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Queen Honored With Icon Award At BMI Awards

October 5th, 2011 8:49am EDT
Queen
British rockers Queen were honored with the coveted Icon Award at the BMI Awards in London on Tuesday night.

Bandmembers Brian May and Roger Taylor were on hand to collect the trophy at the event, held at the Dorchester Hotel, which celebrates U.K. musicians whose songs have been performed in America over the last year.

The honor comes within weeks of what would have been late frontman Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday last month, while the group also celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

May tells BBC 6 Music, "I'm very, very happy. It means a lot I think especially because it is ...
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The Top 20 Dance Songs Of All Time Will Help Get You Ready For 'The Big Dance' & 'Dancing With The Stars'

March 17th, 2011 7:09pm EDT
Lady Gaga
One thing that basketball courts and ballrooms have in common are the hardwood floors, and with March Madness in full swing, it's time to dance!

Whether you're excited for the NCAA Tournament (aka The Big Dance) or if you're sitting back anticipating the next season of Dancing With The Stars, one thing's for sure - there's gonna be a whole lot of dancin' going on in the next few weeks! (And months if you're waiting for some ballroom action!)

With the two competitions getting underway - the NCAA Basketball tourney today and Monday night's premiere of Dancing With The Stars's 12th season, w...
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Grammy Winner Corinne Bailey Rae's 'The Sea' Set For Jan. 26 Release

December 9th, 2009 7:56pm EST
Corinne Bailey Rae
"I'd Do It All Again," the first single from Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae's forthcoming album, "The Sea", goes to radio this week and will be available at all digital retailers in early January. A sweeping, defiant declaration of love and faith, the song is one of many highlights on "The Sea", set for January 26th release on EMI's Capitol Records.

"Rae has undergone a tidal shift towards a raw, less manicured sound," said The Times of one of her recent London performances. "'Are You Here' was a spiraling elegy in which she eschewed lyrical enunciation in favor of elemental anguish… ...
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Parachute To Release 'Losing Sleep' May 19

April 29th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Parachute
Parachute's debut album on Mercury/Island Def Jam Music takes off from the individual members' shared histories, from "She Is Love", the ballad torch song and first single, with its Van Morrison-like scatting by lead singer Will Anderson, to Nate McFarland's chiming, The Edge-styled chunks of guitar laced through "Back Again", "Under Control", "Ghost", "Words Meet Heartbeats", and "All That I Am".

Plus, check out these exclusive acoustic performances from Parachute's recent visit with CosmoGirl.com:

"She Is Love"

"Liz (She)"

"She Is Love" Video:

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New Hot Music Just Released

April 2nd, 2009 12:21pm EDT
Jake Owen Easy Does It
Here's our round up of some the hot new music releases during the 'March Madness' festivities. Don't' forget to share your own personal new music raves just released!

Pearl Jam / Ten

Pearl Jam, one of the biggest music acts from the Grunge music era, has released a tenth anniversary deluxe/collector's edition of band's Ten album. The reissue comes as two disc set, plus DVD, including bonus exclusive tracks, performances, and memorabilia.

The-Dream / Love VS Money

Well known as one of the producers behind Rihanna's "Umbrella" fame, The-Dream is now ...
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Slideshow: Irish Celebrities - Who Is Your Favorite?

March 17th, 2009 8:47am EDT
Colin Farrell
Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honor of Irish actors and musicians, Starpulse salutes those who have brought a wee bit of luck and whimsy to fans across the world:

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Pierce Brosnan

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Enya

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14 Nauseating & Sappy Love Songs For A Mushy February 14

February 14th, 2009 10:55am EST
Happy Valentine
Want to make your Valentine's heart melt to mush? Create a playlist or CD with these 14 lovey-dovey, nauseatingly sappy songs:

1. "You're Still The One" - Shania Twain

2. "I'll Make Love To You" - Boyz II Men

3. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" - Backstreet Boys

4. "Unchained Melody" - Righteous Brothers

5. "When A Man Loves A Woman" - Percy Sledge

6. "Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton

7. "I Knew I Loved You" - Savage Garden

8. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" - Van Morrison

9. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" - Aerosmith

10. "I Do (Cheris...
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Van Morrison To Release 'Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl' Feb. 10

January 8th, 2009 6:00pm EST
Van Morrison
Multi-award winning soul singer and musical legend Van Morrison is set to release "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl," an in-concert reworking of his historic 1968 gold-certified solo album. Recorded live over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl this past Nov. 7 and 8, the album marks the premiere release on Mr. Morrison's new EMI-distributed label, Listen to the Lion Records. "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl" arrives in stores Feb. 10, 2009. A double-vinyl edition with three bonus tracks (including a live version of "Gloria") arrives in stores the same day.

The concerts m...
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New Thanksgiving Traditions

November 25th, 2008 12:13pm EST
The Last Waltz
It all started with some weirdo religious fanatics making wary peace with local culture to celebrate the harvest and to pray that at least some of them will live through the winter.

The noble dreams of our forefathers live on today and as Americans we honor the shaky bonds of our ancestors with Thanksgiving. We all have our favorite holiday past times be it eating yourself into depression, watching the Lions lose or making sure grandma doesn't say anything offensive about minorities. However, like a well worn pair of jeans, some traditions can wear a hole in the seat. Every so often it's...
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Reel Busy 2009 In Store For Reel Big Fish, New Album Of Covers Due Jan. 20

October 21st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Reel Big Fish
OC'S original skanking pranksters Reel Big Fish have finished mixing and mastering the tracks that will make up their new album, a 10 song serving of high-energy covers which they've dubbed, Fame, Fortune and Fornication.

The release is set to include the band's signature ska take on such classics as Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me", Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", John Mellencamp's "Authority Song", and The Eagles "The Long Run." For good measure, Reel Big Fish pay tribute to their early ska/reggae forefather's with versions of Desmond Dekker's "Keep A Cool Head" and Toots and The Maytals...
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James Hunter's 'The Hard Way' In Stores June 10

May 18th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
James Hunter
Soul deep Brit James Hunter - who possesses a "tight, slithery soul groove" and a "sweet growl" (NY Times) - will make his Hear Music debut with the June 10 release of 'The Hard Way.' The new album finds Hunter delving further into the realm of deep soul on a set of all-original material.

'The Hard Way' was produced by Liam Watson (The White Stripes) at famed analog haven Toe Rag Studios in London. The album will be carried in Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as traditional music retailers and digital download stores starting on June 10, 2008.

Th...
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Everclear's Favorite Covers Collected For "The Vegas Years," Out April 15; Win It!

March 27th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Everclear
Never shy about their influences and the music they grew up on, multi-platinum rockers Everclear have long been known for saluting the band's roots by recording and performing a dynamic and eclectic array of covers. Now for the first time, Everclear's best studio and concert recordings have been gathered for a new collection, The Vegas Years, to be released April 15 by Capitol/EMI. Produced by Everclear singer, guitarist and songwriter Art Alexakis, the disc features 14 covers the band recorded between 1994 and this year, including versions of Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl" and Paul Revere & T...
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Van Morrison To Release 'Keep It Simple,' April 1

March 25th, 2008 8:15pm EDT
Van Morrison
Few singers know as many paths to the heart as Van Morrison. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has spent most of the past five decades seeking and discovering new inroads to that spiritual core.

By the time he rose to the fore of Britain's nascent blues-rock scene as leader of Them, Morrison had already pulled years in the trenches, singing skiffle, country and rhythm and blues tunes with some of Belfast's cagiest combos. He's journeyed far and wide since, but inevitably, the man Bob Geldof called "the one true genius in Irish music" has invariably come back to the philosophy summed up i...
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'August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture' Features Tracks By Chris Botti & John Legend

November 14th, 2007 9:07am EST
August Rush
Columbia Records released "August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture," the soundtrack album from the widely-anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film, on Tuesday, November 13.

"August Rush - Music From The Motion Picture" is a showcase of sounds from the music-driven drama starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers with Terrence Howard and Robin Williams. The soundtrack album includes original tracks by John Legend ("Someday"), John Ondrasik ("King of the Earth") and female guitar virtuoso Kaki King ("Bari Improv," "Ritual Dance"); covers by Chris Botti & Paula ...
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Van Morrison's 'Still On Top The Greatest Hits' In Stores Now

November 7th, 2007 5:43pm EST
Van Morrison
Still On Top - The Greatest Hits includes 21 classic tracks that chronicle Van Morrison's incredible journey so far; all remaining true to his mantra "it's always been about soul."

Featuring selections spanning his work from 1964 to 2005, Still On Top - The Greatest Hits is the definitive collection of Van's original recordings. There are musical milestones from five decades of prolific recording, including – for the first time on a Greatest Hits collection – his powerful songs from the 90s and the new millennium. Among the gems included are 1995's "Days Like This," an alternative vers...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 31

August 31st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Richard Gere
Happy Birthday to rapper Joe Budden, Vines singer Craig Nicholls (1977), "Rush Hour 2" star Chris Tucker (1972), singer Deborah Gibson (1970), Winger guitarist Reb Beach (1963), prolific actor Richard Gere (1949), Irish singer Van Morrison (1945), actors Noble Willingham (1931; d. 2004) and James Coburn (1928; d. 2002), comedian Buddy Hackett (1924; d. 2003), composer Alan Jay Lerner (1918; d. 1986), actor Richard Basehart (1914; d. 1984), and Roman Emperors Commodus (161; d. 192) and Caligula (12; d. 41).
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Tony Bennet And Amy Winehouse Pick Up Inaugural Ronnie Scotts Awards

May 8th, 2007 9:36am EDT
Tony Bennet
Singing legend Tony Bennet and young soul star Amy Winehouse were among the winners at the inaugural Ronnie Scotts Awards in London last night. The I Left My Heart In San Francisco crooner, 80, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to jazz music.

Winehouse picked up Jazz Crossover Album Of The Year for Back To Black, while English star Jamie Cullum was named UK Male Singer Of The Year.

Van Morrison won International Male Singer and Jane Monheit accepted the International Female Singer prize.

Ronnie Scotts nightclub in Soho, London has been going sin...
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11th Annual 'All Good Music Festival' Expands Talent Lineup With 2nd Wave Of Acts

April 24th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Drive-By Truckers
Six more stellar acts have been added to the ever-expanding talent lineup of the 11th Annual All Good Music Festival as its celebrates the diversity and loyalty of the improvisational music scene with its most extensive and intensive lineup to date. Drive-By Truckers, Benevento/Russo Duo, Sam Bush, The Bridge, Lee Boys and the Ryan Montbleau Band have come aboard the East Coast's longest-running camping event for its return to the magnificent Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, July 13-15, 2007.

They join many of the improvisational scene's leading attractions - Bob Weir & RatDog, t...
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Rod Stewart To Release First Rock Album In Over 8 Years On October 10

October 9th, 2006 4:59pm EDT
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart returns to his roots with the release of "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time," a landmark recording of great rock songs and Stewart's first rock album in over 8 years, scheduled for release October 10th on J Records. "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time" comes on the heels of the unprecedented success of the four volumes that comprise his Grammy-award winning "Great American Songbook" series, the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of almost fifteen million copies worldwide.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 31

August 31st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Richard Gere
Happy Birthday to rapper Joe Budden, Vines singer Craig Nicholls (1977), "Rush Hour 2" star Chris Tucker (1972), singer Deborah Gibson (1970), Winger guitarist Reb Beach (1963), prolific actor Richard Gere (1949), Irish singer Van Morrison (1945), actors Noble Willingham (1931; d. 2004) and James Coburn (1928; d. 2002), comedian Buddy Hackett (1924; d. 2003), composer Alan Jay Lerner (1918; d. 1986), actor Richard Basehart (1914; d. 1984), and Roman Emperors Commodus (161; d. 192) and Caligula (12; d. 41).
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Rod Stewart's New Rock Album Drops This October

July 24th, 2006 11:32am EDT
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart returns to his roots with the release of “Still The Same ... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time,” a landmark recording of great rock songs and Stewart's first rock album in over 8 years, scheduled for release October 10 on J Records.

“Still The Same ... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time” comes on the heels of the unprecedented success of the four volumes that comprise his Grammy-award winning Great American Songbook series, the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of almost 15 million copies worldwide.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ...
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Matisyahu August/September Tour Dates

July 20th, 2006 9:47am EDT
Matisyahu
2006 has been a year of notable collaborations for Matisyahu. Earlier this summer he was tapped by Dave Matthews to open several of his U.S. tour dates, and by Sting to open a performance in Tel Aviv, Israel. Starting Aug. 8, Matisyahu will headline a new string of dates featuring a diverse lineup of acts including Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams, The Polyphonic Spree, and Gomez, as well as a co-headlining bill with The Flaming Lips Sept. 16 in TX.

Completing his sweep of the festival circuit, he will also stop at the Austin City Limits music festival on Sept. 17, joining a...
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First US Album From British Soul Singer James Hunter Released

April 5th, 2006 8:30pm EDT
James Hunter
You'd be forgiven for not knowing James Hunter. But not for long....

While music critics are busy compiling their 'Best of 2005' lists, this out-of-nowhere soul genius has already recorded the first classic album of 2006. A virtual unknown here in the States, The All Music Guide calls Hunter "one of the best blue-eyed soul singers to emerge in the late 20th Century." With his first U.S. release People Gonna Talk hitting stores on March 7, 2006, Hunter's cover is about to be blown.

Hunter's voice has the kind of depth and nuance that invites comparisons to Sam Cooke; his songwriti...
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Van Morrison Tour Dates Announced; New Album In March

January 30th, 2006 1:19pm EST
Van Morrison
Five dates have been announced for the legendary Van Morrison to take place in March. Morrison is set to tour in support of his upcoming Lost Highway country album Pay The Devil, which comes out on March 7. Morrison has confirmed dates in San Francisco, Nicasio, CA, Los Angeles, Dallas, Nashville and Boston.

Pay The Devil is comprised of 15 tracks, three originals and 12 covers of some of Van Morrison's favorite classic country songs, including "Your Cheatin Heart," "Things Have Gone To Pieces" and "Big Blue Diamonds."

For 40 years, Van Morrison has continued to be an important a...
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Steve Winwood, Sting & Snow Patrol Among Winners at BMI Awards

November 30th, 2005 9:52am EST
Steve Winwood
American performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saluted the top European songwriters at its 2005 London Awards staged last night at the Dorchester Hotel. The black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony honored the songwriters, composers and publishers of the most performed songs on U.S. radio and television in the past year in all genres of music.

A highlight of the evening was the BMI Icon presentation to legendary songwriter and recording artist Steve Winwood, who was honored for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." With a career that spans more t...
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Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

November 15th, 2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...
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