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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...

David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Leads 2013 Q Award Nominations

9/5/2013 9:36am EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie's first album in 10 years has scored him a slew of nominations at this year's Q Awards.

In March, the reclusive rock icon returned to the charts with his 24th album, The Next Day. He is now leading the way in the nominations at the magazine's annual prizegiving, with six nods under his belt.

Bowie is up for Best Track, Best Video, Best Solo Artist, Best Act in the World, and new award, Best Event for his sold-out career retrospective in London.

The 66-year-old singer will also battle for the night's top prize, Best Album, against Biffy Clyro Opposites, Daft Punk Random Acc...

David Bowie's Rep 'Not Ruling Out' Comeback Tour

9/3/2013 1:28pm EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie is supposedly feeling enormous pressure to make a concert comeback.

The legendary star is reportedly at the center of a bidding war, with promoters Live Nation and AEG allegedly vying for a multi-million dollar deal to stage his first concert for eight years next year.

It is rumored that Bowie is lined up for a huge London show - at either the Olympic Park or Hyde Park - but a new report suggests the 66 year-old singer is cautious about returning to the stage.

A source tells the London Evening Standard, "Bowie knows that the level of expectation for the shows would be huge...

Canadian Astronaut Covers David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' From The International Space Station

5/13/2013 11:48pm EDT
Canadian Astronaut
On Sunday, David Bowie's 1969 classic song Space Oddity was covered by a Canadian astronaut.

230 miles above the Earth, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded his version of the intergalactic hit to mark the end of his time on the International Space Station, posting his music video online ahead of his scheduled return to Earth the following day.

In the clip, Hadfield sings Bowie's track while strumming an acoustic guitar, floating effortlessly around the craft and gazing out of a window into space.

In a post on his Twitter page, Hadfield writes, "With deference to the genius of David Bowi...

Catholic League Bashes 'Switch-Hitting' David Bowie Over 'The Next Day'

5/9/2013 4:07pm EDT
David Bowie
The Catholic League has released a statement reprimanding David Bowie for the religious themes in his new music video for "The Next Day."

The video, which was taken down from YouTube and then reinstated after the website admitted it made a mistake, features self-flagellation, nuns dressed as prostitutes, and priests enjoying the women's attentions. Bowie leads a band in an S&M-like club, dressed in robs similar to Christ's. It also stars Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue has now blasted the musician for the video. He writes, "The switch-hitting, bise...

David Bowie's Controversial 'The Next Day' Video Back On YouTube After Brief Ban

5/9/2013 3:48pm EDT
David Bowie The Next Day
David Bowie's latest video, "The Next Day," off his comeback album of the same name, has caused a controversy over religious imagery and was briefly pulled from website on Wednesday.

YouTube bosses said that they made a mistke in pulling it, however, the video has returned to the site with an adult-content warning, requiring a user account and age verification for anyone who wishes to see it.

"With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call," YouTube spokeswoman Abbi Tatton told E! News. "When it's brought to our attention that a video has been ...

David Bowie's New Music Video 'The Next Day' Temporarily Removed From YouTube

5/8/2013 5:07pm EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie's music video for single "The Next Day" was pulled from YouTube hours after its release, only to be allowed back on the site after YouTube said it "made the wrong call."

The video, which features Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman, features Bowie in Jesus-like garb as he sings in a band at an S&M club. Nuns, hookers, preachers, and cardinals fill the room and take part in various sins while Bowie sings.

Oldman plays a preacher that asks a barely-clothed Cotillard to dance. During the song, Cotillard gets stigmata and begins to spray everyone with blood, including a woman wearing...

Downloadable Delights: Ten Essential Albums From March 2013

4/4/2013 9:57am EDT
David Bowie
In the digital age of music, it's easy to miss some of the best releases of any given month because it seems like these days, so much music comes out at the same time. With that in mind, here are the ten albums from March 2013 that you may have missed or ignored that should be obtained, as they were the best releases of the month.

10. "The Next Day" - David Bowie

David Bowie took 10 years off after releasing "Reality" in 2003, and it felt like 10 years too long. "The Next Day" contains his best songwriting since the Berlin era in the early 80's, with stand out tracks like the incre...

David Bowie Tops British Album Charts For First Time In 20 Years

3/18/2013 8:09am EDT
David Bowie
Legendary rocker David Bowie has topped the U.K. album charts for the first time in 20 years following the release of his hit record The Next Day.

The last Bowie album to achieve the same level of success was 1993's Black Tie White Noise.

Bon Jovi's What About Now debuted at number two, and dropping to three was Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events. Bad Blood by Bastille fell to four and rounding out the top five was Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox.

In the U.K. singles chart, Justin Timberlake's Mirrors remained in first place, while One Direction's Comedy Relief charity track One Way O...

David Bowie's 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' Proves That He Hasn't Aged A Bit

2/27/2013 9:30am EST
David Bowie - The Stars
"Where Are We Now?" is amongst the most beautiful, tender, and heartbreaking songs that David Bowie has ever released. The song is contemplative and mellow, and many fans of the Thin White Duke worried that his new album was going to be tamed and mellowed by his age. After all, almost nothing has been heard from Bowie since his heart attack ten years ago, and people really began to worry that the end was nigh for Bowie's recording career.

Luckily, "The Stars" is a triumphant return to form, a rocking anthem that would have fit on many of Bowie's 70's hit records, and shows that Bowie hasn'...

David Bowie's V&A Exhibition Breaks London Museum Records

2/26/2013 8:21am EST
Daivid Bowie
A retrospective of David Bowie's colorful life and career at London's Victoria and Albert Museum has broken records after 26,000 tickets were sold for the upcoming exhibition.

Bosses at the V&A have been given unprecedented access to the rocker's personal archive for the attraction, which will feature over 60 of his outrageous stage costumes, as well as sketches and storyboards, by the man himself.

The exhibition is not due to open to visitors until March 23rd but Bowie fans have already been rushing to buy tickets.

The 26,000 pre-sale booking has broken museum records, and the collec...

David Bowie To Re-Release 'Aladdin Sane' To Mark 40th Anniversary

2/5/2013 3:20pm EST
David Bowie
A re-mastered version of David Bowie's classic album Aladdin Sane will be released to mark the record's 40th anniversary.

The legend's sixth album hit shelves in 1973 and was a follow-up to his major breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The album's sleeve artwork features the iconic image of Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust guise with a lightning bolt painted on his face.

The record, which includes tracks The Jean Genie and Drive-In Saturday, has been digitally overhauled and will be reissued on April 15th.

Bowie thrilled fans last month by releasin...

Producer: David Bowie Is Not Dying And He Does Not Have Alzheimer's Disease

1/13/2013 2:42pm EST
David Bowie
David Bowie's producer Tony Visconti has spoken out to clarify long-standing rumors about the musician's health, assuring fans his boss is "not dying" and "has not lost a single brain cell".

The reclusive rock icon returned to the music scene this month to share a new song with fans nearly 10 years after his last release. He hasn't played live since 2006 and has rarely been seen out in public over the last few years, and his decision to shun the spotlight for such a long time led to intense speculation about his health.

However, Visconti, who has spent the last couple of years working on ...

David Bowie's New Album Was Recorded Secretly Over The Last Two Years

1/9/2013 8:30pm EST
David Bowie
The Thin White Duke is back! After a ten year hiatus, David Bowie has returned with a new single and he's announced his 24th studio album, "The Next Day", is due on March 12.

The first single, "Where Are We Now?", was released on Bowie's 66th birthday Tuesday and the song topped the iTunes chart in the UK shortly after its release.

Bowie's rep thanked fans for giving the reclusive star a birthday to remember by sending his new song to the top.

"The response... has been incredible and what nicer way to wish David Bowie a Happy Birthday than with all the positive responses on TV, radio, ne...

David Bowie Announces First New Album In 10 Years

1/8/2013 6:23pm EST
David Bowie
David Bowie has marked his 66th birthday by breaking years of silence and releasing his first new music in a decade.

The reclusive singer stepped back into the spotlight on Tuesday, the day of his birthday, to unveil a new single called "Where Are We Now?" and announce his upcoming album plans.

The song and its accompanying video has been released online and the new record, titled "The Next Day", is due to hit stores in March.

A statement posted on Bowie's newly revamped website, reads "January the 8th is of course David Bowie's birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear ...

Waiting On the End of the World: Ten Songs For the Apocalypse

12/20/2012 1:00pm EST
December 21, 2012 marks the possible end of the Mayan calendar and somehow as a result the end of the world. So, in order to prepare for the event, why not listen to some fitting music instead of digging a bomb shelter. It will certainly make your neighbors think more highly of you.

10. "Five Years" David Bowie

Bowie's "Five Years" is a song about humanity learning that they only have five years left to exist. The song details the devestation that is felt by those who hear the news, and features a narrator who cannot comprehend the end of existence. So, when someone someday establishes ...

From Apple To Zowie: The Craziest Celebrity Baby Names

10/21/2012 3:14pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Uma Thurman and her French financier boyfriend Arpad Busson revealed the name of their newborn baby girl this week, and the tot's title is a mouthful.

Not content with the typical first/middle/last -- or in this case hyphenated last -- name, the little girl surely has a challenging future ahead of her when it comes to filling out any types of forms.

The couple named their three-month-old Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Where they got her nickname, "Luna," from is a mystery; but their rep says each name has a special reason and meaning.

But Uma and Arpad -- who ...

David Bowie Denies Curating Fashion Museum Exhibit

8/31/2012 7:24pm EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie has distanced himself from any involvement in a new London museum exhibition about his fashion through the years.

The Ziggy Stardust hit-maker's elaborate wardrobe is the focus of an upcoming display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which was thought to have been co-curated by the icon himself.

However, reports emerged this week suggesting Bowie had withdrawn his backing for the exhibit after falling out with museum officials, and now the singer has spoken out to clear up reports, insisting the show has been made possible thanks to an independent archive of his clothes and...

Madonna, Lady Gaga & Michael Jackson Make Fashion Icon List

4/4/2012 9:15am EDT
Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and The Beatles have been named among the "All-Time 100 Fashion Icons" by Time magazine editors.

The extensive list features the "most influential fashion icons since 1923", the year the publication was born, and is split into six categories - Designers & Brands, Models, Muses, Photographers, Editors & Stylists and Style & Design.

The artists have all made the list as Muses, alongside rocker David Bowie, actors James Dean, Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, Audrey Hepburn, late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.


The Eagles To Be Honored By Berklee College

3/30/2012 11:46am EDT
Iconic rockers The Eagles are to receive honorary degrees from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music.

The music school, based in Boston, Massachusetts, has awarded honorary doctorates to influential musical figures for over 40 years, with past recipients including Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, David Bowie and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

This year's honorees are the Hotel California stars, as well as bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke.

They will receive their degrees at a ceremony on May 12th at Boston University's Agganis Arena.

Happy 65th Birthday, David Bowie!

1/8/2012 12:00pm EST
David Bowie
Music legend David Bowie will be celebrating his Golden Years on Sunday - he turns 65.

The veteran singer-songwriter has enjoyed a stellar 45-year career in showbiz, pushing the boundaries of music and performance during his 1970s heyday and stunning fans with his iconic array of stage personas including "Ziggy Stardust" and "Aladdin Sane."

Although in recent years Bowie has taken a backseat from music - his last single was released in 2006 - his back catalog of classic songs has ensured his status as one of rock's greatest ever artists.

To mark his milestone birthday, here are 10 fascin...

Celebrity Birthdays - January 8, 2012

1/8/2012 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to:

'The King' Elvis Presley (1935; d. 1977)

Actress Noah Cyrus (2000)

Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985)

Actress Rachel Nichols (1980)

Canadian Actress Sarah Polley (1979)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Amber Benson (1977)

Singer R. Kelly (1969)

American Actress Ami Dolenz (1969)

Homicide: Life on the Street star Michelle Forbes (1967)

Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990)

English singer/actor David Bowie (1947)

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946)

Game show host Bob Eubanks (1938)

"James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (1937)


Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

10/10/2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...

William Shatner Covers Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man'

10/3/2011 3:30pm EDT
William Shatner
Actor William Shatner has recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's heavy metal track Iron Man for his new concept album.

The Star Trek icon is working on his third musical release, Searching for Major Tom, which features Shatner channelling David Bowie's Space Oddity character for his own take on a variety of space-themed songs, including tracks by The Police (Walking on the Moon), Frank Sinatra (Lost in the Stars) and Pink Floyd (Learning to Fly).

And Shatner's version of Black Sabbath's 1970 hit has been given the thumbs up from Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne's former guitarist, who add...

Has David Bowie Retired?

8/18/2011 8:59am EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie has quietly retired from the music business, according to his biographer.

Paul Trynka, who has written a new book about the singer/songwriter - called "Starman," believes Bowie will only return if he can "deliver something seismic."

The author tells, "My heart says he'll come back but my head says he's likely not to. I think he would only come back if he thinks he could deliver something that will be seismic. If you pop back into the stage, it's got to be something that has a big explosion and lots of flashes. It would be a bit of a miracle if he comes back, but mi...

Adam Levine Compares Himself To Sexually Questionable Bowie, Jagger & Mercury

8/16/2011 8:40am EDT
Adam Levine
Adam Levine recently talked about ongoing rumors suggesting he's gay.

He explained, "There's no way to hide my straightness, but if people didn't think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn't be doing my job very well.

"Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned - Bowie, Jagger, Freddie Mercury. I wouldn't be the frontman of a band if that question hadn't come up at some point."

Michael Jackson Voted 'The Greatest Singer Of All Time'

6/22/2011 11:00am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has been named the "Greatest Singer Of All Time" in a new poll, just days ahead of the second anniversary of his death.

The "Thriller" hitmaker passed away on June 25, 2009, after suffering a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol, and fans have honored the late star by voting him into top place in a new poll.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury came a close second, while Elvis Presley placed third.

Guns N' Roses star Axl Rose came in fourth and John Lennon rounded out the top five.

David Bowie, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and...

David Bowie's Art Exhibition Opening In NYC

4/28/2011 3:25pm EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie's lifetime of work in music and film will be celebrated in an upcoming exhibition in New York.

The rock icon will be the focus of David Bowie, Artist at the Museum of Arts and Design for a two-month display.

The special show, which opens on May 9th, will feature the superstar's movie ventures, including Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (1973), The Hunger (1983), Basquiat (1996) and a rare print of 1976's The Man Who Fell To Earth.

A statement from museum organizers reads, "From his roots in such performance-based practices as cabaret, mime and avant-garde theatre t...

Mick Jagger & David Bowie Team Up For Rock Movie Screenplay

4/10/2011 1:00pm EDT
Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger has written a script with David Bowie for a rock movie, according to a report.

The Rolling Stones legend has based the plot around rock 'n' roll managers in the 1960s and he's keen to land comedy actors to take the lead roles, reports Britain's The Sun.

A source tells the publication, "Mick has had the script in the bag for years. He has gone back to it again recently and feels now is the time to get it out there. Mick has a few famous comedians in mind to star and is starting to sound them out.

"The script is full of stuff from back in the day, which Mick and the band witnes...

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...