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James Taylor sings 'You've Got a Friend' alongside John Kerry in Paris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (and the rest of the Obama administration) have endured criticism for failing to attend a Paris anti-terrorist rally in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket that left 17 dead last week. So when Kerry arrived in France on Friday, he made a few symbolic gestures: He hugged President Francois Hollande, laid a wreath at the site of the kosher supermarket where four were killed by terrorists days after the initial Charlie Hebdo attack, and brought in James Taylor to sing a rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Yes, one of those things is not like the others. Taylor’s serenade is a little awkward to watch (see: Kerry’s self-conscious foot-tapping, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley being forced to hold an extra microphone to Taylor’s guitar). Nevertheless, the performance earned a robust round of applause from the audience.

James Taylor forgets which song is our National Anthem at the World Series

In case you were not aware, the World Series kicked off this week, pitting the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals in a war of attrition over which squad has the more loathsome fan base.

Big-time baseball means big-time musical guests, and while Mary J. Blige knocked out “The Star-Spangled Banner” without a hitch during Wednesday night’s game, things got a bit more complicated in Boston last night before Game 2. Legendary folkie and Massachusetts resident James Taylor answered the call to provide musical accompaniment, though following his introduction as the singer of the national anthem, he stepped up to the microphone and began singing “America the Beautiful” instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

It’s easy to forgive the mistake, as he was on the hook to sing “America the Beautiful” during the seventh-inning stretch (which went off without a hitch). And it’s entirely possible he was going jazz on the whole thing and threw a riff in there because he was feeling it (though probably not).

In the end, he made it through “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody went home happy (except for Red Sox fans, who watched their team throw the ball all over the field during a brutal three-run inning that tied the World Series at a game apiece). The series heads to St. Louis this weekend, so here’s hoping that Nelly and the St. Lunatics will take over anthem duties.

Watch Taylor sing below: READ FULL STORY

Boston Marathon benefit show lineup includes Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block

Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are among the scheduled performers for a Boston Marathon benefit concert on May 30.

The show, at the TD Garden, will benefit One Fund — the collection of donations that will be distributed to the survivors of the April 15 bombings and the families of those killed in the attack.

Other confirmed acts include Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King and New Kids on the Block. Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block said that like other native Bostonians, he and his bandmates are honored to do their part.

Comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright also are included in the lineup.
Tickets range from $35 to $285. They go on sale Monday.

Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor to perform at Obama inauguration

Between the Super Bowl and the upcoming HBO documentary, and probably a new album, Beyoncé was already primed to have a big 2013. And then this happened: The Presidential Inaugural Committee has told People that Bey will perform the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 21. The event will take place in D.C., of course, in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

The R&B star will be joined by Kelly Clarkson, who’ll sing “My Country Tis of Thee” — sung by Aretha Franklin, she of the big ribbon hat, in 2009. And to please the non-millennials, James Taylor will also be showing up to the shindig to perform “America the Beautiful.”

This, of course, won’t be Beyoncé’s first time to the inaugural rodeo. Back in 2009, she sang the Etta James classic “At Last” while the President and First Lady had their first dance at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. Take a look at her performance in the video below to refresh your memory:


James Taylor becomes latest artist to sue his record label over digital royalties

On Thursday, legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against Warner Bros. Records. The document claims that Taylor is owed nearly $2 million in royalties from digital downloads. Taylor was on the label from 1969 until 1979, when he moved over to Columbia.

Taylor’s main complaint is one that many artists have levied at their record labels: While most digital downloads are treated the same as physical sales, many artists are claiming that a digital download should be treated like a license. The difference is astronomical, as most recording contracts generally give the artist around 10% of the fee for sales but as much as 60% for a license. Taylor’s royalty rate for licenses is 50%.

Taylor has been combing through the label’s accounting for several years, uncovering a number of other places where he feels like he was short-changed. He joins artists like Kenny Rogers, Rob Zombie, George Clinton, and Chuck D, all of whom have filed similar suits against their labels. READ FULL STORY

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