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Will Young Named Top Gay Role Model

August 16th, 2010 12:01pm EDT
Will Young
British pop star Will Young is the top role model for gay youngsters in Britain, according to a new survey.

The singer 'came out' shortly after he won U.K. reality contest Pop Idol in 2002 and voters on rights group Stonewall's website have named him their favorite gay public figure. The Leave Right Now hit-maker won 58 per cent of the vote, leaving Alison Goldfrapp trailing in second place with 15 per cent.

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke garnered 12 per cent to land third place, while 2009's The X Factor winner Joe McElderry, who revealed he is gay last month, came fourth with 10 per...
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Snow Patrol Return With 'A Hundred Million Suns' Oct. 28

September 20th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol will release A Hundred Million Suns (Polydor/Fiction/Geffen Records) on October 28th 2008. The album is preceded by the fantastic single "Take Back The City", which comes with a video shot in East London courtesy of acclaimed video director Alex Courtes (The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army").

Gary Lightbody (vocals/guitars) says, "I'm so proud of this record. Everybody played out of their skin. Garret (Jacknife Lee) continued his progression from maverick genius to one of the best producers in the world. Musically, lyrically and sonically the best record we've made"

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Spotlight: The Futureheads Take Career Into Their Own Hands

March 27th, 2008 11:34am EDT
The Futureheads
The Futureheads debuted in 2004 along with other post-punk revivalists Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. Each band has had varying degrees of success over the last four years. The Futureheads, who were outshined at the time by Bloc Party's critical acclaim and Franz Ferdinand's monster hit "Take Me Out," now find themselves without a record label and poised to take on the record industry as a whole.

The band was formed in Sunderland, England, in 2000 and has released 3 EPs and two albums since 2002. The 15 tracks of their self-titled debut invigorate the listener for 36 minutes before co...
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R.E.M. Announce Release Of New Studio Album, 'Accelerate,' Due April 1

February 28th, 2008 5:30pm EST
R.E.M.
R.E.M. -- which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills -- are counting down the time to the release of Accelerate, their 14th studio album, on a website, www.ninetynights.com. The site, which launched on January 1st, features a new high-definition video snippet each day that can be downloaded then edited, embedded, or manipulated however the user wishes. Each snippet is being posted in high-resolution HD format and available for download for a period of 24 hours before being archived on the site as a low-resolution stream. The clips were shot by noted French f...
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Artists To Check Out This Month: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Magnetic Fields & Kate Nash

January 21st, 2008 4:44pm EST
Thomas Ian Nicholas
The actor-musician hybrid is a tricky thing. It's a road peppered with the long-decomposed carcasses of Russell Crowe, Eddie Murphy and heaven forbid, David Hasselhoff.

Thomas Ian Nicholas

"Without Warning"

As a fresh-faced mop top in 1992's Rookie of the Year, Thomas Ian Nicholas was destined for a career of Tony Danza-dom. Known to the vast majority of Americans as Kevin from the American Pie flicks, who knew that Nicholas had visions of hypersensitive John Mayer-warbling beating around in his thickly trussed head?

On his latest release, "Without Warning," Nicholas a...
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Steve Aoki To Release Debut Mix Album 'Pillowface & His Airplane Chronicles' Jan. 22

January 17th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Aoki
It's irrelevant what you may think of Steve Aoki…. Fanatic or foe, what you cannot deny is how instrumental Steve has been in helping define the emerging music and nightlife culture in the US today. By blurring the lines that once separated hoards of indie kids from the urban or electro fans, and divided the , what this man has created under the guise of a DJ/Party enthusiast is a lifestyle and media empire for youth today.

Dim Mak, his LA based record label has signed and released EP's & LP's for a fine feast of bands including Bloc Party, The Mystery Jets, Klaxons, The Rakes, Scann...
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Fan-Chosen Playlist For Mojo HD's 'London Live New Year's Eve Special' Topped By The Killers

December 28th, 2007 7:30pm EST
The Killers
Over the past month, HD, available on all major cable systems around the country. This holiday program will contain the most popular concert performances from this season's shows in groundbreaking state-of-the-art high definition, 1080i picture and 5.1 sound. London Live New Year's Eve Countdown, hosted by celebrated BBC1 radio and television personality Sara Cox, will serve as a soundtrack and visual focus for fans' high-energy New Year's Eve celebrations.

The winning selections, as voted by London Live fans, are (in order of votes): The Killers ("Bones"); Amy Winehouse ("Reha...
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'This Is Next' Compilation Series To Highlight The Best Music From Independent Artists

August 27th, 2007 8:05pm EDT
This Is NEXT
This Is NEXT is a new compilation series showcasing today's best independent artists. Based on the model of the popular NOW That's What I Call Music series and inspired by the success of 2004's Garden State soundtrack (which largely featured independent artists and sold over 1 million units), This Is NEXT will be curated biannually by a different label in the ADA stable.

ADA president Andy Allen sums the compilation's relevance best by saying, "Indie music has entered the mainstream. Hollywood and Madison Avenue are increasingly using tracks from indie artists in their projects, and yo...
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'Tony Hawk's Proving Ground's Astonishing Soundtrack Unveiled

August 27th, 2007 3:00pm EDT
Foo Fighters
This October, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is bringing the sounds of skate culture to life like never before in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground -- the deepest, most customizable skateboarding game ever. Featuring over 50 tracks including "The Pretender," the first single from the Foo Fighters’ forthcoming album and popular anthems from Nirvana, Bloc Party, Jurassic 5, Slick Rick, The Rolling Stones, and many more, players will be able to create their personal skate legacy to the songs that have fueled today’s skateboarding culture. Additionally, MCA of the Beastie Boys makes an appearance in ...
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Metallica, Kasabian, & Pussycat Dolls Join London Leg Of Live Earth

June 19th, 2007 4:16pm EDT
Metallica
LONDON (June 19, 2007) – Metallica, Kasabian, Pussycat Dolls, and Terra Naomi are the final acts to be added to the Live Earth London line-up performing at Wembley Stadium as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth concert series on 7/7/07.

With an already astounding line up that includes some of the best music acts from around the world, this monumental event will bring together more than 2 billion people to combat the climate crisis.

An exclusive download of Metallica's Live Earth performance is going to be available for a minimal fee immediately after the event finishes. ...
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Cult Following For Teeneage Singer Of Play Radio Play Gets Slot On Warped Tour New Album In Stores April 24

April 8th, 2007 2:00pm EDT
PlayRadioPlay
Seventeen year-old Texan, Dan Hunter is the 'poptronica' genius behind PlayRadioPlay (PRP), which has already hit one million plays on MySpace and opened for Fall Out Boy all in the space of a single year. The highly anticipated EP The Frequency will available in stores April 24 And one short month later fans can find him on tour with some of the biggest names in music on Warped Tour.

PRP is often compared to Postal Service and The Smashing Pumpkins, the songs are like the soundtrack to your dreams. On the surface they're like cupcakes - sweet, cute and just bursting with pure happine...
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R.E.M. Prepare To Record 14th Studio Album

March 9th, 2007 9:59am EST
R.E.M.
R.E.M. -- singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills -- will record their fourteenth studio album this Spring with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee. Lee, most noted for his production on U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," has also produced albums by Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Aqualung, and Bloc Party.

"R.E.M. are consistently one of the Great Bands, if not the greatest," Lee says. "The new songs they've written are some of their most exciting and visceral yet. They're a beacon for any band wishing to remain honest and ch...
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Starpulse.com's Music To Look For In 2007

January 4th, 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.

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'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' Stuns 'Gears of War' At Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006

December 12th, 2006 11:26am EST
Oblivion
In a result that will surely send fanboys into a rage, action-RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion beat out favorite Gears of War for Game of the Year at Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006. You can watch the star-studded event on Spike TV this Wednesday, December 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. List of nominees below, winners in bold:

GAME OF THE YEAR

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda)

Okami (Capcom/Clover Studio)

Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games)

Guitar Hero 2 (Red Octane/Harmonix)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft)

CRITIC'S CHOICE

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UK Band Vega 4 To Be Featured On "Grey's Anatomy" This Thursday

October 30th, 2006 12:56pm EST
Vega 4
Vega 4's latest single, "Life is Beautiful" will be featured on the November 2 episode of Grey's Anatomy and will also be available online October 31 for digital download.

The Track is taken from the UK band's new album, "You And Others," and was produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee (Bloc Party, Editors, U2, Snow Patrol).

Check it out here:

Vega4 - "Life is Beautiful": Quicktime | Windows Hi | Windows Lo | Real Audio

(Streaming audio and/or video links may expire without notice)
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Danish Band Mew To Tour US

October 7th, 2006 8:26am EDT
Mew
After gaining momentum on tours with Bloc Party and Kasabian (including sold-out headlining shows in NY and LA), the award-winning band Mew is embarking on their first American headlining tour beginning October 17 in Portland, Oregon (see itinerary following).

Earlier this year the band won four major awards at the annual Danish Music Awards, including Best Band, Best Singer, Best Album, and Best Rock Album. In 2005, Mew was honored with Best Breakthrough Act at the Nordic Music Awards. They were also awarded with Best Album, Best Song and Best Male Singer at Denmark's Zulu Awards. MTV...
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Coachella 2006 Line-Up Announced

February 1st, 2006 4:11pm EST
Bloc Party
The official line up for the 2006 Coachella music festival has been announced! Tool, Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Blunt and dozens of other bands & artists will converge April 29th and 30th in Indio, California. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 4th at Noon (PST). The complete line-up is below...

Saturday, April 29th

Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Common, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio, Ladytron, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, HARD-Fi, De...
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