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Springsteen, McCartney and Rolling Stones shine at Hurricane Sandy benefit gig

Rock music royalty, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Paul McCartney, joined in a stellar line-up to raise money for victims of superstorm Sandy. The “12-12-12″ concert at Madison Square Garden brought a Who’s Who of rockers under one roof for the event, which was…

Ravi Shankar to receive posthumous Grammy award

Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar is to receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award, organizers of the music industry’s top prize show said Wednesday. Three-time Grammy winner Shankar, who died Tuesday in California, is among seven artists including Carole King and the Temptations named as Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.…

TV meteorologist fired after responding to racial remarks on Facebook

A black meteorologist said she was fired from her job at an ABC affiliate in Louisiana after responding to racially-problematic remarks left on the station’s Facebook page. The Maynard Institute blog Journal-isms reported on Tuesday that Rhonda Lee was fired from her job at KTBS-TV on Nov. 28 without being…

Disco queen Donna Summer named to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May, is to join the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Canadian rockers Rush and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, it was announced Tuesday. Veteran female rockers Heart, blues legend Albert King and singer-songwriter Randy Newman will also join the music…

Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies at 92

Indian sitar maestro who took instrument to the world and collaborated with western greats has died aged 92 in San Diego Ravi Shankar, who has died aged 92 in San Diego, was the Indian maestro who put the sitar on the musical map. George Harrison called him “the godfather of…

Disco queen Donna Summer to join rock Hall of Fame

Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May, is to join the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Canadian rockers Rush and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, it was announced Tuesday. Veteran female rockers Heart, blues legend Albert King and singer-songwriter Randy Newman will also join the music…

Stewart nearly quit The Daily Show in 1999 due to ‘a**holes’

The current incarnation of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show almost never was, its host Jon Stewart revealed late last week during a fundraising event at New Jersey’s Wellmont Theatre. Stewart told his former colleague and friend Stephen Colbert that he nearly quit the show after taking over for Craig Kilborn…

Tearful radio host ‘sorry’ for nurse’s family in UK

One of the Australian radio presenters who made a prank call to a London hospital treating Prince William’s wife Kate on Monday sobbed as she recalled hearing the news that a nurse had been found dead. Mel Greig and fellow presenter Michael Christian from Sydney radio station 2Day FM have…

Mexican-American star singer Jenni Rivera killed in plane crash

A small plane carrying Mexican-American star singer Jenni Rivera crashed in northern Mexico on Sunday, leaving no survivors and sparking an outpouring of grief among fans and fellow celebrities. The wreckage of the Lear Jet, which was carrying six other people, was found by farmers in the state of Nuevo…

Mormon church launches website about ‘same-sex attraction’

The Mormon church has created a website asking followers to have compassion for people with “same-sex attraction,” reported AZCentral. The website features videos of church leaders, Mormons who “are attracted to people of the same sex,” and family members and friends of those individuals. “Family members with same-sex attraction need…

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