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Albums Featuring Numbers in Their Titles

11/1/2015 2:00pm EST
Albums Featuring Numbers in Their Titles, Since 2000
Ah, what’s in an album title? A lot, depending on the respective album. In the case of the albums that grace this list, numbers play a role in the title and in some cases have significance. In other cases, the numbers are merely an easy way to keep up with the album number. Regardless, here’s a list of albums featuring numbers in their title – all since 2000 – and the meaning of the album’s title.

1) All of Adele's albums

Pop superstar Adele seems to love numbers, particularly her ages. All three of Adele’s studio albums (19, 21, and 25) all feature numbers in the title. While it might ...

2016 Will Be 'The End' For Black Sabbath

9/4/2015 1:50pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath is calling it quits, and the band will hit the road one last time for a farewell tour before packing it all in.

Frontman Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler announced on Thursday that the band will head out on an international tour called "The End," but don't expect original drummer Bill Ward to be a part of the trip.

Ward refused to tour with the trio in 2012 over his contract at the time and the band had hopes that he would rejoin them in the studio again, but something Ozzy said ticked him off and he's still waiting for an apology.

"We would hav...

What Makes These 21 Songs So Manly?

8/16/2015 3:00pm EDT
21 Of The Manliest Songs – Sort Of!
What makes a song manly? Is it courage, resolve, or being hard-nosed? Maybe it’s chugging beer, playing/watching football, and “wearing the pants” in the household. Well in the case of this manly list – 21 of the Manliest Songs – Sort Of! – the only requirement to be manly is to have some form of the word “man” in the song title. Ah, the "all-inclusiveness" is so impressive. No, not every “man” song graced this – that mean’s you Mulan soundtrack standout “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – but there’s plenty of manly selections to pique your machismo!

1) Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirr...

Music Artist Who Were In A Bad Place When Writing These Songs

8/2/2015 4:00pm EDT
17 Most Depressing, Gloomy And Morbid Songs
OK, OK! There's no sugarcoating it! These songs totally SUCK….THE LIFE RIGHT OUT OF YOU! Well not literally, but metaphorically. Basically, these songs are gloomy, sad songs that definitely won’t lift your spirits. So if you’re already sad yourself – you may want to save this downer for a happier day.

1) Nina Simone, “Strange Fruit” (The Essential Nina Simone, 2003)

“Strange Fruit” satisfies all three characteristics necessary to make this playlist – it’s truly depressing, gloomy, and morbid. The morbid aspect is the most disturbing as the “Southern trees / bearing strange fruit / b...

10 Darkest Musical Personalities

10/25/2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Darkest Musical Personalities
No matter how warm and fuzzy a song like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” makes everyone feel on the inside, not all musicians have the same optimism and ‘good vibes’ of the multifaceted musician. Some find their best inspiration in dark things – blackness, the grotesque, and sometimes the hellish (cue the sound effects now!). The definition of ‘dark’ is broad, and all 10 of the ‘darkest’ musicians that grace this list possess their own style. What they all have in common is, they are known for their intensely dark musical personalities.

1) Marilyn Manson

Boy, oh boy! Phew, could anyo...

2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

1/28/2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

Record ...

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...

Five Music Takeaways from 2013

12/15/2013 1:00pm EST
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
Ah, there is always plenty to write about the music industry and the number of trends that come and go, as well as those remaining constant.  2013 was another interesting year, whether merely for its pleasant surprises or its disappointments.  Many observations will and can be made of the year musically and pop-culturally in regards to its artists.  While my inner musical nerdy side wishes that I could nitpick and analyze every facet microscopically, I’ll rely on a Childish Gambino rhyme to express why that’s not possible: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” What I do have time for is to shar...

Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...

Ozzy Osbourne Says He Can't Believe Black Sabbath's 'Remarkable' Success

11/15/2013 4:20pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne says he struggles to believe Black Sabbath's lengthy success story.

The 64-year-old singer has been blown away by the response to the group's reunion in 2012 and their new album this year 13, the first studio LP to feature Ozzy on vocals since 1978's Never Say Die!, which topped the album charts in eight countries.

Ozzy, who is joined in the band by guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, admits he thought the group probably had just a few years ahead of them when they formed in 1968 and is astounded that 45 years on people are still so passionate ...

The Prevalence Of Atheism/Religious Skepticism In Rock Music In 2013

11/7/2013 10:47pm EST
Black Sabbath: 13
Let me first state that I have no agenda with this feature, none in the least. My goal is to present some examples of atheism within popular music in 2013. Why? Because it is interesting how artists include their various beliefs and philosophies within their music. It is even more interesting in some cases where references to atheism and religious skepticism aren’t necessarily overt in the forefront. Again, there is no Christian, agnostic, or atheistic agenda. None. NADA! Now with that off my chest and “all minds and hearts clear…”

Atheism (and agnosticism as well) in popular music, partic...

2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

10/11/2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi: 'We Turned Down Ginger Baker Idea'

8/29/2013 10:29pm EDT
Tony Iommi
Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath ruled out recording a new album with legendary drummer Ginger Baker because they didn't want to have to deal with "problems" the unconventional former Cream member would bring with him.

Producer Rick Rubin suggested Baker as a replacement for Bill Ward after contractual issues prompted the band's original drummer to walk away from reunion plans, but guitarist Tony Iommi admits he and his band mates were not convinced the veteran rocker would be a good fit.

Iommi tells WWeek, "We put a stop on... We didn't want to go into the studio and have problems." ...

Ozzy Osbourne Wants Bill Ward Back For Next Black Sabbath Album

6/22/2013 2:46pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath are planning to record and release another album following the success of 13, which has topped the charts around the world - and they are hoping former drummer Bill Ward will join them in the studio.

Last year, Ward pulled out of the get together citing contractual issues, and he was replaced by Rage Against the Machine star Brad Wilk.

Now, his former bandmates are enthusiastic for him to reconsider his decision not to be a part of the reunion, and despite confessing fears Ward might struggle as Sabbath's drummer, frontman Ozzy Osbourne admits he would welcome his old pal ...

Black Sabbath Lands First No.1 Album Since 1970 Classic "Paranoid"

6/17/2013 2:28pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Hard rockers Black Sabbath have returned the top of the UK Album Chart for the first time in over four decades with their highly anticipated comeback album, "13."

The Ozzy Osbourne-fronted band hit No. 1 with the new album this week, setting a record for the longest gap between number-one albums. Sabbath last reached the top spot back in 1970 with their classic "Paranoid."

"I'm in shock! The success of this album has blown me off my feet," Ozzy said after hearing the news.

The previous record was held by Bob Dylan, whose 1970 album "New Morning" and 2009 disc "Together Through Life" had ...

Black Sabbath Confirm 2013 Comeback

1/13/2013 5:47pm EST
Black Sabbath
Rockers Black Sabbath are heading back to the charts together for the first time in more than 30 years.

The reunited rockers began working on a new record last year, their first with the original line-up since 1978's "Never Say Die!", and they have now announced the album, titled 13, is finished and will hit stores in June.

Work on the record was slowed due to guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer battle, but it is hoped he will be well enough to re-join his bandmates for a number of 2013 shows.

Ozzy Osbourne's group has announced plans to tour in Australia, New Zealand and Japan ahead of the re...

Ozzy Osbourne In Talks For Hometown Airport Honor

12/28/2012 4:20pm EST
The Osbournes
Ozzy Osbourne could soon have an English airport named after him as the record company boss who discovered Black Sabbath is calling for a name change to honor the local hero.

Jim Simpson, head of Big Bear Music, wants Birmingham Airport to be turned into a tribute for their hometown star Osbourne, who founded the metal band there.

Simpson has held talks with council chiefs who are reportedly considering following in the footsteps of officials in Liverpool, England, who unveiled the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in memory of the late Beatles legend.

He tells British newspaper The Birmi...

Black Sabbath To Headline Japan's First Ozzfest

11/1/2012 10:30pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Slipknot and Black Sabbath will headline the first Ozzfest staged in Japan next May.

Ozzy Osbourne and his manager wife Sharon made the big announcement online on Thursday morning.

The news of the 11 and 12 May shows comes hours after Black Sabbath announced their first Australian tour in nearly 40 years.

Original band members Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will perform concerts in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in April.

Black Sabbath To Return Down Under

11/1/2012 4:20pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Heavy metal band Black Sabbath have announced their first Australian tour in nearly 40 years.

Original band members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi have finally confirmed the rumors they will perform Down Under next year for the first time since 1974.

Entertainment company Live Nation had whipped fans into a frenzy by taking to on Wednesday to post teaser clues about a major announcement, and it then emerged the Paranoid hit-makers will be returning to Australia for a series of concerts.

Black Sabbath will be playing concerts in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and ...

Black Sabbath Honored At 2012 Kerrang! Awards

6/8/2012 8:55am EDT
Black Sabbath
Reunited heavy metal stars Black Sabbath were the toast of the Kerrang! Awards in London on Thursday - just three days before their official comeback concert.

The reformed band - made up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - picked up the Inspiration Award at the U.K. magazine's annual prize giving as they prepare for Britain's Download Festival on Sunday.

It was also a monumental night for another rock legend - former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash walked away with the Kerrang! Icon honor.

Slash took to his page after scooping the prize to thank fans for voting ...

Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Pulls Out Of 2012 Reunion Shows

5/15/2012 10:13pm EDT
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has officially pulled out of the group's reunion plans - because he can't get along with his bandmates and their managers.

Ward threatened to quit earlier this year after revealing he had not been given a "signable contract" and the group pledged to continue with reunion shows without him.

Now, just four days before Black Sabbath's Lollapalooza festival warm-up show in the group's native Birmingham, England on Saturday, Ward has written a lengthy letter informing fans of his decision not to be a part of the get together.

In the correspondence, which the dr...

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Completes Chemotherapy Treatment

3/27/2012 3:53pm EDT
Tony Iommi
Metal legend Tony Iommi has received his final dose of chemotherapy as part of his ongoing battle against lymphoma.

The 64-year-old Black Sabbath guitarist is now preparing to begin a course of radiation therapy in an effort to fight the disease, which is a cancer of the white blood cells.

In an update on his website, Iommi writes, "I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon, the steroids were the worse (sic). I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring so we'll see."

The rocker went on to ...

The Osbournes Returning To Television For Animated Series

3/5/2012 2:47pm EST
The Osbournes
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family are returning to TV to voice themselves in a new animated series.

The Black Sabbath frontman, his wife Sharon and their two children Kelly and Jack, first opened up the doors to their home for The Osbournes, an MTV program which ran from 2002 to 2005.

And now, after a short hiatus, the family has signed up to share its day-to-day life with fans again in The F'n Osbournes.

Recently engaged Jack, who is also due to become a first-time father this year, will produce the project with his TV presenter mom and bosses at Canadian animation company Cuppa Co...

Black Sabbath Cancel Shows As Tony Iommi Continues Cancer Battle

2/19/2012 11:00am EST
Tony Iommi
The reunited members of Black Sabbath have cancelled a number of upcoming shows as guitarist Tony Iommi continues his cancer battle.

The rocker, who turns 64 on Sunday, was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, just weeks after the band announced plans for shows and a new album in 2012.

Iommi refused to let the diagnosis halt the reunion plans, and started work on the group's comeback album, but the band has now postponed several forthcoming shows to allow him time to overcome his health battle.

Instead, Ozzy Osbourne will take to the stage in co...

Ozzy Osbourne: 'Tony Iommi's Determination Will Help Him Beat Cancer'

2/9/2012 8:45am EST
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne is convinced Tony Iommi's natural drive will help him win his cancer battle, insisting his Black Sabbath bandmate has "got more determination than anybody I've ever met".

The 63-year-old guitarist has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, and he announced the news to fans last month.

He's refusing to let the diagnosis halt reunion plans, and he has already started work on the band's comeback album - and Osbourne is supporting his pal in every way possible.

Speaking on his SiriusXM Radio show Ozzy's Boneyard, Osbourne say...

Birmingham, England Planning Black Sabbath Day

2/7/2012 9:50pm EST
Black Sabbath
Birmingham, England's culture boss Martin Mullaney has thrown his support behind plans to celebrate Black Sabbath with the band's official city day.

Local officials want to pay tribute to the reunited rock group, who have returned to Britain to record new material and plan for a tour, and a Black Sabbath Day is now in the works in their hometown.

Mullaney tells the Birmingham Mail, "I am fully behind a celebration for Black Sabbath and we will be talking about that."

The idea was initially suggested by councillor Philip Parkin, who stated, "Early discussions are taking place about how be...

Black Sabbath Heading Back To Birmingham

1/25/2012 1:35pm EST
Black Sabbath
Newly-reunited rockers Black Sabbath have moved their recording sessions from Los Angeles to the British city of Birmingham where they started their career.

The musicians began recording material for their new album earlier this month at the home of guitarist Tony Iommi, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

However, a statement from the Ozzy Osbourne-led group has now confirmed they have left the U.S. and flown back to their hometown of Birmingham to finish writing their new songs.

A message posted on the band's page reads, "The guys have moved writing sessio...

Black Sabbath Forced Out Of Coachella Over Tony Iommi's Health

1/10/2012 8:00pm EST
Tony Iommi
Reunited rockers Black Sabbath were forced to pull the plug on a headlining spot at this year's Coachella Festival in California after guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer.

The rock icons were billed to perform at the six-day event but pulled out just before the line-up was made official on Monday (09Jan12), according to, hours after Iommi went public with his recent lymphoma diagnosis.

It is unclear which artist was drafted in at the last minute to fill the spot left by Black Sabbath, but Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, The Black Keys and Radiohead have been announced as ...

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Cancer

1/9/2012 11:24am EST
Tony Iommi
Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi is battling cancer.

The rocker is working with doctors after he was found to have the early stages of lymphoma, a blood cancer which develops in the lymphatic system.

Black Sabbath issued a statement on Monday telling fans the guitarist is keeping a positive attitude and is "determined to make a full recovery."

The message, posted on the band's page, reads, "With the news that Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time...

2011 - The Year In Review, November

1/1/2012 7:00pm EST
2011 - The Year In Review
British bachelor Hugh Grant stunned the world when he announced he had a new love in his life - a baby girl he had fathered during a brief relationship with Chinese model/actress Tinglan Hong. He wasn't the only star to join the celebrity parents' club in November - singer Lily Allen had a reason to "Smile" again after giving birth to a daughter, her first child with new husband Sam Cooper, while newsman Piers Morgan and his wife Celia Walden also became parents to a little girl. Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband Peter Sarsgaard announced they were expecting their second child, as did reali...