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R.I.P. Phil Ramone (1934-2013), producer and audio pioneer

Phil Ramone, the recording industry pioneer and Grammy-winning

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Phil Ramone, the recording industry pioneer and Grammy-winning producer behind landmark albums for numerous stars including Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett – died Saturday morning in a Manhattan hospital. He was 79.

Though his family has not released the cause of death, Ramone had been admitted at New York Presbyterian Hospital in February after an aortic aneurysm.


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'American Idol' season 12: Candice Glover leads Top 8 power rankings

The "American Idol" Top 8, clockwise from top

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Let’s be honest. “Motor City Night” was one big car crash for “American Idol.”

Yes, we should start with the most glaring problem – when Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor and Devin Velez stumbled through “I Can’t Help Myself.” Arbos missed a cue and stopped singing, leaving Taylor and Velez singing harmonies to a non-existent lead vocal. They were all shaken after that and Arbos missed another...

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Taylor Swift amazes at Prudential Center

Taylor Swift peforms at ABC News' "Good Morning

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Taylor Swift shouldn’t have to explain herself.

As she proved Wednesday at the Prudential Center, the first of three shows at the Newark arena, Swift deserves credit for actually singing super-popular songs she actually wrote surrounded by a fantastical stage set-up that she helped design. In the current age where sex tapes, fisticuffs, wardrobe malfunctions and drug-fueled rampages are the...

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Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte to induct Public Enemy into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Film director Spike Lee speaks at a luncheon

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Director Spike Lee and the legendary Harry Belafonte have signed on to induct Roosevelt’s Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month at a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Both Belafonte, who shares Public Enemy’s mix of entertainment and political activism, and Lee, who has collaborated with the rap group on several projects starting with using their...

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Pink soars at Nassau Coliseum

Pink in concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial

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Pink didn’t need to take a single flying leap to be entertaining Monday night.

When she sat on a stool in the middle of Nassau Coliseum, accompanied only by Justin Derrico on acoustic guitar, and sang an emotional version of “Who Knew,” Pink was as potent as any of her pop peers.

When she takes flight, though, either in some sort of bungee-jumping harness for “Raise Your Glass” or cables...

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Pitbull, Ke$ha team up for Jones Beach show

Miami native Pitbull will perform at Rolling Stone

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Call it “The Odd Couple Tour.”

Pitbull, the Miami native known as “Mr. 305,” and Ke$ha, the L.A. party girl singer best known for “Tik Tok,” are teaming up for an arena and amphitheater tour that includes a stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 1.

“[Ke$ha] will bring the Jack… I’ll bring the party!” Pitbull Tweeted to announce the tour.

Ke$ha responded with, “Born ready...

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Intro 3.25.13: Videos from Taylor Swift, Nick Cave, Sigur Ros and more

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift sets up shop at Prudential Center from Wednesday through Friday with her “Red” tour.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.


TAYLOR SWIFT, “22.” At Prudential Center...

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My Chemical Romance breaks up

My Chemical Romance, from left, Frank Iero, Mikey

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My Chemical Romance has disbanded.

The New Jersey band that formed the core of emo’s move into the mainstream with Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday announced early this morning on its website that they were calling it quits.

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing,” the band said in a statement. “We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been...

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'American Idol' Season 12: Candice Glover leads Top 9 power rankings

"American Idol" Top 10 contestant Candice Glover

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It’s funny when “American Idol” gets caught up in which contestants are being “real” and “natural,” when so much of the show is wrapped up in behind-the-scenes fakery.

So let’s start with the most important bit of realness from “Lennon and McCartney Week”: The contestants don’t get to choose from the entire Beatles catalog. They only get to choose from a handful of songs, most of which have...

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Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls set for Jones Beach

The band Matchbox Twenty performs in concert at

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 Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls will team up for a summer tour that includes a stop at Nikon Theater at Jones Beach on Aug. 17.

Maybe Goo Goo Doll John Rzeznik will have time to show the bands his Sea Cliff neighborhood and Matchbox Twenty can tell him about what they learned about Huntington from their recent appearance at The Paramount.

 The Goos will be promoting...

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