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Indian composer A.R. Rahman to perform at state dinner

Wanna sing at tonight's state dinner? Better have an Oscar. Jennifer Hudson won't be the only Academy Award-winner appearing when the Obamas honor Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at this evening's White House state dinner. Indian composer A.R. Rahman is also confirmed to perform, according to his spokesperson. Rahman is...

By Chris Richards | November 24, 2009; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jennifer Hudson to sing at White House state dinner

The Oscar-winner is scheduled to return to Washington. Soul singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed to perform at the White House state dinner Tuesday evening, according to a representative at the singer's label, Arista Records. Amid the glitz and glamour, the 28-year-old Chicago native should feel right...

By David Malitz | November 23, 2009; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Your Halftime Performance Says About You

Since the Arizona Cardinals are involved, it's pretty hard to get excited about Sunday's Super Bowl. Maybe that's why everyone is so pumped for the halftime show with Bruce and the E Street Band. Predicting the set list isn't just for bloggers and Bruceologists who spend too much time refreshing...

By David Malitz | January 29, 2009; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Talk Talk: Toby Keith Unplugged

Toby Keith Covel knows from hits: The country star's new album, "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy," yields his 14th No. 1 single of the new millennium in "She Never Cried in Front of Me." To non-country fans, of course, the 47-year-old artist is best known for a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 31, 2008; 06:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

Six-ish Questions For ... the Beastie Boys

You've gotta fight for your right to support your political party, etc. The Beastie Boys are about to kick off a short, pre-election tour of several swing states (North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio among them), on which they'll be joined by various artists, from Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson and Norah...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 23, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Goes Country: Only In America!

'They played what, where?!' I was curious to know what Brooks & Dunn thought about the use of "Only in America" after Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night. After all, the country stars have been big supporters of President Bush, even performing at an important Bush rally in Wisconsin...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 29, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (3)

The CNN Graphic I'm Still Waiting To See

"Only 4% of Democrats like country music." Great live-blogging line, by the way, from The Guardian's play-by-play during Barack Obama Day in Denver: "In accordance with US law, they play him out with this horrible country rock song."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 28, 2008; 11:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Did Daddy Yankee Offer To Endorse Obama?

Democratic Party sources say yes. Daddy Yankee's camp says no. Over the past couple of days, Democrats in Denver have been floating the story to reporters from The Washington Post and other media outlets that before Daddy Yankee endorsed John McCain, his reps contacted Barack Obama's campaign -- and that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 27, 2008; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

From The Dept. Of Huh: Hillary's 'American Girl'

Before Hillary Clinton's speech in Denver last night, there was a video celebrating her achievements. And it included a bunch of songs, including Tom Petty's classic "American Girl." Looks like somebody didn't read my colleague Paul Farhi's excellent story earlier this year, in which he noted that political campaigners weren't...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 27, 2008; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Sorry, Conventioneers: No Bruce For You

There's been plenty of speculation (wishful thinking?) in recent days that Barack Obama supporter Bruce Springsteen is going to perform either just before or after Obama's speech in Denver on Thursday. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that it was a done deal: "Bruce Springsteen will follow Obama with a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 26, 2008; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (20)

All Hail The Tweens: JoBros At The White House

Nick, Joe and The Other Jonas at the White House. (All photos: Kyle Gustafson for TWP) My journalism teachers would be so proud. I'm sitting in Helen Thomas's seat awaiting my first White House press briefing. OK, so it's not a press secretary coming out for a briefing about...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 18, 2008; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama: What Would You Say?

Electoral college shadow puppets! News item: Dave Matthews will perform a concert in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign on Sunday at Indiana University. Reaction (via e-mail from a Dave Matthews Band-despising friend): "I may have to officially withdraw my support of Obama. This is far worse than Rev....

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2008; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (7)

 

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