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The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

May 26th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Notorious BIG
Just because an artist dies doesn't mean their music has to. These posthumous albums prove some musicians continue to have a lasting effect long after they're gone. In no particular order, here are the 25 Best Postumous Albums Ever.

Notorious BIG - Life After Death
This ironically-titled album was the first posthumous work to score two #1 singles on Billboard. It was released only a few weeks after the rapper was killed in drive-by shooting. Mo Money Mo Problems and Hypnotize helped BIG break into popular music and introduced the world to Sean Combs.

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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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Tony Winner Nina Arianda To Play Janis Joplin In New Biopic

July 10th, 2012 8:29am EDT
Nina Arianda
The highly anticipated Janis Joplin biopic is back on with Tony Award-winning actress Nina Arianda slated to play the tragic singer.

P!nk, Renee Zellweger and Zooey Deschanel have all been linked to a Joplin film in recent years, but now it looks like director Sean Durkin has the fast track on the film and he has snapped up the 2102 Tony winner as his leading lady.

The low-budget film will chronicle the last six months of the Piece of my Heart singer's life, and will feature flashbacks of her earlier years, according to Deadline.com.

Arianda's filmography includes Midnight in Paris an...
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Zooey Deschanel's Dreams Of Playing Janis Joplin Are Over

October 10th, 2011 10:21pm EDT
Zooey Deschanel
Actress Zooey Deschanel's dreams of playing rock legend Janis Joplin on the big screen have been dashed - the project has been shelved.

The Yes Man star, who is tasting TV success as the leading lady in hit new comedy New Girl, has revealed The Gospel According to Janis is no longer in development - and she's upset because she has spent years preparing for the Penelope Spheeris film.

Deschanel tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I've been working on her scratchy voice with a vocal coach for three years and now we've found out it just isn't going to happen. That's a lot of time to spend preppin...
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The 'Forever 27 Club' - Music's Growing List Of Stars Who Died At 27 Years Old

July 24th, 2011 4:35pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
The 'Forever 27 Club' has become more than a legend since the dawn of music recording. As it turns out, some of music's most influential artists who were taken from us much too soon all parted with the living at age 27. Is it a coincidence or a curse?

The latest 27-year-old to "join" this exclusive club is Amy Winehouse, who died Saturday at her London home. No one knows why or how yet, but initial speculation - most likely based on her past - is that drugs and/or alcohol were somehow involved.

Well, they played a big part in the deaths of these other stars who preceded her "in the club."...
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Amy Adams' Pink Cocktail Dress - Hot Or Not?

October 2nd, 2010 6:00pm EDT
Amy Adams
Amy Adams was pretty in pink at the 2nd Annual Variety Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Thursday. The "Leap Year" star wore a pink Roland Mouret cocktail dress which nicely complemented and brought out the blue of her eyes.

Amy looks great, considering she gave birth less than five months ago to daughter Aviana Olea.

In recent news, it was announce that she signed on to play Janis Joplin in upcoming biopic "Get It While You Can."

The film will be helmed by "City of God" director Fernando Meirelles.

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Kid Cudi: 'I Just Smoke Weed'

July 22nd, 2010 2:33pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Rapper Kid Cudi has quit hard drugs following his arrest last month for possession of a controlled substance.

The Day 'N Nite hitmaker, real name Scott Mescudi, was taken into custody in June after allegedly smashing a woman's cellphone and breaking the door of her apartment off its hinges. Cops found a glass bottle of a controlled substance at the scene and he was charged with the drug count, in addition to felony criminal mischief. Reports suggested the substance was liquid cocaine.

Cudi addressed the controversy during a concert in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday when he spoke out to c...
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Amy Adams To Play Janis Joplin

July 16th, 2010 2:32pm EDT
Janis Joplin & Amy Adams
Hollywood sweetheart Amy Adams is set to shock cinemagoers with a rocking new film role - she's signed on to star as tragic 1960s blues legend Janis Joplin in a long-awaited biopic.

The star will transform into the "Get It While You Can" hitmaker under the direction of "City of God's" Fernando Meirelles.

In an interview with Fearnet.com, "Twilight" producer Wyck Godfrey confirms he is at work on several new films, and "one's a Fernando Meirelles Janis Joplin movie with Amy Adams playing Janis Joplin."

Meirelles was previously confirmed to helm the biopic about Joplin's dramatic rise and...
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'American Idol's' Crystal Bowersox: The One to Beat?

March 29th, 2010 11:28am EDT
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Crystal Bowersox, the current American Idol frontrunner, gave fans a scare the second week in the semi-final rounds, as she was rushed to the hospital due to diabetes complications. Needless to say, Bowersox bounced back quickly, showing fans that she’s in it to win it. And if her latest performances say anything, they’re telling us that she’s unquestionably the one to beat.

Last week, the indie-folk 24-year-old single mother gave one of the more memorable performances on this season’s "Idol" to date – a rendition of Janis Joplin’s Me and Bobby McGee. Though not a complete knock-off of Jop...
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Check Out '30 Rock' Season 3 On DVD Sept. 22

September 20th, 2009 7:48am EDT
30 Rock
On the third season of "30 Rock," Liz Lemon tries to avoid jury duty by dressing as Princess Leia, Jenna stars in a biopic about Janis Joplin, and Steve Martin plays a fabulously wealthy agoraphobe. Liz increasingly yearns for a normal life while she navigates two doomed relationships, one with a little person, whom she initially mistakes for a child, and the other with a neighbor, who doesn't realize people have allowed him to skate through life because of his impossibly good looks.

"30 Rock" stars Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, show runner of the fictional variety series “TGS with Tracy Jordan...
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Jessie James' Hot Maxim Pics; She Plays Xbox 'Game With Fame' Today

July 22nd, 2009 12:55pm EDT
Jessie James
Jessie James has made appearances at Nascar races and sang for many audiences, but this time she is getting behind the wheel. Jessie will join other gamers on XBOX Live for a game of Nascar '09

today at 1pm. (EST).

Jessie's debut self-titled album is set to be released on August 11th on Mercury Records. She cites Leann Rimes, Christina Aguilera and Janis Joplin as some of her biggest influences; and her first single, "Wanted", was co-written by American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi.

Here are the 'Game With Fame' details:

Date: July 22nd
Location: New York City
Time: 1PM - 3PM (EST)
Game:...
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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...
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Exclusive: Creed Bratton Talks 'The Office' And His Amazing Journey

June 25th, 2009 10:55am EDT
Creed - The Office
You have to love any story that contains the line, "Cut to a night of drinking ouzo. The next morning I wake up and it looked like a bomb went off in the place and my tongue is bigger than my head." Now, is it that surprising this was spoken by Creed from "The Office"? Well, not Creed on "The Office," but the real life Creed Bratton who plays Creed on "The Office."

Other than that story which reveals why he changed his name to Creed, he talks about his time with The Grass Roots in the 60s and his long, kind of amazing, journey that led to playing the fan favorite character -- or possibl...
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Five Classic 1969 Albums By Woodstock Headliners Out June 30

June 25th, 2009 7:30am EDT
The Woodstock Experience cds Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Johnny
The spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969 resonates 40 summers later, as if it were just yesterday. In 1969, five acts recorded albums for the Columbia, Epic, and RCA labels (divisions of Sony Music Entertainment) and brought their music to Max Yasgur's farm that summer. For the first time, "The Woodstock Experience" couples those albums with music from the festival, providing a pocket portrait of what each artist and band was experiencing during 1969. Available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting June 30th - in newly-designed eco-friendly 2CD packages (see deta...
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'American Idol' Recap: Awful Song Choices, Bad Performances & A Beatles Desecration

May 6th, 2009 8:51am EDT
American Idol
Now it's time to get serious. We are in the final four of American Idol, meaning it is time to do away with the sophomoric ramblings as we wait for the show to begin. Instead, we get our game faces on along with the contestants and attempt to avoid falling bits of the set.

Last night's theme was classic rock, a tremendous departure for a show that's always turned up its nose at the harder-edged stuff. Because big band is apparently more relevant. It was also a big change for the mentor segments. Tutor Slash took the Idols into the Roxy with a full band backing their practice...
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More Rock Stars Have Died At 27 Than Any Other Age

April 7th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Jimi Hendrix
"The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll," which comes out today, reveals that more rock stars have died at 27 than at any other age.

Famous 27s include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, and members of The Gits, Big Star, Badfinger, Grateful Dead, Minutemen, The Stooges, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Mars Volta, American Head Charge, Manic Street Preachers, and many more.

Starpulse broke the story late last year that Amy Winehouse is terrified of joining the 27 Club and Britney Spears is too, according to author and journalist ...
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Oscar Nuñez Discusses His Character From 'The Office'

March 10th, 2009 10:17am EDT
Oscar Nuñez
When the American version of The Office premiered in 2005, its central focus was on the main four characters -- Michael, Dwight, Jim and Pam. As the series progressed, we learned more and more about the other employees of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin along with their own intertwined character arcs.

Oscar Nuñez, who plays accountant Oscar Martinez, discusses with us the progression of his character and the day he found out a pretty significant change in the arc of his character's personal life. Plus, he takes a look back at some past roles, shares who he finds funny on televisi...
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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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Interview With 17-Year-Old Rock Star Gabriella Cilmi

January 29th, 2009 9:49am EST
http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Cilmi,_Gabriella/
Gabriella Cilmi is 17. She doesn't look, sound or have the demeanor of a 17-year-old; nevertheless, she is 17. Now that this minor, but often mentioned, fact is out of the way, we can move onto who Gabriella Cilmi really is.

Gabriella loves classic rock! Often noting Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones as her early inspirations, she has more than her age to separate her from other singer-songwriters. She is too often lumped in with Duffy, Adele and Amy Winehouse.

"When I got signed, you know I was just used to jamming with my mates in the garage after school. We wo...
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'30 Rock' Recap: 'Retreat To Move Forward'

January 23rd, 2009 10:00am EST
30 Rock
Jack pokes his head into Liz' office with nearly identical headshots (ala Ten Things I Hate About You), asking her which one she prefers. She picks the one where he's in a blue tie (typical liberal!) which he calls "wacky,"

Then she gets talked into going with him to a Six Signa corporate retreat at which he's giving the keynote speech because he's nervous since he hasn't seen any of those guys since his time in the Bush administration. Though he still won't quite say "what went on there," we are privy to a quick flashback of him about to kiss another man. Is this just a little tast...
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'30 Rock' Recap: The Most Schizophrenic Episode Ever…

January 9th, 2009 10:22am EST
30 Rock
Liz is still baby crazy as the seventh episode of 30 Rock's third season finally returns after an extended holiday hiatus, and suddenly there are babies everywhere- from the Rockefeller Plaza lobby to the sidewalk outside.

She taps the head of what she assumes to be a little boy, only to have Peter Dinklage turn around and hit on her because he likes "aggressive, slightly nerdy" women. Probably because she is afraid of seeming like… height-ist, just the way Wayne Brady thought she was racist when she wanted to break up with him in season one, she agrees to go for a drink with the rand...
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Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

October 15th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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The Mystic Orchestra Re-Envisions Rock Concert Legends' Greatest Music

June 19th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience
John Lennon gave the marching orders long ago. Imagine. For his part, veteran concert promoter Rick Bowen imagined a rock concert like no other: Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd playing together on one stage. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other legends performing with the benefit of today's state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The elusive tribal feeling, unique to classic rock concerts, recreated for a new generation.

Imagine no more. "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience," featuring the Mystic Orchestra, is about to storm the concert arenas of America - kicking off August 27 at the Ci...
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Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...
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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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Idol-ology: Who Will Win 'American Idol?'

March 14th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Will David Archuleta win Idol?
Complete with rockers (David Cook and Amanda Overmeyer), country crooners (Kristy Lee Cook), international contestants from both Ireland (Carly Smithson) and Australia (Michael Johns), and yes, even a Chikezie, it's safe to say that this season of American Idol has something for everyone. With futures on the line and the competition fiercer than ever before, the next few months on "Idol" are likely to be very exciting.

Yet nothing has been more exciting than the voting thus far. In a pop culture dominated by the somewhat nauseating "bubblegum" movement - led by Disney channel gems like...
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Idina Menzel Discusses Her New CD, Wedding Singer Days And More

February 18th, 2008 1:52pm EST
Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is best known for her critically lauded roles in Rent and Wicked, but who knew she started out as a wedding singer and fronted rock bands in the bars of Greenwich Village? In this Starpulse Q and A, Idina reminisces about her nights as a teenage entertainer, driving illegally across state lines to perform at Temples and Reception Halls, what it took to channel all of her experiences and influences to make her latest album I Stand, and takes a stab at the age old question, "What is love?"

You worked with Glen Ballard on this album, who's best known for his work on Alanis Mo...
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Music Spotlight: Cat Power

February 1st, 2008 10:12am EST
Cat Power
Chan Manning, the artist that also goes under the moniker Cat Power, has a silent staying power that is undeniable. As a musician, Cat Power is of elegant simplicity. Her songs and her messages are quite straightforward. Her voice is of, and in itself entirely, unique and unforgettable.

Hailing from Georgia, Cat Power has had a formidable career spanning over 13 years with eight studio recordings. As an independent artist signed to Matador, she has developed a strong and fiercely dedicated fan base over the years, contributing much to her success.

Many may not know Cat Power ...
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Kurt Cobain Biopic, 'About A Son,' Comes To DVD Feb. 19

January 29th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Kurt Cobain
Not since the late 1960s and early 1970s has there been a musical artist who so completely spoke for an entire generation. After the breakup of the Beatles and the tragic deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, there were few music icons left of their magnitude - until the meteoric success of Nirvana and their breakthrough Nevermind. Following Kurt Cobain's suicide three years later, Kurt became the icon for Generation X and remains so for today's youth as well.

Timed to coincide with Kurt Cobain's 41st birth anniversary, Kurt Cobain About A Son is an intimate and mov...
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