Lifetime Achievement Award Announced Then Rescinded For Don McLean

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A lifetime achievement award has been offered — and rescinded — for “American Pie” singer Don McLean. The 73-year-old announced Monday that he’s receiving the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, presented by the Student Alumni Association of University of California, Los Angeles. Past recipients included Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray … More »

The Number Ones: Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

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Roberta-Flack-Killing-Me-Softly-With-His-SongIn The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »

The Number Ones: Don McLean’s “American Pie”

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Don-McLean-American-PieIn The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »

Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s OTR II Tour Is A Surprisingly Chill Victory Lap

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Jay-Z & BeyoncéOn The Run II is bracketed by a pair of slow dances. OK, technically it’s bracketed by Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” — with Beyoncé taking over Justin Timberlake’s hook duties and thrashing her hair in circles during the Nirvana interpolation — and “APESHIT,” the rousing Migos-powered lead single from the Carters’ new collaborative album Everything Is … More »

Like The Stay Puft Man Before Him, Marshmello Just Keeps Getting Bigger

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Who knows how many centuries the fortune under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson went untapped before the Grosh brothers happened upon it. The Pennsylvanian preacher’s sons had become seasoned prospectors during the gold rush years of the mid-19th century, and that experience served them well in Nevada’s Virginia Range southeast of Reno, where in … More »

Listen to James Blake cover Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’

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James Blake has gifted fans a studio recording of Don McLean’s “Vincent,” a frequent addition to his live sets over the past year. Alongside the track, the producer also posted a video of himself recording the cover live at Los Angeles’ Conway Studios earlier this month.

McLean’s original was written in tribute to Vincent Van Gogh and originally appeared on his 1971 LP American Pie. While the track’s not an outright holiday song, it does make mention of a “starry, starry, night,” which is befitting both as an ode to the late painter and as one to the warm, inviting air of the holidays.

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James Blake – “Vincent” (Don Mclean Cover)

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James Blake has released a studio version of his cover of Don Mclean’s “Vincent,” which he’s been playing live during most of his sets this year. (He’s also been performing some new songs recently.) Alongside the track, he’s also posted a video of him recording it at Los Angeles’ Conway … More »