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Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This Week In Music

July 29th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This
Last week, July got a bit of a spark with pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer releasing their highly anticipated, self-titled debut. Midwest rapper Common would also drop his tenth album, Nobody’s Smiling.

This week, there seems to be no sure-fire bet like 5 Seconds of Summer, but there are some veteran artists leading the charge for the new releases. Those include Eric Clapton, Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers of course), and the late, great James Brown. Here are five new albums to check out this week.

1) Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, (Bushbranch / Sur...
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20 Incredible David Letterman Moments That Kept Us Watching

April 28th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
20 Incredible David Letterman Moments That Kept Us Watching
The landscape of late night TV has changed dramatically over the last year. Jay Leno retired, for good this time, and was replaced by Jimmy Fallon. Seth Meyers was brought in from SNL to take Fallon's old slot. And then just when everyone thought things were settling down... the best late night talk show host since Johnny Carson dropped a bomb.

David Letterman's announcement that he will retire in 2015, followed by the quick naming of Stephen Colbert as his replacement by CBS sent shockwaves through the industry. Jay Leno may have been ahead in the ratings when he left but ask most comedy ...
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14 Beloved Celebrities Who Have Been In Jail

March 21st, 2014 11:03pm EDT
14 Beloved Celebrities Who Have Been In Jail
Nobody's perfect, but it may surprise you to learn some the world's most beloved celebrities have spent time in jail.

Mark Wahlberg is a blockbuster star loved by many now, but in his teens he was a very trouble young man. A drug-addled Wahlberg had dozens of run-ins with the law by the time he was in his teens, but the most serious charge against him came after he attacked two Vietnamese men while shouting racial epithets, leaving one of them permanently blind in one eye. Wahlberg served 45 days behind bars for assault.

Tim Allen is known for family-friend fare like Home Improvement...
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Mick Jagger To Be Portray By Nick Eversman In James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

November 21st, 2013 9:27am EST
Nick Eversman
Nick Eversman has been cast as Mick Jagger in the new James Brown biopic, which the Rolling Stones star is producing.

The Tomorrow People actor will portray the rocker as a much younger man in The Help director Tate Taylor's new film, titled Get On Up.

CinemaBlend.com reports, Eversman landed the role after moving like Jagger on his audition tape. The actor offered up a side-by-side comparison of his performance to archival footage of the Rolling Stones frontman.

The 27 year-old star joins a cast that includes 42 star Chadwick Boseman as Brown, as well as Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer ...
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Tika Sumpter Lands Role In James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

November 15th, 2013 8:33am EST
Tika Sumpter
Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots star Tika Sumpter has joined the cast of the James Brown biopic Get On Up.

The 33-year-old actress will play Yvonne Fair, one of Brown's back-up singers who recorded a song written by the legendary singer called I Found You, which was later turned into his best-selling single I Got You (I Feel Good).

Deadline reports that Sumpter will join a cast including Chadwick Boseman, who will play the Godfather of Soul, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and Viola Davis.

Mick Jagger is producing the Brown biopic along with Brian Grazer. Tate Taylor, who previous...
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'42' Star Chadwick Boseman Lands James Brown Role

August 27th, 2013 8:01am EDT
Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman has gotten the lead role in a biopic of music legend James Brown.

Boseman started gaining popularity after portraying Jackie Robinson, the first African-American professional baseball player in the nation, in the baseball flick 42, which was a hit at the box office earlier this year.

Boseman is now getting ready to embody one of the founding fathers of funk music, Godfather of Soul James Brown.

The Help director Tate Taylor will take charge of the as-yet-untitled project, which is being produced by Mick Jagger's film company.

The movie has been in development for ov...
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Mick Jagger To Produce James Brown Biopic

October 23rd, 2012 8:46am EDT
Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger has confirmed reports he is to produce a James Brown biopic, insisting he is honored to be involved.

The Rolling Stones frontman has joined forces with scriptwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, and Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, who is also in negotiations with The Help director Tate Taylor.

The film will be a co-production between Imagine and Jagger's company Jagged Films, and bosses are now looking for an actor to take the lead role as the Godfather of Soul.

Jagger tells Deadline.com, "It's a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the...
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Snoop Dogg To Be Honored At BMI Urban Awards

August 3rd, 2011 12:25pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Rapper Snoop Dogg will be honored at the BMI Urban Awards later this month.

The Gin and Juice hit-maker will be bestowed with the BMI Icon title previously awarded to James Brown, George Clinton, Willie Nelson and Al Green.

The event honors urban songwriters who have "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers" and belong to Broadcast Music, Inc., - a performance rights organization which represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and publishers.

Snoop Dogg will pick up his accolade at a ceremony at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Augus...
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Cee Lo Green: 'James Brown Was Like My Father'

May 30th, 2011 9:00am EDT
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Cee Lo Green has confirmed speculation Gnarls Barkley's fan favorite tune Who's Gonna Save My Soul is all about the passing of James Brown.

The Crazy singer made the big reveal during a recent taping of VH1 show Storytellers, explaining the song is supposed to empower anyone grieving the loss of a loved one - and he wrote it as he was dealing with the 2006 death of the Godfather of Soul.

He says, "The song is actually about the passing of James Brown... It has to do with everyone; heartbreak, loss, regret, helplessness, hopelessness, and I felt all of the above when we lost James Brown - ...
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30 Quick Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

February 15th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Ray Charles
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts that relate to African Americans in Entertainment.

The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Biography.com. Some of the facts include information about Aretha Franklin, Halle Berry, Harry Belafonte and Beyonce, just to name a few.

Here are the 30 quick facts about African Americans in Entertainment. Be sure to take a look at the list and let me know what you think.

Fact #1
Comedian Bill Cosb...
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Cast Of 'Glee' Tops The Beatles On Hot 100 Chart

October 6th, 2010 9:15pm EDT
Glee
The cast of "Glee" is set to pass the Beatles' bag of Billboard Hot 100 chart hits thanks to another six new entries on the countdown, which will be announced on Thursday.

The cast's Britney Spears tribute show wowed fans, who snapped up downloads by the hundreds of thousands and propelled five Spears covers into the top 100 and snagged the highest debut of the week at 16 with "Toxic."

The tally, which also includes Lea Michele's heartbreaking rendition of Paramore's "The Only Exception," puts the cast ahead of the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the Billboard chart's ...
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Lindsay Lohan, Nick Nolte, James Brown And More Of Our Favorite Celebrity Mugshots (Photos!)

July 7th, 2010 1:49pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Just in case you haven't heard the recent news (or are living under a rock) - everyone's favorite train wreck, Lindsay Lohan, is going to jail. Yesterday in a hearing in Los Angeles, Judge Marsha Revel sentenced Lindsay to serve 90 days in jail for breaching her probation agreement as related to her ongoing case over a drunk driving offense.

Will jail finally be rock bottom for Lohan? Or will she get a repreive after only a few weeks of her sentence - like Paris Hilton did? And time will only tell if she can turn things around for herself. (We're guessing the 'Hooray I'm out of jail' kegge...
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Prince Lands BET Awards Honor

June 15th, 2010 11:33am EDT
Prince
Prince is set to follow in the footsteps of James Brown, Whitney Houston and Diana Ross at the upcoming BET Awards - the pop superstar will be honored with a lifetime achievement honor.

The Purple Rain hit-maker is set to receive the coveted award at the ceremony in Los Angeles on June 27th, as the event celebrates its 10th year. Organizers will use the ceremony to pay tribute to the singer's long running career and his contribution to music over the years.

Stephen G. Hill, president of programming, music and specials for BET, tells the Associated Press, "Prince is dynamic. Prince is ge...
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'Glee' Recap: Bumpy Road To Regionals Gets 'Funk'y

June 3rd, 2010 8:05am EDT
Mercedes Glee
Shue gets divorced, Rachel gets egged, and Quinn finally cracks in this pre-Regionals ‘Funk’-isode. Everything is building towards next week’s finale and the twists and turns just keep coming in an emotional rollercoaster that sets the stage for a high stakes showdown between our beloved glee club and the reigning show choir National Champions, Vocal Adrenaline.

‘Another One Bites The Dust’
Jesse leads Vocal Adrenaline in a tight performance of the Queen song, effectively ending his relationship with Rachel and crushing the entire glee club’s spirits in the process. Toilet papering the ch...
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Bootsy Collins Launches Funk University

May 12th, 2010 9:08am EDT
Bootsy Collins
Funk legend Bootsy Collins is launching the first ever online guitar school for bassists.

The star, who rose to fame as a member of James Brown's backing band The J.B.'s, has founded Funk University, an institution which will teach musicians of all levels, from intermediate to advanced.

Collins will serve as the school's head professor and wannabe students have been invited to enroll at TheFunkUniversity.com.

In a statement, he says, "The best day of my life was when I graduated from university. The next best day of my life will be to see students graduate from F.U. (Funk University)....
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The Ballad Of 'Black Dynamite' And How A Film Got Lost

November 27th, 2009 10:26am EST
Black Dynamite
In October 2009, a modestly budgeted blaxploitation send-up called "Black Dynamite" launched onto screens and stayed there for about a week. After an opening weekend gross of roughly $131,000, averaging out to about $1000 per screen, the film's distributor quickly pulled it from theaters despite it gaining positive buzz in the press. Thankfully, however, the film's quick stint in theaters will be rectified by an expedited February release on DVD, and its internet buzz is growing stronger despite the studio's complete lack of effort in advertising the film. The story behind the making and re...
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Launch 'Virtual' Tour

November 19th, 2009 10:00am EST
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have launched The Superhighway Tour, a first of its kind online-only music experience that delivers 24 of the 48 tracks from the forthcoming "Live Anthology" as high-quality digital downloads and on-demand streams in advance of the Live Anthology's release. "Ticketholders" will receive an insider's view of those 24 tracks, through archived memorabilia reproduced on the site, new band commentary, classic reviews, and curated content from the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vaults. Fans will also be able to share their photos and stories from their favorite Tom...
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The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

July 6th, 2009 9:36am EDT
Bruno
Last week, I chose to see "Public Enemies," which is a decision I definitely do not regret. Johnny Depp is electric as John Dillinger, oozing the charm and finesse of the real life American bank robber and folk hero. Christian Bale also does a solid job as the FBI agent Melvin Purvis, a man singularly obsessed with catching Dillinger.

My main complaints are that the movie does not develop the roles of the other gangsters very well, and at points that the cinematography leaves something to be desired. There are some really shaky handheld shots, which are nauseating. Other than that, ...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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Debut Album From Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Due March 17

January 28th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, the debut album from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is set for release by Lost Highway on March 17. Formed in Austin, TX, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is an eight-piece, garage-soul ensemble featuring groove-laden guitars, penetrating brass and a fiery frontman who exudes power and attitude.

Experiencing the raw energy of Black Joe's performances, accompanied by The Honeybears' masterful backing is the equivalent of a kick to the stomach. Their gut-shot style, felt in such songs as "Gunpowder", "Master Sold My Baby" and "I'm Broke", draws directly...
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Sax Legend David Sanborn Participates In Save The Music eBay Auction

January 23rd, 2009 6:30pm EST
David Sanborn
Maverick saxophonist David Sanborn, who has performed alongside such heavyweights as James Brown, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and innumerable others is stepping up in support of young musicians across the country and participating in an exclusive auction to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which donates instruments for public school music programs.

The auction is closing on January 26th on UniversalMusicStore.com. The auction boasts a private saxophone lesson with David Sanborn in New York City, a copy of Sanborn's acclaimed new CD Here and G...
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Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...
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Seal Discusses His Album 'Soul', His Love For Music And America

November 25th, 2008 10:49am EST
Seal
The gorgeous 45 year old crooner from the UK is at it again. Grammy award winning soul artist Seal is back with his 6th studio album "Soul." It is a 12 track collection of classic soul songs where he covers such greats as Sam Cooke's 'A Change Gonna Come,' James Brown's 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World,' and Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long,' just to name a few.

Some may refer to him as 'Mr. Heidi Klum,' but be assured that Seal can hold his own in the spotlight. His self-titled album released in 1991 was the beginning testament to that fact and his first single 'Crazy'...
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Hall & Oates 'Live At The Troubadour' Out Nov. 25; See Four Songs From The DVD Here!

November 21st, 2008 7:00pm EST
Hall & Oates
In May 2008, Daryl Hall and John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile" and "Kiss On My List," will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.

"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl...
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Seal To Release Album Of Covers, 'Soul,' Nov. 11

October 27th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Seal
Grammy-winning vocalist and songwriter Seal will release a new album, "Soul," on Warner Bros. Records on November 11, 2008. It is the best-selling artist's sixth studio album and was created in partnership with legendary producer David Foster. "Soul" is comprised of eleven classic soul songs that each evokes their own drama, emotion and romance. Seal brings his unique, signature style to the album and found a great collaborative spirit working with Foster.

"Someone once said '...the album will sound like the time you had making it'... Never before has it been as true as in the process ...
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Recap: 'Dancing With The Stars': Season 7 First Night

September 23rd, 2008 11:15am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
Thirteen stars graced the ballroom floor with their presence on Dancing With The Stars' Season Seven premiere event. Monday marked the first of the three night event. Each of the stars danced either the Cha Cha Cha or the Foxtrot with their professional partners and were judged by ballroom professionals, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Up first, the youngest competitor Dancing With The Stars has ever seen, 18-year-old Cody Linley. The Hannah Montana star got paired with golden girl and two-time champ Julianne Hough. In his pre-dance interview, Linley said he would have...
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Fujiya & Miyagi Announce US Fall Tour; 'Lightbulbs' Out Now

September 20th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Fujiya & Miyagi
Imagine that Fujiya & Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues, using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming 'jigsaws' with 'carnivores.'

Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.

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'I Got The Feelin': James Brown In The'60s' 3 DVD Box Set Out Aug. 5

August 2nd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
James Brown
Multi-Grammy Award winning artist James Brown, best known for his smoldering singing and revolutionary rhythmic style, is recognized worldwide as one of the most prolific figures in 20th century popular music. He remains a strong cultural influence as a newsmaker, musician, activist and peacemaker that transcends even the awesome celebrity he achieved as the "Godfather of Soul." A whole new generation is discovering James Brown today through his music and his pivotal presence in American political affairs in the 1960s. DVD & music collectors and fans of the late James Brown will be treated...
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Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...
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