The Library of Congress has honored Billy Joel with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song lifetime achievement honor. The LoC celebrated with a Washington, DC concert attended by Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Performances came from Tony Bennett, Gavin DeGraw, LeAnn Rimes, John Mellencamp, Natalie Maines, Boyz II Men and more.
Beyoncé has released a snippet of "7/11," her latest single, set to debut in full on Tuesday, November 25. The cut, produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, features on the Platinum Edition box set of Bey's latest self-titled LP. The bass bangs on the 30-second clip as Queen B commands, "Smack that, clap that / like you don't care."
LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood will perform on NBC's upcoming Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. The special will also see the unveiling and lighting of an 85-foot tall Norway spruce from Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania. According to NBC, the tree is about 90 years old and weighs around 13 tons.
Rascal Flatts will hold a residency at the Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, beginning February 25. The band announced the news in a presser. "We are thrilled to be playing such a storied venue as the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas," says Jay DeMarcus. "We're so excited to do something so different for us."
EMI Australia, the record label of Bob Seger down under, will not release his latest album, Ride Out, according to reports. According to Noise 11, Seger has "seven Top 30 albums in Australia," which include The Bob Seger Collection, Against the Wind, Night Moves, Stranger in Town, Nine Tonight, The Distance and Like a Rock.
Stevie Wonder was among the artists honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ASCAP] with the Centennial Award for "incomparable accomplishments." The honors gala went down Monday in NYC and marked the 100th anny of the organization. Others to get the award were Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim.