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Sid Bernstein: Legendary Music Promoter Dies


Sid Bernstein, the man who is credited with bringing The Beatles to America in 1964, has died.

The legendary concert promoter, who staged shows for the Fab Four and The Rolling Stones, passed away on Wednesday. He was 95.

Bernstein was the brains behind The Beatles’ first New York shows at Carnegie Hall shows in 1964 and their fabled Shea Stadium show in New York in 1965. He also promoted The Rolling Stones’ first five U.S. gigs.

He also attempted to persuade the Fab Four to reunite in 1976 and 1979 for charity shows.

Bernstein also worked with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

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Lady Gaga Wants to Sing With Tony Bennett Again

Lady Gaga wants to head back into the studio with Tony Bennett to record a full album.

The pop superstar joined Bennett on his Duets II release last year for a cover of The Lady Is A Tramp, and she enjoyed the experience so much, she’s hoping to collaborate with the legendary singer on a whole string of tracks.

Bennett tells Britain’s Metro newspaper, “She’s a very talented person. I was with her parents recently and they said she’d like to make an album with me. I’d like to do that, too. I’m looking forward to it.”

The 85-year-old has remained close to Gaga and her family and he was a special guest at the grand opening of her parents’ restaurant, Joanne, in New York in February.

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List

Song of the Year: Adele and Paul Epworth, “Rolling in the Deep”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele, “Someone Like You”

Best Rap Performance: Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Otis”

Best Rock Performance: Foo Fighters, “Walk”

Best R&B Performance: Corinne Bailey Rae, “Is This Love”

Best Dance Recording: Skrillex, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”

Best R&B Album: F.A.M.E., Chris Brown

Best Pop Vocal Album: 21, Adele

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, “Fool For You”

Best Country Album: Own The Night, Lady Antebellum

Best Comedy Album: Hilarious, Louis C.K.

Best New Artist: Bon Iver

Best Country Solo Performance: Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Best Country Song: Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Record Of The Year: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”

Album Of The Year: 21, Adele

Lady Gaga Nude Sketch By Tont Bennett Up For Auction

Lady Gaga is a work of art.

No Literally!

The pop superstar recently posed nude for legendary singer Tony Bennett, who sketched the pop star, after they recorded a song together, for his ‘Duets II’ album.

The charcoal drawing of Gaga debuted in Vanity Fair, and is now up for auction on Ebay, with all proceeds going to charity.

With a starting bid of $5000 dollars, buyers have a chance to own this collector’s item, which is signed by the jazz legend under his given name ‘Benedetto’.

The highest bidder will also receive accessories from a Gaga photo shoot that was done for Vanity Fair among other Gaga memorabilia.

Lady GG, she was born this way and well she’s not ashamed of it!

The Grammys: Adele, Bruno Mars Top Nominees

Nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards were doled out Wednesday night (Nov. 30) during a primetime concert special, with Kanye West leading the crowded and surprisingly diverse field with seven. The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!, now in its fourth year, kicked off with a performance by Lady Gaga and later included songs by Rihanna and The Band Perry. Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars follow West with six nods apiece and Lil Wayne and Skrillex snagged four.


Check out the full list of nominations for the Grammy Awards 2012 below:


Album Of The Year
Adele – 21
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Lady GaGa – Born This Way
Rihanna – Loud

Record Of The Year
Adele – ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Bon Iver – ‘Holocene’
Bruno Mars – ‘Grenade’
Mumford & Sons – ‘The Cave’
Katy Perry – ‘Firework’

Song Of The Year
Adele – ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Bruno Mars – ‘Grenade’
Bon Iver – ‘Holocene’
Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie – ‘All of the Lights’
Mumford & Sons – ‘The Cave’

Best New Artist
Bon Iver
The Band Perry
J Cole
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex

Pop Field

Best Pop Solo Performance

Adele – ‘Someone Like You’
Bruno Mars – ‘Grenade’
Katy Perry – ‘Firework’
Lady GaGa – ‘Yoü And I’
Pink – ‘F**kin’ Perfect’

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

The Black Keys – ‘Dearest’
Coldplay – ‘Paradise’
Foster The People – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera – ‘Moves Like Jagger’
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse – ‘Body and Soul’

Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele – 21
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Cee Lo Green – The Ladykiller
Lady GaGa – Born This Way
Rihanna – Loud

Dance/Electronica Field

Best Dance Recording

David Guetta and Avicii – ‘Sunshine’
Deadmau5 and Greta Svabo Bech – ‘Raise Your Weapon’
Duck Sauce – ‘Barbra Streisand’
Robyn – ‘Call Your Girlfriend’
Skrillex – ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’
Swedish House Mafia – ‘Save The World’

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Cut/Copy – Zonoscope
David Guetta – Nothing But The Beat
Deadmau5 – 4×4=12
Robyn – Body Talk, Pt. 3
Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

Rock Field

Best Rock Performance

Coldplay – ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’
The Decemberists – ‘Down By The Water’
Foo Fighters – ‘Walk’
Mumford & Sons – ‘The Cave’
Radiohead – ‘Lotus Flower’

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Dream Theater – ‘On The Backs Of Angels’
Foo Fighters – ‘White Limo’
Mastodon – ‘Curl Of The Burl’
Megadeth – ‘Public Enemy No. 1’
Sum 41 – ‘Blood In My Eyes’

Best Rock Song
Coldplay – ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’
The Decemberists – ‘Down By The Water’
Mumford & Sons – ‘The Cave’
Radiohead – ‘Lotus Flower’
Foo Fighters – ‘Walk’

Best Rock Album
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Jeff Beck – Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honouring Les Paul
Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
Wilco – The Whole Love

Alternative Field

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys
Foster The People – Torches
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Rap Field

Best Rap Performance

Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – ‘Look At Me Now’
Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘Otis’
Lupe Fiasco – ‘The Show Goes On’
Nicki Minaj and Drake – ‘Moment 4 Life’
Wiz Khalifa – ‘Black and Yellow’

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Beyoncé and André 3000 – ‘Party’
DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne – ‘I’m On One’
Dr. Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey – ‘I Need a Doctor’
Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne – ‘Motivation’
Rihanna and Drake – ‘What’s My Name?’

Best Rap Song

Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – ‘Look At Me Now’
Dr. Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey – ‘I Need a Doctor’
Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘Otis’
Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie – ‘All of the Lights’
Wiz Khalifa – ‘Black and Yellow’

Best Rap Album

Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

Country Field

Best Country Solo Performance
Jason Aldean – ‘Dirt Road Anthem’
Blake Shelton – ‘Honey Bee’
Carrie Underwood – ‘Mama’s Song’
Martina McBride – ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’
Taylor Swift – ‘Mean’

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson – ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’
Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter – ‘You and Tequila’
The Civil Wars – ‘Barton Hollow’
Thompson Square – ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’

Best Country Song
Blake Shelton – ‘God Gave Me You’
Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter – ‘You and Tequila’
Taylor Swift – ‘Mean’
Thompson Square – ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not’
Trace Adkins – ‘Just Fishin”
Vince Gill – ‘Threaten Me With Heaven’

Best Country Album
Blake Shelton – Red River Blue
Eric Church – Chief
George Strait – Here For A Good Time
Jason Aldean – My Kinda Party
Lady Antebellum – Own the Night
Taylor Swift – Speak Now

Music For Visual Media Field

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Alexandre Desplat – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech
Clint Mansell – Black Swan
Daft Punk – Tron Legacy
Ryan Shore – The Shrine

Production Field

Producer of the Year (Non Classical)
Danger Mouse
Butch Vig
Paul Epworth
Ryan Tedder
The Smeezingtons

Music Video Field

Best Short Form Music Video
Adele – ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Memory Tapes – ‘Yes I Know’
OK Go – ‘All Is Not Lost’
Radiohead – ‘Lotus Flower’
Skrillex – ‘First Of The Year (Equinox)’
Al Yankovic – ‘Perform This Way’

Best Long Form Music Video

Beyoncé – I Am…World Tour
Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters: Back and Forth
Kings of Leon – Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon
A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest
TV on the Radio – Nine Types Of Light

Amy Winehouse new album— Lioness: Hidden Treasures out Dec 6th..

Following her tragic passing on July 23, 2011, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with 5x Grammy Award winning artist Amy Winehouse, among them Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson,  spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of albums Frank and Back To Black.  It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to both Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.
The album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the third album from Amy Winehouse, without question one of the most talented, original, and best loved artists to emerge in popular music for decades, will be released in the United States on December 6th through Universal Republic Records. The 12 track collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions, and has been compiled by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy’s family, management and UK record label Island Records.Lioness: Hidden Treasures proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman, and serves as a reminder of Amy’s extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.
After hearing the album Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse had this to say: “I spent so much time chasing after Amy, telling her off that I never realized what a true genius she was. It wasn’t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of Amy’s talent, from jazz standards to hip hop songs, it really took my breath away. “Halftime”, I’d never heard before, is just incredibly beautiful. If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of Frank and Back To Black we would never have agreed to release it. We believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy ‘s musical legacy.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the album will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.www.amywinehousefoundation.co.uk 

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving To Air November 24 on ABC

Gaga Twit Pic
On Thanksgiving night, NOVEMBER
24
(9:30-11:00
p.m., ET), the ABC Television Network will air a 90-minute special, “A Very
Gaga Thanksgiving.”
The broadcast, which was conceived and directed by Lady
Gaga, offers an intimate look inside the private life of the award-winning
artist as she performs eight songs in front of a small audience filled with her
close friends and family. Performances include a duet of “The Lady is a Tramp”
with Tony Bennett as well as her newest single, “Marry the Night,” “You and I,”
“The Edge of Glory” and the holiday classic “White Christmas,” among other
hits. 
Katie Couric sits down with the
icon in her alma-mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Manhattan, as the two
discuss the meaning and inspiration behind some of Gaga’s biggest hits. Gaga
also opens up about her relationships with family and friends and shares
heartfelt stories from her past, as well as what her life is like now living in
the public eye. Legendary chef Art Smith stops by to help Gaga prepare a
Thanksgiving feast of deep-fried turkey and waffles for her guests. This “Gaga-fied”
Thanksgiving celebration reveals the traditional side of one of today’s most
innovative artists.
“We all know Lady Gaga is a
phenomenon,” said Couric. “This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath
the wild costumes and staged musical numbers… Lady Gaga as a high school
student still bruised by being excluded from the party, Lady Gaga as a devoted
daughter and caring sister, Lady Gaga as a 25-year-old woman embracing fame and
fortune that seemed to come overnight. She will impress you, delight you and
surprise you.”
“A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” is
produced by Steven Johnson of Factory Films and ABC’s Lincoln Square
Productions, with Rudy Bednar and David Saltz as executive producers. 

The New Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Music Video "The Lady is a Tramp" Debuts Monday

Tony Bennett just scored his first #1 album with Duets II, and now the legend is ready to drop another video from the collabo project.

On Monday, his video for “The Lady Is a Tramp” — with a blue-haired Lady Gaga by his side — will hit the Web. On the track, Gaga gets a little feisty with the 85-year-old. “I hate California, it’s crowded and damp,” the New York-native Gaga sings, before Bennett chimes in giggling, “That’s why the lady is a tramp.”

“My favorite is that Lady Gaga,” Bennett gushed to MTV News at the Video Music Awards, where Gaga spent the night in character as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone. “She’s the biggest. I’ll tell you, I never met anyone with more talent than that lady.”

Source: MTV News

Tony Bennett, 85, Scores New U.S. Pop Chart Record


Tony Bennett has become the oldest-living artist to land a hit on the Hot 100 pop chart in America.

The 85-year-old crooner’s Body & Soul duet with the late Amy Winehouse has debuted at number 87.

Bennett passes the late George Burns, who was 84 when he scored a 1980 hit with I Wish I Was 18 Again.

The singer’s duet with Winehouse, which was released on what would have been her 28th birthday (14Sep11), is the tragic British singer’s third Hot 100 hit – she previously hit the chart with Rehab and You Know I’m No Good.

Bennett last enjoyed U.S. pop chart success in November, 1965.

Meanwhile, Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger scores a third week atop the Hot 100, while Adele’s Someone Like You holds firm at two.

Coldplay’s Paradise is the week’s highest new entry at 16.

Amy Winehouse’s Parents Invited To Attend VMAs For Tribute

Producers of the MTV Video Music Awards are hoping Amy Winehouse’s parents accept their invitation to attend the show in Los Angeles on Sunday (Aug 28) – for what is expected to be an emotional tribute to the late singer.

Tony Bennett will take to the VMAs stage for the first time since the early 1990s to honor the tragic Rehab hitmaker, who died last month (Jul11). He will introduce a tribute to Winehouse.
And her parents, Mitch and Janis, have been invited to attend the ceremony as MTV special guests.
Executive producer Dave Sirulnick tells Eonline.com, “We’re still working on it. Some pieces are still coming together.”
The tribute will feature never-before-seen footage of Bennett and Winehouse recording Body and Soul for his upcoming Duets II album at London’s Abbey Road Studios.