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What Makes These 21 Songs So Manly?

8/16/2015 3:00pm EDT
21 Of The Manliest Songs – Sort Of!
What makes a song manly? Is it courage, resolve, or being hard-nosed? Maybe it’s chugging beer, playing/watching football, and “wearing the pants” in the household. Well in the case of this manly list – 21 of the Manliest Songs – Sort Of! – the only requirement to be manly is to have some form of the word “man” in the song title. Ah, the "all-inclusiveness" is so impressive. No, not every “man” song graced this – that mean’s you Mulan soundtrack standout “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” – but there’s plenty of manly selections to pique your machismo!

1) Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirr...
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Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

7/5/2015 11:00am EDT
25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Ah, the time has come to examine the best songs of 2015. In an age where records dominate as opposed to the albums themselves, there is always an abundance of terrific songs to choose from. But when it’s all said and done, one or more of those terrific songs is always going to get left off, no matter how long the list is, so if your favorite isn’t here, that might be the reason why. So here goes nothing – 25 of the best songs of 2015… so far! And by the way, if a song appears from 2014, it is because it blew up in 2015 or its parent album is from 2015.

1) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Fac...
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We Find These Music Videos To Be The Best So Far This Year

6/20/2015 9:00am EDT
The Best Music Videos Of 2015 (So Far)
What does every good music single need? A stunning visual – a gripping music video – to accentuate and accompany the music of course! While music videos on television seem to be a thing of the past, they are still incredibly popular online. All of the videos that grace this list have racked up millions of views on YouTube alone. Choosing just 20 out of a beaucoup of videos is arduous, but here are some of the standouts as of yet in 2015.

Some of the songs actually bowed in 2014, but they weren’t released as a single until 2015 or the video arrived in 2015.

1) Taylor Swift featuring K...
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Band Scores Its First No. 1 Album

6/11/2015 8:15am EDT
Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Men, women, and children everywhere, get ready for a total shocker on the albums chart this week. Florence + The Machine scores its first #1 album of its career with How Big, How Big, How Beautiful. Total shocker right? – Totally NOT as all indications suggested that front woman Florence Welch and company was about to “come up.” Kudos, as the alternative band impacted to the tune of 137,000 units, most of which were sales themselves. Compared to the opening performance of previous album Ceremonials, how does the sales of How Big… compare? In sales alone, How Big… wins, with about a 25,00...
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What Did We Think Of Florence And The Machine's New Album?

6/9/2015 1:00pm EDT
Review: Florence + The Machine Continues To Shine On ‘How Big, H
There is a “pool” of distinctive voices in the music world – well maybe not literally but you get the picture. If you had to choose one of many who stand out, Florence Welch, front woman of Florence + The Machine would be one of them. Now on their third studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence continues to flex her soulful muscles (or vocals) blending indie rock, pop, and soul capably. How Big may not reach the heights of previous album Ceremonials, but it’s still rock solid.

“Ship To Wreck” kicks off the album enthusiastically, characterized by a rollicking tempo. Th...
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A$AP Rocky Scores

6/4/2015 8:55am EDT
A$AP Rocky Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200
In the biggest SHOCKER of the week (can you sense the sarcasm?), A$AP Rocky scores his second number one album of his career with At.Long.Last.A$AP. In a week not characterized by its star power, it was expected that the New York City rapper would easily reach the top of the charts. According to Billboard, Rocky’s impact was respectable at 146,000 units, on par with the 147,000 units that last week’s number one album – Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface – moved. In regards to pure sales, A$AP Rocky’s debut album outperformed his sophomore effort. Still, six-figure sales are a rarity these da...
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Lots Of New Albums To Check Out This Week

6/2/2015 10:14am EDT
Florence And The Machine Leads Albums To Check Out
A new month (June) and a truckload of new releases – literally! June opens with a number of musicians looking to share their latest creations with the world. While there isn’t that ‘homerun’ artist and album dropping a new effort, there are more than enough choices for music listeners to sink their teeth into. Arguably, the packed field is headed by the return of Florence + The Machine, but the others are all “in it to win it” too. Here are eight albums to check out.

1) Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island)

Florence Welch, aka Florence + The Machine, ret...
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Florence + The Machine Star Makes Surprise Admission

2/20/2015 8:38am EST
Florence Welch
English singer and songwriter Florence Welch revealed she recently had a nervous breakdown, forcing her to take some time off from making music.

During an interview with Britain's Radio 1, she explained: "It was a decision to have a year off. [I had] a bit of a nervous breakdown. It was a bit of a crash landing in a sense."

According to the Mayo Clinic, "The term "nervous breakdown" is sometimes used to describe a stressful situation in which someone becomes temporarily unable to function normally in day-to-day life. It's commonly understood to occur when life's demands become physically ...
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13 Songs With ‘Only’ In The Title (Volume 1)

2/1/2015 2:00pm EST
13 Songs With ‘Only’ In The Title (Volume 1)
Ah the beauty of ‘only’ songs – those classics that feature one pivotal word within their title. What word is it that is pivotal you ask? Well, that word is what one suspects – ONLY! Think about it, how many songs feature the ubiquitous, inescapable adjective, adverb, or conjunction? The answer is a lot. One list can’t house so many ‘only’ songs. That said the 13-featured songs of ‘Songs With ‘Only’ In The Title (Volume 1),’ is a starting place. After such a wacky, melodramatic intro, here are the ‘only’ songs in all their ‘only’ glory!

1) Sam Smith, “I’m Not The Only One” (In The Lonely...
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Who's Performing At Coachella 2015?

1/7/2015 9:32am EST
Coachella Lineup To Include Headlining Acts AC/DC, Drake & Jack
AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will headline the Coachella music festival in California in April. The Australian rockers will perform on the Friday nights of the two-weekend event; alternative rocker White will sing on the Saturday nights of each weekend, and rapper Drake will be the closing act on both Sundays.

It will be the first time AC/DC performs in the United States without founding member Malcolm Young, who is battling dementia and quit the band last year. Young's nephew, Stevie Young, will take his place as guitarist.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is currently fighting allegations of dr...
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Florence Welch To Auction Off Private Concert For Charity

6/8/2012 8:02pm EDT
Florence and the Machine
British singer Florence Welch is auctioning off a small intimate gig to raise funds for charity.

The Florence and the Machine front woman has vowed to perform for just 25 people in London later this year to generate money for type 1 diabetes medical organization Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Bidding had reached $10,400 on Friday and the auction ends on Sunday.

In a statement on JDRF's website, auction organizers say, "Florence will give an exquisite acoustic twenty minute performance accompanied by acoustic harp and guitar, your opportunity to hear one of the musicians...
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Katy Perry Wears A See-Through Blouse & Gets Cozy With New Guitarist Boyfriend At Coachella (Photos)

4/23/2012 8:23am EDT
Katy Perry & Robert Ackroyd
On Sunday we spotted Katy Perry at the Coachella Music Festival hugging and kissing her new boyfriend Robert Ackroyd. He's the guitar player for Florence and The Machine.

Katy wore a cropped sheer blouse that showed off her bra underneath and a pair of matching blue shorts.

The pop star split from her husband Russell Brand in late 2011 and was later linked to French model Baptiste Giabiconi before hooking up with rocker Ackroyd.

The festival seems to bring out uninhibited celebrities. "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson attended the event a week ago with her new boyfriend, and Emma Roberts a...
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Katy Perry Dating Florence And The Machine's Guitarist?

4/19/2012 11:52am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry has sparked speculation of a new romance after she was snapped hand-in-hand with Florence And The Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd at California's Coachella festival.

The I Kissed a Girl hit-maker split from husband Russell Brand in late 2011 and was rumored to be dating French model Baptiste Giabiconi after they were pictured looking close on several occasions earlier this year.

Perry hinted to fans last month she is unattached, posting a cryptic tweet which ended "singleandsatisfied" - but she's now been linked to rocker Ackroyd.

The pair was spotted in the crowd at the I...
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Adele Dominates 2012 Ivor Novello Nominations

4/17/2012 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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Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

4/16/2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...
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Q&A: Paulina Rubio And Tom Drummond Are Excited For The 2012 New Orleans JazzFest

4/9/2012 6:30pm EDT
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A few things come to mind when we think about New Orleans- food, booze, Mardi Gras and great music. When we think of great music, we think of the seven day festival that we are so excited to be covering this year- the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. As with every year of the celebrity packed event, this year’s lineup is epic. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Al Green, Paulina Rubio, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Florence + The Machine, Better than Ezra, Cee Lo Green, The Nevi...
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Florence Welch & Her New Boyfriend Are 'Inseparable'

3/27/2012 9:03am EDT
Florence Welch
Singer Florence Welch has gone public with her new boyfriend - the two were spotted kissing in London last week.

The hitmaker was first linked to James Nesbitt earlier this year after she was seen vacationing with the event planner and a group of friends in Brazil back in January.

And on Thursday the couple was snapped getting hot and heavy in a local park.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "They have a lot of mutual friends and like going out to the same places. They have been inseparable since they got together."

The Florence + the Machine star ended her three-year relationshi...
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Justin Bieber Wins Worst Album Award At NME Awards; Florence Welch Triumphs

3/1/2012 8:30am EST
Florence + the Machine
Florence Welch and her Florence + The Machine bandmates have ended Adele's accolades haul with a double win at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday.

Welch and her band beat the multiple Grammy and Brit Awards winner to the Best Solo Artist and Best Track trophies at the O2 Brixton Academy ceremony, while nailing one of the night's highlight performances.

Other big winners at the 2012 prizegiving, which honors British indie rock, included Foo Fighters (Best International Band), The Horrors (Best Album for Skying) and Arctic Monkeys (Best Live Band).

Kasabian were named Best British Band ...
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Adele's Success Continues At Brit Awards

2/21/2012 4:30pm EST
Adele's Success Continues At Brit Awards
Adele was the early winner at the Brit Awards in London on Tuesday, taking home the honor for Best Female Solo Artist.

The singer, who scooped six Grammys earlier this month, continued her incredible run of success by fighting off competition from Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling to win the award.

Accepting her prize, Adele trembled with excitement as she told the audience, "Thank you so much... it's been an amazing year, thank you."

Bruno Mars was also celebrating early at the ceremony as he was named International Male Solo Artist, and Emeli Sande receive...
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Florence And The Machine Perform At Harrods To Kick Off Annual Sale

12/27/2011 9:45pm EST
Florence and the Machine
Hitmakers Florence and the Machine kicked off London's most famous annual sale on Tuesday when the band performed at Harrods department store.

Florence Welch and her bandmates played a short, early morning two-song set as bargain hunters hit the Knightsbridge shopping mecca.

Welch arrived in style onboard a London double decker bus.

The singer and her group made history by becoming the first rock group to open the Harrods sale.
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'The X Factor' Recap: Melanie Wins + The Year-End Awards

12/23/2011 9:28am EST
Melanie Amaro is announed winner of THE X FACTOR
Ordinarily I give shows like this the full mega-diary treatment, but ‘X Factor’ doesn’t seem worthy.

This show is a disappointment by most measures. To wit, last night’s show did about a third of the demo rating of ‘Idol’s’ finale last may. So, I can’t quite give this the full mega-diary. So instead, I’m going to whip out the first annual X-Factor Awards.

First, congratulations to this year’s winner Melanie Amaro. I look forward to seeing your Pepsi commercial and then never hearing from you again until you’re brought back as a musical guest for one of next year’s results show. Enjoy your...
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Music Talk: Get To Know Lola Blanc

12/6/2011 1:45pm EST
Lola Blanc
Her music career is just beginning, but dance-pop singer Lola Blanc has already seen and experienced plenty. Here's what you need to know about the up-and-coming vocalist.

"I started writing songs when I was like six years old," says the bubbly Michigan native, "in between home-schooling and ventriloquist shows."

Yes, she was once a ventriloquist - the career repopularized by the success of Jeff Dunham. How did she go from making dummies talk to making music? Turns out that was always in her sights, with the influence of some girl power.

"Fiona Apple is my number-one; she got me into s...
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Florence Welch Felt Terrible About Rubbing Against Lady Gaga's Meat Dress

11/27/2011 9:31pm EST
Florence Welch
Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch felt awful when she realized Lady Gaga was wearing a meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards - because she had hugged her while wearing a borrowed Givenchy gown.

The "Dog Days Are Over" singer thought Gaga's outfit was odd but was too excited to notice just how odd it was - until later.

She tells Spin magazine, "I didn't notice that it was made of meat - it must have been treated. I thought she just had some kind of body paint on or something. I did not notice until she got up onstage with Cher. She was even holding a meat purse.

"I fe...
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Music Talk: The Simple Success Of Simple Plan

11/15/2011 11:00am EST
Simple Plan
The secret to Simple Plan's success is not all that complicated. If you ask guitarist Sebastien Lefebvre, it really does just come down to something as - ahem - simple as the music.

"We started out, [when] we were opening for other bands, it was just about getting out on stage and having fun," he told me as the band was preparing for last night's show at the SWU Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil. "Now, obviously, we've been lucky enough to have a few albums."

The Canadian pop-punk band is currently on tour in support of their fourth studio album, Get Your Heart On! The disc is not only catc...
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Karl Lagerfeld Designs Florence And The Machine Vinyl Cover

10/30/2011 12:30pm EDT
Florence and the Machine
British group Florence and the Machine is going high fashion and teaming up with design icon Karl Lagerfeld to release a special collector's vinyl version of its new single "Shake It Out."

Only 500 copies of the white vinyl will be made available from Monday and the silver foiled covers will each be numbered. Each press will also feature a series of photographic prints taken by Chanel's creative director.

Lagerfeld decided to collaborate with frontwoman Florence Welch after choosing the singer as his muse for his latest collection, which was showcased at Paris Fashion Week last month.

Th...
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Florence Welch Is The New Face Of Gucci

6/7/2011 11:34am EDT
Florence Welch
British rocker Florence Welch has been unveiled as the new face of fashion house Gucci.

The Italian label's creative director Frida Giannini handpicked the flame-haired Florence and the Machine frontwoman to promote the brand, calling her the perfect embodiment of "the Gucci woman."

Giannini tells Dazed Digital, "As I was imagining this collection I was thinking of a strong and somewhat mysterious muse. Florence is that kind of woman. I met her in Los Angeles at this year's Grammys and was captivated by her presence. She has a powerful personality and an entrancing quality to her perform...
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Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.

POP

U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...
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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

2/28/2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...
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Esperanza Spalding Brushes Off Grammy Criticism

2/23/2011 5:14pm EST
Esperanza Spalding
Jazz star Esperanza Spalding has brushed off the harsh criticism she's received after beating Justin Bieber to the Best New Artist Grammy Award at this year's ceremony, insisting she's not making music to be popular.

The little-known bassist and singer was a surprise winner at the Grammys, triumphing over more mainstream acts like Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons.

The Grammy upset sparked outrage among fans of teenage pop sensation Bieber, prompting them to post nasty messages on Spalding's Wikipedia.com profile, which is edited by members of the public.

Ho...
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Celine Dion To Perform At The Oscars For Record Sixth Time

2/16/2011 9:15pm EST
Celine Dion
Celine Dion has been booked to sing at the Oscars as part of the ceremony's annual tribute to the stars who have passed.

According to Eonline.com, the new mom will sing "Smile" at the ceremony for the In Memoriam segment.

Dion already holds the record for the most vocal performances at the Academy Awards - this will be her sixth time.

She last performed "I Knew I Loved You" in 2006 as part of a salute to composer Ennio Morricone.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Randy Newman, Mandy Moore and Florence Welch have already been booked to perform the nominated Best Songs at the Oscars on February 27.

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