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Mariah Carey Is Joining 'American Idol' As A Judge

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mariah Carey has been announced as the newest American Idol judge, in the wake of the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

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Twist, But Don't Shout: McCartney & Springsteen Have Plug Pulled In London

Monday, July 16, 2012

At a show Saturday night in Hyde Park, the Boss welcomed the Beatle on stage. But when they went past the local curfew, organizers pulled the plug before the singers could say good night. There's video.


Ownership of Dylan's Historic Guitar in Dispute

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Where's Bob Dylan's guitar? The veteran singer and PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that Dylan plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.


Soho Nightclub to Reopen After Celeb Brawl

Monday, July 09, 2012

A nightclub that was shuttered after a bottle-tossing fracas sent glass flying amid famous faces has gotten back its liquor license and plans to reopen Tuesday -- with plastic cups.


Founder of Hard-Core Punk Band Charged in Assault in NYC

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Authorities say two people were stabbed and one was also bitten before a show at the New York City music venue Webster Hall.


Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in NJ to Tax Charges

Friday, June 29, 2012

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.


Amy Winehouse Wanted to Settle Down, Have Kids

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The father of late songstress Amy Winehouse told WNYC his daughter was planning to have children with her boyfriend before her life was tragically cut short last year.


Artist Depicts New York City Legends on East Village Scaffolding

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Artist Tom Sanford's colorful 4-foot tall mural, called “Saints of the Lower East Side,” depicts Joey Ramone, Charlie “Bird” Parker, Ellen Stewart, Martin Wong, Miguel Piñero, Arthur Fellig and Allen Ginsberg.

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Mapping out New York City's Best Underground Music

Monday, June 25, 2012

Back in May, WNYC asked listeners to help us map out the city's best underground music by snapping shots and sending in video clips of favorite subway performances. And you delivered. We've made a map from the submissions, which include a classical-rock violinist playing in the West 4th Street-Washington Square station, a group of opera singers in Times Square and a trio covering Stevie Wonder on the Upper East Side.


Music Mogul Donates Audio Interviews to US Library

Monday, June 18, 2012

A retired music executive will donate more than 200 audio interviews with popular singers including Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney and others to the Library of Congress, officials announced Monday.


NYPD Probes Report of Gunshots in Chris Brown Brawl

Friday, June 15, 2012

New York City police are investigating whether shots were fired inside a nightclub during a bottle-throwing brawl involving singer Chris Brown and Drake's entourage.


New Arts Space to Open in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled its new performing arts space on Thursday. The 40,000 square-foot Richard B. Fisher Building, or BAM Fisher, sits in the footprint of the old Salvation Army building at 321 Ashland Place in Fort Greene. The space, which has its official opening on Sept. 5, will be devoted to showing the work of emerging and established artists.

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John Schaefer Talks to Patti Smith about New 'Banga' Album

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Patti Smith’s latest album, Banga, is her first since winning the 2010 National Book Award for her acclaimed memoir, Just Kids. Now, reaching out to a far larger potential audience than any she’s had before, the original High Priestess of Punk returns with an album that’s full of poetic invention, allusions to explorers and journeys both literal and metaphysical, and a surprising amount of pop culture references.

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Singer Lauryn Hill Faces Federal Tax Charges in NJ

Friday, June 08, 2012

Eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey announced Thursday.


There's No Such Thing As A Sold Out Concert (Even For Justin Bieber)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Or: Why Justin Bieber didn't really sell 40,000 tickets in 30 seconds.


25 Musical Acts Win Spots to Play Underground

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Latin-ska-reggae fusion band, a female mariachi group and a wind quintet were among the 25 new musical acts selected to be part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Music Under New York program.

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Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies in NC Hospital at 89

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.


A Rapper Ravaged By An Online Firestorm

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Two degrees from Stanford aren't your usual recipe for hip-hop credibility, but Korean rapper Tablo found success at the top of the charts. That was, until a single rumor set websites ablaze with pop-culture paranoia and conspiracy.

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Your New 'American Idol' Is (Surprise!) A Laid-Back Dude With An Acoustic Guitar

Thursday, May 24, 2012

American Idol crowned another guy last night who's an awful lot like the guys they've been crowning for the last four seasons.

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NY Black Radio-Pioneer Hal Jackson Dies

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New York radio pioneer Harold Jackson, the first African-American voice on network radio, has died.