Billy Joel to Receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_2ad0fe44ba.jpgLIbrary of Congress -- Not bad for a kid from Long Island. Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  The Library of Congress made the announcement Tuesday morning. The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards.

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James Brown Takes the Stage Again at the Apollo with "Get On Up" Premiere

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_de7a29d2ae.jpgPolydor/UMe -- Monday night, James Brown's music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York. Directed by The Help's Nate Taylor, the project stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling.

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Yes' Chris Squire Says Lead Singer Jon Davison Helped Freshen Band's Whole Approach on New Album

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_b2b7bb364b.jpgFrontiers Records -- Yes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today. The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012. Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks.

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New Upstate New York Hotel Celebrates Bob Dylan and the Woodstock Festival

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_1fc939e9ca.jpgImage Courtesy of Hotel Dylan -- A new hotel named after Bob Dylan opened last month in Woodstock, New York, that pays tribute to the musical history that emerged in and near the small Catskill Mountains town during the late 1960s. Hotel Dylan features 11 rooms with names that evoke the Flower Power era and the famous Woodstock Festival, including "The Jimi," "The Joplin," "The Cocker," "The Roadies," "The Van" and "The Hippie Chick."

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Blondie, Chrissie Hynde, Beck Among Headliners for UK iTunes Festival

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_3e11190e20.jpgDanielle St. Laurent -- Blondie, Chrissie Hynde and Beck are just three of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England. This is the eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com. As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device.

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