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The Best Of 2011 - Starpulse.com Editors' Picks

January 1st, 2012 9:00pm EST
Editor's Picks 2011
You've seen the rest, now see OUR best - Starpulse contributing editors Pete Weiss, Noelle Talmon, Kevin Blair & Casey Johnson bring you their favorites from the year that was - 2011. We've been watching & listening, too, and here's what we think are the best TV shows (Drama, Comedy & Reality), the best movie of the year, and the albums that had the most plays on our iPods...

Pete, Editorial

Best TV Show, Drama: Breaking Bad

The big networks should follow AMC's lead, as they continue to produce the best programs on television. Season 4 of Breaking Bad was no exception, great acting and...

PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' Named Critics' Record Of The Year

December 19th, 2011 11:33am EST
PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey's acclaimed album Let England Shake has crowned a triumphant year for the British singer/songwriter after it was named the best record of 2011 by music critics.

Harvey's state-of-the-nation address scooped the prestigious Mercury Prize in September and topped the end-of-year charts in several British publications including Uncut, Mojo, and NME magazines.

And it's now been named UK music critics' album of 2011 in a major poll by record retailer HMV.

More than 30 media outlets were polled for their favorite discs of the last 12 months, and Let England Shake was the runaway win...

Adele Scores Another Major Album Poll Win

December 16th, 2011 8:12am EST
Adele's hit album 21 has been crowned Entertainment Weekly's top album of 2011.

The release has already topped a string of important magazine countdowns and now the Brit can add another major end-of-year accolade to her list.

The album beat Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues and Lykke Li's Wounded, while Nicki Minaj's Super Bass was named Best Single ahead of summer anthem Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People.

Lou Reed's collaborative album with Metallica, Lulu, was named the Worst Album of 2011 and Kim Kardashian's Jam (Turn it Up) picked up the Worst Single dishonor.

PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Uncut Music Award

November 28th, 2011 12:45pm EST
PJ Harvey
Singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has fought off competition from Radiohead and Paul Simon to land Britain's prestigious Uncut Music Award 2011 for her album Let England Shake.

The war-themed record landed the coveted Mercury Prize in September, and the honors are accumulating for Harvey.

Editors at respected U.K. music magazine Uncut have handed her their top music award ahead of rockers Radiohead, Simon, and other artists including Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.

Harvey says, "I'm very pleased to get the Uncut Music Award 2011, and it strengthens my desire to carry on pursuing the avenues of wo...

Tupac, Bassey And Muse Are The Vatican's Favorites

December 4th, 2009 9:33am EST
Tupac, Bassey And Muse Are The Vatican
Rapper Tupac Shakur, legendary singer Shirley Bassey, and rockers Muse have been named as the Vatican's favorite artists.

The Roman Catholic institution, headed by Pope Benedict XVI, was asked to choose 12 tracks to form a playlist to help launch MySpace.com's new music service.

The eclectic list included works by Mozart and The Pope himself, who recently released an album, but also threw up surprise choices including Shakur's hit Changes and Muse's new song Uprising.

Bassey's After The Rain was included along with He Doesn't Know Why by Fleet Foxes, according to Allhiphop.com. ...

'Rockville, CA' Stars Talk About The New Music-Oriented Web Series

March 16th, 2009 11:23am EDT
Rockville CA
The new web-series "Rockville, CA" is the brainchild of Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Chuck & Gossip Girl). The series centers on a group of 20-somethings who gather regularly at a club to hear their favorite up-and-coming bands, blow off steam, and fall in love with the wrong people. Each 4-6 minute episode also features performances by such indie bands as Lykke Li, The Kooks and Anya Marina.

The scripted, music-oriented series features the roller-coaster relationship between Hunter (Andrew West), the hipster-cute smart guy, and Deb (Alexandra Chando), the consummate go-getter.


TV On The Radio Tops Spin Magazine's Album Of The Year Poll

January 2nd, 2009 5:06pm EST
TV On The Radio
TV On The Radio's acclaimed Dear Science album has topped another leading magazine poll of 2008's best releases.

The album beat Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III and Portishead's Third to claim Spin magazine's Album of The Year title.

The U.S. publication's editors also named Lil Wayne the Rock Star of The Year and Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold the Voice of The Year in their end-of-year review.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...

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