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Nicki Minaj Settles For Number Two On The Billboard 200

December 26th, 2014 8:21am EST
Nicki Minaj
Not that it was ever going to be a contest, but Taylor Swift reclaimed her perch on the Billboard 200 without any trouble. 1989 sold 331,000 copies, an uptick in sales, and also experienced an uptick in the Billboard 200’s new ‘units’ system, to the tune of 375,000 units. But as we all know, doesn’t a queen always win? Swift has certainly been exactly what the music industry needed in a weak years of sales.

Nicki Minaj, who boasts the week’s top new album, settled for second place. The Pinkprint sold more respectably than expected, selling 194,000 copies, and impacting even more consi...
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Taylor Swift Still Tops On Billboard

December 11th, 2014 10:59am EST
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The Billboard 200 may be completely revamped, but Taylor Swift’s constant stay atop the chart regardless of changes is unsurprising. After three consecutive weeks, a week in the runner-up slot, and last week’s return to the top, Swift now sits at five weeks at #1. Baller status – yep, definitely – she’s a playmaker. Overall, including overall “consumption” to quote the new chart language, Swift’s impact was 274,000. Again, only a portion of that were sales, specifically 230,000 copies. Regardless of technicalities, Swift rules.

But enough about Taylor, what about the newbies to th...
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From Nude Photo Leaks To Murder-For-Hire: Top Celebrity Scandals Of 2014

December 5th, 2014 3:55pm EST
Top 10 Celebrity Scandals Of 2014
It's that time of year again. We're looking back at the past 12 months and analyzing the biggest celebrity scandals of 2014. Not all of the following stars were caught for bad behavior - some were victims of terrible crimes.

1) One of the most shocking scandals of the year has to be the ongoing sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. Nearly 20 women have came forward (so far), claiming the former "Cosby Show" star sexually assaulted them, with more than half saying he drugged them in the process.

Cosby has never been convicted of sexual assault and has declined to discuss the alle...
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Mary J. Blige Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

December 2nd, 2014 9:56am EST
Mary J. Blige
Back in 2005, one of the holiday season’s smartest album releases was Mary J. Blige’s The Breakthrough. The Breakthrough is considered to be one of the preeminent R&B albums of 00s, no questions asked. Besides its savvy R&B IQ, why was the release so smart? The reason is because it ended up selling 727,000 copies to debut commandingly at #1. Blige has never surpassed or matched those numbers again, but one has to think that she’s a frontrunner among new releases this week with The London Sessions.

1) Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions (Capitol)

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J....
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Murder Charges Against Drummer Phil Rudd Dropped

November 7th, 2014 8:25am EST
Murder Plot Charges Against AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Dropped
Murder plot charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have been dropped due to insufficient evidence.

The rocker was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday for allegedly attempting to hire someone to kill two people. He was charged with attempt to procure murder as well as possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis, and threatening to kill.

Rudd's attorney Paul Mabey issued a statement saying the attempt to procure murder charge had been dismissed. According to the New Zealand Herald it reads: "I was advised by the Crown Solicitor Hollister-Jones that he had reviewed the police file...
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Will Phil Rudd's Arrest Negatively Impact AC/DC?

November 6th, 2014 7:30pm EST
Phil Rudd's Arrest Won't Impact AC/DC's New Album, Says Band
AC/DC still plans on releasing their new album and going on tour next year even though drummer Phil Rudd was arrested today for a murder plot. On Thursday morning the rocker was detained by police for allegedly hiring someone to kill two people in New Zealand.

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon where he was charged with the attempt to procure murder, as well as an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis. Rudd was released on bail and ordered to make no contact with the man he tried to hire to carry out the murder-for-hire pl...
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AC/DC Drummer Charged In Murder Plot

November 6th, 2014 8:19am EST
AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged In Murder-For-Hire Plot
AC-DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with a murder-for-hire plot in New Zealand. Police raided his home in Taraunga and took the rocker, 60, into custody.

Rudd allegedly attempted to have two as-yet-unnamed men killed, and police have charged him in the murder plot, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

After raiding his home, police also charged the drummer with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon and was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to ...
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AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Has Dementia, Family Confirms

October 1st, 2014 8:21am EDT
AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Has Dementia, Family Confirms
AC/DC star Malcolm Young's has dementia, his family has confirmed.

Last week, the Australian guitarist was admitted to the Lulworth House care facility in Sydney to receive treatment for an uknown condition. His family has come forward to reveal he is suffering from the debilitating disease.

They told People.com: "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy."

The band's former manager Michael Browning added: "I think it (Young's illness) came on very suddenly... It's shocking. It's terrible. Sadly for AC/DC, they're losing their creator, the...
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Founding Member Malcolm Young Leaves AC/DC Due To Illness, Nephew Replaces Him In Lineup

September 25th, 2014 10:26am EDT
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Malcolm Young, rhythm guitar player and founding member of heavy metal band AC/DC, will no longer be playing with the band due to a serious illness.

The Australian band released a statement on their website that Young would be replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, in a subsequent world tour.

"Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band," the statement said. "AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of 'Rock or Bust' in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on 'Rock or Bust' and will...
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AC/DC Confirms Guitarist Malcolm Young Is Taking A Break Due To 'Ill Health'

April 16th, 2014 8:23pm EDT
Malcolm Young
Rumors that AC/DC is calling it quits because guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young can no longer go on playing in the band have been exaggerated.

According to a report on Australian radio station 3AW on Tuesday, entertainment insider Peter Ford said the band may never play together again because Young is now suffering from a debilitating illness. Ford wouldn't elaborate, only adding on Twitter later that there is "a sad story behind all this that I have chosen not to report."

Band frontman Brian Johnson told London's Telegraph on Wednesday that rumors of a split aren't true and that the...
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AC/DC Frontman Addresses Retirement Rumors, Says The Band Is Definitely Performing In May

April 16th, 2014 8:36am EDT
Brian Johnson
Rumors have been circulating that AC/DC is calling it quits due to guitarist Malcolm Young's "debilitating illness," but frontman Brian Johnson insists the band has come forward to set the record straight.

The singer told The Telegraph: “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it. I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future. I'm not ruling anything out."

As for reports that Young, 61, is severely ill, Johnson explained: “One of...
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AC/DC Retirement Rumors May Be Exaggerated, According To Report

April 15th, 2014 10:57pm EDT
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young
Tuesday afternoon rumors spread like wildfire that Australian rockers AC/DC were calling it quits.

Aussie radio station 3AW spoke with entertainment commentator Peter Ford Tuesday morning, and Ford explained that the band may never "perform or record ever again" because guitarist Malcolm Young could no longer perform. Ford said that Young had returned to live in Australia with his family, and hinted at a possible illness.

"He is believed to be unable to continue playing, " a report from the Sydney Morning Herald said, "although there has not been any explanation why.

But insiders told Bi...
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Scottish AC/DC Fans Launch Kickstarter Campaign For Bon Scott Statue

May 15th, 2013 2:21am EDT
Bon Scott
Fans of AC/DC have launched a $77,500 fundraiser to generate cash for a monument honoring late frontman Bon Scott in his hometown in Scotland.

Sculptor John McKenna was commissioned last year to design a statue commemorating the star, real name Ronald Scott, and devotees of the band have ramped up funding for the project in Kirriemuir.

Local community group DD8 Music has launched a campaign on fundraising website Kickstarter.com, and organizers aim to raise $77,500 for the monument.

DD8 committee member John Crawford tells Classic Rock magazine, "Kirriemuir was the home town of a litt...
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AC/DC Writing Tracks For New Album

March 21st, 2013 7:28pm EDT
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AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young are writing songs for their next album, bass player Cliff Williams has confirmed.

The Whole Lotta Rosie band's bassist, Cliff Williams, said things are still in the early stages but the group's main songwriters are working on the follow up to 2008's Black Ice.

He told BackstageAxxess.com: "The guys are writing material and when they've got some stuff together, they'll give us a holler. We're still getting over the last tour, so we're just hanging out and doing stuff."

He added the brothers usually start the writing process and bring their ideas t...
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10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't "live...like there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...
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AC/DC Finally Join iTunes

November 19th, 2012 2:23pm EST
AC/DC
AC/DC have finally agreed to make their back catalogue available for download on iTunes.com after years of opposition to the Apple music store.

The veteran stars were among the few big names who refused to allow individual songs to be sold digitally as they wanted fans to enjoy their albums in their entirety.

However, the Australian rockers announced on Monday that they had finally decided to embrace the 21st century. A message on their website reads: "Starting today, AC/DC's entire catalogue is now available digitally for the first time exclusively on the iTunes store worldwide."

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Book Review: Mark Evans - 'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC'

March 8th, 2012 11:19pm EST
Mark Evans
There has never been a retelling of AC/DC during their debauchery filled heyday in the late seventies before Bon Scott passed away in 1980, until now that is. Sure, many outsides and onlookers have offered up fond memories of that eclectic time for the legendary rock and rollers, but until Mark Evans put pen to paper with Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC (Bazillion Points), we’ve never seen an insider’s look.

Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC tells the story of Evans, who once fancied himself more an Australian football player more than a rock star, until a chance me...
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Ozzy Osbourne Lands His Own Radio Show

November 21st, 2011 2:29pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has landed his own radio show.

The star will host new SiriusXM program Ozzy's Boneyard when it launches later this year.

Osbourne will showcase tracks from his favorite artists, among them Metallica, Van Halen and AC/DC, share some of his own career highlights and personal stories, and also feature special broadcasts with his wife Sharon and their children, Jack and Kelly Osbourne.

He says, "After everything I've been through in my career I never imagined I'd end up with my own radio channel on SiriusXM. This is f**king amazing! Does this mean I can play whatever ...
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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Cancels His Solo Tour

November 8th, 2011 12:47pm EST
Brian Johnson
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has cancelled his upcoming solo tour to undergo surgery.

The rocker was due to kick off his trek on February 7th in Knoxville, Tennessee but he has called off the gigs for a scheduled operation on his wrist.

The 10 dates affected include stops in Atlanta, Georgia, Raleigh in North Carolina, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Johnson was to recount stories from his recently released autobiography, Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir, as part of the concerts, according to Blabbermouth.net.
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The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Album Sleeve Named Most Valuable

November 4th, 2011 9:15am EDT
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An adapted version of The Beatles' album sleeve for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been named the world's most valuable record cover.

Peter Blake created the original artwork for the album but it was modified for a limited edition version in 1967, which included the faces of bosses at their U.S. record label Capitol Records instead of the band members' faces.

It is thought only 100 copies of the adapted version were released - and now the sleeves have been valued at $112,000.

Other albums by the Fab Four also included in the top 10 Record Collector survey include 1968's sel...
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Motorhead's Lemmy Launches His Own Wine

September 30th, 2011 8:10am EDT
Lemmy
Motorhead rocker Lemmy has become the latest star to turn his attentions to wine-making - he's launched his own Shiraz.

The heavy metal musician piloted the beverage in Sweden last year, selling 120,000 bottles of the alcohol - and now he's set to sell it in the U.K.

Lemmy says the wine has been "hitting Scandinavia like a Lancaster bomber," but warns his fans: "Approach it with caution. I mean, wine is deceptive, anything could happen."

Ewen Cameron, from Great Wine Online, which will be selling the Shiraz in Britain, adds, "Just like Lemmy, it can survive just about anything."

Lem...
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AC/DC Releasing Wine Collection

August 15th, 2011 7:53am EDT
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AC/DC are releasing their own range of wines in Australia.

The rockers have teamed up with liquor firm Warburn Estate to lend their names - and the titles of some of their biggest hits - to a line of fine wines.

The collection will include varieties such as Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato.

Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group, which will sell the drinks, says, "We wanted to make sure that AC/DC's hometown fan base could have easy access to their rock icons' wines. For us it was a no-br...
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Plans For A Bon Scott Biopic Move Forward

July 27th, 2011 5:23pm EDT
Bon Scott
Filmmakers behind a planned biopic about the life of tragic AC/DC frontman Bon Scott have been given a big boost after receiving development support from the Australian government.

Director Eddie Martin and producer Lizzette Atkins have been piecing together magical moments from the rock icon's life with the help of the star's family and friends.

News of the film first hit headlines in 2008, and it just received development support in the form of single draft funding from Screen Australia, the film fund supported by the country's government.

Casting details for the biopic have yet to ...
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Ke$ha Has 200 Songs For Her Next Album

July 5th, 2011 11:32am EDT
Ke$ha
Ke$ha has plenty of songs to choose from for her next album after writing nearly 200 new tracks this year.

The Tik Tok hit-maker is currently working on the follow-up to her 2010 debut, Animal, and she has been busying putting together music and lyrics based on her life since shooting to fame.

Ke$ha admits her new sound will be "experimental" and influenced by rock giants including Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

She tells Digital Spy, "I have so many songs! Songs will leak and I don't even remember writing them. I've written about 200. I'm writing constantly about all my crazy experiences ac...
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AC/DC Rule Out Going Digital

May 9th, 2011 8:43am EDT
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Rockers AC/DC have ruled out following in the footsteps of the Beatles by bringing their music into the digital age as they are determined not to let their tracks be sold as internet downloads.

The Fab Four's hits finally went online in late 2010 after years of legal wrangling to broker a deal with digital retailer iTunes.

AC/DC remain one of the few high-profile bands who haven't yet allowed their songs to be downloaded through the web, and guitarist Angus Young is adamant a deal is not on the horizon.

Speaking at the launch of the band's concert film in London, Young told reporters,...
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See How Much The Richest Celebrities Earned In 2010

March 14th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Oprah
Parade magazine just released its annual "What People Earn" issue, and unsurprisingly Oprah Winfrey came in at number one with a whopping $315 million salary in 2010.

Oprah's much-hyped new network OWN has experienced lower than expected ratings since its launch in January. Execs are reportedly working with advertisers who are less than thrilled with the ratings. So does that mean Oprah will lose her number-one spot next year?

Here are the rest of the top 10 money makers last year:

The estate of Michael Jackson $275 million
AC/DC $114 million
Johnny Depp $100 million
Beyonce $87 million
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Bon Jovi Scores Top-Selling Tour Of 2010

December 29th, 2010 8:19am EST
Bon Jovi
Rockers Bon Jovi are ending 2010 on a high after scoring the year's top-selling tour.

The band sold a massive $201 million worth of tickets worldwide for The Circle Tour, topping a list of 2010's highest-grossing concert attractions compiled by Pollstar magazine.

AC/DC came in at number two with $177 million, followed by Irish band U2 at three with $161 million.

Lady Gaga is the only pop act in the top five, earning $134 million from her Monster Ball tour, and the list is rounded out by Metallica with $110 million.

Other acts to feature in the top 10 include Michael Buble, Paul McCa...
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Bon Jovi's Tour Is Highest Earner Of 2010

December 13th, 2010 8:29am EST
Bon Jovi
Rockers Bon Jovi have grossed $146.5 million from their North American shows in the past 12 months, making them the highest music tour earners of 2010.

The Livin' on a Prayer hit-makers delighted fans across the U.S. and Canada with The Circle trek earlier this year and subsequently played 69 shows to pull in the massive amount, according to the annual Billboard Boxscore poll.

The stars also topped the tour total rundown in 2008 - and frontman Jon Bon Jovi is delighted with the band's achievement.

He says, "In the industry it means something... all your peers are going to look at it. ...
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Slash Triumphant At Classic Rock Awards

November 11th, 2010 8:58am EST
Slash
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is celebrating after his solo debut was named Album of the Year at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards on Wednesday.

The rocker's self-titled offering saw off competition from acts including Kiss, Iron Maiden and Wolfmother to win the prize at the ceremony, held at London's Roundhouse venue and hosted by Alice Cooper.

Australian stars AC/DC picked up the Band of the Year honor, while Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones was given a standing ovation as he collected his Outstanding Contribution trophy.

Three Black Sabbath legends were honored at the event...
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Rush To Be Honored As Living Legends In London

September 28th, 2010 11:45pm EDT
Rush
Rockers Rush are to be honored with the Living Legend award at Classic Rock magazine's Marshall Roll Of Honour Awards in November.

The Canadian trio will jet to London to pick up the accolade at the event, which will be hosted by Alice Cooper.

Alter Bridge and Cheap Trick will perform at the show.

Past recipients of the Classic Rock Living Legend award include Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne and Cooper.

Rush star Geddy Lee says, "We are thrilled to receive the Living Legend award from Classic Rock... We are humbled and very appreciative."

Meanwhile, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Slash and K...
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