Grammy Awards

Beatles Special Marks 50 Years Since Band First Sang on ‘Ed Sullivan’

(UPI)—CBS says it plans to air a special marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles‘ debut on the U.S. variety program “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Featuring contemporary artists covering Beatles songs, the 2-hour special is to be taped Jan. 27, the day after the 56th annual Grammy Awards presentation.

“The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” will be broadcast exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the original event, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., CBS said. The program will include footage from the rock ‘n’ roll group’s historic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” which was seen by 74 million people at the time, as well as other archival material about the band.

“That night 50 years ago on the ‘Ed Sullivan’ stage, the Beatles delivered a momentous performance, and America witnessed a historic television event and the beginning of a new era in music,” Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment executive vice president of specials and events, said in a statement Thursday.

“We are thrilled to honor these music legends with performances from amazing Grammy-winning artists who were influenced by the Beatles’ unforgettable music through the years and that incredible performance in 1964.”

“The Beatles are one of music’s most iconic groups, who won their first two Grammys, including one for Best New Artist, in 1964 — the same year they took America by storm,” said Neil Portnow, president and chief executive officer of the Recording Academy. “As the Grammy Awards are music’s biggest night, it’s only fitting that we recognize this milestone moment in music history and pay tribute to this larger-than-life group and their enduring music and legacy.”

Tickets to the taping of this event will be available for sale to the general public. Additional details will follow in the coming weeks, CBS said.

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Cher to Perform, Guest Judge on Next Week’s Dancing With The Stars

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” celebrates the legendary music career of Cher MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The news was confirmed live on this evening’s broadcast.

The iconic Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Award winning singer and actress will open the show with a dazzling and spectacular performance of her hit song “Believe” before joining judges’ Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba to give critiques and scores on each celebrity routine. The seven remaining couples will compete in two rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on a dance style they have not previously performed including the Tango, Argentine Tango, Contemporary, Viennese Waltz, Jazz, Disco, and Foxtrot. The couple to receive the highest total score from the judges in this round will receive immunity and not be subject to elimination. In the second round, the six remaining couples will compete in a thrilling head-to-head “dance off” competition. The winning couples of the “dance off” round will be awarded additional Judges’ points that will be added to their overall score for the night. At the end of the show, Cher will perform her new single, “I Hope You Find It” from her current album, “Closer To The Truth”, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Charts, before one couple is eliminated.

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Highly Anticipated Celine Dion Love Me Back To Life Album To be Released November 5th

Columbia Records is thrilled to announce the release of Loved Me Back To Life, the highly anticipated new album from multi-platinum-selling and five-time Grammy Award-winning musical legend Celine Dion. Loved Me Back To Life, Dion’s first English-language album in six years, will be released in the U.S. Tuesday, November 5 on Columbia Records (see track list below).

The album’s pulsating, upbeat first single, also titled “Loved Me Back To Life,” is available digitally today here. Pre-order the album through, iTunes, and Amazon. Dion will perform “Loved Me Back To Life” live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Friday, September 6 and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next Wednesday, September 11. Listen to “Loved Me Back To Life” on now.

Loved Me Back To Life offered Dion the chance to work with a team of exceptional producers and songwriters including Ne-Yo, Diane Warren, Tricky Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Eg White, Daniel Merriweather, Babyface, Audra Mae Butts, Play Production, Eman, Janis Ian, Danny Mercer, Andrew Goldstein, Shaffer Smith, Jessi Alexander, Tommy Lee James, Corparal, Sauce, Kyle Townsend, Dana Parish, Andrew Hollander, Aaron Pearce, Kuk Harrell, and Walter Afanasieff. The album’s single and title track was written by Sham & Motesart and Sia. In addition, Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder lend their incredible talents as Dion’s duet partners.

In December of 2007, Dion concluded an unprecedented concert engagement in Las Vegas—five consecutive years of sold-out shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, a $100 million venue built exclusively for her performances. This historic, original show, entitled “A New Day…”, was one of the highest grossing concerts in music history, selling more than 3 million tickets in its run and helping make Dion the highest-grossing touring artist in the world from 2000 to 2010. In 2011, Celine returned to The Colosseum with a brand-new critically-acclaimed show, simply entitled “Celine,” playing to sold-out audiences since opening night. This spectacular show, which will continue for several years to come, features Dion’s greatest hits, some surprising covers, and a few songs featured on Loved Me Back To Life, including the title track.

Having sold more than 220 million albums around the world, Celine Dion is one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history. In addition to numerous U.S. and international gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, Celine Dion has seen two of her albums—Falling Into You and Let’s Talk About Love—each achieve RIAA Diamond status in recognition of sales of more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone (each selling more than 30 million worldwide). She has been awarded five Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998, Album of the Year and Best Pop Album for Falling Into You in 1996, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Beauty and the Beast” in 1992. Both “My Heart Will Go On” and “Beauty and the Beast” received Best Song Academy Awards for their respective years of release.

Adele ‘Flabbergasted’ Over Grammy Wins

Adele is still coming to terms with her wins at the Grammy Awards.

The British singer took home six trophies from the event, becoming only the sixth act in history to sweep the top three awards – Record, Song and Album of the Year.

Adele is adamant she didn’t think she’d triumph at the ceremony and has reached out to her fans to thank them for their support.

In a blog post on Valentine’s Day she wrote, “Oh goodness!! I’m absolutely flabbergasted! In between laughing my head off, welling up, needing to sit down and trying to maintain an open fire (which is pretty much impossible huh!?) I keep having flashbacks to Sunday night. The most incredible night of my life.”

“Thank you to you all, I am so overwhelmed, it’s the strangest feeling. I have constant butterflies and goosebumps, it’s wearing me out but I LOVE it!”

“Despite the phenomenal year, I swear I didn’t think I had any chance. All the categories were full of people I adore with brilliant songs, records and performances. So not in my wildest dreams did I think to actually prepare anything proper to say just in case…”

“The night itself was so amazing, I met so many incredible people and everyone we’ve lost this year were on our minds and in our hearts and it was lovely to remember them all together as fans and friends.”

The Bamboozle 2012 Headliners: Bon Jovi, Foo fighters, Blink-182

Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and blink-182 will headline The Bamboozle 2012, one of the East Coast’s oldest and largest music festivals when the three-day music and pop culture event is staged at North Beach Asbury Park, New Jersey, May 18, 19 and 20.

The Bamboozle, presented by Live Nation, will return to the beach at Asbury Park for the first time since 2005 and feature over 100 acts performing on nine stages spread throughout the beach and boardwalk including the renowned Convention Hall. Since its inception, The Bamboozle has evolved to become a respected institution within the music festival circuit.
Now in its 10th year, The Bamboozle has consistently featured the best musical talent from established to new artists spanning multiple music genres and has always been a one of a kind resource for artist development. Previously featured up-and-coming acts who have gone on to become break-out artists include Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Wiz Khalifa, Fall Out Boy, Jonas Brothers, and many more. 
Bon Jovi has sold 130 million records and has played in over 50 countries to 34 million fans in their twenty year career. The band won a Grammy Award for the #1 hit single 2005’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which is currently used in the New Jersey state tourism commercials. Bon Jovi had the number one tour in 2008 and 2010.
In November of 2010, Bon Jovi released Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection, featuring all of the band’s biggest chart-topping hits, the most beloved fan favorites, and four new tracks, including the lead single, “What Do You Got.” 
Headliners Foo Fighters will make their Bamboozle debut.  This appearance rides the momentum of their 2011 release Wasting Light, which debuted at #1 in the USA, and a dozen countries around the world.  2011 saw Foo Fighters playing to sold out crowds in garages, arenas, and stadiums around the world.
Wasting Light was recently nominated for six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Album of the Year.  It was named iTunes Album of the Year and “Walk” was awarded Best /Rock Video at this year’s MTV Awards.

The Beach Boys To Reunite At Grammy Awards

Former The Beach Boys star Al Jardine has revealed his band was supposed to be the subject of the Grammy Awards’ big reunion announcement last month (Nov11) and he has no idea why the major news wasn’t part of the nominations party.

Grammy bosses hinted they’d be breaking a big scoop during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live event in Los Angeles and many experts predicted the announcement would revolve around aVan Halen performance at the awards show in February (12) – but there was no bombshell.

Even bosses apologised, stating, “In the world of creativity, everything is fluid. In the process of discussions that we had been having with an expectation that perhaps we would be at a point tonight where the artist involved and we, moving forward, would be ready to announce (a reunion), they weren’t quite at that point.”

And now Jardine was revealed the big announcement was supposed to revolve around a full Beach Boys reunion at the Grammy Awards.

He tells Rolling Stone, “I thought the Grammys might make the announcement. I don’t know what happened… There will be a surprise at the Grammys. We’ll do something really exciting… It’s going to be a very big operation.”

Jardine tells the publication the original Beach Boys have booked recording studio time this month (Dec11) and he and his old bandmates appear to have put their past differences behind them.

He explains, “That stuff doesn’t permeate the atmosphere. When you’re in the presence of greatness, you don’t wallow in that c**p.”