Author Archives: Chris Talbott

  • Horace Silver, Pioneering Jazz Pianist, Dies at 85

    Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and band leader with a tireless inventiveness who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, has died. He was 85. The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Silver died Wednesday in New Rochelle, New York, ...

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  • Jason Derulo, John Legend Among CMT Awards’ VIPs

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Don't be too shocked when Jason Derulo pops out onstage with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line during the CMT Music Awards. The 24-year-old R&B singer is one of several surprising guests on Wednesday night's country music video awards show (8 p.m. ...

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  • Rick Ross Talks 5th No. 1, Own Mortality at SXSW

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rick Ross still gets excited by No. 1 albums, but as he celebrates his fifth he takes satisfaction in different ways. Ross marked the ascendance of "Mastermind" on Saturday night during South By Southwest, drawing one of the week's larger crowds in ...

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  • ‘Odd Future’ Rapper Played Sold-Out Show after Jail

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rapper Tyler, the Creator, played a sold-out show in Dallas just hours after being released from jail in connection with a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot. The Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on ...

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  • Kanye, Jay Z Steal the Show in SXSW Performance

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Samsung got its money's worth from Jay Z and Kanye West. Two of rap's top stars combined for a powerful, hit-filled two-hour show Wednesday night and Thursday morning during South By Southwest, allowing Samsung to steal some of iTunes' luster at the annual ...

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  • Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton Passes Away at 92

    Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton, a distiguished jazz drummer, band leader and composer known for inspiring fellow and aspiring musicians, has died. He was 92. A news release from Hamilton's publicist says he died Monday in New York City. An NEA Jazz Master saluted as a Living Jazz ...

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  • R&B Singer Chris Brown out of Rehab

    Troubled singer Chris Brown is out of rehab. Brown's representative Nicole Perna says the 24-year-old singer will continue treatment for anger issues as an outpatient in Los Angeles and "appreciates all of your encouragement and support." He entered rehab voluntarily after his ...

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  • Wonder, Kings, Keys, Mayer Headline Global Fest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer have volunteered their time to attend the second Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park, and organizers hope you will, too. Tickets are again free for the Sept. 28 event, but must be earned through ...

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  • Sharpton: Meeting With PepsiCo ‘Positive’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Officials with PepsiCo Inc. apologized during a meeting Wednesday with relatives of civil rights icon Emmett Till who were offended by a rapper who had a promotional deal with the company, the Rev. Al Sharpton said. Sharpton said a statement that the morning meeting he ...

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  • Brad Paisley-LL Cool J Draw Ire with Song on Bias

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Brad Paisley says he was trying to foster an open discussion of race relations when he collaborated with rapper LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist." The new song about racial perceptions has drawn ire from both the country and urban music ...

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  • Hendrix at 70: New Album Offers Different Look

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jimi Hendrix recorded everything. More than 40 years after his death, though, the tape is finally running out. "People, Hell & Angels," out Tuesday, will be the last album of Hendrix's unreleased studio material, according to Eddie Kramer, the ...

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