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15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'

2/22/2015 2:00pm EST
15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'
What qualifications does it take for a song to be ‘worth the wait?’ Does a selected song that’s ‘worth the wait’ require lofty anticipation or a host of bells and whistles to make it distinct from the rest? Actually No – negative. A song ‘worth the wait’ according to our rubric just requires one word – wait, waiting, waited – you get the picture! Here are 15 songs hence that are worth the ‘wait.’

1) Kings of Leon, “Wait For Me” (Mechanical Bull, 2013)

“Wait For Me” endears itself from its signature instrumental introduction throughout it simple, yet touching concept. Among the most u...

Jack Johnson Dedicates Bonnaroo Set To Mumford & Sons

6/16/2013 4:17pm EDT
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson dedicated his Saturday night headlining set at Bonnaroo to Mumford & Sons, who he replaced at the festivall becasue the band's bassist Ted Dwane had to undergo surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain earlier this week.

The British bluegrass group had to pull out of the event earlier this week, and producers of the event scrambled to find a replacement, recruiting Johnson at the last minute.

The Hawaiian singer was already en-route to the Manchester, Tennessee, for a guest appearance with pals in the band ALO, when he got the call.

Ironically he said he was looking forw...

Jack Johnson To Fill In For Mumford & Sons At Bonnaroo Festival

6/14/2013 4:54pm EDT
Jack Johnson
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson has stepped in to replace British bluegrass band Mumford & Sons at this year's Bonnaroo Festival after the band had to pull out due to medical reasons.

Johnson, who told reporters he "was really looking forward to seeing Mumford & Sons" at this year's festival, called the situation "unfortunate," but said he and his band are excited about their return to the festival's stage.

"I've got a lot of lyrics and chords to relearn by Saturday night," he said. "I was here to play the first Bonnaroo and it is a very special festival to my band. We are excited to hit t...

Jack Johnson Donates Cash And Clothes To Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

11/8/2012 11:52pm EST
Jack Johnson
Surf rocker Jack Johnson has donated $50,000 to various relief agencies in a bid to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The singer/songwriter has contributed to the Food Bank for New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Save the Children, while he has also handed over 3,000 sweatshirts and thermal shirts from his merchandise warehouse to Waves for Water, an organization helping New Yorkers shelter from the storms that have hit the east coast in the past 10 days.

He's not the only artist digging deep for those struggling to cope in the wake of the storms - Lady Gaga has ann...

Jack Johnson Honored By The National Wildlife Foundation

5/18/2012 4:16pm EDT
Jack Johnson
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson was feted by officials at the National Wildlife Federation on Thursday night as he was honored with a top award for his environmental achievements.

The Better Together hit-maker was presented with the 2012 National Conservation Achievement Award in Communications in recognition of his efforts to raise awareness about eco issues throughout his career and his charity work with the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which he and his wife Kim founded in 2003.

Speaking at the Washington, D.C. prizegiving dinner, NWF President Larry Schweiger said, "We are honored to reco...

Big Time Rush's James Maslow Talks Big Summer Plans

4/18/2012 5:56am EDT
James Maslow
I'll admit it: when I hear the phrase "boy band," I'm one of those people who cringes. But I recently chatted with Big Time Rush member James Maslow, and he changed my mind a little bit.

BTR (consisting of Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Carlos Pena, Jr. and Logan Henderson) is a boy band that was born out of the Nickelodeon TV series of the same name. In concept, their origin is reminiscent of The Monkees. Since 2009, the foursome have been acting in the half-hour musical/comedy series as well as releasing two albums. They'll be touring across the country this summer.

The group's origins migh...

Jack Johnson Donates $30,000 To Africa Famine Relief Crusade

8/24/2011 11:19am EDT
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson has donated $30,000 to help feed Africans caught up in the current famine crisis.

The singer/songwriter has pledged $10,000 to UNICEF, Save the Children, and the World Food Program, who are all working tirelessly to boost the relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.

A post on the star's website reads, "In the midst of the current drought and famine in East Africa, Jack Johnson announces his support of (sic) hunger relief efforts in the region. Jack is donating a total of $30,000 to three organizations working hard to provide food, water, medicine and on-the-ground support for ...

Jack Johnson Concert Scrapped Due To Storm Winds

7/24/2011 10:17pm EDT
Jack Johnson
A French festival concert due to feature singer/songwriter Jack Johnson as a headliner has been canceled at the last minute due to strong winds.

The "Better Together" hitmaker was in Provence for the gig, which is part of the ongoing 2011 Les Voix du Gauo in Six Fours les Plages, when he learned that organisers had scrapped the show.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, the surf-folk star wrote, "We regret to advise that due to the extreme wind conditions which rendered the stage unsafe, the decision was made by the Les Voix du Gauo Festival Director to cancel the show for the safety of the art...

Jack Johnson Scraps Japanese Tour

4/15/2011 3:35pm EDT
Jack Johnson
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson has scrapped the remainder of his Japanese tour because he can't accommodate postponed shows before his summer dates in South America and Europe.

The Better Together singer was in Osaka when the earthquake and tsunami hit the Japanese coast last month. Johnson and his band performed as scheduled that night and then announced plans to postpone the remaining tour dates in the wake of the double disaster.

Johnson had hoped to return to Japan before his summer shows, but it has not been possible to reschedule. A post on his website reads, "The band hopes to be ...

Ke$ha Postpones Japanese Tour

3/22/2011 12:12am EDT
Ke$ha has become the latest pop star to scrap dates in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disasters earlier this month.

The "TiK ToK" hitmaker has released a statement insisting she feels it would be inappropriate to perform as planned while so many Japanese people are piecing their lives together following the tragedy, which has claimed the lives of almost 8,000.

Her statement reads, "My heart is with Japan right now through this disaster and these hardships. I genuinely don't think right now would be appropriate timing for me to perform in Japan given the content and the spirit ...

Sandra Bullock Donates $1 Million To Japanese Disaster Relief

3/17/2011 1:16pm EDT
Sandra Bullock
Generous Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to help the relief effort following Japan's earthquake and tsunami disasters last week.

The move follows a similar hand-out from the kind-hearted Oscar winner following the Haiti earthquake last year. Bullock's donation will benefit the American Red Cross' efforts in the Far East.

Her cash matches the donation actress/singer Demi Lovato reportedly made to charity earlier this week.

Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, who was in Japan when the earthquake hit, has also made a contribution, while Clint Eastwood, Katy Perry, Charlie Sheen and La...

Jack Johnson Gives $50,000 To Japan

3/17/2011 9:27am EDT
Jack Johnson
Surfer dude-turned-singer/songwriter Jack Johnson has donated $50,000 to GlobalGiving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund after escaping the chaos in the Far East.

The hitmaker was in Osaka, Japan, preparing for a concert in the city, when the quake hit last week.

Feeling helpless as he watched TV images of the devastation, Johnson and his band decided to go ahead with the show and then cancelled the rest of their Japanese tour.

A post on Johnson's website reads, "The concert in Osaka took place as scheduled hours after the massive earthquake, as television images of the powerful ...

Michael Douglas Feeling Stronger Every Day, But It's 'A Long Road Back'

12/3/2010 6:27pm EST
MIchael Douglas
Still awaiting his prognosis after being treated for throat cancer, this week's issue of PEOPLE reports on Michael Douglas, as he focuses on enjoying life with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their two children, Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7. The Oscar-winning actor, 66, recently returned from a Thanksgiving family getaway in Florida looking tanned, well-rested, and brimming with renewed vigor.

Attending a bris for the newborn son of close friend Ronald Perelman in New York City on Nov. 28th, "he was full of energy," Perelman tells PEOPLE. "His spirits were high." He and Zeta-Jones, 41, wer...

Tamar Kaprelian Performs 'New Day' From Jack Johnson's Studio

10/5/2010 10:00pm EDT
Tamar Kaprelian
Singer/songwriter Tamar Kaprelian recently sat down for a beautiful rendition of her single "New Day." The performance was filmed at Jack Johnson's Solar-Powered Plastic Plant studio in Los Angeles, CA.

Tamar's debut album, "Sinner or a Saint," is available now on Interscope Records. She will be playing songs from the album live at Hotel Café in Hollywood on October 18th and November 8th.

Get "Sinner or a Saint" on iTunes

Eddie Vedder Marries In Hawaii

9/20/2010 11:35am EDT
Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend in Hawaii on Saturday.

The rocker wed his model fiancée Jill McCormick in front of famous guests including actor Sean Penn and musician Jack Johnson, according to US Weekly.

It is the second marriage for Vedder, who proposed in Washington, D.C. last year - he divorced Beth Liebling in 2000 after a six-year union.

Vedder and McCormick are parents to two daughters, Olivia, six, and Harper Moon, who is nearly two.

Hot Legs: Colbie Caillat At Portugal's Festival Sudoeste

8/13/2010 11:15am EDT
Colbie Caillat
Colbie Caillat recently performed at the Festival Sudoeste 2010 Music Festival in Portugal looking casual yet sexy in a teeny, tiny skirt; black tank top; and leather boots. Huzzah!

The singer has no qualms about showing off her figure - earlier this year she posed for Allure magazine's "Nude" issue. She hoped the images were seen in the right light.

She explained, "I worried that it might make [my younger fans] think I was changing somehow. I hope they think to themselves, 'Yeah, she's showing a woman's body, and it's beautiful.'"

And for those of you still wondering how to pronounce he...

Jack Johnson Donating To Gulf Recovery

8/8/2010 12:10pm EDT
Jack Johnson
Singer Jack Johnson is wading in to the BP oil spill disaster - by pledging $70,000 to aid recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

The "Upside Down" hitmaker is donating $30,000 through his non-profit organization, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, and another $40,000 will be raised by matching grants.

And he's asking fans to give generously when they attend shows on his "To The Sea" tour, which will stop in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Johnson is distributing the funds to a number of charities, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Ocea...

Jack Johnson To Give All Tour Profits To Charity

3/15/2010 7:14pm EDT
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Surfer dude-turned-singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will be touring North America without pay this summer - 100% of profits will go to charity.

The "Banana Pancakes" singer has announced a 34-date tour between July and October in support of his new album, "To The Sea", and he won't make a cent from the trek.

Instead, the Hawaiian-born eco-warrior will donate all profits to his favorite charities.

And the tour will be a green one - Johnson, who records his albums in solar-powered studios in Hawaii and Los Angeles, will fuel all tour vehicles with sustainable biodiesel, all tour merchandise ...

'Community' Recap:'Home Economics'

11/6/2009 9:43am EST
After a nearly perfect Halloween episode, this week's Community feels like a bit of a let down. Jeff appears topless right away, revealing himself to be living out of his car. Again, this show continues to mime the various aspects of the community college experience, this time the compromises one makes with his pride. Jeff still wants to be a superficial lawyer with a lavish condo and a Lexus, but in order to become a real person, someone Britta would date, he'll have to set his sights lower.

He moves into Abed's dorm (yes, some larger community colleges have dorms), where he learns the ...

Colbie Caillat Talks 'Breakthrough', Hawaii, And Her Quick Rise To Fame

8/24/2009 12:30pm EDT
Colbie Caillat Breakthrough
We had a chance this week to chat with Colbie Caillat, whose sophmore album, "Breakthrough", is finally here and set for release on Tuesday, August 25th. Colbie was launched to stardom after being discovered on Myspace and releasing her first hit single, "Bubby", and it's been nothing but up from there.

Starpulse: In listening to clips from your latest album, it has the same breezy relaxed feel as Coco. How does this album differ from your first?

Colbie Caillat: I agree, it definitely has the same kind of style because that's the kind of music I like to listen to and write. I wr...

Q&A With The Sexy Jonathan Waud Of 'Make Me A Supermodel'

6/3/2009 10:02am EDT
Jonathan Waud
Jonathan Waud is one of the finalists on BRAVO’s Make Me A Supermodel season 2, and the finale airs tonight at 10/9c.

A dedicated family man, Jonathan endures a hectic schedule, balancing work while still making quality time to share with his wife and 21-month-old son. He has lived in Los Angeles for three years, but was born and raised in Southampton, England. A graduate of the University of the West of England in Bristol, Jonathan earned a degree in French and International Business and went on to open his own construction company.

We don't know who wins "Make Me A Supermodel" toni...

'American Idol' Showdown: Adam Should Win In A Landslide

5/20/2009 9:03am EDT
American Idol
It's interesting the way Ryan Seacrest framed last night's battle of the American Idol finalists, painting a major contrast between the two contestants. His list of the differences between the two singers was not simply a clashing description of two people, but a sort of rallying cry for the sections of the country each guy supposedly represented.

In one corner, Ryan gave us the clean-cut country boy from the "real" America who would just love to get your votes. In the other corner, we met the freakish glam rocker from that hedonistic land of California who does his best to com...

'American Idol' Banter: Handicapping The Top 3

5/8/2009 10:19am EDT
American Idol
For those of you who remember my infamous predictions from the Top 13, I beg your forgiveness. For those of you who don't remember or didn't bother reading, let's just move on. On the bright side, at least I had Adam Lambert in the Top 3!

This time around, I'd like to do it differently. Instead of simply picking who I think will finish first, second, and third, I'm going to list five reasons why each of the remaining three contestants can walk away as the next "American Idol." Yeah, that's right, I'm implying that Adam isn't a lock, regardless of whom he faces in the finals.

If he...

'American Idol' Banter: And Then There Were 8

4/2/2009 3:56pm EDT
Megan Joy
I was wrong about Megan Joy. There, I said it. But looking back, picking her to win Season 8 of American Idol didn't seem like such an outrageous prediction - she was talented, unique, marketable, possessed mass appeal, and was easily the best-looking(1) contestant in the Top 13. That's usually a nice recipe for success on "Idol."

Unfortunately, Megan had some sort of mental breakdown once she reached the Top 13. Instead of picking songs that really showcased what kind of singer she was capable of becoming, she repeatedly sabotaged herself. Here's a quick recap of Megan's poor decision...

Stars Line Up For Australian Bushfire Benefit

2/24/2009 6:00pm EST
Bushfire Benefit
Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and reformed rockers Midnight Oil are to perform simultaneous charity shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, to benefit the victims of the recent bush fires and floods Down Under.

The acts will take to stages set up at Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Sound Relief shows on March 14th. Rockers Jet and Wolfmother will play both venues.

Midnight Oil isn't the only band reforming for the shows - Icehouse and Split Enz will also perform. All proceeds from the concerts will be donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfi...

Slideshow: Top Music Acts Of 2008

12/30/2008 10:00am EST
Kid Rock
They came, they conquered, and these performers are our top music acts of 2008. Check out our top 10 list.

10. Britney Spears

Spears' personal Circus has made 2008 the year of her musical comeback and magnified public interest in her non-stop.

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9. Usher

Still standing, 2008 found fans still resonating to Usher and his more mature release Here I Stand.

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8. Jonas Brothers

By making die-hard fans wait A Lit...

Singer-Songwriter Meiko Joins Ingrid Michaelson And Rachael Yamagata On Tour

10/7/2008 6:30pm EDT
It's been a busy couple of weeks for MySpace/DGC recording artist Meiko: first she was featured alongside Jack Johnson and Sara Bareilles in a USA Today cover story about the "new wave of troubadours." Then she was given a spotlight of her own on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. That was followed by stunning performances of lead single "Boys With Girlfriends" on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and the season premiere of "The Bonnie Hunt Show." Now she's featured in a special nationwide promotion with iTunes and Starbucks, in which she's one of a select group of artists h...

What's Happening Around The Country This Weekend, Courtesy Of

8/28/2008 7:30pm EDT
Sonic Youth
If you're someone who loves to go out then is the place for you! Find the hottest events, parties, concerts, places of interest and more! There's always something going on!

Here's a sampling of some of the great things that are happening around the good 'ol U.S. of A. this weekend, Labor Day weekend, August 29-September 1, 2008:

New York City:

Sonic Youth, Last Concert At The Pool

Rooftop Films: Looking For Love

N.E.G. Anniversary, Art Event

Midwestern Goodness

Los Angeles:

F Yeah Fest!

Filter Mag Sunset Series: Sunset Social

The Heist

Cinefamily L...

Our Favorite Summer Songs

6/24/2008 8:43am EDT
Everyone has favorite summer tunes, and since summer officially arrived over the weekend, what better way to celebrate the end of school, a day at the beach or a road trip than to listen to summer-inspired music?

Four Starpulse contributing writers have compiled lists of their favorite summer tunes (including several that were picked by more than one writer). Whether they are summer inspired, make you feel like summer, or are just cheerful tunes to listen to during the hot sticky months, we're sure they'll get you in the mood for sipping pina coladas, dipping your foot in the pool, or...

Jack Johnson Named Earth Day's Top Green Rocker

4/22/2008 9:00pm EDT
Jack Johnson
To mark Earth Day, Billboard magazine editors have crowned surf-rocker Jack Johnson the most environmentally-sound person in music.

In an online Music Goes Green special, Johnson has beaten Willie Nelson and Mexican band Mana to the title of greenest musician.

Billboard bosses cite the mellow singer/songwriter's efforts to be as environmentally-conscious as possible in his recording and touring ventures.

They note that the Los Angeles headquarters of Johnson's Brushfire Records is "a cozy single-family home", which features a recording studio insulated with used denim and "p...