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Stevie Wonder first video for blind people, Stevie Wonder innovates with his new album


Stevie Wonder first video for blind people, Stevie Wonder innovates with his new album.

Stevie Wonder Makes Historic Breakthrough for Blind and Low Vision Music Fans. Stevie Wonder will unveil the first ever music video enhanced with video description technique for people who are blind or have low vision, narrated by Busta Rhymes, featured on Stevie's new video, "So What The Fuss."

Monday, May 9, 2005

Live In Los Angeles Live Via Satellite In New York City
Charlie Chaplin Theatre HBO Studios
Raleigh Studios 120-A East 23rd Street, Studio B
5300 Melrose Avenue at Bronson 3rd Floor
Hollywood, CA New York, NY

Media access:
Reporters, TV Crews, and photographers welcome to attend.

Time: 10:00 AM (PAC), 1:00PM (EDT),
Doors Open at 9:00 AM (PAC), 12PM (EDT)

Stevie Wonder "A Time To Love" new CD: ORDER IT NOW.

Paula Abdul and American Idol, Paula Abdul to Be Voted Off American Idol


Paula Abdul and American Idol, Paula Abdul to Be Voted Off American Idol. Paula Abdul to Be Voted Off American Idol; A Movement to Remove Paula as a Judge.

In recent American Idol episodes, the tension between Paula Abdul and her fellow judges has come to a near high point. In addition, tabloids and various online sources have alleged that Paula Abdul is the center of an off stage affair with a former American Idol contestant. Although reports have not been substantiated, there is concern that Paula Abdul's constant encouragement to male contestants is evidence of her backstage escapades.

Due to Paula Abdul's increasingly biased opinion, voter confidence has plunged in her observation of American Idol contestants. The problem is, however, that she cannot be voted off the show. Voting has been limited to American Idol contestants only.

Various Artists "American Idol Season 4" new CD (2005): ORDER IT NOW.

Bruce Springsteen new album is number one in 10 countries, Bruce Springsteen is number one


Bruce Springsteen new album is number one in 10 countries, Bruce Springsteen is number one.

Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" will enter Billboard's Top 200 albums chart at the top spot next week. The new album will also debut at number one in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and Ireland.

"Devils & Dust" has earned outstanding reviews from critics and fans alike. Rolling Stone wrote, ""Devils & Dust" sparkles in the right places like stars in a clear Plains sky," while People Magazine exclaimed, "Springsteen has hit another bull's-eye." Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly stated, "When it comes to combining a literary quality with a colloquial voice, nobody does it better." The LA Times declared, "The CD is filled with the compassion and craft that have made Springsteen such an invaluable figure in rock."

In today's Wall Street Journal, Jim Fusilli writes, "Devils & Dust is a vivid and perceptive work fashioned by a master craftsman, one whose greatness is best revealed in whispers and searing asides." See below for the full review.

Columbia Records released Bruce Springsteen "Devils & Dust" in DualDisc format on April 26.

Bruce Springsteen "Devils & Dust" new CD+DVD: ORDER IT NOW.

American Idol Finalist Constantine Maroulis feat. on "Pray For The Soul of Betty" CD, Constantine Maroulis from American Idol show


American Idol Finalist Constantine Maroulis feat. on "Pray For The Soul of Betty" CD, Constantine Maroulis from American Idol show.

Baby Julius/Koch Records announces the release of "Pray For the Soul of Betty" on May 10th. The New York-based rock band features American Idol favorite Constantine Maroulis on vocals, Joao Joya on guitar, Taylor, C.R. on bass and Hamboussi on drums. Recorded in 2003 and 2004, the album was completed before Constantine Maroulis decided to try out for the popular competition.

Betty, and Joao Joya (guitar), Betty. The band -- which draws influences from Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age, sound distinctively like a NYC city band should sound like: intense, raw and powerful. Betty have performed across the nation, everywhere from CBGB's to The Viper Room, and have garnered praise and a legion of fans.

The Boston Globe wrote, "Pray For the Soul of Betty... personifies the kind of young and tattooed look that just means trouble," while The Hartford Courant reviewed a live show, "The group's set... was a mix of visceral indie-rock songs and souped-up tunes with the feel of old-school Black Sabbath."

About signing with Koch, bassist Taylor, C.R. says, "Being with a company as dynamic and independent as Koch is ideal for Pray for the Soul of Betty -- we've always carved our own path, just like Koch has."

General Manager and Executive Vice President of Koch Records Alan Grunblatt states, "Pray For the Soul of Betty is one of the best rock bands I've heard in years. Considering how popular Constantine Maroulis is, we should go gold for sure!"

"Pray For The Soul of Betty" feat. Constantine Maroulis CD: ORDER IT NOW.

Don Henley (from The Eagles), Don Henley projects with and without the Eagles


Don Henley (from The Eagles), Don Henley projects with and without the Eagles.

Don Henley happens to be in the Eagles, a band that sells out arenas in a matter of hours, which makes it easy to forget that he also has a long-running solo career.

So how has the Eagles ongoing "farewell" tour - perhaps only Cher has taken a longer final bow - affected Don Henley's own touring and recording schedule?

"It has the effect of putting my solo material on hold," Don Henley says by phone from his Dallas home. "I need to get into the studio and do some material.

"I have a contract with Warner Bros., and I owe them two solo albums. There's also the possibility of finishing an Eagles album of new material, so you combine that with raising three kids and all my environmental work, and there's not enough hours in the day. I hope I live long enough to get all of these things done."

Don Henley also would like to do an album that charts the history of blues and seminal R&B music of Northeast Texas, the region where he was raised. He also wants to do a collection of standards, but not the way that Rod Stewart did.

"I want to do an album of nouveau standards. A lot of other people have done the old standards to death, but there are a lot of songwriters still living and working today who have been overlooked: Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello."

There's also the lingering talk of a new Eagles album, a tantalizing prospect for all those fans snatching up concert tickets as fast as they go on sale.

"It's in limbo," Don Henley says of the new album. "That may or may not happen. Some stuff is recorded but, in my opinion, we still have a lot of work to do. I think we can do better."

Don Henley is on this summer with Stevie Nicks, which he says he would put on the shelf for the Eagles.

"I'll probably end up doing that tour, but if I thought the Eagles could be productive in the studio, I'd probably cancel that tour. But I haven't been given the indication that there will be anything more than golf for some of the other band members."

Please note "Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne" new DVD from The Eagles will be released on June 7th and you can now order your copy.

"Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne" new DVD from The Eagles: ORDER IT NOW.

Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, Richie Sambora, Melissa Etheridge, Kiefer Sutherland, Mick Fleetwood (from Fleetwood Mac), Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Brian Johnson of AC/DC for Rock The Cure Charity


Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, Richie Sambora, Melissa Etheridge, Kiefer Sutherland, Mick Fleetwood (from Fleetwood Mac), Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Brian Johnson of AC/DC for Rock The Cure Charity.

Hollywood's brightest stars, including Expedition Inspiration Auction Chair Tea Leoni, David Duchovny, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and others, will gather at Hard Rock Cafe Los Angeles for "Rock the Cure," a star-studded event to raise awareness and money for The Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The event will feature a live auction of 50 custom-made Gibson SG Special guitars designed and decorated by such rock icons and entertainment greats as Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, No Doubt, Richie Sambora, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, Kiefer Sutherland, David Carradine, Mick Fleetwood, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, and others.

A guitar designed by Wendy and Kim Cobain, mother and sister of late multi-platinum Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain, will also be sold. Kurt's mother is a breast cancer survivor and has decorated the Cobain Family guitar with never-seen-before photos of the grunge artist. Money raised will fund promising new research at the USC/Norris and UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centers, both leaders in cancer prevention and research.

The event at Hard Rock Cafe Los Angeles is closed to the general public, but consumers will have the opportunity to begin bidding on the guitars April 24, 2005 online at The online portion of the public auction will end at midnight on May 3, pausing briefly for the live auction between 8:30 and 10 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3, 2005
6:30 p.m. Media Check-In
7:30 p.m. "Pink" Carpet Welcome
8:30 p.m. Live Auction of Celebrity-Designed Guitars

Hard Rock Cafe Los Angeles
The Beverly Center
8600 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Melissa Etheridge "Lucky Live" CD+DVD: ORDER IT NOW.

Gretchen Wilson "All Jacked Up", Gretchen Wilson new album for a September release


Gretchen Wilson "All Jacked Up", Gretchen Wilson new album for a September release.

Gretchen Wilson and Sony Music Nashville have set September 27, 2005 as the release date for the singer/songwriter's second Epic Records' album entitled "All Jacked Up". The album includes twelve songs, seven of which were written or co-written by Gretchen, all produced by Sony Nashville Executive VP A&R Mark Wright, recording artist John Rich and Gretchen Wilson.

Knowing how busy 2005 would be touring with Kenny Chesney on the sold-out Somewhere In The Sun Tour, Gretchen Wilson spent all of January and many subsequent weeks in the studio laying down tracks for "All Jacked Up". She has already been performing several songs on tour from the upcoming album including the rousing "All Jacked Up" title track, "Skoal Ring," "California Girls" and "Politically Uncorrect," which features vocals from the legendary Merle Haggard on the album track. As a bonus cut, Gretchen Wilson is including a unique version of "Good Morning Heartache" from one of her favorite singers, Billie Holiday.

"All Jacked Up" will be simultaneously released in Canada and Australia - where Here for the Party is certified Platinum - and other countries to be announced at a later date. In the last year Gretchen Wilson has made two extensive tours of Australia and Europe for live performances and high-profile media solidifying her status as a worldwide sensation.

Gretchen Wilson has already made numerous television appearances this year including performances on the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show, the Grammys, the CMT Music Awards and a high-profile feature on CNN's "People In The News." Gretchen Wilson will perform on the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 17 (where she is nominated for five awards), she will appear on "Ellen" on May 18, and plans are already in the works for a second appearance on "The Today Show" and a feature on "Dateline NBC" around the release of All Jacked Up.

The critically-acclaimed "Here For The Party" album debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and #1 on the Country Albums chart and placed her in the record books for the accomplishment. The album went on to spend a record nine weeks atop the Country Albums Chart and has sold in excess of four million copies. Gretchen Wilson first single "Redneck Woman" spent a record six weeks at #1. She wrapped up 2004 as the top selling debut artist of any genre. Gretchen Wilson's songs have reached well beyond US borders, earning the powerhouse vocalist worldwide success.

Gretchen Wilson "Here for the Party" CD: ORDER IT NOW.

Welcome Chick Corea, Chris Botti and Dave Burrell to Pittsburgh at Mellon Jazz-Sponsored Free Summer Concerts


Welcome Chick Corea, Chris Botti and Dave Burrell to Pittsburgh at Mellon Jazz-Sponsored Free Summer Concerts.

Mellon Jazz today announced the headliners for the principal events on its summer of 2005 calendar of free public events, with keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea and Touchstone presenting a Three Rivers Arts Festival concert at Point State Park on Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m., and trumpeter Chris Botti and pianist-composer Dave Burrell appearing as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert series. Botti will appear at the Hartwood Acres Amphitheater on Sunday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Burrell will perform at the South Park Amphitheater on Friday, August 19 at 8 p.m.

The Mellon Jazz at Three Rivers Arts Festival concert featuring Chick Corea and Touchstone will give Pittsburgh jazz fans an opportunity to enjoy a concert being featured later this year as part of the Mellon Jazz series at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Chris Botti's Mellon Jazz at Hartwood Acres concert will be preceded by the presentation of this year's University of Pittsburgh/Mellon Jazz Scholarship, and prior to Dave Burrell's Mellon Jazz at South Park engagement the first-ever Pittsburgh Jazz Society/Mellon Jazz Scholarship will be presented.

A third jazz event in the Allegheny County Summer Concert series will bring vocalist Clare Ascani and guitarist Mark Lucas to the County Courthouse Courtyard on Friday, July 22 at noon. These three concerts in the Allegheny County summer concert series and the Three Rivers Arts Festival event featuring Chick Corea join the previously announced concert by Christy Baron and Friends at the Frick Art & Historical Center on Friday, September 2 and the Reservoir of Jazz and Stars at Riverview series at Highland and Riverview Parks on this summer's exciting lineup of Mellon Jazz-sponsored free jazz events in public park settings throughout the Pittsburgh area.

A native of Chelsea, Mass., Chick Corea began studying piano at age four. Growing up in a home filled with sounds ranging from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Mozart and Beethoven left an indelible musical impression, providing a solid foundation that Corea has deepened and enriched during four decades of jazz artistry. A 12-time Grammy Award winner, Corea has collaborated with some of the musical world's greatest talents, including Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Sarah Vaughn, Gary Burton and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently touring with his band Touchstone, Corea brings to the Point State Park a signature fusion of Latin-tinged ingredients and timeless jazz sounds that has attracted large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.

A gifted instrumentalist, talented composer and charismatic performer, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti was born in Oregon, and counts his mother, a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher, as one of his earliest musical influences. Uniquely successful in bridging the connection between pop and contemporary jazz, Botti has performed with Paul Simon and Sting, and has worked in the studio and on stage with leading singer- songwriters Marc Cohn, Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant. Botti's performance at Hartwood Acres will give Pittsburgh audiences a chance to see one of "People" magazine's most beautiful people and hear the impeccable musical taste and tonal qualities showcased on Botti's acclaimed "When I Fall in Love" CD.

Dave Burrell brings a lengthy list of performance credits and jazz education plaudits to the South Park stage. A master class instructor in Strasbourg, London, Paris and New York, Burrell also has lectured at Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Brandeis, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duquesne University. A music major at the University of Hawaii, Burrell graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1965. A move to New York quickly followed, as did a long and distinguished career as one of the most innovative and original pianists and composers in contemporary jazz. Regularly featured on national and international TV and radio broadcasts, Burrell has composed a jazz opera, dance drama and sonata for piano and violin, and has appeared on more than 100 recordings.

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Bruce Springsteen "Devils & Dust" new album, Bruce Springsteen new album in the Charts


Bruce Springsteen "Devils & Dust" new album, Bruce Springsteen new album in the Charts!

Back with his 19th studio album, The Boss continues to prove why he is a bona fide legend, rocketing in for a No 1 debut on the UK album charts and No 10 debut on the Oz charts today with the incredible "Devils & Dust". Check out the raves flooding in...

"It is a mighty album for one and all...Beautifully constructed and delivered as only Springsteen can do, Devils & Dust is heartfelt and affecting in lyric, complemented musically with brilliant simplicity"
Five Stars - Scott Podmore, Sunday Herald Sun

"A mix of downbeat American stories and glad-to-be-alive rockers, this album is an amalgam of The Ghost Of Tom Joad and The Rising. And it works.. ultimately, he's made a rock record brimming with joy and optimism. His best album since 1987's Tunnel Of Love."
Four Stars - Jeff Jenkins, Herald Sun Hit

"There's nothing but joyous expectation...Low key and intimate, rooted in folk and blues, Devils & Dust is a masterful album of storytelling and of heart and bone."
Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald

"Like the blues, we're familiar with the song structures and the nature of the melodies. Springsteen's genius is his ability to seemingly inhabit the thoughts, hopes and fears of the men and women he writes about...More immediate than many of his albums, Springsteen continues to mine a rich seam."
Four & A Half Stars - Sean Sennett, Time Off

"Springsteen's ability to tell made-up stories that are truer than reality is exceptional!"
Clem Bastow, Inpress

"Bruce Springsteen's thirteenth studio album is, in many ways, his most conventional singer-songwriter record since his 1973 debut, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Devils and Dust is twelve songs of assorted vintage and narrative setting, rendered with a subdued, mostly acoustic flair that smells of wood smoke and sparkles in the right places like stars in a clear Plains sky."
Four & A Half Stars, Rolling Stone

"The songs here are character-driven parables that recall the material on 1995's "The Ghost of Tom Joad," with Biblical references and Spanish phrases sprinkled over a general Western milieu. The results, particularly "Matamoras Banks" and "Black Cowboys," will no doubt reward Bossologists, who can rake the lyrics for myriad meanings, as well as casual fans, who can appreciate the singer's always engaging voice in this stripped-down setting."

"The key to Devils & Dust, and why it's his strongest record in a long time, is that the music is as vivid and varied as the words. Unlike the meditative, monochromatic The Ghost of Tom Joad, this has different shades of color... It results in a record that's far removed in feel from the stark, haunting Nebraska, but on a song-for-song level, it's nearly as strong, since its stories linger in the imagination as long as the ones from that 1982 masterpiece (and they stick around longer than those from Ghost, as well)."
Four Stars - All Music Guide

Bruce Springsteen "Devils & Dust" new CD+DVD: ORDER IT NOW.

"Lee Ann Womack: There's More Where That Came From" May 6, 2005 on CMT, Lee Ann Womack on Country Music Television


"Lee Ann Womack: There's More Where That Came From" May 6, 2005 on CMT, Lee Ann Womack on Country Music Television.

Lee Ann Womack performs music from her critically-acclaimed "There's More Where That Came From" album Lve before an intimate invitation-only audience in CMT's 330 Studio in "Lee Ann Womack: There's More Where That Came From" premiering Friday, May 6 at 9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT.*

Lee Ann Womack talks about her musical inspirations and earliest personal and professional influences with host Katie Cook.

"Lee Ann Womack: There's More Where That Came From" includes performances from the Grammy award-winning artist's current album, and showcases her admiration for country music's female pioneers including Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Dottie West and Tammy Wynette. Lee Ann Womack says, "This is the album I've dreamed of making since I was a young Texas girl listening to the classics."

Lee Ann Womack will perform her debut single, the classic country cheating song "I May Hate Myself in the Morning," touted by Entertainment Weekly as "the country ballad of the year." Paying homage to those who blazed the trail before her, Womack's retro album, "There's More Where That Came From," has also been released on vinyl, a nod to the traditional country sound.

Lee Ann Womack's 2000 "I Hope You Dance" album release catapulted her to triple-platinum selling status and international fame. She has received multiple trophies from the Academy of Country Music (ACM), the Country Music Association (CMA), as well as two Grammy Awards.

Lee Ann Womack "There's More Where That Came From" CD: ORDER IT NOW.