Rolling Stone magazine has compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Musicians, music writers and industry professionals chose the artists that make up the list. The "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, has the Number One spot. Rounding out the Top 10 in descending order are Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and James Brown.
Rod Stewart Releases Greatest Hits CD
On November 18, Warner Brothers Records will release a 2-CD set of Rod Stewart's hits. The Definitive Rod Stewart will also be issued as a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD of 14 music videos. Disc one features songs from his early solo years, including such favorites as "Maggie May," "Every Picture Tells A Story" and "Tonight's The Night." The second disc focuses on his material from the 1980s and 1990s.
Paula Abdul Stalker Commits Suicide Outside Her Home
A 2006 American Idol contestant was found dead of an apparent suicide on November 11. 30-year-old Paula Goodspeed's body was found in a car parked near Idol judge Paula Abdul's Los Angeles, California home. Reports indicate Goodspeed had been stalking Abdul for several years. Police investigating her death found a picture of Abdul in the car. People.com reports Goodspeed sent flowers to her days before the alleged suicide.
Country Star McGraw to Host 'Saturday Night Live'
On November 22, singer Tim McGraw will host NBC's Saturday Night Live. Previous Country stars who have hosted the show include Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. McGraw said in a statement, "I'm looking forward to hosting the show. I'm not exactly known for my comedy but then again if you've been to one of my shows you might feel differently. Hopefully hanging around Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon and Jon Favreau is good training." Tim recently filmed a movie with the three actors. Four Christmases will open in theaters nationwide on November 26.
Springsteen Features New Single During NFL Game
A new Bruce Springsteen song was played in a packaged halftime segment during the November 16 match-up between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. He introduced "Workin' on a Dream" at a Barack Obama rally earlier this month. The track will appear on Springsteen's next album, which is due out in January.
Hendrix Experience Drummer Found Dead in Hotel Room
Drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a hotel room in Portland, Oregon on November 12. The 62-year-old British-born musician was the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Mitchell had finished an 18-city "Experience Hendrix" tour just five days before his death. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office says it appears Mitchell died on natural causes.
MTV's Total Request Live Show Ends
After a 10-year run, MTV's "Total Request Live" (TRL) show ended on November 16. The final episode featured appearances by many of today's stars, including Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and 50 Cent.
New Album Releases / November 18
"I Am…Sasha Fierce" - Beyonce
David Cook - self-titled debut album
"The Promise" - Il Divo
"Dark Horse" - Nickelback
"New Game" - Mudvayne
"Startin' Fires" - Blake Shelton
"Safe Trip Home" - Dido
"Shontelligence" - Shontelle
"The Foundation" - Zac Brown Band
"Back To Tennessee" - Billy Ray Cyrus
"Cosmic Universal Fashion" - Sammy Hagar
"Anything Goes" - Randy Houser
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" - the original motion picture soundtrack
Brad Paisley, George Strait and Sugarland were all double winners at the 42nd annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Strait took home the Album of the Year trophy for "Troubadour" and also received the Single of the Year award for "I Saw God Today." Sugarland won its second Duo of the Year award and lead singer Jennifer Nettles earned this year's Song of the Year honor for writing the duo's hit ballad "Stay." Brad Paisley repeated his 2007 win for Male Vocalist of the Year and he also won the Music Video of the Year category for "Waitin' On A Woman." Carrie Underwood, who co-hosted the November 12 live telecast with Paisley, received her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year CMA Award. For the fourth time since 2004, Kenny Chesney was named Entertainer of the Year. (Complete list of winners at www.cmaawards.com)
Colombian rock star Juanes led the winners at the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards, which were presented on November 13 in Houston, Texas. The singer-songwriter won Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Album for "La Vida Es Un Ratico." His single "Me Enamora" gave him three more wins for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video. Juanes now has 17 Latin Grammys, three more than previous record holder Alejandro Sanz. This year's other multiple winners included Mexican rock group Café Tacuba, Gloria Estefan, Puerto Rican singer Kany Garcia and Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas. (Complete list of winners at www.grammy.com/latin)
The 2008 Billboard Touring Awards will be presented on November 20 in New York. During the ceremony, the Allman Brothers Band will receive the Legend of Live award. The honor recognizes artists who have had "a significant impact on the concert industry."
Look Who's Going on Tour!
Grammy-winning singer John Legend will kick off a North American tour on November 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He'll be promoting his new album Evolver. Raphael Saadiq has the opening slot on the 17-date tour, which ends in Durham, North Carolina on December 13. After a break for the holidays, Legend will hit the road again on January 12. He'll finish that series of U.S. concerts in early February. A brief European tour is scheduled for March 1-17 with stops in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England and Germany.
On November 22, Neil Diamond will begin another round of concerts in Grand Forks, North Dakota to support his latest album Home Before Dark. His first 41 sold-out shows brought in more than $62 million. Diamond's 13 additional dates will wrap up on January 8 in Portland, Oregon.