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120 Kids' Suicide Notes Lead to This Musician's Inked Arm

Robb Nash wants to show other teens that they're not alone

(Newser) - Robb Nash and his band are known for not only playing concerts in schools and detention centers across Canada, but also for digging deep with teens about mental illness and self-harm. After he performs, the Winnipeg musician is often approached and handed suicide notes by young listeners who relate... More »

Judge to Naked Musician: You Have No Case

Well, Matthew Mglej is allowed to sue for excessive force

(Newser) - A federal judge has dismissed a nude protester's claim that police violated his rights by arresting him while he played violin stark-naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland. Matthew Mglej of Hillsboro, Oregon, sued the Portland police and the county last January, seeking $1.1 million in damages. The... More »

'After Midnight' Songwriter Dead at 74

JJ Cale penned tunes made famous by Eric Clapton, pioneered Tulsa Sound

(Newser) - JJ Cale, the singer-songwriter who first penned Eric Clapton's hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" passed away yesterday due to a heart attack, reports the LA Times . He was 74. Born John Weldon Cale (he changed his name to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground's John Cale,... More »

Guitars Make Men Sexier

French study suggests music is linked to physical and intellectual abilities

(Newser) - There's now evidence to support what many women have long accepted as fact: There's something sexy about a man with a guitar. A French study published in the journal Psychology of Music has found that a guy with a pretty face and a guitar case is much more... More »

Performers Live Shorter Lives Than Other Celebs

They can expect to live to 77: study

(Newser) - If you crave a long life in the spotlight, become a ... CEO. Researchers perused 1,000 New York Times obituaries from between 2009 and 2011 in a bid to glean some conclusions about the life expectancy of celebs, the BBC reports. What they found, in terms of average life expectancy:... More »

Soloists Die Young More Often Than Band Members

Plus: European rockers less likely to die prematurely

(Newser) - Hey, pop stars: Want to live a long and healthy life? You're better off joining a band, a study finds. Famous solo musicians suffer double the early-death risk that band members face, say researchers who reviewed the lives of 1,400 stars active between 1956 and 2006. As of... More »

Artist's Income Per Spotify Play: Fraction of a Cent

iTunes Match pays $0.003 per play

(Newser) - Some may call Spotify the savior of the music industry—but for lesser-known artists, it doesn't appear to be a cash cow. The Next Web reviews analyses of what bands are making from Spotify and Apple's iTunes Match, and the numbers aren't impressive. On Spotify, a band... More »

One of Louis Armstrong's Final Concerts Made Public

He performed for National Press Club in 1971

(Newser) - One of the final live performances by Louis Armstrong will be released to the public for the first time. The recording is of a concert on January 28, 1971, at the National Press Club in Washington. The legendary trumpeter was a featured act at the concert, held less than six... More »

Dead Jazzman Found in Trunk

Body of Stanley Wright found stashed in his Brooklyn home

(Newser) - The body of beloved Brooklyn jazz musician Stanley Wright was found stuffed inside a trunk in the basement of his home several days after he had last been seen. Police searched the Brownsville home of the 61-year-old, who performed under the name Suleiman-Hakim and was last heard from on Thursday,... More »

Mexican Musicians Killed After Encore Refused

Grenade, bullets fly after bar owner pulls plug

(Newser) - Furious audience members killed two members of a band in Mexico after being told the music had to stop. The band—faced with demands for more from a group of drunk, aggressive audience members—had already played one encore at the Guadalajara bar before the owner pulled the plug long... More »

Aretha Franklin Has Cancer: Relative

Surgery was for pancreatic tumor, says National Enquirer

(Newser) - The undisclosed illness that required Aretha Franklin to undergo surgery last week is cancer, a relative tells Fox 2 News In Detroit . The 68-year-old singer abruptly canceled shows last month on doctors' orders but didn't give specifics on why. The National Enquirer says the cancer is pancreatic, notes PopCrunch . Click... More »

10 Bizarre Actors Turned Singers

Who knew Jada Pinkett Smith had a fondness for metal?

(Newser) - The news that House star Hugh Laurie is recording a blues album prompted Time to reminisce over 10 other unlikely actors who turned to singing…often with hilarious results:
  • David Hasselhoff: Shockingly, he managed to top the German charts even though he recorded songs like the super-creepy “Jump in
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Death Turns Jackson From Bust to Boom

'Tasteful yet profitable' marketing of singer's death rakes in $1B

(Newser) - Estate of Elvis Presley, watch out: You may yet be eclipsed by Michael Jackson. Jackson died on the brink of financial collapse, but a year later his estate is booming. Last year he sold 8.3 million albums in the US—more than any other artist—and the posthumously released... More »

11 Surprising One-Hit Wonders

We all love Norah Jones, but she's still on this list

(Newser) - You would never guess, but Jimi Hendrix was technically a one-hit wonder. Yep, the definition of the term is “an artist or band who only has one song make the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,” regardless of album sales or performance on other charts,... More »

Your Fave Band's Fave Band Was Probably Big Star

Alex Chilton: Not a commercial success, but hugely influential

(Newser) - Critics mourn Alex Chilton, who might not even have been on your radar before his death yesterday. But the Big Star frontman—whose songs have been covered by everyone from Elliott Smith to Wilco—will be now, and for good reason. Some takes on his legacy:
  • Chilton "pretty much
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Country Musician Rescued After 4 Days in Snowbank

Guitarist Lou Rogers, 67, survives 4 days in trapped car after shortcut goes wrong

(Newser) - Country guitarist Lou Rogers has survived to play another day after spending four days in a car stuck in a snowbank. The 67-year-old was taking a shortcut down the remote Gold Creek Road on his way to a gig in Idaho on Thursday when his car became trapped. His cell... More »

John Mayer: Tiger's Problem Is Marriage

If he were single, there wouldn't be a problem, says singer

(Newser) - Musician John Mayer says he knows where Tiger went wrong: marriage. "If Tiger Woods was a single guy, what sort of angle would there be to a text message?" he asks. "Tiger Woods' problems come from him being married." Though Mayer has been linked to Jennifer Aniston... More »

5-Year-Old Drummer Wows YouTube

Jonah Rocks is sure to be a big deal

(Newser) - The latest sensation getting the Internet’s attention: Jonah Rocks , a 5-year-old drummer whose YouTube videos will likely blow your mind. BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post are both pointing to his website . Check out a few of his videos in the gallery. More »

Rivers Cuomo Injured in Weezer Bus Crash

Indie darlings were en route from Toronto to Boston

(Newser) - Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo suffered minor injuries this morning when a bus carrying the band from Toronto to Boston ran off the New York State Thruway about 40 miles west of Albany. Cuomo complained of rib pain and was taken to a local hospital after the tour bus slid on... More »

Billy Joel: Daughter on the Mend After OD

Alexa Ray Joel took a homeopathic drug, source says

(Newser) - Alexa Ray Joel is out of the hospital and "is going to be fine," her father, Billy Joel, said last night. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, reportedly distraught over a recent breakup, was treated at a New York hospital after overdosing on a substance a source identifies as a homeopathic... More »

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