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Music Icon David Bowie Dead at 69

David Bowie, arguably one of the most influential figures in modern music for the past 40-plus years, died on Sunday, Jan. 10 after a battle with cancer. He was 69. While previous rumors of his death in years past were greatly exaggerated, the news has been confirmed by Bowie’s representatives and his son Duncan Jones (via Twitter). The following statement appears on Bowie’s official Facebook page: “David Bowie died peacefully […]

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Stone Temple Pilots Frontman Scott Weiland Dead at 48

Scott Weiland, who rose to fame as the lead vocalist for grunge-rock band Stone Temple Pilots and supergroup Velvet Revolver, has died, according to multiple sources. He was 48. Weiland had been touring with his current band, the Wildabouts, when as TMZ reports, he was found dead on the tour bus at around 9pm on Thursday. An official statement was posted last night on Weiland’s Instagram account: “Scott Weiland, best […]

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Chris Squire, Yes Bassist, Passes Away at 67

Iconic bassist Chris Squire, who co-founded rock band Yes with former lead vocalist Jon Anderson in 1968, passed away over the weekend. He was 67. The band confirmed the news with a statement on their official Facebook page: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire,” the statement read. “Chris peacefully passed […]

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Blues Legend B.B. King: Dead at 89

The King of Blues is gone. After an iconic career spanning nearly seven decades that influenced countless musicians after him, B.B. King passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday evening at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Raised in poverty in the Mississippi cotton fields, Riley B. King learned to sing in church, and reportedly learned to play guitar from a great uncle. His signature […]

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Ben E. King, R&B Legend, Dead at 76

R&B legend Ben E. King, best known for his early ’60s hit “Stand By Me,” passed away Thursday at the age of 76, according to the singer’s publicist. The exact cause of death has not been released at press time. King got his start in music in the 1950s singing with a doo-wop group called the Five Crowns, but rose to fame when George Treadwell hired him, along with several […]

Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dead at 74

We’ve all heard his signature voice singing his signature song. On April 14, soul singer Percy Sledge—best known for his 60s smash hit “When a Man Loves a Woman”—passed away in his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after a battle with liver cancer. He was 74. His was the storybook tale of an artist being discovered. Growing up in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge grew up working in the cotton fields, then […]

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Billboard’s Girl Group Week: Apparently It’s a Thing

A whole week dedicated to paying tribute to all-girl acts? I’m in. For this entire week, March 2-6, Billboard Magazine has been featuring its second annual Girl Group Week, which officially makes it a “thing.” (If something happens more than once, it’s a thing. I just made that rule up, but whatever.) In fact, they’ve got a poll where you can vote for your favorites—and since the poll closes today, […]

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Grammy Recap: Beck Foils Sam Smith Awards Sweep

It was a night that bore an interesting resemblance to the Adele Grammy sweep three years ago. A relatively unknown Brit singer/songwriter breaks up with a dude, writes songs to process the pain, makes a record that sells a bajillion copies, and goes on to win top honors at the Grammy Awards. Biggest differences: the singer/songwriter in this case also happens to be a dude; and unlike Adele, this was […]

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Grammy 2015 Preview: Will-Wins, Should-Wins, Dark Horses

As the 57th Grammy Awards prepare to get underway this weekend, the time has come for us pundits, critics and analysts to weigh in with predictions on the winners. (Because, of course, none of us can wait a mere 2-3 days to find out who find out who actually wins before talking about it. Besides, the Super Bowl is over, people are tired of talking about Katy Perry and her, […]

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Stolen or Just Similar? 7 Famous Music Plagiarism Cases

“Good artists copy; great artists steal.” –attributed to Pablo Picasso   It’s all over the music news sites this week: Chart-topping pop artist Sam Smith settled amicably out of court with rock icon Tom Petty over alleged music plagiarism, agreeing to share partial writing credit with Petty for the hit song “Stay With Me?” Why? Simple: the chorus (sort of) sounds like it was borrowed from Petty’s tune “Won’t Back […]

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Grammy Nods a Bit Disappointing This Year

Choosing proven artists, or playing to the public?

In case you weren’t paying attention, the Grammy nominations were an all-day affair yesterday. It started with the announcing of four major categories on CBS This Morning by Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams, followed by a trickle of announcements via Twitter throughout the morning and early afternoon—culminating in a Christmas-themed prime-time special, A Very Grammy Christmas, during which the Album of the Year nominees were revealed. In my humble opinion, […]

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Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose Summary Judgment Bid for “Blurred Lines”

California judge determines "Blurred Lines" may have legitimate similarities to Marvin Gaye song

A year and a half after Robin Thicke’s release of “Blurred Lines,” the song is still generating heaps of controversy. In what may easily become the most memorable copyright infringement lawsuit in recent memory, a judge in California has effectively handed Round One to the family of Marvin Gaye. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt has denied the motion by Thicke (and fellow songwriter/producer […]

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MIMO Talks with the Pros: Songwriter/Producer Richard Harris

MIMO was present at this year’s Durango Songwriter’s Expo in Broomfield, CO, a three-day conference established to connect up-and-coming songwriters with industry pros who provide helpful information, offer song critiques, and sometimes sign deals with artists and songwriters. (Meghan Trainor is a recent success story of the Expo.) While there, we had a chance to catch up with songwriter/producer Richard Harris, himself a DSE success story, who makes a significant part […]

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Robin Thicke? What the Crap?

Recent court deposition gives "Blurred Lines" a whole new meaning

Well, I guess we have to give the guy credit for his honesty. Even if it does come a little late. And under oath. “Blurred Lines,” the breakout summer hit of 2013 by R&B singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell, has been nothing if not controversial—and the controversy only continues. First, there was the nudie video that got banned from YouTube, but still accomplished its purpose of generating interest. Then, […]

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U2 Drops Surprise Album “Songs of Innocence” Free on iTunes

Album releases officially on October 13

Ever since Beyoncé surprised the world with a complete, previously unannounced full-length album last December, different artists have been trying to top the feat. Whether they were trying or not, it looks like U2 finally did it. Yesterday, at Apple’s much-touted big-reveal press conference announcing iPhone 6 and the new Apple iWatch, U2 was announced as a surprise musical guest. After they played a new song “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” […]