'Artistry has its awards' ©Independent Music Awards

Artistry Has Its Awards ©Independent Music Awards

Flying Lotus, Melissa Auf der Maur, Pokey La Farge and The South City Three, Little Miss Higgins, Christopher Tin, and Jackson Browne and David Lindley are among the diverse self-released and independent label talent named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as the Judge-determined Winners of The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for fans and bands.

The Winners in more than 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories winnowed from thousands of submissions from around the globe, were determined by a panel of 62 influential music industry pros including Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Seal, Aimee Mann, Ozzy Osbourne, Bettye LaVette, Jim Lauderdale, Arturo Sandoval, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Pat McGuire (Filter Magazine) and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter).

Details and complete list of Winners, Nominees and Judges available at:

Fan Online Voting Will Determine The 10th IMA Vox Pop Winners

Music fans have until July 6 to champion their favorite Nominees and determine The 10th IMA Vox Pop Winners by voting online at


US Magazine

After a professional lifetime together, superstar Beyonce and her father, Mathew Knowles, have parted ways, with Mathew no longer managing the Halo singer.

“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level,” Beyonce tells in an exclusive statement. “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me. I grew up watching both he and my mother [Tina Knowles] manage and own their own businesses. They were hard-working entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.”

Indeed, Mathew Knowles, with then-wife Tina at his side, was instrumental in launching his daughter’s career as a young singer and entertainer, from the beginning of Destiny’s Child and even earlier.

Mathew explains to Us exclusively of the momentous decision: “We mutually agreed to part ways in terms of me managing Beyonce, as my focus is in the investment of Music World Entertainment‘s growing gospel and inspirational music division, which includes Top 10 artists Trinity 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, Micha Stampley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Dr. Juanita Bynum.”

He continues: “Because of the success of all of these artists, my focus has to be on gospel now. I am also still going to continue on with my joint venture with Columbia to work on Destiny’s Child and develop new artists, like the UK pop band From Above, plus Music World‘s kids music division.”

As for who will now manage the superstar, who plans to release a new album (a follow-up to her smash I Am . . . Sasha Fierce) later this year?

“Beyonce has the knowledge and experience to make that decision and no final decision has been made yet,” Mathew says.

More at


Vince Gill and Amy Grant in AARP magazine

Vince Gill and Amy Grant in AARP

Grammy® Award-winning power couple Vince Gill and Amy Grant risked more than their reputations to be together. The beloved duo—a Contemporary Christian pop singer and a Country Music Hall of Famer—speak exclusively with AARP The Magazine in a revealing conversation about their journey to become a couple, diverse upbringings, and the key to making marriage last. “It was hard,” Gill said on the public speculation following both his and Grant’s divorces. “The kids, the popularity of our lives, a lot of tongues waggin’.” Eleven years later, Gill and Grant find themselves more in love than ever. Gill on his ongoing attraction to Grant: “What’s funny is I see old photographs of Amy in her 20s, and she’s much prettier these  days. She still does it for me.” “It never fails to amaze me how captivating the sound of her voice is.” "We felt about music and we felt about fame and we felt about career the same. Which was, we kind of always just loved the music part of it and the other stuff just comes and goes…” Gill on feeling his best at 50+: “I think it gets better, it feels better at 50 than it did at 40.” “Your muscles hurt a little more, you don’t get around like you used to, but the trade off (is that), I wouldn’t trade it for any other period of life.” Grant on her instant connection with Gill: “I knew from the tips of my toes that he was unlike anybody I had ever met, and that I related to him on such a cellular level. I was just so overwhelmed by him as a person that I finally came up behind him and wrapped my arms around him and said, ‘I’ve needed to do this all night.’ ” “[Vince] just made a profound mark on me every time and confirmed there was somebody out there who gets me.” Gill on their struggle to be together: “We were both married, and though we were crazy about each other, we thought,‘Well that’s not our life.’” “The hard truth was that we never thought for a minute that we would end up together.” Grant on being in love now: “Having that baby at 40 really shot my stomach, and I was just having a good cry about it. Vince came in, and I was drooling and snot was coming out, and I said, ‘Women get invisible.’ And he said, ‘I love you, and you’re more beautifulnow than you were when I first met you. I can’t wait to see what you look like with a head full of gray hair.’ And he meant it.” More at<>




Dolly Parton, one of the most honored female country singers of all time returns this summer with a much-anticipated album of all-new studio material — Better Day — (Dolly Records) and a world tour bringing her throughout America and then onto the U.K., Europe and Australia.

“I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational,” says the seven-time Grammy winner who was hailed as “one of our national treasures” by Newsweek in 2008.  “Times are hard all over.  I think people need to feel better and I thought Better Day was a perfect title because it says ‘hope.’”

The BETTER DAY world tour launches July 17 in Knoxville in her home state of Tennessee and will be highlighted by two shows (July 22 and 23) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Next, the tour moves overseas starting August 20 and will feature a pair of shows(September 7 and 8) at the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Patron recorded and filmed Live From London (Dolly Records), her widely praised 2009two-disc DVD/CD set that included songs from Backwoods Barbie alongside her many classic hits.



BOYCOTT! (before the electronic/information age)

“We feel it is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing,” The Newspaper Guild said regarding the Huffinton Post. “It is unethical to cannibalize the investment of other organizations that bear the cost of compensation and other overhead without payment for the usage of their content. It is extremely unethical to not merely blur but eradicate the distinction between the independent and informed voice of news and opinion and the voice of a shill.”

The Newspaper Guild will add its weight (26,000 members) to the boycott Bill Larson (Visual Arts Source publisher) has against Huffingpo.

They want visitors to avoid and writers to stop blogging free for the site, FishbowlLA reports.

The Guild also writes that “paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content [on the Huffington Post].”


Royal Pains -- "Listen to the Music" -- Pictured: (l-r) Reshma Shetty as Divya Katdare, Gilles Marini as Niko -- USA Network Photo: David Giesbrecht

Royal Pains -- "Listen to the Music" -- Pictured: (l-r) Reshma Shetty as Divya Katdare, Gilles Marini as Niko -- USA Network Photo: David Giesbrecht

Life & Style can exclusively reveal Reshma Shetty, 33, star of USA’s Royal Pains, wed her actor fiancé Deep Katdare, 40, on Saturday evening in New York City.

The pair, who met in 2007 while starring together (as fiancés) in the Broadway production Bombay Dreams, celebrated their union at Gotham Hall in a 45-minute traditional Hindu ceremony. Congrats to the happy couple!

Shetty‘s Royal Pains character, Divya Katdare is also engaged on the show – but is conflicted by her duty to her family and her true affection for the hunky Nico (Gilles Marini).