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Overrated/Underrated Diamond Award Albums

8/15/2008 11:30am EDT
Beatles
In 1999, the RIAA, providers of platinum and gold records to recording artists, decided it was time to honor those who had reached a higher sales plateau and created the Diamond Award.

The newly minted award went to the albums that had shipped 10 million or more copies. Since the award's inception, 103 diamond albums have been handed out to everyone from The Beatles to Kid Rock. Receiving this award ensures that an album will always be recognized as a classic. After all, with millions of albums released over the years, joining a club with slightly over 100 members is as exclusive as...
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SMC Pledges Allegiance To Killer Mike

7/4/2008 8:00am EDT
Killer Mike
Killer Mike and his Atlanta based label, Grind Time Official, have joined forces with Bay Area based record label, SMC Recordings. The first release from this dynamic partnership will be the continuation of Killer Mike's critically acclaimed Pledge series and will be titled, I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II, in stores July 8th.

Killer Mike got his formal introduction when he first appeared on the Outkast single "The Whole World" for which he won a Grammy. Mike then signed to Outkast's Aquemini label, which was distributed by Columbia Records, and in 2003 released his debut album, M...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 27

5/27/2008 3:00am EDT
Paul Bettany
Happy Birthday to British TV Chef Jamie Oliver (1975), Outkast half Andre 3000 (1975), late TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (1971; d. 2002), "The Da Vinci Code" actor Paul Bettany (1971), "Shakespeare in Love" star Joseph Fiennes (1970), Oakland A's slugger Frank Thomas (1968), Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell (1968), comedian Adam Carolla (1964), "Frasier" actress Peri Gilpin (1961), actress Linnea Quigley (1958), Crowded House singer Neil Finn (1958), Siouxie and the Banshees frontwoman Siouxie Sioux (1957), WWE star Eric Bischoff (1955), Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn (1945), actor Br...
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Outkast: In a Class of Their Own

3/27/2008 2:30pm EDT
Outkast
As one of the hottest rap groups out today, Outkast has etched a mark in hip-hop history as perhaps the best rap group ever. They're in fair competition, however, with groups like A Tribe Called Quest and EPMD riding dutch. These groups, by coincidence, never took to transforming the perceptions of what many outside the South considered as nothing special into worthy rhyme sayers, putting Atlanta on its back and giving listeners something to nod to.

Outkast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi came together as a group in 1991 and signed to Laface Records in 1992. They were the label's first hip-h...
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Will Ferrell Goes 'Semi-Pro' This Weekend

2/29/2008 8:51am EST
Semi-Pro
Will Ferrell hopes to keep his streak of sweet buffoonery alive this weekend in the flick "Semi-Pro," a comedy starring Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin (better known as Outkast's Andre 3000), and Ferrell himself playing owner/player/coach triple threat, Jackie Moon.

Set in the 1970s, "Semi-Pro" is the story of a rogue basketball team, the Flint Michigan Tropics, which is part of the ABA. It faces the threat of being dissolved, but with a top 4 finish it will be subsumed into the more respectable NBA.

Recently, TV spots featuring a camera slowly panning the length of a na...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 1

2/1/2008 3:00am EST
Lisa Marie Presley
Happy Birthday to Outkast half Big Boi (1975), Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman (1969), comedian Pauly Shore (1968), rock royalty Lisa Marie Presley (1968), martial arts actor Brandon Lee (1965; d. 1993), "B" movie star Sherilyn Fenn (1965), "Lost In Space" actor Bill Mumy (1954), Heartbreaker Mike Campbell (1950), "Doctor Who" actress Elisabeth Sladen (1948), Mr. Jefferson Sherman Hemsley (1938), SNL alum Garrett Morris (1937), Everly Brothers half Don Everly (1937), gospel singer George Beverly Shea (1909), and "Gone With The Wind" star Clark Gable (1901; d. 1960).
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Raheem Devaughn's Sophomore Disc Debuts On Charts; Will Tour With Jill Scott

1/25/2008 8:38am EST
Raheem DeVaughn
Jive recording artist, Raheem DeVaughn, who recently received a Grammy Award nomination for his current single "Woman," debuts at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart with his latest effort, Love Behind The Melody. The Baltimore based singer/songwriter will kick-off a major city tour with Jill Scott in Seattle, WA at the Paramount theater on February 5th.

Early reviews are in on Raheem's latest album, Love Behind The Melody, and all the critics agree. Entertainment Weekly gives it an A- and enthuses that "...he wraps his tenor around unu...
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Britney Spears Wants A Piece Of You!

12/10/2007 4:31pm EST
Britney
Calling all future auteurs! MTV and Jive Records will join forces to bring fans and MTV viewers the "Britney Spears Wants A Piece Of You" fan video contest. Using the MTV Video Remixer (http://remix.mtv.com), the exclusive contest which launched on December 4th will give aspiring filmmakers and wannabes alike the opportunity to create their own distinctive video for "Piece of Me," the second single from Britney's hit album Blackout.

By utilizing the MTV Video Remixer (http://remix.mtv.com) fans will create their own interpretation of "Piece of Me" to compete for a chance to see their ...
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Rapper Pimp C Found Dead In Hollywood Hotel Room

12/4/2007 3:36pm EST
Pimp C
Pimp C, real name Chad Butler -- and one half of the rap duo UGK, was found dead in a hotel room this morning. He was 33.

L.A. County Fire responded to a 911 call at the Mondrian Hotel, located on trendy Sunset Strip in Hollywood. They arrived to his sixth floor hotel room to find him dead in bed.

UGK is best known for appearing on the Jay-Z track "Big Pimpin'" in 2000, and more recently with Outkast on the song "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)." Pimp C had just performed with fellow rapper Too Short at the "House of Blues" in L.A. on Saturday night.
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'NOW That's What I Call Music!' Vol. 26 And 'NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!' Released

11/26/2007 11:29am EST
NOW 26
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, will ring in the holiday season with the November 13 release of two scorching collections of today's hottest tunes. NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 features 20 chart-topping Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B smash hits, and NOW That's What I Call Party Hits! celebrates with 20 of the hottest roof-raising tracks from a who's-who of today's top artists.

NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 spotlights 20 of today's hottest chart hits, including Soulja Boy Tell'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," J. Holiday...
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Fish-Out-Of-Water Comedy 'Who's Your Caddy?' Comes To DVD Nov. 27

11/14/2007 8:30pm EST
Who
Who's Your Caddy? stars Antwan "Big Boi" Patton (rap group Outkast, ATL) as music mogul C-Note who will do whatever in takes, no matter how outrageous, to become a member of an elite country club – much to the objection of club president Cummings (Jeffrey Jones - Ferris Beuller's Day Off, "Deadwood").

Buying land next to the course's 17th hole as a bargaining strategy, the club's order is disrupted as C-Note and his entourage bring their flashy, hip-hop lifestyle to the prim and proper country club. As Cummings attempts to revoke his new members, C-Note must restore his honor and chan...
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The Hives Drummer Chris Dangerous Talks To Starpulse About New Album, World Domination

10/9/2007 10:08am EDT
The Hives
It's been three long years since The Hives' last album. When it comes to a band that rocks as hard as The Hives, three years seems like too long of a wait. So Starpulse caught up with the band's drummer, Chris Dangerous, to find out what we can expect from their latest release, "The Black And White Album," and their plans for the future, which, unsurprisingly, include world domination. But, with The Hives rocking as hard as they do, maybe having them in charge wouldn't be such a bad idea.

What should the world expect of your new album?

What the audience should expect or what I th...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

9/11/2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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Babyface And Trisha Yearwood Team Up For 'CMT Crossroads' Sept. 21

9/5/2007 6:00pm EDT
Babyface
NASHVILLE – Sept. 5, 2007 – The series that proves great music knows no boundaries returns, bringing together multiple Grammy winners, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Trisha Yearwood. Known for his smooth voice and prolific songwriting, Edmonds joins country superstar Yearwood for a magical evening that was taped before an invitation only audience in Nashville. The two soulful voices will join as one on the latest episode of CMT Crossroads: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds And Trisha Yearwood premiering Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT Crossroads: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds And Trisha ...
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UGK Releases Star Studded 26-Song Double CD August 7

8/6/2007 3:37pm EDT
UGK
New York, NY – Jive recording artists UGK, universally regarded as the true voices of the south by hip-hop royalty Jay-Z, OutKast, and hip-hop luminaries, release their highly anticipated seventh album UGK (Underground Kingz) on August 7. UGK (Underground Kingz) will also be available as a limited-edition 26-song, two-CD set, with bonus DVD.

After a nearly two decade long career, UGK brings to you a double CD collection that enlists a veritable "who's who" from the hip-hop and R&B universe; T.I., Rick Ross, Slim Thug, Charlie Wilson, Raheem DeVaughn, Three 6 Mafia, Willy D, OutKast, ...
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Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds Returns With 11th Album, 'Playlist,' In Stores September 18

7/29/2007 9:00am EDT
Babyface
(New York, NY) 10-time Grammy award-winning megastar Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, an icon figure of live performance, songwriting, and production whose work on his own music and others' has resulted in more than 100 million career sales, has completed his 11th album, Playlist, which will arrive in stores September 18th as the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group and David Massey, President, Mercury Records.

Playlist will be Babyface's first album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of...
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Check Out J. Holiday's First Single, 'Bed,' From New CD 'Back Of My Lac,' Due October 2

7/2/2007 1:24pm EDT
J. Holiday
Capitol Records' new R&B crooner J. Holiday debuts his first single, Bed, from his forthcoming album Back of My Lac, due in stores October 2. Bed was written by The Dream and Tricky Stewart, the pair responsible for Rihanna's Umbrella.

There are no mirrors or tricks here, no sleight of hand. When J. Holiday talks earnestly of "following my dreams" and "being in love with music," it's not a deliberately sympathetic portrayal by a partial writer. In fact, J.'s talent is matched –in rarity and intensity—only by his enthusiasm. His candor and vulnerability are refreshing, given the static,...
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50 Cent, T.I., Ne-Yo, Ciara & More Throw Down At BET Awards, June 26

6/12/2007 10:48am EDT
Ciara
With the galaxy of stars that BET has booked for the "BET '07 Awards" there's no doubt that the fire marshal will be working overtime at the Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, June 26.

Sparks will be flying throughout the three-hour live telecast that begins at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CDT (tape delayed in the Mountain and Pacific zones) as some of the hottest stars in music, television, movies and sports bring the heat and burn the house down!

Joining rap royalty T.I. and 50 Cent on the performance lineup are R&B crooner Ne-Yo, sultry superstar Ciara, and gospel great Yolanda Adams. The rost...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 27

5/27/2007 3:00am EDT
Paul Bettany
Happy Birthday to British TV Chef Jamie Oliver (1975), Outkast half Andre 3000 (1975), late TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (1971; d. 2002), "The Da Vinci Code" actor Paul Bettany (1971), "Shakespeare in Love" star Joseph Fiennes (1970), Oakland A's slugger Frank Thomas (1968), Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell (1968), comedian Adam Carolla (1964), "Frasier" actress Peri Gilpin (1961), actress Linnea Quigley (1958), Crowded House singer Neil Finn (1958), Siouxie and the Banshees frontwoman Siouxie Sioux (1957), WWE star Eric Bischoff (1955), Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn (1945), actor Br...
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Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

3/7/2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...
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Check Out 17-Year-Old R&B Newcomer Lil Mama's "Lip Gloss"

2/24/2007 2:00am EST
Lil Mama
Many fail to realize that one of the beauties of Hip Hop and the key essence of its survival is the fact that it is an envelope pushing culture which constantly evolves. It is driven, inspired, and motivated by the youth who keep it fresh and energized. Hip Hop has shown that every great artist has made his/her mark and added to the chain of growth by creating a unique niche and following. The eclectic voice was brought by Outkast, Chuck D was the voice of the revolutionaries, and Jay-Z was the voice of the self-made hustlers just to name a few. It's been a while since we've heard an imp...
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Consequence's Debut Album, "Don't Quit Your Day Job," Out March 6; Check Out The First Single

2/14/2007 3:08pm EST
Consequence
Consequence was born in Queens at the dawn of the hip-hop era, when all rap was East Coast rap and all of rap's influential early artists were based in the New York City area. Throughout his career, Consequence gained credibility not only on the streets with his peers but with the critics as well. A gifted storyteller, he has a keen and unwavering sense of what he is all about. His objective realizm provides a clear alternative not only to gangsta rap but also to the watered-down and overly calculated pop-rap. "What I rhyme about is what I see around me, I'm a result of the hood, my rhymes ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 1

2/1/2007 3:00am EST
Lisa Marie Presley
Happy Birthday to Outkast half Big Boi (1975), Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman (1969), comedian Pauly Shore (1968), rock royalty Lisa Marie Presley (1968), martial arts actor Brandon Lee (1965; d. 1993), "B" movie star Sherilyn Fenn (1965), "Lost In Space" actor Bill Mumy (1954), Heartbreaker Mike Campbell (1950), "Doctor Who" actress Elisabeth Sladen (1948), Mr. Jefferson Sherman Hemsley (1938), SNL alum Garrett Morris (1937), Everly Brothers half Don Everly (1937), gospel singer George Beverly Shea (1909), and "Gone With The Wind" star Clark Gable (1901; d. 1960).
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Check Out Capitol Records New R&B Artist J. Holiday's Debut Single "Be With Me"

1/8/2007 3:49pm EST
J. Holiday
"My sound is old school soul with a little mix of hip-hop," explains J. Holiday. "If I had to give it a name I would call it 'street soul.' Nowadays the 'hood has little to listen to within R&B. I want my music to be the soundtrack to their lives and beyond."

J. Holiday doesn't pull any punches when he offers his take on the current state of R&B. "Rhythm and Blues is lacking storytellers right now," insists the candid 22-year-old singer/songwriter. Holiday then pauses, name checks the late legendary singer Otis Redding as if to show his soul credentials and asks, "Where's our generatio...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 3)

12/31/2006 2:00pm EST
Syd Barrett
...During July, co-founder and original Pink Floyd guitarist/singer Syd Barrett, who had spent the better part of the last 35 years as a hermit, died at age 60 from diabetic complications... Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo pretty much confirms rumors that the band is done, "unless," he says, "it becomes really obvious to me that we need to do one."

New albums from: Muse, Johnny Cash, Thom Yorke, Peachez, Sufjan Stevens, Cheyenne Kimball, Phish, Soul Asylum, Seether, Moloko, Alien Ant Farm, Black Stone Cherry, Eighteen Visions, Helmet, Third Eye Blind, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, New York Dolls...
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Katt Williams Releases "The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1" DVD

11/8/2006 11:54am EST
Katt Williams
Known just as much for his permed hair as he is for his animated performances and quick wit, comedian Katt Williams has been making his mark in Hollywood for over 10 years. Beginning his career at an age when most teenagers are seeking their drivers license, the young comic quickly discovered that he had a gift for making people laugh. Inspired by the likes of great humorists such as Richard Pryor, Don Knotts, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Thomas Marshall, Jeff Foxworthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Dave Chappelle, whom he calls the Malcolm X of comedy, Katt Williams entertaining standup...
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Young Capone's Debut "Big Face & Bright Lights" Coming In Early 2007

11/5/2006 10:00am EST
Young Capone
The word "gangster" has many different connotations depending on who you ask. Some envision bandanas while others think of faceless criminals. Nevertheless, there are a couple of good things that are constantly attached to that dubious noun; determination, smarts, respect and the control of your own destiny. 20-year old rapper/producer Young Capone epitomizes those aspects.

While he borrows his moniker from a notorious Chicago gangster named Albert; this younger reincarnation was born Rodriquez Smith in South Atlanta's rough-edged Thomasville Heights community.

A product of a work...
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Cadillac Don and J Money's "Look At Me" In Stores November 7

11/2/2006 9:59am EST
Cadillac Don and J Money
The history of Southern hip hop is replete with duos that have made an indelible mark on rap music and popular culture. Over the years, legendary artists such as UGK, Outkast, 8Ball & MJG have moved crowds as well as millions of units while, at the same time, helping to set the foundation for the current explosion of Southern hip hop.

"We have listened to music all our lives and groups like 8Ball & MJG and UGK have been nothing but and inspiration to us! We feel like we want to continue the history and continue to take hip hop to another level along with these other great artist that h...
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Actor Jeff Goldblum Says Angel Travis' Music Is Like "A Candied Apple Dipped In Rum;" Listen Here

10/30/2006 10:52am EST
Angel Travis
On her debut album The Woman In Me, singer-songwriter Angel Travis' voice and spirit join forces for an extraordinary musical tour de force. The young Washington State-bred transplant to Los Angeles has a confident and elegant style that embraces its audience on the first listen, and an emotional honesty that forges an immediate heart to heart connection.

Veteran producer/musician Barry Goldberg commented, "I have worked with some pretty good lady vocalists throughout my career such as: Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, Kelly Clarkson and Tracy Nelson, to name a few. So, I know when I hear ...
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Give A Listen To Outkast's "Hollywood Divorce" and "Idlewild Blues"

9/28/2006 12:05pm EDT
Outkast
"Hollywood Divorce" is the latest single from Outkast's "Idlewild," the soundtrack to their film of the same name. The latest single features Snoop Dogg & Lil' Wayne. Also check out "Idlewild Blues" and the official trailer for the film below:

Listen to Outkast - "Hollywood Divorce":

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- Watch the "Idlewild Blues" music video

- Watch the "Morris Brown" music video

- Watch the 'Idlewild' movie trailer

- More OutKast videos

More on Outkast Here on Starpulse and at outkast.com or myspace.com/outkast.

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