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'American Idol' Recap: Anoop & Megan Must Go

4/1/2009 8:42am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for the American Idol Contestants to Start Singing:

-It's amazing how four judges can combine to say absolutely nothing in the show open.

-What a strange theme. Why not just say, "pick whatever song you want"?. How does one define a 'popular' download? Conspiracy people!

-Just when you thought the product placement couldn't get any more shameless - Seacrest uses it to promote his own show!

-Wow, Ryan Seacrest plays drops of Simon Cowell and the "American Idol" theme on his show. Local FM Radio now seems like a bastion of creativity and w...
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MIMS Is Back To 'Move' The Crowd

2/13/2009 3:00pm EST
MIMS
Second Album, "Guilt", Releases April 7th On Capitol Records/ American King Music Returning to center stage after a chart-topping, platinum-certified debut, Capitol Records/ American King Music hip-hop artist MIMS is showing why he's still hot. "Move (If You Wanna)," the unstoppably rhythmic kick-off single from MIMS' forthcoming second album, Guilt, has set off a mad rush to the dance floor and to cyberspace by his fans, logging an astounding near- 9 million plays so far at the official MIMS MySpace site. The track is also the No. 2 most-added song nationally in the rhythmic crossover an...
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Playing For Change Celebrates Bob Marley's Birthday

2/6/2009 6:04pm EST
Bob Marley
In conjunction with Bob Marley's 64th world-wide birthday celebration on February 6th, Playing For Change, the cross-cultural global musical movement, debuted their version of Marley's timeless classic "One Love" on www.BobMarley.com. This five-minute video is a song from around the world featuring American blues wunderkind Keb' Mo' and Spain's Manu Chao playing with an incredible group of 35 musical artists. "One Love" was produced by Playing for Change's creator and driving force Mark Johnson, the Los Angeles based Grammy®-winning producer and engineer.

Playing For Change is a mu...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

1/30/2009 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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Matisyahu At The Variety Playhouse In Atlanta, 11/8/08

11/24/2008 11:59am EST
Matisyahu
At 29 years of age, Matthew Paul Miller may seem like an average New Yorker. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Miller was raised as a Reconstructionist Jew. At 16, he took a trip to Israel to take part in an educational program designed to offer students an in-depth look at the Jewish faith. This experience so changed Matthew's life that he adopted Orthodox Judaism.

This Hasidic Jew is now known as Matisyahu. The appearance of traditional clothing is a striking contrast to his music, which blends elements of reggae and hip-hop. In 2006, Billboard named Matisyahu its Top Re...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

9/19/2008 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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Overrated/Underrated Diamond Award Albums

8/15/2008 11:30am EDT
Beatles
In 1999, the RIAA, providers of platinum and gold records to recording artists, decided it was time to honor those who had reached a higher sales plateau and created the Diamond Award.

The newly minted award went to the albums that had shipped 10 million or more copies. Since the award's inception, 103 diamond albums have been handed out to everyone from The Beatles to Kid Rock. Receiving this award ensures that an album will always be recognized as a classic. After all, with millions of albums released over the years, joining a club with slightly over 100 members is as exclusive as...
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Scandalous Celebrity Moments

8/14/2008 9:15am EDT
Paris Hilton
Celebrities are no strangers to scandals, but sometimes they are known more for the elusive incidents rather than their career. Here are the top celebrity scandals:

NBA star Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case in Colorado.

Kobe was arrested in 2003 in Eagle, Colorado at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera after a nineteen year employee accused him of rape. After Kobe admitted to the sexual encounter and bought his wife an enormous rock so she'd forgive him for cheating on her, the assault case was dropped.

OJ Simpson murder trial.

In June 1994 OJ Simpson's ex-wife Nicole ...
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Our Favorite Summer Songs

6/24/2008 8:43am EDT
Rihanna
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...
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'Wanderlust': Song-By-Song with Gavin Rossdale

5/26/2008 11:00am EDT
Gavin Rossdale
Some Days: I met someone from Fox in a grocery store who came up and asked if maybe I could write something for TV. It was nice because I love being commissioned. I must have been a dog in a previous life because I quite like someone throwing a ball and I have to fetch it. So I wrote the song for this TV show Drive. They had sixty songs already but felt they all missed the mark. It was a show about people on a journey, so I looked at it through my eyes and I wrote this song the next day. They loved it. I thought "Great – this song will make me a star like something on Grey's Anatomy." The...
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Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

5/16/2008 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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Dreadlocked Jason Castro Sent Packing On 'American Idol'

5/8/2008 8:56am EDT
Jason Castro
After several weeks of theatrical and soulful themes, this week's round of performances on "American Idol" arrived like a breath of fresh air. Heading into Tuesday night's show, I was hoping for an upbeat night and that is exactly what I got. It was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night. If only Michael Johns could have been there, I thought. But nonetheless, each performer brought something exciting and unique to the stage.

David Cook kicked off the show with his rock n' roll version of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." For me, this song was featured in a made for television mov...
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The Art Of Making A Good Album: Is It Lost In Today's Profitable Uniformity?

3/19/2008 12:17pm EDT
Michael Jackson made the repeat-worthy Thriller
It seems like cavemen were rolling the first wheels when albums were interesting enough for fans to listen to from beginning to end. There was a time when a hot single meant a hot record. Fans bought concert souvenirs at concerts, not on eBay or at Wal-Mart, and originality was the trend as opposed to monotony. Things have changed.

Maybe its time for the music history to repeat itself. Let’s bring back the long hair, painted faces, shell toe Adidas, and high-end Dapper Dan fits, or need I say, the silver glove or a revealing pair of purple pants. There was a time when Sam Goody and F.Y...
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P.O.D. Inks New Deal; New Album Due April 8

3/7/2008 1:49am EST
P.O.D.
The lineup that took P.O.D. to multiple platinum success with The Fundamental Elements of Southtown and Satellite (featuring "Youth of a Nation," "Alive," "Boom," and "Satellite") is back to reclaim their place atop the rock scene with their Columbia Records debut, When Angels and Serpents Dance on April 8, 2008!

"Our fans are excited and we're having a lot of fun," says vocalist Sonny Sandoval. "After four years Marcos is back in the band and we've got new music. Things are exciting again. When the four of us are in a room making music it's definitely right and Marcos brings that p...
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Concert Review - Van Halen: The Reunion That No One Bet On

2/19/2008 11:44am EST
Van Halen
2/10/08 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

They say all good things must pass. David Lee Roth was out. Sammy Hagar took over. Then it was Gary Cherone for an eye blink. In 2008, that guy that Eddie Van Halen couldn't stand is now back in front. DLR in all his three-ring circus glory is back. Is this a good thing? Will it last? Will they avoid killing each other? Whatever your opinion, this was the near-original Van Halen lineup. The one asterisk would be the absence of bassist Michael Anthony. Recently fired, Anthony's bass was picked up by 16-year old Wolfgang Van Halen, son of ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 6

2/6/2008 3:00am EST
Bob Marley
Happy Birthday to British singer Rick Astley (1966), Guns 'n Roses singer Axl "maybe Chinese Democracy will come out this year" Rose (1962), TV star Megan Gallagher (1960), American actress Kathy Najimy (1957), singer Natalie Cole (1950), reggae icon Bob Marley (1945; d. 1981), anchorman Tom Brokaw (1940), M*A*S*H* actor Mike Farrell (1939), actress/sex symbol Mamie Van Doren (1931), actor/director Rip Torn (1931), British actor Patrick Macnee (1922), Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917), 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan (1911; d. 2004), and baseball legend George Herman ...
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Celebrity Horoscope: Aquarius Are Honest And Open

1/29/2008 4:17pm EST
Sheryl Crow
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) is one of the Air signs, along with Libra and Gemini. People born under this sign are often very honest and open. They are never unkind and are always considerate of others. They are considered dreamers and can be somewhat unrealistic at times. They love everyone, sometimes even their worst enemies.

Aquarius women tend to be very elusive and mysterious. They are often open-minded and extremely tolerant of others. They consider marriage a very big step since they are independent by nature. They're not jealous people and are free-spirited and forgiving. Aqua...
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Ky-Mani Marley Debuts His Own Reality Show: 'Living The Life Of Marley'

10/18/2007 8:30pm EDT
Ky-Mani Marley
The emergence of musician and film actor Ky-Mani Marley comes to television as he stars in his own reality show, "Living The Life Of Marley," which debuts on BET J on Friday, October 26. The series follows the second-youngest son of musical icon Bob Marley as he prepares for the release of his hit new album, Radio, reprises his starring film role as "Biggs" in the upcoming sequel to the critically-acclaimed cult favorite movie "Shottas," and hits concert stages for the dynamic and captivating performances that have helped make Marley a quickly-rising pop star and won him the prestigious ope...
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Verizon Resumes Sale Of Bob Marley Ringtones Amid Objections

9/14/2007 9:10pm EDT
Bob Marley
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Verizon Wireless resumed selling mobile phone ringtones Friday based on Bob Marley songs, despite objections from the estate of the late reggae music star to a licensing deal struck between the wireless carrier and recording company Universal Music Group.

Universal Music owns the rights to distribute some of the biggest hits by Marley and his band, The Wailers, including ''I Shot the Sheriff,'' ''Buffalo Soldier'' and ''Redemption Song.''

The company struck what was initially an exclusive deal with Verizon late last month allowing Verizon to sell cuts of the son...
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Colbie Caillat To Release Debut CD, 'Coco,' July 17

6/23/2007 9:00am EDT
Colbie Caillat
Ever since her mom gave birth to her in their Malibu home overlooking the ocean, Colbie Caillat has been the quintessential California girl. Her idea of a good time is hanging out with her friends at a beach bonfire or hopping in the car, tunes at the ready, and driving up the Pacific Coast Highway.

On Coco, her Universal Republic debut, the songs mirror Caillat's low-key, refreshing style. Armed with her acoustic guitar and her dusky vocals, she evokes the same gentle, yet spirited style of her musical influences John Mayer, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill and The Weepies.

As befits th...
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The Wailers Embark On A World Tour And Introduce Their Newest Member, Yvad

5/8/2007 5:30pm EDT
The Wailers
The Wailers are the most celebrated reggae outfit of all time having sold over 250 millions records worldwide. No other reggae group has so many well-known hits to draw upon, whilst their reputation as a live act is unchallenged after performing to an estimated 24 million people around the world.

The Wailers have now unearthed a major talent in the shape of Yvad. A gifted singer/songwriter from Jamaica, whose youthful good looks and memorable songs complement the Wailers' own timeless material to striking effect. Inspired by musicians like Bob Marley and the Wailers, he embraces Ras...
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Bob Marley 'Roots, Rock, Remixed' Album Due July 24

5/1/2007 3:25pm EDT
Bob Marley
Bob Marley is one of the most celebrated and beloved figures on the planet and the term reggae is synonymous with the musical legacy he left behind. Digging deeply into that sacred catalog, the dozen remixes of legendary songs on Roots, Rock, Remixed are taking the familiar and cherished and reintroducing it to sound systems worldwide. Roots, Rock, Remixed is slated for release on Quango/rockr music, July 24, 2007.

Featuring a crop of today's hottest producers - including Jimpster (Jamie Odell), Yes King (Rhys Adams & Mark Rae), Trio Elétrico (Boozoo Bajou), Fort Knox Five and DJ Spook...
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Reggae 'Triple Threat' Sean Kingston To Release Debut Album Fall '07; Listen To 'Colors'

4/24/2007 8:00pm EDT
Sean Kingston
After producing an endless array of hit records for the likes of musical heavyweights such as 50 Cent, The Game, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg, production savant J.R. Rotem has turned his attention to one of the most innovative young talents in music, Sean Kingston, the first signing on his Beluga Heights label.

Kingston, a 17 year old native of Jamaica who now lives in Miami brings his very unique triple threat of talent of rapping, reggae chatting and soulful harmonization with the 2007 release of his debut yet to be titled album.

"As an artist, my whole goal is to make powerful and ...
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Stephen Marley To Release Debut Album, 'Mind Control,' March 20

3/7/2007 2:57pm EST
Stephen Marley
There's an old black and white photo of Stephen Marley; it's a portrait of the lion as a young man. He's standing against a wall of bamboo rocking short hair and an '80s-style I-Threes t-shirt—puffed up and proud the way only a rebel youth can be. But there's something else in the image—something about the intensity and focus in Stephen's face even as a teen—that shows in an instant that having the last name "Marley" has nothing to do with being the son of a musical icon or an heir to a throne. It does, however, have everything to do with being an individual with a purpose.

Stephen ham...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 6

2/6/2007 3:00am EST
Axl Rose
Happy Birthday to British singer Rick Astley (1966), Guns 'n Roses singer Axl "maybe Chinese Democracy will come out this year" Rose (1962), TV star Megan Gallagher (1960), American actress Kathy Najimy (1957), singer Natalie Cole (1950), reggae icon Bob Marley (1945; d. 1981), anchorman Tom Brokaw (1940), M*A*S*H* actor Mike Farrell (1939), actress/sex symbol Mamie Van Doren (1931), actor/director Rip Torn (1931), British actor Patrick Macnee (1922), Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917), 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan (1911; d. 2004), and baseball legend George Herman ...
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Robert Plant Albums Reborn With Nine Lives

11/8/2006 7:00pm EST
Robert Plant
Driven by an insatiable artistic curiosity, Robert Plant has spent his life as a singer and songwriter chasing new sounds, rediscovering ancient ones and bringing them both together to create something original. Throughout his career - first as a member of Led Zeppelin and then as a solo artist for the past 25 years Plant has tapped a multifarious array of inspirations that span the globe and the ages including Celtic and English folk, American blues, early rock 'n' roll, psychedelic rock and jazz as well as Arabic, Moroccan, West African and Indian music. After nine acclaimed solo albums...
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Kurt Cobain Overtakes Elvis As Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity

10/25/2006 9:47am EDT
Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain has overtaken Elvis as the highest-paid dead celebrity. Latest figures - compiled by Forbes.com - show the late Nirvana frontman has made $50 million in the past year despite having killed himself in April 1994.

By comparison, second placed Elvis - who has held the top spot since 2001 and has been dead for almost 30 years - made just $42 million dollars in the past twelve months.

Other big earners who have long since passed include Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz - whose Charlie Brown and Snoopy cartoons are still syndicated in newspapers across the world - whos...
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Classic Sublime Album Reissued and Expanded

7/19/2006 8:40pm EDT
Sublime
One of the greatest tragedies of recent musical history was Sublime singer-songwriter-guitarist's Bradley Nowell's untimely death, compounded by the fact that he did not live to witness the massive success of his band's third album, the now classic Sublime. The Long Beach trio's major-label debut, Sublime, was released in 1996, spawned the hits "What I Got," "Wrong Way," "Santeria" and "Doin' Time," and ultimately sold over five million copies in the U.S. alone.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sublime's release and to pay tribute to Nowell's original vision, the two-disc Sublime D...
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Grammy Award Winning Reggae Artist Burning Spear Gets First Club Remix, Listen Here!

5/28/2006 12:00pm EDT
Burning Spear
Grammy Award winning, reggae pioneer Burning Spear (aka Winston Rodney) is a certifiable legend, celebrating more than 35 years in the music business. As the popular story goes, Rodney bumped into Bob Marley while walking through a field, and the two began talking about music. Marley encouraged him to visit Jamaica's Studio One, where Rodney and a fellow musician recorded "Door Peep." By the time of its release, Rodney had branded the duo Burning Spear, taking the nickname of Jomo Kenyatta, who was jailed by a colonial British government in Africa but rose to become the first president of K...
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Reggae Legend Desmond Dekker Dies

5/26/2006 10:25am EDT
Desmond Dekker
Reggae legend Desmond Dekker has died in his Surrey, England, home. He was 64.

The Jamaican singer collapsed after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday.

His manager Delroy Williams says, "It is such a shock. I don't think I will ever get over this.

"Desmond was the first legend, believe it or not. When he released Israelites nobody had heard of Bob Marley - he paved the way for all of them.

"He was at his peak fitness, he had this big tour coming up for this summer and he was looking forward to it - and then that was it.

"He died peacefully but it still hurts. I wa...
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