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Can Cover Art Affect Music Sales?

October 2nd, 2008 10:28am EDT
Ne-Yo
Why do record labels and musicians put so much thought into the art work that will grace the covers of new releases to the public? If we were to consider the recent "friendly" album sales feud between the releases of Kanye West's Graduation and 50 Cent's Curtis, perhaps for example, it may have been that West's contemporary and animated cover edged out 50's dark harder edged self portrait cover art. Though there's no given concrete evidence that the purchases of music is motivated by cover art, but there's nothing like getting your most favorite music release with a great designed cover....
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

September 24th, 2008 11:11am EDT
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most motivating and amusing observations were made on the latest stories on Pete Wentz’s Health, Snoop’s European Vacation , and George Michael latest drug bust, as well as a Story about Denise Richard’s T.V. Future.

Topic Highlights = There were some friendly and enjoyable comments made about Neil Patrick Harris and rapper Lil Wayne however, there was no love or fondness for Gene Wilder, Pamela Anderson o...
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Check Out Varsity Fanclub's Pool Party

September 18th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Varsity Fanclub
It is a widely accepted tenet in pop music that every generation needs its own young stars to scream for. So is it really surprising that a new group of fresh-faced young men have begun to make a footprint on the pop landscape? Even old-timers New Kids on the Block have reunited more than a decade after 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys ruled the charts. Clearly the members of NKOTB recognized that few people (even those of us old enough to own "Hangin' Tough" on vinyl), can resist the simple pleasure of five talented, upbeat guys singing and dancing in unison. It's been true since the Jackson 5 ...
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New Kids On The Block Return With A Grown-Up Edge

September 15th, 2008 12:02pm EDT
New Kids on the Block
When New Kids on the Block announced that they would be reuniting to record a new album and tour, 20-somethings around the country shrieked with glee. For girls who grew up sleeping on New Kids bedsheets, swapping trading cards with their friends, and fighting over who was the cutest member, this was a dream come true. But even as they pulled their New Kids t-shirts from storage, the question echoing in every fan's mind was, "Can they do it again?"

The New Kids on the Block were the catalyst that started the boy band craze that dominates the current market. Super producer Maurice ...
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See What Happened Behind The Scenes On NKOTB's New Video Shoot

July 11th, 2008 10:37am EDT
New Kids On The Block
What happens when Jordan, Jon, Donnie, Joey and Danny head to the set for the "Summertime" video?

Find out by going behind the scenes at the shoot to see what went down when New Kids On The Block reunited after fifteen years.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes footage leading up to their album release on September 2nd.

-Behind The Scenes (opens in new window/tab)

-NKOTB Pictures
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New Kids On The Block Return To The World Stage

July 2nd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
NKOTB
Following the media sensation that revealed their official reunion, New Kids On The Block released their first new music on May 13, the single "Summertime," which is available digitally on iTunes and anywhere music is sold digitally. The band also returned to the world stage, announcing the first set of concert dates for Fall tour. The first shows include stops in New York, New Jersey, Montreal, Toronto, Providence and Chicago. The tour is being produced by Live Nation and tickets are available at www.livenation.com.

Fans got a sneak peak of the concerts with the group's first public p...
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Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

June 20th, 2008 1:52pm EDT
The Ruins
1.) Starpulse user djvandeusencade asks, "I read the book 'The Ruins' and loved it! I see that it came out on [the big screen], but when will it be available on DVD?"

Based on the novel by Scott Smith, director Carter B. Smith's Yucatan-set thriller follows four American tourists as they unwisely venture off the beaten path while vacationing in Cancun. When a friendly German tourist implores the Americans to help search the jungle for his missing brother, the group becomes hopelessly trapped in a nightmare scenario that seems too strange to be true. The film will be released on DVD Ju...
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It's All In The Name: Current Music Acts With The Worst Names

June 12th, 2008 1:47pm EDT
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
So, what's in a name you may ask? Apparently, everything. A music act or band's name should be concise, easy to remember, easy to say, and make some sort of cognitive impression. We've compiled a list here of current bands with names that just don't make a lot of sense.

HIM

The Goth Rock band HIM strangely carries a name that has long been traditionally regarded as a religious associative term. Plus, finding the band on some music search engines is still like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus may have first ...
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NKOTB To Perform Live For First Time In 15 Years On 'The Today Show' May 16

May 4th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
New Kids On The Block
Following the media sensation that revealed their official reunion, New Kids On The Block will release their first new music on May 13, the single "Summertime," which will be available digitally on iTunes and anywhere music is sold digitally. The band will also return to the world stage, announcing the first set of concert dates for their tour. The first shows include stops in New York, New Jersey, Montreal, Toronto, Providence and Chicago. The tour is being produced by Live Nation. A full listing of show dates and venues are below, additional tour markets will be released shortly. Tick...
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On The Road Again: Music To Make The Trip More Enjoyable

April 16th, 2008 3:38pm EDT
Sum 41
Imagine driving across the country with nothing but the great open road in your future. Going through barely-there towns and the desert, the road is full of possibilities (as well as seedy hotels and exorbitant gas prices). What makes the drive go by quicker? Music. It's essential for any kind of driving - whether you're on your way to the grocery store or to visit your friend's summer place up north. It's important that your playlists and CDs feature a mix of your favorite songs, and the music you pick can set the theme of your entire trip.

Here are just a few songs to add to your ...
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20 Years Later: New Kids On The Block

March 10th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
New Kids On The Block
It's hard to imagine that it's been 20 years since I wore my New Kids On The Block t-shirt holding a pink and black pocket rocker, which was playing "Hanging Tough" of course, in one hand and a sign saying "I hart you Jordan! Merry me!" in the other. Yes, I spelled it that way I was five years old. Even back then I was able to "get on the floor and do the new kids dance" at the outdoor venue in Tinley Park for my very first concert to see the best boyband EVER!

For those who don't remember or weren't born yet, New Kids on the Block was one of the most popular boybands to hit the music ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2007 3:00am EST
Val Kilmer
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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Starpulse Looks Back At Favorite Boy Bands

December 20th, 2007 10:01am EST
N Sync
Some boy bands dance and sing while others sing and play their own instruments. Whichever type of boy band you prefer, there definitely have been a number of first-rate and very popular ones to entertain us over the years.

One cannot mention the term 'boy band' without having the Backstreet Boys come to mind. Formed in 1992, the group gave us such danceable hits as 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' and other sultry tunes like 'Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)' and 'I Want It That Way.' In October 2007 the group released their sixth album. While member Kevin Richardson may no longer be ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 17

August 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Robert De Niro
Happy Birthday to Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen (1977), French soccer star Thierry Henry (1977), New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (1971), New Kid On The Block Donnie Wahlberg (1969), "Rockstar: Supernova" guitarist Gilby Clarke (1962), "Dead Man Walking" actor Sean Penn (1960), Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle (1958), guitarist Eric Johnson (1954), prolific actor Robert De Niro (1943), actor Glenn Corbett (1930; d. 1993), "How Green Was My Valley" actress Maureen O'Hara (1920), silver screen legend Mae West (1893; d. 1980), and frontiersman Davy Crockett (1786; d. 1836).
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 17

May 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Bob Saget
Happy Birthday to Irish singer Andrea Corr (1974), Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal founder Josh Homme (1973), NKOTB singer Jordan Knight (1970), Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor (1965), Irish new-age singer Enya (1961), former Iron Maiden lead singer Paul Di'Anno (1959), actor/comedian Bob Saget (1956), boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), "Big Love" star Bill Paxton (1955), Yes drummer Bill Bruford (1949), blues singer Taj Mahal (1942), "True Romance" actor Dennis Hopper (1936), "Tarzan" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (1911; d. 1998), and French composer Erik Satie (1866; d...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2006 3:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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Newcomer Lisa Palleschi Releases Her Debut Album, "Released"

November 24th, 2006 10:00am EST
Lisa Palleschi
"I think this album has two personalities," Lisa Palleschi says of her debut, Released. "Half the songs are really pretty ballads, love songs, and the other half are more in-your-face, rock songs."

Indeed, Released is chock full of humanity: Its songs map the extreme ups and downs that every person experiences. It's full of love (the sensuous, lush cover of The Cure's classic "Just Like Heaven") and heartbreak (the scornful "I Wanna See You Cry"). And the big-voiced Long Island, N.Y. born siren wouldn't have it any other way.

Ranging from the sweeping to the sweet, the beautifully...
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Jordan Knight To Launch Second Solo Album on QVC

September 5th, 2006 3:12pm EDT
Jordan Knight
Former New Kids on the Block frontman and songwriter Jordan Knight has been crooning his way into the hearts of listeners for nearly two decades. On Friday, September 8 from 5 - 7 PM (ET), Knight is scheduled to launch his second solo album, "Love Songs," on QVC during a 20th birthday party broadcast.

Previously known for his chart-topping tunes and eye-catching moves, Knight's latest album brings his music to the next level. "Love Songs" is a combination of new material and personal renditions of classic hits. Giving his own treatment to legendary ballads like "Careless Whisper," "One...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 17

August 17th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Robert De Niro
Happy Birthday to Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen (1977), French soccer star Thierry Henry (1977), New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (1971), New Kid On The Block Donnie Wahlberg (1969), "Rockstar: Supernova" guitarist Gilby Clarke (1962), "Dead Man Walking" actor Sean Penn (1960), Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle (1958), guitarist Eric Johnson (1954), prolific actor Robert De Niro (1943), actor Glenn Corbett (1930; d. 1993), "How Green Was My Valley" actress Maureen O'Hara (1920), silver screen legend Mae West (1893; d. 1980), and frontiersman Davy Crockett (1786; d. 1836).
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 17

May 17th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Bob Saget
Happy Birthday to Irish singer Andrea Corr (1974), Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal founder Josh Homme (1973), NKOTB singer Jordan Knight (1970), Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor (1965), Irish new-age singer Enya (1961), former Iron Maiden lead singer Paul Di'Anno (1959), actor/comedian Bob Saget (1956), boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), "Big Love" star Bill Paxton (1955), Yes drummer Bill Bruford (1949), blues singer Taj Mahal (1942), "True Romance" actor Dennis Hopper (1936), "Tarzan" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (1911; d. 1998), and French composer Erik Satie (1866; d...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2005 3:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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