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Randy Newman: I'm Dreamin' of a White President

'Who knows how to handle money and start a war'

(Newser) - Just in time for the election, sometimes-satirical singer Randy Newman has dusted off his "Short People" chops with a political carol that includes the line, "I'm dreaming of a white president," NPR reports. He "won't be the brightest, perhaps," Newman croons in the... More »

Oscars Drop Live Song Performances

But producers promise there will be dance numbers

(Newser) - You won't be seeing Randy Newman, Marion Cotillard, or Jeff Bridges crooning Oscar-nominated songs on stage at the Academy Awards this year, as speed-demon producers have killed the live performances in favor of showing clips from the films that featured them. But there will, nonetheless be dancers, the AP surmises... More »

Dylan's Favorite Songwriters

What do Warren Zevon, Jimmy Buffet and Gordon Lightfoot all have in common?

(Newser) - Bob Dylan is one of the most widely influential living songwriters—but who has influenced him? Bill Flanagan got Dylan to dish on some of his favorite songwriters for the Huffington Post. The winners? Jimmy Buffett, Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, John Prine, and Guy Clark all got nods. Though Dylan’... More »

Rolling Stone Picks 2007's Best

Jay Z, Newman, Winehouse, Springsteen among the best in mixed-genre ranking

(Newser) - Rolling Stone has picked its top 100 songs of 2007, and they span the genres from country to disco. The top 10:
  1. "Roc Boys"—Jay Z
  2. "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country"—Randy Newman
  3. "Umbrella"—Rihanna
  4. "D.A.N.C.E"
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