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Friday May 23



Paul McCartney Hospitalized

(Radio.com) According to reports, Paul McCartney has been hospitalized in Japan following the cancellation of his Asian tour. The former Beatle reportedly has a virus infection, which caused his eventual hospitalization, USA Today reports. According to the Sankei Sports newspaper in Japan, he was admitted when the infection worsened. McCartney originally canceled tour dates in Japan and South Korea earlier this week, the cause for the nixing of the dates deemed, again, a virus. "I was really looking forward to playing in Tokyo again after we had such an amazing time here in November," McCartney had said in a statement. "So to cancel this show as well as the National Stadium shows is hugely disappointing for me as well. I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding." A spokesperson for the singer also noted that the canceled dates were being worked on for possible rescheduling. McCartney's website confirmed the news on Thursday, "Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo."

Read more: Friday May 23

Thursday May 22



KISS Rock American Idol With Winner Caleb Johnson

(hennemusic) KISS performed with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson on the Season 13 finale of the reality series Wednesday night. Johnson joined the band for a medley of "Love Gun" and "Shout It Out Loud." The rocker went on to beat fellow finalist Jena Irene for the Idol title. Johnson has been cranking out rock covers all season long, including tracks by Rival Sons, Whitesnake, Rush and Led Zeppelin. KISS previously appeared on the reality singing competition during the 2009 season finale, where they were joined by Adam Lambert for a medley of "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock And Roll All Night."

Read more: Thursday May 22

Wednesday May 21



Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Has World's Greatest Vocal Range

A new study finds that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has the greatest vocal range among a host of popular singers including acclaimed pop stars Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce. On the other end of the spectrum, some of today's most popular pop and country stars landed at the bottom of the vocal range chart, including Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift among the bottom five with Luke Bryan coming in dead last. Concert Hotels published the results of the study in an interactive chart labeled "The Vocal Ranges of The World's Greatest Singers" with Rose capturing the top spot followed by Carey at no. 2 and Prince at no. 3. The study measured the highest and lowest notes that the singers achieved in the recording studio and the interactive chart shows the songs where they hit specific notes. Axl Rose came out with the highest range, covering over five octaves. The highest was on the track "Ain't It Fun" from 'The Spaghetti Incident" and the lowest was on "There Was A Time" from 'Chinese Democracy'. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler came in 4th place, followed by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Most of today's biggest pop stars didn't come close to the top of the chart with Beyonce coming in at No. 22, Miley Cyrus at no. 31, Justin Timberlake at no. 32, Rihanna at no. 43, Lady Gaga at no. 48, Lana Del Rey at no. 49, Lorde at no. 52, Bruno Mars at no. 56, Katy Perry at no. 68, Justin Bieber at no. 73, Taylor Swift at no. 76 and Luke Bryan concluding the list at no. 77. Among rock singers Elvis was no. 12, John Lennon landed at no. 13, The Who's Roger Daltrey came in at no. 17, Bruce Springsteen was no. 19, Bono was no. 21, Jim Morrison was no. 23, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant was no. 24, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger was no. 25, Bob Dylan was no. 33, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was no. 34, Bad Company's Paul Rodgers was no. 35, Lou Reed was no. 40, John Fogerty was no. 55, Chuck Berry was no. 64, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks was no. 71 followed by Jerry Lee Lewis at no. 72.

Read more: Wednesday May 21

Tuesday May 20



Led Zeppelin Facing Legal Battle Over Stairway To Heaven

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are being accused plagiarizing the introduction of their iconic 1971 anthem, "Stairway To Heaven", in a lawsuit that the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band are reportedly planning to file. Spirit founding bassist Mark Andes and the trust that handles California's royalties are working with Philadelphia lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy, who says he is going to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rerelease of "Led Zeppelin IV" (as part of that band's expanded reissue series, which starts next month), according to Business Week. They report that California's estate - and the group's members - believe the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus." The two bands crossed paths during Zeppelin's first US tour, which saw the future rock legends open for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, and that's where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to "Taurus."

Read more: Tuesday May 20

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