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Rod Stewart’s New Album Coming in Spring, May Feature Reggae, Ska & Celtic Sounds

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Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart‘s 2013 album Time was a success, and featured his first new, original songs in years. Now Stewart says he’s going to release another new album this spring, but what it’s going to sound like may surprise you. Vegas Player magazine reports that the singer’s forthcoming record will feature a lot of “Celtic melodies” — perhaps reflecting ... Read More »

Billy Joel Honored with Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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Kris Connor/Getty ImagesBilly Joel was honored Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. by the Library of Congress with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. A number of artists were on hand at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall to perform classics from the Billy Joel songbook. Tony Bennett crooned “New York State of Mind,” Josh Groban sang out “She’s ... Read More »

“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” Singer Jimmy Ruffin Dead at 78

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Ron Howard/RedfernsJimmy Ruffin, the Motown crooner best known for his 1966 hit “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. The Detroit Free Press reports that the singer had been hospitalized in September, and developed pneumonia and other complications while being treated. Ruffin’s daughter Philicia told the newspaper that an official cause of ... Read More »