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Jim Morrison Poem Used In Global Warming Campaign

January 31st, 2007 9:26am EST
Jim Morrison
Rock legend Jim Morrison is helping the fight against global warming from beyond the grave, with the release of a song he wrote.

Environmental campaigners have taken a poem, "Woman In The Window", written by Morrison shortly before he died in 1971, and set it to music, with the help of New Order and former Jane's Addiction star Perry Farrell.

The track was given to Farrell by the Jim Morrison estate. It will be released as a single in April.

Dan Morrell, founder of the Global Cool campaign, says he chose the song because it contains predictions correctly made about the state ...

The History Boys Soundtrack Spotlights An Eclectic Mix Of Songs From The 80s; Film And CD Out Nov. 21

November 13th, 2006 12:05pm EST
The History Boys Soundtrack
After winning five Tonys earlier this year-including honors for Best Play--The History Boys is set to conquer the big screen this November with Fox Searchlight's film adaptation of the Broadway phenomenon.

Rhino Records brings together the film's biggest musical moments with a soundtrack that features classic alternative rock cuts from the '80s, cast recordings, and more. The History Boys Original Soundtrack will be available November 21.

Featuring 14 songs, the film's soundtrack helps evoke the story's setting in 1980s England with songs such as The Smiths' "This Charming Man," N...

Supergroup Electronic Sends The Message With 'Best Of' Compilation

September 19th, 2006 12:56pm EDT
Rhino Records Spotlights All Three Albums from the Supergroup Featuring New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr of The Smiths With a Collection of Favorites and Hard-To-Find Tracks.

Two of the most recognizable sounds from a pair of the most influential alternative rock bands of the '80s-the melodic melancholy of New Order's Bernard Sumner and the sharp hooks of The Smiths' Johnny Marr-joined together in 1990 for the single "Getting Away With It." A Top 20 hit in the U.K. featuring guest vocalist and co-writer Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, the song marked the beginning of a decade-...

Beck, Fatboy Slim And Others Will Have Music Videos Featured In 'Lumines II'

July 18th, 2006 10:45am EDT
Lumines II
Buena Vista Games, Inc., the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company, today announced details of the soundtrack and music videos that will appear in the highly anticipated music-based puzzle game, Lumines II, from renowned developer Q ENTERTAINMENT. As the first handheld video game to feature artists’ actual music videos, Lumines II for the PSP system is a mesmerizing sequel to the popular game, Lumines.

“With some of today’s most popular artists involved, Lumines II is an amazing project,” said Michael Ryder, senior vice president of global production, Buena Vista Gam...

And the Greatest Eighties Tune Is ...

July 11th, 2006 1:37pm EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's classic dancefloor anthem “Billie Jean” has been named the greatest song of the eighties by a music magazine. Experts for British music bible Q named the 1983 track from the 1982 Thriller album the top tune of the decade, ahead of New Order's electro pop tune “Blue Monday” at two.

“Blue Monday” was released three times during the eighties - twice in 1983 and once in 1988. Prince's 1986 song “Kiss” is at number three, Run DMC featuring Aerosmith's 1986 track “Walk This Way” at four and Guns N' Roses rock song “Sweet Child O' Mine” at five. Meanwhile U2's LP The Joshua...

James Blunt Sweeps Ivor Novello Awards

May 26th, 2006 9:28am EDT
James Blunt
James Blunt swept the 51st annual Ivor Novello Awards in London last night - leaving Coldplay empty handed. The You're Beautiful singer scooped up two prestigious 'Ivors' for Most Performed Work and International Hit of the Year, for his worldwide hit You're Beautiful, at the ceremony - which honors songwriters - held at the plush Grosvenor Hotel.

The 31-year-old singer blasted his critics as he accepted the accolade for Most Performed Work. He said: "To all those b#$%^s who don't like my music - you're all adults, you can switch your radio off."

Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin,...

Today's Celebrity Birthdays, Feb. 13

February 13th, 2006 3:00am EST
Peter Gabriel
Happy Birthday to English singer Robbie Williams (1974), Swedish hockey player Mats Sundin (1971), actress Kelly Hu (1968), Star Wars Episode I and II actress Pernilla August (1958), New Order bassist Peter Hook (1956), former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel (1950), actress Stockard Channing (1944), Monkee Peter Tork (1942), English acter Oliver Reed (1938; d. 1999), American actress Susan Oliver (1937; d. 1990), "Just Shoot Me" actor George Segal (1934), "Vertigo" actress Kim Novak (1933), country musician Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919; d. 1991), and 'American Gothic' artist Grant Wood (1892; d....

Smiths Members Reunite at Charity Fundraiser

January 30th, 2006 2:24pm EST
The Smiths
The Smiths rockers Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke performed onstage together on Saturday night for the first time in 19 years. Guitarist Marr and bassist Rourke teamed up at a charity fundraiser for the Christie Hospital in their hometown of Manchester, England. They last performed together as part of The Smiths in 1987.

The pair appeared at the Manchester Vs Cancer event with a host of local acts including Badly Drawn Boy, New Order and Shaun Ryder. Taking the stage with his band The Healers, Marr launched into a version of The Smiths' There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, before Rourke ...

"Future Retro" Remixes 80s Classics From The Cure, INXS and More

January 26th, 2006 9:36am EST
Robert Smith of The Cure
Classic '80s alternative songs go back to the future with "Future Retro" as Rhino Records updates the era's shimmering synthesized sounds with remixes by today's hottest club DJs and producers. Music from a short list of influential alternative artists such as Devo, The Cure, and Echo & The Bunnymen is reimagined by renowned DJs for today's club scene. Featuring 14 brand-new remixes, Future Retro includes The Crystal Method tweaking New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle," Jaded Alliance roughing up Erasure's "A Little Respect," and Static Revenger electrifying INXS' "Need You Tonight." Several...

UK Music Hall of Fame Inducts Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Who, Dylan & More

November 3rd, 2005 2:33pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
The second annual "UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" will take place at the famed Alexandra Palace in London on November 16th and air on VH1 as a two-hour live extravaganza on Saturday November 26th 9:00 PM. Artists who have been publicly announced to date are: Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Joy Division/New Order and the late, great legendary DJ and producer John Peel.

The ceremony will be staged in front of a 3,000 strong audience and reveal up to ten legendary artists and one music industry figure to be...

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