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Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers

May 16th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers
There are some cover songs out there that artists perform so well you forget someone did it first. We bet there’s a least a handful of songs on this list you thought weren't covers.

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

This song actually has a pretty nasty past. Jimmy Page heard the song performed by Jake Holmes, who was opening for the Yardbirds while Page was a part of the band. The Yardbirds then bought a record of the song and copied it while adding new music for all of their instruments. While mostly reserved for live shows, it was included on a live album – and was the ...
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NY Fashion Week: Celebs Go Red For Women In The Heart Truth Collection

February 7th, 2014 9:30am EST
NY Fashion Week: Celebs Go Red For Women In The Heart Truth Coll
Celebrities flooded the runway during New York Fashion Week on Thursday. Stars including Victoria Justice wore crimson for the Go Red For Women - The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show at the theatre at Lincoln Center.

Actresses mingled with singers and athletes at the event.

Professional skier Lindsey Vonn walked the runway on crutches while her fellow downhill crew geared up for their events at the winter Olympics in Sochi.

Songstresses Joan Jett and Colbie Caillat also strutted their stuff alongside Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's daughter Ireland, reality star NeNe Leakes and youn...
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Joan Jett Removed From Thanksgiving Parade Float Over Her Animal Rights Support

November 17th, 2013 3:04pm EST
Joan Jett
Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade organizers have bent to pressure and removed rocker Joan Jett from performing on the float representing the state of South Dakota.

Officials from local government and the agriculture community slammed plans for Jett to appear on the float promoting South Dakota and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial due to her longtime vegetarianism and outspoken support of animal-rights charities.

Some residents claimed her views clash with the opinions of the majority of those living in the state, where cattle farming is a key local industry.

Now Macy's bosses have deci...
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Joan Jett Honored For Her Animal Rights Charity Work

November 5th, 2012 11:37am EST
Joan Jett
Legendary rocker Joan Jett has been honored for her tireless work for animal rights by fellow singer/activist Iggy Pop.

The Joan Jett & the Blackhearts frontwoman was presented with the Nanci Alexander Activist Award, named after the founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, at a star-studded gala held in Florida on Sunday.

Guests were treated to a viewing of Jett's first advertising campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), in which she dressed in her trademark punk garb alongside the tagline, "I am Joan Jett, and I am a vegetarian."

PETA founder Ingr...
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Joan Jett Calls Out Noel Gallagher Over Cow Cruelty Comments

March 21st, 2012 10:10pm EDT
Joan Jett
Animal-loving Joan Jett has challenged Noel Gallagher to a fight after the former Oasis star boasted about his love of "throwing stuff" at cows in a recent interview.

The Brit recently joked about taking his sons to Ireland, where he spent his holidays as a kid, and showing them how he entertained himself at his grandmother's home in Mayo.

He said, "We'd run around throwing stuff at cows... I'm looking forward to bringing my sons over so they can throw stuff at cows as well."

Gallagher's cow cruelty comments have already enraged officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, w...
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The Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

December 7th, 2011 8:35am EST
Beastie Boys
Guns N' Roses, The Beastie Boys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all won coveted places in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The bands led the shortlist to join the famed Cleveland, Ohio museum in April, and they have now been announced as the official 2012 inductees along with late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Donovan, and the various incarnations of British band The Small Faces/The Faces.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Donna Summer, and Rufus with Chaka Khan were among the acts who missed out on the honor.

The induction ceremony will take place on April 14th.
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Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman And Morrissey To Grace PETA Stamps

November 28th, 2011 1:12pm EST
Paul McCartney
 

Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman and Morrissey are among the famous faces who will adorn a set of U.S. postage stamps in the name of vegetarianism.

Executives at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have picked their top 20 most famous vegetarians of all time to appear on a new series of stamps set for release in the U.S. this week.

Other stars to be included are Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Pamela Anderson, Bryan Adams, Woody Harrelson, Russell Simmons and Leona Lewis, along with historical figures such as Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci and Leo Tolstoy.

Lisa Lange, vice pres...
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Chili Peppers And The Cure Among 2011 Hall Of Fame Nominees

September 27th, 2011 8:22am EDT
Red Hot Chili
Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Cure have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011.

The bands join artists including previous nominees Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys, and Laura Nyro, who are also among the 15 finalists in the running to be recognized with the coveted honor.

The Faces, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Spinners and Chaka Khan's band Rufus have, along with The Cure, been named in the nominations shortlist for the first time.

Music industry experts will now cast their votes to decide who should be inducted during the p...
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Joan Jett Sues To Stop The Release Of Runaways Tribute Album

June 13th, 2011 11:34am EDT
Joan Jett
Record label bosses have confirmed The Runaways tribute album at the center of a legal battle is a charity project to raise money for cancer research.

Former band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie have filed suit against executives of Main Man Records to prevent them from releasing Take It or Leave It: A Tribute to the Queens of Noise, which pays homage to the girl group.

Record label chiefs have now responded to the legal action, insisting they have not been officially notified of the lawsuit, and revealing the record is a charity release to raise money in memory of The Runaways star...
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Joan Jett Joins Fight Against Canada's Seal Trade

June 7th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Joan Jett
Rocker Joan Jett has waded into the debate over Canada's controversial seal cull, urging European Union (E.U.) officials to uphold a ban on imported pelts.

Thousands of seals are clubbed to death annually in Canada as part of the controversial trade, which sees the mammals' pelts sold to firms in other countries, including Norway. Canadian and Norwegian authorities are challenging a Europe-wide ban and Jett insists they should make their arguments public as consumers have a right to know where their goods come from.

In a letter to Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Store, J...
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Watch Gwyneth Paltrow's Return To 'Glee' For Sex Education

March 9th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow returned to Glee last night to reprise her role as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. After teaching a dance class to the students in an 80s workout leotard, Paltrow substituted as the sex education teacher and causes a scandal by handing out condoms to students.

For her sex ed. class, Gwyneth performs "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" by Joan Jett while wearing an easily-unbuttoned leather jacket. For a finale, she tells students: "So, just remember, if you ever have sex with someone you are having sex with everyone they've ever had sex with... and everybody's got a rando...
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Check Out 'Glee: The Music, Volume 5'

March 8th, 2011 7:18am EST
Glee the music
"Glee: The Music, Volume 5" features 16 exciting tracks from season two of the hit TV show. For the first time ever, "Glee" premieres two new and original songs including "Loser Like Me," an energetic ensemble track co-written by pop mastermind Max Martin (Britney Spears, P!nk) and "Get It Right," a moving ballad brought to life by Lea Michele's immense voice.

In addition to these new tracks, "Glee: The Music, Volume 5" features the "Glee" cast's take on such classics as Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby."

Gwyneth Paltrow makes a triumphan...
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'Glee' Cast To Release Two Exclusive Songs On New CD

February 22nd, 2011 1:19pm EST
Glee
Almost 24 million "Glee" songs have been downloaded with nearly 9 million albums sold and now, for the first time ever, Fox's smash series "Glee" will release two original songs on the show's upcoming CD Glee: The Music, Volume 5. Available on March 8th, you will get the chance to listen to the tracks "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right" before the rest of America hears these tunes for the first time on the March 15th episode.

Volume 5 also includes "Glee" remakes of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby". Plus, you can get even more of one of th...
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Joan Jett And Kellie Pickler Perform In Iraq

January 14th, 2011 12:41pm EST
Joan Jett
Rock veteran Joan Jett and country star Kellie Pickler performed a concert in Iraq on Wednesday night to entertain U.S. troops stationed in the war-torn country.

The singers flew to the Middle East this week as part of a mission with the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO), a non-profit group which aims to boost the morale of American servicemen and women around the globe.

Pickler opened for Jett at the show in Basra and she also recorded a video message for the troops to thank them for their bravery.

She says, "(Performing in Iraq is) the least I could do. You all are here for so...
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Britney Spears Tops Worst Cover Song Poll

September 22nd, 2010 11:00am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears' version of I Love Rock 'N' Roll has been named the worst cover version of all time.

The singer released Joan Jett's track in 2002 but music fans were unimpressed with Spears' rendition - NME readers have voted it their least favorite cover.

Ronan Keating's Fairytale of New York by The Pogues came second in the shameful survey, while Celine Dion's version of AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long was named third.

Muse's rendition of Feeling Good by Nina Simone was branded the best cover of recent years in the poll.

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Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

August 13th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Kiss
Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...
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Finally! Kristen Stewart Smiles & Shows Some Skin At 'Runaways' NYC Premiere

March 18th, 2010 11:56am EDT
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart actually cracked a smile at "The Runaways" New York City premiere yesterday. The normally moody and broody "Twilight" star looked fab in a blue, white and gold sequined minidress.

The film follows '70s female rock group the Runaways, focusing on the duo of guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett (portrayed by Stewart) and lead vocalist/keyboardist Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) as they navigate a rocky road of touring and record label woes under the malevolent eye of an abusive manager during their teen years.

Joan Jett was delighted with Kristen's portrayal of her in the film, insi...
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Joan Jett: 'I'll Never Retire'

March 17th, 2010 3:33pm EDT
Joan Jett
Iconic 1970s rocker Joan Jett has vowed never to retire because she'd be too "bored" living her life away from the limelight.

Jett's teenage rock band The Runaways broke up in 1979 and she went on to launch a successful solo career and enjoy a string of acting roles.

The singer is still touring at the age of 51 - and insists she'll still be rocking well into old age.

She tells People magazine, "I'd get bored after a few weeks. I'll be working until I die."

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Cherie Currie's Rape Scene Cut From 'Runaways' Film

March 16th, 2010 9:35am EDT
Joan Jett
Cherie Currie's teenage rape ordeal was axed from the storyline of the new "The Runaways" biopic - because writer/director Floria Sigismondi didn't want the Cherry Bomb singer to lose her innocence at the beginning of the movie.

Currie, who is portrayed by Dakota Fanning in the new film, admits there was a sexual assault that inspired her whole look, but Sigismondi didn't want to dwell on an incident before the rocker formed the band with Joan Jett.

The rock star reveals, "There were particular reasons why I cut my hair into a (David) Bowie haircut. That was because when my twin sister'...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies- 'The Bounty Hunter,' 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,' & More

March 15th, 2010 9:36am EDT
The Runways
When I read the results of the Oscars, I was not terribly surprised by any of the winners. I felt that a lot of the films and actors that were played up very politically in the entertainment industry were the ones that walked away with the coveted statues.

While I have seen many of the various movies that were up for awards there are several I’m ashamed I still haven’t seen like “Precious,” “Crazy Heart,” and “The Hurt Locker.” Of the three “The Hurt Locker” remains at the top of my list, just because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

This week I did not hit the movies, but ...
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Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning In 40 Years ('Runaways' Premiere Pics!)

March 12th, 2010 11:45am EST
The Runaways
Bosum buddies Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart showed up at "The Runaways" Los Angeles premiere yesterday rocking the red carpet. Kristen slicked back her bangs and wore a short pink dress, while Dakota donned a strapless sequined silver ensemble.

The film centers on the groundbreaking '70s female rock group the Runaways, focusing on the duo of guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett (portrayed by "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart) and lead vocalist/keyboardist Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) as they navigate a rocky road of touring and record label woes under the malevolent eye of an abusive manager dur...
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Kristen Stewart Banned From 'Groping' Dakota Fanning

March 11th, 2010 10:08am EST
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart was banned from "groping" Dakota Fanning during their onscreen kiss for new movie "The Runaways" - because her co-star was just 15 when they shot the steamy scene.

The pair puckered up for a same-sex smooch during the film, about the 1970s rock group and featuring the "Twilight" actress as Joan Jett and Fanning as her band mate Cherie Currie.

And Stewart, 19, admits she was restricted by working practice regulations when they filmed the kiss, because Fanning was so young.

She tells Access Hollywood, "She was 15, and I wasn't allowed to grope her. I'm actually not kiddi...
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Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart Re-Record Runaways Songs For Soundtrack

March 1st, 2010 11:50pm EST
The Runaways
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have put their new rock star skills to good use by re-recording four Runaways tracks for the soundtrack of the upcoming biopic about the all-girl band.

The songs will be part of the soundtrack of "Runaways - Music From The Motion Picture", alongside tunes from David Bowie, MC5, The Stooges, Sex Pistols and Joan Jett.

It's the first time either actress has contributed to the soundtrack of a movie.

Stewart, who portrays Joan Jett in the film and Fanning, who plays Cherie Currie, have revamped The Runaways' "Queens of Noise" and "Dead End Justice" together...
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Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning Star As Rock Sisters In 'The Runaways'

December 1st, 2009 10:27am EST
Kristen Stewart
New Moon has been big news for Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, shattering box office records and expectations, even for the highly anticipated franchise. Eyes are turning next to their follow-up film, which happens to reunite them. "The Runaways" casts Stewart as rocker Joan Jett.

"I can only play characters that I feel like are real people and in a complete way and in such a whole way," Stewart said. "If I fake any aspect of it I will have failed them and literally they're slaughtered. It's like these characters, they don't exist anymore unless I do it. So in terms of approaching pa...
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Q&A: Kristen Stewart On 'New Moon,' Taylor Lautner, & Robert Pattinson

November 20th, 2009 10:20am EST
Kristen Stewart Interview
At first it seemed like being the leading lady of a number one franchise would be too much for Kristen Stewart to handle. On her first round of press for Twilight, she appeared intensely nervous. She was photographed smoking a bong and later incurred the wrath of Twihards with some poor choice of words.

Two movies and a year of press later, Stewart seems a much mellower, well adjusted lady. Maybe it's her Joan Jett hair that projects a more carefree attitude, but her body language is definitely more comfortable, and she speaks with decisive confidence. At least she did in her press confe...
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Megan Fox Has A Powerful Va-Jay-Jay

September 1st, 2009 9:24am EDT
Megan Fox vagina power
"Women hold the power because we have the vaginas. If you're in a heterosexual relationship and you're a female, you win." Megan Fox doles out relationship advice in the October 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan.

Megan talks about her celebrity lesbian fantasy Joan Jett:

"'Joan would never date me, but I would date her like this!' she told the mag, snapping her fingers. 'I love her. Of course, I've never met her, and she would probably hate me, and then I'd cry for weeks.'"

Megan on power and dating actors:

"It's fun when someone intends to put you in his back pocket, but instead, he walks...
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Scout Taylor-Compton: 'Dakota Fanning And Kristen Stewart Will Blow Your Mind In Joan Jett Biopic'

August 26th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Scout Taylor-Compton
The big news about the Joan Jett biopic The Runaways has been Kristen Stewart's turn as the rocker. Fans should also know that all of Stewart's costars worked their butts off jamming to play Jett's first girl band.

"It was a lot of hard work because we basically had to have band practice and we had to learn the instruments in a short amount of time," said Lita Ford actor Scout Taylor-Compton. "We performed for like 8 hours straight. It was crazy. Basically, I felt like I was in a band and I miss it. I miss rehearsal."

Taylor-Compton got pretty good at the lead guitar on some classic R...
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Girl In A Coma To Release 'Trio B.C.' June 2

April 18th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Girl In A Coma
Girl in a Coma frontwoman Nina Diaz sings, "Oh, I feel so alive," on "Baby Boy," a track from the trio's new album 'Trio B.C.' (out 6/2 on Blackheart Records). A couple of minutes with this pummeling 13-song epic, and you'll know that she isn't fooling around.

Nina spills her guts on 'Trio B.C.'; the intensity of her voice is matched only by her ferocious guitar playing. The rhythm section doesn't hold back, either. Nina's sister, Phanie, is on drums, and Phanie's childhood friend, Jenn Alva, plays bass.

Nina may wear her heart on her sleeve, but the band's influences are sub...
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'Twilight' Star Kristen Stewart To Rock Out As Joan Jett

March 16th, 2009 9:43am EDT
Kristen Stewart
As the star of the Twilight movies, Kristen Stewart has three more big sequels to fulfill the teen vampire love story saga. Perhaps she can introduce this generation to Joan Jett by playing her in a biopic called "The Runaways." However, it'll have to fit in with "Twilight" sequels.

"Right now it's sort of just percolating," Stewart said. "Obviously, I have a short amount of time to do that in between the two other films we're shooting back to back. They shut down for I think like eight weeks in New Moon and Eclipse. I'm just listening to her music all the time. I spent New Year'...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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