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Aretha Franklin wishes for a little more music on 72nd birthday

By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - On her 72nd birthday on Tuesday, soul singer Aretha Franklin is hoping her next year brings a new album for herself and record deals for the musical members of her family. Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul" for her powerful voice and range, celebrated the milestone at a star-studded birthday party in New York over the weekend, attended by Denzel Washington and record label executive Clive Davis.

U2 freebie rakes in $3 million to combat AIDS

Rock group U2's new single "Invisible" raised more than $3 million for the fight against AIDS during the 36 hours it was available for free on iTunes, it was revealed Tuesday. It scored more than one million downloads in the hour after it premiered in a Bank of America commercial during Sunday's Super Bowl, then picked up two million more until the free offer ended Monday midnight (0500 GMT Tuesday.)

Emilio Estefan becomes the face of Botran rum

Miami, Feb 2 (EFE).- Music producer Emilio Estefan told Efe that he agreed to be the face of Botran rum in the United States because the deal will benefit the South Florida economy and send a message of unity in the Hispanic community. The deal was attractive because Botran rum is produced by a Guatemalan "family that has tradition and has proven that it makes the best rums in the world," the 60-year-old musician and businessman said. Ads for the rum will feature Estefan's face, and the music entrepreneur said he felt the move was the right one to make.

Beatles to get Grammys lifetime achievement award

Grammys organizers announced lifetime achievement awards Thursday for The Beatles and six other acts, including the Isley Brothers and electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. Kris Kristofferson is also among artists who will get their awards in the week before the January 26 Grammys show, along with Mexican composer Armando Manzanero, creole "King of Zydeco" singer Clifton Chenier and late US violinist Maud Paul.

Singer Carole King to get Grammys honor

Legendary US singer-songwriter Carole King was named Thursday as the recipient of an annual honor by organizers of the Grammys, the music industry's annual awards show set for January. King, whose 1971 album "Tapestry" stayed in the US music charts for six years, will be serenaded by artists including former partner James Taylor, as well as Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and the Dixie Chicks, when she is given the MusiCares Person of the Year award.

Stevie Wonder to boycott Florida over 'stand your ground' law

(Reuters) - Rhythm and blues singer Stevie Wonder said he will not perform in Florida until the state discards a "stand your ground" law that played a prominent role in the defense of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman who was acquitted in a racially charged murder trial. The black Rock and Roll Hall of Fame enshrinee made his comments at a concert on Sunday in Quebec City, Canada, according to a video posted on YouTube.

U2 frontman Bono receives France's highest cultural award

PARIS (Reuters) - Irish rock star and anti-poverty activist Bono received France's highest cultural award on Tuesday for his contribution to music while being praised for using his fame to battle for humanitarian causes. The frontman of the rock band U2 was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in a ceremony in Paris.

Singer Aretha Franklin cancels Michigan concert

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul music superstar Aretha Franklin on Friday canceled an upcoming concert in Michigan, citing recovery from health issues that forced her to postpone concerts earlier this year. Franklin, 71, said in an open letter to her fans that she was canceling her July 27 show at the DTE Energy Pine Knob Theater in Clarkston, Michigan, due to "miscalculation" of the end of her treatment. "It would be totally disruptive to stop them now and go into concert with total success right at the door," Franklin said.

Carole King hits D.C. for Gershwin salute

By Ira Teinowitz LOS ANGELES ( - Washington is truly feeling the earth move this week as singer-songwriter Carole King is honored with the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for popular song and then saluted in two concerts, one in the White House. King is becoming the first female songwriter to win the prize, which was won by Stevie Wonder in 2009, Paul McCartney in 2010, and the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 2012.

Gloria Estefan's take on American Songbook due out in September

Miami, May 1 (EFE).- Gloria Estefan's "The Standards," a celebration of the American Songbook, will go on sale Sept. 10, Sony Masterworks said. Reflecting the international nature of her audience, the disc features songs sung in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. Estefan, who contributed to Frank Sinatra's 1993 "Duets" album and, more recently, to Tony Bennett's "Viva Duets," sought out singer-songwriter Laura Pausini, violinist Joshua Bell and saxophonist Dave Koz to collaborate on the project.
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