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It's All In The Name: Current Music Acts With The Worst Names

June 12th, 2008 1:47pm EDT
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
So, what's in a name you may ask? Apparently, everything. A music act or band's name should be concise, easy to remember, easy to say, and make some sort of cognitive impression. We've compiled a list here of current bands with names that just don't make a lot of sense.

HIM

The Goth Rock band HIM strangely carries a name that has long been traditionally regarded as a religious associative term. Plus, finding the band on some music search engines is still like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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Going Commercial: Veterans & Up-And-Comers Showcase Their Music On TV

April 18th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Madonna
Whether in apparel, foods, cars, or beverages, popular music in commercials is taking over. Some tunes work so surprisingly well as the backdrop to a commercial that viewers often don't pay attention to the product being advertised. We present our picks for music that has gotten some mileage with the help of ads. Love them? Hate them? Let us know!

Madonna/ Sunsilk

Madonna is one smart cookie and not one to sleep on trends. With the imminent release of her "Hard Candy" studio recording, it no surprise that the artist has chosen commercials to present her lead single from the a...
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Bassist Leaves CSS

April 13th, 2008 11:30am EDT
CSS
CSS have parted ways with their bass player Ira Trevisan. The band confirmed it has become a five-piece following the departure of Trevisan on Friday. Drummer Adriano Cintra will now take over bass duties.

But Trevisan vows to continue her music career.

She says, "I decided to move forward and dedicate more of my time to fashion and other projects. Just a big change of priorities, as I will never stop playing music. CSS will always be in my heart. They said goodbye to their bass player, but they won a new life-time fan. In health and sickness, in happiness and so forth. Blah bla...
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CSS Blast Airport For Lollapalooza Gaffe

August 7th, 2007 10:20am EDT
CSS
Electro-rockers Cansei De Ser Sexy (CSS) have hit out at an American airline for forcing them to miss the Lollapalooza festival after they lost their luggage.

The Brazilian stars were due to play a set at the Chicago, Illinois, festival on Saturday, but had to cancel their appearance after becoming stranded at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport due to the luggage blunder.

Writing on their MySpace profile, CSS rant: "Corporate pigs hope you rot in hell!"

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Pearl Jam Blasts President, Other Acts Wow Lollapalooza

August 6th, 2007 10:08am EDT
Pearl Jam
Veteran rockers Pearl Jam turned political during their closing set at U.S. music festival Lollapalooza on Sunday, launching a blistering attack on oil giant BP and calling for an end to the war in Iraq.

The Last Kiss stars wowed crowds with a two-hour set at Grant Park, performing tracks including Daughter, Evenflo and BetterMan to bring the three-day Chicago, Illinois event to a resounding close.

But frontman Eddie Vedder - known for his outspoken views and staunch opposition to U.S. President George W. Bush - used the band's appearance to hit out at BP Amoco for its involvement...
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Fascinating Facts

June 6th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Kate Winslet
Actress Kate Winslet has signed a two year contract as the new face of cosmetics brand L'Oreal.

Enrique Iglesias has reportedly been lined up to entertain England's soccer elite at the upcoming wedding of the national team's vice-captain Stephen Gerrard. The national hero, who is also captain of Liverpool F.C., has asked the Spanish star at the request of his bride-to-be, Alex Curran, who is a huge fan of his hits. A spokesperson for the singer says, "Enrique has been approached to play a few private events. We cannot comment on the details." Gerrard and Curran will wed in England next...
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Microsoft Launches 'Ignition' Program To Help Recording Artists Reach An Audience Of Millions Of Zune, MSN And Xbox Fans

June 5th, 2007 11:00pm EDT
LCD Soundsystem
REDMOND, Wash. -- June 4, 2007 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of Ignition, a new program that gives recording artists with new releases a unique channel to reach tens of millions of consumers, whether they are browsing music online, playing games or catching up on the latest news. For the first time, Microsoft has packaged promotional opportunities across Zune(TM), Xbox® and MSN® to help artists more efficiently reach consumers in all three audiences.

In a world where high-impact promotional opportunities for new music can be limited, artists look for ways to make direct...
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Lollapalooza 2007 Lineup Announced

April 12th, 2007 12:13pm EDT
Pearl Jam
Tickets are now officially on sale for Lollapalooza 2007, August 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Among the 120-plus artists are behemoths Pearl Jam — in their sole U.S. show this year — as well as Daft Punk, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Muse, Iggy and the Stooges, Interpol, Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, Snow Patrol, The Roots, Paolo Nutini, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, and many more.

The 2006 edition of Lollapalooza filled Grant Park with more than 166,000 attendees of every stripe—figuratively and literally—...
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