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

9/30/2010 12:12pm EDT
REM
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 Amazon.com'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 Billboard.com, "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...
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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 CelebrityAccess.com, "It was very difficult. Very difficult. It was quite odd really. I went onstage and introduced ...
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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, ...
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Celebrity Birthdays - March 30, 2010

3/30/2010 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to:

Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945)

Singer Anna Nalick (1984)

Rapper Paul Wall (1980)

Jazz singer Norah Jones (1979)

Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968)

"90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964)

American singer Tracy Chapman (1964)

Rapper MC Hammer (1962)

"Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957)

"Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950)

New wave singer Lene Lovich (1949)

Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940)

"Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937)

"Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930)

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Starpulse Writers Share What's On Their iPods This Month

2/22/2010 12:14pm EST
Devendra Banhart
Ok, friends we need to have a talk. Everyone has their own musical preferences. There are those people who are all country, those who are everything EXCEPT country, those who like "alternative," and those who like "Emo." However, a lot of us like a little bit of everything.

Our goal here is to point out a few things we should all be listening to, regardless of our usual musical stylings. These are bands and people that are on my IPod this month….

First lets mention a few names you may not know but definitely should: Many people have heard of Modest Mouse, but did you know before th...
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John Mayer, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top To Rock With Eric Clapton

2/11/2010 9:30pm EST
Eric Clapton
John Mayer, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top will join blues icons B.B. King and Buddy Guy at Eric Clapton's third Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, Illinois. The event, which benefits Clapton's Crossroads Center in Antigua, will also feature the guitarist's former Traffic bandmate Steve Winwood, Robert Cray and Sheryl Crow.

The star-studded concert will take place on June 26.

Clapton's last Crossroads festival took place in Chicago in 2007.

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Katy Perry: 'MTV: Unplugged' Ltd Ed. CD & DVD Set For Nov. 17 Release

10/13/2009 7:21pm EDT
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Coming off her third No. 1 single, "Waking Up in Vegas," multi-platinum Capitol singer-songwriter Katy Perry is set to put her unique signature on yet another defining signpost of global pop culture, releasing her upcoming appearance on "MTV: Unplugged" in CD + DVD set in one package on November 17, 2009.

Recorded live in New York on July 22, 2009, Perry presents some of her most well-known songs in a whole new way, performing unplugged re-arrangements of her No. 1 hits "I Kissed A Girl" and "Waking Up In Vegas," along with the No. 1 video hit "Thinking Of You," and the popular tracks "U...
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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

7/1/2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...
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Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood Release Ltd. Ed. 2-Disc CD/DVD

5/19/2009 9:00pm EDT
Eric Clapton Steve Winwood Live from madison Square Garden
After their extraordinary sold-out three-nights at Madison Square Garden last year, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are set to release a 2-disc CD/DVD of their amazing performances on May 19, 2009 from Reprise Records.

The rock legends took the stage together for just three concerts in a highly anticipated collaboration, performing a string of hits that included Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord," and "Can't Find My Way Home," in addition to Clapton's classics "After Midnight" "Tell the Truth" and "Crossroads" and Steve Winwood's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Glad." The limited edition CD/...
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Five Reasons Why Richard Marx & John Mayer Are Alike

5/11/2009 10:04am EDT
Marx/Mayer
Though Richard Marx got his big break in the late 1980's and John Mayer got his in early 2000's (nearly 15 years later), if we were able to do a 'quantum leap,' we could easily pop each man into one another's career. John would leap into 1987 (the year of Richard's self-titled debut album), and Richard's music career would begin in 2001 when John's hit making album "Room for Squares" was released. Surely, both men would still have great success and receive just as many accolades because their musicality is that amazing.

Check out five top reasons why these two gentlemen of music can ...
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Int'l Pop Icon Kylie Minogue Announces First Ever North American Tour

5/7/2009 1:30pm EDT
Kylie Minogue
North American fans of international pop superstar Kylie Minogue will finally get a chance to experience the icon live in concert when her 6-city tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on September 30th.

Over the course of her extraordinary 20-year-career, Minogue has been a global force in pop music with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hit singles including the U.S. Billboard dance-chart toppers "Can't Get You Our of My Head," "Love At First Sight," "Slow," and the Grammy-Award winning "Come Into My World," countless awards and accolades including an OBE from the Queen and 8 s...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

3/30/2009 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930).

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Taylor Hicks Goes 'The Distance' March 10; Win His New CD - Signed!

3/6/2009 6:00pm EST
Taylor Hicks
Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Taylor Hicks will thrill longtime fans, and inspire new audiences, with the release of his anticipated new studio album, The Distance, on March 10. The album will be released on Hicks' Modern Whomp Records label and distributed through a partnership with independent artist services company Artist To Market (A2M). Debuting January 27 digitally is the first single "What's Right Is Right," a mid-tempo song about love and commitment, driven by funky keyboards and sax work.

Produced by Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill), and tapping ...
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14 Nauseating & Sappy Love Songs For A Mushy February 14

2/14/2009 10:55am EST
Happy Valentine
Want to make your Valentine's heart melt to mush? Create a playlist or CD with these 14 lovey-dovey, nauseatingly sappy songs:

1. "You're Still The One" - Shania Twain

2. "I'll Make Love To You" - Boyz II Men

3. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" - Backstreet Boys

4. "Unchained Melody" - Righteous Brothers

5. "When A Man Loves A Woman" - Percy Sledge

6. "Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton

7. "I Knew I Loved You" - Savage Garden

8. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" - Van Morrison

9. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" - Aerosmith

10. "I Do (Cheris...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

1/30/2009 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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Sax Legend David Sanborn Participates In Save The Music eBay Auction

1/23/2009 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

12/3/2008 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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New Thanksgiving Traditions

11/25/2008 12:13pm EST
The Last Waltz
It all started with some weirdo religious fanatics making wary peace with local culture to celebrate the harvest and to pray that at least some of them will live through the winter.

The noble dreams of our forefathers live on today and as Americans we honor the shaky bonds of our ancestors with Thanksgiving. We all have our favorite holiday past times be it eating yourself into depression, watching the Lions lose or making sure grandma doesn't say anything offensive about minorities. However, like a well worn pair of jeans, some traditions can wear a hole in the seat. Every so often it's...
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Overrated/Underrated Diamond Award Albums

8/15/2008 11:30am EDT
Beatles
In 1999, the RIAA, providers of platinum and gold records to recording artists, decided it was time to honor those who had reached a higher sales plateau and created the Diamond Award.

The newly minted award went to the albums that had shipped 10 million or more copies. Since the award's inception, 103 diamond albums have been handed out to everyone from The Beatles to Kid Rock. Receiving this award ensures that an album will always be recognized as a classic. After all, with millions of albums released over the years, joining a club with slightly over 100 members is as exclusive as...
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'American Idol' Winner David Cook Teams With Grammy Winning Producer

8/5/2008 1:49pm EDT
David Cook
American Idol winner David Cook has teamed up with Grammy winning producer Rob Cavallo on his debut album for 19 Recordings/RCA Records, due out this fall.

Cavallo, best known for his work with the legendary pop-punk band Green Day, has also produced records for superstar artists such as Kid Rock, Eric Clapton, My Chemical Romance, Goo Goo Dolls, and is working with the Dave Matthews Band on an upcoming release.

Cook has been busy in the studio when not on the road with the American Idols Live tour, co-writing many of the upcoming album tracks alongside some of music's hottest ro...
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The Most Underrated And Overrated Breakup Songs

6/27/2008 10:51am EDT
Eagles
Of all the different types of songs, none is more essential than the Breakup Song. Sure, love songs are nice and dance songs are fun, but when you're feeling blue, a good breakup song is nearly a panacea. Knowing someone else has felt that low and hearing it perfectly articulated can pry the Jack Daniels from your hands for a minute and allow you to once again think that life is worth living.

Artists produce breakup songs with a prolificacy only outdone by love songs. With so many to choose from, and so many situations in which to listen to them, selecting the best breakup song is im...
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'Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles' Drops July 1

6/20/2008 7:00am EDT
John Mayer
On July 1st a brand new 2CD, DVD & Blu-Ray package hits stores entitled Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles filmed last December at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and directed by Danny Clinch. The special Columbia Records release includes three distinct sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a Continuum set featuring Mayer's full-band. Where The Light Is will be the first new release since Continuum became available in September 2006 and incorporates each of the elements the five-time Grammy-w...
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Hollywood Couples With A Short Shelf Life

4/30/2008 12:28pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
Some Hollywood couplings make you go, "Huh?" Take Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer for example. When Jen was married to Brad Pitt - that was hot. When she was linked to Orlando Bloom - that was interesting. But her pairing with John Mayer is, if it is anything at all, is probably just a passing fancy.

It's a fact that many celebrities enjoy keeping their options open. They may date for a while, but often the relationships end in heartache. Take Justin Timberlake. He dated both Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz. He's now linked to Jessica Biel. But unlike many stars who get hitched...
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Tommy Emmanuel Returns To 'Center Stage' With Live 2-CD Set Out April 29

4/23/2008 9:00pm EDT
Tommy Emmanuel
Recognized as the elite of the elite and arguably the greatest living acoustic guitar player, two-time Grammy® nominee Tommy Emmanuel has mesmerized both fellow musicians and audiences alike with a professional career that spans over four decades. Tommy's dazzling performance, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire never fail to amaze and engage his legions. From the wilds of Australia's outback to bustling major cities throughout the world, Emmanuel's flair, unforgettable showmanship and exhaustive world wide touring schedule have created an enviable fan base that continues to gr...
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Can Guitar Hero Top Itself?

4/10/2008 2:30pm EDT
Guitar Hero
When the first Guitar Hero was released for the Playstation 2 in November 2005, it was met with both critical acclaim and a lot of buzz: a video game that substituted a simulated guitar for the standard controller? Why, it was unheard of! The game sold a modest 1.5 million copies and was popular enough to launch an entire franchise that has only gotten better with time.

Take, for example, the setlists. The original game, with a mere 47 songs, was composed of almost entirely cover versions. Guitar Hero II, on the other hand, contained 64 songs, four of which were actually recorded by th...
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Return of the 70's Singer-Songwriter

4/4/2008 2:01pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Successful singer-songwriters have spanned across the decades, but no era saw them flourish like the 1970s. James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne and Neil Young (to name a few) were tearing up the airwaves. Their simple, thought-provoking melodies struck a chord with a Vietnam War-torn America and left an indelible mark on the modern music biz. Well, tune your radios and adjust your mp3 players, folks. The 70s singer-songwriter sound is back - with a whole new batch of artists.

Jackson Browne live (1978):

Carrying the Torch
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Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

4/3/2008 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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Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

3/30/2008 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930), Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853; d. 1890), and Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1...
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