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Singer Joni Mitchell rushed to L.A.-area hospital; in intensive care

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized Tuesday, her official website confirmed.

When asked for information regarding Mitchell, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said that about 2:30 p.m., a person in the 600 block of Funchal Road was taken to an area hospital in fair condition. He would not identify the person or provide further information. Mitchell has long lived in the Bel-Air neighborhood.

Around 10 p.m., the verified Twitter account for Mitchell's website said she was in intensive care, "but is awake and in good spirits."

Mitchell, 71, was one of the most prominent musicians to come out of the legendary 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene, which included the Doors; Neil Young; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Carole King; the Eagles; and the Mamas and the Papas. Since then her music has inspired and been covered by artists including Prince, Bjork, Janet Jackson, Steely Dan and Chaka Khan.

"I have a tremendous will to live," Mitchell told the Los Angeles Times in 2010. She...

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De La Soul reaches Kickstarter goal for new album

Just a day after passing the hat for contributions toward a new album, De La Soul has met their goal.

The beloved New York hip-hop trio are already on their way to doubling their initial ask toward the budget for a new LP. As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the group's Kickstarter page shows more than $180,000 donated, easily surpassing the $110,000 goal. 

The LP will be De La Soul's first original studio album in 11 years. Donors to the campaign are up for a bevy of rewards, ranging from a friendly email to original art prints, Twitter follows, new sneakers, one of the group's personal boomboxes and the platinum LP for the band's landmark "3 Feet High and Rising." Collaborators include David Byrne, Damon Albarn and 2 Chainz, among many others. 

De La Soul is one of hip-hop's foundational acts. Members have long been well-regarded for their adventurous sampling, but for this album they've raised the stakes on that approach. The group tracked 200 hours of live-band recordings with professional...

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Listen to Janelle Monae's new song, 'Yoga'

Namaste, Earthlings: A new Janelle Monáe jam has descended from the heavens, and it's here to spice up your Bikram sessions.

"Even when I'm sleepin', I got one eye open/You cannot police me so get off my areola," Monáe sings (and successfully rhymes, surprisingly) on "Yoga," a sultry club jam that will soon inspire many an über-cool exercise class. Or one can hope, at least.

The song – an ode to persistence ("Bending never breaking") – is a collaboration with fellow Wondaland artist Jidenna, whose style influence is pretty prominent here, if you remember his recent hit "Classic Man" from earlier this year.

"In order to lead effectively, you have to start with YOU first. Get balanced. Center yourself," Monáe tweeted when the track dropped Monday. The Electric Lady's song comes in the interim between her appearance at the Black Girls Rock! awards earlier this week and when the show airs April 5 on BET. 

Check out the song above (then hit repeat a few hundred times).

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'Kimmy Schmidt' composer Jeff Richmond on the show's viral-friendly songs

"Empire" isn't the only show that has its fans singing.

Since arriving March 6, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” the sprightly new Netflix comedy co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, has lodged itself in the cultural lexicon with songs that rival even "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" in their catchiness.

Think that's an exaggeration? Even guest star Jon Hamm, who plays the show's villainous Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, can’t shake these songs. 

“There’s no removing them from my head,” he told The Times.

The culprit: Fey's husband, Jeff Richmond, who, in addition to executive producing the series, also wrote the show's most addictive tunes, starting with its inescapable theme song.

The catchy title track is in the vein of such Auto-Tuned viral parody hits as "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That" and "Bed Intruder." Pulled from a fake local-news segment, it's composed of man-on-the-street comments "sang" by an animated neighbor, who is asked to comment after the “mole women," a group of...

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The Rolling Stones' Zip Code tour: Five things you need to know

Those plucky upstarts in the Rolling Stones have announced a new round of touring and a reissue of their beloved 1971 LP "Sticky Fingers." Here are a few facts you should know going into the mania for Mick & Co. on Tuesday morning.

1. There's no L.A. date yet.

The last time the Stones dipped through L.A. for a tour, they started their SoCal run with a stop in Echo Park at the Echoplex, which sent fans into paroxysms of glee. But local fans will need to hold tight for now – while the "Zip Code" tour kicks off in San Diego on May 24, there's no immediate L.A. date in the works. Let the surprise Coachella-set rumor-mongering begin! (Do not let that begin, that's nuts.)

2. It's tied to a "Sticky Fingers" reissue, which will include plenty of new material. 

It's maybe not the band's most universally regarded "best" album (that would probably be 1972's "Exile on Main Street," fight among yourselves if you must), but 1971's "Sticky Fingers" has a lot going for it. From the Andy...

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Van Halen plays on Hollywood Blvd., David Lee Roth sustains nose wound

Despite an early-set knock on the nose that required a bandage for lead singer David Lee Roth, Pasadena's greatest rock export Van Halen survived its nationally televised debut on Monday night -- and shut down Hollywood Boulevard in the process. 

You read that right. Almost 45 years after it formed and at least a few decades beyond its commercial peak, a Roth-fronted Van Halen finally performed on national TV. Returning to support its new live album, "Tokyo Dome Live in Concert," and a recently announced summer tour, the band tore through a handful of its classics as the musical guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday night.

They did so in grand, if predictable, fashion: by playing "Panama," "Running with the Devil," "Hot for Teacher," "Dance the Night Away" and more in front of the El Capitan Theatre to a raucous crowd of fans and tourists. 

"We waited 45 years for this," screamed Roth, a cheesy smile overwhelming his face.

Kimmel's show does this sort of thing on occasion, but Van...

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