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Los Angeles: Sixteen year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Christine Evans, who emerged from the same thriving Vancouver Island music scene that introduced Nelly Furtado and Diana Krall, won the Album of the Year honor at last month’s Island Music Awards in Vancouver. The award recognizes her second album, 2006’s Push, which scored a Canadian #1 Christian radio hit single with “Break Me.” She also had a holiday season hit in ’06 with her inspired cover version of fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell’s “River.”

Evans wrote all of Push’s twelve songs and co-produced the album with veteran producer Tom T. Hall. It is slated for a U.S. release this summer. An emerging star in the world of contemporary Christian popular music, Evans was raised in Victoria, B.C. Earlier this year, she represented her home country at the NBA All-Star 2007 in Las Vegas, singing the National Anthem “O Canada” at the kick-off, the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam (Christine hails from the same hometown as the …

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New York: Steinway & Sons, renowned for creating the world’s finest pianos, and Peter Lyngdorf, Europe’s preeminent developer and manufacturer of high performance digital sound systems, have forged collaboration, under the auspices of Steinway Lyngdorf, and have entered into a multi-year international license agreement to produce the finest, high performance audio visual products and systems for distribution throughout the world. The announcement was made jointly by Bruce Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Steinway & Sons, and Steen Lohse, Chairman of Steinway Lyngdorf. The financial terms and conditions were not disclosed.

“We have sought for some time to expand the Steinway & Sons brand into the high performance digital sound system market,” said Steinway & Sons Executive Vice President, Frank Mazurco. “In Peter Lyngdorf, one of the audio industry’s most respected innovators and pioneers, we have found a kindred spirit in terms of an uncompromising commitment to excellence, incomparable craftsmanship and quality. Steinway Lyngdorf creates products that are truly worthy of the Steinway name, offering unsurpassed performance, exceptional value and, most importantly, an extraordinary experience for discerning clientele the world over.”

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Los Angeles: Southern California-based pianist, composer and songwriter Joe Rozum returns to the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University for a headlining 8pm concert on Saturday, May 19. Set on Pepperdine’s stunning ocean-view campus on PCH in Malibu, the elegant 450- seat theatre is the perfect venue for Rozum to celebrate the release of this new CD Along The Coast, which will be available for sale at the event.

Known for his seamless fusion of smooth jazz and pop – with inflections of “cool blues & classical” — Joe’s artistry shines on the new album, his third. The disc features fifteen original compositions, all of which will have their major stage debut at Smothers on the 19th. Destined to be a favorite on smooth jazz FM dial destination 94.7 FM “The Wave,” Along The Coast’s highlights include five solo piano tracks, among them Joe’s personal favorites “Footprints On My Heart,” “She’s As Pretty As A Picture” and “The Miracle.” The title track is a bluesy instrumental featuring …

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Las Vegas: Rock royalty took the stage by storm performing songs that made a whole generation turn the volume up – way up. Hosted by Bam Margera the second annual “VH1 Rock Honors,” honored the music and influence of Genesis, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top with tribute performances by Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Keane. Cameron Diaz, Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Williams, Criss Angel and Taylor Hawkins made special appearances as they paid tribute to the legends that influenced the sound of rock.

Taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 12, “VH1 Rock Honors,” premiers Thursday, May 24 at 9PM* on VH1, VH1 Classic and MHD. The show saluted the groundbreaking bands of rock, the once in a lifetime events and the influential people who made a lasting mark on the history of rock. The influence of these honorees was felt through…

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Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Who?
Regina Spektor is a Russian-born American singer, songwriter and pianist. Her music shows influences from folk, hip-hop, jazz, and classical. Spektor gained much media attention in 2006 when her video for “Fidelity” was viewed over 2,00,000 times in two days on the “YouTube” Web site. Just recently, Spektor was named the number three artist on VH1’s “Top Artists Charts.” Her latest CD is “Begin to Hope.”

What?
In conjunction with local adult rock station WTMX, Spektor performs tracks off of her latest CD, “Begin to Hope” and signs copies for fans.
 

When?
Monday, May 14 at 12:30 p.m.
 

Where?
Borders
150 North State Street
Chicago, Ill. 60601
(312) 606-0750
 

Why?

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Senate Bill would enrich Mega-Corporations like Clear Channel and AOL as much as $100 Million at the Expense of Artists and Record Labels

Washington: In a blatant attempt to strip artists and record labels of their hard-won royalties for the use of their sound recordings on Internet radio, proposed legislation in the U.S.

Senate would not only invalidate the March 2, 2007 ruling of the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), it would roll back by 70 percent pre-decision rates already paid by webcasters.

An analysis by SoundExchange shows that the proposed rollback in royalties would save big, highly profitable corporations like Clear Channel, Yahoo!, AOL and Microsoft $100 million or more in royalty payments during the rate period 2006-2010, and that’s only if there is no growth in listeners. However, expected growth in listeners during the period will result ….

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CHICAGO: One of music’s legendary figures, Joe Adams, 83, who was Ray Charles’ manager and business partner for over 45 years, and a pivotal figure in the political and cultural landscape of Los Angeles for the last half century, is going to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Columbia College (ceremony at Navy Pier, 3:30PM) in Chicago on Saturday.


Himself a major raconteur, emcee, radio star and award-winning actor, Adams was portrayed in the critically-acclaimed movie, “Ray,” by Harry Lennix.


Over the years, Adams and his wife have made major contributions to a host of colleges and he has previously received several doctorates, including one from historic Morehouse College in Atlanta. Although he’s been the longtime president of Los Angeles-based Ray Charles Enterprises, Adams jokes, “I was never officially hired.”

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