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Outkast, Eminem, And Kings Of Leon Headline 2014 Lollapalooza Lineup

3/26/2014 1:03pm EDT
More than 130 musical acts have been announced for the 2014 Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, and the reunion of rap duo Outkast is only the tip of the iceberg. See the full list below.

On Friday, Eminem makes his first Lollapalooza appearance since 2011. He's joined by Arctic Monkeys and Lorde on the opening day of the festival. Other bands playing Friday include Zedd, Above & Beyond, Broken Bells, Interpol, Lykke Li, Phantogram, CHVRCHES, the Glitch Mob, Portugal. The Man, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, AFI, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, the Kooks, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, Bombay ...

The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

12/30/2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...

Olympic Soundrack Bounds To Top Of iTunes Chart

7/30/2012 8:32am EDT
Dizzee Rascal
The Olympic soundtrack is must-have music as evidenced by its climb to the top of the iTunes chart. The "Isle of Wonder" album features everything from Dizzee Rascal, to the Arctic Monkeys, and the Four Nations Choir.

Filmmaker Danny Boyle masterminded the opening ceremony on Friday night ,and he featured a lot of contemporary music, as well as some classical tunes.

Boyle's collaborators are featured prominently on the album, including his "Slumdog Millionaire" soundman AR Rahman, who is featured on the disc.

The album features music by Mike Oldfield, Emeli Sande, The Chemical Brothers, ...

Arctic Monkeys Drummer Says It Would Be 'Fake' For The Band To Return To Its Early Style

5/13/2012 8:01pm EDT
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys rocker Matt Helders insists the band would be "fake" to return to the sound of its hit debut album, despite failing to achieve the same success with subsequent records.

The British group's first disc "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" was an overnight sensation, and shot to the top of the U.K. charts when it was released in 2006.

However, their three follow-up albums have not enjoyed the same huge sales, but the rockers are adamant they need to continue to evolve rather than return to their popular early style.

Helders tells the Calgary Herald: "For us, it see...

Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

4/16/2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...

Justin Bieber Wins Worst Album Award At NME Awards; Florence Welch Triumphs

3/1/2012 8:30am EST
Florence + the Machine
Florence Welch and her Florence + The Machine bandmates have ended Adele's accolades haul with a double win at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday.

Welch and her band beat the multiple Grammy and Brit Awards winner to the Best Solo Artist and Best Track trophies at the O2 Brixton Academy ceremony, while nailing one of the night's highlight performances.

Other big winners at the 2012 prizegiving, which honors British indie rock, included Foo Fighters (Best International Band), The Horrors (Best Album for Skying) and Arctic Monkeys (Best Live Band).

Kasabian were named Best British Band ...

Metallica Launching Two Day Music Festival

2/8/2012 8:40am EST
Rockers Metallica have launched their own music festival.

The Orion Music + More event will be staged at Bader Field in New Jersey on June 23rd - 24th and the band will headline.

A post on the Metallica website reads, "After many years of playing at legendary festivals around the world including Reading, Roskilde, Werchter, Rock Im Ring, Rock In Rio, Lollapalooza and countless others, we're hoping to spread the good times and diverse musical feel here in the States..."

Drummer Lars Ulrich adds, "We've had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun ...

Adele And Jessie J Lead Q Awards Nominations

9/15/2011 10:50am EDT
British singers Adele and Jessie J are leading this year's Q Awards with three nominations each.

The Chasing Pavements hit-maker and Jessie J will battle it out for the coveted Best Female Artist award, while Adele also has two songs, Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You, in the Best Track category.

Jessie J has been named as a possible winner for both Breakthrough Artist and Best Video for her Do It Like A Dude single.

The Best Video category also includes nominations for Katy Perry (Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)), Foo Fighters (Walk), Ed Sheeran (You Need Me, I Don't Need You) and...

Jessie J Makes Live Comeback At V Festival

8/21/2011 9:32pm EDT
Jessie J
British pop star Jessie J broke her hiatus from music on Saturday to perform a homecoming show at V Festival in her native Essex, England.

The singer scrapped a number of concerts this summer after breaking her foot, but she refused to let the injury stop her performing at the British music festival, which takes place over two legs in Stafford, north England and Chelmsford in Essex.

Jessie J, who grew up in the region, took to the stage at the Chelmsford event on Saturday wearing a protective surgical boot and played to a crowd which included a number of her friends and family.

She told ...

Arctic Monkeys' Album Title Facing Censorship

6/2/2011 8:29am EDT
Arctic Monkeys
British rockers Arctic Monkeys' new album Suck It And See has fallen victim to U.S. censorship - bosses at several major retailers have objected to the disc's title, insisting it's too "rude" to display.

The band will release the project next week, but frontman Alex Turner reveals the CD packaging will feature a sticker covering up part of the album name.

Turner tells U.K. radio station XFM, "They think it is rude, disrespectful and they're putting a sticker over it in America in certain stores, big ones."

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Radiohead's 'OK Computer' Voted Best Record Of Last 25 Years

12/23/2010 3:14pm EST
Radiohead's third album OK Computer has been hailed as the greatest record of the last 25 years.

The 1997 release - which features iconic hits Paranoid Android and Karma Police - saw off competition from Oasis and Nirvana to be named the best album by readers of Q magazine.

Nirvana came second with Nevermind, while the Gallagher brothers' now defunct band took the third and fourth spots with (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and Definitely Maybe respectively.

Arctic Monkeys' hit Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not was voted in at number five, while The Joshua Tree by U2 made ...

Muse And Kasabian Triumph At NME Awards

2/24/2010 8:14pm EST
Rockers Muse and Kasabian were the toast of the British music industry on Wednesday when they landed the top honors at the NME Awards in London.

"Fire" hitmakers Kasabian won Best Album and Best Album Artwork for their third studio release "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum", but lost out on the coveted Best British Band prize to Muse.

After receiving the award from show hosts Lily Allen and guitarist Slash, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy said, "That's a genuine surprise... It's very humbling to win that award against the (Arctic) Monkeys, Kasabian. (And) great to receive it from a couple of m...

Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

11/11/2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...

Supergrass Release Sixth Studio Album; Will Tour With Foo Fighters

6/19/2008 6:30am EDT
Supergrass is back. A fantastic new album entitled Diamond Hoo Ha, a brand new home on Astralwerks, an extensive summer tour with Foo Fighters and a sixth studio album showcasing the youthful energy and witty musical stylings of these Britpop pioneers.

After a dozen years, Supergrass (Gaz Coombes-Vocals & Guitar, Mick Quinn-Bass & Vocals, Danny Goffey-Drums & Vocals, Rob Coombes-Keyboard) have rolled back home, and rolled back the years, while marching firmly into the future. "We wanted a record where you got all of Supergrass," says frontman Gaz. "The joy, the intensity, the darkness...

Leona Lewis To Release Charity Song In UK; Debut Album, 'Spirit,' Due In U.S. April 8

2/29/2008 8:35am EST
Leona Lewis
It was announced yesterday that "Footprints In The Sand," from Leona Lewis' record-breaking debut album "Spirit " is the official single of the UK Charity effort Sport Relief 2008. Leona's massive international hit album album Spirit, released in November 2007 in the UK and slated for release April 8th in the U.S., is the fastest selling UK debut album of all time. The album spent seven weeks at Number One, and has gone on to exceed monumental sales of 2.5 million internationally.

'Footprints in the Sand' will support the Sport Relief campaign which culminates in the Sport Relief Wee...

British Invasion: Check Out Jamie T, Hot Chip & Bat For Lashes

1/28/2008 2:35pm EST
Hot Chip
In the interest of keeping our readers' fingers on the pulse of the latest British wave, Starpulse gives you the 411 on the newest batch of hot songwriters from across the pond.

Joss Stone's early 2007 release, Introducing Joss Stone, was the highest debut for a female act from the United Kingdom. And with Amy Winehouse racking up Grammy nominations and tabloid coverage that out-Britneys even Britney, the newest incarnation of the British Invasion looks a heck out a lot different than the Beatles or even Oasis a mere 10 years ago.

Jamie T

The Skinny: In his cockney Brit accent, ...

Ashlee Simpson Talks About Her New Album 'Bittersweet World', Herself And More

1/24/2008 12:12pm EST
Ashlee Simpson
March 2008 will see the release of Ashlee Simpson's third album "Bittersweet World", which she described to Cosmo Girl as a, "fun party album," that's, "silly and quirky". But what does Simpson listen to when she's throwing a party, and what does she do for fun or when she's feeling silly? Starpulse found out by asking the pop star herself, as well as what she thinks about the high standards of beauty set by the media and its affects on women everywhere.

You said in one interview that one thing you love about performing is seeing the joy in people's faces and seeing them sing along to ...

Press Darlings The Klaxons Bring Innovative Dance Vibes To Brit-Rock Sound

9/12/2007 7:00pm EDT
The Klaxons
With the January release of Myths of the Near Future, The Klaxons have caught the eye of listeners and press alike, winning Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next" competition and the Mercury Prize.

In a shocking upset The Klaxons won the Mercury Prize beating out heavy favorites Amy Winehouse and the Arctic Monkeys! Established in 1992 the prestigious award honors the best British or Irish album over the past year with past recipients including Franz Ferdinand and Primal Scream.

Fellow musicians Muse have shown The Klaxons the highest form of flattery by covering their single "Gravity's Rai...

Scissors For Lefty To Release Their Debut Album, 'Underhanded Romance,' June 12

5/8/2007 9:00pm EDT
Scissors for Lefty
Voted "best up-and-coming indie band" by SF Weekly, San Francisco's Scissors for Lefty has been setting off radars in both the US and UK, inciting NME to boast: "ambitious, sarcastic sophisto-pop; quirky, promising, and quite possible awesome." Signed to Rough Trade Records outside of North America (Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian), the group has performed alongside bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, French Kicks, Paul Weller, Dirty Pretty Things, Grandaddy, Metric, Blonde Redhead, Oh No! Oh My!, and Dios Malos, among many others. With each exuberant show, Scissors for Lefty...

Arctic Monkeys Frontman Has Nightmares About Glastonbury Festival

3/21/2007 10:17am EDT
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner is wracked with nerves about the band's forthcoming performance at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.

The British rock sensations will perform to more than 100,000 music fans at the event in June, the first time the young group has played to such a big crowd.

And Turner is anxious. He says, "I had a nightmare about it the other night. I had the wrong delay pedal and it weren't working properly and I threw a paddy (tantrum), then people started leaving and the field was half empty."

Arctic Monkeys And The Killers Win Big At BRITS

2/15/2007 10:26am EST
Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys and The Killers were the big winners at last night's BRITs winning two awards each. The Arctic Monkeys scooped British Group and MasterCard British Album, for Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not but were not present to collect their statuettes. Full List of Winners Below!

Instead they recorded two video messages, dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz in one and as the members of 70s band The Village People in the other, thanking organizers for their prizes.

The Killers won International Group and International Album, for Sam's Town, and also perf...

Lily Allen Talked Into Attending BRITs By Father

2/7/2007 9:38am EST
Lily Allen
Lily Allen will go to the BRITs because her dad told her to. The Smile singer had threatened to blow-off the prestigious event because she feared she would leave empty-handed, despite being nominated for four awards.

However, Lily's father, comedian Keith Allen, told her she must attend because she may never have the chance again. According to The Sun newspaper, Keith told her: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing to be nominated for four BRITs - you must go and have a good time."

Lily has taken heed of her father's advice and decided to go. She said: "I really was going to stay away...

Lady Sovereign Argues About MySpace Friends

2/2/2007 9:47am EST
Lady Sovereign
Lady Sovereign claims she is more popular than Lily Allen. The 21-year-old British MC - whose profile on popular networking website MySpace caught the attention of rapper Jay-Z - claims she has a bigger fanbase than her rival.

She told The Times newspaper: "I heard the other day that Lily Allen's supposedly got more friends on MySpace than anyone. You want to go and see who's got more friends on MySpace, love! I've got twice as many! "

The outspoken Londoner also hit out at indie rockers the Arctic Monkeys. She fumed: "People like the Arctic Monkeys get all this recognition for es...

Arctics Monkeys To Headline Glastonbury Music Festival

1/26/2007 11:23am EST
Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys are to headline the Glastonbury music festival this year. The event's organizers have announced the Sheffield rockers, who took the UK by storm last year, are the first confirmed headline act for this summer's musical extravaganza. Eccentric Icelandic singer Bjork has also been confirmed to perform at the world famous event this summer.

Co-organizer Emily Eavis told the BBC: "We're absolutely thrilled to be able to put Bjork and the Arctic Monkeys on because both are firm favorites in our household. "The Arctic Monkeys have never done it so this will be their first y...

BRIT Awards Announces Nominees

1/17/2007 11:18am EST
Muse, Lily Allen and Gnarls Barkley lead the nominations at this year's BRIT Awards. The trio of acts are up for three accolades each. Muse have been named in the British Group, MasterCard British Album, for Blackholes and Revelations, and British Live Act categories.

Gnarls Barkley are up for International Group, International Breakthrough

Act and International Album, for stunning debut St. Elsewhere. Lily Allen - who took the music scene by storm in 2006 - has been put forward for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and will also compete with Muse for MasterCard Br...

Hot British & International Pop for 2007

1/5/2007 1:58pm EST
The Gossip
2006 was packed with fresh talent. New artists like Corinne Bailey Rae, The Arctic Monkeys and The Feeling stormed the UK, as well as the international music scene, bringing with them new sounds and never-before seen achievements.

Arctic Monkeys made music history, when their LP ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK chart history. A spokesman for musical retailer HMV commented: “In terms of sheer impact we haven’t seen anything quite like this since the Beatles.”

The band found their popularity on the internet, after demo ...
READ MORE's Music To Look For In 2007

1/4/2007 2:21pm EST
50 Cent
Once again, it’s time to look ahead to the upcoming year in entertainment. A long list of distinguished music acts will be releasing albums this year, with some great releases just weeks away. It looks to be quite an interesting selection, no matter your tastes in music. Here’s some of the music you need to look for in 2007:

50 Cent prepares his third full release, after an unsuccessful dip into the pools of the video game and movie industries.

Jennifer Lopez will have an all-Spanish album for her sixth release.

Rap/R&B group Pretty Ricky tries out their sophomore album.


2006: Year In Music (Pt. 1)

12/31/2006 12:00pm EST
Arctic Monkeys
From Arctic Monkeys to Zutons to Britney's divorce to the most overplayed song of the year (hint: it's not James Blunt's You're Beautiful), 2006 was unmatched in musical diversity. There were albums we didn't even realize came out and artists we didn't even realize were still around. There were reunions and breakups too. Here's a brief summary of 2006: The Year in Music...

The new year kicked off somewhat quietly; however, it was the debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, from the Arctic Monkeys, the band that U.S. critics bashed despite storming to the top of the...

Misc. UK Music News (Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Charlotte Church & more)

11/28/2006 11:31am EST
Arctic Monkeys
* English rockers Arctic Monkeys have squashed rumours frontman Alex Turner is starting a new band called The Rascals, insisting all stories of the side-project are "false." The Rascals were reported to be playing their first gig at the Korova Bar in Liverpool, England, on Friday, December 1. However, fans need not fear the rising band's demise- the group's spokesperson has slammed the reports. She says, "It's all false. It's just the work of a mischievous promoter." The Sheffield-based group topped the UK charts earlier this year with their hit single When The Sun Goes Down, from their d...