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Rush, Heart And Donna Summer Among 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

December 11th, 2012 8:57pm EST
Rush
Finally! Canadian progressive rock gods Rush are heading to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The prolific trio -- bassist/singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart -- formed in 1968 and released their self-titled debut album in 1974. They never broke up, save for a five year hiatus beginning in the late 1990s; and just released their 19th studio album, "Clockwork Angels", earlier this year to rave reviews.

The band made it in on their first try; but one would never know that after the yearly outpouring of disdain for the institution by fans after repeated snu...
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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

February 28th, 2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...
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Celine Dion To Perform At The Oscars For Record Sixth Time

February 16th, 2011 9:15pm EST
Celine Dion
Celine Dion has been booked to sing at the Oscars as part of the ceremony's annual tribute to the stars who have passed.

According to Eonline.com, the new mom will sing "Smile" at the ceremony for the In Memoriam segment.

Dion already holds the record for the most vocal performances at the Academy Awards - this will be her sixth time.

She last performed "I Knew I Loved You" in 2006 as part of a salute to composer Ennio Morricone.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Randy Newman, Mandy Moore and Florence Welch have already been booked to perform the nominated Best Songs at the Oscars on February 27.

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Mandy Moore & Gwyneth Paltrow To Sing At The Oscars

February 5th, 2011 10:53pm EST
Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Randy Newman and Florence Welch have been confirmed as performers at the Oscars.

Moore will team up with Zachary Levi and composer Alan Menken to perform Best Song nominee "I See the Light" from their animated film Tangled, while Paltrow will hit the stage at the ceremony to sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong.

Nominee A.R. Rahman will team up with Florence and the Machine star Welch to perform "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, and Newman will sing his Toy Story 3 tune, "We Belong Together."

The Academy Awards will be presented on February 27.

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Disney's 'The Princess And The Frog' Soundtrack Out Now; Listen To It Here!

November 23rd, 2009 8:15am EST
The Princess and the Frog soundtrack
Multi-platinum, 3-time Grammy Award-winning Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo adds two new credits to his long list of successes over the last three years, starting with the announcement that his new song, "Never Knew I Needed", will be the featured end credit song in Walt Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" animated motion picture event. The single was blasted out to Urban, Urban AC and Rhythmic radio on October 14th. The soundtrack album will be available November 23rd, and the movie, whose action takes place in New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, will open in theatres on December 11th.

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Must-See Holiday Movies

November 4th, 2009 9:35am EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The holidays are approaching, and if people are not busy running around thinking of Christmas or Hanukkah gifts, they're considering what to do with their family when they actually have to entertain everyone.

Every year there are big blockbuster films that come out around Thanksgiving and Christmas purposely devoted to people looking to enjoy time with their families, or to escape from them for a few blissful hours.

Here's a look at some of the movies coming out for the holiday season:

November 6 - Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney is no stranger to taking beloved tales and ma...
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The Bush Administration: A Musical Tribute

January 14th, 2009 9:21am EST
George W. Bush
It's been a long eight years for America…longer for some than others (see New Orleans). Luckily, we have some very creative musical artists out there suffering along with us. For them, the first amendment is expressed through their music.

These 30 selections may relate to the War in Iraq, the Katrina debacle, our shaky mantle as "The Greatest Country In The World," our desire to have a President smarter than us (see "nucular"), and the list goes on.

As we all hopefully look forward to our next President, let's take one last look back (and good-bye) at George W. Bush, and some so...
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Top 10 Corniest 80's TV Theme Songs

May 12th, 2008 9:02am EDT
The Facts Of Life
In today's TV climate, several shows don't even bother with theme songs (Lost, for example). Or the songs are barely a blip on the screen (Grey's Anatomy). That wasn't the case 20 years ago.

If you're a child of the 80s, there's something nostaligic about the decade's TV theme songs. But there's also something really hokey about them too. Here's our list of the corniest 80's TV theme songs:

10. Facts of Life

This song is really stupid, but you have to admit that the guys here on Scrubs nail it to the point where it's hard to say whether or not it should even make the list. ...
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Barry Manilow Returns Home To Revisit The Seventies

January 25th, 2008 10:38am EST
Barry Manilow
Performing live in his old Brooklyn stomping grounds, Barry Manilow's latest DVD is the best sort of homecoming. A wonderfully entertaining television special, Barry Manilow: Songs From The Seventies was filmed in September 2007 at the old Navy Yard in Brooklyn, "right down the block from where I grew up in Williamsburg," as Manilow explains onstage. The special will premiere on PBS stations across the nation in early December.

Rhino, in association with Stiletto Television, captures the artist's triumphant return to his old neighborhood where he sings his biggest hits -- and some gre...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 28

November 28th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jon Stewart
Happy Birthday to rapper Chamillionaire (1979), busty model and gold digger Anna Nicole Smith (1967; d. 2007), Daily Show host Jon Stewart (1962), Breakfast Club member Judd Nelson (1959), A History of Violence actor Ed Harris (1950), Letterman's right-hand man Paul Shaffer (1949), film composer/musician Randy Newman (1943), actress Hope Lange (1931; d. 2003), and poet William Blake (1757; d. 1827).
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Luciana Souza Releases Seventh Album, 'The New Bossa Nova'

August 29th, 2007 6:45pm EDT
Luciana Souza
"I wanted to make a record that would be accessible yet truthful," Luciana Souza says of The New Bossa Nova, her seventh album and her Verve debut. "The world is so loud and noisy and overwhelming now that it can be a challenge to get people to sit and listen to something that's quiet. But I have faith that they will."

The New Bossa Nova marks an exciting new chapter for the Brazilian-born vocalist and three-time Grammy® nominee, who's already widely acknowledged as one of jazz's most respected and accomplished vocalists. The 11-song album finds the artist crafting a fresh and highl...
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That Was The Week That Was For Aug. 26-Sept. 1

August 26th, 2007 8:15am EDT
The Beatles
Entertainment highlights during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

1961: Motown released its first No. 1 hit, ''Please Mr. Postman'' by The Marvelettes.

1968: The Beatles released ''Hey Jude'' as a single.

1974: The last episode of ''The Brady Bunch'' aired on ABC.

1982: Actress Ingrid Bergman died of cancer.

1987: The album ''Bad'' by Michael Jackson was released in North America. It was the long-awaited follow-up to ''Thriller.''

1990: Garth Brooks released his album ''No Fences.''

1991: Randy Newman won an Emmy Award for writing music for the TV show ''Cop Ro...
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Mark Knopfler's 'Kill To Get Crimson' To Be Released September 18

August 25th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Mark Knopfler
Warner Bros. Records is set to release new music from Mark Knopfler, one of the world's most successful singer songwriters. Kill To Get Crimson is due September 18.

Kill To Get Crimson was made with a select group of musicians including long-time collaborators keyboard player, Guy Fletcher and engineer/co-producer Chuck Ainlay. This is Knopfler's fifth solo, non-soundtrack release, following 2004's Shangri-La, and arrives on the heels of Knopfler's delightful collaboration with Emmylou Harris, All The Roadrunning. That record was GRAMMY® nominated and also led to a series of sell out d...
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Curtis Stigers Returns With Emotionally Charged New Album August 28; Win A Copy!

August 22nd, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Curtis Stigers
-Concord Records To Release 'Real Emotional' Featuring Covers Of Modern Standards By Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon & More

(Los Angeles, CA) - On August 28th, Concord Records will release Real Emotional, the new album from one of the leading contemporary jazz vocalists, Curtis Stigers.

Real Emotional showcases Stigers' talent as both a singer and songwriter of original material and as an interpreter of modern standards. The 12-track album features covers of such classics as Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," Paul Simon's "American Tune," Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardus...
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Diverse Slate Of Artists Records 'Weeds' Theme For Third Season

July 9th, 2007 10:37am EDT
Angelique Kidjo
For the second season in a row, a diverse slate of artists have recorded special renditions of "Little Boxes," the theme song of Showtime's award-winning comedy series Weeds.

Originally penned and recorded by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, the tune will be performed by a bevy of acclaimed artists, including Grammy Life Achievement Award winner Joan Baez; iconic singer-songwriter Donovan; ex-Spearhead frontman Michael Franti; hip-hop band The Individuals; four-time Grammy nominated Afro-Pop singer Angelique Kidjo; Latin band Kinky; experimental rockers Man Man; the renowned, multiple-Grammy ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 28

November 28th, 2006 3:00am EST
Anna Nicole Smith
Happy Birthday to rapper Chamillionaire (1979), busty model and gold digger Anna Nicole Smith (1967), Daily Show host Jon Stewart (1962), Breakfast Club member Judd Nelson (1959), A History of Violence actor Ed Harris (1950), Letterman's right-hand man Paul Shaffer (1949), film composer/musician Randy Newman (1943), actress Hope Lange (1931; d. 2003), and poet William Blake (1757; d. 1827).
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James Taylor To Be Honored As Person of the Year

January 23rd, 2006 2:53pm EST
James Taylor
An exceptional group of legendary music talents will honor multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter James Taylor as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year in a gala tribute on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The evening will laud Taylor for his extraordinary musical achievements and his philanthropic commitment to arts, environmental and humanitarian causes, and will feature a special concert by music luminaries including: India.Arie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, The Dixie Chicks, Dr. John, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Sim...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 28

November 28th, 2005 3:00am EST
Anna Nicole Smith
Happy Birthday to rapper Chamillionaire (1979), busty model and gold digger Anna Nicole Smith (1967), Daily Show host Jon Stewart (1962), Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron (1962), Breakfast Club member Judd Nelson (1959), A History of Violence actor Ed Harris (1950), Letterman's right-hand man Paul Shaffer (1949), film composer/musician Randy Newman (1943), actress Hope Lange (1931; d. 2003), Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (1929), and poet William Blake (1757; d. 1827).
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