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Glenn Gamboa

Glenn Gamboa is Newsday's chief pop music critic and has been writing about music for more than 20 years.

A winner of several national awards, he headed the paper's team chronicling the impact of hip-hop in America, a project that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.

He has appeared as a music industry expert on the BBC, NPR, MSG Network and several other radio and TV stations, as well as numerous newspapers and magazines.

A native of Cleveland, Gamboa currently lives in Brooklyn.

Leonard Cohen reflects on his 80th birthday, new album 'Popular Problems'

Leonard Cohen attends a listening party for his

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Leonard Cohen says he has big plans for his 80th birthday on Sunday.

No, they don’t involve the release Tuesday of his 16th album, “Popular Problems” (Columbia), a nine-song collaboration with producer Patrick Leonard, best known for his work with Madonna.

 “In my family, we have a very charitable approach to birthdays,” the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter told journalists...

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Watch Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon

Blake Shelton has been a mainstay on "The

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Blake Shelton was worried about doing “The Tonight Show.”

At a recent press lunch with reporters for the upcoming season of “The Voice,” which returns for its seventh season on NBC on Monday, Shelton was wondering how he ended up agreeing to do a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Gwen Stefani.

When I asked him what songs he was doing, he said he was doing Taco’s version of “Puttin’...

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Elton John set for New Year's Eve at Barclays Center

Elton John will be heading to Brooklyn to

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Elton John will ring in the new year at Barclays Center.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will celebrate his first New Year's Eve concert in New York City at the Brooklyn venue.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 through Ticketmaster. American Express cardholders can purchase pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Monday.

And if you're one of the many Billy Joel fans holding out...

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