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Credit: Danny NorthABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be hosting a shopathon on World AIDS Day, December 1, in order to raise money for the AIDS charity (RED). U2 frontman Bono, who co-founded (RED), will be among the big stars who will join host Jimmy Kimmel on the episode.Modern rockers The Killers and actresses Scarlett Johansson and Olivia Wilde also will make appearances during the special show.Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights
11/25/2015 10:00:00am
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesBarbra Streisand, James Taylor, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Sondheim were among the 17 Americans who were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on Tuesday.The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other s
11/25/2015 05:00:00am
Credit: Blain ClausenEarlier this month, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons released his first-ever studio album, the Afro-Cuban-influenced Perfectamundo, and now the 65-year-old singer/guitarist is ready to launch a U.S. tour with his new backing band The BFG's in support of the record.  The trek kicks off Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is broken into two fairly brief legs, with the final show scheduled for February 6 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.Gibbons tells ABC Radio that he's th
11/25/2015 05:00:00am
NBCUniversalThe 2015 edition of NBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, which celebrates the lighting of the famous New York City landmark's Christmas tree, will air on Wednesday, December 2.  As usual, the show will feature performances by some of music's brightest stars, with this year's lineup including James Taylor and Sting.Taylor will be performing with trumpeter Chris Botti.  Other artists on the holiday extravaganza's bill include Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli,
11/24/2015 06:00:00pm
Earl Gibson III/WireImageFounding Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player and "hype woman" Cynthia Robinson passed away on Monday at age 69 from cancer.  Robinson's death was announced on her official Facebook page, along with a note asking for continued donations to a fund launched last month to help pay her medical costs.According to Billboard, Robinson first began playing with Sly Stone in 1966 in his group Sly and the Stoners, and went on to become a member of Sly and the Family Stone
11/24/2015 02:15:00pm
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation Entertainment; Jim SheaJourney and The Doobie Brothers have announced plans for an expansive 2016 co-headlining trek of North America that also will feature a very special opening act: former Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason.  The outing, dubbed the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour, will get underway May 12 in Irvine, California, and is mapped out all the way through an August 30 show in Chula Vista, California.The trek currently features a total of 49 dates, and i
11/24/2015 02:01:00pm
Motown/Universal Music EnterprisesA previously unreleased companion album to the 1978 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical The Wiz, featuring Wiz star Diana Ross taking on all of the production's roles, will be released as a digital download this Friday, November 27.  Diana Ross Sings Songs from The Wiz originally was scheduled to come out on Motown Records in January 1979, after the film debuted in theaters in October '78, but the label decided against issuing the record at that t
11/24/2015 10:00:00am
Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideAs founding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington continues to recuperate from a heart attack he suffered in early October, the band has decided to cancel the remaining two dates on its 2015 schedule.A message posted on the legendary Southern rockers' official Facebook page explains, "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his Doctors, Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent he
11/24/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Hollywood RecordsThe long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic apparently is set to move forward with a new screenwriter.  Deadline reports that GK Films, the company that's co-producing the movie, has hired Anthony McCarten, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay to the 2014 Steven Hawking biographical flick The Theory of Everything.Ben Whishaw, who has played the character Q in the last two James Bond films, 2012's Skyfall and this year's Spectre, remains the front runner to
11/23/2015 06:00:00pm
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesA new two-CD compilation celebrating the long career of the late Joe Cocker will be released on December 11.  The Life of a Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013 features 36 tracks, including the soulful British rock singer's best-known studio and select live performances.Among the memorable tunes featured on The Life of a Man are Cocker's classic covers of Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" a
11/23/2015 02:00:00pm
Harpo, Inc.Patti LaBelle will appear on the latest episode of Oprah's Master Class, premiering this Sunday, which will feature the powerful soul singer discussing her successful music career.In show teasers, Patti recalls becoming a solo artist after the split of her girl group, Labelle, best known for their chart-topping 1974 song "Lady Marmalade.""I never wanted to be a solo singer," she explains.  "I was always afraid of people blaming Patti LaBelle for the breakup of Labelle. Because
11/22/2015 05:00:00am
Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideBob Seger may have turned 70 this past May but he apparently isn't quite ready for retirement.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently told Billboard that he's planning to put out a new album next year called I Knew You When, a collection of updated versions of previously unreleased tunes.The record also will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of Seger's music career.  To support the album and mark the milestone, the Michigan rocker revea
11/22/2015 05:00:00am
Credit: Martin WebbLongtime Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre and his solo band were among the many acts that performed on the just-completed Yes fan cruise, Cruise to the Edge, and now the group is set to embark on a series of U.S. tour dates.  The trek kicks off tonight in Delray Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through a December 20 show in Hamden, Connecticut.The Martin Barre Band plays a mix of classic Jethro Tull songs and material from Barre's own solo albums, including his lates
11/21/2015 05:00:00am
ABC/Randy HolmesEvery parent who's a musician longs for the day when their kids finally realize they're cool.  For Elton John, he'll have to wait a bit longer -- his two sons currently have more interest in their toys than they do in their legendary dad's music.Speaking to Rolling Stone, Elton says his sons Zachary and Elijah recently saw him play live for the first time, but they were unimpressed.  "They know what I do, but they don't give a s*** about it," he says.  "They kn
11/21/2015 05:00:00am
NBC UniversalIn an introduction taped at her Dollywood amusement park in Tennessee, Dolly Parton unveils the first footage from her NBC TV movie, Coat of Many Colors."The Great Smoky Mountains, my home -- I have so many memories of growing up here.  This Christmas, I would love to give a gift to you," the country legend says, seated in a sleigh, with her guitar beside her.  "My favorite song that I've ever written tells a true story from my childhood about a little coat that my ma
11/19/2015 06:00:00pm