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The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

5/26/2014 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.

Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of ...

Jamie Oliver Discovers Treasure Trove In Restaurant Basement

2/14/2012 8:48am EST
Jamie Oliver
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has struck gold while building his latest restaurant after discovering a $1.8 million treasure haul in the basement, including master tapes by rockers New Order.

The TV star is converting an old bank in Manchester, England into an eatery and builders discovered hundreds of safety deposit boxes dating back to 1935 while renovating the property.

After failing to trace any of the owners, officials from the Bank of England drilled open the boxes and found thousands of dollars worth of gold, jewelry and master tapes by bands such as Joy Division and New Or...

Disney Pulls Joy Division T-Shirt After Fan Outrage

1/26/2012 3:51pm EST
Mickey mouse
Disney bosses have pulled a new Joy Division-inspired T-shirt from stores after fans of the cult British rock band expressed their outrage at the group's apparent association with the family entertainment brand.

The garment, sold at Disney theme parks, features Mickey Mouse's silhouette in the iconic artwork of Joy Division's 1979 album Unknown Pleasures.

Bassist Peter Hook recently admitted he was flattered by the design, admitting he "can appreciate the irony" after years of avoiding overt promotion as a young rocker.

He told the Los Angeles Times, "I take it as a compliment. If I h...

Throw An Anti-Valentine's Day Party!

2/13/2010 8:47am EST
Whether you're brokenhearted and bitter, single and spectacular, or just plain sick of the over-hyped Hallmark holiday that falls on February 14, don't let Valentine's Day get the best of you. Turn it into a cynical celebration!

If you're a singleton staying in to avoid all the schmoopy-schmoopy hand-holding, there's still no reason you should have to spend V-Day all alone. Ladies, invite your gal pals over and get loaded on champagne while playing silly games like "Truth or Dare" or "I Never." And guys, you can get all the dudes together to do all the things your girlfriends complain ab...

Rhino Reissues A Decade Of New Order

11/12/2008 6:00pm EST
New Order
After forming in 1980, New Order went on to develop a groundbreaking sound that mixed synthesizer-driven pop with electronic dance beats on a series of acclaimed and influential albums. The band -- Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert -- released a total of five albums during the '80s that helped blaze a trail for the alternative music movement that would peak a decade later.

Rhino pays tribute to these musical pioneers with Collector's Editions of the band's first five albums: Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Brotherhood and Technique. On Novembe...

Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

11/11/2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...

Paul McCartney Loves Duffy Cover

9/22/2008 5:00pm EDT
Singer Duffy has recorded a version of Paul McCartney's classic song "Live And Let Die" for charity - and the Beatles legend is astonished with the result. The Welsh songstress tackled the hit Bond theme for her contribution to the upcoming War Child charity album Heroes.

And McCartney is bowled over with the new version of his Oscar-nominated Wings song.

The track is among a host of classic cover versions slated for inclusion on the new album, which is due for release in November.

As part of the project, a legion of musical legends including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Beach...

Top 10 Albums Of The 80s

1/30/2008 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...

Editors At The Roxy In Atlanta: A Gold Medal Performance

1/15/2008 12:30pm EST
The members of the British group Editors are on a journey of discovery in America. Supporting their second release, 2007's An End Has A Start, the band is still somewhat unknown. It's surprising, considering they have sharp lyrics, driving drums, and a soaring guitar. Singer Tom Smith stays on the low end vocally, complementing the high driving guitar sound. The goal of their journey is for America to discover them. After a 2006 tour in support of their first release, The Back Room, Editors are back to prove that their multi-platinum success was not a fluke.

For those who haven't ...

Lucky Seven For Soulja Boy

10/26/2007 10:00am EDT
Soulja Boy
Hip-hop sensation Soulja Boy has claimed a seventh week at the top of the U.S. pop charts with Crank That (Soulja Boy). The rap anthem has seen off challenges from Kanye West, who briefly interrupted Soulja Boy's chart domination, Timbaland and Britney Spears in its chart reign.

The latest competition comes from Chris Brown, whose Kiss Kiss hit rockets up the new countdown from 22 to number two.

Timbaland's Apologize and Alicia Keys' No One stay put at numbers three and four respectively.

The Killers claim the week's highest debut - their cover of Joy Division's Shadowplay ...

Starpulse's Favorite Motion Picture Soundtracks

10/22/2007 4:00pm EDT
Reservoir Dogs
The Tarantino Flicks

Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction

When Quentin Tarantino, alongside Robert Rodriguez, was promoting Grindhouse, he explained that he always finds the beat of his movies by going through an impressive vinyl collection. He writes his scripts with the soundtrack in mind and even uses specific songs in his scripts for specific areas of a film. Maybe this is why his movies always have some pretty groovy tunes. Can you honestly listen to "Stuck in the Middle with You" the same way after Reservoir Dogs?

Two of the best songs that accompany an opening titl...

Up-And-Coming Music: Zerobridge

9/12/2007 5:19pm EDT
New York, NY - It's not often you hear about a band like zerobridge. Lead singer/guitarist and songwriter Mubashir "Din" Mohi-ud-Din and drummer Mohsin "Mo" Mohi-ud-Din are two brothers whose parents are from the disputed territory of Kashmir, nestled between northern India and Pakistan. "The Quota", seasoned NYC bass player, rounds out the trio who have been playing their own unique brand of melodic, guitar driven rock n' roll for the last three years. With two independent releases behind them, zerobridge will release the Havre de Grace EP this summer that illustrates the band's penchant...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

7/15/2007 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actress Diahann Carroll (1935), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (160...

Tony Hawk's Project 8 Track List Revealed

10/17/2006 1:49pm EDT
Tony Hawk
Activision, Inc. is rocking gamers with an all-star musical line-up for the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Project 8 video game, including the debut of a track from the highly anticipated Plus-44 album, When Your Heart Stops Beating. The track Lycanthrope, is among 56 heart-pounding songs that will be featured in-game from such artists as Wolfmother, Gnarls Barkley and Kasabian. Full List Below!

“The Tony Hawk’s Project 8 soundtrack features an eclectic collection of original and licensed music from punk rock and hip hop to metal,” said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. “T...

"A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box" Features 53 Influential Tracks On 3 CDs And 12 Videos on DVD

9/12/2006 4:17pm EDT
The Gothic Box
Long before its black velvet and pale skin fashions crept into American malls, Goth music represented an underground movement led by fans who favored songs that tapped into the antisocial energy of punk but celebrated dark introspection, tempestuous atmospherics and visual panache. Rhino brings together influential bands that rarely or never participate in Gothic music compilations to create a fascinating cross-section of all matters pertaining to Goth with "A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box"his four-disc boxed set-three CDs and one DVD-will be available September 19.

In support of th...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

7/15/2006 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606; d. 1669).

UK Music Hall of Fame Inducts Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Who, Dylan & More

11/3/2005 2:33pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
The second annual "UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" will take place at the famed Alexandra Palace in London on November 16th and air on VH1 as a two-hour live extravaganza on Saturday November 26th 9:00 PM. Artists who have been publicly announced to date are: Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Joy Division/New Order and the late, great legendary DJ and producer John Peel.

The ceremony will be staged in front of a 3,000 strong audience and reveal up to ten legendary artists and one music industry figure to be...

Fall Out Boy Ready to Get Stripped

11/3/2005 2:32pm EST
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is ready to perform as part of Clear Channel Radio's Stripped Raw and Real series. Hear hit singles from their platinum debut album From Under the Cork Tree, including "Sugar, We're Goin Down," "Dance, Dance" and "Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of this Song So We Won't Get Sued." In addition, Fall Out Boy will perform their classic "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" and a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Fall Out Boy's session is available exclusively on over 130 Clear Channel Radio station Web sites.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, November ...

Yoko Ono Attacks Paul McCartney

10/11/2005 4:31pm EDT
John & Yoko
Yoko Ono launched a veiled attack against Sir Paul McCartney at yesterday's Q awards - branding him an inferior musician to John Lennon. The Japanese artist was at the prestigious ceremony to collect the Q Special Award on behalf of her late husband and took the opportunity to lay into John's former Beatles songwriting partner.

As she went up to collect the award, she said: "I wish John was here today as he would have really loved it. But I'd like to tell you a story about me and John. He always found it extraordinary that people would always cover Paul's songs, and I used to tell him...