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Fox411 Playlist: Music world still mourning death of Davy Jones

 

It's been a tough few months for music fans, who are now mourning with the death of Monkees' lead singer Davy Jones. The 66-year-old singer from the classic band was said to have died after suffering a heart attack in Florida, just weeks after the death of music stars Whitney Houston and Etta James.

The "Daydream Believer" is survived by his wife and four daughters.

From the Monkees to another hugely popular band of that time, the childhood homes of Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCarthy will be preserved by the British government. The homes are said to be the birthplace of some of the band's most iconic songs. They will be given a "grade 2" listing which means they can't be altered without the approval of local officials.

On to news of another famous Brit, Simon Cowell is getting ready for auditions of season two of his hit show "The X Factor." Auditions are open for online contestants who are looking to a chance to win that coveted $5 million recording contract.

In other reality news the contestants for the next season of "Dancing with the Stars" has been announced and they include music powerhouses like Gladys Knight and Gavin DeGraw.

Moving from reality to scripted television, the cast of "Glee" is moving to the top of the class with the news that they rank at number eight in the top-10 selling digital US artists of all time according to Soundscan. Other artist who are honored include Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas.

Speaking of honors, one half of the Flight of the Conchords duo, Bret McKenzie was given a top honor at this year's Oscars. His song "Man or Muppet" from the motion picture "The Muppets" was given the award for Best Original Song."

For more music news including an exclusive chat with music legend Carlos Santana on his 2-year resident at the House of Blues in Las Vegas click play on this week's 411 Playlist!

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