Who has the best shot at making the Songwriters Hall Of Fame?
Billboard hits and Platinum records are usually what the top songwriters in music are aiming for when they craft a track, but in the long run, their success can earn them an achievement that is unlike any other: a spot in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. It’s that time of year again to see who has been given a nomination for induction this upcoming June. Spoiler alert: none of them are a surprise.
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is among the nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame
There are 24 nominations with 12 each in the categories of Non-Performing and Performing, and they're headlined by some pretty big names. Some of the nominees under the Non-Performing section include the likes of Linda Perry, Randy Edelman, and the duo Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, while the Performing side has Elvis Costello, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Toby Keith, and Cat Stevens. Given the influence that all of these artists have had on music over the years, it's a bit of a surprise that they're not already in the Hall Of Fame. Even though they deserve it, they can't all make it this year, either. However, which writers are the ones that might have the best shot?
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Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill restaurant in Virginia is causing a stir among its citizen's due to a sign on the front door that reads, "NO GUNS PERMITTED."
Country singer Toby Keith has banned customers from bringing guns into his restaurant in Woodbridge, Virginia.
The new establishment is part of his I Love this Bar & Grill restaurant chain and on the door a sign reads "NO GUNS PERMITTED," according to Fox News.
Virginia is a gun friendly state and citizens are allowed to take their firearm into a bar or restaurant as long as it is visible, but owners do have the right to ban guns if they want to.
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Forbes' 25 Highest Earning Musicians threw up some sure surprises. But one 'Material Girl' has never fallen out of 'Vogue.'
Forbes Magazine have released their list of the 25 Highest Paid Musicians of the 2013, taking into account living artists' earnings between June 2012 to June 2013.
Beyonce Performing at the 'Made in America' Festival
The latest rich list was compiled from sources including Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, artists' managers, lawyers and many of the artists themselves. The figures are comprises of concert ticket sales, royalties, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other such business ventures.
Continue reading: The Highest Paid Musician 2013: 'Who's That Girl' At The Top?
The veteran pop star earned most of her money through touring
Forbes have once again compiled their yearly list of highest earning celebrities in every possible respect and the winner for highest earning musician in 2013 is a very familiar face indeed: Madonna. The Queen of Pop came out on top despite tough competition and the fact that she didn't really create or release any new music in 2013. Call that staying power.
Madge earned big through her touring and business ventures
According to the magazine, Madge earned most of her money over the last year through touring, with her 'MDNA' tour grossing $305 million in total since it was launched, earning the singer a cool amount in the process. Her other major sources of income has been royalties, her clothing line and the launch of her new fragrance, Forbes revealed, putting her total earnings for the past 12 months at an estimated $125 million.
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Forbes releases its 25 Highest Paid Musicians list.
Madonna has emerged as the top earning musician of the year after she raked in £77m in ticket and merchandise sales, beating the likes of Lady GaGa and Bon Jovi who fell in at second with £49.6 m and third with £49m respectively.
The List Shows That Madonna Is Completely Loaded.
The veteran popstar, who is clearly still very much on her game, made this year's mega millions between June 2012 and June 2013, mainly thanks to her MDNA world tour, 'Material Girl' clothing line, perfume brand and merchandise sales, according to Forbes Magazine.
Continue reading: What Do Madonna, Lady Gaga & Bon Jovi Have In Common? Pots Of Cash!
Garth Brooks, Toby Keith are the highlights of the Oklahoma tornado relief benefit.
This Saturday marked the benefit concert, organized by Toby Keith for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, which devastated the city of Moore, Oklahoma and neighboring areas in May. He benefit included performances by Oklahoma natives Garth Brooks and Toby Keith himself. Proceeds from he Oklahoma Twister Relief will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
The event was organised by Keith himself.
According to the Tulsa World, 65,000 eager to help Oklahoma citizens, attended the event. The attendees were reportedly drawn in mostly by Brooks’s star power – and the prospect of helping their fellow man, of course. "It may sound cliché, but I would not be here without Garth Brooks," said Tulsan Bob Partridge, 29. "That said, it's a great thing they're doing here and hopefully, they raise a ton of money. We don't want this concert to have to happen - we come here with a heavy heart."
Tickets for the benefit concert will go on sale on June 21, each costing $35.
Garth Brooks has agreed to join the bill for the Oklahoma Benefit Concert, a bill that already includes the likes of fellow country stars Toby Keith and Willie Nelson to name but two. The performance will aim to raise money for those worse hit by the natural disaster and will take place July 6 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Stadium at Owen Field.
Keith is organising much of the one-day festival and is an Oklahoma-native himself, growing up in the city of Moore, which was badly damaged by a twister. He told Tulsa World on Thursday; “Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby’s hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do … I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process."
Brooks is the latest addition to a line-up that features Keith, Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn, with more possibly to come. Tickets will go on sale for the event on June 21, each costing $35. The money raised from the benefit will go towards helping the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
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Dr Dre has become the highest earning musician of the year according to Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid musicians of 2012.
The rapper, who has been working on the follow-up to 1999's 2001 for an unprecedented time, has scooped up a whopping $110 million in pretax earnings over the year, and no prizes for guessing that his Beats by Dre headphones are at the root of his earning power. The majority of his massive earnings this year come down to the sale of 51% of his Beats company to mobile phone maker HTC, who bought a controlling stake in the business for $300 million earlier this year, around $100 million of which went to Dre.
Whilst Dre taking the top spot may have come as a surprise to some, the rest of the list is even more surprising with a number of musical icons proving that they still have massive earning power despite not maintaining the popularity they once had. Number two in the chart, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, is no exception to this, as he scooped in a massive $80 million this year alone, largely due to his ongoing work with The Wall Live Tour.
Continue reading: Dr Dre Top List Of Highest Paid Musicians
Blake Shelton went home after last nights (Nov 1) Country Music Awards with an impressive three trophies to add to his mantle, taking Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Song of the Year.
Shelton shared the honour of Best Song with his wife Miranda Lambert for their ballad ‘Over You’, with Lambert breaking down in tears on stage over their success. And as for Shelton’s Best Male Vocalist Award, it marked the third time in a row that the singer has received the coveted award.
As well as Shelton and Lambert, other winners on the night included Country legend Willie Nelson who was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony held in Nashville, Tennessee. Alabama quartet Little Big Town found double success as they collected the award for Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year for their song ‘Pontoon’. Eric Church took home Album of the Year for the smash hit Chief, whilst Toby Keith beat off competition to win Music Video of the Year for the novelty track, ‘Red Solo Cup’.
Continue reading: Blake Shelton Is The Man Of The Hour At CMA Awards
Country music artist Toby Keith has rejected the CMA Awards, where he's nominated for Music Video of the Year, with the video for 'Red Solo Cup'.
While speaking to Country Weekly, in his endearing country drawl, he said, "Hell no, I ain't showing up. I gotta go get a root canal that day, or something fun." It has been seven years since he was last nominated at the awards, despite being one of the biggest selling country music artists of the past two decades. In all 27 nominations he's received from the CMAs over the course of his career, he's only won twice before. Once in 2005 for his "As Good As I Once Was" video, and in 2001 in the highly sought after category of Best Male Singer. He believes the CMAs are largely politically driven, rather than basing the awards- nominations and winners- on talent.
He spoke with Country further about his country peers achieving cross over into mainstream tastes. "All of my peers that are hard ticket sellers, successful people, at the top of the game we play every day, about every one of them has had a certain amount of crossover play: Taylor, Tim, Keith, Flatts, Faith." He said, "I was always the one guy in that generation that didn't. [Pop stations] were always like, 'He is so country, we're not going to play him.' And I always took pride in that ."
It's going to be a tough fight to knock Taylor Swift from the top of this week's chart and looking at this week's major contenders, it seems unlikely that any of them have the commercial punch to do it. As major labels hold some of their big releases back for the Christmas rush, others will be kept back until 2013, so they don't get swamped by a barrage of festive compilations and greatest hits releases.
Neil Young releases his 35th studio album this week. Psychedelic Pill was written and recorded in collaboration with his sometime band, Crazy Horse, marking their first album of original material since Greendale in 2003. As with many of Young's latter-day releases, the quality is less than consistent, though most reviews have erred in favour of the experienced rocker and Metacritic have given it a highly respectable collated score of 82.
Black Country Communion - the super-group featuring Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian release their third album, Afterglow, this week. There have been rumours bounding around that Black Country Communion were on the verge of splitting but, with an album to promote and, that doesn't seem likely just yet. The album's been well received in the world of rock, metal and blues publications; the lure of Bonamassa may well be enough to create some mainstream appeal for Afterglow, as well.
Date of birth
8th July, 1961