Pink Floyd and soprano Renee Fleming were named winners of the 2008 Polar Music Prize on Wednesday for their contributions to their musical genres. The British rock group and Fleming will each receive a cash prize of $168,000 at an Aug. 26 awards ceremony in Stockholmmore
Do you know why we don't have tort reform to cut down on frivolous lawsuits? Maybe because trial lawyers OWN the Congress since they are by far the biggest campaign contributors! So the following story of a ridiculous lawsuit should come as no surprise: The woman who accused Lindsay Lohan of stealing her fur coat has now made things official and has hit Lindsay with an actual lawsuit even though the coat was returned to her some months ago. Maria "Masha" Markova filed a civil lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday. The suit asks for "punitive and exemplary damages" but does not specify the amount. "Let it be up to a jury to decide," Markova's attorney, Merrill Cohen, told ABCNEWS.com, "if it goes that far." more
Amy Winehouse will perform at this summer's Glastonbury Festival. She will play the festival's main Pyramid Stage on June 28, just before headliner Jay-Z, it was announced Wednesday. more
Sony Pictures Releases has formed a new business unit, The Hot Ticket, which will digitally project concerts, performing arts and sporting events into movie theatres. The service will launch this summer; Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium" will be cinecast from London's 02 Arena in August. more
There is nothing like planning ahead! The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live to the east coast by CBS. more
For the third leg of the Def Leppard's North American tour, all support acts/guests have now been finalized. During the 16-date leg, there will be no less than five acts opening for Def Leppard: Joan Jett And The Blackhearts (July 30 - Aug 3), Billy Idol (Aug 6-15 and Aug 17-21), Everclear (Aug 16) and Styx/Reo Speedwagon (Aug 23). The final date of this leg is billed as "an evening with Def Leppard." more
In anticipation of N.E.R.D.'s first album in four years, they are currently offering the song "Spaz" exclusively for sale on Zune Marketplace. The track, which is also being featured in the brand's television and online advertising campaign for Zune Pass, will not be available anywhere else until the release of the new album Seeing Sounds on June 10. The band will offer additional exclusive content as part of the Zune Ignition program throughout the month of June. go here
Apparently KISS plan to add a new leg to their current post retirement tour, they issued the following statement: This tour just keeps getting bigger and the band has never been better! Until we sort out the next leg, we don't want to stop, so we're doing a few US shows for our enjoyment, as much as the fans. We are having the time of our lives on the Alive 35 tour and over half a million KISS fans obviously share the feeling! Why stop?
IFC will be premiering three exclusive trailers of Heavy Metal in Baghdad over the next weeks. Currently we have the band, Acrassicauda, talking to Suroosh about the time their practice space was demolished by a SCUD missile. Think being a band is hard in America, try dodging missiles. Oh and most of their equipment got destroyed as well. Rock and Roll! Check out the clip on IFC.com Heavy Metal in Baghdad Out On DVD June 10th.
In this week's episode of maniaTV's new music show, All Access , host Samantha Maloney visits the in-home studio of Junkie XL to get intimate with the world renowned electronic artist and his friend Nicole from Electrocute. Junkie XL, who is best known for his worldwide remix of the Elvis single, "A Little Less Conversation", has produced five solo albums, two video game soundtracks, and countless remixes for everyone from Coldplay to Justin Timberlake. it tis here
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