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Movie Sequels: A List Of The Best & Worst

February 7th, 2008 9:40am EST
Spider-Man 2
It seems every year we are inundated with dozens of sequels to films we love and those we've already forgotten about. But what are the best? What are the worst? What shouldn't have been made and what beat the original? Answers to those questions are below, but before a list of the best and worst sequels is determined a few ground rules must be established.

1. The Sequel Cannot Be Planned. There are plenty of movies where the sequel is somewhat planned (I highly doubt anybody wasn't thinking sequel during Spider-Man) but some movies are part of a planned series from day one. The mo...
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Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

January 30th, 2008 9:33am EST
Michael Jackson Bad
When I first comprised this list, I had all the usual suspects: Thriller, Closer, Daydream Nation, Purple Rain - you know, the albums you see on every other top 10 list for the 80s.

I got about four or five albums when something told me to go back and actually listen to "Thriller" again, from start to finish. Then I listened to Bad¸ Michael Jackson's follow-up, and it became clear that record sales alone doesn't make an album the greatest. Don't believe me? How do you feel about Britney Spears' Oops...I Did it Again - no? You sure? All righty, then.

Yes, sometimes albums are great beca...
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G-Unit's Spider Loc Releasing His Debut Album, 'West Kept Secret - The Prequel', Sept. 11

August 13th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Spider Loc
Los Angeles, CA: August 9, 2007 - G-Unit's Spider Loc is releasing his debut album West Kept Secret 'The Prequel' September 11 on his independent label Baymaac through RBC Records and Koch. This is the first independent for Spider Loc which will set the stage for his forthcoming G-Unit album.

The West Coast is already abuzz in anticipation of West Kept Secret 'The Prequel' because of "Blutiful World" and its equally arresting video. With high-profile guest appearances such as Ice Cube and the independent success of his clever single, Spider Loc is indeed the West Coast's best kept ...
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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Use The Power Of Music To Deliver A Message Of Peace On August 14

July 14th, 2007 12:00pm EDT
Sierra Leone
NEW YORK, NY -- After being forced from their homes by a brutal, decade-long civil war, six Sierra Leonean musicians found an unlikely form of healing to deal with losing everything -- they formed a band. The band's sound -- a mixture of home-grown West African beats, roots-reggae and Western-influenced R&B combined with heartfelt lyrics which condemn war and encourage social change -- gave hope to their countrymen and has been praised around the world, leading to the band's first U.S. tour this summer. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars chronicles the courageous band over three years, from...
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Family Values Tour Expands With Second Stage And 'Guitar Hero II' Competition!

July 4th, 2007 9:00am EDT
Korn
This summer's biggest tour, Family Values, has teamed up with RedOctane's Guitar Hero to sponsor a second stage on the tour with an additional five bands making a total of 13 acts performing. A likely pairing, rock's biggest outing including co-headliners Korn and Evanescence, Atreyu, Flyleaf, Hellyeah, and Trivium partnered with the ultimate rock star experience, Guitar Hero, will foster hot newcomers Five Finger Death Punch, Invitro, Twin Method and others to be announced shortly, on the second stage all for an added value and the best-priced lawn tickets of the summer at $9.99!

The...
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Snoop Dogg And Lil Wayne Team Up For Blockstar DVD's 'Welcome To LA' And 'Lil Wayne Edition'

June 29th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg and Lil' Wayne are two of the premiere names in hip hop today, so its no wonder they teamed up with the number 1 Hip Hop Documentary series "Blockstar" as they give an inside look into their lives as block stars.

Snoop takes in Blockstar and gives him a rare look to the making of his brand new west coast unity video with "Welcome To LA". In the DVD, you hear from Warren G, Snoop, The Game, JT the Bigga Figga, Kurupt, Daz and more about West Coast Unity and the power of hip hop as a whole. After years of beef between coasts and other hip hop superstars, Snoop aims to bring t...
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Eve's New CD, 'Here I Am,' Hits Stores August 7

June 18th, 2007 2:56pm EDT
Eve
Ever since Eve broke on the scene in 1999 she's had a knack for making stardom look easy. Grammy Award winner. Check. Starring in blockbuster films. Check. Achieving elite status as a fashion icon. Check. The "blonde bombshell" is a triple threat entertainer in the truest sense of the term. And one of the reasons you can't take your eyes off of her is your ears. In an era when success in hip-hop is built on the portentous hype of saving the genre from imminent gloom and doom or testosterone driven beef, Eve remains a bankable star who grabs your attention with her consummate talent for craf...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 15

June 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Ice Cube
Happy Birthday to "Doogie Howser, M.D." star Neil Patrick Harris (1973), Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte (1972), actor/rapper Ice Cube (1969), "Friends" star Courteney Cox (1964), "Mad About You" star Helen Hunt (1963), baseball Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs (1958), "According to Jim" star Jim Belushi (1954), "Earnest" actor Jim Varney (1949; d. 2000), Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock (1949), Spencer Davis Group bassist Muff Winwood (1943), singer Harry Nilsson (1941; d. 1994), country legend Waylon Jennings (1937; d. 2002), musician Errol Garner (1921; d. 1977), Western actor Lash LaRue...
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A&E Announces Four New 'Real-Life' Series & Two New Pilots

May 1st, 2007 12:47pm EDT
Corey Feldman stars in The Two Coreys
A&E is expanding its signature Real-Life franchises by adding four new series and two new pilots to its slate, it was announced today by Robert Sharenow, Senior Vice President, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming, A&E Network.

"Our series combine great characters and powerful storytelling," said Sharenow, "In the crowded landscape, the A&E brand really breaks away from the rest of the pack and resonates with a young audience. These new series and pilots promise to do just that."

New Series:

Crime 360 (Working Title) - Crime 360 is the perfect blend of verit crime drama and ...
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Evidence Steps Out On His Own From The Globally Praised Hip Hop Trio Dilated Peoples

March 20th, 2007 12:00am EDT
Evidence
When the highly acclaimed alternative hip hop trio Dilated Peoples began making noise in the late 1990s on Capitol Records, the group consisting of Evidence, Rakaa and DJ Babu hoped their success would serve as a platform for solo projects, much as the Wu-Tang Clan's success had done before them. Four critically acclaimed albums, countless performances around the globe, gracing the covers of a myriad of publications and outside production work-including tracks for the Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Swollen Members, Defari, Planet Asia and co- production on Kanye West's Grammy award winning albu...
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N.W.A's 20th Anniversary Celebrated With "The Best Of N.W.A: The Strength Of Street Knowledge"

January 7th, 2007 10:00am EST
N.W.A.
It has been 20 years since N.W.A. rocketed Straight Outta Compton to worldwide acclaim and notoriety as rap music's most powerful force, redefining forever the trajectory of popular music. On December 26, Capitol/Priority released The Best Of N.W.A: The Strength Of Street Knowledge, a commemorative career-spanning collection, in CD and deluxe edition CD/DVD packages. The CD includes 17 of N.W.A's most revolutionary tracks, while the deluxe edition CD/DVD contains more than two hours of N.W.A's best tracks, music videos and previously unreleased interview footage. Both packages include new ...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

December 31st, 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...
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Diddy & Snoop Dogg Plan European Tour

December 14th, 2006 9:11am EST
Snoop Dogg
Two icons of the hip-hop world, Diddy and Snoop Dogg, have unveiled plans for a major co-headlining European concert tour. The historic 18-city trek will see the superstars sharing stages in nine countries across the continent.

The Snoop/Diddy tour will kick off on March 12th at Oslo, Norway's Spektrum, then travel across Europe through an April 2nd date at the UK's Nottingham Arena (see itinerary below). Along the way, the itinerary will make stops in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, and Ireland. Among the momentous tour's many highlights will be a pair of two-...
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Happy Holidays From The Family Values Tour

November 23rd, 2006 9:00am EST
Family Values Tour
On December 26, hard rock fans can get another taste of one of the music world's most successful tours when The Family Values Tour 2006 CD and separate DVD are released on Firm Music. The CD and DVD will feature live tracks from Korn and the Deftones, as well as select cuts from all the bands on the bill: Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir en grey, 10 Years, Deadsy, Bury Your Dead, Bullets and Octane and Walls of Jericho. Highlights include: one-of-a-kind duets, acoustic tracks and cover songs including a special appearance from Richard Patrick (Army of Anyone, Filter). This upcoming release marks...
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Presenters Announced For 'American Music Awards'

November 9th, 2006 10:42am EST
Nicole Richie
The "2006 American Music Awards" announce a star-studded lineup of celebrity presenters scheduled to appear and help hand out 20 American Music Awards representing the best of Pop/Rock, Country, Soul/Rhythm & Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Latin, Alternative, Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Inspirational music. The special airs live Tuesday, Nov. 21 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.

Presenters scheduled to appear include Nicole Richie, Tori Spelling, Ashlee Simpson, Paris Hilton, Gavin Rossdale, Nickelback, Katharine McPhee, Tommy Lee, Mario Lopez, Vanessa Williams, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Willi...
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"What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977)" Spotlights Funk's Foundation; Listen Here

September 26th, 2006 4:37pm EDT
What It Is
Right on. Right on. Nothing puts a dip in your hip and a glide in your stride quite like a gritty funk groove that hits the beat hard on the one. The polyrhythmic kissing cousin of classic soul and R&B, funk's sinuous slap-bass lines and booming kick drums from its heyday in the late '60s through the late '70s went on to inspire a generation of hip-hop heads. Rhino rocks funk's foundation with a four-disc collection of rump-shaking beats and hard-to-find pimpalicious jams that don't fake the funk. What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) will be available October 3.

This com...
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VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" & Ice-T's "Rap School" Premiere Oct. 17

September 14th, 2006 3:46pm EDT
Hip Hop Honors Hosted By Ice T
-VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" Airs Oct. 17 at 9pm (EST)

VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the third annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Ice-T, this year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," will pay tribute to Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, and Eazy E. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances...
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Snoop Dogg Set To Release "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" In Nov.; New Single Debuts Aug. 30

August 23rd, 2006 3:08pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Multi-Platinum, Award Winning rapper Snoop Dogg is set to release his eighth solo LP, "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment," this November through Doggystyle/Geffen. "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" is one of the most highly anticipated new albums of the year and will continue to solidify this hip hop icon as one of the most influential musical entertainers of today.

Throughout each record on the forthcoming release, Snoop takes it back to the basics…back to the 'hood, showcasing the original gangsta sound that made this Long Beach rapper an instant household name when he made his debut in 1992 on D...
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VH1To Honor Ice Cube, Other Hip Hop Artists

July 17th, 2006 4:22pm EDT
Ice Cube
"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will pay tribute to hip-hop artist and actor Ice Cube as latest honoree at the 3rd annual event. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon.

Ice Cube joins this year's previously announced honorees, Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys and Easy E. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances by classic artists in collaboration with today's hottest new talent.

The star-studded event,...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 15

June 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Ice Cube
Happy Birthday to "Doogie Howser, M.D." star Neil Patrick Harris (1973), Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte (1972), actor/rapper Ice Cube (1969), "Friends" star Courteney Cox (1964), "Mad About You" star Helen Hunt (1963), baseball Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs (1958), "According to Jim" star Jim Belushi (1954), "Earnest" actor Jim Varney (1949; d. 2000), Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock (1949), Spencer Davis Group bassist Muff Winwood (1943), singer Harry Nilsson (1941; d. 1994), country legend Waylon Jennings (1937; d. 2002), musician Errol Garner (1921; d. 1977), Western actor Lash LaRue...
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Ice Cube Joins Rap Attack On Oprah Winfrey

May 28th, 2006 8:00pm EDT
Ice Cube
Ice Cube has joined Ludacris and 50 Cent as the latest rapper to attack US media mogul Oprah Winfrey for her apparent dislike for hip-hop stars.

Ludacris publicly criticized Winfrey for the way she treated him when he appeared on her talk show as a member of the cast of Oscar-winning movie Crash, and the TV host has since become a target for rap's top stars.

Ludacris, real name Chris Bridges, was stunned when Winfrey took time out of the cast interview to criticise him for his lyrics and then reportedly spent time with the rapper after the show trying to show him the error of hi...
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'Welcome Back, Kotter' Star Approves of Upcoming Adaptation With Ice Cube

March 17th, 2006 1:22pm EST
Ice Cube
Gabe Kaplan, the star of the 1970s ABC television series, Welcome Back, Kotter, talked about the upcoming big screen remake starring Ice Cube. In discussing how people would perceive the film, Kaplan said, "I think it's totally acceptable. I think that the setting is going to be in South Central LA. He (Ice Cube) is going to be just like how I was in Brooklyn ..."

He added, "The guys are going to be there in their 2006 and 2007 version, so I think it could work and I think he is the perfect guy ... He has shown what kind of crossover appeal he has."

When asked about his ideal cas...
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Ice Cube Returns With New Album

February 7th, 2006 7:47pm EST
Ice Cube
Ice Cube makes his highly anticipated return to the mic with the debut of his seventh solo LP, titled "Laugh Now, Cry Later." Following the release of his greatest hits collection in 2001, the West Coast's Greatest Rap Lyrist is back again, bringing forth his best musical work to date. "Laugh Now, Cry Later," which will be released by Ice Cube's independently owned label, Lench Mob Records, will hit shelves worldwide on June 6th.

Boasting production from top level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil' Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and WC, Ice Cube looks to settle ba...
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Paul Oakenfold Readies New Album

January 19th, 2006 12:07pm EST
Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important and iconic names in modern club culture. Remixes for Madonna and U2; the scoring of the movie Swordfish; plus original compositions for advertisements for Motorola, Saab, Toyota and Diet Coke are just a small portion of his work that have kept him on the forefront of the musical map. On April 11, Oakenfold will release A Lively Mind, a brand new full-length album for Maverick Records that introduces the next element of his career.

A Lively Mind-a title which means 'an active person,' says its creator-features 12 new songs composed ...
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