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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Not every rock ‘n’ roll icon is awash in cash. Some, like rock poetess Patti Smith, have endured hard times fairly recently in their careers. Smith, receiving a lifetime achievement award in Hollywood on Wednesday from songwriting royalties group ASCAP, recalled how the 1994 death of her husband, punk rocker Fred “Sonic” Smith, left her a widowed … Continue reading Patti Smith rescued from penury by song royalties

In this film publicity image released by DreamWorks Animation, Shrek, voiced by Mike Myers, left, and an over-fed Puss In Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas are shown in a scene from “Shrek Forever After.” (AP Photo/ DreamWorks Animation LLC)
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From left, actors Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas attend the premiere of “Shrek Forever After” during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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Jason Mraz, songwriter ‘Dr. Luke,’ Patti Smith, the Killers honored at ASCAP Pop Awards Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Jason Mraz are tops in song writing. Gottwald was named songwriter of the year and Mraz received song of the year honors Wednesday at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ 27th annual Pop Music Awards. The awards recognize the … Continue reading ASCAP honors Jason Mraz, Patti Smith, the Killers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time finally ran out for “American Idol” contestant Tim Urban on Wednesday as Elton John, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and The Black Eyed Peas all took to the stage for a fund-raising special benefiting children’s, hunger and health charities. Urban’s elimination came at the very end of the TV singing contest’s “Idol Gives Back … Continue reading Tim Urban out as "Idol" raises millions for charity