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The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock

6/14/2014 9:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock
Amazing performers, distinctive voices, memorable style and working with a ‘metal’ band (not hard rock, grunge, punk or hardcore); these are the criteria for becoming one of the ten most powerful frontmen in heavy metal and hard rock. These performers not only lead their band on stage, they command a presence that is undeniable to fans who have been lucky enough to catch them live. Some are no longer here, some are a little long in the tooth, but their contribution to their genre will always be felt.

1. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf)

Dio is credited...

Chris Cornell To Play Sandy Benefit Concert In NYC

11/9/2012 4:28pm EST
Chris Cornell
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is to play a special acoustic show in New York City next week to raise money for the victims of superstorm Sandy.

The rocker will take to the stage at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan on Monday night for a solo show and all of the proceeds will be donated to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, which is contributing to aid efforts in the Big Apple in the aftermath of the disaster.

A statement posted on Cornell's website reads, "On Monday, November 12th, New York City's Bowery Ballroom will host a special acoustic evening with Chris Cornell, a ben...

Chris Cornell Drops Out Of Jay-Z's Music Festival

8/30/2012 10:44am EDT
Chris Cornell
Soundgarden star Chris Cornell has pulled out of a planned performance at Jay-Z's inaugural Made in America music festival this weekend.

The rapper will launch the event in Philadelphia on September 1st with acts including Pearl Jam, Passion Pit, Drake and Run DMC. Cornell was among the artists on the bill, but he has now scrapped his Sunday set due to a scheduling conflict.

A statement posted on the singer's website reads, "Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict Chris Cornell is unable to perform at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia on September 2 as previously planned....

Soundgarden Record New Tune For 'Avengers' Soundtrack

3/27/2012 9:12pm EDT
Reunited rockers Soundgarden have recorded their first new tune in 15 years for the soundtrack of summer action blockbuster The Avengers.

In a statement, the grunge group admits it was flattered to be asked to record a song for the new Marvel film.

The bandmates says, "We've been hard at work on our new album, which will come out this fall, and when the opportunity arose to write an original song for Marvel's The Avengers film... we thought it could be a cool match."

Soundgarden have recorded the song Live to Rise for the soundtrack.

It's not the first time a member of the group has bee...

Chris Cornell Slams Kanye West Over Festival Volume

1/23/2012 11:37am EST
Chris Cornell
Kanye West infuriated Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell at Australia's Big Day Out festival after the rapper's sound system disrupted the band's set when he started 45 minutes late.

The Stronger hit-maker was one of the headlining acts at the event on the Gold Coast on Sunday night, but a heavy downpour meant West couldn't begin his show until almost an hour after he was due to take to the stage.

The volume of his set infiltrated Soundgarden's performance on a nearby stage, prompting the group's fans to boo and Cornell himself to speak out over the noise.

He shouted, "Sounds like the...

Lady Gaga Leads 2012 Oscars Song Nominees

12/20/2011 3:47pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is in the running for an Oscar after she was named among the nominees for the coveted Best Song prize.

The pop superstar's duet with Elton John, Hello Hello, from the Rocket Man's Gnomeo & Juliet movie, has been included in a long list of 39 songs in competition for gold at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Mary J. Blige's track Living Proof, from The Help, is also on the list, along with's Hot Wings, from Rio, and Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley's duet Collision of Worlds, from Cars 2.

Other artists in consideration for the prize include Chris Cornell (The Keeper, from Ma...

Soundgarden Reunited For The Fans

4/2/2011 1:00pm EDT
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is adamant the rock band reunited for the sake of its fans, insisting: "It's not a cash in."

The Black Hole Sun hitmakers announced last year they were back together for the first time in 12 years, and it emerged in February they are now in the studio working on new songs.

Bassist Ben Shepherd sparked speculation the reunion was money-driven after he confessed he's broke and "technically homeless" - but Cornell has now spoken out to reassure fans the rockers did not plan the comeback for cash.

He tells Mojo magazine, "It's not a cash-in, we control what...

Nonpoint's Cover of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Offered as Free Download (Get It Here!)

2/16/2011 4:28pm EST
Nonpoint finally recorded their fan-favorite cover of Billie Jean. They cite Michael Jackson, Chris Cornell, and David Cook for inspiration regarding the song. Nonpoint’s version had been previously available on YouTube only, and the band had received numerous requests for a full track listing. The band wanted to do something special for their fans after reaching 100,000 likes to their fan page, and is offering it for free! You can download it below.


Soundgarden Release New Album Via Guitar Hero

10/1/2010 7:07pm EDT
Reunited rockers Soundgarden have made the most of new technology - they've released their first album in 14 years via hit video game Guitar Hero.

The band, fronted by Chris Cornell, signed a deal with video game bosses to feature their new project, Telephantasm, in its entirety on the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, which was released this earlier week. The album features some of the group's biggest hits from its heyday in the 1990s as well as a number of previously unreleased tracks and will not hit music retailers until next week.

Cornell admits Soundgarden agreed to the rare move...

Chris Cornell Breaks His Hand

5/24/2010 10:10am EDT
Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell has thrown rehearsals for the Soundgarden reunion into doubt after breaking his hand. The rocker suffered the injury earlier this month and has been photographed with a cast on his right arm.

Cornell's wife Vicky confirmed the news in a post on her page, writing, "OMG (Oh my God)! Chris Cornell has broken his hand..." revealing the musician sustained the injury when he "dropped (his) end of something very heavy..."

However, Vicky reveals a broken hand won't stop the rocker playing guitar, and he has even been helping out with their five-year-old daughter, Toni....

Soundgarden Return To Rock Lollapalooza

4/6/2010 7:30pm EDT
Chris Cornell
Soundgarden will mark their rock reunion by headlining the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois this summer - 12 years after they split.

The group has been confirmed to join Lady GaGa and Green Day on the top billing for the weekend event in August, months after frontman Chris Cornell hinted that the Black Hole Sun hit-makers were planning a comeback in a post on his own website and his blog on New Year's Day.

Announcing the news on their official website, singer Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron write, "Soundgarden will ...

Lily Allen And Courtney Love Join The List Of Celebrity Twitter Fights

3/1/2010 2:04pm EST
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Last week, Courtney Love attacked Lily Allen for "locking up" Chanel dresses at the BRIT awards. Lily Allen responded via the new channel for celebrity fights: Twitter.

"…when i saw her at the NME'S she tried to talk to me and i told her to shut up stop spreading stupid rumours about me," Allen posted. "I would never fight with her," she continues," as a rule i don't pick on crazy old ladies." However, minutes later, she responds to another member's tweet with "…it's the sort of thing a paranoid drug addled lunatic might come up with."

Twitter has become the new battleground for celebrity...

Recording Artists Who Have Changed Music Styles

2/2/2010 10:40am EST
What happens when Hip Hop & R&B stars lives are changed by fame and fortune? Now finding themselves in a different place most opt to crossover, which involves a marked change in artistic direction, to find new life in the world of popular music. Do you agree, or disagree? Let us know how you feel when your favorite musicians cross over into other musical styles.

Kanye West

Hip Hop entertainer Kanye West may have left many fans quite surprised with his last release, 808s & Heartbreak, which by the given the title was really more an Electronica release, non arguably one of the best in...

Newly Reunited Soundgarden's Best Music Videos

1/4/2010 1:31pm EST
With Chris Cornell announcing a Soundgarden reunion, it's a great excuse to take a look back at the band's eclectic music videos.

This jittery, sporadic video for Rusty Cage will probably make your eyes hurt, but it's the style of bizarre music video that Soundgarden loved to produce. It also features some of Chris Cornell's best vocals and a great bass guitar arrangement.

Grunge at its core, Outshined is fairly run-of-the-mill as far as music videos are concerned. But if you want to see Chris Cornell shirtless, look no further...

Was Soundgarden even involved the S...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 20

7/20/2009 3:00am EDT
Gisele Bundchen
Happy Birthday to All-American Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty (1980), Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen (1980), actor Simon Rex (1974), "Lost" bad-boy Josh Holloway (1969), British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt (1968), Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (1966), ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell (1964), actor Frank Whaley (1963), "Spies Like Us" actress Donna Dixon (1956), Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook (1956), prolific Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana (1947), singer/songwriter Kim Carnes (1945), screen legend Natalie Wood (1938; d. 1981), and actress Lola Albright (1926).

View more Celebri...

New Hot Music Just Released

4/2/2009 12:21pm EDT
Jake Owen Easy Does It
Here's our round up of some the hot new music releases during the 'March Madness' festivities. Don't' forget to share your own personal new music raves just released!

Pearl Jam / Ten

Pearl Jam, one of the biggest music acts from the Grunge music era, has released a tenth anniversary deluxe/collector's edition of band's Ten album. The reissue comes as two disc set, plus DVD, including bonus exclusive tracks, performances, and memorabilia.

The-Dream / Love VS Money

Well known as one of the producers behind Rihanna's "Umbrella" fame, The-Dream is now ...

Chris Cornell Streams New Album Exclusively On MySpace For 2 Days Only

3/3/2009 2:31pm EST
Chris Cornell
With one week until record release, Chris Cornell is giving his fans the opportunity to hear the album as it was intended- in full. Cornell will be streaming his anticipated 3rd solo album, Scream, produced by Timbaland, on MySpace for 48 hours starting today, March 3rd till 12pm EST Thursday, March 5th.

Scream is a seamless work. Timbaland makes inventive use of Cornell's soaring melodies and incisive lyrics, setting his intense vocal performances against a lush, expressive soundscape and irresistible stutter-step beats. The inventive new work looks to spearhead a brave new wo...

Chris Cornell Performing On Jimmy Kimmel Live Tonight; 'Scream' Out March 10

1/23/2009 4:08pm EST
Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell's long-awaited Timbaland produced album, Scream is reaching stores on 3/10 and he's been keeping busy rehearsing with his new band and talking with his fans on his blog. Since the break-up of his legendary group Soundgarden back in the late 90's, the frontman hasn't picked up an electric guitar but according to his latest blog entry on, he's thinking of busting them out for his upcoming tour:

"Hi people. Here is an open question. Since I got my guitars back I have been considering playing guitar live again. Who thinks I should pick it up again? I play...

Linkin Park: 'Songs from the Underground'

1/9/2009 11:00am EST
Linkin Park
Linkin Park is a band that just keeps on giving. Having just released their second live CD/DVD 'Road to Revolution,' a few weeks prior, the band deemed it necessary to drop another record for their fans, this time an eight song collection from their LP Underground fan club, entitled 'Songs From the Underground.'

They might be some time away from releasing their fourth full length studio album, but 'Songs from the Underground' more than suffices as filler for the fans in the meantime.

Granted, it may not be a proper Linkin Park album release, but it surely is one of their best col...

Collateral Damage From Robert Plant's Decision To Nix Zep Reunion

12/25/2008 5:00pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Since the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed last December for a one-off show to pay tribute to late Atlantic Records founder and legend Ahmet Ertegun, the man who discovered and brought us some of the most talented artists of all-time (seriously, we really could use another Ahmet right about now-- but since the almighty dollar overshadows the need for actual talent we can forget that) and gave a handful of folks in England the greatest holiday gift ever, there has been a weekly story about the band going on tour. And not going on tour. But wanting to tour. And not wanting to tour. ...

Watch Sheena Easton's 'For Your Eyes Only' From 'The Best Of Bond… James Bond'

11/11/2008 5:00pm EST
Quantum of Solace
As 007 fans eagerly await the November 14 U.S. opening of MGM's new James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, Capitol/EMI announced that an expanded CD, CD/DVD and digital release of 'The Best Of Bond… James Bond' was released on October 28. The CD and digital album both feature 23 musical standouts from the Bond franchise's 46 years plus a previously unreleased bonus track, and the CD/DVD includes five music videos, a filmed concert performance and more.

Sheena Easton "For Your Eyes Only":

Just as James Bond has evolved over time, so have the films' memorable themes. 'Th...

Chris Cornell Unveils Video For 'Ground Zero'

11/4/2008 5:00pm EST
Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell has just unveiled the official video for "Ground Zero" which includes scenes from the ABC crime-drama Life On Mars. The series also prominently featured the song in their October premiere episode and ad campaign. The track comes off Cornell's upcoming Timbaland produced effort, Scream, which will hit stores early next year.

Cornell has also been blogging on his official site as of late. So far, the entries have dealt with everything from a dream he had about Layne Staley to his touring preparation and set list choices. Check out all of the blog posts at www.chriscornell.c...

Slideshow: Celebrity Look Alikes - Which Pair Is The Best?

10/30/2008 2:00pm EDT
Chris Cornell & M. Night Shyamalan
These actors and artists don't have much in common besides looks. But who gets the shit-end of the stick? Check out our photo slideshow of celebrities that look alike and which one has an advantage over the other.

Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

Giovanni Ribisi

Before he started wearing guy-liner, Armstrong shared that dopey confused look with Ribisi. We suspected these two were the same person when we saw The Other Sister, but after hearing Ribisi's first line, we knew it was for real. They even sound the same!

Advantage: Ribisi because he's acting

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Chris Cornell & Timbaland To Play Eight Shows In Support Of New Album

10/14/2008 8:06pm EDT
Chris Cornell
Throughout his storied career, Chris Cornell has clearly never been an artist that is content sitting in one creative comfort spot for too long. The versatile rocker who became a household name from his success in Soundgarden and Audioslave has teamed up with perhaps the most celebrated producer of this era: Timbaland. Scream is the result of their genre-defying sessions.

Cornell and Timbaland are set to kick off a string of eight live shows on October 17th to support the project. Scream will be performed in its entirety to mimic the experience of listening to the LP from start to fini...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

9/8/2008 9:14am EDT
One Tree Hill
Monday, Sept 8

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 8 p.m.) - Happy 16th Birthday, John Connor! Your terminator friend just blew up, there's some really bad guys after you and Shirley Manson appears to have something up her sleeve.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.) - We're still angry that the promo last week spoiled the Duchess reveal. It's still juicy though.

One Tree Hill (The CW, 9 p.m.) - Brooke's got revenge on her mind after being attacked.

Prison Break (Fox, 9 p.m.) - Smart move resurrecting Sara. Now, if only we knew what was going on, but we kind of forgot ...

Slideshow: Sexy Rock Stars Over Age 40

8/11/2008 8:54am EDT
They rock, they're hot, and they bring it - whether it's through their guitar, their vocal chords or other body parts (yummy!). These guys are over 40 and still they make fans quiver when they get on stage. Check out our photo slideshow of sexy middle aged rockers:

Jon Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi


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Anthony Kiedis

Red Hot Chili Peppers


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Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam


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Chris Cornell

Soundgarden, Audioslave



Celebrity Birthdays, July 20

7/20/2008 3:00am EDT
Josh Holloway
Happy Birthday to All-American Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty (1980), Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bundchen (1980), actor Simon Rex (1974), "Lost" bad-boy Josh Holloway (1969), British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt (1968), Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (1966), ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell (1964), actor Frank Whaley (1963), "Spies Like Us" actress Donna Dixon (1956), Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook (1956), prolific Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana (1947), singer/songwriter Kim Carnes (1945), screen legend Natalie Wood (1938; d. 1981), and actress Lola Albright (1926).View more Celebrity ...

Most Popular Rock Bands of The 21st Century. . . So Far

2/26/2008 10:32am EST
There are many rock bands out there that have evolved over the past eight years, but only a few of them have really made a difference in the music world today. Of course, everyone has different tastes when it comes to rock music, but when researching to see which bands really made an impact on the 21st Century, these five bands seemed to appear wherever I looked.

1. Audioslave: Audioslave caused quite a hype when they first came together. The band consisted of former Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell, and former Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, so for anyone who was a...

OneRepublic Hits The Road In Support Of 'Dreaming Out Loud'

1/21/2008 6:30pm EST
Catch OneRepublic out on the road this winter. Tour dates below.

The five-member OneRepublic was formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2003. Lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder, who produced a couple of songs on the album, largely produced by Greg Wells (Deftones, Mika, Pink), boasts writing, producing and/or singing credits for Paul Oakenfold's Grammy nominated A Lively Mind, Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis, Ashley Tisdale, Natasha Bedingfield, Baby Bash, 2Pac, Chris Cornell, and Blake Lewis.

-"Stop and Stare" Streaming Audio

OneRepublic Tour Dates:

Jan 23 Houston, TX – Meri...

Warner Bros. To Release 'Live Earth Concert' CD & DVD December 4

11/27/2007 5:15pm EST
Al Gore
On July 7, 2007, 150 musical acts performed at a series of worldwide concerts called Live Earth to raise awareness for the climate crisis and deliver a solutions-based message to a global audience. On December 4th, Warner Bros. Records will release Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis - a CD and 2-DVD package that brings together the most popular artists, best performances, and the solutions-based messaging showcased at this truly global musical event staged in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, with special events broadcast fro...