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The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...
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Taylor Swift Featured In 'Band Hero'; New Songs Announced

October 2nd, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift, Band Hero, Band Hero Song List
Video game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero's in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favorite chart-topping hits "You Belong With Me," "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story" in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season - "Band Hero". Today, Activision puts fans front and center in the concert of a lifetime, as they debut Swift's never-before-seen in-game performances in "Band Hero", the perfect game for family and friends to jam out and sing along to their favorite tunes togethe...
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25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

April 7th, 2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 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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Top 10 Unnecessarily Long Songs

February 20th, 2008 2:14pm EST
Pink Floyd
Some of these songs have some good moments but just go on a little too long. Some of them have zero good moments, and then go on a little too long. What they all have in common is that they're too freaking long. Any of these guys ever hear of trimming the fat? Less is more? Your song is too damn long? Any of that ringing a bell, you bloated, self-indulgent rockers?

10. Gordon Lightfoot, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976)

Running Tme: 6:28

There are longer songs, yes, but there are no other songs quite like this one in that everything is sang in the exact same melody an...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 2

October 2nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Sting
Happy Birthday to Alexisonfire singer George Pettit (1982), Aqua singer Lene (1973), Slipknot guitarist James Root (1971), pop singer and mall rat Tiffany (1971), TV host Kelly Ripa (1970), Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh (1967), Soprano-shrink Lorraine Bracco (1955), ex-cop Sting (1951), photographer Annie Leibovitz (1949), fashion designer Donna Karan (1948), Trekkie Avery Brooks (1948), "American Pie" singer/songwriter Don McLean (1945), Little Rascal George McFarland (1928), comedian Bud Abbott (1895), comedian Groucho Marx (1890), Indian sage and leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869), and King Richar...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 2

October 2nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Sting
Happy Birthday to Alexisonfire singer George Pettit (1982), Aqua singer Lene (1973), Slipknot guitarist James Root (1971), pop singer and mall rat Tiffany (1971), TV host Kelly Ripa (1970), Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh (1967), Soprano-shrink Lorraine Bracco (1955), ex-cop Sting (1951), photographer Annie Leibovitz (1949), fashion designer Donna Karan (1948), Trekkie Avery Brooks (1948), "American Pie" singer/songwriter Don McLean (1945), Little Rascal George McFarland (1928), comedian Bud Abbott (1895), comedian Groucho Marx (1890), Indian sage and leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869), and King Richar...
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