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BILLY JOEL TO GET GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Billy Joel is joining performers like Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Carole King -- as recipients of the Gershwin Prize. The Library of Congress says it will honor Joel with its annual award for his lifetime of achievement in songwriting. Joel has been in the music business for 50 years -- and is the sixth top-selling artist of all time. The honor will be given out in November.
This is an excerpt of Billy Joel performing "Piano Man."
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Excerpt of Billy Joel
This is an excerpt of Billy Joel performing "Big Shot."
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC AMAZED AT ALBUM RECEPTION
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Weird Al Yankovic has been in the business for years -- but he has something he hadn't had until now: a number-one album. "Mandatory Fun" came out last week -- and as usual, Yankovic released a series of videos to go with his latest set of parody tunes. But he says last week was "the best week of my life" when it came to how people received his work. He says all the attention is both "insane" and "extremely gratifying." He says it's hard for him to wrap his head around the level of success he's having now. The album features send-ups of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Lorde's "Royals" -- two of last year's biggest hits.
Weird Al Yankovic says it irks him when people compare his simultaneous album and video release to what Beyonce did last year.
GEORGE HARRISON TREE DONE IN BY BUGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- This invasion of beetles was not as welcome as the one that took place 50 years ago. Officials in Los Angeles say a tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has fallen victim to an infestation of beetles. L.A. councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine tree planted in Harrison's honor after he died in 2001 came down with a bark beetle infestation -- and had to be removed last month. The tree -- located near the Griffith Observatory -- had grown to more than 12 feet before its demise. The tree was removed last month and will be replanted in the fall.
BLUES TOUR FEATURING JOHNNY WINTER WILL BE HELD AS PLANNED
NEW YORK (AP) -- The blues tour featuring Johnny Winter set for this summer will continue as a tribute to him. The Rock 'N' Blues Fest will begin as planned on July 31 outside Detroit. Winter's brother, Edgar, is on the tour, along with Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera of Rare Earth and Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown. Johnny Winter was found dead in a hotel room in Switzerland last week.
WIZ KHALIFA EXPLAINS WHY HE WAS A NATURAL FOR THE "NINJA TURTLES" SOUNDTRACK
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anyone wondering if Wiz Khalifa is a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" fan needs only to look at his shin. He's got a tattoo of Donatello. Khalifa says it made complete sense for him to do a song for the new "Ninja Turtles" movie. He says everyone who listens to him loves the turtles as much as he does. Khalifa teams up with Juicy J and Ty Dolla Sign for a song called "Shell Shocked." It's the first single from the movie soundtrack. The movie comes out August 8.