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Why On Earth Were These Album Covers Even Made?

8/9/2015 2:00pm EDT
Worst Album Covers Ever
Sometimes, the album artwork usurps the album. Sometimes, that’s a good thing and other times it’s plain horrendous. In the case of these 30 albums, this particular article isn’t about the content of the albums. No, this is about what’s on the surface – an eye-popping, head-shakable cover. Prepare to be scarred for life along with a dose of sarcastic, humorous, and outraged commentary. Here comes the worst!

1) Millie Jackson, Back to the S..t (RCA, 1989)

Millie Jackson has always been edgy – that might be an understatement. Back in the 70s, there were few artists who could/would...
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20 Songs To Hunger For

6/6/2015 3:40pm EDT
20 Food Songs That Aren’t About Eating
Everybody likes to eat – any disagreement with that nutritional statement? Because everyone enjoys filling their bellies, it’s not surprising that musician reference food in their songs as well as specifically in their song titles. A musician’s job is to connect with his or her audience, so what better way to do so than food? Here’s the deal though. On this list, none of the songs, which all reference ‘food’ in their title, are actually about eating. No, food is used metaphorically as a representation of something else. Sometimes ‘food’ gets a bigger meaning in the hands of these music...
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Songs That Make A Statement With 'Names' & Lyrics

5/10/2015 1:00pm EDT
25 Songs All About 'Names'
What’s in a N-A-M-E – “That is the question!” Within the 25 songs on this random playlist comprised of songs featuring name in their title, the simple, everyday word takes on numerous meanings and interpretations. Maybe it’s the disappointment of not knowing a person’s name, the arrogance of ensuring everybody knows THE NAME (aka cockiness), or more thoughtful ideas such as escapism. Regardless, after diving in to this list, you’ll know every single one of these songs and artists’ names!

1) Shawn Mendes, “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” (Handwritten, 2015)

This girl that Shawn Mendes is...
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15 Bass-Loving, Bootylicious Songs!

4/11/2015 3:00pm EDT
15 Songs That Are Truly 'All About The Booty'
One great thing about music is that it can reflect things the people relate to, whether its more important issues or shallower ones. On the shallower side, numerous songs have been recorded with a certain part of the anatomy in mind. The 15 songs that grace this list all celebrate being about “that bass,” otherwise known as the behind, booty, or butt. Judging by all the different synonyms, there are numerous ways which the beloved portion of the anatomy can be referenced. Most on this list tend to take the, um, more lustful route.

1) Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” (Title, 2015...
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Some High-Flying Songs!

4/5/2015 11:30am EDT
12 High-Flying Songs To Brighten Your Day
Ah, there is nothing like a good ole ‘high-flying song’ to get the day going! When flying comes to mind, one thinks of soaring like a bird – specifically an eagle, being free, and of course migrating to new places. Flying can be literal in meaning or figurative, with a figurative meaning playing a notable role in the songs that follow. Whether it involves a jet, an eagle, or simply being a beginner who is “learning to fly,” these 12 high-flying songs will never crash, like “never ever!”

1) Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet” (Band On The Run, 1973)

Listen to “Jet” and you have to ask your...
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15 Songs You Can ‘Believe’ In

2/15/2015 3:30pm EST
15 Songs You Can ‘Believe’ In
Doesn’t everybody need something to believe in? People believe in a number of things, whether it is God, good (morality), love, dreams becoming reality, or otherwise. Everyone believes in something – something! Many of us believe in the power of music and the messages conveyed through song, particularly prudent messages. This list, made up of songs featuring some form of the word ‘believe’ within its title, is all about having a belief in something. Most of the songs are truly inspiring, though there’s a slip up every now and again. Here are 15 songs you can ‘believe’ in!

1) R. Kelly...
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Oh No They Didn't! 10 Songs That Raise Eyebrows

1/17/2015 6:00pm EST
10 Songs That Raise Eyebrows
“Oh No They Didn’t – what in the world were they thinking?” Sometimes that’s the reaction everyone has about various politicians, actors, and maybe most commonly musicians. Musicians being artists, they often reinvent themselves, or deliver their art in a way that is shocking and solicits the attention of both fans and hardcore skeptics. This list of 10 songs features some songs that definitely raise eyebrows given their controversial nature.

1) Lana Del Rey, “F**ked My Way Up To The Top” (Ultraviolence, 2014)

The rumors quickly swirled about just ‘whom’ Lana Del Rey was referring...
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Ohio Music Festival Drops R. Kelly From Its Lineup

7/29/2014 4:20pm EDT
R. Kelly
Organizers at the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, have dropped R. Kelly from the lineup after listening to complaints posted on Twitter and Facebook and bands who decided not to play at the festival because of the star's controversial past.

In 2002, Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges after he was accused of having sex with a minor and a video surfaced of him allegedly urinating on an underage girl. Although Kelly was acquitted in 2008, that didn't stop people from objecting to his presence at the Ohio festival.

In addition, local bands Damn the Witch Siren and...
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R. Kelly Sidesteps Question About His Transgender Child

6/26/2014 3:53pm EDT
R Kelly
When asked about his daughter's sexuality during a radio interview earlier this week, rapper R. Kelly brushed off the question, refusing to give a straight answer.

Earlier this month, the star's youngest daughter Jaya, 13, revealed on Facebook that she was transgender. She explained that she is now going by the name Jay Kelly, explaining that she has identified as a male since the age of six.

A DJ at WGCI-FM in Chicago, Ill., asked Kelly about the situation on Monday, but the singer wouldn't give a straight answer. "You don't really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my so...
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10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe

6/24/2014 7:00pm EDT
10 Musicians You Either Adore Or Loathe
Musicians, artists, actors, and celebrities in general tend to have unique personalities. Some of those personalities are so strong that they can be considered divisive – "polarizing" if you will.

The list is long and filled with artists and bands from across all genres. But, there's no need to filter through the musicians to label the ‘offenders’ in your head. We've got the top ten right here, starting with...

#10 Kanye West

It seems no matter how fast Justin Bieber drives or how provocative Miley Cyrus becomes, no one can supersede the master of polarization – Kanye West. West...
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Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Video Scrapped Over Terry Richardson Scandal

6/20/2014 12:32am EDT
Lady Gaga
A brief clip from Lady Gaga's sexually provocative and graphic "Do What U Want" music video has leaked online, months after the song was released as a single in October 2013.

The video, which features singer R. Kelly and celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, was never released because she was given just a week to plan for and shoot it, -- at least that's the reason she gave back in January.

A new reason the promo never dropped centers on her co-stars, more specifically on Richardson, according to TMZ.com, which released the clip on Thursday.

Richardson, who directed the vid, has curre...
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25 Best R&B Albums Of 2013

12/27/2013 6:30pm EST
Beyonce
It truly saddens me to see R&B, a personal favorite style of music, in a state of uncertainty.  2013 found the numbers of R&B down considerably, a trend that is consistent year in and year out. Save for a select few commercial bright spots (led by an unexpected Beyoncé album), R&B only dented the charts. Even so, finding 25 albums with some significance wasn’t difficult to do.  Sure, some of the lowest ranked albums have their flaws, but each has some reason for being selected.  Enjoy!

1) Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Bad Boy

In a world where R&B and soul music have cooled off consid...
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Beyoncé Makes It 5 Number One Albums In A Row

12/19/2013 10:45pm EST
Beyonce
Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé. This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save for Target), Beyoncé not only scores her fifth consecutive no. 1 album, but also her biggest sales week with 617,000 copies sold. Billboard earlier reported that Beyoncé had the largest selling sales week for an iTunes album. Compare it to the opening wee...
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Beyonce's Self-Titled Album Makes Chart History, R. Kelly's 'Black Panties Debuts' At #4

12/19/2013 8:44am EST
Beyonce
Beyonce is the first woman to hit number one on the Billboard charts with her first five studio albums. Her 14-song, 17-music video compilation that dropped unexpectedly on Dec. 13, sold 617,000 copies in its first week.

"Beyonce" surpasses her 2006 album "B'Day," which sold 541,000 its first week. The pop star's latest project is currently only available via iTunes. A physical copy will be available from retailers between Dec. 18 and 20.

Beyonce also sets the record for the highest sales by a female artist in 2013, as well as the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall, just behind Drak...
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'Black Panties' Review: R. Kelly Sounds Exceptional Vocally But Goes Overboard Sensually

12/10/2013 11:30am EST
R.Kelly Black Panties
R. Kelly sounds exceptionally vocally on Black Panties, goes overboard sensually.

R. Kelly has a compelling argument for the title of the “King of R&B”, easily.  For years and years, the sensually driven R&B singer has captivated audiences with his R- (and sometimes X-) rated brand of contemporary soul, ultimately epitomizing the urban sound.  Like many of his contemporaries and other artists he’s influenced, Kelly’s sales have taken a tumble from their glory days – the plight that is R&B music these days. Kelly’s previous two albums consisted of brand new material, but found the singer r...
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Must See: Benedict Cumberbatch Recites R. Kelly's 'Genius' Lyrics On Kimmel

12/5/2013 5:00pm EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch made the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" audience scream on Wednesday after he performed a spoken version of R. Kelly's song "Genius" on the late-night show.

Both Cumberbatch and Kelly appeared as guests, and Kimmel came up with a creative way to merge the two stars' talents.

The actor is featured sitting on a stool with a single spotlight upon him. Next to him is a large image of Kelly's new album, "Black Panties."

The Emmy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominee coos to the audience:  "Body so fit and soft/ I can't wait to tear it open/ You got me like la la la la la ba...
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Ranking R. Kelly's Albums Since The New Millennium

12/4/2013 8:20pm EST
R.Kelly Black Panties
On December 10th, R. Kelly will release what seems to be the return of ‘nasty’ R. Kelly with album Black Panties. Kelly is easily among R&B’s most preeminent artists. Sure, his sales have falling off much like his contemporaries, but no one can deny the salacious singer/songwriter has a long and illustrious career. This particular post won’t discuss Kelly’s earlier successes with tracks like “Bump and Grind” or his Grammy-winning track “I Believe I Can Fly”, but will instead focus on his post- new millennial success. The early part of the millennium was kind to R. Kelly, much like it was to...
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Justin Bieber Releases 'PYD' For #MusicMondays

11/18/2013 1:07pm EST
Justin Bieber
Can you believe it's been seven weeks of #MusicMonday already? Justin Bieber released the seventh tune in his weekly social media project this morning, offering up PYD with R. Kelly.

While the new song is about girls, just as all of the other ones have been, at least he is singing about being with one, rather than losing one… and with R. Kelly around, you know the song is about getting physical.

The song's acronym stands for "put you down," which is more of a euphemism for sex and less a term for euthanization. In the tune Bieber sings, "From the door to the wall/Coffee table, girl get ...
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Lady Gaga Simulates Sex With R. Kelly During 'SNL' Performance

11/17/2013 2:01pm EST
Lady Gaga
What else can Lady Gaga do to shock an audience? Showing no signs of running out of ideas, Lady Gaga stunned live TV viewers on Saturday night by simulating sex with R. Kelly.

While guest hosting Saturday Night Live, the pop star performed Do What U Want with the soul singer and during their performance she pretended to give Kelly oral sex. Our guess is she needs to keep up with Miley Cyrus.

Gaga also poked fun at the controversy linked to her alleged song similarities to Madonna by performing Born This Way as the Material Girl's Express Yourself in a skit about an album of awful cover ve...
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Thoughts: Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, 'Do What U Want'

10/28/2013 9:21pm EDT
Lady Gaga Artpop
Gaga strikes gold on ARTPOP’s second single “Do What U Want”: I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t applauding too much over Lady Gaga’s first single “Applause” from her upcoming studio album ARTPOP due November 11.  It was merely ‘good’ in my opinion, but just didn’t stack up to juggernauts like “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance” or her numerous hit singles.  Believe me, I wanted to be ‘gaga’ for Gaga, but “Applause” just wasn’t enough.  But fear not fellow Gaga super fans – second single “Do What U Want” easily atones for any un-Gaga-ness that made “Applause” too safe.  This ladies and gentle...
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Lady Gaga Bashes Criticism To Launch 'Do What U Want' - Listen To The Single

10/21/2013 7:03pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is responding to critics by giving them a larger platform: she re-posted several common critiques on Twitter in the build-up to the release of her single with R. Kelly, Do What U Want.

She wrote on Sunday, "LADY GAGA IS FAT NOW! #DoWhatUWantWithMyBody," with an unflattering photo of her in one of her meat costume.

Lady Gaga then tweeted a photo of her and Madonna side-by-side, "LADY GAGA IS A REDUCTIVE MADONNA COPY! SHE'S OVER NOW! #WriteWhatUWant #SayWhatUWantBoutMe #ImNotSorry."

Then she posted the infamous picture people claimed as proof she was really a man. She wrote, "LAD...
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Centric TV Wraps Up Black Music Month With R. Kelly Spotlight

6/22/2013 6:59am EDT
R. Kelly
As Black Music Month on Centric TV comes to a close, the King of R&B, Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly – better known as R. Kelly – will take over the airwaves  on Saturday, June 22. 

One of the bestselling music artists, R. Kelly is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. From the 1980s straight through to today, R. Kelly tops the charts, pushes boundaries and masters an array of musical genres that influence fans and musicians alike.

Whether pop, hip hop, R&B, or soul, south side Chicago-native and multiple Grammy Award winning R. Kelly dominates the scene. His signature...
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R. Kelly Loses Millions On Mansion Foreclosure Auction

3/20/2013 1:07pm EDT
R. Kelly
R. Kelly has lost millions after his bank foreclosed on his mansion - and was barely able to sell it for a third of what he built it for.

The singer built the home way back in 1997 with a $3.5 million mortgage. As Kelly's music career began to struggle, his bank was forced to foreclose on the mortgage in 2011 when he failed to make a payment in over a year. 

According to TMZ, Kelly tried to sell the house at the $1.6 million mark to pay off the mortgage, but was unable to find a buyer. The bank finally took the home and auctioned it off Monday, where it was finally sold for $950,000. 

So...
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R. Kelly Pens Song For Connecticut Shooting Victims

1/4/2013 3:43pm EST
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly has released a song in tribute to the victims of last month's Connecticut massacre and vowed to donate the proceeds to the devastated families.

Suspected gunman Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14th, killing 26 people before allegedly turning the weapon on himself.

The singer was deeply shocked by the death of 20 young children and six adults so he wrote a moving ballad to express his sadness.

Kelly recorded the song, titled "I know You're Hurting," with a children's gospel choir and vowed to give the proceeds to thos...
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R. Kelly Taking 'Trapped In The Closet' Opera To Broadway

11/20/2012 12:27pm EST
R. Kelly
Singer R. Kelly is eyeing a move to Broadway with his Trapped In The Closet music project.

The unusual scheme started when the I Believe I Can Fly hit-maker began releasing a series of story-telling songs in 2005.

The 23 tracks and their videos have formed a continuous modern-day opera over the years and he premiered the latest installments on Monday at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York.

Speaking at the event, Kelly revealed plans to take the project to Broadway: "(I) just got an offer from Broadway to do a Broadway version, that's what I'm working on."

The singer also insis...
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Sex Tape Scandal, Aaliyah Not Mentioned In R. Kelly's New Memoir

6/29/2012 12:55pm EDT
R Kelly
R. Kelly's autobiography "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me" comes out this week with one glaring omission: there's no mention of his infamous sex tape, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In February 2002, a sex tape was delivered anonymously to the Sun-Times' offices. They handed it to police because it seemed an underage female appeared on it. Kelly had to go to court, but he was acquitted after the judge ruled that the prosecution could not introduce as evidence photographs found on a digital camera during a raid at the singer's home in Davenport, Florida.

The singer had vowed to detail ...
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R. Kelly Cancels Three Concerts Due To A 'Health Emergency'

6/28/2012 9:06am EDT
R. Kelly
R&B star R. Kelly has been forced to scrap all upcoming performances due to complications from 2011 vocal surgery.

The I Believe I Can Fly hit-maker was admitted to a Chicago hospital last July to have an abscess in a tonsil drained after days of severe pain - and now the star is experiencing new problems.

The 45 year old was due to host a book launch event in New York on Wednesday and also perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Today later in the week, but, he has now axed all three concerts indefinitely due to a "health emergency."

A representative for the star tells TMZ.com, "I...
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R. Kelly Booed Following Texas Club Appearance

5/16/2012 10:35pm EDT
R. Kelly
R. Kelly faced an angry crowd during a club event in Texas last weekend after he refused to perform for fans who were expecting to see a full concert by the singer.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker was booked to appear at The Mansion in Austin on Saturday for a bash billed as "An Intimate Night With R. Kelly", but devotees who had paid $30 to attend the gig were surprised when the R&B star turned up late and walked through the venue, straight to the VIP area.

He picked up a microphone moments later, while still in the cordoned-off area and partly hidden from view, and belted out a rendi...
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The Funniest Celebrity Quotes of All-Time!

4/21/2012 10:30am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Celebrities often say things that get them in trouble and draw criticism. More times than none, they will make excuses for their outlandish statements by saying they were misquoted or their comments were taken out of context.

Misquoted or not, their opinions and takes on certain topics and subjects are hilarious. Here's a slideshow of some of the funniest celebrity quotes ever.

Paris Hilton

"Wal-Mart.....do they make walls there?" -Paris Hilton

Britney Spears

"I've never wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don't like eating fish. And I know that's very popular in Africa." -...
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The X Factor Recap: Stars Join The Contestants In A Ludicrous Finale

12/22/2011 9:36am EST
X-Factor Finale
There have been a lot of stupid ideas on TV: AfterMASH, giving Christopher Moynihan a second series, that dancing show where Paula Abdul stood on a huge globe, but last night may have been the biggest brainfart in the history of television – having the contestants stop their performances to introduce a duet with an established star.

Not only was this move distracting and off-putting, but it totally undermined the point of the competition. These are supposed to be discovered talents, not established stars doing duet performances, and that’s exactly what this move made them seem like.

Addit...
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