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Taking Back Sunday debuts in Billboard Top 10

Taking Back Sunday, from left: bassist Shaun Cooper,

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It’s a big week for Long Island artists on the Billboard charts.

For the week ending April 5, Rockville Centre-based Taking Back Sunday’s “Happiness Is …” (Hopeless) debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and hit No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart.

Merrick-based I Am the Avalanche’s “Wolvernies” (I Surrender) debuted at No. 108, one notch ahead of Glen Cove's own  Ashanti’s “Braveheart”...

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Bruce Springsteen, Michael Stipe set to honor Rock Hall inductees

Bruce Springsteen performs at Perth Arena in Perth,

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Bruce Springsteen is set to honor and perform with the E Street Band when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Barclays Center on April 10.

Linda Ronstadt will be inducted by Glenn Frey and saluted by Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood performing her songs since the singer is unable to attend due to her battle with Parkinson’s disease.


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Lady Gaga rules Roseland Ballroom

Lady Gaga performs on Monday, March 31, 2014

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Lady Gaga isn’t backing down.

Her record-setting string of shows that will serve as the finale for Roseland Ballroom, set to close after 95 years of entertaining Manhattan, is as brainy and fierce as the “Artpop” album that spawned it. And on Monday night, the third concert in her seven-show run, Gaga fired up her faithful Little Monsters from the moment she took the paper-rose-covered stage...

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Intro 3.31.14: Videos from Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Bayside and more

Miley Cyrus arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY

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Miley Cyrus and her inflatable hot dog touch down at Izod Center Thursday and Barclays Center Saturday.

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


MILEY CYRUS, “Wrecking Ball.” At...

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Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac, tour set

Fleetwood Mac -- Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey

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The Mac is back!

Yes, Fleetwood Mac returned to a regular touring schedule years ago, but its upcoming shows are extra special because Christine McVie is back from retirement.

The “On With the Show” tour, which starts Sept. 30 in Minneapolis and includes an Oct. 6 show at Madison Square Garden and Oct. 11 at Prudential Center, will be Christine McVie’s first tour with the band since...

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'American Idol 13' recap: Caleb Johnson rocks Top 9 night

Caleb Johnson performs Lady Gaga's "The Edge of

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“I’m With the Band” week kicked off with a bang, as the Top 9 ripped through a medley of rock songs that showed an energy level that has been lacking for much of this season of “American Idol.”

And it, more or less, kept that energy up throughout the show, with some notable exceptions. The show is getting weirder as the season goes on. Harry Connick Jr. stealing Ryan Seacrest’s shoe onstage...

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'The Voice' recap: Cierra Mickens survives battle scare

Emily B. and Cierra Mickens battle on Season

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Just when we thought the battle rounds were over, “The Voice” added a whole new set of battles starting next week. Um, thanks?

Those will likely be the toughest cuts, as they go from 32 to 20 semifinalists, coached by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

However, the final battle round had its share of rough decisions. Here’s how they stacked up:


TEAM ADAM: Cary Laine vs. Sam...

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'The Voice' recap: Kaufman wins tough battle

Austin Ellis and Josh Kaufman battle on Season

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This season of “The Voice,” much like the NCAA Tournament, is shaping up to be the season of parity.

There may not be a front-runner yet, but there is definitely a lot of talent spread across all four teams.

Here’s how the battles shaped up Monday night:

TEAM ADAM: Austin Ellis vs. Josh Kaufman, “Happy”: This was the best battle of the season so far -- maybe in years. Austin is...

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Intro 3.24.14: Videos from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Rakim and more

Who knows what Lady Gaga will have in store for Roseland Ballroom’s final hurrah, starting Friday?

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


LADY GAGA, “G.U.Y.” At Roseland Ballroom...

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson joins Billy Joel in surprising MSG show

Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden in

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Billy Joel is keeping his Madison Square Garden residency interesting, as he really seemed to settle into his new home for the third show Friday night.

The addition of a four-piece string section allowed him to play “Surprises” from 1982’s “The Nylon Curtain” album for what he said was the first-time ever live. Then, after a lovely sing-along for “She’s Always a Woman,” he introduced AC/DC’s...

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