Melissa Ruggieri

Music writer

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com, and she remembers when MTV was awesome. Melissa started at the AJC in September 2010 writing features and entertainment stories and covering Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida International University and a master's in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously worked as the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1996-2010 and at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida from 1992-1996. She lives in Atlanta with her husband. Go to the Atlanta Music Scene Blog

Latest from Melissa Ruggieri

Atlanta Concerts this week: Randy Newman, John Prine, The Shins
 Randy Newman will plays selections from his his new album “Dark Matter,” and other favorites. Photo: Pamela Springsteen BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Randy Newman The delightfully wry songwriter
            
                released “Dark Matter,” his first album in nearly a decade
            , this summer...

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Randy Newman will plays selections from his his new album “Dark Matter,” and other favorites. Photo: Pamela Springsteen BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Randy Newman The delightfully wry songwriter released “Dark Matter,” his first album in nearly a decade , this summer...
Sharon Jones’ final album released; Dap-Kings to perform on Jimmy Fallon in her honor
   Almost exactly a year to the day of her death
               
            , Sharon Jones’ voice is being heard again. “Soul of a Woman,” the final studio album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, is available today on Daptone Records. The 11-track collection was recorded before Jones’ passing from pancreatic...

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  Almost exactly a year to the day of her death , Sharon Jones’ voice is being heard again. “Soul of a Woman,” the final studio album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, is available today on Daptone Records. The 11-track collection was recorded before Jones’ passing from pancreatic...
Atlanta’s Riley Biederer a finalist to perform on YouTube series with Katy Perry
 Atlanta’s Riley Biederer is a finalist to sing with Katy Perry on a new YouTube show. Riley Biederer learned how to exude confidence from Pharrell Williams, gleaned style tips from Gwen Stefani and caught the
            attention of Elton John as a teenager. But the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter might soon have the opportunity to...

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Atlanta’s Riley Biederer is a finalist to sing with Katy Perry on a new YouTube show. Riley Biederer learned how to exude confidence from Pharrell Williams, gleaned style tips from Gwen Stefani and caught the attention of Elton John as a teenager. But the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter might soon have the opportunity to...
Concert review: Jay-Z revealed and commanded in Atlanta return
 As flames consumed his image on the video screens folded like protective books to conceal him from view, Jay-Z burst into
            “Kill Jay-Z,” the opening track on his current “4:44” album. The screens slowly rotated, the stage at the center of Philips Arena arched upward like a “Star Wars” creation...

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As flames consumed his image on the video screens folded like protective books to conceal him from view, Jay-Z burst into “Kill Jay-Z,” the opening track on his current “4:44” album. The screens slowly rotated, the stage at the center of Philips Arena arched upward like a “Star Wars” creation...
Ed Roland announces annual Christmas concert, Collective Soul readies live album
 For the past decade-plus, 
            Ed Roland has gathered some musician pals to perform for charity. This year, Roland’s “Winter Wonder Bash” moves from its longstanding home of Eddie’s Attic to the larger Buckhead Theatre
            and will feature 
            Emerson Hart from 
            Tonic and 
    ...

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For the past decade-plus, Ed Roland has gathered some musician pals to perform for charity. This year, Roland’s “Winter Wonder Bash” moves from its longstanding home of Eddie’s Attic to the larger Buckhead Theatre and will feature Emerson Hart from Tonic and ...
Watch: Taylor Swift performs emotional song for Jimmy Fallon
 Taylor Swift appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show with a new song from “Reputation.” BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Taylor Swift made an unscheduled appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show Monday to help comfort the grieving host. Fallon canceled last week’s shows following the Nov. 4 death of his mother...

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Taylor Swift appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show with a new song from “Reputation.” BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Taylor Swift made an unscheduled appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show Monday to help comfort the grieving host. Fallon canceled last week’s shows following the Nov. 4 death of his mother...
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill return for encore Atlanta performance in 2018
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The McGraw/Hill tandem is heading back to Atlanta. Earlier this year, country superstars 
            Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
            
                played Philips Arena on an early date of their “Soul2Soul” world tour
            . That successful run has been extended into 2018 and...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The McGraw/Hill tandem is heading back to Atlanta. Earlier this year, country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill played Philips Arena on an early date of their “Soul2Soul” world tour . That successful run has been extended into 2018 and...
CMA Awards 2017: Backstage with Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne
 NASHVILLE – It’s always a challenge for an artist winning an award to cram comments and thank yous into the tight time frame
            of a live TV broadcast. At the 51st annual Country Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night, several of the victors – and guests including
            
            Glen Campbell&rsquo...

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NASHVILLE – It’s always a challenge for an artist winning an award to cram comments and thank yous into the tight time frame of a live TV broadcast. At the 51st annual Country Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night, several of the victors – and guests including Glen Campbell&rsquo...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Blake Shelton, Phillip Phillips
 Blake Shelton performs during Today’s Halloween Extravaganza 2017 at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2017 in New York City.
               (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at 
            scanady@ajc.com....

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Blake Shelton performs during Today’s Halloween Extravaganza 2017 at Rockefeller Plaza on October 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images) BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@ajc.com....