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CMA Award nods to be announced in NYC

CMA Award nods to be announced in NYC

NASHVILLE, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The final nominees for the 2009 CMA Awards are to be announced at the "Good Morning America" studios in New York's Times Square, ABC said.
Swift, Paisley win big at CMT Awards

Swift, Paisley win big at CMT Awards

NASHVILLE, June 17 (UPI) -- Brad Paisley won the prizes for male video, collaborative video and performance of the year at the 2009 CMT Music Awards show in Nashville.
Live Nation plans Wednesday ticket sales

Live Nation plans Wednesday ticket sales

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- Live Nation says it is dropping service fees on more than 5 million lawn tickets and hundreds of concerts to help fans throughout North America save money.

R&B star hoping for Obama invite

DETROIT, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- American R&B artist Raphael Saadiq says he's hoping for an invitation to the nation's capital once President-elect Barack Obama moves into the White House.
Stars line up for D.C. holiday special

Stars line up for D.C. holiday special

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Casting Crowns, Kristin Chenoweth and Julianne Hough have signed up to star in the upcoming TV special "Christmas in Washington," TNT said Friday.
Stars line up for Thanksgiving parade

Stars line up for Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Miley Cyrus and David Archuleta are among the stars confirmed to perform during the "82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" in New York, NBC said.
Miley and Billy Ray to be CMA presenters

Miley and Billy Ray to be CMA presenters

NASHVILLE, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Father-and-daughter performers Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus have signed on to be presenters at "The 42nd annual CMA Awards" show in Nashville, ABC said Monday.
'Magnetic' still No. 1 on U.S. album chart

'Magnetic' still No. 1 on U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Metallica's "Death Magnetic" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a second consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Charles Aznavour in 1924 (age 79); Peter Nero in 1934 (age 69); Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist, in 1950 (age 53); Jerry Dammers of the Specials in 1954; Icehouse guitarist and singer Iva Davies in 1955 (age 48); and Morriss
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 17-23.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include singer Maxine Sullivan, born in 1911; Ritchie Valens, who was born in 1941; Mary Wells in 1943; J. Geils Band harmonica player Magic Dick, aka Richard Salwitz, in 1945 (age 58); Pete "Overend" Watts, bassist with Mott the Hoople,
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 10-16.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 5-11.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include country's Merle Haggard, who was born in 1937; Michelle Phillips, formerly of the Mamas and the Papas, in 1944 (age 59); reggae star Bob Marley was born in 1945; Hot Chocolate drummer Tony Connor in 1947 (age 56); Air Supply's Ra
By United Press International

Watercooler Stories

An independent audit shows Missouri often falls short of its mandate to fully investigate foster parents and check on children in foster care.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
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Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker performs at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 12, 2010. UPI/Michael Bush
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Darius Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld and Dean Felber. The band has released five studio albums with him as a member, and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Rucker co-wrote the majority of the band's songs with the other three members.

He released a solo R&B album, Back to Then, in 2002 on Hidden Beach Recordings but did not chart any singles from it. Six years later, Rucker signed to Capitol Records Nashville as a country music artist, releasing the album Learn to Live that year. Its first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", made him the first African American to chart a number one on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more number-one singles, "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright" and the number three "History in the Making". In 2009, he became the first African American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association, and only the second African American to win any award from the association. A second Capitol album, Charleston, SC 1966, was released on October 12, 2010, and was led off by the number-one "Come Back Song" to later be followed with the number-one song "This".

Darius Rucker was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where his family history goes back generations. His single mother, Carolyn, who was a nurse, raised him with his five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. According to Rucker, his father was "never around," and Rucker only saw him before church on Sundays. His father was in a gospel band called The Rolling Stones. Rucker has said that he had a "typical Southern, African-American upbringing." His family attended church every Sunday and was economically poor, and at one point, his mother, her two sisters, his grandmother and 14 children were all living in a three-bedroom home. Even so, he says that he looks back on his childhood "with very fond memories." His sister, L'Corine, recalled that singing "was always his dream".

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