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Happy Or Sad, These Songs Will Bring You To Tears

8/23/2015 2:00pm EDT
14 Songs That’ll Bring You To Tears
Sometimes you’ve just got to break down…crying that is. Tears can be therapeutic in both depressed and jubilant circumstances. The 14 songs that grace this list all encompass tears in different capacities, whether the context is happy or sad or the “tears” themselves are more metaphorical. Regardless, these songs need to be spinning on any and everybody’s tearful playlist!

1) Faith Evans, “Tears Of Joy” (R&B Divas, 2012)

Faith Evans indeed has “tears of joy” on her moving song of the same title. This is not a sad song in the least as Evans doesn’t reference pain, but jubilance, exu...

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...

Cream Bassist/Singer Jack Bruce Dies At 71

10/26/2014 12:31pm EDT
Cream Bassist/Singer Jack Bruce Dies At 71
Veteran rocker Jack Bruce, who was one-third of iconic rock trio Cream passed away at his Suffolk, England home on Saturday. He was 71.

The bassist/singer, who rocked alongside guitarist/singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, had been battling liver disease.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," a statement from the Bruce family reads. "The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."

Bruce's publicist added that Bruc...

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in Music

8/7/2014 10:44am EDT
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in
After a lengthy drought (understatement), Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers finally claim their first #1 album with Hypnotic Eye. Outperforming prognostications, not to mention the sales of the band's previous album (Mojo), Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies. Like so many other weeks throughout 2014, Tom Petty's veteran collective were the only album to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. This is even more disappointing to some extent because of the number of new albums that landed within the top 10.

Eric Clapton, another veteran musician, unsurprisingly debuts right behind Petty at #2. As re...

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

7/29/2014 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...

16 Hollywood Stars & Their Supercars

4/25/2014 3:00pm EDT
16 Hollywood Stars & Their Supercars
Honda. Ford. Chevy. These are all household names. We see them every day driving to work, or while going to grab a cup of coffee on the corner, or from our office window. They don't do anything special to really grab your attention - they just exist to get us from point A to point B. And for most of us, that's just fine.

But for those who can afford it, vehicles offer something else - status. And those vehicles are fast and loud, and they grab -no- command attention wherever they go. Whether it's through sleek, formula 1-like styling, or monstrous engines that roar like lions and move like...

Eric Clapton Vows To Quit Touring At 70

2/28/2013 4:28pm EST
Eric Clapton
Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has vowed to quit touring once he hits 70 in three years' time.

The 67-year-old musician loves performing, but hates long journeys while on the road, so he counteracts his woes by spending huge amounts of money on first-class travel.

Clapton insists his expenses mean he makes a loss on his tours, so has vowed to give up long treks once he hits his landmark 70th birthday on March 30th 2015.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "The bit onstage, that's easy. If I could do that around my neighborhood, that would be great. You have guys in Texas that play thei...

12 Music Acts That Need To Headline Halftime At The Super Bowl

10/17/2012 3:01pm EDT
Now that Beyonce has officially been named the headliner for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, we've decided to put together a little wish-list of acts that we think should provide the entertainment during the 30 minutes of downtime the players have to get rejuvenated for the second half of the big game.

With this year's addition of Beyonce, last year's headliner Madonna, and 2011's Black Eyed Peas shows we also think it's time to get back to some tried-and-true rock and roll.

Check out our picks after the jump...

Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker puts on a ...

Eric Clapton Sells Painting For Over $30 Million

10/14/2012 11:07am EDT
Eric Clapton
Rock legend Eric Clapton's bank balance was given a huge boost on Friday when his painting by German artist Gerhard Richter sold for a record-breaking $34.2 million.

The musician put the abstract work, called Abstraktes Bild (809-4), under the hammer at Sotheby's auction house in London, and the sale was expected to attract a maximum bid of $19 million.

But it exceeded experts' estimations and was snapped up by an anonymous buyer just five minutes into the auction, prompting a round of applause.

The huge amount breaks the previous record for a price paid at auction for the work of a l...

Eric Clapton Spends Millions On Custom Ferrari

3/25/2012 1:41pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Motor-mad rocker Eric Clapton has spent a staggering $4.8 million on a custom-made Ferrari to add to his collection.

The British guitarist, a renowned car collector, teamed up with designers at the Italian manufacturer's Special Projects division to re-body the Ferrari 458 Italia.

It was built in homage to one of Clapton's favorite vehicles, the 1970s Ferrari 512BB, which he crashed.

The sleek red model was put on display at a Ferrari dealership in London but was removed after it attracted too much attention.

One fan said, "It was on display very briefly but caused a big stir in the car...

Still Alive And Kicking: A Conversation With Jim McCarty Of The Yardbirds

2/3/2012 6:32pm EST
The Yardbirds. Yes, the very same seminal 60’s rock outfit that helped to spawn the careers of not one, not two, but three of the most legendary guitar players in history – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. While they may have had their differences, whether it is breaking up and reforming again and again, and swapping players in and out of the lineup and so on – they are still alive and kicking, and back on tour believe it or not, a tour which kicks off at the Tralf in Buffalo, NY.

Even though there might be a number of new faces within their ranks, the Yardbirds music is still highl...

Cream Concert Film Offers Hope For Another Reunion

12/7/2011 11:56pm EST
Cream fans have been left hopeful of another group reunion after checking out the interviews collected for a new DVD and Blu-Ray concert movie recalling the trio's 2005 concerts in London.

Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce talk fondly about the get together in the chats recorded just after the band's week-long slate of shows at the Royal Albert Hall - and the threesome appears keen to do it all again.

Cream did follow the London shows with concerts in New York the following year but the group was disbanded shortly afterwards amid reports of a bust-up between Bruce and Baker - and ...

Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

11/23/2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...

Dave Grohl Filming Documentary About 'Nevermind' Studio

10/3/2011 9:27am EDT
Dave Grohl
Rocker Dave Grohl has reportedly turned documentarian to chronicle the history of the studio where he recorded Nevermind with Nirvana over 20 years ago

REO Speedwagon star Kevin Cronin has revealed news of the project to, hinting he'll be a part of the untitled Sound City Studios film.

He explains, "Dave is working on this project based on a studio that we all used to work at. It's really interesting. I probably shouldn't be talking about it... but it's very cool. They (Nirvana) recorded Nevermind (there), and I know that it meant a lot to a lot of artists."

"So Dave is...

Cream's 2005 Reunion Concert To Be Released On Blu-ray

9/20/2011 10:01pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Cream's triumphant reunion concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2005 is to be released on Blu-ray.

The concert was the trio's first in almost 40 years and led to a string of shows in New York before Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce went their separate ways again.

The new concert movie, released via Eagle Rock Entertainment in October, will feature 19 tracks recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS-HD Master Audio and high definition and rare interviews with the bandmates.

Jane's Addiction To Be Inducted Into Hollywood's Rock Walk

5/24/2011 8:42am EDT
Jane's Addiction
Rockers Jane's Addiction are to be inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk.

The band, Stephen Perkins, Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell, will place their hands into the cement outside Los Angeles' fabled Guitar Center at noon on June 1st.

Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello will induct the band at the ceremony.

Jane's Addiction's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other accomplished musicians and innovators including Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Elvis Presley.

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Eric Clapton Fulfills Jazz Dreams

4/10/2011 3:00pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Rock icon Eric Clapton lived out his childhood dreams on Thursday when he joined jazz star Wynton Marsalis onstage for a special benefit show in New York.

The guitarist was a guest performer at the Lincoln Center Orchestra event, teaming up with Marsalis and his band to play a series of jazz standards.

And Clapton revealed the gig fulfilled one of his long held ambitions.

He says, "I've never done anything like this in my life before... I wanted to be in a jazz band as a kid, but the guitar took me away."

Clapton and Marsalis also gave one of the rocker's biggest hits a musical makeover...

Sale Of Eric Clapton's Beach Home To Benefit Japanese Relief Effort

3/29/2011 10:44pm EDT
Eric Clapton
A Japanese businessman is selling off Eric Clapton's one-time Venice Beach retreat in California to benefit the survivors of his homeland's earthquake and tsunami disasters.

The only private residence designed by celebrated Japanese architect Arata Isozaki will hit the property market at $2.5 million.

The sale will include a never-released, solo recording Clapton left behind when he sold the property in 2003. The rocker owned the home for five years. The place features custom furnishings by Getty Museum artisan Ronald Bennett.

You can help Japan by going to iTunes and getting a 38-song a...

Eric Clapton Makes Millions In Charity Guitar Sale

3/10/2011 10:14am EST
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton has raised a staggering $2.2 million for charity by selling off his guitar collection.

The rock legend announced back in December that he would be auctioning off more than 70 of his prized instruments and 55 amplifiers to help fund the rehab center he set up in the Caribbean.

The 138 lots, which included guitars donated by stars including Jeff Beck, JJ Cale, and Joe Bonamassa, went under the hammer at Bonhams in New York on Wednesday and raised millions of dollars for The Crossroads Center in Antigua.

A 1948 Gibson guitar was the priciest item, selling for $83,000.


Mick Jagger to Make First Appearance on Grammys Stage

2/3/2011 1:05pm EST
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Mick Jagger will make his first-ever live appearance on the Grammys stage, CBS announced Thursday.

The rock legend will perform as part of the telecast's "In Memorium" tribute, which pays homage to those in the music world who have died in the past year. Jagger will be joined on stage by his band and Grammy winner Raphael Saadiq.

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Happy 60th Birthday Phil Collins!

1/30/2011 12:16pm EST
Phil Collins
Drumming legend Phil Collins has lived to enjoy "Another Day In Paradise" - the superstar sticksman is 60!

The former Genesis star, who went on to become a best-selling solo artist, celebrates his big day on Sunday.

The Brit is able to look back at a career which sees him as only one of a handful of stars to sell 100 million albums both as an individual and as part of a group.

To honor his stellar life, we have looked back and found 10 fascinating facts about the man who made it "Against All Odds."

Happy Birthday Phil!
- Collins first started drumming after getting a kit for Christmas w...

Cream's Jack Bruce Wants Simon Cowell 'Exterminated'

1/10/2011 7:29pm EST
Jack Bruce
British rock icon Jack Bruce has called for Simon Cowell's extermination - because he believes the music mogul is single-handedly wrecking the industry.

The Cream star insists so many great acts would never have made it in the 1960s if Cowell had been a major part of the music business - and the bass player fears for the future of music under svengalis like the man behind TV talent shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

Bruce tells Britain's Uncut magazine, "He should be exterminated.

"You can pretty much guarantee that had that bastard Cowell been around at the beginning of the '6...

'Baker Street' Singer Gerry Rafferty Dies (Videos)

1/4/2011 7:19pm EST
Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty, the man behind hits like "Stuck In The Middle With You" and "Baker Street," has died at age 63.

The Scottish musician passed away from liver failure on Tuesday after a long battle with alcoholism.

Rafferty fell ill in November and was hooked up to a life-support machine after he was admitted to the hospital.

His family members were told he had little chance of survival, but his health improved slightly over Christmas, and Rafferty died at his home with his daughter, Martha, by his bedside.

The singer began his career as a busker, before forming folk group the Humblebums ...

Keith Richards Owns 3,000 Guitars

12/27/2010 11:37am EST
Keith Richards
Rocker Keith Richards spends a fortune on storing his collection of 3,000 guitars, but he only ever plays 15 of them onstage or in a recording studio.

The Rolling Stones star has amassed a huge haul of instruments during his five decades in the music industry, but most of his prized collection is gathering dust in a warehouse.

And the legendary hellraiser is also humble about his plucking skills, insisting he's not a very good guitarist.

He tells Britain's BBC Radio 2, "The storage costs me more than they're worth. I don't even consider myself a guitar player. I am not a Hendrix or Clapt...

'Eric Clapton: The 1960's Review' DVD

10/29/2010 12:27pm EDT
“Eric Clapton: the 1960’s Review” Sexy Intellectual: From the Yardbirds and Cream to the Bluesbreakers and Blind Faith, nearly everything venerable guitar legend Eric Clapton has touched has turned to gold. Such is not the case with the new unauthorized documentary “Eric Clapton: the 1960’s Review.” Now, that is definitely not to say this rockumentary is without merit, actually it is one of the better unauthorized works to have been released lately, it is just that though – this was never authorized by Clapton himself. Regardless, it is a strong collection and thorough timeline of the man, ...

Elton John Advises Lindsay Lohan To Ditch 'Pampering' Rehab Centers

10/21/2010 1:21pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John is urging Lindsay Lohan to swap "pampering" rehab centers for a tough "boot camp" treatment course - because the troubled actress needs serious professional help with her problems.

The British singer spent years battling alcohol and drug demons and endured numerous stints in clinics as he attempted to kick his addictions. The Rocket Man admits he can empathize with Lohan, who has spent this year in and out of prison and rehab as she tries to get sober, but fears she may be taking the wrong approach to her treatment.

Lohan is currently a patient at the Betty Ford clinic in Ca...

R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts' Makes Most Men Cry

9/30/2010 12:12pm EDT
R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts is the song most likely to make men sob, according to a new British survey.

The tune beat Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton's heartfelt tribute to his dead son - to top a new poll conducted by PRS for Music, an organization which collects royalties.

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah was third and Sinead O'Connor was the only woman on the list at four with Prince-penned song Nothing Compares 2 U.

Also making the top 10: With or Without You by U2, The Verve's The Drugs Don't Work and Candle in the Wind by Elton John.

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Susan Boyle's New, Unreleased Album Already A Bestseller

9/25/2010 4:00pm EDT
Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle is set to repeat her end-of-2009 album success this year - the Scottish singer's new album has shot to the top of's Bestsellers chart more than a month before its release.

"The Gift" won't be released until November 9, but the talent show sensations is already assured of another big hit - fans are already desperate to pre-order the album.

Amazon's director of music Craig Pape tells, "It's the season of Susan and it's a pretty significantly number one. The Gift has leapfrogged fourth-quarter efforts by Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton and Neil Young on the be...

Music Exec Chose Led Zeppelin Reunion Over Wife's Dead Father

7/10/2010 5:15pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Music mogul Harvey Goldsmith almost missed out on the one-off Led Zeppelin reunion he helped stage in 2007 - because his father-in-law died as the supergroup were about to take the stage.

The British promoter put the Ahmet Ertegun tribute show together in London after meeting with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page at the label boss and producer's memorial.

Goldsmith introduced the show at the O2 Arena and then heard his wife Diana's father had died as he left the stage.

He tells, "It was very difficult. Very difficult. It was quite odd really. I went onstage and introduced ...

Sheryl Crow To Release '100 Miles From Memphis' July 20

6/2/2010 8:20pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow is about to unveil her soul stylings on the new studio set "100 Miles From Memphis" due for release July 20th on A&M Records. Crow will hit the road with a string of June dates followed by a headlining slot on the first five Lilith Fair dates. After the release of "100 Miles From Memphis" Crow will debut a new live band to take her funky new sound on the road. See below for complete list of tour dates.

Growing up in Kennett, Missouri, 100 miles from Memphis, Crow grew up listening to the irresistible soul sounds on the radio coming out of Memphis in the late 60s; Otis Redding, ...