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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...
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Review: The Black Keys ‘Turn Blue’ Channels Devastating Divorce

May 19th, 2014 1:45pm EDT
Black Keys Turn Blue
Divorce typically carries a negative connotation; it’s a heart-wrenching experience for both parties involved. Turning the horrid experience that is a divorce into an album certainly can be as therapeutic as a diary – it is a way to release the pain. Indie-rockers The Black Keys channel the topic of love gone wrong via divorce on their latest LP, Turn Blue, the follow-up to 2011 hit LP El Camino. Turn Blue is a very different album from El Camino, possessing a much darker, often pessimistic vibe. Genuinely upbeat, up-tempo tracks like “Howling For You” and “Lonely Boy” are hard to find with...
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The Black Keys And Michael Jackson Expected To Top Charts Next Week

May 16th, 2014 12:15pm EDT
The Black Keys
Unsurprising, two familiar savvy chart performers – The Black Keys and Michael Jackson – are expected to reside in the top two spots on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. I predicted this before reading the official predictions from Billboard – go me! Previously, I wrote that likely these two power releases would help to infuse some more life into the music industry. Well, only to a certain extent… this is where my sharpness sort of fell off… Currently (according to billboard.com), The Black Keys are being prognosticated around 150,000 copies (Turn Blue) while Michael Jackson is being progn...
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Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Bashes Michael Jackson's New Album

May 14th, 2014 3:03pm EDT
Patrick Carney Of The Black Keys
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney does not hold back when he's hating on something. Now he's letting people know what he thinks of Michael Jackson's posthumous album, Xscape.

Carney told Rolling Stone, "[It's] some f---ing bulls--- that sucks so bad that it took them three years after he died to make it listenable... Like he had to be dead for three years for it to be released.” He went on to say the album was made because "L.A. Reid needed a new boat."

Carney is most likely not too worried about backlash for his words; in 2013 he infamously threw shade at Justin Bieber at the Grammys after ...
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Bottle Rock Napa 2013 Certainly Rocked Our Weekend

May 16th, 2013 10:47am EDT
Iron and Wine
The inaugural Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2013 kicked off last weekend, May 9-12 and it was surely a hit as the dates have already been confirmed for next year.  This wasn’t just your average California music festival full of hipsters, wannabees and a few ‘yeah, I think I have heard of them’ bands. It was a celebration of Napa’s rich history and culture featuring local restaurants, wine makers, amazing bands and even comedy.

Performers included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Iron and Wine, Primus, The Black Keys, The Shins, Matt Nathanson, Flaming Lips, Jim Breuer, Alabama Shakes, Bad Religion, ...
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BRIT Awards Winners & Fashion: Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Taylor Swift & More!

February 21st, 2013 8:37am EST
Taylor Swift
London was popping on Wednesday night as singers turned out for the annual BRIT Awards. Rock group Muse kicked off the show with a pyrotechnic-packed performance of their anthem "Supremacy."

Scottish singer Emeli Sande scooped up two prizes: "British Female Solo Artist" and "British Album" for "Our Version Of Events." The singer told the crowd after accepting her first trophy from presenter Taylor Swift: "Wow this feels amazing. This is incredible." She later called herself "a very unlikely pop star."

Singer-songwriter Ben Howard also won two awards: "British Breakthrough Act" and "Britis...
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Black Keys' Patrick Carney Trolls Twitter With Justin Bieber Persona

February 18th, 2013 10:07am EST
Black Keys
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney exacted his own brad of revenge over the weekend - by taking on Justin Bieber fans as a caricature of the pop singer.

After Bieber suggested on the social website that Carney needed a "slap" for his comments on Bieber not being nominated for any Grammys, the drummer changed his display name on Twitter to "Justin Bieber" and began to chat with fans.

Fans of Bieber immediately attacked the account with messages such as "What the f--- is wrong with you," to which Carney replied in perfect Bieberish: "A lot. u r perfect though. true swag boss."

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Justin Bieber Rips Patrick Carney Following Grammy Snub

February 13th, 2013 12:07pm EST
Patrick Carney Black Keys Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney were unlikely adversaries - until Carney made a comment about Bieber's Grammy snub.

Carney told TMZ, "Grammys are for, like, music, not for money... and he's making a lot of money. He should be happy," when he was asked about the pop star's lack of nominations this year.

"The black keys drummer should be slapped around haha," Bieber grumped on Twitter after the comments. It was then re-tweeted by some 36,000 of Bieber's adoring fans. You know, the same ones that cut themselves to keep Bieber from smoking pot. Watch your back, Patrick!

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Black Keys Singer Dan Auerbach Heading For Divorce

February 12th, 2013 11:58am EST
The Black Keys
The Black Keys star Dan Auerbach's Grammy Awards celebrations were bittersweet on Sunday night - the rocker has reportedly split from his wife.

The four-Grammy winner's partner Stephanie Gonis didn't accompany Auerbach to music's big night and now sources tell UsMagazine.com the couple is heading for divorce.

The alleged break-up comes just months after the rocker's Black Keys bandmate Patrick Carney wed his second wife Emily Ward.

Auerbach and his wife have a four-year-old daughter called Sadie.

A representative for the rock star did not respond to a request for a comment.
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Dr. John To Team Up With The Black Keys At The Grammys

February 10th, 2013 3:11pm EST
Dr. John
Jazz great Dr. John will join The Black Keys onstage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The two acts will be joined by New Orleans' beloved Preservation Hall Jazz Band during their performance segment.

The Black Keys are up for five awards, including the coveted Album of the Year, while Dr. John is nominated for the Best Blues Album trophy for Locked Down, which Black Keys star Dan Auerbach produced.

Other collaborations planned for music's big night include one featuring drummer Travis Barker, Tom Morello, Chuck D and LL Cool J, while Elton John will perform with Ed Sheeran, Dierks Bentley...
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The Black Keys Sue Casino Over TV Commercial

January 24th, 2013 9:44am EST
The Black Keys
Blues rock duo The Black Keys are taking legal action over allegations their song Howlin' For You was used in casino commercials without their permission.

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have filed a lawsuit at a New York federal court claiming the music featured in an advertisement for the L'Auberge Casino in Louisiana was "substantially similar" to their 2011 track.

Bosses at Pinnacle Entertainment, who run the casino, are also accused of using "infringing music" in another TV promo.

The stars cite a "blatant and purposeful infringement" in their complaint, which also names Manhatta...
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Black Keys' Patrick Carney Lands Radio Show

December 21st, 2012 8:34am EST
The Black Keys
The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has landed his own radio show.

The Gold on the Ceiling hit-maker will front a weekly series, called Serious Boredom, on SiriusXMU and introduce listeners into his favorite indie artists.

Excited Carney says, "I've wanted to do a DJ gig like this for a while now and am looking forward to being on air."

And executive Scott Greenstein can't wait to add Carney to the company's roster.

He tells NME.com, "When an influential artist like Patrick Carney gets behind the mic and invites listeners for an inside look into his inspirations and personal favor...
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fun., Frank Ocean And The Black Keys Lead The 2013 Grammy Nominations

December 6th, 2012 8:20am EST
Fun.
Grammy night looks set to be a lot of fun for pop act fun. next year - the trio picked up nods in four of the main categories announced at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live event in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night.

The Some Nights hit-makers will compete with Frank Ocean, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and Jack White for the Album of the Year Grammy in February and Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Maroon 5 and Pink for the coveted Pop Vocal Album prize.

Their We Are Young anthem is up for Record of the Year alongside The Black Keys (Lonely Boy), Clarkson (Stronger), Got...
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The Black Keys To Boycott Russia After Punk Trio's Imprisonment

August 20th, 2012 4:18pm EDT
The Black Keys
The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has vowed never to perform in Russia following the contentious incarceration of local punk band Pussy Riot.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were found guilty of hooliganism charges on Friday after singing a protest song aimed at President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow church during a service earlier this year.

They were each sentenced to serve two years in prison for the crime, but the ruling has sparked protests against the band's imprisonment in Russia, while celebrities such as pop superstar Madonna, w...
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Does This Pizza Hut Commercial Sound Like The Black Keys? You Decide

June 25th, 2012 5:11pm EDT
The Black Keys
A few days ago we reported that The Black Keys were suing Pizza Hut and Home Depot for having commercials with music sounds a lot like some of their hits. Well, a YouTube user tracked down the Pizza Hut commercial in question. Watch below:

It's pretty generic, but there is no question it shares a similar sound to the Black Keys' Gold on the Ceiling. There is even a slightly distorted singer at the end, a key component of the group's sound.

Compare it to the actual song below, and let us know in the comments if the Black Keys' lawsuit has any merit:
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The Black Keys Sue Home Depot, Pizza Hut Parent Company Over Song Use

June 23rd, 2012 5:00pm EDT
The Black Keys
Rocking blues duo The Black Keys have filed lawsuits against the bosses of Home Depot and Pizza Hut's parent company Yum! Brands, accusing the executives of unauthorized use of their songs in commercials.

The hitmakers, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, claim Home Depot marketing bosses illegally used "Lonely Boy" in one ad and the Pizza Hut people ran "Gold on the Ceiling" as a commercial soundtrack without permission.

Songwriter Danger Mouse, who produced the two tracks on The Black Keys' acclaimed El Camino album, is also named as a plaintiff in the legal papers, which were filed in Los...
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MTV Movie Awards: Emma Watson, Jessica Biel, Kristen Stewart & More Stars Rock The Red Carpet

June 4th, 2012 9:38am EDT
Emma Watson
"The Hunger Games" and the "Twilight" franchise took center stage at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, taking home four and two awards, respectively. But let's be honest - many also tuned in to see the fashion!

"Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson looked adorable in a short multi-colored dress, while Kristen Stewart was her usual quirky self in a silver, yellow and purple dress.

Jessica Biel channeled the 70s with stick straight hair and a white long-sleeved dress. Charlize Theron, whose film "Snow White And The Huntsman" dominated theaters over the weekend, looked amazing in a red strapless...
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Coachella's Two-Weekend Festival Was A Big Success, Promoters Plan Same Format For 2013

May 14th, 2012 10:38pm EDT
Tupac Hologram
The two-weekend Coachella festival experiment was a big success - organizers are planning to stage the event over 10 days again next year.

Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and The Black Keys repeated headlining spots over two weekends last month and the line-up for both California festivals remained unchanged.

The idea proved to be so successful, it will be repeated in 2013.

No headliners or performers have been announced for the 2013 model, but organizers have confirmed the next Coachella will run from April 12-14 and April 19-21.
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Adele, Rihanna, LMFAO, Lil Wayne & Katy Perry Lead Billboard Award Nominations

April 20th, 2012 8:57am EDT
Adele
Adele's amazing 2012 has just reached new heights - she has landed 18 nominations for the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.

The multiple Grammy winner, who was named among Time magazine's most influential people earlier this week, will compete for the Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist trophies among others.

Rihanna, LMFAO, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry are also nomination leaders for the prizegiving ceremony, which will take place in Las Vegas on May 20.

Competing with Adele, Rihanna and Perry for Top Artist honors will be Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne, w...
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Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

April 16th, 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...
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Black Keys' Patrick Carney 'Apologizes' For His Nickelback Comments

March 22nd, 2012 8:44am EDT
The Black Keys
The Black Keys star Patrick Carney has reached out to Nickelback after blaming the Canadian band for the current state of music, insisting he "didn't mean to single them out."

Carney took aim at Chad Kroeger's band in Rolling Stone magazine, declaring, "Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. They became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s**t (and) therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. F**k that!"

The How You Remind Me hit-makers brushed off the co...
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Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney Blames Nickelback For The State Of Rock Music

January 4th, 2012 10:30pm EST
The Black Keys
The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has sparked a New Year war of words with rockers Nickelback after blaming the much-maligned Canadian band for the current state of music.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Carney takes aim at Chad Kroeger's band as he attempts to explain why he thinks rock music is suffering in 2012.

He says, "Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.

"They became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s**t (and) therefore you should never try to be the bigges...
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The Best Of 2011 - Starpulse.com Editors' Picks

January 1st, 2012 9:00pm EST
Editor's Picks 2011
You've seen the rest, now see OUR best - Starpulse contributing editors Pete Weiss, Noelle Talmon, Kevin Blair & Casey Johnson bring you their favorites from the year that was - 2011. We've been watching & listening, too, and here's what we think are the best TV shows (Drama, Comedy & Reality), the best movie of the year, and the albums that had the most plays on our iPods...

Pete, Editorial

Best TV Show, Drama: Breaking Bad

The big networks should follow AMC's lead, as they continue to produce the best programs on television. Season 4 of Breaking Bad was no exception, great acting and...
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The Black Keys Explain Online Streaming Ban

December 14th, 2011 11:14am EST
Black Keys
Indie rockers The Black Keys withheld their new album from online streaming services as free giveaways are "unfair" on fans who have already paid for the CD.

The duo's latest release El Camino was a noticeable absence on several popular sites, including Spotify and Pandora, and drummer Patrick Carney has now explained why they decided not to allow it to be played on the web.

He tells VH1, "We decided for this album to not allow music services to stream the entire album. It's becoming more popular, but it still isn't at a point where you're able to replace royalties from record sales wit...
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Kristen Wiig Dating The Strokes Drummer Fabrizio Moretti?

December 7th, 2011 8:16am EST
Kristen Wiig
Hollywood funnywoman Kristen Wiig has been linked to The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti after they were spotted attending a party in New York together on Monday night.

The Bridesmaids star reportedly spent time with the percussionist, who previously dated actress Drew Barrymore, at a launch event for the Black Keys' new album at Big Apple club Lilium.

A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six the pair was "all over each other" at the party.
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The 2011 MMVAs Best & Worst Moments

June 20th, 2011 12:18am EDT
Selena Gomez MMVA
Last night, Canada’s biggest music awards show, the Much Music Video Awards, shut-down Toronto’s entire downtown and we’re bringing you our favorite and not-so-favorite fashion and music moments!

Lady Gaga opened the show with a performance of her new single, “Edge of Glory,” and we’re sad to say little monsters, it wasn’t that impressive! Compared to her 2009 performance, this was a flop. Far East Movement, Snoop Dogg and Dev rocked the stage shortly after and showed Gaga a thing or two, woops. Did we mention The Black Keys were pretty much amazing?

As far as fashion goes, the 2011 MMVA ...
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Second Person Dies At Bonnaroo

June 14th, 2011 7:58am EDT
Lil Wayne
Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival closed on a tragic note when a second person died after attending the event.

Officials announced on Monday that Christopher William Yoder, 24, died of hyperthermia on Sunday after being airlifted from the Manchester festival to a hospital in Chattanooga.

A statement from Bonnaroo organizers says, "The safety of our patrons is our No. 1 concern, and we are deeply saddened by this."

The body of a 32-year-old woman was discovered in a tent at Bonnaroo on Thursday.

Artists including Eminem, The Strokes, the Black Keys, Arcade Fire and Lil Way...
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Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 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.

POP

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...
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'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

February 14th, 2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...
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Kanye West Headlining Coachella 2011

January 20th, 2011 9:35am EST
Kanye-West-u07.jpg
Listen up music lovers! The Coachella 2011 line-up has officially been revealed and Starpulse is giving you a first look! Headlining this year's 3-day festival will be none other than Mr. Kanye West himself, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and The Strokes. Other bands set to perform in the modern-day-woodstock include Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Cee Lo Green and many, many more. The festival will take place in sunny Indio, CA on April 15th-17th and will host some of the hottest industry parties of the year. We can't wait to see which celebrities attend and what juicy gossip come...
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