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Billy Joel, Garth Brooks land ASCAP Centennial Award

Billy Joel is one of the performers set

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Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim and Joan Baez will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award to celebrate the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary.

The awards will be handed out at a gala fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan on Nov. 17.

"Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her...

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LI Music Hall of Fame tickets on sale now

Debbie Gibson tweeted that she was honored to

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The Long Island Music Hall of Fame put tickets for its Oct. 23 gala at The Paramount in Huntington, honoring the Billy Joel Band, music industry titans Clive Davis and Ron Delsener, record-setting singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson Broadway legend Patti LuPone and others, on sale at Ticketmaster at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Tickets are $75 and $150. Premium VIP seating, which includes dinner,...

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Billy Joel band set for Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction

Billy Joel's band from the '70s and '80s

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Thought the Billy Joel tickets went fast for his show at The Paramount last year? Just wait until the tickets go on sale Wednesday for this year’s Long Island Music Hall of Fame gala.

Though Joel isn’t officially part of the gala, his core band from the ‘70s and ‘80s – including drummer Liberty DeVitto, who sued Joel over royalties in 2009, and the late Doug Stegmeyer, his longtime bassist...

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Taylor Swift unveils new single 'Shake It Off,' '1989' album details

Taylor Swift will release her new album "1989"

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Taylor Swift is pop now, y’all.

The country-pop superstar unveiled her new single “Shake It Off” and its video on a show live-streamed by Yahoo and ABC News Monday afternoon, as well as details on her “first official pop album,” named “1989” and set for an Oct. 27 release.

And true to Swift’s word, “Shake It Off” is pure dance pop, which she co-wrote and co-produced with Max Martin and...

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The Paramount named one of America's top clubs

The Paramount Theatre in Huntington is named one

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For the first time in decades, Long Island is once again home to one of the top clubs in America.

The Paramount in Huntington landed at No. 23 on Billboard’s list of America’s Top Clubs, after drawing nearly 128,000 visitors to the venue last year. The only other New York-area club on the list was Irving Plaza at No. 17.

With surprise shows from stars including Billy Joel, The Paramount...

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Arcade Fire, Thompson Twins in this week's G2M2

Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler take

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Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

This week, it’s all about the power of the ‘80s. The Retro Futura Tour featuring Howard Jones and...

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Eminem and Rihanna's 'Monster' MetLife show

Eminem and Rihanna perform at MetLife Stadium on

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Let’s not get things twisted. “The Monster Tour” may be billed equally between Eminem and Rihanna, but it’s really “The Eminem Show.”

 The crowd that packed MetLife Stadium Saturday night was overwhelmingly his crowd. Though they started the nearly three-hour show onstage together and closed it together, Rihanna did her set first and basically warmed up the crowd for Eminem.

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Kings of Leon cancel Jones Beach show

From left, Matthew Followill, Nathan Folllowill, Jared Followill

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Kings of Leon have put their "Mechanical Bull" tour on hold until Aug. 28, canceling shows until then, including one Wednesday night at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, to give drummer Nathan Followill's ribs a chance to heal.

Followill suffered broken ribs over the weekend when a pedestrian jumped in front of the band's tour bus, causing the driver to stop short. "The process is now to rest...

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Eminem + Rihanna in the week's G2M2

Eminem and Rihanna perform at the 2014 MTV

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Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

This week, work out the chemistry between Eminem and Rihanna at MetLife Stadium Saturday and Sunday...

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Billy Joel spectacular at The Garden: Nine Days' John Hampson's review

Billy Joel performs as part of his artist's

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Billy Joel plans to play monthly shows at Madison Square Garden for as long as the public is interested. Follow his first year of this groundbreaking music-industry experiment by looking at his shows through a variety of viewpoints -- from critics, musicians, celebrities and fans. This month, it’s St. James singer-songwriter John Hampson, solo artist and singer/guitarist from Nine Days, which plays...

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