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  • Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

    Here's what happened at the Brit Awards — and not at the Grammys

    With splashy performances by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars and major trophies presented to Adele and Beyoncé, Wednesday’s Brit Awards might’ve convinced those paying only partial attention that they were watching a replay of last week’s Grammys. Yet the U.K.’s most prestigious music awards show, held...

  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    'Weird Al' Yankovic's 40-year career has outlasted some of the artists he's parodied

    Nearly 40 years ago “Weird Al” Yankovic began building his fan base the old-fashioned way: radio.  Yankovic would send tapes to disc jockey and comedy song expert Dr. Demento, who gave air time to Yankovic’s early parodies of the Knack’s then-chart-topping new wave hit “My Sharona” (recast as “My...

  • What to listen to now: The Feelies, Jessie James Decker and Rose Cousins

    What to listen to now: The Feelies, Jessie James Decker and Rose Cousins

    A weekly round-up of must-hear music recommended by Times staffers. This week’s picks include the latest from veteran cult-favorites the Feelies, as well as new music from Jessie James Decker and  Rose Cousins. The Feelies, “In Between” (Bar None) Hoboken, N.J., band the Feelies have issued a mere...

  • Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

    Joining Madonna and the Beatles, Rihanna lands 30th top-10 hit, sets sights on record

    In yet another confirmation that you’re getting old, pop superstar Rihanna has hit a landmark: She has now landed 30 songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna. She charted her 30th hit this week when “Love on the Brain” crossed the threshold...

  • Jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell dies at 73

    Jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell dies at 73

    Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the "Godfather of Fusion," has died in New York City. He was 73. His publicist, Kurt Nishimura, said Coryell died Sunday in his hotel room of natural causes. Nishimura says he had just performed two shows at the Iridium on Friday and Saturday. Coryell’s highly...

  • Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    Harry Belafonte 90th birthday career retrospective collection due Feb. 24

    A 60th anniversary update of Harry Belafonte’s 1957 hit “When Colors Come Together (Island in the Sun)” caps a new retrospective album. The collection will survey the storied career of the veteran singer, actor and political activist who will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 1. The song, which...

  • Why Little Big Town went 'hillbilly Sade' to follow up 'Girl Crush'

    Why Little Big Town went 'hillbilly Sade' to follow up 'Girl Crush'

    Only three acts performed more than once at this month’s Grammy Awards. One was Adele, who opened the night with “Hello” and then paid tribute to the late George Michael. Another was Bruno Mars, who sang his song “That’s What I Like” as well as Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The third was Little Big...

  • German label Giegling shut out the world for a weekend in L.A.

    German label Giegling shut out the world for a weekend in L.A.

    With all the inherent challenges in maintaining underground club music, perhaps there’s some safety in numbers.  And not in terms of crowd size.  As the sun came up on the Boyle Heights warehouse housing last weekend’s showcase from the German label Giegling, the dozen-strong crew of DJs, producers...

  • With 'Dirty Projectors,' Dave Longstreth lights his own path

    With 'Dirty Projectors,' Dave Longstreth lights his own path

    Can an album look inward and out at the same time? Dave Longstreth thinks so, and he’s just made one that proves it. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the core of Dirty Projectors, Longstreth is known to indie-rock fans for his knotty compositions and high-flown concepts. In 2009...

  • Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban. The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the...

  • HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

    HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

    HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and the stage musical “Lazarus.”  “Blackstar,”...

  • In wider release, Prince's streaming figures skyrocket

    In wider release, Prince's streaming figures skyrocket

    In life, Prince was one of streaming’s great holdouts. Now, not even a year after his death, his music has finally hit Spotify, Apple Music and the other major streaming services. And fans have stormed the gates to revisit his hit-heavy catalog. Nielsen Music reported Thursday that after finally...

  • Brandy on new music, being 'brave' and why we're still obsessed with '90s R&B

    Brandy on new music, being 'brave' and why we're still obsessed with '90s R&B

    It can be easy for those without a finger on the pulse of R&B to overlook Brandy’s influence. Yet she helped define the genre’s ‘90s golden age and carried it into the new millennium alongside singular divas such as Aaliyah and Monica. Still, she hasn’t had a crossover hit in 15 years. Brandy’s...

  • What to listen to now: Ryan Adams, Fred Eaglesmith and Nikki Lane

    What to listen to now: Ryan Adams, Fred Eaglesmith and Nikki Lane

    A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times’ music staff. This week’s picks include the latest from veteran singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, under-the-radar Americana artist Fred Eaglesmith and the outspoken country of Nikki Lane.  Ryan Adams, “Prisoner” (Pax Am/Blue Note) One way to hear Adams’...

  • Grammy wins send Adele back to the top of the charts

    Grammy wins send Adele back to the top of the charts

    After a clean sweep of all five of her Grammy nominations, Adele will return to a familiar place — the top 10 of the Billboard charts. The singer’s “25,” which won album of the year Sunday night and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 after its 2015 release, looks to regain a top-10 slot with an estimated...

  • Here's who benefited the most from the Grammy Awards

    Here's who benefited the most from the Grammy Awards

    Who benefited most from Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards telecast? That depends on which yardstick you use, but as usual the artists who scored performance slots generally experienced bigger immediate sales gains over actual award winners. The lucky few who won and performed during the telecast were...

  • Lalah Hathaway on why she recorded her Grammy-winning live album at the Troubadour

    Lalah Hathaway on why she recorded her Grammy-winning live album at the Troubadour

    It’s an understatement to say that a live recording rarely earns the R&B album Grammy, but on Sunday at the Staples Center the honor went to “Lalah Hathaway Live.” In fact, the soul singer Lalah Hathaway’s concert recording is the first live document ever to win the award, where it joins studio...

  • This year's Grammy Awards were very much about life and death

    This year's Grammy Awards were very much about life and death

    The full spectrum of life was on display at Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards. Much of the attention surrounding the ceremony in Los Angeles centered on artist comments or performances on hot political issues, but some of the more emotional moments sprang from the timeless themes of life and death. There...

  • Grammys 2017: The night's most memorable performances

    Grammys 2017: The night's most memorable performances

    The polar stars of the 2017 Grammys provided two of the telecast’s most memorable performances, one a celestial dream of near perfection, the other endearingly human.  Anyone wondering whether Beyoncé's just-announced pregnancy would take away from her ability to perform as vividly as we've come...

  • How Beyoncé won the Grammys without taking the big awards

    How Beyoncé won the Grammys without taking the big awards

    It was Adele’s night. But it happened in Beyoncé’s world. That was the takeaway of Sunday’s 59th Grammy Awards, where the young British singer won three of the music industry’s biggest prizes — album, record and song of the year — yet seemed overshadowed by the visionary multimedia star she described...

  • An Appreciation: Vocalist Al Jarreau ventured further than his smooth reputation

    An Appreciation: Vocalist Al Jarreau ventured further than his smooth reputation

    When thinking about Al Jarreau, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 76, one word comes insistently to mind: Smooth. Much like his longtime friend and kindred spirit George Duke, who died in August 2013, Jarreau  owned that free-flowing and often breezy subgenre somewhat derisively known as...

  • Grammys 2017: Complete list of winners and nominees

    Grammys 2017: Complete list of winners and nominees

    The Grammy Awards have wrapped up at Staples Center, where Adele went home with five awards, including song, record and album of the year.  The other artists competing in the album of the year category were Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson.  Many awards were announced before the...

  • When it comes to politics, the Grammys let the music do the talking

    When it comes to politics, the Grammys let the music do the talking

    As in almost every show in this volatile awards season, political protest was all over the Grammys this year. From subtle and poised to outraged and esoteric, resistance came from artists of all genres and will likely be a major part of what this contentious Grammy ceremony will be remembered for....

  • Influential jazz artist Al Jarreau, singer of 'We're in This Love Together,' dead at 76

    Influential jazz artist Al Jarreau, singer of 'We're in This Love Together,' dead at 76

    Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, has died. He was 76. The singer died about 6 a.m. Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital surrounded by family and friends, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but news of his passing comes two days after he...

  • What time are the 2017 Grammy Awards?

    What time are the 2017 Grammy Awards?

    Who will win album of the year? Will Beyoncé or Adele make history? How music’s biggest night pans out is anyone’s guess. But one thing is certain: The 59th Grammy Awards are happening Sunday and there’s lots to pay attention to.  Here’s a few things to know:  As always, there are two ceremonies...

  • The biggest fan at the Grammy Awards? The show's host, James Corden

    The biggest fan at the Grammy Awards? The show's host, James Corden

    If you criticize a musician in front of James Corden, be prepared for him to push back. On a recent morning in his office at CBS Television City, the host of “The Late Late Show” was describing his favorite Grammy Awards performances when he recalled a 2015 duet between Annie Lennox and Hozier...

  • ‘I am me because of you’: Adam Levine on his Walk of Fame star

    ‘I am me because of you’: Adam Levine on his Walk of Fame star

    Despite the cloudy weather, hundreds gathered Friday outside the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the unveiling of Adam Levine’s star on the Walk of Fame. The Maroon 5 lead singer, songwriter and judge on NBC’s “The Voice” received the 2,601st star on the legendary walk. The...

  • Katy Perry gets political: Listen to her new song 'Chained to the Rhythm'

    Katy Perry gets political: Listen to her new song 'Chained to the Rhythm'

    You know America’s in a troubling spot when even Katy Perry is singing about the illusion of freedom. That’s the subject of “Chained to the Rhythm,” the once-carefree pop star’s new single, which appeared online Thursday night amid a series of Perry tweets and retweets about revolution, George...

  • As Grammys loom, Clive Davis says: 'Music has never been more vital.' Here's why

    As Grammys loom, Clive Davis says: 'Music has never been more vital.' Here's why

    “I know Donald.” The statement from music mogul Clive Davis was an attention-commanding moment, even knowing his proclivity to punctuate whatever point he’s making with references to the galaxy of pop music stars he’s on a first-name basis with, “be it an Aretha, be it a Whitney, be it an Adele,...

  • For 'Fifty Shades Darker,' a soundtrack that actually lightens up

    For 'Fifty Shades Darker,' a soundtrack that actually lightens up

    Fifty shades darker? Thank God that’s not the case. Though it featured a couple of undeniable boudoir jams in the Weekend’s “Earned It” and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do,” the hit soundtrack to 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” was otherwise a bit of a slog, with too many dull, minor-key dirges...

  • Aretha Franklin says she's retiring: 'I feel very, very enriched and satisfied'

    Aretha Franklin says she's retiring: 'I feel very, very enriched and satisfied'

    The Queen of Soul is calling it a wrap. Well, sort of. In an interview with the television station WDIV in her hometown of Detroit, Aretha Franklin, 74, said she’ll retire this year after the release of a new album. “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came...

  • 'Rockabye baby'... with Beyoncé lullabies played on xylophone?

    'Rockabye baby'... with Beyoncé lullabies played on xylophone?

    Fresh on the heels of Beyoncé’s epic Instagram pregnancy announcement (twins!) last week, music label Rockabye Baby has announced it will be releasing an album of baby-friendly versions of Queen Bey’s hits later this month. “Lullaby Renditions of Beyoncé,” a 13-track collection of sweet lullabies...

  • Jack Ingram, Joe Henry, ZZ Ward join Americana Music Assn. salute to Loretta Lynn

    Jack Ingram, Joe Henry, ZZ Ward join Americana Music Assn. salute to Loretta Lynn

    The Americana Music Assn. will devote its annual gathering of musicians on the eve of the Grammy Awards to salute country music songwriter-singer Loretta Lynn on Feb. 11 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Among the acts confirmed for the concert preceding Sunday’s 2017 Grammy ceremony are John...

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