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50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
50 Songs About Each State To Celebrate The USA
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”


BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys Hit 'God Only Knows'

10/8/2014 5:00pm EDT
BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys H
The BBC marked the launch of its new music initiative on Tuesday with a new video featuring some of music's biggest stars all collaborating on classic Beach Boys single "God Only Knows."

The video was played simultaneously over all of the BBC's properties at 8pm for the launch of BBC Music and featured over two dozen stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Baaba Maal, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, One Direction and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Most stars each sung a line or two, while the musicians, including Scottish violinist Ni...

10 Unconventional 'Back To School' Songs

8/10/2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Unconventional 'Back To School' Songs
Students of all ages and teachers everywhere are going through that time of the year that can be frightening as albeit – the beginning of the school year! Scarier than any monster that appears during Halloween, the beginning of a new school year kills the vibe of summer vacation. Still, it’s inevitable, and the only thing students and teachers can do is endure and make the best of it. Here’s 10 Unconventional ‘back to school’ songs that may (or may not) help!

1) Pink Floyd, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” from The Wall, 1979

Sure, “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” isn’t praising...

5 Christmas Songs To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

11/30/2013 4:00pm EST
5 Christmas Songs To Get In The Holiday Mood
It’s that time of year again. With a mere four weeks to go before the big day what better way to get in the mood then listening to some classic Christmas songs. Well admittedly, if you’ve gone shopping in any store or mall, you’ve been hearing these songs since November 1… And I’m not sure that The Dollar Tree ever actually takes down their Christmas decorations.

As a teenager my favorite Christmas album was The Beach Boys Christmas Album. The local country station would play a marathon of Christmas songs starting on like December 23 and go through all of Christmas day. Over the years sinc...

Beach Boys Co-Founder Brian Wilson To Pen Autobiography

4/18/2013 5:53pm EDT
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is set to open up in an uncensored story of his life in a new memoir, 24 years after the release of his controversial 'autobiography' surprised the music industry.

The Beach Boys legend stunned critics when he teamed up with a magazine journalist for 1991's Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story, in which he apparently revealed a catalogue of childhood abuse at the hands of his father and admitted for the first time he had suffered alcohol and drug addiction and serious mental illness.

The book's validity was questioned because it was released while Wilson was under round-the-cl...

Brian Wilson Highly Doubtful The Beach Boys Will Ever Reunite Again

2/12/2013 5:24pm EST
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson has confirmed the fears of Beach Boys fans by revealing he doubts the band will ever reform again.

The hitmaker and bandmate Al Jardine were contractually dismissed from a 2012 reunion line-up by Mike Love, who owns the Beach Boys name, and he admits there are no plans for any future get-togethers.

Asked at Sunday's Grammy Awards if he thought the "Good Vibrations" hitmakers would ever hit the stage together again after the success of last year's 50th anniversary tour, Wilson said, "I don't think so. I doubt it."

Love is now touring with an alternative Beach Boys line-up tha...

Paul Dano To Play Brian Wilson In Beach Boys Biopic

1/18/2013 1:28pm EST
Paul Dano
There Will Be Blood star Paul Dano is to portray Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson as a young man in a new biopic.
The actor will play the Good Vibrations hit-maker in Bill Pohlad's new film Love and Mercy - and Wilson is thrilled.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career. I still can't believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen... It just makes me feel so humble. I can't wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn."

Rumor Patrol: Anne Hathaway's Wedding, Beyonce's Pregnancy, Brian Wilson Fired

9/29/2012 12:07pm EDT
Anne Hathaway
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Anne Hathaway Getting Hitched: After a few false starts, is Anne Hathaway finally tying the knot with the man of her dreams?

Verdict: True. Multiple sources are telling RumorFix that Anne is getting married in Big Sur, California over the weekend. Adam Shulman proposed to her last November. Of course, Anne's good pal Valentino Garavani has designed her wedding dress.

Beyonce Pregnant: Is super-cou...

Beatles, Elvis & Sinatra Amongst Nominees For Inaugural Pop Music Hall Of Fame Class

9/18/2012 8:06pm EDT
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys are among the first ever nominees for the American Pop Music Hall of Fame.

Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel are also among the 40 acts on the long list to become the first class of stars inducted into the Pennsylvania venue, which will open next year.

Fans have been invited to vote for their favourites online and the nominees will be whittled down to 20 in May, before finalizing the official list of honorees next summer.

Artists eligible for the prize must have scored a U.S. hit between 1946 and ...

Make Your Own Version Of The Beach Boys Album Cover

6/15/2012 1:41pm EDT
The Beach Boys
Take time to check out this cool Facebook application created for The Beach Boys. It lets you custom color your own version of the album cover for "That’s Why God Made The Radio" (that's our creation above).

Just pick your colors, then click on the area you would like to color. Save and Send!

Go HERE to do it yourself!

Adele At Number One Again, 68 Weeks After Release Of '21'

6/14/2012 8:32am EDT
Adele is back on top again, securing the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with sophomore album "21." She released the album 68 weeks ago but regained momentum, beating competition such as Neil Young, The Beach Boys and Alan Jackson.

The album has remained on the top 10 list since its release in February. Adele sold 75,000 copies last week, much of which is likely due to the NBC special "Adele Live In London, which aired on June 2.

Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West" was expected to debut at number one, but it sold 2,000 fewier copies, landing it at number two. The Beach B...

Beach Boys To Mark 50th Anniversary With 'Brand New' Album

4/24/2012 6:33pm EDT
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys have announced they are working on their first album of new material since 1996.

The legendary group reunited after Brian Wilson and Mike Love teamed up with fellow original Al Jardine as part of a Beach Boys tribute at the Grammys earlier this year.

They are heading out on an extensive world tour in the summer to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and member Bruce Johnston has revealed the group has been in the studio to come up with brand new tracks to play on the road.

He tells, "It's all brand new. There's a lot of what you'd hope to hear from Brian (Wi...

Q&A: Paulina Rubio And Tom Drummond Are Excited For The 2012 New Orleans JazzFest

4/9/2012 6:30pm EDT
A few things come to mind when we think about New Orleans- food, booze, Mardi Gras and great music. When we think of great music, we think of the seven day festival that we are so excited to be covering this year- the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. As with every year of the celebrity packed event, this year’s lineup is epic. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Al Green, Paulina Rubio, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Florence + The Machine, Better than Ezra, Cee Lo Green, The Nevi...

Reunited Beach Boys Announce New Tour

2/16/2012 9:58am EST
Beach Boys
The reunited Beach Boys have announced dates for an extensive spring and summer world tour, just days after a get together at the Grammy Awards.

Brian Wilson and Mike Love teamed up with fellow original Al Jardine as part of a Beach Boys tribute at the Grammys - and now they're heading out on the road together for the first time since the late 1990s.

It will be the first time the trio has hit the road with both David Marks and Bruce Johnston, who sandwiched Glen Campbell in the surf pop band in the mid-1960s.

The 37 North American dates begin in Tucson, Arizona, on April 24 and weave thr...

Adele Sweeps; Foo Fighters & Kanye West Dominate The Grammys (Full List Of Winners)

2/12/2012 11:21pm EST
Adele, Dave Grohl and Kanye West
Just as predicted, British songstress Adele dominated the 2012 Grammys, from a rousing performance of her hit "Rolling In The Deep" to sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated.

She picked up the pre-ceremony awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling in the Deep", along with the awards for Record Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Album Of The Year ("21"), Song Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep") and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You"; but Adele wasn't the only big winner at this year's awards ceremony.

Foo Fighters, Skrillex...

Beach Boys Planning Grammys Medley With Foster The People And Maroon 5

2/8/2012 11:00pm EST
The Beach Boys will reteam onstage for the first time in 20 years to perform with Foster the People and Maroon 5 at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston will play with one-time member David Marks at music's big night, which will launch a series of reunion events for the classic pop act.

The "Barbara Ann" singers will perform a medley with "Pumped Up Kicks" hitmakers Foster The People and Adam Levine's Maroon 5.

Also performing together at the Grammys will be Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood, and Rihanna and Coldplay.

The Civil Wars, Diana ...

John Stamos Hosts Christmas Concert For The Troops

12/7/2011 11:17am EST
John Stamos
Actor John Stamos teamed up with the Beach Boys to honor America's troops at a special Christmas concert on Tuesday.

Country star Lorrie Morgan and actress Marlee Matlin also took to the stage to pay tribute to soldiers in active duty at the annual Christmas Concert For The Troops at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington, D.C.

Morgan sang the holiday classic My Favorite Things as well as In My Room with the Beach Boys, before joining with Broadway star John Lloyd Young to perform America The Beautiful as a duet.

The evening's host Stamos later t...

Q&A: Brian Wilson Is 'Thrilled' For The Release Of 'The Smile Sessions Box Set'

11/1/2011 2:00pm EDT
The Beach Boys - Smile
Despite never seeing release, The Beach Boys’ unfinished 1967 album SMiLE persevered. Intrepid Beach Boys fans created their own versions of the album cobbled together from album tracks and bootleg studio recordings for decades, and despite not knowing exactly what songwriter Brian Wilson intended with SMiLE, it was clear that the album was a staggering work of genius. In 2004, Wilson released his own re-recorded version of SMiLE to wild acclaim. Now, Capitol and the remaining members of The Beach Boys have prepared The SMiLE Sessions Box Set, a close approximation of the complete album as ...

Aaron Eckhart To Play Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson In Biopic

10/17/2011 11:28am EDT
Aaron Eckhart
Aaron Eckhart has landed the leading role in a new biopic about tragic Beach Boys star Dennis Wilson.

The Dark Knight actor will embark on drumming lessons to perfect his transformation as Wilson in Randall Miller's new film The Drummer, which charts the last six years of the rocker's life. Eckhart, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the Beach Boy, will also sing and play piano in the film, which will start shooting in California early in 2012.

Wilson drowned in Marina del Rey, California in 1983, shortly after he completed work on what was to become his masterpiece album, Pacific Ocea...

Brian Wilson Film To Document Beach Boy Star's Career, Nervous Breakdown

6/24/2011 11:30am EDT
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson's colorful life story is to be retold in a big screen biopic of the Beach Boys frontman.

The rights to Wilson's story, as well as that of his wife Melinda, have been bought up by movie bosses with plans to turn their tale into a film.

The script will be written by Oren Moverman, who tackled the screenplay for controversial Bob Dylan movie "I'm Not There," which saw six actors, including Cate Blanchett, take on roles inspired by aspects of the folk legend's life.

The film will document Wilson's musical career as well as his nervous breakdown during the making of Beach Boys' "...

The Beatles & Drugs Inspired Brian Wilson's Iconic 'Pet Sounds'

6/4/2011 5:00pm EDT
Brian wilson
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has credited the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album and marijuana for inspiring the iconic "Pet Sounds" recordings.

The "Good Vibrations" hitmaker hosted a listening party at his home when the Fab Four's 1965 album was released and he admits the music and the marijuana "took me away", and the ideas for "Pet Sounds" were born.

Appearing in Beatles fan Seth Swirsky's new documentary, Beatles Stories, Wilson recalls, "We were stoned... I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds. It (album) turned me onto Pet Sounds.

"It was a moment that will live forever in m...

Roger Daltrey Honors John Entwistle At London Concert

3/26/2011 8:00am EDT
Roger Daltrey
The Who star Roger Daltrey remembered the band's late bassist John Entwistle in an emotional tribute during a charity show in London on Thursday night.

The legendary rocker took to the stage for a solo performance at the British capital's Royal Albert Hall as part of his Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, which raise money for sick youngsters.

And, according to, Daltrey used the opportunity to honor his late The Who band mate, who died of a heart attack in Las Vegas in 2002.

As he thrilled the crowd by playing songs from the band's 1969 album Tommy, Daltrey told them, "Back in the '70...

The Top 20 Dance Songs Of All Time Will Help Get You Ready For 'The Big Dance' & 'Dancing With The Stars'

3/17/2011 7:09pm EDT
Lady Gaga
One thing that basketball courts and ballrooms have in common are the hardwood floors, and with March Madness in full swing, it's time to dance!

Whether you're excited for the NCAA Tournament (aka The Big Dance) or if you're sitting back anticipating the next season of Dancing With The Stars, one thing's for sure - there's gonna be a whole lot of dancin' going on in the next few weeks! (And months if you're waiting for some ballroom action!)

With the two competitions getting underway - the NCAA Basketball tourney today and Monday night's premiere of Dancing With The Stars's 12th season, w...

Minnie Driver To Sing In Her New Movie, 'Hunky Dory'

1/19/2011 8:17am EST
Minnie Driver
Actress Minnie Driver is set to show off her musical skills in new movie Hunky Dory by performing with a childrens orchestra.

The actress, who has recorded two albums, has never sung on film before and she admits it was a dream come true to combine her two passions.

She says, "Apart from singing the title track on the The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack this is my first time singing on film. It's the best experience I've had.

"It was incredible singing all the music from the 70s; I sang a Beach Boys song, I sang a Dusty Springfield song. My favorite was singing "Strange Magic." The orche...

Snoop Dogg Changed Katy Perry Lyrics To Avoid Beach Boys Lawsuit

8/6/2010 10:07am EDT
Katy Perry
Rapper Snoop Dogg was forced to change his verse on Katy Perry's "California Gurls" after The Beach Boys threatened to sue for referencing their original "California Girls" anthem.

The ageing rockers released their summer smash in 1965 and Snoop Dogg decided to pay tribute to the band in a line on Perry's pop song, about wishing all the girls could be California girls.

But the Beach Boys objected to the lyric, citing copyright infringement, and served Perry's label bosses with a legal notice - prompting the hip-hop star to alter his verse, according to Rolling Stone magazine.


Billboard's Top Summer Songs

7/5/2010 2:00pm EDT
Beach Boys
The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City" has topped another seasonal list of top beach tunes.

The 1966 anthem topped's summer songs list in 2009, and now it has beaten The Surfaris' "Wipe Out" to land at the top of a new list.

Also making the top five: Bryan Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini," Jan & Dean's "Surf City" and "Endless Summer Nights" by Richard Marx.

But the Beach Boys are the boys of summer - they appear on the top 30 list five times.

Brian Wilson To Rejoin The Beach Boys

6/22/2010 3:30pm EDT
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is rejoining The Beach Boys for a tour to mark the band's 50th anniversary.

The legendary songwriter will team up with the two other surviving founding members, singer Mike Love and guitarist Al Jardine, for a series of 2011 shows to mark five decades since the group formed in 1961. Wilson's brothers and band mates, Dennis and Carl Wilson, died in 1982 and 1998.

The three remaining original members of the group last came together in 2006, putting their long-strained relationships and legal battles behind them to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic Pet Sounds albu...

Hot! Hot! Hot! Your 2010 Summer Playlist

5/21/2010 9:00am EDT
Lady Gaga Pink
Is your iPod ready for summer? If not, here are 20 of some of the best songs, both old and new school, to help you enjoy these upcoming hot days and warm nights.

“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince: For all of you born after 1995, Will Smith, at one time, had a successful hip-hop career with his BFF DJ Jazzy Jeff. This is one of their most popular and successful songs, garnering a Grammy in 1991.

“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama: Technically, no summer should be cruel. Or without a loved one. Or without this song.

“Alejandro” by Lady Gaga: The name “Alejandro” remin...

Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Deemed The Greatest Song Of All Time

5/20/2010 8:29am EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone has topped a new list of the Greatest Songs of All Time.

Rolling Stone magazine editors and contributors have spent months piecing together the ultimate top 500 list and Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited track has beaten out The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction to the number one spot. John Lennon's Imagine comes in at three, while What's Going On by Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin's 1967 anthem Respect round out the top five.

Also making the top 10 are Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, The Beatles' Hey Jud...

Carnie Wilson: 'I've Never Passed Out'

4/2/2010 9:05am EDT
Carnie Wilson
Heavyweight singer Carnie Wilson has assured fans she's feeling well following false reports she collapsed during a recent taping of TV show The Newlywed Game.

The Wilson Phillips star, who hosts the remake of the classic game show, was said to have been treated by paramedics on March 19th after becoming dizzy and fainting on set.

However Wilson - daughter of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson - insists she's baffled by the reports, because she has been in good health.

She tells Entertainment Tonight, "I feel great. I've never passed out on the set at any time and I have no idea why any s...