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The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

July 12th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has been filled with some exceptional music, and of course some duds to (no shade Robin Thicke). Impossible to include, listen, or review all of them, here is a list of 25 of the best albums, at the midway point of 2014 (January until June). Nothing is concrete until the end of the year, but many currently sitting at or near the top should definitely stick.

1) Pharrell Williams, Girl

While “Happy” is the star player of G I R L, there’s plenty more hits that solidifies Pharrell’s top ranking among the 25 best albums. “Come Get It Bae!” Number one overall seed!

2) Jack Whit...
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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...
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Lana Del Rey Has A New Boyfriend?

June 26th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
Lana Del Rey Has A New Boyfriend?
Singer Lana Del Rey has reportedly moved on from her romance with rocker Barrie-James O'Neill. The songstress has been spotted hanging out with Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini.

According to the New York Daily News: "She came off her tour to see him in New York. Even his ex, Katherine Keating, knows they're a couple."

Del Rey and the Vogue photographer have reportedly gone on dates in both Los Angeles and New York City this month.

Last week the singer said in an interview with a German outlet that she and O'Neill had split up. “We are currently not together. He is a wonderful p...
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Lana Del Rey Outruns Competition On Billboard 200 : This Week In Music

June 26th, 2014 8:18am EDT
Lana Del Rey Outruns Competition On Billboard 200 : This Week In
Put aside all the "I wish I was dead" controversy for the moment, as the ever-controversial Lana Del Rey has reason to celebrate this week. According to billboard.com, Del Rey sold a triumphant 182,000 copies of her sophomore album, Ultraviolence. Ultraviolence was expected to top, as prognosticators correctly predicted sells in the 180,000 copies ballpark.

Del Rey outran a loaded chart week, specifically trumping golden boy, British R&B newcomer Sam Smith, who also hit it big selling 166,000 copies of In the Lonely Hour. Smith has no reason to hang his head in the runner-up spot part...
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Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Debuts At Number One On The Billboard 200 Chart

June 25th, 2014 11:02pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has landed her first number-one album as her sophomore album, "Ultraviolence," has debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart.

The singer's new album has sold 182,000 copies in its release week, besting British soul singer Sam Smith's debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," which sold 166,000 units.

Linkin Park rounds out the top three with new release, "The Hunting Party."

Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack falls one spot to number four, staying strong after 30 weeks on the chart; while Willie Nelson's "Band of Brothers" breaks in at number five -- his highest charting album since 1982.

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10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe

June 24th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe
Musicians, artists, actors, and celebrities in general tend to have unique personalities. Some of those personalities are so strong that they can be considered divisive – "polarizing" if you will.

The list is long and filled with artists and bands from across all genres. But, there's no need to filter through the musicians to label the ‘offenders’ in your head. We've got the top ten right here, starting with...

#10 Kanye West

It seems no matter how fast Justin Bieber drives or how provocative Miley Cyrus becomes, no one can supersede the master of polarization – Kanye West. West...
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'It's All Good': Lana Del Rey Says Comments About Kurt Cobain Were Taken Out Of Context

June 24th, 2014 6:30pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has opened up over comments she made about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in an interview with Britain's Guardian newspaper that prompted Cobain's daughter Frances Bean to call her out on Twitter for making it sound like dying young is "cool."

The singer, whose latest album, "Ultraviolent," dropped last week, clarified her comments, saying that she was baited into answering some pretty "sinister" questions about death by reporter Tim Jonze.

"[I]t's all good," Lana tweeted to Frances Bean. "He (Jonze) was asking me a lot [about] your dad I said I liked him because he was ta...
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Frances Bean Cobain To Lana Del Rey: Stop Wishing You Were Dead Like My Father

June 23rd, 2014 5:33pm EDT
Frances Bean Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain, took issue with that fact that singer Lana Del Rey wished she was dead.

In a recent interview, Lana revealed her heroes include Amy Winehouse and Kurt, who both died well before their time. Asked if she found their premature death glamorous, she told The Guardian, "I don't know. Ummm, yeah... I wish I was dead already."

She continued, "I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am... That's just how I feel. If it wasn't that way, then I wouldn't say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming, but…"

@La...
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8 Takeaways from Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence'

June 22nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
8 Takeaways from Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence'
Lana Del Rey has radiant, stunning looks in addition to possessing a unique, rich singing voice. Artistically, Del Rey can be described as being 'one of a kind.' She’s definitely somewhere on her own planet and perhaps her own galaxy!

Even with her ‘magnetic’ personality, Del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence is arguably her best to date. That said, at times it’s incredibly strange, disturbing, and revealing. Here are eight takeaways from Ultraviolence.

#1

Craziness times 100!

Opening song “Cruel World” has more than its share of dissectible lyrics – the Rock Genius annotation...
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5 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

June 17th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
5 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Music Shopping List - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ah, there's something special about the third Tuesday music release date in June. Last year (June 18, 2013), the third Tuesday in June played host to three highly anticipated hip-hop releases (Kanye West's Yeezus, J. Cole's Born Sinner, and Mac Miller's Watching Movies With the Sound Off). Additionally the fourth release on that same date, Kelly Rowland's Talk A Good Game, was no slouch in itself. Those four albums debuted at numbers one through four respectively with three of four selling north of 100,000 copies.

This year's third Tuesday - c...
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Lana Del Rey: 'I Wish I Was Dead'

June 13th, 2014 4:47pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
With many of Lana Del Rey's inspirations dying young, such as Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, you'd understand if she had some morbid curiosity about her life ending prematurely. In a recent interview, however, Del Rey says, "I wish I was dead already."

The quote comes from her recent chat with The Guardian's Tim Jonze. Jonze points out he quickly responded she shouldn't say that, but Del Rey replied "But I do... I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am."

"This" meaning: "Everything. That's just how I feel. If it wasn't that way, then I wouldn't say it. I would be scared if I knew...
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Lana Del Rey Wasn't Paid To Sing At Kim & Kanye's Rehearsal Dinner

May 29th, 2014 7:52pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
Reports that singer Lana Del Rey sang at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding rehearsal dinner for millions of dollars over the weekend have been greatly exaggerated.

The "Video Games" singer was reported to have cashed in with a $2.8 million payday to show up at the Palace of Versailles and play three songs for the couple at the request of Kanye.

"It's not true... I would never let a friend pay me to sing at a wedding," she told TMZ.com when she arrived back in Los Angeles following the trip over for the wedding.

The Wests have been big fans of the singer, real name Elizabeth Woolrid...
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Lana Del Rey Surprises Kim Kardashian With Pre-Wedding Performance

May 24th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Lana Del Rey Surprises Kim Kardashian With Pre-Wedding Performan
Lana Del Rey sang three songs at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's extravagant pre-wedding dinner in France last night.

West surprised his fiance with the singer/songwriter, and Kardashian reportedly started crying when Del Rey appeared on a makeshift stage at the soiree, which was held at the historic Palace of Versailles.

Del Rey's music has a special meaning for the couple. Last year, West hired an orchestra to perform her song "Young & Beautiful" when he proposed to the reality star at the AT&T Stadium in San Francisco, Calif., on her 33rd birthday.

The star-studded pre-wedding dinne...
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Lana Del Rey Set To Release 'Ultraviolence' On June 16

May 15th, 2014 4:12pm EDT
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey took to her Twitter page on Wednesday to announce her highly anticipated follow up to 2012's "Born To Die."

The singer revealed the cover art and release date for "Ultraviolence," which hits stores on June 16. The first single from the disc, "West Coast," has already been released (watch the video below).

The track list for the 27-year-old's latest offering is:
Cruel World
Ultraviolence
Shades Of Cool
Brooklyn Baby
West Coast
Sad Girl
Pretty When You Cry
Money Power Glory
F***ed My Way Up To The Top
Old Money
The Other Woman
Black Beauty*
Guns And Roses*
Florida Kilos*

*Bonu...
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Lorde And Imagine Dragons Top Billboard Music Awards Nominations

April 9th, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Lorde And Imagine Dragons Top Billboard Music Awards Nominations
Lorde and Imagine Dragons will both have twelve chances to take home a trophy from the Billboard Music Awards.

The two musical acts lead the pack in terms of nominations, which were released today. Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the top five for most nominations.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on “key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music,” according to the ...
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Kassidy Singer Barrie-James O'Neill Quits Band To Be With Lana Del Rey?

February 4th, 2014 11:12am EST
Lana Del Rey
Barrie-James O'Neill has dropped out folk rock band Kassidy to move to the United States with rumored fiancée Lana Del Rey.

O'Neill reportedly became engaged to the 27 year-old singer last year following a two-year romance, and now he has quit his band to relocate to America to pursue his solo career.

His exit sparked rumors Del Rey was behind the move, but O'Neill is obstinate it was a career-based decision.

In a message to fans, Scottish singer says, "I wanted to tell you that for whoever I disappointed and whoever I upset for my departure from the band Kassidy, I'm deeply sorry abo...
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Lana Del Rey Secretly Engaged To Boyfriend?

January 31st, 2014 6:42pm EST
Lana Del Rey Barrie-James O'Neill
Lana Del Rey is reportedly set to walk down the aisle with Scottish rocker Barrie-James O'Neill after becoming secretly engaged last year.

The Young and Beautiful singer ignited rumors a wedding was on the horizon early last year, when she was first spotted wearing a diamond on her ring finger at the Brit Awards.

She displayed the ring again in July, when she was photographed house hunting in Los Angeles with O'Neill, and now multiple sources have told Us Weekly magazine that the couple is heading to the altar.

Del Rey and Kassidy singer O'Neill began dating in 2011. They have yet to ...
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BRIT Awards Winners & Fashion: Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Taylor Swift & More!

February 21st, 2013 8:37am EST
Taylor Swift
London was popping on Wednesday night as singers turned out for the annual BRIT Awards. Rock group Muse kicked off the show with a pyrotechnic-packed performance of their anthem "Supremacy."

Scottish singer Emeli Sande scooped up two prizes: "British Female Solo Artist" and "British Album" for "Our Version Of Events." The singer told the crowd after accepting her first trophy from presenter Taylor Swift: "Wow this feels amazing. This is incredible." She later called herself "a very unlikely pop star."

Singer-songwriter Ben Howard also won two awards: "British Breakthrough Act" and "Britis...
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Heidi Klum Shows Major Skin In Tie-Up Gown At MTV EMAs, Kim Kardashian Stumbles & More!

November 12th, 2012 8:42am EST
Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum left little to the imagination at last night's MTV European Music Awards held in Frankfurt, Germany. The model wore a blue and gold Versace gown with a huge slit up the leg and a revealing tie-up bodice.

It's hard to believe that Klum is 39, gave birth to four kids, and still looks that amazing. But she is a supermodel, and their God-like genetics give them an edge over regular folk.

Kim Kardashian also attended the EMAs and dazzled in a black dress with a long train. She stumbled as she went on stage but caught herself before falling down. Disaster averted!

Taylor Swift looke...
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Lana Del Rey Poses Nude For The Cover Of The October British GQ

September 6th, 2012 8:03pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey steams up the cover of the October British GQ -- posing nude for the magazine's 15th annual "Men of the Year Awards" issue (she was named 2012 Woman of the Year by the magazine).

Lana, real name Lizzy Grant, released her debut album 'Born To Die' January 31; and the album was met with praise despite a rough live performance on Saturday Night Live Jan. 16.

Compared to none other than Marilyn Monroe in her introduction by Boy George at Tuesday night's GQ Awards (held at London's Royal Opera House) the singer & model humbly accepted her award.

"We had a beautiful shoot in Monac...
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Lana Del Rey Wants To Write Movie Scripts

September 5th, 2012 5:17pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
Singer Lana Del Rey hopes to launch a new career as a movie screenwriter and she is already working on her first project.

The Video Games hitmaker insists she has always dreamed of writing for films and would rather concentrate on working behind the scenes in Hollywood than continue with her music.

She tells Australia's Vogue magazine, "When I was starting, I had a vision of being a writer for film and that's what I am doing now. I'm so happy. Hopefully I will branch into film work and stay there. That will be my happy place. I'd like to stay in one place for a long time."

Del Rey has...
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Courtney Love Calls Out Lana Del Rey Over Nirvana Cover About Her Lady Bits

July 31st, 2012 9:59am EDT
Courtney Love
It seems that Courtney Love doesn't want anyone to sing about her vagina, including Lana Del Rey.

Del Rey sang a cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," which apparently is all about Love's lady parts.

Love tweeted, "You do know the song is about my Vagina right...? On top of which some of the lyrics about my vagina I contributed. So umm next time you sing it, think about my vagina will you?"

The question is, did Del Rey know what the song is about? And if so, she apparently didn't care.
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A$AP Rocky Arrested In NYC Following Fight With Photographers

July 20th, 2012 8:03am EDT
A$AP Rocky
Rapper A$AP Rocky has reportedly been arrested after a street showdown with two amateur photographers.

The hip-hop star, real name Rakim Mayers, was taken into custody in New York City on Thursday.

According to TMZ.com, Mayers was embroiled in "a verbal dispute with someone in downtown Manhattan" when two male bystanders began taking photos of the heated exchange.

A scuffle then erupted between the 23-year-old rapper and the snappers, who suffered cuts and bruises in the fight. One of the alleged victims is said to have been taken to hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

M...
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Lindsay Lohan Hosts Slumber Party With Lady Gaga And Lana Del Rey

July 14th, 2012 11:15am EDT
LiLo Gaga Lana
Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and acclaimed singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey staged an all-star slumber party at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood on Tuesday night.

Lohan, who was staying at the hotel, invited the two singers to join her for dinner and the three ladies then retired to a private suite to watch classic movies and chat.

A source close to the Mean Girls actress tells X17Online.com that the girls also played board games.
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Lana Del Rey Sings 'National Anthem' At Montreux Jazz Festival On July 4

July 5th, 2012 8:29am EDT
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey finished her short, 45-minute set at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on Independence Day with her new single, "National Anthem."

"I hope you liked it, we're happy to be here on the 4th of July," she told fans. The singer was accompanied by patriotic images of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy and the American Flag on the big screens.

The singer performed nine songs at the event (without an encore), and fans responded favorably to her gig. In the past, Lana has received some criticism in for her live performances.

"She was amazing, mesmerizing. It was a bit short, I wo...
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A$AP Rocky To Portray John F. Kennedy In Lana Del Rey's 'National Anthem' Video

June 22nd, 2012 10:02am EDT
A$AP Rocky
Rap newcomer A$AP Rocky has signed on to play assassinated President John F. Kennedy as an African-American in Lana Del Rey's bizarre new video for National Anthem.

Del Rey will portray Kennedy's wife Jackie in the odd promo, which the hip-hop star describes as "some cool trippy s**t."

He claims his video partner's vision for the short film is way ahead of its time, adding, "People are gonna get it in, like, three years (and) that's the whole purpose of it."
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Cannes Fashion: Eva Longoria, Lana Del Rey & More Stars Dazzle On The Red Carpet

May 17th, 2012 8:51am EDT
Eva Longoria
Many celebrities turned out for the opening night of the 65th Cannes Film Festival yesterday. The stars attended the "Moonrise Kingdom" premiere held at the Palais des Festivals on the famous Croisette Avenue.

Eva Longoria, whose show "Desperate Housewives" aired its final episode on Sunday, looked incredible in a pale pink dress with an enormous fluffy train and intricate beading.

Singer Lana Del Rey was gorgeous in a black gown that showed off her red hair. Diane Kruger looked like a magical sprite in a light turquoise gown, and Freida Pinto wore a strapless dress with colorful sequins...
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Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna & More Stars Sizzle At Costume Institute Gala

May 8th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Beyonce
The "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was the place to be on Monday night.

New mom Beyonce stunned in a sheer black and purple dress that showed off her muscular legs. Rihanna was glamorous in a black form-fitted gown, while an adorable Emma Stone wore a short red cocktail dress.

Other stars shining in their designer duds included a golden Jessica Alba, a regal Scarlett Johansson, and a sparkling Cameron Diaz.

See tons of photos of the stars...

Rihanna

Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake

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Adele Dominates 2012 Ivor Novello Nominations

April 17th, 2012 8:03am EDT
Adele
Soul star Adele looks set to reign supreme at the upcoming Ivor Novello Awards in Britain after landing four top nominations.

The singer's hit record 21 has been tipped in the Album Award category, alongside Kate Bush's 50 Words For Snow and Let England Shake by PJ Harvey, while her track Rolling In The Deep faces competition for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically from Florence and the Machine's Shake It Out and The A Team by Ed Sheeran.

Adele, who won six Grammy Awards and two Brits earlier this year, is a double threat in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work category - Rolling In ...
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Lana Del Rey Wears A See-Through Crop Top & Polka Dot Skirt

April 12th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey is one of music's newest darlings, but it seems like she's still trying to figure out her style. Sometimes she wears Guns N' Roses t-shirts, and other times she wears sport-themed jackets. As long as she's having fun, who cares!

We spotted her leaving her hotel in London, England, today wearing a see-through crop top paired with a see-through polka dot skirt.

The singer has sparked rumors that she's dating Axl Rose after she was photographed leaving Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles with the rock star and driving off with him. Meanwhile, Axl stunned Rock & Roll Hall of Fame boss...
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