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Weird Al Yankovic poses for a portrait during an interview on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

‘Weird Al’ Talks About His Weirdly Successful Week in Music

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Los Angeles — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, Mandatory Fun. For his 14th studio effort, released last week, Yankovic …

Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet for Stars of Country Rap

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn’t find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an unlikely mix to town: country rap, combining hip-hop beats and rhythms with country-themed rap or spoken-word lyrics. …

Pop Music Streaming More Than Selling

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Los Angeles — One brutal truth emerges from Nielsen SoundScan’s report on trends in the music industry for the first half of 2014: Today’s consumers are far more interested in seeing and hearing pop music than buying it. Album sales dropped nearly 15 percent compared with the same period last year, and overall music consumption, which combines sales and streaming activity, dropped 3.3 …

‘Thrones’ Leads Emmy Nominees

Friday, July 11, 2014

Los Angeles — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga Game of Thrones, defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other …

An Appreciation: Bobby Womack, Soul Legend and Guitarist

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The connections are endlessly surprising, those that Bobby Womack forged during a 60-year career that transcended genre, border and race. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and longtime Los Angeles resident, who died June 27 at age 70, was the …

Vinyl Is Big, and One Firm Is All Over It

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Los Angeles — Thousands of old-style cardboard sleeves for Jack White’s album Lazaretto sit in tightly packed checkerboard rows at Stoughton Printing plant in the City of Industry, 12.3-inch squares waiting to be stuffed with 12-inch circles. Jack …

Why Gordon Lightfoot Changed Lyric to His Signature Song

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gordon Lightfoot exercised some lyrical license when he wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Canadian balladeer paid painstaking attention to the facts when he wrote the line that would haunt him for decades. New evidence, …

Jennifer Lopez: ‘I Don’t Get Credit for Being Great at One Thing’

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Los Angeles — In the course of one recent week, Jennifer Lopez was honored with a Billboard Icon Award, her single First Love became the most-added song on pop radio, she played to a sold-out crowd in Anaheim, …

Lucinda Williams to Balance Old Favorites and New Songs

Thursday, June 19, 2014

For the Lebanon Opera House stop on her tour next week, Lucinda Williams promises to season the set list with songs that won her Grammys and a huge audience in the 1990s. “How much you play of your …

Amazon Prime Adds Music Streaming

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Seattle — Amazon.com is adding a streaming music service to its Amazon Prime membership benefits. The service, called Prime Music, allows Prime members in the U.S. to stream songs, ad-free, and download them for offline listening as long …

Mushroom Magic: Corinth Man Hones His Skills as Hunter of the Elusive Morel

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Corinth — Mushroom hunter Brad Wheeler spent a recent Thursday evening tromping around Orange County in search of an elusive, highly prized fungus. The first two stops left him empty handed, but then, in an old apple orchard, …

Led Zeppelin Remasters Masterpieces

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s first song outline much of what followed: A mean series of Jimmy Page riffs introduces Good Times, Bad Times, from its self-titled 1969 debut, followed by a typically wild John Bonham drum-bang, …

Confident Susan Boyle Readies 1st U.S. Tour

Sunday, June 8, 2014

New York — Five years after her musical breakthrough, Susan Boyle says she’s feeling confident and comfortable — and ready to launch her first U.S. tour. The 53-year-old will hit the road in October on a 21-date trek. …