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These Musicians Are Opposed To Religion

1/10/2016 11:00am EST
15 Musicians Who Oppose Religion
Hey, even Journey once sang "Don't Stop Believin'." Okay, okay, corny joke, but you've gotta "break the ice" somehow, right? No need to get uncomfortable whether you're a devout Christian or an unabashed atheist – this article simply depicts musicians who are nonbelievers and opposed to religion. Some consider themselves agnostic, others are full-blown atheists, while some are secular humanists.

This article certainly doesn't cover every musician that doesn't subscribe to the institution of religion, but it provides a snapshot of varied beliefs and how such views influence the respective a...

Did You Miss These Underrated Songs In 2015?

1/2/2016 9:00am EST
21 Awesomely Underrated Songs That You Might've Missed From 2015
Call this list the ‘best of the rest’ – they never received the ‘love that they deserved.’ Yeah, “it’s complicated” (sounds like a Facebook relationship status), so let’s simplify. Basically, these songs didn’t make our 40 Best Songs of 2015, but are nonetheless worthwhile songs that were underrated or forgotten during the course of the year. After compiling an even larger list, here are our 21 awesomely underrated songs that you might have missed from 2015.

1) Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn” (Reality Show)

Key lyrics: “You feel that fire, just let it burn”

Why it’s so awesome: “Le...

These Songs Brought On Emotions In 2015

12/30/2015 4:15pm EST
20 Most Emotional Songs Of 2015
Ah, another year down – “out with the old” and “in with the new.” Even with 2016 among us, there have been plenty of memorable musical moments from 2015, led by its vast assortment of songs. While we’ve already explored the 40 Best Songs of 2015, why not break things down even more and examine the 20 Most Emotional Songs of 2015! This playlist comprises of the happiest, saddest, and angriest songs of the year. So whether you’re feeling “good to be alive” or the feeling is that “something’s gotta give,” we’ve got you covered!

Happiest Songs of 2015

1) Andy Grammer, “Good To Be Alive (Hal...

25 Best Albums Of 2015

12/19/2015 3:00pm EST
25 Best Albums Of 2015 Hand Picked By Our Music Critic
It’s that time once again – time to assemble the list of the best albums of the year! 2015 featured some magnificent albums as well as some not-so-great ones, but isn’t the same thing uttered each and every year. Shocking to no one, the list is top-heavy. Still, even the albums filling out the bottom are worthwhile additions to the album collection as well! Here are the 25 best albums of 2015.

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album was the top pick for best album in our mid-year 25 Best Albums of 2015 (So Far) list, and not...

Songs That Speak From The Heart

10/10/2015 2:00pm EDT
Incredibly Heartfelt Songs Of 2015, Vol. 1
People tend to relate to a person more of if they speak from the heart, hence adding more legitimacy and passion to their words. The same could be said about music – people relate more if the song is heartfelt. Over the course of 2015, there have been numerous heartfelt songs – too many to cover in just one article! The 15 songs that grace this list all have that personal, heartfelt touch, making them rise above other, less notably touching songs. Folks, prepare for those heartstrings to be tugged!

1) Jazmine Sullivan, “Forever Don’t Last” (Reality Show)

“I had high hopes for us bab...

2015's Most Underrated Songs

6/28/2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...

Bjork Releases New Album 'Vulnicura'

1/21/2015 8:33am EST
Bjork Releases Album Two Months Early After Online Leak
Icelandic singer Bjork has released her new album early after songs were leaked two months before it was scheduled to drop.

The singer announced last week in a handwritten note that she was releasing her first album in four years, "Vulnicura," and that it would debut in March.

Over the weekend, the nine-track record was leaked online, so Bjork decided to roll out the album on iTunes. She talked about her inspiration for the album on Facebook, writing:

"i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album. kinda surprised how thoroughly i had documented this in ...

Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015

1/11/2015 3:00pm EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2015
Simple mathematics indicate that 50 years ago would make it the year of 1965. That year was a unique and troublesome time in the world as the Vietnam war really began to escalate - as well as the civil rights movement. The Counter culture began to awake as skirts got much shorter and men started to grow their hair a bit longer.

Gas was a mere 31 cents per gallon and the average rent was $118 per month.

In pop culture “The Sound of Music” was released, the Beatles played their famous live concert at Shea Stadium and the Grateful Dead played their first concert in San Francisco – just to na...

Mark Bell, Producer Of Seven Of Bjork's Albums And Member Of British Group LFO, Dies

10/13/2014 10:56pm EDT
Music producer and former LFO (the British LFO, not the horrible American pop trio) co-founder Mark Bell has passed away.

The musician, who was half of the electronic music duo with Gez Varley from the late 80s to the mid-90s, died from complications following surgery some time last week. His death was confirmed by his record label, Warp, on Monday.

"It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation," a spokesperson for the company said in a statement. "Mark's family and friends request privacy at thi...

Help Pussy Riot By Purchasing T-Shirts From Bjork

8/28/2012 12:30pm EDT
Pussy Riot t-shirt
Bjork has come up with a way to help jailed Russian feminist rockers Pussy Riot - t-shirts! The Icelandic pop star is selling the clothing to aid the band with their legal bills.

Earlier this month, three members of the all-girl punk band were convicted on hooliganism charges for performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church in February.

Despite a public outcry and calls from stars like Madonna, Paul McCartney and Bjork to let the girls go free, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were each sentenced to two years in pri...

Bjork Hoping To Resume Tour In Mid-June

5/10/2012 5:59pm EDT
Icelandic pop star Bjork is aiming to be back on stage in mid-June after canceling a string of concerts due to ongoing vocal issues.

The singer, who released her latest album "Biophilia" last year, scrapped a trio of gigs in South America last month after doctors found a nodule on her vocal cords, and this week she had to axe an additional few dates in Europe and Asia as she continued to recuperate.

Bjork took to her official website on Thursday to apologize to her fans for the cancelled shows, but the star reveals she and her doctor are "pretty confident" her voice will be strong enough ...

Bjork Axes Two Festival Performances Due To Voice Issues

5/9/2012 11:22pm EDT
Singer Bjork has pulled out of two festival performances in Europe next month due to ongoing voice issues.

The star was forced to scrap the final two dates of her Buenos Aires residency in Argentina and her headlining set at the Sonar Sao Paulo festival in Brazil last month after doctors found a nodule on her vocal cords.

The Icelandic artist had aimed to rest and be back on stage in time for a performance at the Primavera festivals in Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal, beginning on June 2, but her recovery hasn't gone as planned.

A statement released by festival bosses on Wednesday r...

Will Ferrell To Be Honored At 2012 Webby Awards

5/1/2012 1:09pm EDT
Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling are among the big winners at this year's Webby Awards, which celebrate the cream of online entertainment.

Funnyman Ferrell, who co-founded the comedy website Funny Or Die, won the best individual performance award for his impersonation of former president George W. Bush reacting to Osama bin Laden's death.

Gosling was honored alongside Jim Carrey and Eva Mendes in the best comedy entry for their work on Funny Or Die's Drunk History Christmas.

John Hurt and Kiefer Sutherland's web series The Confession won best drama, while rocker/actress Juliette Lewis an...

Bjork Set For New York Residency

1/7/2012 7:45am EST
Icelandic star Bjork is shunning a traditional tour to kick off promotion for her latest album Biophilia - she's announced plans for a New York residency instead.

The quirky singer will perform material from her 2011 release at a string of concerts at the New York Hall of Science in Queens and Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom across February and March.

The gigs have been billed as a "live show and education series" and will feature a 24-piece Icelandic female choir as well as custom-made instruments.

As part of the residency, Bjork is working with museum bosses at the New York Hall of Sc...

Music Talk: The Simple Success Of Simple Plan

11/15/2011 11:00am EST
Simple Plan
The secret to Simple Plan's success is not all that complicated. If you ask guitarist Sebastien Lefebvre, it really does just come down to something as - ahem - simple as the music.

"We started out, [when] we were opening for other bands, it was just about getting out on stage and having fun," he told me as the band was preparing for last night's show at the SWU Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil. "Now, obviously, we've been lucky enough to have a few albums."

The Canadian pop-punk band is currently on tour in support of their fourth studio album, Get Your Heart On! The disc is not only catc...

Bjork: 'Technology Is Not The Enemy Of Music'

10/19/2011 12:23pm EDT
Kooky singer Bjork vowed to make her groundbreaking multimedia album Biophilia as technologically advanced as possible in a bid to show the world the internet is not "the enemy of music."

The Icelandic singer released her eighth solo album earlier this month, announcing the record was part-recorded on an iPad and would be available as a series of apps.

Each app has animation and various interactive functions - and the former Sugarcubes singer has revealed she set out to prove to music industry bosses they can utilize modern technology to their advantage.

Bjork tells NME magazine she hi...

Bjork Lands 'Outstanding' Career Honor

8/24/2011 12:54pm EDT
Icelandic singer Bjork is set to be honored for her music career at an awards ceremony in London in November.

The pop star will be the first recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy at the inaugural Association of Independent Music's (AIM) Independent Music Awards.

Alison Wenham, chairman & CEO of AIM, says, "It's very exciting to be awarding our very first Outstanding Contribution to Music honor to such an original talent as Bjork.

"Bjork has consistently demonstrated that operating within the independent music sector can reap commercial as well as critical rewards."...

Bjork's New World Tour Inspired By David Attenborough

7/1/2011 8:00pm EDT
Icelandic singer Bjork opened her world tour on Thursday by unveiling a series of quirky multi-media designs inspired by award-winning naturalist David Attenborough.

The pop star performed the first date of her Biophilia trek at the Campfield Market Hall in Manchester, England, as part of the Manchester International Festival.

The concert saw Bjork show off an array of stunning features, including a 24-piece female choir and nature-themed art installations, inspired by wildlife documentary-maker Attenborough.

The visuals included footage of zombie snails, and film of huge worms feasti...

Patti Smith Wins Sweden's Polar Music Prize

5/3/2011 1:44pm EDT
Patti Smith
Punk icon Patti Smith has been selected to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The rocker will share the honor, which is handed out by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, with the Kronos Quartet.

The prize committee which selected Smith insisted that "by devoting her life to art in all its forms, Patti Smith has demonstrated how much rock 'n' roll there is in poetry and how much poetry there is in rock 'n' roll."

The judges added that the 64 year old "has transformed the way an entire generation looks, thinks, and dreams."

Both Smith and the string quartet will be invited ...

The Most Outrageous Fashion Fails In Oscar History (Video)

2/24/2011 11:15am EST
Remember this look? This is what Bjork wore to the 2001 Oscars: a "swan dress." It's just the start of the list of fashion fails in Oscar history. Most Hollywood stars use the Oscars to show off the latest in fashion from their favorite designers, but some take it too far.

Only a year before Bjork's look, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker decided to show up in drag, wearing the outfits Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow wore to previous award shows. However, they're off the list because they looked bad on purpose!

Watch the video below for the history of Oscar fashion fails:

Bjork Launches Karaoke Marathon

1/7/2011 8:22am EST
Icelandic pop star Bjork launched a massive three-day karaoke marathon in her native country on Thursday to raise awareness of environmental issues.

The singer has joined a campaign to stop a Canadian takeover of Iceland's energy company HS Orka, insisting the country's natural resources should remain under Icelandic control.

Bjork is backing a petition for a referendum to decide whether the country's natural resources should be publicly owned, and she hopes to gather another 15,000 signatures during the three-day karaoke contest.

She says, "Anyone will be allowed to sing. And we inte...

Bob Dylan Cancels Asia Tour After China Blocks Show

4/4/2010 6:00pm EDT
Music legend Bob Dylan has cancelled plans to tour Asia this month after he was reportedly refused permission to play in China.

The Blowin' in the Wind hitmaker had planned to take his Never Ending Tour to Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong this month.

But officials in the Chinese government reportedly refused to grant the folk star permission to play gigs in Shanghai and Beijing, so Dylan scrapped the rest of his planned Asian dates.

The decision to stop the musician playing in China reportedly came amid fears over Dylan's politically charged lyrics - Chinese auth...

Happy Haunted MusicWeen! A Few Haunted Music Videos For Your Enjoyment

10/27/2009 12:09pm EDT
Happy Haunted MusicWeen! October brings joy to those with a taste for the macabre. Themes embraced this time of year are horror, fear, death, and terror. What better way to celebrate the festivities than with our own selection haunted music videos for ghoulish enjoyment. Rate these music videos, and let us know if they rattle your bones to the core!

Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy Aphex Twin wants you to "Come To Daddy." Needless to say, no wants to be a part of this horror fest.

Marilyn Manson's Beautiful People "The beautiful people, the beautiful people," in this monta...

'American Idol' Recap: Mostly Mediocre & A Bit Karaoke

3/26/2009 8:17am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for American Idol to Start:

-Paula Abdul is doing her best Bjork dress impression tonight.

-That still image of Alexis Grace makes her look like a drag queen mannequin. Isn't it bad enough to vote her off prematurely? You had to show that picture?

-Despite the off-the-wall outfit choice, tonight Paula clearly isn't stoned. That's two weeks in a row! How strange.

-What a great way to kill time! Introduce the top ten again after bringing them out during the cold open.

-Wait. Detroit was once a thriving mecca? When did Motown ...

Are The Academy Awards Out of Touch With Modern Audiences?

2/20/2009 9:18am EST
Academy Awards
Sunday, February 22, 2009, will mark the 81st Annual Academy Awards, but does anyone really care? Last year's telecast was one of the lowest rated in history, pulling in only 31.76 million viewers despite it being the 80th celebration of Oscar. This year producers are trying to reverse the trend. Yet it seems the more they try to fix the ratings slump, the more critics worry that the Oscars are simply out of touch with modern audiences.

It's not just young viewers who have moved on to more enjoyable awards shows like MTV and People's Choice. Academy members over the age of 60, who make...

Fashion WTF: Gloria Estefan's Crazy Dress

11/14/2008 2:15pm EST
Gloria Estefan Crazy White Swan Dress
Gloria Estefan wore what appears to be the long, lost bottom of Bjork's imfamous swan dress Wednesday night when she was honored as the Person of the Year at the Latin Grammys. What do you think of Gloria's fashion choice? Leave a comment below!

Gloria isn't the first Fashion WTF this week, don't miss Beyonce The Pirate.

Björk's legendary swan dress:

What do you think of Gloria's dress? Leave a comment below!

Britney Spears' 'Circus' Out Dec. 2

11/7/2008 11:24am EST
Britney Spears
Jive/Zomba recording artist Britney Spears announces her sixth studio album, Circus, set for release December 2nd. The first single from the album, "Womanizer," scored the biggest chart move in Billboard Hot 100 history - up 95 spots to take #1 in just one week. The single was produced by the up-and-coming Atlanta production team The Outsyders. The album's release date is set to coincide with Spears' birthday.

On the heels of an MTV VMA awards sweep, where Britney walked away with three Moonmen awards for "Video of the Year," "Best Female" and "Best Pop Video" for "Piece of Me," Jive R...

No Costume Necessary: Stars With Freaky Everyday Looks

10/29/2008 10:05am EDT
Jocelyn Wildenstein
Marilyn Manson: Powdery white skin. Jet-black hair. No smile on his crimson lips or in his smoky, contact-lensed eyes. Proud of his freak show persona and wearing alienation like a badge of honor, musician and artist Marilyn Manson (nee Brian Warner) has an everyday look fit for a séance. Though he caused the stir when he burst onto the music scene in the 90's, his signature skinny black suits have now been co-opted by Emo kids and Pete Wentz has him beat when it comes to eyeliner. Even if his ghoulish look no longer shocks, no question the man is haunted: His 1997 autobiography was entitl...

Tonight's Links

9/17/2008 8:00pm EDT
Check out some of the best links we found around the web today. And be sure to visit our Daily Links section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the web.

Everyone hates Sienna Miller. - Agent Bedhead

Check out Olivia Wilde from "House." She's the one Megan Fox had the crush on. - Bitten & Bound

Nicole Richie & Joel Madden done? - IDLYITW

Amy Poehler is leaving Saturday Night Live after this season. The show's producers promise the show still won't be funny. -

If you haven't seen hi-res images of the devastation from Hurricane Ike, here's y...

The Cineplexes Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: The Return Of The Movie Musical

5/6/2008 8:30am EDT
On April 22's episode of American Idol, renowned composer and lyricist Andrew Lloyd Weber stood patiently trying to teach a blank-eyed Jason Castro the song, "Memory" from one of history's most popular musicals, "Cats." Smiled the clueless Castro, "I didn't even know a cat was singing it."

Quell'horror! Is this the extent of musical theater knowledge possessed by today's generation? In fairness, Castro is from Texas, not exactly around the corner from Broadway. Perhaps had there been a big-screen version of "Cats," more people under the age of 30 would be hip to the magic and majesty...