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Songs That Make A Statement With 'Names' & Lyrics

5/10/2015 1:00pm EDT
25 Songs All About 'Names'
What’s in a N-A-M-E – “That is the question!” Within the 25 songs on this random playlist comprised of songs featuring name in their title, the simple, everyday word takes on numerous meanings and interpretations. Maybe it’s the disappointment of not knowing a person’s name, the arrogance of ensuring everybody knows THE NAME (aka cockiness), or more thoughtful ideas such as escapism. Regardless, after diving in to this list, you’ll know every single one of these songs and artists’ names!

1) Shawn Mendes, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” (Handwritten, 2015)

This girl that Shawn Mendes is...

Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik Joins And Talks Toyota Grand Prix

4/3/2015 2:02pm EDT
Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik Joins Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beac
Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik knows how to write a hit song and play to a sold-out house, but not so much in the car racing department. He's learning, though, as one of the participants in this year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. We caught up with John at practice to ask him how he got involved and how he was finding life behind the wheel.

"If I had known how terrifying it was going to be, I might have actually said I don't think so," he admitted. "But it's for charity, so it's good. It's fun. How many people get a chance to do something like this? It's a challenge, that's for sure....

Goo Goo Dolls Singer Johnny Rzeznik Marries Longtime Girlfriend

7/29/2013 4:10pm EDT
Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik is a married man after walking down the aisle with longtime girlfriend Melina Gallo on Friday.

The couple wed at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California in front of 120 guests, including Rzeznik's bandmates, family and friends.

"The whole thing was just about family and friends. It was really beautiful and romantic," the singer told People magazine.

The couple, who have been dating since 2005, are planning a honeymoon in Europe once the band's tour is completed this fall.

The singer also says he's anxious to start a family.

"We'll start with one ...

Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik Is Engaged

1/22/2013 12:48pm EST
Johnny Rzeznik
The Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik is engaged.

The Slide hit-maker recently proposed to his girlfriend of eight years, Melina Gallo.

The couple met at a New York City record store signing and now plan to wed over the summer.

Speaking to before performing at President Barack Obama's Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. on Monday, he said, "I'm getting married in July, and I'm looking forward to that. It was one of those situations like, 'I'm not going anywhere. Grow up, get married, have a good time.' So that's what we're doing."

This will be the 47-ye...

Taylor Swift Rocks Madison Square Garden With Some Help From Johnny Rzeznik, Selena Gomez & James Taylor (Watch!)

11/23/2011 2:00pm EST
Taylor Swift and Johnny Rzeznik
Taylor Swift loves to perform cover songs during her concerts, and she had a little help during Monday and Tuesday night's shows at New York City's fabled Madison Square Garden.

During Monday night's show it came time for her to play her regular cover of the Goo Goo Dolls' hit "Iris" and she surprised the crowd with the Dolls' lead singer Johnny Rzeznik.

"What would you say, New York City, if Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls was here to sing that song for you tonight?" she asked the crowd before the spotlight lit up Rzeznik and the two belted out a rousing duet of the song (video bel...

Music Review: 'Hawaii Five-O' Soundtrack

10/10/2011 2:15pm EDT
Hawaii Five-O
TV soundtracks can be ways to discover new music, or just for a studio to cash in on a hot property. CBS Music's Hawaii Five-O: Original Songs From The Television Series is a bit of both.

It wouldn't be the first time that a soundtrack has come out for sheer merchandising purposes. There are a lot of those, where songs clearly end up in a TV show just to push a single or so that a CD can be made up later. Heck, even some of the soundtracks that come out after a season aren't very good.

Hawaii Five-O's disc curiously takes the opposite tack from most soundtracks: the CD is billed on Amaz...

Goo Goo Dolls Singer John Rzeznik Quits Twitter

12/6/2010 8:35am EST
John Rzeznik
Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik has become the latest star to stop tweeting to fans because he's convinced his followers on Twitter don't care what he had for breakfast.

The hitmaker admits he was among the celebrities who became hooked on Twitter when it first became a phenomenon - but he started realizing he had nothing of importance to write about and now merely reads Steve Martin's amusing tweets.

He tells, "In the modern world of the future that we're living is it's all about access. Everybody wants access. I don't twitter anymore. I was trying to but it's just ...

Eli Roth's Pet 'Micro-Pig' Upsetting His Neighbors

9/7/2010 8:17am EDT
Eli Roth
Horror director Eli Roth's pet pig is causing a disturbance in his swanky Los Angeles neighborhood, because it won't stop screeching.

The Hostel filmmaker is the proud owner of a miniature pig but admits the creature has caused him a lot of problems with his famous neighbors.

He tells Britain's Empire magazine, "I recently got a micro-pig, and my pig is so loud, it screeches like a hawk. I tried to take it for a walk, so it goes down the stairs, then it starts screaming. My neighbors come out of their house and they think that I'm stabbing someone. So I point to my micro-pig and say, 'I...

Dave Matthews Band Release Free Download Of New Single

4/14/2009 12:39pm EDT
Dave Matthews Band
Through a "tweet" on Twitter today, Dave Matthews Band have announced that they are giving away their new single, "Funny the Way It Is," as a free download for one week.

Dave (@davejmatthews) and bassist Stefan Lessard (@slessard) are both very active on Twitter, keeping touch with their huge fanbase and decided it was the perfect place to get the word out. The song comes off their upcoming album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which hits stores on June 2nd.

It will be the band's first studio album since the death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore last summer. The "GrooGrux King" in...

Meat Loaf On Going To Nashville, Bad Writing & His Distinctive Voice

4/14/2009 9:47am EDT
Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf fans have to wait years in between albums, since his epic songs take so long to produce. After 2006's "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose," Meat Loaf is gearing up to record again. This time, however, he's taking a different approach.

"I have to say this, and it has a connotation, but it's a new world now," Meat Loaf said. "I went into Nashville. Everybody goes, 'Oh, Nashville, country,' but no. All the songwriters have moved into Nashville. All the rock writers, everybody. I work with writers. I don't pretend to be a writer. I've written, but I hate everything [...

Hoobastank's Highly Anticipated New Album 'Fornever' In Stores Jan. 27

1/25/2009 9:00am EST
Hoobastank's highly anticipated new album Fornever (Island Records),arrives in stores on January 27th. The band will celebrate the album's release with a January 27th performance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." On Monday, January 26th, the band will host KROQ's "Loveline" with Dr. Drew and Stryker during a two-hour segment featuring and talking about the new album.

Produced by longtime collaborator Howard Benson, Fornever sees a rejuvenated Hoobastank (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin and drummer Chris Hesse) returning to the amped rock roots of thei...

The Goo Goo Dolls To Release 'Volume Two' On August 19

8/12/2008 8:00pm EDT
The Goo Goo Dolls
One of the world's most beloved American rock bands, The Goo Goo Dolls, will release its twelfth album, "Volume Two," August 19th, on Warner Bros. Records. It is the follow-up to last year's "Greatest Hits Volume One: The Singles" - the first-ever collection of the band's hits in its 22-year-career - which was released in November 2007.

"Volume Two," a two-disc CD + DVD set, is a treasure trove of audio and video destined to be an instant must-have for Goos fans.

The 23-track audio CD features several favorite album tracks, including "No Way Out," from "Jed," and a live take of ...

'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...

Shinedown To World-Premiere Entire New Album On MySpace June 17

6/15/2008 9:00am EDT
Early in 2007, producer Rob Cavallo asked Shinedown frontman Brent Smith about his goals for the band's new album. Smith didn't hesitate.

"I said, 'You know what -- when I'm dead and gone, when everybody in this band has passed or what have you, I want the world to remember this as a record that needed to be made, and that there was a reason for it,' " Smith says. "That was the motivation behind this album."

"And part of the reason it took so long to make!"

Welcome then to The Sound Of Madness, Shinedown's third album -- and the Florida rockers' boldest effort to date. Like i...

Florida Native Hilary McRae Is A Promising Young Talent

4/15/2008 7:30pm EDT
Hilary McRae
The good thing is good music is forever. It just needs the ears than can appreciate it. Luckily, every now and again it gets lucky. There's a girl. She's 21 and blonde. However, you might not catch her rolling around in the sand and cooing about penciled in love and how grown she is.

Her voice alone possesses many wonderful traits: beauty, seasoning, unrigged emotion, and mystery. Hilary McRae is not your everyday powdered pink soultress. She's like Wonder Woman equipped with a utility belt that can bring down a New Orleans juke joint in flames. McRae plays the piano, saxopho...

Judith Owen To Release New Album, 'Mopping Up Karma,' June 3; Tour Begins April 23

4/14/2008 8:00pm EDT
Judith Owen
Judith Owen has relentlessly followed her muse, independently releasing recordings that have captivated fans, Hollywood music supervisors, fellow artists and the most discerning critics.

With the same determination she has applied to finding her voice, she has also found her audience, in spite of the widespread downturn of the music industry. And in the very years in which that decline is at its most intense, Owen has not just withstood the circumstances, but reached the peak of her creativity and become one of the most acclaimed artists in her field. She culminates this extraordinary...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 5

12/5/2007 3:00am EST
Frankie Muniz
Happy Birthday to "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz (1985), comedienne Margaret Cho (1968), country singer Gary Allan (1967), Goo Goo Doll John Rzeznik (1965), actress and 80s hottie Morgan Brittany (1951), singer/songwriter Jim Messina (1947), Spanish tenor Jose Carreras (1946), American singer Little Richard (1932), film director Otto Preminger (1906; d. 1986), animator Walt Disney (1901; cryogenically frozen, 1966), Metropolis director Fritz Lang (1890; d. 1976), American general George Armstrong Custer (1839; d. 1876), and 8th President of the United States Martin Van Buren (17...

Goo Goo Dolls To Perform Free Concert At Best Buy

11/6/2007 5:35pm EST
Goo Goo Dolls
In an exciting promotion for their forthcoming release The Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 -- The Singles, the Goo Goo Dolls, one of the great American rock and roll bands of our generation, will perform a free 30-minute concert on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm for customers who purchase their copy of the album from consumer electronics retailer Best Buy on the street date of Tuesday, November 13th.

Beginning that day when The Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 -- The Singles is released by Warner Bros. Records, fans will be directed by the band's website (

The Freshman Class of 2007: Musical Artists On The Rise

10/17/2007 11:52am EDT
Colbie Caillat
Bolstered by the YouTube-ification of the recording industry, the next generation of American Idols is taking their pop smarts online... and on Grey's Anatomy.

If you watched McDreamy on an episode of "Grey's Anatomy," you know it's there. Some faceless singer's du jour single wedged in a moment of emotional tension. As Meredith dabs the tears from her cheek, the swelling crescendo ballad swells around her, prompting viewers to ask, who is that singer?

As radio continues to kneel over slowly, upstarts such as "Grey's Anatomy" and celebrity bloggers are picking up the slack, showc...

Due To Overwhelming Fan Demand, Warner Bros. Records Releases 'Transformers' Score

10/11/2007 3:15pm EDT
Transformers - The Score
Due to strong demand from fans, including an online petition, Warner Bros. Records will release Transformers - The Score - a CD of the instrumental music from this summer's blockbuster live-action robot adventure film Transformers.

None of the film's orchestral music, composed by Steve Jablonsky who has also composed music for the hit TV series Desperate Housewives, as well as the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror, was included on the official album soundtrack to the film, which was made up of hit songs from Linkin Park, Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, The U...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 30

9/30/2007 3:00am EDT
Candice Michelle
Happy Birthday to Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan (1984), actor Kieran Culkin (1982), "Party of Five" actress Lacey Chabert (1982), Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis (1980), WWE Diva Candice Michelle (1978), "Krippendorf's Tribe" actress Jenna Elfman (1971), Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac (1964), "The Matrix Reloaded" actress Monica Bellucci (1964), Phish singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio (1964), actress Crystal Bernard (1961), "Pulp Fiction" actor Eric Stoltz (1961), "The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher (1957), "The Brady Bunch" actor Barry Williams (1954), British actor Jack Wild (1952), T....

John Rzeznik, Sheila E. & Australian TV Personality To Judge 'The Next Great American Band'

8/27/2007 1:06pm EDT
John Rzeznik
The producers behind mega-hit phenomenon American Idol take the musical reality genre to a whole new performance level with a mission to find undiscovered groups on "The Next Great American Band."

Singer/songwriter John Rzeznik (The Goo Goo Dolls), legendary percussionist and performer Shelia E. (“The Glamorous Life,” “A Love Bizarre”) and Australian TV personality Ian “Dicko” Dickson (“Australian Idol”) will serve as judges while Dominic Bowden (“New Zealand Idol”) hosts the series premiering Friday, Oct. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The show will air in its regular time period o...

A&E Launches New Weekly Sunday Morning Music Performance And Interview Series

7/31/2007 10:46am EDT
Private Sessions
On Sunday, July 22 at 9:00AM ET/PT, the A&E Network premiered Private Sessions, a weekly one-hour performance and interview series hosted by Lynn Hoffman. Filmed in a small, intimate studio in New York City, the series will showcase exclusive performances and conversations with top names in entertainment with a focus on contemporary music ranging from rock 'n' roll to pop to country. Each Sunday morning Private Sessions will explore the body of work of a single artist or group and feature current releases as well as career-building, influential or defining projects.

The premiere epis...

A&E To Launch New Weekly Music Performance & Interview Series, 'Private Sessions,' July 22

7/16/2007 1:01pm EDT
Avril Lavigne
A&E Network will premiere "Private Sessions," a weekly one-hour performance and interview series hosted by Lynn Hoffman. Filmed in a small, intimate studio in New York City, the series will showcase exclusive performances and conversations with top names in entertainment with a focus on contemporary music ranging from rock 'n' roll to pop to country.

Each Sunday morning "Private Sessions" will explore the body of work of a single artist or group and feature current releases as well as career-building, influential or defining projects.

The premiere episode of "Private Sessions" fe...

Transformers: The Album Released July 3; Win A Copy

6/29/2007 7:00pm EDT
June 26, 2007 (Burbank, CA) - Warner Bros. Records will release the original soundtrack to DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures' live-action robot fantasy film TRANSFORMERS on July 3rd, the same day the Michael Bay-directed movie hits theaters nationwide. Transformers: The Album features hit songs from some of the hottest established and emerging rock bands, including Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday and The Used, as well as brand-new tracks from Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed, HIM, Armor For Sleep, Styles of Beyond, and Mute Math, who contribute an electronic remake of th...

Colbie Caillat To Release Debut CD, 'Coco,' July 17

6/23/2007 9:00am EDT
Colbie Caillat
Ever since her mom gave birth to her in their Malibu home overlooking the ocean, Colbie Caillat has been the quintessential California girl. Her idea of a good time is hanging out with her friends at a beach bonfire or hopping in the car, tunes at the ready, and driving up the Pacific Coast Highway.

On Coco, her Universal Republic debut, the songs mirror Caillat's low-key, refreshing style. Armed with her acoustic guitar and her dusky vocals, she evokes the same gentle, yet spirited style of her musical influences John Mayer, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill and The Weepies.

As befits th...

Check Out The Goo Goo Dolls' 'Before It's Too Late,' From The 'Transformers' Soundtrack

6/14/2007 7:30pm EDT
Transformers – The Album will be released on July 3. The album features 9 brand new songs from today's hottest bands. Here's the Official Track Listing:

1. Linkin Park "What I've Done"

2. Smashing Pumpkins "Doomsday Clock"

3. Disturbed "This Moment"

4. Goo Goo Dolls "Before It's Too Late (Sam and Mikaela's Theme)"

5. The Used "Pretty Handsome Awkward"

6. HIM "Passion's Killing Floor"

7. Taking Back Sunday "What It Feels Like To Be A Ghost?"

8. Styles Of Beyond "Second To None"

9. Armor For Sleep "End Of The World"

10. Idiot Pilot "Retina and the Sky"

11. Julien-K ...

Lifehouse's New Album In Stores June 26; Band To Tour With Goo Goo Dolls This Summer

5/11/2007 8:00pm EDT
Santa Monica, California, May 8, 2007 - With the official add date not until May 15th, Lifehouse's new single "First Time" is once again the #1 most added track at Adult Top 40 radio with 51stations playing the song including WPLJ - New York, KYSR- Los Angeles, K101 and KLLC - San Francisco, KDMX- Dallas, KHMX - Houston and KSTP - Minneapolis to name just a few. In fact, the song has already debuted on the chart at #26 and is climbing! Top 40 Radio is on board as well with stations such as KRBE - Houston and WWWQ - Atlanta adding the record before it's add date. A fond look back at th...

The Goo Goo Dolls Set To Release CD/DVD Version Of "Let Love In;" Watch Some Of It Here

2/15/2007 7:15pm EST
Goo Goo Dolls
One of great rock & roll bands of our generation, The Goo Goo Dolls return to the road next month in support of their Gold-certified album, Let Love In. The band's eighth studio album, produced by Glen Ballard and the band, has already spawned 4 hit singles to date including the current single and title track, "Let Love In." As reported in December, The Goo Goo Dolls now hold the record for "Most Top 10 Hits at Hot AC Radio in History," with twelve consecutive tracks at that format.

Due to demand from fans for more, an expanded edition will be released Feb. 27. The revised edition ...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...