Songwriters Hall Inducts 2012 Class, Polaris Prize Nominees Announced

Songwriters Hall Inducts 2012 Class, Polaris Prize Nominees Announced

Songwriters Hall Inducts 2012 Class, Polaris Prize Nominees Announced
GRAMMY nominee Gordon Lightfoot, GRAMMY-nominated songwriting duo Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, and GRAMMY winners Don Schlitz, Bob Seger and Jim Steinman were inducted into the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 14 in New York. GRAMMY winners Bette Midler and Ne-Yo were honored with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award and Hal David Starlight Award, respectively. In other awards news, nominees for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize were announced with GRAMMY winner Leonard Cohen and GRAMMY nominees Drake and Feist making the list of 40 nominees for Old Ideas, Take Care and Metals, respectively, among others. The honor recognizes the best Canadian album of the past year across all genres and includes a cash award of $30,000. The winner will be revealed on Sept. 24 in Toronto. (6/15)

Beach Boys Break Billboard 200 Record
The Beach Boys' That's Why God Made The Radio debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, marking the second-longest span between Top 10 albums: 49 years and one week. The tally surpasses the Beatles, whose stretch of Top 10 albums covers 47 years, seven months and three weeks, according to Billboard.biz. The Beach Boys first appeared in the Top 10 in 1963 with Surfin' U.S.A. GRAMMY winner Frank Sinatra leads with the longest Top 10 albums span on the Billboard 200 at 52 years, two months and one week. (6/15)

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