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*LIST* THE BEST BEACHES IN THE U.S. & THE WORLD FOR 2024

  • Tripadvisor has just announced the winners of their Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Best Beaches of 2024.
  • In the U.S., the best beach is Ka'anapali Beach on the island of Maui, for the second year in a row.
  • This year’s best beach in the world is Praia da Falésia in Portugal, up from number six in 2023.
  • Poipu Beach Park – Poipu, Hawaii comes in 3rd in the US
  • Source: Tripadvisor

Gwen Stefani Admits It's Tough To Listen To Some Old School "No Doubt" Songs

Gwen Stefani Admits It's Tough To Listen To Some Old School "No Doubt" Songs: Gwen Stefani has opened up about how stomach-churning it can be to listen to old No Doubt songs.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

The Bottom Line: Which famous folks share YOUR birthday?

TINA TURNER BOX SET ON THE WAY FOR "WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT" ANNIVERSARY

  • Though Tina Turner is no longer with us, her fans have something new to look forward to
  • “What’s Love Got To Do With It (30th Anniversary Edition) will be released April 26th and will include several perks, including capella tracks, remixes live shows, DVDs, music videos, and a poster
  • Along with multiple GRAMMY wins, Turner's albums have gone platinum multiple times as well as being a member of the Roll Hall of Fame and having stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Source: Billboard

Brian Wilson To Release Long Lost Country Album

Brian Wilson To Release Long Lost Country Album: The Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson is… going country? Or at least, he went country. 

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 2024 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

  • The race is on for this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as the nominees have officially been named
  • Ozzy Osbourne celebrated his first solo nomination, while Cher, Mariah Carey, Peter Frampton and the late Sinead O’Connor also made the list
  • Multiple genres were represented with artists like Mary J. Blige, Sade, Kool & The Gang and Foreigner also among the nominees
  • Source: The Hollywood Reporter

BEACH BOYS TO LAUNCH "ENDLESS SUMMER GOLD" TOUR

  • They’ve been around for decades, but the Beach Boys are staying as busy as ever with a new tour
  • The band’s announced “The Endless Summer Gold Tour,” which will kick off February 21st and travel the US
  • The Beach Boys have added former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Dave Mason and will hop around the country into the fall
  • Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

BILLY JOEL RELEASES FIRST NEW SONG IN SEVENTEEN YEARS, "TURN THE LIGHTS BACK ON"

  • After seventeen long years, Billy Joel has released new music
  • The song, "Turn The Lights Back On," was written by Joel and Freddy Wexler
  • Joel says of Wexler's lyrics, "I’ve chewed on these words and I’ve thought of these words, and I’ve said these words before. It was all kind of falling into place - and who am I to fight that"
  • Joel will perform the song live for the first time on Sunday night's GRAMMY Awards broadcast 
  • Source: Billboard

*LIST* THE BEST (& WORST) PLACES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

  • WalletHub is out with their list of the best places in the U.S. for Valentine’s Day.
  • They compared the 100 biggest cities in the country on 25 key metrics, from the cost of a three-course dinner for two to the number of florists per capita.
  • This year’s best place to celebrate Valentine’s Day is San Francisco, while the worst is Hialeah, Florida.
  • Honolulu comes in 8th for Top Ten Best
  • Source: WalletHub

*LIST* THE MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S.

  • OpenTable has just come out with their annual list of the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in America.
  • To come up with the list, they analyze more than 12-million reviews from OpenTable diners, as well as rate the restaurants on other metrics.
  • The 2024 list includes 33 states and Washington, D.C., and California is home to the most with 12.
  • Hawaii makes the list with: Michel’s at the Colony Surf – Honolulu, HI & Tidepools – Grand Hyatt Kauai – Poipu, HI
  • Source: OpenTable

HUEY LEWIS HITTING THE BROADWAY STAGE

  • It’s been rare to see singer Huey Lewis since he suffered a condition that robbed him of his hearing
  • The “Power Of Love” star was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, which also gives him vertigo
  • But the singer calls his new Broadway musical, “The Heart of Rock And Roll,” “a salvation for me personally”
  • Source: People

MORE OLDIES/CLASSIC NEWS

  • Brian Wilson Announces Death Of Wife Melinda 
  • Joni Mitchell To Headline Hollywood Bowl

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

Which famous folks share YOUR birthday?

Joni Mitchell To Perform At The GRAMMYs

Joni Mitchell To Perform At The GRAMMYs: When someone is the owner of nine GRAMMY Awards, you might think that they would have performed at the ceremony at least once, right?

A Devo Documentary Is In The Works

A Devo Documentary Is In The Works: “Whip It” hitmakers Devo reportedly got their own documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. 

NEW DOC REVEALS WHY MADONNA, PRINCE WEREN'T AT "WE ARE THE WORLD" RECORDING

  • A new documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival shares why Prince and Madonna weren't at the 1985 recording of “We Are The World”
  • “The Greatest Night In Pop" reveals that Huey Lewis subbed in for Prince when his requirement to be given a his own studio to record a guitar solo was denied
  • As for Madonna, she was passed over for the gig in favor of Cyndi Lauper, who was a bigger sell at  the time
  • The doc will be available for streaming on Netflix starting Monday
  • Source: NY Post

BILLY JOEL PERFORMING AT THIS YEAR'S GRAMMYS

  • Billy Joel will be joining the stable of performers at the GRAMMYs this year
  • He has  been nominated 23 times and has won five of the awards
  • Joel will be joined by Luke Combs, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Olivia Rodrigo
  • Meanwhile, as we’ve previously reported, the Piano Man announced his latest song, “Turn The Lights Back On" after not writing an original song since 1993
  • Source: Pitchfork

*LIST* YELP’S TOP 100 U.S. RESTAURANTS OF 2024

  • Yelp has just come out with their top 100 restaurants in the U.S. for 2024, which includes everything from fine dining to food trucks.
  • The list is created by the crowd-sourced review site’s team of data scientists, who start with data from ratings on the platform, then narrow it down with expertise from their community managers and Trend Expert.
  • Tumerico, a vegetarian and vegan Mexican restaurant in Tucson, takes the top spot this year.
  • Adela’s Country Eatery – Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii comes in 7th
  • Three other Hawaii restaurants make the list
  • Source: Yelp

FOO FIGHTERS, ROLLING STONES, NEIL YOUNG AMONG NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FEST HEADLINERS

  • Days after Coachella dropped their 2024 line-up, the New Orleans Bass & Heritage Festival entered the chat
  • The two-weekend music fest announced headliners The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Killers, Chris Stapleton, Jon Batiste and Queen Latifah
  • The event’s other acts cover pretty much all genres, with acts like Heart, Vampire Weekend, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Earth, Wind & Fire and Greta Vane Fleet confirmed
  • Source: Consequence

GRAMMY MUSEUM NAMES ROOFTOP TERRACE AFTER RAY CHARLES

  • Any music fans who plan on attending The GRAMMY Museum in the future will now be able to visit the Ray Charles rooftop terrace
  • The organization announced its plans to name the area after the late legend following the Ray Charles Foundations’ $2 million gift
  • The terrace is said to have 180-degree views of LA’s skyline and host over 150 events per year
  • Source: Music Row
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