News / Arts & Entertainment

    Music News: Decemberists Top Billboard 200 Chart; Dr. Conrad Murray's Trial Date Set

    Music News: Decemberists Top Billboard 200 Chart; Dr. Conrad Murray's Trial Date Set
    Music News: Decemberists Top Billboard 200 Chart; Dr. Conrad Murray's Trial Date Set
    Mary Morningstar

    The Decemberists debut at Number One on this week’s Billboard 200 with “The King Is Dead.”  This marks the Oregon-based band’s first chart-topping album.  Other Top 10 debuts include “Kidz Bop 9” at Number 2, the Script’s “Science & Faith” at Number 3, Social Distortion’s “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” at Number 4, and Gregg Allman’s “Low Country Blues” at Number 5.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has scheduled Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial to begin on March 28.  Murray pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.  Judge Pastor said he would allow television coverage of the trial.  Attorneys for both sides will offer their views on that issue at a February 7 hearing.  

    A remastered version of George Michael’s 1987 “Faith” album will be released on February 1.  According to the British singer’s website, the reissue will be available in multiple formats, including a Limited Edition Numbered Collectors Box Set.  That version features the remastered CD; his 1987 television special DVD; a 60-page, hard-bound book with an exclusive George Michael interview, rare photos and more; a vinyl album replica of the album; and various memorabilia associated with the original release.

    On January 24, rocker Bret Michaels underwent a procedure to fix a hole in his heart.  The problem was discovered last April while Bret was being treated for a brain hemorrhage.  The 47-year-old singer and reality show star is already home from the Phoenix, Arizona hospital.  Doctors expect him to be able to return to his normal activities in a few weeks.

    Singer Jimmy Buffett fell off the stage at the end of his January 25 concert in Sydney, Australia.  Reports say the 64-year-old suffered a head injury and was unconscious for eight minutes.  Buffett was treated and released from St. Vincent’s Hospital, and will continue his recovery at home.  He posted an online video to thank his fans for their concern.  Disappointed that his January 29 concert in Aukland, New Zealand had to be canceled, Buffett promised to return to make up the show.

    Jon Bon Jovi has been added to the all-star cast of the upcoming film “New Year’s Eve.”  According to IMDb.com, the plot revolves around the intertwining lives of several couples and singles in New York over the course of New Year's Eve.  The movie also features Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Pfeiffer, among others.  Bon Jovi will play the role of a successful rock star who re-connects with his former girlfriend (played by Halle Berry).

    The third special in Country Music Television’s Super Bowl Fan Jam series will air this week.  “Faith Hill & The Pretenders, Live From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam” takes place in Grand Prairie, Texas on February 5.

    NEW ALBUM RELEASES:

    New albums scheduled for release on February 1 include: “Musica + Alma + Sexo” by Ricky Martin, “Best Of…The Great American Songbook” by Rod Stewart, “Songs From A Zulu Farm” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Sound Advice” by Patti Austin, “A Winter Tale” by Bobby Long, “A Night In Monte Carlo” by Marcus Miller, “Let It All Go” by Christina Ashley,” “The Storyteller” by Todd Snider, and “Live Forever” by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

    AWARDS PRESENTATIONS/WINNERS:


    Nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced.  “The King’s Speech” leads the contenders with a total of 12 nominations.  There are two music categories, Best Original Score and Best Original Song.  In the Best Original Score category are John Powell for “How to Train Your Dragon,” Hans Zimmer for “Inception,” Alexandre Desplat for “The King’s Speech,” A.R. Rahman for “127 Hours,” and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network.”  Vying for the Best Original Song trophy are Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey for “Coming Home” from “Country Strong;” Alan Menken and Glenn Slater for “I See the Light” from “Tangled;” A.R. Rahman, Dido and Rollo Armstrong for “If I Rise” from “127 Hours,” and Randy Newman for “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3.”  The Academy Awards will take place on February 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. Complete list on nominations available at www.oscar.org.

    TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION:

    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band have announced plans to record a new album and perform a North American tour.  A publicist for the band says, “Fans can expect to see and hear Seger’s timeless classics like ‘Night Moves’ and ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’ alongside a preview of new songs from his forthcoming as yet untitled new release.”  Dates and cities will be announced soon.

    You May Like

    US Watching as North Korea Holds Biggest Political Meeting in 36 Years

    Workers' Party Congress set for Friday; Washington anticipating possibility of another missile launch or nuclear test as top officials gather

    Video Pop Icon Prince Quietly Helped Afghan Orphans for Years

    He sent thousands of dollars to help an aid group rebuild a training center for orphan boy and girl scouts in Kabul, but kept his involvement secret

    Britain’s Muslims See London Mayor Race as Victory

    Mere running of 45-year-old former government minister and son of Pakistani immigrants Sadiq Khan seen by many as turning point

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Donations Rescue Afghan Parents, Children From Forced Labori
    X
    May 05, 2016 6:44 PM
    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
    Video

    Video Donations Rescue Afghan Parents, Children From Forced Labor

    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
    Video

    Video Kurdish Troops Recount Firefight Which Killed US Navy SEAL

    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday, when Islamic State fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq, was part of a quick reaction force sent to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive. VOA's Kawa Omar spoke with Kurdish troops in the town of Telskuf -- the scene of what U.S. officials called a "dynamic firefight."
    Video

    Video British Lawmakers Warn EU Exit Talks Could Last A Decade

    Leaving the European Union would mean difficult negotiations that could take years to complete, according to a bipartisan group of British lawmakers. While the group did not recommend a vote either way, the lawmakers noted trade deals between the EU and non-EU states take between four and nine years on average. Henry Ridgwell reports on the mounting debate over whether Britain should stay or exit the EU as the June vote approaches.
    Video

    Video NASA Astronauts Train for Commercial Space Flights

    Since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, the United States has been relying on Russian rockets to launch fresh crews to the International Space Station. But that may change in the next few years. NASA and several private space companies are developing advanced capsules capable of taking humans into low orbit and beyond. As VOA's George Putic reports, astronauts are already training for commercial spacecraft in flight simulators.
    Video

    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    The White House is expressing concern about rising political chaos in Iraq and the impact it could have on the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. says Iraq needs a stable, central government to help push back the group. But some say Baghdad may not have a unified government any time soon. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora

    New in Music Alley

    Border Crossings: Bannersi
    || 0:00:00
    ...  
     
    X
    May 04, 2016 1:07 PM
    Singer and Songwriter, Michael Nelson better known as "Banners" sits down with Border Crossings host Larry London in Studio 4 to talk and perform songs from his debut self titled EP.

    Singer and Songwriter, Michael Nelson better known as "Banners" sits down with Border Crossings host Larry London in Studio 4 to talk and perform songs from his debut self titled EP.