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Hot! Hot! Hot! Your 2010 Summer Playlist

May 21st, 2010 9:00am EDT
Lady Gaga Pink
Is your iPod ready for summer? If not, here are 20 of some of the best songs, both old and new school, to help you enjoy these upcoming hot days and warm nights.

“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince: For all of you born after 1995, Will Smith, at one time, had a successful hip-hop career with his BFF DJ Jazzy Jeff. This is one of their most popular and successful songs, garnering a Grammy in 1991.

“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama: Technically, no summer should be cruel. Or without a loved one. Or without this song.

“Alejandro” by Lady Gaga: The name “Alejandro” remin...
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Best Singers Named Billy

July 31st, 2009 12:46pm EDT
Billy Idol
We thoroughly enjoy the fact that there are great singers out there with three names that are essentially the same in the form of one name: Bill, Billy and Billie. You don't get this with any other name.

Check out the best singers named Billy:

People around the world will always remember him for hi Achy Breaky Heart and that power mullet of perfection that he rocked like no other could.

Billy Ray Cyrus

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Yes, that Billy Bob Thornton. He's actually the lead singer of the Boxmast...
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My Chemical Romance Debuts New Video For 'Watchmen'; See It Here

February 3rd, 2009 9:46am EST
My Chemical Romance
The music video for My Chemical Romance's "Desolation Row" has finally made its North American debut. The song, a reinterpretation of the Bob Dylan classic, was recorded specifically for the upcoming feature film Watchmen. Watchmen: Music From the Motion Picture, which contains the song, is due from Warner Sunset/Reprise Records on March 3rd, three days before the film hits theaters nationwide.

The video, which was helmed by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, transports the viewer into the world of Watchmen in an alternate 1985. My Chemical Romance is performing at a dive bar, reigning as...
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Overrated & Underrated Pop Duets

October 3rd, 2008 10:11am EDT
Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder
Sometimes one just ain't enough.

That's a line, okay an amended line, from the rarest of rock treats - the duet. Everyone loves when two pop icons team up for a single. It's just like those rare occasions when two solo wrestlers join forces for a super tag-team.

Just like its brethren in the WWE the results for pop duets are often much less than the sum of their parts. Still, each duet holds a special spot, or two, in the minds of music fans.

So it's easy to say that all duets are overrated isn't it? Well, that would be the case if it weren't for the fact that so many gr...
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Dita Von Teese Fears For Amy Winehouse

October 2nd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Dita Von Teese
Amy Winehouse once played a private gig for burlesque star Dita Von Teese— but the dancer was left troubled by the singer's angst. Von Teese paid a visit to Winehouse's London home for an intimate two-hour show and was impressed with what she heard.

She says, "I will never forget the time I went to Amy's house and she sang and played guitar for me, my mother and sisters. She is our era's Billie Holiday."

But the 35 year old is concerned that the singer's personal troubles mirror those which destroyed her heroine, Holiday, who died at 44 from cirrhosis of the liver.

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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Cher
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...
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Saxophonist/Vocalist Mindi Abair To Release 'Stars' On May 6

May 5th, 2008 11:44am EDT
Mindi Abair
Mindi Abair, saxophonist/vocalist/composer is set to release her first Peak Records (a division of Concord Music Group) CD titled Stars on May 6, bursting on to the pop scene as one of an exciting new generation of crossover artists. For the CD, Abair wrote 11 new songs, with five songs showcasing her vocals. Her instrumental single, "Smile," is currently at #13 and is rising; and her vocal song "Stars," made its way to radio on April 28. Collaborator/producer Matthew Hager enlisted a group of stalwarts from the pop world to contribute to the new CD including keyboardist Ricky Peterson (...
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A Man's Point Of View: Top 10 Songs Sung By Women In The Rock Era

April 1st, 2008 12:21pm EDT
Janis Joplin
To clarify what the "Rock Era" means, there will be no Etta James, Billie Holiday, or Patsy Cline on this list. Basically, it contains the most moving and powerful songs with female vocalists from the 1960s to the present. Now, before you go calling us guys sexist, it's just a simple fact that men, on average, have less female-centered albums in their collections. Try an informal poll of your own, and you're likely to have the same results.

Why, you may ask? Sometimes it's because dudes don't want to have their man card revoked for owning a Lilith Fair compilation. But there is a...
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Karaoke & Cheesy Performances Prevailed On 'American Idol' This Week

February 21st, 2008 10:50am EST
American Idol
"Too cheesy," "not relevant," "extremely cabaret" and "terrible vocals" were common criticisms heard from the south end of the judging table this past week on "American Idol." Aside from Paula Abdul's over-the-top compliments and Randy Jackson's on-the-fence opinions, Simon Cowell's take on week one completely highlighted the show.

This year, it seems that Simon is determined to find the right singer to advance into the music industry. And why shouldn't he? A professional needs to be able to handle the rigmarole of the music industry. But often times, Simon loses his focus. Just h...
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'August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture' Features Tracks By Chris Botti & John Legend

November 14th, 2007 9:07am EST
August Rush
Columbia Records released "August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture," the soundtrack album from the widely-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film, on Tuesday, November 13.

"August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture" is a showcase of sounds from the music-driven drama starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers with Terrence Howard and Robin Williams. The soundtrack album includes original tracks by John Legend ("Someday"), John Ondrasik ("King of the Earth") and female guitar virtuoso Kaki King ("Bari Improv," "Ritual Dance"); covers by Chris Botti & Paula ...
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System Of A Down's Serj Tankian Talks About Politics, The Record Industry And His Solo Debut

October 22nd, 2007 12:24pm EDT
Serj Tankian
With his debut solo album Elect the Dead, System of a Down front man Serj Tankian delivers a record that's certain to satisfy old fans and win plenty of new ones. It rocks, it inspires, and it pushes the boundaries of what we've come to expect from one of music's most talented and dynamic vocalists.

Starpulse.com caught up with Serj days before the album's October 23rd release date to discuss the current state of American politics and the role it plays in his music, his plans for the future, and making songs that'll cause a person to explode out of their rectum.

You put out a gre...
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Soundtrack Of 'The War, A Ken Burns Film' Inspires Three Companion CDs; Box Set

October 8th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
The War
In addition to The War soundtrack album - an eclectic mix of vintage era jazz, pop singers of the time, contemporary classical recordings, plus three previously unreleased performances by Wynton Marsalis and a previously unreleased performance by Norah Jones - Legacy will also issue three companion collections:

-Sentimental Journey: Hits From The Second World War: 20 tracks starring Frank Sinatra, the Mills Brothers, and the orchestras of Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, and others, with vo...
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Queen Latifah To Release Second Jazz Album, 'Trav'lin' Light,' Sept. 25

September 19th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah's new album Trav'lin' Light will be released by famed jazz label Verve Records in conjunction with Flavor Unit Entertainment on September 25.

Produced by three-time Grammy® winner Tommy LiPuma and by Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair, the album is the long-awaited follow-up to Latifah's critically-acclaimed and Grammy® nominated release The Dana Owens Album (2004).

Trav'lin' Light is Latifah's second foray into the realm of jazz, soul, and blues. Once again, she embraces a sultry and saucy mix of fabled female vocalists who've inspired her. Exploring the songbooks of ...
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Tony Bennett's 'The Ultimate American Songbook Vol 1.' And Christmas Album Reissue

September 13th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Tony Bennett
The Ultimate American Songbook Vol. 1 is a dream project for Tony Bennett, who personally chose the 15-song program from his Columbia repertoire. Literally hundreds of singers have recorded versions of these songs over the years, but Tony Bennett is in the rare class of artists who actually took part in many of the original presentations. The songs on this definitive collection of popular standards cover three distinct decades of recording by Tony Bennett on Columbia:

The 1950s: 1958's "Ev'ry Time We Say Good­bye" originally from the 1944 Cole Porter Broadway musical, Seven Lively Ar...
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Chrisette Michele's 'I Am' In Stores Today; Will Tour With Musiq (Soulchild) This Summer

June 19th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Chrisette Michele
New Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele, whose soulful, jazz-influenced debut album I Am will be released June 19th, has been tapped as opening act on the upcoming North American tour with platinum Grammy nominated Atlantic Records recording artist Musiq (Soulchild). The tour begins July 6th at Afram in Baltimore, and wraps up one month later at the Fillmore in San Francisco, on August 6th.

Chrisette personally auditioned for and was signed by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group, who told the singer he had "goose bumps" after the first time he heard her. ...
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Check Out Newcomer Kat De Luna's Single, 'Whine Up,' Featuring Elephant Man

May 10th, 2007 11:00pm EDT
Kat de Luna
Kat de Luna is the girl next door, no matter where you're from. To say shes a crossover artist is an understatement. Hip hop, R&B, Merengue, Pop, Spanish Jazz, ballads, and dance, she does it all; in English and Spanish. Want proof? R&B superstar R. Kelly called her a "prodigy" and the famous Salvadorian singer Alvaro Torres referred to her as Selena. At age 12 she was invited by the "Queen of Merengue" Milly Quezada, to sing with her on stage in front of thousands of people, and in April of 2004 she opened for J Records recording artist Cassidy as part of the all Latino girl group Coquette...
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Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 1); Win Her CD

April 12th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, just days before the last date on Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour. Also, we'll be giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here.

Hi, my first question is just basically what can we expect on this tour, you know what sort of things do you have planned in general and that's about it.

Christina Aguilera: OK,...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...
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Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire Kurt Elling's Debut 'Nightmoves' Set For April 3 Release

April 1st, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Kurt Elling
With seven Grammy nominations already to his credit, vocalist Kurt Elling has attained elite status in the jazz world before reaching the age of 40. Riding to international prominence on the strength of his critically acclaimed performances as well as a string of stellar recordings for the Blue Note label, the perennial poll-winner has become the voice of a new generation of jazz fans. He's been called "the most flamboyantly creative jazz singer to emerge in the last decade" by the San Francisco Chronicle and was recently named Down Beat's Male Vocalist of the Year in both Critics and Reade...
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Leonard Cohen's 40th Anniversary As A Columbia Artist Celebrated In 2007

March 20th, 2007 12:37pm EDT
Leonard Cohen
"Cohen, who was born in Montreal in 1934, was 33 years old when Songs of Leonard Cohen came out, old enough to embrace the creative momentum of the '60s counterculture without falling prey to its more naïve aspects. He had also been a published poet for more than ten years, and a novelist as well." - from the new liner notes written by Anthony DeCurtis

Like the ancient scriptures themselves, whose parables and lessons have always inspired the poetry and songwriting of 72-year old Leonard Cohen, the verses and cadences of his first trilogy of Columbia albums recorded between 1967 and ...
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'American Idol' Down To The Top 12

March 9th, 2007 10:20am EST
American Idol
On last night’s suspenseful American Idol results show, the Top 12 finalists for the record-breaking sixth season were revealed as four semifinalists – two guys and two girls – were eliminated from the competition. Nearly 37 million votes were cast this week following Tuesday and Wednesday’s performance shows. The semifinalists who went home after receiving the fewest votes were Jared Cotter, Sundance Head, Antonella Barba and Sabrina Sloan. Cotter, who sang “If You Really Love Me,” hails from Kew Gardens, NY, and currently lives in West Orange, NJ. Head, from Porter, TX, performed “Jeremy....
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Nine Inch Nails And Marilyn Manson Producer Enjoys Growing Buzz With New Band 8MM

February 24th, 2007 11:00am EST
8MM
8MM are enjoying widely growing buzz to their debut album, Songs to Love and Die By. On Thursday, February 8, 8MM had one of their songs featured on Grey's Anatomy, exposing the band to over 25 million viewers. The Los Angeles-based band's sound has quickly garnered huge media exposure. The WB's hit TV show One Tree Hill used two 8MM songs, even naming one of the episodes after the album title. 8mm is also the featured download on Road Rules.

It seems that some bands are formed purely by chance, but others are born out of a more urgent sense of inevitability. While working on Kill...
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Diana Ross To Appear On 'Inside The Actors Studio' February 19

February 16th, 2007 10:58am EST
Diana Ross
Host James Lipton sits down with the legendary actress and singer Diana Ross for the special two-hour premiere of Bravo's 12-time Emmy-nominated series "Inside the Actors Studio: Diana Ross" on Monday, February 19, 2007, 8-10 PM ET/PT.

Lipton, who is well known for his ability to get personal with the lives and careers of his guests, delves into Ross' life and career, which the Golden Globe winning Dreamgirls is loosely based. In addition, Ross will grace the stage to perform a compilation of hit songs including "Baby Love" and "Do You Know Where You Are Going" along with songs from h...
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Grammy Winning Jazz Superstars George Benson And Al Jarreau Unite For First-Ever Collaboration

October 19th, 2006 12:36pm EDT
Givin It Up
On October 24th, the music world will be dazzled by a harmonic convergence of superstars when singer/guitarist/songwriter George Benson teams with vocalist extraordinaire/songwriter Al Jarreau for Givin' It Up. Friends and label-mates for over three decades, this outing marks the first time that the two artists, both multiple Grammy® winners with Gold and Platinum selling albums, have recorded together as equal partners.

This much-anticipated 13-track recording features each of the stars on a new arrangement of one of the other's biggest hits - Jarreau adding lyrics to and singing Bens...
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Cold War Kids Release "Robbers & Cowards;" Listen Here

October 16th, 2006 12:06pm EDT
Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids – Matt Aveiro (drums) , Matt Maust (bass), Jonnie Russell (guitar), Nathan Willett (vocals/piano) – began in the fall of '04 with jangly guitar, handclaps, and a Harmony amp in a storage room atop a restaurant in Fullerton, CA. Using songs of Dylan, Billie Holiday, and the Velvet Underground as a road map, they listened to their tiny inner voice to manipulate and structure their honest musical style. In 2005/2006 Cold War Kids self-released three six song EP's (Mulberry Street, Up in Rags, and With our Wallets Full) and toured relentlessly, sometimes with compadres Tapes ‘n Ta...
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Check Out "Dream," The First Single From Alice Smith's Soulful Debut, "For Lovers, Dreamers, and Me"

July 11th, 2006 5:27pm EDT
Alice Smith
Alice Smith is one of those extraordinarily rare artists who simply cannot be categorized. Her commanding, 4-octave voice, dripping with soulful emotion, brings to mind such historic and iconoclastic artists as Annie Lennox, Dinah Washington, Sade and Billie Holiday. She can hopscotch genres like a girl skipping stones, slipping and sliding through pop, jazz, soul, rock and even a hint of Broadway.

VIBE Magazine (March 2006) says, ""Passionate soundscapes that evoke Fiona Apple's finest material while showcasing her penchant for approaching pop rock with the conviction of a bluesy sou...
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Christina Aguilera Goes Vintage on Upcoming Album

May 11th, 2006 11:49am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Paying tribute to the music that inspired her, pop icon Christina Aguilera will release her third studio album, "Back To Basics," August 15. A modern take on vintage jazz, soul and blues from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, the album is wildly inventive with a throwback style creating a sound that's gritty and raw.

"This is a concept album that follows a bold, set vision," stated Aguilera. "The touchstones are Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald ... what I used to call my 'fun music' when I was a little girl."

"Back To Basics" utilizes an orchestra, choir, stri...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...
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New CDs This Week (Dec. 13)

December 13th, 2005 11:26am EST
Beck
There's not a whole lot of new releases this week since it's almost the holidays. But there are some noteable albums hitting shelves this week from artists such as Beck, Cypress Hill, Daddy Yankee, Fuel, Lamb of God, Snoop Dogg and Youngbloodz. Check out this list of noteworthy releases (many with reviews) for Tuesday, December 13th, 2005...

Anthony Hamilton - Ain't Nobody Worryin'

Beck - Guerolito

Billie Holiday - The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

Bo Bice - Real Thing

Cypress Hill - Greatest Hits From the Bong

Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino en Directo

Disturbing Tha Peace...
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