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Nashville, Tenn. — The country music world reacted with deep emotion upon learning of the death of legendary singer George Jones. Here's a sampling of quotes and tweets about Jones:
"The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen." – Merle Haggard
"He was a true innovator. Nobody could sing like George Jones. Everyone who could imitate him did. I wrote and recorded a song, "Bartender's Blues," as a tribute and, in an instance of life-imitating-art, George recorded it and asked me to harmonize. It was the second dream come true of my career. He was easy and kind and I'll never forget him. Luckily, he recorded a lot of music; so he'll always be with us..." – James Taylor
"We're just going to miss George so much. This came as a total shock to me ... and to the whole music industry. It's going to be a big void not having George out there. »
Nashville, Tenn. — Garth Brooks says he's never seen anything like the reaction he's gotten since it was announced he will share the stage with George Strait for the first time Sunday during the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Brooks and his early musical hero will be singing together for the first time and paying tribute to the show's late executive producer Dick Clark.
"Everywhere I go, restaurants, stores, whatever – `Hey, you're gonna be singing with George. Hey, we can't wait to see you with George,'" Brooks said in a phone interview. "It's so cool. It's like getting to sing with someone that's attained a level that you only get if you die. They love him and worship him and I'm in line with everybody else."
Nashville, Tenn. — Keith Urban's to-do list goes something like this: Provide the voice of reason on "American Idol," choose and record songs for a new album, plan a tour of outdoor venues and arenas that starts this summer, coordinate and learn songs for an upcoming fundraiser concert, fly back and forth to London where wife Nicole Kidman is shooting a film, and carve out the right amount of time with his two young daughters.
"There's a lot of creativity happening right now," Urban said in a phone interview Monday. "I'm also building a studio at my house, just for the heck of it. Why not? Let's do that, too. I had several meetings yesterday on a Sunday with various people, and it was like I'm choosing color fabrics for something or other and thinking about the song I've got to cut in the studio today. Dear Lord."
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After a tough week of Beatles songs, Top 9 contestant Paul Jolley was eliminated from "American Idol" Season 12. We talked to him right after the elimination, so check out what Paul had to say in this interview.
Did you expect this?
Paul Jolley: Well, I woke up this morning. And I've been telling everyone this, 'cause it really did happen, I'm not just saying this. But I woke up and I had my moment with God and I realized, "I'm going home today." I knew it, in my heart, 100 percent. And I was prepared for it, because deep down inside, I gave it my all and in the end, God has the bigger plan and that's all that matters.
How do you feel about the criticism you received from the judges?
Paul Jolley: If you watch the show, you've noticed almost every single time they have put me down »
Love Song Yearbook: Ten Songs That Shaped My Idea of Love “He was my real-life version of John Cusack from High Fidelity...” by Trish Broome The music we like when we're young shapes us in a lot of ways. It might give you a lifelong disrespect for The Man, or it might make you a hopeless romantic. In Love Song Yearbook, we're interested in what songs shaped your idea of love at different ages. Want to submit your own Love Song Yearbook? Email email@example.com with "Love Song Yearbook" in the subject line. 1. Age five - “Crazy,” Patsy Cline My father was a good ol’ boy from Oklahoma, and my mom was an immigrant from Korea, but one thing that brought them together was their love of classic country music. They would often listen to tapes of Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline [...] »
- Trish Broome
Below, the five biggest possible upsets that could happen on Grammys Sunday: -Insertgroups:12- Album Of The Year: “Blunderbuss,” Jack White Most people are not predicting Jack White to win, but I think they are making a huge mistake. White has crossed music genres (e.g., Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose) and has worked with many artists who have all praised his abilities. This album is the best of his career thus far. I think on awards night we may hear a gasp from the audience when the envelope is opened and White’s name is called out. -Addprediction:76:347:Click to predict Album of the Year:addprediction- Record Of The Year: “Stronger (What Doesnt Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson People may think this choice sounds totally crazy, but Miss Clarkson has a lot of cross genre support within the music business. She managed to nab a Cma nomination last year »
Good news: it appears American Idol and I (us?) are on the same page. We want a righteous woman to win the competition, carthweel in confetti in late May, and go on to have the career of Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, or Jordin Sparks. All of those women have either won a Grammy or charted multiple Top 10 hits. It's time for the tradition to continue, and for now that means: No Boys Allowed. No matter how much Seacrest begs. (Kidding. I actually hate when people suggest that Seacrest is gay. Have you ever met a gay person like him? I have not.)
Wednesday's top five auditions were all females with real chances at duking their way into the Top 24. Here they are, twangy and swingy as ever.
Well-earned confidence is basically catnip to me, so Janelle Arthur's flawless, radio-ready version of "Where the Blacktop Ends »
7 items from 2013
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