finale to produce a final three for Night 2.

See ‘Dancing with the Stars’ shocker: The finale will now just be one night

Here is the Week 8 lineup:

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 27: See who’s dancing what on the two-night premiere

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 27: See who’s dancing what on the two-night premiere
Get ready for double the dancing next week! “Dancing with the Stars” Season 27 will bow with a two-night premiere on Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the 13 couples performing on both nights. Here’s what you can expect.

On Monday, the couples will perform a jive, cha-cha, foxtrot, salsa or quickstep. There will be no elimination.

Monday’s lineup

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten: jive – “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess: jive – “T-r-o-u-b-l-e” by Travis Tritt

Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev: foxtrot – “Rise Up” by Andra Day

DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold: cha-cha – “Sweet Sensation” by Flo Rida

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe: foxtrot – “Do You Believe in Magic” by Aly & Aj

Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson: quickstep – “Fish Out of Water” by Leo Soul

John Schneider and Emma Slater: foxtrot – “Good Ol’ Boys from
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‘Amy’ and ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Join Long List of Music-Related Docs Nominated for Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best documentary feature nominees continues a long trend of music docs being recognized by the Academy, as two music-related films have earned nominations at this year’s Oscars.

Amy, which tells the story of late songstress Amy Winehouse in her own words through never-before-seen archival footage and unreleased tracks and is nominated for best doc this year, earned nominations for the Queer Palm and Golden Eye awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for director Asif Kapadia.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus earned the second nomination of her career with the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? The film focuses on the life of iconic R&B singer Nina Simone and her life as a singer, mother, and civil rights activist. Garbus earned her first Oscar nomination in 1998 for her documentary The Farm: Angola, USA.

Music-related docs have been a hot topic for the Academy in years past,
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Coldplay Releases New Single, Sets Date for New Album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ (Audio)

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Coldplay Releases New Single, Sets Date for New Album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ (Audio)
Coldplay will be releasing their next album, “A Head Full of Dreams,” on Dec. 4. The group announced the arrival on Friday while debuting their first single from it, “Adventure of a Lifetime” on BBC Radio 1. Frontman Chris Martin described the new album as “the sound of us being free and happy and very grateful to be in our group.” See Photos: Coldplay Performs in Palisades Backyard for Communities in Schools Fundraiser The record will feature Beyonce, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton. “A Head Full of Dreams” was produced with longtime collaborator Rik Simpson and Norwegian pop production team Stargate.
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Coldplay Share Groovy New Song ‘Adventure of a Lifetime,’ Announce They Finally Got Beyoncé on One of Their Albums

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Coldplay Share Groovy New Song ‘Adventure of a Lifetime,’ Announce They Finally Got Beyoncé on One of Their Albums
Coldplay have been quietly teasing their latest (and possibly final) album, A Head Full of Dreams, for almost a year, and now we have some details: The album will arrive on December 4, and it'll feature Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo, Merry Clayton, and, most notably, Chris Martin's Bff, Beyoncé. Yep, after years of friendship (mostly thanks to Martin's ex, Gwyneth Paltrow), she's finally agreed to grace one of his albums with her presence. Sadly, she won't be doing a cover of "Yellow," but something entirely new, like that time Coldplay teamed up with Rihanna for "Princess of China." They're saving the Bey collaboration for later and instead have released the groovy new tune "Adventure of a Lifetime," which they debuted live at Global Citizens Festival back in September. 
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The Voice Recap: Head-to-Head Games

The Voice Recap: Head-to-Head Games
Questions that raced through my mind during Tuesday’s installment of The Voice:

Is Pharrell the most altruistic celebrity in the history of reality-singing competitions? Why is Blake Shelton utterly charming — even when he’s shanking his opponents with a shiv fashioned from clumped-together Starbucks straws? And did I suddenly develop a knee-jerk love of underdogs or were all of Tuesday night’s steals on The Voice superior to the opponents who vanquished ‘em?

RelatedReality Check: Is There Room for Three Black Guys in Idol‘s Top 12? And Why Are the Judges Harder on Women?

To be honest, it
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57th Annual Grammy Awards -- See The Complete Winners List!

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What an amazing night in music history! The 57th Annual Grammy Awards went down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, where music's biggest names like Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert and Pharrell Williams took home awards and stars like Eric Church, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna and Katy Perry put on some killer performances. Did your favorite singers take home Grammy gold this year? Check out the complete winner's list below! Best New Artist Sam SmithRecord of the Year"Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam SmithSong of the Year "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith Album of the Year Morning Phase, Beck See The Can't Miss Moments From The 57th Annual Grammy Awards! Best Rap Album The Marshall Mathers LP2, EminemBest Pop Duo/Group Performance "Say Something," A Great Big World ft. Christina AguileraBest Rap Performance "i," Kendrick LamarBest Alternative Music Album St. Vincent, St. VincentBest Rock Album Morning Phase,
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Here Are This Year's Grammy Winners

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The Grammy Awards took place this week, crowning a new group of artists winners. Sam Smith was the big winner of the night, taking home several awards, including song of the year, record of the year, and best new artist. Many awards were also announced prior to the ceremony, so you'll want to check out this list even if you tuned in to the broadcast. See what artists like Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Eminem won for! Album Of The Year Morning Phase by Beck Record Of The Year "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith Best Pop Solo Performance "Happy" by Pharrell Best Pop Vocal Album In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith Best Urban Contemporary Album Girl by Pharrell Best Country Album Platinum by Miranda Lambert Best Rock Song "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore Best New Artist Sam Smith Song Of The Year "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith Best Music
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Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)

Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards winners have been chosen, and we have the full list of those musicians taking home statues this Sunday, Feb. 8.

Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?

Check out the Full list of winners, below.

Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me

Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best R&B Performance: "Drunk in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for “Bang Bang,” “Break Free,” “Dark Horse,” “Problem,” “Shake It Off,” “Unconditionally”

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread

Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird
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Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List

Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List
While Sam Smith and Beck dominated the 57th annual Grammy Awards, they were hardly the only winners Sunday night. From Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament (and Eddie Vedder, using his pseudonym "Jerome Turner") scoring Best Recording Package to Beyoncé taking home Best Surround Sound Album, here is the full rundown of all the Grammy winners.

Record of the Year

Sam Smith – "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"

Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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Sundance: Acrobatic Sex Scene Steals Opening Night From Robert Redford and John Legend

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Sundance: Acrobatic Sex Scene Steals Opening Night From Robert Redford and John Legend
Raunchy comedy “The Bronze” and documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” kick off the festival

Robert Redford, John Legend and Nina Simone were all part of opening night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but the festival’s kickoff may end up better remembered for a deliciously raunchy and ridiculously gymnastic sex scene.

The scene came near the end of “The Bronze,” a comedy directed by Bryan Buckley, a filmmaker best known for his Super Bowl commercials. The story of a bitter gymnast trying to hang onto glory years after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics, it features an acrobatic hotel-room
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‘Keep on Keepin’ On’ Could Join 17 Music-Related Oscar-Nommed Docs

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Keep on Keepin’ On, director Alan Hicks’ debut film, follows four years of the friendship and mentorship between jazz legend and trumpeter Clark Terry, who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington and taught a young Quincy Jones how to play, and Justin Kauflin, a talented 23-year-old blind pianist. The two musicians support each other as Terry begins to lose his eyesight due to health issues and as Kauflin deals with stage fright as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The film is one of 15 films on the Oscar documentary shortlist, five of which will be nominated on Jan. 15.

The Academy is particularly fond of music-related documentaries, nominating 17 since 1942, with eight winning. Keep on Keepin’ On could join the following Oscar-nominated films:

Festival (1967)

Director Murray Lerner’s black-and-white documentary offers a glimpse into three years (1963-1966) of the Newport Folk Festival, which
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Don't 'let it go' yet: 'Frozen,' 'Gravity,' 'Gone Girl' among Grammy film and TV nods

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Don't 'let it go' yet: 'Frozen,' 'Gravity,' 'Gone Girl' among Grammy film and TV nods
Nearly all of this year's Grammy nominees have been announced, with album of the year contenders still to be unveiled tonight. Looking at the nominees for visual media — i.e. film and TV stuff — we have a mix of Oscar nominees and winners from last year and potential contenders for this year. Let's take a look… At the top, big ups to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for their "Gone Girl" score landing a nomination. It might be the best score of the year, in my opinion, and I'm crossing my fingers that the Academy's music branch is as cool as they were in 2010 for nominating "The Social Network." Also in there is "The Grand Budapest Hotel," one of a few scores from Alexandre Desplat in Oscar contention this season ("The Imitation Game" and "Unbroken" will be eligible for Grammys next year). Last year's Best Original Score Oscar winner Steven Price was nominated for "Gravity,
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DVD Review: '20 Feet from Stardom'

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★★★★☆"Rape, murder. It's just a shot away." Merry Clayton's vocal projection pierce through at Gimme Shelter's most unsettling moment. Jagger presses on with playing the sex-crazed Pierrot as Clayton literally screams through a microphone. The story of Clayton's involvement has been allegorised frequently. Waking to a call in the middle of the night, hair in curlers, Clayton is requested at the Los Angeles recording studio where the Stones were finalising Let It Bleed. She delivered the most stirring vocals in only two takes. It was another successful turning point for the Rolling Stones and another notch to Clayton's exemplary reputation. Yet, as the Stones rolled, Clayton returned to the shadows.
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’20 Feet From Stardom’ DVD Review

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Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Lou Adler, Stevvi Alexander, Patti Austin, Chris Botti, Carole Childs, Amy Christian, Kyliyah Clayton | Written and Directed by Morgan Neville

Living in a world obsessed with celebrity when a star is singing on the stage it’s often them that get all the attention, neither they nor their managers would have it any other way really. In 20 Feet From Stardom though we take a look at the singers who often stand in the shadows, either happy to just have their chance to sing and do what they love, or maybe sharing a dream that one day they will be that person in the spotlight and fame will be theirs.

In many ways it’s sad that music is becoming too often about the show and less about the voices. The backing singers have a very important job and they often hold the song
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Interview: Judith Hill talks 20 Feet from Stardom and Spike Lee

Simon Columb chats to Judith Hill about 20 Feet from Stardom and Spike Lee

20 Feet from Stardom showcases some incredible talent. Women who had been hidden away were brought to the forefront by director Morgan Neville who ensured they would have their day. Unlike many singers featured, whose experience was in a time whereby supporting vocalists were integral to pop stars, Judith Hill emerged later. Considerably younger and only emerging after 2007, she has worked with Elton John, Barry Manilow, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and Robbie Williams. She was due to support Michael Jackson on the This is It tour, and featured in the film singing “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” alongside the King of Pop.

Though she may have met many singers for the first time through this film, the world we see in 20 Feet from Stardom is nothing new to Judith Hill. Merry Clayton was already
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20 Reasons to Watch 20 Feet from Stardom

Simon Columb with 20 reasons to watch 20 Feet from Stardom…

With the release of 20 Feet from Stardom on DVD and Blu-ray this Monday, this is your opportunity to catch a documentary that gained exceptionally positive reviews but it also managed to snag the Best Documentary at the Oscars (beating off strong competition from The Act of Killing). Directed by Morgan Neville, this inspirational film was screened at the London Film Festival – and I’ve personally sung it’s praises ever since. Rather than merely repeat my joy for the film, I deemed it necessary to break down why, as a music lover, a fan of film and appreciator of art, this particular film is a must-watch. Here are 20 reasons you need to see 20 Feet from Stardom…

For the love of music…

These are singers who are unknown, but are the glue that holds a song together. Whether it is the doop-dee-doop
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