Pop & Hiss The L.A. Times music blog
'Happy Birthday' song could soon be free

"Happy Birthday to You," the song that has graced billions of birthday celebrations in the last 120 years, is not free for the public to use.

Movies and TV shows, for example, must pay royalties if they include the ubiquitous ditty. Waiters can't perform it for restaurant patrons without similar permission. If you want to make a ringtone with it, you're also supposed to cough up some cash.

That all...

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'Keith Richards: Under the Influence' doc due Sept. 18 on Netflix

Rolling Stones songwriter and lead guitarist Keith Richards is the subject of a new documentary, “Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” coming to Netflix in September in conjunction with the release of his first solo album in more than 20 years.

Director Morgan Neville, whose exploration of the careers of several backup singers “20 Feet From Stardom,” earned him an Academy Award, this time looks at...

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Bob Dylan's 1965 electric set at Newport Folk Festival revisited

Bob Dylan sang about a “Million Dollar Bash” on his celebrated “Basement Tapes” recordings, and that’s nearly what the 2015 Newport Folk Festival became over the weekend during a 50th anniversary salute to Dylan’s historic 1965 performance.

In addition to performances by various artists of songs Dylan sang when he famously “went electric” at Newport, R.I., guitarist and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith...

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Mariah Carey to be honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mariah Carey is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The pop diva will receive the 2,556th star in a ceremony Aug. 5, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Monday.

Carey is one of the most successful recording stars of all time.

She’s amassed 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, placing her only behind the Beatles for the record.

Read about the lives of thousands of stars on Hollywood's...

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Bobbi Kristina Brown: A protector who never got to stand on her own

Bobbi Kristina Brown's death at the age of 22 on Sunday was the final chapter in a tragic narrative that unfolded over the last six months.

But going back even further, it was always tough to think her story would end happily.

I saw Bobbi Kristina with her mother, Whitney Houston, just days before the superstar died in 2012. The role reversal between mother and daughter was painfully apparent. 


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