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10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't "live...like there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...
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Pet Shop Boys Leave Record Label After 28 Years

March 14th, 2013 5:44pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
British pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys have ended their relationship with Parlophone Records after almost 30 years on the label.

Bandmates Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who released classic hits such as West End Girls and It's A Sin on Parlophone, have signed a deal with Kobalt Music Services, a new subsidiary of music publishing firm Kobalt Music Group, and they will release their new album, Electric, on the label in June .

A joint statement released by the electronic duo reads: "We'd like to thank everyone we've worked with at Parlophone over the last 28 years both in the U.K. and abro...
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Spice Girls, The Who & More U.K. Acts Close London Olympics

August 13th, 2012 8:42am EDT
Victoria Beckham
Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.

Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.

George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed ...
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Culture Club Reuniting For New Year's Eve Bash Down Under

November 15th, 2011 8:41am EST
Culture Club
Boy George's 1980s hit-makers Culture Club have reunited for the first time in 10 years ahead of a New Year's Eve show in Australia.

The gender-bending singer and band mates Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss have regrouped in the studio ahead of the Sydney Resolution Concert Series, which will also feature performances from Jamiroquai and the Pet Shop Boys.

Hay tells Australia's Channel Seven, "Last time we got together was 10 years ago, so it takes that long to recover from the last time we worked with each other."

And the get together will result in new material: "That's the thing t...
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EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

April 26th, 2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...
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Liza Minnelli To Duet With Lady Gaga?

February 24th, 2011 4:28pm EST
Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli is eager to team up with Lady Gaga in the studio after she was blown away by the pop superstar's "phenomenal" performance in New York on Tuesday.

Gaga personally invited the Cabaret star to her Madison Square Garden gig - and then insisted on a face-to-face meeting backstage before the show.

The 64 year old even received a special shout out from Gaga during her set - the Poker Face singer told fans she would never lip-sync, "not with Liza watching."

And now Minnelli is a big fan: "She was wonderful. She asked me to come backstage before the show, which I thought was pheno...
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Eminem & Elton John Top Surprising Duets List

August 27th, 2010 9:35am EDT
Eminem
Eminem's bizarre 2001 Grammy Awards collaboration with Elton John has topped a new list of the Most Surprising Duets in musical history.

The odd couple beat Aerosmith and Run D.M.C., who teamed up for a rap-rock rendition of "Walk This Way" in 1986, and Dusty Springfield's 1987 chart smash with the Pet Shop Boys (What Have I Done To Deserve This) on Entertainment Weekly's new list.

Also making the top 10: Bing Crosby and David Bowie's "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy Christmas" collaboration, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue's "Where The Wild Roses Go" and the KLF's "Justified & Ancient" due...
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Drugs Are Bad, M'Kay (Links & Stuff)

April 20th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
4:20 4/20 Four Twenty South Park
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

"Family Guy" - Bag of weed:

15 unfortunately placed ads - Oddee

Video: Ridiculous bike skills - YouTube

Kate Hudson Shows Off Her Tennis Body - Celebrity Milkshake

Top 10 things from your 20's you'...
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Pet Shop Boys Release 10th Studio Album, 'Yes', April 21

March 8th, 2009 12:20pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
One of the most iconic and influential pop acts in the world, Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over two decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have created some of the most beloved and recognizable hits in the world ('West End Girls', 'It's A Sin', 'New York City Boy', etc.), and sold over 30 million records. They've worked with artists like Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Liza Minnelli, Robbie Williams, Electronic, The Killers and Madonna. In the USA, Pet Shop Boys are the fourth most successful artist in...
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The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 2

February 1st, 2008 1:49pm EST
David Bowie
Here's part two of the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. There were two considerations in making the list: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. See A to M here, and check out N to Z:

N: Darling Nikki by Prince because, if you will recall, all her masturbating with a magazine got Tipper Gore's panties all in a bunch, which in turn prompted the Explicit Lyrics stickers.

O: Ophelia by The Band. Pretty cool song, but mostly because there weren't many "O's."

P:...
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Nightwish Singer Tarja Turunen To Release Solo Album

December 4th, 2007 7:30pm EST
Tarja
With her unique tones and striking stage presence having played a key role in making Nightwish a major multi-platinum success, Tarja (now signed to Universal Music on an exclusive worldwide basis) is ideally placed to take her career to a whole new level, both in terms of musical ambition and personal profile; to this end, the 30-year-old - originally from the Finnish town of Kitee - has spent the past few months working on her first recordings beneath the 'Tarja' banner, making use of studios in Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Finland and on the US West Coast.

Tarja's debut sing...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 4

October 4th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Alicia Silverstone
Happy Birthday to actress Rachel Leigh Cook (1979), actress Alicia Silverstone (1976), actor Liev Schreiber (1967), Cuban singer Jon Secada (1961), musician Afrika Bambaataa (1960), Pet Shop Boys singer Chris Lowe (1959), actor Armand Assante (1949), Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon (1946), vampire novelist Anne Rice (1941), actor and former NRA spokesman Charlton Heston (1924), comedian Buster Keaton (1895), and 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes (1822).
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Pet Shop Boys To Release Concert DVD, 'Cubism,' July 24; Win A Signed Copy!

July 12th, 2007 4:35pm EDT
Pet Shop Boys
Burbank, Ca - Pet Shop Boys: Cubism In Concert -- A glittering 27-track live performance DVD will be released in the U.S. by Rhino Entertainment July 24. A true Pet Shop Boys celebration of pop, the concert was filmed in High Definition on November 14th, 2006, in Mexico City at the Auditorio Nacional.

Featuring tracks from right across their 25-year career, the DVD also includes behind-the-scenes extra footage filmed in Mexico, picture gallery, audio commentary and a 12- page book written by Pet Shop Boys and featuring photography from the show. The spectacular show was directed by Da...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 10

July 10th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jessica Simpson
Happy Birthday to singer/actres/tuna lover Jessica Simpson (1980), "American Wedding" actor Thomas Ian Nicholas (1980), Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (1978), Colombian actress Sofia Vergara (1972), actor Gale Harold (1969), actress Janet Julian (1959), Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant (1954), singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler (1951), folk singer Arlo Guthrie (1947), actress Sue Lyon (1946), tennis star Arthur Ashe (1943; d. 1993), prolific heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (1942), actor Nick Adams (1931; d. 1968), "The Munsters" actor Fred Gwynne (1926, d. 1993), and French Impressionist C...
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Rufus Wainwright's Fifth Album, 'Release The Stars,' Out May 15

April 1st, 2007 12:00pm EDT
Rufus Wainwright
This May 15, Geffen Records will issue Rufus Wainwright's new album, Release the Stars, his latest work since 2004's critically acclaimed Want Two (Geffen). The album introduces a new collection by Wainwright whom New Music Express hails as "the best songwriter of his generation." In an effort to continue creating pieces that the Los Angeles Times calls "demanding and artful," the album features 12 songs that touch on personal, political, and social issues. This is Wainwright's fifth studio album and his first self-produced effort.

Executive produced by Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), th...
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Oops... Can She Do It Again?

February 9th, 2007 12:15pm EST
Britney Spears
Britney Spears officially fell from her throne as a pop princess when she married bad boy backing dancer Kevin Federline. Aged just 22 when she said 'I do' for the second time, Britney was seen in public make-up-less, greasy haired, scruffily dressed, smacking gum, gobbling junk food and making out with her bling-adorned husband. The polished pop star was soon being branded white trash and when she fell pregnant just months after marrying, she was forced to take time off from making music.

But in November last year, after two-and-a-half years of marriage and having just given birth to ...
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Britney Spears Wants The Pet Shop Boys' Help On New Album

January 31st, 2007 10:07am EST
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is collaborating with the Pet Shop Boys on her new album. The 25-year-old singer is determined to return to the charts with an edgy new sound and wants British electro pop duo Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant to help.

A source said: "She heard the remixes they did for Madonna and was blown away. She hopes they can weave some of their magic on her tracks too."

Britney has vowed to concentrate on her pop comeback, after spending the past few months partying following her split from husband Kevin Federline. An insider at her record company said: "It's virtually all done and...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

December 31st, 2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...
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U.K. Band The Feeling Delivers On Debut "Twelve Stops and Home"

November 14th, 2006 4:56pm EST
The Feeling
Talk about being hooked on The Feeling. This U.K. band delivers an amalgam of harmonic melodies and catchy choruses that reaches full fruition on its Cherrytree/Interscope debut, Twelve Stops and Home, which has already produced a pair of Top 10 international hit singles in "Sewn" and "Fill My Little World."

The quintet's sonic touchstones range from the classic (the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, Queen, The Carpenters and the Beach Boys) to the more esoteric (10cc, Abba, the Human League and the Pet Shop Boys) to the timeless (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen).

"I'm very...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 4

October 4th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Alicia Silverstone
Happy Birthday to actress Rachel Leigh Cook (1979), actress Alicia Silverstone (1976), actor Liev Schreiber (1967), Cuban singer Jon Secada (1961), musician Afrika Bambaataa (1960), Pet Shop Boys singer Chris Lowe (1959), actor Armand Assante (1949), Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon (1946), vampire novelist Anne Rice (1941), actor and former NRA spokesman Charlton Heston (1924), comedian Buster Keaton (1895), and 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes (1822).
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Supergroup Electronic Sends The Message With 'Best Of' Compilation

September 19th, 2006 12:56pm EDT
Electronic
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-...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 10

July 10th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jessica Simpson
Happy Birthday to singer/actres/tuna lover Jessica Simpson (1980), "American Wedding" actor Thomas Ian Nicholas (1980), Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (1978), Colombian actress Sofia Vergara (1972), actor Gale Harold (1969), actress Janet Julian (1959), Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant (1954), singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler (1951), folk singer Arlo Guthrie (1947), actress Sue Lyon (1946), tennis star Arthur Ashe (1943; d. 1993), prolific heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (1942), actor Nick Adams (1931; d. 1968), "The Munsters" actor Fred Gwynne (1926, d. 1993), and French Impressionist C...
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Zero 7 Announce North American Tour Dates

June 21st, 2006 9:58am EDT
Zero 7
Atlantic recording artists Zero 7 have announced details of their upcoming North American tour. The dates come in support of the UK-based duo's critically celebrated third album, The Garden (click for review).

The tour will see Zero 7, a.k.a. Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns, joined onstage by a full four-piece backing band and two extraordinary vocalists -- longtime collaborator Sia Furler and Swedish singer/songwriter José González. Both acclaimed artists in their own rights, Furler and González recently lent their voices to a number of tracks on "The Garden."

The North American dat...
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Bill Clinton Congratulates Elton John

December 19th, 2005 9:20am EST
Elton John
Sir Elton John will receive a special video message from former US president Bill Clinton when he celebrates his 'hen night' tonight.

The one-minute long film - which will be played at Elton's $250,000 star-studded bash at London's swanky Too2Much nightclub tonight - sees Clinton congratulating the star on tying the knot with lover David Furnish. He says in the tape, which has already been played in rehearsals for the party: "If there were more people in the world like Elton, then the world would be a better place."

A source told Daily Mirror newspaper: "We knew Elton had good con...
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