Joseph Brooks Dies

Joseph Brooks Dies
GRAMMY-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks committed suicide May 22 in New York. He was 73. Brooks composed the music for the 1977 film You Light Up My Life, and the title track garnered him a GRAMMY for Song Of The Year at the 20th Annual GRAMMY Awards, as well as two additional nominations for Record Of The Year and Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special. The song also won an Oscar for Music (Original Song). Brooks' career included writing jingles for companies such as Dr. Pepper and Volkswagen, and serving as director, producer and writer for films including If I Ever See You Again (1978), Headin' For Broadway (1980) and You Light Up My Life. (5/24)

Trans World Narrows Loss In First Quarter
U.S. specialty music and video retailer Trans World Entertainment reported a net loss of $2.5 million for the first quarter ending April 30, narrower than the $11.4 million loss reported during the same period last year. The music category experienced a 3 percent comparable store decline, with music sales comprising 37 percent of the company's sales, up from 36 percent in the previous year. Trans World noted that catalog music sales grew while sales of current releases fell 13 percent. (5/24)

Cook, Plant Lead Americana Awards Nods
Nominees for the 2011 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards were announced Monday with Elizabeth Cook and GRAMMY winner Robert Plant in the lead with three nominations each, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Welder and Band Of Joy, respectively. GRAMMY winner Buddy Miller garnered two nominations for Instrumentalist of the Year and Artist of the Year. Also garnering nods were the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Lucinda Williams, among others. The awards will take place Oct. 13 in Nashville. (5/24)

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